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If snuggling up on the sofa with the latest bestseller is out of the question for you right now, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good book. How? Just listen.
Ever since the days of books on tape (remember those?), many popular books have been available as audio versions. Nowadays, thanks to advancements in mobile and digital technology, not only is the selection of audiobooks virtually unlimited, but you can also listen practically everywhere—while you’re commuting, cooking dinner, cleaning the house, laying in bed with your eyes closed, or sitting in your cubicle looking like you’re getting work done.
If you’re interested in audiobooks, we suggest giving Audible a try. The Amazon-owned site is offering free membership for 30 days with one audiobook and two Audible Originals included. (See details here.) We gave it a try—it took less than a minute to set up an account—and now we’re hooked.
From celeb memoirs to psychological thrillers to chart-topping novels, these ten Audible picks will turn you into a bookworm in no time.
Self-help expert, wellness guru, motivational coach, Oprah BFF—whatever you call her, there’s no question that Gabrielle Bernstein is a phenomenon. With Super Attractor, published last month, the prolific bestselling author is releasing her seventh book in 10 years. It’s a prescription for living your fullest life—and elevating those around you—by cultivating the energy you want to experience. Less spiritual than her previous books, this one is about teaching the reader to attract what she desires. Narrated by Bernstein herself, the audiobook is available exclusively on Audible.
Actress Blair Brown delivers a moving performance of City of Girls, the latest novel by Elizabeth Gilbert. This unique love story is told from the point of a 95-year-old woman looking back on her life with thoughtfulness, pride, and few regrets. Set in the glamorous New York City theater world of WWII era New York, the book is full of larger-than-life characters and stunning clothing (the main character is a costume seamstress). Of course you can always count on Gilbert, who is best known for her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love, to provide great one-liners and vivid accounts of female passion and desire.
Lori Gottlieb is a Los Angeles-based therapist whose tales of her own patients—a narcissistic TV producer, a newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a depressed senior citizen filled with regret about her life, and a millennial who keeps wasting her time on the wrong guys—are enough to keep you listening. Yet the twist in this thoroughly contemporary account comes when Gottlieb experiences a heart-wrenching and totally unexpected breakup—and finds herself on the couch. This candid story of the therapist-as-patient is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. Don’t just take our word for it: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is now in development as a television series with Eva Longoria and ABC.
Gary Janetti may be the funniest guy you’ve never heard of. Unless, of course, you follow his popular Instagram account, where he posts what-they’re-really-thinking-style headlines alongside tabloid photos of the British Royal family. The former Executive Producer of Will & Grace has just released his first memoir, a wickedly funny and poignant collection of essays recalling stories from throughout his childhood and young adult life. If you love storytelling in the style of David Sedaris, this audiobook—narrated by Janetti himself—is for you.
Sir Elton John’s first—and, says the singer, only—autobiography is even more fun to listen to than it is to read. That’s because it’s narrated by actor Taron Edgerton, who starred as John in Rocketman, the film that is also an account of the musical legend’s extraordinary life. (John himself also appears in the audiobook.) Like Rocketman, released this past summer, Me is a deeply personal account of the singer-songwriter’s life and rise to fame. Yet the book/audiobook version goes into greater detail than the film version about John’s road to sobriety and his marriage to husband David Furnish. “Your Song” or “Bennie and the Jets”? “Tiny Dancer” or “Candle in the Wind?” Elton John’s best song may be open to debate, but the answer is a definitive ‘yes’ when it comes to the question of whether this book is worth a listen.
Heads Will Roll had us at Kate McKinnon. The Saturday Night Live star co-created and co-stars in this hilariously macabre 10-episode audio comedy with her sister. McKinnon, as Queen Mortuana of the Night Realm, with her not-all-there raven minion Jojo (Lynne) by her side, rules with an iron fist, even as she mistakes the bagel delivery guy for an insubordinate peasant and oversees his beheading. But the fun doesn’t stop there: McKinnon and Lynne share the mic with a star-studded list of pals, including Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five, Aidy Bryant, and many more. You can tell how much fun these actors had off-screen—and you’ll have an equally good—and ghastly—time listening to this Audible Original.
Halloween season is the time to bring on the chills with a good thriller. Now on the Amazon bestseller list for over 35 weeks and counting, Alex Michaelides’s debut novel opens with the conundrum of Alicia Berenson, a famous artist who has violently killed her husband and then refused to speak another word ever since. Enter Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist who is obsessed with getting her to talk and explain the motivation behind the murder. Told from Faber’s point of view, this psychological murder mystery is as engrossing and exceptional. The perfect binge listen.
From St. Elmo’s Fire to Ghost to Indecent Proposal to G.I. Jane, her film roles epitomized the 80s and 90s, while her tumultuous marriages and other personal scandals provided endless fodder for tabloids well into recent years. In her new memoir, Demi Moore, now 56, shares intimate details of the most public parts of her history, while also opening up candidly about subjects she had always fought to keep private—like a troubled childhood, addiction, and her own paralyzing self-doubt. Audiences have always been drawn to Moore’s husky voice, and now they can hear the actress put it to use to tell her own personal narrative in this unabridged audiobook.
This newly-released Audible Original production is, quite literally, a documentary for your ears. Creator Danny Ben-Moshe’s celebrated 2017 film, My Mother’s Lost Children, chronicles the reunion between his mother and her two eldest children, who mysteriously disappeared at a local London park 40 years prior. This touching, nuanced follow-up unfolds as the family comes terms with the secrets and mysteries of its past.
Ever since Reese Witherspoon selected Where the Crawdads Sing for her September 2018 book club, this debut novel by author Delia Owens has remained resolutely on the Amazon bestseller list—now at 55 weeks and counting. This coming-of-age story meets murder mystery is, above all, a lyrical ode to the natural beauty of the marshlands of the American South. Narrator Cassandra Campbell performs the Audible book with beauty and precision; she stays true to region’s accents and dialects in the same way Owens accurately and poetically describes the flora and fauna of the North Carolina marsh.
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