There’s an undeniable authenticity in a listen that’s told by the very person who penned it. From iconic memoirs to far-out fantasies, these immersive audio performances are uniquely genuine, all performed in the author’s own voice. If you want to experience how special it can be to listen to a narrative exactly the way it was intended, check out our list of the 20 best audiobooks read by their author.

Born a Crime
Kitchen Confidential
Year of Yes
The Mars Room
The Last Black Unicorn
Between the World and Me
Postcards from the Edge
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
Flight Behavior
Just Kids
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Exorcist
Bag of Bones
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (10th Anniversary Edition)