I remember the exact moment I fell in love with audiobooks.

I was driving on the highway in winter, listening to Patti Smith read her award-winning memoir, Just Kids, and I felt like she was right there in the car with me. I repeat: it’s like I was on a road trip with actual punk icon Patti Smith (!). There’s something so intimate and relatable about hearing someone tell you their own story in their own voice, and I’ve been totally hooked on audio memoirs ever since. These 100 unforgettable memoirs are all read by the authors themselves. Did I miss any of your favorites? Tweet me at @Rach_Smalls and let me know what I should listen to next. -- Rachel, Audible Editor
    • The Rainbow Comes and Goes

    • A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
    • By: Anderson Cooper
    • Narrated by: Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2,678
    • Performance
      2,394
    • Story
      2,370

    Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist affords him little time to spend with her....

    • Wow .... Inspiring

    • By donna spencer on 04-08-16
    • A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
    • By: Anderson Cooper
    • Narrated by: Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 04-05-16
    • 2,678 ratings
    • Renewing Their Relationship
    • Anderson Cooper has always been close to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, but sometimes his busy career as a news anchor gets in the way. When she was 91 and went through a serious illness, they started a year-long correspondence to renew their relationship.

    Regular price: $23.95

    • A Life in Parts

    • By: Bryan Cranston
    • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3,412
    • Performance
      3,188
    • Story
      3,173

    Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial....

    • They're all good parts.

    • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16
    • By: Bryan Cranston
    • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 10-11-16
    • 3,412 ratings
    • Abandoned Son Turned Screen Legend
    • Bryan Cranston’s father helped him land his first acting gig at age seven. Then he disappeared. Cranston traces his journey from abandoned son to screen legend through the roles he’s played, including Seinfeld dentist, bumbling dad, drug kingpin, and more.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • By: Alan Cumming
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      6,499
    • Performance
      6,053
    • Story
      6,028

    When television producers approached Alan to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, he enthusiastically agreed. He hoped to solve a mystery that had long cast a shadow over his family....

    • The Best Part of Saturday

    • By George Knight on 12-16-14
    • By: Alan Cumming
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 10-07-14
    • 6,499 ratings
    • A Shocking Family Secret
    • Alan Cumming went on the TV show Who Do You Think You Are to learn more about his maternal grandfather. But he also unintentionally opened old wounds from his abusive father and learned a shocking family secret. This is that story, told with insight and wit.

    Regular price: $23.95

    • I Feel Bad About My Neck

    • And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman
    • By: Nora Ephron
    • Narrated by: Nora Ephron
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1,111
    • Performance
      637
    • Story
      628

    With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck....

    • Don't make me get out of the car...

    • By Kestrel on 10-09-06
    • And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman
    • By: Nora Ephron
    • Narrated by: Nora Ephron
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 09-12-06
    • 1,111 ratings
    • Refreshing and Hilarious
    • In a culture where women become invisible as they age, the famed creator of Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally offers a refreshing (and hilarious) take on menopause, empty nesting, skin creams, and so much more.

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Wishful Drinking

    • By: Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2,980
    • Performance
      2,407
    • Story
      2,387

    In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit....

    • Wishful Grieving

    • By Cynthia on 01-04-17
    • By: Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 12-11-08
    • 2,980 ratings
    • Addiction and Manic Depression
    • With her trademark deadpan delivery, the Star Wars actress weaves a bleakly comic memoir about her celebrity parents, addiction, manic depression, failed marriages, and ultimately waking up one morning to find a friend dead in her bed.

    Regular price: $19.93

    • In the Country We Love

    • My Family Divided
    • By: Diane Guerrero, Michelle Burford
    • Narrated by: Diane Guerrero
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1,324
    • Performance
      1,224
    • Story
      1,218

    The star of Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country....

    • Probably good if you are a fan

    • By Mark on 01-17-17
    • My Family Divided
    • By: Diane Guerrero, Michelle Burford
    • Narrated by: Diane Guerrero
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Release date: 05-03-16
    • 1,324 ratings
    • A Family Divided
    • When she was just 14, Diane Guerrero’s parents were deported to Colombia while she was left behind in the US. Against the odds, she survived a roller coaster of ups and downs to share a story that’s candid, relatable, and necessary.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Around the Way Girl

    • A Memoir
    • By: Taraji P. Henson
    • Narrated by: Taraji P. Henson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2,284
    • Performance
      2,053
    • Story
      2,049

    Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson reads her inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood....

    • Around My way, Your Way & Every Woman's way

    • By Yolanda on 10-26-16
    • A Memoir
    • By: Taraji P. Henson
    • Narrated by: Taraji P. Henson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 10-11-16
    • 2,284 ratings
    • A Hollywood Success Story
    • The star of Empire and Hidden Figures talks about the hustle required to make it to Hollywood and reflects on her education at Howard University, the experience of being a single mother, and the challenges of making it as a black actress.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Why Not Me?

    • By: Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Greg Daniels, B. J. Novak
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      11,769
    • Performance
      10,365
    • Story
      10,295

    In Why Not Me? Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work....

    • sad to even be writing this review :(

    • By Brandin on 10-02-15
    • By: Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Greg Daniels, B. J. Novak
    • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 09-15-15
    • 11,769 ratings
    • Dishy Celebrity Gossip
    • Older, wiser, and more confident, Mindy Kaling’s sophomore book brims with dishy gossip about celebrity fashion, body image, dating, directing her own TV show, and hanging out with political world leaders.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

    • An Autobiography
    • By: Rob Lowe
    • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      6,956
    • Performance
      5,984
    • Story
      5,950

    A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye....

    • Great Book and Great Story

    • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11
    • An Autobiography
    • By: Rob Lowe
    • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 04-26-11
    • 6,956 ratings
    • The Wild Excesses of the '80s
    • The founder of The Brat Pack became a teen idol at 15 and has lived in the spotlight ever since. Here, he delivers confessional tales about the wild excesses of the '80s and his following quest for family and sobriety.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Born with Teeth

    • A Memoir
    • By: Kate Mulgrew
    • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2,309
    • Performance
      2,161
    • Story
      2,151

    Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones....

    • Beautiful Memoir

    • By Jasmine on 07-23-15
    • A Memoir
    • By: Kate Mulgrew
    • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Release date: 04-14-15
    • 2,309 ratings
    • A Mother's Loss
    • With her unique flair and drama, the Star Trek icon reminisces about her Irish Catholic family, dazzling acting career, and tumultuous romances. As a young actress she gave up a baby for adoption, and she reflects on the deep longing it stirred within her years later.

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Yes, My Accent Is Real

    • By: Kunal Nayyar
    • Narrated by: Kunal Nayyar
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      527
    • Performance
      481
    • Story
      482

    Of all the charming misfits on television, there's no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory ranks among the misfittingest....

    • not funny but culturally interesting

    • By J. T. Lichoulas III on 10-08-15
    • By: Kunal Nayyar
    • Narrated by: Kunal Nayyar
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 09-15-15
    • 527 ratings
    • A Perpetual Underdog
    • The Big Bang Theory actor traces his journey from awkward little boy in New Delhi to confident, successful TV actor. Traveling across two continents as a perpetual underdog, he endures many embarrassing incidents in pursuit of his dream.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Dear Mr. You

    • By: Mary-Louise Parker
    • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      445
    • Performance
      402
    • Story
      399

    Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman's life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed her self....

    • Profoundly moved and delighted

    • By Vicki J. O'Grady-Longo on 11-18-15
    • By: Mary-Louise Parker
    • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 11-10-15
    • 445 ratings
    • Moving and Unconventional
    • In this moving and unconventional memoir, Mary-Louise Parker tells the story of her life through letters composed to men — real and imaginary — who have helped shape key points of her life.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Measure of a Man

    • A Spiritual Autobiography
    • By: Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated by: Sidney Poitier
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      604
    • Performance
      271
    • Story
      269

    In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career....

    • bravo!!!

    • By Gail Kelleher on 02-03-07
    • A Spiritual Autobiography
    • By: Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated by: Sidney Poitier
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Release date: 01-26-07
    • 604 ratings
    • A Life of Principle
    • The first black actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1963, Sidney Poitier reflects on the positive, forceful roles he chose to play and his personal values as a man, a husband, a father, and an actor.

    Regular price: $17.10

    • Troublemaker

    • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
    • By: Leah Remini
    • Narrated by: Leah Remini
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      12,614
    • Performance
      11,593
    • Story
      11,549

    The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account....

    • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

    • By Kim on 11-04-15
    • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
    • By: Leah Remini
    • Narrated by: Leah Remini
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 11-03-15
    • 12,614 ratings
    • A Scathing Tell-All
    • The King of Queens actress holds nothing back in this dishy tell-all about her decades as a Scientologist, from intimate details about Tom Cruise’s dating life to scathing indictments against church leaders.

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Year of Yes

    • How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
    • By: Shonda Rhimes
    • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      12,967
    • Performance
      11,623
    • Story
      11,573

    With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the ubertalented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say no when an unexpected invitation arrived....

    • Say YES to reading this book!

    • By Andrea Inouye on 12-05-15
    • How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
    • By: Shonda Rhimes
    • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 11-10-15
    • 12,967 ratings
    • An Empowered Woman
    • For one year, Shonda Rhimes challenged herself to say “yes” to every opportunity that came her way. With humor and flair, she reflects on the experience and what it means to be an empowered woman in today’s world.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • This Is Just My Face

    • Try Not to Stare
    • By: Gabourey Sidibe
    • Narrated by: Gabourey Sidibe
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1,435
    • Performance
      1,311
    • Story
      1,309

    Gabourey Sidibe skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels' acclaimed movie Precious....

    • Honest, heart wrenching, and hilarious!

    • By CleverLewis on 05-16-17
    • Try Not to Stare
    • By: Gabourey Sidibe
    • Narrated by: Gabourey Sidibe
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 05-01-17
    • 1,435 ratings
    • An Unconventional Backstory
    • The acclaimed Precious actress grew up in Bed-Stuy with a polygamous father and an artistically gifted mother. Here, she shares her unconventional backstory, including her first job as a phone sex “talker,” her love for NSYNC fanfiction, and empowering body talk.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Carsick

    • John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
    • By: John Waters
    • Narrated by: John Waters
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      606
    • Performance
      558
    • Story
      553

    A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo....

    • another great piece of filth from john waters!

    • By randy on 06-06-14
    • John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
    • By: John Waters
    • Narrated by: John Waters
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 06-03-14
    • 606 ratings
    • A Legendary Road Trip
    • The cult film director promised his agent to hitchhike across America and write a book about it. So he did. Here, he tells three tales: 1) an imaginary best-case scenario, 2) an imaginary worst-case scenario, and, 3) what actually happened on the legendary trip.

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

    • Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
    • By: W. Kamau Bell
    • Narrated by: W. Kamau Bell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      566
    • Performance
      522
    • Story
      521

    You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America....

    • White Woman Raising a Black Son

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-20-17
    • Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
    • By: W. Kamau Bell
    • Narrated by: W. Kamau Bell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 05-02-17
    • 566 ratings
    • When You Don't Quite Fit In
    • Nothing is off limits in W. Kamau Bell’s humorous collection of essays on race relations, fatherhood, law enforcement, superheroes, his interracial marriage, and what it’s like to be a self-identified Black nerd comedian who doesn’t quite fit in.

    Regular price: $31.50

    • So, Anyway...

    • By: John Cleese
    • Narrated by: John Cleese
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1,008
    • Performance
      948
    • Story
      947

    Twisting and turning through surprising stories and hilarious digressions, this is the story of a young man's journey to the pinnacle of comedy ....

    • Too many people reviewing the man, not the book.

    • By Barry on 03-14-17
    • By: John Cleese
    • Narrated by: John Cleese
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 12-13-16
    • 1,008 ratings
    • A Comedy Veteran
    • The comedy veteran discusses his life leading up to Monty Python. A former schoolmaster (and hamster owner), things took off when he started writing scripts for Peter Sellers. He admits he rewrote bits of the book while recording to make it even better!

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Still Foolin' 'Em

    • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
    • By: Billy Crystal
    • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3,621
    • Performance
      3,296
    • Story
      3,291

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it....

    • Disarmingly Honest

    • By Marci on 09-12-13
    • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
    • By: Billy Crystal
    • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 09-10-13
    • 3,621 ratings
    • The Absurdities of Aging
    • This award-winning audiobook uses a light touch to explore the absurdities of aging, from insomnia to memory loss to dental concerns. It’s a heartfelt, witty road map for everyone who has or will grow old someday.

    Regular price: $20.99

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