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 Light of the World

    • A Memoir
    • By: Elizabeth Alexander
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Alexander
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    In The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 50....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Eloquently written, moving and beautiful memoir

    • By Natalie Tomich on 04-22-15
    • A Memoir
    • By: Elizabeth Alexander
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Alexander
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 04-21-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 216 ratings
    • The Gift of Love
    • Following her husband’s sudden death, the poet reflects on the richness of their married life together, caring for their two teenage sons, and the gifts of love, family, art, and community.

    Regular price: $28.50

    • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

    • A Memoir
    • By: Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated by: Sherman Alexie
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

    When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: He wrote....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • True connection

    • By Tom on 07-20-17
    • A Memoir
    • By: Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated by: Sherman Alexie
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 06-13-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520 ratings
    • Loving a Bipolar Parent
    • Sherman Alexie unpacks the trauma of growing up with bipolar and alcoholic parents on an impoverished Indian reservation. Through the pain, he also finds moments to laugh in this extraordinary memoir quilted together by poems and half-truths.

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Possessed

    • Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
    • By: Elif Batuman
    • Narrated by: Elif Batuman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    The true but unlikely stories of lives devoted - absurdly! Melancholically! Beautifully! - to the Russian classics....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Dear Russian Literary Diary...

    • By Darwin8u on 08-29-17
    • Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
    • By: Elif Batuman
    • Narrated by: Elif Batuman
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 03-14-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 27 ratings
    • An Obsession with Russian Books
    • Elif Batuman ventures from her studies at Stanford to investigate a possible murder at Tolstoy’s ancestral estate and record the stories of those who, like her, are obsessed with Russian books.

    Regular price: $27.95

    • A House of My Own

    • Stories from My Life
    • By: Sandra Cisneros
    • Narrated by: Sandra Cisneros
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    A compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography - an intimate album of a beloved literary legend....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm a Cisneros Fan!

    • By lunarchi on 05-12-16
    • Stories from My Life
    • By: Sandra Cisneros
    • Narrated by: Sandra Cisneros
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 10-06-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 86 ratings
    • The Search for Home
    • The beloved author writes about the houses she has lived in — from Chicago neighborhoods to her ancestral home in Mexico — and the elusive house she’s always longed to take root in and truly call her own.

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Hole in My Life

    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 106

    In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great memoir from a great kids/YA author

    • By Matt on 05-10-18
    • By: Jack Gantos
    • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 11-07-03
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 128 ratings
    • Young, Broke, and in Prison
    • As a 19-year-old aspiring writer strapped for cash, Jack Gantos sailed a boat loaded with hashish that he would help sell in New York. But he was caught and sentenced to prison, where he finally devoted himself to writing in order to endure the worst experience of his life.

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Hunger

    • A Memoir of (My) Body
    • By: Roxane Gay
    • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,780
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,463
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,444

    From the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brutal and raw and honest

    • By S. Yates on 07-17-17
    • A Memoir of (My) Body
    • By: Roxane Gay
    • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 06-13-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,780 ratings
    • A Memoir of Body
    • Roxane Gay recounts an act of violence from her youth and how she ate in hopes that making her body big would also make her safe. With raw — sometimes painful — candor, she explores desire, appetite, weight, and self-image.

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Liar's Club

    • A Memoir
    • By: Mary Karr
    • Narrated by: Mary Karr
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 694
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 574
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 573

    A powerfully funny, razor's-edge tale of a fractured childhood, Mary Karr's biography looks back...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Love Karr, This Book OK

    • By FanB14 on 07-06-12
    • A Memoir
    • By: Mary Karr
    • Narrated by: Mary Karr
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 12-16-99
    • 4 out of 5 stars 694 ratings
    • An Eccentric Texas Oil Town
    • In 1995, Mary Karr reinvented the art of the memoir, setting off a revival that continues to this day. This classic of the genre is packed with darkly comic tales about her eccentric family and their East Texas oil town.

    Regular price: $14.00

    • On Writing

    • A Memoir of the Craft
    • By: Stephen King
    • Narrated by: Stephen King
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,229
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,526
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,471

    "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write." Here is Stephen King's master class on his craft...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

    • By Cather on 11-18-05
    • A Memoir of the Craft
    • By: Stephen King
    • Narrated by: Stephen King
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Release date: 10-04-00
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 9,229 ratings
    • From Unknown to World Famous
    • The master doesn’t disappoint with this memoir about coming up as a young writer. From his first newspaper job to almost trashing his breakout hit, Carrie, to a near-fatal accident in 1999, this is a thrilling tale about the journey from unknown to world famous.

    Regular price: $26.60

    • In Other Words

    • By: Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein - translator
    • Narrated by: Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 83

    In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • For me, 1 problem with the book, and 1 1/2 problems with the audio version

    • By RdRydngHd on 02-28-16
    • By: Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein - translator
    • Narrated by: Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 02-09-16
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 91 ratings
    • A Year in Rome
    • Jhumpa Lahiri gave up English to live in Rome and write a journal exclusively in Italian for one year. Here is the fruit of her effort — originally written in Italian, it’s a gorgeous meditation on love, identity, and language.

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Priestdaddy

    • A Memoir
    • By: Patricia Lockwood
    • Narrated by: Patricia Lockwood
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 532
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 482
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 484

    From Patricia Lockwood - a writer acclaimed for her wildly original voice - a vivid, heartbreakingly funny memoir about having a married Catholic priest for a father....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Holy Smutty Metaphors!

    • By Mel on 05-18-17
    • A Memoir
    • By: Patricia Lockwood
    • Narrated by: Patricia Lockwood
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 05-02-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 532 ratings
    • Raised by a Married Catholic Priest
    • The irreverent poet detours into memoir with this look at her eccentric father, who found a loophole to become a married Catholic priest. From lounging in his boxer shorts to his love for action movies and electric guitars, Lockwood explores how he shaped her own identity.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Argonauts

    • By: Maggie Nelson
    • Narrated by: Maggie Nelson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 850
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 753
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 753

    A genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A relaxing meditation on identity, gender and art

    • By redhidari on 10-01-15
    • By: Maggie Nelson
    • Narrated by: Maggie Nelson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 07-23-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 850 ratings
    • A Joyful, Unconventional Family
    • Maggie Nelson made waves with this genre-bending memoir about her relationship with genderfluid artist Harry Dodge, her pregnancy, and raising a child in a joyful family that defies the institutions of conventional marriage and parenting.

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

    • By: Jeanette Winterson
    • Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 530
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 486
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 484

    This memoir is the chronicle of a life’s work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Title Says It All

    • By Pamela Harvey on 03-20-12
    • By: Jeanette Winterson
    • Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Release date: 03-06-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 530 ratings
    • In Search of Her Biological Mother
    • Her most famous novel is a semi-biographical story about a young girl adopted by zealous Pentecostal parents. In this memoir, Jeanette Winterson openly discusses her painful past and her search for love, belonging, and — eventually — her biological mother.

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Brown Girl Dreaming

    • By: Jacqueline Woodson
    • Narrated by: Jacqueline Woodson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 734
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 660
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 649

    Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome poetry/storytelling!

    • By Ginger on 01-03-15
    • By: Jacqueline Woodson
    • Narrated by: Jacqueline Woodson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 08-28-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 734 ratings
    • A Childhood Love of Stories
    • Told in verse, Jacqueline Woodson reflects on growing up black in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Even as she struggled to read as a child, her love of stories nurtured her growing awareness of the Civil Rights Movement.

    Regular price: $21.00