The Audible Essentials

The Audible Essentials is our list of 100 absolute must-listens. Hours were spent deliberating which books should (and shouldn't) make the cut. Ultimately, the final list was chosen to represent a wide range of genres, compelling stories, and can't-miss performances. These are the books that stand the test of time: vetted by our listeners and hand-picked by our editors as examples of excellence.

    • Ender's Game

    • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36,498
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26,994
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27,231

    The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Enderverse

    • By Joe on 06-13-05
    • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Series: Ender's Game, Book 1, The Enderverse, Book 5
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 12-30-01
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 36,498 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • It’s really best to go into this one blind, but if you need more of a reason to listen to this sci-fi classic other than the fact that it’s a sci-fi classic for a great reason, chalk it up to this: Ender’s Game is a nonstop thrill ride of dynamic dialogue, space opera action, and big-picture philosophical concepts that don’t slow anything down. And the narrators are just as captivating as the timeless content. Right in line with the action and the characters, their sardonic, straightforward performances offer even greater depth to a story that is already so well-refined. —Michael, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32,770
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27,944
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27,943

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

    • By J. Medany on 05-08-05
    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 1
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 04-28-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 32,770 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Douglas Adams’s cheeky writing is right in the wheelhouse for narrator Stephen Fry, who nails one absurd gag after another with spot-on timing and impudence. He savors each character, shifting gears effortlessly among the put-out earthling Arthur Dent, zany intergalactic politician Zaphod Beeblebrox, and hilariously downbeat robot Marvin (“The Paranoid Android”). Forget the movie version—even a full cast of great actors can’t outdo Fry on this one. —David, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Fault in Our Stars

    • By: John Green
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20,102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20,204

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Poignant Story

    • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13
    • By: John Green
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 01-10-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 22,155 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • I’m fairly certain that if you’re not in tears at the end of John Green’s mega-best-selling novel, you might be dead inside. Green demonstrates through his characters that even as a teenager you can experience profound and life-altering love, and that a short life can still mean a great life. For me, Kate Reading’s performance made this book what it is. She conveys all of the angst and sadness and hope that live within the protagonist Hazel Grace Lancaster in such a vulnerable way that it feels more like a diary than a novel. —Katie, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Great Gatsby

    • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,565
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,389
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,392

    This new audio edition, authorized by Fitzgerald's estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

    • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13
    • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 04-09-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 12,565 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • The Great Gatsby is undoubtedly an American classic, but Jake Gyllenhaal’s superb narration as Nick Carraway takes it to a whole new level. Fitzgerald’s elegant yet simple prose stands the test of time, and Gyllenhaal treats it with the utmost respect, allowing the vivid descriptions of mansions, landmarks, and 1920s New York to flow at just the right pace. While ultimately tragic, The Great Gatsby is full of light and beautiful moments that kindle nostalgia for the Roaring Twenties. —Chris, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Undoing Project

    • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
    • By: Michael Lewis
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,982
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,854
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,841

    The Undoing Project is about the fascinating collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Behind the scenes of amazing science

    • By Neuron on 10-16-17
    • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
    • By: Michael Lewis
    • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 12-06-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 9,982 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Michael Lewis is known for his accessible and incredibly interesting "backstage-pass looks" into the inner workings of a particular industry. In The Undoing Project (which is gunning for the top spot on my Michael Lewis Favorites list) that industry is behavioral economics . . . partially. The book is also about a friendship which completely revolutionized what is known as "Big Data.” Dennis Boutsikaris, with his clear and knowing voice, does an incredible job of highlighting the conversational tone Michael Lewis is famous for. —Laura, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Goldfinch

    • By: Donna Tartt
    • Narrated by: David Pittu
    • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26,389
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23,983
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24,011

    The author of the classic best-sellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow

    • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17
    • By: Donna Tartt
    • Narrated by: David Pittu
    • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 10-22-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 26,389 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • The Goldfinch is one of those rare books that makes me wish I could turn back time so I could experience it anew all over again. Epic in both narrative scope and in length, this heartbreaking and gripping coming-of-age story is simply destined to become a modern classic. Narrator David Pittu takes on the mammoth task of voicing Tartt’s captivating characters over years of growth, regression, and change; in the process, he creates a beautiful, familiar kinship with each character that resonates with the listener long after the final chapter. —Sam, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $34.21

    • Me Before You

    • A Novel
    • By: Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31,219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27,777
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27,722

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than their tiny village....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Journey Into the Unknown

    • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13
    • A Novel
    • By: Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, Owen Lindsay
    • Series: Me Before You Trilogy, Book 1
    • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 12-31-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 31,219 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • I think I fell in love with author Jojo Moyes as much as I did with Louisa and Will while listening to Me Before You. Her ability to make you feel so deeply for her characters is a true talent, and one that she consistently demonstrates in all of her work. This is a thought-provoking and beautiful book with a rich, multi-voiced cast that truly makes you think about the importance of being selfless in love. Fun Audible fact—we had team outing to the movies when the film came out. What’s more fun than hysterically sobbing in front of your coworkers? Nothing. —Katie, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $33.60

    • Sherlock Holmes

    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7,305
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6,839
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6,793

    Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry, a lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Chapter Guide!

    • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18
    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 02-27-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 7,305 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • There is no detective more beloved than Sherlock Holmes, and this mammoth collection of four of Conan Doyle's Sherlock novels, plus four sets of short stories, is a must-listen for any fan of the mystery genre. It's narrated by the inimitable Stephen Fry, which is an appealing factor on its own, but what truly makes this listen special is Fry's connection to the material—a Holmes mega-fan himself, he lends enthusiasm and authenticity to each story, in addition to a personal written introduction. —Michael, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $82.77

    • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

    • A Novel
    • By: Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,183
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,157

    From prize-winning, best-selling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

    • By JQR on 12-01-16
    • A Novel
    • By: Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 08-02-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 11,183 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • An important work by any measure, Colson Whitehead’s take on the titular slave escape route is delivered in unvarnished language that lays bare the heinousness of that darkest moment in our history. Bahni Turpin’s narration is at once chilling and subtly evocative as she shifts from slave to brutal slave owner; from depictions of harsh assaults to fleeting, beautiful moments of hope. It’s a listen that’s forever changed my perception of an ugly time I’d previously known primarily from matter-of-fact textbook accounts. —Courtney, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Pride and Prejudice

    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12,036
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10,988
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10,938

    One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Truth Universally Acknowledged

    • By Gretchen SLP on 12-10-15
    • By: Jane Austen
    • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
    • Series: Audible's Jane Austen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 12-08-15
    • 5 out of 5 stars 12,036 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Experiencing this classic, as performed by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) —who also starred as Jane Bennet in the big screen version of Austen’s beloved novel—is a bucket-list-level essential for all listeners. For me, it’s the ideal coming together of novel and narrator. From her caustic rendition of Mrs. Bennet to the stern Mr. Darcy, Pike brings all of Austen’s tremendous characters to life, proving that she was born to perform this book. —Doug, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Hidden Figures

    • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
    • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7,051
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,414
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,442

    The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I wanted to like this...

    • By Jonathan Soyt on 02-28-18
    • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
    • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 09-06-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 7,051 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • There’s something so essential about the story that Hidden Figures tells. Four incredible mathematicians already had the deck so stacked against them for being women and African American in Jim Crow Virginia, yet they persevered to propel NASA ahead in the great Space Race. When you add narrator Robin Miles’s trademark warmth, rhythm, and pacing to the mix, Hidden Figures becomes even more of a force to be reckoned with. I hope everyone who watched the fantastic movie will take a deep dive into this essential listen. —Rachel, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Devil in the White City

    • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
    • By: Erik Larson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,798
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15,222
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15,252

    Thrilling tale of murder, mayhem, and the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Impossible to stop listening

    • By Michael on 05-26-12
    • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
    • By: Erik Larson
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 12-29-02
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 18,798 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • If you haven't listened to something by Erik Larsson, start with this. This richly detailed, incredibly immersive story juxtaposes the glamour and glitz of the World's Fair with the gruesome acts of one of America's first serial killers. As you listen to Scott Brick subtly switch between the narrative of the serial killer and the narrative of the Chicago architects, it will become obvious why he’s one of my favorite narrators—and he might become one of yours too. —Laura, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Book Thief

    • By: Markus Zusak
    • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,325
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,225
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,262

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Glad I took a chance.

    • By Robert on 08-20-11
    • By: Markus Zusak
    • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 09-14-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 21,325 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Set in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death, this Printz Award winner is the story of a young orphan who finds solace in books and the love of her adoptive father as the world is going mad all around her. This audiobook packs an emotional punch, leaving me gasping for breath as I pulled off the road because I was sobbing too hard to drive. Be warned and pack tissues, but don’t miss this one! —Sonja, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $41.27

    • The Eye of the World

    • Book One of The Wheel of Time
    • By: Robert Jordan
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31,599
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26,139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26,156

    Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. Now, this beloved series is in development for TV!....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

    • By Lore on 06-29-12
    • Book One of The Wheel of Time
    • By: Robert Jordan
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Series: Wheel of Time, Book 1
    • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 12-31-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 31,599 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is not only an essential listen because of its sheer magnitude and importance in the fantasy genre: it's perhaps one of the most stunning examples of a dual narration out there. Longtime pair Michael Kramer and Kate Reading work in tandem to bring to life Robert Jordan's epic tale over fourteen books that add up to nearly three weeks' worth of audio. And despite all that listening time, with these two, this is an adventure you'll never want to end. —Sam, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $41.97

    • Wonder

    • By: R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated by: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,266
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,382
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12,372

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A WONDER-ful read for kids and adults

    • By Annie M. on 11-18-12
    • By: R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated by: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    • Series: Wonder, Book 1
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 02-14-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 14,266 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • There’s so much to love about Diana Steele’s raspy representation of 10-year-old Auggie as he faces going from homeschooling to private school with facial deformities that make him the subject of scrutiny, ridicule and yes, often compassion. It drives home the fact that R. J. Palacio’s entire story of family, friends, and inner vs outer beauty, also narrated by Nick Podehl and Kate Rudd, is the kind of uplifting tale we always need, particularly in times such as these. —Abby, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $19.99

    • 1776

    • By: David McCullough
    • Narrated by: David McCullough
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,010
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,298
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,266

    In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Front Seat on History

    • By Mark on 10-22-05
    • By: David McCullough
    • Narrated by: David McCullough
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 05-20-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 13,010 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • David McCullough has won the Pulitzer Prize (twice), and qualifies as an essential American historian. 1776 stands as one of his signature achievements in audiobooks (he narrates!), a classic of leadership and history. I love 1776 personally because the events of that year—meticulously but suspensefully narrated—take place so often in and around the NY/NJ area. (Curiously, listeners from Boston and Virginia say the exact same thing!) Crossing the Delaware is not to be missed! —Christina, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Red Rising

    • By: Pierce Brown
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36,370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33,900
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33,860

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow, what a performance and what a story

    • By Jared G on 08-27-16
    • By: Pierce Brown
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Series: Red Rising, Book 1
    • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 01-28-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 36,370 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • Red Rising is the epic opener to a thrilling and compulsively listenable sci-fi series. I say sci-fi, but actually this is a total genre bender: let’s just call it “post-apocalyptic, dystopian, YA-crossover military sci-fi with Roman history and general awesome geniusness.” All these elements meld together into one whip-smart saga that stayed with me for months after finishing it. —Emily, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $34.99

    • 14

    • By: Peter Clines
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39,796
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36,866
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36,869

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job.....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Boring

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-16
    • By: Peter Clines
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Series: Threshold Series, Book 1
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 06-19-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 39,796 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • The collective members of our team have recommended 14 so many times that it feels like a prerequisite course to becoming an Audible Editor. For me, the combination of Peter Clines’s compulsive, creepy mystery and Ray Porter’s pitch-perfect performance of an ensemble of quirky characters (his specialty) provided my “aha” moment as a listener—the realization that an audiobook could not only be a great book in the traditional sense, but an amazing immersive performance that can rival the best TV series or movie. —Sam, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    • The Chronicles of Narnia
    • By: C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated by: Michael York
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,045
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,563
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,622

    Narnia...the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter, a magical country waiting to be set free....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, but the volume was all over the place

    • By Charles Johnson on 12-17-16
    • The Chronicles of Narnia
    • By: C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated by: Michael York
    • Series: The Chronicles of Narnia (Author's Preferred Order), Book 2, Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order), Book 1
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 12-26-04
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 11,045 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • This is the first book that made me fall in love with reading, the first to show me that a book can be a portkey to another world. It has everything a magic-loving child could want: an ordinary piece of furniture that transports kids to an enchanted, wintry world, talking animals, a wicked witch, and a great battle of good vs. evil. And Michael York’s rich voice brings Narnia to thrilling, glorious life. —Sonja, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $20.52

    • Lincoln in the Bardo

    • A Novel
    • By: George Saunders
    • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7,542
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,075
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7,038

    A moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Mixed Bag

    • By Thomas More on 02-24-17
    • A Novel
    • By: George Saunders
    • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, Carrie Brownstein, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, full cast
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 02-14-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 7,542 ratings
    • Why We Think It's Essential
    • George Saunders’s first foray into long-form fiction quickly won critical acclaim, and the 2017 Man Booker Prize. But this is really a book you have to hear. With more than 160 narrators—many of them famous people you probably already know (Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Carrie Brownstein, Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon, Don Cheadle, to name a few)—it is really unlike any other audiobook. One-of-a-kind both in form and content, Lincoln in the Bardo is an audio experience that simply washes over you. It will definitely make you laugh and wonder, and it definitely made this Audible Editor take a quick break for a severely unattractive but cathartic cry. —Michael, Audible Editor

    Regular price: $24.50

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