Our Most Popular Titles From the Past 20 Years

We wanted to find out which listens have been the most popular throughout our entire 20 year history, since Audible launched in 1997. So we dug into the data to find out what rose to the top in a variety of categories. How many could you have guessed -- and which ones surprise you? (P.S. Check out our 20th anniversary celebration for more fun history tidbits, listener perks, and deals from November 1 - 20, 2017.)
    • The Girl on the Train

    • A Novel
    • By: Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      126,196
    • Performance
      111,338
    • Story
      111,179

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning....

    • The Girl on The Train

    • By BookReader on 12-30-15
    • A Novel
    • By: Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 01-13-15
    • 126,196 ratings
    • THE MOST WISH-LISTED
    • Addictive from the start and told from the perspective of not one but three unreliable narrators, The Girl on the Train delivers engrossing twists and turns in every direction. Rachel, the self-destructive protagonist, is equally sympathetic and appalling, and you can’t help but immerse yourself into her distorted and chaotic world in an attempt to unravel this tightly woven mystery.

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Oathbringer

    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Length: 55 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5,957
    • Performance
      5,643
    • Story
      5,628

    Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction....

    • Perfection in literature.

    • By Eric on 11-21-17
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Series: Stormlight Archive, Book 3
    • Length: 55 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 11-14-17
    • 5,957 ratings
    • THE MOST ANTICIPATED
    • The sequel to 2014's Words of Radiance is so eagerly anticipated that it has more pre-orders than any other title in Audible’s history to date. In this epic fantasy saga, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the vengeful Voidbringers.

    Regular price: $66.49

    • The Martian

    • By: Andy Weir
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      142,975
    • Performance
      131,966
    • Story
      131,828

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars....

    • LOOK BOOBIES

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-07-14
    • By: Andy Weir
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 03-22-13
    • 142,975 ratings
    • THE MOST 5-STAR RATINGS
    • The Martian resonated with so many different people thanks to its perfect combination of original story, interesting characters, and fascinating technical accuracy. It has not only more 5-star ratings than any other audiobook, but it also has the most reviews, period.

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

    • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
    • By: Mark Manson
    • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      56,164
    • Performance
      49,497
    • Story
      49,203

    In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people....

    • The author doesn't give a 'F*ck' about your time

    • By Gil Kerbs on 07-17-17
    • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
    • By: Mark Manson
    • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 09-13-16
    • 56,164 ratings
    • THE MOST BOOKMARKED
    • It’s no surprise that listeners have been finding lots to bookmark in this self-help guide that "cuts through the crap." Backed by research and humor, Mark Manson shows us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

    Regular price: $23.95

    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

    • By: J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated by: Jim Dale
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      46,464
    • Performance
      42,160
    • Story
      42,177

    Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive....

    • Outstanding

    • By Pen Name on 08-08-17

    Regular price: $29.99

    • It

    • By: Stephen King
    • Narrated by: Steven Weber
    • Length: 44 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      22,815
    • Performance
      21,052
    • Story
      20,973

    Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real....

    • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

    • By Nicole on 06-19-17
    • By: Stephen King
    • Narrated by: Steven Weber
    • Length: 44 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 01-01-16
    • 22,815 ratings
    • THE MOST SEARCHED-FOR AUTHOR
    • From It to The Dark Tower series to The Stand and beyond, people type "Stephen King" into Audible's search bar more than almost any other combination of words.

    Regular price: $37.79

    • The Help

    • By: Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      35,032
    • Performance
      21,146
    • Story
      21,167

    Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step....

    • What a great surprise!

    • By Jan on 12-02-09
    • By: Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 01-28-09
    • 35,032 ratings
    • THE BEST-SELLING FICTION
    • The Help was an audiobook sensation when it was originally released, and it remains Audible’s best-selling fiction title to date. The narrators bring Stockett’s cast of extraordinary women to life in a pitch-perfect multi-cast performance.

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Big Little Lies

    • By: Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      37,793
    • Performance
      33,950
    • Story
      33,894

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified....

    • Oh, Calamity!

    • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14
    • By: Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Release date: 07-29-14
    • 37,793 ratings
    • THE BEST-SELLING MYSTERY / THRILLER
    • A hit in its own right that became even more popular after the hit HBO series, Big Little Lies uses a crime story to frame this brilliant tale about playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and what really goes on in the suburbs behind closed doors.

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Fifty Shades of Grey

    • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
    • By: E. L. James
    • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
    • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      29,481
    • Performance
      24,922
    • Story
      25,541

    Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever....

    • Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!

    • By Private. on 08-02-12
    • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
    • By: E. L. James
    • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
    • Series: Fifty Shades Trilogy, Book 1
    • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 04-03-12
    • 29,481 ratings
    • THE BEST-SELLING ROMANCE
    • In this tale that became a pop-culture sensation, shy literature student Anastasia Steele is swept off her feet by forceful entrepreneur Christian Grey. It’s not long until their daring, passionate affair shocks her out of her innocence.

    Regular price: $33.60

    • A Clash of Kings

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 37 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      49,634
    • Performance
      42,316
    • Story
      42,281

    From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns....

    • Problematic, but good on the whole.

    • By Robin on 07-02-13
    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Series: Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
    • Length: 37 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 01-30-04
    • 49,634 ratings
    • THE BEST-SELLING SCI-FI / FANTASY
    • The best-selling sci-fi / fantasy title in Audible's history is not, surprisingly, the first book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of Thrones. That distinction goes to the second book, A Clash of Kings.

    Regular price: $63.00

    • The Hunger Games

    • By: Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      46,930
    • Performance
      36,610
    • Story
      37,050

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?....

    • One of the Best in Fiction

    • By Holly Helscher on 01-08-10
    • By: Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
    • Series: Hunger Games, Book 1
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 10-01-08
    • 46,930 ratings
    • THE BEST-SELLING YA
    • A film adaptation also boosted this already hugely popular YA story. When her little sister is chosen for the annual Hunger Games — a fight to the death on live TV — sixteen-year-old Katniss steps forward to take her place.

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

    • By: J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated by: Jim Dale
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      31,964
    • Performance
      29,252
    • Story
      29,227

    Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start....

    • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

    • By Andrew on 11-20-17

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Bossypants

    • By: Tina Fey
    • Narrated by: Tina Fey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      43,775
    • Performance
      36,203
    • Story
      36,051

    Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher....

    • She Tells It Like It Is

    • By Sher from Provo on 11-06-11
    • By: Tina Fey
    • Narrated by: Tina Fey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 04-05-11
    • 43,775 ratings
    • THE BEST-SELLING MEMOIR / BIOGRAPHY
    • This classic comedy memoir spent what felt like eons on the best seller list and paved the way for others by Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham, and so many more.

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Unbroken

    • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
    • By: Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      36,024
    • Performance
      29,141
    • Story
      29,214

    On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood....

    • Indescribable

    • By Janice on 12-01-10
    • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
    • By: Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Release date: 11-16-10
    • 36,024 ratings
    • THE BEST-SELLING HISTORY
    • Laura Hillenbrand has a way with presenting her carefully researched material with a great eye for detail. Unbroken tells the true story of a WWII soldier who survived a harrowing wartime plane crash over the Pacific Ocean with little more than a raft.

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Power of Habit

    • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
    • By: Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      34,467
    • Performance
      29,714
    • Story
      29,558

    Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives....

    • Nice! A guide on how to change

    • By Mehra on 04-22-12
    • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
    • By: Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 02-28-12
    • 34,467 ratings
    • THE BEST-SELLING SCIENCE / TECH
    • This fascinating listen is a perfect marriage of science meets self development. Reporter Charles Duhigg presents compelling case studies and scientific discoveries to explain exactly why habits exist — and how we can change them.

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
    • By: Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      16,348
    • Performance
      11,880
    • Story
      11,834

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology....

    • I don't understand these other reviews

    • By Scott on 08-29-10
    • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
    • By: Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Release date: 10-06-04
    • 16,348 ratings
    • THE BEST-SELLING BUSINESS
    • Stephen R. Covey's audiobook has become one of the best-selling books of all time by putting a business and leadership spin on the ever-popular self development genre.

    Regular price: $28.30

    • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • By: Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      38,748
    • Performance
      29,315
    • Story
      29,122

    For over 60 years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this audiobook has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives....

    • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

    • By Ralph on 10-21-11
    • By: Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 09-17-04
    • 38,748 ratings
    • THE BEST-SELLING SELF DEVELOPMENT
    • A perennial favorite, How to Win Friends and Influence People upholds its popularity by offering the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment, and much, much more.

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Mark W. Muesse
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      2,718
    • Performance
      2,396
    • Story
      2,344

    You'll come away with a solid basis for your own meditation practice and for bringing meditation's remarkable and empowering benefits to every aspect of your life....

    • Intermittently thought-provoking

    • By David on 12-29-13

    Regular price: $34.95