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.)
    • A Novel
    • By: Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 01-13-15
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 135,317 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

    • By: Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Series: Stormlight Archive, Book 3
    • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 11-14-17
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 37,774 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

    • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
    • By: Mark Manson
    • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 09-13-16
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 125,391 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

  • Regular price: $29.99

    • By: Stephen King
    • Narrated by: Steven Weber
    • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 01-01-16
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 45,966 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

    • By: Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 12-28-08
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 39,795 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

    • By: Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
    • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 07-29-14
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 48,958 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

    • 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 48 mins
    • Release date: 04-03-12
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 33,654 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 Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Series: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
    • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 12-28-03
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 73,499 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

  • Regular price: $29.99

    • By: Tina Fey
    • Narrated by: Tina Fey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 04-05-11
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 53,577 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

    • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
    • By: Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 11-16-10
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 43,055 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: $31.95

    • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
    • By: Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 02-28-12
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 58,537 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

    • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
    • By: Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 12-28-03
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 28,758 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

    • By: Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 09-16-04
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 70,501 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

  • Regular price: $34.95

    • By: Esther Perel
    • Narrated by: Esther Perel
    • Series: Where Should We Begin? Season 1, Book 1
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Release date: 05-18-17
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 6,362 ratings
    • The Most Binged Audio Show
    • In this collection of lectures, Professor Mark W. Muesse provides a solid basis for understanding meditation and mindfulness, which he defines as “a deliberate way of paying attention to what is occurring within oneself as it is happening.”

    Regular price: $0.00