Their Words, Their Voices

Whether it's a tell-all memoir or a fantastic piece of fiction, authors know their subject matter better than anyone. So when a great author also happens to be a terrific narrator, the result can be a real masterpiece. Here some of the very best author-narrated books.
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    • Yes, Chef

    • A Memoir
    • By: Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated by: Marcus Samuelsson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fun and inspiring civics lesson

    • By loix on 06-27-12

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Angela's Ashes

    • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
    • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
    • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,442
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,801
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,803

    Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, movingly read in his own voice, bears all the marks....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

    • By Karen on 01-30-03

    Regular price: $47.20

    • My Story

    • By: Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Smart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,986
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,691
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,687

    For the first time, 10 years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well Done! Riveting and Emotional

    • By Matthew Wyman on 10-16-13

    Regular price: $20.99

    • I Feel Bad About My Neck

    • And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
    • By: Nora Ephron
    • Narrated by: Nora Ephron
    • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,448
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 942
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 930

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Don't make me get out of the car...

    • By Kestrel on 10-09-06

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Eat, Pray, Love

    • One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia
    • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,236
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,232

    She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Inner Journey within an External One

    • By YoginiZora on 07-20-06

    Regular price: $31.50

    • All Souls

    • A Family Story from Southie
    • By: Michael Patrick MacDonald
    • Narrated by: Michael Patrick MacDonald
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 482
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 432
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 421

    A breakaway best seller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald's Southie....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If I could' I would've finished the book in a sing

    • By Shantanu Sharma on 06-25-13

    Regular price: $26.60

    • Mom & Me & Mom

    • By: Maya Angelou
    • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
    • Length: 4 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 956
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 830
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 835

    The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple best-selling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Never Enough Mom Books

    • By Syd Young on 02-04-14

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Son of Hamas

    • A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices
    • By: Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Narrated by: Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 886
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 811
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 807

    Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas.....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very insightful look at the underbelly of Hamas.

    • By C,L, Richey on 05-05-14

    Regular price: $20.99

    • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    • What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
    • By: Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,902
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,897

    Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Chris Hadfield Is The Real Thing!

    • By Kindle Customer on 08-16-16

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Long Way Home

    • A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him
    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Laura Caldwell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189

    Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago's very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't commit....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling and important

    • By G Pigott on 03-04-13
    • A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him
    • By: Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated by: Laura Caldwell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 01-28-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 212 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Tattoos on the Heart

    • The Power of Boundless Compassion
    • By: Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated by: Gregory Boyle
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,038
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,794
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,788

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compassion is God

    • By Jay on 02-08-14

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Tuesdays with Morrie

    • 20th Anniversary Edition
    • By: Mitch Albom
    • Narrated by: Mitch Albom
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,773

    Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient, and wise who understood you when you were young and searching....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live

    • By AudioAddict on 04-17-16

    Regular price: $13.96

    • How to Be Black

    • By: Baratunde Thurston
    • Narrated by: Baratunde Thurston
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 905
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 831
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 830

    Beyond memoir, this guidebook offers practical advice on everything from "How to Be the Black Friend" to "How to Be the (Next) Black President" to "How to Celebrate Black History Month"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How to Be Free

    • By Gregory on 02-04-12

    Regular price: $4.55

    • Life After Death

    • By: Damien Echols
    • Narrated by: Damien Echols
    • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 871
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 808
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 807

    The definitive memoir by Damien Echols of the "West Memphis Three", who was falsely convicted of committing three murders. Hear this unforgettable account of his 18 years on death row....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Living Poem

    • By Kelli Perkins on 05-22-13

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Glass Castle

    • A Memoir
    • By: Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,405
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,928
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,943

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A CAPTIVATING READ

    • By Jennifer on 09-25-12

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Navajos Wear Nikes

    • A Reservation Life
    • By: Jim Kristofic
    • Narrated by: Jim Kristofic
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    Just before starting second grade, Jim Kristofic moved from Pittsburgh across the country to Ganado, Arizona, when his mother took a job at a hospital on the Navajo Reservation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining and Educational

    • By Savanna A Harvey on 07-13-15

    Regular price: $19.95