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 1,223
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,078
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

    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 6,723
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,157

    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 2,603
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,348
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346

    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 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,300
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 807
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 796

    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 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,830
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,961
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,964

    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 430
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 385
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 374

    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 697
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 605
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 610

    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 SydSavvy 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 779
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 717
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 712

    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 jrrich 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 2,517
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300

    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 Kathy 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 208
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    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 208 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 2,358
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,163
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,162

    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 2,443
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031

    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 858
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 791
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 789

    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: $21.67

    • Life After Death

    • By: Damien Echols
    • Narrated by: Damien Echols
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 691
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 636
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 636

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A compelling story-worthwhile listen.

    • By Courtney on 02-27-13

    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 10,803
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,483
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,498

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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect memoir, perfect narration

    • By Mark on 11-22-13

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Navajos Wear Nikes

    • A Reservation Life
    • By: Jim Kristofic
    • Narrated by: Jim Kristofic
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169

    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

    • The Friedkin Connection

    • A Memoir
    • By: William Friedkin
    • Narrated by: William Friedkin
    • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    With such seminal movies as The Exorcist and The French Connection, Academy Award–winning director William Friedkin secured his place as a great filmmaker....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Informative and Fun

    • By PT on 04-20-14

    Regular price: $20.99