Audiobooks to Get You Through a Breakup

Audiobooks to Get You Through a Breakup

January 1, 2020
The end of a relationship is one of the most emotionally devastating things a person can go through, whether it’s on mutual, amicable terms or not. It’s no secret why there are millions of songs, poems, and films about breakups—heartbreak, sadly, seems to be a shared human experience. But since it’s so universal, that means there’s no shortage of people to turn to for help and advice on how to weather the worst of it all. These listens offer help and healing—from how to handle your emotions to regaining your confidence to how take care of yourself through it all.
    • How to Turn the Pain of a Breakup into Healing, Insight, and New Love
    • By: Susan Piver
    • Narrated by: Susan Piver
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 05-22-13
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 126 ratings
    • In this Buddhist approach to heartbreak, author and narrator Susan Piver teaches listeners how to sit with the pain of a broken heart, what wisdom can be gained from it, and how it can help you heal. Before you check out listens on moving on and letting go, this audiobook will help you to check in with yourself and glean some insight from the pain.
    • The Smart Girl's Breakup Buddy
    • By: Greg Behrendt, Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt
    • Narrated by: Various
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 09-21-05
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 749 ratings
    • The philosophy behind this book is simple: broken stuff isn’t helpful or useful, and sometimes it’s beyond salvaging. You wouldn’t keep trying to use a broken computer or car, so why continue with a broken relationship? Learn how to put a breakup behind you, view it as a fresh start, and change your life for the better with this listen that’s carefully written and narrated by husband-and-wife duo Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt.
    • 75 Easy Steps to Get Over a Breakup
    • By: Kate Anderson
    • Narrated by: Rebekah Amber Clark
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
    • Release date: 03-22-16
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 313 ratings
    • Breakups sometimes seem like the most painful, insurmountable experiences, but best selling author Kate Anderson has 75 simple steps towards helping you recover. They cover a lot of ground, including dealing with social media, friends, and family; getting through the moments of pain and anguish; working towards moving on… and more. Rebekah Amber Clark’s calm, straightforward delivery keeps you focused on healing in a healthy, constructive way.
    • How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
    • By: Shonda Rhimes
    • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 11-10-15
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 19,592 ratings
    • If you want to make changes in your life after a breakup, it can help to try a little positivity. Shonda Rhimes, creator of hit series Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, decided to spend a year saying yes to everything that came her way. She narrates her own story of how that small action changed her life for the better—and it just might inspire you to do the same.
    • Why Relationships End and Living Through the Ending of Yours
    • By: Daphne Rose Kingma
    • Narrated by: Daphne Rose Kingma
    • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
    • Release date: 11-04-15
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 23 ratings
    • Using real-life examples from Daphne Rose Kingma's 25 years of work as a couple’s therapist, the author-narrated The Breakup Bible offers insights into how to turn the end of a relationship into a positive experience. Using exercises and real-life examples, she helps you handle self-doubts about moving on and addresses the questions and fears you have about loving again.
    • By: Meshel Laurie
    • Narrated by: Meshel Laurie
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 01-30-17
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 ratings
    • Comedian Meshel Laurie turned to Buddhist philosophy when her 19-year marriage ended, and gained a lot of insight and wisdom in return. She uses humor and heart to discuss, in her own voice, how to embrace the changes in your life, how to keep calm when your emotions feel like they’re too much to handle, and how to use your pain to grow and learn.
    • By: Elena Ferrante
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 07-07-15
    • Language: English
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 554 ratings
    • Not every day is going to be easy, even when you're giving it your best effort. Sometimes, you just need to commiserate. Indulge in a little wallowing with this electrifying best selling Italian novel of a newly single woman who is losing all control of her life following her breakup. Audie-nominated Hillary Huber’s voice has an enrapturing effect as she spins beloved author Elena Ferrante’s tale of rage and heartbreak.
    • Break Through a Breakup and Get Over Your Ex
    • By: Charity Jenser
    • Narrated by: Kelly Doran
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Release date: 11-28-18
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 125 ratings
    • Self-care is the best way to help yourself after a breakup, which is why breakup books that focus on self-love are important. With the help of Kelly Doran’s soothing delivery, Charity Jenser will teach you about affirmations, morning routines, and workouts necessary to keep you healthy and on track; finding support among friends, family, and experts; how to improve your positive outlook on life… and much more.
    • When Your Relationship Ends
    • By: Bruce Fisher EdD, Robert Alberti PhD
    • Narrated by: Joel Richards
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 02-28-17
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 51 ratings
    • Dr. Fisher shares his divorce process rebuilding blocks, an effective 19-step method for making the experience of a breakup healthier and less traumatic for yourself and your loved ones. He offers sound advice for trying to keep a separation or divorce from taking a terrible toll on your well-being, and even details how you can find hope for your future. Joel Richard’s crisp, genial narration gives the impression of a couple’s therapist offering the best options for moving on in the healthiest way possible, encouraging you to push back against the pain and loss of separation.

Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor, co-host of All the Books, and a Book of the Month judge.
She resides in Maine with her cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon.

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