20 Best Motivational Audiobooks for Jump Starting Your Life

20 Best Motivational Audiobooks for Jump-Starting Your Life


December 6, 2019
For most of us, motivation tends to ebb and flow; sometimes, even the act of staying motivated feels like something we need to inspire ourselves to do. When you hit a rut, there’s no shame in calling in reinforcements, and luckily, our catalog has a vast selection of them. We’ve compiled this list of the 20 best motivational audiobooks for all the times you need a boost to get going.
    • By: Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated by: Rhonda Byrne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 11-17-06
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 20,171 ratings
    • This audiobook is beloved in the motivational genre and has even been recommended by some of the most impressive celebrity tastemakers in the world (like Oprah!). After just a few minutes of listening, you’re sure to be a believer too. Author Rhonda Byrne performs her own text, which focuses on our internal power to manifest change with mindfulness and intentionality, making for the perfect guide on the journey to self-empowerment. Since the idea that simply visualizing a goal can help bring about its achievement can sound a bit far-fetched, Byrne is sure to include examples, research, and testimonials interwoven throughout her narrative to support the legitimacy of the Law of Attraction. She is also joined by the voices of contributors who collectively make this listen feel like an encouraging conversation instead of a how-to manual.
    • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
    • By: Jen Sincero
    • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 09-16-13
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 49,342 ratings
    • Lots of motivational content is designed to help you become awesome; Jen Sincero is here to convince you how awesome you already are. In this Audie Award-winning audiobook, she approaches New Age wellness topics with frankness and open-heartedness to help the listener cut through the haze that prevents you from being your best self. This audiobook is centered on attitude and confidence, and Sincero’s narrative performance has a lot of both. Her delivery is a perfect complement to the tone she adopts in the book. In fact, listening to her advice is a lot like having a heart-to-heart with the most honest, hilarious friend in your life. If you could use a bit of tough love with a side of humor, Sincero offers exactly that.
    • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
    • By: Marie Kondo
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Series: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Book 1
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 01-06-15
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 28,759 ratings
    • By now, most of us are familiar with organization sensation Marie Kondo and her passion for turning messes into opportunities for growth and reflection. In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo’s trademark zeal for taming one’s space is exactly what listeners can expect to hear. The straightforward structure of the audiobook, its relatively short audio time, and the careful, clear narration make this listening experience feel like meditation. Though much of Kondo’s advice is practical, Emily Woo Zeller’s excellent performance helps the author’s words about treating your space, your items, and yourself with dignity feel both informational and inspirational. By the end of the audiobook, it might be difficult not to immediately Marie Kondo everything in your home.
    • By: Brian Tracy
    • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 08-24-18
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341 ratings
    • Staying motivated would be easy if everything we had to do matched everything we wanted to do. Unfortunately, that’s not the case—which is something author-narrator Brian Tracy knows all too well. Eat That Frog! is his advice for maximizing our task-doing impact on those items you put off, making you not only happier when they’re complete, but much more efficient too. With crisp, clear narration by Tracy himself, this audiobook is the perfect choice for any listener looking to beat the endless cycle of procrastination, boost productivity, and adopt a better system of time management.
    • The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
    • By: David Allen
    • Narrated by: David Allen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 02-23-16
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,262 ratings
    • The first edition of Getting Things Done has been a cornerstone of the motivational genre for years, and in this updated version, David Allen has expanded his already foolproof method to account for more modern challenges that the era of technology presents. Productivity, Allen asserts, is simply about organizing your to-dos in the proper way so you don’t overwhelm your brain. Once you’ve done that, it’s possible to reach the ever-elusive inbox zero—both in your literal email server and the rest of your life. Allen narrates this audiobook with the comforting tone of someone who is a true expert in his field. Listening to his anecdotes about how he developed his method is like listening to a particularly great university lecture—whether you decide to take notes or not is up to you.
    • The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
    • By: Grant Cardone
    • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 07-19-11
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 35,161 ratings
    • When was the last time you really considered your limits and whether you’re pushing yourself to achieve all that’s possible in life? This audiobook packs a motivational punch—it doesn’t beat around the bush, but instead teaches you how to wake up and do the work necessary to get what you want. Narrating his own work with an infectious passion for life and success, Cardone lays out his 31 tenets of success, most of which hinge on the notion that being successful takes high rates of activity (10x our normal rate, to be specific). Pushing ourselves into overdrive, Cardone says, gives you the ability to reach for bigger and better in all areas of your life—better personal relationships, stronger moral ethics, bigger risks, and all-out commitment to your dreams.
    • 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 128,837 ratings
    • Sheer positivity can only sustain one’s motivation for so long. At some point, we all experience circumstances or emotions that require more than just an upbeat attitude to deal with. In The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson speaks directly and honestly to listeners about how to deal with the f*cked up world around them, without losing their motivation to do great things. The content within is just as unique (and blunt) as the title, with intentionally provocative chapter titles, like Happiness Is a Problem and You’re Wrong about Everything (But So Am I). It’s clear from every element of the audiobook that Manson is not your everyday motivational guru—and that’s what sets him apart. Former Air Force broadcaster Roger Wayne narrates this listen; his friendly yet authoritative tone and perfect pacing balance out Manson’s no-nonsense instructions for muscling through the tougher parts of life. This is an excellent choice for anyone, but an especially great choice for self-help skeptics who may otherwise reject the optimistic outlook of the self-dev genre.
    • Living the Wisdom of the Tao
    • By: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated by: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 12-31-06
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491 ratings
    • Not all motivational wisdom that applies to modern life is from the modern era. Dr. Wayne Dyer has dedicated much of his life to parsing the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching—ancient Chinese verses dictated by a man named Lao-tzu—and applying it to 21st-century circumstances with scholastic thoroughness. Dyer includes not only all 81 verses of the Tao, compiled by hand from 10 of the best and most enduring translations, but also 81 essays in which he interprets the lessons each verse contains and makes the ideas accessible for the modern listener. The understanding Dyer has of the Tao is impressive, supported by years of study and research, and we’re glad to have him as an interpreter of its timeless wisdom. As listeners explore the meaning behind such verses as the way never acts yet leaves something undone, the ancient words and Dr. Dyer’s soothing voice blend seamlessly to create a listening experience that is near transcendent.
    • Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
    • By: Gabrielle Bernstein
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Bernstein
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 09-24-19
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,569 ratings
    • In her seventh title, best selling author Gabrielle Bernstein allows herself to dive deep into the spirituality of her teachings on the law of attraction. For listeners familiar with Bernstein, it should be an enjoyable, easy jump from her past work to this new exploration, and for new listeners, all that’s required to enjoy is an open mind. Super Attractor is an Audible Editors Pick and an engaging, motivating look at how being in alignment with higher forces at work in our lives can bring us the things we’ve always wanted.

      Bernstein provides listeners with personal anecdotes about her manifestation practices, practical mental exercises for encouraging mental alignment, and advice for being realistic with yourself while also radically ambitious about what good things you can attract. Her narration is warm and inviting, and as she draws listeners deeper into the spirituality behind her advice, this selection begins to feel like a much-needed cleansing meditation.
    • Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
    • By: Oliver Burkeman
    • Narrated by: Oliver Burkeman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 12-11-12
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428 ratings
    • For every fan of motivational literature, there are just as many skeptics of the genre, and that’s understandable—it can be tough to get on the same level of enthusiasm some authors possess. Oliver Burkeman writes for exactly the type of listener who needs motivation, but hasn’t the desire to digest it in its characteristically optimistic format. Subverting our expectations of motivational books, he delivers his thesis that positivity doesn’t always work; therefore, sometimes only the negative path can help us. Listening to Burkeman tell us, in his own words and voice, that it’s okay (and even powerful) to embrace every inescapable, ugly fact in our lives is a powerful experience unlike that of any other audiobook in the genre. The Antidote encourages the listener to move radically toward truth, no matter how painful, making it a standout among its peers.
    • Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
    • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 01-05-10
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 10,243 ratings
    • Sitting at the popular intersection between the motivational and entrepreneurship genres, this audiobook provides just as much great life advice as it does strategy for entrepreneurial success. Vaynerchuk, who energetically narrates his own work, encourages the listener not to seek out a career that fits their passions, but to find a way to turn their passions into a career. It is only in doing so, this listen argues, that you can identify the line of work you have enough drive to pursue aggressively to achieve success. Hearing the author tell his own success story—ups and downs included—is as inspiring as it is helpful, and his passion for his own project is the perfect companion to yours.
    • By: Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated by: Ryan Vincent Anderson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 05-23-18
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,310 ratings
    • This ambitious audiobook follows in the footsteps of best selling author Jonathan Haidt’s first book, The Righteous Man, to bring more ancient wisdom to the motivational book canon. Here, he studies individual ideas that have endured through centuries and permeated different cultures, examining the source of their staying power. Listeners are encouraged to find comfort in how blockers to happiness, though they may feel completely unique, have been universally felt by millions across times and cultures. With Haidt’s diligent, thoughtful examination brought to life by the skillful narration of Ryan Vincent Anderson, the listening experience is simultaneously like an enthralling lecture series and an excavation of the wisdom of past ages.
    • By: David Schwartz
    • Narrated by: Jason Culp
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 10-06-15
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,475 ratings
    • To say this book is popular with listeners would be a massive understatement. Millions of people have engaged with Schwartz’s classic (originally published in 1959), and millions have come away inspired and changed. Today, the wisdom within is just as resonant—and actor Jason Culp’s narration ensures every word has an impact. Schwartz’s message is simple: to get the big results we all dream about, we have to think big first. Once we start thinking big, we can act big and then, finally, achieve big. The best part of this audiobook is how easy the advice is to follow and implement—after each chapter, Schwartz recaps the most important points and practical takeaways so the message never fails to stick.
    • By: Napoleon Hill, Don Green - introduction
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 09-19-17
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 664 ratings
    • How to Own Your Own Mind is a unique opportunity to hear motivational advice in the original words (performed with measured, deliberate delivery by actor Robertson Dean) from one of the most revered and successful people in history: Andrew Carnegie. Napoleon Hill’s original interview with the steel magnate provides the structure for each of the three (yes, only three) chapters of this audiobook in which Hill explores the most important steps to having a mind that works with your ambitions instead of against them. The cadence established by the question-and-answer format of this audiobook gives it a rhythmic quality that makes it particularly easy to listen to. But don’t be fooled—the simple structure contains nuanced, in-depth gems of advice for diving into our own thoughts.
    • By: Zig Ziglar
    • Narrated by: Zig Ziglar
    • Series: Nightingale-Conant: Achievement
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 04-25-16
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 765 ratings
    • Over the years, Zig Ziglar has cultivated a band of devotees who swear by his ability to continually motivate them. The 25th anniversary edition of his smash-hit motivational program is a great place to either listen to his teachings for the first time or to re-experience his inspiring methods for a self-dev top-up. The lessons within are comprehensive, touching on everything from harnessing the subconscious for more success to defending against the negative energies you interact with every day. Ziglar’s energy is unmatched and undeniable, so listening to the live recording of the seminar where he presents his program provides an unforgettable experience. You’ll feel as if you’re sitting among his other students, soaking up his answers to seemingly every question and methods to combat every negative thought you’ve ever had.
    • The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    • By: Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 12-29-09
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 6,057 ratings
    • Whereas some motivational books focus on taking emotion-centered paths to changing minds and behaviors, Daniel H. Pink’s chosen method is scientific. He uses decades worth of data and research to dive deep into the science of what motivates human beings, connecting it with observable practices in the workplace that succeed or fail in motivating employees. This listen is short and consumable, something topical and easy to listen to on the job or on your commute that will invite questions about the motivational framework of both your corporate community and your personal life. Coupled with an author-narrated performance that one listener called open and straightforward, Drive is the perfect audiobook to keep you moving forward.
    • Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
    • By: John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated by: Chris Sorenson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
    • Release date: 06-01-09
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103 ratings
    • Looking outward for examples of success can be one of the surest ways to motivate yourself, and best selling author John C. Maxwell provides 11 different models in How Successful People Think. Maxwell lays out each type with specific details and practical applications that make his advice easy to tangibly apply to our lives. This selection is an almost effortless listen—it’s digestible, straightforward, well-structured, and actionable, making it easy to follow along. Narration by award-winning audiobook veteran Chris Sorenson only furthers the directness of the core message, ensuring that you’ll be thinking more effectively and holistically than ever.
    • 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
    • By: Jesse Itzler
    • Narrated by: Jesse Itzler
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 11-03-15
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 10,317 ratings
    • You might think having a Navy SEAL as your roommate would bring about an attitude of stoicism—but when author-narrator Jesse Itzler invited Navy SEAL David Goggins to live with him, it instead caused a boatload of unexpected shenanigans. From Goggins’s scheduling a snowy run in the middle of the night to a series of unfortunate walk-ins, Itzler recounts his housemate’s antics in a way that brings some much-needed humor to the motivational genre. Along the winding road of Itzler’s month with a SEAL, expect joy, friendship, and a healthy dose of serious motivation. (After all, Goggins is also an ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, and current world-record holder for most push-ups in 24 hours.) In the end, what he offers Itzler and listeners alike is a much-needed attitude adjustment: what we think we’re capable of is nowhere near our limits
    • By: Seth Godin
    • Narrated by: Seth Godin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 03-01-11
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,032 ratings
    • Author-narrator Seth Godin thinks that achieving success in the world as it currently stands is the last thing we should be trying to do. Instead, his focus is on breaking the mold and forging our own path—creating a new reality instead of finding our place in an existing one. Poke the Box is the culmination of Godin’s ideas that have been published in his other, briefer works about counter-cultural thinking and change. Assembled here, they form a cohesive guide to using subversion of the norm to accomplish one’s goals. You’ll love this audiobook for its one-sitting length—clocking in at just about two hours, it’s perfect for a quick jolt of motivation—and its ability to break open old thought patterns in such a short amount of time.
    • The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
    • By: Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Release date: 05-06-14
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 13,706 ratings
    • In The Obstacle Is the Way, author and narrator Ryan Holiday posits that successful figures throughout history were not successful in spite of their obstacles, but rather because they engaged with those obstacles and impossibilities in a specific way. The principles and stories Holiday lays out in support of these claims are nothing short of fascinating. In exploring an ancient formula for success with a tone that feels like listeners are on a field trip through time, this audio—which one listener called crystal clear and well-paced—is sure to have you rethinking the way you approach every roadblock along the way.


Inclusion in Audible’s “best audiobooks” series is based on a number of factors, including presence on Audible best seller lists,
listener ratings and reviews, Goodreads ratings, and input from the Audible Editors. All audiobooks featured here have a minimum
of 500 reviews averaging at least 4.5 stars, with some exceptions made for outstanding stories and performances.





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