Listening is an obsession for me. That obsession is certainly not limited to traditional audiobooks; I am also an avid listener of podcasts. We all have routines in our day-to-day, and often the time spent doing certain activities or traveling between locations is not ideal to really dig into a lengthy audiobook. Each of the amazing audiobooks below are thematic in nature and worth their salt as a whole, yet each chapter holds its own, allowing you to digest it, for example, during a quick run to the grocery store for those couple things you forgot to get on your way home from work. I would challenge you to use the 10 bite-sized listens below to evolve the way you listen each and every day. You won’t be disappointed. - Kyle Souza, Audible Editor
    • Get Well Soon

    • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
    • By: Jennifer Wright
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,219
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,200

    Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

    • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17
    • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
    • By: Jennifer Wright
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 02-07-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585 ratings
    • Plagues, From Dancing to Deadly
    • There is good reason why Get Well Soon won our Best of 2017 award in the History category. Each chapter of this witty, humorous, and at times grotesque listen details a major plague in world history, chronicling the efforts to defeat it, and still finds time to pay tribute to those not fortunate enough to make it out alive. I found this listen to be quite infectious - sorry, I had to - and I think you will too.
    • A Brief History of Vice

    • How Bad Behavior Built Civilization
    • By: Robert Evans
    • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 367
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 335

    Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged research and lively insight to uncover the many and magnificent ways vice has influenced history....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Funny and somewhat informative

    • By Neuron on 08-20-16
    • How Bad Behavior Built Civilization
    • By: Robert Evans
    • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 08-09-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 367 ratings
    • Not Your High School History Book
    • Robert Evans, known for his work with the humor website, Cracked, explores many of the great vices that have shaped our modern civilization in this funny and informative listen that will teach you how to rave like a caveman, and will certainly provide you with plenty of fun facts to spout off at your next dinner party.
    • The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures

    • By: Aaron Mahnke
    • Narrated by: Aaron Mahnke
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 750
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 701
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 695

    A fascinating guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, from the host of the hit podcast Lore....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Just a rehash of the podcast

    • By Elan Diamond on 10-18-17
    • By: Aaron Mahnke
    • Narrated by: Aaron Mahnke
    • Series: The World of Lore, Book 1
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 10-10-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 750 ratings
    • Vampires, ghosts, and ghouls… oh my!
    • Phenom and creator of the wildly popular podcast Lore, Aaron Mahnke brings his beloved voice to the audiobook realm, in which he breaks down the history behind some of our most feared fictional creatures, poltergeists and werewolves included. These creatures may just live in our minds, but does that really make them any less real?
    • West Cork

    • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22,220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,849
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19,846

    This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    • By Ann on 02-13-18
    • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Series: West Cork, Book 1
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 02-08-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 22,220 ratings
    • Murder Shrouded in Mystery
    • Okay, I’m cheating a bit with this pick - because it was conceived as a podcast-like series in the form of an audiobook - but it’s just so damn good that I would be remiss to leave it off of this list. Follow producers Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey as they set out to get to the truth behind a murder to in idyllic West Cork, Ireland – the only one in the past hundred years. And despite their exhaustive research, extensive interviews and analysis, to this day the case has still more questions than answers.
    • This Book Has Balls

    • Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash
    • By: Michael Rapaport
    • Narrated by: Michael Rapaport
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 458
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 414
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412

    Michael Rapaport is here to set the world straight on the greatest and downright worst athletes, players, teams, and jerseys....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gringo Mandingo Mike Rapaport does it again!

    • By Kathryn Lara on 10-24-17
    • Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash
    • By: Michael Rapaport
    • Narrated by: Michael Rapaport
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 10-24-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 458 ratings
    • From the Self-Proclaimed King of Talking Trash
    • This title is a perfect representation of how an audiobook can feel more like so much more than just a person reading to you. Rappaport spends entire chapters voicing distinct characters in a fantasy world where sports debates are settled in a court of law, among other things. This listen is absolutely absurd, in all the best ways, and each chapter brings a fresh, new brand of crazy.
    • Sklars and Stripes

    • By: Randy Sklar, Jason Sklar, Scott Rogowsky
    • Narrated by: The Sklar Brothers
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 398
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 372
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 373

    Randy and Jason Sklar have a knack for exploring what makes America’s cities unique and wonderful....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must listen for comedy fans!

    • By Matthew Amick on 04-13-18
    • By: Randy Sklar, Jason Sklar, Scott Rogowsky
    • Narrated by: The Sklar Brothers
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 04-05-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 398 ratings
    • The real America, with a side of fresh laughs
    • Again, I am cheating a bit with this selection because it’s another podcast masquerading as an audiobook, but it’s just so good I couldn’t leave it off the list. The Sklar Brothers (Better Call Saul, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) journey across the United States to dig deep into the heart of American cities to find what makes them unique. You’ll laugh, because comedy is at its core, but there are also nuggets of political intrigue as citizens from across the land weigh in on the state of our union in the Trump era.
    • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

    • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
    • By: Mark Manson
    • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94,255
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82,696
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82,211

    In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

    • By Bonny on 09-22-16
    • 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
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 94,255 ratings
    • The Anti-Self-Dev Self-Dev
    • Cursing in your book title seems to be the new way to guarantee a hit, and in this case that is definitely true because The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is the Michael Jackson Thriller of the self-development space. Positivity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, rather how you deal with negativity that is the true path to a better, more fulfilled life. Or as Manson not so delicately puts it, “Let’s be honest: shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it.”
    • Basketball (and Other Things)

    • A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated
    • By: Shea Serrano, Reggie Miller
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    This book is made up of 33 chapters. Each chapter is a different basketball question that needs to be answered. Some of them are obviously crucial and some of them are secretly crucial....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • The worst narration on Audible.

    • By Andrew P on 05-02-18
    • A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated
    • By: Shea Serrano, Reggie Miller
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Release date: 10-10-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 146 ratings
    • The Definitive Guide to Basketball Fandom
    • You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Self, why would I want to listen to the audio version of a book with rich illustrations?” That is a fair point, and I am here to assure you this book is just as great in audio as it is in print (I have both). Each chapter provides an answer about basketball: Which dunks are in the disrespectful dunk hall of fame? Or, which was the most perfect duo in NBA history? - to a question you probably have asked yourself but thought it too cumbersome to research on your own. Thank you, Shea Serrano.
    • Girl, Wash Your Face

    • Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
    • By: Rachel Hollis
    • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,251
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19,640
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,509

    Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: That’s a lie....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More for women who are mothers

    • By MeredithNCSU girl on 04-07-18
    • Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
    • By: Rachel Hollis
    • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 02-06-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 22,251 ratings
    • Become the You That You Were Meant to Be
    • Founder of TheChicSite.com, Rachel Hollis is a testament to what it means to overcome self-doubt and make a path for yourself. Each chapter begins with Hollis (she also narrates) relating a self-defeating lie she once believed about herself, and how she overcame it to become a kick-ass individual, all while inspiring you to do the same in your own life.
    • What If?

    • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
    • By: Randall Munroe
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,480
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,844
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,804

    From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd comes this hilarious and informative book of answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Humorous but serious answers to crazy hypothetical

    • By Neuron on 05-08-16
    • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
    • By: Randall Munroe
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 09-02-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 7,480 ratings
    • Dear Abby, but for Wacky Science
    • Researched and written by a former NASA employee, What If? provides answers to the most unimportant scientific conundrums of our time - like what would happen if the earth and everything on earth suddenly stopped spinning but the atmosphere retained its velocity? As it turns out, using scientific tenets to answer absurd questions makes for quite a fun listen.