This collection of eye-opening, inspiring listens sheds light on what it’s like to live with autism, and explores the unique experiences, talents, and gifts that go along with it. Broaden your understanding and show your support for the autism community—whether that’s you, someone you love, or someone you have yet to get to know.
—The Audible Editors
A Very Important Conversation
"In most discussions, autism is treated as a newly modern phenomenon, but it has a long and fascinating history. A history that, if it were more widely understood, could drastically reshape the very important conversations we are having about neurodiversity. Steve Silberman offers a fantastically in-depth, and consistently engaging, exploration of autism’s legacy and the legacy of autistic individuals. But what was most exciting for me was the thought that autism represents an evolution in human behavior and thought that could have profound benefits for our society as a whole. Narrator William Hughes is an excellent science narrator, adding depth and character during historical anecdotes, and a peppy enthusiasm to more technical explanations." —Michael D., Audible Editor
No Toys in the Fish Tank
"As an oldest child, I know from experience that sibling responsibilities constantly multiply. Not only are you navigating your own life, you inevitably end up as a de facto caregiver, tutor, and example for your brothers and sisters. In Rules, 12-year-old Catherine is juggling all that and the extra support her brother’s autism requires. She knows what situations are challenging for him and is always looking ahead for moments that might throw him for a loop. To help, she keeps a running list of rules for David—everything from conversational cues to what can (or can’t) go in the fish tank. And those rules are helping me think about how I navigate the world and what I can do to make it easier for others." —Heather, Audible Editor
A Magical Story About Love and A Little Bit of Math
"Our romance editors recommended this listen for me, and I immediately fell in love with its leading lady, Stella. Her Asperger’s makes her fantastic at her job as an econometrician, but leaves her doubting her abilities in love and romance. So she does what any logical person would do: she hires a professional tutor, i.e. a male escort named Michael. (I’ll just let that sink in for a minute.) The Kiss Quotient checks so many of my boxes: it’s progressive, sex-positive, and considerate of both Stella and Michael’s respective identities. I also really appreciated the depiction of Stella’s Asperger’s—as someone who’s not neurotypical myself (who even is?!) I love a good story about neurodiversity, and this one feels exceptionally authentic as the author has Asperger’s too. That #ownvoices magic, guys. Finally, there’s a really cute analogy about economics and underwear and love, and I can’t even with how weird and sweet it is." —Rachel S., Audible Editor
The Friend You'd Want in Your Squad
"It’s not every day that you find a thriller lead by such a unique protagonist as Nate, a lone vigilante and leg amputee. Being in his head is an experience to be remembered—and thanks to a stellar performance by narrator Zach Villa, a happy one. However, to me, the real jewel of Night Man is Jar, Nate’s tech-savvy best friend who also happens to be on the autism spectrum. She not only provides all of the high-tech information and data, but also lends a listening ear to her friend as he battles demons of his own. From the confines of her Bangkok apartment, the digital world is her jam, and where she can make full use of her unique talents and gifts. I can’t decide if I want to be Jar, or if I want her to be my best friend." —Nicole, Audible Editor
A One-of-a-Kind Memoir
"David Finch in no way uses his Asperger's diagnosis as an excuse. He admits to sometimes being a jerk who is hard to live with—just like so many other people regardless of their status on the autism spectrum. But knowledge is power, and humor heals. Finch uses both of these in his life, and in particular in his relationship with his wife (who may just have an even better sense of humor than he does). Listening to him talk about his experience gives a genuine view into the challenges, joys, and human follies he's faced—from the perspective of someone with Asperger's. There's a lot in here I think everyone can relate to and learn from." —Tricia F., Audible Editor
Science, Discovery & ParentingThese cutting-edge and classic explorations are geared toward advocates, allies, and supporters of those who love someone with autism.
MemoirThese first-hand accounts will make a big impact on anyone seeking to understand autism from the inside.
Kids & TeensStories to share with the little ones and the big ones to build empathy and understanding.
Novel CharactersFrom falling in love to solving mysteries, there’s nothing these literary favorites can’t do (and in their own unique way).
Dr. Temple GrandinPerhaps one of the world’s most famous autism advocates, Dr. Grandin has offered invaluable insights into animal behavior through her groundbreaking research and the lens of her own autism.
Interview: Listen in as best-selling author Tracey Garvis Graves talks to us about her new book, The Girl He Used To Know, and why she wanted to tell the story of an amazing young woman living with autism and the romance she discovers.
- The Girl He Used to Know
- I really, really love novels that are a blend of contemporary romance or another subset of romances.