JOURNALISTIC NONFICTION

A novel approach to true stories
A great piece of nonfiction can be as riveting, and in many ways even more captivating, than any fictionalized thriller. The books on this list, and their authors, are completely steeped in real life. Each is an example of "immersion journalism" in a full-length book—where a writer follows a subject or theme for a long period of time (weeks or months) and details an individual's experiences from a deeply personal perspective.
    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • By: Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,808
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,699
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,737

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing Story

    • By Prisca on 04-30-10

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Missoula

    • Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
    • By: Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,985

    From best-selling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Without Consent

    • By Cynthia on 05-02-15

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Dead Mountain

    • The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
    • By: Donnie Eichar
    • Narrated by: Donnie Eichar
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,374
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,187

    In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery & Intrigue In The Ural Mountains

    • By Sara on 06-30-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Five Days at Memorial

    • Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
    • By: Sheri Fink
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,326
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,166
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

    Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina - and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Must Read

    • By Sharon on 09-13-13

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Salt Sugar Fat

    • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
    • By: Michael Moss
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day)....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is all too real, and YOU are the victim.

    • By Michael on 03-03-13

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Devil's Highway

    • A True Story
    • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330

    Brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of Southern Arizona....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Part Death Physiology, Part Tragic Poem

    • By L. Lyter on 10-19-12

    Regular price: $22.80

    • In Cold Blood

    • By: Truman Capote
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,977
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,212

    On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Still the Best

    • By Lisa on 01-10-06

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Way of the Knife

    • The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
    • By: Mark Mazzetti
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 337
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 281
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 284

    Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Mazzetti examines secret wars over the past decade, tracking key characters from the intelligence and military communities across the world....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent critique of covert operations

    • By Keefer on 04-27-13

    Regular price: $25.19

    • Red Platoon

    • A True Story of American Valor
    • By: Clinton Romesha
    • Narrated by: Will Damron, Clinton Romesha
    • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,072
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,000
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 997

    In 2009 Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing Memoir

    • By Daniela on 05-08-16

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Behind the Beautiful Forevers

    • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
    • By: Katherine Boo
    • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,688
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,469

    From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century’s great, unequal cities....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An Antidote for Shantaram

    • By Dr. on 06-14-12

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Detroit

    • An American Autopsy
    • By: Charlie LeDuff
    • Narrated by: Eric Martin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 956
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 860
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 856

    In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • WOW

    • By Avid Reader and Listener on 07-09-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Under the Banner of Heaven

    • A Story of Violent Faith
    • By: Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,822
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,582
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Makes you think

    • By Ashley on 04-06-06

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Roughing It

    • By: Mark Twain
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 351
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 351

    In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The wild humorist of the West

    • By Tad Davis on 01-02-12

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Toms River

    • A Story of Science and Salvation
    • By: Dan Fagin
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257

    One of New Jersey’s quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Toms River Resident

    • By Beezie Reader on 04-22-13
    • A Story of Science and Salvation
    • By: Dan Fagin
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 03-19-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 283 ratings

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Deep Down Dark

    • The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
    • By: Héctor Tobar
    • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 805
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 711
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 715

    The exclusive, official story of the survival, faith, and family of Chile’s 33 trapped miners....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Profound

    • By Deborah on 12-18-14
    • The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
    • By: Héctor Tobar
    • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Release date: 10-07-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 805 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Dear Leader

    • Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea
    • By: Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated by: Daniel York
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497

    In this rare insider's view into contemporary North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding! A life-changing listen.

    • By Gotta Tellya on 09-29-14
    • Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea
    • By: Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated by: Daniel York
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 07-01-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613 ratings

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Ghettoside

    • A True Story of Murder in America
    • By: Jill Leovy
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364

    A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wish I liked it more

    • By Deborah on 03-05-15
    • A True Story of Murder in America
    • By: Jill Leovy
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 01-27-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529 ratings

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Thank You for Your Service

    • By: David Finkel
    • Narrated by: Arthur Bishop
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157

    In Thank You for Your Service, Finkel writes with tremendous compassion not just about the soldiers but about their wives and children....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wrenching

    • By Scott on 01-03-14

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Professor and the Madman

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,979
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,977
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,993

    Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect example of a quality audible book.

    • By Jerry on 07-07-03

    Regular price: $20.52

    • Dirty Wars

    • The World Is a Battlefield
    • By: Jeremy Scahill
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 669
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 580
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 591

    In this groundbreaking book of new reportage, sure to stir a global debate, journalist Jeremy Scahill - author of the acclaimed international best seller Blackwater - takes us into the heart of the War on Terror’s most dangerous battlefields....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantastic book -- and disturbing

    • By Lanlady on 06-08-13

    Regular price: $23.07