TED-Ed's thoughtful, curiosity-invoking animations are viewed by millions of people around the world every day. And now, the producers of the TED-Ed video library are building an audiobook library.

TED-Ed, on partnering with Audible

“If you're interested in diving deeper into some of the topics covered in our animated videos, you've come to the right place! We're on a quixotic quest to pair every TED-Ed lesson with a great book recommendation, and thanks to Audible, we've created our very own audiobook library full of books loved by the TED-Ed team. Check back regularly for new book recommendations and accompanying TED-Ed animations!”

TED-Ed's Top Picks

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31,201
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26,508
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26,512

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

    • By J. Medany on 05-08-05
    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 1
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 04-28-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 31,201 ratings
    • Why we love this book...
    • "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a zany thrill ride of a novel that sticks to your brainy bits long after you've chuckled through the last page. The larger-than-life characters that populate this wicked and whimsical satire hilariously hurtle through the depths of space as they investigate life, the universe, and everything. Adams' witty, irreverent, and delightfully British humor have kept Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Marvin the Paranoid Android, and the rest of the hitchhiking crew zipping around my mind for decades." —Emilie Soffe, TED-Ed Team

    Regular price: $21.00

    • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • By: Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa - translator
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,931
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,637
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,645

    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Audiobook!

    • By Greg on 02-26-14
    • By: Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa - translator
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 01-28-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2,931 ratings
    • Why we love this book...
    • "Filled with supernatural phenomena so common that normal events become magical, One Hundred Years of Solitude follows the lives of seven generations of the Buendía family in the fictional town of Macondo. The novel recounts their challenges, triumphs, and failures in such lush detail that if you skip a sentence you might lose your place in the narrative. Just below the surface, you can also find parallels between the fictional events of the book and the actual events of Latin American history, reflecting both the omnipresence of tragedy and the possibilities for hope in even the worst situations." —Francisco Díez-Buzo, TED-Ed Team

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

    • A Novel
    • By: Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,699
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,742
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,710

    From prize-winning, best-selling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

    • By JQR on 12-01-16
    • A Novel
    • By: Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 08-02-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 10,699 ratings
    • Why we love this book...
    • "This book is an intense exploration of the atrocities of slavery through a blend of historical fact and fiction that borders on magical realism at times. The underground railroad shows up as an actual train system that delivers the protagonist, Cora, to a series of radically different states in a Gulliver’s Travels-esque epic struggle for freedom. I found it to be a powerful, moving, and insightful read; it has informed the way I think about the legacy of slavery in America." —Alex Rosenthal, TED-Ed Team

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Hallucinations

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren, Oliver Sacks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 597
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 511
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 504

    Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not Just Hallucinations

    • By Pamela Harvey on 01-05-13
    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren, Oliver Sacks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 11-06-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 597 ratings
    • Why we love this book...
    • "Hallucinations opened my eyes to a whole world of phenomena, which Oliver Sacks explores through a combination of neuroscience and case study. Some, like phantom limbs, were fascinatingly unfamiliar. Others, like the hypnagogic hallucinations associated with falling asleep, were exciting because they were so familiar—I'd experienced them myself without having a name for them or realizing how common they are. Throughout this book, Sacks simultaneously exposes his readers to the wildest extremes of perception and points out the experiences we all have in common, though we might not know it." —Elizabeth Cox, TED-Ed Team

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

    • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23,602
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,699
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,631

    After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

    • By ambER on 04-20-17
    • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 04-04-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 23,602 ratings
    • Why we love this book...
    • “In spite of its dystopian features, the story is full of color, texture, and even humor. Its world is tangible and alive, placing the reader in the moment with Offred as she shuttles through a complex web of oppressive restrictions and navigates schemes, small and large, to undermine the regime.” —Elizabeth Cox, TED-Ed script producer

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Algorithms to Live By

    • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
    • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Brian Christian
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,864
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,549
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,480

    A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Beware non-techies

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-11-16
    • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
    • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Brian Christian
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 04-19-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 9,864 ratings
    • Why we love this book...
    • “If you’re the type of person who likes the idea of alphabetizing your bookshelf as quickly as possible, finding the optimal parking spot, or just generally making the most of your limited time and resources, this is the book for you. This book doesn’t shy away from complexity, but it does so without requiring a technical background. As someone who couldn’t program his way out of a microwave oven, I appreciated this approach.” —Alex Rosenthal, TED-Ed editorial producer

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Norse Mythology

    • By: Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37,997
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34,745
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34,580

    Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention to the source, presenting a rendition of the great northern tales....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

    • By Jefferson on 02-24-17
    • By: Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 02-07-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 37,997 ratings
    • Why we love this book...
    • “Neil Gaiman brings the Norse pantheon to life with his signature, masterful storytelling style while staying true to the source material. The gods in these stories occupy a murky moral space and have some pretty zany adventures, so it’s a joy to go along for the ride.” —Alex Rosenthal, TED-Ed editorial producer

    Regular price: $23.95

    • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • By: Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,573
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,024
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,023

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "Lest we forget how fragile we are..."

    • By ESK on 02-23-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Room of One's Own

    • By: Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 769
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 699
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 695

    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Required reading for literary critics, feminists,

    • By Seth H. Wilson on 07-15-13
    • By: Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 08-04-11
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 769 ratings
    • Why we love this book...
    • “This novel explores the intertwined relationship between women, art, literature, and financial independence... This book is so prescient and evergreen that it's hard to believe it was written almost 100 years ago.” —Jessica Ruby, TED-Ed production coordinator

    Regular price: $14.17

Take a listen with TED-Ed

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
  • Algorithms to Live By
  • Norse Mythology
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales
  • A Room of One's Own
  • Hallucinations

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