Weird Jobs

Somebody's Gotta Do It

Peek into the lives of people with weird jobs

Did you know that it’s someone’s actual day job to engineer the pyrotechnics for KISS’s electric guitars? Or that a woman in Australia runs a small business cleaning up after the very worst things that can happen to you? Or that, at the Tower of London, a Yeoman Warder is duty-sworn to feed the ravens their favorite snack of biscuits soaked in blood?? As part of my own (mostly normal) job as memoir editor, I rounded up some of the most fascinating listens about the weirdest professions. You’re welcome. 😘—Rachel, Audible Editor
    • The Ravenmaster

    • My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
    • By: Christopher Skaife
    • Narrated by: Christopher Skaife
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197

    The title of Ravenmaster is a serious title indeed, and after decades of serving the Queen, Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife took on the added responsibility of caring for the infamous ravens. In The Ravenmaster, he lets listeners in on his life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Classic, I Was Spellbound! Master Story Telling!

    • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 10-08-18
    • My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
    • By: Christopher Skaife
    • Narrated by: Christopher Skaife
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Release date: 10-02-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 204 ratings
    • Occupation: Ravenmaster
    • Local legend holds that the city will fall if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London. As the Ravenmaster, Christopher Skaife keeps the ravens happy and the city standing.

    Regular price: $23.95

    • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    • What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
    • By: Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,690
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685

    Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Chris Hadfield Is The Real Thing!

    • By Kindle Customer on 08-16-16
    • What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything
    • By: Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 12-30-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921 ratings
    • Occupation: Astronaut Guitarist
    • While "guitarist" isn't part of his official job description, astronaut Chris Hadfield is known for playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in outer space!

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

    • And Other Lessons from the Crematory
    • By: Caitlin Doughty
    • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,912
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,616
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,603

    Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ms. Frizzle Takes the School Bus to a Morgue

    • By Ren on 06-02-16
    • And Other Lessons from the Crematory
    • By: Caitlin Doughty
    • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 09-19-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,912 ratings
    • Occupation: Mortician
    • One of the world's most outspoken morticians tells the story of how she got into the business and why she's on a mission to change the way we think about death.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Garlic and Sapphires

    • The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
    • By: Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 844
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 452
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 449

    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read engagingly by Bernadette Dunne

    • By Nicole on 11-16-05
    • The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
    • By: Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 04-21-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 844 ratings
    • Occupation: Incognito Food Critic
    • As a famous food critic, Ruth Reichl knew restaurants rolled out the red carpet for her. So she started dining in disguise…and seeing things in a new light.

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Look Me in the Eye

    • My Life with Asperger's
    • By: John Elder Robison
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 961
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 627
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638

    Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits had earned him the label "social deviant"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Refreshing!

    • By Anne on 10-27-07
    • My Life with Asperger's
    • By: John Elder Robison
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 09-13-07
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 961 ratings
    • Occupation: Guitar Special Effects Engineer
    • As someone who always found machines easier to understand than people, Jon Elder Robison felt right at home designing pyrotechnic effects for KISS.

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Electric Woman

    • A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts
    • By: Tessa Fontaine
    • Narrated by: Tessa Fontaine
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Turns out, one lesson applies to living through illness, keeping the show on the road, letting go of the person you love most, and eating fire: The trick is there is no trick. You eat fire by eating fire....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this book.

    • By sdenise on 06-16-18
    • A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts
    • By: Tessa Fontaine
    • Narrated by: Tessa Fontaine
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 05-01-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 40 ratings
    • Occupation: Carnival Performer
    • Some people dream of running away with the circus; Tessa Fontaine really did it. From escape artist to snake charmer to high-voltage Electra, she learned the tricks of the carnival trade.

    Regular price: $37.09

    • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    • Memoirs of a Literary Forger
    • By: Lee Israel
    • Narrated by: Jane Curtin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    Now a major motion picture starring Melissa McCarthy - Lee Israel’s hilarious and shocking memoir of the almost two years when she forged and sold more than 300 letters by such literary notables as Dorothy Parker and Noel Coward....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The most interesting since

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-24-19
    • Memoirs of a Literary Forger
    • By: Lee Israel
    • Narrated by: Jane Curtin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 09-18-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 137 ratings
    • Occupation: Forgery Artist
    • What do you do when you're a down-on-your-luck biographer? If you're Lee Israel, you start using your talents to forge literary letters and become a criminal mastermind.

    Regular price: $10.49

    • From the Corner of the Oval

    • A Memoir
    • By: Beck Dorey-Stein
    • Narrated by: Beck Dorey-Stein
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 578
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 531
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 530

    In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist lands her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I kept waiting

    • By L. N. Smith on 08-01-18
    • A Memoir
    • By: Beck Dorey-Stein
    • Narrated by: Beck Dorey-Stein
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 07-10-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 578 ratings
    • Occupation: Presidential Stenographer
    • Recent college grad Beck Dorey-Stein answered a job posting on Craigslist, blew off the first interview, and then found herself working as a stenographer in the Oval Office.

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Fashion Climbing

    • A Memoir
    • By: Bill Cunningham, Hilton Als - preface
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    The untold story of a New York City legend's education in creativity and style....

    • A Memoir
    • By: Bill Cunningham, Hilton Als - preface
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 09-04-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 34 ratings
    • Occupation: Hat Designer
    • Before he became a celebrated street fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham enjoyed a stint as one of New York's most outlandish hat designers.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Trauma Cleaner

    • By: Sarah Krasnostein
    • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, trophy wife....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful, emotional, and perfectly narrated.

    • By LitWitWineDine on 06-30-18
    • By: Sarah Krasnostein
    • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 04-10-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 168 ratings
    • Occupation: Trauma Cleaner
    • Although it's impossible to sum up Sandra Pankhurst's job in just a few words, here's a start: her small business cleans up after the very worst things that can happen to you.

    Regular price: $24.47