Audio books that can be simply defined as the recording of the book is the trending activity right now among the book geeks. There are many people who love to read a book but find the process of reading through the text much tiring. Audio books really serve the purpose for those people and you can actually know what in the book without having to read through the pages.
Isn’t the idea amazing? The audio books have undoubtedly amazed a lot of people and that is why it is getting popular more and more. Not just the book lovers, but the audio books are equally famous among people who love to listen to some great stories.
Audio books are a great source of knowledge for people who want to know the text but have little to no interest to delve into the physical pages. There are a lot of good books right now who have their audio books available. The text in this audio books is read by different people with a soothing voice.
From thousands of audio books available on the internet, we have found the best ones for you.
We have listed the best audio books of all time. So have a look below:
You by Caroline Kepnes is a famous Netflix series right now. And even the series of the book has impressed a lot of people and gained a large fan base. The narrator of its audio book is Santino Fontana and the total run time of You is 11 minutes and 6 seconds.
The book is about a bookstore employee named Joe who becomes instantly smitten as soon as he meets Beck, an aspiring writer. The main twist in the story comes when the readers come to know that Joe is actually really obsessive and possessive who starts stalking Beck.
The level of his obsession is so high that he is not afraid to kill people who come in the way. The thrilling novel is really scary and will keep you engaged until the very end. And as Stephen King has called it ‘Hypnotic and scary’, this clever gen will give you a hair-raising experience.
2. The Neon Rain
The Neon Rain is written by James Lee Burke. The narrator of its audio book is Will Patton and the total run time of The Neon Rain is 8 minutes and 22 seconds. Apart from book being an amazing piece, another reason why readers recommend this audio book is because of the voice and reading style of Will Patton.
The story of the book is based on the life of a police detective in New Orleans named David Robicheaux who has a difficult past. The investigation of this police detective leads him into finding out about the whole world of Mafioso, drug lords, and arms dealers after he found a prostitute washed up in the bayou.
Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere instantly became the National Bestseller after its publication. The interesting thing about its audio book is that it is read by its own author. The total runtime of the audio book is 13 minutes and 48 seconds. The book has made to the NPR’s Top 100 Science and Fiction and Fantasy books of all time.
The hypnotic novel by Nein Gaiman is about Richard Mayhew. Richard’s life take a huge turn when he finds himself in the dark world. The world is filled with shadows, murderers, and monsters. Neverwhere is said to be so brilliantly written and read that once you start it you will not be able to stop listening to it until it is finished.
4. The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project is written by Graeme Simsion. The audiobook of The Rosie Project is narrated by Dan O’Grady and its total runtime is 7 minutes and 32 seconds. The book is really famous among audio book lovers and considered a must-try.
The story of the book is about the genetics professor named Don. Don who has been unlucky in love is keen towards finding himself a mate. In his search, he goes too far and starts thinking about actually creating a wife for himself. The professor uses his own scientific approach to accomplish the ‘Wife Project’.
The masterpiece written by Graeme Simsion will give you a feel-good feeling at the end of it. And the voice of Dan O’Grady only adds tp the charm and hilarity of the book.
Cinder is the classic fairytale novel written by Marissa Meyer who is the New York Times Best Seller Author. The audio book of Cinder is read by Rebecca Soler and the total runtime is 10 minutes and 1 second. The novel is a great combination of a romance novel and science fiction.
Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles is actually a continuing series in which the author has detected the life of four unique heroines, Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and the Red Riding Hood. All these princesses live in the mercy of a very evil queen.
The narrator of the audio book has actually done a great job by having a different voice for each of the characters.
6. A Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones, the massively famous HBO series is based on the book of the same name written by George RR Martin. If you have been a great Game of Thrones fan, then let us tell you that its book is equally good and definitely worth a try. The audio book of A Game of Thrones is narrated by Roy Dotrice and the total runtime of the book is 33 minutes and 48 seconds.
The book has all the elements to make a good novel. It has drama, struggles, betrayals, murders, deaths, mystery, suspense, dragons and the battle to win the Iron Thorne. The unexpected turn of events in the book keeps the audience engaged.
The international sensation follows many lives in the book and is not based on just a single storyline. The voice of Roy Dotrice will make the experience of listening to the audio book even better. People have really applauded Roy Dotrice for doing a voice over of 90 characters.
7. The Help
The New York Times Bestseller The Help is written by Kathryn Stockett. The book actually made a great radio show of the old and the narration is done by not one but three top-notch narrators. The novel is about three women who come together in order to fight the racial divide in the southern town.
The narrators of the book have really captured the struggle and determination of these women in their voice.
8. Ready Player One
Ready Player One is written by Ernest Cline. The novel is now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. The narration of its audio book is done by Wil Wheaton and the total runtime is 15 minutes 40 seconds.
Ready Player One is ahead of its time novel which is set in the year 2045. The novel will introduce you to the harsh realities of the modern world. It is about Wade who spends his life in Oasis.
It is all about thriller and fantasy in which the readers will get introduced to the hidden fortune.
9. Where The Crawdads Sing
Where the Crawdads Sing is a novel by Delia Owens. The narration of the book is done by Cassandra Campbell and the total runtime is 12 minutes 12 seconds. The book has proved to be the Number one bestseller of the New York Times. Where The Crawdads Sing is even the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.
The novel is one of the most buzzed ones of the year 2019. It is a mystery novel with a coming of age storyline. The plot of the story is set in North Carolina. The narration of the book makes it even better which is done by the voice actor Cassandra Campbell.
Becoming by Michelle Obama is narrated by herself. The total runtime of the audio book is 19 minutes and 3 seconds. Through her book, the former first lady of the United States has introduced the readers with her own world. The book has gained a popular fanbase as a powerful and inspiring novel.
The deeply honest memoir about the life of Michelle Obama has truly inspired a lot of people. The book talks about her life, and how she struggled then finally found her voice. It will also introduce to the time she spends in the white house as the first lady of the United States.
Even though Michelle Obama didn’t have any experience of being a voice actress she still managed to do a pretty great job narrating Becoming.
11. The Museum Of Extraordinary Things
The Museum of Extraordinary Things is written by Alice Hoffman and the narration is done by collected narrators. The total runtime of the audio book is 12 minutes and 18 seconds. The plot of the story is actually a beautiful romance that is set during a conflicting time in history.
The story of the book is actually about Carolie who plays a mermaid in her father’s Coney Island Freak Show and another boy named Eddie. Eddie is from Russia who has a gift of photography. The novels tell you the tale of their young romance and how their love blossoms through the time.
12. The Thirteenth Tale
The Thirteenth Tale is written by Diane Setterfield. The narration of the book is done by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner and the total runtime of the audio book is 28 minutes 21 seconds. The theme of the book is gothic suspense and it is the debut novel by the author.
The book tells you the story of Vida Winter, a once-famous author from England who pens down the truth of her dark and mysterious life. The book has a film based on it of the same name.
The voice actors Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner have really glorified the audio book with their narration that made the novel become famous as an audio book.
13. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has created a lot of buzz since its release. The book becomes an instant international bestseller right after it was published. It comes with a tagline To Give Them Hope She Must Tell Their Story. The narration of the audio book is done by collected authors and the total runtime is 8 minutes and 7 seconds.
It is a remarkable story written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The authors of the story tell the tale of Guernsey Island during the German Occupation through a series of letters.
The listeners of the audio book really loved the different accents used by the voice actors and the voice-over of different characters is also pretty amazing.
14. Boys In The Trees
Boys in the Trees is written by Carly Simon and the narration is also done by the author itself. The total runtime of the audio book is 13 hours 25 minutes and 13 seconds. The book is Carly Simon’s bestselling memoir that explores her remarkable life.
The novel is rather an autobiography that walks us through the life of the author and tells us about her childhood as the daughter of a publishing titan. The memoir also tells us how she made her debut as a musician and got the Grammy award.
The soothing voice of Carly Simon has made the audio book even more popular. And that is why the book is highly recommended by the listeners.
15. The Girl On The Train
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a great novel by the author that gained a lot of attention worldwide. The novel has the theme of psychological thriller and is known for giving the readers an adrenaline-rushing experience. The novel also has a major film made on it of the same name.
The audio book of The Girl on the Train is narrated by collected narrators and the total runtime is 10 minutes and 58 seconds. The story of the novel follows the life of a girl who regularly takes the train and watches a couple having breakfast through the window.
The whole plot of the movie takes a huge turn when the girl informs the police when she sees something mysterious through the window and after she is left wondering whether she did something good or made everything worse.
16. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sing
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is written by Maya Angelou and the narration of the book is done by the author herself. The total runtime of the audio book is 3 minutes. The book is actually a memoir about the author’s childhood and all the tragedy, disappointments, and hard realities.
The brave writer is not afraid to write about the injustices that she had to face because of being a black woman. The story of Maya Angelou is definitely an inspiring piece that is worth listening to.
The above given were some of the great audio books that you will listen to. These are selected on the basis of listeners’ recommendations. The voice actors doing a voice-over in these audio books will definitely steal your heart.
These audio books are of varying runtime, you can also select them on the basis of your time availability. They provide a great pass time for the moments when you want some entertainment but don’t have much to do.
For example bus journeys, you can listen to these audio books while traveling and I am sure they will be the best mode of entertainment and information.
Apart from the ones we have mentioned above if you have listened to some audio books do let us know about them in the comment section below. Also tell us how you liked this article.