June is Audiobook Month Staff Picks

The Audiobooks.com team is sharing our top listening recommendations in celebration of June is Audiobook Month! Check out this post (as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages) every weekday to find out which audiobooks we can’t stop talking about.

 

Steph’s pick: The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, narrated by Greg Sestero

Disaster Artist.

As a struggling actor with a lack of confidence and funds, Greg Sestero’s luck seems to change when he meets Tommy Wiseau at a San Francisco acting school. Wiseau’s mysterious, and seemingly endless, supply of cash allows him to pour $6 million of his own money on a cinematic disaster called The Room. The hilarious, inspiring, and true story of their struggles, triumphs, and unique relationship makes this story a must-see and read.
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Lauren’s pick: Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier, and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms by Jessica Herrin, narrated by Jessica Herrin

Find Your Extraordinary.

It is possible to take your life from ordinary to extraordinary. The secret? Cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit inside you – the spirit that allows you to embrace your individuality, to look not just at what is but at what could be, to believe in yourself beyond reason and to step up to creating your own definition of happiness and success – a version of success in which work and family life happily co-exist – instead of chasing a cookie-cutter version.
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Shamir’s pick: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, narrated by John CurlessTim Gerard ReynoldsJulian Elfer, and Aedin Moloney

Iron Gold.

Honor and betrayal fuel a caste-shattering revolution. Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned.
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Nick’s pick: Emergency by Neil Strauss, narrated by Neil Strauss

Emergency.

Emergency traces Neil‘s white-knuckled journey through today’s heart of darkness, as he sets out to move his life offshore, test his skills in the wild, and remake himself as a gun-toting, plane-flying, government-defying survivor. It’s one man’s story of a dangerous world and how to stay alive in it.
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Graeme’s pick: The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey, narrated by Finty Williams

The Girl With All The Gifts.

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointed at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
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Daniel’s pick: The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee, narrated by Josie Dunn

The Girl With Seven Names.

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by North Korea’s secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond. As the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to realize she had been brainwashed her entire life. This is her story of struggling to avoid capture/repatriation and guiding her family to freedom.
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Candice’s pick: Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi, narrated by Manoush Zomorodi

Bored and Brilliant.

Has your smartphone become your BFF? Do you feel bored when you’re not checking Facebook or Instagram? Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, and explores how we can harness boredom’s hidden benefits to become our most productive selves.
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Pam’s pick: My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach, narrated by Josh Bloomberg

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward.

A heart-wrenching yet hopeful memoir of a young marriage redefined by mental illness. Mark and Giulia fell in love at 18, married at 24, and were living their dream life. When Giulia was 27, she suffered a psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward. Eventually, she recovered, but a second and third breakdown ensued. Pushed to the edge of the abyss, everything they once took for granted was upended.
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Andrew’s pick: Red Rising by Pierce Brown, narrated by Tim Reynolds

Red Rising.

Darrow spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But he and his kind have been betrayed. 
Darrow will be forced to compete for his life and the future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’ s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
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Michelle’s pick: You All Grow Up And Leave Me by Piper Weiss, narrated by Brittany Pressley

You All Grow Up And Leave Me.

A highly unsettling blend of true crime and coming-of-age memoir. Piper Weiss was 14 when her middle-aged tennis coach, one of New York City’s most prestigious instructors, killed himself after a failed attempt to kidnap one of his teenage students. Now, 20 years later, Piper examines the event as both a teenage eyewitness and investigative reporter, hoping to understand the childhood memories that haunt her to this day.
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Colin’s pick: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, narrated by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential.

Most diners believe that their sublime food was created by a culinary artist of the highest order. More likely, writes Anthony Bourdain, that elegant concoction is the effort of a team of “wacked-out moral degenerates, dope fiends, refugees, a thuggish assortment of drunks,sneak thieves, sluts, and psychopaths.” Bourdain is obscenely eloquent, unapologetically opinionated, and a damn fine storyteller.
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Pete’s pick: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, narrated by Alma Cuervo

City of Stairs.

The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, until its divine protectors were killed. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani, one of her country’s most accomplished spies. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem — and that Bulikov’s cruel reign may not yet be over.
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Kaleisha’s pick: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman

Homegoing.

Homegoing begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
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Zac’s pick: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, narrated by Norbert Leo Butz

Shoe Dog.

For the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company grossing $8,000 in his first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion.
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