Which Audiobook Would Each ‘Friends’ Character Be?

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It’s been 25 years since Friends first premiered (feeling old yet?) and the nostalgia is real. It seems like everyone and their dogs are reminiscing and the show’s rebirth in the realm of Netflix has only fueled its growing popularity. For the ardent fans who have already memorized every single line, Saul Austerlitz’s Generation Friends reveals tidbits that will surprise even the most knowledgeable followers.

For those who want to take a slightly different approach in honoring the show’s quarter-century, we at Audiobooks.com—as audiobook lovers and, more importantly, Friends lovers—brought the two beloved worlds together in a different way. We set out to imagine which audiobook each character would be if we could capture their big personalities in a singular piece of writing. Some were obvious while others took a bit of digging.

So, let’s take a trip down memory lane with our favorite gang and discover some darn good audiobooks along the way.

Monica Geller

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker, narrated by Bernadette Dunne

It’s tempting to default to either cookbooks or cleaning guides for Monica, but that feels a little like cheating since it’s too easy. And, besides, I feel like it’s doing her a disservice to reduce the essence of her character to just cleaning and cooking (even though much of her time revolves around both of those things). So, while I really really want Monica to have a Marie Kondo moment a la The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up so the secret closet can finally be decluttered, I think The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker is much more fitting because Monica is all about connecting with the people around her.

From making holiday treats for her neighbors to entertaining the gang at Thanksgiving, Monica always goes above and beyond as a host. The Art of Gathering is full of wisdom on making your gatherings (family or otherwise) more personally meaningful for everybody. If Monica excels at anything, it’s her ability to create a welcoming space for everyone.

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Chandler Bing

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper, narrated by Simon Vance

If anyone were to accidentally get caught up in an elaborate lie at work, it would be Chandler (aka Toby), who has already lied on numerous occasions to get out of awkward situations. Much like Chandler, How Not to Die Alone’s leading man Andrew has also gotten himself into a similar predicament, only he’s invented an entire fictional family that his coworkers believe he returns home to every night. Both men are estranged from their families and are resigned to dying alone whilst also grappling with a desire for companionship. So much of Chandler’s fears and anxieties stem from his difficult childhood, and a large part of it informs his sarcastic pessimism. It’s not until he’s with Monica that he begins to confront his fears of commitment and being a parent. Both Chandler and Andrew just needed the right person to come along to push themselves out of the rut. Much like Chandler’s life, How Not to Die Alone is infused with equal parts humor and gloom so that you can’t help but love and root for the characters.

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Rachel Green

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown

I think we can all agree that Rachel Green is literal #GlowUpGoals. Yes, she came from wealth, but she’s also a self-made woman who never used her family connections or money to pursue the career she wanted. Her courage to strike out on her own, breaking off from the cushy lifestyles her parents and would-be husband could have given her, shows she’s not afraid to embrace vulnerability. That’s why Rachel is the very embodiment of Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly. Brown explains that opening ourselves up to vulnerability can bring fear and disappointment, but also joy, belonging, and add greater meaning to our lives. Rachel’s initial leap of faith definitely paid off as we watched her grow from an inexperienced, spoiled 20-something to a successful career woman and loving mother while looking absolutely bangin’. I don’t know about you, but I’m hella proud of my girl.

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Joey Tribbiani

Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption by Ed Levine, narrated by Ed LevineBill Oakley

I’m utterly convinced that if Joey Tribbiani had been in his 20s in the content-saturated world we live in now, he absolutely would’ve ran a food blog on the side probably with occasional serious contributions from Monica. His passion for food is markedly different from Monica’s, who is more precise and theoretical, and primarily enjoys creating culinary magic for the benefit of others. Joey’s love for food, on the other hand, is deeply personal and stems largely from the joy he finds in the simple act of eating—something that’s shared by the entire Tribbiani family. If he ever gave up on acting, he’d likely find serious traction in a food blog, or even a YouTube channel of himself vlogging his food adventures (I’m only here for quality content, like watching a man eat six meals and a birthday cake).

Who better to serve as an inspiration for Joey than Ed Levine, who built a website for people who took everything edible seriously, but themselves not so much. In Serious Eater, Levine talks about the road he took to make his beloved website a reality and all the ups and downs he had to endure to keep it afloat. There’s more than a little bit of Ed Levine reflected in Joey, whose love for acting endured through countless failed auditions and years of struggles. Whether their love lies with food or acting (or both), both Joey and Levine are devoted dreamers who work hard to pursue their passions.

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Phoebe Buffay

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron

In a strange turn of events, Phoebe Buffay and Eleanor Oliphant may have already met. If rumors prevail and Reese Witherspoon, who had guest-starred on Friends as Rachel’s sister Jill Green, is cast as the titular character in the big-screen adaptation of Eleanor Oliphant, then the connection between Phoebe and Eleanor may be closer than we think.

So much of Phoebe’s story mirrors that of Eleanor’s. Both endured difficult childhoods and are marked by their painful pasts. Both are social misfits, albeit in distinctly different ways. But by far the most striking and poignant similarity is their desire—unrecognized, to some degree—for belonging. While Phoebe and Eleanor are content with solitude—the former due to the fierce independence she gained from living on the street, the latter having settled into a comfortable and lonely routine—both women begin to grow and change for the better as they find their tribes. That’s why Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a perfect encapsulation of the seriousness, warmth, sadness, and hilarity of Phoebe’s own life.

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Ross Geller

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, narrated by Scott Brick

This one’s a no-brainer, especially considering Ross claims the idea for Jurassic Park was stolen from him. During that lecture on the blackboard where Ross outlined his original conception of Jurassic Park, he wrote: “Dr. Geller envisions using DNA from mosquitoes to clone T-Rex.” Let’s be honest, if given the resources and technology, Ross would totally go full John Hammond and create an amusement park of cloned dinosaurs. Although, whereas Hammond was really only interested in making a profit, Ross’ intentions would be much more benign since he is genuinely invested in the care and research of dinosaurs. And, who knows, as arguably the most responsible and mature one of the group, his version of Jurassic Park might just succeed (not to mention his sense of Unagi would warn him of any impending danger).

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May’s Top 10 Audiobooks.com Member Downloads

Listen to last month’s most popular fiction and non-fiction titles downloaded by Audiobooks.com members.

Fiction:

18th Abduction by Maxine Paetro, James Patterson, narrated by January Lavoy

Publisher Summary:

Detective Lindsay Boxer’s investigation into the disappearance of three women teachers quickly escalates from missing persons to murder in the newest Women’s Murder Club thriller.

For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clueuntil a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco’s entire school system at stake, Lindsay has never been under more pressure. As the chief of police and the press clamor for an arrest in the ‘school night’ case, Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative journalist Cindy Thomas. Together, Lindsay and Cindy take a new approach to the case, and unexpected facts about the victims leave them stunned.

While Lindsay is engrossed in her investigation, her husband, Joe Molinari, meets an Eastern European woman who claims to have seen a notorious war criminallong presumed deadfrom her home country. Before Lindsay can verify the woman’s statement, Joe’s mystery informant joins the ranks of the missing women. Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women’s Murder Club must pull together to protect their city, and one anothernot from a ghost, but from a true monster.

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The Night Window by Dean Koontz, narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers

Publisher Summary:

A visionary young filmmaker hunted for sport across a vast Colorado ranch by the celebrated billionaire at the heart of a monstrous cabal…

A brilliant computer hacker slipping through top-secret databases a whisper ahead of security trackers, gathering the facts to fight the all-powerful perpetrators of mass murder…

A pair of brutal operators, methodically shadowing their targets with every cutting-edge tool in the arsenal of today’s surveillance state . . .

A sequence of quiet heroes—everyday citizens—stepping up, stepping forward, intent on countering the advancing darkness…

A Vegas mob boss teamed with a homicidal sociopath, circling a beloved boy and his protectors, aiming to secure him as leverage against his fugitive mother…

And that fugitive mother herself, ex-agent Jane Hawk, closing in on the malevolent architects of ruin she has stalked as they stalk her, prepared to sacrifice herself to finally bring them down.

These are the people and circumstances of The Night Window, the thrilling new novel in Dean Koontz’s acclaimed Jane Hawk series. Replete—and then some—with the ingenious twists, the spellbinding action, the resonant themes, the sheer heart that have characterized Jane’s journey from the start, The Night Window follows its extraordinary heroine to her long-sought objective, in a stunning, unforgettable finale.

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Neon Prey by John Sandford, narrated by Richard Ferrone

Publisher Summary:

Clayton Deese looks like a small-time criminal, muscle for hire when his loan shark boss needs to teach someone a lesson. Now, seven months after a job that went south and landed him in jail, Deese has skipped out on bail, and the U.S. Marshals come looking for him. They don’t much care about a low-level guyit’s his boss they wantbut Deese might be their best chance to bring down the whole operation.

Then, they step onto a dirt trail behind Deese’s rural Louisiana cabin and find a jungle full of graves.

Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a serial killer who has been operating for years without notice. His quarry is ruthless, andas Davenport will come to findfull of surprises…

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Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews, narrated by Mary Kay Andrews, Kathleen Mcinerney

Publisher Summary:

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarriedto Drue’s eighth-grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritanceher grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that mayor may notinvolve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Publisher Summary:

For years, rumors of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new lifeuntil the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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Non-Fiction:

Dare To Lead by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown

Publisher Summary:

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.

Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question:

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions of readers have come to expect and love.

Brown writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.”

Whether you’ve read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you’re new to Brené Brown’s work, this book is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.

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Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza, narrated by Adam Boyce

Publisher Summary:

You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible.

Not only will you be given the necessary knowledge to change any aspect of yourself, but you will be taught the step-by-step tools to apply what you learn in order to make measurable changes in any area of your life. Dr. Joe demystifies ancient understandings and bridges the gap between science and spirituality. Through his powerful workshops and lectures, thousands of people in 24 different countries have used these principles to change from the inside out. Once you break the habit of being yourself and truly change your mind, your life will never be the same!

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson, narrated by Jordan B. Peterson

Publisher Summary:

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

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Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown

Publisher Summary:

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.

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Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by Michelle Obama

Publisher Summary:

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.

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