The Best Audiobooks of 2018

As 2018 wraps up, Audiobooks.com looks back at a wonderful year of exciting releases. From sensational debuts that have launched the careers of budding writers to veterans who have returned with triumphant follow-ups, 2018 in books has captured the love, heartbreak, frustration, and hope that has swept the world. Here are Audiobook.com’s best books of 2018 and personal staff favorites.

FICTION

NON-FICTION

BIO & MEMOIR

MYSTERY & THRILLER

ROMANCE

POLITICS

SELF-HELP

TRUE CRIME

HORROR

SCIENCE FICTION

FANTASY

HISTORY

SCIENCE & TECH

YOUNG ADULT

KIDS

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle, narrated by Eric Idle

From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor.

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Educated by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan

Heartbreaking and moving, Educated is about Tara Westover’s quest for knowledge that transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents. Only when she had traveled too far would she wonder if there was still a way home.

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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver, narrated by Barbara Kingsolver

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts.

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Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. by Jeff Tweedy, narrated by Jeff Tweedy

The singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known for his work with Wilco, opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware, narrated by Imogen Church

When Hal Westaway is mistakenly bequeathed a substantial inheritance, she plots to claim the money for herself only to realize there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

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The Book of M by Peng Shepherd, narrated by Emily Woo ZellerJames Fouhey

Reminiscent of The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, narrated by Gillian FlynnGabra ZackmanPatton Oswalt

An atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind.

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You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable by Jen Sincero, narrated by Jen Sincero

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes bite-sized inspiration and guidance to keep your transformation on track.

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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: A Oral History by Megan MullallyNick Offerman, narrated by Nick OffermanMegan Mullally

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman reveal the full story behind their epic romance—presented in a series of hilarious intimate conversations between the couple.

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Enchantments: A Modern Witch’s Guide to Self-Possession by Mya Spalter, narrated by Mya Spalter

A wise, witty, and welcoming guide to modern witchcraft and magic and how you can use it to positively affect your life, from healing herbs to casting love spells.

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November’s Top 10 Audiobooks.com Member Downloads

Listen to last month’s roundup of the top fiction and non-fiction titles downloaded by Audiobooks.com members.

 

Fiction

1. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, narrated by Caroline Lee

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. They know they would have to put in some hard work, but it’s not long before every guest begins to question the pristine facade of Tranquillum House and its strange and charismatic owner.
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2. Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly, narrated by Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin

Harry Bosch teams up with LAPD detective Renée Ballard to solve the case of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally killed. Along the way, the two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.
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3. Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child, narrated by Scott Brick

Two Canadians trying to get to New York City are stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. Before long they’re trapped in an ominous game of life and death. Meanwhile, Jack Reacher decides to visit the town where his father was born, only to be told no one named Reacher ever lived there. As these two stories begin to entwine, the stakes rise to impossible heights for Reacher.
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4. Fire & Blood 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Simon Vance

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
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5. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci, narrated by Kyf Brewer and Brittany Pressley

Ever since her twin sister was abducted by a notorious serial killer at age five, Atlee Pine has spent her life hunting down those who hurt others. When she is called in to investigate the mutilated carcass of a mule found in the Grand Canyon and its missing rider, Atlee believes it may just be the key to unraveling a rash of other similar missing persons cases in the canyon.
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Non-Fiction

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by Michelle Obama

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, 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. Read more and sample the audio.

 

 

2. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown

When we dare to lead, 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. In Dare to LeadBrown shows us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.
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3. Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’reillyMartin Dugard, narrated by Bill O’reilly

Killing the SS is the epic saga of the self-styled ‘Nazi hunters.’ Among them were a French husband and wife team, an American lawyer who served in the army on D-Day, a German prosecutor who had signed an oath to the Nazi Party, and a death camp survivor. Over decades, these men and women scoured the world, tracking down the SS fugitives and bringing them to justice.
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4. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie, narrated by Andrew Macmillan

You can go after the job you want…and get it! You can take the job you have…and improve it! You can take any situation you’re in…and make it work for you! For over 60 years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this audiobook has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
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5. Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me by Charlamagne Tha God, narrated by Charlamagne Tha God

Being “shook” is more than a rap lyric for Charlamagne, it’s his mission to overcome. While it may seem like he’s ahead of the game, he is actually plagued by anxieties, such as the fear of losing his roots, the fear of being a bad dad, and the fear of being a terrible husband. Shook One chronicles his journey to beat those fears and shows a path that you too can take to overcome the anxieties that may be holding you back.
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The hottest books for fall

Whether you need a great new listen for your long weekend road trip or in between servings of turkey, the best books of fall (so far!) will leave you wanting seconds.

 

1. Elevation by Stephen King, narrated by Stephen King

Scott Carey is engaged in a battle with the lesbians next door. One of them is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face, he tries to help. Unlikely alliances and the mystery of his affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.
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2. Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon, narrated by Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon invites readers into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm. Her heritage informs her life, and she loves sharing and reflecting on entertaining, decorating her home, and favorite traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.
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3. Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, narrated by Ben Whishaw

Brief Answers to the Big Questions.

Stephen Hawking was the most renowned scientist since Einstein, known for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology. Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us. Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history.
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4. Family Trust by Kathy Wang, narrated by Joy Osmanski

Family Trust.

For years, Stanley Huang has claimed he’s worth a small fortune. But the details of his estate will finally be revealed, and his family is nervous. As his death approaches, the Huangs are faced with challenges that upend them and eventually lead them to discover what they most value. A compelling tale of cultural expectations, career ambitions and relationships, Family Trust is a portrait of the modern American family.
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5. Dear Evan Hansen by Benj PasekSteven Levenson, and Val Emmich, narrated by Ben Levi RossMike Faist, and Mallory Bechtel

Dear Evan Hansen.

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s grief over their dead son, he’s given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie. No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, Evan has a purpose, a website, and becomes a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing, until everything is in danger of unraveling.
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6. Heartland by Sarah Smarsh, narrated by Sarah Smarsh

Heartland.

Sarah Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side, and generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. Through her experience growing up on a farm 30 miles west of Wichita, we are given a unique and essential look into the lives of poor, working class Americans living in the heartland and examine the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less.
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7. I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson, narrated by Abbi Jacobson

I Might Regret This.

When Abbi Jacobson told friends she planned to drive across the country alone, she was met with lots of questions and opinions: most commonly, why? On her way to Los Angeles, she mulled over the big questions — What do I really want? What is the worst scenario in which I could run into my ex? In this collection, readers will feel like they’re in the passenger seat on a fun and inspiring journey.
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October’s Top 10 Audiobooks.com Member Downloads

Listen to last month’s roundup of the top fiction and non-fiction titles downloaded by Audiobooks.com members.

 

Fiction

1. The Reckoning by John Grisham, narrated by Michael Beck

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell.
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2. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult, narrated by Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult

The day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who comes. Then, in late morning, a gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After setting up a perimeter around the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.
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3. Juror #3 by James Patterson, Nancy Allen, narrated by Megan Tusing

The murder of a woman from one of Rosedale’s oldest families has the town’s upper crust howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on newcomer Ruby Bozarth’s inexperience to help him deliver a swift conviction. Ruby’s client is a college football star who has returned home after a career-ending injury, and she is determined to build a defense that will stick.
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4. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks, narrated by Vanessa JohanssonSean Cameron Michael

Hope Anderson is at crossroads. Looking for a break, she escapes to her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina to think things over. Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable…
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5. Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand, narrated by Erin Bennett

When Irene Steele’s husband is killed in a plane crash on the distant Caribbean island of St. John, her idyllic life is shattered. After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make a shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As they untangle a web of intrigue and deceit, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures.
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Non-Fiction

1. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown

When we dare to lead, 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. In Dare to Lead, Brown shows us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.
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2. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward, narrated by Robert Petkoff

Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents.
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3. Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution by Tucker Carlson, narrated by Tucker Carlson

In Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson tells the truth about the new American elites, a group whose power and wealth has grown beyond imagination even as the rest of the country has withered. The people who run America now barely interact with it. Left and right are no longer meaningful categories; rather, the rift is between those who benefit from the status quo and those who don’t.
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4. Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’reilly, Martin Dugard, narrated by Bill O’reilly

Killing the SS is the epic saga of the self-styled ‘Nazi hunters.’ Among them were a French husband and wife team, an American lawyer who served in the army on D-Day, a German prosecutor who had signed an oath to the Nazi Party, and a death camp survivor. Over decades, these men and women scoured the world, tracking down the SS fugitives and bringing them to justice.
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5. Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, narrated by Ben Whishaw

Stephen Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe’s greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet—including climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the development of artificial intelligence—he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.
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7 Ways Audiobooks Will Get You Through The Day

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t find joy in throwing themselves into a long to-do list filled with mundane activities, you’re not alone. No one likes to be put on hold for hours or get stuck waiting in the doctor’s office. To help you waste less time and reduce frustration, we’ve got seven great audiobooks to pair with seven painful activities that will make them less awful.

 

1. Standing in line
The only time anyone thinks, “Oh, great! A long line!” is if they’re hoping to prolong another activity, like getting a root canal or that friend’s networking event you promised you’d attend. Listening to an audiobook (especially one that’s laugh out loud funny) is a great way to make the time go by faster — even if you get curious looks from other errand goers.

Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson, narrated by Phoebe Robinson

Phoebe Robinson is back with a hilarious essay collection on gender, race, dating, and the dumpster fire that is our world. Outfitted with pop culture references, she tackles a wide range of topics: giving feminism a tough-love talk on intersectionality, telling society’s beauty standards to kick rocks, and calling foul on our culture’s work obsession. Robinson also gets personal about money problems, hot messes, and more.
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2. Being put on hold
Have you ever called your insurance company or Internet provider only to be greeted with someone saying, “Can I put you on hold?” without waiting for an answer before being thrown into the abyss of other callers? We’ve all been there, wondering whether we’ll be on hold for two minutes or two hours. Listening to this horror audiobook will make you want to reverse the question once it’s your turn so you can at least finish the chapter you’re on.

In the Dark of the House of the Woods by Laird Hunt, narrated by Vanessa Johansson

In this horror story set in colonial New England, a woman goes missing. Or perhaps she left her family. Or perhaps she’s been kidnapped, set loose to wander the woods. Alone and lost, she meets a woman in the forest. On a journey that will take her through dark woods full of wolves, a deep well, and on a ship made of human bones, she may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along.
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3. Waiting for take out
I recently discovered a gem of a Thai restaurant near my house, but it appears it’s already been discovered by everyone else. Every time I order take out, I’m told it’ll take 20 minutes — and every time, I find myself in a long line with other Thai food lovers. The 20 minutes it was supposed to take turns into 30, and then 40. Listening to an intriguing audiobook like November Road has helped me not mind the wait so much.

November Road by Lou Berney, narrated by Johnathan Mcclain

November Road.

A loyal street lieutenant to a New Orleans’ mob boss, Frank Guidry’s luck has run out. He knows everyone is expendable — and he knows too much about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. To make things more complicated, he also knows fugitives shouldn’t fall in love, but a woman on the road changed that. As his ruthless hunters are close in, Guidry comes to a realization that may have come too late.
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4. Sitting in a waiting room
Whenever I go to the doctor or dentist, I always find myself sitting in a room full of strangers wondering the same thing — what should I do to occupy myself while I’m waiting? Sure, you could flip through a magazine issue that’s two years old or scroll mindlessly on your phone, or you could get educated, entertained, and inspired by Sally Field’s stunning memoir.

In Pieces by Sally Field, narrated by Sally Field

In Pieces.

One of the most celebrated actors of our time, Sally Field tells her story about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy. With raw honesty and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her career, but deep into the truth of her life.
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5. Being the victim of a perpetually late friend
We all have one. That friend who says they’ll meet you at a certain time, and never does. Sometimes you get a text as a heads up, but it’s usually too late — like, already sitting in the café too late. Rather than sit there feeling frustrated about your friend’s poor timeliness (and let’s be real — poor manners), listen to an audiobook that’ll help you learn how to… well… it’s in the title.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be ‘positive’ all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. In his wildly popular blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat. He tells it like it is — a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today.
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6. In transit
Whether you take public transit or drive, we all have the same end goal — we’re trying to get somewhere as quickly as we can, as safely as we can (unless you’re taking a leisurely drive through the countryside, in which case I’m jealous). Make your time in transit more bearable by listening to this gripping audiobook until you reach your destination.

Juror #3 by Nancy Allen and James Patterson, narrated by Megan Tusing

Juror #3.

Ruby is new to the Mississippi Bar — and to the docket of Circuit Judge Baylor, who taps Ruby as defense counsel in a racially charged felony. The murder of a woman from one of the town’s oldest families has residents howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on Ruby to help deliver a swift conviction. As investigations unfold, no one in Rosedale can be trusted — especially the jury. They may be hiding the most incendiary secret of all.
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7. Attacking your inbox
Is there anyone out there who enjoys having their inbox pile up? I try to be as organized as possible, and I still find it difficult to keep my email account below three digits. If you’ve been putting off prioritizing your inbox, deleting spam, and unsubscribing from emails that simply don’t inspire you, listen to Susan Orlean’s dazzling love letter to a beloved institution.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean, narrated by Susan Orlean

The Library Book.

On April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. Patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. By the time it was extinguished, it consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. More than 30 years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library — and if so, who?
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10 Ways to Listen to Audiobooks this Fall

As much as I enjoy the summer, fall has always been my favorite season. I love the changing of the leaves, the excitement of being spooked, and catching up with family around a crowded Thanksgiving table (the food is a bonus). If you’re looking to make the most of this season, we’ve got 10 great audiobooks to pair with 10 fun fall activities. Tell us which is your favorite in the comments!

 

1. Apple picking
Don’t have anyone to go apple picking with? Take in the scenery solo while getting lost in an audiobook and orchard.
September by Rosamunde Pilcher, narrated by Jilly Bond

September

In Strathcroy, Scotland, retiree Violet Aird watches as her son Edmund’s marriage and family threaten to fall apart. But in the picturesque countryside of green fields, purple blooms, and glittering lakes in the month of September, a local ball will help wounds heal and hearts mend.
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2. Making a Halloween costume
My artistic skills are mediocre at best, but that hasn’t stopped me from spending hours working on the perfect Halloween costume. This painful for me (but fun for some) process is best enjoyed with a spooky audiobook playing in the background.
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Dark Witch

Iona Sheehan arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an optimistic attitude, and a talent with horses. Not far from the castle where she’s spending a week, she lands a job at the local stables and meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself — and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems.
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3. Pumpkin carving
Remember when I said my artistic skills are mediocre at best? Nothing is scarier than how poorly and hilariously I carve a pumpkin, but it’s one of my favorite fall traditions. Pairing it with a hauntingly good author (Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling) makes pumpkin carving even more memorable.
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, narrated by Robert Glenister

Lethal White

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
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4. Hiking through fall foliage
Fall is the ultimate season for embracing change, and who more perfect to narrate the theme of this season than the fabulous Brené Brown? Walking through a forest or park with changing leaves always inspires me to think about how I want to transform myself and my thinking — and this audiobook is the perfect way to start.
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly

From thought leader Brené Brown, a transformative new vision that teaches us the power of vulnerability. Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on years of pioneering research, Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
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5. Baking fall treats
Who doesn’t love a baked seasonal treat? An audiobook won’t care if your baking skills are more Easy Bake Oven than Martha Stewart — and what better story to listen to while baking than one of our favorite cozy mystery series?
Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke, narrated by Suzanne Toren

Apple Turnover Murder

Hannah is feeling the heat when she agrees to bake apple turnovers for a fundraiser and partake in the
charity talent contest. But when Hannah discovers the MC dead with one of her apple turnovers in his hand, she realizes someone has murder on the menu.
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6. Waiting for trick-or-treaters
Whether you live in the middle of nowhere and are lucky to get one trick-or-treater or live somewhere that requires you to blow out your pumpkin’s candles once you run out of candy, playing a fun, Halloween mystery is a unique way to greet your trick-or-treaters. Bonus points if you play it loud enough that they can hear it from the street!
Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier, narrated by Lisa Larson

Lucy’s annoyed that her husband Bill and his friend Evan have been working nonstop on their pumpkin catapult. But when the day of the contest arrives, Evan is nowhere to be found, until a catapulted pumpkin reveals his corpse — and Bill is blamed. If Lucy wants to find the real killer, she’ll have to step into an old ghost story.
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7. Hosting a Halloween party
Avoid having your guests shift uncomfortably when The Monster Mash comes onto the speakers and surprise them with this quintessential horror story. Narrated by Eliana Shaskan in a tone that will raise the hairs on your arm, you’ll wish the party would quiet down so you can soak in every scary detail.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, narrated by William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan

The Exorcist

Summoned to a case of apparent possession, Father Karras is skeptical at first — then horrified. The victim, a 12-year-old named Regan, seems to be controlled by a malignant supernatural force that makes her swear, blaspheme, scream, and perform appalling acts. With his faith in God and humanity tested to the limit, Karras turns to the ultimate solution: exorcism.
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8. Cozying up with a cup of apple cider or hot chocolate
The best way to beat a cold day? Curling up with your favorite blanket, a cup of something warm, and a story that’s filled with so many juicy twists and turns that you might just have to stay cozied up until it’s done (what a shame!).
A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux, narrated by Susan Bennett

A Willing Murder

When Sara Medlar decides to remodel a grand old mansion, she doesn’t plan on staying with her estranged family — and not being the only houseguest. Jackson Wyatt has his own room, and though she can’t deny his good looks, no one’s ever irritated her quite like he does. But when two skeletons are accidentally uncovered in the quiet town, they’re thrust together to unravel the small town’s dark secrets.
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9. Preparing Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday: it’s noncommercial, involves a delicious home cooked feast, and time spent with family and friends. It’s also the ultimate time to practice the art of gratitude, which we would all benefit from if we did it more. This audiobook will help give you that warm, fuzzy Thanksgiving feeling all year long.
365 Thank Yous by John Kralik, narrated by John Kralik

365 Thank Yous

At 53, John Kralik hit a low: his law firm was failing, he was struggling through a painful second divorce, his kids were distant, he was living in a crappy apartment, his girlfriend left him, he was 40 pounds overweight, and his dreams were out of reach. Then, during a lovely walk, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.
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10. Making fall crafts
Painted mason jars, leafy wreaths, and gourd displays have been racking up my craft board on Pinterest for months. Now that it’s fall, I’m finally setting aside some time to make them. Dive even deeper into the fall spirit with an audiobook that practically makes the season a character.
It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas, narrated by Rosalyn Landor

It Happened One Autumn

Lillian Bowman was shocked when the insufferable and snobbish Marcus, London’s most eligble aristocrat, swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a passion for a man she didn’t even like. Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, but with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable as his bride?
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