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Audiobooks are fantastic when you're traveling, taking a walk or even doing work around the house. And with eAudiobooks, it's super easy to listen on your phone wherever you are. Here are some of our staff's favorite audiobooks to get you started. (And yes, audiobooks totally count as reading!)
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The Secret History (1992)

by Donna Tartt

It's not uncommon for an author to narrate the audiobook for their own memoir or autobiography, but it's considerably less common when it's their own work of fiction. Donna Tartt does so for this, her first (and in my opinion, best) novel, and the result is captivating. Her craft shines in not only her words, but in her expression of them. Available right now on Hoopla! — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

The Killer Across the Table : Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI's Original Mindhunter (2019)

by John E Douglas

I found this to be a fascinating subject. The audiobook is read by Jonathan Groff, who plays a character based on John Douglas' life in the Netflix series Mindhunter. Fans of true crime will love this book. — Natalia Styrczula, Pop-Up Library Intern

World War Z : an Oral History of the Zombie War (2006)

by Max Brooks

By having each story told from a different perspective by people all across the world, it allows for a great ensemble of voice actors to share their talent with each story! Plus, it helps to cement the mood that this is an "oral history," as if these were actual recordings from actual interviews given by actual people. And of course, hearing Mark Hamill as Todd Wainio is always a treat! — Eugene Avila, Circulation Assistant

The House in the Cerulean Sea (2020)

by TJ Klune

Okay, I know pretty much everyone has already read this book, but just in case you haven't ... read it via audio! It's truly delightful. It's on Hoopla, so you can start listening to it right after you finish reading this list. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

Broken : (in the Best Possible Way) (2021)

by Jenny Lawson

This hilarious memoir, narrated by the author in her unique style, shines a brutally honest light on mental illness. I loved this book, and I can't wait to read whatever Jenny Lawson writes next! — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

The 5 AM Club : Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life (2018)

by Robin S Sharma

Describes how habits and making time for yourself gives you a boost everyday. 20/20/20 rule and other simple techniques that really work if you do them daily. — Cheryl Freeze, Circulation Assistant

The War That Saved My Life (2016)

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

When 10-year-old Ada sneaks along with her brother on a train to the countryside to escape the war in London, her life begins to change ... for the better. Her mother has always hidden her away due to her disability. Her new home gives her opportunities and emotions that she never dreamed of having. Grab a tissue for this powerful story read by Jane Entwistle. — Erin Emerick, Early Literacy Librarian

It's Trevor Noah : Born a Crime : Stories from a South African Childhood (2019)

by Trevor Noah

No one could tell the stories of Trevor Noah's childhood better than the author himself. His voice is at times hilarious and others more serious and heartfelt. I learned a lot about South Africa, from the perspective of a person who somehow went from being hidden and ashamed of in his upbringing to being an international TV star. Highly recommend! — Erin Emerick, Early Literacy Librarian



It is a compelling and suspenseful story that you won't want to put down. I also think that listening to this story made it even more enjoyable for me as I didn't have to stumble over names that were difficult to pronounce and I could enjoy the accent as well. Great YA read! — Kim Esmael, Branch Assistant

The Underground Railroad (2016)

by Colson Whitehead

A magnificent story chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1999)

by J. K Rowling

Great for taking on a trip in the car or plane. Jim Dale is the actor who narrates the series and he does all the voices. A treat for any Harry Potter fan. — Tina Reitz, Branch Assistant