The TOP 20 Best Audio Books Ever!

Audio books are rising in popularity all over the world! More and more people prefer the audio format because of the flexibility, fun and engagement it provides them.

That’s why we compiled a huge TOP with 20 of the best audio books ever!

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The truth is: having an audio book at hand is great to prevent situations where you don’t need a whole lot of focus to perform actions and eventually get bored.

Adding to that, the audio book form is more loyal to the story’s origin (specially when the author narrates it) and we are able to truly feel the excitement behind each story line. It just feels more “real”!

Having said that, below you can find the TOP 20 best audio books ever! We are 100% sure you’ll be delighted to experience all the great narratives they present.

All the audio books below are fiction stories. If you are interested in non-fiction, please see this TOP.

The TOP 20 Best Audio Books Ever!

1.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

the fault in our stars audio bookDespite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

 

2.

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

game of thrones audio bookIn a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. In this land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

 

3.

The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins

the girl on the train audio bookRachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. 

4.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergent audio bookFor 16-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs.

5.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

outlander audio bookOutlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. A stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure that captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world!

 

6.

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

the alchemist audio bookThe Alchemist tells the story of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried. A truly inspirational story about the power that each one of us has to follow our dreams.

 

7.

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

gone girl audio bookMarriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unpausable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.

 

8.

The Martian by Andy Weir

the martian audio bookSix days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

 

 

9.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

the goldfinch audio bookAged 13, Theo Decker, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

10.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

fifty shades of grey audio bookErotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

 

 

11.

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr

all the light we cannot see audio bookA beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II, from the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr.

 

12.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

the nightingale audio bookTwo sisters. One must be brave. One should be afraid. Bravery, courage, fear, and love in a time of war. Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. A vivid and exquisite novel in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with atrocities but also humanity and strength.

 

13.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

atlas shrugged audio bookIn a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

 

14.

Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

me before you audio bookLou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

15.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

enders game audio bookThe war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation. Is Ender the general Earth so desperately needs?

 

16.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

the lord of the rings audio bookThe Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

 

17.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

to kill a mockingbird audio bookA gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father – a crusading local lawyer – risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

 

18.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

hopeless audio bookWould you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust  and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

19.

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

fall of giants audio bookA huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women.

 

 

20.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

life of pi audio bookPi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

 

Now, just pick one and start listening!

If you only want to choose one, go with The Fault in Our Stars. It’s really really good captivating and emotional story that has conquered the heart of many listeners.

Nevertheless, each one of these audio books will provide you with great experiences and insights. I hope they are as important to you as they were to me.

 

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