In this fast-paced world we live in, it seems not everyone has time to actually sit down and read a book. Though audiobooks were once viewed as little more than multi-part cassettes filled with motivational wisdom, in the last decade or so they've enjoyed a renaissance. Along with an increase in audiobooks is an increase in authors who narrate their own books. As there's often no one better to capture the tone of a book than the person who wrote it, finding the best audiobooks can come down to finding an one that's read by the author themselves. From fiction to memoir, Stephen King to Elizabeth Gilbert, you can listen to an author read their book to you.
These days a great audiobook can be a form of entertainment all on its own, as the best stories come to life complete with emotion and a vibrancy that can be missed in the written word. In many cases, audiobooks have even eclipsed their written counterparts, partially because they bring stories to life in a new way and partially because it's so easy now to carry a whole audio library around with you. The best audiobooks narrated by the author are filled with passion and enthusiasm, and you can be sure you're hearing the book the way it was meant to be heard. With every pause, emphasis, or breath, the author-narrated audiobooks on this list are captivating and authentic from start to finish. Try Audible and get two free audiobooks - allowing you to easily indulge in the voice of your favorite author-narrator.
It's time to put away your paperback, stop licking your thumb, or worrying about papercuts - pop in your headphones, and vote up the authors who've done the best narrating their books.
Books Narrated: Yes PleaseAmy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer. After studying improv at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early ...more
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, And Still I Rise: A Selection of Poems Read by the Author, A Song Flung Up To Heaven, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Hallelujah! the Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer, Letter to My Daughter, Mom & Me & MomMaya Angelou ( (listen); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, ...more
Books Narrated: Song of Solomon, Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Sula, A Mercy, Who's Got Game?, Jazz, God Help the Child, Paradise, Home, LoveChloe Anthony Wofford "Toni" Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019) was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at ...more
Books Narrated: SupermarketSir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet ...more
Books Narrated: Salem's Lot, On Writing, Needful Things, Skeleton Crew, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Elevation, The Wind Through The Keyhole, Bag of Bones, DesperationStephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which ...more
Books Narrated: Me Talk Pretty One Day, Calypso, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Theft by Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Barrel Fever and Other Stories, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall, David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening PleasureDavid Raymond Sedaris (; born December 26, 1956) is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his ...more
Books Narrated: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Dreams from My FatherBarack Hussein Obama II ( (listen); born August 4, 1961) is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the ...more
Books Narrated: Unsheltered, Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, Small Wonder: Essays, Prodigal SummerBarbara Kingsolver (born April 8, 1955) is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned ...more
Books Narrated: The Kite Runner, And the Mountains EchoedKhaled Hosseini (Persian: خالد حسینی [ˈxɒled hoˈsejni]; ; born March 4, 1965) is an Afghan-American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, a ...more
Books Narrated: Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book, Stardust, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Coraline, Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, Trigger Warning, The View from the Cheap Seats, Fortunately, the Milk, M is for Magic, Odd and the Frost Giants, A Study in Emerald, American Gods, The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, Art Matters, Instructions, The Monarch of the GlenNeil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (; born Neil Richard Gaiman, 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. His ...more
Books Narrated: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, Life, the Universe and Everything, Mostly Harmless, Dirk Gently, Restaurant at the End of the Universe, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 6: Hexagonal PhaseDouglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, screenwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. Adams was author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which ...more
Books Narrated: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearElizabeth M. Gilbert (born July 18, 1969) is an American author. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 had spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best ...more
Books narrated: All Our Wrong TodaysElan Mastai is a screenwriter.
Books Narrated: Brown Girl Dreaming, Harbor Me, If You Come Softly, The Day You Begin, Show Way, Visiting DayJacqueline Woodson (born February 12, 1963) is an American writer of books for children and adolescents. She is best known for Miracle's Boys, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl ...more
Books Narrated: Farenheight 451, Ray Bradbury Himself Reads 19 Complete Stories: The Grand Master of Inner Space and Outer SpaceRay Douglas Bradbury (; August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter. He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery ...more
Books Narrated: Still AliceLisa Genova is an American neuroscientist and author. She self-published her debut novel Still Alice, about a Harvard professor who suffers early onset Alzheimer's disease. The book gained ...more
Books Narrated: Exit West, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Discontent and Its Civilizations
Books Narrated: Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Love LifeRobert Hepler Lowe (; born March 17, 1964) is an American actor, producer, and director. He is the recipient of two Screen Actors Guild Awards and has been nominated for six Golden Globes Awards ...more
Books Narrated: Cari MoraWilliam Thomas Harris III (born September 22, 1940) is an American writer, best known for a series of suspense novels about his most famous character, Hannibal Lecter. The majority of his works ...more
Books Narrated: The Mars RoomRachel Kushner (born 1968) is an American writer, known for her novels Telex from Cuba (2008), The Flamethrowers (2013), and The Mars Room (2018). She lives in Los Angeles.
Books Narrated: FloridaLauren Groff (born July 23, 1978) is an American novelist and short story writer. She has written three novels and two short story collections.