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The Best Audiobook Biographies  

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List Rules Vote up the audiobooks that tell the most interesting stories about a person or group of people.

The best biographies are often more engaging than fiction. Whether they're autobios or told from an outside perspective, a good biography or memoir is like listening to someone interesting tell you their life story. The best biography audiobooks make it easier to listen to interesting lives while you go about yours at work, or just doing tasks around the house.

Some of the best biographies have inspired movies, such as Wild, American Sniper and Eat, Pray, Love. Great biography audiobooks also range from the life stories of the very famous, such as Steve Jobs, to people who lived fascinating lives without achieving fame, like the historical biography Maude. There are even versions of biographies read by the author, such as The Glass Castle, written and read by Jeannette Walls; What Happened, written and read by Hilary Rodham Clinton; and Becoming, written and read by Michelle Obama.

Which of these biographies will you download? Try Audible and get two free audiobooks - which makes it even easier to start listening to life stories. Vote for the biography audiobooks you would recommend and add any must-listen books we might have missed.

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Maude is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Donna Mabry
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Becoming is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Michelle Obama
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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Marcus Luttrell
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 is a book by Marcus Luttrell.
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American Sniper: The Autobiogr... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Chris Kyle
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History is a book by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.
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Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is a book written by Cheryl Strayed.
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Lucky: A Memoir is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Alice Sebold
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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
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Shakespeare: The World as Stag... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Bill Bryson
Shakespeare: The World as Stage is a biography of William Shakespeare by author Bill Bryson. The 199-page book is part of Harper Collins' series of biographies, "Eminent Lives". The ...more
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Educated: A Memoir is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Tara Westover
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Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author's trip around the ...more
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What Happened is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Hillary Rodham Clinton
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A River in Darkness: One Man's... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
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Finding Me: A Decade of Darkne... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
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The Magnolia Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Chip Gaines
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Orange Is the New Black: My Ye... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Piper Kerman
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison is a book written by Piper Kerman.
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No Easy Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Mark Owen
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden is a military memoir by Matt Bissonnette under the pen name Mark Owen, a former member of the United States Naval ...more
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The Yorkshire Shepherdess is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
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Sophia: Princess, Suffragette,... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
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The Glass Castle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle is a 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls. The book recounts Walls' and her siblings' unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing at the hands of their deeply dysfunctional parents. ...more
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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs is the authorized biography of Steve Jobs. The biography was written at the request of Jobs by Walter Isaacson, a former executive at CNN and Time who has written best-selling ...more
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When Breath Becomes Air is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Audiobook Biographies
Paul Kalanithi