Favorite Fiction Audiobooks

Listen While You Walk, Run, or Exercise

Listening to audiobooks can be a great alternative to music while you are walking, running, or driving. You can download them from your local library, Audible.com, or other sources. In addition to listening to them on your mobile phone or music player, you can go old-school and find them on CDs.

Be sure you are wearing earbuds or headphones that let in ambient noise when you are walking, running, or cycling outdoors. You don't want to be a distracted walker.

1
Master and Commander

Author: Patrick O'Brian
You don't have to have sailing experience for these extremely enjoyable books. Set in the British Navy in the early 1800s, each character is complex and interesting—from Captain "Lucky Jack" Aubrey to his friend Dr. Stephen Maturin, their crew, and love interests. The writing is packed with humorous comments and asides. After awhile you can tell the quarterdeck from the poop. "Master and Commander" is the first novel of the long series. Don't worry about getting to the end of the series, you'll love listening to them again if you do.

2
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Author: Douglas Adams
Reader: Stephen Fry
This is a wonderful unabridged romp through this humor/science fiction classic. You almost want to pause it every 30 seconds to savor the wit packed into each sentence. When the Earth gets demolished to make way for an intergalactic bypass, Arthur Dent and Trillian begin their madcap journey through the galaxy.

3
Middlesex

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Reader: Kristoffer Tabori
The plot summary sounds odd at best, but this is a great listen. Put any reservations aside and leap into the history of the Stephanides family through three generations from Smyrna, Turkey to Detroit and Grosse Pointe. A genetic quirk impacts the life of a girl—who really isn't quite a girl. Packed with humor and tragedy, and it gets all the little details right. Narrator Kristoffer Tabori's performance is excellent.

4
Memoirs of a Geisha

Author: Arthur Golden
This is the story of the life of a village girl who becomes a top geisha in early 20th century Japan, this book is rich in details and human drama. It takes you into the hidden world of the education and training of a geisha. This lush book is a wonderful immersion in Japanese culture.

5
Life of Pi

Author: Yann Martel
You may have seen the Oscar-nominated movie, but the book that inspired it is even better. A boy from India ends up on a life raft with only animals as companions, including a tiger. Will they survive? The narrator uses a pleasing Indian accent, and the story is full of insight into animal and human behavior.
 

6
The Corrections

Author: Jonathan Franzen
A classic dysfunctional American family of today has to deal with the advancing Parkinson's disease of their father. Each character has their own self-absorbed stories and is forced to deal with the family crisis. While some found this book a bit of a downer, it has a lot of humor and truth.

7
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Author: J. K. Rowling
Reader: Jim Dale
You haven't experienced Harry Potter until you've listened to it performed by Jim Dale. This unabridged audio version of the first Harry Potter book will get you started. Jim Dale makes the characters come to life. It's great for the whole family if you need something you can all listen to on a long car trip.

8
The Lion's Game

Author: Nelson DeMille
Reader: Scott Brick
This action thriller follows Detective John Corey as he tracks a Libyan assassin who is picking off aviators who flew in the U.S. mission that bombed the compound of Khaddafi. It is a great listen as you get into the minds and motivations of both sides. Reader Scott Brick is perfect for this book.

9
The Memory of Running

Author: Ron McLarty
Smithson Ide weighs too much, smokes and drinks too much, and has little going on in his life at a dead-end job. He loses his sister to mental illness and his parents in a car crash. This sets him off on a cross-country bicycle ride. His life's story and the stories of those he meets along his quest are full of simple emotion and truth. The author reads the story in a wonderful performance that brings it all to life.

10
Good In Bed

Author: Jennifer Weiner
Cannie Shapiro receives a horrible shock as her ex-boyfriend writes about their sex life in a national magazine—that "loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world." This sets her off on a comic/tragic journey to weight loss, a traumatic pregnancy, and depression. Women readers will identify with many of the things Cannie goes through.

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