Between commuting to and from work, getting a healthy dinner on the table, and binge-watching the latest Netflix original series, I know from experience that carving out the time to sit down and crack open a book at the end of a long day can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. As someone who genuinely loves to read, I decided to take a serious look at my schedule in an effort to try to squeeze in the time for a page-turner, and I found a surprisingly easy solution—listening to books during my commute.
Considering it takes the average worker 26 minutes to get to the office, I know I can't be alone in wanting to make the most of my daily drive, so I'm sharing a list of the best books on Audible of 2018 (so far) for anyone else who also feels like they don't have time to read. Personally, I've found that having a productive way to pass the time I spend behind the wheel each day has made me weirdly happier. Ahead are the best books on Audible that will make your commute bearable and, dare we say, enjoyable.
For Hilarious Insights About Life
Look Alive Out There
Written and narrated by Sloane Crosley
A decade after publishing her wildly popular collection of essays I Was Told There'd Be Cake, Sloane Crosley is finally back with another collection of witty, relatable insights. In the audiobook version of the collection, the author narrates her own writing with all the charm, humor, and sass that jumps off the page.
Length: Six hours and 13 minutes
For a Critical View of Society
This Will Be My Undoing
Written and narrated by Morgan Jerkins
If you're a fan of Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists, you need to listen to the audiobook version of Morgan Jerkin's This Will Be My Undoing, a brutally honest look at what it means to be a black woman in America today. It's compelling, insightful, and should be considered required listening.
Length: Seven hours and five minutes
For a Spellbinding Story
The House of Broken Angels
Written and narrated by Luis Alberto Urrea
In this audiobook, Pulitzer Prize–nominated author Luis Alberto Urrea narrates his latest novel, which is a spellbinding portrait of a Mexican American family, the De La Cruzes, and their pursuit of the American dream. Trust us when we say you'll be transfixed by this fictional account of the quintessential American story.
Length: Nine hours and 46 minutes
For a Musing on the Power of Language
Speak No Evil
Written by Uzodinma Iweala
Narrated by Prentice Onayemi and Julia Whelan
This highly anticipated novel from the acclaimed author of Beasts of No Nation tackles the topic of the power of words. Included in Audible's Editors Selects for the best new releases of March 2018, the audiobook version is narrated by "two seasoned veterans who complement each other and Iweala's aesthetic beautifully," recommends Audible editor Michael Duke.
Length: Six hours and 21 minutes
For an Insightful Memoir
Tomorrow Will Be Different
Written and narrated by Sarah McBride
Sarah McBride's powerful memoir Tomorrow Will Be Different is made all the more impactful by listening to the author narrate her own story. In this audiobook, McBride, an activist and the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, is captivating as she shares her personal experience with gender identity.
Length: Nine hours and 18 minutes
For a Terrifyingly True Story
I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Written by Michelle McNamara
Narrated by Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn, and Patton Oswalt
In this audiobook, journalist Michelle McNamara's gripping investigation into the Golden State Killer, a serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California in the '70s and '80s, is bookended by a forward read by best-selling author Gillian Flynn and an afterword read by McNamara's husband, Patton Oswalt.
Length: Nine hours and 45 minutes
For a Thoughtful Look at Addiction
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Written and narrated by Leslie Jamison
Leslie Jamison delves into the topic of addiction in her genre-defining book The Recovering. Part memoir, part cultural history, part literary criticism, the book shares Jamison's personal experience with addiction, as well as stories from Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, and George Cain, in order to present a fascinating look at the recovery movement.
Length: 16 hours and six minutes
For an Updated Take on a Classic
Written by Jane Austen
Narrated by Emma Thompson
This audible original recording features actress Emma Thompson (alongside actors Joanne Froggatt, Aisling Loftus, and Isabella Inchbald) narrating the witty Jane Austen classic. Austen fans, be forewarned: This isn't a word-for-word reading, but rather a modern telling of a classic.
Length: Eight hours and 21 minutes
For a Motivational Boost
Girl, Wash Your Face
Written and narrated by Rachel Hollis
File this audiobook under refreshing self-help books that expose the misconceptions of having it all figured out. The utterly hilarious Hollis narrates her motivating New York Times best seller, giving listeners a glimpse into her own messy life to inspire us all to get real.
Length: Seven hours and four minutes
For a Candid Conversation About Race in America
So You Want to Talk About Race
Written by Ijeoma Oluo
Narrated by Bahni Turpin
Oluo's novel, which has been aptly described as "a current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape," is brought to vivid life by Bahni Turpin (whose name you might recognize from her acclaimed reading of Colson Whitehead's brilliant novel The Underground Railroad.
Length: Seven hours and 41 minutes
This story was originally published on April 10, 2018, and has since been updated.
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