The Best True Crime Audiobooks Are Guaranteed to Give You Chills

Updated 08/29/18
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Blame it on the heat, but I've been on something of a true crime kick recently. From podcasts hosted by investigative journalists to documentaries that shed light on unsolved crimes, I've been delving into the dark world of murder and mystery. After binge-watching all 13 episodes of Netflix's The Staircase and streaming all 11 episodes of the new season of In the Dark, naturally, I turned to Audible in search of new true crime content to consume.

After streaming dozens of audiobooks (thank goodness for that unlimited Audible subscription), I'm sharing a list of the best true crime audiobooks guaranteed to give you chills. Yes, even in the summer heat. Spanning a chilling investigation into an elusive rapist-turned-murderer to a mesmerizing memoir in which a true crime addict reveals the ramifications of his obsession with the macabre has had on his life, these stories are too gripping to not download right now. Now, put down that psychological thriller and grab your headphones—here are 13 true crime audiobooks to binge-stream stat.

Black K Klansman

Black K Klansman

Written by: Ron Stallworth
Narrated by: Ron Stallworth
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins

Written by: Ron Stallworth
Narrated by: Ron Stallworth
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins

In this true crime memoir, Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in Colorado Springs Police Department history, recounts his experience infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan with the help of his white colleagues. PSA: Listen to Black K Klansman before you see the major motion picture by the same name.

I'll Be Gone In the Dark

I'll Be Gone In the Dark

Written by: Michelle McNamara
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins

Written by: Michelle McNamara
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins

Arguably one of the most-anticipated audiobooks of the year, I'll Be Gone in the Dark delves into the investigation of the mysterious Golden State Killer, the elusive rapist turned murderer who terrorized California in the '80s and '90s.

Mindhunter

Mindhunter

Written by: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins

Written by: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins

Mindhunter offers a behind-the-scenes look into John E. Douglas's 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit. The detective, known for using psychological profiling to get into the minds of serial killers and criminals, was also the subject of the Netflix original series by the same name.  

Bad Blood

Bad Blood

Written by: John Carreyrou
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins

Written by: John Carreyrou
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins

In Bad Blood, Will Dameron narrates John Carreyrou's unraveling of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranos, who was deemed the "female Steve Jobs" by Silicon Valley—until she was revealed as a fraud. Described as "a riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron," this audiobook is a must-listen.

Bind, Torture, Kill

Bind, Torture, Kill

Written by: Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, L. Kelly, Hurst Laviana
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins

Written by: Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, L. Kelly, Hurst Laviana
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins

This audiobook brings to life the book written by four award-winning journalists who covered the notorious BTK case for over 20 years. Bind, Kill, Torture will have you riveted until the very last second, even if you already know how the story ends. 

True Crime Addict

True Crime Addict

Written by: James Renner
Narrated by: James Renner
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins

Written by: James Renner
Narrated by: James Renner
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins

Written and narrated by James Renner, True Crime Addict is a memoir in which Renner chronicles his obsessive investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray, a college student who went missing after a car crash in rural New Hampshire in 2004, and the ramifications that the fixation has had on his life.

Lost Girls

Lost Girls

Written by: Robert Kolker
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins

Written by: Robert Kolker
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins

In this true crime audiobook, narrator Sean Pratt recounts award-winning journalist Robert Kolker's reporting on the search for a serial killer who's still at large on Long Island. Lost Girls boasts unsolved murder and internet prostitution, but don't mistake it for a fictional thriller—it's a true story.

You Think You Know Me

You Think You Know Me

Written by: Ryan Green
Narrated by: Steve White
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins

Written by: Ryan Green
Narrated by: Steve White
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins

You Think You Know Me tells the exceedingly strange yet true story of Herb Baumeister and the horror at Fox Hollow Farm. As the reviewer notes below, no one will ever know for sure what happened, but this audiobook represents best-selling author Ryan Green's findings after what was discovered in the wake of Baumeister's suicide.

The Michigan Murders

The Michigan Murders

Written by: Edward Keyes
Narrated by: Pete Cross
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins

Written by: Edward Keyes
Narrated by: Pete Cross
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins

The Michigan Murders recounts the compelling story of how a young Eastern Michigan University student turned serial killer eluded the police and terrorized southeastern Michigan for two years.

Adnan's Story

Adnan's Story

Written by: Rabia Chaudry
Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins

Written by: Rabia Chaudry
Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins

With 4.8 stars and over 4988 reviews, Adnan's Story is one of the highest rated true crime audiobooks on Audible. Fans of true crime podcasts will recognize Adnan's name from Serial, Sarah Koenig's compulsively listenable series about the supposed murderer. Adnan's Story picks up where Serial leaves off, delving into previously undisclosed details about the case.

The Girl on the Velvet Swing

The Girl on the Velvet Swing

Written by: Simon Baatz
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins

Written by: Simon Baatz
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins

Honestly, to describe the plot of The Girl on the Velvet Swing would give too much away. So you're going to have to trust us when we tell you this gripping, fascinating look at life in 20th-century America is well worth a listen.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

Written by: David Grann
Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins

Written by: David Grann
Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins

Compelling and utterly devastating, Killers of the Flower Moon is a work of narrative nonfiction that exposes "one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history," as the description aptly puts it. Consider this required listening on a chapter in American history that you didn't learn in school.

The Feather Thief

The Feather Thief

Written by: Kirk Wallace Johnson
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins

Written by: Kirk Wallace Johnson
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins

Unlike the other true crime audiobooks on this list, The Feather Thief does not involve murder. Instead, it's a gripping tale about one of the biggest heists of the century in which an obsessive hobbyist pilfers one of the most important collections of birds in natural history—and walks free. You won't be able to stop listening.

Ed. note: Reviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.

This story was originally published on July 15, 2018, and has since been updated.

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