I source my audiobooks from two places: the local library (I borrow both the CDs and download books via the Overdrive App) and through Audible.

Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy has a guide for three ways to listen to audible books without a membership and I employ her Whispersync trick often when buying new books for my Kindle. (P.S. Anne also shares great Kindle deals daily on her site.)

Here's how it works: 

I've split the list into children's literature and adult literature. Any titles that have an asterisk* on them are titles that I've listened to myself and would recommend. All other titles were recommended by readers of the blog, followers on my Instagram, or the members of the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club, so you know that these titles come straight from the (virtual) shelves of serious bookworms.

This is a growing list, so if you've listened to something new and think that it deserves a spot here, leave a comment or send me a message and I'll update the list!

If you contributed to this list, thank you! My favorite thing about being a bookworm is sharing a love of good books with others. I hope we all can find a new title to listen to and love.

Children's Literature

Adult Fiction



Science Fiction

Contemporary Fiction & Thrillers

Adult Non-Fiction


  1. Great list! Here are a few more that I enjoyed on audio:

    Three Wishes and What Alice Forgot (Liane Moriarty)
    The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou - read by the author)
    Crossing to Safety (Wallace Stegner)
    Talking As Fast As I Can (Lauren Graham's memoir - read by the author)

    Thanks for compiling this list!

  2. Love a good audio list... read about 25 of ones above and only one i really didn't care for was Ready Player One... here are a few more to add to your list...

    Beartown.. or anything by Fredrik Backman
    Fangirl... or anything by Rainbow Rowell (except "Carry On" so boring!)
    Flat Water Tuesday
    The Poisonwood Bible
    The Book Theif

  3. I'm about to start A Quiet Life in the Country on audio based on your recommendation. And I'm so happy to have such an extensive list up there to choose from - thanks for sharing it!

    My absolute, hands-down favorite audio book (so far!) has been The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. (got the recommendation from Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy) Gosh - it is just so good. And so pleasant to listen to. I really don't think I would've enjoyed just reading the book. The audio really enhances the story. I highly recommend it! :)

    1. Just put Guernsey in my library queue. I read the print version years ago and loved it. Time to revisit on audio. Thanks for the rec!!

  4. I am an avid audiobook listener - my commute is about and hour everyday so I can get through a book quickly.
    Two favorite narrators come to mind that are not listed above:
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (the Russian accent was great)
    Martin Short: Excuse Me-My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend (Hilarious, narrated by the author)

  5. Another one for the children's literature category is The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. This middle grade historical fiction book is fantastic on audio! I've listened to it two times over the years and would gladly listen again. Another rec. for Children's Lit. is Dead End in Norvelt (also a Newbery Honor winner). I laughed so much listening to this book.

    Another one I enjoyed on audio is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

  6. Thank you for sharing this amazing list! This will be my go-to for new recommendations.

    For Children's Literature, I loved All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook on Audible. The narrators do an amazing job! I also enjoyed listening to The Wild Robot on audiobook, and the inclusion of nature sounds made the reading so much more interesting.