The Audible Essentials

The Audible Essentials

The Audible Essentials is our list of 100 absolute must-listens. Hours were spent deliberating which books should (and shouldn't) make the cut. Ultimately, the final list was chosen to represent a wide range of genres, compelling stories, and can't-miss performances. Updated just in time for our 20th anniversary in 2017, these are the books that stand the test of time: vetted by our listeners and hand-picked by our editors as examples of excellence.

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A Little Life: A Novel
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(5,163)
Beautiful Ruins
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(3,110)
Beloved
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(1,910)
Code Name Verity
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(1,209)
Heartburn
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(574)
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel
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(2,582)
The Blood of Flowers
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(314)
The Book Thief
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(20,516)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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(1,849)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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(6,632)
The Goldfinch
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(31,581)
The Kite Runner
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(9,457)
The Namesake
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(1,609)
The Nightingale
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(42,894)
The Nix: A Novel
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(1,288)
The Sellout: A Novel
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(1,445)
The Things They Carried
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(2,869)
The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
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(5,896)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel
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(8,243)
Me Before You: A Novel
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(28,672)
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1
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(344)
Outlander: Outlander, Book 1
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(23,723)
Gone Girl: A Novel
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(55,257)
Her Royal Spyness
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(635)
Sherlock Holmes
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(60)
Still Life: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
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(4,375)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Series, Book 1
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(9,796)
You
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(3,650)
1776
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(2,115)
American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
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(794)
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
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(5,438)
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
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(1,281)
In Cold Blood
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(2,643)
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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(16,381)
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
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(6,345)
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
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(2,034)
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
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(29,120)
Angela's Ashes
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(1,483)
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
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(10,001)
Bossypants
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(5,425)
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
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(4,960)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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(4,342)
Just Kids
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(1,736)
Me Talk Pretty One Day
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(1,836)
Night
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(4,706)
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
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(2,481)
Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography
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(1,414)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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(6,998)
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
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(1,811)
Yes, Chef: A Memoir
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(638)
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir
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(527)
A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry
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(6,164)
A Prayer for Owen Meany
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(2,929)
Dracula [Audible Edition]
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(5,297)
Homegoing: A Novel
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(2,689)
Invisible Man: A Novel
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(1,097)
Lolita
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(2,123)
Love in the Time of Cholera
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(1,389)
Middlesex
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(2,159)
Pride and Prejudice
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(7,822)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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(1,978)
The Bell Jar
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(2,438)
The End of the Affair
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(414)
The Great Gatsby
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(8,950)
The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
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(22,829)
The Help
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(12,736)
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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(2,248)
To Kill a Mockingbird
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(18,220)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
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(1,576)
Charlotte's Web
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(24)
Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition
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(10,366)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1
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(21,839)
Matilda
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(1,780)
The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1
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(1,739)
The Fault in Our Stars
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(47,920)
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1
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(2,362)
The Graveyard Book
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(3,298)
The Hate U Give
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(5,323)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia
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(2,797)
Wonder
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(17,413)
11-22-63: A Novel
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(99)
14
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(1,133)
A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
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(14,692)
Good Omens
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(5,669)
Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
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(1,649)
Jurassic Park: A Novel
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(2,920)
Ready Player One
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(23,554)
Red Rising
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(5,676)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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(3,153)
The Name of the Wind: (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
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(10,798)
We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1
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(2,629)
A Little Life: A Novel
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(5,163)
Beautiful Ruins
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(3,110)
Beloved
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,910)
Code Name Verity
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,209)
Heartburn
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(574)
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,582)
The Blood of Flowers
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(314)
The Book Thief
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(20,516)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,849)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(6,632)
The Goldfinch
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(31,581)
The Kite Runner
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(9,457)
The Namesake
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,609)
The Nightingale
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(42,894)
The Nix: A Novel
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,288)
The Sellout: A Novel
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,445)
The Things They Carried
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,869)
The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(5,896)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(8,243)
Me Before You: A Novel
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(28,672)
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(344)
Outlander: Outlander, Book 1
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(23,723)
Gone Girl: A Novel
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(55,257)
Her Royal Spyness
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(635)
Sherlock Holmes
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(60)
Still Life: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(4,375)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Series, Book 1
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(9,796)
You
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(3,650)
1776
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,115)
American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(794)
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(5,438)
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,281)
In Cold Blood
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,643)
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(16,381)
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(6,345)
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,034)
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(29,120)
Angela's Ashes
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,483)
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(10,001)
Bossypants
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(5,425)
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(4,960)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(4,342)
Just Kids
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,736)
Me Talk Pretty One Day
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,836)
Night
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(4,706)
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,481)
Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,414)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(6,998)
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,811)
Yes, Chef: A Memoir
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(638)
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(527)
A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(6,164)
A Prayer for Owen Meany
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,929)
Dracula [Audible Edition]
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(5,297)
Homegoing: A Novel
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,689)
Invisible Man: A Novel
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,097)
Lolita
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,123)
Love in the Time of Cholera
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(1,389)
Middlesex
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,159)
Pride and Prejudice
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(7,822)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
1 Credit
(1,978)
The Bell Jar
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,438)
The End of the Affair
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(414)
The Great Gatsby
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(8,950)
The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(22,829)
The Help
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(12,736)
Their Eyes Were Watching God
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(2,248)
To Kill a Mockingbird
$0.00 Free with Audible trial
(18,220)