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Audiobooks are gaining popularity—in fact they’re growing faster than any other reading format. If you haven’t tuned into an audiobook just yet, it’s time to get started. Here’s how you can fall in love with this long-lasting trend thanks to the best audiobooks for all types of readers and listeners.

Why should you pick up some audiobooks?

Audiobooks are perfect for when you need to be hands-free and literally can’t hold onto a physical book or eReader. Many love to listen to audiobooks while driving or taking public transit. They’re a great alternative to the radio or podcasts, especially if you need something to capture your imagination on a long commute or car trip. Audiobook apps, such as Kobo, are Carplay compatible, meaning you can listen with ease.

You can also put on audiobooks while completing household chores. Instead of putting off a task week after week, choose a book you’ve been meaning to read and play it while you’re folding laundry, mopping or dusting. It’ll make the time pass by quickly—and who knows? With the best audiobooks playing through your speakers, you might just look for even more chores to add to your to-do list!

However, try to limit distractions when listening to an audiobook. You still need to pay attention to follow along. Audiobooks are not background music—you need to be invested in what’s happening to get the full experience, as the author intended.

What are the best audiobooks?

The best audiobooks are entirely subjective—it all depends on the genres and authors you love to read! But, there are some that stand out from the pack. Here are the best audiobooks to download whenever you get the chance.

Harry Potter

The Harry Potter audiobooks are truly a treasure. Actor Jim Dale uses nearly 200 different voices to play the myriad characters that inhabit the wizarding world. Whether you’ve never been to Hogwarts or return year after year, you’re sure to enjoy J.K. Rowling’s legendary series in this format. These are also wonderful audiobooks for kids.


British actor Simon Prebble narrates this George Orwell classic and introduces listeners to the dystopian world of Winston Smith and Big Brother. The 1984 audiobook is great if you never finished this one in high school—listen to it because this is one story you don’t want to miss.

Lord of the Rings

Long books and series make for great audiobooks, especially if you have a lengthy drive ahead of you! The Lord of the Rings audiobooks fit the bill perfectly. Head off through Middle Earth with Frodo and the rest of the fellowship. If you’re a fan of the movies, you might love the books even more!

Self Help

Self-help audiobooks are perfect for when you need a bit of motivation. Authors often narrate their own self-help audiobooks, meaning you’re getting advice directly from the source. Try new releases and bestsellers like Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Stop Apologizing, Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead and The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson. With these audiobooks, you’ll be well on your way towards a much more fulfilling life!