I Promise These 4 Tips Will Get You Hooked On Audio Books

If you’re curious about audio books but have never given them a try, I strongly suggest you get your hands on one soon! Listening is a completely different experience than physically reading. It can make a book come alive and reach you in a way that is unlike physical reading.

If you’ve tried listening to audio books and hated it, I’m begging you to try again. My first few attempts weren’t successful either. There can be a lot of trial and error when it comes to figuring out what works for you on audio and what doesn’t as far as genre, topic, narrator’s voice, and even narration speed.

Here’s are some tips for finding audio books that you will be able to stick with! Following my advice will guide you to ones you will enjoy!


  1. Choose a biography of a person you admire or want to know more about.

I adore all things Jim Henson. Last year I finally got around to his biography by Brian Jay Jones. It  is wonderfully well done, and I learned more than I’d ever hoped to about the history of my beloved Muppets.



  1. Listen to a memoir by a celebrity you love, read by the author

Some recommendations:

Born Standing Up – Steve Martin

Wildflower – Drew Barrymore

If You Ask Me – Betty White

I’ve heard these are great but haven’t gotten to them yet:

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

A Life in Parts – Bryan Cranston



  1. Listen to a book you physically read a long time ago and really loved.

    Our Book Club meeting for Watership Down last summer

Consider a children’s book. I listened to The Mouse and the Motorcycle recently and found it charming.

Interview With the Vampire and Watership Down are two books I read as a teenage that significantly impacted my life. I listened to them both within the last year and found them as lovely as I remembered.




4. Try a collection of short stories or essays.                

This isn’t my favorite genre but short pieces fly by on audio.

My favorites:

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt – Amy Bender

Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri

Naked – David Sedaris


  1. Lea Christensen

    May 19, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I am using all of my PopSugar, “books you read” categories as audios…Bel Canto is one and I am hoping to get book 3 of Outlander read by the time the show starts back up, and I am trying to find some of the re-issue Nancy Drews from the 80’s as well!

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