264. Our Top 20+ Favorite Audiobooks

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This week’s podcast episode covers a much-requested topic: our favorite audiobooks! Summer is a great time for reading and listening to more books — especially with road trips and/or just a slower schedule. And if you listen regularly to the podcast, you know we love audiobooks.

Whether you’re looking for a way to pass time while cleaning, cooking, or driving or you prefer listening to reading, this episode is packed with our favorite 20+ audiobooks to add to your listening library!

I managed to narrow my list down to 20 (okay, maybe a few more) and then Jesse shares some of his favorite series, too. We share a wide range of books — including my favorite book on habits, a book that inspired me to want to visit all the national parks, captivating fiction, eye-opening historical narratives, and more!

We also share how we find time to listen to audiobooks, when we listen to audiobooks, and how we listen to audiobooks. And we share how we never pay for audiobooks!

In This Episode

[0:35] – Jesse and I are diving into our favorite audiobooks and sharing 20+ recommendations!
[2:59] – We use the Libby app to listen to audiobooks on my phone (+ when I listen to them!)
[4:53] – I start by recommending Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours.
[5:51] – I highly recommend The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society for its engaging, well-narrated story.
[7:11] – Jesse enjoys starting a series from the beginning, like Bill O’Reilly’s Killing series.
[9:39] – Next up on my list is The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.
[10:53] – Dear Bob and Sue recounts a couple’s witty, sarcastic adventures visiting all U.S. national parks.
[13:23] – Jesse enthuses over Vince Flynn’s American Assassin, which starts a series completed by other authors after his death.
[14:11] – I mention the highly popular book Atomic Habits.
[16:42] – The next audiobook on my list is The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer.
[17:18] – Pam Jenoff’s The Orphan’s Tale explores how Jews were hidden in circuses during World War II.
[17:50] – I also mention Georgia Hunter’s We Were the Lucky Ones, which tells the true story of a Jewish family’s survival during World War II.
[18:52] – Madeleine Martin’s The Last Bookshop in London is a soothing story that encourages me to read some classic works.
[19:38] – Jesse and I both enjoyed The President Is Missing and The President’s Daughter for their thrilling political insights and insider details.
[20:59] – Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone vividly depicts the harsh, isolating life in Alaska.
[22:29] – I reflect on how Shelby Van Pelt’s Remarkably Bright Creatures, featuring an octopus was unexpectedly compelling.
[23:51] – Last year’s “summer book club” led me to Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, sparking my interest in Sepetys’ other historical fiction works.
[25:22] – The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson are also compelling.
[27:49] – For younger kids, I recommend the Little House on the Prairie series, great for both reading and listening!

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