What are the best author-narrated audiobooks?

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    #1I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words. This memoir is a modern classic that will touch hearts and change minds.

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    Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Maya Angelou has such a nice, strong voice, perfect for narrating her own story. The book in itself is already stunning, but her voice just takes it to the next level of awesomeness. I got goosebumps while listening!"
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    #2Bossypants

    Bossypants
    Bossypants is an autobiography by American actress and comedian, Tina Fey. Written in a comedic style, Bossypants includes stories of Fey's childhood aspirations, her career, and her advent into motherhood.
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    Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I decided to listen to the audiobook instead of reading Bossypants when I found out Tina Fey was nominated for a Grammy for her narration, and I'm so glad I did. Tina Fey is hilarious! I feel like I've known her for a long time after listening to it."
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    #3Yes Please

    Yes Please

    The coolest mom of all time writes this inspirational text which explains how did she manage to succeed in the show business. Amy Poehler shares stories, lists and pictures that will help anyone who wants to start their actin career. 

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    Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Amy Poehler is a true comedienne. I found myself laughing out loud at so many parts of this book. Friendly tip, though: don't listen to this while driving, as I did, because you'll be laughing so much you'd probably end up wrecking your car."
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    #4Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes is a book written by Frank McCourt and is the first in the Frank McCourt Series. This classic book recounts the author's survival during poverty and cruelty. It is published in 1996.

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    Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I've already read this book, but I loved it so much that I bought the audiobook. It's made all the better by McCourt's voice, telling his story like only he can. It's 15 whole hours of literary magic."
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    #5The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel by Sherman Alexie. It tells the story of Junior, a Spokane Indian who left the reservation to go to an all-white high school.


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    Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The topics tackled in this story are not fun by any means, but Sherman Alexie has the special power of making you laugh in the midst of tragedy. Can't stress it enough, this is a great, great book. I highly recommend it to anyone."
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    #6Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays

    Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
    Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays is a collection of hilarious essays written by David Foster Wallace. It has many other topics, including an award for a female performer, a presidential race, and whether lobsters feel pain. 
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    Billy Garcia
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I am always very interested in hearing an audiobook that is narrated by the author and I'll say that this is one of my favorites so far. David Foster Wallace does a great job of conveying his humor through his reading."
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    #7Naked

    Naked

    Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview-a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course!) with a quadriplegic companion; a family gathers for a wedding in the face of imminent death. Through it all is Sedaris's unmistakable voice, without doubt one of the freshest in American writing.

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    Harry Thompson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I wasn't sure what to expect when I purchased this, but the description really won me over and made me want to have a listen. It's quite humorous in it's delivery, as it's not a title that takes itself very seriously. That said, there were also some parts that I found quite profound and moved by. Very unique and special work. Highly recommend checking this out."
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    #8Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir is written by Carrie Brownstein which is a narrative of her early life and her transition to the music industry. It also reveals the subculture in the independent music industry.  

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    Chen Zhang
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I had not heard of Sleater-Kinney before, but this was still an intriguing story about an interesting time period. The story is told in a way that makes you feel like you are there. Very enjoyable."
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    #9Neverwhere

    Neverwhere

    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is about Richard Mayhew, a goodhearted man living in London whose life changed after helping a bleeding girl on a city sidewalk. Because of his act, he was put in a place filled with dangers Mayhew never even dreamed existed.

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    Sarah Carr
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book was a bit of a let down. I expected it to be better, and I was dissapointed. It is kind of boring. The story starts out slow and never picks up speed. I didnt even finish the book it was so boring. Not really my cup of tea."
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    #10Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) is a non-fiction book by American actress Mindy Kaling. It tells about her life as a comedian and the pains of growing up when you are full of doubt.

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    Carolyn Perkins
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Since Mindy has a great voice, this self author narrated audiobook is great. It hits a nerve that I think all of us experience as just being people and insecure. A fun read....or listen!!"
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    #11Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir-novel originally published in 2006. This book has a film adaptaion released in 2010 under Columbia Pictures.

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    Christine Rios
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Being available on audiobook format is a wonderful gift for all. This is a fantastic book that inspires one to be their very best. I was engrossed throughout and wanting to better myself through actions."
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    #12The Sacred Band

    The Sacred Band
    The Sacred Band is a historical fantasy novel by Janet Morris. Set in ancient Greece, it tells the story of the remaining 23 pairs of the Sacred Band of Thebes who join the Sacred Band of Stepsons after their brothers died in battle.
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    Jean Mason
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This one is for lovers of ancient times and ancient gods. An added plus is the author as narrator. It's long, and I didn't sleep as much as I should have but the time lost seemed well worth it. Note that this book is part of a series, though."
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    #13H Is for Hawk

    H Is for Hawk

    H is for Hawk is a non-fiction book written by Helen Macdonald wherein she shares her account of bereavement and how she trained a gohawk following her father's death. 

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    Andrew Carpenter
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "As Helen mourns the death of her father, she finds a unique and inspiring way to cope with her grief. As Helen herself tells her own story about the long process of training a hawk. Helen has a way of keeping you captivated throughout her tale."
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    #14You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

    You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

    You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a memoir written by actress Felicia Day, first published in 2015. It tells the story of her meteoric rise to Internet fame.

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    Harini Gupta
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A very fun and special book. It's great to see how such a talented and uplifting person came to be. I can relate with her childhood troubles of being home-schooled and desperately wanting childhood friends. I think many of us have turned to technology at one point or another for some company. "
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    #15Born a Crime

    Born a Crime
    Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is a nonfiction story that is set during the twilight of racial segregation in South Africa. It follows a restless young man and his brave mother as they both struggle to save themselves from the cruel world.
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    Ralph Campbell
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a great nonfiction novel that is well written. An interesting story on its own it is really transformed to the next level by the author. He also does a fantastic job of narrating this book. Highly recommended!"
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    #16Muscle Bound

    Muscle Bound

    Muscle Bound is a gay erotic romance novel written by Christopher Morgan that tells the story of hunky men who are into each other. They have fun in the gym and also in bed.

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    Bruce Thomas
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is a good author-narrated audiobook. I like this audiobook."
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    #17Morning Glory

    Morning Glory

    Morning Glory is a seductive historical romance written by La Vryle Spencer that tells the story of a man and a woman who met each other in the midst of their own chaos but still found love in each other.

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    Emily Brooks
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Morning Glory is a seductive history romance novel that tells the story of a man and woman who met each other in the midst of their own chaos but still found love in each other. It is well written and gets a 5 out of 5 stars. "

Summary

Best What are the best author-narrated audiobooks
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Books 31 Paid
2BossypantsBooks 28 Paid
3Yes PleaseBooks 27 Paid
4Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)Books 26 Paid
5The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBooks 23 Paid
6Consider the Lobster: And Other EssaysBooks 22 Paid
7NakedBooks 21 Paid
8Hunger Makes Me a Modern GirlBooks 19 Paid
9NeverwhereBooks 17 Paid
10Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)Books 16 Paid
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