List of 41 Audiobooks to Fall Asleep To
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|Call Me by Your Name
|This is a story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at the boy's parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them.
|Can You Forgive Her?
|Young, attractive and wealthy, Alice Vavasor is a woman in the prime of her life. And yet one question torments her: "What should a woman do with her life?" Torn between the kind but dull Mr. Grey and her dangerous and exciting cousin George, she is prone to constant indecision and uncertainty, much to the detriment of Mr. Grey. Can You Forgive Her? is a crisp and engaging novel, brimming with romance, humor, and pathos.
|Conversations with Friends
|Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are gradually drawn into Melissa's world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's tall, handsome husband, Nick.
|In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, David Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true.
|I Capture the Castle
|Comedy, Romance novel
|In this coming of age story, Dodie Smith introduces the visionary and eccentric character of 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. The youngest daughter in a family of impoverished artists, it is her imagination and writing that take us away from the ramshackle old English castle where they live, and toward an intriguing tale of husband-hunting and light-hearted sibling rivalry.
|Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home
|In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs: there's a cat nobody likes, suppertime visits from a famous local playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk bill, and repeated misadventures parking the family car.
|Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen
|Leonard Cohen passed away in late 2016, leaving behind many who cared for and admired him, but perhaps few knew him better than longtime friend Eric Lerner. Lerner, a screenwriter and novelist, first met Cohen at a Zen retreat 40 years ago. Their friendship helped guide one another through life's myriad obstacles, a journey told from a new perspective for the first time.
|Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, ambition, and disappointment.
|Nothing to See Here
|Kevin Wilson’s best book yet, this is a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities.
|On Being Human
|This inspirational memoir is about how Jennifer Pastiloff's years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how hearing loss taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable allowed her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life full of wild happiness.
|Patrick Radden Keefe
|From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe is a stunning, intricate narrative about the notorious killing of Jean McConville in 1972 Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions.
|Slouching Towards Bethlehem
|Published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.
|The Liar’s Club
|A razor's-edge tale of a fractured childhood, Mary Karr's biography looks back through a child's eyes to sort through dark household secrets. She witnesses an inheritance squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled at the deserving and the undeserving. In a voice stripped of self-pity and charged with energy, she introduces us to a family ravaged by lies and alcoholism, yet redeemed by the revelation of truth.
|The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
|Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a real monster.
|The Testaments is a modern masterpiece that can be enjoyed on its own or as a companion to The Handmaid’s Tale. More than 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
|The Warden is a compassionate portrait of the gentle, thoughtful warden and precentor of Barchester Cathedral, Mr. Septimus Harding. Loved by all, Harding lives an ordered life in his protected religious environment. Then one day, a young reformer feels he has uncovered a mismanagement of funds and Harding is held to blame, which comes as a shock not only to Harding himself but also to the cathedral community.
|To the Lighthouse
|To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf’s arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life.
|We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
|This essay collection from the “bitches gotta eat” blogger, writer on Hulu’s Shrill, and “one of our country’s most fierce and foulmouthed authors” (Amber Tamblyn, Vulture) is sure to make you alternately cackle with glee and cry real tears.
|A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming
|Imagine being able to fly. Walk through walls. Shape-shift. Breathe underwater. Conjure loved ones – or total strangers – out of thin air. Imagine experiencing your night-time dreams with the same awareness you possess right now – fully functioning memory, imagination, and self-awareness. Imagine being able to use this power to be more creative, solve problems, and discover a deep sense of well-being.
|Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions – sexual, racial, political, artistic – that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the early 1970s.
|Novel, Bildungsroman, Psychological Fiction
|On a summer day in 1934, 13-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever, and Briony will have committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.
|Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults
|Joan Walker and Jonathan Keeble
|Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults is a collection of tales to soothe tired souls. A night-time companion for frazzled adults, this cheering audiobook of best-loved short tales, extracts, and poems will calm and restore an anxious mind before sleep.
|Recognized as one of Dickens' most accomplished titles, Bleak House has impressed critics and audiences alike since it was first published in 1852. The novel boasts one of the most intelligent and engaging plots in all of English literature and is sure to engage the listener's imagination as it transports us back in time to the seedy, grimy, and hazardous streets of Victorian London.
|Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From The Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia!, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache – but never misery.
|H Is for Hawk
|When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators: the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral anger mirrored her own. As a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel and began her journey into the goshawk's world.
|J.K. Rowling's complete internationally best-selling Harry Potter series brilliantly brought to life by Stephen Fry. From Harry's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to his final battle with arch-enemy Voldemort, this beautifully packaged CD box set contains over 100 CDs with a total running time of 124 hours 56 minutes, which will keep you enchanted through all seven spellbinding novels in the Harry Potter series.
|I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
|Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash”. At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age – and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime.
|Milk and Honey
|Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival, violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The audiobook is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, and heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes listeners through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
|Science Fiction & Fantasy
|With rent past due, Harry needs work, and soon. A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy, makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, while he himself is under suspicion of the crimes.
|The Bluest Eye
|The Bluest Eye is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove – a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others – who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
|The English Patient
|Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminate this audiobook like flashes of heat lightning.
|The Graveyard Book
|Nobody Owens is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place – he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings – such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.
|The Great Gatsby
|F Scott Fitzgerald
|This new audio edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel is narrated by actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties – and of his undying love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.
|The Hidden Life of Trees
|How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known. Putting groundbreaking scientific discoveries into a language everyone can relate to, forester Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland.
|The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
|Some say that the first hints that Bill Bryson was not of Planet Earth came from his discovery, at the age of six, of a woollen jersey of rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible, and wear his underpants over his jeans in the manner of Superman.
|The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
|Science Fiction & Fantasy
|Four adventurous siblings – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie – step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change... and a great sacrifice.
|The Little Prince
|Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
|Richard E. Grant and Michael Morpurgo
|Science Fiction & Fantasy
|If a little fellow comes along, if he laughs, if he has golden hair, and if he never answers questions, then you will know who he is. Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, translated by Michael Morpurgo. Read by Richard E. Grant, with an introduction read by Michael Morpurgo.
|The Shadow of the Wind
|Carlos Ruiz Zafon
|Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the "cemetery of lost books," a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out La Sombra del Viento by Julian Carax.
|Dean Jocelin has a vision: that God has chosen him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. His mason anxiously advises against it, for the old cathedral was built without foundations. Nevertheless, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, until the stone pillars shriek and the ground beneath it swims. Its shadow falls ever darker on the world below, and on Dean Jocelin in particular.
|Where the Past Begins
In Where the Past Begins, best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan, reveals herself in a way she never has before, delving into her childhood, adolescence, family history, beginnings as a writer, and professional life to explore the answers to questions of purpose and meaning that we all ask ourselves as we get older.