36 Short Audiobooks to Help Boost Your Reading Challenge

Posted by Marie on November 9, 2018


This post is sponsored by Audible.

With the holidays fast approaching and the end of the year just on the horizon, you might be wondering if you'll complete your 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge on time. Not to worry! Audiobooks not only count towards your goal, they're also a great way to dive into a story while multitasking.

So to help you cross that finish line, we rounded up some of the most highly rated audiobooks on Goodreads and Audible. From novels to essays to poetry, this list has many of our readers' beloved favorites including J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Neil DeGrasse Tyson's and Avis Lang's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists, and Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey.

The best part? Each of these listens can be enjoyed in five hours or less. For easy browsing, we grouped each of these audiobooks by their time duration. Don't forget to add your favorites to your Want to Read Shelf.


Less Than 2 Hours

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Less Than 3 Hours

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Less Than 4 Hours

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Less Than 5 Hours

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Which super short audiobooks would you recommend? Share them with us in the comments!

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Comments Showing 1-13 of 13 (13 new)

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message 1: by April (new)

April The Poet X ~ 4 hours
The Princess Bride ~ 3 hours
The Crossover ~ 2 hourse


message 2: by Jenny Baker (new)

Jenny Baker Legion by Brandon Sanderson - 2 hours
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling - Under 3 hours
The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson - Under 4 hours
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf - 5 hours


message 3: by Emily (last edited Nov 09, 2018 02:01PM) (new)

Emily Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ~1 hr

Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou ~3 hrs

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown ~4 hrs

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik, Ping Zhu ~5 hrs


message 4: by Cyn (new)

Cyn The Tale of Despereaux - under 4 hours


message 5: by TraceyL (last edited Nov 09, 2018 05:56PM) (new)


message 7: by Marianne (new)

Marianne All the Flavia DeLuce by Allan Bradley


message 8: by Jeanny (new)

Jeanny This article was a great idea. Added a few books to my tbr pile. Thanks.


message 9: by Heather (new)

Heather Carmilla 🖤


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