Great Audiobook Memoirs, Read by the Authors

Posted by Cybil on June 1, 2017

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Thought-provoking personal histories transport you into another life, make you feel less alone, and linger in your thoughts for years. Quite simply, there's nothing like a compelling memoir. Now many memoirists are narrating their own works for the audio version of their books, adding new depths and layers to their work. We've rounded up some of readers' favorite audiobook autobiographies, all read by the writers themselves. From David Sedaris reading his early journals to Mary Karr's battle for sobriety, listening in on some fascinating lives.

Have a great audiobook memoir recommendation? Share it with us in the comments! Want even more audiobook inspiration? Check out Goodreads' audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.

Between the World and Me
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Priestdaddy
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The Glass Castle
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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
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Funny in Farsi
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Disrupted
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Shrill
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This Boy
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It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)
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Barbarian Days
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Hillbilly Elegy
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Lit: A Memoir
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Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
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You'll Grow Out of It
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Theft by Finding
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Do you have a favorite audiobook memoir? Recommend it to your fellow readers in the comments! Then check out Goodreads' new audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.

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message 1: by Katie (new)

Katie Boyer Did not know THE GLASS CASTLE was read by the author! Maybe I will listen to it before the movie comes out :)


message 2: by Nissa (new)

Nissa Lincoln in the Bardo This book was read by the author and I hear there are 166 narrators in this book! I definitely want to listen to this book real soon.


message 3: by Aimee (new)

Aimee Some of these don't seem to be available on Audible in the UK, which is a real shame. I can't find The Glass Castle or It's Okay to Laugh.


message 5: by Alejandra (new)

Alejandra Also this one!! :D The Graveyard Book


message 6: by Marie (new)

Marie Horning Born a Crime by Trevor Noah was phenomenal. He is incredibly insightful, and really very intelligent. It's about his life growing up in South Africa during apartheid which is really interesting. I just saw that it's one of four book recommendations from Bill Gates in a recent issue of Time Magazine. Trevor reads his own audio book which makes it even more enjoyable.


message 7: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Reynolds Marie wrote: "Born a Crime by Trevor Noah was phenomenal. He is incredibly insightful, and really very intelligent. It's about his life growing up in South Africa during apartheid which is really interesting. I ..."

YES. AMAZING memoir. It's the first book I recommend when people ask.


message 8: by No, David! No! (new)

No, David! No! I agree with Scrappy Little Nobody. I also would add Furiously Happy A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson by Jenny Lawson


message 9: by Laura (last edited Jun 02, 2017 07:21PM) (new)

Laura But Enough about Me by Burt Reynolds . Narrated by Burt Reynolds. Very entertaining!


message 10: by Aimee (new)

Aimee Marie wrote: "Born a Crime by Trevor Noah was phenomenal. He is incredibly insightful, and really very intelligent. It's about his life growing up in South Africa during apartheid which is really interesting. I ..."

I second this, one of the best memoirs I have read in a long time.


message 11: by Vernice (last edited Jun 03, 2017 12:48AM) (new)

Vernice Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming

These are two recent favorites that I'd really recommend!


message 12: by Sumeet (new)

Sumeet Mahendra I have listened a few of them!


message 13: by Constantine (new)

Constantine The Glass Castle is an incredible memoir. I have read it only. I think next time I will be listening to its audiobook.


message 14: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn Nissa wrote: "Lincoln in the Bardo This book was read by the author and I hear there are 166 narrators in this book! I definitely want to listen to this book real soon."

Is it a memoir?


message 15: by Janice (new)

Janice I love to listen to authors read their own books, like I rather hear the songwriters sing their own songs. It feels more real to me.


message 16: by Rhiannon (new)

Rhiannon If you can get your hands on it then I'd recommend Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

Such a sweet woman, with a wonderful voice, she'll occasionally burst into little fragments of song and it's just like a big cup of tea with a favourite aunt.


message 17: by Devin (new)

Devin Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson!


message 18: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Wyman Marie wrote: "Born a Crime by Trevor Noah was phenomenal. He is incredibly insightful, and really very intelligent. It's about his life growing up in South Africa during apartheid which is really interesting. I ..."
My book just read this (a couple of us listened) and it was one of a *very* short list of books that we've unanimously liked in many years of meeting.


message 19: by Maria (new)

Maria Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen


message 20: by Marie (new)

Marie Horning Katherine wrote: "Marie wrote: "Born a Crime by Trevor Noah was phenomenal. He is incredibly insightful, and really very intelligent. It's about his life growing up in South Africa during apartheid which is really i..."

That's fantastic! I recommend this book to everyone. I've read 6 or 7 books since this one, but I still think about it often.


message 21: by Ashley (new)

Ashley NPH does a great job with his book! Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Since it is a "choose your own adventure" story you get to hear every ending and every outcome in the book.


message 22: by Django (new)

Django Based on a True Story This is my new standard for autobiographies.


message 23: by Betsy (new)

Betsy I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou has such a wonderful voice.


message 24: by MFS (new)

MFS Betsy wrote: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou has such a wonderful voice."

YES!


message 25: by Tracey (new)

Tracey Absolute Pandemonium by Brian Blessed is a fantastic listen. Funny, touching and sometimes emotional. I loved it and he has, arguably, one of the best voices in show business.


message 26: by Beth (new)

Beth Not My Father's Son, written and narrated by Alan Cummings was excellent and intelligent.


message 27: by AG (new)

AG Reads Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew.


message 29: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Holmes Kim Gordon's Girl in a band was brilliant. I would love to HEAR a Kathleen Hanna memoir or Henry Rollins


message 30: by Caylee (new)

Caylee Modern Romance is one of my favourites on audio!


message 31: by Joan (new)

Joan "Just Friends" by and read by Patti Smith. Wonderful.


message 32: by Christina (new)

Christina Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton


message 33: by Joan (new)

Joan Christina wrote: "Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton"

Nissa wrote: "Lincoln in the Bardo This book was read by the author and I hear there are 166 narrators in this book! I definitely want to listen to this book real soon."

I had same idea. I might be the only person who didn't like this book. I won't spoil the audio book why for you.


message 34: by James (new)

James Martin Short - I Must Say, read by the author, hilarious and deeply moving...


message 35: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Gary Shteyngart's Little Failure is a hilarious, tragicomic memoir


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