Best Nonfiction Audio Books

I love listening to nonfiction audiobooks (esp. history, science, true adventure, and interesting biographies), but I've discovered that some are better than others. The writing style, the subject, and the quality of the narrator's voice all contribute to the overall experience. I've listed some of the titles that are stand-outs for me. I'd like to know what your favorites are, too!
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312 books · 211 voters · list created June 28th, 2011 by Kaye McSpadden (votes) .
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I don't listen to audiobooks. Sorry!


message 2: by Marife (new)

Marife As somebody who works in academia, I find it tedious to read even more non-fiction work for pleasure. I recently discovered that audiobooks were a great way to enjoy them. It's just like sitting back and listening to an interesting lecture, and it's a great way to be entertained during my daily commute without straining my eyes.


message 3: by Kaye (new)

Kaye McSpadden Thanks for your comment, Marie. I totally agree! In fact, I find that listening to a really good, engrossing audiobook can be like watching a movie. I hope you will keep adding titles to this list as you come upon good ones.


message 4: by Lindsey (last edited Nov 09, 2012 08:06PM) (new)

Lindsey Removed The Time Keeper, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and For One More Day by Mitch Albom. Also Thirteen Reasons Why, The Things They Carried, The Woman in White, and The Blind Assassin. They are all fiction not nonfiction.


message 5: by Kaye (new)

Kaye McSpadden Lindsey wrote: "Removed The Time Keeper, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and For One More Day by Mitch Albom. Also Thirteen Reasons Why, The Things They Carried, The Woman in White, and The Blind Assassin. The..."

Thank you, Lindsey! :)


message 6: by Carlyn (new)

Carlyn Craig I love non-fiction audiobooks, too. I used to be a snob about audiobooks, but several years back I found myself stressed and exhausted and unable to find time to read. If I did find time, I was out like a light within a sentence or two. A friend recommended I try audiobooks, and although I'd resisted in the past, I was desperate so I gave them a try. I found, to my surprise, that not only did I really enjoy them, but I also find I retain more. I was so impressed, indeed, that I started researching audiobooks, quite my print publishing job, and launched Post Hypnotic Press. We've recorded nearly 50 books now, and over half our catalogue is non-fiction. So, I'm glad I'm not the only non-fiction lover out there!


message 7: by Kaye (new)

Kaye McSpadden How interesting! Thanks for your comment, Carlyn. :)


message 8: by Donna (new)

Donna Markell Since I had moved to a home that required a very long commute, I began listening to audio books. I had not listened to much non fiction but will be driving cross country and the person with whom I will be driving prefers this genre. I will rate after I listen. Thank you for your tips


message 9: by Kaye (new)

Kaye McSpadden Looking forward to hearing about your trip and what you listened to! :)


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