10 Great Audiobooks Read by Celebrities You Love

Listen to famous actors bring these stories to life.

If you’re hitting the road for a late-summer road trip or looking for something to listen to while you relax on the beach, an audiobook is the way to go. Not only is having someone read to you incredibly relaxing, but with the right narration, the stories you listen to will practically come alive.

Scroll down to see a selection of great books narrated by actors we love. Some of the selections are classic novels told in a new way, and others are recently-released memoirs written by the actors that narrate them.  

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All of the books below are available to download through Amazon’s Audible service. If you’re not already an Audible member, sign up for a 30-day trial and get access to these selections for free. If you’re not interested in membership, you can also purchase each book individually through iTunes.

1

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz. Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this novel follows Oscar Wao, a nerdy Dominican boy from New Jersey, on his journey to find love, despite a generations long “curse” that Oscar’s family believes stands in his way. While this is not the original audiobook recording, this new reading is bursting with energy and warmth thanks to the narration from the Tony Award-winning creator of Hamilton.

To buy: $31, audible.com.

2

Modern Romance, Written and read by Aziz Ansari.

This hilarious investigation by Aziz Ansari (Master of None) was written in collaboration with Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at NYU. Together, they held focus groups all over the world and conducted hundreds of interviews to try and understand the dynamics of dating in the digital age. When listened to with Ansari’s impeccable delivery, readers won’t be able to stop laughing out loud.

To buy: $24, audible.com.

3

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. Read by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The Bell Jar, Plath’s only published novel, chronicles the semi-autobiographical story of a girl consumed by mental illness. In this incredibly powerful reading, Maggie Gyllenhaal adds a new dimension to an already complex story.

To buy: $27, audible.com.



4

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion. Read by Diane Keaton.

Joan Didion’s first published work of nonfiction, released in 1968, is thought of by many as a masterpiece. It is a collection of essays that take readers through San Francisco in the 1960s, and Didion’s understanding and memories of the counterculture in that time. In this 2012 audiobook version, Keaton’s outstanding reading brings readers right into the era while preserving Didion’s signature style.

To buy: $18, audible.com.

5

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. Read by Anne Hathaway.

While most of us grew up with the Wizard of Oz movie, there is so much magic to be found in the book it was based on. Anne Hathaway is skillful in her narration, bringing a distinct personality to each character she reads for. This twist on a classic tale is great for adults looking to re-discover a story they know, but kids will also love to listen along to Anne’s fun rendition.

To buy: $4, audible.com.

6

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), written and read by Mindy Kaling.

This light-hearted book from the hilarious star of The Mindy Project is part memoir and part musings on the world she sees around her. Kaling fans will delight in hearing her thoughts about love, life, and Hollywood, all told with her signature snappy voice.

To buy: $21, audible.com.



7

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. Read by Claire Danes.

Thanks to the hit Hulu series, this 1985 novel has had a resurgence in popularity, landing it back on the New York Times bestseller list for the past 18 weeks. The famous Atwood novel is a dystopian story that explores the topics of power and gender, and Danes’ intense performance brings the vivid story to life.

To buy: $25, audible.com.

8

Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Read by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, and 11 additional cast members. 

There are a few different audiobook versions of this classic novel, but we recommend listening to this full-cast version, even if you’re already familiar with the story. Thirteen different voices bring to life the various layers of the story often lost in audio, including journal entries, letters, and the dialogue. Big names like Alan Cumming and Tim Curry expertly bring drama and suspense to their roles.

To buy: $30, audible.com.

9

Bossypants, written and read by Tina Fey.

Famous funny girl Tina Fey brings readers behind the scenes of her life as an up-and-coming young woman in comedy. Starting with her days in Second City, a well-known comedy group, and leading to her experiences as an actress in Hollywood, Fey’s self-deprecating humor is truly hilarious. Smart, insightful, and incredibly funny, listeners won’t be able to stop laughing at Fey’s impeccable delivery.

To buy: $30, audible.com.



10

Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery. Read by Rachel McAdams.

Anne of Green Gables tells the story of orphan Anne Shirley, who is sent to live with brother and sister pair Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on Canada’s Prince Edward Island. Although it’s considered a children’s book, we say that you’re never too old to join in on Anne’s highly imaginative adventures. McAdams brings this delightful book to life with her lively narration.

To buy: $25, audible.com.