19 of the Best Audiobooks on Scribd (2023)

Scribd is a subscription service that provides members access to millions of audiobooks, ebooks, and other digital media. I’m a Scribd member because I believe it is the best value audiobook service (read my Scribd review). Here I’ve curated 19 of the best audiobooks on Scribd which span a range of genres and include a selection of recent bestsellers along with some all-time favorites. One of the many great things about Scribd is that you can try it free for 60 days with an exclusive offer for readers of Audiobook Addicts (the normal offer is 30 days) – click here to get this Scribd deal.

Best Audiobooks on Scribd

The Dutch House

Written by Ann Patchett. Narrated by Tom Hanks

The Dutch House tells the story of a brother and sister, Danny and Maeve Conroy, who grow up in a mansion known as the Dutch House, and their lives over five decades. The novel was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. What really makes this audiobook stand out is the narration by Tom Hanks who brings sensitivity, warmth, and humor to the character of Danny from whose perspective the story is told.

American Gods

Written by Neil Gaiman. Narrated by a full cast.

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Washington Post). In 2011, a full-cast audiobook version of the tenth-anniversary edition was released. The performances really bring this story to life making it a perfect example of what a full-cast audiobook can be.

Never Split the Difference

Written by Chris Voss. Narrated by Michael Kramer.

Chris Voss is a former international hostage negotiator for the FBI. Never Split the Difference offers a field-tested approach to negotiating, whether it be buying a car, discussing a salary, buying a home, renegotiating rent, or deliberating with your partner. I found the stories of high-stakes negotiations with the FBI fascinating and the advice to be incredibly useful.

The Fellowship of the Ring

Written by J. R. R. Tolkien. Narrated by Andy Serkis.

This version of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic adventure The Lord of the Rings, was released in 2021 and is read by Andy Serkis, the actor who provided the motion capture movements and voice for the CGI character of Gollum in the film trilogy. This isn’t just a narration by Serkis, it’s a performance. Characters are given unique voices and feelings, and scenes are skillfully acted out. Even the singing parts are impressive, with songs sung in the voice of the character.

I’m Glad My Mom Died

Written by Jennette McCurdy. Narrated by the author.

I’m Glad My Mom Died is a heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life. One of the bestselling audiobooks of 2022, this is a survivor’s story told with candor and dark humor that is an intense but ultimately inspiring and unforgettable listen.

11-22-63

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? 11-22-63 is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. Scribd is great for Stephen King fans as the service has his entire catalog (including one original Scribd exclusive, Finn). 11-22-63 is my top pick from King’s catalog – it’s a compelling tale of alternate history and time travel full of suspense, nostalgia, and historical insight. If you’ve avoided King until now because of the horror elements, 11-22-63 is a great way to experience one of the most prolific writers in the world.

The Storyteller

Written by Dave Grohl. Narrated by the author.

The Storyteller sees rock music legend Dave Grohl telling tales of hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, his time in Nirvana, and, of course, the Foo Fighters. You’ll also hear tales of jamming with Iggy Pop, drumming with Tom Petty, and how a visit to Neil Young’s house helped him realize he could have music and family. Listening to Dave tell stories from his amazing life is a treat. This is a must-listen for rock music fans.

Black Sun

Written by Rebecca Roanhorse. Narrated by a full cast.

Inspired by pre-Columbian Americas, Black Sun is an epic fantasy with rich world-building and complex, nuanced character-driven storytelling. Told through multiple voices, Black Sun will pull you in and keep you enthralled right through to its explosive ending. This is the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy with Book 2, Fevered Star, released in Spring 2022 and Book 3 due in Fall 2023.

Finding Me

Written by Viola Davis. Narrated by the author.

Viola Davis is the only African-American to have achieved the “triple crown” of acting, winning an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony for her work in film, television, and the theater. Finding Me is a raw and honest memoir that takes us through the hardship of her childhood right to her present and hides nothing from us. Finding Me is a story of hope, survival, and acceptance of oneself that shouldn’t be missed. 

Honey and Spice: A Novel

Written by Bolu Babalola. Read by Weruche Opia.

Honey and Spice follows Kiki, a British-Nigerian college student who dishes out love advice on a radio show—with no interest in actually experiencing the real thing herself. Things get complicated for Kiki when she finds herself caught up in a fake relationship with the man she warned her listeners about. This is story is full of passion, humor, and heart – no wonder it was named a Best Book of the Year for 2022 by numerous publications!

Taste

Written by Stanley Tucci. Narrated by the author.

From growing up in a food-loving Italian American family to film sets around the world, Tucci’s love of food (and drink) is evident throughout Taste. Tucci includes some of his favorite recipes, sprinkles in a few famous names, and touches on his own personal health challenges. All in all, I found Taste to be a delicious story of family, friends, and food narrated with warmth and sincerity by the actor.

All Systems Red

Written by Martha Wells. Read by Kevin R. Free.

All Systems Red is the first novella in Martha Wells’ series The Murderbot Diaries. The book has a deep message about the nature of consciousness and what it means to be alive. Beautifully narrated by Kevin R. Free, this entertaining, fun, yet profound audiobook is one of our picks for the best sci-fi audiobooks of all time.

The Last House on Needless Street

Written by Catriona Ward. Narrated by Christopher Ragland.

The Last House on Needless Street is the story of a serial killer. A stolen child. Revenge. Death. And an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street. The book comes emblazoned with glowing praise from authors including Stephen King, who wrote: “The buzz…is real. I’ve read it and was blown away. It’s a true nerve-shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end.” If you enjoyed Gone Girl, you’ll love this listen!

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Written by Amy Morin. Narrated by the author.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do is a guide to becoming more mentally strong. What I really like about this pick is that Morin knows that of which she speaks. At just 26, while working as a psychologist and therapist, Morin’s husband died suddenly. Inwardly reeling, she realized what pitfalls she didn’t want to succumb to and so developed these principles and refined them while working with countless patients.

Angela’s Ashes

Written by Frank McCourt. Narrated by the author.

Born in Depression-era Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, Frank McCourt was later raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Angela’s Ashes is the story of how Frank endured – wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging for a pig’s head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father. Angela’s Ashes is a celebrated book, having won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997, but to listen to McCourt tell his story with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness is something else; I truly feel as if people who have only read vs. listening to the book have missed out on something.

Red Rising

Written by Pierce Brown. Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds.

Red Rising is a dystopian science fiction story set in the future on Mars. The story follows Darrow, a member of the lowest caste in a color-coded society, on a quest to infiltrate the dominant Gold caste and overthrow his enemies. Red Rising is a great pick if you enjoyed books such as The Hunger Games or Ender’s Game. Also, this is another pick where the narration brings this book alive; Tim Gerard Reynolds lives the role of Darrow bringing the perfect amounts of sadness and rage to the character.

Outlander

Written by Diana Gabaldon. Narrated by Davina Porter.

A bestseller turned smash TV hit, Outlander is a historical romance and time-traveling adventure set in medieval Scotland and 1940s England. Narrator Davina Porter switches between English and Scottish accents with ease bringing characters from different eras and countries to life. Outlander is one of our picks for the best romance audiobooks of all time.

Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

Written by Danny Trejo. Narrated by the author.

As one of Hollywood’s most recognizable bad guys, Danny Trejo has made a career of being mauled and maimed in hit films like DesperadoHeat, and Machete. In Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood, Danny tells the truly inspiring, no-holds-barred story of his life – and it turns out it’s a life that has been as tumultuous and eventful as any action movie. Danny reads his memoir himself; while he isn’t a skilled narrator, I’m glad he did as it adds authenticity to a story that is ultimately about redemption, recovery, and giving back.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Written by Becky Chambers. Narrated by Em Grosland.

This is an insightful and beautifully written story on what it means to be alive, whether you’re a human or a robot. The audiobook makes for a cozy listen with author Becky Chambers giving us hope for the future and narrator Emmett Grosland capturing the essence of a soul in search of peace. A Psalm for the Wild-Built is the first book in the Monk and Robot series and won a Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2022.


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