Even if you love nothing more than sitting down with a good book, finding the time to do so can be extremely difficult. Yes, a few minutes before you sleep and a couple of hours over the weekend are definitely achievable, but what if you really love getting your teeth into books yet are constrained by having to drop the kids off at school, a long commute or a commitment to getting fit for the summer? All that activity leaves you without minutes to spare. It turns out the answer is actually remarkably simple – audiobooks.
In the same way that technology has made so many of life’s daily tasks a lot simpler, the restricted activity of reading is no longer bound to sitting and holding the book yourself. For some people, it’s the very act of reading which is the main draw, and while e-readers have helped a lot, this still requires a larger commitment of time. But, if all you want from your book experience is to hear and understand the story, audiobooks open up more time than you could imagine.
Time in the gym, time traveling and even a trip around the supermarket can all become listening/reading time. This means you can get through books at an impressive rate. In addition, online audiobook subscriptions, like Audible, provide a nearly endless library of book titles to work your way through. If you haven’t already tried it, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon’s Audible to see what we mean.
Below, we’ve put together 10 best-selling titles available on Amazon. There’s an audiobook for every preference, whether you’re looking to master the art of deal making or simply want to dive into a fictional world.
1. Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald J. Trump
BEST POLITICAL BOOK
No matter where your political allegiances lie with respect to Donald J. Trump as the president of the United States of America, it’s hard to deny that, with over 2,500 five-star reviews on Amazon, Trump: The Art of the Deal is one of the bestselling audiobooks. Perhaps it will even provide you with hours of high-quality entertainment and insight. In this fascinating book, you’ll get to learn more about how Donald J. Trump approaches business along with his professional and personal views on the workings of the world. Not forgetting, of course, you’ll also find out how exactly how Mr. Trump established himself as the master of the deal.
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
BEST YOUNG ADULT
Any book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement is going to take readers on a journey through social injustice and the inequalities faced by so many people throughout modern America. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which is a multi-award winning title, follows the life of Starr, a sixteen-year-old girl who exists in two opposing worlds, namely her poor home neighborhood and her posh, suburban high school. Dealing with day-to-day life is tough enough when everything is going well, so you can only imagine the nightmares ahead when her unarmed best friend, Khalil, is fatally shot by a police officer.
3. One Good Deed by David Baldacci
If unexpected turns are what you like in a novel, One Good Deed by David Baldacci should be right up your alley. You’ll join Aloysius Archer in 1949. He’s a man in search of a peaceful new life away from his wartime past. Things seem to be looking up when he scores a job as a local business tycoon’s debt collector, but he quickly finds himself stuck in the middle of a feud between the town’s most dangerous residents. Cue murder, back-stabbing and unlawful tricks in this exciting novel. The big question is, can Archer figure things out in time and avoid a one-way ticket back behind bars?
4. Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop
Need a kick in the a**? It may be time to start listening to Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop. This motivational manual can help you redirect yourself and help you achieve the change you want while allowing you to reach your full potential at the same time. For anyone bored and stuck in the rat race or tired of living out the same Groundhog Day situation, 365 days of the year, then it really is time to unf*ck yourself. And while this may sound like a self-help book, it’s not. It’s about cutting through the crap and taking responsibility for your life.
5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Sometimes you just have to stand back and listen to what people are telling you. In the case of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, you have over 16,000 Amazon readers telling you this book deserves five stars out of five. In addition, the book has also been a New York Times Bestseller and is part of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club. In short, people really like it. The story is a heartbreaking, coming-of-age tale, which will have you emotionally gripped every step of the way with regular reminders of the importance and beauty of the natural world.
6. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
As soon as you read the name Nicholas Sparks, you know what you are getting yourself into. In Every Breath, you can expect the same heartstring tugging, love-filled, heartbreaking pages the author has given us for years. This audiobook is ideal for a quiet evening with a glass of wine. Just let the world go by and you lose yourself in this story about love which transcends decades, continents and, most gripping of all, fate itself.
7. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Love to learn? Then Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari will have you glued to its figurative pages. This former Sunday Times bestseller takes you through the history of mankind and explains exactly what makes us, us. From the stone age to the silicone age, you’ll discover why humans are the best and worst beings to have existed. Harai manages to convey complex material in a comprehensive yet understandable way. For example, the Earth is approximately four-and-a-half billion years old, and humans have conquered it and more in just a small fraction of that time. It’s time to find out how and why!
8. Becoming by Michele Obama
Becoming by Michele Obama is one of 2019’s best books and Amazon readers have fallen in love with it. Inside this memoir, from arguably America’s most iconic first lady, you’ll discover what it took to create one of the most inclusive governments in the history of the United States of America. You’ll also find plenty of other insights, including how one successfully raises two daughters while living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Other areas of interest include Michelle’s childhood on the south side of Chicago, her biggest triumphs and disappointments and, of course, what it takes to crush Carpool Karaoke.
9. The Next Pandemic by Ali Khan
BEST IN MEDICAL
Somewhat like a psychological thriller, The Next Pandemic by Ali Khan deals with a lot of woulds and coulds and delivers an inside account on how the world fights back against potential disaster in the form of the world’s deadliest diseases. Looking back on some of the most devastating infectious diseases (the Black Plague, Spanish flu and AIDS), Khan draws on parallels from past experiences to give well-informed and reasoned information about what the future may hold. He even touches on how outbreaks are often the result of people’s actions, good or bad. He also explains that while they may not have made it to our shores quite yet, potential disasters like Ebola, SARS and Zika are only a few steps away from the seemingly inevitable next pandemic.
10. The Deep, Deep Snow by Brian Freeman
If you like to be surprised about what’s around the next corner, The Deep, Deep Snow by Brian Freeman is calling you. Set in a small town, the book finds Deputy Shelby Lake in search of Jeremiah Sloan, a missing 10-year-old child. A victim of abandonment herself, Shelby finds herself in a race against time to locate the missing child. However, when close relationships with the townsfolk become frosty during uncooperative exchanges, she starts to suspect that there is more going on than meets the eye. Eventually, after a tantalizing clue comes to light, Shelby begins to piece things together and discover a truth, which will surely change the town forever.