Listen Up!

Posted on May 31, 2022

by Michelle T

Audiobooks can be lifesavers. Whether you’re listening on a road trip, in the friendly skies, or while doing housework, a good audiobook can make time fly. Here are some of my favorite listens, based on distraction level, humor, length, and ability to pause.

In the Weeds : Around the world and behind the scenes with Anthony Bourdain

by Tom Vitale

eAudiobook

Long-time producer Vitale reveals not only the insanity of filming in some of the most volatile places in the world, but also the complicated man behind the Anthony Bourdain persona.

The Lincoln Highway

by Amor Tolles

eAudiobook | Book on CD

It’s 1954, and recently-orphaned 18-year-old Emmett Watson has just been released after fifteen months on a Nebraska work farm. He’s dropped off at his foreclosed-upon home to pick up his younger brother and head West, and discovers that two stowaway work farm “friends” have other plans, and soon a new journey begins.

The Secret History of Food: Strange but true stories about the origins of everything we eat

By Matt Siegal

eAudiobook | Book on CD

You’ll love these fascinating and easily-digestible vignettes – I mean, who doesn’t want to learn about “honey-laundering” !? (It’s really a thing.)

Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light

By Helen Ellis

eAudiobook

This collection of short-n-sweet humorous essays is for grown women.

Soooooo many LOL’s.

Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me

By Jamie Foxx

eAudiobook

Foxx learned everything about parenting from his beloved Grandmother Estelle, and shares up-close and personal stories about the tough love and old-school values he learned growing up.

How Y’all Doing? Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived

By Leslie Jordan

eAudiobook | Book on CD

Leslie’s puckish Southern charm will make you laugh and lift your spirit. Whether he’s talking about a brush with ruffians in a Starbucks, or a call from Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds, Leslie is authentic, warm, and witty, rivaling the likes of Amy Sedaris and David Rakoff.

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism

By Amber Ruffin

eAudiobook   |  Book on CD

Lacey Lamar lives in Nebraska and shares “shockertaining” anecdotes of modern-day racism with her sister, comedian Amber Ruffin.

Greenlights

By Matthew McConaughey

eAudiobook | Book on CD

This memoir is filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way. It’s a guide to catching more greenlights—and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.

Small Things Like These

By Claire Keegan

eAudiobook

In 1985 Ireland, a local coal merchant makes a chilling discovery while delivering to the local convent. This compelling 2-hour story spotlights the absolute worst and the shining best of humanity.

Better Luck Next Time

By Julia Claiborne Johnson

eAudiobook

When you’re getting a quickie divorce in the 1930’s, why not spend some time at a Divorce Ranch in Reno? Soon-to-be single ladies + ranch hands + money make for one heckuva story.

Unprotected: A memoir

By Billy Porter

eAudiobook

Before Billy Porter was slaying red carpets and winning multiple awards; before he was an acclaimed recording artist, actor, playwright, and director, he was sent to therapy to ‘fix’ his effeminacy. He was endlessly bullied at school, sexually abused by his stepfather, and criticized at his church. This is his resonant, inspirational story of trauma and healing.