Audiobooks with Mileage: Read by the Author

For those who love listening to David Sedaris and “Bossy Pants”

We constantly discuss how long a tank of gas lasts, but what about our brain fuel –how many miles will a worthwhile audiobook cover? This week, we’ve devised a list of some of our favorite books performed by the people who wrote them. Think of these authors as your average road trip partner, only smarter/funnier/more creative than anyone you know in real life. We figured out how long they would stick around if you keep a steady speed of 60 miles an hour. Looks like they’re in it for the long haul:

594 miles

Just Kids
Patti Smith
The singer, songwriter, and poet tells the story of a radically changing New York in the 60’s and 70’s, which she navigates with fellow artist, Robert Mapplethorpe. A memoir and love letter to her deceased friend, Just Kids may cause you to shed a tear or ten.

408 miles

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
By B.J. Novak
Though this book will satiate any Office fans’ thirst for more Novakian (you heard it here first) comedy, listeners might be surprised at the imaginative and observant elements in this collection of short fiction. Keep an ear out for cameos by: Lena Dunham, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Katy Perry, Jason Schwartzman, Emma Thompson, and Rainn Wilson.

220 miles

The Roald Dahl Audio Collection
By Roald Dahl
Though this collection includes only portions of classic books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James & the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, hearing Roald Dahl read his own work is both rare and wonderful. Inspired by his adult life, time in the army, and worldwide travels, these books are billed for children, but will appeal to bookworms of any age.

525 miles

How To Be A Woman
By Caitlin Moran
Ms. Moran has been called the “British Tina Fey.” Hilarious and well-observed, Moran uses her own experiences (including working as a rock ‘n’ roll journalist, visiting a strip club, and spending a night with Lady Gaga) as a scope to explore modern feminism, family, and womanhood.

998 miles

At Home
By Bill Bryson
This one is definitely for your inner Jeopardy champion. The infamously witty and ever-curious Bryson said that his goal with this book was to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” Hence, At Home explores why we do what we do – how we sleep, bathe, cook, have sex – in our houses through history.

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