8 Audiobooks you Need to Hear This Summer

Featuring women overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles, ancient Greek deities, psychiatric patients, and Nazi hunters, these audiobooks will enhance your road trips exponentially.

By Rosemary D'Urso
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The Huntress written by Kate Quinn; narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

Told through multiple points of view, this phenomenal historical fiction shares the story of a fearless female bomber pilot, a haunted British war correspondent, an aspiring photographer, and a Nazi hiding in plain sight. The characters are so well developed and compelling you may find yourself hoping for traffic.

Daisy Jones and the Six written by Taylor Jenkins Reid; narrated by Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, Pablo Schreiber, Julia Whelen

Even though this is a fictional story about the rise of an iconic rock band, the documentary style featuring interviews with band members makes it feel as though the characters are real. Music fan or not, the gritty story celebrating sex, drugs, and rock and roll in the 1970’s, is winning. Plus, Jennifer Beals!!

The Mother-In-Law written by Sally Hepworth; narrated by Barrie Kreinik

Feuds between mother and daughter-in-laws might be a common occurrence, but they usually don't end in murder. When Lucy’s mother-in-law is found dead, she begins to rethink her view of the woman who seemed to never truly accept her. While this novel has a mysterious component, at its heart it is about the human character and relationships. 

Educated: A Memoir written by Tara Westover; narrated by Julia Whelan

Raised by a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover shares the true story of her isolated upbringing and her fascinating journey to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Expertly written and narrated, it is difficult not to be completely captivated by this tale of a woman’s transformative quest for knowledge and self-discovery.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides; narrated by Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey

This shocking psychological thriller introduces you to Alicia Berenson, a famous painter who has the perfect life until she mysteriously shoots her husband five times and then refuses to speak. Alicia now spends her days quietly locked away in a psychiatric ward in London until a young therapist becomes obsessed with finding out the truth behind her silence. Fans of suspenseful novels will be rapt.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; narrated by Cathleen McCarron

It is almost impossible not to fall in love with Eleanor Oliphant, a quirky loner who says exactly what she is thinking. While she takes drastic efforts to maintain her solitary existence, a chance encounter with a stranger changes her life forever. The narrator perfectly captures Eleanor’s eccentric personality. Original, funny, heartbreaking at times and heartwarming at others, this story is ultimately a testament to the power of friendship. 

Where the Crawdads Sing written by Delia Owens; narrated by Cassandra Campbell

This exquisite historical fiction uses lyrical language to share the story of Kya, a young girl who has been abandoned by her family in the marshes of North Carolina. When a wealthy young man is found murdered near her home, Kya is immediately blamed and put on trial. This is a hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age story, murder mystery, and celebration of nature. 

Circe written by Madeline Miller; narrated by Perdita Weeks

Beautifully written and skillfully narrated, this compelling audiobook transports listeners to Ancient Greece as it is represented in the Odyssey. While Circe may be a mythical deity made famous for her cunning and witchery, it is her self-doubt, love for her child, and wisdom in making difficult decisions that makes her a relevant and relatable character today. 

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