Best Audio Books: Nonfiction

adult nonfiction

Bossypants by Tina Fey, narrated by Tina Fey

Tina Fey is absolutely hysterical. But, we already knew that. Bossypants begins with Fey’s early life and introduction to acting, and ends with 30 Rock. After listening to this book I scoured the Internet for SNL skits featuring Tina and immediately put my name on the holds list for 30 Rock.

 

Yes Please! by Amy Poehler, narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen Poehler, William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner

Like Bossypants, Yes Please! is narrated by Amy Poehler, but includes many interesting accompaniments by family and friends. Her book is like a party I was sort of invited to, and it made car rides and morning runs so much more enjoyable. I’m currenlty in the middle of binge watching Parks and Recreation for the first time (thank you Netflix), and I’ll have to listen to this again after finishing, so I have a better understanding of the Parks and Rec portions of her memoir.

 

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel, narrated by Orlagh Cassidy

We’ve all heard of John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and all the other astronauts who worked to put a man on the moon in the 50s and 60s, but do you know anything about their wives? The space age affected them just as much as their husbands, with Life reporters filming and reporting on all their actions, with NASA requiring a certain image, and with their husbands fooling around with “Cape Bunnies” when at the base.

 

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence, narrated by Simon Vance

The Elephant Whisperer tells the story of a determined conservationist and his herd of nine violent elephants. Through non-traditional means Anthony manages to calm and acclimate the elephants, forging a unique and incredibly strong bond between man and animal. Listeners might remember hearing about the elephants that trekked back through the bush for their friend’s funeral, this is their story.

 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed, narrated by Bernadette Dunne

Divorced and confused about who she is, Cheryl Strayed begins a hike across the Pacific Northwest, one of the most difficult trails. Armed with Monster, determination and a childhood spent in the Minnesota Northwoods, Cheryl makes her journey. The story alternates between the hike and her past, and Strayed’s way with words keeps listeners captivated.

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