The best books on tape are a mix of fiction, self-help, classics, biography, and more. Some of them rank higher than others not just because of the story or the content matter, but because the reader does such an exquisite job that it’s hard to tear your earbuds out when it’s time. However, your particular reading preferences may lead you to a slightly different list of the best books on tape. You may like to read or listen only to fiction, for example.
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People made the Top Ten Reviews’ list in ninth place. This book, which came out in 1990 and has been going strong since, is now “The Million Copy Audio Bestseller.” The book discusses how to be proactive, how to stay productive, the power of positive thinking, and more.
2. Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita read by Jeremy Irons
Of 24 reviews on Amazon.com, 22 of them give this version of Lolita five stars. Reviewers comment on not just the classic and controversial story, but how absolutely perfect Irons’ voice is for the audiobook. This is the story of a grown man’s love for a young girl.
3. 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death
Don Piper and Cecil Murphey’s 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death has the number one spot at Top Ten Reviews for bestselling audiobooks. The book itself has four out of five stars based on 702 Amazon.com reviews and tells Don Piper’s story of heaven. Immediately following a car accident, Piper was declared dead, but came back 90 minutes later with memories of the beauty of heaven.
4. Rhonda Byrnes’ The Secret
This audiobook made Top Ten Reviews’ list as well, in eighth place. It also made Nielson.com’s list in 2008. This book discusses how the Law of Attraction can work for everyone and how the universe works to give people what they desire.
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns
Barnes & Noble lists Khaled Hosseini as one of the most read novelists around the world. The audiobook of A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of Afghanistan over the last thirty years ingrained in a story that spans two generations and brings history to a human level.
6. Einstein: His Life and Universe
Walter Isaacson’s Einstein: His Life and Universe is TalkingBookstore.com’s bestselling audiobook in the Biography section. Most people know Einstein as a brilliant man, but this biography unravels some of the mystery surrounding him. What was he really like?
7. A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything has 837 reviews on Amazon.com and 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. The book aims to entertain and enlighten the average person when it comes to scientific concepts that were dulled down and made boring in school textbooks. He’s tirelessly researched several branches of science and offers the knowledge in an easy-to-understand audiobook format.
8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Steig Larson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, read by Simon Vance, made the top 50 fiction audiobooks list at BooksOnTape.com. This is the first in the popular trilogy. In an attempt to get his career on the right track again, a journalist enters an agreement with a friend to research the disappearance of his niece. The subplot involves the young, female social outcast/genius who becomes his sidekick.
9. Full Dark, No Stars
Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars is on Borders’ December 2010 What’s Selling list. It’s a collection of grim stories that feature murder, a secret life, bad luck, and revenge. The book was released in November of 2010.