Most Popular Audiobooks of the Last 20 Years

Listen up, people. Audible (you know, the reason why exercising is somewhat bearable) is celebrating their 20th anniversary this month. To help commemorate, Audible has released a list of their “Most Popular Titles from the Past 20 Years” in a variety of different categories. The most popular audiobooks in top picks for fiction have had successful film and television adaptations. Any initial ideas? Feast your ear-tongues on these memory pops.


Most Wish-Listed
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher

Most Anticipated

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (To be released November 14)
Narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer

Most 5-Star Ratings
The Martian by Andy Weir
Narrated by R.C. Bray

Most Bookmarked
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
Narrated by Roger Wayne

Most Repeated Listen
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Narrated by Jim Dale

Most Searched-For Author

It by Stephen King
Narrated by Steven Weber

Best-Selling Fiction
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell

Best-Selling Mystery/Thriller
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Narrated by Caroline Lee

Best-Selling Romance
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Narrated by Becca Battoe

Best-Selling Sci-Fi/Fantasy
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
Narrated by Roy Dotrice

Best-Selling YA
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Narrated by Carolyn McCormick

Best-Selling Kids’
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Narrated by Jim Dale

Best-Selling Memoir/Biography
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Narrated by Tina Fey

Best-Selling History
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Narrated by Edward Hermann

Best-Selling Science/Tech
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

Best-Selling Business
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
Narrated by Stephen R. Covey

Best-Selling Self Development
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Narrated by Andrew MacMillan

Best-Selling Great Course
Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation by The Great Courses
Narrated by Professor Mark W. Muesse

Check out these most popular audiobooks and bookmark them to your Audible list today!

The official list with descriptions can be found here. Find even more audiobooks suggestions here.

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Kate Krug: Kate is a 2011 Drake University grad, where she received her BA in magazine journalism. A hopeless romantic with a cynical heart, Kate will read anything that comes with a content warning, a love triangle, and a major plot twist. Twitter: @katekrug Blog: http://snarky-yet-satisfying.com