We Listen for a Living

Meet the people who have the lucky job of finding the best audiobooks and spoken word entertainment out there—and discover your next great listen.


Favorite Genres: Fiction, classics, sci-fi, regency romance
Favorite Audiobook: The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Claire Danes & a full cast
Listening Speed: 1x or 1.25x


Favorite Genre: Suspense
Favorite Audiobook: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, narrated by Ruby Dee
Listening Speed: 1x


Favorite Genres: Parenting, self-dev, memoir
Favorite audiobook: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, narrated by Lauren Fortgang
Listening Speed: 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Memoir, humor, fiction
Favorite audiobook: Heartburn by Nora Efron, narrated by Meryl Streep
Listening Speed: 1x


Favorite Genres: YA, romance, literary fiction
Favorite audiobook: You by Caroline Kepnes, narrated by Santino Fontana
Listening Speed: 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Literary fiction, crime, comedy
Favorite audiobook: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, narrated by Jeremy Irons
Listening Speed: 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Contemporary and literary fiction, memoir
Favorite audiobook: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, narrated by Sissy Spacek
Listening Speed: 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Literary novels & short stories
Favorite audiobook: Between the World and Me, written and read by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Listening Speed: 1.5x


Favorite Genres: Fiction, suspense, romance
Favorite audiobook: The Getaway, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, narrated by Emily Bauer
Listening Speed: 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Sci-fi, fantasy, true crime, memoir
Favorite audiobook: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, narrated by David Pittu
Listening Speed: 1x (1.25x when I’m on a listening deadline!)


Favorite Genres: Self-dev, kidlit, short-form fiction, and comics
Favorite audiobook: The Power of Vulnerability, written and read by Brené Brown
Listening Speed: 1x


Favorite Genres: Romance, fantasy, YA
Favorite audiobook: The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham
Listening Speed: 1x


Favorite Genres: Nonfiction, memoir, LGBTQ+ fiction, romance
Favorite audiobook: Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman, narrated by Armie Hammer
Listening Speed: 1.5x


Favorite Genres: History that reads like fiction, fiction that reads like history, also big idea nonfiction and epic fantasy
Favorite audiobook: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, narrated by Simon Vance
Listening Speed: 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Short stories, fiction, sci-fi, self-dev
Favorite audiobook: Circe by Madeline Miller, narrated by Perdita Weeks
Listening Speed: 1.25x - 1.75x


Favorite Genres: Nonfiction, historical fiction, memoir
Favorite audiobook: Born a Crime, written and read by Trevor Noah
Listening Speed: 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Contemporary fiction and author-narrated memoirs
Favorite audiobook: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman
Listening Speed: Recent convert to 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Horror, mysteries & thrillers
Favorite audiobook: It, by Stephen King, narrated by Steven Weber
Listening Speed: 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Nonfiction (particularly books about drugs and science & tech)
Favorite audiobook: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, narrated by Oliver Wyman
Listening Speed: 1.25x or 1x


Favorite Genres: Fiction, classics, memoirs
Favorite audiobook: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien, narrated by Rob Inglis
Listening Speed: 1x or 1.25x


Favorite Genres: History, true crime, politics, historical & literary fiction
Favorite audiobook: Dead Wake by Erik Larson, narrated by Scott Brick
Listening Speed: 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Self-dev, business, fiction, memoir
Favorite audiobook: Creative Quest, written and read by Questlove
Listening Speed: 1.25x


Favorite Genres: Nonfiction, history, classics
Favorite audiobook: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams
Listening Speed: As fast as 2.5x, especially for self-dev & when I need to know now!


Favorite Genre: Literary fiction
Favorite audiobook: Tenth of December, written and read by George Saunders
Listening Speed: 1x