Whether you’re needing a break from the hectic life that is working from home or want a soundtrack to your day, there’s something so soothing about a good audiobook. At the same time, nothing ruins an audiobook faster than a narrator who rubs you the wrong way — so why not remove that possibility and stick with celebrity-narrated audiobooks instead?
If you’re worried that all celebrity-narrated audiobooks are celebrity memoirs, rest assured — these versatile stars have lent their voices to many classic works of fiction and exciting new releases, like Claire Danes reading The Handmaid’s Tale or Tom Hanks reading The Dutch House. But truth be told, there’s something particularly great about hearing celebs read their own memoirs too: Don’t you want to hear Becoming with the exact inflection Michelle Obama had in mind when she wrote it? Or hear Diane Keaton’s voice as she reads memoir Then Again?
For stars like Reese Witherspoon, narrating an audiobook is another way to get involved with their love of literature. Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine book club has catapulted many young authors to fame, and her production company often takes on adaptations of works Witherspoon has hand-selected, like the upcoming Hulu series Little Fires Everywhere. In fact, most of Witherspoon’s hit projects of the past decade have been adaptations, from Big Little Lies to Wild, Gone Girl (which she produced), and more.
Got a few hours you’re hoping to fill with an audiobook in the weeks ahead? Read on for the best celebrity-narrated picks — and where you can buy them all right now.