You’ve got your snacks ready, your bags are packed and your route is planned – but what will you listen to on your upcoming road trip? Try an audiobook!
With cloudLibrary, you can download free audiobooks right to your phone and play them anywhere, anytime – no paid subscriptions or mobile data required. All you need to get started is your phone, your library card number and PIN, and the free cloudLibrary app, which you can download from your phone’s app store.
Once you’re set up with cloudLibrary, we recommend these audiobooks. You can also browse or search for any audiobook right in the cloudLibrary app.
Written by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Brittany Pressley and Lisa Flanagan
Audiobook length: 13 hours, 8 minutes
As the cameras roll on Mansion Makeover, the house begins to yield up the dark secrets the Spragues thought would stay hidden forever.
Written by Sara Novic
Read by Lisa Flanagan and Kaleo Griffith
Audiobook length: 10 hours, 23 minutes
This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf. Meet rebellious transfer student Charlie; golden boy Austin; and the hearing headmistress, February, who is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults). As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another—and changed forever.
Written by Brit Bennett
Read by Shayna Small
Audiobook length: 11 hours, 34 minutes
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small Southern black community and running away at age 16, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same Southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past.
Written by Jennifer Ryan
Read by Sophie Robert
Audiobook length: 12 hours, 23 minutes
Three women lift the spirits of home-front brides in wartime Britain, where clothes rationing leaves little opportunity for pomp or celebration—even at weddings—in this heartwarming novel based on true events.
Written by Emma Straub
Read by Marin Ireland
Audiobook length: 8 hours, 31 minutes
When Alice wakes up on her 40th birthday, she finds herself back in 1996, reliving her 16th birthday. But it isn’t just her adolescent body that shocks her, or seeing her high school crush, it’s her dad: the vital, charming, 40-something version of her father with whom she is reunited.
Audiobooks for the Whole Family
Written by Roald Dahl
Read by Kate Winslet
Audiobook length: 4 hours, 18 minutes
Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different, but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back.
Written by Ernest Cline
Read by Wil Wheaton
Audiobook length: 15 hours, 40 minutes
Reality is grim in the year 2044. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize.
Written by Nic Stone
Read by Anika Noni Rose
Audiobook length: 5 hours, 42 minutes
Much like Vibranium, the Heart Shaped Herb is essential to the survival and prosperity of Wakanda. But something is wrong. The plants are no longer growing. No matter what the people of Wakanda do, they can’t create new herbs. And their supply is running short. It’s up to Shuri to travel from Wakanda in order to discover what is killing the Herb, and how she can save it.
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
Written by Lemony Snicket
Read by Tim Curry and a full cast
Audiobook length: 2 hours, 30 minutes
This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket’s alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it. Unless you have an ear for such ghastly details as a tragic fire, a nefarious villain, itchy clothing, and cold porridge for breakfast, narrated by Tim Curry with a team of talented readers, you would be better off listening to something else.
Written by Cressida Cowell
Read by David Tennant
Audiobook length: 5 hours, 57 minutes
Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not. But Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can’t cast a single spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a banned magical object of her own. When they collide in the wildwood, on the trail of a deadly witch, it’s the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their worlds.
Memoirs and Biographies
Written and read by Michelle Obama
Audiobook length: 19 hours, 3 minutes
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Written and read by by Bob Odenkirk
Audiobook length: 7 hours, 52 minutes
The star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his cult status as a comedy writer, and what it’s like to reinvent himself as an action film star at fifty. Featuring humorous tangents, wild characters, and Bob Odenkirk’s trademark unflinching drive, this is a classic Hollywood tale.
Written by Nyle DiMarco
Read by Dan Bittner
Audiobook length: 10 hours, 49 minutes
A heartfelt and inspiring memoir and celebration of Deaf culture by Nyle DiMarco, actor, producer, two-time reality show winner, and cultural icon of the international Deaf community. This book is more than a memoir, it is a proud and defiant song of Deaf culture and a love letter to American Sign Language, Nyle’s primary language.
Written and read by by Viola Davis
Audiobook length: 9 hours, 15 minutes
Meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever. From a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond, this book charts the path Viola Davis took to finding her purpose and her voice in a world that didn’t always see her.
Written and read by Jennifer Grey
Audiobook length: 11 hours, 19 minutes
In this beautiful account, Jennifer Grey takes readers on a vivid tour of the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood as the daughter of Broadway and film legend Joel Grey, to the surprise hit with Patrick Swayze that made her America’s sweetheart, to her inspiring win on Dancing with the Stars. Told with generosity and pluck, Out of the Corner is a memoir about a never-ending personal evolution, a coming-of-age story for women of every age.
Written by Sonali Dev
Read by Soneela Nankani
Audiobook length: 13 hours, 38 minutes
Emma by Jane Austen gets a fresh twist from award-winning author Sonali Dev in this heartwarming rom com. Vansh Raje, a handsome and wealthy man on a mission to make the world a better place collides with Naina Kohli, who just got out of a decade-long fake relationship with Vansh’s brother and wants to get her microfinance foundation off the ground.
Written by Liz Bowery
Read by Michael Crouch
Audiobook length: 9 hours, 58 minutes
Cutthroat political consultant Thom Morgan is thriving, working on the governor of California’s presidential campaign. If only he didn’t have to deal with Clay Parker, the smug data analyst who gets under Thom’s skin like it’s his job. In the midst of one of their heated and very public arguments, a journalist snaps a photo, but the image makes it look like they’re kissing. When the photo goes viral, the governor asks them to lean into it.
Written by Emily Giffin
Read by Emily Giffin, Caroline Hewitt and Robert Petkoff
Audiobook length: 11 hours, 31 minutes
A restless golden boy and a girl with a troubled past navigate a love story that may be doomed before it even begins. n a beautifully written novel that captures a gilded moment in American history, this book tells the story of two people searching for belonging and identity.
Written by Casey McQuiston
Read by Natalie Naudus
Audiobook length: 12 hours, 10 minutes
For cynical 23-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. But then she meets a gorgeous girl on the train: Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but soon, she discovers that Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker—she’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s.
Written by Claire Kann
Read by Adrienne Walker
Audiobook length: 9 hours, 58 minutes
Thirty, flirty, and asexual Joy is secretly in love with her best friend Malcolm. When Malcolm invites her on a weekend getaway, Joy decides it’s her last chance to show him exactly what he’s overlooking. But maybe Joy is the one missing something—or someone.
Written by Nancy Atherton
Read by Christina Moore
Audiobook length: 6 hours, 26 minutes
In the small English village of Finch, a newcomer moves into Pussywillows, a riverside cottage with a romantic reputation. No one knows what to make of him: he repels every welcoming gesture and appears uninterested in being a part of the community. Only Lori and Tommy Prescott, a young army veteran who recently moved to Finch, refuse to give up. They orchestrate a chance meeting that leads to a startling discovery: the remains of a Victorian woolen mill that once brought prosperity to Finch. As the three explore, they stumble upon the unmarked graves of children who died working at the mill.
Written by Misha Popp
Read by Tanya Eby
Audiobook length: 8 hours, 2 minutes
The first time Daisy Ellery killed a man with a pie, it was an accident. Now, it’s her calling. Daisy bakes sweet vengeance into her pastries, which she and her dog, Zoe, deliver to the men who’ve done dirty deeds to the town’s women. But can she solve the one crime that’s not of her own baking?
Written by Anna Lee Huber
Read by Heather Wilds
Audiobook length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
After a trying few months in Edinburgh, Kiera is overjoyed that her cousin Rye is getting married at the estate of his great-uncle, the Marquess of Barbreck, in what seems to be the perfect wedding party. But when Kiera is invited to peruse Barbreck’s extensive art collection, she is shocked to find that one of his most priceless paintings seems to be a forgery. Matters turn more ominous when a maid from a neighboring estate is found murdered where the forged painting hangs.
Written by Lee Hollis
Read by Kim Niemi
Audiobook length: 7 hours, 29 minutes
Private Investigator Poppy Harmon can see through the charms of Southern California’s trickiest criminals. But when she and the Desert Flowers Detective Agency go up against a dashing dating show killer, they may have finally met their match.
Written by Ellery Adams
Read by Cris Dukehart
Audiobook length: 9 hours, 1 minute
Bookshop owner Nora is helping to arrange a special proposal between Deputy Andrews and his bride-to-be, Hester. But right before the proposal, Nora discovers someone has mutilated all her store’s copies of The Scarlet Letter, slicing angrily into the pages wherever Hester Prynne’s name is mentioned. And when a dead man is found just outside town, carrying a rare book, Nora is sure that someone is intent on bringing the past to light.
Written by Michelle McNamara
Read by Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn and Patton Oswalt
Audiobook length: 10 hours, 7 minutes
A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, a gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.
Written by David Grann
Read by Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee and Danny Campbell
Audiobook length: 9 hours, 4 minutes
David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.
Written and read by Natasha Trethewey
Audiobook length: 5 hours, 9 minutes
At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma. Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of racism and domestic abuse.
Written by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Read by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark and Paul Giamatti
Audiobook length: 6 hours, 31 minutes
In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being “nice.” They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with empathy and frankness.
Written and read by Paul Holes
Audiobook length: 8 hours, 45 minutes
From the detective who found the Golden State Killer, a memoir of investigating America’s toughest cold cases and the rewards–and toll–of a life solving crime.