Top 10 Biography and Memoir Audiobooks

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29-09-20

Fiction not taking your fancy? See what the real world has to offer with these audiobooks from the likes of Lily Allen, Mel B and Michelle Obama.

There are some things in life that many of us will never know: What it’s like to be a Spice Girl. What it’s like to be in the firing line. Or what it’s like to have a crippling Toblerone addiction (emotionally discussed in I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan).

Therein lies the beauty of biography audiobooks. Packed full of untold stories and juicy insights, these listens give exclusive access into worlds far from our own. And with many audiobooks being narrated by the authors themselves, you’ll soon be feeling like it’s just you and them, catching up like friends over a coffee, as they take you through the stories that have helped define them.

Here we’ve picked out 10 of the best sellers to keep your ears and imaginations occupied.

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Becoming

Author:
Michelle Obama
Narrator:
Michelle Obama
Length:
19:03
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

Listen as the former First Lady herself talks us through her journey to the White House. Hear in her own words how she, a woman of soul and substance, steadily defied expectations. This is an audiobook as intimate as it is inspiring.

Battle Scars

Author:
Jason Fox
Narrator:
Jason Fox
Length:
7:01
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

An audiobook all about the struggles of battle and the courage needed to overcome them. Listen as Jason Fox talks through his career as an elite operator in the SAS as well as some of his toughest moments both on and off the battlefield.

Brutally Honest: Mel B’s tell-all memoir

Author:
Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon
Narrator:
Melanie Brown, Phoenix Chi Gulzar Brown, Andrea Brown, Zaraah Abrahams, Bruce Lester Johnson
Length:
11:09
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

As the name suggests, Mel B’s memoir audiobook, Brutally Honest, is a tell-all account of some this Spice Girl’s toughest moments. Listen as she and those closest to her talk openly about drugs, mental health and, of course, her love life.

My Thoughts Exactly

Author:
Lily Allen
Narrator:
Lily Allen
Length:
6:37
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

Lily Allen has never been one to hold in her thoughts, and this audiobook is no different. Listen as she talks openly about the troubles she faced growing up and the demons that have followed her into later life.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Author:
Trevor Noah
Narrator:
Trevor Noah
Length:
8:44
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

Three words - inspiring, compelling and comical. This audiobook sees Trevor Noah talk through 18 personal stories, detailing growing up in the midst of a crumbling apartheid.

I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

Author:
Alan Partridge
Narrator:
Alan Partridge
Length:
6:56
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

AHA! Hear in his own words the life story of one of the nation’s favourite radio presenters. An honest and revealing memoir, this audiobook is every bit as funny as I’m Alan Partridge and Knowing Me, Knowing You.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Author:
Phil Knight
Narrator:
Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
Length:
13:21
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

In this insightful listen, full of struggle, hope and victory, hear from its founder how Nike established itself as one of the world’s most iconic sports brands.

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

Author:
Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
Narrator:
Kevin Hart
Length:
11:15
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

He is known for being one of the biggest comedians in the world, but he didn’t get there through talent alone. In this open and honest audiobook, Hart explores how we can all draw the aces from this pack of cards we call life.

How Not to Be a Boy

Author:
Robert Webb
Narrator:
Robert Webb
Length:
8:52
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

His comic partnership with David Mitchell is well known, but less so is the story of his upbringing. In this coming-of-age audiobook, Robert Webb explores gender determinism, looking back at his own struggles with male expectations.

The Shepherd's Life

Author:
James Rebanks
Narrator:
Bryan Dick
Length:
7:33
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

A wonderfully detailed and candid audiobook, poignantly brought to life by Bryan Dick, showcasing the day-to-day life of James Rebanks, a sheep farmer in the Lake district.

Discover the rest of our biographies and memoirs here.

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