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Observed for over 100 years, 8th March is International Women's Day, a day to highlight and develop women's rights. To celebrate, we've brought together some of the best women's fiction, inspiring biographies and the books that helped to shape the feminist debate.

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  • Girls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently
    Written by: Emer O'Toole
    Narrated by: Olivia Caffrey
    4.60 (45 ratings)
    Being a woman is largely about performance - how we dress and modify our bodies, what we say, the roles we play, and how we conform to expectations. Gender stereotypes are still deeply embedded in our society, but Emer O'Toole is on a mission to rewrite the old script and bend the rules of gender - and she shows how and why we should all be joining in. Exploring what it means to "act like a girl", Emer takes us on a hilarious and thought-provoking journey through her life.
  • Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism
    Written by: Natasha Walter
    Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    4.20 (40 ratings)
    Empowerment, liberation, choice. Once the watchwords of feminism, these terms have now been co-opted by a society that sells women an airbrushed, highly sexualised and increasingly narrow vision of femininity. Drawing on a wealth of research and personal interviews, Living Dolls is a straight-talking, passionate, and important book that makes us look afresh at women and girls, at sexism and femininity - today.
  • Everyday Sexism
    Written by: Laura Bates
    Narrated by: Laura Bates, Sarah Brown
    4.70 (127 ratings)
    Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that's driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space (@EverydaySexism www.everydaysexism.com) to come together, share their stories, and encourage a new generation to recognise the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic - socially, politically, and economically. But women won't stand for it.
  • Sense and Sensibility
    Written by: Jane Austen
    Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    5.00 (3 ratings)
    Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen's first novel, is an entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Elinor is thoughtful, considerate, and calm; Marianne is emotional and wildly romantic. Both are looking for a husband, but neither Elinor's reason nor Marianne's passion can lead them to happiness - as Marianne falls for an unscrupulous rascal and Elinor becomes attached to a man who's already engaged.
  • Feminism and the Future of Women
    Written by: Estelle Freedman
    Narrated by: Estelle Freedman
    5.00 (2 ratings)
    Since the time of the abolitionists, no movement has so politicized social life in the United States as feminism. Responsible for wide-ranging legislation, such as women's right to vote and the right to an abortion, feminists have fought their way to the center of the country's political dialogue and made themselves a major presence there. But the road to such influence has not been easy.
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Men and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    Written by: Mary Wollstonecraft
    Narrated by: Jessica Martin
    4.70 (3 ratings)
    Mary Wollstonecraft, often described as the first major feminist, is remembered principally as the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), and there has been a tendency to view her most famous work in isolation. Yet Wollstonecraft's pronouncements about women grew out of her reflections about men, and her views on the female sex constituted an integral part of a wider moral and political critique of her times which she first fully formulated in A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790).
  • The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines
    Written by: Mike Madrid
    Narrated by: Colby Elliott
    4.50 (10 ratings)
    Comic book superheroines bend steel, travel across time and space, and wield awesome forces. These mighty females do everything that male superheroes do. But they have to work their wonders in skirts and high heels. The Supergirls asks whether their world of fantasy is that different from our own. Are the stories of Wonder Woman’s search for an identity, Batwoman and Power Girl’s battle for equality, and Manhunter’s juggling of a crime fighting career and motherhood also an alternative saga of modern American women?
  • The Help
    Written by: Kathryn Stockett
    Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell
    4.80 (3406 ratings)
    Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.
  • Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child
    Written by: Cathy Glass
    Narrated by: Denica Fairman
    4.90 (106 ratings)
    Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass. At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution.
  • An Autobiography
    Written by: Agatha Christie
    Narrated by: Judith Boyd
    4.60 (74 ratings)
    Agatha Christie’s ‘most absorbing mystery’ – her own autobiography. Over the three decades since her death on 12 January 1976, many of Agatha Christie’s readers and reviewers have maintained that her most compelling book is probably still her least well-known. Her candid Autobiography, written mainly in the 1960s, modestly ignores the fact that Agatha had become the best-selling novelist in history and concentrates on her fascinating private life.
  • A Room of One's Own
    Written by: Virginia Woolf
    Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    4.60 (91 ratings)
    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.
  • Mom & Me & Mom
    Written by: Maya Angelou
    Narrated by: Maya Angelou
    4.70 (47 ratings)
    The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple best-selling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence - a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life.
  • The Secret Life of Bees
    Written by: Sue Monk Kidd
    Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
    4.50 (839 ratings)
    Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now 14, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the '60s is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for.
  • Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind 'The Theory of Everything'
    Written by: Jane Hawking
    Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    4.10 (228 ratings)
    In this compelling memoir, Jane Hawking relates the inside story of her extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family is inspirational. This is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with listeners everywhere.
  • The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
    Written by: Amanda Palmer
    Narrated by: Amanda Palmer
    4.60 (260 ratings)
    Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk cabaret band, and finding a place to sleep each night by reaching out to strangers on Twitter. For Amanda Palmer, actions like these have gone beyond satisfying her basic needs for food and shelter - they've taught her how to turn strangers into friends, build communities, and discover her own giving impulses.
  • My Animals and Other Family
    Written by: Clare Balding
    Narrated by: Clare Balding
    4.60 (813 ratings)
    Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life’s toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables.
  • Pride and Prejudice [Audible Studios]
    Written by: Jane Austen
    Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
    4.70 (594 ratings)
    Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.
  • I Am Malala
    Written by: Malala Yousafzai
    Narrated by: Malala Yousafzai, Archie Panjabi
    4.60 (371 ratings)
    In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing a blog on BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Malala began to appear in both Pakistani and international media, advocating the freedom to pursue education for all. In October 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's school bus and shot her in the face, a bullet passing through her head and into her shoulder. Remarkably, Malala survived the shooting. At a very young age, Malala Yousafzai has become a worldwide symbol of courage and hope.
  • Rebecca
    Written by: Daphne Du Maurier
    Narrated by: Anna Massey
    4.60 (768 ratings)
    Daphne du Maurier's young heroine meets the charming Maxim de Winter and despite her youth, they marry and go to Manderley, his home in Cornwall. There, the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers and the mystery she keeps alive of his first wife Rebecca - said to have drowned at sea - threatens to overwhelm the marriage.
  • Persuasion
    Written by: Jane Austen
    Narrated by: Nadia May
    4.50 (38 ratings)
    The last novel completed by Jane Austen before she died at 41, Persuasion is often thought to be the story of the author's own lost love. Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall has three daughters: Elizabeth, who shares his haughty vanity and, at 28 has found no one good enough to marry; Mary, who has, with some condescension, married the son of the local squire; and admirable Anne, who "was nobody with either father or sister".
  • The Horse Whisperer
    Written by: Nicholas Evans
    Narrated by: William Dufris
    4.60 (74 ratings)
    In a snow-covered morning in upstate New York, a girl out riding her horse is hit by a 40-ton truck. Though horribly injured, both 13-year-old Grace and her horse Pilgrim survive. Annie, Grace's mother, refuses to have Pilgrim destroyed and hears about a man in Montana, a 'whisperer' who is said to have the gift of healing troubled horses. They set off across the continent to find him and there, under the massive Montana sky, all their lives are changed forever.
  • 31 Dream Street
    Written by: Lisa Jewell
    Narrated by: Glen McCready
    4.20 (37 ratings)
    In his old, rambling house, failed poet Toby Dobbs has created a refuge for lost souls. But when a quiet tragedy and an unwelcome letter interrupt Toby's sedate existence, he needs his housemates to find some direction in their lives.
  • The Color Purple
    Written by: Alice Walker
    Narrated by: Alice Walker
    4.60 (714 ratings)
    As a young black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her like a slave. But a deep bond with her husband's mistress teaches her she is a woman capable of being loved and respected. Gradually, Celie begins to leave the past behind and start a new life.
  • Taking on the World
    Written by: Ellen MacArthur
    Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
    4.40 (47 ratings)
    On February 11th, 2001, Ellen MacArthur sailed into port in France, completing the Vendee Globe, the world's toughest race. Alone and unsupported, she had spent more than three months at sea and had coped with storms, exhaustion, rigging failures, and a catastrophic collision with a submerged object. But Ellen never gave up and, at the age of 24, she became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. This is Ellen's story, from her childhood in land locked Derbyshire, to that historic race.
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
    Written by: Audrey Niffenegger
    Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    4.50 (523 ratings)
    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.
  • Bossypants
    Written by: Tina Fey
    Narrated by: Tina Fey
    4.50 (1456 ratings)
    Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

    Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.

  • Diary of a Young Girl
    Written by: Anne Frank
    Narrated by: Helena Bonham Carter
    4.70 (642 ratings)
    In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.
  • Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother: My Autobiography
    Written by: Sue Johnston
    Narrated by: Sue Johnston
    4.50 (121 ratings)
    Sue Johnston always seemed to be disappointing her mother. As a girl she never stayed clean and tidy like her cousins. As she grew older, she spent all her piano lesson money on drinks for her mates down the pub, and when she discovered the Cavern she was never at home. The final straw was when Sue left her steady job at a St Helens factory to try her hand at that unsteadiest of jobs: acting.
  • The Girl on the Train
    Written by: Paula Hawkins
    Narrated by: Clare Corbett, India Fisher, Louise Brealey
    4.40 (21317 ratings)
    Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.
  • The Life of Elizabeth I
    Written by: Alison Weir
    Narrated by: Davina Porter
    4.50 (95 ratings)
    The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.
  • Unbreakable: My New Autobiography
    Written by: Sharon Osbourne
    Narrated by: Imogen Church
    4.40 (44 ratings)
    Sharon Osbourne's life has always been an extreme rollercoaster ride. And despite her best efforts, the last few years have been the most dramatic and turbulent of all. In her gripping new autobiography Sharon reveals the truth behind the headlines. There have been times of huge joy and pleasure - becoming a grandmother for the first time and seeing both Jack and Kelly come through testing times to find happiness and contentment at last.
  • Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir
    Written by: Hilary Mantel
    Narrated by: Jane Wymark
    4.10 (68 ratings)
    Opening with "A Second Home", in which Mantel describes the death of her stepfather, Giving Up the Ghost is a wry, shocking, and beautifully written memoir of childhood, ghosts (real and metaphorical), illness, and family. Finally, at the memoir's conclusion, Mantel explains how a series of medical misunderstandings and neglect left her childless, and how the ghosts of the unborn have come to haunt her life as a writer.
  • Lost and Found
    Written by: Lynda Bellingham
    Narrated by: Lynda Bellingham
    4.40 (67 ratings)
    Lynda Bellingham is much-loved as the warm and quick-witted panellist on Loose Women. In Lost and Found, Lynda tells the story of how she recovered from two destructive marriages, and many other challenging experiences. Yet her sense of humour has never left her, and along with the darker moments, she recalls hilarious anecdotes from stage and screen. This is the inspiring story of a survivor.
  • Vagina: A New Biography
    Written by: Naomi Wolf
    Narrated by: Therese Plummer
    4.40 (40 ratings)
    When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf on a deeply personal journey to tease out the intersections between sexuality and creativity, she discovers, much to her own astonishment, an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh, but an intrinsic component of the female brain - and thus has a fundamental connection to female consciousness itself.
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
    Written by: Tracy Chevalier
    Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
    4.30 (98 ratings)
    An international bestseller with over two million copies sold, this is a story of an artist's desire for beauty and the ultimate corruption of innocence. 17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children.
  • Wild
    Written by: Cheryl Strayed
    Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
    4.50 (1436 ratings)
    A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise.
  • No Child of Mine
    Written by: Susan Lewis
    Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    4.40 (124 ratings)
    Alex Lake’s day job is all about helping people, especially children. She cares about them passionately and does everything in her power to rescue them from those who mean them harm. When the case of three-year-old Ottilie Wade comes to her attention, Alex finds herself completely unable to detach from the child the way she should. She feels an overpowering need to make a real difference in little Ottilie’s life, but no one is prepared to believe that Ottilie is in danger.
  • Helga's Diary: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp
    Written by: Helga Weiss
    Narrated by: Emily Bevan
    4.20 (40 ratings)
    In 1938, when her diary begins, Helga is eight years old. Alongside her father and mother and the 45,000 Jews who live in Prague, she endures the Nazi invasion and regime: Her father is denied work, schools are closed to her, she and her parents are confined to their flat. Then deportations begin, and her friends and family start to disappear. In 1941, Helga and her parents are sent to the concentration camp of Terezn, where they live for three years. Here Helga documents their daily life - the harsh conditions, disease, and suffering, as well as moments of friendship, creativity, and hope - until, in 1944, they are sent to Auschwitz.
  • There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You
    Written by: Lynda Bellingham
    Narrated by: Sue Holderness
    4.40 (167 ratings)
    In 2013, actress, television personality, and Sunday Times best-selling author Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. Until now, Lynda hasn't spoken publicly about her illness - she has felt strongly that everyone's experience of cancer is so different, and she wanted to keep what she has been going through personal to her while she came to terms with her life now. But in this memoir, Lynda talks with beautiful poignancy about her life since her diagnosis, her family, and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn't planned.
  • Emma
    Written by: Jane Austen
    Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
    4.30 (99 ratings)
    Emma can be enjoyed as a charming love story, a detective story, and a comic and lively picture of English life 200 years ago. Austen's beautiful, clever, wilful but fallible heroine Emma Woodhouse believes she knows best. Perfectly content with her life she sees no need for either love or marriage, yet nothing pleases her more than meddling in the romantic lives of others.
  • Wuthering Heights
    Written by: Emily Bronte
    Narrated by: Janet McTeer, David Timson
    4.40 (254 ratings)
    When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.
  • Bonkers: My Life in Laughs
    Written by: Jennifer Saunders
    Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
    4.40 (1155 ratings)
    Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures.
  • The Red Tent
    Written by: Anita Diamant
    Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
    4.30 (75 ratings)
    Her name is Dinah. In the Bible her fate is merely hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the verses of the Book of Genesis that recount the life of Jacob and his dozen sons. The Red Tent is an extraordinary and engrossing tale of ancient womanhood and family honour. Told in Dinah's voice, it opens with the story of her mothers, the four wives of Jacob, each of whom embodies unique feminine traits, and concludes with Dinah's own unforgettable story of betrayal, grief and love.
  • My Sister's Keeper
    Written by: Jodi Picoult
    Narrated by: Julia Gibson, Jennifer Ikeda, Richard Poe, Carol Monda, Tom Stechschulte, Andy Paris, Barbara McCulloh
    4.30 (237 ratings)
    Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.
  • Thrive
    Written by: Arianna Huffington
    Narrated by: Agapi Stassinopoulos
    4.20 (82 ratings)
    In Thrive, Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post and one of the most influential women in the world, has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world. She likens our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. It may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg – a Third Metric for defining success – in order to live a healthy, productive, and meaningful life.
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Written by: Maya Angelou
    Narrated by: Maya Angelou
    4.60 (299 ratings)
    Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement, and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover.
  • How to Be a Woman
    Written by: Caitlin Moran
    Narrated by: Caitlin Moran
    4.30 (1213 ratings)
    1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain.... Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina?
  • Dear Fatty
    Written by: Dawn French
    Narrated by: Liza Tarbuck
    4.30 (610 ratings)
    With a sharp eye for comic detail and a wicked ear for the absurdities of life, Dawn French shows just how an RAF girl from the west country with dreams of becoming a ballerina/bridesmaid/thief rose to become one of the best-loved comedy actresses of our time.
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
    Written by: Jenna Miscavige Hill
    Narrated by: Sandy Rustin
    4.30 (95 ratings)
    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.
  • The Autobiography
    Written by: Margaret Thatcher
    Narrated by: Margaret Thatcher
    4.40 (123 ratings)
    A newly edited, single-volume commemorative edition of The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years; this is Margaret Thatcher in her own words. Combining her memoirs The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years, this definitive account of Margaret Thatcher’s life is published as a one-volume commemorative edition for the first time. Margaret Thatcher was the towering figure of late-20th-century British politics. Now, following her death, in 2013, this is the story of her remarkable life, in her own words.
  • Outlander: Outlander, Book 1
    Written by: Diana Gabaldon
    Narrated by: Davina Porter
    4.40 (1556 ratings)
    This stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times best seller list. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.
  • The Undertaker's Daughter
    Written by: Kate Mayfield
    Narrated by: Kate Mayfield
    4.30 (19 ratings)
    On the last day of 1959 my father, the Beau Brummel of morticians, piled us into his green and white Desoto in which we looked like a moving pack of Salem cigarettes. He drove away from Lanesboro, the city in which we all were born, and into a small town on the Kentucky and Tennessee border. It was only a ninety-minute drive, but it might as well have been to Alaska. When our big boat of a car glided into Jubilee we circled the town square and headed towards the residential section of Main Street.
  • The Feminine Mystique
    Written by: Betty Friedan
    Narrated by: Parker Posey
    4.30 (24 ratings)
    The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.
  • The Handmaid's Tale
    Written by: Margaret Atwood
    Narrated by: Joanna David
    4.40 (2144 ratings)
    The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....
  • H Is For Hawk
    Written by: Helen MacDonald
    Narrated by: Helen MacDonald
    4.10 (425 ratings)
    "Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson PrizeShortlisted for the 2014 Costa Biography Award‘. In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they’re the birdwatchers’ dark grail.’ As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H.
  • The Lovely Bones
    Written by: Alice Sebold
    Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    4.10 (627 ratings)
    My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone.
  • Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life
    Written by: Nina Stibbe
    Narrated by: Nina Stibbe
    4.10 (294 ratings)
    In the 1980s, Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. There’s a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes (Ted for short) and suppertime visits from a local playwright. Not to mention the two boys, their favourite football teams, and rude words, a very broad-minded mother and assorted nice chairs.
  • Hard Choices
    Written by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kathleen Chalfant
    4.10 (125 ratings)
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.
  • Where Have I Gone?: My Life in a Year
    Written by: Pauline Quirke
    Narrated by: Pauline Quirke
    4.10 (87 ratings)
    Pauline Quirke was a skinny child, a slim teenager, a curvy woman, then - according to her bathroom scales (curse them) - just plain fat. Yes, the "F" word. Tipping the scales at nearly 20 stone, with creaking knees and a dodgy ankle, at the beginning of 2011 Pauline had reached a crisis point. Something had to change, and fast. It was never going to be an easy ride, but with her trademark warmth and humour, Pauline recounts the highs and lows of the roller-coaster year in which she whips herself, and her life, into shape.
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: (And Other Concerns)
    Written by: Mindy Kaling
    Narrated by: Mindy Kaling
    4.20 (259 ratings)
    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: comedienne, actress, obedient child of immigrant professionals, and now, writer. With a blend of witty confessions and unscientific observations, Mindy writes about everything from being a timid young chubster afraid of her own bike to living the Hollywood life, dating, friendships, and planning her own funeral - all executed with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls.
  • A Walk to Remember
    Written by: Nicholas Sparks
    Narrated by: Nicholas Sparks
    4.20 (29 ratings)
    It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same.
  • Birdcage Walk
    Written by: Kate Riordan
    Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    4.20 (10 ratings)
    George Woolfe is a young working class East London printmaker in 1900. Frustrated by the constraints of his class and station, he sees an opportunity to escape when, by chance, he meets Charles Booth, author of one of the most comprehensive social surveys of London ever undertaken. But this apparently auspicious encounter has tragic consequences for George who, within six months, is charged with the murder of a young woman. But did he do it?
  • The Best Thing That Never Happened to Me
    Written by: Laura Tait, Jimmy Rice
    Narrated by: Polly Barsby, Finlay Robertson
    3.70 (18 ratings)
    Everyone remembers their first love. Holly certainly remembers Alex. But she decided 10 years ago that love wasn’t about mix tapes and seizing the moment – though she’s not exactly sure it’s about secret dates with your boss, either. But what if the feelings never really went away? Alex wants to make every moment of his new job count. It’s a fresh start in a big city, and he’s almost certain that moving to London has nothing to do with Holly. Almost. How do you know if it was meant to be… or never meant to happen at all?
  • Feminism: Bolinda Beginner Guides
    Written by: Sally Scholz
    Narrated by: Andrea Powell
    4.00 (3 ratings)
    Feminism is arguably the most significant social movement of the last century and it is far from over. But what appears as a single, unified movement on behalf of women’s liberation is really a fascinating coalition of social and political causes, goals, and ideals. By highlighting the themes that form the enduring nexuses between the three ‘waves’, taking powerful examples from feminist campaigns, and tackling timely issues such as genocide and war rape, Scholtz invites us to join in with the lively debates.
  • The Open House
    Written by: Michael Innes
    Narrated by: Matt Addis
    4.00 (2 ratings)
    When Inspector Appleby's car breaks down on a deserted road one dark night, he happens upon an imposing mansion, whose windows are all illuminated. His sense of curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the front door is wide open, and he gets a funny feeling of being watched as he wanders round this splendid house, looking for signs of life. When he finds an elaborate feast laid out, he wonders who is expected...
  • Midwives
    Written by: Chris Bohjalian
    Narrated by: Kate Burton
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor.
  • Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned
    Written by: Lena Dunham
    Narrated by: Lena Dunham
    4.00 (328 ratings)
    Lena Dunham, acclaimed writer-director-star of HBO and Sky Atlantic's Girls and the award-winning movie Tiny Furniture, displays her unique powers of observation, wisdom, and humour in this exceptional collection of essays.
  • And Furthermore
    Written by: Judi Dench
    Narrated by: Samantha Bond
    4.10 (124 ratings)
    From the moment Judi Dench appeared as a teenager in the York Mystery Plays, it was clear that acting would be her career. Trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama it was her performance in her twenties as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's memorable Old Vic production that turned her into a star. In the theatre since she has played every classic role from Titania (three times, most recently in 2010) to Cleopatra.
  • The Girl with No Name
    Written by: Marina Chapman
    Narrated by: Pam Ward
    4.00 (73 ratings)
    In 1954, in a remote South American village, a four-year-old girl was abducted and then abandoned deep in the Colombian rainforest. So begins the incredible true story of Marina Chapman, who went on to spend several years alone in the jungle, her only family a troop of capuchin monkeys. Using instinct to guide her, she copied everything they did and soon learned to fend for herself. At around 10 years old, a completely feral Marina was returned to civilisation by hunters, who sold her as a slave to a brothel. Beaten daily and groomed to be a prostitute, she escaped - to live the perilous existence of a Colombian city street kid.
  • Yes Sister, No Sister: My Life as a Trainee Nurse in 1950s Yorkshire
    Written by: Jennifer Craig
    Narrated by: Jennifer Craig
    4.00 (29 ratings)
    In Jennifer Craig's enchanting memoir, we meet these warm-hearted yet naïve young girls as they get to grips with strict discipline, long hours and bodily fluids. But we also see the camaraderie that develops in evening study sessions, sneaked trips to the cinema and mischievous escapades with the young trainee doctors. The harsh conditions prove too much for some girls, but the opportunity to help her patients in their time of need is too much of a pull for Jenny.
  • Lucky: A Memoir
    Written by: Alice Sebold
    Narrated by: Alice Sebold
    3.90 (33 ratings)
    In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold's indomitable spirit - as she struggles for understanding; as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker's arrest and conviction.
  • Fear of Flying
    Written by: Erica Jong
    Narrated by: Hope Davis
    3.80 (24 ratings)
    Originally published in 1973, the groundbreaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free caused a national sensation. In The New York Times, Henry Miller compared it to his own classic, Tropic of Cancer and predicted that "this book will make literary history..." It has sold more than 12-million copies. Now, after 30 years, the revolutionary novel known as Fear of Flying still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.
  • Where the Heart Is
    Written by: Annie Groves
    Narrated by: Christine Dawe
    3.60 (7 ratings)
    Lou Campion has joined the WAAFs, against the wishes of her parents and twin sister, Sasha. Lou's always been a rebel, but now finds that if she wants to succeed, she'll have to follow extremely strict rules. Can she do this, or will it all end in deep disgrace? Tragedy haunts the other members of the family, as Katie's plans for the future are dashed, Fran's young husband is close to death, and Bella's impossible passion has to remain a close secret. Yet even in the darkest hour, there is hope.
  • Somewhere Towards the End
    Written by: Diana Athill
    Narrated by: Claire Bloom
    4.10 (24 ratings)
    What is it like to be old? Diana Athill, born in 1917, made her reputation as a writer with the candour of her memoirs. In Somewhere Towards the End she reflects frankly on the losses and occasionally the gains that old age brings, and on the wisdom and fortitude required to face death. This is a lively narrative of events, lovers and friendships: the people and experiences that have taight her to regret very little, to resist despondency and to question the beliefs and customs of her own generation.
  • Who Stole Feminism?
    Written by: Christina Hoff Sommers
    Narrated by: Kristen Underwood
    4.20 (28 ratings)
    Philosophy professor Christina Sommers has exposed a disturbing development: how a group of zealots, claiming to speak for all women, are promoting a dangerous new agenda that threatens our most cherished ideals and sets women against men in all spheres of life. In case after case, Sommers shows how these extremists have propped up their arguments with highly questionable but well-funded research, presenting inflammatory and often inaccurate information and stifling any semblance of free and open scrutiny.
  • The Olive Route
    Written by: Carol Drinkwater
    Narrated by: Carol Drinkwater
    3.60 (14 ratings)
    Since Carol Drinkwater moved to an olive farm in France, she has developed a passion for the olive tree and the culture that has grown up around it. From the eastern shores of the shimmering Mediterranean to its western coast, this fruit is farmed. Its silvery-green branches have inspired painters and poets, but who first pressed its "bitter berry" and transformed it into liquid gold? In search of its secrets and traditions, Carol embarked on a solo adventure round the Mediterranean basin.
  • Must You Go?
    Written by: Antonia Fraser
    Narrated by: Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong
    4.10 (14 ratings)
    Celebrated playwright Harold Pinter and critically acclaimed biographer Antonia Fraser lived together from August 1975 until his death 33 years later, on Christmas Eve 2008. Must You Go? is an eccentric, hilarious, and often moving testimony of their life together, based partly on Antonia Fraser's own diaries and also her own recollections of their fascinating life together. It is, above all, a compelling love story.
  • Black Rainbow: How Words Healed Me: My Journey Through Depression
    Written by: Rachel Kelly
    Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Sandra Duncan
    3.90 (21 ratings)
    Black Rainbow is the powerful first-person story of one woman's struggle with depression and how she managed to recover from it through the power of poetry. In 1997, Oxford graduate, working mother, and Times journalist Rachel Kelly went from feeling mildly anxious to being completely unable to function within the space of just three days.
  • The Book of You
    Written by: Claire Kendal
    Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
    3.60 (150 ratings)
    A terrifying psychological thriller about obsession and power, perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep. Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague Rafe. He won’t leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there. Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can’t be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand.
  • The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide to Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom
    Written by: Carrie Wilkerson
    Narrated by: Carrie Wilkerson
    4.10 (16 ratings)
    Don't think you have what it takes to run a business? It's time to reconsider. Carrie Wilkerson offers the opportunity to live life on your terms. Want to start your workday with e-mail and coffee on the back patio? Want the flexibility of joining your fourth grader on an all-day field trip? Are you ready to take that vacation you’ve been planning for years? Then you have a choice to make, and The Barefoot Executive will help jump-start your transition. You’ll learn: Your “why.” The most important question.
  • Feminism: A Very Short Introduction
    Written by: Margaret Walters
    Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
    3.40 (19 ratings)
    This is a historical account of feminism that looks at the roots of feminism, voting rights, and the liberation of the 60s, and analyzes the current situation of women across Europe, in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, particularly the Third World countries.
  • Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life
    Written by: Justine Picardie
    Narrated by: Cassandra Harwood
    3.70 (25 ratings)
    Justine Picardie has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, attempting to peel away the accretions of romance and lies. In this full-scale biography we finally discover the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now. Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor - she conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time.
  • PS, I Love You
    Written by: Cecelia Ahern
    Narrated by: Amy Creighton
    4.40 (58 ratings)
    Meaningful, moving and magical - the classic bestselling love story. Everyone needs a guardian angel…Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other's sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry's death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her.
  • Something Borrowed
    Written by: Emily Giffin
    Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
    3.30 (31 ratings)
    Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. But that changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiancé, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience.
  • Diary of a Mad Diva
    Written by: Joan Rivers
    Narrated by: Joan Rivers
    3.90 (40 ratings)
    Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified—who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, begins to record her day-to-day musings, she realizes she has a lot to say. About everything. And everyone, God help them..
  • The Secret Lives of Sisters
    Written by: Linda Kelsey
    Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    3.00 (6 ratings)
    Hannah has always felt in the shadow of her older sister. Cat is the flamboyant one, the one who can make everyone laugh. Hannah is so quiet that her parents used to joke about it. Now Hannah has a daughter of her own, who is about to get married. On the day of the wedding, Cat's caustic tongue is once again let loose - but with devastating consequences. As Hannah is compelled to examine her past and try to make sense of her complicated relationship with her sister.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    Written by: Mary Ann Shaffer
    Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
    3.80 (17 ratings)
    January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.