Have you heard? June is audiobook month, and we're highlighting a few noteworthy titles here, but you'll find thousands more to choose from on our free app, Libby.
Can cookbooks make good audiobooks? Yes! Learn why brilliant chef and food writer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt reaches for his Wok more than any other pan in his kitchen. Listeners can access the book's recipes and photos by typing the codeword “Sauce” on the publisher's website. Want Lily Zabar's Chicken Soup recipe? Borrow Zabar's and hear how Louis Zabar fled antisemitic persecution in Russia and went on to found a foodie's paradise and beloved New York insitution.
Audiobooks read by the author are a particular treat. Among our picks are Viola Davis narrating her new memoir and Joshua Cohen reading his Pulitzer winner for Fiction with a little help from David Duchovny. “Why? Why Would a Person Do This?” is the incredibly apt title of a chapter in You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism narrated by sisters Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar. Are you into literal palace intrigue? You'll love the way Tina Brown dishes about the Windsors. Thankfully, Simu Liu, star of the Marvel Universe's Shang-Chi, decided not to go into accounting as you'll learn in his frank origin story. Queer Eye‘s Jonathan Van Ness brings their new essay collection to life. Did you catch Michelle Zouner and her band Japanese Breakfast on the season finale of SNL? Zouner's Crying in H Mart has spent more than 45 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Want to hear a book read by the author, with a special appearance by his mom? Check out viral sensation Randy Rainbow's fun new memoir.
Sometimes it takes a village or at least a full cast to narrate an audiobook. Our picks in this category include Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa's definitive history of the Sopranos and Amy Schumer and Christy Turlington Burns' Arrival Stories. Seth Rogen took “full cast” to a whole new level with his Yearbook, narrated by more than 80 voices, including Nick Kroll, Jay Pharoah, Jason Segal, Dan Aykroyd, Tommy Chong, Billy Idol, and Seth's mom and dad. Dolly Parton, Kelsey Ballerini, and a full cast narrate the thriller Dolly wrote, and while few authors create an album to go with their book, Dolly did!
In the famous actors narrate the classics division, Joe Morton reads Invisible Man and Juneteenth, Donald Sutherland reads The Old Man and The Sea, Avery Brooks reads Roots, Selma Blair narrates the definitive edition of Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl, and Andy Serkis performs all of the books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Used by millions worldwide, Libby makes it easy to listen to books when, where, and how you want: on your phone, tablet, or in your car with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or a Bluetooth connection. Download audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space. Tap the arrows to skip backward or forward. Tap the chapter to see the table of contents. Increase playback speed up to 3x by tapping the speedometer icon. Tap the crescent moon to set a sleep timer until the end of the chapter or more, and peacefully drift off without worrying about missing the plot. If you don't have time to finish a book, Libby remembers where you left off the next time you borrow it. If you'd like help with the Libby app, reserve a free training session here.