Since Audible released Audible Plus last year, one of the most requested posts is a list of good books included in Audible Plus.
We’ve been using Audible Plus for several months now and my girls listen to books from the Audible Plus catalog every single night on their Echo Dots as they go to sleep (I’m pretty certain you need to turn off the FreeTime filters in order to allow them access to audiobooks in the Audible Plus catalog – I couldn’t get it to work until I turned it off).
I’ll be the first to say that Audible Plus catalog is NOT the easiest to navigate – I’m surprised by how much effort it takes to search out new books and that it’s not as easy as I would expect from Amazon.
On the Audible App (which is free), you can push the “Discover” button on the bottom menu and then from the new screen press the “Plus Catalog” button. It will then show you all the different categories and you can see all the included titles in that category. Just press “Add to Library” for any of them that appeal to you and they’ll show up in your library, ready to listen to!
You can also look at all the books in the Audible Plus Catalog on Amazon – you can see them all here and filter by category, rating, length and language.
Also, if you look up a book on Amazon, it’ll show you if it’s included.
Also, you’ll notice that MANY of the audiobooks included in the Audible Plus catalog are old titles – this is because they are books that are now in the public domain and anyone can create recordings of them.
So if you’re looking for all the hottest new titles or want a lot of diverse titles from BIPOC authors, Audible Plus is probably not your best bet.
All of that said, I’ve spend HOURS combing through the Audible Plus catalog and there are certainly plenty of audiobooks worth listening to.
Here are some of the Audible Plus titles we’ve listened to and enjoyed:
The Best Books in the Audible Plus Catalog
KIDS BOOKS IN THE AUDIBLE PLUS CATALOG:
- The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury. This magical book was the first one we listened to together after we joined Audible Plus – it’s delightful!
- Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry. You know I love Julie Berry (she wrote Lovely War) and this Audible Original is a really fun fantasy listen for kids.
- The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. I read aloud this story about a Native girl and her family set during the 1800s to my girls and then we finished it on audio during a summer road trip. It’s excellent!
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I read this aloud to my girls years ago and it’s fun to hear them relistening to this classic on Audible Plus now. Her book, The Secret Garden, is also included.
- Rivals: Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick. This was a recommendation from several readers and we listened to it together. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and also really informative. Heads up that it has a little bit of slightly crude humor.
- Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin. I know this one is a classic, but I’m not sure I’ve ever actually read it! Now that I have free access to it, it’s probably time to remedy this.
- Amos Fortune by Elizabeth Yates. This Newbery winner is about Amos, who was enslaved at age 15 and spends 45 in slavery before finally finding the freedom he’s dreamed of.
- Heidi by Gemma Whelan. This is not a fast-moving book, but I read it aloud to Ella a few years ago and she loved it! It’s just so sweet.
- The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and John Jory. My girls have listened to these books about the antics of two pranksters on repeat for months – if you have a child who likes humor, some slapstick, and a little naughtiness, these books are for them. The whole series is included in Audible Plus.
- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. I love this series so much and was delighted to see it included!
- The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum. To be honest, this is the kind of Homer I need too .
- Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan. Nobody does historical fiction like Ryan and this one, about Charlotte Parkhurst, follows her fight to follow her dreams in the 1800s when women had very few options.
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle. If your knowledge of Robin Hood comes from the Disney movie, this is a fun way to get the full legend!
- Stuck by Chris Grabenstein. You probably know Grabenstein from his very popular Mr. Lemoncello’s Library books. This is an Audible original about a boy who makes a wish to never grow up and stays at age 11 as everyone grows up around him.
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I mean, just when you think Anne can’t get better, they bring in Rachel McAdams to read it.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This is one I’ve never actually read (you may know about me that I don’t have a lot of love for wacky and this one has always just felt too over-the-top to me).
- Winnie the Pooh by A. A Milne. It’s a delight to see this classic included, plus The House at Pooh Corner and When We Were Very Young.
- The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame. This one is less than an hour long – perfect for quiet time or some errands in the car.
- Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. This Newbery winner is set during the Revolutionary War. I remember loving it as a child and am excited to revisit it with my girls.
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. It’s always fun to read a title that has a Disney movie based on it and then compare what is the same and what is different.
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London. There are several other Jack London books included in the Audible Plus catalog, including White Fang.
- Jack and the Beanstalk and other stories by Lenny Henry. Tally and I listened to this in the car a few months ago when we were running errands just the two of us and it was charming.
- The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. I LOVE Shannon Hale and am so delighted that not only is The Goose Girl included, but also the next two books in the series.
- Laurie Berkner’s Song and Story Kitchen by Laurie Berkner. I mean, you cannot go wrong with Laurie Berkner and this audio collection is delightful.
- Mary Poppins by P.L Travers. A BUNCH of the Mary Poppins books are included in Audible Plus catalog. Also, if you’ve never read the books, you might be surprised that she’s not quite as warm-fuzzy as Julie Andrews.
- Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter. My girls have been listening to this one non-stop for the past few weeks. Time to show them them the movie!
- Stella Batts by Courtney Sheinmel. If you have a child who loves short chapter book series, this is a great one!
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Ella listened to this one and absolutely loved it (you can see it included in one of her reviews here).
- I Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino. This is another Newbery winner about Juan, the assistant to Spanish painter Diego Velasquez. Juan is an enslaved African who, as he helps Velasquez, learns to paint himself, despite such activities being forbidden.
- Iron Thunder by Avi. Avi is a master of historical fiction and this one, set during the Civil War and the sea battles that take place in the Atlantic Ocean, is a winner.
- Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter. Can’t go wrong with this collection of 18 of her most beloved animal tales!
- 50 Fearless Women who Made American History by Jenifer Bazzit. I get SO many requests for books about strong women, so seeing this included made me super happy!
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Prepare to be shocked when the ruby slippers are actually silver!
- Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith. Growing up with a pilot father, it’s not surprise that all Ida Mae Jones wants to do is fly. But since it’s 1940s Louisiana and Ida is both female and Black? It’s going to be hard for her to make her dreams come true.
- Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I love me some Anne of Green Gables, but I have a special place in my heart for Emily (L.M. Montgomery herself said Emily was her favorite heroine she wrote).
- Five Children and It by E. Nesbit. I’ve loved this fantasy story about five normal children who find a magical creature who grants their wishes (but in the most obnoxious ways possible), since my dad read it aloud when I was a child. Her book, The Enchanted Castle, is also included.
- Nancy Drew Girl Detective by Carolyn Keene. There are a couple of these Nancy Drew titles in the Audible Plus catalog!
- The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss. This book should come with a warning that if you allow your children to read it, they’ll beg to live in a treehouse.
- Bambi by Felix Salten. Can I be honest? I didn’t even know this was a book. . . .
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I read this one with my mom when I was in middle school, but to be fair, when I think of Treasure Island, I mostly remember the Muppet version.
- Lives of the Scientists by Kathleen Krull. Krull has several books like this one that are included in the Audible Plus catalog, including Lives of Extraordinary Women and Lives of the Explorers.
- The Trouble Begins at 8 in Sid Fleischman. Sid Fleischman does EXCELLENT biographies and this one about Mark Twain is no exception.
- Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz. If you love Jean Fritz’s history books, there are a lot of her books included in the Audible Plus catalog!
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This one is a classic and fun to listen to as a family or for kids on their own.
ADULT FICTION BOOKS IN THE AUDIBLE PLUS CATALOG
- The Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle. You can watch the show and then read the book or in the reverse order. Either way, you’ll probably need to buy a chess set.
- 1984 by George Orwell. I still remember reading this one so clearly in my AP English class as a high school junior. Animal Farm is also in the Audible Plus catalog.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. All of her books are available on Audible Plus with some very excellent readers.
- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richards. If you read The Giver of Stars this past year, this is a fun companion book about the same time period!
- A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain. Wondering about Marie Curie? This historical fiction book about the famous scientist is a fascinating place to start.
- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. This best-seller features a woman who goes back to Havana to discover the family secrets that have been hidden for decades.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Read this and then you’ll never make the mistake of calling the monster Frankenstein again (spoiler: Frankenstein is the doctor who creates the monster).
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I always think of this book as an audio book since my mom and I listened to it together on a road trip when I was 13. (She kept stopping it to help me keep the characters straight, bless her).
- War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I always use War & Peace as my example of what NOT to read when you’re just getting into reading again, but if it’s your pick – here it is!
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Do we all imagine Benedict Cumberbatch now as Sherlock? Just me?
- Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone. This is totally fluffy chick lit but it’s a fun audio production and it just was the perfect listen in the fall.
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In case you didn’t get enough of this one in high school English class.
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I love this book but add in Hugh Grant as a narrator? Double win.
- Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. These are such fun detective stories set after WWI when a nurse comes home from war and starts solving local mysteries.
ADULT NON-FICTION BOOKS IN THE AUDIBLE PLUS CATALOG
- This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick. You already know I love love love this book – for anyone trying to feel more at home in a new (or old!) place, this book is a must read.
- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. This WWII book is such an incredible memoir about a woman who, along with her sister, is arrested for hiding Jews and survives the concentration camps.
- Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs. This is the story of Steve Jobs’ daughter and her unusual childhood and growing up with one of the most famous entrepreneurs of all time.
- Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley. This book is heartbreaking and wonderful about losing a parent to dementia. (I included it on my Summer Reading Guide a few years ago).
- The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan. This memoir is sweet and heartbreaking and funny all at once.
- Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. I won’t lie, this book will probably make you annoyed, if not full on furious. But it’s also fascinating and insightful.
- Delancey by Molly Wizenberg. I LOVE this book about a couple opening a restaurant together and what that really looks like.
Any other favorite audiobooks that are included in the Audible Plus Catalog? I’m always looking for more recommendations!
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