Audiobooks for the Recent Graduate

Whether you’re a recent grad or simply in need of some sage advice, we’ve put together a list of motivating audiobooks to guide you through the real world and inspire you to follow your dreams.

Navigating Life

Margaux Bergen began writing Navigating Life when her daughter Charlotte turned nine and gave it to her when she was setting off for her first day of college. It’s an inspiring, piercingly honest user’s guide to life, reflecting tough lessons about family, work, and marriage. It will challenge you to lead a more meaningful life and to tackle the bumps along the way with grace, grit, style, and ingenuity.
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Congratulations, by the way

Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of The New York Times. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Congratulations, by the way is an inspiring message from one of today’s most influential and original writers.
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Lift Off

When Donovan Livingston took the podium to give the convocation address at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he shared a powerful spoken word message of hope and hard truths that every young person should hear. A groundbreaking rallying call about education, race, and the true nature of equality, Lift Off calls on us all to lift our voices on behalf of every child, as their brighter futures can light up our own.
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The Best Advice I Ever Got
Author: Katie Couric
Read By: Various

In this inspiration-packed audiobook, Katie Couric reports from the front lines of the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports, philanthropy, the arts, and business—distilling the ingenious, hard-won insights of leaders and visionaries, who tell us all how to take chances, follow our passions, cope with criticism, and, perhaps most important, commit to something greater than ourselves.
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Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Author: Dr. Seuss
Read By: John Lithgow

A perennial favorite, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect gift for any graduate—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond. Wonderfully narrated by John Lithgow, this audiobook will be cherished for years to come.
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How to Be a Person in the World

A collection of brand new, impassioned, and inspiring letters by Heather Havrilesky, the author of the beloved advice column Ask Polly, featured weekly on New York Magazine’s The Cut. Havrilesky writes with equal parts grace, humor, and compassion to remind you that even in your darkest moments you’re not alone.
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Becoming Wise

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time on her national public radio program and podcast, On Being. In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from this luminous conversation in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey, over time and from mind to mind. This audiobook is a master class in living.
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