Teens looking to explore the realms of adult fiction and nonfiction have an overwhelming plethora of titles to sift through. But, not to worry! We’ve curated a selection of fantasy, contemporary fiction, and enthralling nonfiction of fantastic adult audiobooks that teens will love listening to.
A magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century Franceâ€”and told from the point of view of the Beast himself.
â€śJim Dale gives a captivating narration of this alluring adaptation of the classic tale “Beauty and the Beast,” told from the point of view of the Beast. Dale’s portrayal of a beastly man who is trying to hold onto his humanity is powerful and moving…An enchanting performance of a magical story.â€ť —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
Esther Ann Hicksâ€”Essieâ€”is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality-television phenomenon. Sheâ€™s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her familyâ€™s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. She has a secret, though, that will tear their world apart.
â€śBoth timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely…Meghan MacLean Weir has given us a young heroine who is at once authentic and courageous â€” and a tale that is wonderful and mysterious and relentlessly surprising.â€ť —Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
â€śFew narrators can match Julia Whelan for the ease with which she draws listeners into a storyâ€¦Her performance on Tara Westoverâ€™s beautiful and surprising memoir, Educated, continues this streak of near-perfect performances.â€ť —Chicago Tribune
In 1994, Clemantine and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety, and not knowing whether their parents were alive. When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged.
â€śThis true of story of survival is told in a tender and aching style by narrator Robin Miles…Miles shows her artistry as a performer.â€ť —AudioFile
In 1992, David Greenfeld is one of the few white kids at his middle school in Boston. After David is teased, Marlon Wellings, a loner from the public housing project in Davidâ€™s gentrifying neighborhood, surprises David by sticking up for him, and they become friends. Infectiously funny about the highs and lows of adolescence and sharply honest in the face of injustice, this is a wildly original take on the American dream.
â€śOnayemi’s casual tone and conversational delivery of dialogue capture the teenagers he’s portraying. The differences in how society views these boys as they become men is a lesson for listeners in what makes us different and what keeps us together.â€ť —AudioFile
Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born…and so begins every fairy tale ever told. This is not that fairy tale. There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened. There, a plucky farm boy will find more than heâ€™s bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower.
â€ś[Luke] Daniels leans into the humor of the many silly and ludicrous moments in this story, but he’s genuine and respectful during the heartfelt moments between characters. An ideal listen for fans of fantasy, Monty Python, and offbeat renditions of fairy tales and myths.â€ť —AudioFile
An imaginative retelling of Rumpelstiltskin that features Miryem, the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, sets out to collect her father’s debts and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold.
â€śNovik updates the story of Rumpelstiltskin with a wildly original fantasy tale that has all the markings of a future classic…Lisa Flanaganâ€™s steady narration, especially her accents and inflections, elevate the story wonderfully.â€ť —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner