Audiobook Picks for Father’s Day

Whether you are a dad, you know a dad, or you just have an arsenal full of dad jokes, we’ve selected top audiobooks to celebrate Father’s Day with. With gathering made difficult this year, reconnect by sharing stories: daring adventures, masterful biographies, and inspiring coming-of-age stories are all just a play button away.

Read by the author. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of a gifted young lawyer’s coming-of-age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. Hear the #1 New York Times bestseller that was named one of the most influential books of the decade by CNN.

“Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he’s also a gifted writer and storyteller.”—The Washington Post

Looking for a book for kids to listen to with Dad? Just Mercy has been adapted for young adults.

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

“Coates is the only person who could have narrated this audiobook—and it should be required listening for all Americans.”-Publisher’s Weekly

Author: Steven Johnson
Read By: Jason Culp

Henry Every was the seventeenth century’s most notorious pirate. The press published wildly popular—and wildly inaccurate—reports of his nefarious adventures. The British government offered enormous bounties for his capture, alive or (preferably) dead. But Steven Johnson argues that Every’s most lasting legacy was his inadvertent triggering of a major shift in the global economy.

“Jason Culp…narrates this vivid, informative history magnificently, distinguishing quotation from text unobtrusively and pacing the narrative with grace throughout.”-The Washington Post

Author: Jeff Shaara
Read By: Mark Bramhall

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt watches uneasily as the world heads rapidly down a dangerous path. With you-are-there immediacy, Jeff Shaara opens up the mysteries of just how Japan could launch one of history’s most devastating surprise attacks. In this story of innocence, heroism,and sacrifice, Shaara’s gift for storytelling uses these familiar wartime themes to shine a light on the personal, the painful, the tragic, and the thrilling.

Author: Richard Haass
Read By: Dan Woren

Global literacy is a must, as what goes on outside a country matters enormously to what happens inside. Although the United States is bordered by two oceans, those oceans are not moats. And the so-called Vegas rule–what happens there stays there–does not apply in today’s world to anyone anywhere. The World focuses on essential history, what makes each region of the world tick, the many challenges globalization presents, and the most influential countries, events, and ideas.

“This is the book that explains how the world really works, how it is changing, and why it matters. Just what every citizen and student needs to read.” —Madeleine Albright

Author: Ron Chernow
Read By: Mark Bramhall

Now a documentary series on The History Channel! Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents. Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, shown in this masterful biography.

“Eminently readable but thick with import… Grant hits like a Mack truck of knowledge.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

Teddy Fay returns to La-La Land in the latest thriller from bestselling author Stuart Woods…and he’s caught in two tricky situations. First, a rising star becomes the target of malicious gossip, and Teddy must find the source before the situation gets out of hand–or becomes violent. At the same time, Teddy finds himself targeted by a criminal thug bearing a grudge. Teddy will need to leverage every bit of his undercover skills to stay one step ahead of his foes.

Author: Erik Larson
Read By: Erik Larson and John Lee

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s home. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family.

Author: Ben Macintyre
Read By: John Lee

For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Oleg Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States’s nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Unfolding the three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in Gordievsky’s nail-biting escape from Moscow, Ben Macintyre’s latest may be his best yet.

Ghost Soldiers

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected troops from the elite U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty miles in an attempt to rescue 513 American and British POWs. Hampton Sides’s vivid minute-by-minute narration of the raid and his chronicle of the prisoners’ wrenching experiences are masterful. But Ghost Soldiers is far more than a thrilling battle saga. Hampton Sides explores the mystery of human behavior under extreme duress.

Meat Eater chronicles Rinella’s lifelong relationship with nature and hunting through the lens of ten hunts, beginning when he was an aspiring mountain man at age ten and ending as a thirty-seven-year-old Brooklyn father who hunts in the remotest corners of North America.