My favorite audiobooks to listen to are ones that are narrated by the authors. The last two years, I’ve really enjoyed listening to memoirs read by the authors, specifically memoirs written by public figures or celebrities. It’s important to me when a book is narrated by the author themselves because they know how their message and flow of the book is supposed to go. Here are a few of my favorite memoirs I’ve read within the last two years that are narrated by the authors themselves on the audiobooks.
- “Greenlights” by matthew mcconaughey
I absolutely love Matthew McConaughey’s voice, and I’m sure most girls out there say the same thing. While not everybody liked this book, I loved listening to “Greenlights” and hearing his narration of it. Sometimes major celebrities seem so far removed from us, so hearing Matthew McConaughey’s stories and account of major events throughout his life really helps to put Hollywood into perspective and relate to public figures. He reminisces on memories and stories throughout his life and the lessons he’s learned from it all.
- “stories I only tell my friends” by rob lowe
Reading “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” is exactly like what the title implies; you feel like you’re just one of Rob Lowe’s friends getting the inside scoop. He dives into his life as a young actor and the territory that comes with it, which he had to learn to navigate. The book also talks about his roles in the movie “The Outsiders” and the television show “The West Wing” and the many stories involved around those two projects. Rob Lowe was also a member of the Brat Pack, alongside actors Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy, who all either starred in one or both of the films “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.”
- “Brat: an ’80s story” by andrew mccarthy
This is one of the most recent audiobooks I’ve listened to, and I loved every second of it and was honestly sad when I finished. Andrew McCarthy is most known as a member of the Brat Pack alongside Rob Lowe and for his roles in popular ’80s movies such as “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty in Pink.”
The Brat Pack is more popular among my parents’ generation rather than mine, but I still adore all these old movies that my parents have shown me and raised me on. This book was full of nostalgia and brought back so many memories I have of watching all the Brat Pack movies. It was so wonderful to hear Andrew McCarthy’s story and account of his life up until this point, and all the stories we’ve never heard behind these major films we’ve seen.
Listening to these memoirs on audiobook was a wonderful experience, I didn’t feel like I was reading a book but instead like I was a friend of these people being told their stories. Whether you’re familiar with these famous actors or not, reading their memoirs, specifically as an audiobook, is something I highly recommend doing.