Addictive Audiobooks for Teens (2023)

Want the best, most addictive audiobooks for teens? Check out this list of the most popular YA titles that teens (and adults like me) can’t stop reading with our ears. They’re soooo good.

In 2017, public libraries lent a record number of audiobooks. Why? Because it’s so easy to download books to your smartphones. You’ll get in more reading by listening to your books!

Use the one-tap reading app, Libby to download books (for free) from your local library. Or, use your Audible / Amazon subscription where you can borrow books for a monthly fee. (The first month is free though.)

Finally, having two teenagers myself, I must say that audiobooks are the ONLY way my teens are actually reading for pleasure.

Listening lets my artist daughter draw, also and my other child who has ADHD move around the room freely.

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It’s a challenge to get teenagers to read non-assigned books at this age so give audiobooks a try– it might just work for your teens, also.


Addictive Audiobooks for Teens (1)
CinderAddictive Audiobooks for Teens (2)
(Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a skilled mechanic cyborg, a human with machine parts, and lives with her step-mother and sisters. (Remind you of Cinderella yet?) When Prince Kai asks her to fix something for him, she becomes entangled in a plot that puts her life at risk and the entire country’s fate is hanging in the balance. This is an AMAZING can’t-put-it-down series!

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The Inheritance Games
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, narrated by Christie Moreau
Avery, a motherless girl living with an older half-sister, unexpectedly inherits millions of dollars from a billionaire she’s never met. The billionaire’s family, who doesn’t inherit, mistrusts her but she’s forced to live with them anyway, to fulfill the will’s requirements. Not only is this miserable but someone is trying to kill her and she still doesn’t know why she’s the beneficiary. Maybe the clues and puzzles left behind will help her solve at least one of the mysteries… Fantastic!

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Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Not only will you love the writing but you’ll also love the characters Eleanor and Park, teens who are seemingly too different yet who fall in love with each other anyway. It’s such a beautiful love story, you won’t want it to end.

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Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir
Part historical (ancient Rome) and part fantasy, Elias and Laia live in a world that enslaves them both in different ways— Elias to fight and Laia to serve and spy. This is an epic page-turning series with lots of mystery, action, and a hint of romance. It’s SO good that it’s one of themost popular YA books right now.

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The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin
Starr’s life is divided into her family’s urban neighborhood and her fancy suburban school. One day when she is riding in the car in her neighborhood, her unarmed friend is shot by a policeman. With people rioting and the policeman not getting punished, Starr needs to decide if she’ll speak out about what really happened. It’s a gut-wrenching drama that will make you think. Absolutely brilliant writing. (*Violence and language.)

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The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, narrated by Isabella Star LaBlanc
Daunis’s science-teacher uncle just died of a drug overdose, her grandmother suffered a stroke, and to finish out the third bad thing, her best friend is shot by her drug-addict boyfriend. Meth is causing a lot of the bad things and Daunis is recruited by the FBI to work as a confidential informant to find who is making and distributing the meth. The writing and character development are AMAZING — the mystery is complex and suspenseful– and the audiobook narrator is extremely talented. (*Sex, drugs, rape & violence.)

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Hidden Figures (Young Readers’ Edition)
by Margot Lee Shetterly, narrated by Bahni Turpin
One of the most popular downloads on Audible, this YA audiobook adaptation deftly blends the historical realities of racism and intolerance with the inspiring life stories of four mathematically talented women. These women worked to build this country’s aviation and aeronautical programs starting from the Civil Rights era to the Space Race and the Cold War to the fight for gender equality. I loved this book!

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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
by Garth Nix, narrated by Marisa Calin
Unique world-building, this historical fiction story set in London is filled with dangerous monsters and magical creatures that sometimes get into our world from their own Old World. Susan, on a search for her father, becomes ensnared in the Left-Handed Booksellers when it turns out her father may be an Old One…a powerful, dangerous entity.

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I Am Number Four
by Pittacus Lore and others
John isn’t a human teenager, he’s one of 9 Loric children who were sent to Earth when their planet was attacked by the evil Mogadorians.He moves around a lot with his guardian to escape these alien killers who can only kill the kids in numerical order…Now that he’s come of age, he develops his Legacies — powers that will help him survive. But one, two, and three have been killed already. John is next.

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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)
by Malala Yousafzai withPatricia McCormick, narrated by Neela Vaswani
This isa powerful, well-told personal story from the wise, self-reflective perspective of Malala Yousafzai. Malaladraws readers in with her accounts of daily life in Pakistan — the sounds, smells, sights, habits. We are hooked from the first page. As the stage is set, we learn how her country used to be and the fearful place it becamewith the Taliban’s influence. After she is shot for her blog writing in support of educating females, she’s taken to England for recovery and safety. The confusion and contrast between the countries and cultures really stand out during this time. But what is even more striking is Malala’s hope, positivity, and belief in what she stands for. You can’t listen to this audiobook and not be changed by it.

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If I Stay
by Gayle Forman, narrated by Kirsten Potter
Mia’s trying to remember what happened after her entire family was killed in a car accident, all but her. She’s trapped in a broken body and wondering if she has a life worth living anymore. SO, so powerful!

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Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman
Discover the major stories of the Norse culture from Neil Gaiman’s perspective. Gaiman shares stories of the beginning of the Gods, how the Nine Worlds were formed, how Odin lost one eye, the children of Loki, and so much more, all the way to Ragnarok. These stories are more bloody than the Greek pantheon but they are quite entertaining nonetheless and hard to put down once you get reading.

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The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey #1)
by Richard Paul Evans, narrated by Fred Berman
If you like fast-paced, not-too-hard science fiction, you’ll love this fantastic audiobook about a boy with electrical powers versus an evil group who wants to control him and others like him. It’s an addictive series for teens who enjoy action, suspense, and adventure.

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Red Rising
by Pierce Brown, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
Thousands of teen readers, teen, and adult love, love, love this YA book. It takes place on Mars with a caste society, color-coded by the level of your caste. Darrow, a low-caste Red, infiltrates the ruling Gold caste’s special training school. His training? Kill or be killed. Lead an army or be enslaved. It’s better than Hunger Games – especially for boys who don’t want to read about romance and really get enthralled with battle strategy. Excellent. And every book in this series is well-written, enthralling, and mind-blowing. (*some mature content — nudity and swearing)

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by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by MacLeod Andrews
Teens will love this YA adventure from this uber-talented author!! It’s typical of Sanderson’s amazing world-building and offers tons of unforeseen plot twists and turns. In this world, the Epics are super-powerful individuals who have extraordinary powers and no goodness. Epics control the cities. David’s father was killed by Chicago’s Epic, Steelheart so now David wants revenge. He joins the rebel group called the Reckoners in order to assassinate Steelheart and all Epics. Memorable characters, a spell-binding plot, and page-turning action!

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UnbrokenYoung Adult Adaptation
by Laura Hillenbrand, narrated by Edward Herrmann
After Louis Zaperini’s WWII plane goes down in the open ocean — he’s starving, adrift, and vulnerable to enemy planes. His triumphant survival is nothing short of incredible. You’ll be amazed and inspired by his incredible true-life story.

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Are audiobooks good for ADHD? ›

The audiobook format is often beneficial for people with a variety of disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, and dyscalculia.

Are books or audiobooks better for ADHD? ›

Audiobooks may be the stimulating, guilt-free solution. People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder love books. That's not surprising, given our appetite for new stories, ideas, and information. But limited time, energy, and focus keeps us from reading as much as we'd like.

What is the best book for a 15 year old? ›

Young Adult Books (13-17 years old)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird. By Harper Lee.
  • The Grapes of Wrath. By John Steinbeck.
  • Lord of the Flies. By William Golding.
  • A Separate Peace. By John Knowles. ...
  • The Giver. By Lois Lowry.
  • The Hobbit. By J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • Ender's Game. By Orson Scott Card.

Which audiobook is best for students? ›

  • Read my paper out loud.
  • Text to speech on Amazon.
  • Text to Speech on Apple Devices.
  • Alternatives to Google Cloud Text to Speech.
  • Alternatives to Google WaveNet.
  • Best text to speech apps for Android.
  • Brandon Sanderson audiobooks.
  • Text to speech Google Docs.
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What music genre do people with ADHD like? ›

For some people with ADHD, fast-paced electronic music or heavy metal may work better for concentration than classical music.

What music do people with ADHD listen to? ›

Classical music by composers such as Mozart, Bach, and Vivaldi are just some examples of music with a structured rhythm that has worked well with people that have trouble focusing. Some symptoms of ADHD may be linked to low dopamine- a neurotransmitter that plays a role in how we feel pleasure.

How do people with ADHD enjoy reading? ›

Experiment to see what helps you.
  1. Read aloud instead of silently. ...
  2. Walk or pace around while you read. ...
  3. Take brief breaks for movement.
  4. Use audiobooks or have someone read to you. ...
  5. Opt for a hard copy. ...
  6. Talk about what you have just read. ...
  7. Use highlighter pens to underscore main points.
29 Sept 2022

Do audiobooks stimulate the brain as much as reading? ›

While listening to an audiobook may help more with empathy and making the story come alive, she says reading is a better bet for retaining the information. She points to one study showing that reading was better than listening for actually holding someone's attention and remembering the information.

Do audiobooks help kids with ADHD? ›

Fortunately, there is an alternative: audiobooks. Listen to an audiobook while you are going for a walk, driving in your car, or cooking dinner. It's a great way to learn more about kids with ADHD and the most effective parenting strategies to help these children succeed.

What are 18+ books? ›

18 and Over Books
  • Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) E.L. James (Goodreads Author) ...
  • Unexpected Gifts (Castle Mountain Lodge, #1) ...
  • Verity (Paperback) ...
  • Loving Colt (Southern Boys, #3) ...
  • Finding Gavin (Southern Boys, #2) ...
  • Megahex (Hardcover) ...
  • Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #1) ...
  • Saints of the Syndicate (The Syndicate, #1)

How long should a 15 year old read per day? ›

According to teachers, students should be reading between 15 minutes and 1 hour a day outside of school (85% of teachers expect daily reading in this range), but most of their students are reading less than the 15-minute daily minimum.

Is 15 a difficult age? ›

According to a new survey of parents, age 15 is the hardest age to deal with. A study of 1,000 parents found that 75 percent think the ages of 13-19 are the most challenging years of raising children, with 32 percent admitting they were 'unprepared'.

What is the most popular audiobook of all time? ›

From retellings of old classics, to all-new narratives, here are the 30 greatest audiobooks of all time.
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God. ...
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. ...
  • The Dutch House. ...
  • The Underground Railroad. ...
  • The Goldfinch. ...
  • Bad Feminist. $17 AT AUDIBLE. ...
  • Educated. $17 AT AUDIBLE. ...
  • Atlas of the Heart. $15 AT AUDIBLE.
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What is the most listened to audiobook? ›

The audiobooks on this list are Libro.
The 21 bestselling audiobooks of all time, according to listeners:
  1. "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X.
  2. "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama. ...
  3. "White Fragility" by Dr. ...
  4. "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett. ...
  5. "Becoming" by Michelle Obama. ...
  6. "Untamed" by Glennon Doyle. ...
30 Mar 2022

Can you get smarter by listening to audiobooks? ›

Audiobooks can help improve your comprehension and vocabulary. Hearing new words — independent of or in combination with reading them — can significantly help with comprehension and vocabulary, especially for kids and second-language learners.

Why do people with ADHD love music so much? ›

Research shows that pleasurable music increases dopamine levels in the brain. This neurotransmitter — responsible for regulating attention, working memory, and motivation — is in low supply in ADHD brains.

What is ADHD Stimming? ›

Self-stimulatory behavior, often called “stimming,” is when a child or adult repeats specific movements or sounds as a way to self-soothe or remain engaged in a situation, often referred to as “fidget to focus.” Many people assume that only individuals with autism engage in self-stimulatory behaviors.

Why does white noise help ADHD? ›

Conclusions: The positive effect of white noise is explained by the phenomenon of stochastic resonance (SR), i.e., the phenomenon that moderate noise facilitates cognitive performance. The MBA model suggests that noise in the environment, introduces internal noise into the neural system through the perceptual system.

Is it ADHD to listen to the same song over and over? ›

If someone with ADHD is looping the same song over and over again, it may be because they've found that the redundancy of a song playing in the background is what helps them focus best.

Do ADHD people focus better with music? ›

The short answer is yes. Music is a focusing influence on ADHD brains, which respond well to its structure.

Do people with ADHD like fast paced music? ›

Some people find that classical or instrumental music is most helpful, while others prefer upbeat or fast-paced tunes. – Pay attention to the lyrics of the songs you listen to. Avoid lyrics that are violent or angry, as they can aggravate ADHD symptoms.

Why is reading difficult for ADHD? ›

Reading can be difficult and frustrating for children with ADHD. This is due to issues of focusing, managing distractions, and processing and retaining information.

Does ADHD count as a reading disability? ›

ADHD is not a learning disability, as it does not affect a person's ability to learn a specific skill set, such as reading, writing, or mathematics.

Is ADHD genetic? ›

ADHD tends to run in families and, in most cases, it's thought the genes you inherit from your parents are a significant factor in developing the condition. Research shows that parents and siblings of someone with ADHD are more likely to have ADHD themselves.

What happens to your brain when you listen to audiobooks? ›

Another study published in the Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior suggests that our brains may actually be able to create more imagery surrounding a story when we listen. The visual processing centers in our brain are at work taking in the written word as we read, which leaves less room for images.

Is listening to audiobooks worse than reading? ›

There is little to no difference in comprehension between the two types of consuming literature. Even though the information is processed differently by our brain, recent audiobooks vs reading research from 2021 showed that the overall difference between reading and listening in terms of comprehension was negligible.

Is it better to read out loud or in your head? ›

He and his collaborators have shown that people consistently remember words and texts better if they read them aloud than if they read them silently. This memory-boosting effect of reading aloud is particularly strong in children, but it works for older people, too. “It's beneficial throughout the age range,” he says.

Should I let my child listen to audiobooks? ›

They allow your child to “read” more difficult books

She'll be able to delve deeper into complicated topics and listen to better-quality books than she might find at her own level. That exposure strengthens comprehension skills, particularly for children who have reading difficulties, says Crosby Carroll.

Do audiobooks improve concentration? ›

Audiobooks stimulate the thinking and memory skills of the brain which is important to keep the brain working as you age. Memory challenges also help delay the process of mental decline. While listening to audiobooks, a person gets completely immersed in the imagination and visualization of thoughts.

Does ADHD affect audio processing? ›

ADHD affects executive functioning, attention, and impulse control . This may make it more difficult for people to process sensory input, including sounds. It may be difficult or impossible for a person with ADHD to interpret sounds or distinguish one sound from another, particularly in distracting environments.

What books do 15 year olds read? ›

Books for Year 11 – our recommendations
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green. ...
  • The Silver Chain by Jion Sheibani. ...
  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. ...
  • Savage Her Reply by Deirdre Sullivan. ...
  • When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari. ...
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. ...
  • The Time Machine by H.G Wells. ...
  • Baby Teeth by Meg Grehan.
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Can a children's book be 40 pages? ›

Almost all picture books put out by children's book publishers are 32 pages, but there are exceptions. Picture books also come at 24 pages, 40 pages, and 48 pages.

What is the average time a 15 year old goes to bed? ›

For teenagers, Kelley says that, generally speaking, 13- to 16-year-olds should be in bed by 11.30pm. However, our school system needs a radical overhaul to work with teenagers' biological clocks. “If you're 13 to 15 you should be in school at 10am, so that means you're waking up at 8am.

What is the attention span of a 15 year old? ›

11-12 years old: 25-35 minutes. 13-15 years old: 30-40 minutes. 16+ years old: 32-50+ minutes.

Is reading 1 hour a day good? ›

One hour a day is a good reading time if you want to finish one book every week (especially as a beginner). In general, it should take around 5 to 7 days to finish a book if you dedicate one hour to distraction-free reading.

What is the toughest age in life? ›

The's the phase where so many things change in our lives and it all happens so fast. There's angst, discovery, unpredictability and a sense of self-realization. It's the time we truly leave childhood behind and enter a whole new world of responsibility.

What is the most exhausting age to parent? ›

Older parents are generally less at risk for depression than younger ones. Parents still in their early 20s appear to have the hardest time because they are struggling with their own move from adolescence to adulthood while at the same time learning to be parents.

What is hardest age to parent? ›

While cases vary across parents, a survey of more than 2,000 moms showed that parents of 12- to 14-year-old teens had a harder time than parents of toddlers, elementary school children, high school children, and adult children.

What is the number 1 most read book? ›

The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world. In the past 50 years, the Bible has sold over 3.9 billion copies. It is the most recognizable and famous book that has ever been published. The Bible is a collective book with many different preachings based on God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

What is the #1 book ever sold? ›

According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed.

What's the most read book in history? ›

The most read book in the world is the Bible. Writer James Chapman created a list of the most read books in the world based on the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years. He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years.

What is the longest audiobook on Audible? ›

1. The Holy Bible King James Version
  • Narrated by David Cochran Heath and published by Christian audio.
  • Listening Length: 72 hours and 1 minute.
  • Unabridged.
  • Audible release date: July 8, 2015.

Which library has best audiobooks? ›

Audible is, undoubtedly, the largest and most popular audiobook service as of 2022. Its library contains over 200,000 different book titles in every thinkable category.

Does listening to audiobooks while sleeping work? ›

While there is little science aiding audiobooks, there is still a nightly benefit to this medium. Audiobooks could help wean sleepers off of blue light disturbances like social media, TV, or other sleep zapping mediums. They could also help distract you from the worries of everyday life, allowing you to relax.

Do audiobooks count as reading? ›

Short answer: Yes, it is. But the long answer is much more interesting!

How ADHD affects reading a book? ›

2 Many students with ADHD can fall behind while reading, missing phrases in the text, skipping over words or sentences, losing track of where they are on the page, missing details and connections. This is especially evident when passages are long and complex.

Do people with ADHD tend to listen to more music? ›

In people with ADHD, music intervention studies2 have shown that music can decrease inattention, reduce negative mood, and promote reading comprehension for those with ADHD. Many people with ADHD gravitate to instrumental music because it generally has a very structured rhythm that helps people focus.

Do people with ADHD study better with music? ›

The short answer is yes. Music is a focusing influence on ADHD brains, which respond well to its structure. And no two homework soundtracks will be the same.

Does ADHD cause listening problems? ›

Listening, comprehension and working memory are impaired in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. This means children with ADHD are more likely to blurt-out answers in class, speak out of turn, interrupt, and talk too much.

Why is it so hard for people with ADHD to read? ›

Reading can be difficult and frustrating for children with ADHD. This is due to issues of focusing, managing distractions, and processing and retaining information.

Does ADHD make you read faster? ›

Compared to controls, children with ADHD showed reduced oral and silent reading fluency, and reduced processing speed—driven primarily by deficits on WISC-IV Coding.

What is ADHD stimming? ›

Self-stimulatory behavior, often called “stimming,” is when a child or adult repeats specific movements or sounds as a way to self-soothe or remain engaged in a situation, often referred to as “fidget to focus.” Many people assume that only individuals with autism engage in self-stimulatory behaviors.

Why does music calm ADHD? ›

Research shows that pleasurable music increases dopamine levels in the brain. This neurotransmitter — responsible for regulating attention, working memory, and motivation — is in low supply in ADHD brains.

Why do ADHD like 8D music? ›

Interestingly, other types of music for ADHD concentration that might help include 8D music or binaural beats. When listening to 8D music, sounds seem to float around you making it feel like you are immersed in the music. The caveat is — you must listen to 8D with headphones on for it to have this effect.


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