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22 March 2016

Best Audiobooks for Spring Break

Macmillan Audio’s winter semester intern, Justine, shares her spring break listening list.

Listening on the beach

Whether you’re staying cozy at home or traveling the world, spring break calls for adventures—and audiobooks to accompany you on those adventures! This spring break, I’ll be traveling to Ireland with my Irish literature class. Between traveling from Dublin to Belfast to Cork, I’m going to need some audiobooks to listen to on the plane and long bus rides. Here, I’ve compiled a list of audiobooks I’ll be listening to on my trip. These audiobooks are the type that will have you totally absorbed, perfect for maximizing your time off on spring break!

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, read by the author

This is the first audiobook I want to listen to during spring break. Get happy, get inspired, and don’t be afraid to be a bit ridiculous. Lawson herself says that Furiously Happy is about “taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they’re the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It’s the difference between ‘surviving life’ and ‘living life.’ It’s the difference between ‘taking a shower’ and ‘teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair.’ It’s the difference between being ‘sane’ and being ‘furiously happy.'”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, read by the author

After getting ridiculously happy by listening to Furiously Happy, it’s time to be furiously inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, an audiobook that’s all about believing in the magic of creativity and having the courage to go after your creative dreams. It’s the perfect audiobook for a spring break detox to get you back on track and refreshed when classes start again.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, read by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne

If you thought the movie was good, just wait until you listen to the audiobook. This audiobook will suck you in completely, keep you listening to every last word, and spit you back out into the world different—more cynical, but in the best possible way. Gone Girl is about a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary; what ensues is a story that you would never imagine. Even if you are not away on a vacation, this audiobook will truly take you to a different place that you won’t be able to leave until you finish listening.

Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs, read by the author

With only one week before the much anticipated release of Augusten Burroughs’ newest audiobook, this is probably the one that I am most excited for. For fans of his other work, such as Running With Scissors and The Wolf at the Table, you are sure to love this new audiobook, written and told in the same familiar style that we have come to love about Augusten. In Lust & Wonder, Augusten stumbles between love, lust, and everything in between in this witty, hysterical, vulnerable memoir about his romantic life. Get a preview of some of Augusten’s relationship misadventures in our “5 Little Lessons on Dating from Augusten Burroughs” post.

Which audiobooks will be accompanying you on spring break? Share them with us in the comments below!

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