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New and Bestselling Audiobooks by Authors with Disabilities

New and Bestselling Audiobooks by Authors with Disabilities

Here are some bestselling books by authors with disabilities, nominated by our publishing partners.

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About Us

Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times

By Peter Catapano & Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross & Coleen Marlo
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

Boldly claiming a space in which people with disabilities can be seen and heard as they are—not as others perceive them—About Us captures the voices of a community that has for too long been stereotyped and misrepresented. Speaking not only to those with disabilities, but also to their families, coworkers, and support networks, the authors in... Read more »

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Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

Unabridged Selections

By Alice Wong
Narrated by: Alejandra Ospina & Alice Wong
Length: 8 hours 1 minutes

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of... Read more »

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Big Girl, Small Town

By Michelle Gallen
Narrated by: Nicola Coughlan
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

Big Girl, Small Town

“You might fall in love with this rough, bawdy, funny, and heart-wrenching novel because of the skill with which Michelle Gallen gives you the cadences and nuances of English as spoken in small-town Northern Ireland. You might fall in love because Gallen is showing you a working-class setting seldom depicted on either side of the pond, an atmosphere of sweat, grease, and labor, of Friday night pubs and Saturday hangovers, of people bursting with shattered dreams and electric intelligence. But you’ll most fall in love with Majella O’Neill, the narrator. She is unapologetically and completely herself, and unlike anyone I’ve met in fiction before. Through O’Neill, Gallen offers an outlook and experience that I’d happily share with other readers.”

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Being Seen

One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism

By Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by: Elsa Sjunneson
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes

A deafblind writer and professor explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else.

As a deafblind woman with partial vision in one eye and bilateral hearing aids, Elsa Sjunneson lives at the crossroads of blindness and sight, hearing and deafness—much to the confusion of... Read more »

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Out of My Mind

By Sharon M. Draper
Narrated by: Sisi Aisha Johnson
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

A New York Times bestseller for three years and counting!

“A gutsy, candid, and compelling story. It speaks volumes.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“Unflinching and realistic.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes a story that will forever change how we all look at anyone with a disability,... Read more »

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The Kiss Quotient

A Novel

By Helen Hoang
Narrated by: Carly Robins
Length: 9 hours 36 minutes

The Kiss Quotient

“While looking at the cover of this book you may assume it is going be a light-hearted romance- well, you would be wrong. This book is powerful, sexy, and not to be underestimated. I loved every second of this book because it was so different from anything I have ever known. I read it in one sitting, while telling everyone that tried to talk to me to go away. I was so enthralled by both of the character's life struggles and how they were able to overcome them without each other. Their love did not conquer all- they had to learn to be better versions of themselves first before they could be there for each other. If you're looking for a hot but meaningful romance (yes, they exist!), then you've found it. ”

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Haben

The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

By Haben Girma
Narrated by: Haben Girma
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

The incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.
Haben grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara. There, she discovered courage as she faced off against a bull she couldn't see, and found in herself an... Read more »

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If at Birth You Don't Succeed

My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny

By Zach Anner
Narrated by: Zach Anner
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes

Comedian Zach Anner opens his frank and devilishly funny book, If at Birth You Don't Succeed, with an admission: he botched his own birth. Two months early, underweight and under-prepared for life, he entered the world with cerebral palsy and an uncertain future. So how did this hairless mole-rat of a boy blossom into a viral internet sensation...

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The Undying

Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care

By Anne Boyer
Narrated by: Amy Finegan
Length: 5 hours 4 minutes

Award-winning poet and essayist Anne Boyer delivers a one-of-a-kind meditation on illness in the age of data?sharing her true story of coping with cancer, both the illness and the industry, in The Undying. A week after her forty-first birthday, the acclaimed poet Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. For... Read more »

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Unleash Different

Achieving Business Success Through Disability

By Rich Donovan
Narrated by: Braden Wright
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

If you discovered a new market comprising 53% of the world’s population, would you act to invest in it?


There are 1.3 billion people around the world who identify as having a disability. When you include friends and family, the disability market touches 53% of all consumers. It is the world’s largest emerging market.


Unleash Different illustrates...

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Good Kings Bad Kings

By Susan Nussbaum
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Christina Delaine, Ensemble cast, Lauren Fortgang & Emma Galvin
Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

Told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, Nussbaum pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated and funny and tough life inside the walls of an institution for juveniles with disabilities. From Yessenia Lopez, who dreams of her next boyfriend and of one day of living outside those walls, to Teddy, a resident...

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I Am Potential

Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams

By Patrick Henry Hughes
Narrated by: Grover Gardner, Malcolm Hillgartner & Richard Powers
Length: 6 hours 25 minutes

“I can’t see, I can’t walk, and can’t do lots of other things. With all this, people might ask “How can I bear to live?” but I don’t see it that way. Through my trials, God has given me experiences that taught me important lessons about life, which help get me through each and every day. The greatest gift I can give back to others is to share...

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Show Me a Sign (Unabridged edition)

By Ann Clare LeZotte
Narrated by: Nora Hunter
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

Don't miss the companion book, Set Me Free

CRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT SHOW ME A SIGN

Winner of the 2021 Schneider Family Book Award * NPR Best Books of 2020 * Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020 * School Library Journal Best Books of 2020 * New York Public Library Best Books of 2020 * Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2020 * 2020 Jane Addams...

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No Excuses

Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams

By Marcus Brotherton & Derrick Coleman, Jr.
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

In this inspirational memoir, Derrick Coleman, Jr., the Seattle Seahawks fullback who won the 2014 Super Bowl with the Seahawks in his second year in the NFL, relates his inspirational story of hard work and determination in his own words. Showcasing his unlikely and challenging journey to become the first deaf athlete to play offense in the... Read more »

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Disfigured

On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space
Exploded Views

By Amanda Leduc
Narrated by: Amanda Barker
Length: 8 hours 17 minutes

Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty? If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after? Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and...

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Stronger

By Jeff Bauman & Bret Witter
Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
Length: 7 hours 28 minutes

The New York Times bestselling memoir of the 27-year-old Boston Marathon bombing survivor and the basis of the major motion picture starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

When Jeff Bauman woke up on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 in the Boston Medical Center, groggy from a series of lifesaving surgeries and missing his legs, the first thing he did was try to... Read more »

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Dare to Be Kind

How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World

By Lizzie Velasquez
Narrated by: Author
Length: 5 hours 47 minutes

"Sometimes we are met with overwhelming challenges that knock us off our feet-but [Lizzie has] been able to embody the power of hope and compassion in everything [she does]." --Michelle Obama
Born with a rare genetic condition, Lizzie Velasquez always knew she was different, but it... Read more »

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We Should Hang Out Sometime

Embarrassingly, a true story

By Josh Sundquist
Narrated by: Josh Sundquist
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

From Paralympic ski racer and YouTube star, Josh Sundquist, comes an always-funny (and sometimes-awkward) memoir about teenage misadventures.

When I was twenty-five years old, it came to my attention that I had never had a girlfriend. At the time, I was actually under the impression that I was in a relationship, so this bit of news came as... Read more »

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There Plant Eyes

A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness

By M. Leona Godin
Narrated by: M. Leona Godin
Length: 11 hours 7 minutes

From Homer to Helen Keller, from Dune to Stevie Wonder, from the invention of braille to the science of echolocation, M. Leona Godin explores the fascinating history of blindness, interweaving it with her own story of gradually losing her sight.
 
There Plant Eyes probes the ways in which blindness has shaped our ocularcentric culture,... Read more »

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Being Heumann

An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

By Judith Heumann & Kristen Joiner
Narrated by: Ali Stroker
Length: 6 hours 38 minutes

Tony-award winning actress Ali Stroker reads the story of Judy Heumann—one of the most influential disability rights activists in US history

A story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn’t built for all of us and of one woman’s activism—from the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco to inside the halls of Washington—Being Heumann recounts... Read more »

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