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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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From the Periphery

Real-Life Stories of Disability

By Pia Justesen
Narrated by: Cindy Kay, Coleen Marlo & Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 10 hours 14 minutes

From the Periphery consists of more than thirty first-person narratives of everyday people who describe what it's like to be treated differently by society because of their disabilities. The stories are raw and painful, but also surprisingly funny and deeply inspiring. The oral histories describe anger, independence, bigotry, solidarity, and... Read more »

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Blind Man's Bluff

By James Tate Hill
Narrated by: Curtis Armstrong
Length: 7 hours 31 minutes

At age sixteen, James Tate Hill was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, a condition that left him legally blind. After high-school friends stopped calling and a disability counselor advised him to aim for Cs in his classes, he used his remaining blurry peripheral vision to pretend he could still see. Feigning eye contact,... Read more »

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The Reason I Jump

The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

By Naoki Higashida
Narrated by: Tom Picasso
Length: 2 hours 27 minutes

You' ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought... Read more »

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Painting in the Dark

Esref Armagan, Blind Artist

By Rachelle Burk
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot & Katherine Kellgren
Length: 44 minutes

In 1953, Esref Armagan was born completely blind to a poor family in Istanbul, Turkey. He received no formal education and spent his childhood days in his father's shop, where he developed the curiosity to create and draw. He experienced the world through touch and learned to visually reproduce his surroundings, including color, shadows, and... Read more »

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My Message Is C.L.E.A.R.

Hope and Strength in the Face of Life’s Greatest Adversities
The Made for Success Series

By Gabe Murfitt
Narrated by: Gabe Murfitt
Length: 3 hours 15 minutes

In My Message is C.L.E.A.R., join Gabe Murfitt as he shares his story of learning to live in a uniquely formed body. Through Gabe’s C.L.E.A.R. formula, you will discover how you can have

Courage to face life’s challenges.Leadership that is encouraging and compassionate.Endurance in hard times.Attitude that enables you to achieve your...

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My Dyslexia

By Philip Schultz
Narrated by: William Hughes
Length: 2 hours 16 minutes

An inspiring memoir of a Pulitzer Prize winner’s triumph over disability

Despite being a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the “dummy class” in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when...

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The Autistic Brain

Thinking Across the Spectrum

By Temple Grandin & Richard Panek
Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes

A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate. When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. And our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies... Read more »

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Even If We Break

By Marieke Nijkamp
Narrated by: Jeffrey Brick, Jer Adrianne Lelliott, Amanda Dolan, Cassandra Morris & MW Cartozian Wilson
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends who go to a cabin to play a murder mystery game...only to have the game turned against them. FIVE friends go to a cabin. FOUR of them are hiding secrets. THREE years of history bind them. TWO are doomed from the start. ONE person... Read more »

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Five Feet Apart

By Rachael Lippincott
Narrated by: Joy Osmanski & Corey Brill
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

Five Feet Apart

“This story is a celebration of life. When our main characters, Stella and Will end up at the same hospital with CF, they are instantly curious about each other. However, while Stella does the best she can to stay on top of her treatments and regimes, Will is the complete opposite. Stella does not understand how Will could be so lax about things that could prolong his life. Will does not believe Stella is living her best life. Both have pasts they’d rather not speak about and both need each other, more than they realize. Where’s the irony, you ask? If they touch each other, they could die. With this in mind, “5 feet apart” becomes their lifeline and a normalcy, they cling to. This is a thrilling, heartbreaking and informative read, which will make you rethink the everyday.”

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Resilience

Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness

By Jessie Close & Pete Earley
Narrated by: Jessie Close
Length: 12 hours 2 minutes

The Close sisters are descended from very prominent and wealthy ancestors. When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo where their father became a surgeon in the war ravaged republic,... Read more »

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Bite Me

How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me

By Ally Hilfiger
Narrated by: Ally Hilfiger
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

Ally was at a breaking point when she woke up in a psych ward at the age of eighteen. She couldn't put a sentence together, let alone take a shower, eat a meal, or pick up a phone. What had gone wrong? In recent years, she had produced a feature film, a popular reality show for a major network, and had acted in an off-Broadway play. But now,... Read more »

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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic

A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum

By Michael McCreary
Narrated by: Michael McCreary
Length: 3 hours 37 minutes

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn’t “look” autistic. But, as he’s quick to point out in this memoir, autism “looks” different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary...

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Alien Superstar

Alien Superstar: Book #1

By Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver
Narrated by: Henry Winkler
Length: 5 hours 1 minutes

From Emmy Award-winning actor Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver comes a new out-of-this-world middle-grade series No one is shocked by the six-eyed alien strolling around the Universal back lot. The tourists just think he's part of the show. It doesn't take long for Buddy to land a role on a popular TV show, playing (of course) an alien. He becomes... Read more »

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Rolling Warrior

The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution

By Judith Heumann & Kristen Joiner
Narrated by: Ali Stroker
Length: 3 hours 58 minutes

As featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp, and for readers of I Am Malala, one of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her story of fighting to belong.

“If I didn’t fight, who would?”

Judy Heumann was only 5 years old when she was first denied her right to attend school. Paralyzed from polio and... Read more »

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Identity Theft

Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke

By Debra E. Meyerson & Danny Zuckerman
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 8 hours 35 minutes

Identity Theft is an award-winning book that follows Stanford professor Debra Meyerson’s journey to recover from a severe stroke that initially left her physically incapacitated and unable to speak. In addition to providing realistic expectations for the hard work needed to regain everyday capabilities, Meyerson focuses on the less frequently... Read more »

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