Biography & Memoir Audiobooks

Choose some amazing biography and memoir audiobooks that inspire, fascinate and change lives. Our diverse selection of biography and memoir audiobooks narrate the captivating stories of both famous figures and everyday people who triumph over life’s adversities. Put in your earbuds for intimate access to real-life stories of some of the world’s most impressive subjects.

Choose some amazing biography and memoir audiobooks that inspire, fascinate and change lives. Our diverse selection of biography and memoir audiobooks narrate the captivating stories of both famous figures and everyday people who triumph over life’s adversities. Put in your earbuds for intimate access to real-life stories of some of the world’s most impressive subjects.

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About Biography & Memoir

The biography and memoir genre casts a light on the inner workings of real people’s lives, thoughts, and feelings. Though grouped together, biography and memoir do diverge. Although they share common themes — both are nonfiction accounts of someone’s life — memoir relies on a writer’s personal experiences, documented in their own words, while biography is an account of a person’s life as written by someone else. Both biographies and memoirs have long histories, as our societal desire to document our lives and the lives of those around us is seemingly innate. Memoir and biography can grapple with a wide variety of people, themes, settings, and ideas. The genre is far-reaching, encompassing the memoirs of celebrities alongside deeply moving personal accounts of war or illness; Anne Frank’s diary is just as much a memoir as Anthony Bourdain’s travels across the world. David Sedaris, Frank McCourt, Roxane Gay, Joan Didion, and many other voices have shaped the genre, while others have worked to expand the definition, like Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel takes on the form. Adventure, family, sexuality, art, history, LGBTQIA+ experience, medical struggles, sports, the military — all of these topics and more find home in the biography and memoir audiobook genre.

The biography and memoir genre casts a light on the inner workings of real people’s lives, thoughts, and feelings. Though grouped together, biography and memoir do diverge. Although they share common themes — both are nonfiction accounts of someone’s life — memoir relies on a writer’s personal experiences, documented in their own words, while biography is an account of a person’s life as written by someone else. Both biographies and memoirs have long histories, as our societal desire to document our lives and the lives of those around us is seemingly innate. Memoir and biography can grapple with a wide variety of people, themes, settings, and ideas. The genre is far-reaching, encompassing the memoirs of celebrities alongside deeply moving personal accounts of war or illness; Anne Frank’s diary is just as much a memoir as Anthony Bourdain’s travels across the world. David Sedaris, Frank McCourt, Roxane Gay, Joan Didion, and many other voices have shaped the genre, while others have worked to expand the definition, like Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel takes on the form. Adventure, family, sexuality, art, history, LGBTQIA+ experience, medical struggles, sports, the military — all of these topics and more find home in the biography and memoir audiobook genre.