The Best Long Audiobooks to Give You Company in Your Summer Holidays

Best Long Audiobooks to Give You Company

All audiobooks feel long when you are unable to concentrate on them or when it is not the right fit for you. So, imagine how much attention you will have to pay to listen to the actual long-duration audiobooks. However, if the story is captivating and engaging, it would be fun listening to even the longest audiobook ever recorded. 

How to find long audiobooks in Audible?

You will need an Audible account so, you can sign-up on their website or app and make a new account. Now, open their application either on your mobile or desktop. Go to their advanced search page and filter the audiobooks by their listening lengths. Here, you can also choose different types of audible content. Once you have selected your desired listening length, click on the Submit button, and Audible will put up a list of the longest audiobooks that you can choose from. 

Here is the list of the longest audiobooks that you can download for a good long time of listening.   

Best Long Audiobooks to Listen in Your Summer Holidays

  1. Radical Acceptance

Radical Acceptance

Radical Acceptance is one of the longest audiobooks on Buddhism to listen to. Written by Tara Brach, the audiobook provides a path to freedom and day-to-day practical guidance. The audiobook is inspired by her expertise which she has developed over her 20 years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students. 

Cassandra Campbell has narrated this book which is written with great warmth and clarity. There are her personal experiences, case histories, guided meditations, and her interpretations of Buddhist tales that make her teachings alive and relatable. Through this audiobook, she is trying to teach us to trust our innate goodness, and how we can develop the balance of clear-sightedness and compassion that make the true essence of Radical Acceptance.

Best about this audiobook

This audiobook taught me a new way to deal with my emotions. This is the best audiobook one should listen to through life’s hardships and emotional turbulence.

The writing is amazing and I loved the way the author artfully shifts between stories about herself and her patients.


  1. Dark Age

Dark Age

Dark Age is one of the longest audiobooks ever recorded on adventure science fiction. This is one of the best sci-fi audiobooks that you should definitely listen to. Written by Pierce Brown, the story is narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds, Moira Quirk, Rendah Heywood, John Curless, and James Langton. It has a listening length of 33 hours and 58 minutes. 

The story is about Darrow who for a decade led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society.  In return, he got outlawed by the very Republic that he founded. In order to salvage the dream of Eco, he declares a rogue war on Mercury. 

Best about this audiobook

The story is tightly wound and I loved the main character, Darrow. There was something spectacular about this main character, he is heroic yet flawed and brave yet impatient.

The characters became deeper and more relatable as the story grew. It was a satisfying end to the story.


  1. The Likeness

The Likeness

The Likeness is the longest audiobook to spend your summer with. The second installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series, this story is written by New York Times best-selling author Tana French and narrated by Heather O’Neill. This is one of the best mystery audiobooks exploring the nature of identity and belonging. 

When Cassie Maddux arrives at the crime scene for investigation, she is stunned to see that the victim looks just like her and even more creepy. She carries an ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison. This was the alias name that Cassie once used when she was working as an undercover cop. Now, Cassie has to find out the killer and more importantly who she was.

Best about this audiobook

The story unfolds slowly giving a good time to the listeners to know about the key characters. Listening to this story was like sipping fine wine, very smooth, just like a fluid.

A great murder-mystery audiobook to listen to. There were no loose ends in the story.


  1. East of Eden

East of Eden

East of Eden is a story that has it all, poverty, wealth, love, war, abandonment, betrayal, and murder. Written by John Steinbeck, this is his most ambitious novel and his finest work ever. The title of the audiobook references the fall of Adam and Eve. The story is about two brothers Cain and Abel and the subsequent embattled relationship between them. 

The story is set in California, following the intertwined destinies of two Salinas Valley families. The generation of Trasks and Hamiltons’ families have helplessly reenacted the fall of Adam and Eve and also the poisonous rivalry between Cain and Abel.

Best about this audiobook

This is one of Steinbeck’s masterpieces one should listen to. The story felt so personal as if it was written for me only. I could connect with the story and its characters very well.

This story is a gift for the heart and mind. One of the things that attracted me to this story is its beautiful character development that transcends the geographic location and time period.


  1. The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring with a listening length of 55 hrs and 28 mins is undoubtedly one of the longest audiobooks ever recorded. The first installment in The Lords of the Rings Trilogy, this audiobook is written by JRR Tolkien and narrated by Rob Inglis. The story was inspired by The Hobbit to provide the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues. 

The story starts by telling the fateful power of the One Ring and takes you through a magnificent series of adventures for the ultimate clash between the good and evil powers. In this audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of the magical universe including the elves, wizards, and hobbits step colorfully into life. 

Best about this audiobook

Rob Inglis’ narration was brilliant in this masterpiece work. As I listened to this audiobook, I was overwhelmed by the greatness of the story and the adventures that it created.

This audiobook is the beginning and core of fantasy listening. Tolkien has put very detailed attention on every location and in interpersonal relationships that make the story enjoyable to listen to.


  1. Four Hundred Souls

Four Hundred Souls

This is the longest audiobook on the history of African Americans. The story takes you through the lives of African Americans and their 400-year journey from 1619 to the present. It is edited by the author of “How to Be an Antiracist”, Ibram X. Kendi, and the author of “Set the World on Fire”, Keisha N. Blain. The 400-year span was divided among ninety famous writers, each of whom took a five-year period. Each writer has done a lot of research on his period and presented it through historical essays, personal vignettes, fiery polemics, and short stories. 

The story starts from the year 1619 that was a year before the Mayflower, the time when White Lion disgorges around 20 Negroes onto the shores of Virginia. 

Best about this audiobook

It is written in a style that is inspiring, educational, moving, and painful. There were no personal opinions of the writer in these stories. 

The story feels engaging and brilliant to listen to. This is a long audiobook that has become the perfect companion for my summer holidays.


  1. The Good House

The Good House

The Good House is one of the longest audiobooks on Horror Fiction. It is a good scary audiobook by the horror queen herself, Tananarive Due. The story is 21 hours and 54 minutes long. In this time span, Robin Miles has narrated this sinister story about a woman who inherits a house with a mind of its own. 

The author of the Living Blood and the winner of the American Book Award, Tananarive Due has set this story in a Pacific Northwest town with ancient powers and modern retribution. There is a woman who returns to her grandmother’s mansion that has been empty for years. 

Best about this audiobook

The story weaves a rich and complex narrative that covers several generations. It slowly builds a dramatic tension that eventually comes to a satisfying end.

The story is very promising. I loved the way the story gets woven and all the intricacies.


  1. Becoming

Becoming

Becoming is undoubtedly the longest audiobook with a listening length of 19 hrs and 3 minutes. This memoir of Michelle Obama has literally broken many literary records. Written by none other than the former- first lady Michelle Obama, this memoir features deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling. Listening to this audiobook gives the listeners a better understanding of all the experiences that have shaped the life of Michelle Obama.

This is an intimate, inspiring, powerful, and empowering story of the former first lady, right from childhood years which she spent on the Southside of Chicago, her adult phase in which she met her husband Barack Obama, her motherhood years which spent juggling between work and children, finally to her years that were spent with the President of the USA.

Best about this audiobook

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook from the perspective of the former first lady. A compelling and worth listening to, this audiobook was wonderful and truly heartfelt.

The story tells the unbelievable transition that Michelle made from an ordinary woman to the first lady. The writing is sublime and it is difficult to resist listening to this audiobook. 


  1. The Stand

The Stand

The Stand is the longest Stephen King audiobook with an epic listening length of 47 hours and 47 minutes. This is the number-one audiobook on post-apocalyptic science fiction. If you are into supernatural thrillers, you should definitely give this audiobook a try.  This is Stephen King’s triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination. 

This gripping story tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic world which is stripped of its infrastructure and 99% percent of its people are dead. There are only a handful of survivors who have to choose sides now. On one side there is 108-year-old Mother Abigail on which the burden of goodness lies, while on the other side, there is Randall Flagg, who is the dark man with unspeakable powers. 

Best about this audiobook

I have been a fan of Stephen King for years and The Stand is my favorite story. This is one of the best sci-fi horror audiobooks from Stephen King you have ever listened to. 

All the characters in the story are fully developed and very interesting. The story is compelling and believable. 


  1. A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

If you are a fan of Harry Potter and Twilight, then A Discovery of Witches can definitely match your standards. The first installment in the New York Times bestselling All Souls series, this story is a wonderfully imaginative fantasy for grown-ups. This is Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut that brought her into the spotlight. 

This is a story of obsession and passion in which a young scholar and a descendant of witches, Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted alchemical manuscript Ashmole 782 that was long-lost deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. With this, a fantastic underworld has reappeared which she travels through with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. 

Best about this audiobook

The plot of the story is quite interesting and unique in itself. The writing is very good and the alchemy and the feuding of all the characters are brilliant.

The story gives a strong, smart, and self-sufficient protagonist, Diana Bishop. The mystery in the story is quite compelling that you truly want to know. 


Conclusion

I hope the knowledge and storytelling from this list of longest audiobooks will keep you engaged for quite some time. Download these audiobooks and get ready to delve deep into these fascinating stories. There are all types of audiobooks in this list ranging from fantasy, sci-fi, horror, memoir to feel-good. Get these long audiobooks and you can happily listen for a good long time without needing to visit your library again. 

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