8 Funny Audiobook Memoirs
Try an audiobook read by the author…
Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time if you spend a lot of hours in your car or doing mundane tasks. Summer is a time for fun reading, so consider adding a funny audiobook to your to-listen pile. Especially with comedy, having the author read their own work can add to both the intimacy of the memoir and its entertainment value. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
The Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish
The actress and comedienne presents an uproarious and poignant collection of autobiographical essays that reflect her disadvantaged youth as a foster child in South Central Los Angeles; her discovery of her talent for comedy; and her struggles with gender, race and class boundaries in the entertainment industry.
How to American – Jimmy O. Yang
Standup comic, actor and fan favorite from the popular HBO series Silicon Valley shares his memoir of growing up as a Chinese immigrant in California and making it in Hollywood.
Frontier Follies – Ree Drummond
The Food Network star and author of the best-selling Pioneer Woman Cooks series shares heartwarming, laugh-out-loud stories and reflections about her life in the country with her four children and rancher husband.
Neil Patrick Harris – Neil Patrick Harris
The Emmy Award-winning star of How I Met Your Mother shares his experiences as a child star, Broadway performer and father in an over-the-top, humorous account creatively designed in the style of the popular interactive adventure series, Choose Your Own Adventure.
Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
A collection of whimsical autobiographical essays by the actress and star of the Pitch Perfect movies recounts memorable milestones from her New England upbringing to the blockbuster films that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses.
Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
The Daily Show host shares his remarkable story of growing up in South Africa, with a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against the law for a mixed-race child like him to exist. In a country where racism barred blacks from social, educational, and economic opportunity, Trevor surmounted staggering obstacles and created a promising future for himself, thanks to his mother’s unwavering love and indomitable will.
The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher
The best-selling author of Postcards From the Edge and Hollywood icon best known for her Star Wars role shares interconnected essays exploring her life as the child of Tinseltown royalty, adventures on the sets of Star Wars and struggles with bipolar disorder.
The Bassoon King – Rainn Wilson
The actor best known for his portrayal of Dwight on The Office traces his experiences as a young misfit, his early career struggles and his post-success reconnection with the artistic and creative values of his Baha’i faith.
There are many ways to enjoy audiobooks from the library. Download digital audiobooks from Ohio Digital Library and Hoopla, or checkout Books on CD and Playaways (small, self-contained devices loaded with an audio file). If you need help accessing any of these options, visit or contact your local branch of the Clermont County Public Library. Our staff can also help you find more funny audiobooks, or other, more serious memoirs read by their authors. And, don’t forget, listening to audiobooks counts as reading in our Summer Reading Program. Sign up today and start earning prizes!
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