I jumped on the audio books craze when Scribd had it’s one month free subscription. I was looking for audio books to listen to. Memoir was the genre that got me hooked hence the below list of memoir recommendations. Some of the audio books in the list are not exactly what a memoir is but eh? I guess you could also count it? I don’t know, don’t cancel my dumb self, please. Hahaha!
What I love most about the list of audio books below is the fact that they were all narrated by the authors themselves. There’s no better person to narrate audio books but them. Am I right?
Audio Books Recommendations:
1. We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union
To start off, I would already say that I enjoyed this book so much and it’s freaking amazing!
This book is a memoir of Gabrielle Union in where she had written different stories from her life. I must say, she is a damn good story-teller! The way she had written this book is so descriptive that it feels like she’s right there beside me recounting the stories of her life. I like that Gabrielle tackled a lot of important issues in her book and she really did lay it all out. She was so open and shared even the hardest bumps in her life and girl, I’m here for it! We love tea! She addressed topics such as colorism, racial statuses, Hollywood, LGBTQ, drug dealing, and a lot more! I have to commend her for having to tie up all of these issues and her experiences into one amazing book.
There are tons of life lessons that you can pick from this memoir and for someone like me who knows so little about the struggles that black and POC go through, I am so thankful that I have read this book because it opened my eyes and inspired me to educate myself on issues like this.
If you are to pick a memoir from a celebrity, pick this one.
Verdict: 5 stars
About the book:
A powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.
One month before the release of the highly anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: “It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real.”
In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.
2. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Okay, where do we start here? I listened to this book for two nights before I go to bed. It was a fast-paced story and honestly, I have so little recollection on what the shit happened in this book. Let me pull up my tweets first.
Apparently, those were only my tweets regarding Amy’s book. Lol. I was hoping that I will laugh out loud while listening to this book because well… Amy is an award-winning comedian but na-ah! There were quite a few laughs but that’s just it.
Although I loved that chapter where she talks about her dad. This is an okay book. That’s all I have to say.
Verdict: 3 stars
About the book:
The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.
In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.
Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends – an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably – but only because it’s over.
3. My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams
Alright. Here we go. This book may not be classified under memoir but it is a tell-all tale narrated by Rachel, the author. She tells her story of how her then friend, Anna, scammed her into paying $62,000 dollars.
This book was getting mixed reviews online but to be honest, I FREAKING LOVED this book! I would rate Rachel’s narration a 4 out 5 but the story and how this book was written is a 5 for me. I appreciate the honesty and courage of Rachel for telling her side of the story. Although, there were parts in the book where I get a bit suspicious and annoyed at how Rachel can still communicate with Anna as if nothing happened. This girl really has her empathy costing her $62,000. It’s true when they say too much of everything is not good.
And let me talk about Anna. WOW. Anna! I still couldn’t fathom how she worked her way out of these all. She scammed the elites of New York by making them believe that she is an heiress of a rich family. I mean, girl where did you get all that bravery???
I could talk about this book on and on and on. You need to pick this book as it is a true to life story and it might be hitting Netflix soon!
Verdict: 5 stars
About the book:
Sex and the City meets Catch Me if You Can in the astonishing true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as a German heiress in New York City—as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor who got seduced by her friendship and then scammed out of more than $62,000.
4. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
I picked this up as it was always on the bestseller shelf and it’s been one of the most recommended self-help book. I finished reading it without it answering my biggest question: the title – Girl, Wash Your Face… Why? What’s the context?
Anyway, the book is broken down into chapter of lies. Yep, you read that right. LIES. These are the lies that we often tell ourselves and believe. Rachel laid out her struggles in life and presented the steps and mindset that she took to overcome all of these. It was raw and honest. I liked it.
Although, I’ve read too many self-help books and this did not wow me. The tips were kinda ordinary, basic, and mundane. It seems like those tips that you will hear from everybody or maybe it could be those quotes you’d usually pin on Pinterest.
Do not get me wrong, I did enjoy this book and I did learn a thing or two but it was not what I was expecting, given the buzz that it received from the online world.
Verdict: 3 stars
About the book:
With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.
Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.
Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.
From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.
What are some of your favorite audio books? Share them with me on the comments below.
Not a fan of audio books and memoirs? I have a self-help reading list here.