40 of the All-Time Best Thriller Audiobooks

Thriller loving bibliophiles won't want to miss this comprehensive list of all-time best thriller audiobooks! These titles pair esteemed thriller authors with some of the best narrators in the business, and the result is cinematic and unturnoffable audiobooks. From psychological thrillers to political nail-biters, our best thriller audiobook list explores the breadth of the genre. Happy listening!

Psychological Thrillers

From unreliable narrators to master manipulators, this list of top psychological thrillers will have you riveted.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Narrator: Julia Whelan & Kirby Heyborne
Run time: 19h 12min

Gone Girl is a finely crafted thriller about a husband who may seem too good to be true, an unraveling marriage, and a suddenly missing wife. Told from both the husband and wife's point of views, narrators Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne give memorable performances that heighten the suspense and masterfully tell this nail-biting, twisty story.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Narrator: Martin Wenner
Run time: 7h 28min

Equal parts thriller, family saga, and love story, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo introduces us to punk hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Bomkvist as they unravel a 20 year-old mystery of a wealthy girl's disappearance. Simon Vance narrates this bestseller and brings to life each character with voices that often sound like the characters themselves. His narration is intricate and carries with it plenty of edge-of-your-seat suspense!

You

You

Narrator: Santino Fontana
Run time: 11h 6min

Fans of psychological thrillers with dark yet arousing romantic elements will be sucked in by You. Bookstore clerk Joe searches for the perfect woman to love. He finds it in aspiring writer Quinevere Beck, and he'll stop at nothing to get it. You follows Joe, who we realize is a dangerous yet charming stalker, and Quinever. Narrator Santino Fontana masterfully makes Joe both utterly disturbing and somewhat charming, an impressive feat necessary to capture the psychological edge that makes You an exceptional thriller. 

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Narrator: Collected Narrators
Run time: 10h 59min

Every day on her commute, Rachel spies on the cozy world of suburbia glimpses from her train window. She envies these seemingly perfect suburban lives until she witnesses something shocking and becomes embroiled in both a police investigation and the lives of everyone involved. The audiobook is brought to life via three talented narrators that give Rachel, Megan, and Anna their own unique feel and persona, creating a richly cinematic audiobook experience.  

The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

Narrator: Ann Marie Lee
Run time: 13h 42min

Anna Fox is agoraphobic and unable to venture outside. She spends her days drinking, binging movies, and spying on her neighbors. Anna watches as a seemingly perfect family moves in across the street only to witness a shocking act of violence. Listeners will wonder what is real and what's imagined in this taut psychological thriller full of twists. Ann Marie Lee masterfully narrates, taking listeners on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as Anna struggles with mental health issues while slowly discovering some terrifying truths about her neighborhood. You won't know what to believe in this thriller!

The Good Son

The Good Son

Narrator: Johnathan McClain & Elizabeth Liang
Run time: 9h 19min

You-Jeong Jeong is known as Korea's Stephen King and for good reason. Jeong's books are deliciously twisted. Yu-jin wakes up to find his mother murdered, but a sufferer of frequent epileptic seizures, he can remember nothing of the night before. Did he kill her or someone else? Thus begins Yu-jins furious search to uncover what happened. Narrator Johnathan McClain plays Yu-jin with an emotionless tone, perfect for capturing his unreliable nature, and Elizabeth Liang gives rich voice to the mother's thoughts on her son via diary entries. Combined, McClain and Liang are a tour-de-force bringing to life an incredible psychological thriller.

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

Narrator: Frankie Corzo
Run time: 10h 40min

Anthropology student, Noemi, travels to the countryside to check on her newly married cousin, only to find her living in an isolated mansion with severe restrictions on her behavior. Both women then become captive to the fearful mansion in this gothic thriller that will enrapture fans of the genre. The velvety voice of narrator, Frankie Corzo, creates a chilling, atmospheric audiobook experience that is both haunting and suspenseful. 

Give Me Your Hand

Give Me Your Hand

Narrator: Chloe Cannon
Run time: 11h 3min

Childhood friends estranged because of a shocking secret now compete as adults for their dream job. A psychological thriller, Give Me Your Hand simmers with tensions that boil over in expected ways. Narrator Chloe Cannon deftly navigates the past and present timelines of this novel. She moves between the protagonist's childhood friendship and their current day rivalry easily, imbuing the former with youthful wonder and the latter with anxiety and tension.

The Girls

The Girls

Narrator: Cady McClain
Run time: 9h 45min

Lonely teenager Evie Boyd finds herself drawn into the circle of a cult hidden in the California hillside, blind to the unthinkable violence closing in on her from all sides. Cady McClain thoughtfully narrates this psychologically acute thriller, making the titular girls vulnerable and frightening. You'll listen in horror as their story devolves into terror.

The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

Narrator: Jack Hawkins & Louise Brealey
Run time: 8h 44min

One day, famous painter and socialite Alicia Berenson shoots her husband five times in the face, and then refuses to speak another word. Her refusal to speak turns a family tragedy into a compelling news story that captures the public's imagination as well as that of psychotherapist Theo Faber, who begins to work with Alicia. British narrators Louise Brealey and Jack Hawkins transport readers. Brealey's nuanced portrayal of Alicia's evolution is fantastic, and Hawkins deftly portrays Faber obsession with cracking Alicia's case. 

The Breakdown

The Breakdown

Narrator: Georgia Maguire
Run time: 9h 21min

One night Cass saw a car in the woods with a woman inside. The woman is later found dead and Cass struggles with guilt and what ifs. And then she finds herself getting strange silent phone calls and forgetting things. The only thing she can't forget is that woman. Georgia Maquire narrates with a soft British accent that becomes frayed with palpable paranoia and anxiety as the novel progresses to Cass's inevitable breakdown. Listeners will come to feel Cass's torment in this tense psychological thriller.

Before I Go To Sleep

Before I Go To Sleep

Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy
Run time: 11h 32min

Memories are what define us, but Christine loses hers every time she goes to sleep at night. Each morning she wakes to a stranger's image in the mirror and a husband she doesn't recognize. What Christine has is a handful of pictures and a journal hidden in her closet in which she documents her days, but as the pages accumulate in her journal, alarming inconsistencies begin to arise. Orlagh Cassidy narrates this chilling thriller about memory and forgetting. Listeners will be haunted by this stunning thriller well after finishing it.

Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

Narrator: Helen Duff
Run time: 10h 12min

Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter with the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Ten years later, her mother, Laurel Mack is still struggling to put her life back together when she finds herself drawn back into the mystery of her daughter's disappearance. Helen Duff narrates with great pacing and a delightful sense of underlying menace such that listeners will find themselves hard-pressed to hit stop!

The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

Narrator: Frank Muller
Run time: 10h 44min

FBI trainee, Clarice Starling is tasked with interviewing Dr. Hannibal Lector, a cannibal serial killer, in the hopes that he might shed light on an active serial killer named Buffalo Bill. Whether a fan of the movie or book or new to the story, The Silence of the Lambs audiobook is an entirely unique listening experience and well worth your attention. Acclaimed voice actor, Frank Muller narrates, delivering a darkly spell-binding and edgy performance, and deftly capturing the sinister yet charismatic character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny

Narrator: Finty Williams
Run time: 5h 45min

Myriam returns to work as a lawyer after seemingly finding the perfect, devoted nanny for her children, but as the family and nanny become dependent on each other, jealousy and resentments begin to mount, shattering the idyllic picture in unexpected ways. Flinty Williams narrates this compulsively readable thriller with confidence, treating its exploration of race and class with subtle nuances in her performance of each character.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Narrator: Imogen Church
Run time: 14h 15min

Hal receives a letter bequeathing her a large inheritance. The problem is the letter was sent to the wrong person. Pursued by a loan shark and in need of money, Hal decides to impersonate the heir. Imogen Church's narration captures Hal's gritty determination and vulnerability while maintaining a driving undertone of menace that will make listeners afraid to divert their attention.

The Perfect Husband

The Perfect Husband

Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman
Run time: 10h 52min

Tess married Jim Beckett, thinking this handsome, decorated cop was the perfect man. Instead, she learns his true nature is more despicable than she could have ever imagined and finds herself on the run with their daughter. Despite a four state manhunt mobilized to find her husband, he's only got his eyes on one thing: revenge on his former wife. Jennifer Wydra narrates and captures Tess's vulnerability with a fierce yet fearful feminine voice one minute, and counters with Jim's menacing character the next. The Perfect Husband is a top notch audiobook experience!

Political and Spy Thrillers

If you love spy craft and political intrigue, this list of thrillers has got you covered!

Child 44

Child 44

Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris
Run time: 12h 25min

Stalin's Soviet Union deems itself free of crime, so when a murderer starts killing children and loyal security offer Leo Demidov decides to investigate, he finds himself exiled and demoted. The situation devolves quickly when he is unwilling to let the case go. Dennis Boutsikaris narrates this historical thriller with a transportive Russian lilt, whisking listeners away to a communist-era Soviet Union that is hard to fathom but ripe for tension and political intrigue.

American Spy

American Spy

Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Run time: 10h 50min

One of the few female Black CIA agents, Marie Mitchell is regularly bypassed for the best assignments until she's offered the opportunity to shadow the new president of the West African nation of Burkina Faso. Marie jumps at the chance to prove herself despite secretly admiring the work of the new President. Bahni Turpin skillfully changes her portrayal of Marie based on Marie's circumstances, capturing the very essence of what being a spy is all about. Identity is determined by need and Turpin is the perfect chameleon to fulfill the role of Marie Mitchell!

The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal

Narrator: Simon Prebble
Run time: 13h 23min

The Jackal is an assassin at the top of his game. When a new contract puts French President, Charles de Gaulle, in his crosshairs, Deputy Commissaire Claude Lebel is in a race against time to identify and stop a killer know one has ever seen. This 1980s thriller translates well to audiobook format, maintaining a breakneck pace and edge-of-your-seat tension. Simon Prebble's narration is steady and no-nonsense, perfect for Forsyth's straightforward writing style.

The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October

Narrator: Scott Brick
Run time: 18h 42min

When Russian nuclear submarine Red October goes off the grid, the Russian and American militaries race to find her. Narrator Scott Brick takes on the role of world-weary CIA analyst Jack Ryan and brings him to life with his pithy but sardonic narration. Brick's solid Russian accent for Jack's Russian foils adds to the audiobook's atmospheric feel. One of the pre-eminent spy thrillers of the 1990s, The Hunt for Red October has stood the test of time.

The Foreign Correspondent

The Foreign Correspondent

Narrator: Alfred Molina
Run time: 5h 59min

In 1938, Italian refugees in Paris ban together to produce a clandestine newspaper for their brethren still in Mussolini-controlled Italy. To stay alive, they must face down threats from OVRA, Mussolini's fascist secret police. Famed actor Alfred Molina narrates the audiobook. His silky diction and ability to inhabit and vocally differentiate multiple characters pairs perfectly with the text. He slowly builds tension until the novel's unforgettable climax!

The Hit

The Hit

Narrator: Ron McLarty & Orlagh Cassidy
Run time: 7h 13min

Government hitman Will Robie must hunt down rogue agent Jessica Reel, one of the few assassins as skilled as himself, in this thriller by bestselling author David Baldacci. The book has two narrators. Ron McLarty narrates Will Robie and Orlagh Cassidy plays Jessica Reel. The dual narration creates a theatrical atmosphere that will captivate listeners, while the intricate, well-paced plot will keep them listening. Fans of political thrillers won't want to miss this audiobook experience!

The Tourist

The Tourist

Narrator: Tom Weiner
Run time: 12h 1min

Milo Weaver has given up his job as a CIA "Tourist", or undercover agent with no home or identity, to retire to a desk in the CIA's New York station. Milo's hopes of staying retired, however, are obliterated when the arrest of an assassin sparks an investigation into one of Milo's closest friends. Tom Weiner narrates with plenty of gravitas, embodying Milo so wholeheartedly that you can easily envision a world-weary man reluctantly pulled back into the spy game. Weiner's pacing and intensity are fantastic, as is his ability to fully develop and portray the novel's many secondary characters.

The Patriot Threat

The Patriot Threat

Narrator: Scott Brick
Run time: 14h 2min

Former intelligence officer turned bookstore owner Cotton Malone races to stop a rogue KGB agent seeking revenge on the US in this 10th installment of the series. A top voice for narrating mysteries and thrillers, Scott Brick narrates with gusto, capturing Cotton's adventurous spirit and the author's obvious passion for history.

Classic Suspense Thriller

Twists and turns galore are the hallmark of a page-turning suspense thriller, and you'll find more than your fair share of surprises in this list!

Watchers

Watchers

Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini
Run time: 16h 32min

Travis Cornell hikes into the Santa Ana Mountains looking for some peace, only to find a bedraggled Golden Retriever barring his path forward and protecting him from an unknown horror. Edoardo Ballerini won the 2019 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator for his work bringing this classic 2003 thriller to audiobook listeners. His narration drips with tension and is pitch perfect in every way.

The Institute

The Institute

Narrator: Santino Fontana
Run time: 19h

Luke is stolen from his house in the middle of the night and his parents are murdered. He wakes to find himself a new resident of a sinister institution dedicated to cultivating the seemingly supernatural gifts of children. Winner of the 2020 Thriller Audie Award, Santino Fontana's narration of this eery supernatural thriller is nothing short of amazing. Fontana perfectly captures the quirks and uniqueness of his young characters as they band together to fight the Institute, and Fontana renders the adults appropriately diabolical. King and thriller fans alike will love this audiobook!

My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Narrator: Adepero Oduye
Run time: 4h 15min

Korede's sister is charming and attractive. She loves dating, until she tires of her boyfriends and kills them. To protect her, Korede turns cover-up artist, hiding bodies, disposing of weapons, and more. A fun, pulpy, and sinister romp, My Sister, the Serial Killer is a sharp-as-nails thriller with a lot of comedy. Adepero Oduye narrates and perfectly captures the author's sardonic wit while also transporting listeners to Africa with her authentic Nigerian accent.  

Allegedly

Allegedly

Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Run time: 10h 37min

Mary B. Addison killed a baby when she was nine years old. Allegedly. She was convicted and sent to juvie, then a group home. Now a teen, Mary is pregnant and the state is threatening to take her baby. Can she unravel the truth of her past in time to protect her future? Narrator Bahni Turpin offers a tour-de-force performance in the audiobook that straddles the thriller, literary fiction, and teen fiction genres. She captures so many unique voices, you'll think multiple people are narrating. Turpin catches every nuance of Mary's many layers and the sickly sweet tone used to portray Mary's mother is pitch perfect!

A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Narrator: Ensemble Cast
Run time: 26h

Winner of the Man Booker Prize, A Brief History of Seven Killings takes readers on a journey through 1970s Jamaican history, a turbulent time in which seven unnamed assassins stormed singer Bob Marley's house wounding Marley, his wife, and several others. A collected group of seven vocal artists bring to life this fictionalized account of a true event, taking readers to the lively yet undeniably dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica.

Untamed Shore

Untamed Shore

Narrator: Maria Liatis
Run time: 8h 2min

Viridiana is facing a summer of boredom until she befriends three wealthy American tourists. When one of them dies, Viridiana first lies to protect them, but then comes to have questions of her own. Dangerous questions! Maria Liatis's narration beautifully embraces Viridiana's early youthful frustrations, her later excitement at meeting glamorous Americans—and her slow dawning horror when she realizes the nightmare in which she's embroiled. Liatis gives a powerful vocal performance that will hold listeners attention!

The Boy in the Suitcase

The Boy in the Suitcase

Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Run time: 8h 44min

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, is a compulsive do-gooder and can't say no to a hard luck case. When an estranged friend asks her to pick up a suitcase from a Copenhagen train station, Nina agrees, only to find a live three-year-old boy inside and herself in a serious heap of trouble. Capable of multiple foreign accents including Danish and Lithuanian, Kathrine Kellgren narrates with aplomb, delivering great authenticity and tension.

Your House Will Pay

Your House Will Pay

Narrator: Greta Jung & Glenn Davis
Run time: 9h 50min

Following a Black family and a Korean-American family, Your House Will Pay is a suspenseful page-turner about racial tensions in the wake of the police shooting of a Black teenager in modern-day Los Angeles. Greta Jung and Glenn Davis take on the roles of Grace and Shawn, their tone and delivery complimenting each other and sucking listeners into the story, where they'll join the characters on their emotional rollercoaster of a journey.

The Lost Ones

The Lost Ones

Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Run time: 10h 20min

Nora Watts finds her world turned upside down when her daughter's adoptive parents reach out after she goes missing. Having survived the foster system and homelessness, Nora intimately knows what can happen to a girl on the streets. But when she sets out to find her daughter, she is drawn into a world of darkness and conspiracy. Narrator Bahni Turpin delivers an amazing performance in The Lost Ones, imbuing the audiobook with a strong sense of atmosphere and tension. Listeners will feel the biting cold and smell the tang of backstreet alleyways as they follow Nora on the dangerous hunt for her daughter!

Crime Thrillers

Mix the plot twists and intensity of a thriller with your classic who-done-it crime novel, and you've got the always popular crime thriller!

Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek

Narrator: Jennifer Lim
Run time: 14h 5min

Young and Pac Yoo are proprietors of a medical treatment facility that treats patients via a Miracle Submarine (a.k.a. a pressurized oxygen chamber) only to one day have it explode — killing two patients. What ensues is a twisty thriller filled with unreliable narrators trying to hide countless secrets and lies. It's a contemporary take on your classic courtroom drama. And with her ability to switch from such varied voices Korean accents to southern drawls, Jennifer Kim's mastery of accents proves a boon for this thriller giving it a unique intercultural tableau.  

The Ninja Daughter

The Ninja Daughter

Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Run time: 8h 17min

After her sister is murdered, ninja-trained Lily Wong dedicates herself to protecting the innocent women and children of Los Angeles and quickly finds herself in a fight with the Ukrainian mob. The Ninja Daughter is an exciting, dark, yet fun thriller. Natalie Naudus narrates with enthusiasm. Fight scene fans will find the narration of Lily's showdowns electric and Naudus does a fantastic job capturing the many accents of the diverse cast of characters.

Golden Prey

Golden Prey

Narrator: Richard Ferrone
Run time: 11h 6min

Lucas Davenport is back on the case, this time as a newly minted U.S. Marshal investigating a quintuple homicide at a drug-cartel counting house in Biloxi, Mississippi. Things get ugly fast in this razor-sharp thriller brought to life by narrator Richard Ferrone, who differentiates each character to great effect through slight changes in tone, timbre, and accent. Ferrone's pacing is perfect, sometimes slow and meditative, other times ferocious. Listeners are sure to remain engaged to the very end. 

Blindsighted

Blindsighted

Narrator: Kathleen Early
Run time: 11h 48min

A rapist turned killer is terrorizing Grant County and the country coroner Dr. Sara Linton fears a secret from her past could be the key to finding him. Judith Ivey's skills with regional accents give this Southern thriller a firm sense of place, and her pacing builds suspense easily in this first installment of Slaughter's popular Grant County thriller series.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Run time: 10h 31min

Young Jace Wilson witnesses a murder and finds himself with a new life and false identity, hidden away at a wilderness skills camp for troubled youth. Jace thinks he's safe, but the killers will stop at nothing to reach him. Narrator Robert Petkoff won a 2015 Audie Award for this novel. He's convincing as tween Jace while also bringing a sinister feel to the men hunting him. You won't be able to stop listening!

Bluebird, Bluebird

Bluebird, Bluebird

Narrator: JD Jackson
Run time: 9h 25min

Darren Matthews, a Black Texas Ranger, is called to the small town of Lark, where racial tensions are boiling over when a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman are found dead. Bluebird, Bluebird takes a look at the long history of the nation's racial divide and offers a chilling look at what it still means to be Black in America. JD Jackson's soulful narration of this heartbreaking, noir crime thriller is intense and sorrowful. Listeners will feel a raw tension at their core and ache with Darren Matthews as he seeks justice in a place where there's little to be found.