12 of the Best Self-Help Audiobooks

Self-improvement is a continuous process — but if you’re having trouble knowing where to start, we’ve put together this list of the all-time best self-help audiobooks. Whether you’re trying to budget better, get in touch with your creativity, declutter your home, or excel in business, we have a diverse selection of books for you to choose from — happy listening!

Big Magic

Big Magic

Narrator: Elizabeth Gilbert
Run time: 5h 6min

Why it’s worth a listen: We tend to think of creativity as something you either have or you don’t. But this brilliant audiobook from the author of Eat, Pray, Love breaks down the concept of inspiration and shows listeners how to cultivate creativity and curiosity in all aspects of life. Read by Elizabeth Gilbert herself, this is the encouragement you need to finish — or start — the project of your dreams!

 

Outliers

Outliers

Narrator: Malcolm Gladwell
Run time: 7h 18min

Why it’s worth a listen: Is it true that intelligence and ambition are all you need to be great — or are there other factors at play? Outliers sets out to answer that question and more, examining the language and commonly held notions that surround the concept of success. Listening to Malcolm Gladwell read his book is like attending a TED Talk or sitting in on the best lecture of your life.

 

You Are a Badass

You Are a Badass

Narrator: Jen Sincero
Run time: 5h 46min

Why it’s worth a listen: We couldn’t leave this fantastic book off our list! Filled with blunt advice and “aha!” insight, this book (read by the author herself) is here to give you the push you need when it comes to recognizing your own self-worth. Straightforward and to the point, this isn’t your mother’s self-help book.

 

Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead

Narrator: Brené Brown
Run time: 8h 10min

Why it’s worth a listen: It’s tempting to list more than one Brené Brown book on this list, but we’ll settle for this one that explores why vulnerability is actually a strength — and why we should incorporate it into every part of our lives. With her warm and engaging tone, listening to Dr. Brown narrate her own work is a privilege. 

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Narrator: Mike Chamberlain
Run time: 10h 54min

Why it’s worth a listen: Trying to build healthier habits or dispose of bad ones? Look no further. This audiobook breaks down the science of habits — how they form, and how we can change them. Charles Duhigg doesn’t just consider this on an individual level; he also looks at the ways that habits are present in our communities, businesses, and society as a whole.

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Run time: 4h 50min

Why it’s worth a listen: This phenomenal book earned its place on our list! Marie Kondo’s call to surround yourself with things that spark joy isn’t just a way to get rid of clutter, it’s a call to embrace a joyful life. Emily Woo Zeller is the perfect narrator to capture Kondo’s zeal, her clients’ particularities (and personalities!), and the calming, mindful advice about letting go. Your closet will never be the same after this audiobook. 

 

How to Do Nothing

How to Do Nothing

Narrator: Rebecca Gibel
Run time: 8h 11min

Why it’s worth a listen: Do you constantly feel like you’re not doing enough? This book is a call to resist the pressure our society puts on us to be productive 24/7, and to become comfortable with doing nothing. AudioFile calls it a “provocative invitation to reconsider the nature — and benefits — of paying attention.”

 

Bad with Money

Bad with Money

Narrator: Gaby Dunn
Run time: 5h 53min

Why it’s worth a listen: Whether you’re terrible at budgeting or not, money can be stressful! A seasoned podcaster and certifiably hilarious person, Gaby Dunn breaks down topics like credit debt and overspending with an authenticity that is refreshing in this primer for people trying to navigate the (often murky) waters of personal finance.

 

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

Narrator: Gretchen Rubin
Run time: 9h 53min

Why it’s worth a listen: There’s no shortage of self-help books about happiness — we could compile an entirely separate list of them — but we really love this one! Drawing on science, philosophy, and her own year-long quest to live happily, this audiobook (read by Gretchen Rubin herself) will almost certainly inspire you to make changes in your own life. 

 

Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc.

Narrator: Peter Altschuler
Run time: 12h 53min

Why it’s worth a listen: This audiobook isn’t just about Pixar Animation — it’s the story of how one makes a dream come true and how creativity can power a company and make it stronger. Part advice, part memoir, this listen is all heart. It’s read by Peter Altschuler, whom AudioFile calls “a powerhouse of an actor and narrator who makes every concept clear, every sentence immensely entertaining.”

 

Drive

Drive

Narrator: Daniel H. Pink
Run time: 5h 55min

Why it’s worth a listen: A New York Times bestselling author and self-help guru draws on four decades of science to explore how three factors — autonomy, mastery, and purpose — help to fuel motivation. Daniel H. Pink’s ideas and narration are so captivating, they make doing chores or running errands a fun (and educational!) experience.

Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich

Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt
Run time: 9h 36min

Why it’s worth a listen: Written in 1937, Napoleon Hill’s celebrated classic remains one of the top 10 bestselling self-help books of all time. This philosophical guide draws from the true stories of Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and other entrepreneurs to offer lessons on financial success that still ring true today.