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Audiobooks for Disability Pride Month

Audiobooks for Disability Pride Month

Here are some bestselling books by authors with disabilities, nominated by our publishing partners.

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The Pretty One

On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me

By Keah Brown
Narrated by: Keah Brown
Length: 9 hours 27 minutes

From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America.

Keah Brown loves herself, but that hadn’t always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire... Read more »

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If at Birth You Don't Succeed

My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny

By Zach Anner
Narrated by: Zach Anner
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes

Comedian Zach Anner opens his frank and devilishly funny book, If at Birth You Don't Succeed, with an admission: he botched his own birth. Two months early, underweight and under-prepared for life, he entered the world with cerebral palsy and an uncertain future. So how did this hairless mole-rat of a boy blossom into a viral internet sensation...

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My Dyslexia

By Philip Schultz
Narrated by: William Hughes
Length: 2 hours 16 minutes

An inspiring memoir of a Pulitzer Prize winner’s triumph over disability

Despite being a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the “dummy class” in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when...

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The Reason I Jump

The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

By Naoki Higashida
Narrated by: Tom Picasso
Length: 2 hours 27 minutes

You' ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought... Read more »

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How to Be Human

An Autistic Man's Guide to Life

By Jory Fleming
Narrated by: Jory Fleming & Lyric Winik
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

A “beautiful and astonishing” (Walter Isaacson, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Code Breaker) narrative that examines the many ways to be fully human, told by the first young adult with autism to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

As a child, Jory Fleming was wracked by uncontrollable tantrums, had no tolerance for... Read more »

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Have Dog, Will Travel

A Poet's Journey with an Exceptional Labrador

By Stephen Kuusisto
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 5 hours 24 minutes

In a lyrical love letter to guide dogs everywhere, a blind poet shares his delightful story of how a guide dog changed his life and helped him discover a newfound appreciation for travel and independence.

Stephen Kuusisto was born legally blind—but he was also raised in the 1950s and taught to deny his blindness in order to "pass" as sighted.... Read more »

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Reasons to Stay Alive

By Matt Haig
Narrated by: Matt Haig
Length: 4 hours 13 minutes

Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is his inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (now wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for... Read more »

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Centered

Autism, Basketball, and One Athlete's Dreams

By Anthony Ianni & Rob Keast
Narrated by: Anthony Ianni
Length: 8 hours 13 minutes

"They don't know me. They don't know what I'm capable of." Diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, a form of autism, as a toddler, Anthony Ianni wasn't expected to succeed in school or participate in sports, but he had other ideas. As a child, Ianni told anybody who would listen, including head coach Tom Izzo, that he would one day play... Read more »

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Diary of a Young Naturalist

By Dara McAnulty
Narrated by: Dara McAnulty
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

From sixteen-year-old Dara McAnulty, a globally renowned figure in the youth climate activist movement, comes a memoir about loving the natural world and fighting to save it.

Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of a year in Dara's Northern Ireland home patch. Beginning in spring—when "the sparrows dig the moss from the guttering... Read more »

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Blind Man's Bluff

By James Tate Hill
Narrated by: Curtis Armstrong
Length: 7 hours 31 minutes

At age sixteen, James Tate Hill was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, a condition that left him legally blind. After high-school friends stopped calling and a disability counselor advised him to aim for Cs in his classes, he used his remaining blurry peripheral vision to pretend he could still see. Feigning eye contact,... Read more »

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I Live a Life Like Yours

A Memoir

By Jan Grue
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Length: 5 hours 6 minutes

Jan Grue was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of three. Shifting between specific periods of his life—his youth with his parents and sister in Norway; his years of study in Berkeley, St. Petersburg, and Amsterdam; and his current life as a professor, husband, and father—he intersperses these histories with elegant, astonishingly... Read more »

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Disfigured

On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space
Exploded Views

By Amanda Leduc
Narrated by: Amanda Barker
Length: 8 hours 17 minutes

Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty? If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after? Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and...

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Phantompains

By Therese Estacion
Narrated by: Therese Estacion
Length: 1 hours 32 minutes

Therese Estacion survived a rare infection that nearly killed her, but not without losing both her legs below the knees, several fingers, and reproductive organs. Phantompains is a visceral, imaginative collection exploring disability, grief and life by interweaving stark memories with dreamlike surrealism.

Taking inspiration from Filipino...

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Unleash Different

Achieving Business Success Through Disability

By Rich Donovan
Narrated by: Braden Wright
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

If you discovered a new market comprising 53% of the world’s population, would you act to invest in it?


There are 1.3 billion people around the world who identify as having a disability. When you include friends and family, the disability market touches 53% of all consumers. It is the world’s largest emerging market.


Unleash Different illustrates...

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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic

A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum

By Michael McCreary
Narrated by: Michael McCreary
Length: 3 hours 37 minutes

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn’t “look” autistic. But, as he’s quick to point out in this memoir, autism “looks” different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary...

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Being Seen

One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism

By Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by: Elsa Sjunneson
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes

A deafblind writer and professor explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else.

As a deafblind woman with partial vision in one eye and bilateral hearing aids, Elsa Sjunneson lives at the crossroads of blindness and sight, hearing and deafness—much to the confusion of... Read more »

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The Beauty of Dusk

On Vision Lost and Found

By Frank Bruni
Narrated by: Frank Bruni
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes

From New York Times columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni comes a wise and moving memoir about aging, affliction, and optimism after partially losing his eyesight.

One morning in late 2017, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni woke up with strangely blurred vision. He wondered at first if some goo or gunk had worked its way into his right... Read more »

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Easy Beauty

By Chloé Cooper Jones
Narrated by: Chloé Cooper Jones
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes

Easy Beauty

“The subtitle ‘memoir’ doesn't do justice to this spectacular, sui generis meditation on art, disability, parenting, and travel. It's about more than memory — it's about living in the now and creating the future we want for our children.”

Boogie Down Books image Rebekah Shoaf, Boogie Down Books
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The Ables

Ables: Book #1

By Jeremy Scott
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 14 hours 5 minutes

I did have fantastic hearing, mostly by virtue of being blind. But that couldn't actually mean that he's trying to tell me I have super powers, right? Because that would be ridiculous.

It wasn't the "sex talk" he expected. Phillip Sallinger's dad has told him he's a custodian—a guardian—and his genetically inherited power is telekinesis. He'll... Read more »

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Focused

By Alyson Gerber
Narrated by: Cassandra Morris
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

From the author of the critically acclaimed Braced comes a story of a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD.

Clea can’t control her thoughts. She knows she has to do her homework … but she gets distracted. She knows she can’t just say whatever thought comes into her head … but sometimes she can’t help herself. She know she needs to...

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