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Audiobooks by Disabled Authors

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Ali and the Sea Stars

By Ali Stroker
Narrated by: Ali Stroker
Length: 10 minutes

Tony Award-winning actress Ali Stroker captures the magic and community of theater in her debut book, about a spirited girl in a wheelchair who stages a show for her hometown. Based on the pivotal summer Ali performed in her first musical by the Jersey Shore!

Ali loves to dance, sing, and act. But she had never thought of putting on her own show...

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Care Work

Dreaming Disability Justice

By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Narrated by: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Length: 8 hours 7 minutes

In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award–winning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for... Read more »

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About Us

Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times

By Peter Catapano & Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross & Coleen Marlo
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

Boldly claiming a space in which people with disabilities can be seen and heard as they are—not as others perceive them—About Us captures the voices of a community that has for too long been stereotyped and misrepresented. Speaking not only to those with disabilities, but also to their families, coworkers, and support networks, the authors in... Read more »

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The Story of My Life

By Helen Keller
Narrated by: Amy J. Johnson
Length: 16 hours 51 minutes

This inspiring autobiography by Helen Keller is an account of her life from her family history up to her last years of college, supplemented by her personal letters from age seven to twenty-one. This edition includes letters and reports contributed by her teacher, Anne Sullivan, and the editor, John Albert Macy.

Not only does her story...

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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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