Audiobooks are a revolution in the way we read books. Voice actors and narrations have been carefully selected to make it easy for you to plug in your headphones and get lost in another world. Together with authors, they can shape and sustain our imaginations while keeping us excited about the stories. It’s for this very reason that audiobooks are not exactly cheap. An audiobook production can run quite high, especially if there are famous narrators involved. The end result is worth it, so we shouldn’t be surprised at the high price for books on Audible. We take a look at 11 of the most highly rated and expensive books available on Audible in this article.
Is there a book that is rated the highest on Audible.
First of all, it’s not so simple a question to answer. You can read the books. Audible cannot simply be sorted by ratings – and even then it gets more complicated given the different genres of books available on this audiobook service.
You also need to consider how many books have been rated by others. What is the best way to determine if five users have rated a book, versus 4.5 stars from 10000? It’s not so straightforward. For the most expensive books listed on Audible, I’ve also included their current ratings so you can see how they compare.
These are the 11 most expensive books available on Audible
- Price: $115.95
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (3,487 ratings)
- Author: David McCullough
- Nelson Runger Narrated
David McCullough has written a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography about Harry S. Truman. The book not only follows Truman’s accomplishments and failures but also reveals the character and personality of this constantly-surprising man as a schoolboy, farmer, soldier, merchant, county judge, senator, vice president and chief executive. Harry S. Truman was the one who ordered the dropping of the atomic bomb, desegregated the armed forces, and created the CIA/Defense Department.
- Price: $112.00
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2 (45 ratings)
- Charles Dickens Author
- Narrated by Jim Killavey
The book follows John Harmon as he returns from exile after his father’s death. Although he expects to inherit, he knows that if he wants to get it, a stranger must be married to him, Bella Wilfer. To observe his first wife, he fakes his death and adopts a new identity. Charles Dickens’s last complete novel, Our Mutual Friend is a satiric masterpiece about the temptation and pitfalls of money.
- Price: $92.95
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 (1646 ratings)
- Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Nelson Runger Narrated
Using diaries, interviews, and White House records of the president’s and first lady’s comings and goings, Goodwin paints an intimate portrait of the daily conduct of the presidency during wartime and the Roosevelts’ extraordinary constellation of friends, advisers, and family. The book focuses particularly between May 10, 1940 (the end of the so-called “Phoney War” stage of World War II) and President Roosevelt’s death on April 12, 1945. Title taken from Eleanor Roosevelt’s speech at the 1940 Democratic National Convention.
- Price: $91.26
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 (2997 ratings)
- Author: David Foster Wallace
- Sean Pratt Narrated
Infinite Jest is the story of the Incandenza family, dysfunctional proprietors of a tennis academy, and that of the residents of a halfway house for addicts, separated from their luckier counterparts by “a tall and more or less denuded hill.” One houses America’s winners; the other, its losers. These two types of people rarely get along, and sections dedicated to them in the book are different: one is comical and the other more serious.
- Price: $85.28
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(1235 ratings)
- Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
- Stephen Fry narrates
Winner of Audible’s 2017 Member’s Choice Award, this collection includes the complete works of Sherlock Holmes – four novels and five collections of short stories narrated by the infamous Stephen Fry. This complete collection includes the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which has been a classic collection for more than 120 years.
- Price: $84.00
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 (1616 ratings)
- Tad Williams, Author
- Andrew Wincott narrates
This is the third volume in Tad Williams’s best-selling series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. This book tells the story of evil Sithi Storm Kings minions who prepare for their last battle. As the Storm King’s power grows and the boundaries of time begin to blur, the loyal allies of Prince Josua struggle to rally their forces for a desperate attempt to unravel mysteries from the past.
- Price: $81.80
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(14 ratings)
- Sir James George Frazer is the author
- Andrew Cullum narrates
Published in 12 volumes, it was originally published in 1915. Frazer created his single-volume edition, which we present here. The Golden Bough, is a study of religious rites and practices in ‘primitive’ societies. Sir James Frazer (the author) looked into the diverse cultural beliefs and taboos in communities all over the world to discover a common pattern. Although formal expressions of magic can come in many forms, there is a consistent theme. This book is a landmark achievement, and has been a major influence for many people around the world.
- Price: $70.95
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 (7320 ratings)
- Author: David McCullough
- Nelson Runger Narrates
This biography, another Pulitzer Prize winner, by David McCullough describes John Adams’s adventurous journey. He was a brilliant, independent, and honest Yankee patriot, who did not spare any effort in his passion for the American Revolution. Described in the publisher’s summary as “an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.”
- Price: $69.99
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 (97 ratings)
- Author: Stuart E. Eizenstat
- Narrated by: Brian Troxell, Madeleine Albright, Stuart E. Eizenstat
Author Stuart Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter’s side from his political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House, where he served as a chief domestic policy adviser. Eizenstat draws on more than 7,500 pages of notes and 350 interviews of all the major figures of the time to write the comprehensive history of an underappreciated president – and to give an intimate view on how the presidency works.
- Price: $66.49
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(30 ratings)
- Author: Brandon Sanderson
- Narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer
Book four of the Stormlight Archive Saga, Rhythm of War is the eagerly awaited sequel to Brandon Sanderson’s number-one New York Times best-selling Oathbringer. Following the formation of a human resistance coalition against the enemy invasion Dalinar Khalin and his Knights Radiant spent one year fighting an extended, bloody war. Now, as new technological discoveries by Navani Kholin’s scholars begin to change the face of the war, the enemy prepares a bold and dangerous operation. This arms race will test the Radiant core ideals, and possibly reveal their secrets.
- Price: $63.00
- Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 (51064 ratings)
- Author: Stephen King
- Grover Gardner Narrated
The Stand is Stephen King’s novel, which was published in 1978. The Stand had 150,000 word cuts from its original manuscript when it was published. Now Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand: A Complete and Uncut edition includes over 500 pages that King deleted as well as new material that he added to the manuscript while he was reworking it for a new generation.
These are the top 11 most expensive books available on Audible. It was quite surprising to see four biographies about American presidents included on the list, but it seems they are very popular. These books, which are classics that have a timeless appeal and still remain relevant to readers today, also make it quite obvious. You can avoid spending a lot on Audible by purchasing a book that is less expensive. free 30-day trial Get one of these audiobooks for free