Best Chick Lit Audiobooks

The phrase chick lit audiobooks conjures up classics like Bridget Jones’s Diary, Diary of a Shopaholic and, a personal favourite of mine, The Devil Wears Prada. Fun, relatable, hopeful and often romantic, these stories represent women the reader knows or with whom they can identify. Or maybe someone they aspire to be.


These remain central characteristics of the genre, but women’s fiction has evolved and grown to encompass a whole lot more. It has blended with everything from dystopias and sci-fi to psychological thrillers and horror and done so seamlessly. As such there is more choice in the realm of women’s fiction audiobooks than ever before.


Best Chick Lit Audiobooks 2021


The year 2021 was an interesting mix of shattering our perceptions of perfection and testing the limits of the mind. See Jane Snap is a prime example of both, telling the tale of a woman who has it all, but then loses her grip. The Perfect Ruin is a story of vengeance and the power of portraying an image. And as for Nightbitch... That's in a league of its own.


Best Chick Lit Audiobooks 2022



2022 got off to a thrilling start, with releases such as The Marriage Secret and Just Another Liar. Other immediately strong themes for this year are dystopia and apocalyptic. Of particular note are The Last She and The School for Mothers.

Top 10 Chick Lit Audiobooks

1

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

By

Meg Elison

Read By

Angela Dawe

The concept of childbirth becoming a rare event is not new. Children of Men and The Handmaid's Tale are just two phenomenal examples of the premise. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife is the diary of a woman trying to survive in a world that fears an empty future. But it is so much more than that. It becomes an invaluable record, a guide for future generations and a catalyst for renewal.

2

The Midnight Library

By

Matt Haig

Read By

Carey Mulligan

Matt Haig's masterpiece about life and death will not only provoke your thoughts, but fill your mind for a long time after you've finished listening. If the fascinating concept isn't enough to entice you, perhaps the lure of narrator Carey Mulligan will do the trick.

3

The End of Men

By

Christina Sweeney-Baird

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Cathleen McCarron, Aysha Kala, Denica Fairman, Penelope Rawlins, Debra Michaels, Julia Locascio, Sasha Alexis, Robert Bradley, Sara Lynam, Rebecca Perfect, William Hope

An epic story deserves a grand production and that is delivered in the 2021 audibook for The End of Men. Eleven narrators come together for this pandemic apocalypse with a difference, bringing to life this end of the world where a virus renders men all but extinct.

4

See Jane Snap

By

Bethany Crandell

Read By

Xe Sands

When Jane Osborne snaps, she does it in style, in public and in contravention of the law. It's quite the sight to see. From there, cracks apear in Jane's seemingly ideal life, growing, spreading and destroying everything in their path.

5

The Stranger In My Home

By

Adele Parks

Read By

Rachel Atkins

Adele Parks has long been responsible for many of the best audiobooks for women. Once upon a time, her novels were classic chick lit, residing in the realm of prickly friendships and tricky relationships. She has since turned her pen to much darker themes and this, her first thriller, proved she is more than equal to the task.

6

Why Mummy Drinks

By

Gill Sims

Read By

Gabrielle Glaister

Motherhood is beautiful, magical, tranformative. That's one way to look at it at least. Mum of two, Ellen would add that it is also exhausting, frustrating, impossible and does require a decent amount of gin to get you through. Then she might mutter something profound, like FML. Gabrielle Glaister is equal parts snarky and relatable in her performance of this hilarious depiction of mummyhood.

7

The Winter People

By

Jennifer McMahon

Read By

Cassandra Campbell, Käthe Mazur

How strong is the bond between mothers and daughters? This is a central theme in many works of women's fiction and The Winter People is no exception. Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur deliver a breath-taking performance of this supernatural story of enduring love, betrayal and revenge.

8

The Water Cure

By

Sophie Mackintosh

Read By

Hannah Murray, Gemma Whelan, Morfydd Clark

Three sisters alone on an island, their parents gone. Brought up to believe men are dangerous, their lives are upturned by the arrival of three of them. This wistful, disorientating coming of age story follows the girls as they navigate unchartered waters.

9

What Alice Forgot

By

Liane Moriarty

Read By

Caroline Lee

Any list of the very best audio lit for chicks and chickens must, by law, include at least one by Liane Moriarty. When Alice loses 10 years' worth of memories, she finds that the life she knew at 29 has fallen apart in the course of a decade. Whilst not her most well-known title, What Alice Forgot is a masterful look at the disintegration of a marriage and how small changes over time can add up to big mistakes.

10

The Wives of Bath

By

Wendy Holden

Read By

Suzy Aitchison

Wendy Holden's humour is drier than a drained Martini glass. She puts this wit to excellent use in this lighthearted tale of pregnancy and parenthood. The characters range from sweet and naive to infuriating and vile, each and every one performed with the snark they deserve, courtesy of Suzy Aitchison.

Best of the Rest Chick Lit Listens

There's a lot more where that came from. And here it is. The best of the rest of women's fiction audio books. The dark, the funny, the epic and pithy.

214 Palmer Street

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Karen McQuestion

Stacey Glemboski

Refreshingly Different

A Long Way Down

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Nick Hornby

Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading

Endearing, witty, an entertaining commentary on human nature.

A Tidy Ending

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Joanna Cannon

Lissa Berry

This Year’s Eleanor Oliphant

Belladonna

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Adalyn Grace

Kristin Atherton

A Seductive Mystery, A Spellbinding Performance

Blink

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K.L. Slater

Lucy Price-Lewis

That Twist Gave Me Whiplash

Close Your Eyes

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Rachel Abbott

Lisa Coleman

DCI Douglas As Gripping As Ever

Come Back For Me

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Heidi Perks

Sally Scott, Nathalie Buscombe

Closets Open, Skeletons Everywhere.

Come With Me

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Ronald Malfi

Joe Hempel

A carefully crafted mystery with echoes of (and I don't bandy this about) Gone Girl

Daisy Darker

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine

Alice Feeney Is A Master of Twists…

Deadly Little Lies

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Stephanie DeCarolis

Norma Butikofer

I Know What You Did Last Summer Meets Gossip Girl

Don't Ever Tell

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Lucy Dawson

Georgia Maguire, Rachel Atkins

A Juicy, Vengeful Delight

Edge of Collapse

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Kyla Stone

Stacey Glemboski

William R. Forstchen Meets K.L Slater

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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Gail Honeyman

Cathleen McCarron

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Charming

Elizabeth Is Missing

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Emma Healey

Anna Bentinck

Charming, compelling, utterly unique

Everything Is Fine

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Gillian Harvey

Olivia Mace

An Easy Listen

Fat Chance

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Nick Spalding

Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan

Big Fat Fun - Great For Fans of Nick Hornby and Mike Gayle.

Femlandia

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Christina Dalcher

Brittany Pressley, Cassandra Morris

Very Close To Living Up To Expectations

Gone Girl

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Gillian Flynn

Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne

Julia Whelan as I’ve never heard her before

Grown Ups

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Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes

Utterly charming. A touch (or shove) too long.

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven

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Juno Dawson

Nicola Coughlan

Officially Under HMRC’s Spell - Bring On Book 2!

Hide

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Nell Pattison

David Thorpe, Sherry Baines, Alex Wingfield, Nick Biadon, Clare-Louise English, Billy Ashcroft, Beth Eyre

Excellent, Especially the Characters

How High We Go in the Dark

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Sequoia Nagamatsu

Jason Culp, Stephanie Komure, Micky Shiloah, Joe Knezevich, Brianna Ishibashi, Kotaro Watanabe, Matthew Bridges, Kurt Kanazawa, Greg Watanabe, Jeanne Sakata, MacLeod Andrews, Keisuke Hoashi, Brian Nishii, Julia Whelan

High Praise for this Darkest of Tales

Hydra

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Matt Wesolowski

Tim Bruce, Jane Slavin, Kris Dyer, Jonathan Keeble, Joan Walker, Julius Howe, Rebecca Rainsford

Like binging a deep dive true crime podcast about the creepiest, most disturbing story ever. But it’s fiction.

I Let You Go

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Clare Mackintosh

David Thorpe, Julia Barrie

An Irresistable Page Turner

I See You

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Clare Mackintosh

Rachel Atkins

Chills and Thrills

I'll Never Tell

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Casey Kelleher

Daphne Kouma

This. Gave. Me. Chills.

Invisible Girl

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Lisa Jewell

Donna Banya, Katherine Kelly, Connor Swindells

Lisa Jewell Casts Another Dazzling Spell

Just Another Liar

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Mandy Byatt

Melissa Woodbridge

Elements of John Marrs, Rachel Abbott and Adele Parks.

Life After Life

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Kate Atkinson

Fenella Woolgar

Simply stunning.

Little Disasters

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Sarah Vaughan

Sophie Roberts, Esther Wane, Elliot Fitzpatrick, Sarah Feathers

Predictable but still enjoyable.

Mammy Banter

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Serena Terry

Serena Terry

Fun, Lighthearted MumCom

Milkman

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Anna Burns

Brid Brennan

Dark and light in equal measure.

Mirrorland

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Carole Johnstone

Katie Leung

Haunting story, beautifully read.

My Best Friend's Exorcism

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Grady Hendrix

Emily Woo Zeller

Mean Girls x The Exorcist

Nanny Needed

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Georgina Cross

Emma Ashton

Twisted Me Round Its Little Finger

Never Saw Me Coming

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Vera Kurian

Brittany Pressley

Aaaaaargh-mazing. Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test meets Alice Feeney’s Sometimes I Lie meets Scream (shout out 1996).

Nightbitch

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Rachel Yoder

Cassandra Campbell

This is a literary art installation. Think Damien Hirst meets American Beauty.

One of the Girls

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Lucy Clarke

Natalie Simpson, Sofia Zervudachi

Intrigue and Frenemies and Secrets

Our Endless Numbered Days

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Claire Fuller

Eilidh L. Beaton

A tough, but beautiful listen

Peripeteia

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Sarah Lyons Fleming

Thérèse Plummer, Luke Daniels

28 Days Later as written by Tina Fey

Poison Orchids

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Sarah A. Denzil, Anni Taylor

Aimee Horne

Kept Me Guessing To The End

Red Clocks

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Leni Zumas

Karissa Vacker, Erin Bennett

This is to dystopia what Station Eleven is to the post apocalyptic genre. Beautiful, Funny and Scarily Prescient. Inches From Reality

Rock Paper Scissors

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine, Richard Armitage

Thrilling and Creepy With A Killer Twist

See Jane Snap

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Bethany Crandell

Xe Sands

A Sweet, Sardonic, Fruit Throwing Frolic

Seeing Other People

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Mike Gayle

David Morley Hale

Funny, Engaging, But Depressing

So Long, Lollipops

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Sarah Lyons Fleming

Julia Whelan

The Walking Friends. See what I did there? Yes, I know it doesn't work.

Sometimes I Lie

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine

Flawed? Yes. But Eerie and Captivating

Survivor Song

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Paul Tremblay

Erin Bennett

Wistful Apocalypse With Echoes of Station Eleven

Sushi for Beginners

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Marian Keyes

Juanita McMahon

Quirky and Hilarious

The Accidental Family

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Rowan Coleman

Juanita McMahon

The second instalment of the series is just as engaging as the first.

The Age of Miracles

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Karen Thompson Walker

Laurence Bouvard

The Wonder Years: Post Apocalypse.

The Baby Group

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Rowan Coleman

Phoebe James

Funny, endearing and filled with colourful characters.