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Audiobooks to make you laugh

Coming from the perspective as a female-identified counsellor and entrepreneur, here are some audiobook recommendations!

Audiobooks to make you laugh
Audiobooks are a fun way to 'read' on the go (or chilling on the couch with the added availability of your hands!)
In 2016 Jennifer posted her go to audiobooks to make her laugh -  and we wanted to give the list an update! Here are some more of our favourite audiobooks when we need some levity:

Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
Publisher's Summary:
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking listeners on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

We are never meeting in real life: Essays, Samantha Kirby
Publisher's Summary:
Whether Samantha Irby is talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making “adult” budgets; explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette (she's '35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something'); detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father's ashes; sharing awkward sexual encounters; or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms (hang in there for the Costco loot!); she’s as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.

Dear Girls, Ali Wong
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Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life"
Publisher's Summary: The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she’s learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong’s letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and gross) for all.

Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay, Phoebe Robinson
Publisher's Summary:
Written in her trademark unfiltered and witty style, Robinson's latest collection is a call to arms. Outfitted with on-point pop culture references, these essays tackle a wide range of topics: giving feminism a tough-love talk on intersectionality, telling society's beauty standards to kick rocks, and calling foul on our culture's obsession with work. Robinson also gets personal, exploring money problems she's hidden from her parents, how dating is mainly a warmed-over bowl of hot mess, and, definitely most important, meeting Bono not once, but twice. She's struggled with being a woman with a political mind and a woman with an ever-changing jeans size. She knows about trash because she sees it every day--and because she's seen roughly one hundred thousand hours of reality TV and zero hours of Schindler's List.

Sorry I’m Late I Didn’t Want to Come, Jessica Pan
"One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes"
Publisher's Summary: What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she’d normally avoid at all costs? Writer Jessica Pan intends to find out. With the help of various extrovert mentors, Jessica sets up a series of personal challenges (talk to strangers, perform stand-up comedy, host a dinner party, travel alone, make friends on the road, and much, much worse) to explore whether living like an extrovert can teach her lessons that might improve the quality of her life. 
Chronicling the author’s hilarious and painful year of misadventures, this book explores what happens when one introvert fights her natural tendencies, takes the plunge, and tries (and sometimes fails) to be a little bit braver.

Let us know your favourite funny audiobook!

Editor's note: This post was originally published in January 2016. It has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


I often get asked what I listen to as 1) a woman, 2) a counsellor and 3) a business owner/entrepreneur.  I'm always looking for ways to stay inspired, motivated and empowered. I find audiobooks are so helpful for this, because I can listen to them when I'm doing things that are not so inspiring... like my commute. So, depending on my mood at the time, here are some tried and true audiobooks that are classics IMHO. 

Bossypants, Tina Fey. Narrated by Tina Fey. Well this is top of the list for a reason. Tina Fey's hilarious account of her life up to this point and "how it feels to be the boss" is punctuated by true stories that make me feel like I'm her bud. I like this book because it's SO funny and I'm intrigued by what it's like to be a successful woman in the comedy world. There are approximately one million great quotes from this book, and I'll choose this one to share: "My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivalled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne." This book is a classic.

Hard Choices, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Narrated first by Hillary which I liked, and then she brought in a pinch hitter, which I had to get used to. I don't want to lie to you. I had to google "pitch hitter" and then I found out it's really "pinch hitter". I'm not a baseball person but I sometimes use their terms incorrectly. Ok, so I originally bought this audiobook because I thought it was a good deal. 27 hours of listening for only 1 credit? Yes please! Full disclosure: I've only gotten through 3/4 of it. But I'm enjoying it so far because of Hillary's intense stories as secretary of state. I also feel like I'm learning more about US politics, past "current" events, and how to be a diplomatic leader who doesn't say the word "just" all the time. I admire Hillary for many reasons and feel like I'm learning more about her (and women in politics) listening to this book. One caveat: I would have liked it if she narrated the whole thing but I guess she didn't want to spend hundreds of hours in an audio booth. It really took away from my impression forming, but I guess I can just listen to the first part again to smooth out my "Hillary" voice. 

What I Know for Sure, Oprah. Narrated by... Oprah! Well, if you want to feel like Oprah is talking directly to you about her life, then this audiobook is for you. This book is based on her monthly article in O Magazine where she discusses something she "knows for sure". She talks briefly about healing from childhood sexual abuse and a series of boyfriends that didn't treat her well. I like this because of some great messages, but mainly because I love Oprah.

You are a Badass, Jen Sincero. Narrated by Jen Sincero. This is a motivational, love yourself, funny book by a life coach who is no nonsense. When I've talked to people about this book they usually love it or hate it. Her goal is to motivate the listener to love themselves and follow their passion in life rather than living unconsciously. She has a very up front approach and is often quite funny.  If you want an audiobook that will give you a playful but firm motivational slap in the face, this one is it. “Maybe, if you put your disbelief aside, roll up your sleeves, take some risks, and totally go for it, you’ll wake up one day and realize you’re living the kind of life you used to be jealous of."-Jen Sincero.

Yes, Please! Amy Poehler. Narrated by Amy Poehler. This is another great book about a strong, smart, funny woman in a male dominated industry. Amy Poehler is fun to listen to and discusses what it's like to be a strong leader (and what it's like to go into labour before she was supposed to be on Weekend Update, and ended up watching it from her hospital bed). 

Playing Big. Tara Mohr. Narrated by Tara Mohr. Tara isn't funny-per-say, but this is an amazing book if you're going places. She explores how women can "play big" in their lives and reach their highest potential by recognizing their inner critic, embracing their inner mentor, challenging fear and detaching self-worth from other people's opinions. This book makes "playing big" not so scary. 
There are many more audiobooks that I feel are fun/empowering and worth a shout out:
  • Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without me?" and "Why not me?"
  • Rachel Dratch "Girl Walks into a Bar"
  • Kristen Johnston "Guts"

I am ALWAYS on the hunt for awesome audiobooks by women who are living their best lives. Feel free to leave some of your favourites in the comments section.

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