11 Most Expensive Audible Books Whose Prices May Surprise You!
On Audible, there is no option to sort or search audiobooks by price. So if you just want to see the list of most expensive Audible books, you may not be able to do that via Audible itself.
In this article, you will get to know about 11 of the most expensive books on Audible and also the trick that was used to obtain this list!
Before you continue, here’s some key information about the list:
- Books from all languages are considered.
- Prices of books mentioned in this list are as on the day this article was written and are liable to change.
- Prices shown are usually different for logged in and logged out users on Audible. (I don’t know the reason though. If you are aware of the reason, please share it in the comment section below)
- Each book in this list is a single piece of work. Audiobooks that are a collection of different books (like Sherlock Holmes Series, Vampire Diaries, Library Collections, etc.) are excluded.
- The language learning audiobooks from Pimsleur are also excluded.
Here’s the list of the most expensive books on Audible in ascending order of their price:
1. Underworld (Price: $65.15)
Author: Don DeLillo, Narrator: Richard Poe, Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
From Publisher’s Summary: “Underworld is a story of men and women together and apart, seen in deep clear detail and in stadium-sized panoramas, shadowed throughout by the overarching conflict of the Cold War. It is a novel that accepts every challenge of these extraordinary times – Don DeLillo’s greatest and most powerful work of fiction.” Read more on Audible
TWO IMPORTANT UPDATES (November, 2019)
Update 1 : Currently, Amazon is offering Audible membership at just $6.95/month instead of $14.95/month to new Audible members on first 3 months. This is a limited-time offer. Here’s the link to this offer page.
Update 2: Amazon is also offering 3 Free Audiobooks to new Audible members (Those who haven’t taken the free trial before) during the free trial. You will get 1 Audiobook of your choice and 2 from the Audible Originals! You can keep those books for lifetime, even if you cancel your trial membership!
Here’s the link to the free trial offer page!
2. The Path Between the Seas (Price: $65.15)
Author: David McCullough, Narrator: Nelson Runger, Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
From Publisher’s Summary: “Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.” Read more on Audible.
3. The Great Upheaval (Price: $65.60)
Author: Jay Winik, Narrator: Jonathan Davis, Publisher: HarperAudio
From Publisher’s Summary: “It is an era that redefined history. As the 1790s began, a fragile America teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, and France plunged into revolution. But in contrast to the way conventional histories tell it, none of these remarkable events occurred in isolation.
Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian Jay Winik masterfully illuminates how their fates combined in one extraordinary moment to change the course of civilization. A sweeping, magisterial drama featuring the richest cast of characters ever to walk upon the world stage, including Washington, Jefferson, Louis XVI, Robespierre, and Catherine the Great, The Great Upheaval is a gripping, epic portrait of this tumultuous decade that will forever transform the way we see America’s beginnings and our world.” Read more on Audible.
4. Les Misérables : L'intégrale (Price: $70.70)
Author: Victor Hugo, Narrators: Michel Vuillermoz, Élodie Huber, Pierre-François Garel, Louis Arène, Mathurin Voltz, Publisher: Éditions Thélème
From Publisher’s Summary: “An exceptional recording: the five volumes of Les Miserables, one of the greatest novels of French literature, finally available in audio book.
Jean Valjean, Cosette, the Thenardiers, Gavroche, or Javert are all names that resonate beyond the story that gave birth to them. These wretched are described both as archetypes of the human race, but also as the products of a society that generates poverty, ignorance and despair.” Read more on Audible.
5. Germinal (Price: $79.68)
Author: Émile Zola, Narrator: Leighton Pugh, Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
From Publisher’s Summary: “Germinal is one of the most striking novels in the French tradition. Widely regarded as Zola’s masterpiece, the novel describes the working conditions of French coalminers in the 1860s in harsh and realistic terms. It is visceral, graphic, and unrelenting. Its strong socialist principles and vivid accounts of the miners’ strikes meant that the novel became a key symbol in the workers’ fight against oppression, with chants of “Germinal! Germinal!” resonating high above the author’s funeral.” Read more on Audible.
6. The Company: A Novel of the CIA (Price: $80.47)
Author: Robert Littell, Narrator: Scott Brick, Publisher: Phoenix Books
From Publisher’s Summary: “Crisis constantly lurks around the corner, monitored by spies who are always with us. In his career-capping thirteenth novel, master of the espionage thriller Robert Littell has crafted a breathtaking story of the legendary CIA – “The Company” to insiders.
At its heart lies a spectacular mole hunt involving the CIA, MI6, KGB and Mossad – a stunningly conceived trip down the rabbit hole to the labyrinthine Alice-in-Wonderland world of espionage, “a wood where things have no names.”” Read more on Audible.
7. President Carter: The White House Years (Price: $80.49)
Author: Stuart E. Eizenstat, Narrators: Brian Troxell, Madeleine Albright, Stuart E. Eizenstat – preface & introduction, Publisher: Macmillan Audio
From Publisher’s Summary: “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 chief domestic policy adviser. He was directly involved in all domestic and economic decisions as well as in many foreign policy ones. Famous for the legal pads he took to every meeting, he 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.” Read more on Audible.
8. Moby Dick (Price: $86.93)
Author: Herman Melville, Narrator: William Hootkins, Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
From Publisher’s Summary: “”Call me Ishmael.” Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write “a mighty book about a mighty theme” and so he did. It is a story of one man’s obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.” Read more on Audible.
9. Infinite Jest (Price: $104.95)
Author: David Foster Wallace, Narrator: Sean Pratt, Publisher: Hachette Audio
From Publisher’s Summary: “A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.” Read more on Audible.
10. Truman (Price: $108.62)
Author: David McCullough, Narrator: Nelson Runger, Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
From Publisher’s Summary: “Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough’s sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.
From Truman’s small-town, turn-of-the-century boyhood and his transforming experience in the face of war in 1918, to his political beginnings in the powerful Pendergast machine and his rapid rise to prominence in the U.S. Senate, McCullough shows a man of uncommon vitality and strength of character.” Read more on Audible.
If you are curious and want to know the reason for the high price of audiobooks, then check out the article: why are audiobooks so expensive? You will also get to know about the 6 crucial factors that determine the price of an audiobook.
11. Ulysses (Price: $120.74)
Author: James Joyce, Narrator: Jim Norton, Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
From Publisher’s Summary: “Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce’s alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.” Read more on Audible.
With the price of $120.74, the book Ulysses, Authored by James Joyce and Narrated by Jim Norton is the most expensive book on Audible!
So this was the list of 11 most expensive Audible books. If there’s any other expensive book that is not mentioned here, please share it in the comment section below. I will add that too.
This list was made with the help of Amazon Advanced Search Feature by sorting Audible books based on their price from high to low. Other filters were also used to get the best result.
To know more about this trick you can refer to the article: How to search Audible by Price?