Bookseller Recommended Banned Books to Listen to Immediately offers recommendations from real people: the dedicated indie booksellers working in our 1,800+ partner bookstores! Below, find banned and challenged audiobooks booksellers love and view the full playlist!


Animal Farm

By George Orwell • Narrated by Geoffrey Howard

“I love Animal Farm by George Orwell because it’s been banned in many places in the USA for being anti capitalism and was banned in the USSR for being anti communist. It shows that challenges and bans are really subjective.”

Tom, New Story Community Books

The Kite Runner

By Khaled Hosseini • Narrated by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini is a beautifully written painful story that illustrates a life experience totally different than my own. When I read it the first time, as soon as I finished it, I started over and read it again. I have never done that before or since. And it was just as amazing the second time.”

Rebecca , Rediscovered Books

Lawn Boy

By Jonathan Evison • Narrated by P.J. Ochlan

“…I’d have to go with the two Pacific Northwest writers Sherman Alexie and Jonathan Evison. Both great reads.”

 Lemolo Books

Young Adult

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

By Malinda Lo • Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

“I always crack up a little when I get to tell someone that The Lorax was banned because it was perceived to turn children away from the logging industry. However my favorite banned book currently is Last Night at the Telegraph Club. We read this for our book club this year, so the lovely writing, excitement of first love, and immersion into 1950s San Francisco is still fresh in my mind. I loved this book from the beginning to the end. ”

, Gathering Volumes

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas • Narrated by Bahni Turpin

“It’s hard to choose just one! Recently, The Hate U Give. That’s a book that everyone should read.”

Ryan Elizabeth, Gibson’s Bookstore

All Boys Aren’t Blue

By George M. Johnson • Narrated by George M. Johnson

“…I loved how George shares not only their trama but their stories of acceptance through their childhood, teen years and college. I think it’s especially eye opening for white people to hear about a black queer experience.”

, Fables Books

Two Boys Kissing

By David Levithan • Narrated by David Levithan

“It is a delight[ful] story, I loved the narrator (which seemed to be, to me, an entire generation of queer people older than the main characters), and I was pulling for all of the amazing teens in the main plot and subplots. It was just excellent!!”

Angela, Adventure Bound Books


The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection

By Beverly Cleary • Narrated by Stockard Channing

“I love sharing with people that Matilda, Junie B. Jones and Ramona Quimby were all challenged because they encourage girls to question authority and encourage disobedience.”

Aimee, The Bluestocking Bookshop

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