9 True Crime Audiobooks to Enthrall You

From the podcast Serial to the binge-worthy television series Making a Murderer, true crime captivates audiences across the country. If you’re ready for a new stranger-than-fiction story to dive into, look no further.

 

American Heiress

Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, American Heiress thrillingly recounts the craziness of the 1970s—the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and led to her melodramatic trial.
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Bones
Author: Joe Tone
Read By: Ray Porter

José and Miguel Treviño were bound by blood and a shared vision of a better life. But they chose different paths that would end at the same violent crossroads. Set against the high-stakes world of horse racing, this intimate story is about family, loyalty, and the tragic cost of a failed drug war.
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Chasing Phil
Author: David Howard
Read By: Joe Ochman

In 1977, J.J. Wedick and Jack Brennan—two fresh-faced, maverick FBI agents—were about to embark on one of their agency’s first wire-wearing undercover missions. Their target? Charismatic, globe-trotting con man Phil Kitzer, whom some considered the world’s greatest swindler.
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Hotel Scarface

The wild, true story of the Mutiny, the hotel and club that embodied the decadence of Miami’s cocaine-cowboy heyday, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Scarface.
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Killers of the Flower Moon

David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of Osage Indians were murdered in cold blood in the 1920s. The FBI took on the case and revealed just how prevalent prejudice and crooked officials were.
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On the Brinks
Author: Sam Millar
Read By: John Keating

In 1993, $7.4 million were stolen from the Brink’s Armored Car Depot in Rochester, New York, in the fifth largest robbery in US history. Sam Millar was a member of the IRA gang that carried out the robbery. He was caught, found guilty, and incarcerated, before being set free by Bill Clinton as an essential part of the Northern Ireland peace process. This is Millar’s story.
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Ranger Games
Author: Ben Blum
Read By: Johnathan McClain

Alex Blum was a good kid. He had one goal in life, to become a US Army Ranger and fight for his country. But in the first hours of his final leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex committed armed robbery with two of his fellow soldiers. Why? Ben Blum, Alex’s cousin, tries to answer that question in this intricate and moving account.
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The Spy Who Couldn't Spell

Before Edward Snowden’s infamous data breach, the largest theft of government secrets was that committed by an ingenious traitor whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. His name is Brian Regan, but he came to be known as the Spy Who Couldn’t Spell.
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While the City Slept
Author: Eli Sanders
Read By: René Ruiz

In this riveting, probing, compassionate account of a murder in Seattle, Eli Sanders, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of the crime, offers a deeply reported portrait in microcosm of the state of mental-health care in this country—as well as an inspiring story of love and forgiveness.
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