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When it comes to memoirs, audio books (in CD format) — especially those by celebrities — should be read by their authors. The words just don't sound the same when they're not reading, although there are exceptions to every rule.

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Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

Bill Clinton

Random House Audio, $30, 5 hours, read by the author

There's a note of urgency in the former U.S. president's voice as he outlines solutions for the current economic crisis. The CDs are supplemented by a PDF file of charts referenced by Clinton.


Tina Fey

Hachette Audio, $29.98, 5.5 hours, read by the author

The "30 Rock" star gives a hilarious performance of her memoir that retraces her "steps to figure out what factors contributed to this little soccer nerd developing into this fancy glamour lady who secretly prefers to be this weirdo on roller skates in a wig. For clarification you can check the PDF!"

Great by Choice

Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck — Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

Jim Collins and Morton T. Hansen

Harper Audio, $39.99, 8 hours 45 minutes, read by Jim Collins

A must for execs: The author of "Good to Great" and his co-author offer coping mechanisms for companies facing economic instability and international volatility.

Happy Accidents

A Memoir

Jane Lynch