It was the Greek philosopher Socrates who warned of the dangers of the written word. He'd doubtless be pleased that, a few millennia later, we're moving back to authors speaking directly to their audiences, albeit via a smartphone or other listening device. Who knows, maybe in 100 years, authors will be able, as Socrates thought should be the case, to tailor their message specifically for each listener.
In the meantime, we have a range of audiobooks on all sorts of subjects, even math, narrated by their authors. These are all books that have either been recommended on Five Books, or have been narrated by Five Books interviewees or other highly recommended authors.
When you listen to presidential memoirs as audiobooks, you can hear an American president telling you their own story—at least when it comes to recent presidents. Going further back in time, biographies may be more useful. Veteran audiobook reviewer Robin Whitten, editor of Audiofile magazine, recommends the best audiobooks about US presidents, and explains the crucial role of professional narrators in bringing big books to life.