Audiobook Review: Sounds Like Me by Sara Bareilles

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song
by Sara Bareilles

Publication date: October 6th 2015
Publisher: Simon Schuster Audio


Sara Bareilles “pours her heart and soul into these essays” (Associated Press), sharing the joys and the struggles that come with creating great work, all while staying true to yourself. Imbued with humor and marked by Sara’s confessional writing style, this essay collection tells the inside story behind some of her most popular songs. Well known for her chart-topper “Brave,” Sara first broke through in 2007 with her multi-platinum single “Love Song.” She has since released seven albums that have sold millions of copies and spawned several hits.

“A breezy, upbeat, and honest reflection of this multitalented artist” (Kirkus Reviews), Sounds Like Me reveals Sara Bareilles, the artist—and the woman—on songwriting, soul searching, and what’s discovered along the way.

Source: Goodreads


I’ve always thought that audiobooks weren’t for me, I was almost certain that I’d get distracted and wouldn’t be able to focus. But when I saw that singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles narrated her own book, it seemed only right that I give it a try. I’m so glad that I did, I loved this audiobook!

“Sounds Like Me” is the story of Sara Bareilles life so far, told in eight essays named after her songs. Sara has such a distinct voice and she narrates with so much passion. The chapters are full of her personal secrets, memories and the stories behind the songs we all know and love.

I really enjoyed hearing Sara’s story in this format, especially as each chapter started with her singing acapella. As a fan myself, this was a really interesting read and I felt that I learned a lot about Sara. In her book she shares her ups and her downs and the whole thing felt very personal. As I recently saw her perform in the leading role, I particularly enjoyed the chapter about the process of writing her musical Waitress.

The outtakes at the end were pretty entertaining too!

“We’re all stronger than we know, and we’re all meant to leave a legacy.”

Sure, if you’ve never heard of Sara Bareilles, you’re probably not going to like this, but if you’re a fan, I’d definitely recommend you give it a try!

Overall rating: I really enjoyed listening to Sara Bareilles narrate her book ‘Sounds Like Me’. Told through eight honest essays, this is the story of Sara’s life so far. This was my first audiobook and I loved it, I’d definitely recommend it for fans – 5 stars!

I listened to this audiobook on Scribd (and I had a flick through the pictures in the book version too!) During this period of uncertainty and isolation due to Covid-19, Scribd is offering their service for free for 30 days, so if you’re looking for something to read, I’d definitely recommend checking it out!

2 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: Sounds Like Me by Sara Bareilles

  1. Glad you found an audiobook to love! Speaking as another previous audiobook skeptic, it’s all about finding the right narrator(s) and format (short stories, poetry, etc.) to hold your attention. Also, I’m a fan of Sara Bareilles, so I am definitely adding the audio version of this to my TBR! Thank you for sharing!


    1. Thanks very much for reading Kelsey! I think you’re right about finding the right author/narrator! I’m going to give a few more a try and see if I can find something else to enjoy. Hope you enjoy this book when you get round to it!

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