If you love reading, but you find you never have enough free time to curl up with a book, then an audiobook is the perfect solution. Keeping your hands and eyes free to get on with other tasks, they are the perfect accompaniment to commutes, housework, exercising or even drifting off to sleep.
Leading the audiobook revolution is Amazon's Audible, a service that boasts a vast catalogue of classics, new releases, cult favourites and best-sellers. These have all been given the audiobook treated - and are often narrated by the authors themselves. You're certainly not short on choice, when looking through titles on Audible.
So, in order to nudge you in the right direction, we've put together a list of our favourite audiobooks on Audible - which are all available to buy and stream now. We've including a range of fiction, memoir, drama, crime, comedy and plenty more besides, and we're confident that you'll see something that takes your fancy.
Although Audible is first and foremost a subscription service, you can still pay for one-off audiobooks without subscribing - all we'll say is that it's far better value for money in the long run to pay for a monthly subscription. To find out more, don't miss our how does Audible work explainer. We've also picked out our favourite free podcasts on Audible too.
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40 of the best audiobooks on Audible
The Vanishing Half
By: Brit Bennett
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Length: 11 hours and 34 minutes
This story follows the intersecting lives of the twin Vignes sisters who run away from their small Southern black community in the US, at age 16. 10 years on, one sister has returned to live in their community while the other passes for white and gets married elsewhere, keeping her past a secret. The plot spans the 1950s to the 1990s across generations, as the sisters’ daughters’ own lives eventually intersect.
Last Tang Standing
By: Lauren Ho
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 12 hours and 38 minutes
Andrea Tang has a top job as a lawyer, she lives in an affluent neighbourhood and has the perfect boyfriend. She has done everything a good Chinese daughter should have, but then things go wrong at work, she finds herself in debt and suddenly becomes the last single person in her family. Que meddling and match-making from everyone around her.
Little Fires Everywhere
By: Celeste Ng
Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
Length: 11 hours and 27 minutes
If you aren’t already familiar with the book, you may have heard about the hit series Little Fires Everywhere starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. In Shaker Heights, Ohio, Elena Richardson lives a seemingly perfect suburban life. After renting a house to single mother Mia, the two women’s families become close until they find themselves on opposing sides of an adoption debate. Things unravel as Elena tries to dig into the secrets of Mia’s past.
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
By: Reni Eddo-Lodge
Narrated by: Reni Eddo-Lodge
Length: 5 hours and 53 minutes
Reni Eddo-Lodge’s best-selling book began as a viral blog post about how discussions of race and racism are often shut down by those unaffected by it. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race explores what it is to be a person of colour in Britain and delves into issues around white privilege, black history, institutional racism and more.
From 25th May to 30th June 2020, Audible’s profits from this title and others on their anti-racism list will be donated to charities working against social inequality in the UK.
By: Marian Keyes
Narrated by: Marian Keyes
Length: 17 hours and 3 minutes
The three Casey brothers lead apparently glossy, successful lives with their wives and children, making up one big happy extended family. However, not everything is as it seems and when Cara, one of the brothers' wives, gets concussion she can’t help but spill out all their secrets.
I Am Not Your Baby Mother
By: Candice Brathwaite
Narrated by: Candice Brathwaite
Length: 5 hours and 40 minutes
Candice Brathwaite began blogging about motherhood after she fell pregnant and found the parenting forums, magazines and other spaces were not diverse. I Am Not Your Baby Mother is a guide to life as a black mother from pregnancy through to starting school, navigating micro-aggression, unconscious bias and more at each stage.
The Other Wife
By: Claire McGowan
Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 9 hours and 44 minutes
Pregnant and alone with her jealous husband, Suzi becomes fast friends with her new neighbour Nora. However, Suzi harbours a terrible secret and suspects Nora may know what it is. Meanwhile, Elle seems to have the perfect life. In reality, she’s killed before and will do it again if it means keeping hold of her husband. The strangers are brought together in a shocking event which will change all of their lives forever.
What I Know for Sure
By: Oprah Winfrey
Narrated by: Oprah Winfrey
Length: 3 hours and 53 minutes
Oprah Winfrey has shared wisdom with readers in her O magazine column for 14 years. Now, her updated essays have been collated into this book and organised into themes such as gratitude, joy, connection and resilience. In this audiobook, Oprah Winfrey narrates her own words directly to listeners to impact nuggets of inspiration.
A History of Britain in 21 Women
By: Jenni Murray
Narrated by: Jenni Murray
Length: 8 hours and 28 minutes
Journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Jenni Murray has combined the achievements of 21 influential women, to explain how each of them impacted different aspects of British history. The profiles include author Jane Austen, suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, designer Mary Quant, monarch Queen Elizabeth I and more.
Girl, Woman, Other
By: Bernardine Evaristo
Narrated by: Anna-Maria Nabirye
Length: 11 hours and 7 minutes
Bernardine Evaristo’s best-selling Girl, Woman, Other won The Booker Prize in 2019. The plot follows the lives of 12 characters in Britain as they search for something missing from their lives. The stories take place at various points over the past 100 years and in different locations the length and breadth of the country.
By: Sally Rooney
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 7 hours and 36 minutes
The multi-awarding winning novel from Sally Rooney, Normal People has been adapted into a hit TV series for BBC Three. Released as a box-set, the show had viewers across the country hooked. This audiobook of the original novel narrates the story of young couple Connell and Marianne who grew up in the same rural Irish town. We follow their relationship through university into life beyond as they grapple with love, privilege and life together.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
By: Christy Lefteri
Narrated by: Art Malik
Length: 8 hours and 37 minutes
When their home city is torn apart, beekeeper Nuri and his artist wife Afra must make a dangerous journey towards a new, uncertain future in Britain, to join Nuri’s cousin who teaches beekeeping to fellow refugees. Afra is now blind because of the horrors she has seen and the couple must fight to survive in a broken world and find their way back to each other again.
Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times on Television
By: Louis Theroux
Narrated by: Louis Theroux
Length: 13 hours and 12 minutes
For more than two decades Louis Theroux has shone a light on distinctive characters and diverse pockets of society. Through TV interviews and his own documentary series, the journalist has forged an unexpectedly successful career as a journalist, which he reflects on with honesty and humour in his memoir. The audiobook adaptation is narrated by Theroux himself.
The Family Upstairs
By: Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Tamaryn Payne, Bea Holland, Dominic Thorburn
Length: 9 hours and 37 minutes
This crime thriller is set in a home in wealthy Chelsea, London. Three bodies lie on the kitchen floor and have been there for several days. Upstairs, a happy, well-fed baby lies awake in her cot. What happened in that house and who has been looking after the baby?
From growing up on the Southside of Chicago to balancing the demands of motherhood and work, this intimate and powerful memoir by the first African American First Lady of the United States tells the stories that helped shape Michelle Obama's journey and allowed her to create the most open and inclusive White House in American history.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
"F*ck positivity" is the mantra Mark Manson preaches in his bestselling self-help guide, the ultimate antidote to today's culture of positive thinking. Not everyone is special, Manson tells us, and real-life doesn't award you a gold medal just for showing up — but by learning and accepting our own weaknesses and limitations, we can confront once-painful truths and learn true courage.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying
A Game of Thrones
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection
Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square
This Is Going to Hurt
12 Rules for Life
The Butterfly Effect
A Short History of Nearly Everything
How to Win Friends & Influence People
Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection
Alan Partridge: Nomad
The Path to Pride
What makes a genius a genius? How did Lin Manuel Miranda create Hamilton, and how did a trip to India inspire inventor Amy Smith? While The MacArthur Foundation awards its famous "genius grant" every year, who exactly are these scientists, artists and educators, and what have they done to merit the title 'genius'? Bob Garfield invites fellows in to discuss their life and careers, unpicking what events shaped them.
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