Who doesn’t love immersing themselves in the world of a captivating book? But unless you are on holidays or navigating a long commute, it can be hard to find time to curl up with a paperback. Solution: audiobooks. If you have been sucked into the world of podcasts this will be an easy side step for you. In the era of multitasking you can listen to your best-selling novel in the car, while you’re cleaning or on your next walk (save a gripping tale for only when you exercise and you’ll always be eager to get to your next work out!).
If you’re new to the whole idea of listening to a book, these are our favourite picks to get you started – PLUS you can even listen to some of them for FREE.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
She plays heroine Offred with chilling perfection in the TV adaptation, so it’s no surprise Elizabeth Moss was asked to narrate this feminist classic. Be transported into the terrifyingly believable world of Gilead in this dystopian novel as the characters fight for independence.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
If you thought you couldn’t love Michelle Obama anymore then you need to listen to her reading her powerful memoir. It will feel like she is taking you on a personal journey through the experiences that shaped her from her Chicago childhood to her time as First Lady, and will inspire you to make change.
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
If novels are not your thing, listen to these wise words from Dr Brené Brown as she looks at new research conducted with change makers and leaders. Find out how you can be courageous and brave when you take the lead.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This bestselling novel Cathleen McCarron’s quirky and offbeat narration suits the main character perfectly. Eleanor Oliphant looks at the world a slightly different way. She wears the same clothes to work every day and eats the same meal for lunch every day. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Until a chance encounter opens her up to a world where life can be better than fine.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Richard Armitage lends his captivating English tones to this gripping true story of Lale Sokolov, a Jewish man who survived Auschwitz, after being given the job of tattooing the numbers on prisoner’s arms. His tale is one of courage as he used his privileges to save others within the camp – including one young woman, Gita, who would become the love of his life. Lale told few people his story after the war and waited until his wife died in 2003 to finally share his tale.
The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
We love it when one of our own voices narrates an Australian novel. Rachel Griffiths familiar tones transport you to the small outback town of Dungatar for Tilly Dunnage’s return after 20 years mastering the art of dressmaking (hence the title) in Paris. Banished from the town as a child after being accused of murder, she returns to exact revenge on those who did her wrong.
© Prevention Australia
First published: 15 Aug 2019