If you have been meaning to pick up a book for months, but never got the motivation, why not try out audiobooks? With a subscription to Audible, you have access to thousands of audiobooks. (It’s basically Spotify for people who love to read).
Listen to your book whilst you’re cooking, working out or chilling in the garden. Let’s face it, there’s no better feeling than finishing a really great book, but if you can’t get out to the shops for a new paperback, give an audiobook a go. Take a look at the recommendations from the team at Missguided.
Best audiobooks to listen to…
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
- Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux
- Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
- My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
- This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
- The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
- How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
- Dear Girls by Ali Wong
- The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
Audiobooks to listen to whilst on lockdown
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
If you’ve read a Handmaid’s Tale or watched the TV series, you HAVE to listen to The Testaments. This long-awaited sequel picks up 15 years after the original book, following different stories and characters in the dystopian state of Gilead. Narrated by the show’s infamous Aunt Lydia, it follows two young women Agnes and Daisy as their world’s collide. Audiobooks are also available of the original Handmaids Tale novel.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Written by Liane Moriarty (who also brought us Big Little Lies), this book follows a woman called Alice who suddenly awakes in a gym to realise that she has forgotten the last ten years of her life. The last thing she remembers was being pregnant and happily married, but upon her awakening she finds herself in the process of a divorce with three kids. In the days that follow, she tries to figure out what has happened and confronts some ugly truths.
Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux
We love Louis, so his latest audio book is a MUST listen. Narrated by the man himself, he takes us through his life and unexpectedly successful career. From spending weekends with racist militants, to pro wrestlers and biker gangs. He’s seen it all. He also reflects on his weekend with Jimmy Savile following the revelations that came to light.
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
Another amazing listen by the award-winning author Sally Rooney. This book follows a 21 year old uni student called Frances who performs spoken word events with her ex Bobbi. Their work gets noticed by a journalist and it transforms their lives. They enter circles of the rich and famous. Expect affairs, desires and vulnerability.
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
This is the first novel from Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite and it is a cool new take on a serial killer. Think Killing Eve, but with a sister relationship too. It turns the table on women being the victim and takes a stab at a patriarchal society.
This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
If you haven’t read this yet, what have you been doing? Its especially poignant during the Covid-19 outbreak. The million-copy bestseller is semi-autobiographical, about the life of a junior doctor. Adam Kay speaks about how he dealt with life and death decisions, bodily fluids and sleepless nights. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking at the same time.
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The book by Beth O’Leary is narrated by Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune. Flatmates Tiffy and Leon share a bed, but they have never met. Tiffy needs a cheap flat and Leon (who works nights) needs cash. The pair alternate using the one-bed flat whilst the other is at work. But with obsessive ex partners, demanding jobs and imprisoned family, their agreement doesn’t work out as simple as they first hoped.
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
This semi-bigraphical novel by journalist, broadcaster and all-round funny-woman Caitlin Moran is relatable, lighthearted and empowering. She talks about her life, whilst asking question such as ‘why are we supposed to get Brazilians?’ and ‘What should you actually call your vagina?’. It’s a fun take on feminism, teenage angst and life as a woman.
Dear Girls By Ali Wong
Written by American stand up comedian and actress Ali Wong, the book is a series of hilarious letters to her daughters. It covers everything they need to know in life, such as the highs and lows of dating, how to be a working mum and how she ‘trapped’ their dad. Sharp, witty and truly original, Ali’s letters explore the ugly truths of life.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
A moving and remarkable tale of a Syrian couple who’s lives are uprooted by war. The pair plan their escape through Turkey and Greece to an uncertain future in Britain. They embark on a seemingly impossible journey to meet with their cousin who is a beekeeper in Yorkshire. This audiobook tackles heartbreaking loss, dangers and pure bravery.
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