My Top 5 Audible Listens
I spend a heck of a lot of time listening to audio-books and podcasts. A lot of people listen to music to focus or sleep, for me I like to listen to stories and peoples lives. I spend a vast majority of my life on Audible: at work, driving and at home I will nearly always be listening to an audio book.
In the last 3 years I have spent a total time of 1 month, 14 days, 23 hours and 48 minutes on Audible. Which is freaking insane, that doesn’t count the podcasts I listen to on Spotify. I’d love to know what the grand total listening time will be.
I’ve put together a list of a few audio books that I’ve listened to and really can’t stop recommending.
Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope
Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson is the follow up from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (a book I have not read yet).
Touching on religion, politics and hope, Manson openly questions and shows fault in the societal way we constraints we have built. This book covers these controversial topics in a captivating and humorous way.
I found this book rather enlightening, it made me think about about social constructs and people's motives.
Becoming by Michelle Obama, is a fantastic read written by the greatest first lady in history (in my opinion). In this captivating audio book you follow Michelle’s beginnings in the south side of Chicago to her time and experiences living at the White House.
Michelle tells her story in a wise and compelling way that keeps longing to hear more. Listening to this audio book made me love and respect Michelle Obama so much more than I already did.
Parsnips, Buttered is a fantastically hilarious book written by Joe Lycett. In this book you become invested in his various schemes of revenge on companies. He transforms himself into German Prime Minister Angela Merkle and various other characters to outsmart parking fines and Nigerian scam emails.
This book leaves me with a smile on my face and dreams of sassing shady people.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I would happily suggest any of the Harry Potter series for you to download. The entire series is filled with fantastic and nostalgic stories. Stephen Fry does a brilliant job bringing these stories to life in a soothing and compelling way.
However, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is my favourite book in the whole series. The way Professor Umbridge is written is brilliant and Stephen Fry’s voice acting for her is top notch. I think J K Rowling wrote this book perfectly and I have listened to this audio book so many times.
I struggle sleeping at night, especially if I’m alone, so I like to listen to Harry Potter books to help me drift off.
A Stolen Life: A Memoir
A Stolen Life: A Memoir is a harrowing autobiography about the horrific kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard. This tragic book is one of the toughest reads I have ever gotten through. Jaycee talks through her kidnapping, repeated rapes, the birth of her daughter and finding freedom after being missing for 18 years.
I originally started listening to this book whilst at work, but it kept making cry, so I had to switch to listening at home. Jaycee has also brought out another book named Freedom: My Book of Firsts which I am excited to read next. I’ve found myself incredibly invested in Jaycee’s life and story.
I love Audible, it’s probably the subscription I enjoy the most. I’ve recently had to get rid of it due to moving out and saving up to buy a house etc, but luckily I can still listen to all the books I’ve downloaded.
I’d love to hear if you’ve listened to any of these books? Or if not, what books have you listened to or read recently?