Reading is a joy, but it can be difficult to find the time to dive between the pages of a well loved book. Audiobook platforms such as Audible have been quietly growing their libraries and streamlining their services and now present a viable alternative for the bookworm on the go. It’s never been easier to dip in and out of a great work of non-fiction or a fascinating fable wherever you are, whether you’re doing the dishes, driving to work or putting in some miles on the treadmill.
Try out these greats available at all good Audiobook shops.
Mythos by Stephen Fry
Join beloved word-smith Stephen Fry as he takes us on his latest jaunt into the world of myth and legend with Mythos. An epic retelling of the stories of Greek myth, this one is sure to appeal to those who are familiar with the tales, or those encountering them for the first time. Stephen Fry guides us through Hades and to the heights of Olympus, and it’s easy to see why these stories have endured for millennia.
The Stu Ungar Story by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson
This audiobook charts the rise and fall of Stu “the kid” Ungar, arguably the world’s greatest poker player. Written by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson, who were commissioned by Ungar to tell his story, the story features opulent settings, high stakes games of poker, and crazy anecdotes from a life lived at the edge. Even if cards aren’t your thing, who doesn’t love a good rags to riches tale? This is one of the greats.
Emma by Jane Austen
If you’ve never had the pleasure of reading or listening to Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma, this could be your best opportunity yet. This matchmaking comedy of manners follows the loves and losses of young Emma Woodrose as she navigates the challenges of regency social life. The audiobook features a star studded cast headed up by multi academy award winner Emma Thompson and supported by Jane Froggat and Morgana Robinson. If you’re an Austen fan, this is not one to miss.
A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough
The impassioned witness statement of our most cherished wildlife broadcaster, David Attenborough’s A Life on Our Planet is an important work. Narrated by Attenborough himself, the book serves as a platform to set forth his perspectives on the environmental crisis from the viewpoint of his half a century of nature conservation and educational advocacy. This is a unique testament from a life lived in thrall to the natural world and a call to action for future generations.
A Short History of Everything by Bill Bryson
This is one for the listener who likes to ask big questions. Join celebrated traveler and professional curious mind Bill Bryson as he unravels some of our biggest mysteries with a welcoming demeanor and incisive wit. What is time, how do continents form and where is the center of the earth? Bryson’s self narrated classic A Short History of Everything is an entertaining journey into the story of, well, everything!
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
This book is ostensibly about botany, but don’t let that fool you. Join Robin Wall Kimmerer, an ethnobotanist and citizen of Potawatomi nation as she guides you through a series of essays on the intersection between scientific knowledge and indigenous lifeways. Kimmerer sets out to answer the question of how we can find a meaningful connection to nature in our modern lives. With heartfelt sharing of Native American traditions and insightful commentary on environmentalism and ecology, this is a unique little audiobook.
SPQR by Mary Beard
Join Mary Beard on an insightful journey to the eternal city. Beard’s survey of the Roman Empire is fresh and innovative in a saturated field. Exploring the enduring legacy of Rome on modern western civilization, from its impact on how we define everything from citizenship, to law, philosophy and warfare, Beard takes us on a journey through the ages and charts how Rome grew from a minor city state, to republic and then continent spanning empire.