Reading more books was likely at the top of many of our New Year's resolutions list.
Now that we’re almost a full month into the year though, it’s time to evaluate those resolutions, and review just how well we’re managing to stick to them.
Because for some of us, wanting to read more can be tricky. It often means trying to carve out a peaceful half an hour in the day, when plenty of us are already busy with work life, home life, social lives and trying to stay fit and healthy – which means that 20 minutes of alone time can feel nigh on impossible.
But that’s where audiobooks come in. Rather than needing to sit down, and dedicate all your attention to the words on the page of a traditional book, audiobooks allow you to carry on with your everyday tasks, whilst being able to dive into the next must-read on your list.
It means that you can cook dinner, clean the house, get on with some work, or go on a walk, and at the same time, getting to delve into the next chapter of the thriller you were desparate to finish the night before.
While it’s undoubtedly lovely to settle down with a good old hardback, audiobooks give us back the chance to read, even when we barely have a minute to sit down – a regular occurence in our modern world, full of appointments, notifications and lists.
Which is why we’ve picked some of the best audiobooks on offer on Audible, all of whom have overall 4.5 star ratings or above – with plenty of individual five star reviews!
So if you want to try out an audiobook for the first time, or are simply searching for your next listen if you’re already a dedicated convert, check out our list of the best audiobooks below…
Narrated by Michelle herself, Becoming chronicles the life of the former First Lady, from her upbringing on the South side of Chicago to her time in the White House. She discusses her life bringing up two daughters in the glare of the media spotlight and her important public life as an advocate for women. With almost all five star reviews from readers, it's guaranteed to be a brilliant read.
Adam's book, detailing the life of a junior doctor in the NHS and all the ups and downs that go with, regularly reachers the top of best-seller lists. Hear the hugely popular account spoken by Adam himself with this audiobook, as he shares the heartbreaking and, also, heartwarming, tales of life on a hospital ward.
With two narrators, depicting the male and female versions of the story, this psychological thriller will keep you hooked until the end. A famous artist shoots her husband in the head, but never speaks again following the crime. However, one man, a forensic psychotherapist, is determined to find out her motive.
If you've been desperate to read this dystopian classic, an audiobook is a brilliant way to dive into the haunting story. It's narrated by Elisabeth Moss, the very same actress who plays the main character, Offred, in the TV adaption of the novel. So for fans of the series, the words will really come to life listening to this...
If you struggle to read self-help books such as this one, an audiobook can be a great way to take in all the wellbeing tips and advice. This pick, penned by Professor Matthew Walker, looks at how and why sleep is one of the most important parts of our lives, and worrying effects on our health if we neglect it.
Even if you've read the magical classic before, listening via an audiobook provides a whole new experience. Narrated by the legend that is Stephen Fry, the books will come to life again, as he gives each character their own distinctive voice. Welcome back to Hogwarts...
Highly rated by Audible members, comedian Sarah Millican's hilarious autobiography is brought to life with a narration by the author herself. With plenty of funny anecdotes and relatable stories, Sarah's book is guaranteed to make you giggle. Just expect some funny looks if you're listening to it in public...
A Sunday Times bestseller, Dawn's honest and thought-provoking new book tells the story of Ruby, Beth and Lauren, showing that life isn't always as perfect as it may seem from the outside. Again, narrated by Dawn herself, this audiobook is a great way to absorb this book in the way that it was meant to be heard.
For those of us who love a heartwarming romance to delve into, this pick charting the lives of Nell and Van is ideal. The pair meet as children, but are forced apart soon after. Five years later they find each other again, but are once again separated - only for the same cycle two repeat for the next two decades. Will they ever find happiness?
The ever-hilarious Louis takes listeners on a journey through his successful and fascinating career - meeting people from all over the world. Of particular interest are his recollections of his time spent with Jimmy Savile...