Woman&Home’s Books Editor discover which bestselling Audible audiobooks should be added to your list

We all love a good story, but with more of us turning to audiobooks for their portable nature, there’s never been a better time to explore the best that Audible has to offer.
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  • With thousands of old classics, new releases and upcoming titles ready for pre-order, Amazon-owned Audible really does have something to suit every reading taste. 

    Here, our Woman&Home books editor Emma Shacklock shares her pick of the bestsellers topping the audiobook charts right now.

    Becoming by Michelle Obama

    Read by Michelle Obama

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    As the first African American to be First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama has become one of the most iconic and respected women of our era. A powerful and committed advocate for female rights, Michelle Obama’s memoir reveals exactly how she became the woman she is today, starting from her childhood in Chicago and chronicling how she balanced motherhood with her career. Narrated by Michelle herself, this audiobook is a deeply personal and honest account.

    LISTEN NOW: Becoming by Michelle Obama, Amazon

    Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling

    Read by Stephen Fry

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    Starting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, this internationally bestselling series follows teenage Harry Potter as he discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is, in fact, a wizard. Accepting a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry soon gets to grips with his powers and becomes part of the magical world.

    But his destiny and connection to a legendary dark lord so evil that witches and wizards everywhere still fear to speak his name, will require more skill and knowledge than he first thought. With each book getting darker and delving deeper into the battle to save the wizarding world, this is a series well worth adding to your to-listen list – wonderfully brought to life by Stephen Fry.

    LISTEN NOW: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling, Amazon 

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

    Read by Roger Wayne

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    With the dominance of social media, it has become all too easy to constantly compare yourself to those around you, but as the pressure rises, it’s clear that there is only so much we can really care about. In this self-help guide, Mark Manson’s entertaining stories, humour and no-nonsense approach come together to dismantle the myth that money buys you happiness.

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    Instead, he explores which experiences can really help you to lead a far more grounded life and accept that things are never going to be quite as perfect as you want. And that’s ok!

    LISTEN NOW: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, Amazon 

    Mythos by Stephen Fry

    Read by Stephen Fry

    Audible audiobooks

    Fans of Greek myth need look no further than this wonderful audiobook as Stephen Fry retells the ancient classics, capturing their extraordinary stories of love, hate, reward and punishment for the modern age.

    The stories included range from Athena’s birth from the head of her father, the great king of the gods, Zeus, to the story of Pandora’s box, shedding light on these legendary figures. Simply sit back and let the world of monsters, magic and a plethora of gods and goddesses come alive.

    LISTEN NOW: Mythos by Stephen Fry, Amazon 

    Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

    Read by Derek Perkins

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    This Sunday Times bestseller continues to gain momentum as it explores exactly how humanity as we know it came to be – and where we might be heading. In the 4.5 billion years the earth has existed, humans are believed to be the most advanced and destructive animals ever to walk its surface.

    Here Derek Perkins narrates historian Yuval Noah Harari’s account of our own history, stretching from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age, beginning as prey and reaching our current position as unmatched rulers of the world.

    LISTEN NOW: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Amazon  

    The Sherlock Holmes Collection by Stephen Fry

    Read by Stephen Fry

    Audible audiobooks

    Thought of as perhaps the most eminent of British detectives, Sherlock Holmes has captured imaginations around the globe since his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet.

    Now in audiobook form read by Stephen Fry, you can not only enjoy the complete works of Sherlock Holmes, but Fry’s own insightful introductions to each one. With four novels and five collections of short stories, there’s plenty to keep you riveted to the spot with these intriguing mysteries.

    LISTEN NOW: The Sherlock Holmes Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle, Amazon 

    This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

    Read by Adam Kay

    best audiobooks

    This million copy bestseller and the winner of three National Book Awards presents the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions and bodily fluids everywhere.

    Narrated by the author Adam Kay himself, he doesn’t hold back in casting a light on the hilarious, horrific and often heart-breaking moments he experienced everyday on the NHS frontline. As timely and insightful as ever it was, this is well worth a listen.

    LISTEN NOW: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay, Amazon

    Circe by Madeline Miller

    Read by Perdita Weeks

    From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes a tale steeped in Greek mythology and female power in the form of the witch Circe.

    Born as the daughter of the sun god, Helios, Circe is shunned by her kin, turning instead to mortals for companionship and in the process discovering witchcraft. But after casting a dark spell, she finds herself banished to the island of Aiaia where she proceeds to hone her craft until the time comes to decide which world she really belongs. A mesmerising mythological tale.

    LISTEN NOW: Circe by Madeline Miller, Amazon

    Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

    Read by John Sackville

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    In the first book of it’s kind by scientific expert Professor Matthew Walker, you can finally uncover the truth behind why exactly humans sleep – a behaviour that is so critical to our everyday lives but so often overlooked.

    Unpacking twenty years of research, Walker aims to show exactly why sleep matters so much, looking at both the animal kingdom and our own. Covering everything from REM sleep, to how caffeine alters sleeping patterns and how sleep patterns evolve, this is an insightful listen sure to open your eyes to the importance of getting your rest.

    LISTEN NOW: Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, Amazon 

    The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

    Read by Ben Miles

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    Narrated by the actor who played the infamous Thomas Cromwell himself in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of Wolf Hall, you can’t help but be drawn into Hilary Mantel’s final instalment of her Cromwell trilogy.

    Following the expert schemer’s final years and fall from grace and royal favour, Mantel unveils the secrets, plots and betrayals of the Tudor court like never before.

    LISTEN NOW: The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, Amazon 

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