| Listen to audiobooks this season and avoid an awful book tan line. There are free audiobook downloads available, you just have to dig for the treasure.
Discover a roundup of our favourite fiction and non-fiction audiobooks on Audible that we’ve been listening to this month, from podcaster memoirs to bestselling novels.
Fucked: Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed | Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson
The first book by ‘Sorry About Last Night’ comedy duo Corinne and Krystyna of ‘Guys We Fucked’ podcast fame, ‘Fucked’ is eductional, biographical, highly relateable and entertaining as hell. If you’re looking for a uncensored insights into sexual relationships and experienced from two intelligent and hilarious women, you will not be disappointed. Described as "the guide to love and sex for anyone who has ever felt afraid to be their authentic sexual self", ‘Fucked’ is the anti slut-shaming bible for the modern age. Fans of the podcast or a complete newbie- take note, this is an audiobook to play on your morning commute that you will be thinking about all day.
The Reading Cure | Laura Freeman
"Book by book, meal by meal, Laura develops an appetite and discovered an entire library of reasons to live." Laura Freeman tells the story of her decades-long battle with Anorexia Nervosa, through literary legends in this beautifully honest and heart-wrenching memoir of recovery. The Reading Cure inspiring tale for people who have suffered from or been close to those with eating disorders or any kind of mental illness, and a fascinating insight into a strange otherworld for those who haven’t, while also being a linguistic treat for bookworms and foodies alike.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman
‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ has taken the world by storm, topping every bestseller list, and the audiobook is even more of a fictional delight. Following the somewhat therapeutic journey of Eleanor discovering the story of her own life that have been suppressed for years. An exploration into the phenomenon of extreme loneliness, Gail Honeyman’s debut novel is wonderfully weird and supremely all-encompassing, particularly when read aloud by the dulcet Scottish tones of Cathleen McCarron, and excitingly, soon to be made into a movie produced by Reese Witherspoon.
Everything I Know About Love | Dolly Alderton
The debut book by award-winning journalist Dolly Alderton, ‘Everything I Know About Love’ is a comforting listen, whether you’re lucky in love or not. From MSN flirting in high school to painful heartbreak, close female friendships to. If you liked ‘Cat Person’, you’ll love this true-life take on complex relationships, and you’ll adore following the ups and downs of life as a young woman in the 21st century as narrated by a genuinely talented storyteller who is extremely self-aware of both her flaws and her privilege. ‘Everything I Know About Love’ is equally as funny as it is poignant, and as intelligent as it is silly. 100% recommended reading for the entire female population.
The Butterfly Effect | Jon Ronson
Not technically an audiobook but an exclusive 7-part audio series, written and read by the incredible brain and talent Jon Ronson, ‘The Butterfly Effect’ is a story not about porn itself, but about the ever-rippling aftermath of the PornHub monopoly on real people’s real lives. On listening, you discover the exponential consequences of the free porn industry, which turn out to be mysterious, shocking, sad, and, at times, even surprisingly sweet. A somewhat harrowing tale but told by the most comforting Northern accent in the world; ‘The Butterfly Effect’ is a treat for psychology and technology geeks.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race | Reni Eddo-Lodge
In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge published a passionate argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism were constantly being shut down by those who weren’t affected by it. She gave the post the title ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. She then developed a clear hunger for an open discussion about racism in the UK, leading her to write this very book. The result is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today, covering issues from eradicated black history to white privilege, the fallacy of ‘meritocracy’ to whitewashing feminism, and the inextricable link between class and race. An absolutely fascinating and refreshing read or listen in today’s turbulent political times.
The Cows | Dawn O’Porter
Th debut adult novel from renowned broadcaster Dawn O’Porter is an exploration into the idea of following the crowd and smashing stereotypes. ‘The Cows’ is a powerful story about three very different women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find her own voice, and they do so through a bold and brilliant, frank, fearless and funny audio journey.