Getting started on Audible – my favourite audiobooks

Firstly you can download my new Audible Original here right now. I mentioned it was free, right?

With my new Audible Original coming out I thought I’d give you some pointers of my favourite audiobooks of the last 12 months. Four hot picks to get you going as a listener! I listen to a lot of books – fiction and non-fiction – and these are the ones that gave me the most joy this year.

1) Humankind – Rutger Bregman

If you’re looking for a thoughtful book to make you think differently, Rutger Bregman has the tome for you. It’s hard at times in 2021 not to be consumed with fear that the world is full of meanness and evil. Bregman takes a different view, he takes you on an enthralling journey through the evidence that, in truth, humans are generally kind and considerate souls. A rewarding, optimistic listen to keep you company on your daily walk/exercise/queue outside a retail store.

2) Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid 

A book that reminds you how pleasurable it can be to be lost in a captivating novel. An imagining of a 1970s rockband who are upended when they meet a wild, free-spirited collaborator. Imagine the story of alt-universe Fleetwood Mac as they crash through the hedonistic carnival of their career. Told as a series of interviews with band members- full of emotion and drama – I smiled from start to finish.

3) Trick Mirror – Jia Tolentino

Man, I adore this book of essays. Witty, intelligent and so damn smart. Tolentino pulls apart internet culture, identity and what it means to be living through the moment we’re in right now. Tolentino covers themes you’ve thought about a lot but her insight makes you feel like you’ve not been looking hard enough. I’ve listened to this twice and then bought a hard copy to read. One of Barack Obama’s books of 2019. I wish I could be as clever as Jia.

4) The Stand – Stephen King

Was listening to 40+ hours of novel about a global pandemic a bad idea? It didn’t feel so. The characters of King’s blockbuster draw you into their world as they find a way to reinvent civilisation. The disappointment after 40 hours is that it has to end up drawing to a conclusion at all. I still think of them all.