We love a good audiobook. With the right story and the right narrator you can be whisked away to Hogwarts, to outer space, back to Henry VIII’s Court – all while doing the washing up. It’s magic.
If you’re a bit stuck about where to start, why not check out one of these?
‘Illuminae’ by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Read by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe & Jonathan McClain
There’s nothing better than hearing a book written in different POVs actually read by different people. It’s a totally different experience. This epic space opera takes off with Kady and Ezra’s planet being rained down on by enemy fire and having to flee on an evacuating ship. But space may not be any safer than land…
‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner
Read by Mark Deakins
Audiobooks are the perfect way to refresh your memory before a new installment of a series. When Thomas wakes to a lift opening onto the Glade, all he can remember is his name. No one else trapped in this stone maze knows why they’re there, all they know is that every day they must risk the horrors of the maze in search of escape.
‘One’ by Sarah Crossan
Read by Stephanie Cannon
Some people struggle with reading poetry or novels in verse, so why not listen instead? This verse novel about a pair of conjoined twins, Tippi and Grace, as they navigate high school looking for acceptance, friendship and maybe even love is utterly heart-wrenching. Have tissues on hand. Seriously.
‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J Maas
Read by Elizabeth Evans
The first book in Sarah J Maas’s epic fantasy series introduces us to Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s greatest assassin. Who’s just been caught. After serving a year in the salt mines of Endovier she’s given a chance at freedom: become the Prince’s champion in a competition to be the Royal Assassin. SO. GOOD.
‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness
Read by Humphrey Bower
Patrick Ness’s dystopian trilogy is often counted as one of the best YA trilogies around, so why not give it a shot? Everyone in Prentisstown can hear each other’s thoughts in a never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee – whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not – stumble upon an area of complete silence.
‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven
Read by Kirby Heybourne & Ariadne Meyers
Violet is looking for a way to escape death after the loss of her sister and Finch is always looking for ways to achieve it. When they join forces for a school project on the wonders of their state, they make important discoveries about themselves and each other. This is another one you’ll need tissues for. Soz.
‘The Fire Sermon’ by Francesca Haig
Read by Yolanda Kettle
The second book in this dystopian fantasy series hit shelves a few months back so it’s the perfect time to get caught up. In Zach and Cass’s world, everyone is born a twin – an Alpha and an Omega. A strong twin and a mutated twin, separated as soon as the mutation appears. Both Cass and Zach are perfect on the outside, but Cass has a secret that Zach is determined to expose. Not gonna lie, the ending of this one SLAYED us.
‘Paper Towns’ by John Green
Read by Dan John Miller
We all need a bit of John Green now and again and if you’ve been watching the film over and over (not that we have or anything *shifty eyes*) it might be time to go back to the original. Q has loved Margo Spiegelman from afar for years so when she invites him on a revenge mission in the middle of the night, he can’t resist. When she’s gone the next morning he’s determined to track her down.
‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge
Read by Emilia Fox
If you haven’t heard of this yet, you must have been under a rock. It’s scooped up all the prizes and everyone’s in love. Faith’s father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree grows healthy and bears fruit only if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.
‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness
Read by James Fouhey
Whoops, more Patrick Ness #sorrynotsorry. His latest asks what if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey?
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