Podcasts are having a moment. There's been a massive increase in listeners over the past few years. Since the unprecedented success of Serial in 2014 sparking the fascination with true crime, podcasts have only grown. In 2018, Listening Books created their own podcast, Voluminous, all about reading and audiobooks.
There are some audiobooks that are just enjoyable. And then there are some that capture your imagination, thrill you, or change your outlook. The perfect combination of story and narrator. The thrill of a well-placed sound effect. These things can set an audiobook above the rest. We've chosen our favourites, what we think are the best audiobooks of 2018, so you can catch up on what you've missed, or revisit them.
Have you ever tried to get to sleep and found it impossible? Listening Books audio producer Nik de Garis has written a poem all about this problem, and the solution - the OverDrive sleep timer!
Simon Lelic is the bestselling author of five books, including The House and his latest release, The Liar's Room. Before starting to write novels he studied history and previously worked as a journalist. He lived in London for several years before moving down to Brighton with his wife and three children. The House was chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club in November 2017.
Robin Stevens is the author of the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike series and The Guggenheim Mystery. She was born in America, but grew up in England. She attended Cheltenham Ladies College, where she read a lot of murder mysteries. The Murder Most Unladylike series follows Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, who set up the Wells and Wong detective society, and investigate their first case after Hazel discovers the murder of the science teacher Miss Bell at the Deepdean School for Girls.
Audiobooks are the best way to immerse yourself in a thrilling story. A voice speaking straight into your ear is way scarier than reading. Even the shortest one can have me hiding under the duvet. So, if you love a creepy story, then check out this list of scary audiobooks for a fang-tastic fright!
The nights are getting longer, and this autumn we have some excellent new additions to our library. Whether you're commuting to work or school on a chilly morning, or just hiding under the duvet for a few more hours, we've got something for you. There are audiobooks about queens, crime, Christmas, and everything in between, so you're bound to find something you love!
This article was written by Katherine Runswick-Cole, a senior research fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. It was originally published on The Conversation.
Whether you're starting a new school, about to start your exams, or just back for another year, we've got you covered. If you find reading or holding a book difficult going back to school can be particularly difficult. But, with audiobooks it doesn't have to be! We record educational audiobooks from ages 7 and up so that at least getting through the reading can be a breeze! We’ve collected some of the best back to school audiobooks in our library, so get a head start on listening!
Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times and internationally-bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She has been Vice Chair of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and her books have been shortlisted for Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year Awards. Her 2017 novel, Just for the Holidays, was chosen as the July/August 2018 audiobook for The Listening Books Club.