Audiobooks and Podcasts for Lockdown Life

OnesToListenTo
02-06-20

Anyone else missing their commute because it was quality audiobook time?! (We never thought we'd say that.) Well, in the spirit of 'a new normal' here are some of our recommendations for audiobooks and podcasts for your lockdown life.




Holly Newson: Welcome to Audible’s “Ones to Listen To”. I’m Holly and this edition brings you the perfect listen for each occasion. Ok, well, perfect is subjective but we think we’ve done a pretty good job.

First up for that 20 second hand wash that we’re getting oh so good at, this one will grip you from the very start…

Highfire

Author:
Eoin Colfer
Narrator:
Johnny Heller
Length:
9:19
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

It’s modern fantasy, or dragon noir as he likes to call it. So, stick it on when you’re doing your hand wash, keep listening, you’ll get hooked, have a great listen from then on. It’s ideal really.

Our next pick is…

Locked Together

Author:
Sarah Millican, Jason Manford, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Kurupt FM, Katherine Ryan, Jimmy Carr, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan, Tez Ilyas, Sindhu Vee, Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse
Narrator:
Length:
4:16
Type:
Podcast Podcast

This one is a podcast and it’s brilliant for listening to while you’re working. It features a couple of comedians per episode having one of those video chats we are all now very familiar with. You don’t have to be constantly tuned in but it’s like having some warm and relatable company there, and it’ll make you chuckle too. Best of all, this one is free for everyone. You don’t even have to be a member.

Next up, we know that commute is long at the moment. It’s at least five or six paces for me to get from my desk to the kitchen for lunch. So, what are you going to hit play on during that walk, I hear you ask. Well, I would recommend…

Heartburn

Author:
Nora Ephron
Narrator:
Meryl Streep
Length:
5:30
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

It’s about Rachel, who writes cookbooks, finding out that her husband Mark is in love with another woman. It’s perfect if you want something funny or if you’re missing gossip, and there are even some recipes thrown in there. So, a great use of a credit.

And what about for when you’re getting ready for work. You know, picking out a top for the conference call. Putting on maybe a clean pair of PJ’s for the bottom half - treat yourself. Well, you need something to get you in the head space for the day. So, you could try…

The Squiggly Career: Ditch the Ladder, Discover Opportunity, Design Your Career

Author:
Helen Tupper, Sarah Ellis
Narrator:
Helen Tupper, Sarah Ellis
Length:
5:27
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

One reviewer described how it’s helped him to be more purposeful in his work, so it could be just the thing for helping you to get your focus on.

To switch off at the end of the day, or to pick you up once the government update has pulled you into a deep pool of overwhelming panic, I would recommend…

The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age

Author:
Claudia Hammond
Narrator:
Claudia Hammond
Length:
7:11
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

We all know sleep is important but what about rest? Well, turns out that’s super important too. So, give your stressed or anxious brain some ideas of how to switch off and recuperate with this one.

Finally a title, or three, to keep the kids entertained. There are currently three books in the Cressida Cowell’s Wizard of Once series.

The Wizards of Once: The Wizards of Once, Book 1

Author:
Cressida Cowell
Narrator:
David Tennant
Length:
5:56
Series:
The Wizards of Once
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

They’re narrated by David Tennant - dreamy - and they’re packed full of fun and adventure. I absolutely love these so hopefully they can keep you and the kids entertained for hours.

For more titles to keep the children in your good books, check out the free audiobooks on Audible Stories.

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