9 reasons why audiobooks are bloody brilliant

Want to tick more books off your reading list this year, but not sure how you'll find the time? Mumsnetters share the reasons why audiobooks are well worth a try

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1.They make getting fit less traumatic

"They're brilliant for long runs when you don't need music to pump you up, just something to keep you going."

2. They give you a break from doing all the voices

"I listened to Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days with my eight-year-old daughter. We both enjoyed the story, and it was good to have someone else do the reading for a change." 

3. They cut down on 'are we there yet?' on long car journeys

"We had Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (not in person, it is a recording of him!) for a long car journey with our seven-year-old. It was brilliant; such a lovely thing to listen to together." 

4. They're basically hands free

"I listened to a lot of audiobooks when my son was a baby. I was too tired to read and it was a lovely way to relax."

"They were bloody brilliant when I was up in the night with my son, and then I found myself addicted!"

5. They make the 50 Book Challenge slightly less daunting

"I could never find 29 free hours to read a book, but listening (whilst swimming/walking, hopefully), feels like a constructive use of my time."

6. They're a great way to get reluctant readers interested in literature

"My son wouldn't read novels until he was nearly 13 because of dyslexia problems, but he would listen to audiobooks. Thankfully our library had a huge range. His English teacher said it was fine because he was still accessing literature."

7. They make the mind-numbingly dull more fun

"They are fab for blocking out the fact that I'm doing boring household tasks. I can't find time to read a book for pleasure at the moment, what with family, work and study for a new career, and this is the only way I get my much needed 'fiction fix'."

8. They improve your vocabulary

"They actually involve some of the 'skills' that are needed with reading such as comprehension, understanding new vocabulary, and building an imaginary picture of the story."

"My six-year-old daughter adores audiobooks, and she has a fantastic vocabulary - much of it picked up from audiobooks."

9. And when life calls for a bit of R&R, they fit right in

"I put them on my iPod and use them on holiday - it's great for sunbathing, not having to hold a book when lying on your back."

Want to give audiobooks a try?

Audible is offering a 50% discount to all Mumsnet users who have never tried Audible before.

With over 200,000 titles to choose from, Audible offers access to all your favourite books on the go. Follow the link below to claim your discount. 

The 'One Book Monthly' Audible membership plan means you will receive one credit to use against any digital audiobook on the site, regardless of price or length. You will be charged an introductory offer price of £3.99 per month for your first 3 months and at the end of the first three months, you will be charged at our regular price of £7.99 per month.

You can cancel anytime, online or by phone. This offer is available for new customers only. See the complete terms and policy applicable to Audible memberships.

Audiobooks we're listening to 

A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James, read by various Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman, read by Lenny Henry
'One of the best books I've listened to for a while. Seven narrators makes it such a great book to listen to - it is almost like a play. I can highly recommend it.' 'Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys read by Lenny Henry is brilliant - perfect match of reader and story.'
Great if you liked: A Spool of Blue Thread (Anne Tyler), A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)Great if you liked: American Gods (Neil Gaiman), The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness)
The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters, read by Juliet Stevenson  The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell, read by various
'Sarah Waters is such an excellent writer, and Juliet Stevenson is a fine narrator. It's hard to know what to go onto next.' 'My best audiobook of the year - I just wish it had never ended.'
Great if you liked: Slammerkin (Emma Donoggue), The Crimson Petal and the White (Michael Faber)
Great if you liked: The Miniaturist (Jessie Burton), The Narrow Road to the Deep North

(Richard Flanagan)


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