The best audiobooks on Audible - as chosen by Mumsnetters

best audiobooks

It's fair to say that Mumsnetters are big fans of Audible. For those of you not yet convinced, allow us to share our favourite audiobooks on Audible right now

How does Audible work?

Audible is a monthly subscription service that allows you to listen to audiobooks, original podcasts and dramas on your smartphone, tablet or Alexa-enabled device. There are over 200,000 titles to choose from, so you're sure to find something that takes your fancy.

Getting started with Audible is simple: choose your audiobook on site, download the app, and you're ready to listen.

Audible subscriptions begin with a 30-day free trial then, after the trial period, you pay £7.99 per month and receive one book credit that you can exchange for any book on Audible. There's no long-term obligation and you can cancel your subscription at any time. There are also alternative subscription plans if one book credit per month just isn't enough for you, or if you would rather pay for the full year upfront.

If you can't wait until the next month, you can buy additional books on top of your monthly credit or purchase audiobooks on a one-off basis without a subscription – but you could save up to 70% if you have a membership.

Once you redeem a credit or buy an audiobook, it's yours to keep forever – even if you cancel your subscription. After the book is downloaded to your device, you can listen anytime, anywhere without needing an internet connection. Audible will also sync your progress across devices so you never have to worry about losing your place.

Mumsnet favourites

Stoner by John Williams

Stoner by John Williams

Total time: 8 hours and 55 mins

Narrated by: Alfred Molina

Why you should listen:

“I just finished Stoner and the narration was amazing -probably one of the best I have ever listened to.”

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Total time: 17 hours and 28 mins

Narrated by: Anjoa Andoh

Why you should listen:

“Anjoa Andoh is the most amazing narrator – I really missed hearing her voice when I'd finished it!”

“Here's yet another recommendation for Americanah. It's exactly the kind of book I would have forgotten quickly had I read it myself, but listening to it was like getting wrapped up in other people's lives. I really enjoyed the narration.”

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The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill

The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill

Total time: 14 hours and 43 mins

Series: Simon Serrallier, Book 1/8

Narrated by: Steven Pacey

Why you should listen:

“Just to say – I've now started Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler books and LOVE them. I wanted to thank you and recommend them to anyone else liking a good crime story.”

“If you like light undemanding traditional detective stories, I'd recommend Susan Hill's Simon Serrallier series. Well read and entertaining.”

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Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Total time: 14 hours and 1 min

Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson

Why you should listen:

“I'd really recommend Apple Tree Yard if anyone's after a gripping, well-narrated, psychological read.”

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Total time: 10 hours and 26 mins

Narrated by: Joanna David

Why you should listen:

If Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel has been lingering a while on your reading list, now's the time to listen to it. The enormously successful TV adaptation is still making waves across Mumsnet and it's been on the Audible bestsellers chart for weeks.

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84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Total time: 2 hours and 11 mins

Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson and John Nettles

Why you should listen:

This is the perfect audiobook if you're trying out listening to a book for the first time. It's only a couple of hours long, it's read by Mumsnetters' all time favourite narrator, Juliet Stevenson, and it's a beautiful love story told through the letters of a New York writer and a London bookshop owner. What more could you want?

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Related: Still not convinced? Check out this list of proper paperbacks Mumsnetters have been enjoying.

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