The 11 best audiobooks for children of all ages

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Scrambling for ways to entertain the kids in isolation? Mumsnet users recommend audiobooks that will keep the whole family entertained from start to finish

Good news: Audible has added hundreds of free children's titles in light of the pandemic.

1. Paddington Bear by Michael Bond – read by Stephen Fry


“The Paddington Bear books read by Stephen Fry are truly fabulous. My daughters are three and five, and they love them.”

“When my son was four, our favourite was Paddington Bear by Stephen Fry.”

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2. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson – read by Bill Oddie


“The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark is fantastic. It lasts an hour and my three-year-old will happily sit and listen to the whole thing – result!”

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3. The Twits by Roald Dahl – read by Richard Ayoade


“My six-year-old remained quiet for the first hour of a journey to Cornwall while listening to this. It was so brilliantly read by Richard Ayoade that I found myself thoroughly engaged as well and laughing out loud at times.”

“It must have had a good effect on my son as he went straight to his bookshelf to re-read this book on our return from holiday.”

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4. The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams – read by David Walliams and Matt Lucas


“My six-year-old daughter has loved listening to stories by David Walliams. She doesn't get some references, but it entertains the adults in the car too, and that's the important thing.”

“I'd second David Walliams' audiobooks – The Boy in the Dress was a favourite in our house.”

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5. The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine – read by Jack Dee

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“Diary of a Killer Cat is very funny, and a good one for a long car journey. Jack Dee's dry humour fits wonderfully.”

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How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell – read by David Tennant


“The How to Train Your Dragon audiobooks read by David Tennant are really good – my 14- year-old happily listens to them in the car.”

“I'd definitely recommend this series; they're very well read and great for all ages.”

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7. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – read by Sheridan Smith


""Sheridan Smith was a great choice for this role – she does great voices and is really engaging. I love the fact that it's faithful to the book, unlike some audiobooks which are dramatized and cut things out. The musical elements worked well, contrary to what I expected – they made it more immersive without being distracting."

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8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney – read by Ramon de Ocampo

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“I have to say we all really enjoyed this – not just the child it was aimed it! It was well read and had the kids quieter than they have been for a long time! It's honestly not something I would've thought would appeal to three rambunctious lads, but even the 18-year-old had his ears pinned back.”

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9. Going Solo by Roald Dahl – read by Dan Stevens

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“I was a bit unsure whether this would be suitable for my easily scared seven-year-old, but she found it fascinating. It was her first experience of an autobiography and initially she took a little convincing that it wasn't just a story. It made for compelling listening for both of us.”

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10. George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking – read by James Goode


“My eight-year-old boy was completely engrossed by this book. He was fascinated by all the talk of black holes and science. He really enjoyed it and was most disappointed when it ended.”

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11. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – read by Gerry O'Brien

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“The Artemis Fowl audiobooks are excellent. I bought them for my daughter, and then listened to them all myself over a couple of months while washing up.”

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Looking for more inspiration? Check out our roundup of the best children's books according to Mumsnet users.