Top 5: Audiobooks I’ve Heard & Want

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I’m a keen reader and a huge fan of audiobooks. Audiobooks are great, because not only can you do other things while enjoying a book (such as driving, cooking, or writing a cross-genre blog) but you also get a bit of insight into the author’s feelings because you can hear some tone to the words.

I’m absolutely delighted that I’ve been picked by audiobook giant Audible to pilot a new feature on their app. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they’ve got for me, so to celebrate, I thought I’d share my top 5 audiobooks, and the 5 I’m most looking forward to getting stuck into. These are in no particular order, and I absolutely love them all! I’ve also chosen not to include Ctrl, Alt, Delete by Emma Gannon, because I already wrote a whole piece about it!

The Faves

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

This was my first audiobook and I think I must have listened to it 50 times. Mindy’s friendly and chatty delivery style makes this a comforting book – like having lunch with a beloved buddy. She sounds smart, down to earth, and very funny, and by the end, I just wanted to be friends with her. Through anecdotes, lists and funny descriptions, she shares the story of her rise to fame.

Favourite bit: Mindy’s list of revenge fantasies she plays in her head while running

I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan by Alan Partridge
The ‘autobiography’ of Norfolk’s finest export. It’s so funny, and that’s almost entirely down to Steve Coogan’s delivery style. It’s everything you’d expect from Alan Partridge and is a great follow on from the TV series. Love Alan’s patronising delivery and his spin on the facts. Really very funny.

Favourite bit: Alan’s description in great detail of the birth of his son, then his daughter is a footnote

You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

A lovely autobiography from the queen of the geeks. I learned loads about Felicia Day, about her genius childhood and her rise through geek culture. Very interesting particularly because I grew up around the technology she loved. She has a quirky delivery style and has lived a fascinating life. I’d love to hear more about her relationship with her mum – bring on book two!

Favourite bit: her chapter about GametGate – horrible situation, but her insight is very moving

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Listening to this audiobook was a lovely laugh a bit, cry a bit experience. I’ve spoken on this blog about my own struggles with mental illness, and this book was so frank, honest and very funny, which I think is important. Bryony is definitely taking steps to normalise mental illness and how this can be treated. She helps the reader (if they are suffering – like I am on occasion) realise that they’re not alone.

Favourite bit: Bryony’s description of her OCD during pregnancy. Very brave and raw.

Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don’t Learn Them from Movies Any More) by Hadley Freeman

This was a perfect book for me, as I absolutely love 80s movies. The book focuses on some of Hadley’s favourite movies including The Princess Bride, Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. She interviewed a lot of key players and gave more depth to some of the films that seem a bit fluffy. For example, I’ve never been a fan of Dirty Dancing, but I feel like now I understand it more, I’d quite like to give it another go.

Favourite bit: The chapter about Eddie Murphy. I didn’t quite realise how important his rise to fame was until this book.

The Can’t Waits

How to be a Grown Up by Daisy Buchanan 
(This is a cheaty on because there’s no sign of this on Audible just yet, but I’m confident there’ll be one. So excited for this book, I’m including it anyway!!)

I absolutely love Daisy’s writing for The Pool (and other smashing publications) so I’m really looking forward to her book about surviving as a grown up. Hoping for some top tips.Promises to be a great antidote to the current, frightening real world!

Dietland by Sarai Walker

Pitched as a revenge fantasy and coming of age novel, this book comes highly recommended by comedian Sofie Hagen, who is a woman of taste, so I’m really looking forward to giving it a listen

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Written just before her death (still not over it) I’m really looking forward to hearing her distinctive voice telling more stories from her incredible life. She was gone too soon.This is the book with the big reveal about Harrison Ford, so really looking forward to hearing what she said about that whole thing!

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

This book comes with my big brother Chris’s recommendation, so I’m really looking forward to it. It’s all about internet culture and how people who have humiliated themselves online recover. Apparently very interesting and well written, especially now we live in an episode of Black Mirror… Can’t wait.

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain by Phoebe Robinson 

I’ve seen a lot of Phoebe Robinson’s writing online, and I’m really looking forward to her audiobook. She’s very sharp and has some great observations about feminism. I love an audiobook of short essays, as they never fail to keep me engaged (especially when driving). Phoebe’s social commentary on feminism and racism, delivered in her signature style, is guaranteed to be a hit with me.

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