If you’ve never dipped your toe into audio books, now may be the time. Audio books have come along way in the last few years with award-winning narrators, the ability to listen anytime and anywhere and of course hands-free listening.
Why listen to audiobooks?
If you’ve ever struggled to get the right angle whilst reading on a bed or a sun lounger, you’ll know the struggle is all too real. Simply plug in your earphones, open the Audible app and relax as you listen to your favourite book.
Improve your listening skills
Some people believe that listening to a book as oppose to reading can decrease the benefits you get from reading such as improved vocabulary and mental stimulation. Listening to an audio book can actually enhance your listening skills as well as improving your vocabulary.
Some people struggle to find the time to sit down and enjoy a good book, but an audio book can be listened to anytime, anywhere – on the train, in the car, doing housework, at the gym – meaning you don’t have to miss out on amazing reads.
Top 3 ‘must-listen’ Audio Books
With the Oscars coming up, we’ve pulled together our top 3 must-listens based on nominees..
Carol – Best Picture
Therese is just an ordinary sales assistant working in a New York department store when an alluring woman in her 30s walks up to her counter. Standing there, Therese is wholly unprepared for the first shock of love. She is an awkward 19-year-old with a job she hates and a boyfriend she doesn’t love; Carol is a sophisticated, bored suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce and a custody battle for her only daughter.
As Therese becomes irresistibly drawn into Carol’s world, she soon realises how much they both stand to lose….
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
The Revenant – Actress in a leading role (Cate Blanchett)
Based on a true story, The Revenant is an epic tale of revenge set in the Rocky Mountains and soon to be a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is one of the most respected men in the company, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker.But when a scouting mission puts Glass face to face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive.
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
The Big Short – Best Picture
The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar’s Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly.
It has taken the world’s greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar’s Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins