With terms like ‘social distancing’ and ‘self isolating’ now firmly in our daily vocabulary, we’re all looking for ways to spend all our newfound free time. Taking up a new hobby such as crafting or baking could be one option, or you might want to get stuck into a new TV series (or seven) using Netflix’s brand new group-watching service, Netflix Party.
If reading more books is up there on your self-isolation to-do list, Audible is about to make that even more of a possibility as hundreds of audio books have just been made available to listen to for free.
While sitting down with a book is a nice idea, your to-do list might not always allow it. Audiobooks are the perfect solution for anywhere, anytime entertainment, as you can listen hands-free and continue about your day while listening to your favourite novel – whether that’s going out for a walk or getting on with chores around the house.
There’s a category dedicated entirely to literary classics, making this the perfect time to finally get round to reading (or rather listening to) those books you’ve always been meaning to. From Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre read by Thandie Newton to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which is read by Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens, Audible has a lot to offer. There’s also Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald, to name a few.
There’s also categories for tweens, teens and one called ‘folk & fairy tales for all’, which we’d encourage you to also dip into as who knows what gems you might discover.
This new selection of free audio books has been made free to listen to in recognition of the fact that many kids are now off school for an indefinite amount of time. On their website, Audible stated: ‘For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.’