Got a long car, train or plane ride ahead of you this holiday season? Listening to an audiobook could make that trip a whole lot more enjoyable.
Years ago, like many readers out there, I had assumed audiobooks weren’t for me. But one day I decided to try one (it couldn’t be easier with Audible’s ‘First Title Free’ 30 Day Trial Program) and I was hooked.
And it’s not just the convenience of allowing you to multi-task (indulge in bookish pleasures while driving) or just resting your eyes after a long day at the computer screen, that audiobooks have going for them.
When a great story is matched with a talented narrator the result can be something truly special.
I’ve experienced some wonderful pairings of narrator and novel over the years… more on those in a moment.
These days we are spoilt for choice with Audible’s unmatched selection of audiobooks. New releases from the biggest names in audiobook publishing are continually being added to their catalogue along with titles exclusively written for Audible, such as this December release:
Romeo and Juliet: a Novel… relive the most tragic love story ever told.
This audiobook novelization features a pairing of author David Hewson, a bestselling British author, with narrator Richard Armitage, an actor in film, television, theater, and voice (Berlin Station, The Hobbit, Hannibal, Spooks). Both previously produced Audible’s 2014 Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel.
Whether as our introduction to Shakespeare at school, or on stage or screen adaptation, we all remember our first experience with this iconic love story. In this reimagining, David Hewson retells the story in a new and exciting way – expanding upon Shakespeare’s classic to address young versus old, hope against despair, and, for Juliet, the search for individual identity at a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel.
► Listen to a sample of this audiobook, Romeo and Juliet, A Novel.
But it’s not all doomed love affairs… These holidays I am listening to Adrian McKinty’s Rain Dogs (A Detective Sean Duffy Novel) read by one of my all time favourite audiobook narrators Gerard Doyle.
Some other wonderful pairings of novel and narrator I have experienced include:
- Jenny T Colgan’s sci-fi rom-com Resistance is Futile, narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis
- Malla Nunn’s thrilling Present Darkness, narrated by Rupert Degas
- Phillip Pullman’s fantasy epic Northern Lights, narrated by a talented ensemble cast of actors
- Jess Walter’s moving drama Beautiful Ruins, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
So whether it’s a reimagined classic, like Romeo and Juliet narrated by Richard Armitage, or new release crime thriller, contemporary sci-fi or chick lit, there is an audiobook to suit everyone’s reading tastes.
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Which title will you choose?
For those already hooked like me, tell us which audiobooks you are listening to this holiday season.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.