When Amazon Prime Day rolls around, the company is always great at offering deals on its own services, and Audible is one of those deals worth waiting for Prime Day to pick up.
On top of all the Prime Day deals right now, you can currently get three months of Audible for free if you’re a Prime member – way more than the usual 30-day trial the platform usually offers.
If you didn’t know, Audible is a subscription service for audiobooks, and it’s arguably the biggest service of its kind on the market. With Audible, you can stream an unlimited number of audiobooks, plus download and keep one per month for free (which you can keep, even after your subscription ends).
So it’s a great service for story fans, but with an impressive library, the choice can sometimes be quite overwhelming. That’s why I (literature graduate) picked out five different books that you might want to check out as part of your first listen, and these are all favorites that I would recommend.
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Five books to consider
1. In the wild by Jon Krakauer (opens in a new tab) (non-fiction, 7 hours)
Jon Krakauer has plenty of fantastic non-fiction books on Audible, including Into Thin Air and Under The Banner of Heaven (recently adapted into a TV show of the same name), but Into The Wild has more profile thanks to its film adaptation.
The book tells the story of Christopher McCandless, who in 1992 ran away from his cushy life to wander the backcountry of the United States. Six months later, he was found dead in Alaska.
Into The Wild (the book) is fantastic not only in the way it explores McCandless’s story, but in the way it explores his motivations, with many references to Krakauer’s own stories and those of others who also ran in the wild (for better or better). worse). It’s a fascinating exploration of the human psyche.
2. A Tour of the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (opens in a new tab) (fiction, 10 hours)
Is Goon Squad a novel or a short story series? I’m not entirely sure, but I think that’s what I love about it – you take everything out of this book that you put into it.
It’s a disparate cast of characters, with each chapter or short story focusing on select people; at different times and in different spaces of the world and over the decades.
I really enjoyed reading this, gradually piecing together the lives and times of a group of interesting people as their stories are drip-fed through a number of different perspectives. I don’t think it’s for everyone, but it might be for you.
3. Flower Moon Killers by David Grann (opens in a new tab) (documentary, 9 hours)
Martin Scorsese fans will be interested in this book as it is the basis for his next film, but I would recommend it for another reason – it’s just a really interesting book
Killers of the Flower Moon tells the story of a series of murders in the Osage Nation of Oklahoma in the 1920s, sparked by oil found on land protected by First Nations people. The story explores the horrific treatment of these people just a hundred years ago, as well as the birth of the FBI.
It’s not my favorite book by David Grann, as I would recommend The Lost City of Z for it, but this story is arguably the most relevant (and, like I said, Scorsese fans will love it ).
4. The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (opens in a new tab) (fiction, 12 hours)
I don’t read as much sci-fi or fantasy as I should (or as much as I watch or play), but I wanted to include this one because of its grounded attitude to global change.
The Parable of the Sower depicts a 21st century crisis, based largely on the real-life water and housing crises in California, and follows a young woman as she becomes a prophet to her community.
Apparently movie studio A24 is working on adapting it into a movie, but you should watch this story anyway. It’s an interesting and politically relevant take on the busy dystopian novel genre.
5. On the trails by Robert Moor (opens in a new tab) (non-fiction, 10.5 hours)
That’s what I’m currently reading, but even though I’m only halfway there, I’ve already recommended it left, right, and center.
On Trails is, as the name suggests, about trails – the paths made by animals and humans. It’s an expansive look at how and why animals create them, mixed with plenty of observations and stories from its globe-trotting author.
This book really makes you think about the world we live in and how we (and animals) interact with it, and I find it fascinating so far. I hope you will too.