Audible recommendations

Can't turn or hold a book so using this, knock me out...

Bill Bryson brief history of nearly everything is currently free on audible. Or it was a few days ago.

I have never listened to a podcast.  I don’t get them.

stephen Fry The Star’s Tennis Balls is good (unless Stephen Fry’s voice annoys you, but that scuppers 93% of all audio books for you)

Like anything you have to be selective. A lot of interesting people have come out of the woodwork, especially this past year.

Blood on Satans Claw

The Smiley novel (v long but well read)

Jeeves and Wooster

There’s load of free stuff but I cba with podcasts

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

The Raymond Chandler Marlow novels. 

Podcasts are just audio rof, people talking bollocks about nothing. 

The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

One credit for all the Simon Russel Beale radio 4 Smiley adaptations, they are great. 

More BBC radio 4 praise. They  have the new Sally Rooney (angst-lite loneliness-lite sex-lite) and the new Colson Whitehead (Harlem heist) up and running at the moment. You can fleece through those then look back for Tom Stoppard radio plays. And actual radio programmes,  Simon Evans comedy-economics series v good.

Bryson also has a scientific series called "appliance of science" that was very good. 

What about from the Oasthouse - Alan Partridge?

Thanks all will start working through these after my bed bath 😎

I only listen to light-hearted stuff and avoid the War and Peace style offerings as I do not properly concentrate.

Currently listening to Wayne Mardle’s darts memoir.

Because she’s currently on trial (spoiler alert), the Dropout podcast or Bad Blood book on audible

Podcasts are just independent radio programmes. Not much to get really.

Try the Do the Right Thing comedy podcast. It's a very good panel show. I wouldn't start at the beginning as the first few were a bit hit and miss as they developed the format. Look for guest comedians who you like and give it a go. It's very very rude and very very funny.

I like Marc Marron's wtf podcast. Interviews with just about anyone who is anyone in American TV, Film and Comedy.

The Adam Buxton Podcast is very good. Recommend the Philip Pullman episode in particular but it depends what/who you are interested in.

You're Dead to Me on BBC Sounds - fun and informative history podcast.

The Butterfly Effect - Jon Ronson's (he of the Psychopath Test and the Men who Stare at Goats) podcast documentary series about the butterfly effect of free online porn.

Revisionist History - podcast series by well known New Yorker journalist Malcolm Gladwell about occurrences in history that are often overlooked. There's a 3 or 4 parter at the end of the penultimate series all about the development and use of bombs (particularly napalm) in WW2 and after which is really interesting, some stuff about the McCarthy era - just all sorts of interesting things that you are unlikely to know much about.



At Home by Bill Bryson - narrated by the man himself and Bryson at his quirky and interesting best.

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce was the first thing I ever listened to on Audible and I still think about it (which is always a measure of a good listen / read / watch in my view).

Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins is one which adds a bit more to the audiobook (and will make you feel like a right jessy for not refusing all painkillers after your bike-car interface).

Winners by Alistair Campbell was surprisingly good.

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari genuinely changed the way I see the world.

All the His Dark Materials audiobooks are good - done in more of a radio play style than just pure narration.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal also a bit different and diverting.

Depends what you like, but go for unabridged if there are several versions, although there are some very good adapted stage/BBC versions.  Also lots of free content now.

In the historical fiction categories, Lindsey Davis' Falco series is very well read, as is Susanna Gregory's Bartholomew series, Bernard Knights Crowner John series and Simon Scarrow's Eagle series.

Neil Gaiman's stuff is brilliant - American Gods, where he reads the introduction to each chaper is good, but my favourite is Neverwhere, which he narrates unabridged - the BBC adaptation is also good, but a third of the length.

Terry Pratchett's books are split about evenly between Nigel Planer and Steven Briggs, who are both really good, but annoyingly I prefer about half of the character voices from each of them, so if they could split and re-do all the books together, it would be perfect.

There's also a lot of BBC series on there - Blackadder, the Good Life and Yes Minister / Prime Minister are just as good without pictures.

It's taken about 10 years, but we've got well over 500 titles (obviously never pay the list price - you can buy 3 credits for £18 if you want more than 1 a month), plus there's a lot of free content.  It's the most used digital subscription in our family.

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