We’ve already suggested classic stories to revisit and the motivational reads for the summer, but we realise not everyone wants to carry a book to the beach. Sometimes, you just want to lay down, close your eyes and listen to the stories in your head. To help you out, we’ve collated a list of audiobooks that make the perfect summer listen, plus audio excerpts to get you excited for them…
The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances, read by Antonia Beamish
A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she’ll wish she’d never told. The Girlfriend is a psychological thriller that focuses on the potentially charged relationship between girlfriend, boyfriend and his mother… and the lengths people will go to when tragedy strikes.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, read by Jon Lindstrom
How far would you go to get the life you dream of? The thriller Dark Matter tells the story of Jason, who is knocked unconscious and awoken by a masked stranger that tells him the world he knew is no more. His wife is not his wife and his son was never born, but he is a celebrated genius and not the college professor he once was. Which life is real, and which will he choose to follow?
Miss You by Kate Eberlen, read by Anna Acton and Finlay Robertson
An uplifting story of two lives criss-crossing but not quite aligning, Miss You follows the lives of Tess and Gus, who are meant to be together. The story tracks them both over their initial meeting and the following 16 years as their lives take them on different journeys but their paths cross again, and again…
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, read by Oliver Wyman
A Little Life is a depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance. The story follows four graduates trying to establish an adult life in New York, until the history of one of them comes back to haunt him.
The Nix by Nathan Hill, read by Ari Fliakos
The Nix tells the story of Samuel, whose mother reappears after abandoning him as a child years ago and now finds herself in the middle of a media storm. She has committed a politically motivated crime and needs her son’s help. In Samuel’s investigation, he is forced to rethink everything he knows – or thought he knew – about his mother…