Like many Aussies, when I was a kid we used to go on a family road trip once a year. We’d drive three hours and a bit from Sydney down to Ulladulla — stopping in beautiful township of Berry, or in Milton for their famous pies (this same store has been selling pies since 1870.)
This was the golden age, people.
I used to sit in the back of a somewhat clunky old Honda with faded orange interiors listening to a walkman that my way-too-cool mum would load up with songs. I read voraciously as a kid – the standard punishment in the home being eat your greens or have your book confiscated – but I always got a little car sick on these long trips.
What I would have given then for access to a platform like Audible.
The Amazon-owned audiobook subscription gives you access to over 200,000 titles. They have great celebrity readers who bring a whole new depth to your favourite series. (Unsurprisingly, Stephen Fry’s soothing voice is a hit with listeners and I give 11 stars to his narration of the Harry Potter series).
We’ve got a list below of the best audiobooks that were released in 2018 as part of your end of year wrap up. Here it is:
By: John Carreyrou
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
Summary: The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.
Evil Has a Name
By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
Summary: Delivering all new details about the investigation, this is the true story of how the suspected Golden State Killer was captured, as told, first-hand, by those closest to the case.
The Trauma Cleaner
By: Sarah Krasnostein
Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Summary: Sandra Pankurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra’s own life.
By: Anna Burns
Narrated by: Brid Brennan
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
Summary: Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018, Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
Boy Swallows Universe
By: Trent Dalton
Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
Summary: An utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, Boy Swallows Universe will be the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novel you will listen to all year.
By: Benjamin Stevenson
Narrated by: Rupert Degas, featuring multi-cast narration
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
Summary: A nail-biting thriller that turns popular true-crime such as Serial and Making a Murderer on its head, Audible’s thriller of 2018, Greenlight, shocks with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.
By: Dervla McTiernan
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
Summary: What really happened in the house where Cormac Reilly first met Maudr and Jack? The Ruin draws listeners deep into the dark heart of Irelend and asks who will you protect when authorities can’t – or won’t.
The Singularity Trap
By: Dennis E Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
Summary: If it were up to one man and one man alone to protect the entire human race – would you want it to be a down-on-his luck asteroid miner? The Singularity Trap asks the question: Does our true destiny lie in ourselves – or in the stars?
By: Josiah Bancroft
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
Summary: Mild-mannered headmaster, Thomas Senlin, prefers his adventures to be safely contained within the pages of a book. So when he loses his new bride shortly after embarking on the honeymoon of their dreams, he is ill-prepared for the trouble that follows.
By: Madeline Miller
Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Summary: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Turning to mortals for companionship, she discovers a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.
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