Top audiobooks to listen to while self-isolating
- Tuesday 7 April 2020
With everything going on at the moment you might be finding it hard to focus on reading. So, if you find you can’t commit to reading a book, why not listen to one? Whether it’s to keep your kids entertained or just to lose yourself in a good story, audiobooks offer the immersive quality needed to help you escape into a different world. We’ve listed some of our favourites below – why not give one a go? If you don’t have an Audible account already, sign up HERE and listen to your first book for free!
Audiobooks are a great way to keep children occupied and get them engaged with a good book. And all the better if that book also inspires them with a love of outdoor adventure. The perfect book to do this is Lily Dyu’s Fantastic Female Adventurers, a collection of fourteen incredible stories of women exploring the globe. From skiing to the North Pole with Misba Khan to flying into space with Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut, these are stories sure to inspire boys, girls and adults alike. Listen to a free snippet here.
If you’ve ever thought about giving fell running a go but need that extra push to get out and do it, just give Steve Birkinshaw’s bestselling There is no Map in Hell a listen. In it he recounts the preparation, training and superhuman determination he needed to complete all 214 Wainwright’s fells in just six days and thirteen hours, breaking Joss Naylor’s 1986 record. A book that runners and non-runners alike will love, listen to a snippet of this incredible story here.
The first in The Everest Files trilogy, Matt Dickinson’s action-packed Young-Adult thriller follows Ryan as he embarks on a gap year to Nepal. When Ryan learns that a sixteen-year-old boy never returned from his journey to Everest, it’s an investigation too intriguing for Ryan to refuse. A series of thrilling events on the world’s highest peak ensue, full of lies, betrayal, and even death … If you’re as hooked as we were after listening to The Everest Files, good news – we’ve also released the rest of the trilogy, North Face and Killer Storm, as audiobooks. Listen to a free snippet here.
Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker undoubtedly provided mountaineering literature with some of its most affecting accounts, and there is no better proof than The Shining Mountain. Honest, personal and captivating, it follows Boardman and Tasker’s attempt on the unclimbed West Wall of Changabang. At the time the climb was more significant than anything done on Everest. Boardman’s distinct style is brought to life in this audiobook. Listen for a completely new way to enjoy Boardman’s classic text. Also, did you know you can borrow this audiobook from libraries? Check your local branch to see if you can borrow it!
‘Tides is such a personal book, the thought of someone other than myself reading it was never an option.’
Said Nick Bullock upon the release of his gripping memoir, Tides. A follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, Echoes, the book follows Nick on his journey from life as a prison officer to climbing around the world with some of today’s leading climbers, including Steve House, Kenton Cool, Nico Favresse, Andy Houseman and James McHaffie. However, this is much more than an account of his achievements; Nick also delves into the elation, self-doubt and grief all associated with a life dedicated to climbing, and it’s made all the more personal by Nick narrating it himself. Listen to a free snippet here.
The Last Blue Mountain – coming very soon!
The latest in our audio collection, The Last Blue Mountain is Ralph Barker’s moving account of the 1957 expedition to Mount Haramosh in Pakistan’s Karakoram Range. After their summit attempts are brought to a halt, four young climbers pause for a moment before returning to camp. However, when an avalanche strikes Bernard Jillott and John Emery are swept hundreds of feet down the mountain into a snow basin. When Rae Culbert and Tony Streather’s attempts to help result in them also becoming stranded, an epic tale of friendship, resilience and tragedy ensues. Listen to our new edition of one of the most striking titles of mountaineering literature, read aloud for the first time.
Check out our full range of climbing, running, cycling and Young-Adult audiobooks here.
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