Eight Excellent Audiobooks to Empower Your Everyday

Audiobooks are fast becoming one of the most popular ways we consume literature, in fact in 2018, statistics from The Publishers’ Association showed that sales of audiobooks increased 43%, which with the busy lives we lead is not surprising.Whether you’re cooking the dinner, travelling on public transport, walking the dog, doing the boring household chores or getting some cardio in at the gym, audiobooks mean you never have to stop reading (and why would you ever want to?)

The most important part of an audiobook (apart from the actual words, of course) is the narrator, so why not start your day right with an inspiring, empowering or fiercely feminist audiobook, all narrated by amazing women!

The Guilty Feminist – Deborah Frances-White (narrated by Deborah Frances-White)

Following the immense success of feminist tribe podcast, The Guilty Feminist, host Deborah Frances-White wrote a brilliantly funny book which brings feminism to the masses with interviews, comedy, anecdotes and well-researched information.

The Guilty Feminist

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (narrated by Elizabeth Moss)

First written in 1985, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is possibly more relevant now than it was over 30 years ago. This brilliant audiobook features Elizabeth Moss, who plays Offred in the Hulu’s TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, as the main narrator – alongside some of her co-stars.

The Handmaid’s Tale

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We Should All Be Feminist – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (narrated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

A powerful speech made by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at her TEDx talk in 2013, We Should All be Feminists is a personal argument and call to arms for everyone to stand up for equality.

We Should All Be Feminists

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Becoming – Michelle Obama (narrated by Michelle Obama)

The inspiring tale of the amazing Michelle Obama, lawyer, former-first lady of America and force for change. A great role model for young people, Michelle’s life story shows just what you can achieve if you believe in yourself and fight for your dreams.

Becoming

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Animal: The Autobiography a Female Body – Sara Pascoe (narrated by Sara Pascoe)

A hilariously funny and well-researched tour of the female body, evolution and the socialisation that has got us where we are in today’s society, narrated by the comedian herself, Sara Pascoe.

Animal

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How to Fail – Elizabeth Day (narrated by Elizabeth Day)

An audiobook that reminds us that everyone fails, and that’s okay. It’s not what defines us but how we respond to failure shapes us every day. The perfect audiobook for anyone who already enjoys Elizabeth Day’s podcast of the same name.

How to Fail

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Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton (narrated by Dolly Alderton)

Now with a new chapter, Everything I Know at 30, Everything I Know About Love is the autobiography of award-winning journalist and Women’s Prize for Fiction judge, Dolly Alderton. A funny and relatable tale about growing up and navigating a whole host of different loves along the way, Alderton can help narrate you through your own life.

Everything I Know About Love

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Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams – narrated by Shvorne Marks

Queenie is a darkly funny and unique take on modern life and this audiobook is narrated by Shvorne Marks an inspiring female actor who has starred in Endeavour, Silent Witness and RSC theatre performances.

Queenie

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So what are you waiting for? Log onto your library’s audiobook catalogue, head to audible or even go old school with a CD in the car and start listening to your next book today.

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