Audible Makes Hundreds of Books Available for FREE to Make Your COVID-19 Isolation Easier
Governments across the world are urging people to stay in their homes and avoid going outside unless it is really necessary. Being in self-isolation is not the easiest task in the world. Many people are bored, frustrated, worried, and wonder what is going to happen next. A great way to overcome stress and worry in these difficult times is to use the quarantine to be productive, learn something new, and invest the free time at home into something more calming than reading posts on social media. For example, you can start to listen to audiobooks! Where and how? Scroll down to find out!
Free audiobooks during COVID-19 outbreak
Well-known audiobook platform, Audible decided to make hundreds of titles available for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform stated that as long as schools are closed, anyone can listen to a wide spectrum of titles they offer free of charge. The decision is based on the fact that staying home can help save lives. By choosing to limit your movements, you decrease the risk of getting infected and spreading COVID-19 to someone else. Unfortunately, many people risk getting the disease and opt to go out. The platform recognises the stories have the power to entertain, teach, and keep minds active, alert, and engaged.
Audible and many other companies offer some of their services for free, hoping people would want to stay home. Even if you are not into audiobooks, it is never too late to give them a try. A vast selection of titles is available in different genres ranging from entertainment to general-interest works such as Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre narrated by Westworld’s Thandie Newton, Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Return of Sherlock Holmes, and others. Children’s books such as Peter Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh are also available. Books narrated by the likes of Thandie Newton, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, and other famous names are waiting for you to check them out.
How to get access to free audiobooks?
All you need to do is to visit stories.audible.com, and you will get access to a wide range of titles and genres. There is no need to log in, enter a credit card, register, or enter the password. Just click “Start listening” and that is it.
Below, you can see suggestions for the must-listen audiobooks on Audible in different categories.
It can be difficult for toddlers and young children to stay at home at all times. Audiobooks can keep them entertained while increasing their vocabulary and other cognitive skills. These are some of 37 titles you should check out if you have young children in the house.
Winnie-the-Pooh brought joy to many generations, and now you can play it for your child. The audiobook takes you to the Enchanted Forest, where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. Your little ones will be entertained by ten stories about their favourite little bear.
Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit and Friends
This particular volume brings 21 of Beatrix Potter’s tales and verses. While each of these 21 stories stands on its own, some of them are linked together by mutual characters or events. Therefore, make sure to avoid skipping stories. Kids will have a great time as the audiobook takes them into the world of Peter Rabbit and funny events he is going through.
Story Party: The Complete Collection
This is a curated collection of some of the best and most entertaining stories for children. The collection features 14 chapters that offer hours of fun adventures that kids ages four to 10 can take with the most interesting characters.
Love for books starts in childhood, and now when schools are closed, children can listen to some of the best stories in the comfort of their homes. The elementary section features 74 titles, including the following.
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The book is narrated by Rachel McAdams, known for roles in Notebook, Mean Girls, Midnight in Paris, among others. The audiobook is nine hours long, and it will keep your child occupied with Anne’s adventures for days.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland is a two-hour-long audiobook narrated by Scarlett Johansson. The audiobook demonstrates the true spectrum of Johansson’s talent as she gives each character its distinct voice and personality.
The Mystwick School of Musicraft
The Mystwick School of Musicraft is a world where the world’s most promising musicians learn to create musical magic. Amelia Jones’s dream is to be a part of that world so bad, but she do not do her audition well, and all her hopes and dreams come crashing down. The school gives her a second chance, and her adventures begin. This is a great story that your child will absolutely love.
Audible also prepared some amazing titles for all tweens out there. Forty audiobooks are available to help your child go through self-isolation without too much stress. Some books to check out include the following.
Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons
Viva Durant is the youngest detective in New Orleans, and she is on a quest to solve a mysterious case that includes hidden treasure and unique culture and history of the city. The audiobook also features original jazz music composed by the author of the book Ashli St. Armant. Your tween will enjoy 14-year-old Viva’s adventures throughout this four-hour audiobook.
The Reluctant Dragon
The Reluctant Dragon is a short story written by Kenneth Grahame back in 1898. The story was published as a chapter in Grahame’s book Dream Days. The Reluctant Dragon tells the story of a boy who lives in a small cottage with his parents. The boy has a friend, the dragon that lives in a cave. In fact, the boy is his only friend. We all can learn a lot from this story, which is why this short audiobook is going to do both teach and entertain tweens.
A Little History of the World
This is not a typical “history book.” Here, dates and facts do not have a prominent role. Instead, A Little History of The World focuses on the experience across the centuries, speaks about the amazing achievements, and teaches kids about the world in a fun and interesting manner. The audiobook consists of 40 chapters that tell a story from prehistoric times to the atomic bomb, both positive and negative events, and how people experienced them.
Teens usually spend a lot of time on social media, but parents should also encourage them to use this time for more productive activities. Audiobooks can be of huge help. Audible also offers 67 titles specifically for your teens to go through COVID-19 self-isolation more easily. Check out some titles below.
The Mystery of Alice
The Mystery of Alice is a thriller that tells the story of 13-year-old Emily Poe, who is given the opportunity to attend a fancy school in Manhattan. She bonds with Alice, who goes missing soon. Then, the whole series of thrilling events occur one by one. Emily is determined to find out what happened to Alice. Will she succeed? You will find out if you listen to this audiobook.
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life is a partial autobiography of C.S. Lewis. The book was published in 1955 and spoke about the author’s conversion to Christianity, which happened 24 years earlier. The audiobook lasts six hours, and it is a great pastime for your teen.
In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules
Although found in the section for teens, this is a wonderful audiobook for women of all ages. This audiobook teaches us amazing lessons we can learn from Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Taylor, and other women who were known for their refusal to play by the rules which society imposed.
A selection of 28 wonderful literary classics is available on Audible for free. Use coronavirus lockdown as the opportunity to listen to the books you love or those you have always wanted to read but had no time. Here are a few suggestions.
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is narrated by Thandie Newton, and the audiobook is 19 hours long. You will get to dive into the struggles, challenges, and strong spirit of Jane Eyre that inspires women one generation after another. This shows why Charlotte Bronte is one of the most beloved authors ever.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray is a fantastic story of a narcissistic, rich man who lives only for his own pleasure and nothing else. Although written centuries ago, we can easily recognise today’s society in this book. If you have never read the book before, now you can listen to it.
Downton Abbey’s star, Dan Stevens, narrated Mary Shelley’s famous work, Frankenstein. The timeless, gothic novel is always a good idea, regardless of how many times you read or listen to the story about a doctor who created a monster like no other.
Audible platform made hundreds of titles available completely free for all adults and children to help them out go through self-isolation in a productive and stress-free manner. Just click on the link from the article, and you will get access immediately. Have fun.
Written by The Original PC Doctor on 30/03/2020.