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23rd Apr 2015

Five of the best audiobooks for your ears to read


Nooruddean Choudry

Why read, when you can get someone else to do it for you?

In this great spirit of idleness, here’s five great audiobooks to indulge your ears with.

It is World Book Day after all…

 I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

(Author: Alan Partridge; Narrator: Alan Partridge)

A work of comedy genius and essential listening for Steve Coogan’s brilliant delivery. Even if you’ve read the book, the narration just elevates it to another level.

Poptastic!: My Life In Radio

(Author: Tony Blackburn; Narrator: Tony Blackburn)

Like a real-life Partridge, it’s both hilarious and weirdly poignant in parts. Plus Noel Edmonds’ foreword is ridiculously cheesy and unintentionally comedy gold.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

(Author: James Thurber; Narrator: Ben Stiller)

Thurber’s classic short story is acted out with skill and humour by Ben Stiller. The actor is a natural storyteller and this cosy listen is free so you’ve got no excuse…

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

(Author: B.J. Novak; Narrator: Various)

Novak’s wide-ranging collection of short stories are funny, clever, sad, bizarre and sweet. He reads most of the stories himself but gets help from celebrity pals including Katy Perry, Emma Thompson and Rainn Wilson.


(Author: Keith Richards; Narrator: Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley)

Whether you’re interested in the Stones or not, this makes for a fascinating listen and may alter some preconceptions you have of the rock legend. Depp starts off the narration and Hurley takes over.