The Friday Five: Audiobooks

If you have never listened to an audiobook before, it is something you have to try. There is something magical about hearing brilliant novels read aloud and letting your imagination run wild. Audiobooks are great for your morning commute, or to enjoy in the background while you’re at home: the handy thing about them is that they’re hands-free.

Library members can listen to hundreds of audiobooks with One Click Digital. Here, we take a look at five of the most exciting audiobooks in the collection.

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, His Bloody Project explores the grim case of a murderer accused of slaying three innocent people. Writer, Graeme Macrae Burnet, delves into the mind of a killer, examining what might drive a young man to such atrocious violence.  

All That Man Is by David Szalay 

A novel divided into nine sections, each section focusing on a different stage of "man’s" life, All that Man Is takes a look at human complexity and man’s infinite variety. From the wide-eyed seventeen-year-old exploring Eastern Europe, to the elderly man coming to terms with his senility, the book captures what it means to live a life full of contradiction and colour. 

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize, Marlon James’ intricate novel looks at the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 1970s. Flitting between numerous different voices and perspectives, with characters from journalists to ghosts, and settings from Jamaica to New York, A Brief History of Seven Killings is an odyssey of the political upheaval and danger of the late 20th century. 

Eileen by Mtessa Moshfegh

Eileen is an unassuming and yet disturbed young woman, living an unfulfilled life between her day job as a security guard, and having to mind her alcoholic father at home. When she meets the intriguing new prison councillor, Rebecca Saint John, her life takes an adventurous turn. 

Do not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Thein’s novel follows narrator, Ai-Ming, who tells the story of her family in revolutionary China. In a country where history can neither be remembered nor forgotten, we piece together the story of everything from the ascent of Mao to Tiananmen Square. Following three musicians and their struggle to remain loyal to each other and their music, Do Not Say We Have Nothing is as important as it is compelling.