Saturday, 10 February 2018

5 Non-Fiction Audiobooks to Please Your Ears (and Brains)

Audio is officially The Next Big Thing in publishing and more and more people are converting to audiobooks. This pleases me no end! Audiobooks have seriously revolutionised my reading life and I love nothing more than spending hours listening to a book, so I’m always happy when more people come to appreciate audio. This list is for those of you who love non-fiction, or are looking for accessible and engaging non-fiction picks to get you started.

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

Winner of two Books Are My Bags awards, if you haven’t heard of this book then you must have been living under a rock. Adam Kay narrates the diaries he kept during his time as a junior doctor working in the NHS from 2004-2010. The entries are hilarious, heartbreaking, and powerful as well as everything in between. The audiobook features bonus diary entries that didn’t make it into the physical book, as well as a discussion with Mark Watson.


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

I will not stop going on about this book for a while. I stayed up until 2am to finish it and it made me cry for a solid hour afterwards but that’s because it was beautiful. It’s a relatively short quick read so it’s a great entry into audiobooks if you’re unsure.

Attack of the 50ft Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World by Catherine Mayer

Written by one of the co-founders of the Women’s Equality Party, this is a great book about gender (in)equality in all aspects of society and the setting-up of the WEP. It looks at Silicon Valley, women in the media, female head of states, and provides a hopeful look towards a gender-equal society. Some of its paths are well-trodden by other feminist literature, but it’s a great starter if you’re new to the genre and an interesting read nevertheless. The audiobook is especially good because it includes a discussion at the end with the author and other members of the WEP.

The Gender Games: The problem with men and women from someone who has been both by Juno Dawson

Fun fact: whilst listening to this audiobook in the city centre as I was doing my shopping, I walked into Waterstones and bought myself a physical copy because I wanted to be able to share it with my friends. That’s how good this book is. Juno Dawson narrates it and I always find that when the author narrates the book, the listening experience is so much better. Juno is funny and also makes issues surrounding gender and the trans woman experience incredibly accessible. Check out my full review of The Gender Games for more reasons as to why this is an excellent book.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Spawned from a blog post of the same name written in 2014, this is Reni Eddo-Lodge’s look at racism in British society. It’s the first book I’ve read on race which looks specifically at Britain and also was the first book I read that mentioned Britain’s involvement in slavery in any detail. It’s brilliantly accessible and succinct and made all the better as an audiobook read by the author. Buy it.

What are your non-fiction audiobook recommendations? Are you new to audiobooks or an experienced listener? Let me know in the comments below!