Audio books

Audible has provided access to over 200 full-length audiobooks for free for the duration of school closures. There’s no log-in or registration required and it’s not a free trial. All the titles in the collection are available to stream straight from the web and there’s no limit to how much you can listen.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

It’s a great option for some family or personal listening.  Here are some suggestions for different year groups.

 

Year 7

The Open Boat by Stephen Crane 

(good inspiration for original writing. What would you do if you were on a sinking boat?)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/109400006X?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

The Enchanted Castle by E Nesbit

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002V0JS1E?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002UZLIN6?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Shade’s Children by Garth Nix (dystopian fiction)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B00BOWT1GW?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

The Call of the Wild by Jack London 

(experimenting with point of view writing from an animal’s point of view)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B07DPTMHG6?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

https://stories.audible.com/search-stories?keywords=The%20Canterbury%20Tales&ref=adbl_ent_anon_pdp_sc_sb

 

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B0062QFT5C?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B007BFCGPY?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Aesop’s Fables by Aesop

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B073PDH2NT?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

 

Year 8

White Fang by Jack London

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002V8MC7S?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_1

 

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan 

(good/fun intro into gothic fiction)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B00DW7BSUE?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B00FQRCM9O?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Astrophysics for Young People in a hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/198259151X?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Floris-Galbis

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B00E3XPGZY?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002V1BVK4?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 

(fully dramatized)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B00K7EG2QK?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

 

Year 9

A Little History of the World by E. H Gombrich 

(something to dip in and out of)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002VA9EC2?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_1

 

Titanic: The Long Night by Diane Hoh 

(good introduction to context for An Inspector Calls)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B00BBL5J80?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco 

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B06X9PN7BW?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

The Near Witch by V E Schwab

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/1982648244?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B01COOZ5C2?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

 

Year 10 

The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson 

(introduction to 17th superstitions and beliefs about witches useful context for Macbeth)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B00OYASV44?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo 

(traditions of witchcraft)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B00LSYXEXC?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

A Way in the World by V S Naipaul 

(this might be useful background to poetry about colonial experience)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/1538555026?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

A little History of the World by E. H Gombrich 

(something to dip in and out of)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002VA9EC2?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_1

 

The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis 

(heaven/hell, ideas about demons, fallen angel etc)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002V8DJ16?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand 

(a moral defence of capitalism how does this contradict the message set out by Priestley in An Inspector Calls)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002UZL9G2?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Hamlet by William Shakespeare 

(fully dramatized and featuring another interesting protagonist, good to compare and contrast Macbeth/Hamlet, the use of ghosts, female roles Ophelia/Lady Macbeth, the portrayal of insanity) 

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B004ZM7UGQ?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

 

Year 11 those who want to study A Level English 

Hamlet by William Shakespeare 

(fully dramatized and featuring another interesting protagonist, good to compare and contrast Macbeth/Hamlet, the use of ghosts, female roles Ophelia/Lady Macbeth, the portrayal of insanity) 

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B004ZM7UGQ?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 

(compare/contrast with Doctor Faustus)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002VAEOY0?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B00FQRCM9O?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002V07ZY6?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis 

(heaven/hell, ideas about demons, fallen angel etc)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002V8DJ16?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

A Way in the World by V S Naipaul 

(this might be useful background to poetry about colonial experience)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/1538555026?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0

 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

 (a moral defence of capitalism how does this contradict the message set out by Priestley in An Inspector Calls)

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B002UZL9G2?ref=adbl_ent_anon_sc_pdp_pc_0