Audiobook Summer: All the Fresh Ways to Listen

It’s been a big Summer for listening. Not only were there heaps of new audiobooks published, but we took this unprecedented stay-at-home time as a personal challenge to find new ways to discover and engage with audiobooks. And what we found was pretty fantastic, if we do say so ourselves.

The Summer Ways to Listen series is chock full of title, narrator, and listening situation recs to keep your audiobook experiences fresh. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite suggestions for you to keep revisiting long after the sun has set on Summer.

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    Transform Your To-Do List

For each chore that makes you go “blergh,” we’ve come up with little fantasies to escape into, complete with audiobook picks that extend the daydream.

Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time—threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie. As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives…but is the rumor really so off base after all?

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    Listen & Glisten: Work Out to Audiobooks With Muscle

Finding the motivation to work out doesn’t come easily for most of us, so we hand-picked pacey audiobooks that are so good you’ll want to go the extra mile just to keep listening.

An Oprah’s Book Club Pick. The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

    Dive Into Audiobook Originals

Start your binge listening with these audio originals: productions sans physical book counterparts, made especially for your ears.

If you’ve always been intrigued by the idea of baking beautiful loaves of bread from your own sourdough starter but have found the process confusing or intimidating, this is your easy entry. Chad Robertson and Jennifer Latham have simplified their baking lessons to talk you through their process. In just a few hours of listening, you’ll learn everything you need to know about establishing and tending your starter, and how to use it to make the bread of your dreams.

Fly Through Your Summer TBR Pile

    Fly Through Your Summer TBR

There are a staggering number of excellent books that came out this summer, and listening to the audiobook editions will not only add zip to your reading time, but will also introduce you to narrators that will knock your socks off.

Author: Brit Bennett
Read By: Shayna Small

#1 New York Times bestseller, Good Morning America Book Club Pick, and soon-to-be adapted as an HBO series.From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

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    Experience a Full-Cast Audio Production

Full cast audio productions are carefully produced to reflect the unique texture of multiple points of view and character perspectives. The result is an immersive listening experience, perfect for a summer of trying new things and listening to new narrative forms.

A Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick. Listen to this electrifying full cast audiobook about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise–to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies–and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India. Discover more about the narrators of A Burning here: Meet the Cast: A Burning by Megha Majumdar.

Gotta hear ’em all? Check out all of our Ways to Listen posts, and keep the audio goodness going all year round.