Reading to sleep has undeniable health benefits, and listening to your favorite books on audio can add another layer of relaxation to your nighttime ritual. Arrange your pillows, turn off the light, and let the likes of Dan Stevens, Carey Mulligan, and other soothing narrators help you unwind after a long day. Plus, discover calming bedtime audiobooks for kids and sleep advice from the experts to help you and your whole family catch some zz’s.
In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with a decision: should she change her life for a new one?
“English actress Carey Mulligan narrates this wondrous audiobook about a womanâ€™s existential journey between life and death…Mulliganâ€™s incredible talent shines throughout as she leads listeners through a grand adventure and a deeply personal exploration of what it means to have a good life.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
An instant New York Times bestseller and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, The Prophets is a novel that masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and the heroic power of love.
“Chilton reads with a soothing voice…Her clear and empathetic understanding of this story establishes the ambiance for the Empty plantation to come alive with vivid details that build drama and through the characters she personifies with seamless Southern and African accents.”—Booklist
Based on the popular podcast, this is an audiobook of soothing stories to carry you off to deep, restful sleep. Busy minds need a place to rest. Whether you find yourself struggling to sleep, awake in the middle of the night, or even just anxious as you move through the day, in Nothing Much Happens, Kathryn Nicolai offers a healthy way to ease the mind before bed: through the timeless appeal of classic bedtime stories.
This debut collection of satirical stories from the former Late Show with Stephen Colbert writer and New Yorker contributor Jen Spyra is narrated by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens and other notable voices. Delightfully raucous and strange, Big Time takes a culture that seems almost beyond parody and holds it up to a funhouse mirror.
No-Fuss Bedtime Listens for Kids
From the team behind the Newbery Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street and the award-winning New York Times bestseller Carmela Full of Wishes, Milo Imagines the World is a poignant and timely children’s audiobook that’s sure to become an instant classic.
“Narrator Dion Graham conveys the dreamy quality of Milo’s imaginings, along with a weighty message, in his captivating delivery of this thoughtful children’s story.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
Jim Dale’s narration of the Harry Potter series on audio is legendary, and has been a transformative audiobook experience for thousands of readers and listeners. Filled with magic and wonder, this ALSC Notable Children’s Recording is a staple bedtime story like no other.
“Children will listen over and over again.”—Booklist
In Mindfulness Moments for Kids: Breathe Like a Bear, kids will learn to breathe deeply and soothe themselves slowly to sleep, just like a bear in hibernation! Written and read by Kira Willey, winner of three Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, this audiobook can be listened to anywhere: in the backseat of a car, at home, or even at rest time at school.
Written and read by New York Times bestselling picture book author Oliver Jeffers, Here We Are offers a rare personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child—and in doing so gifts children and parents everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our world and those who call it home. A lovely bedtime listen.
Sleep Solutions for the Whole Family
The Sleep Solution is an exciting journey of sleep self-discovery and understanding that will help you custom design specific interventions to fit your lifestyle. Drawing on his twenty-four years of experience within the field, neurologist and sleep expert W. Chris Winter will help you understand whatâ€™s going on with your sleep—both what your problems are and how to solve them.
In this essential audiobook, Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright draw on the latest scientific research to reveal that, at a critical phase of development, many teens need more sleep than their younger siblings, but they’re getting drastically less. Generation Sleepless contains instantly usable advice for parents as well as an eye-opening call to action for teachers, principals, colleges, coaches, and policy makers.
Imagine a product that boosts creativity, keeps you looking younger, elevates your mood, and strengthens memory. Now imagine that this product is absolutely free. This miracle drug is, in fact, nothing more than the nap: the right nap at the right time. Take a Nap! Change Your Life, written and read by Sara C. Mednick, Ph.D, is the scientifically-based breakthrough program that shows how we can fight the fatigue epidemic.
Looking for more read-and-listen before bed suggestions? Visit Peguin Random House’s Read to Sleep pages.