01/9Popular books you can listen to in times of self-quarantine
During this time of global pandemic and “social distancing”, literature lovers have been blessed with the luxury of time to not only read their favorite tales but also to experiment with other innovative mediums of literature.
With that being said, digital technology has surely proven itself to be a boon in this baneful time of distress. While booklovers, all around the world, are always on the run to discover and unravel new books and interesting narratives, audiobooks have further helped in opening up the realm of literary market to not only avid readers but also to keen listeners. So, while you patiently wait for this apocalyptic phase to pass by, here are some of the popular books you can listen to in times of self-quarantine.
02/9The Testament by Margaret Atwood
While you may surely have heard of the famous book and TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “The Testament” is the author’s sequel to the dystopian novel. The narrative picks up 15 years after the events of the first novel, exploring themes that highlight the oppression of a patriarchal society. Atwood is known for her powerful words and rich storytelling, which makes her book a great listen.
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03/9Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux
“Gotta Get Theroux This” is Louis Theroux’ account of his own life and adventures. A fascinating tale narrated by Theroux himself, the audiobook is an honest and a sincere account of his own life. It is an exceptional retelling of the author’s journey from his debut in the television to his guilt over Jimmy Savile revelations to becoming a successful man.
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04/9Sapiens: A Brief History of Human KInd by Yuval Noah Harari
“Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind” is the first and one of the most popular science bestseller by Israeli historian and author Yuval Noah Harari that was followed by two other bestselling books “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” and “21 Lessons for the 21st Century”. The book revolves around the themes of free will, consciousness, intelligence and happiness making it a great read as well as a wonderful listen.
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05/9Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
“Kafka on the Shore” is a metaphysical book by Japanese author Haruki Murakami that narrates the story of 15 year old Kafka Tamura and Nakata. An undeniably beautiful tale about a surreal world, the book deals with people who can talk to cats and a place where fish fall out of a sky. However, Murakami’s style of writing is such that even the most unusual of events seem ordinary and believable to its readers and listeners.
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06/9Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
An exciting classic, Arthur Conan Doyle’s books on Sherlock Holmes is one of the greatest detective stories in the history of literature. A perfect way to escape your monotony during self-isolation, the audiobook comforts you with its thrilling narrative and engaging stories.
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07/9The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
“The Beekeeper of Aleppo” is a beautiful tale of resilience and hope in times of tragedy. Christy Lefteri explores the seemingly uncomplicated lives of Nuri and Afra, until their world is torn apart by the war. Followed by continuous travels the pair is determined to reach their destination and seek different ways of finding hope.
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08/9My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
“My Sister, the Serial Killer” is a twisted tale of two sisters by Nigerian-UK writer Oyinkan Braithwaite. The story follows a woman named Korede, who is in a quest to rescue her sister Ayoola who on the other hand is always on the run to kill her boyfriends. A story that touches upon the themes of sisterly bond, male gaze and psychological thriller, the book can be a thrilling experience to all its listeners.
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09/9Educated by Tara Westover
“Educated” by Tara Westover is a memoir about a young girl who goes on to earn an education on her own accord. Driven by the desire to acquire knowledge and achieve an education, Tara Westover talks about how she taught herself and got accepted in Brigham Young University where she went on to study history. An inspiring tale of a young girl, the audiobook will surely touch all your hearts.
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