5 Audiobooks To Listen To Now That The Kids Are Back In School

The boys are back in school now full time, and I love that I can get back to listening to audiobooks during the day when I am home alone. I download all of my audiobooks from Audible because it is super easy to keep everything on the app and synced with all my devices.

You can listen to Audible on your iPhone, Android, Windows and Amazon devices. You can also listen with Amazon Echo by asking Alexa to play your audiobook. That is what I do when I am home alone without having to wear my headphones. I also listen when I am driving in the car and also when I go for walks with my puppy.  

I don’t find as much free time to sit and read a book nowadays, so having the option to listen to the books is amazing. I am hands-free, and I can do chores, fold clothes, do dishes, etc., while enjoying my favourite books.

Below are some of the latest audiobook I have listened to and I recommend: 

 

5 Audio Books To Listen To Now That The Kids Are Back In School

 

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband – and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. 

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.  

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. 

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations – a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

 

5 Audio Books To Listen To Now That The Kids Are Back In School

 

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

Via chapters such as “Your Brain Is Your Bitch,” “Fear Is for Suckers,” and “My Subconscious Made Me Do It,” Sincero takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation, helping you create the money, relationships, career, and general all-around awesomeness you so desire. And should you be one of those people who dreads getting busted with a self-help book in your hands, fear not.

Sincero, a former skeptic herself, delivers the goods minus the New Age cheese, giving even the snarkiest of poo-pooers exactly what they need to get out of their ruts and start kicking some ass. By the end of You are a Badass, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to start living the kind of life you used to be jealous of.

 

5 Audio Books To Listen To Now That The Kids Are Back In School

Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America – the first African American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the US and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same.

 

5 Audio Books To Listen To Now That The Kids Are Back In School

 

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F*ck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is – a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited – “not everybody can be extraordinary; there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault”. Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

There are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

5 Audio Books To Listen To Now That The Kids Are Back In School

 

In a windswept British seaside town, single mum Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, 21-year-old Lily Monrose has been married for only three weeks. When her husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left alone in a place where she knows no one and with the police telling her that her husband never existed.

In this suspenseful drama, both women must sort through the secrets surrounding men neither of them knows if they can trust.

 

If you are interested in listening to your first book, you can get a free book with an Audible Free 30-Day Trial. Do you listen to audiobooks? Do you have a favourite to share? Share it below! 

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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16 responses to “5 Audiobooks To Listen To Now That The Kids Are Back In School”

  1. Tammi L. — September 4, 2019 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    The Silent Patient sounds soooo good! I actually bought the book ‘You Are A Badass’ for my 16 year old for Christmas… she hasn’t read it yet. My fingers are crossed that she will though.

  2. Micheline — September 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    I have listened to an audiobook, but I should give this a try would be great for long vehicle drives.

  3. Sarah — September 5, 2019 @ 3:54 pm (#)

    The Silent Patient and Becoming are on my TBR list. I can’t wait to read them…or listen. 🙂

  4. Micheline — September 5, 2019 @ 4:33 pm (#)

    Michelle Obama’s book Becoming would be a very interest book to either read or listen to.

  5. Gina Bergman — September 5, 2019 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    Love the idea of multitasking. I love books but cant seem to find the time!

  6. Tarang Chandra — September 5, 2019 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    I am so tempted to hear I found you.. imagine newly married and your spouse doesn’t exist..how will I react, wats gonna happen .. I am intrigued.. Also I am happy I found about audio books being available from other stores too.. thank you

  7. nicky — September 9, 2019 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    These look great. Very interested in Becoming.

  8. kristen visser — September 12, 2019 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    oooo The Silent Patient! that totally sounds like my kind of book. I am not much of a reader but when I do nothing is better than a thriller

  9. Shirley O — September 13, 2019 @ 2:18 pm (#)

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck and Becoming are on my list.

  10. Stephanie LaPlante — September 14, 2019 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    I have been looking for a good audiobook. Thanks for the awesome suggestions. I’m very interested in The Silent Patient.

  11. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 16, 2019 @ 10:41 am (#)

    I’m one of those few these days who prefer an actual book in my hand to reading on a screen

  12. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 16, 2019 @ 10:42 am (#)

    Woops, pressed the wrong button, or to just listening to them belongs on the end of my previous comment.

  13. Lynda Cook — September 19, 2019 @ 7:18 pm (#)

    I have never tried an audio book, but I think I would love to give it a chance, my eyes are not the greatest and even with my glasses I can not read as much as I used too

  14. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 20, 2019 @ 12:15 pm (#)

    I do have a Kobo, had it for years, read every book that came with it – not many interesting ones I might add and it’s not seen the light of day since.

  15. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 23, 2019 @ 10:32 am (#)

    I do like the synopsis of the book “I found you”, sounds like a mystery I’d enjoy.

  16. Elizabeth Matthiesen — October 7, 2019 @ 9:35 am (#)

    I think I’d probably fall asleep if laying back on a couch listening to a book. 🙂

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