Free audiobooks to help you through coronavirus lockdown

AS the world looks for ways to keep themselves entertained during the coronavirus lockdown, audio books have seen increased interest.

And it also helps that many have been made free for listeners so you can get lost in a book in a different way. Here's a list of some of the best audiobooks you can get stuck into without spending a penny!

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How to access free audio books?

If you are an Apple user, then you can access books via the app on your phone or tablet.

It is also available on Apple computers and laptops.

Make sure you're using the latest version and click on "Book Store".

Then all you need to do is find the "Free Books" section.

While online platform Audible decided to make dozens of titles free – and you don’t need an account to listen to them.

Audible Stories, which is aimed at younger audiences, said the books would be available at no cost for as long as necessary, and they’re available to listen to on a laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet.

You can see every title available if you head to the Audible Discovery page.

Best audio books for adults

Here are some of the many titles available to listen to during the coronavirus lockdown.

And if you need more suggestions, we have a round up to suit your needs here.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Audible

This book is based on a true story of two Slovakian Jews and their experiences in Auschwitz.

It's a powerful and moving story, so it's great for those who want their attention to be captured for hours.

You'll find a few key themes such as determination, hope, and courage.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Audible

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Michael York helps to bring this timeless sci-fi tale to life once again as it covers topics such as cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media.

On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before.

Becoming – Audible

Michelle Obama's memoir 'Becoming' is praised by book lovers from all over the world, and this year it won the Grammy's Best Spoken Word Album 2020 award.

In the book, Michelle Obama reflects her life's experiences through compelling storytelling.

She is regarded as one of the most influential women of our times, so this book is perfect for someone who is looking for a role model inspiration.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde  – Audible

Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure – an attitude encouraged by the company he keeps.

One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

The wish comes true, but Dorian soon finds that his wicked actions have visible consequences on the portrait – a powerful symbol of his internal ruin.

This was a popular choice for English Literature courses but now would be a great time to discover the classic story.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Audible

Looking for your next favourite fiction book? Something that would capture your attention and at the same time give you a storyline you've never heard before?

'Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine' might be something you've been searching for.

The book allows you to be the witness of Eleanor's Oliphant life and how it can be transformed.

Paradise Lost – Audible

Often considered the greatest epic in any modern language, Paradise Lost tells the story of the revolt of Satan, his banishment from Heaven, and the ensuing fall of Man with his expulsion from Eden.

It is a tale of immense drama and excitement, of innocence pitted against corruption, of rebellion and treachery, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny.

The Fellowship of the Ring – Audible

Tolkien's masterpiece 'The Fellowship Of The Ring' is perfect for anyone, who's looking for epic storytelling.

It's worth noting that the length of this audiobook is almost 20 hours, so it's most definitely a book that requires dedication.

So at a time where you might have all that spare time on your side, Frodo Baggins is most definitely going to entertain you.

Best audio books for children

Here are some of the best kids' titles available during the coronavirus lockdown.

Audible Stories is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese, so it could even help schoolkids keep up with some subjects.

Books are grouped into categories, including Littlest Listeners, Tween and Literary Classics, with firm favourites such as Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland up for grabs.

Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit and Friends – Audible

Beatrix Potter's amazing universe of animals dressed in human clothing has taught and entertained children for over a century.

This volume brings together twenty-one of Potter's tales and verses in one book.

Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics – Audible

Trasport your kids to Enchanted Place, the forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo.

The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble.

Blackstone Audiobooks presents, from the unabridged collection A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, the 10 stories of Winnie-the-Pooh performed by Peter Dennis.

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories – Audible

Peter Jeffrey reads three of Rudyard Kipling's original classic short stories.

Abandoned in the Indian jungle and rescued by a wolf pack, the man-cub Mowgli is educated in the ways of the jungle by Akela the Wolf, Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Black Panther and Kaa the big Rock Python.

Includes three complete and unabridged stories: 'Mowgli's Brothers', 'Kaa's Hunting' and 'Tiger! Tiger!'.

The Birchbark House – Audible

Set in the Lake Superior region in the mid-1800s, The Birchbark House provides fascinating details of a year in the life of young Omakayas, a girl of the Ojibwa.

National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Erdrich has fashioned a story rich in the way of life and heritage of the Ojibwa people, a story that begs to be told out loud.

As each season in a year of Omakayas' life is lovingly portrayed, the satisfying rhythm of her days is shattered when a stranger visits the lodge one night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever.

The World's Worst Children – Soundcloud

Comedian and author David Walliams is releasing a free audio story for 30 days and that includes his novel collection, The World's Worst Children.

A surreal collection of ten stories about ten delightfully dreadful children, it sees David Walliams’ unique take on the classic cautionary tale.

Naturally the stories are hilariously performed by the author himself.

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