There’s something wonderful about listening to a story. We know that a good narrator can make all the difference between an average audiobook and a  brilliant one. Read below for some of our favourites that are guaranteed to keep you wanting to hear more!

All of these audiobooks can be borrowed via the Wollongong City Libraries catalogue.

10. The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Narrator: Khaled Hosseini

The Kite RunnerWhat’s it about? Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir’s father’s servant, is a Hazara — a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

Top Quote: “There is only one sin and that is theft… when you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.”

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9. The Dry

Author: Jane Harper

Narrator: Steve Shanahan

The DryWhat’s it about? After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

Top Quote: “To look out and see not another soul between you and the horizon could be a strange and disturbing sight.”

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8. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Author: Douglas Adams

Performed by: Harry Enfield, Billy Boyd, Andrew Sachs, Jim Carter and Olivia Colman.

Dirk Gently's Hoistic...

What’s it about? What do a dead cat, a computer whizz-kid, an electric monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a chronologist over 200 years old, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet) and pizza have in common? Apparently not much, until Dirk Gently, self-styled private investigator, sets out to prove the fundamental interconnectedness of all things by solving a mysterious murder, assisting a mysterious professor, unraveling a mysterious mystery, and eating a lot of pizza – not to mention saving the entire human race from extinction along the way (at no extra charge).

Top Quote: “The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder… Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.”

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7. A Short History of nearly Everything

Author: Bill Bryson

Narrator: William Roberts

A Short History of Nearly Everything

What’s it about? In Bill Bryson’s quest to understand everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, he reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

Top Quote: “There are three stages in scientific discovery. First, people deny that it is true, then they deny that it is important; finally they credit the wrong person.”

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6. The Passenger

Author: Lisa Lutz

Narrator: Edwina Wren

The PassengerWhat’s it about? She’s left her dead husband — and within forty-eight hours Tanya Dubois is a fugitive. It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Tanya-once-Amelia-now-Debra and Blue, a bartender, have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret … can she outrun her past?

Top Quote: “You can never see anything clearly when you’re running.”

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5. Not my Father’s Son: A Memoir

Author:  Alan Cumming

Narrator: Alan Cumming

Not my Father's SonWhat’s it about? A beloved star of stage, television, and film, Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. His success masks a painful childhood growing up under the heavy rule of an emotionally and physically abusive father–a relationship that tormented him long into adulthood. When television producers in the United Kingdom approached him to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, Alan enthusiastically agreed. He hoped the show would solve a family mystery involving his maternal grandfather, a celebrated World War II hero who disappeared in the Far East. But as the truth of his family ancestors revealed itself, Alan learned far more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father.

Top Quote: “Sometimes people do you a favour when they drop out of your life.” 

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4. Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Narrator: Tim Robbins

Fahrenheit 451.jpgWhat’s it about? Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbour, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

Top Quote: “It was a pleasure to burn.”

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3. Good Omens

Author: by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Narrators: Peter Serafinowicz, Mark Heap, Josie Lawrence and Paterson Joseph.

Good OmensWhat’s it about? Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse – War, Famine, Pollution and Death – are assembling. Everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan. Everything, that is, but for an unlikely angel and demon duo, who have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. If they are to prevent Armageddon they’ve got to find and stop the one who will bring it about: the Antichrist himself. There’s just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him…

Top Quote: “He’d been an angel once. He hadn’t meant to Fall. He’d just hung around with the wrong people.”

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2. Truly Madly Guilty

Author:  Liane Moriarty

Narrator: Caroline Lee

Truly Madly GuiltyWhat’s it about? Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong? In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families. In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship.

She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

Top Quote: “Everyone had another sort of life up their sleeve that might have made them happy.”

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1. Harry Potter Series (First Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Narrator: Stephen Fry

Harry PotterWhat’s it about? Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Top Quote: “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

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