Recent Audible Acquisitions

Audible haul

I was completely against Audible for so long. I thought it was overpriced considering I pay the same for Scribd and can listen to however many audiobooks I want (kind of) as well as ebooks. But of course with Scribd I don’t actually own the books and they may not have the book I want. Audible doesn’t have everything either but it’s library is a bit more extensive with a lot of original content and celebrity narrators. They also often run deals such as a discount on credits and 2 for 1 on select audiobooks. You even get some free audiobooks every now and then.


It was only when I started listing these books that I realised my purchases were predominately feminist interest. If that’s something you’re in to you will surely find something below.

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What I Got…

Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf

An astonishing work of cutting-edge science and cultural history that radically reframes how we understand the vagina – and consequently, how we understand women – from one of our most respected cultural critics and thinkers, Naomi Wolf, author of the modern classic The Beauty Myth.

When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf on a deeply personal journey to tease out the intersections between sexuality and creativity, she discovers, much to her own astonishment, an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh, but an intrinsic component of the female brain – and thus has a fundamental connection to female consciousness itself.

Utterly enthralling and totally fascinating, Vagina: A New Biography draws on this set of insights about “the mind-vagina connection” to reveal new information about what women really need, and considers what a sexual relationship – and a relationship to the self – transformed by these insights could look like.

Exhilarating and groundbreaking, Vagina: A New Biography combines rigorous science, explained for lay listeners, with cultural history and deeply personal considerations of the role of female desire in female identity, creativity, and confidence, from interviewees of all walks of life. Heralded by Publishers Weekly as one of the best science books of the year, it is a provocative and deeply engaging book that elucidates the ties between a woman’s experience of her vagina and her sense of self; her impulses, dreams, and courage; and her role in love and in society in completely new and revelatory ways sure to provoke impassioned conversation.

A brilliant and nuanced synthesis of physiology, history, and cultural criticism, Vagina: A New Biography explores the physical, political, and spiritual implications of this startling series of new scientific breakthroughs for women and for society as a whole, from a writer whose conviction and keen intelligence have propelled her works to the tops of bestseller lists, and firmly into the realms of modern classics.


Wild Power by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

The menstrual cycle is a vital and vitalizing system in the female body, and yet our understanding of and respect for this process is both limited and distorted. Few women really know about the physiology of their cycle, and many do not see it as an integral part of their health and well-being, let alone as a potential guide to emotional and spiritual literacy.

Wild Power is a book about feminine power – the power of the menstrual cycle. This book reveals the inner architecture of a woman and the path to power that is encoded in her body. This unique force tutors us in the sacred tasks of each phase of our journey, from our first period to menopause, the perils and the pitfalls, as we grow into our authority and eldership as creators and leaders in the world. In this book the authors explore the three maps of the menstrual cycle that guide women through their inner landscape to meet themselves, get to know their own nature, and develop the psychological muscle to channel the creative and spiritual forces within them.

Written with humor, tenderness and practicality, and packed with women’s stories and quotes throughout, Wild Power will restore women to wholeness and reinstate the full majesty and grace of the Feminine.


Born Lippy: How to Do Female by Jo Brand

When Jo Brand hosted Have I Got News For You late last year, her calm explanation of the effects of sexism on women to a bemused all-male cast turned into a viral phenomenon.   

There has been a whole tradition of books over hundreds of years where a father shares his wisdom with his son – started by Lord Chesterfield in the 18th century – while women have been silent (aka bullied into thinking their advice wasn’t worth writing down). This book puts a stop to all that.  

Ranging from your family and how to survive it to what no one tells you about the female body; from how not to fall in love to heckling as a life skill, Born Lippy gathers together the things Jo’s learnt about the world, the things she wishes she’d known and the things she hopes for the future into a hilarious and highly useful guide to life that everyone female (and male) needs to hear immediately. 

Packed with memorable anecdotes from her life and career, coloured by her experiences as a psychiatric nurse and working mother of two, this book will not only entertain but also really help people.

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

Performed by talented actors from across the Wizarding World, this is the first ever audiobook edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was originally written in 2007 by J.K. Rowling and has raised money for her children’s charity Lumos ever since.

As familiar to Hogwarts students as “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty” are to Muggle children, Beedle’s stories are a collection of popular fairy tales written for young witches and wizards. So, if you’re wondering what’s in store in this brand-new audio edition…well, your ears are in for a treat.

Once you’ve checked this fabulous Hogwarts Library book out, you’ll start by hearing the author’s introduction, read by Sally Mortemore (librarian Madam Pince from the Harry Potter films). Then it’s time for the tales to begin….

You’ll laugh along to “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot” as you listen to the havoc wreaked by a father’s impish gift to his son, read by Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick – Harry Potter films).

“The Fountain of Fair Fortune” will take you on a quest through an enchanted garden, alongside three witches and a luckless knight, read by Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter films).

In “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart”, you’ll be warned about a young warlock who is fearful of love and turns to dark magic to avoid it at all costs, read by Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy – Harry Potter films).

The calamitous meeting of a foolish king, a cunning charlatan and a mischievous washerwoman unravels in “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump”, read by Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley – Harry Potter).

And finally, the most iconic of Beedle’s stories. “The Tale of the Three Brothers” – with its message of humility and wisdom – will introduce you, dear listener, to the Deathly Hallows, read by Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, London’s West End and New York’s Broadway).

Each of the tales is accompanied by wise and whimsical notes from a certain Albus Dumbledore, surely everyone’s favourite headmaster, read by Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore – Fantastic Beasts films).

We’re told these five fables have been firm favourites in wizarding households for centuries, and now it’s your turn to experience these tales from the Wizarding World, as you’ve never heard them before.

At least 90 percent of the proceeds* received by Pottermore Limited from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to The Lumos Foundation for their work to help children worldwide out of institutions, so they can thrive in loving families and communities. The Lumos Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales with registered charity number 1112575.

Around the world, more than eight million children live in orphanages and other institutions. What may be surprising is that about 80 percent of them aren’t actually orphans. They have family who could care for them, with the right support. Lumos is an international children’s charity founded by J.K. Rowling. Named after the light-giving spell in Harry Potter, Lumos’ mission is to ensure that by 2050 all children will grow up in loving, protective families.

This title will be available for free to Audible members until midnight, 07 January, 2021.


The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson

In 1912, scientist Marie Curie spent two months on the British seaside at the home of Hertha Ayrton, an accomplished mathematician, inventor, and suffragette. At the time, Curie was in the throes of a scandal in France over her affair with Paul Langevin, which threatened to overshadow the accomplishment of her second Nobel Prize.

Performed by Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany at the Minetta Lane Theatre, this play by Lauren Gunderson is an ode to two remarkable women who, despite tremendous personal and professional obstacles, continued to devote their lives to scientific innovation and social change.

Playwright Lauren Gunderson was awarded a commission through the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, an initiative dedicated to developing innovative original plays driven by language and voice. As an Audible commissioned playwright, she received funding and creative support to develop The Half Life of Marie Curie.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip’s tongue.

Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she’s married.

Although world’s apart, Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny’s lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

In Pride and Prejudice, the Bennett sisters try to find their way in the repressive strictures of 19th century society. Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and the experience of falling in love, and she superbly describes a world which, despite being more than two centuries old, still resonates with modern concerns.


The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

A collection of short stories, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories was first published in 1979 and awarded the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize. 

This Audible exclusive adaptation is narrated by legendary actors, Richard Armitage and Emilia Fox, who take on different chapters of the audiobook. Among these are ‘The Bloody Chamber’, ‘The Courtship of Mr Lyon’, ‘The Tiger’s Bride’, ‘Puss in Boots’, ‘The Erl-King’, ‘The Snow Child’, ‘The Lady of the House of Love’, ‘The Werewolf’, ‘The Company of Wolves’ and ‘Wolf-Alice’. 

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories is a titillating series of dark, sensual and fantastical stories, inspired by well-known fairy tales and folklore. 

Dissatisfied with the unrealistic portrayal of women in these legendary fables, Carter turns them on their head, introducing subversively dark, sensual and gothic narratives. 

Breathing new and unexpected life into favourite childhood characters such as Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard and Beauty and the Beast, Carter shocks, seduces and amuses the listener with her unique, iconic and surrealist reimagining. 


This book I have on preorder. It is due for release on 28 May 2020

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Can a village in need find hope after the devastation of war? 

The Jane Austen Society is a fictional telling of the start of the society in the 1940s in the village of Chawton, where she lived. There are eight main characters, all of whom are obsessed with Austen and conspire to create the society and turn the Austen cottage into a museum in her honour: a WWII war widow, a Farmer, a village Doctor, a local Solicitor, a House-Girl in the Knight estate, the anticipated heiress of that estate, an employee of Sotheby’s and a Hollywood Actress. Multiple social, romantic and cultural collisions ensue. Jenner brings all of these disparate characters vividly to life, and you’ll root for all of them to find their own happiness. 

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Stay at Home Book Tag

Not sure who created this tag. A lot of people have done it over the past 2 months but I took it from ForBooksSake. Laying In Bed: A Book You Read In A Day The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s a very short book, barely 200 pages and a popular one for school … Continue reading Stay at Home Book Tag

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Jane Austen July 2020

Jane Austen July is a month-long readathon all about reading Jane Austen and related works. The readathon is hosted by Books and Things and Blatantly Bookish. The challenges are: 1. Read one of Jane Austen’s six novels2. Read something by Jane Austen that is not one of her main six novels3. Read a non-fiction work … Continue reading Jane Austen July 2020

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7 thoughts on “Recent Audible Acquisitions

  1. These all sound super good! I’ve been wanting to read The Bloody Chamber and reread The Help for a while. I think it’s nice to save up your credits and wait for these 2-for-1 deals on Audible, I feel like I get the best from my money that way 🙂

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  2. I agree, Audible, expensive as it is, does come with these nifty little benefits. Sadly here where I live, the list of their books isn’t as extensive 😭 BUT I’ve used Storytel and LOVED it. Do check that out too 😘😘 lovely list!!! AHHH The Unhoneymooners is on my Kindle IF ONLY MY TBR WOULD BUDGE ASIDE A LIIIITLE THAT WOULD BE NICE.

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