Whether you’re a beginner looking to distract yourself, or an expert looking to mix things up, listening to audio books while you run can be a great addition to your routine and an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone. From thrilling crime fiction and mythical fantasy, to learning more about the real world with some fascinating non-fiction, a good audio book can motivate you to go that little bit further. Here’s our list of the best audio books for runners…
Title: Sherlock Holmes (70 hrs and 56 mins)
Summary: For those that have never read the original stories, national treasure Stephen Fry narrates the complete Sherlock collection lasting over 70hours!
For runners: With 56 short stories and 4 novels to choose from, you can stop and start at your own pace. London runners might even spot some familiar landmarks.
Title: Sometimes I Lie (8 hrs and 55 mins)
Summary: “My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me. I’m in a coma. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. Sometimes I lie.”
For Runners: Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won’t be able to pause this new thriller. Perfect for the runner that just keeps pushing.
Title: While You Were Sleeping (8 hrs and 48 mins)
Summary: Described as “A hell of a ride. By the time I reached the nail-biting conclusion I was a nervous wreck” (The Book Review Cafe) Tara Logan’s world is shattered when she awakes inexplicably in her neighbour’s bed. She has no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse – he has been stabbed to death. Convinced of her innocence, Tara stays silent in a battle to find the truth before the police find her A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.
For Runners: Who really want to set their heart racing.
Title: Six Stories (8 hrs and 8 mins)
Summary: Perfectly broken up to fit your training schedule, these six stories follow elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult Internet figure. Featuring a full cast narration using 17 different voices.
For runners: Who want a different story for every run.
Title: Six Degrees of Assassination (4 hrs and 48 mins)
Summary: Set in modern day London, this not-to-be-missed thriller is complete with an exclusively-composed musical score for a fully immersive action experience. On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell’s government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest. Step forward Alex Cartwright (Andrew Scott), MI5 Chief Counter Terrorism Officer who must find out the truth. But it’s easier said than done, as he discovers that whoever ordered the assassination has covered their tracks very well indeed.
For runners: Embrace your inner-undercover agent as you run through the streets
Title: Fantastic Beasts (1 hr and 40 mins)
Narrated by Eddie Redmayne, this is the first audio book edition of Scamander’s textbook ever to be released. Having starred as Newt Scamander himself in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, who better to narrate this Hogwarts Library book from one of the wizarding world’s most famous Magizoologists? Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents….
Alien: Out Of The Shadows (4 hrs and 31 mins)
With the new Alien film released in May, runners can immerse themselves in the fantasy world with this exclusive audio production. Set in deep space, a land of darkness and isolation where evil hibernates awaiting for suitable prey, hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly the characters discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors….
Ready Player One (15 hrs and 40 mins)
Narrated by actor Will Wheaton, this thrilling story is a fast-paced adventure that pits thousands of desperate members of humanity against each other in the ultimate race for the winning prize.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And, like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who died with no heir, ha promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.
Title: Zombies Run (1 hr and 50 mins)
Set in the universe of the worldwide best-selling app Zombies, Run!, this is a murder mystery like no other. Why would anyone still want to kill a fellow human, even after the zombie apocalypse? And having started, how can they be stopped? The desire for vengeance, after all, is the way of all flesh.
Nothing will make you run faster than the imminent threat of Zombies.
Tite: Extracted (12 hrs and 40 mins)
A young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. For runners who can achieve the extraordinary – this fantasy set in 2061 follows three ordinary humans set to change the future. Can these three heroes, extracted from their timelines at the point of death, save the world?
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (15 hrs and 18 mins)
Everyone’s been talking about this Sunday Times Bestseller, so what better way to catch up than on a run? Opening up a controversial topic with spirit and thoroughness, Sapiens will challenge your preconceptions, provoke discussion and, most importantly, push you to think for yourself.
Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us.
We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens?
In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we’re going.
The Elephant in the Room (1 hr and 48 mins)
In The Elephant in the Room, Jon Ronson, the New York Times best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, Them and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, reunites with an old acquaintance – the influential provocateur and conspiracy talk-show host Alex Jones – to explore one of the most bizarre presidential campaigns in American history. From conspiracy theorists and fearmongers, to a chance encounter with notorious political operative Roger Stone, Ronson’s picaresque journey into Donald Trump’s world. Whimsical, hilarious and often downright terrifying, The Elephant in the Room captures a defining moment in our time as only Jon Ronson could see it.
Wild (12 hrs and 59 mins)
Experience true escapism with this heartbreaking true story of a young woman who experiences intense grief and a life undone, only to rediscover herself as she forges ahead on a seemingly impossible solo journey across the American wilderness. An unforgettable journey of self-discovery, Wild is written by international best-selling author Cheryl Strayed and is a complete and unabridged audiobook memoir with a powerful narration by talented voice-artist Laurel Lefkow. Now also a hugely successful film starring Reece Witherspoon. Audible listeners follow the. This is a story that will stay with you long after the final word.
A History of Britain in 21 Women (8 hrs and 28 mins)
Feel empowered mentally as well as physically with this thought-provoking collection on the lives of 21 women that sheds light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history.
In lively prose Woman’s Hour Jenny Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar. From famous queens to forgotten visionaries and from great artists to our most influential political actors, A History of Britain in 21 Women is a veritable feast of history.
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