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You may have heard about the incredible growth in digital audiobook downloads globally, and it is no different here in Australia.

Audiobook downloads have grown a staggering amount since the introduction of Audible in Australia, and there are a lot of audio converts!

If you have been thinking about trying a digital audiobook for the first time, here are my three top recommendations to give this format a try:


  • The Dragonbone Chair: Memory, Sorrow & Thorn, Book 1 - Tad Williams

    Whether you are returning to the Memory, Sorrow & Thorn series as a reminder ahead of the release of The Heart of What Was Lost, or discovering the series for the first time, The Dragonbone Chair is the brilliant beginning to an epic fantasy series that inspired the likes of George R R Martin. I picked this title as an audio listen, due to the stellar performance by Andrew Wincott on narration – he just makes the story come to life.

  • Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success - Matthew Syed

    Columnist for The Times, best-selling author of Bounce, and thrice winner of Britain’s Sports Journalist of the year, Matthew Syed is back with an in depth review of the culture of failure and it’s effect on success. In this surprisingly uplifting book, Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure, and in order to grow we must embrace our mistakes. There are some fairly encouraging arguments against the ‘positive mindset’ crowd. A great listen ahead of a fresh year. Black Box Thinking was also recently described by Richard Branson as one of his most inspiring business reads in 2016.

  • Songs of a War Boy - Deng Thiak Adut , Ben Mckelvey

    Our fastest selling audio title this year is Songs of a War Boy, and no matter what format you choose, you NEED to hear Deng Adut’s story. This probably won’t be the kind of book you listen to in one sitting, instead you may have to take a couple of goes in order to process the events of Deng’s life, but I know you will make it through to the end! Deng’s story is powerful, sad, but also incredibly uplifting – from Sudanese child soldier to refugee to university graduate to lawyer, this is the incredible story of an inspiring Australian. Deng is in the running for Australian of the Year to be announced on Australia Day 2017.

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