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Scribd: What audiobooks should I listen to in lockdown?

The top five audiobooks being downloaded and listened to by Australians on e-book subscription service Scribd this year have been revealed – from a famous self-help book to a dark tale of betrayal by New York Time Bestselling author Kate Quinn.    

In Australia, audiobooks have proven to be the most popular content type on the platform throughout lockdown and have shown considerable continued growth since the start of the pandemic.  

Many have also been switching between physical reading and soaking in a book audibly throughout their days, allowing quality reading time while exercising, cleaning, cooking or relaxing under a blanket on the couch. 

The top five audiobooks being downloaded and listened to by Australians on e-book subscription service Scribd this year have been revealed 

1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be ‘positive’ all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. 

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter. 

A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives. 

Top reviews: 

‘The principles of these books are so practical that everyone should read it. I’ll definitely be going over it again’.

‘Hanson has some amazing insight and advice carved out of life experience and just plain, turn-it-on-its-ear relational observations. The examples and thoughts anyone can understand, though at great self-examination and painful personal change. No pain, no gain! Awesome read! Best ‘self help’ I’ve read recently…maybe ever.’

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be 'positive' all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be ‘positive’ all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people

2. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston 

Everybody’s gushing about this fun, romantic tale of true love on the subway stuck in a time loop between modern day Brooklyn and the punk rock ’70s. 

Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible.

Top reviews: 

‘I truly enjoyed this and actually didn’t want it to end. I want to know what happens next. It started a little slow for me but finished VERY strong.’

‘This book captures your attention so wholly. It explores what it’s like to be someone who is cynical and jaded from her past and finds herself surrounded by people who want to be her friend.’

A queer time travel rom-com? Yes, please. Especially one by the delightful mind behind the swoon worthy hit 'Red, White & Royal Blue'

A queer time travel rom-com? Yes, please. Especially one by the delightful mind behind the swoon worthy hit ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’

3. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. 

A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose.

In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible.

Top reviews: 

‘This book changed my whole perspective about life and clarified a lot of things. I’m so excited to put all these in practice and reap the results!’

‘This book summed up concepts others have touched upon, but all in one place. I resonated with the biological model of emotions and behavior. Good listen.’ 

In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible

In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible

4. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker

‘Mindhunter’ is the true story of FBI agent John Douglas, one of the founders of criminal profiling. 

His interviews with killers are dark, disturbing, and somehow a little sad. In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases – and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares. 

Fans of the Netflix adaptation need only read slowly to fill the void between seasons.

Top reviews: 

‘Good book. Douglas offers fascinating insights into the minds of monsters. Book starts out slow, then after the middle gets meaty. Definitely a good book for a commute!’

‘Fantastic insight into the very interesting beginnings of the FBI’s serial crime unit. Worth the read!’

'Mindhunter' is the true story of FBI agent John Douglas, one of the founders of criminal profiling

‘Mindhunter’ is the true story of FBI agent John Douglas, one of the founders of criminal profiling

5. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female codebreakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

Lovers of The Crown shouldn’t miss this riveting historical novel!

Top review: 

‘Beautiful in every way  -in the writing, in the story and the narration.’

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female codebreakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female codebreakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over

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