Skip to main content
  • Daily Deals
  • Sell
  • Help & Contact
  • Health and Fitness

A secondary benefit when listening to your favourite audio books before bedtime is falling asleep. Reading helps relax you at the end of the day, not because the content is boring.

Books are available on cassette tapes, CDs and MP3 formatting. Choose unabridged audio books, which are original, uncut versions. When driving to and from work, enjoy the narration often by celebrity voices. For a change of pace, learn a new language such as Italian or Spanish.

Recommended buying guides

See all guides
See all guides

About Audio Books

Audio books offer an alternative to reading from a printed book or an e-reader, by providing a recording that can be listened to at one's leisure. It was as far back as the 1930s that the first audio book appeared in the US, thanks to a government programme that aimed to give WW1 veterans with visual impairments and other visually impaired citizens the same access to books as the rest of the population. Early audio books tended to focus more on plays and poetry than on novels, and it was significantly later (not until the 1980s) that book retailers became interested in the concept and began to display audio books on their shelves alongside printed versions. Audio books are available in a variety of formats, with cassettes having propelled the audio book to its initial popularity. CDs, MP3 CDs and a variety of digital downloadable formats, in addition to preloaded solid state digital devices that have the audio content preloaded. When buying audio books, be careful to check the format. Some audio books offer an abridged version of the original work, while others offer a reading of the full book. There are also audio books available that offer fully dramatised versions of the original work, including a whole cast, sound effects and more, rather than one individual reading the recording. Audio books span a huge number of styles and genres. Audio versions of children's books are available - perfect for those who cannot yet read - and adult books include both fiction and non-fiction, from classic works to more contemporary books.