Free Online Audio Books from the Library

Our Artistic Programs Manager Sabrina loves to listen to audio books before hitting the pillow. It’s a great way to clear your head after a full day or to just provide some positive distraction. Sabrina has put together for you her top 5 audio books, keeping in mind things that could be of interest in the current climate, but also just some wonderful stories that entertain, thrill and inspire.

Our Blue Mountains City Libraries have a huge selection of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines available across a range of collections including adult, children, fiction and non-fiction. To borrow you will need a valid Blue Mountains Library membership card and an email address.

Tim & Tigon
by Tim Cope, read by Patrick HarveyAdventurer Tim Cope had a childhood dream: to travel the 10,000 kilometres from Mongolia to Hungary on horseback – a journey undertaken centuries ago by the legendary leader of the Mongols, Genghis Khan. On this journey, Tim met a dog called Tigon. For more than three years, Tim and Tigon endured searing heat and bitter cold; dark, lonely nights when wolves circled their camp; hunger; despair; joy; and the wild beauty of the landscape that changed constantly around them. They met the people of the steppe, who welcomed Tim and Tigon into their homes, and shared their traditions and histories.

This is the story of a unique journey – a journey filled with the spirit of the pioneering explorers of old.

When Panic Attacks: How to take control of anxiety and panic
By Dr Áine Tubridy, read by Helen LloydHundreds of thousands of people in Ireland suffer from panic attacks and anxiety, but many struggle to access any meaningful help for these conditions.
Prompted by years of working with patients suffering from panic attacks and struck by just how common and debilitating they were, medical doctor and psychotherapist Dr Áine Tubridy first published When Panic Attacks in 2003. Grounded in years of clinical experience and research, it has been a bestseller ever since – because her methods work.

A true visionary in the crusade for mental health, Dr Tubridy uses pioneering mind-body medicine methods to alleviate panic and anxiety, encouraging patients to understand the root cause of their symptoms and to make tangible and fundamental changes at every level of life – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – opening up the possibility of extensive and permanent healing.

In an increasingly fear-driven society, this book is more relevant than ever.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
By Rachel Joyce, read by Jim Broadbent

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other.


The Mercies
By Kiran Millwood Hargrave, read by Jessie BuckleyOn Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, forty fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves – the menfolk of Vardø wiped out in an instant.

Vardø is now a place of women.

Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives. Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilized world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of Vardø to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In Vardø, and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place flooded with a terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs .

The Handmaid’s Tale
By Margaret Atwood, read by Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Bradley Whitford and Amy LandeckerOffred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.