Are Audiobooks The Secret To A Happy Morning Commute?

The next time you open your inbox, you could have a free book

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Whose Monday morning commute looked a bit like this? After squishing yourself into a train carriage, your journey was spent nose in strangers arm pit - all while thinking about that book in your bag that you can't reach unless you're willing to perform some pretty impressive acts of contortion.

Do you know what would solve this problem?

An audio book.

And do you know what's even better than a regular audiobook?

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A free one!

Audible, the most popular site for all things ear candy, is launching a new initiative called 'Send This Book', a feature that will bring together the members they already have, as well as tempting new ones to join (one more free trial can't hurt right…).

Current Audible members will have the opportunity to send on one of their favorite audiobooks that they own to any friend, whether a member or not, for them to download and keep.

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For good.

So look out when opening your next email, text or WhatsApp message - maybe you're getting a new book with it!

And while friends' recommendations are always appreciated, sometimes you need an expert's opinion.

Luckily for us, that's exactly what you can get today - for free.

In real life, we can't all be besties with Cambridge Classicist Mary Beard, but thanks to her work with Audible, you can pretend you are by downloading the link from her Twitter to get her recommendation.

(Now you can experience Homer's Odyssey without having to lug around a big heavy copy with you all the time, useful as it may have been for creating the elbow room you need on the tube.)

And it's not just Mary.

There are scientists, authors, athletes and even Hermione - well, technically, it's Noma Dumezweni, the actress who plays her in The Cursed Child, but practically the same thing - are tweeting their links to give you the best advice on what to read, or rather, what to hear, next.

Dumezweni's recommendation is The Alchemist by Paul Coelho, which she calls 'the best kind of storytelling', and it is even more delightful in audiobook form: it's narrated by Jeremy Irons.

Now imagine having that dreamy voice purring into your ear on the way home.

Suddenly the commute doesn't seem so bad after all...

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