Listen up and read: Audible app is hands-free reading

Kali Bradford 

Listen up and read: Audible app is hands-free reading

I wrote a while back that I have been trying out Audible, the audio reading app. I am now on my fourth book and can say that I am truly enjoying the app.

I don’t have the time to sit down and read at this point in my life, so audio books were the next best thing. Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to the day I can sit down with a good book in hand, but for right now my phone and earbuds do the storytelling.

And there’s no doubt that it’s super convenient. I carry my phone with me all the time, so that means my books are with me too. I take books off my phone or download new ones. The books are always there and just a click away.

I also like the narrators. I thought it might be hard for me to listen to someone narrate the story, as I like to imagine how each character’s voice sounds; but for the most part,  narrators have done a really good job. I would even say some go above and beyond.

Plus, there are “Audible originals” that offer different kinds of podcasts or stories to follow - which helps make that $14.95 I spend each month on the service worth it.

For this week’s column I’m going to provide recommendations for my fellow audiobook listeners or whoever is search of good book. Enjoy!


“West Cork” - An Audible Original by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde

Join the real-life hunt for answers in this true-crime series. Investigative journalist Sam Bungey and documentarian Jennifer Forde guide listeners through a brutal, unsolved murder and the tangled web of its investigation, while introducing an intricate cast of characters, a provocative prime suspect, and a recovering community whose story begs to be heard. This is more of a podcast style audio book.


“Jane Steele” by Lyndsay Faye

A satirical romance about identity, guilt, goodness, and the nature of lies. Think “Jane Eyre” but way less depressing.


“The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” by Denise Kiernan

Drawing from the voices and experiences of the women who lived and worked in Oak Ridge, “The Girls of Atomic City” rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of World War II from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute and their enduring courage. If you live in Tennessee, this is a must to read. One of the most important parts of our history as a state.


“Sum It Up” by Sally Jenkins and Pat Summitt

Co-author Sally Jenkins narrates this powerful story of Pat Summitt and victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. This is also a must-read for us Tennesseans, especially those of us who pull for the University of Tennessee.


“Sharp Objects” by Gilliam Flynn

While they’ve made an HBO television series based on this, I’m reading the book first as anyone should. The books are always better. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.



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