The only downside of packing light is the number of books you have to leave behind. If those hand-luggage restrictions are too tight even to slot in a Kindle, or you simply prefer to have someone else read your stories to you, fill your phone up with the best audiobooks for the beach before you fly. Here, we bring you 5 of the best beach reads for summer 2019. (No actual reading required.)
Best Audiobooks for the Beach
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
Moving, powerful and compassionate, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit.
‘Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.’
For fans of: The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Kite Runner, The Other Hand
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Secrets of Santorini by Patricia Wilson
An escapist holiday read with depth and drama set on the beautiful island of Santorini.
‘Sent away to convent school at the age of six, Irini McGuire has never really known her celebrated archaeologist mother, Bridget, who lives on the paradise island of Santorini. So, when Irini receives news that Bridget has been injured at a dig and is in coma she knows it is time to return to the island of her birth. Discovering her mother’s notes and driven by rumours that her mother’s injury was no accident, Irini starts to reveal the dark secrets behind her family’s separation. Can she unearth the truth about her parents and her past before it is too late?’
For fans of: Victoria Hislop, Lucinda Riley, Rosanna Ley
The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor
A sophisticated and original thriller that will really get you thinking as it explores fractured modern lives.
‘We all recognise them. Those who exist just on the fringes of society. Who send prickles up the back of our necks. The charmers. The liars. The manipulators. Those who have the potential to go that one step too far. And then take another step. Jessamine Gooch makes a living from these people. Each week she broadcasts a radio show looking into the past lives of convicted killers; asking if there was more that could have been done to prevent their terrible crimes. Then one day she is approached by a woman desperate to find her missing friend, Cassie, fearing her abusive husband may have taken that final deadly step. But as Jessamine delves into the months prior to Cassie’s disappearance she fails to realise there is a dark figure closer to home, one that threatens the safety of her own family. What if the people we trust are the ones we should fear?’
One of the best audiobooks for fans of: Erin Kelly’s He Said/She Said.
The Woman Who Wanted More by Vicky Zimmerman
Two lonely women. An unlikely friendship. And one big life lesson: never be ashamed to ask for more…
‘After a major life upheaval on the eve of her 40th birthday, a reluctant Kate Parker finds herself volunteering at Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies. There she meets 97-year-old Cecily Finn. Cecily’s tongue is as sharp as her mind but she has lost her spark, simply resigning herself to the Imminent End. Having no patience with Kate’s plight, Cecily prescribes her a self-help book with a difference – it’s a 1957 cookery manual, featuring menus for anything life can throw at ‘the easily dismayed’. The cookbook holds the secrets of Cecily’s own remarkable past, and the story of the love of her life. It will certainly teach Kate a thing or two. So begins an unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn souls – one at the end of her life, one stuck in the middle – who come to show each other that food is for feasting, life is for living and the way to a man’s heart is… irrelevant!’
For fans of: Three Things About Elsie, The Lido, and Eleanor Oliphant
The Holiday by T.M. Logan
The stunning new thriller from the bestselling author of LIES and 29 SECONDS – Seven days. Three families. One killer.
‘It was supposed to be the perfect holiday, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40: four best friends and their husbands and children in a luxurious villa under the blazing sunshine of Languedoc-Roussillon. But there is trouble in paradise. Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair, and that the other woman is one of her best friends. One of these women is willing to sacrifice years of friendship and destroy her family. But which one? As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realises too late that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined. Because someone in the villa is prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden.’ Out 13 June
For fans of: Lee Child
This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik
Outstanding, humorous, moving and thought-provoking – a really important read. One of the best audiobooks for summer 2019.
‘’Build them a mosque, beta. Build them a mosque.’ For years Bilal Hasham and his wife Mariam have lived contented, quiet lives in the sleepy rural village of Babbel’s End. Now all that is about to change. On her deathbed, Bilal’s mother reaches for his hand. Instead of whispering her final prayers, she gives him a task: build a mosque in his country village. Mariam is horrified by Bilal’s plan. His friends and neighbours are unnerved. As outrage sweeps Babbel’s End, battle lines are drawn. His mother’s dying wish reveals deeper divisions in their village than Bilal had ever imagined. Soon Bilal is forced to choose between community and identity, between faith and friendship, between honouring his beloved mother’s last wish and preserving what is held dear in the place that he calls home.’
One of the best audiobooks for fans of: Casual Vacancy, The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Mr Rosenblum’s List