10 Books to Listen to During a Winter Storm

Ah… Winter is here. For many of us, this is our favorite time of year to sit on our couches, get the tea on, and sit under a blanket.
However, if you’re trapped inside because the snow is piling up, rain is pouring down, and you’re slowly losing your mind, here are some audiobooks that will take your mind off the cold and dampness this winter. Enjoy a selection of comedy titles to make you laugh and forget the cold; escapist listens to convince yourself you’re somewhere else; horror tomes to listen to when the power goes off; self help books to use the time inside for something more useful than napping; and something for your kids so they don’t continually ask you “Can we go out yet?” (which is scarier than any Stephen King novel)

Comedy titles to make you laugh

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle, narrated by Eric Idle

I love listening to comedians narrating their own autobiographies. It feels like you’re listening to a stand up gig.
Best known for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life which begins in an austere boarding school and takes us through his successful career in comedy, tv, and film.
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My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper, narrated by Ellie Kemper

I love Ellie Kemper. She’s so positive, and like a confetti cupcake in human form.
Ellie will make you laugh out loud as she shares tales of her childhood, whether she’s starring in her family holiday pageant, washing her dad’s car with a Brillo pad, or failing to become friends with a plump squirrel in her backyard.
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Escapist listens to whisk you away

The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love by Per J Andersson, narrated by Maanuv Thiara

If you enjoy romance and travel combined, this amazing true story is the book for you. PK is given a prophecy. He will meet the woman of his dreams, who will be from a faraway land. One day, he’s asked to draw the portrait of a young Swedish woman, and while drawing her, he realizes she is the woman he’s been looking for.
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The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables: The Enchanting Island that Inspired L. M. Montgomery by Catherine Reid, narrated by Xe Sands

If you love Anne of Green Gables, You’ll love this! This book explores how L. M. Montgomery’s deep connection to Prince Edward Island inspired her when writing the Anne of Green Gables series. From the Lake of Shining Waters to Lover’s Lane, you’ll be immersed in the real places immortalized in the novels.
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Horror tomes to give you a fright

Watching You by Lisa Jewell, narrated by Gabrielle Glaister

Is there anything more frightening than listening to a crime novel set in a neighborhood just like yours? Secrets, lies, and obsession are the themes of this listen set in a suburban street where bad things don’t happen… or do they?
A local teacher seems harmless but why does he generate such obsession from his students?
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The Ghost and the Dead Man’s Library by Cleo Coyle, narrated by Traber Burns, Caroline Shaffer

A soft sweater + cosy mystery = perfection!
Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure receives an extremely rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete works. They sell well, but unfortunately, everyone who buys the books ends up dead. Fortunately, Penelope has her ghostly friend, P.I. Jack Shepard to help crack the case.
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Self help listens to inspire you

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda, narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Before Hamilton made him a household name, Lin-Manuel Miranda inspired his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of every day. Sometimes it’s hard in the depths of winter to stay positive. But if you need a little pick me up while you’re waiting for the storms to pass, then this is a lovely treat.
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The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders, narrated by Cait Flanders

After working her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, Cait Flanders challenged herself to consume less. Blending Cait’s compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance, The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you’re holding on to in your own life
— and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.
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Something to keep the kids busy

Spectacular Stories for the Very Young: Four Hilarious Stories! by David Walliams, narrated by David Walliams

My three year old loves listening to audiobooks. He loves to read along, especially if there is a fun narrator and a bunch of sound effects. And this book has both of those things, thanks to the amazing narration by David Walliams.
Who doesn’t want to learn about the first hippo on the moon, or a snake that causes disasters at school?
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin

If you’re getting irritated staying inside, there’s a good chance that your teen is too! If you’re looking for something to engage and educate your teen, The Hate U Give is a great listen.
Starr Carter’s life is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her (unarmed) best friend at the hands of a police officer.
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