Love audiobooks? They’re even better with extra content! Check out some of the audiobooks that include exclusive recorded content for even more enjoyment.
There are so many reasons to love audiobooks. They’re convenient, they’re great for people who struggle with reading, and you can listen as fast or as slow as you’d like. Whether you want to smash through a series while on your morning commute or learn something new while chopping veggies for dinner, audiobooks allow you to multitask while you read.
But beyond the benefits of the format itself, audiobooks also offer something special.
While many readers might not realise it, several audiobooks also contain exclusive content, separate from the book’s material. Author notes, bonus chapters, and interviews are sometimes recorded in tandem with the audiobook, making for an even better listening experience.
Scroll on to see some of the amazing audiobooks that include exclusive content, with selections from every genre for all kinds of readers.
Audiobooks with exclusive content
Head and Heart by Kirstin Ferguson, narrated by the author
Kirstin Ferguson’s Head and Heart is a modern guidebook to leadership. In teaching listeners how to integrate the head and the heart in leading, Kirstin paves the way for leadership as you’ve never known it before. In addition to teaching you how to leave a positive legacy, the audiobook also includes an exclusive conversation with fellow author Melissa Doyle.
Talking About a Revolution by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, narrated by the author
With her trademark optimism, sass, boldness and search for answers, Yassmin Abdel-Magied explores resistance transformation and revolution in Talking About a Revolution. Each essay is written and read with passion, intelligence, and insight from Yassmin’s lived experience. The audiobook version includes an exclusive conversation between Yassmin and Australian writer, Randa Abdel-Fattah.
Fanatic Heart by Tom Keneally, narrated by David Tredinnick
Fanatic Heart is a retelling of the life and exploits of Irish patriot John Mitchel. A lawyer, journalist, activist and politician, John was charged with treason and tried by an English judge. To avoid a breakout and rebellion, he was snuck off the Irish mainland, eventually making his way to Australia and then the US. Though he was a powerful voice for Irish nationalism, John eventually supported the ownership of slaves in the US – making this book a realistic, challenging and thought-provoking reflection on one man’s life. The audiobook edition includes an exclusive author’s note from Tom Keneally.
The Gift of Asking by Kemi Nekvapil, narrated by the author
In The Gift of Asking, executive and personal coach Kemi Nekvapil breaks down cultural myths about asking for what we need. With a focus on inspiring women to speak up for themselves, the book teaches listeners that they are always worthy of making the requests that will help them. This audiobook also includes an exclusive reflection by Kemi about the things that have changed since the book’s first publication in 2017.
Time Wise by Amantha Imber, narrated by the author
Do you ever feel like you simply don’t have enough time? Let’s be real – we’ve all been there. Time Wise is here to help, with plenty of practical guidelines for making the most of your time. Full of secrets and habits of highly effective people, this book is a goldmine for anyone looking for strategies to cope a bit better. The audiobook edition includes an exclusive bonus chapter with six extra tips from Amantha on how to use your time more wisely.
Mothertongues by Ceridwen Dovey and Eliza Bell, narrated by Aimee Horne
This genre-defying marvel is made even more fun when listened to in audiobook form. Together, the two authors have gathered scenes, songs, poems, text messages, and more from the salvaged scraps of their daily lives to call out the absurdity of motherhood. Imagining themselves in a world where they don’t have to choose between art and motherhood, their musings are funny, thoughtful and eerily familiar. The audiobook also includes an exclusive conversation between the authors and their composer, Keppie Coutts.
With Love From Wish & Co by Minnie Darke, narrated by Zoe Carides
Marni Fairchild is the brains and talent behind Wish & Co, a boutique store offering bespoke gift-buying services to wealthy clients. But when one little mix-up sets off an unexpected chain of events, the repercussions rattle her business. . . and her love life. This audiobook includes an exclusive author’s note from Minnie Darke.
KING by Hau Latukefu, narrated by the author
While listening to KING, readers will hear first-hand from the rap pioneer, ARIA-winner, radio presenter, tastemaker and mentor that is Hau Latukefu. Recounting his journey from ‘Struggle Town’ to the top of the charts, his memoir is an inspiring look inside his life, family, and the art of making music that sparks a revolution. The audiobook edition includes exclusive bonus chapters, not included in the book.
The Spy’s Wife by Fiona McIntosh, narrated by Katy Sobey
The Spy’s Wife is a fast-paced historical thriller that will keep you second-guessing until the very end. Evie is a widow and the stationmaster’s daughter. When presented with the chance to love again, she falls for Roger – but if only things were that simple. When Roger is accused of being a Nazi spy, Evie comes up with a bold plan to prove his innocence. To make the audiobook even better, the recording includes an exclusive author’s note and Q&A with Fiona McIntosh.
The Orphans by Fiona McIntosh, narrated by Ainslie McGlynn
Can’t get enough after The Spy’s Wife? Then you’ll also want to listen to this historical adventure from the same author, The Orphans. A chance encounter between two children changes the course of their lives forever. As Fleur fights for the survival of her family’s business, Tom seeks new work at the port. When their paths cross again, the two become caught up in a murder investigation, in which they can only trust each other. This audiobook also includes an exclusive author’s note from Fiona McIntosh.
Till Death, or a Little Light Maiming, Do Us Part by Kathy Lette, narrated by Melissa madden Gray
When it’s reported that Jason Riley has been taken by a Great White during his morning swim, his wife Gwen races to the beach, shocked and heartbroken. But shortly after she arrives . . . so does his other wife. As both women realise they’ve been married to the same man, their mutual animosity is only made worse upon the discovery that Jason has recently sent all of his money to a mysterious ‘business partner’ in Egypt. This double-crossing, pulse-pounding read is full of energy and excitement. The audiobook edition includes an exclusive – and hilarious – author's note, narrated by Kathy Lette.
Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss, narrated by the author
In this heartfelt and revealing memoir, author Anita Heiss gives her firsthand experience as a woman with a Wiradyuri mother and Austrian father. With her signature wit and humorous writing style, she digs into the development of her activist consciousness and the daily work she undertakes to ensure a more equitable future for people across Australia. This audiobook includes an exclusive conversation between Anita and her publisher, giving listeners even more insight into this inspiring author’s mind.
Denizen by James McKenzie Watson, narrated by Matthew Pearce
Once you start this rural thriller, you won’t be able to press pause. On a remote property in western NSW, nine-year-old Parker fears that something is wrong with his brain. In an attempt to control his internal chaos, he sparks a series of events that spiral out of control in deadly and devasting ways. When he reunites with old friends, unresolved fear, guilt and violence come to the surface, forcing Parker to address the consequences of his childhood actions. This audiobook includes an exclusive conversation between the author and his publisher.
Anything But Fine by Tobias Madden, narrated by Matthew Backer
YA fans will absolutely adore Anything But Fine. Tobias Madden’s debut novel, the story follows Luca as he prepares to audition for the Australian Ballet School. All it takes to crush his dreams is one missed step . . . and a broken foot. With an unlikely bond growing between a school acquaintance and a life-changing injury, Luca starts to question who he is without ballet and whether he’s setting himself up for another heartbreak. Listen to the audiobook to hear an exclusive conversation between Tobias and narrator Matthew Backer.
The Godmothers by Monica McInerney, narrated by Nikki Shiels, Ella Scott Lynch and Annie Maynard
Despite Eliza’s complicated childhood, she always felt loved and secure thanks to her two supportive godmothers. Just before her eighteenth birthday, a tragic event changes Eliza’s life, prompting her to become a careful, reserved adult woman. Thirteen years later, an unexpected invitation from one of the godmothers prompts a leap into the unknown and soon Eliza finds herself in the middle of a complicated family in Edinburgh. Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, this book takes listeners on a journey with Eliza to learn about love, lies, hope and sorrow. The audiobook makes the story even more special with an exclusive author’s note.
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