The current coronavirus pandemic is scary. But one of the silver linings has been seeing people coming together to share art and stories for each other to enjoy whilst we work through these uncertain times. Like many things, the first organizational sharing came from indie artists and creators. But the joy they spread was noticed and now big corporations and companies are getting involved. The latest ones to get involved were Amazon who have created Audible Stories, an expansive collection of audiobooks that anyone can listen to for free right now.
The Audible Stories collection is an impressive one which, although centered around younger readers, has something for everyone. The collection is especially useful for anyone who has young readers to keep entertained as the folks over at Amazon curated an extensive roster of titles for young readers and kids, which feels really necessary with schools currently out. According to a message on the collection website:
“For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.”
The selection includes: kids classics like Peter Rabbit, The Reluctant Dragon, The House at Pooh Corner, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; literary faves featuring Anne of Green Gables, White Fang, Brave New World, and Frankenstein; as well as brilliant YA fantasy including The Bone Witch, The Near Witch, and the Ms. Peregrine series. If you want to get into something really immersive and unusual they also have an impressive collection of folklore and fairytales from around the world! Speaking of which, the service is also offering audiobooks in multiple languages. Another great thing to note is that some of the titles are exclusives read by amazing actors, like Frankenstein narrated by Dan Stevens and Jane Eyre narrated by Thandie Newton!
Audiobooks really are a perfect distraction for this time and we’re really happy that so many are now available for free for anyone who can connect to the internet! Hopefully you can find something that makes your day better with this huge new selection.
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