5 of our favourite audiobooks under 3 hours

November 23, 2023

Posted by Daniel Eggleston

In a world where time is a precious commodity and attention spans are constantly under siege, the allure of short audiobooks has never been more pronounced. Choosing a shorter audiobook can help us optimise our limited time, absorbing captivating narratives or acquiring new knowledge whilst we navigate through the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Below are 5 of our favourite audiobooks under three hours.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (58 minutes)

Experience the world of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love.

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Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1 hour 27 minutes)

This tender and powerful essay is at once a tribute to a long life of grace and wisdom, the story of a daughter’s fierce love for a parent, and a revealing examination of the layers of loss and the nature of grief.

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Uncle Gobb And The Dread Shed by Michael Rosen (1 hour 31 minutes)

This is a perfectly ordinary story featuring one perfectly ordinary ten year old, his very bossy uncle, some baked beans, a school which tries to make interesting things boring and a genie who appears when you rub your nose. It also includes lots of very useful facts, many of which are untrue.

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The Drop by Mick Herron (2 hours 1 minute)

A Slough House novella from the ‘John le Carré of our generation’. A drop, in spook parlance, is the passing on of secret information. But for one unfortunate soul, they’ll learn it’s also what happens just before you hit the ground…

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The Curious Dispatch Of Daniel Costello by Chris McDonald (2 hours 56 minutes)

Armed with an encyclopaedic, but ultimately ridiculous knowledge of television detective shows and an unwarranted confidence in his own abilities, Adam and his best friend (and willing Watson) Colin, set out to uncover what actually happened to Daniel Costello.

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