How to get free audiobooks for the Christmas drive home

Drive home for Christmas... to the dulcet tones of Victoria Coren Mitchell or Jeremy Clarkson

JUST in time for the annual trip home for Christmas, audiobook retailer Audible has unveiled a Black Friday deal that allows drivers to listen to three months of content for just 99p.

The service, which is owned by online shopping giant Amazon, offers new customers their first month for free all year round — fairly standard practice among subscription services nowadays — but the new deal triples the trial period for less than one pound.

  • Get three months of Audible for 99p – here
  • Get a 30-day Audible trial for free – here

As part of the deal, you can select one new audiobook per month for free, which isn’t to be sniffed at when you consider that they often cost more than £30 each. You could put Harry Potter on for the kids (or yourself), or a seasonal favourite to get in the festive spirit.

If you’re looking for something to satisfy your petrolhead urges, there are plenty of options: a 12-and-a-half hour reading of Red Bull CTO and all-round F1 legend Adrian Newey’s book How to Build a Car, in which the designer talks about his impressive F1 career through the lens of the machines that he has worked on. Usually priced at £12.99, you can listen to the book for free thanks to the Black Friday deal.

There’s also the highly-rated podcast Women Talking About Cars, hosted by journalist and TV presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell, on which she talks to famous women — including Olivia Colman, Dawn French and Claudia Winkleman — about their cars and driving experiences. There are three full series of the podcast, which should keep you entertained during the quieter moments of the festive period.

Or if you fancy a deep dive into the history of one of the most iconic marques around, there’s a narration of David Kiley’s 2004 novel Driven: Inside BMW, the Most Admired Car Company in the World, which delves into the backstory of what Kiley claims is the “most admired car company in the world”.

And if you want to drive home for Christmas to the calming tones of Jeremy Clarkson, you’ll be happy to hear that his new book, Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm is already on the streaming platform. Following on from his hit TV show Clarkson’s Farm, it provides a more-in depth look at his new agricultural existence. You can read more about it in our Christmas gift guide.

Customers also get access to the Audible Plus catalogue, which includes a selection of podcasts and audiobooks exclusive to Audible. Highlights include Love Actually star Hugh Grant reading Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a podcast about gangs hosted by Michael Caine and the Sherlock Holmes series narrated by Steven Fry.

After the three-month trial period has ended, Audible costs £7.99 per month. Obviously the value for money you get from that will depend on how often you use it, but even if you’re only listening to a single audiobook per month, you’re likely to be saving money.

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