Best Free Books On Audible For Teens


With the closure of schools for the foreseeable future, your young bookworms may be stuck for reading inspiration, or simply finding themselves in need of something to occupy their imagination whilst lessons are cancelled. No need to worry, because Audible have made a selection of amazing audiobooks for teens completely free to access, from kids' books right through to classics suitable for teenagers. Audible have promised that, so long as school is closed, these books will be free to listen to, ensuring that kids can continue to keep themselves entertained and engaged through the world of books. Best of all, this is completely free, and there's no need to sign up for an Audible account - just choose a book and start listening from a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Here are our top recommendations for the best books on Audible for teens.

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

Suitable for: Ages 13-15

This classic book blurs the line between science fiction and horror. Many will already be familiar with the tale of Dr. Frankenstein, who sets out to create life itself in a scientific experiment. The result is a monster, which Dr. Frankenstein then must try to destroy. Dan Stevens' narration is the perfect accompaniment to Shelley's writing - he ensures that the novel is brought to life in a way that younger people will enjoy. At 8 hours, it's a fairly short listen, so this would be a good pick if your young one is looking for something they can get through in a day or two.

In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules - Karen Karbo and Cheryl Strayed

Suitable for: Ages 13-16

This inspirational collection of true stories is a great listen for any young teenagers with an interest in history. From Frida Kahlo to Angela Davis, this book is full of stories from the lives of women who changed the world. Young people will love hearing these incredible stories from a range of women, especially the section on women such as Amy Poehler, Carrie Fisher and Nora Ephron - no matter what your interests, these inspirational stories of women who broke the rules and transgressed boundaries is sure to inspire young minds.

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Suitable for: Ages 14-18

This classic work of dystopian fiction is a perfect choice for any young people with a love for futuristic science-fiction stories. The characters of Lenina and Bernard visit a reservation, away from their utopian city. What they encounter poses questions which still ring true to this day. The richly-drawn world Huxley creates is brilliantly satiric, and will be sure to provoke the imaginations of any teenager reading it for the first time. With cloning, anti-aging and a dystopian society, this one is also sure to be of interest to any young science fiction fans. Michael York's reading of the audiobook ensures Huxley's dystopian world is brought to life in vivid fashion, making this classic literary work accessible and entertaining for young adults.

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

Suitable for: Ages 15-18

This reading of Emily Brontë's classic story of romance and revenge is a brilliant choice for teens who can't wait to get back to their English Literature lessons. Wuthering Heights follows the tale of Cathy and Heathcliff's tragic romance, set against the backdrop of the unforgiving, windy Yorkshire moors. With a story which equally combines romance and dark themes such as vengeance, this is one of the best audiobooks for older teens. A powerful performance of the text by Michael Kitchen ensures that young ones will find this an enthralling listen, and really brings Brontë's timeless characters to life.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Suitable for: Ages 13-16

The basis for the movie of the same name, this story from one of the twentieth century's great writers is a fantastic listen for younger teens with a love for unusual short stories. The book tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who ages backwards, and follows Benjamin through the course of his life. Any teens who are fans of Fitzgerald's other, more famous works, such as the Great Gatsby, will love this lesser-read story, but it's also a great listen for everyone with a love for brilliant fiction.

The Witchcraft of Salem Village - Shirley Jackson

Suitable for: Ages 13-14

This audiobook tells the history of the Salem Witch Trials as re-written by the outstanding mystery writer Shirley Jackson. For fans of great historical stories, this is an excellent listen - Jackson's writing goes into rich detail about the events of the Salem Witch Trials, in a way which will make this audiobook a perfect choice if you are looking for something to educate and entertain younger teenagers.

Moby-Dick - Herman Melville

Suitable for: Ages 16-18

Audible is a great tool for making famously dense and tricky books such as this one accessible - and what better book to dive into than this classic tale of an obsessive whaler named Captain Ahab and his pursuit of the gigantic whale who cost him his leg. This unabridged version transforms the experience of reading the book - rather than an intimidating tome even for an adult reader, here the story narrated by Anthony Heald, really comes alive. At 23 hours, it's a mammoth listen, so if your young ones are looking for a tale to really lose themselves in, this is a wonderful choice.

The Mystery of Alice - Lee Bacon

Suitable for: Ages 13-14

This Audible exclusive breathes new life into the thriller genre, ensuring an exciting and engaging listen for younger teenagers. 13-year old Emily Poe gets the chance to attend a prestigious school in New York, but in order to win a scholarship she must pass an unusual test. When another girl, Alice Wray, goes missing, Emily must solve the mystery of her disappearance. Young teen listeners will love trying to solve the mystery as the story unfolds and more and more clues surface - this has been a highly popular choice with Audible users, so it's sure to be a hit with any young teenagers who love mystery stories.

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Ties That Bind, Ties That Break - Lensey Namioka

Suitable for: Ages 13-16

This historical audiobook is a tale of a young girl named Ailin in China in 1911. Wanting to be free of tradition, Ailin refuses to go through the process of having her feet bound, and sees her arranged marriage break down. The book follows Ailin as she must make her own way in the world, making it a perfect audiobook for young adults with a love for inspirational stories and strong characters.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle

Suitable for: Ages 13-15

This collection of short stories featuring the famous character is one of the best audiobooks for any young detective fiction fans. This collection of stories concern the case of the Park Lane mystery, and the murder of Ronald Adair. This classic set of stories, first published in 1905, are sure to fire the imagination of young teenagers with a love for great fiction, as well as younger people with a love for history - the narration really does make early 20th-century London come to life through Conan Doyle's writing. With thirteen individual stories across eleven hours, there is sure to be something for everyone in this audiobook collection, and they make for great listening if your young ones are looking for stories they can listen to in short bursts.

The Lurking Fear, and Other Stories - H.P. Lovecraft

Suitable for: Ages 15-18

For any fans of horror stories, this collection of short stories by the legendary and influential horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is sure to get spines tingling. Including pieces of weird fiction such as 'Hypnos,' 'Memory,' and 'The Lurking Fear,' this collection is a fantastic exhibition of Lovecraft's influential style - the stories featured in this book have gone on to inspire countless films, video games and other authors. If any of your young teens have a love for giving themselves a fright, then this is a brilliant choice for them.

Impossible Music - Sean Williams

Suitable for: Ages 13-15

This is a great young adult novel for any teens for whom music is an important part of their life. For Simon, music is his life, until he loses his hearing. Refusing to attempt to adjust to his new state, Simon is bereft. When he meets G, a girl going through the same things,  Simon reassesses his relationship with the world and himself. At 6 hours, this is quite a short audiobook, so this is a good pick for any younger teens who are looking for a book they can listen to in one day.

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My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life - Rachel Cohn

Suitable for: Ages 14-16

This novel tells the story of Elle, a young girl who unexpectedly receives the news that she is going to live with her long-lost father in Tokyo on her 16th birthday. Elle soon finds out that this may be too good to be true, however, as she finds her new family hard-to-please. As she adapts to living in her new home amongst enormous wealth at the International Collegiate School of Tokyo, Elle learns what family means, and how to accept her own identity. Featuring wonderful descriptions of life in Tokyo, the audiobook transports the reader straight to the city itself.[email protected]/Gg0wn4

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

Suitable for: Ages 14-18

Another timeless masterpiece from one of the Brontë sisters, Jane Eyre is the epic tale of the title characters' journey from being an orphan in Northern England to being hired as governess at Thornfield Hall. Whilst caring for the enigmatic Edward Rochester's ward, Adele, Jane falls in love with Rochester. Brontë's story explores the place of women in Victorian society, making this an inspirational read for any young person. What's more, Thandie Newton's narration of this audiobook version truly brings every character to life, ensuring this is a gripping listen which both does the this true classic justice and ensures that it is accessible for all.

Talon: The Talon Saga, Book 1 - Julie Kagawa

Suitable for: Ages 13-15

Julie Kagawa's modern fantasy saga is all free to listen on Audible Stories, so why not dive into the epic series with this first entry? Talon tells the story of a world in which dragons inhabit the earth, living in human form alongside other human beings. Having been hunted by the Order of St. George, the sister and brother duo of Ember and Dante are members of the Talon order of dragons. In order to free dragons from the oppression of  the Order of St. George, they must infiltrate society, but this comes with complications. Kagawa's series is sure to be a hit with any young fans of the fantasy genre, so this series of audiobooks will certainly keep them entertained and engaged during the lockdown period.

The Last Boy and Girl in the World - Siobhan Vivian

Suitable for: Ages 14-16

In this story, Keeley's hometown is evacuated after a storm destroys the town. Keeley and her friends decide to make the most of the last days they have in their home by doing everything they have always wanted to. As she knows this may be her last chance, Keeley is free to pursue a romance with a boy she has always loved. Vivian's story explores the complications this leads to - Keeley learns what she should leave behind, and what will last. This is one of the best audiobooks for young teens with a love for strong characters.

The Unexpected Everything - Morgan Matson

Suitable for: Ages 14-16

This story follows Andie, a young girl who plans to attend a top medical school. When her summer plans are unexpectedly scrapped, Andie finds herself stuck in the house with her Dad, with whom she has a difficult relationship. Andie has to deal with the unfamiliar situation of being free of all her plans, and the chaos that may arise from that. This is one of the best audiobooks on the service if you have a teenager who will enjoy a feel-good story of finding your place in the world, and the joys of friendship.


Written By

Sam Carr

Sam grew up in Leeds, where he currently lives. Trips to museums all around the country when he was younger sparked his love for all things to do with history, which he is now studying at university; he considers himself a bona fide history buff. He enjoys exploring new places, music, and eating vegan food.

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