Audiobooks are the perfect summer indulgence. They make road trips fly by, and once you've reached your destination, having a narrator bring an engrossing memoir or a thrilling caper to life leaves you with one hand free for a cold drink, and the other for idle fanning by the pool. Bliss. You won't know how you survived without an audiobook the rest of the year.

Penguin pick: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, read by Elisabeth Moss

Margaret Atwood's classic is brough to life by Elisabeth Moss, star of the Channel 4 adaptation of the book. A dark, unsettling and extremely prescient dystopia about state surpression of reproductive rights, Moss captures Offred's inner life perfectly as she lurches from detachment to despair. Wherever you're spending your summer, you'll be so engrossed you won't be able to take off your headphones.

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