A week of welcome distractions: free audiobook extracts to inspire and entertain

Tune in to entertaining and invigorating audio extracts from across the Penguin catalogue

audiobook extracts

Every day this week, we'll be posting one-off delights from our audiobook range designed to surprise, delight and distract you during these difficult times. 

From award-winning novels and thought-provoking non-fiction to fabulous children’s stories, there'll be something for kids and adults alike to help fill your days of social distancing with something fun.

Turn up and tune in at 11am each day, and let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook or on editor@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk


Straight Outta Crawley by Romesh Ranganathan

The autobiography of the most talented overweight vegan, maths-teaching, lazy-eyed Sri Lankan comedian Britain has ever seen, Ranganathan’s refreshingly low-beat life story carries listeners on an irreverent journey from childhood obesity and personal tragedy to hilarity as he charts his rise to fame as one of Britain's hardest-working comedians. In this extract of his memoir, he entertainingly talks about his childhood diet.

Charlie McGuffin has a lot to worry about. A brother in hospital, parents in a panick and a school bully on the prowl. The problem is, whenever he thinks about it all, he turns into an animal - from a flea to a rhino to a chicken. Labelled a 'modern masterpiece' of children's literature, Sam Copeland and Sarah Horne's multi award-winning story is a delight.

Tune in to transport children from the age of four into the undergrowth on a fact-filled journey through a world of birds and butterflies, giraffes, monkeys and more. Entertaining and engaging, Animal Kingdom promises an adventure to make the boredom of being stuck at home far breezier.

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