There is nothing quite like curling up to a good book, especially when a little self-care is in order. Mother’s Day is a great time to get your mom one of these titles on Audible for Mother’s Day. The craziness of this time means that mom probably has less time to herself than ever, and a book that she can listen to while cleaning, making yet another snack, or while the kids are doing distance learning makes a fantastic gift. On Mother’s Day, you can pair it with a steaming cup of coffee or tea, a new cozy blanket, and let her sit alone in her bedroom while she enjoys a book read aloud to her, enjoying the quiet and solace that comes with enjoying a good story.
Best Titles on Audible for Mother’s Day
Certain Woman of an Age
Certain Woman of an Age is written and performed by Margaret Trudeau. Margaret Trudeau – the former wife of Pierre Trudeau, 15th Prime Minister of Canada, mother of Justin Trudeau, Canada’s current Prime Minister, and international mental health advocate. This is a recording of her three-night performance of her show at Minetta Lane Theater in the Fall of 2019. Audiences were dazzled by Trudeau’s gripping portrayal of motherhood, marriage in the public eye, tragedy, and personal triumph. She discusses her bipolar diagnosis, her time at Studio 54 as a young adult, and advocates for mental health.
Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
Chosen Ones, performed by Dakota Fanning tells the tale of five ordinary teenagers who, fifteen years ago, were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. Th young-adult fantasy fiction brings in Dark One, and his weapon of choice is catastrophic events known as Drains – leveled cities and claimed thousands of lives. The Chosen Ones give everything they had to defeat him. After the Dark One fell, the world went back to normal for society- except for them. Ten years later, one of the Chosen Ones dies and when the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold – bigger than the world itself. And fighting back might take more than they have to give.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is written by J.K. Rowling, the author of the iconic Harry Potter series. It is performed by talented actors from across her wizarding world, including actors from the Harry Potter films such as Warwick Davis, Noma Dumezweni, Jason Isaacs, Jude Law, Evanna Lynch, Sally Mortemore, and Bonnie Wright. This is the first-ever audiobook edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was originally written in 2007. Beedle’s stories are a collection of popular fairy tales written for young witches and wizards, so if the mom in your life loves Harry Potter and stories of the like, they will love The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
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The Swimmer is a first-person account Diana Nyad, the first person in history to swim the 111 miles from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida without stopping. The swim took her five tries to complete, and she did it all without a shark cage and only under the watchful eye of a small crew. The Swimmer is read by Diana Nyad herself, and gives the riveting tale of her story. Listeners will be plunged into the depths of Nyad’s extraordinary story as she shares heartbreaking setbacks, brushes with death, and the victories that kept her going.
Escape from Virtual Island
Escape from Virtual Island tells the story of the world’s wealthiest people in 2038, who visit Pengalam Island Resort and Virtual Reality Theme Park where guests live out their wildest fantasies in custom-made virtual reality simulations. The story turns to an epic mystery when the infamous billionaire, Mr. Wagner, goes missing within a virtual simulation. The story is filled with witty comedy, high-octane drama, and the reminder that real life, not virtual reality, can be the ultimate experience. Actors such as Paul Rudd, Jack McBrayer, Sue Galloway, Jane Krakowski, Jason Sudeikis, Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson, Olivia Wilde, Rachel Dratch, Henry Winkler, and more make this creative, funny, and mysterious story come to life.
Stuck will be released shortly after Mother’s Day on May 14th, but it well worth the wait. Written by New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein and performed by Mark Sanderlin, Elizabeth Hess, Oliver Wyman, Farah Bala, Rita Wolf, Caroline Grogan, Cynthia Darlow, Mateo D’Amato, J.J. Myers, and Neil Hellegers, this story is almost like a Peter Pan meets Groundhog Day. Eleven-year-old Jackson makes a birthday wish about never growing up that mysteriously comes true. At first, this is the perfect life, but after a few years of being eleven, he realizes his life is passing him by. His little sister is suddenly his big sister, his former friends are driving, everyone else is growing older but he’s still living the same fifth grade life. Will Jackson ever figure out how to grow up or will he remain stuck?
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The Half-Life of Marie Curie
The Half-Life of Marie Curie is a play written by Lauren Gunderson and performed by Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany. It tells the other side of the story of famous scientist Mare Curie and how her deep-seeded personal life affected her accomplishments in science and mathematics. The story tells of Marie Curie’s time with Hertha Ayrton, an accomplished mathematician, inventor, and suffragette with whom she spent two months on the British seaside. At the time, Curie was in the throes of a scandal in France over her affair with Paul Langevin, which threatened to overshadow the accomplishment of her second Nobel Prize. This play is an ode to two remarkable women who, despite tremendous personal and professional obstacles, continued to devote their lives to scientific innovation and social change.
The telling-tale of a single, black lesbian who has devoted her life to political activism and poetry, Stacyann Chin realizes that at 35, she has an overwhelming desire to have a child of her own. Despite a tragic breakup, she sets her sights on a single target: motherhood. There’s just one problem. Although she has seen success, she finds herself broke with no health insurance. Despite these obstacles, she realizes true meaning of parenthood, the many forms that family can take, and discovering what really matters in life and love.
The Baddest Bitch in the Room
The Baddest Bitch in the Room was written and performed by Sophia Chang, one of the biggest names in the music industry. As the daughter of Korean immigrants, she grew up shunning the “model minority” myth. Armed with a fierce sense of independence, she moved to New York City and infiltrated the world of hip-hop, yet remained mostly in the shadows of the artists she supported. With her debut memoir, Sophia Chang is finally ready to grab the mic for herself.
Written by Adrienne Brodeur, Wild Game tells the story of a daughter who has been living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity. Told as a memoir, it showcases how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and since many of us can’t physically see our moms for Mother’s Day, a book from Audible, or a subscription to their service, is a great gift to give. It allows her to sink herself into a book, a play, or a performance without leaving the comfort of her home.
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