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May's article: Listening can be so Relaxing

It may sound a little obvious but we all need to take a little more care of ourselves. Give ourselves more downtime and rest those eyes. Technology plays a big part in our lives, now more so than ever, but rather than spending hours on social networks or reading the news, why not tune into something else that gives your busy minds another focus, a calming or uplifting one?

Charlotte and I love a good audiobook or podcast and we’ve picked a few of our favourites, designed to make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.

Tunnel 29: Ok so we know you may well have already had a listen but if you haven’t, this one is an incredible story, with intrigue, history, and perfect for when you need a little reminder of what people have been through. It will make your day seem pretty good. It’s an extraordinary, true story, told by Helena Merriman, of a man and his friends, who dug a tunnel right under the Berlin Wall to help friends, family, and strangers escape. Gripping throughout!

Hunting Party by Lucy Foley: Sometimes you listen to an audiobook and the actors voicing the characters are just not right and it can be so distracting. They got it spot on with this one. Really helped to bring to life an already brilliant story. We can’t wait to get stuck into her next book, The Guest List.

Giles Coren '... Has no idea' podcast: Love him or hate him, Giles’ podcast is always entertaining and about real life … no matter how dull. we can all relate and it never fails to amuse me anyhow (Charles).

Off Menu: Primarily it will make you laugh, but you’ll also get some great cooking and restaurant recommendations, and an insight into the lives of some interesting comedians/actors/personalities.

Dispatch to a Friend: Something to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling with tales of friendship, and a glimpse of life on the other side of the world (for those based in the UK). It’s humorous, gentle, uplifting and sometimes a little emotional. We can relate!

Holly Tucker’s (founder of NOTHS) ‘Love What You Do’ : Conversations of inspiration with business founders. We particularly loved the episodes with Alistair Hall and Kirsty Telford of Hoxton Street Monster Supplies/Ministry of Stories (a charity which inspires young writers, very cool), and Sir Tim Smit.

The Warringham Chronicles, an Audible production: Both of us have loved this saga based in the middle ages. Very high production values with marvelous (and well known) British actors doing the narration. Covid has delayed the release of the next three books in the series (books iv - vi) which we are eagerly awaiting, but the first three books are long and great entertainment.

We’d love to hear what your listening recommendations are and we hope you enjoy ours.


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