7 comforting classic audiobooks included in Audible Plus

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Inside the beautiful Folio Society edition of Little Women

Whether I’m tending to our balcony plants, experimenting with sourdough banana bread recipes, or quietly embroidering in the evenings, audiobooks are my go-to companions.

After a whirlwind last few months, I’ve also found it easier to focus on audiobooks than real books. In short, I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks recently – and have a lot to recommend.

Although I love the Libby app, the audiobooks I’m recommending here are all included in an Audible Plus membership, without using any of your credits. (You can also get a free trial for a month of audiobooks.)

After seeking out the most comforting and cozy classic stories, here are the best audiobooks included in Audible Plus that I’ve found so far, including excellent characters and narrators.

(A quick note: Depending on your region, you might not have access to all of the same audiobooks, but the Audible Originals should be available anywhere. Enjoy!)

The best classic audiobooks included in Audible Plus

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Narrated by Rachel McAdams (unabridged) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m convinced that L.M. Montgomery’s classic tale of imagination, wonder, and belonging should be instantly prescribed to anyone feeling down, stressed, or disconnected from life’s magic.

Although there’s a full-cast production of Anne of Green Gables available in Audible Plus (starring Sandra Oh), I loved the simplicity of the Rachel McAdams version.

Return to the warmth and joy of Anne’s adventures, imaginings, and ridiculous antics on Prince Edward Island with one of the most life-affirming and soothing audiobooks you can find.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Narrated by Rosamund Pike (unabridged) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve…”

How could I not mention Pride and Prejudice in a collection of uplifting classic audiobooks? You may already know and love Rosamund Pike from the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (she plays Jane Bennett, alongside Keira Knightley as Elizabeth), and she’s a star in this audiobook too.

As expected, this is a true comfort listen – especially if you already know the story like the back of your hand.

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Narrated by Johanna Ward (unabridged) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you’re in the mood for a feel-good classic story full of sunshine and optimism, this audiobook edition of Heidi is such a lovely choice.

Johanna Spyri’s charming story of the “little Swiss” and her friends of all ages (whether goat or human) feels like a balm for frayed nerves.

Join Heidi to escape the dark uninspiring walls of the city (Frankfurt’s tourism board probably despises this book) and return to the abundant meadows, mountain views, and hearty portions of bread and cheese of the Alps.

Recorded in 1994, this is one of the older audiobooks on this list, but it’s wonderfully narrated.

Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection by Stephen Fry

Narrated by Stephen Fry (unabridged) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

For an enormous 72 hours of Sherlock Holmes narrated by Stephen Fry, one of few people who could do this justice, add this superb collection to your audio library.

Including four novels and five collections of short stories, you’re highly unlikely to finish this audiobook anytime soon. But it’s perfect to dip into as and when you feel like retreating into the cozy world of 221B Baker Street, joining Holmes and Watson on a case as you go about your day or drift off to sleep.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Abridged Performance)

Starring Laura Dern and a full cast (abridged performance) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a performance of Little Women, so you won’t find a word-by-word narration of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story. But it’s a delight nonetheless, especially if you already know the book well.

Tumble into the comforting (although not always happy) world of this literary classic, led by Laura Dern and with a full cast of performers to bring the story to life.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Narrated by Rosamund Pike (unabridged) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Five hundred a year? Two thousand a year? It’s all about the money in Sense and Sensibility – but as the Dashwood sisters wonder, shouldn’t there be more to marriage than this?

As another of Jane Austen’s best books, Sense and Sensibility is sassy, witty, and mostly consists of characters chatting away to one another. It’s also wonderfully read by Rosamund Pike in this Audible edition.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Narrated by Michael Hordern (unabridged) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender, of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries…”

How about a story full of cozy vibes, appreciation for the little things, and escapades that have enchanted generations of readers?

Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad are the perfect companions for restful listening – especially because not all that much really happens in The Wind in the Willows, and you can just let the story wash over you.

(On that note, I need to add this as one of the best audiobooks to enjoy while drifting off to sleep. I’m sure author Kenneth Grahame won’t be offended.)

For more like this, you might also like my collection of 20 of the best audiobooks of all time to add to your reading list. Happy listening!

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