As far as I know, the British don’t have a term like the Danish hygge to describe the concept of coziness, but there’s something about dreary London Town or the English countryside that makes me feel extra warm and content in cold weather. Think of afternoon tea in front of the fireplace, or sipping brandy after a dinner party. Think of the hand-knit scarves and overcoats, the jumpers! (Why is jumper such a delightful alternative to sweater?)
Now that the temperature has dropped here in Louisville (cool enough for me to pull out my jumper), I’m enjoying longer walks with Daisy, which means extra audiobook listening. British-narrated audiobooks immerse me in the setting, and some of my absolute favorite narrators have delightful accents.
I know I’m not the only one who loves an audiobook narrator with an accent. Today I’m sharing 14 titles featuring amazing British narrators and immersive English settings. There’s a little something for every reader on this list, whether you like gritty mysteries, romantic classics, or witty British humor.
Readers, I know you have some favorite British books to share. I’d love to hear them, whether they’re great on audio or on the page. Leave a comment below and add to our list of cozy British stories.
Flavia de Luce is a precocious 11 year-old chemist and amateur sleuth. In the summer of 1950, she finds a dead bird on the doorstep of her family's crumbling manor house, a stamp affixed to its beak. Later that day, she comes across a dead man in the garden. For Flavia, these mysterious events are both frightening and exciting. She says, "I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life." Thus follows her investigation, a delightful coming-of-age mystery starring one of the most charming heroines ever written. This series is FABULOUS on audio; narrated by Jayne Entwistle.More info →
Are you an Anglophile in your reading life? What excellent British audiobooks would you add to this list?