Looking for a brilliant new podcast to get stuck into over the festive period? Audible UK offers a wide variety of original titles, whether you’re a fan of gripping investigative journalism, light-hearted entertainment, or anything in between. From 100-year-old murder cases to the history of hip-hop, 2023 was full of some truly unique listening experiences.
With so many Audible Originals to catch up on from this year, we’ve picked our top 10 of 2023 to get you started.
"Mother, Neighbor, Russian Spy" narrated by Rosamund Pike
On the surface, Cindy Murphy is the woman who has it all: a top finance job in bustling Manhattan, two perfect daughters, and a house in the suburbs.
But she’s also harbouring a secret. Cindy is a Russian spy living in deep cover in the US to send intel back to Moscow.
Narrated by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike, this true story of espionage and deception gives you a fascinating look into the extraordinary double life of a spy.
"Educating Daisy" with Daisy May Cooper
TV star Daisy May Cooper has had a busy few years, writing and starring in shows such as Am I Being Unreasonable? and This Country. In fact, she’s so busy that she rarely finds the time to read — plus, why would she want to read the boring and outdated classics?
That’s where her celebrity guests on Educating Daisy come in to help. In each episode, she invites a famous friend onto the podcast to tell her all about their favourite book. But will anyone convince Daisy to swap her beloved gossip magazines for a gripping novel?
"Agatha Christie and the Dandelion Poisoner"
Something for the Agatha Christie fans – in this podcast, journalist Joe Nocera investigates a strange, 100-year-old British murder case that involves mysterious boxes of chocolate, weedkiller, and poisoned scones.
How did this case, and others like it, inspire some of Agatha Christie’s bestselling work? Start listening on Audible to find out.
"Lolly Adefope: Fanmail"
Having starred in hit comedies like Ghosts and Shrill, Lolly Adefope has acquired quite a fanbase, and has found herself inundated with fanmail from her devoted followers.
In this hilarious podcast, Lolly reads out fan letters, solves their problems, and interviews fans and celebrity guests alike — asking all the important questions like 'Why do you love me so much?' and ‘What is it about me that you love so much?’
With celebrity guests including Steve Coogan, Aidy Bryant, and Diane Morgan, Fanmail is a laugh-a-minute must-listen.
"Class of ‘88 With Will Smith"
Hip-hop isn’t just a musical genre. It’s a movement that has influenced every aspect of our culture, from fashion to film, and its meteoric rise can be traced back to one year: 1988.
Hosted by Will Smith – the Fresh Prince himself – this podcast explores the milestone moments, albums, and artists that inspired a sonic revolution and cemented 1988 as the most important year for hip-hop.
As well as sharing his own memories, Will interviews other hip-hop pioneers including Queen Latifah, Jazzy Jeff, and Salt-N-Peppa.
"Reinvent Your Life With Mel Robbins"
If you’ve got a long list of New Year’s resolutions for 2024, Reinvent Your Life With Mel Robbins is the podcast for you.
For years, Mel has been motivating listeners to make lasting changes with her no-nonsense advice and simple but effective tips. Whether you want to take control of your health, career, or relationships, Mel is here to give you the tools you need to steer your life in a new direction.
In this new podcast series, she shares her step-by-step guide to reinventing your life — and making the journey fun.
"The Squid Scam: Hunting the NFT Con Artists"
In 2021, the hype surrounding NFTs had reached its peak, and Squid Game became Netflix’s most-watched TV series of all time.
Meanwhile, scammers capitalised on both of these global sensations to steal $16 million from thousands of investors across the globe.
In this podcast, investigative tech journalist Janhoi McGregor takes listeners on a deep dive into the murky world of Crypto and NFTs to tell a gripping story of a fraud that deceived the world.
"Mo Gilligan’s Spotlight"
Fancy discovering the best new names in comedy before they hit the big time? In Mo Gilligan’s Spotlight, the triple-BAFTA-winning comedian presents his hand-picked selection of some of the most exciting up-and-coming comedic voices in the UK.
Recorded in South London’s iconic “Up the Creek” comedy club, this stand-up comedy series is packed with laughs — and you might even discover your new favourite comedian.
"Ashley vs WWE: The Story of Wrestler Ashley Massaro"
In this moving documentary, journalist Isobel Thompson delves into the tragic story of wrestler Ashley Massaro, who died by suicide in 2019.
Ashley vs WWE follows the events leading up to her death, examining allegations of abuse while Ashley was wrestling for WWE — and whether these allegations were just the tip of the iceberg.
"Countered Terrorism with David Harewood"
Ever wondered what it takes for secretive security organisations to thwart deadly terrorist plots? This podcast, hosted by Homeland’s David Harewood, takes you behind the scenes in this fascinating look into how counter-terrorism units around the world prevent terrifying attacks.
Across six action-packed episodes, you’ll get unprecedented access to some of the world’s leading counter-terrorism and intelligence units. Follow along with the investigators as they unearth vital clues, make critical breakthroughs, and tackle the toughest operational decisions — the success of which will determine whether lives are lost or saved.
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