Over the last few years, audiobooks have become immensely popular as more people choose to listen instead of read their novel or non-fiction. Did you know that audiobooks can also be beneficial for dogs, especially those with anxiety? Studies have shown that some types of music can be extremely soothing for your pet, particularly when left home alone. The same could be said about well-narrated audiobooks.
Audible is Amazon’s audiobook platform where you can also find audiobooks for dogs, and it’s the most popular place with best prices. Audible for dogs started back in 2017, when the well-known dog trainer, author and TV star Cesar Millan announced his partnership with Audible to provide dog owners with a unique way to soothe anxiety in dogs and keep dogs calm for extended periods of time. Below are some of the best audiobooks for dogs (and a good fit for their owners) you can find on Audible.
By: W. Bruce Cameron
Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
This wonderful tale by W. Bruce Cameron spent an entire year on the New York Times list of bestsellers and later got a movie adaptation. The audiobook is narrated by William Dufris and follows the story of Bailey, a faithful friend and loving canine. What separates Bailey from other dogs is his ability to remember his past lives and understand humans enough to always be able to help. Perhaps listening to this story will help your pooch find his own purpose. And if you and your dog end up loving it, check out the sequel as well, A Dog’s Journey, in which Bailey continues his adventures.
By: Yann Martel
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
This wonderful novel is about an Indian teenager who survives a shipwreck and ends up on a lifeboat with a tiger for 227 days. Narrated by Vikas Adams, this audiobook deals with adversity in a humorous, intelligent way. It is a realistic and exciting adventure, a story about survival that is able to stir strong feelings in the listener. While your dog may not appreciate the literary quality of the novel, he will certainly enjoy Adam’s voice.
By: Luis Carlos Montalvan, Ellis Henican
Narrated by: Kevin Free
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Written by the Iraq War veteran Luis Carlos Montalván, this book is a follow-up on his New York Times bestseller, Until Tuesday. This audiobook narrated by Kevin Free is a grueling, yet inspiring collection of stories about the long-term effects of war on soldiers, PTSD and the author’s lifelong friendship with one special golden retriever Tuesday. Give your dog a chance to listen to the adventures and talents of service dogs and the amazing bond between dogs and humans.
By: Kenneth Grahame
Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
It’s time to go with one audiobook narrated by a female actor for female dog owners. This evergreen fable about a mole exploring the English countryside for the first time is narrated by Shelly Frasier. She has a lovely voice and does an amazing job of portraying different characters in the book, especially the dreamy voice of the naughty toad. One thing that might be hard to get used to is the fact that she switches from her Native American accent to British accent to do the voices of her characters but I highly doubt that your dog will have a problem with it.
By: Charles Dickens
Narrated by: Tim Curry
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
This classic Christmas tale by Charles Dickens, narrated by the amazing Tim Curry, is well-known to almost everybody in the US and even around the world. Curry’s warm and deep voice and his nuanced performance truly stand out, which makes this wonderful story even more remarkable. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, along with Curry’s masterful voice, will keep your pooch interested for the entire…