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Queen Of Comedy Celeste Barber On The Power Of Books For A Hearty Laugh

Queen of comedy, Celeste Barber aims to help time-stretched people get books back into their busy lives, partnering with Audible in its latest campaign, alongside culinary sensation, Poh Ling Yeow, and busy stay-at-home Dad, Clarke Gayford.

Celeste Barber

With fewer people reading books than ever, it’s perhaps not surprising that recent research by Audible found 62 per cent of Aussies don’t read at all simply because they don’t feel they have the time.

If you loved curling up with a Dickens or Jane Austen then you’ll find the below stats somewhat scary.

  • How many? A third of Australians (6.6 million) listen to audiobooks, with millennials leading the listening charge. More than half of millennials (55 per cent) already listen to audiobooks. 
  • Multi-tasking to the max: Of those already listening to audiobooks, 90 per cent agree that it allows them to multitask or be more efficient.
  • Mental stimulation on the move: Aussies would most commonly consider listening to an audiobook while on a flight (38 per cent), and road tripping or on a long drive (32 per cent). 
  • Me-time, please: Nearly 1 in 3 Aussies (29 per cent) would consider listening to an audiobook when they want some ‘me time’. A similar number (36 per cent) would listen relaxing at home. 
  • Celebrity-centric: Two thirds (65 per cent) of Aussies would be more likely to listen to an audiobook narrated by a celebrity. Our favourites are Morgan Freeman (41 per cent), David Attenborough (34 per cent), Barack Obama (24 per cent) and Stephen Fry (22 per cent).  
  • Keep up with culture: Aussies most often wish they had read the Game of Thrones series (23 per cent), The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (22 per cent), and The Barefoot Investor (22 per cent). 

So what are Celeste’s all time favourite books?

Celeste Barber
Celeste Barber’s bedtime capers

Celeste Barber’s Favourite Books

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Eric Idle 
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama 
  • Bossypants – Tina Fey 
  • Breath – Tim Winton 
  • Do You Mind If I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me) – Gary Janetti 
  • Life Will Be the Death of Me…And You Too! – Chelsea Handler 
  • Matilda – Roald Dahl  
  • The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood 
  • The Subtle Art if Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson 
  • Yes Please – Amy Poehler
culinary sensation, Poh Ling Yeow, reading
Culinary sensation, Poh Ling Yeow
stay-at-home Dad, Clarke Gayford, books
Stay-at-home Dad, Clarke Gayford

Robyn Foyster

Written by Robyn Foyster

Robyn Foyster is an award-winning journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of The Australian Women's Weekly. She is also the owner and publisher of Women Love Tech, Game Changers and The Carousel. Robyn is the owner and founder of a tech business called AR tech, where she helped create the world's first AR community shopping app called Sweep and her team produced the 2018 Vivid app. She is a speaker and a judge of the Telstra Business Awards and Mumbrella Awards. Robyn is passionate about supporting women in STEM.


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