Imagine a Story on Audiobook

We are excited to share with you this special collection of FREE audiobooks in partnership with Bolinda BorrowBox.


Each month, a new title will be available. You can listen to the first chapter here and then access the rest of the book by following the instructions below.


The stories selected showcase the work of diverse authors. You will hear stories by Gabrielle, Bruce Pascoe, Li Cunxin, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Ahn Do, Ambelin Kwaymullina and many more.

Our audiobook collection offers an enticing invitation to enter different worlds, cultures and experiences. So plug in to your phone, laptop, ipad or desktop and enjoy this amazing collection.

Dark Emu: A Truer History

Written by: Bruce Pascoe

Narrated by: Bruce Pascoe

Suitable for 10+

The highly anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe's multi award-winning book, Dark Emu.


Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the listeners to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent.

Listen Here

To listen to the rest of the story and other audiobooks featured on our page:

  • Join your local library. It’s free.

  • Download the BorrowBox app. Select your library and activate your account.

  • Search for this month’s feature title under audiobooks. Enjoy!

To access FREE teaching resources with thanks to Copyright Agency Reading Australia 

Other books coming soon!

A new title will be announced each month in our dedicated audio book newsletter.

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Does my Head Look Big in This?

Written by: Randa Abdel-Fattah

Narrated by: Rebecca Macauley

Suitable for 13+

High school is tough enough without throwing a hijab into the mix ...

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Welcome to my world. I'm Amal Abdel-Hakim, a seventeen year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim still trying to come to grips with my various identity hyphens. It's hard enough being cool as a teenager when being one issue behind the latest Cosmo is enough to disqualify you from the in-group. Try wearing a veil on your head and practising the bum's-up position at lunchtime and you know you're in for a tough time at school. Luckily my friends support me, although they've got a few troubles of their own. Simone, blonde, gorgeous and overweight – she's got serious image issues, and Leila's really intelligent but her parents are more interested in her getting a marriage certificate than her high school certificate! And I thought I had problems.


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