Audible Indie First
Audible IndieFirst is a new program, in cooperation with the Center for Independent Publishing, designed to introduce you to new books and writers on the verge of popular renown. Audible IndieFirst surfaces fresh, original works from independent presses and delivers them straight to digital audio, often before the print edition even hits stores. So you are the first to hear what book lovers will be clamoring to read.
Havana Lunar
Robert Arellano's Havana Lunarintertwines an insider testimony on the collapse of socialist Cuba with a psychological mystery.... more...
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Havana Lunar

  • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
  • By Robert Arellano
  • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(23)
Performance
(15)
Story
(15)

Inspired by 50 years of Cuban literary noir, from Cold Tales by Virgilio Piera to Reinaldo Arenas' Before Night Falls, Robert Arellano's Havana Lunar intertwines an insider testimony on the collapse of socialist Cuba with a psychological mystery.

Janis says: "Gripping Dark Allegory"

Audible IndieFirst Selections

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
  • By Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(260)
Performance
(116)
Story
(115)

From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities.

Kat says: "I wish they'd turn this into a movie!"

The Others

  • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
  • By Seba al-Herz
  • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(12)
Performance
(1)
Story
(1)

A best-selling book when it appeared in Arabic, The Others is a literary tour de force, offering a window into one of the most repressive societies in the world. Seba al-Herz tells the story of a nameless teenager at a girls' school in the heavily Shi'ite Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Like her classmates, she has no contact with men outside her family. When the glamorous Dai tries to seduce her, her feelings of guilt are overcome by an overwhelming desire for sexual and emotional intimacy.

Hal says: "Great book, terrible narrator"

Ruins

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
  • By Achy Obejas
  • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1)
Performance
(0)
Story
(0)

Usnavy has always been a true believer. When the Cuban Revolution triumphed in 1959, he was just a young man and eagerly signed on for all of its promises. But as the years have passed, the sacrifices have outweighed the glories and he's become increasingly isolated in his revolutionary zeal. His friends openly mock him, his wife dreams of owning a car totally outside their reach, and his beloved 14-year-old daughter haunts the coast of Havana, staring north.

Anna In-Between

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
  • By Elizabeth Nunez
  • Narrated By Elizabeth Nunez
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(3)
Performance
(3)
Story
(3)

The award-winning author of Prosperos Daughter has written a novel more intimate than her usual big-picture work; this moving exploration of immigrant identity has a protagonist caught between race, class, and a mother's love.

The Unit

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
  • By Ninni Holmqvist
  • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(62)
Performance
(32)
Story
(32)

When Dorrit Wegner turned fifty, the government transferred her to a state-of-the-art facility where she can live out her days in comfort. Her apartment is furnished to her tastes, her meals expertly served, and all at the very reasonable non-negotiable price of one cardiopulmonary system. Once an outsider without family, derided by a society bent on productivity, Dorrit finds within The Unit the company of kindred spirits and a dignity conferred by 'use' in medical tests.

Sylvia says: "Makes you think"

Hairstyles of the Damned

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
  • By Joe Meno
  • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(33)
Performance
(18)
Story
(18)

Hairstyles of the Damned is an honest and affectionate depiction of wanting to belong, but never quite belonging. Joe Menos pitch-perfect prose illuminates the tumultuous realities of American adolescence, the disintegration of the modern family, and the way a mix-tape can change a persons life. Following the riotous exploits of Brian, a Catholic school malcontent, and his best friend Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling, this work pursues what it means to develop your own identity.

Matthew says: "Good Book, Okay Audio Book"

Secret Son

  • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
  • By Laila Lalami
  • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(10)
Performance
(2)
Story
(2)

Youssef el-Mekki, a young man of 19, is living with his mother in the slums of Casablanca when he discovers that the father he believed to be dead is, in fact, alive and eager to befriend and support him. Leaving his mother behind, Youssef assumes a life he could only dream of: a famous and influential father, his own penthouse apartment, and all the luxuries associated with his new status.

Penny K says: "not great literature"
Nog

Nog

  • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
  • By Rudolph Wurlitzer
  • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
Overall
(13)
Performance
(10)
Story
(10)

Originally published by Random House in 1969, Nog became a universally revered cult novel and a symbol of the countercultural movement. In Rudolph Wurlitzer's signature hypnotic and haunting voice, Nog tells the tale of a man adrift in the American West, armed with nothing more than his own three pencil-thin memories and an octopus in a bathysphere.

Jan says: "Eccentric Tour de Force"

1940

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
  • By Jay Neugeboren
  • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
Overall
(10)
Performance
(1)
Story
(1)

Set on the eve of America's entry into World War Two, award-winning novelist Jay Neugeboren's first new novel in two decades is built around a fascinating historical figure, Dr. Eduard Bloch, an Austrian doctor who had been physician to Adolf Hitler and his family when Hitler was a boy and young man, and who cared for Hitler's mother during her illness and death from breast cancer.

Jean says: "1940"

The Drop Edge of Yonder

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
  • By Rudolph Wurlitzer
  • Narrated By Christian Rummel
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(20)
Performance
(3)
Story
(3)

The Drop Edge of Yonder begins in the mountains of Colorado and ends in the far reaches of the Northwest, a journey that includes the beginnings of a Mexican revolution, a voyage across the Gulf of Mexico to Panama, and up the coast of California to San Francisco and the gold fields. Along the trail, Zebulon becomes involved in a series of tragic love triangles, witnesses the death of his mother and father, and confronts the age-old questions of life, love, and death.

Robert Whale says: "Not Castenada"

Some Things That Meant the World to Me

  • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
  • By Joshua Mohr
  • Narrated By Ben Rameaka
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(22)
Performance
(3)
Story
(3)

When Rhonda was a child - abandoned and ignored by his mother; abused and misguided by his mother's boyfriend - he imagined the rooms of his home drifting apart from one another like separating continents. Years later, after an embarassing episode as an adult, Rhonda's inner-child appears, leading him to a trapdoor in the bottom of a dumpster behind a taqueria that will force him to finally confront his troubled past.

Catherine says: "Narration at times odd. Otherwise insanely good."

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

  • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
  • By Laila Lalami
  • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
Overall
(7)
Performance
(6)
Story
(6)

In her exciting debut, Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco and offers an authentic look at the Muslim immigrant experience today. The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain.

Tinkers

  • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
  • By Paul Harding
  • Narrated By Christian Rummel
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(281)
Performance
(136)
Story
(142)

An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating.

Joanne says: "Unique but valuable read"

I Wouldn't Start From Here: The 21st Century and Where it All Went Wrong

  • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
  • By Andrew Mueller
  • Narrated By Dennis Holland
Overall
(56)
Performance
(16)
Story
(16)

I Wouldn't Start From Here is Andrew Mueller's personal memoir of the 21st century so far. It features any number of exotic locations, and a cast of revolutionaries, rock stars, politicians, hitmen, warmongers and peacemakers. Between ducking for cover in Gaza, running roadblocks in Iraq, getting arrested in Cameroon and hanging out with Hezbollah, this is a search for an answer to perhaps the key question of our time: "What is it with these people?"

John says: "Excellent"

I Smile Back

  • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
  • By Amy Koppelman
  • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
Overall
(35)
Performance
(6)
Story
(6)

Laney Brooks acts out. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, and disappears when she wants. Lurking beneath Laney's composed surface is the impulse to follow in the footsteps of her father, to leave and topple her family's balance in the process.

Regina-Audible says: "Dark and Unapologetic"

Stray Dog Winter

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
  • By David Francis
  • Narrated By David Kirwan
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(39)
Performance
(6)
Story
(6)

Darcy, a restless young artist, travels to the Soviet Union to visit his elusive half-sister, Fin. Upon his arrival in the depths of a bleak Moscow winter, Darcy is immediately embroiled in Fin's mysterious life there and also drawn to Moscow's forbidden underground, finding himself swept up in political and sexual intrigues of a nature he could never have imagined.

B.J. says: "Really dreadful"

Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
  • By Savannah Knoop
  • Narrated By Emma Woodbine
Overall
(23)
Performance
(8)
Story
(8)

The JT LeRoy scandal is a story of our times. In January 2006, the New York Times unmasked Savannah Knoop as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy. A media frenzy ensued as JT's fans, mentors, and readers came to terms with the fact that the gay-male-ex-truck-stop-prostitute-turned literary-wunderkind was really a girl from San Francisco, whose sister-in-law wrote the books.

A. says: "Fascinating memoir, awful narration"

Child of All Nations

  • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
  • By Irmgard Keun
  • Narrated By Lauren Davis
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(40)
Performance
(10)
Story
(9)

Kully knows some things you don't learn at school. She knows the right way to roll a cigarette and pack a suitcase. She knows that cars are more dangerous than lions. She knows that you can't enter a country without a passport or visa. And she knows that she and her parents can't go back to Germany again - her father's books are banned there.

Teresa says: "A glimpse of a life in limbo"

Demons in the Spring

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
  • By Joe Meno
  • Narrated By Victor Bevine
Overall
(78)
Performance
(17)
Story
(17)

Demons in the Spring is a collection of 20 short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits The Boy Detective Fails and Hairstyles of the Damned. In these stories, oddly modern moments occur in the most familiar of public places.

Chris says: "Weird...very weird!"