They call them sleeper hits - books that may not get your attention right away, but then unexpectedly rise to success. Your reviews have uncovered more than a few of these gems, and we're pleased to share some of your recent favorites.


From steampunk romance to scientific investigation, seaside mystery to aviator memoir, these are the books that your raves have put on the charts.

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  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3849)
    Performance
    (2445)
    Story
    (2467)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Karen says: "Comfort Food For The Soul"
    Featured Review: "Excellent...a heartwarming coming-of-age tale. I laughed, I cried, I pondered! Am I the only one, or are there others who could listen to Jenna Lamia read an encyclopedia and be engrossed and charmed? Ms. Lamia makes this book, much like she did The Help. A thoroughly enjoyable listen." (Carolyn, ***** star review, "Fabulous Find!)
  • The Storm of War

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Andrew Roberts
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    One of the best selling History titles of 2009. Examining the Second World War on every front, Andrew Roberts asks whether, with a different decision-making process and a different strategy, Hitler’s Axis might even have won. Were those German generals who blamed everything on Hitler after the war correct, or were they merely scapegoating their former Führer once he was safely beyond defending himself?

    John says: "Things I had never known!"
    Featured Review: "I am a 67-year-old history buff. I have read many WWII histories, but none as complete as Storm of War. I especially enjoyed the in-depth coverage of "the Eastern Front". No one has ever covered it better. Plus, the reader does a fantastic job. Very well done, and five stars is my honest vote. War history buffs should not miss this one." (John, ***** star review, "Things I had never known!")
  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Rick Adamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (703)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    Featured Review: "This book was wonderful! What an emotional rags-to-riches story, for both man and dog. It was good from the first words. The dual perspective really worked, and I'm guessing Ms. Wilson is a dog lover as she wrote this just as the loving relationship between man/dog exists (at least in my mind)! Thanks for this great story." (Diane, ***** star review, "BRAVO")
  • Book of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (565)

    Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved and survived the "Doomsday Killer" case, and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries.

    Lee says: "Completely gripped me."
    Featured Review: "Mark Boyett narrates one of the more intriguing thrillers I have heard in awhile. Plot rips along, and interesting historical flashbacks add some color. Actually the resolve leaves one wanting a bit more. I recommend this one!" (Matthew, **** star review, "Surprising!)
  • Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Olds, Christina Olds, Ed Rasimus
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (946)

    A larger-than-life hero with a towering personality, Robin Olds was a graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army. In World War II, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—a double ace with twelve aerial victories. But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend.

    R. A. Frank says: "Top Notch Audiobook"
    Featured Review: "This book is excellent! I listen to 5 to 7 books on tape a month. This is one you do not want to miss. Often like a suspense novel, it puts the listener on the edge of their seats. Knowing that it is a true story makes it even more incredible. Thank goodness the man kept journals during WWII and Vietnam, so that we get the correct facts. I am near the end of the book and absolutely do NOT want it to end. Talk about a 'get 'er done' kind of guy. I'd heard that the men in his command would follow him anywhere. This book is a treasure, just like the man. I'll definitely listen to this book again! Often memoirs of great men disappoint, Memoirs of Ace Robin Olds exceeds one's expectations." (Diane, ***** star review, ..
  • Lead Me On

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    After a rough childhood with a mother who liked her men in prison-jumpsuit orange, Jane changed her name, her look and her taste for bad boys. So why is she lusting for William Chase with his tattoo-covered biceps and steel-toed boots? The man blows things up for a living!

    IN_Erin says: "Very Good Story, Sometimes Slow"
    Featured Review: "Now I have never heard of this author. But I'm glad I found her. Wow, what a book. It kept [things] alive, and I couldn't stop listening to it. I finished it in one day. I am now looking at the rest of her audios. If you want a little mystery and teases, you will love this audio...one of the best buys I have had on this site." (Melissa, ***** star review, "Lead me on...")
  • The History of Money

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (251)

    From primitive man's cowrie shells to the electronic cash card, from the markets of Timbuktu to the New York Stock Exchange, The History of Money explores how money and the myriad forms of exchange have affected humanity, and how they will continue to shape all aspects of our lives--economic, political, and personal.

    E. Smakman says: "Not bad, but outdated"
    Featured Review: "I loved this audiobook. It has a wealth of history not just about money, but also of the world. Any book that elucidates your understanding of history is a great asset in my opinion. It was interesting to learn about the Roman empire, the Knights Templar, etc. all in relation to money. Narration was great also." (Chris, ***** star review, "Loved it")
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Strauch
    • Narrated By Nona Pipes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

    Virginia A says: "Recommended for all Ages"
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  • Rolling Thunder: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (641)

    A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isnt long before there are suspicious hints of foul play, especially after another dead body is discovered: a stunning young beach beauty. Fortunately for mystery lovers, the straight-arrow cop John Ceepak and his wise-cracking young partner Danny Boyle are on the case.

    Leslie says: "Very Enjoyable First Audible Book"
    Featured Review: "A prominent woman dies on Sea Haven's new wooden rollercoaster, but was there a crime? Danny and Ceepak are on the trail when an entirely new crisis shocks the town, threatening the investigators, their friends, and the rapidly-approaching tourist season. Rolling Thunder won't disappoint [Grabenstein's] loyal fans or new readers, and as always, Jeff Woodman's narration pulls the characters off the written page and into your headphones. There's plenty of mystery, suspense, and the usual humor, with an ending that will keep you turning pages until it concludes." (John, ***** star review, "Thunderous Applause for ROLLING THUNDER!")
  • Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (533)

    In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

    Joseph says: "Excellent historical writing"
    Featured Review: "I've always appreciated Gordon S. Wood's writing—he manages to write in a popular, mainstream way without dumbing anything down. This is just very good narrative history, much like the other Oxford History of the US books. I think I had a pretty good understanding already of the basic Federalist/Republican differences, but Wood has retold the story in such a clear and interesting way that the whole thing felt fresh. Also, his style is just great - the words flow, the vignettes are well-chosen to illustrate his points, and the result is a beautifully told story of the early republic." (Joseph, ***** star review, "Excellent historical writing")
  • Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (549)

    As plans got under way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to mislead the Germans into thinking the next landing would occur in Greece. This extraordinary operation called for a dead body, dressed as a Royal Marine officer and carrying false information about a pending Allied invasion of Greece, to wash up on a Spanish shore near the town of a known Nazi agent.

    Jack M says: "Better than the movie"
    Featured Review: "An amazing story, artfully written and told with the distinctive rhythms of British English by a narrator wearing an ascot and nursing a brandy. John Lee's voice and delivery are engrossing, although his mastery of Spanish and German accents can only be rivaled by Sean Connery's. The deception - centered around a slowly decomposing corpse - which contributed to the spectacular German blunder (in allowing a relatively unimpeded invasion of Sicily in 1943) is laid out clearly with style and humor. This book is a great exploration of the world of espionage in 1943, of the personalities involved in this small chapter of the conflict, and of a few of the war's major players. A great book and a great narration." (Carlos, ***** ..
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7921)
    Performance
    (6501)
    Story
    (6508)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    Featured Review: "I REALLY enjoyed this book, and kept thinking that Jane Jameson and Sookie Stackhouse (by Charlaine Harris) should get together for some drinks. What a hoot! I'm exciting to get to the next in the series." (Angela, ***** star review, "Right up there with Sookie Stackhouse!")
  • After the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1600)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1077)

    "Of all of my novels, After the Night remains one of my personal favorites – and Faith Devlin and Gray Rouillard are two of my favorite characters. Faith is strong, proud, and fearless, and Gray – well, he’s just downright sexy. Faith’s search for the truth about the devastating scandal surrounding her mother and Gray’s father blazes with intrigue. Add some sultry Southern hear, and you’ve got a real scorcher of a listen." (Linda Howard)

    Judy says: "Can I give 6 stars?"
    Featured Review: "I know why this was one of Linda Howard's favorites; it is one of mine too. The story sucks you in and doesn't let go until the end. I would listen in the car, while walking—any moment I could because I just couldn't put it down. The chemistry between the two main characters is very well-written. Great steamy romance with a interesting ending. Worth a credit!" (Linda, ***** star review, "Great book")
  • Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Robert Whitaker
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (213)

    In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nations children. What is going on?

    Eric Strachan says: "Good Science, Great Journalism"
    Featured Review: "This is an outstanding work of science journalism, and it is likely to surprise the vast majority of its readers. Plus, Ken Kliban is a great narrator. As both a scientist and a mental health clinician, I support the methods and the conclusions of this book strongly. Many, if not most, scientists at the top of NIMH and major universities wouldn't disagree with two of the most important ideas; first, that the "chemical imbalance" hypothesis is basically nonsense, and second, that the outcomes literature for psych drugs is poor. I'm going to recommend this book to everyone I possibly can." (Eric, ***** star review, "Good Science, Great Journalism")
  • Every Last One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (503)

    In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

    Kimberly says: "Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful"
    Featured Review: "This beautifully written, heart-wrenching novel is so well narrated that I found myself drawn into every character. The narrator made this story come alive, and it is such an emotional powerhouse its effects have stayed with me for several days. I'll look for others narrated by Hope Davis." (Cathy, ***** star review, "Best Yet!!")
  • Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeff Shesol
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Beginning in 1935, in a series of devastating decisions, the Supreme Court's conservative majority left much of Franklin Roosevelt's agenda in ruins. The pillars of the New Deal fell in short succession. It was not just the New Deal but democracy itself that stood on trial. In February 1937, Roosevelt struck back with an audacious plan to expand the Court to fifteen justices - and to "pack" the new seats with liberals who shared his belief in a "living" Constitution.

    IRP says: "Excellent Book and Naration"
    Featured Review: "This book was extremely well-written and well-narrated—it is probably one of the best books I've listened to this year. Jeff Shesol did a great job of painting a picture of all of the key players in Roosevelt's attempt to pack the Supreme Court, from Roosevelt himself to Senators Bert Wheeler and Joe Robinson, to each of the US Supreme Court Justices that made up that court. The author did an incredible job of framing each of the key player's personal agendas and priorities as either a proponent or opponent of the court packing scheme, as well as providing a brief biography of each of them. Most interesting were the discussions of (who eventually became the key swing vote in the court). I strongly recommend the ..
  • The Autobiography of an Execution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David R. Dow
    • Narrated By David R. Dow
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    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
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    Near the beginning of The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow lays his cards on the table. "People think that because I am against the death penalty and don't think people should be executed, that I forgive those people for what they did. Well, it isn't my place to forgive people, and if it were, I probably wouldn't. I'm a judgmental and not very forgiving guy. Just ask my wife."

    Alexandra says: "The shortcomings of justice"
    Featured Review: "I couldn't let go of this audiobook after having listened to it in a single session—it's nonfiction that reads like a suspense novel. But apart from its "entertainment" value, the author makes an extremely compelling case against the death penalty as it is implemented today. Without ever boring the reader, he explains how a dangerous combination of poorly prepared / payed attorneys combined with more and more arbitrary appeal rules restrictions end up with the execution of the guilty, but also the innocent, the mentally insane, etc. The real cases he reports bring the reader to tears of sadness and frustration. This should be a must-listen, especially for everyone who supports the death penalty without really knowing ..
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2133)
    Performance
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    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    Featured Review: "I read this book when it was first released in 1988. When my husband and I started collecting audiobook titles, we searched for books that we had once enjoyed reading. We had been looking for The Deed of Paksenarrion ever since we started listening to audiobooks about a decade ago. When it finally came out, I snapped it up from Audible.com and have not regretted it. For lovers of the fantasy genre you can't go wrong with any of the Paksenarrion books." (Karen, ***** star review, "Written book translates to excellent audio book")
  • The Breach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (526)

    Thirty years ago, in a facility buried beneath a vast Wyoming emptiness, an experiment gone awry accidentally opened a door. It is the world’s best-kept secret—and its most terrifying. Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds, ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of the President of the United States.

    Autumn says: "Unspeakably surprised; No regrets"
    Featured Review: "I chose to buy this book for the sole reason that Jeff Gurner reads it. I had never heard of the author nor the particular title. I finished Jeff Gurner's other reads, namely Daemon and Freedom, and was blown away by his performances. The writing was extremely well-paced, and I not once felt like it was moving more quickly than I thought comfortable, nor did it move too slowly. It's the kind of story I could see made into an action movie of some sort (though I don't think it's necessarily the right material for a boring Hollywood thriller). Up until the very end, the book has several tight turns that completely change the game, and I have to admit that I couldn't see any of them coming. Brilliant book.
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