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Editors Select

See What We're Most Excited About in April

Just like you, we Editors at Audible have books each month that we just can't wait to get our hands on. Whether it's a favorite author, genre, or narrator, there are some books we'll drop everything to start reading or listening to. So we wanted to share with you the six that have caught our attention the most this month.

 
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  • And the Dark Sacred Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (143)

    Kit Noonan is an unemployed art historian with twins to help support and a mortgage to pay - and a wife frustrated by his inertia. Raised by a strong-willed, secretive single mother, Kit has never known the identity of his father - a mystery that his wife insists he must solve to move forward with his life. Out of desperation, Kit goes to the mountain retreat of his mother’s former husband, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners outdoorsman.

    glamazon says: "Unfocused"

    "My very first listen – 10 years ago, and still one of my all-time favorites – was Julia Glass’ Three Junes, and I’ve been a big fan of her work ever since. And the Dark Sacred Night promises a return not only to her compelling storytelling but to the beloved Fenno of Junes, who has a connection to Kit Noonan, our struggling protagonist who hopes that unraveling the mystery of his father’s identity will get his life back on track. Glass is at her best in revealing family secrets from alternating perspectives, and narrator Mark Deakins is more than up to the task of portraying each of these unique voices in the book I’m most looking forward to this month." -- Diana, ..
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg McKeown
    • Narrated By Greg McKeown
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (670)

    By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

    Jason Comely says: "Call me an "Essentialist""

    "At times we all feel the pressure to take on more than we can handle – to pack our schedules full and be all things to all people. We may think we’re doing the right thing, but as Greg McKeown lays out in his new book, ultimately this behavior leads us to feel stressed out, overworked, and under-satisfied. Essentialism is a call to arms to stop the craziness and apply a structured discipline that will help to identify and foster what matters. By cutting out the nonessential, we can in-turn achieve productivity, fulfillment, and success." -- Regina, Audible Editor
  • The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (275)

    Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes - and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship.

    Noelle says: "Interesting Story, I'm game."

    "I’ve been a huge fan of Celaena Sardothien since first listening to the Throne of Glass novels. While I was fascinated with her journey to become the King’s royal assassin and win her freedom from the treacherous salt mines, I always wondered about her early years and the events that led her to become the world’s deadliest assassin. Assassin's Blade treats fans to 12 stories looking back at Celaeana’s past adventures, which helped shed light on mysteries left unanswered in the novels. If you love Sarah J. Maas’ series, or are looking for an action-packed YA fantasy series, don’t miss this one." -- Sarah, Audible Editor
  • Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. G. Vallianatos, McKay Jenkins
    • Narrated By Michael McConnahie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food.These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the world.

    Kirsten says: "A Frightening Wake Up Call!"

    "E.G. Vallianatos, writing with journalist McKay Jenkins, shares his insider knowledge of the Environmental Protection Agency – his employer for 25 years – in this horrifying yet important listen, Poison Spring. Vallianatos’ account of the deep-rooted corruption at the EPA, and the alarming number of poisons we ingest as a result of said corruption, genuinely frightened me. Outdated laws, an incredibly low number of test labs, and politicians (as well as the people who finance their campaigns) all contribute to an EPA whose interests no longer align with the health and welfare of the American people. Vallianatos advocates for a politically neutral EPA and smaller farms that promote safe agricultural practices as the path to a
  • Dark Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Beckett
    • Narrated By Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (297)

    On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say - and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hope to see a sequel soon"

    "It's been a long time since I've been this excited about a new sci-fi novel, and when I heard Chris Beckett’s Dark Eden had already made a splash in the UK – winning the 2013 Arthur C. Clark award for best novel – I knew I had to listen immediately. What I found was a fascinatingly original story set in a very unique world. Dark Eden is a sunless alien planet populated by strange creatures that was reminiscent to me of deep sea Earth. There lives the Family – the hundreds of direct descendants from the first humans to be marooned there ages ago. The Family never leaves their home in the forest, patiently waiting for the day when Earth will return to take them back home – until one day a young boy named John dares to wonder ..
  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Judy Greer
    • Narrated By Judy Greer
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (228)

    You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.

    karyn says: "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"

    "I’m not the type of person who typically reads celebrity biographies. To be honest, I’ve only read these types of books out of need on long flights. I willingly picked up Judy Greer’s I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star because I happen to love the eclectic mix of television shows and movies in which she’s been. Her book is funny, interesting, and honest. She speaks of her childhood in Michigan, her college years in Chicago, and her time in L.A. The best part? It’s like listening to your best friend talk about her day. " -- Laura, Audible Editor
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