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 five that have caught our attention the most this month.
"There’s no doubt about it, TaraShea Nesbit’s debut is a strange one. But it’s also lyrical and lovely and appeals to my inner English major who gets giddy when a novel’s form matches its meaning so perfectly. Being so acclimated to books that delve into the minutiae of individual experience, the use of the first person plural narrative voice was a shock to my ear, though it wasn’t long before I realized what Nesbit was getting at here. Historical women make great fictional fodder (think The Paris Wife, The Women, The Chaperone, just to name a few) because often so little is known about them. But Nesbit take a different tactic. Instead of fleshing out one person from the mass of history she makes this about the common ..
"Although very familiar with the iconic film, I’d never actually read the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. When I heard that actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) was narrating it for Audible, I jumped at the chance to listen. Capote’s classic is simultaneously darker and more wistful than the film, and the famed Holly Golightly a little more calculating than charming. Michael C. Hall delivers a mesmerizing performance, giving each character their own unique voice. Hall’s cadence perfectly matches Capote’s words, and he forced me into my own whirlwind friendship with Holly. I’d never before experienced a narrator who seemed to so completely understand an author’s intentions – the effect was magical." ..
"If the name B.J. Novak rings a bell for you, you were probably at some point a fan of The Office: he played character Ryan Howard in over 150 episodes and behind the scenes, wrote, co-produced, and directed dozens of others. Considering his resume, I knew it was safe to assume many of his stories within would be funny – and they were – but I was pleasantly surprised by how many were just as clever and imaginative. Novak has a knack for observation, and he uses it to create situations that are as honest as they are insane. From the alternate telling of the /“Tortoise and the Hare/” to the tale of a boy who defies his parents for a chance to win a $10,000 cereal box prize (and discovers his real father in the process), reading his ..
Fair warning: unlike his TV-writing days, there are no censors to bleep these stories! Normally I can be a little averse to this kind of writing, but for this collection of zany, outrageous tales, Novak manages to pull off this style." -- Sam, Audible Editor
"I was initially attracted to Molly Antopol’s The UnAmericans because her style and subject matter seemed to resemble Jhumpa Lahiri, who is one of my favorite writers. Antopol lives up to this grand comparison: like Lahiri, her stories overflow with the universality of the human experience, puncturing tragey with unexpected humor. I found myself continuously thinking about the characters long after their chapters ended, especially thanks to seasoned narrator Jennifer van Dyck, who helps brings the voices of these people to life." -- Sarah, Audible Editor
"Fans of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City will love Little Demon, which also examines a sensational crime set in a major city during a glamorous period of history. In late 19th century Paris, hypnotism spread like wildfire through the clinics and drawing rooms of fashionable Europe and North America; part parlor game, part pure charlatanism, and part science. This a the setting of a gruesome murder committed by con man Michel Eyraud, and his mistress Gabrielle Bompard (the woman who would become as "Little Demon"). The incredible facts of the case, the extended manhunt, and the dramatic courtroom scenes, and a head-line grabbing defense of "hypnotism", need no embellishment from the true story. Was Gabrielle in fact ..
"I love a good suspense story--add to that the secrecy of suburbia, and you have yourself a winner. When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be more of a psychological thriller. Instead I got a captivating tale about a family’s struggles, both internal and external, and just how far a mother would go to protect her family. Though this book deals with very heavy & somewhat unlikely situations, it left me questioning my own beliefs about forgiveness and morality. I definitely stayed up way too late reading this book- I just needed to find out how everything would be resolved." -- Laura, Audible Editor
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