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Editors Select

See What We're Most Excited About in July

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 listening to. So we wanted to share with you the five that have caught our attention the most this month.

 
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  • Fin & Lady: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Cathleen Schine
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    1964: Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging ’60s. He soon learns that Lady - giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free - is as much his responsibility as he is hers. So begins Fin & Lady, the lively, spirited new novel by Cathleen Schine, the author of the best-selling The Three Weissmanns of Westport.

    Sharron says: "Back in the Sixties"

    Fin has loved his half-sister Lady since he was five - first laying eyes on her in Italy after she ran away to Europe leaving her fiancé at the altar. Now 11, the recently orphaned boy comes into the care of the effervescent 25-year-old, herself in the midst of learning to be her own family. Cathleen Schine effortlessly captures the voice of worried, naïve Fin, and expertly sculpts Lady through his eyes. At once brave and wistful, Lady is the culmination of ideals the people around her have set, throwing herself against the bars of a gilded cage - one she keeps coming back to, for while outwardly courageous she is fearful of true escape. Fin is her protector; from herself, from her suitors, from the city. A gloriously spirited story of
  • The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Paterniti
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    In the picturesque village of Guzmán, Spain, in a cave dug into a hillside on the edge of town, an ancient door leads to a cramped limestone chamber known as “the telling room”. Containing nothing but a wooden table and two benches, this is where villagers have gathered for centuries to share their stories and secrets - usually accompanied by copious amounts of wine. It was here, in the summer of 2000, that Michael Paterniti found himself listening to a larger-than-life Spanish cheesemaker named Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras as he spun an odd and compelling tale about a piece of cheese.

    Melinda says: "The Original Canned Cheese"

    I consider myself a foodie, but never have I found myself so emotionally invested in any food, let alone a piece of cheese. Michael Paterniti’s sophisticated prose awakened my taste buds and transported me to a remote, other-worldly village in Spain where I came to crave Páramo de Guzmán, arguably the world’s greatest (and most expensive) piece of cheese. The Telling Room, however, ignited within me much more than a simple food craving. Paterniti’s expertly woven narrative, with detailed descriptions of both people and land, invoked within me nostalgia for a simpler time. At the center of Paterniti’s memoir is Ambrosio, the passionate Spanish cheesemaker, betrayed by his best friend, living with revenge in his heart in a land where ..
  • The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi: Burton & Swinburne, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    Burton and Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men - including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted - including Brunel!

    carmen says: "The fourth in the series did not disappoint"

    When I heard that there were more Burton & Swinburne books on their way, I nearly did a dance around the office. The series – an insane steampunk amalgam of science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, and adventure – was already one my favorites, and I was thrilled that I could once again visit the characters in their alternate version of the Victorian Age. But I was even more excited to be able to listen to narrator Gerard Doyle, whose performance of the first three books was simply masterful. The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi is the first book in a second trilogy starring Sir Richard Francis Burton, and I can’t wait to dive back in. --Chris, Audible Editor
  • Freud's Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Mack, Jennifer Kaufman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In this sweeping tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal - between a husband and a wife, between sisters - fact and fiction seamlessly blend together, creating a compelling portrait of an unforgettable woman and her struggle to reconcile her love for her sister with her obsessive desire for her sister's husband, the mythic father of psychoanalysis.

    Melinda says: "What a Super Ego"

    Vienna, Austria – 1895: The Victorian Era may only have six years to go, but there are still few life options for a woman, even one as sharp-witted and well-read as Minna Bernays. Having failed miserably as a lady’s companion by challenging yet another baroness one too many times, she is forced to turn to her sister, Martha, for help. Overwhelmed by the strain of caring for six children, Martha welcomes Minna into her home. Minna becomes a part of the family – finding companionship with the children, her sister, and especially with her sister’s husband, Dr. Sigmund Freud. He invites her into his world of academic and intellectual inquiry - a world submerged in theories of dream interpretation, hysteria and neurosis. They fall in love and ..
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