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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 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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  • Landline

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

    Judi says: "Its not Eleanor and Park or Fangirl but its good"

    "I absolutely loved Eleanor and Park, so there was already no way I'd miss this book. But when I heard the concept, even the sci-fi fan in me was intrigued. Sitcom writer Georgie McCool and her writing partner finally have the chance to pitch their show to a major network exec, but it means staying behind in LA to work while her husband Neal and two kids visit his parents in Omaha for Christmas. Her decision to put work before home yet again may be the last straw in an already rocky relationship. Left alone and crashing with her mom, she plugs in her old yellow landline phone, and discovers something very unusual: the Neal that picks up is in the past. 1998, to be exact – the year before they got married. Confused and elated (and ..
  • The Return of the Discontinued Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

    Andrea says: "More Fun Than a Barrel of Time Suits"

    "As a fan of the Burton and Swinburne series, I now get to celebrate Christmas in July, with the release of the latest book in the series. Where the earlier books take some time to get going, The Return of the Discontinued Man dives right into the action with the return of one of the series' most intriguing and tragic characters making a shocking return. Now, I can't say that this or any of the other books stand alone; author Mark Hodder has woven a complicated, intricate, and self-referential universe from the real history of Victorian London and its denizens, and you'd likely have a difficult time jumping into this in the middle. I'm looking forward to seeing what far-flung places (and times) The Discontinued Man takes me, ..
  • The Boleyn King: Boleyn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Laura Andersen
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
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    Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William’s mother, Anne Boleyn.

    S. D. Ristick says: "Great idea, bad story"

    "My fascination with the Tudors began in the 8th grade, when my history teacher regaled us with stories of Henry VIII and his six wives. Much to my nerdy delight, author Laura Andersen has created a world in The Boleyn King in which the infamous ladies’ man did not behead his second wife, Anne Boleyn, but remained married to her after she gave birth to a son. The unique premise immediately captured my imagination, and Andersen’s story of William – the future King of England – fed my love for this time in history. The Boleyn King centers on William and his relationship with his brilliant sister Elizabeth, and their two closest friends, Dominic and Minuette. At once a tale of intrigue, romance, and suspense – with a dash of
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"

    "To Kill a Mockingbird is the most highly requested book here at Audible, so we are thrilled to finally be able to offer it to our listeners. As soon as word got out that it would be coming in July (for the first time in any digital format) I jumped at the chance to make it my top pick for the month. An American classic renowned for how it delves into issues of racial inequality and the loss of innocence, To Kill a Mockingbird remains uniquely relevant today. Its characters are familiar to many of us who read the book in school or watched the 1962 film starring Gregory Peck as the iconic Atticus Finch. But it’s young Scout, Atticus’ daughter, who stole my heart and is arguably one of the most endearing narrators in literature. ..
  • Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
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    This fascinating audiobook is the first volume in a projected cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to our own time. It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance for the United States of having been British in its cultural origins. While most people in the United States today have no British ancestors, they have assimilated regional cultures which were created by British colonists, even while preserving ethnic identities at the same time.

    leonie says: "This is great, much more than title suggests"

    "At the heart of this erudite, substantial book is a simple truth: the first wave of British colonists – though small in number – had an outsize impact on American society. And those colonists were actually four discrete groups: the Puritans of Massachusetts, the Quakers of the mid-Atlantic, the aristocrats of the coastal south, and the border-dwellers who gravitated to the mountains of Appalachia and later pioneered the American West. Albion's Seed documents in lively and mind-blowing detail how each region still “feels” like a corresponding neighborhood in England, and why. David Hackett Fischer – a Pulitzer Prize-winner for Washington’s Crossing – shows how those early settlers’ “folkways” became the basis for all American ..
  • Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joel Gold, Ian Gold
    • Narrated By Joel Gold, Ian Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Mr. A. was admitted to Dr. Joel Gold’s inpatient unit at Bellevue Hospital in 2002. He was, he said, being filmed constantly, and his life was being broadcast around the world "like The Truman Show" - the 1998 film depicting a man who is unknowingly living out his life as the star of a popular soap opera. Over the next few years, Gold saw a number of patients suffering from what he and his brother, Dr. Ian Gold, began calling the "Truman Show Delusion," launching them on a quest to understand the nature of this particular phenomenon and the nature of madness itself.


    "I’m a huge fan of “psychology nonfiction” – and if this isn’t an accepted genre yet I predict it will be soon. Like in Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test there is something absurdly gripping about these studies of mental illness. There’s nothing I love more than a book that blows my mind, and Suspicious Minds does just that. Outlining a phenomenon they are calling “Truman Show Delusion” the authors present cases of patients who believe their lives are being filmed for reality TV. Pick this one up – it’s fascinating." -- Emily, Audible Editor
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