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.
"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 ..
"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, ..
"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 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. ..
"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 ..
"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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