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.
With audiobook narration, there are certain voices that fit perfectly with a genre. John Hodgman may now be the go-to guy for the droll-everyman-navigating-his-way-through-the-universe story (already nailing it in 2012's hilarious Year Zero). Hand-picked by Neil Gaiman (whose charming audio introduction perfectly sets the stage for what's to come), Hodgman lends the right amount of nerd-cred to this adventure, which was originally published in 1968 and is a clear forerunner to Douglas Adams' classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I've had a chance to hear an advance excerpt of the audio, and I just have to know how Carmody, the unsuspecting winner of a Galactic Lottery, makes his way back to Earth in one piece. --Chris, ..
Was Mary Mallon just a scapegoat? A victim of a paranoid society willing to vilify and discard a poor, Irish immigrant and domestic worker based solely on shoddy science and sensationalism? Fever tells the story as "Typhoid Mary" may have told it herself. Through her eyes we get an insider's view of early 20th Century New York City and of the perfect storm she was swept up in. Not a meek, unsophisticated victim at all, Mary is a woman ahead of her time in many ways: unmarried by choice, a bread winner, a skilled cook, and a fighter. She does not simply accept her diagnosis, and by questioning the science behind the accusations she adds pressure on the doctors to better understand the spread of disease, and on the legal system to address ..
I've been wanting to return to Paris, ever since visiting two years ago, so I jumped at the chance to read Cara Black's Murder Below Montparnasse. It's the 13th mystery in the Aimée Leduc P.I. series, but you don't already have to be a fan to enjoy it. A stolen Modigliani painting, family secrets, the Serbian mafia, and more make for a fast-paced ride through the hilly, artist-lined streets of Montparnasse. I can't wait to hear Madeleine Lambert's take on the tough and stylish Aimée - or to start the series from the beginning. Bon voyage! --Diana M., Audible Editor
One perk of being an Audible Editor is that I am often lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of a much-coveted book. This was the case with Requiem - the final book in Lauren Oliver's marvelous dystopian trilogy. And the conclusion was as brilliant as the first two books. Young Adult literature is experiencing a real renaissance right now and I've been reading and listening to a lot of it, but this series beats out all the others, in my opinion. Oliver's world is creepily compelling and utterly unique, and the narration is top-notch. Even though I've already read Requiem I'll be listening to it as soon as I can: Sarah Drew rivals Emma Galvin as today's best YA voice. --Emily, ..
Jim and Bob Burgess escaped their Maine hometown just as soon as they could... but now their nephew's "antics" have brought them back home where they're forced to relive the accident that killed their father and deal with the (not-so-pretty) realities of their relationships. Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her last book, Olive Kitteridge, which I loved, so my expectations were high for this new novel. Similar to Olive, the protagonists here aren't necessarily likeable, but the character studies are so insightful, so raw and real, you can't help but be drawn in - especially with Cassandra Campbell at the helm. --Diana D., Audible Editor
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