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Editors Select

See What We're Most Excited About in May

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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  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (443)

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

    Madeleine says: "The Financial Times' Critique Doesn't Detract"

    "Though by nature I prefer fiction, I decided to let French Economist Thomas Piketty give me an educational crash-course in Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Narrator LJ Ganser gives an authoritative yet accessible read of this fascinating account about the evolution of wealth and income distribution. I have always been horrified and fascinated by the widening income gap between the rich and the rest of the population in the United States, though I never understand much about how things got so extreme. Piketty’s book is intended for listeners like me who have no technical knowledge of forces that drive the economy, but are interested in understanding more. Piketty expertly documents the death of the middle class and the accompanying ..
  • The Girl in the Road: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Monica Byrne
    • Narrated By Dioni Collins, Nazneen Contractor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys - each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected. When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of The Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run. This is her salvation.

    Betty says: "When stars are meaningless"

    "The Girl in the Road is unlike anything I have read or listened to in recent memory. This is not an easy-breeze beach book—it’s a novel that takes work but the pay-off is well worth the effort. The beginning is disorienting but beautiful, so I pushed through soaking in the lush language and becoming acquainted with the foreign and futuristic world author Monica Byrne has created. There are two storylines — Meena’s takes place in an India of the future with her journey taking her to Ethiopia, and Mariama’s quest brings her across Saharan Africa at a completely different historical time. A thoroughly unique blend literary fiction and science fiction with gadgets and scientific achievements not yet discovered but oddly imaginable.
  • We Were Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By E. Lockhart
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

    Ida Wilder says: "Fell flat for me"

    "E. Lockhart has already built a solid career as a young adult author, but I’d argue that this is the one that will really elevate her to a new playing field. I picked up We Were Liars because it was getting rave reviews from the biggies of the genre like John Green and Scott Westerfield, and of course I was sucked in by the promise of a twist ending. Well, I read this thing (in print as the audio wasn't yet completed) in about 5 minutes flat, or that’s how it felt, because it totally chewed me up and spit me out. Sure it’s a little melodramatic (but so are teenagers), and sure there’s a twist ending that you may or may not see coming. There’s also this blue blood fantasy land gone wrong element, which makes it feel salacious and ..
  • Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lori Duron
    • Narrated By Lori Duron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu, with a Disney Princess in each hand while singing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi".

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Loving CJ"

    "I have been a fan of Lori Duron and her blog, Raising My Rainbow, for a few years now. When I learned that Audible Studios was producing her book based on her blog, I jumped at the chance to review it. Duron’s book (and blog) shares her and her husband’s funny, heartwarming, and at times heartbreaking experiences in raising a gender nonconforming son. C.J., their youngest son, is a boy who prefers stereotypical girl things – girl toys, girl activities, girl clothes. I’m not a parent, but the open and honest way that Duron writes about her family, and in particular C.J., is utterly engaging, and provides excellent advice and life lessons for any human being. Narrated by Duron herself, Raising My Rainbow is full of content ..
  • The Painter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open.

    Melinda says: "Still Waters Run Deep"

    "I absolutely loved his debut The Dog Stars – I’ve recommended it to just about every reader and listener I know - so I was very excited to see Peter Heller’s name among this spring’s new releases. Full disclosure: The Painter is not The Dog Stars in subject matter – but if you liked the latter for the author’s unique rhythmic prose, and interesting, complex characters, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this new book. The Painter is the story of Jim Stegner, a famous, middle aged painter who has settled down into a quiet, sober life of painting and fishing following a rather dark past (which includes the death of his teenage daughter and a brief stint in prison for an attempted murder). But an encounter with a dangerous ..
  • Bird Box: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Josh Malerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

    Melinda says: "Macaroni Guts vis-à-vis Fear, Itself"
    "After finishing this novel, there is one thing I 100% regret – and that was starting it around 10 pm on a weeknight. This chilling debut is so well-written, and so suspenseful I had a very difficult time putting it down. The book is told from the point of view of Malorie, a young mother who is fleeing to safety with her two young children. She doesn't know from whom or what she’s fleeing, but does know that just one glimpse will drive a person mad. The story seamlessly jumps from past to present as we slowly uncover just what has left the world in complete darkness. Bird Box is the quintessential page-turner and I’ll be eagerly waiting for Josh Malerman’s next work." -- Laura, Audible Editor
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