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.
"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 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.
"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 ..
"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 ..
"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 ..
"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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