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Editors Select

See What We're Most Excited About in November

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 those that have caught our attention the most this month.

 
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  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (692)

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    Fil says: "The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap."

    I fell in love with Sarah Maas’ Throne of Glass series, because it completely and utterly transported me to another time and place. The story is focused around smart and sassy teen assassin Celaena Sardothien, who is pulled out of the slavery salt mines of Endovier and brought to the Crown Prince, who presents her with an interesting proposition. If she wins a competition to become the corrupt King’s royal assassin, she will win her freedom after serving the kingdom for three years. Throne of Glass has the competitive elements of The Hunger Games, the royal family dysfunction of Game of Thrones, which amounts to a truly captivating listen. -- Sarah, Audible ..
  • Lying

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (683)

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

    Douglas says: ""Telling The Truth..."

    Like most, I don't believe in lying, but I've never been opposed to the occasional white lie when I felt it was warranted. So I was pretty intrigued when I heard about this essay from Sam Harris, in which he argues that all forms of lying are inherently detrimental to our lives and relationships with others. From false encouragement to omission, Harris dismisses the notion that any kind of lie is truly harmless - often using insightful, true stories as examples. It's a short listen that is definitely worth checking out for anyone interested in psychology, human behavior, or self-improvement. I predict I'll be choosing my words wisely when I open a gift I don't love this holiday season! -- Sam, ..
  • Pawn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Aimee Carter
    • Narrated By Lameece Issaq
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked - surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

    Ashley says: "Surprisingly addictive"

    Aimée Carter has created a haunting, dystopian America in which a person’s rank, from I-VII, determines their future. Kitty Doe goes from a III to a VII overnight – but at a price. She has been surgically reconstructed to look like Lila Hart, the niece of the Prime Minister. Unbeknownst to the public Lila is dead, and Kitty now has a choice: will she behave and do as the Prime Minister says, or will she lead the rebellion that Lila began, and start the revolution that the people deserve? I have read my fair share of YA dystopian lit over the past few years, but Carter’s Pawn truly stands out. Her characters, while not always likeable, are raw and relatable, and her ability to create a sense of place is uncanny. Pawn is ..
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Denise Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (134)

    At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

    CBlox says: "Important story of this secret city"

    Girls of Atomic City s the story of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a town of farmland and not much else, until around 1942 when the U.S. government launched a top secret facility there. Thousands of men and women were recruited to live and work in Oak Ridge from all over the country, and by 1945, the town’s population had skyrocketed to 75,000, and Oak Ridge was booming with shops, schools, churches and families. It is not until the first atomic bomb is dropped on Japan that the secret of Oak Ridge comes out: they had, unknowingly, been enriching uranium for what would come to be known as the end of WWII. Denise Kiernan’s remarkable research and detailed interviews weave a fascinating narrative of the women who built the atomic bomb on ..
  • Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights Into How You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen Kosslyn, G. Wayne Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    For the past 50 years, popular culture has led us to believe in the left brain vs. right brain theory of personality types. It would be an illuminating theory if it did not have one major drawback: It is simply not supported by science. In contrast, the Top Brain, Bottom Brain theory is based on solid research that has stayed within the confines of labs all over the world—until now.

    Donald says: "Trite Brain, Banal Brain"

    To put it bluntly, this book was mind blowing… no pun intended. Like most people, I latched onto the Left-brain vs. Right-brain theory of personality types – those with a dominant left hemisphere are more analytical and those with a dominant right hemisphere are more creative. Within the first chapter, Dr. Kosslyn had me challenging this notion, and thinking of the brain, and myself, in a completely new way. Dr. Kosslyn and G. Wayne Miller present very detailed scientific findings in an extraordinarily accessible manner- you don’t have to be a scientist to understand what they’re saying. -- Laura, Audible Editor
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