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.
Bryan Cranston is turning in one of the great television performances as Walter White on the Emmy Award-winning Breaking Bad, so needless to say, I was thrilled to hear that he'd be narrating Tim O'Brien's classic The Things They Carried. I first experienced the book in high school, and to revisit it now with such a gifted performer is an absolute treat. Cranston fully inhabits O'Brien's collection of semi-autobiographical stories about the Vietnam War and brings to it a sense of experience as though he were actually there. I've only heard a sample so far, but I'd already consider this one of the top audiobook performances of the year. -- Chris, Audible Editor
Speculative fiction has emerged as the most popular subgenre of YA literature in the last decade or so, helping to patently defeat the dire predictions that kids these days just wouldn't care about books. Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy has become an almost iconic addition to this cannon. Insurgent, Book Two in the series, ended with an M. Night Shyamalan-worthy twist that has kept me and the other fans here at Audible biting our nails - making the arrival of Allegiant all the more exciting. Luckily, Emma Galvin, probably the best YA voice talent going today, returns to narrate along with a surprise male co-narrator chosen by a fan-vote. I hate to state the obvious but if you were sucked in by the Hunger Games series (and ..
Get ready to have your view of the world turned upside down. Malcolm Gladwell - best-selling author of Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outliers - returns to present new ways of looking at why being among the advantaged is not always advantageous. David & Goliath explores the "art of battling giants" through the personal accounts of underdogs and misfits whose wild success stories are often falsely considered flukes. This is not a sentimental celebration of good things happening to good people. In true Gladwellian fashion, the real reasons behind so many pull-from-behind wins are completely unexpected. And if you've ever heard any of the author's many speaking engagements you know to expect a lively listening experience ..
I admit: I swooned over Corey Feldman as a kid in the '80s and '90s. The bad-boy attitude, raspy voice, the hair - paired with his undeniable charm - skyrocketed him up the Hollywood ladder and into international heart-throb territory by age 15. In this incredibly personal memoir, Corey tears down that veneer and shares what life was really like for him all those years, from his start in the business at age 3 up through the loss of his best friend, the "other" Corey, Corey Haim, as an adult. As I listened to Corey tell his story, I was shocked, disturbed and sickened at the abuse he suffered - emotional, physical and sexual, which led to his drug addiction and several suicide attempts - so much so, that at times, I found myself pausing
It's already been an amazing season for literary fiction - you can't go wrong with a new Jhumpa Lahiri novel, and Dave Eggers and Amy Tan will also be hitting our virtual shelves soon - but Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is truly one of the most anticipated books of the fall. I confess that I haven't been able to dig into it yet, but the early reviews I'm hearing from trusted colleagues have moved The Goldfinch to the top of my listening list. Sure it's long (ahem, credit-worthy), but the commitment is worth it, with the same intense suspense and character development that made The Secret History, Tartt's debut, a modern classic. -- Diana, Audible Editor
When I'm in the mood for nonfiction, Bill Bryson's brand of witty, creative narrative is exactly what I look for, which is why One Summer: America, 1927 is on my list for October. In this book, Bryson takes us on an in-depth journey through a particularly eventful five months in American history: May - September, 1927. Not all newsworthy stories make it to the front page, but Bryson ensures the obscure, peculiar, and downright fascinating details of this summer are not forgotten, seamlessly weaving them into the events of the big headlines - Charles Lindbergh's solo flight, Babe Ruth's home run streak, and Al Capone's rise to power, to name a few. Self-narrated, One Summer is sure to be must-listen for Bryson fans, nonfiction ..
Celebrated author Andre Dubus III returns to the format that first gained him recognition - the short story - with four intertwined novellas in Dirty Love. These four tales explore love through the disillusioned eyes of four very different, very broken people. From a man who learns that his wife has been cheating on him after 25 years of marriage, to a young girl who runs from her damaged reputation after an inappropriate video of her is posted online, Dubus' prose is both haunting and heartbreaking, provocative and hopeful. Dubus himself narrates the audiobook, and I can't wait to hear him bring to life this interconnected, intimate world he masterfully crafted." -- Katie, Audible ..
It's hard to know what to expect with a book titled Hardwiring Happiness. Am I going to get a lighthearted self-help listen? Or am I going to be transferred back to my "Biological Basis of Behavior" course from college? Lucky for me, Hanson provides a delightful combination of both. Not only does he explain why people perceive similar events differently, he explains how. Hardwiring Happiness allows us to see what is really going on in our noggin, and to understand how our wiring pushes us to focus on some experiences over others. It's a quick listen, but Hanson packs in a lot of interesting information with very relatable examples." -- Laura, Audible Editor
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