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.
I’m more of a fiction reader and listener, but on the occasions when I turn to nonfiction it’s to better understand a compelling story. The best narrative nonfiction – like Unbroken and Devil in the White City – remains with you long after the last chapter has ended, and so is the case with my September pick, which reveals the chaotic details, devastating conditions, and overwhelming emotions that emerged during the five days that hundreds of patients, employees, family members, and pets spent stranded in New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital during Hurricane Katrina. It’s hard to listen to the events of those days – but almost as impossible to put the book down as author Sheri Fink, who previously won the Pulitzer Prize for her
There are two reasons I’m excited about The Incrementalists. The first is that it’s about a secret, ancient organization that manipulates individuals in order to make the world just a little bit better. The second is that it’s co-narrated by Ray Porter, whose performance made Peter Cline’s 14 the insta-classic it turned out to be. Splitting the narration duties with Mary Robinette Kowal makes perfect sense, as the book’s perspective shifts between Phil, a member of the organization, and Renee, a new recruit. This is just the kind of quirky, contemporary sci-fi I look forward to. --Chris, Audible Editor
Self-described amateur forager and mushroom hunter Langdon Cook goes into the woods as Thoreau once did – seeking knowledge, perhaps enlightenment – and comes out with a vast knowledge for the little known world of wild mushrooms and those who seek them. The mushroom is not the star of this book, merely a muse, with the focus on the hunters in at times pursuing an illegal trade. If you’ve ever wondered about the story behind your chanterelles, The Mushroom Hunter serves up a wild, fascinating ride, reading more like a suspense novel than a book about mushrooms, providing an eye-opening look into a world many don’t even realize exists. --Jess, Audible Editor
An author who's already earned just about every accolade a writer can strive for (including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Jhumpa Larhiri's work is known as being richly layered and at the same time fully accessible. The Lowland continues in this vein. Set in the 1960s and ’70s, it is a tale of two Calcutta-born brothers, Subhash and Udayan. Inseparable as children, they find themselves torn apart by the turbulent times when the idealistic Udayan makes a decision that will affect the family for generations to come. Drawing from her personal and cultural history, Lahiri uses what she knows and what she cares about and creates a sweeping story filled with people who end up becoming far more familiar than foreign. No stretching required ..
I’ve had an advanced reader’s copy of Rogue for quite some time, but I only read it recently as I was so reluctant to say goodbye to the world that Gina Damico created. The final book in her Croak trilogy took me on a roller coaster of emotions – all the way from laughing to uncontrollably sobbing. This remarkable ability to seamlessly infuse wit and sarcasm with such a grim subject matter truly sets Damico apart. In Rogue, we follow Lex, Uncle Mort, Driggs, and our other favorite grim reapers on their quest to save the Afterlife. While I won’t spoil who wins the war, I will encourage you to keep a tissue box nearby. Jessica Almasy, who did an incredible job bringing these characters to life and giving them each their own unique ..
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