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Every season, Audible’s editors look forward to meeting with book publishers to find out about the upcoming months' new and buzzworthy books. This winter we’re particularly excited for such long-awaited books as Stephen King’s The Stand and David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in audio, as well as new outings from our favorite authors – and in addictive series – like Josh Bazell’s sequel to Beat the Reaper and Darynda Jones' new Charley Davidson mystery. Read on for more about these upcoming books, and get started on previous listens to catch the buzz!


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  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (446)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"


    Josh Bazell's Wild Thing
    On Sale February 8


    Audible editor Chris has been listening to Beat the Reaper on his commute to work and can't wait for its sequel Wild Thing. A non-stop, adrenaline-pumping thrill ride, this series first won over listeners with Robert Petkoff's amazing and equally propulsive performance. In Wild Thing he returns to see Dr. Peter Brown on the world's worst field assignment—complete with murderers, mobsters, international drug dealers, and even the occasional lake monster.

  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3477)
    Performance
    (2819)
    Story
    (2807)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"


    Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead
    On Sale January 31


    Lorelei King won your votes for Narrator of the Year, particularly for her pitch-perfect performance of Darynda Jones' sassy, sexy Grim Reaper P.I. Charlotte "Charley" Davidson. And now, in Third Grave Dead Ahead, King takes on, yes, the devil's son who Charley has imprisoned for eternity. Now if only she could get him out of her sight...

  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5441)
    Performance
    (2942)
    Story
    (2952)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"


    Vince Flynn's Kill Shot
    On Sale February 7


    Listeners loved Vince Flynn's American Assassin, which revealed insights from the early life of CIA superagent Mitch Rapp. Kill Shot continues the gripping story and follows young Mitch on a deadly hunt for the men behind the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.

  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1637)
    Story
    (1639)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"


    Lauren Oliver's Pandemonium
    On Sale February 28


    Audible editor Emily couldn't stop listening to - or thinking about - Delirium, the first in Lauren Oliver's YA dystopian trilogy. Equal parts social commentary, love story, and pitch-perfect listen, it was one of her Best Books of 2011. She can't wait for the next installment.

  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2268)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1155)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"


    Lisa Gardner's Catch Me
    On Sale February 7


    At 4 stars and 1,222 ratings, Lisa Gardner's last D.D. Warren thriller was a hands-down listener favorite. Filled with "deep characters, a compelling plot, superb mystery, and Gardner's signature emotional hooks", it'll leave you wanting more. And luckily for us, the next installment's out on February 7.

  • The Pale King

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has. The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death....

    T. C. Pile says: "David Foster Wallace Lives"


    David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest
    On Sale February 7


    One of Time's 100 Greatest Novels of All-Time, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest will be available in audio for the first time on 2/7. And meanwhile, fans can check out his posthumously published The Pale King, currently sweeping up this year's Best Book awards.

  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4809)
    Performance
    (2766)
    Story
    (2806)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"


    Orson Scott Card's Shadows in Flight
    On Sale January 17


    Ender fans, rejoice—Orson Scott Card is back with a new novel in the Enderverse. In this latest Shadows saga, which runs parallel to the Enders series, Stefan Rudnicki and cast return to give voice to our hero's latest journey through the stars. Catch up on his adventures in the Shadows series, beginning with Ender's Shadow.

  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2848)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1078)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"


    Jodi Picoult's Lone Wolf
    On Sale February 28


    While spending the holidays with family can sometimes feel like a Jodi Picoult novel, her newest book Lone Wolf gives even the most difficult of families a run for their money. Like she did in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi will pull all the stops to produce a heart-rending and provocative family novel.

  • Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael J. Sandel
    • Narrated By Michael J. Sandel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    What are our obligations to others as people in a free society? Should government tax the rich to help the poor? Is the free market fair? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? Do individual rights and the common good conflict? These questions are at the core of our public life today - and at the heart of Justice, in which Michael J. Sandel shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us to make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

    Neil Babcox says: "A very worthwhile book"


    Michael Sandel's What Money Can't Buy
    On Sale April 24


    Michael Lewis fans will enjoy this new take on the economy from Harvard Professor of Government Michael J. Sandel. Examining the moral limits of markets, Sandel ventures in Freakonomics-type territory, asking questions like, Should we pay children to read books? Or put a price on human life to decide how much pollution to allow?

  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3897)
    Performance
    (3245)
    Story
    (3238)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."


    Jonathan Maberry's Assassin's Code
    On Sale April 10


    "First-rate zombie fiction!" sums up the reviews for Jonathan Maberry's fan-favorite series starring Baltimore detective/zombie hunter Joe Ledger. Start with the series debut, Patient Zero, and work your way through the sequels to get caught up before Assassin's Code releases on April 10.

  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3107)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2327)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"


    Gail Carriger's Timeless
    On Sale February 28


    We first stumbled upon this series through the amazing listener reviews for Soulless, Gail Carriger's first in the Parasol Protectorate steampunk fantasies. What's steampunk, you ask? Imagine a historical setting reliant on steam power with an added sci-fi or fantasy element, and you've got, in this case, Victorian romance and werewolves (with bite!). Once you start, you won't be able to stop listening to this series until the last installment, Timeless, releases on February 28.

  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1016)

    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"


    Jeffrey Archer's Sins of the Father
    On Sale May 8


    A Five-Star Listen of 2011, Jeffrey Archer's first in the Clifton Chronicles engaged listeners with its classic class-clash plot, intricate characters, detailed research, and soap opera-like twists. V for Vendetta's Roger Allam gives authentic British voice to the Bristol dock-working hero, Harry Clifton, and the Great War setting. Listeners will enjoy his return in Sins of the Father, the second of five novels in the series.

  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7121)
    Performance
    (3523)
    Story
    (3577)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"


    Stephen King's The Wind Through the Keyhole
    On Sale April 24


    Ok, we've got Stephen King twice on our list, but couldn't leave out this much-requested new prequel in his beloved Dark Tower series. Whether you're new to the epic fantasy saga or are a longtime fan, you won't want to miss The Wind Through the Keyhole—both an immensely satisfying standalone and perfect introduction to the series.

  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2244)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1069)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."


    Christopher Moore's Sacre Bleu
    On Sale April 3


    In his first return to a historical setting since 2009's Fool, Christopher Moore takes his comedy - and narrator Euan Morton - to Paris in Sacre Bleu. Mix intrigue, passion, and art history with crusty bread, can-can girls, absinthe, and other French accoutrements, and you've got the ingredients for this brilliantly witty crowd pleaser.

  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10162)
    Performance
    (9078)
    Story
    (9054)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"


    Kevin Hearne's Tricked
    On Sale April 24


    The ratings don't get much higher than for Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid fantasies, featuring shape-shifting ancient, Atticus O'Sullivan. And the performance ratings for series narrator Luke Daniels are even higher. If you haven't caught up with the series already, now's a great time before Tricked releases in April.

  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2853)
    Performance
    (2107)
    Story
    (2121)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"


    Lev Grossman's Codex
    On Sale February 7


    We've come to know and love Lev Grossman through The Magician and The Magician King (well, at least when it comes to his fantasies). And now, for the first time, his early thriller Codex - a delightfully-mixed bag of an I-banker wunderkind, medieval literature, and apocryphal codex - will be in audio February 7.

  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (357)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"


    Susan Wilson's The Dog Who Danced
    On Sale March 13


    As someone who never grew up with pets, Audible editor Diana took a surprising liking to Susan Wilson's One Good Dog. Not your average Marley & Me heart-breaking animal tale, both One Good Dog and its upcoming sequel will move you—and warm your heart.

  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1272)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (473)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"


    Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number
    On Sale February 14


    Just in time for Valentine's Day, Sophie Kinsella's new standalone plays on every fiancee's worst nightmare: losing their engagement ring. With the same fun and humor as Can You Keep a Secret?, this latest outing is narrated by The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie's Jayne Enwistle.

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