The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.
"Lincoln in the Bardo is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever listened to—and make no mistake—this one is meant to be listened to. 166 individual narrators (lead by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and the author George Saunders) came together to voice this wildly surreal audiobook. And while that might sound like a production stunt, the breadth of voices was necessary to create the immersive cacophony effect (almost a Greek chorus of Americana)—because Saunders' first full-length novel, a hugely ambitious work that delivers the most humbling and accurate portrait of grief I've ever encountered, is entirely voiced by ghosts." -- Emily, Audible Editor
In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.
"This book was a major unexpected delight for me. I’ve always been intrigued by plagues, but usually just in the realm of sci-fi. I wasn’t sure if a nonfiction book on the subject could really hook me. However, in Get Well Soon, author Jennifer Wright presents a whimsical, fascinating, and often hilarious exploration of an otherwise grim topic. Combining history, sociology, and science, she traces some of the most horrific plagues in human history from their origins to their eventual cures. Throughout each narrative, Wright peppers in fun facts—such as the belief that filling your house with onions could stave off the plague—while paying full respect to the victims of these illnesses. Gabra Zackman gives a downright masterful performance, perfectly delivering both the somber facts and wry humor. If you’re a fan of Mary Roach or, like me, have even just a passing interest in the topic, don’t hesitate to give this one a try." -- Sam, Audible Editor
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.
"Norse Mythology. Neil Gaiman. A project he’s been working on for 7 years, narrated by Gaiman himself. This book made me weak in the knees. Neil really lives this stuff, and you can tell he has a passion for the subject matter. As he points out in the prologue, myths are an oral tradition and the best thing about them is how they change and evolve with each telling. And so they do here as Gaiman gives these ancient cultural tales a divine sense of character, and voices the plethora of monsters, humans, gods, and giants exceptionally well. I swear, the moment you start listening to these intricate and enchanting tales you won’t want to leave the world that Neil has so deliberately crafted to be relatable, visionary, and entertaining." -- Michael, Audible Editor
What's happening in global politics? As if overnight, many Democrats revolted and passionately backed a socialist named Bernie Sanders; the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union; the vituperative billionaire Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican party; and a slew of rebellious parties continued to win elections in Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, and Greece. John B. Judis, one of America's most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to learn about the populist movement.
"Judis' The Populist Explosion was named one of the "Six Books to Help Understand Trump's Win" by the New York Times and while this is not a misnomer—there's no shortage of aha moments in terms of how the election panned out—it should be noted that the book was written before his win and with a focus on how populism is affecting the political landscape on a global level. Judis, therefore, forgoes diatribe and instead lays the historical groundwork for populism—a political logic which crosses party lines and champions ordinary people against an establishment—to show how the stage was set for Trump and Sanders, as well as dramatic shifts in Europe. The result is a refreshing and enlightening examination of where we are and how we got here." -- Doug, Audible Editor
Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast.
"Archibald Isaac Ferguson is the central character of 4 3 2 1. Known as Archie by some and as Ferguson by others, you get to know him from the time he is born through the multiple life outcomes explored by author Paul Auster. Through each nuanced version of his life, I became equally attached to every Archie and every Ferguson revealed to me. Living in and having grown up in Essex County, NJ, I know the towns and landmarks that Auster has set this novel in (my parents also brought me to the now-departed Grunnings Ice Cream parlor). So, as I drive through these neighborhoods I can imagine Archie walking down the street, or playing baseball in a local school field. Listening to Paul Auster narrate is like having him in the seat next to me with the open book on his lap as he calmly reads aloud. This is a book to be savored and allowed to unfold at its own beautiful pace." -- Tricia, Audible Editor
In the aftermath of a shattering illness, Lonni Sue Johnson lives in a "perpetual now" where she has almost no memories of the past and a nearly complete inability to form new ones. The Perpetual Now is the moving story of this exceptional woman and the groundbreaking revelations about memory, learning, and consciousness her unique case has uncovered.
"An elementary summary of this book guarantees a physical head-tilt—in 2007 Lonnie Sue Johnson suffered from encephalitis which completely destroyed her hippocampus. Since then Johnson has been living in a state of a "perpetual now"—one in which she has almost no memories of the past and a nearly complete inability to form new ones. Her medical situation is nothing short of bizarre—Johnson retains her overall intellectual function, yet cannot remember anything before or after a 15-minute period. Journalist Michael D. Lemonick delves into Johnson's daily experiences all while providing a background on the biology of memory as well as on the history of the patients and events which helped shape our understanding of memory and the brain. Narrated by veteran Kaleo Griffith, The Perpetual Now is an engrossing listen which deftly blends the genres of Science & Tech and Biography." -- Laura, Audible Editor
An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.
"WWII and its heartbreaking history have served as the backdrop to some of my all-time favorite novels (Code Name Verity, The Nightingale to name a few). It is in these dark times that we search most desperately for a person’s humanity—and these stories all share incredibly brave, yet incredibly human, characters. Georgia Hunter’s debut novel We Were the Lucky Ones was born of her childhood discovery that she descended from a family of Holocaust survivors and her years-long attempt to unravel her family’s history. Rich in setting, poignant in delivery, and amplified by moving performances from Robert Fass and Kathleen Gati, Hunter’s novel is set to enter the impressive canon of WWII literature that touches you at your core." -- Katie, Audible Editor