Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.
"I’ve been eagerly anticipating a new full-length Scalzi novel for a while now, and I was pleasantly surprised that this one would be a return to the space opera genre. In The Collapsing Empire, interplanetary travel is possible thanks to The Flow—a sort of current that allows faster-than-light travel between the star systems. Without it, humanity cannot survive—but unexpectedly, The Flow begins to collapse, just as a reluctant new leader assumes power. The novel has all the traits that make the genre so enjoyable—political intrigue, high-stakes action, and compelling, multi-faceted characters—and yet it feels fresh and modern, thanks to a diverse cast of characters and the author's signature wit. Scalzi’s been known to write his novels with the audiobook & narrator in mind—and Wil Wheaton always makes them shine. I’m excited to hear him bring suspense, humor, and plenty of geek-cred to this performance." -- Sam, Audible Editor
Eight-year-old Edgar Fini's loyalty is torn between the two women in his life. There's his mother, Lucy, who, though she has moments where she loves him, mostly disappears at night with her various "suitors". And then there's his grandmother, Florence, who dotes on him to the point where she is at a loss when he isn't around. Since his father's suicide, Florence and Edgar's relationship has become obsessive, each fully dependent on the other.
"This beautiful and intimate novel is as strange as it is touching. Brimming with themes of love, loss, and forgiveness, Edgar and Lucy is at heart a story of the unbreakable bond between a mother and son. Edgar, a quirky albino 8-year-old lives with his tragically damaged mother and his paternal grandmother. He knows he's different. He knows there's a reason for his mother's limp, for his grandmother's obsession with the spiritual world, and for the palpable feeling of unease in their household whenever his father is mentioned. When Edgar befriends a stranger with a past as heartbreaking as his own, we see him develop from a shy, awkward boy to an independent and thoughtful adolescent. Author Victor Lodato narrates himself, and does a wonderful job personifying the awkward and timid nature of Edgar. His voice and inflections are similar to those of veteran narrator Kirby Heyborne. In all honesty, Edgar and Lucy is not a lighthearted listen—but it is a worthwhile one." -- Laura, Audible Editor
In A Vast Conspiracy, the best-selling author of The Run of His Life casts an insightful, unbiased eye over the most extraordinary public saga of our time - the Clinton sex scandals. A superlative journalist known for the skillfulness of his investigating and the power of his writing, Jeffrey Toobin tells the unlikely story of the events that began over doughnuts in a Little Rock hotel and ended on the floor of the United States Senate, with only the second vote on presidential removal in American history.
"I was a little too young to fully grasp what was happening back in 1998 when my parents' television seemed like an endless string of talking heads, legal hearings, and soundbites about sexual relations, false allegations, and the evasive definition of the word 'is.' But now—especially now—as an adult, it's impossible not to look at 'Lewinskygate' as anything but a seismic shift—politically and culturally—in our country, with echoes of the scandal still resounding in the bizarre and, often, confounding headlines of today; something that becomes abundantly clear in Kevin Stillwell’s steadfast and honest reading. Toobin’s previous book, The Run of His Life, became the basis for the FX show The People v. O.J. Simpson. And with the same no-holds-barred investigative journalism and juicy, legal thriller-like storytelling at work, it’s no surprise that A Vast Conspiracy has already been chosen as the source material for American Crime Story’s fourth season." -- Doug, Audible Editor
Station Eleven meets The Martian in this brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them - and their families - changed forever.
"Space is huge right now. Well, it’s always huge, but it’s like really big at the moment. While The Wanderers is being billed as a cross between The Martian and Station Eleven, it is really unlike any other space odyssey. It follows three astronauts, and their families, during a 17-month-long Mars voyage simulation. But as the astronauts become engulfed in the complexities of their expedition, the line between reality and simulation starts to blur. Meg Howrey uses this uncertainty to drive a delicious psychological tension, into and between, her diverse and intricate characters, and narrator Mozhan Marno exacerbates that tension with a composed, refined, and eerily calm tone of voice. The Wanderers then ends up exploring the boundaries of familial obligation and personal relationships as much as it does those of the final frontier. And the performance lands with precision—delivering a uniquely awe-inspiring glimpse of humanity at a distance, and way up close." -- Michael, Audible Editor
For readers and listeners of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude - the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for 27 years.
"The literal stranger in the woods obviously fascinated author Michael Finkel, and his ode to this stranger created an immediate fascination within me. At age 20, Christopher Knight disappeared into the Maine woods and lived a life of solitude for the next 27 years. Over that time, he committed 1,000 burglaries (a necessity for survival) and only spoke once. Finkel’s portrayal of Knight’s time in the woods, capture, and imprisonment is haunting, heartbreaking, and utterly human. Mark Bramhall’s narration served as the perfect accompaniment to the story. His lilting delivery evoked the slowed-down life of a hermit, and his characterization of Knight captured the gravelly tone and halted nature of speech that one would expect from someone who has only uttered a single syllable in 27 years. I listened to this in a single day—it’s simply an amazing story." -- Katie, Audible Editor
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.
"Set in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration, Exit West follows Saeed and Nadia, a young middle-class couple in an unnamed country. As their city collapses around them, they are forced to join a wave of migrants fleeing for their lives. But their journey is not what you'd expect. To escape, they decide to seek out one of the doors they've been hearing about, portals to another, safer part of the planet. Using these doorways to exit conflict zones, people emerge in Western societies. While magical and almost fairytale-like, this novel is sharply modern—where social media is a prime source of information and drones fill the sky. There is also no fluff in the language—the story is told by a detached observer, which is perfectly captured in author/narrator Mohsin Hamid's beautifully measured performance. Spare, yet rich, fanciful, yet scarily realistic, Exit West brings home the very personal and human struggles people face as refugees." -- Tricia, Audible Editor