Aged Mother Jilo is wise in the ways of magic...but once upon a time, she was just a girl. 1950s Georgia: King Cotton has fallen. Savannah is known as the "beautiful woman with a dirty face," its stately elegance faded by neglect, its soul withering from racial injustice and political corruption. Young Jilo - fiercely independent, intelligent, and ambitious, but thwarted by Savannah's maddeningly genteel version of bigotry - finds herself forced to embrace a dark power that has pursued her family for generations, an ancient magic that may prove her salvation.
"I was having withdrawals from this series, now I intend on re-reading the series so that I can see it with more perspective on Jilo. I may or may not have used a sick day to finish this book. (If my boss reads this I was absolutely sick. *cough*)" --Jayson, Audible Listener
Marcus Battle has left behind his home. Now he's on a seemingly impossible mission to find a missing child. But can he balance that responsibility with his deep, primal desire to exact revenge on the men who destroyed his solitary existence?
"I love this series! The first book was so intriguing to me that I listened to it straight through a weekend. I was upset to find out that the next book wasn't available yet. 3 days later it's here. I called in sick and listened to the whole thing. It's worth the PTO!" --Bryan, Audible Listener
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.
"I had to call in SAD to work. I was probably a quarter of the way into the novel before I texted my book buddy: 'It's called A Little Life and you have to read it right this minute. I don't even understand why it's so unbearable and so beautiful.' By the time I had a quarter of the novel left, I was walking around Walgreen's, to buy makeup to repair my cry-face, and sobbing." --Angela, Audible Listener
Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.
"Anyone who enjoys the Jasper Fforde books will catch the Word Magic in this book. I always enjoyed the concept of literary characters jumping in and out of books . . . particularly when I am listening to one being read to me by someone like Lyn Redgrave. The irony is perfect. With respect to the story itself, it was such a great page turner, I took a vacation day to finish it! Redgrave's narration is elocution at its best and is as seamless as story. Enjoy this one Folks—I certainly did!" --Suze, Audible Listener
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.
"John Green's Audibles should be labeled Warning: Do not drive while listening. The Fault in our Stars (2012) had me sobbing through an entire chapter. Fortunately, I was in really heavy traffic and I was able to slowly follow brake lights ahead of me. On the other hand, I laughed to hard through parts of Paper Towns (2008) that I forgot to look at my GPS, drove far past my exit, and ended up late for a meeting with a big grin on my face, instead of an appropriately contrite look." --Cynthia, Audible Listener
In this stunning historical novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine—and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded.
"I could not stop listening on more than one occasion and was frequently late for work as I sat in my car riveted by the passion, compassion, and intensity of this story. Great research that really evokes the pitiful conditions endured by so many during the Civil War." --Midge, Audible Listener
College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
"Finally, the dry spell is over. After reading one clunker after the next I am thrilled to have found this book and this author. This kept me guessing and interested till the end. I was actually late for a meeting because I didn't want to get out of my car while I was listening to this. Great prose, great imagery, and great characterizations." --Sundi, Audible Listener
Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.
"This book is so well written and the narration so spectacular that I listened every second I got (and even some that made me late for work or late to return from lunch) until I finished it. I was dying to know what happened next, but I also kept checking how much longer the book had left because I wanted it to go on forever. That is how good this book is. That is how good its predecessor, You, is. Buy them and listen—now!!!!" --Becky, Audible Listener
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.
"Addicting. It is rare to read a book that is both completely thrilling and at the same time ponderingly accurate about humanity or lack thereof and it's vices. I couldn't stop listening and stayed up all night. Make sure you have time to dedicate to this. It is bloody damn good." -- Audible Listener
With most electronics, communications, and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy. For John and the other residents of Willow Creek Drive, the breakdown of social order throws them back to the 1800s. As the community tries to come together, a powerful outside force appears that threatens their survival. Will John's years of military and prepping experience be enough to keep them safe?
"I couldn't put the headphones down! I literally stayed up all night, on a work night, to hear the whole story! Captivating! LOVE IT!" --Dave, Audible Listener
Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard's kill.
"The story is absolutely riveting. I originally planned to listen to it as a bedtime story, but that was a huge mistake as I was so engrossed in both the flashbacks and the current case that I stayed up all night listening." --Jacqui, Audible Listener
Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.
"I had to go onto the washroom at work and cry a bit after finishing listening to The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. That ending was so bittersweet!! At least I earned some cash for crying in the bathroom." -- biblio_athena (Instagram), Audible Listener
Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.
"My adult children have to tell ME to take my earbuds out and listen to THEM. :) I actually catered a wedding listening to a Jodi Taylor St Mary's Book, pretending that my ear bud was a communication device." -- bimmiebell (Instagram), Audible Listener
Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate betrayal. Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Crown, nothing will ever be the same between them.
"I was at work listening to Last Sacrifice in the Vampire Academy series when a plot twist I didn't see coming happened, it was so weird my hands got shaky and I had to go sit down to calm myself when I realized I had another hour before the story is over. People who don't audible don't realize the effects books have on you emotionally and it's hard to explain." --jessicadereath (Instagram), Audible Listener
Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's 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.
"Usually during my lunch hour, I go for a walk to decompress. For the past year, my companion has been Vince Flynn and the Mitch Rapp series. Too often I have ignored my timer to turn around because I was so enthralled with the book. Often, I would walk back to work with an intense speed because of how intense the scene was in the book. I have laughed out loud walking, yelled out loud walking, and gone into work many a times with my heart racing and wishing I would stop being a teacher and join the CIA. HA!" —radicallyresolved (Instagram), Audible Listener
All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.
"Reading is highly personal, we know that what one loves, another may disdain. And so the reading of The Thirteenth Tale cannot please all. It's rare, however, to find so much divergence in reviews of this amazing story. Personally, I became enthralled after the first half hour of listening. As others have mentioned doing, I found excuses to listen. My sessions at the gym lengthened, I drove the long way home instead of taking the shortcut and I hung on every sentence. The narration is absolutely perfect for the story. Let's hope the author is hard at work on her next." --Marilee, Audible Listener
Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.
"I listen in the car a lot and would take the long way home or another trip around the block just to hear what would happen next!" --Robert, Audible Listener
There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.
"I listen while commuting and several times I found myself driving more slowly than usual or taking the long way home! I was actually looking forward to the drive home and it made sitting in traffic bearable. The narrator does a fantastic job and the story is exciting and fun." --Chibina, Audible Listener
Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.
"Will Patton reading James Lee Burke is like music to the ears! Absolutely beautiful. I found myself driving the long way home just to get further along in the story . . . and with gas prices what they are . . . that's saying something!" --Timothy, Audible Listener
Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.
"Being a big fan of Nelson DeMille's books I was a little leary of the 21 1/2 hours of audio, but decided to go for it. LOVED this book. Christian Rummel is a GREAT narrator and brought John Sutter and his family to life and draws the listener right into the story. As soon as I was finished this one I immediately purchased The Gate House and kept on listening. Nearly 50 hours and I was upset when I got to the end. I found myself taking the long way home in my car, and taking the dogs for extra walks just so I could listen to a few more chapters before I had to turn it off." --Karen, Audible Listener
It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?
"Waiting for my flight listening to Gone Girl. I missed boarding and them calling my name over the intercom 3 times. Mind you, I was sitting next to the gate (looking outside onto the Tarmac). I did make my flight thankfully." --bebe.dani (Instagram), Audible Listener
It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.
"I was driving home from a town about 30 miles away . . . listening to The Book Thief. . . and got to a super sad part and was crying so hard I had to pull over because I couldn't see the road! I sat on the side of the road for another 15 min. to finish the chapter and recuperate!" --bekkaroo (Instagram), Audible Listener
Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.
"Call in sick to work..you need to listen! WOW—what a great way to spend 19 hours. I enjoyed every minute. This is one of those books you'll sit in your car even after you get to where you're going, you'll want to call in sick just so you have the time to listen, go to bed early so you have the peace & quiet to really enjoy." --Lisa, Audible Listener
When World War 3 erupts on American soil, it is up to some less than likely heroes to band together and stand tall against any and all comers as a once proud nation is brought to her knees. Cowardly terrorist attacks and indifferent global communities have isolated America as she spirals into a desperate bid for survival.
"WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Do to not tamper with this remarkable product unless you can call in sick until the story is over!! . . .United States of the Apocalypse is not 'telling': It is an EXPERIENCE. It is an experience that sucks you in like a giant vacuum cleaner from the first paragraph and then you are irretrievably there." --Espanolish, Audible Listener
Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared....
"This book is well worth the read/listen. It will likely make you late for work—it is so hard to put down." --Glenda, Audible Listener
The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.
"I've listened to this book three times and just writing about it now still gives me chills. I have to warn you, you'll be late for work if you listen to this during your commute, as you'll find yourself sitting your car in the office parking lot, not wanting to turn it off! I listen to lots of audio books and this is in the top 2 or 3 I've ever heard." --John, Audible Listener
As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....
"The day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, I knew I had to finish it all in one day—two tops—to avoid spoilers. I was so determined, that I skipped out on a friend's party. I didn't feel good about it, but after finishing, and thus closing the most important book-related chapter of my life, I knew it was worth it. We're still great friends today, so I think it's safe to say we're past it. Harry Potter though? I'm still not quite over that." -- Sam, Audible Editor
A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.
"You know a book is good when you’re actually skipping out on fun things just to listen more—which is exactly what happened with me one week as I listened to John Slattery’s awesome narration of Stephen King’s Duma Key. I spent a week dodging calls from friends going out for drinks or meeting up for dinner; sending vague texts about why I couldn’t attend a party over the weekend; shutting the blinds and keeping quiet lest a friend makes an unexpected pop-in at my place. I admit, it’s not my proudest moment as a friend. But Slattery’s voice was so spot-on, I like to think that if the roles were reversed, they’d be the ones holed up in an apartment, praying I don’t come knocking on the door. And I’d totally understand." --Doug, Audible Editor
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
"We should all remember the first time we experienced Dune: whether it was in text, audiobook, or David Lynch’s poorly received film adaptation. For me it was in audio, during a recent camping trip, where I sat nearly catatonic, listening while watching my friends build fires, cook, set up tents, etc. I was totally useless, only taking a break to go canoeing—which felt unnatural to me because I knew the world where I belonged had no water." --