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One of the best things about Audible is the mix of people we have working here - there are the more technical folks (software developers, audio engineers, all-around geniuses); the creative teams (designers, marketers, and self-proclaimed book nerds); and everyone in between from finance to customer care.

With all these different skill sets comes a wide range of personalities and, more importantly for pulling together a playlist, a wide range of listening preferences. So we thought it high time to share some of our recent favorites with you - from the book that kept Kevin, a programmer, training for a marathon to the classic that Ken from customer care could have only tackled in audio. We hope you enjoy our playlist!

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  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Patricia says: "Thank You for a New Narrator"
    What's On My Playlist: It's been 50 years since this book was published, and it's as wonderful to listen to as an adult as it was in elementary school 20 years ago. I had forgotten most of the story over the years, and listening now with fresh ears I could better appreciate the way L'Engle weaved basic science and physics into a fairytale—very clever! The characters are fun and likeable (except the bad guys, of course), and the narrator has some fun voices to go along with them. And I hadn't realized this book is part of a series, so I'm looking forward to listening to more. (Laura, Email Marketing)
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Natalie J. Belle MD says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    What's On My Playlist: I’m glad the first memoir I listened to on audio was Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends. Rob does a great job narrating his life story (though it could have used a little bit more dirt), and he comes off affable, genuine, and sincere about his feelings toward acting, his family, and the pressures of fame. I didn’t have much of an opinion of Rob Lowe before listening to this, but now I want to root for him and catch up on the movies and shows he’s done that I’ve missed. (Chris, Editor)
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Peter Deane says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    What's On My Playlist: It’s a classic and should be on anyone’s list of books to read in a lifetime, but it’s a beast of a book – weird and frequently incomprehensible. At the same time, though, it’s strangely comical and keeps pulling me back. I probably would have moved on by now, but thanks to Audible I’m plowing through it. (Ken, Customer Care)
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani ( Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    What's On My Playlist: The narration in this book was unlike anything I've ever heard before; it's as if someone is talking directly to you. It's science fiction-y, but I'm a geek, and I loved it! (Nicole, Content)
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    What's On My Playlist: I just finished listening to this book, and I can't stop thinking about it. The characters - a star-crossed couple - really have you caring and rooting for them against all odds. The male lead, an aloof and hedonistic antihero, surprisingly captured my heart—and the affections of his brief college lover-turned-lifelong friend. (Diana S., Editor)
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    Darius says: "Consciousness Altering"
    What's On My Playlist: The Power of Now provides us enough information for us to apply it in our daily life - on how to feel more inner happiness, and be more productive by reducing unnecessary thoughts (which the mind always produces no matter what you are occupied with). It shows the facts and encourages you to feel some spiritual side effects beyond science and human limitation. (Ghanshyam, Software Testing)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Calliope says: "a sociopathic dreamer"
    What's On My Playlist: What separates the books in Highsmith’s Ripley series apart from other crime thrillers is her brilliant writing and unique "hero." Kevin Kenerly's distinctive delivery feels just right. (David, Promotions}
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Joey says: "I've never read a book quite like this one"
    What's On My Playlist: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is definitely one of my top 5 books of all time! The author and three outstanding narrators take you on an unexpected journey that you never want to end. The book is expertly written with a mini-cliffhanger after each chapter. I love a book that draws you in from the first few minutes and keeps you captivated until the last second. The numerous characters are introduced in a logical manner that doesn’t distract from the overall story. Although this book is over 46 hours, it’s worth every second. This is an excellent example where the audio version adds so much value to the overall experience of the book. (Gary, Customer Care)
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    What's On My Playlist: I've listened to a bunch of books lately, but none have captured my imagination as much as Stephen King's 11-22-63. King expertly captures the 1960s, from what was playing on the radio to what cars looked like, and even how food tasted and smelled. And the narrator, Craig Wasson, gets the voices just right - deep Southern, Russian, and all. (Beth, Content)
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    AudioAddict says: "Wonderful Poignant Story"
    What's On My Playlist: It doesn’t matter that John Green’s target audience is teenagers – his characters are smart, honest, and funny no matter how old you are, and the universal themes captured in this book are, well, universal. Terminal cancer may not be the most uplifting of plotlines, but don’t let that stop you from listening to this wonderful story. Though I’ve listened to John Green before (Will Grayson, Will Grayson was also really good!), this was the first time I heard narrator Kate Rudd, and I was most impressed with how she handled all the male and female characters – young and old, American and Dutch. I will definitely be looking for more of her performances in the future! (Diana D., Editor)
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Jt says: "At last!"
    What's On My Playlist: If you're a Star Wars fan this is a must, the next story after the movie ends. Great writing, fantastic narrator, and it sounds like you're actually watching the movie. The sounds effects and music are top notch, and from the official LucasFilms studio (from what I understand). (Doug, Mobile)
  • A Million Suns: Across the Universe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Beth Revis
    • Narrated By Tara Carrozza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed.

    Brian says: "Male reader in mid 40's"
    What's On My Playlist: Last year I went on something of a YA binge. For the uninitiated "YA" stands for Young Adult. The Hunger Games got me into the genre and after that I was in it to win it. Among the great things about young adult novels is they are quick to ingest, immediately engrossing, remarkably relatable (since we’ve ALL been teenagers at one point or another, and sometimes still act like them) and hugely imaginative. But they are also often part of a series, and therefore something of a commitment. Since last year was all about first books in new series for me, I feel like now that it’s 2012 the tax man is coming to collect. Because how can I NOT find out what happens to Lena, Benson, Tris, Alex, Cassia… and of course ..
  • The Tender Bar: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J.R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By J.R. Moehringer

    Torn between the stirring example of his mother and the lurid romance of the bar, J.R. tried to forge a self somewhere in the center. But when it was time for J.R. to leave home, the bar became an increasingly seductive sanctuary, a place to return and regroup during his picaresque journeys. Time and again, the bar offered shelter from failure, rejection, heartbreak, and eventually from reality.

    Jim E says: "A Good Deal and a Good Deal More"
    What's On My Playlist: The Tender Bar is a book about a boy growing up who relied on his bartender uncle and the crowd in his bar for the male father figures he didn’t have at home. It was a beautifully told story. I go back to certain passages again and again because it really captured what it felt like to be a kid. (Steve D., Software Development)
  • Cotton Comes to Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Con man Deak O'Hara is out of the state penitentiary and back on the street working the scam of a lifetime. The $87,000 he has schemed to get has been hijacked and hidden in a bale of cotton. Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are on everyone's trail in one of their most entertaining thrillers.

    freddie says: "Just discovered Audo Books"
    What's On My Playlist: Cotton Comes to Harlem is a period piece in the very best sense. Chester Himes perfectly captures the rhythms and the pulse of mid-1960s Harlem. The central caper, involving a crooked "Back to Africa" scheme and $87,000 hidden in a wayward bale of cotton, illuminates a moment in time when the civil rights movement had yet to make a material impact. And it all revolves around two of the most memorable cops in crime fiction, Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, who aren’t averse to busting a few heads. Narrator Dion Graham creates memorable voices for these bigger-than-life crime fighters, and his narrative is pitch-perfect. (Steve F., Content)
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    B.J. says: "I'm not a runner ..."
    What's On My Playlist: Listened to Born to Run while training for a marathon, and it was fantastic for education and for motivation. (Kevin, Software Development)

    I am not a runner, but I want to be one. For now, I'll settle for hearing this fantastic story about a hodgepodge group of distance runners. It's not only inspiring, but the characters are truly memorable. I loved how the science of running was interspersed with vivid imagery of the scenery, the races, and particularly the runners. And the genuine excitement in Fred Sanders voice made this an especially enjoyable listen. (Laura, Email Marketing)

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    bluecat1861 says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    What's On My Playlist: I remember hearing about this book when it first came out, and now that they're making it into a movie, I decided to listen to the story. This is history like you've never seen it before - full of vampires and a president determined to hunt them down. Entertaining! (Alexandria, Operations)
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Glenna H. says: "A Tough Listen, an Irresistible Series"
    What's On My Playlist: What makes Scandinavian crime so compelling? This does. Who knew a piece of rope, a scrap of wool, and some dirt (oh, and a psychopath) could lead to such an amazing and highly listenable mystery thriller. (Corey, Editor)
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.... 

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    What's On My Playlist: As a nonfiction listener, I decided to pick up Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, the World War II bio of an Air Force bomber crashed into the Pacific. The story was gripping, the narration flawless, but most of all the experience amazed me. How could one person live through so much? (Ed, Marketing)
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