Just like you, we Editors at Audible have books each month that we just can't wait to get our hands on. Whether it's a favorite author, genre, or narrator, there are some books we'll drop everything to start listening to. Here are the books that have caught our attention the most this month.
"You by Caroline Kepnes became an in-house obsession last summer. Santino Fontana’s performance of this twisted, fast-paced, debut thriller was nothing short of #genius. Joe Goldberg is an intellectual. A romantic. A man who values honesty. A stalker. A murderer. And – because of the winning combination of Kepnes and Fontana – a man you root for. Hidden Bodies picks up a few months after You ends, and drops the listener back in the center of Joe’s frenzied, self-justifying, manipulative mind. I’ve read the first few chapters, but stopped because the real Santino Fontana will sound so much better than the Fontana-impression I’m doing in my head. I’m fraught with anticipation, and can’t wait for new and old fans to #GetToKnowJoe once more." -- Katie, Audible Editor
"I've loved Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for as long as I can remember. As a child I adored the magic, the adventure, and the kooky characters. As an adult, I grew to love Carroll's imagery, symbolism (perhaps unintentional), and his ability to turn what seems like nonsense into an enduring children's tale. No matter how many times I've read this story and watched the movies, I feel like I can always return to the familiar and colorful place that is Wonderland. Scarlett Johansson brings such incredible depth and wonderment to this timeless tale, that this just may be my new favorite interpretation. Did I mention that her sister, veteran narrator Vanessa Johansson directed this performance? I guess talent runs in the family" -- Laura, Audible Editor
"Pierce Brown seems to be travelling the same kind of journey as his characters – and I imagine producing a series this epic has at times felt like interstellar warfare. With each book the aims of the characters and the writer have grown in scope and ambition, but the narrative arc has been surprisingly elegant. If Red Rising was about military strategy and Golden Son was about politics, Morning Star centers on diplomacy. In its entirety this series is effectively a bildungsroman – but one that is thrilling and just so so cool. It’s one of, if not the most complex, intelligent, and satisfying sagas I’ve ever read or listened to. And perhaps the most astounding thing is how quickly Pierce Brown knocked these books out. If only all my favorite authors worked at this kind of clip, I’d be a very happy listener!" -- Emily, Audible Editor
"Symptoms of Being Human is about a teen named Riley Cavanaugh who is gender fluid - some days identifying as female, some days male, and often somewhere in between. As part of therapy, Riley starts an anonymous blog - but when it suddenly goes viral, staying in hiding becomes increasingly difficult. This timely novel was at once heartbreaking and uplifting. Garvin - an accomplished TV writer - explores Riley's situation with both grace and honesty. Though some parts uncomfortable to hear, those same moments highlighted the struggles and outright dangers that LGBTQ teens face every day. I wish more books like this existed when I was in high school. Plus, it's doubly moving in audio thanks to an inspired performance by Tom Phelan, who currently stars on Freeform's The Fosters, and who is, himself, a trans teen." -- Sam, Audible Editor
"There are some authors whose genius is so legendary, whose body of work is so vast, and whose renown in the literary world is so immeasurable, that to make a step into their catalogue becomes a daunting task. For me, this was Dickens. What if he didn't live up to the hype? What if I didn't get it? To make the plunge, I needed some assistance. Enter Richard "Ear-Candy" Armitage, as he's become known around the Audible office. As always, his narration is immaculate, bringing Dickens' extraordinary tale to great heights and voicing its diverse cast with unmatched verve. But Armitage succeeded in bringing David Copperfield to life for me and I can't wait to dive deeper into Dickens' brilliance." -- Doug, Audible Editor
"Fifteen years after the brilliant success of his Man Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi, Yann Martel takes us on another long journey, or journeys, with a supporting cast that includes an animal. This time, rather than a tiger, the co-star is a chimpanzee. A novel in three parts, The High Mountains of Portugal begins in Lisbon, 1904. A young man named Tomas sets out on a quest that could change the course of Christianity. In the second section, Eusebio Lozora, a pathologist working late on New Year’s Eve, 1938, is approached by an elderly woman who asks him to perform an autopsy on her husband. The final story centers on Peter Tovy, a widower, who moves back to the remote Portuguese village where he was born, accompanied by a chimpanzee named Odo. Martel has created another spiritual quest to explore matters of love and grief that is both humorous and devastatingly accurate. Fans of Life of Pi will not be disappointed." -- Tricia, Audible Editor