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30 January 2018

Audiobooks You’ll Love

Love is in the air. Listen to your heart—and these 5 audiobooks!

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Ernt Allbright, his wife Cora, and teenage daughter Leni move to the wild and remote state of Alaska. Ernt fought in the Vietnam war, but when he came home he wasn’t quite the same. He was moody and easily agitated—a departure from the fun-loving and happy man he used to be. When Ernt receives a letter that the friend that he fought alongside with in Vietnam left Ernt his property in Alaska, he sees it as an opportunity to start over and breathe again. Enthusiastic and optimistic about the move, the family initially finds strength in community, and Ernt starts to become his old self again. But as winter approaches, things turn for the worse. Ernt’s mental condition deteriorates and his family must try to survive the harsh conditions both inside and outside their home.

The Great Alone is set in the beautiful Alaskan backdrop, and narrator Julia Whelan drops you right in the middle of the wilderness. Expect to experience love and heartache, and fall in love with the complex characters in this family drama.

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

Euan Morton and Candice Fox meet backstage at Hamilton

Far from the dry winters of Alaska and across the Pacific Ocean are the wetlands of Queensland, Australia where the crime thriller Crimson Lake takes place. Ted Conkaffey moved to Crimson Lake attempting to escape his troubled past. But bad luck places him at the wrong place at the wrong time, and he is accused of raping a young woman, only being set free due to insufficient evidence. He meets private investigator, Amanda Pharrell, who has her own troubled past, once a convicted murderer. They team up to investigate a missing person case, but the whole town is suspicious and keeps a watchful eye on the duo.

Crimson Lake is narrated by Euan Morton, who lent his voice to the program during his days off from starring in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton as King George. Candice Fox and Morton met backstage after a showing of Hamilton that Fox attended, where Euan described the book as “smartly sympathetic: it makes you ask larger questions” (see the full EW article here). With such broken and complex characters and ample talk of crocodiles, you’ll find it hard to pause while listening to Crimson Lake.

Force of Nature By Jane Harper

The numbers don’t add up when five coworkers go into the woods during a corporate retreat and only four come out. When police agent Aaron Falk digs further into the investigation, he finds inconsistencies between the surviving four’s stories and learns of the complicated relationships between coworkers that could have led to a murder. Force of Nature is full of twists and thrills that will discourage you from ever secluding yourself in the woods with your colleagues. AudioFile magazine raves that the narrator Stephen Shanahan “makes it sizzle to the very end”. Don’t let Force of Nature be the audiobook that got away!

The Hush by John Hart

The sequel to John Hart’s The Last Child, The Hush picks up with Jack and Johnny as adults 10 years later. Jack is a lawyer and Johnny becomes a recluse secluded in his cabin, but their friendship continues. Hart creates a dark and magical world for his characters, and Jeremy Bobb’s narration brings it to life. Fans of Hart and new listeners alike will want to hide away themselves for a day or two to finish this highly anticipated audiobook.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone is one of the most anticipated fantasy novels of 2018, appearing on lists such as Entertainment Weekly’s 50 most Anticipated Books of 2018, Bustle’s Anticipated YA Fantasy of 2018, and Buzzfeed’s YA Books That Need To Be On Your Reading List This Year. After movie rights to the story were sold to Fox, it was even more obvious that Children of Blood and Bone is the epic YA audiobook everyone has been waiting for.

Orïsha was once a land abundant in magic. That all changed when King Saran ordered the maji -Orïshans possessing magical powers- to be killed, and magic banned forever. Zélie, the daughter of a powerful maji who was killed on that fateful night, has been training as a warrior in secret since her mother was killed. More than anything, she desires to bring magic back to the land and restore her people’s place as the most powerful and respected in Orïsha. When a chance encounter hands Zélie a magic scroll that unlocks some of her inner powers, she knows it is her destiny to redeem her mother and her people. With the help of her brother Tzain and the fugitive princess Amari, Zelie embarks on a harrowing battle to bring magic back for good—unless the monarchy catches her first.

Children of Blood and Bone is narrated by Bahni Turpin, known for her roles in Malcom X and the CBS television show Cold Case. She has been praised for her narration in Young Adult audiobooks, such as The Hate U Give, and is the recipient of numerous nominations and awards for her work, most recently her 2017 Audies win for Best Fiction Audiobook of the Year for Sister of Mine.

Want more? Listen to excerpts below!

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