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29 September 2015

New Release Tuesday – 9.29.2015

Check out new releases from Macmillan Audio each Tuesday, and be sure to pick them up from your preferred audiobook retailer!

When Mitt and Ann Romney met in their late teens, a great American love story began. Their life together would be blessed: five healthy sons, financial security, and a home filled with joy. Despite the typical ups and downs, they had a storybook life.

Then, in 1998, Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She couldn’t believe it was real; there were no therapies or treatments to help her. Mitt told her that day that they would tackle the diagnosis as a team: They were in it together. From reflections on her early life, her marriage, and her diagnosis and recovery, the sources of her faith, and the stories of others who overcame adversity and inspired her to keep going, In This Together is a brave and deeply honest portrait of a family facing an unexpected blow, often in the most public of circumstances. Listen to an excerpt of this powerful memoir, read by the author herself.

Ilana C. Myer’s fantasy debut has been heralded as “beautifully orchestrated . . . Lyrical, dynamic, and winningly melodic.Last Song Before Night is the story of Kimbralin Amaristoth: sister to a cruel brother, daughter of a hateful family. But that name she has forsworn, and now she is simply Lin, a musician and lyricist of uncommon ability in a land where women are forbidden to answer such callings—a fugitive who must conceal her identity or risk imprisonment and even death.

On the eve of a great festival, Lin learns that an ancient scourge has returned, a pandemic both deadly and unnatural. Its resurgence brings with it the memory of an apocalypse that transformed half a continent. Long ago, magic was everywhere, rising from artistic expression-from song, from verse, from stories. But in Eivar, where poets once wove enchantments from their words and harps, the power was lost. The return of this evil can mean only one thing: someone is spilling innocent blood in order to master dark magic. Alison McKenna narrates this fantastic tale, which can be previewed here.

Now a major motion picture, our final new release is Anne-Sophie Brasme’s Breathe. Breath is the haunting confession of nineteen-year-old Charlene Boher. From her prison cell, Charlene recounts a lonely adolescence: growing up shy and unpopular, without having very many friends. That is, until she meet Sarah, a beautiful and charismatic American-French girl who moved back to Paris for high school. Much to Charlene’s shock and delight, the two girls quickly develop an intense friendship. With Sarah by her side, Charlene finally begins to feel accepted and even loved.

However, after a brief idyllic period, the girls’ relationship becomes rocky and friendship veers towards obsession. As Sarah drops Charlene for older, more glamorous friends, Charlene’s devotion spirals into hatred. Unfolding slowly and eerily towards a shocking conclusion, made all the more powerful by the narration of Cynthia Hopkins, Breathe is an intense, convincing portrait of a possessive and ambiguous friendship.

Happy listening!

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