Audiobook New Releases for November 7

So many amazing new audiobooks to listen to!

Alone by Brett Archibald, narrated by Byron Mandahl 

In April 2013, 50-year-old Brett Archibald was onboard a surf-charter boat, making a nighttime crossing of the remote Mentawai Strait off Sumatra, Indonesia. In the middle of a storm, ill with severe food poisoning, he blacked out. When he came to, he found himself in the raging sea, 60 miles from shore. As Brett saw the lights of his boat disappearing into the darkness, it became clear that no one had seen him fall and that no one would hear his shouts for help. He was alone in the ocean. Alone is the remarkable tale of his miraculous survival and rescue. It is also the story of what it takes to defy extraordinary odds and the incredible power of the human spirit.

Hooking Up by Helena Hunting, narrated by Jacob Morgan and Muffy Newtown

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him. They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.

The Mayflower by Rebecca Fraser, narrated by Kate Reading

The voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony is one of the seminal events in world history. But the poorly equipped group of English Puritans who ventured across the Atlantic in the early autumn of 1620 had no sense they would pass into legend. They were ill prepared for the brutal journey and the new land that few of them could comprehend. But the Mayflower story did not end with these Pilgrims’ arrival on the coast of New England or their first uncertain years as settlers. Rebecca Fraser traces two generations of one ordinary family and their extraordinary response to the challenges of life in America. The Mayflower is an intensely human portrait of the Winslow family written with the pace of an epic. Rebecca Fraser details domestic life in the 17th century, the histories of brave and vocal Puritan women, and the contradictions between generations as fathers and sons made the painful decisions that determined their future in America.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer, narrated by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies – humans with extraordinary abilities – who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice – and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Valiant Dust by Richard Baker, narrated by Steve West

Valiant Dust combines the intrigues of interstellar colonial diplomacy with explosive military action. Sikander Singh North has always had it easy – until he joined the crew of the Aquilan Commonwealth starship CSS Hector. As the ship’s new gunnery officer and only Kashmiri, he must constantly prove himself better than his Aquilan crewmates, even if he has to use his fists. When the Hector is called to help with a planetary uprising, he’ll have to earn his unit’s respect, find who’s arming the rebels, and deal with the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler – all while dodging bullets. Sikander’s military career is off to an explosive start – but only if he and CSS Hector can survive his first mission. This fast-paced audiobook will transport listeners to distant galaxies and fully immerse them in interstellar warfare.

Thriller Thursday: Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks fans, get ready to nerd-out! In Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier, author and co-creator of the series Mark Frost, takes the listener through the 27 years between the 1990 original series and its remake in 2017. So if you’ve spent hours watching the original series on Netflix, or planning on starting the new series on Showtime—or is simply curious about all the hype, the listen is surreal, creepy, and highly addicting. This is the perfect accompaniment to one of the most binge-watchable shows of all time, and no Twin Peaks fan collection would be complete without it. Just as any television junkie knows that 3:30 am “Just one more episode” feeling, this audiobook will keep you listening long after bedtime. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Audiobook New Releases: Halloween Edition

After you recover from your candy hangover, listen to the audiobooks that were released on Halloween!

A Selfie as Big as the Ritz by Lara Williams, narrated by Imogen Church

The women in Lara Williams’ debut story collection, A Selfie as Big as the Ritz, navigate the tumultuous interval between early 20s and middle age. In “One of Those Life Things”, a young woman struggles to say the right thing at her best friend’s abortion. In “Penguins”, a girlfriend tries to accept her boyfriend’s bizarre sexual fantasy. In “Treats”, a single woman comes to terms with her loneliness. As Williams’ characters attempt to lean in, fall in love, hold together a family, fend off loneliness, and build a meaningful life, we see them alternating between expectation and resignation, giddiness and melancholy, on the roller coaster we all find ourselves on.

Joe Ledger: Unstoppable edited by Jonathan Maberry and Bryan Thomas Schmidt, narrated by Ray Porter.

Joe Ledger is a former Baltimore cop who was recruited into a secret government agency tasked with stopping terrorists who are using bleeding-edge science weapons. The stakes are always high. If you have to call Joe Ledger, it’s already hit the fan! Joe Ledger: Unstoppable presents original short stories about Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences by some of New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry’s “friends in the industry”. Buckle up for powerful, exciting, and nail-biting adventures by Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, Larry Correia, Weston Ochse, Steve Alten, David Farland, Aaron Rosenberg, James A. Moore, James Ray Tuck, Javier Grillo Marxuach, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Jeremy Robinson, Joe McKinney, Jon McGoran, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Nicholas Seven, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, P. G. Charles, and Dana Fredsti!

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva, narrated by Euan Morton

Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens’ deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings – as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up. Add to that her new occupation of keeping a start-up PI venture – the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford – out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor-sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost, narrated by Annie Wersching

The return of Twin Peaks is one of the most anticipated events in the history of television. The subject of endless speculation, shrouded in mystery, fans will flock to see Mark Frost and David Lynch’s inimitable vision once again grace the screen. Featuring all the characters we know and love from the first series as well as a pantheon of high-powered actors in new roles, the show will be endlessly debated, discussed, and dissected. While The Secret History of Twin Peaks served to analyze the mysteries of the town and place the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier tells us what happened to key characters in the 25 years between the events of the first series and the second, offering details and insights fans will clamor for. The audiobook also adds context and commentary to the strange and cosmic happenings of the new series. For fans around the world begging for more, Mark Frost’s final thoughts, as expressed in this audiobook, will be required listening.

Spooky Sounds for All

Wherever you fall on the spectrum from sturdy to skittish, Macmillan Audio has Halloween audiobooks for you.

If you can sit through two hours of big-screen slashing without breaking a sweat…

We’ve got an audiobook for you.

If you can only watch The Sixth Sense through squinted eyes, or from the safe distance of another room…

We’ve got an audiobook for you.

Imagine, if you will, one of the greatest moments in television history, the moment when demigod Oprah Winfrey bestowed a fleet of Pontiacs upon a roomful of screaming fans.

Now imagine audiobooks.

EVERYBODY GETS AN AUDIOBOOK!

For the Fantastically Fearless

You are as solid and impenetrable as Fort Knox. You’ve seen so many interchangeable bloodbaths that you’re getting a bit bored. Now it’s time to familiarize yourself with an epic horror audiobook that’s as beautifully written as it is terrifying. The Scarlet Gospels is a New York Times bestselling classic from horror master Clive Barker. This thrilling audiobook reintroduces listeners to two of Barker’s most iconic characters as they engage in a battle of good and evil. Harry D’Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes, faces off against his archenemy, Pinhead, the priest of Hell. Bloody, chilling, and brilliantly complex, Barker fans and new listeners alike will find themselves pleasantly trapped within The Scarlet Gospels.

For the Average Adventurer

Some things scare you, other things don’t. For you, variety and pace matter more than blood and guts. Joe Ledger: Unstoppable is a gripping collection of short stories edited by New York Times bestselling Gore Guru Jonathan Maberry, and Hugo Award-nominee Bryan Thomas Schmidt. In this fast-paced audiobook thriller, every listener’s favorite snarky, dangerous, idealistic, relentless covert operative is back, and this time he’s brought friends. Buckle up for terrifying, graphic stories from the likes of Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, and Joe McKinney. A perfect mix of underground crime and modern horror, this audiobook anthology is not for the weak of heart — but it won’t give you a heart attack either.

For the Typically Timid

Your nerve center is wound tighter than a compressed spring, and taking the trash out after dark is cause for some serious perspiration. There’s no shame in being a bit of a weenie. For you, we’ve selected a gentler, humorous audiobook to get you in the Halloween spirit. First Grave on the Right is the first book in Darynda Jones’ beloved Charley Davidson series. In this quirky audiobook, listeners are introduced to Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people, and it’s her job to convince them to ‘go into the light.’ But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. The winner of the 2012 Rita Award for Best First Book, First Grave on the Right will turn first-time listeners into diehard fans — just in time for 2018’s final installment, The Trouble With Twelfth Grave!

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Thriller Thursday: Michelle Adams’s If You Knew My Sister

Dr. Irini Harringford was given away when she was four-years-old, but her parents decided to keep her sister and she has always wondered why. Years later Irini’s sister, Elle, gets in touch with her, but Irini is still at ease about this new, yet familiar, person who is back in her life. Irini is drawn to Elle but terrified at the same time of the sway her enigmatic sister holds. You won’t be able to stop listening when Irini attempts to protect herself from her family’s toxic web of secrets and begins to piece together the real reason she was given away. Listen to an excerpt below!

Audiobook New Releases for October 24

The feeling you get when you listen to newly released audiobooks…

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, narrated by P. J. Ochlan

Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she’s willing to sacrifice. Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. She is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society. Antonina, who prefers her family’s country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society’s ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can’t help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent.

Dare Not Linger by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa, narrated by Adrian Lester

In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa. Five years later he stood down. In that time he and his government wrought the most extraordinary transformation, turning a nation riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy in which all South Africa’s citizens, black and white, were equal before the law. Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela’s presidency, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term as president but was unable to finish. Now the acclaimed South African author Mandla Langa has completed the task using Mandela’s unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of previously unseen archival material. The result is a vivid and inspirational account of Mandela’s presidency: years during which he overcame the challenges of transition and made a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa.

Real American by Julie Lythcott-Haims, narrated by the author

Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a biracial black woman in America. Bringing a poetic sensibility to her prose to stunning effect, Lythcott-Haims briskly and stirringly evokes her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The only child of a marriage between an African-American father and a white British mother, she shows indelibly how so-called “micro” aggressions in addition to blunt force insults can puncture a person’s inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses, also, through Lythcott-Haims’ path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered “the other”.

Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer, narrated by Robert Bathurst

Tell Tale gives fascinating, exciting, and sometimes poignant insight into the people Jeffrey Archer has met, the stories he has come across, and the countries he has visited during the past 10 years. Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out “Who Killed the Mayor?” and the pretentious schoolboy in “A Road to Damascus”, whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life in the most profound way. Revel in the stories of the 1930s woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League university in “A Gentleman and a Scholar” while another young woman who thumbs a lift gets more than she bargained for in “A Wasted Hour”. These wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales explain why Archer has been described by The Times as probably the greatest storyteller of our age.

In the Studio with Cara Mentzel

Today, we’re in the studio for some Voice Lessons with Cara Mentzel and her sister, Idina Menzel.

In her new audiobook, Voice Lessons, Cara Mentzel tells her own story (with a little help from her big sister, Idina). Voice Lessons is the story of sisters—sisters with pigtails, sisters with boyfriends and broken hearts, sisters as mothers and aunts, sisters as teachers and ice-queens, and sisters as allies and confidantes.

As Cara puts it, “My big sister is Tony-Award-Winning, Gravity-Defying, Let-It-Go-Singing Idina Menzel who has received top billing on Broadway marquees, who has performed for Barbra Streisand and President Obama, at the Super Bowl and at the Academy Awards. The world knows her as ‘Idina Menzel’, but I call her ‘Dee’.”

While Idina may have spent most of her professional career behind a mic, Cara too is confident in a recording studio. Cara decided to not only write the sisters’ story, but to read it on her own. Her narration is open and candid, making listeners laugh one minute, and choke up the next. While she acknowledges the feelings of jealousy and resentment that came along with her sister’s fame, Cara underscores throughout the book that her bond with her sister remains unbroken and stronger than ever.

Cara and one of our producers while recording Voice Lessons.

Idina shows her support for Cara by narrating the prologue, where she makes it clear that Voice Lessons is her sister’s time to shine, “I wanted this to be Cara’s book. Cara’s perspective. I didn’t want to rob her of the purity of the accomplishment. I didn’t want to steal her light.”

On the final day of the recording, the sisters walked into the booth together to not only tell their story, but to sing it. Performing a duet of “Neverland” from one of their favorite musicals, Peter Pan, Cara and Idina nailed the song’s harmonization, then giggled hugged like only sisters can.

Check out the video of Cara and Idina recording the duet of “Neverland,” found on the Voice Lessons audiobook. Now available to buy wherever audiobooks are sold!

Thriller Thursday: Jeffrey Archer’s Tell Tale

Have you caught the travel bug this fall but don’t have time in your busy schedule for a vacation? Try international bestseller Jeffrey Archer’s new short story collection, Tell Tale. It’s been a decade since Jeffrey Archer last released a short story collection, and those longtime listeners who have been eagerly awaiting for new Archer material won’t be disappointed. Tell Tale’s thirteen stories span the globe, and Archer’s exquisite detail to setting and character transport the listener on a world tour of mystery and intrigue. Archer takes the listener to the idyllic Italian mountainside, rural England, and eastern seaboard, all in the comfort of your own home. You won’t believe how quickly time flies as you finish each story. Let Jeffrey Archer take you on the vacation of your dreams, without ever having to leave your seat. Listen to a clip of Tell Tale below, on sale on October 24, 2017 where audiobooks are sold!