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!

Audiobook New Releases for October 17

The new releases on Tuesday got me feeling like…

Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire, narrated by Emily Bauer:

Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus’ star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past…and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect. Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a travelling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town. The Clearing has its secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter – and the circus – from both.

Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander, narrated by Bianca Amato:

After the final curtain of Swan Lake, an animated crowd exits the Mariinsky theatre brimming with excitement from the night’s performance. But outside, the scene is somber. A ballerina’s body lies face down in the snow, blood splattered like rose petals over the costume of the Swan Queen. The crowd is silenced by a single cry – “Nemetseva is dead!” Among the theatergoers is Lady Emily, accompanying her dashing husband, Colin, in Russia on assignment from the Crown. But it soon becomes clear that Colin isn’t the only one with work to do. When the dead ballerina’s aristocratic lover comes begging for justice, Emily must apply her own set of skills to discover the rising star’s murderer. Her investigation takes her on a dance across the stage of Tsarist Russia, from the opulence of the Winter Palace to the modest flats of ex-ballerinas and the locked attics of political radicals. A mysterious dancer in white follows closely behind, making waves through St. Petersburg with her surprise performances and trail of red scarves. Is it the sweet Katenka, Nemetseva’s childhood friend and favorite rival? The ghost of the murdered étoile herself? Or something even more sinister?

Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury by Jay Bonansinga, narrated by Fred Berman:

Lilly Caul has risked everything. She has weathered over four years of the apocalypse. She has done things that she would not have dreamt of doing in her darkest nightmares.
But she has survived. And now, she has staked a claim in the plague-ravaged city of Atlanta. It is a safe haven for her people, rising high above the walker-ridden streets, a place of warmth and comfort. But for Lilly Caul, something is missing…. She still dreams of her former home – the quaint little village known as Woodbury – a place of heartache as well as hope. For Lilly, Woodbury, Georgia, has become a symbol of the future, of family, of a return to normal life amidst this hell on earth. The call is so powerful that Lilly decides to risk everything in order to go back. Against all odds, against the wishes of her people, Lilly leads a ragtag group of true believers back across the impossible landscape of walker swarms, flooded rivers, psychotic bands of murderers, and dangers the likes of which she has never known. Along the way, she discovers a disturbing truth about herself. She is willing to go to the darkest place in order to survive, in order to save her people, in order to do the one thing she knows she has to do: Return to Woodbury.

Sun Warrior by P. C. Cast, narrated by Caitlin Davies:

The battle lines have been drawn, and Mari, an Earth Walker, and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction. Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people, and he will do anything he must to get them back, even if it means destroying everything in his path. There is only way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. Meanwhile, Dead Eye becomes a willing vessel for the newly awakened god, Death. Death has plans of his own, and he, too, will use whatever and whomever he must, including the mad Thaddeus.

The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey, narrated by a full cast:

Oprah Winfrey says Super Soul Sunday is the television show she was born to do. “I see it as an offering,” she explains. “If you want to be more fully present and live your life with a wide-open heart, this is the place to come to.” Now, for the first time, the aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight that have enlightened millions on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday are collected in The Wisdom of Sundays, a beautiful, cherishable, deeply affecting audiobook. Organized into 10 chapters – each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate personal essay written and read by Oprah herself – The Wisdom of Sundays features meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought leaders. Visionaries like Gary Zukav and John Kabat-Zinn share their lessons in finding purpose through intention and mindfulness. World-renowned teachers like Eckhart Tolle and Michael Singer explain our complex relationship with the ego and the healing powers of love and connection; and award-winning and best-selling writers like Bryan Stevenson and Caroline Myss explore the beauty of forgiveness and spirituality.

In the Studio with Jeff Rossen

“Because nothing disastrous happened yesterday, nothing disastrous will happen tomorrow”

“FALSE,” says Jeff Rossen. In his new audiobook, Rossen advises listeners on handling the expected and preparing for the unexpected. As a national investigative correspondent for NBC’s Today Show, Rossen has spent years gathering tips, tricks, and warnings for this program.

From spotting hidden mold, to learning what to do when your car skids on ice, and even how to trick your stomach into eating less on Thanksgiving, Rossen has you covered. With topics organized under applicable headings, listeners can jump around the audiobook to explore different topics or listen straight through from beginning to end. The sections include: Protecting Your Home, Travel Dangers Revealed, WTF, I Trusted You!, It’s All Fun and Games… Until…, Protecting Your Kids, Vacation Undercover, Everyday Life Hacks, and Bet You Didn’t Know…

The “Surviving Mother Nature” section felt all too real in the week he was set to narrate the audiobook. Instead of recording his tips on how to stay safe during tornadoes, lightning storms, and earthquakes, Rossen was sent to cover the monumental storms sweeping across the coasts. Broadcasting live from Tampa, he documented the major city’s preparation for a massive storm surge and advised viewers on how to evacuate safely, and what they should bring along with them.

We were able to catch up with Jeff when he returned to New York. Even in the midst of his whirlwind reporting, he was still committed to finishing recording ROSSEN TO THE RESCUE. In the booth, he brought the same approachable confidence to the audiobook that he exudes on his NBC segments. Even while covering various life or death scenarios, Rossen kept his tone bright, his dialogue energetic, and joked throughout the recording. Watch the video below for his take on underwear (!).      

Need another reason to listen to the audio? Macmillan Audio’s producer extraordinaire, Bob, had this to say about recording Jeff in the studio:

“Working with Jeff was a blast. He always brought tons of energy and enthusiasm to the studio and did a wonderful job making his audiobook unique for listeners. You didn’t hear it from me but he may have added content that doesn’t exist in the printed book.” Listen to a clip of Rossen to the Rescue, “It just might save your life.”