Our Audible editors have picked a few of the fantastic titles which caught their eyes (and ears) recently, selected just for you.
I absolutely devoured The Husband's Secret. From the first chapter I was gripped and I read it in two settings. I worried about the characters - I even woke up in the middle of the night wondering how the author could possibly resolve the events that she'd set in motion. This isn't epic literature, but it's incredibly readable and totally gripping - the kind of book you want for a long plane flight.' --Amazon Customer Review
The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th-century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement for someone still in her mid-20s, and will confirm for critics and listeners that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.
Everyone’s favourite diarist returns with her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. Helen Fielding introduces us to a whole new phase of Bridget's life: the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by, the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need three remotes to simply turn on. An uproariously funny novel of modern life.
Shortlisted for Costa First Novel Award, this stunning tale of a mother's strength and devotion is set in the months leading up to Bangladesh's independence. Spring, 1971, East Pakistan. Rehana Haque is throwing a party for her beloved children, Sohail and Maya. Her young family is growing up fast, and Rehana wants to remember this day forever. But on the hot city streets, something violent is brewing. As the civil war develops, a war which will eventually see the birth of Bangladesh, Rehana struggles to keep her children safe and finds herself facing a heartbreaking dilemma. 'A real page-turner, with a bravura, heart-stopping ending' --Sunday Telegraph
Narrated by Bryson himself, this audiobook will take to you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on earth.
Told with wit, dizzying imagination and dark humour, Booker Prize-winning Margaret Atwood's unpredictable, chilling and hilarious MaddAddam takes us further into a challenging dystopian world – a moving and dramatic conclusion to the internationally celebrated trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood .
A chance conversation about the inventor of the game Cluedo inspired The Times parliamentary sketchwriter Ann Treneman to begin her quest to find Britain’s 100 best graves. From Byron’s dog and Conan Doyle to a notorious Victorian hangman who kept pet rabbits, Marc Bolan and the real James Bond, Treneman’s book is part travelogue, part biography and part social history. While some entries are humorous, others are more poignant. But all offer an intriguing insight into the British way of death.
Kim Newman returns to one of the great vampire tales of the modern era. This brand new novel, the first in over a decade from the remarkable Anno Dracula series, begins with a single question: What if Dracula had survived his encounters with Bram Stoker's Dr John Seward and enslaved Victorian England? As vampire boy Johnny Alucard sinks his fangs ever deeper into the zeitgeist of 1980s America, it seems the past might not be dead after all.
From the writers of the brilliant The Mall and The Ward comes a chilling tale. Ryan, a predator with a past, is working as a handyman at an exclusive private school. He is fascinated by a new girl, who seems to have a strange effect on the children around her. School library volunteer Tara also makes Reborns - eerily lifelike newborn dolls. Tara and Ryan are drawn into a terrifying scheme - one that will have an impact on every pupil. ‘Original and unsettling… an exciting new talent --SFX
From the author of Booker prize shortlisted novel, A Tale for the Time Being, comes this novel of parallel lives. In New York, struggling filmmaker Jane gets a job producing a Japanese docu-soap sponsored by an American meat exporter. Meanwhile in Tokyo, bulimic housewife Akiko diligently prepares the recipes from Jane’s programme. How Jane and Akiko's lives collide provides romance, humour, intrigue, and even a muckraking message about the Wal-Martification of America.
The terror begins. London is struck by an invasion. Women, children, old and young, none are safe from the deadly menace. The attacks are swift and sure, escape is impossible. A state of emergency is declared. Evacuation seems the only solution in the face of a growing panic and mounting death toll. War is declared on the public enemy number one. The Rats!
When Cal Weaver stops at a red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenage girl trying to hitch a lift. But when he realises she's one of his son's classmates, he can't really ignore her. How much harm could it do? Over the next 24 hours Cal is about to find out. Because the next morning, a police cruiser turns up at his door and asks him if he gave a lift to a girl the previous night. A girl who has now been found brutally murdered.
Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna and Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery.
'I was born head over heels in love with football. It saved me, and 50 years on that hasn't changed one bit - I'd be lost without it...' Harry's the manager who's seen it all - from a dismal 70s portakabin at Oxford City to the unbeatable highs of the Premiership. He’s the last of an old-fashioned breed of English football man - one who's managed to move with the times and always come out fighting.
Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they're not talking doesn't mean the killing stops. Someone is killing women. Women who bear a disturbing resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer. ‘A genuine page turner’ --Independent on Sunday
There's a new comedy duo in town! Posh-boy comedian Jack Whitehall and his father Michael perform their laugh-out-loud autobiography as a unique dual-voiced comedy audiobook, filled with ad-libs and comic dialogue. Tackling topics such as Jack's nanny's enormous feet to weird and eccentric relatives, this is a hilarious and sometimes bumpy journey of self-discovery between a father and a son.
Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty, and reveals the true meaning of advantage and disadvantage. When does a traumatic childhood or a disability work in someone's favour? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? A brilliant, illuminating book that overturns conventional thinking about power and advantage.
1958. Civil servant Thomas Foley is sent from London to Brussels. His task: keep an eye on the British pavilion at Expo 58 - the biggest World Fair of the century. Thomas feels that he has arrived into an era of optimism and modernity. But his new-found sense of freedom comes at a price. Expo 58 may represent a glittering future, but Thomas will soon be forced to decide where his loyalties really lie. More from Jonathan Coe.
Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, 91-year-old Ira is in trouble. With his mind fading, an image of his long-dead wife Ruth appears, urging him to hang on with memories of their life together. A few miles away, college student Sophia is recovering from a break-up. Then she meets Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged life. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge. More Nicholas Sparks listens.
As the Times gossip columnist, Hugo Rifkind realised it would be much easier to do his job if he could make all the stories up. So he did. For years now, his hilarious 'My Week' column has satirised anyone foolish or unfortunate enough to make headlines that week. Rifkind's victims are as diverse and as headline-grabbing as David Cameron, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Edwina Currie, Barack Obama and Pippa Middleton. This book collects the very best of this incredibly popular column, introduced and linked in a way that adds zest and background to the entries. 'Never less than funny; always more than funny.' --Matthew Parris