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‘Unsaid tension in the air’

  • ‘I loved the way the narrator pulled you into her perspective, even as you started to suspect that there was more going on. What I liked best was the underlying sense of tension, the feeling that there was a lot that remained unsaid. The main character was someone you really started to dislike and distrust as the story developed’ - Tracey

    The Widow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fiona Barton
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1505)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1385)

    Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

    Wras says: "Confession is a dangerous thing."

‘Epic economic meltdowns of the near future’

  • ‘If, like me, you came to this book because of We Need to Talk About Kevin , expect your expectations to be confounded. But while the subject matter is completely different, the brilliant observation and spine-tingling tension is not. The characters are richly drawn and the slow-building suspense is breathaking, but what I really love are the way real, modern issues - inherited riches, family politics, economic meltdown – are tweaked into terrifying visions of the near future’ - Gabe

    The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as a fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown.

    wolfgoesshopping says: "Disappointed"
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From Audible US:

  • ‘I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the best things I have ever listened to. It made me fall in love with Twain's classic ode to adolescence all over again. The strangest thing is that I completely forgot how truly, laugh-out-loud funny this book is. Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman is known for playing the quintessential gruff male, but he thoroughly astonishes here, bending his baritone effortlessly to give Twain's characters life' – Doug, Audible US

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

    Ben E says: "a classic for a reason"

From Audible US:

  • ‘The day I get to start a new novel from Ann Patchett is like Christmas. I can’t wait to open the gift of her lyrical writing, and I’m sad when the book is over and I miss the magic of experiencing it for the first time. My Christmas came early this year, as I got the chance to read this ahead of publication, and it will come again on September 13 when I listen to the marvellous actress Hope Davis perform the story. The return of this powerhouse combination is sure to have this smart, funny, and heart-wrenchingly relatable story at the top of the best seller and Best of 2016 lists’ – Diana, Audible US

    Commonwealth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Laurence Bouvard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    It is 1964: Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening uninvited, where he notices a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. When Bert kisses Beverly Keating, his host's wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families. In 1988, Franny Keating, now 24, meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen. After telling him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story.

    jennifer says: "For the first time"