Collection Development, New Releases 5 Summer Staff Picks: Get ready for book club and get things done at the same time with audiobooks

Hear clips from five new audios, hand-selected by members (and avid book club enthusiasts!) on our marketing and editorial teams, that are perfect for summer book clubs.

We’ll never forget The New York Times headline from a few years ago, “Really? You’re Not in a Book Club?” that stated an “estimated five million Americans gather every few weeks in someone’s living room or in a bar or bookstore or local library to discuss [what they’re reading].” And with the steady, skyrocketing popularity of audiobooks, and the endless quests to…perfect our work-life balance while hitting our work-out goals; succeed at studying and pleasure-reading; try that new recipe without letting the laundry pile up; or simply enjoy more fresh air…perhaps we can also say, “Really? You’re not using audiobooks with your book club?”

In addition to allowing you to get ready for book club while working out, cooking up a storm, dropping off the kids, and commuting, audiobooks also add another dimension to any book club’s conversation—play a clip during a discussion and appreciate the writing in a different way! So encourage these known lifesavers (perhaps placing the audio alongside the print at your library) to remind guilt-ridden book club members who didn’t have time to read the book (whaaat?! whoops! We know you’ve never been there…) that there is a better way to be in a book club while being busier than ever. Want to share more (audio)book club ideas with patrons? Introduce them to tryaudiobooks.com/bookclub.

Brieana’s Pick: SUSPENSE/THRILLER
The Marsh King's DaughterTHE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER
By Karen Dionne
Read by Emily Rankin

On Sale June 13, 2017

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Brieana Garcia
Marketing Assistant

“Lovers of psychological suspense are going to want to hear THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER. Experiencing the haunting tale of Helene Pelleier hunting down her father, the aforementioned Marsh King, will leave listeners hanging onto every word. This title has been compared to Gone Girl, and with its many twists and turns, it is certain to not disappoint.”

Listen Alike: The Widow by Fiona Barton

Kristen’s Pick: SUSPENSE/THRILLER
Into the WaterINTO THE WATER
By Paula Hawkins
Read by Rachel Bavidge with a Full Cast

On Sale May 2, 2017

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Kristen Luby
Marketing Associate

“Paula Hawkins’ international bestseller The Girl On the Train took listeners on a thrilling ride, inspiring a major motion picture and winning the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year. She delivers a gripping new story of psychological suspense in INTO THE WATER, the mystery of two bodies found at the bottom of a river and the investigation that follows. This is the suspense-thriller everyone will be talking about this summer.”

Listen Alike: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Cast of Narrators:
Rachel Bavidge, as third person narrator/Nel’s voice
Sophie Aldred, as Jules
Daniel Weyman, as Sean & Josh
Imogen Church, as Erin Morgan
Laura Aikman, as Lena

Megan’s Pick: MEMOIR
The Rules Do Not ApplyTHE RULES DO NOT APPLY
By Ariel Levy
Read by the Author
View Discussion Guide

On Sale March 14, 2017

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Megan Mills
Assistant Acquisitions Editor

THE RULES DO NOT APPLY falls in line with my favorite kind of audiobook – a memoir of a woman forging her own way in life, convention be damned—joining the ranks alongside recent hits like Lab Girl and Spinster. And yet, Ariel Levy manages to go deeper. In revealing the darkest tragedies of her life, Levy opens the floodgates, revealing all we take for granted and what truly matters in life.”

Listen Alike: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Catherine’s Pick: FICTION
THE HEIRS
By Susan Rieger
Read by Kimberly Farr

On Sale May 23, 2017

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Catherine Bucaria
Sr. Acquisitions Editor

“Raw emotions, secret families, and an elite legacy challenged…Susan Rieger will move and entertain you with THE HEIRS. Her insightful and witty story cuts to the core of family relationships and Manhattan society. The listener will be hooked as multiple narrative perspectives start to unravel the life Rupert Falkes; a social giant known by many, but who still managed to hide a secret of epic proportions.”

Listen Alike: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger or Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

Louise’s Pick: FICTION/SUSPENSE
THE STARS ARE FIRE
By Anita Shreve
Read by Suzanne Elise Freeman
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On Sale April 18, 2017

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Louise Quayle
Sr. Acquisitions Editor

“Anita Shreve is such a stylish writer – she can make small domestic moments the stuff of page-turning (or “unpausable”) suspense which she does in this story inspired by the horrific Maine fires of 1947. Grace Holland loses everything, including her husband. In the years after the fire, she rebuilds her life beyond what she could have imagined – until one day a surprise tests her as never before.”

Listen Alike: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

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