November is a fabulous time to cozy up with the latest audiobook. Between thrilling listens and insightful commentary, there’s nothing quite like being able to curl up next to a roaring fire with the latest great listen as the temperature drops. Tell your patrons to grab their favorite headphones and get ready, because these LibraryReads make great listens.
Find out why these LibraryReads make great listens with the audiobooks below and view the full list of November LibraryReads picks here. Check out our LibraryReads Make Great Listens collection to see all of our BOT LibraryReads picks (since the program began).
NIGHT SCHOOL: A JACK REACHER NOVEL
By Lee Child
Read by Dick Hill
LISTEN TO A CLIP: Night School
LibraryReads review: “Child goes back to the well and gives readers another glimpse into Jack Reacher’s past as a military cop — and what a worthwhile trip it is. It’s 1996 — after Reacher receives a Legion of Merit medal, he’s sent to “Night School” with two other men, one from the FBI and another from the CIA. Soon the trio learns that they’ve been selected for a covert mission. Child layers his page-turning story with careful and sometimes dryly humorous details.This suspense series keeps getting better — it’s a joy to read.” —Elizabeth Eastin, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY
Why try the audio?: The beloved narrator and AudioFile Golden Voice is back! This bestselling audio series is expertly read by fan favorite Dick Hill. As AudioFile proclaimed: “Although actor Tom Cruise played Reacher in a recent movie, narrator Dick Hill is the REAL Jack Reacher to many listeners.”
Audio Praise for Jack Reacher:
“Dick Hill is a terrific narrator…his evocative presentation, along with Child’s savvy hero, creates a bodacious audio experience.”—AudioFile (Personal)
“Hill [creates] a fully dimensional version of Reacher…sliding into an array of subtly inflected voices–from London criminals, to international agents, to Dark Ops old boys–without missing a beat.”—Booklist (Personal)
“[Hill’s] version of Reacher’s mixture of cynicism and insouciance fits the character to a T.” —Publishers Weekly (Make Me)
Don’t forget to catch Jack Reacher in his latest film, JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, starring Tom Cruise!
By Zadie Smith
Read by Pippa Bennett-Warner
LISTEN TO A CLIP: SWING TIME
LibraryReads review: “Spanning over twenty years and two continents, Smith’s new novel is a charming account of one woman’s coming-of-age. Smith’s unnamed narrator, a mixed-race child lives in one of London’s many low-end housing units. She meets Tracey and the two are bonded over the shared experience of being poor and “brown” in a class that is predominantly white. As the two stumble towards womanhood, the differences become more stark and divisive, and their friendship is fractured by Tracey’s final, unforgivable act. This book will appeal to lovers of character-driven fiction.” —Jennifer Wilson, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN
Why try the audio?: With its diverse settings and acute understanding of the complexity of identity in the 21st century, SWING TIME is an audiobook that epitomizes the globalized, cosmopolitan world, which is changing at a break-neck speed. It encompasses all the major social and political issues du jour: race, nationality, freedom of express, place, class, and the way in which the internet can shape our most important relationships. This is a story that truly captures the atmosphere of today and poses thought-provoking questions that will give listeners much to discuss.
Praise for Zadie Smith
“A preternaturally gifted writer with a voice that’s street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time.”—The New York Times
“[Smith] packs more intelligence, humour and sheer energy into any given scene than anyone else of her generation.” —Sunday Telegraph
“It doesn’t seem to matter what she’s writing about–Kafka, her father, Liberia, George Clooney. Just placing anything within the magnetic field of her restlessly intelligent brain is enough to make it fascinating.”—TIME