Awards & Recognition, Featured Titles DARK MATTER, July’s LibraryReads #1 Pick, is a Thrilling Treat

July’s 2016 LibraryReads picks on audio are just what patrons need as they head to the beach. Between the number one pick, with a number of a psychological twists, to beautiful Italy where couples betray each other, you’ll want to recommend these amazing audios.

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#1 LIBRARYREADS PICK

DARK MATTER
favorite_libraryreads By Blake Crouch
Read by Jon Lindstrom

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LibraryReads review: “Once on the fast-track to academic stardom, Jason Dessen finds his quiet family life and career upended when a stranger kidnaps him. Suddenly Jason’s idle “what-ifs” become panicked “what-nows,” as the humble quantum physics professor from a small Chicago college gets to explore the roads not taken with a mind-bending invention that opens doors to other worlds. This fun science fiction thriller is also a thoughtful page-turner with heart that should appeal to fans of Harlan Coben.” — Elizabeth Eastin, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY

Why try the audio? Crouch is that rare writer who can hook listeners from the very start with an irresistible mystery and a hero worth rooting for, and then follow through with breakneck pacing and smart, surprising plotting that keeps patrons compulsively listening.

Praise for DARK MATTER:
“Brilliant.”– Lee Child , author of Night School

“Crouch keeps the pace swift and the twists exciting. Readers who liked his Wayward Pines trilogy will probably devour this speculative thriller in one sitting; also offer this one to those who enjoy roller-coaster reads in the vein of Harlan Coban…”—Booklist, starred review

THE LAST ONE
By Alexandra Oliva
Read by Mike Chamberlain and Nicol Zanzarella

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LibraryReads review: “THE LAST ONE tells the story of twelve contestants who are sent to the wilderness in a Survivor-like reality show. But while they’re away, the world changes completely and what is real and what is not begins to blur. It’s post-apocalyptic literary fiction at it’s best. With a fast pace and a wry sense of humor, this is the kind of book that will appeal to readers of literary fiction and genre fiction alike. It points out the absurdity of reality television without feeling condescending. As the readers wake up to the realities of a new world, it becomes difficult to put down.” —Leah White, Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich, IL

Why try the audio? Fueled by questions of how media affects our ability to comprehend reality and tapping into the fundamental fears of what terrible fates might await modern society, THE LAST ONE delivers a story that seems eerily realistic. This thought-provoking listen will spark discussions about media consumption and our perceptions of reality—and will make summer road trips or beach traffic fly!

Praise for THE LAST ONE:
“A fiercely imagined tale of the human psyche under stress. An uncompromising, thought-provoking debut.”– Justin Cronin, author of The City of Mirrors

“Part wilderness-survival thriller and part dystopian pandemic story, Oliva’s debut is a gripping portrayal of an ordinary person’s evolving survival instincts…”—Booklist

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THE HOPEFULS
By Jennifer Close
Read by Jorjeana Marie

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LibraryReads review:“When Beth and Matt, an aspiring politician, move from NYC to DC, Beth initially hates it. But things start to turn around for her when they befriend another “transplant” couple, Ashleigh and Jimmy. Beth’s loyalty is tested when she is forced to admit to herself that Matt is just not quite as attractive, magnetic or charismatic as his rival-friend, Jimmy…..who harbors similar political aspirations. THE HOPEFULS is on point in its descriptions of young marriage, career ambition, and complicated friendships. The characters are completely compelling. I was overdue for a great read and this was it!”—Amy Lapointe, Amherst Town Library, Amherst, NH

Why try the audio? Listeners will know Jennifer Close for her bestselling hits Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One. Her clever wit and tender insights make her a favorite on audio, like you’re listening to a girlfriend share personal and hilarious tales. Recommend this to fans of Curtis Sittenfeld and Jennifer Weiner.

Audio Praise for Jennifer Close:
“Narrator Emily Janice Card heightens the book’s sly humor with a lighthearted tone, and her girl-next-door delivery helps the listener engage with the characters.”—AudioFile (Girls in White Dresses)

“Perfect for the beach or a long plane trip.”—Kirkus (The Smart One)

 

SIRACUSA
By Delia Ephron
Read by Talia Balsam, Katie Finneran, Darren Goldstein, and John Slattery

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LibraryReads review: “Michael and Lizzie are vacationing with another couple and their daughter, named Snow. As the story unfolds, the reader is introduced to infidelities. Ephron does a tremendous job in exposing the frailties of relationships and it feels like being intimate with other people’s problems but without the guilt. Engaging and tough to put down. Great summer read!” —Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA

Why try the audio? Delia Ephron’s audiobook following two married couples on vacation is read by two married celebrity couples: Darren Goldstein and Katie Finneran, along with Talia Balsam and John Slattery. WATCH DELIA TALK ABOUT THE CAST IN THIS VIDEO.

Praise for SIRACUSA:
“The settings are sublime and perfectly rendered…The interactions of the couples is endlessly fascinating and unexpected…One feels that they are in the middle of the story, invisible but delighting at every word and action.”—Publishers Weekly, Staff Pick

“A master of precise and keen character development, a virtuoso of pacing and surprise, a wizard at skewering convention and expectation, Ephron offers a bewitching take on relationships…[An] escapist escapade with a message.”–Booklist

 

NINE WOMEN, ONE DRESS
By Jane L. Rosen
Read by a Full Cast

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LibraryReads review: NINE WOMEN, ONE DRESS sends the reader on a journey with many characters and the little black dress of the season. From the soon-retiring dress designer and the first-time runway model, to the retail salespeople and an actor, this book relates how the dress touches and, often profoundly, changes the lives of all. Even though there were many characters in this book, the author immersed the reader into their lives. Romance, humor, and irony spark the plot as the dress travels from one life to another. A charming read!” —Kristin Fields, Farnhamville Public Library, Farnhamville, IA

Why try the audio? NINE WOMEN, ONE DRESS is an ode to the magical power of the perfect dress with ten narrators reading seventeen characters! Recommend this irresistible, AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audio to patrons looking for a breezy beach listen, fashion enthusiasts who enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada and The Knockoff, and adult fans of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants who enjoy a narrative with interconnected stories and recognize the importance of the perfect outfit. Meet the cast here.

Praise for NINE WOMEN, ONE DRESS:
“Rosen’s debut novel is rich in relationships, written with clarity and humor and surprise twists that bring the tale to a satisfying conclusion. A pure pleasure to read.” — Kirkus

“A lively cast captures the personalities of diverse and entertaining characters whose lives are touched by one little black dress…”—AudioFile Earphones Award

See all ten July LibraryReads 2016 picks on the LibraryReads site.

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