With four of LibraryReads’ January 2019 picks on our audio list plus two Hall of Fame titles, next year’s must-listen list is already off to a great start! Make sure you have your collection up-to-date with these thrilling, moving, and hilarious audiobooks.
View the full list of January LibraryReads picks and check out our LibraryReads Make Great Listens collection to see all of our BOT LibraryReads picks since the program began. Now, see why our January BOT LibraryReads picks are must-listens.
LibraryReads review: “After giving birth to Seraphine and her twin brother Danny, their mother throws herself from a cliff. 25 years later, Seraphine finds a picture that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her childhood. For fans of compelling suspense novels and family secrets.” —Selena Swink, Lake Public Library, Lake, MS
Why try the audio? Alternating between the past and the present (and, hence, between two narrators), this is the type of story that is perfect for listening to.
Praise for THE AU PAIR:
“A modern gothic suspense novel done right.” —Kirkus
“This tale pulls its readers in from the very beginning, with many secrets and surprises; it is as delicious and spellbinding as a soap opera, complete with the dramatic moments and outrageous twists.” —Booklist
LibraryReads review: “A virus appears in the small town of Santa Lora that causes its victims to fall into a deep sleep from which they cannot wake up. While this story is about a pandemic apocalypse, it also reminds us of our humanity and how we are all connected. For fans of The Country of Ice Cream Star and The Water Knife.” —Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library, Twinsburg, OH
Why try the audio? Cassandra Campbell’s narration pairs perfectly with this vivid story. In fact, you could say her narration is dreamy!
Praise for THE DREAMERS:
“Recommended enthusiastically for general fiction collections.” —Library Journal
“[A] provocative, hypnotic tale.” —Kirkus, starred review
“The Dreamers is harrowing, riveting, profoundly moving, and beautifully written. In a word, this book is stunning.”—Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven
By Fiona Barton
Read by Susan Duerden, Katharine McEwan, Fiona Hardingham & Nicholas Guy Smith
LISTEN TO A CLIP: THE SUSPECT
LibraryReads review: “Reporter Kate Waters pursues the story of two 18-year-olds who have gone missing in Thailand. The case takes a turn when the main suspect is Kate’s estranged son. For fans of twisty psychological suspense.” —Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
Why try the audio? Since there are multiple viewpoints throughout this story, it’s fitting that this audiobook features a group of talented narrators. They’ll keep you on the edge of your seat as they take you through this tightly woven thriller.
Praise for THE SUSPECT:
“The exceedingly twisty tale…will test Kate, and her painfully conflicting loyalties, to the limit. Barton’s many fans will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly
“Strongly recommended for fans of international crime fiction.” —Booklist
LibraryReads review: “A thoroughly enjoyable retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan. The characters, storyline, and dialogue are true to the original while being completely fresh. For readers who enjoy a comedy of manners.” —Kristen Gramer, Lewes Public Library, Lewes, DE
Why try the audio? The author narrates this Jane Austen retelling which evokes the setting of Pakistan even more.
Praise for UNMARRIAGEABLE:
“The dialog sparkles with sharp humor, which will dazzle readers with counterparts of the original. Austen devotees will rejoice in this respectful cross-cultural update of a beloved classic.” —Library Journal, starred review
“This love letter to Austen reexamines sisterhood, society, and marriage in Pakistani culture and includes a fleshed-out epilogue that will satisfy today’s readers.” —Booklist
“This is a must-read for devout Austenites.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
LibraryReads review: “Follow the delightful hijinks of the precocious Flavia and her faithful Dogger as they take on their first case as private investigators. Although this is the 10th Flavia de Luce adventure, it is one of those rare mysteries you don’t have to read in series order.” —Abby Hardison, Rowan Public Library, Salisbury, NC
Why try the audio? AudioFile has said of the previous title in the series, “Longtime series narrator Entwistle knows her characters and deploys their divergent personalities to excellent effect.” So, this series (and Jayne Entwistle’s spot-on narration) is a fan favorite and always a must-listen!
Praise for THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD:
“Flavia’s over-the-top use of alliteration (“ghastly goings-on at the graveside“) and proudly precocious, sesquipedalian vocabulary (“I delight in deliquescence”), along with the thoroughly endearing cast of characters, make this series’ tenth installment a laugh-out-loud winner.” —Booklist, starred review
“Perhaps the most consistently hilarious adventure of the alarmingly precocious heroine.” —KirkusTHE WINTER OF THE WITCH
By Katherine Arden
Read by Kathleen Gati
LISTEN TO A CLIP: THE WINTER OF THE WITCH
LibraryReads review: “In this magnificent conclusion to the Winternight historical fantasy trilogy, Vasya risks everything to ensure that both medieval Russias–human and fey–can continue to live together. Exciting, moving, and beautifully written, this is a story readers will savor.” —Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
Why try the audio? You’ll want to finish up this fantastic trilogy with series narrator, Kathleen Gati. AudioFile praised her narration of the first book: “Gati’s smooth, subtly accented performance recalls fireside storytelling on a crackling cold night.” You won’t want to miss it!
Praise for THE WINTER OF THE WITCH:
“Arden’s signature cinematic pacing and clearly choreographed action come to the fore.” —Booklist, starred review
“A striking literary fantasy informed by Arden’s deep knowledge of and affection for this time and place..” —Kirkus, starred reviewSee all ten of January’s LibraryReads 2019 picks on the LibraryReads site.