LibraryReads November 2018 Audio Picks
Awards & Recognition, Collection Development, Featured Titles November 2018 LibraryReads: Engrossing Audios Will Keep You Listening

The November LibraryReads picks are out, and the list is bursting with books your patrons will be clamoring for. Luckily, we have a selection of the list on audio so you can make sure your patrons won’t have to wait to experience these thrilling, engrossing stories (including the #1 pick!).

View the full list of November 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 November BOT LibraryReads picks are must-listens.


MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLERfavorite_libraryreads
By Oyinkan Braithwaite
Read by Adepero Oduye
LISTEN TO A CLIP: MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER

LibraryReads review: “Nigerian nurse Korede puts up with so much from her sister Ayoola (the serial killer). Braithwaite tells a dark, lively, and funny story of how begrudgingly cleaning up after someone else’s deadly habits is just one of those things one does for family. For fans of satirical humor.” —Lisa Hoffman, Bloomfield Public Library, Bloomfield NJ

Why try the audio? Nigerian-American actress Adepero Oduye narrates this story which is told from the point of view of a Nigerian woman. Oduye’s cadence, melodic tone, and ability to infuse the words with tension make for an engaging narration Also, this short novel makes for a quick listen (the audiobook clocks in at four hours and fifteen minutes) so it’s ideal for commuting and multi-tasking.

Praise for MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER:
“Feverishly hot.” —Paula Hawkins

“A portrait of a dysfunctional family at its finest, this novel shows just how far one woman will go to keep her family safe, even if it costs her everything.” —Library Journal

“This is a darkly, darkly funny novel.” —Booklist

“This is both bitingly funny and brilliantly executed, with not a single word out of place.” 
Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

THE ADULTS
By Caroline Hulse
Read by Penelope Rawlins, Peter Kenny & Sarah Ovens
LISTEN TO A CLIP: THE ADULTS

LibraryReads review: “Divorced couple Claire and Matt devise a terrific idea for Christmas: spend it at Happy Forest Holiday Park with their new partners and their seven-year-old daughter Scarlett (and her imaginary friend). Hilarious and heartrending, this debut novel asks the age-old question: ‘What could possibly go wrong?’” —Todd Krueger, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

Why try the audio? Since the story is about a divorced couple, their new partners, and their young daughter, it’s only natural that this audiobook has multiple narrators. All three narrators—Penelope Rawlins, Peter Kenny, and Sarah Ovens—are British actors which is fitting since the audiobook takes place in the UK. This is an audiobook that will keep you entertained as you travel with (or to) family for the holidays.

Praise for THE ADULTS:
“This debut is the whole package: realistic, flawed characters placed in an increasingly tense situation, resulting in a surprising, suspenseful novel.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A snappy writing style and changing viewpoints make the pages of this debut fly by as readers will want to know what happens next.” —Library Journal, starred review

“Your worst-ever family holiday gathering can’t possibly be as painfully hilarious as the one in Caroline Hulse’s The Adults. I happily devoured this funny, insightful novel and believe you will, as well.” —Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members

 

A LADDER TO THE SKY
By John Boyne
Read by Richard E. Grant, Laurence Kennedy, Richard Cordery & Nina Sosanya
LISTEN TO A CLIP: A LADDER TO THE SKY

LibraryReads review: “Enter the disturbing world of high stakes publishing and meet an author so twisted and unscrupulous you will beg for justice. For readers who like an unlikeable character and sardonic tone.” —Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

Why try the audio? Accomplished British stage and screen actors make up the cast of narrators. Suspenseful novels make incredible audiobooks, and this is no exception. Multi-narrator productions are also a great way to pump up the tension. You’ll end up staying up way past your bedtime to finish listening!

Praise for A LADDER TO THE SKY:
“Boyne (The Heart’s Invisible Furies) expertly explores notions of originality and authorship through multiple first-person accounts of the despicable Swift. As a result, his latest novel is absorbing, horrifying, and recommended” —Library Journal, starred review

“Boyne’s singular villain and well-sustained tension merit a good audience.” —Kirkus, starred review

“Boyne’s fast-paced, white-knuckle plot, accompanied by delightfully sardonic commentary on the ego, insecurities, and pitfalls of those involved in the literary world, makes for a truly engrossing experience.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

PAST TENSEfavorite_libraryreads
By Lee Child
Read by Scott Brick
LISTEN TO A CLIP: PAST TENSE

LibraryReads review: “Another home run from Child. While visiting his father’s birthplace in New Hampshire, Reacher can’t help but intervene when a member of a local gang attempts to assault a waitress. He soon uncovers more suspicious happenings in the town. Fast-paced, great plot, and compelling characters.” —Laura Scott, Park Ridge Public Library, Park Ridge, IL

Why try the audio? This audiobook series’ narrator, Dick Hill, has retired so veteran narrator Scott Brick has stepped into the role. Scott Brick is a fantastic narrator, particularly for thrillers. His characterizations and pacing will put you in the middle in the action and keep you on the edge of your seat (in fact, learn a bit more about why Scott Brick loves narrating thrillers here).

Praise for PAST TENSE:
“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.” —Booklist, starred review

See all ten of November’s LibraryReads 2018 picks on the LibraryReads site.

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