The incredible ambiance and powerful narration of these three stories on audio will keep patrons enthralled as September rolls in. From intense historical mysteries to political events still relevant today, listeners will eagerly dive into these timely tales as they venture into their fall routines. So encourage them to patrons grab your headphones and prepare to cozy in to the fall weather, because these LibraryReads make amazing listens.
Find out why these LibraryReads make great listens with the audiobooks below and view the full list of September LibraryReads picks here. Check out our LibraryReads Make Great Listens collection to see all of our BOT LibraryReads picks (since the program began).
THE TEA PLANTER’S WIFE
By Dinah Jefferies
Read by Avita Jay
LibraryReads review: “When Gwendolyn Hooper comes to Ceylon as a young bride, she has no idea that she’s entering a region on the cusp of political upheaval or that she’s living with a widower and his secret-filled past. THE TEA PLANT’ER’S WIFE has all of the elements that I’m looking for in historical fiction: compelling characters, an evocative setting, a leisurely pace, and a plot that unfolds like the petals of a flower, or, in this case, the tea plant.” –Amy Lapointe, Amherst Town Library, Amherst, NH
Why try the audio? Listeners who flocked to The Aviator’s Wife and stories of women in complicated relationships in far-flung locations will love this audiobook. Also, the exotic historical setting will come to life in audio, appealing to fans of Circling the Sun, The Ashford Affair, and The Piano Teacher.
Praise for THE TEA PLANTER’S WIFE:
“Combine [the plot] with the vivid, evocative manner in which Jefferies describes the beauty of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, and the captivating cast of characters she has created, and you have a superbly written novel that readers of historical fiction as well as women’s fiction will treasure.” — Booklist, starred review
“My ideal read; mystery, love heart-break and joy – I couldn’t put it down.” — Santa Montefiore, author of The Beekeeper’s Daughter
“Beautifully written and heart rending, this has a magical setting with a real sense of period.” — Katie Fforde, bestselling author of A French Affair
“A terrific emotional and atmospheric read.” — Elizabeth Buchan, author of Separate Beds
“Dinah Jefferies has once again created a gloriously atmospheric and tension-filled novel. Immensely enjoyable, poignant and compelling.” — Isabel Wolff, author of Shadows over Paradise
“I was spellbound from beginning to end.” — Deborah Rodriguez, author of A Cup of Friendship
BLOOD AT THE ROOT
By Patrick Phillips
Read by the Author
LibraryReads review: “Phillips digs into the history of a series of events in his hometown in Georgia. After a series of crimes were blamed on some of the area’s young black men, the citizens of the town saw fit to run off the entire African American population. Phillips researches the crimes and the mob mentality that followed, and shows how certain citizens of Forsyth County continued to intimidate and assault African Americans who wandered across their border for almost eighty years.This is the type of history that is far too important ever to forget.”–Amy Hall, Jefferson County Public Library, Wheat Ridge, CO
Why try the audio? Recommend to listeners who liked Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me or Jill Leovy’s Ghettoside. Phillips recovers the lost history of his own hometown and reveals a struggle between aristocratic planters, poor white tenants, and a vulnerable community of black laborers that still speaks to today’s cultural climate. Fans of the literary true crime writing of Truman Capote and Norman Mailer will also appreciate Phillips’ poetic prose and his dark, compelling narrative. The author narrates, adding an intimacy to the audiobook experience.
Praise for BLOOD AT THE ROOT:
“Patrick Phillips uncovers an important untold piece of history in BLOOD AT THE ROOT…What he reveals in this important book does not make this chilling piece of the past any easier to bear, but he does bring it into sharper focus, which is long overdue.”–W. Ralph Eubanks, former Librarian of Congress
“So timely and necessary–a powerful reckoning with the past.”— Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Native Guard and recent U.S. Poet Laureate
THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW’D
By Alan Bradley
Read by Jayne Entwistle
LibraryReads review: “Flavia deLuce has returned from Canada to find her father in the hospital and her sisters distant. When she is sent to deliver a message for the vicar’s wife, she steps into another mystery – one she is determined to solve, preferably before Inspector Hewitt can do the same. Flavia is once again a fun, science-loving protagonist. Flavia arrives at a turning point in her life and how she handles what happens next will tell much about the path that she will take into adulthood.This series entry ends on a note that begs for the next story.” –Chris Andersen, Stow Munroe Falls Public Library, Stow, OH
Why try the audio? Why does fan favorite narrator Jayne Entwistle love reading this series? “It’s a childhood that I wish I could step into…I love Flavia…I love her as if she really exists.” Jayne’s affection for the irresistibly spunky young sleuth has translated into a series of critically acclaimed audio performances with multiple starred reviews and Earphones Awards, a RUSA Listen List pick, and a Voice Arts Award.
Audio Praise for the Flavia de Luce series:
“Alan Bradley’s witty mysteries are paired to perfection with Jayne Entwistle’s extraordinary performance….Entwistle has the gift of being able to conjure an audible smile, especially when Flavia is up to her mischievous pranks.”— AudioFile Earphones Award (A Red Herring Without Mustard)
“Entwistle’s pleasure in the characters and the mystery is obvious. Her spot-on characterization of Flavia perfectly captures her intelligence, forthrightness, and mad-scientist tendencies…As always, Entwistle’s engaging performance highlights the humor and charm of this popular series.”— Booklist (As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust)
Also check out this video of Jayne Entwistle behind the scenes narrating the Flavia deLuce series and learn more here.