As the season transitions from rejuvenating spring to long-awaited summer, start off your summer listening with these June 2014 LibraryReads stories of adventure, suspense, fantasy, and friendship.
Find our audiobook highlights below, and find the full list of June LibraryReads picks at www.LibraryReads.org.
By Lisa See
Read by Jodi Long
An exciting audiobook set in San Francisco right before World War II, from the beloved bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Shanghai Girls. In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls from very different backgrounds, find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco’s exclusive nightclub, Forbidden City. Grace, an American born Chinese girl has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family that has deep roots in San Francisco’s Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. They have their differences, but the girls grow to depend on one another, and a beautiful friendship blossoms. Then, everything changes with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps, and Ruby is one of them. But which of her friends betrayed her?
★”The depth of See’s characters and her winning prose make this book a wonderful journey through love and loss.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★”Colorful and fascinating historical touches tie the story together perfectly and form an exquisite backdrop for the adventures of the three friends.”—Library Journal, starred review
By Lauren Owen
Read by Simon Slater
An astonishing debut by an award-winning young author, and recorded with a brilliant narrator, THE QUICK is a tale of epic scope and suspense that conjures up the magic and menace of Victorian London. Lauren Owen’s thrilling first novel introduces an utterly beguiling world in which James Norbury, a shy Oxford scholar and would-be poet , vanishes. His sister Charlotte sets out to find him, and her search leads her to the country’s most pre-eminent and mysterious institution: The Aegolius Club, and to a secret world at the city’s margins, populated by unforgettable characters. Combining sophisticated prose with high-concept plotting, this audiobook skirts being pigeonholed and should appeal equally to listeners of literary, paranormal fantasy, and commercial fiction.
★”Extraordinarily polished . . . a book for readers to lose themselves in.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Available as an audio download only
This latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with tales of rogues that will plunder your heart (and ears!)—yet will leave you all the richer. These 21 original short stories by an all-star list of contributors will delight and astonish listeners in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. The collection features an introduction by George R.R. Martin, AND a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire. Finally!
And just wait until we reveal our exciting list of narrators! More to come soon…so be sure to “like” our Facebook page to await the big news.
Featuring Original Stories by:
Joe Abercrombie, Daniel Abraham, David W. Ball, Paul Cornell, Bradley Denton, Phyllis Eisenstein, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Hughes, Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Cherie Priest, Patrick Rothfuss, Steven Saylor, Michael Swanwick, Lisa Tuttle, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, and Connie Willis