March 2019 LibraryReads
Awards & Recognition, Collection Development, Featured Titles The LibraryReads March 2019 List on Audio: Suspense, Historical Fiction, Adventure, and More!

The March LibraryReads picks are out, and we’re so excited to have so many of the titles on audio (including this month’s #1 pick)! Whether your patrons love twisty suspense stories, lush historical fiction, or humor, they’ll find something to sink their teeth into….which means patrons will be lining up to get these titles. So, help alleviate your holds list by adding the audiobook to your collection.

[Psst: We’re having a sale! Check out previous LibraryReads picks on audio available for 75% off here. Now through March 31st!]

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


MY LOVELY WIFEfavorite_libraryreads
By Samantha Downing
Read by David Pittu
LISTEN TO A CLIP: MY LOVELY WIFE

LibraryReads review: “An incredible, dark, twisty psychological thriller with two of the most seemingly normal but disturbingly depraved people you will read about in fiction. This brilliant debut needs to be at the top of your must-read list. For readers who like taut suspense and works by Gillian Flynn, B.A. Paris, and Mary Kubica.” —Rachel Reeves, Weatherford Public Library, Weatherford, TX

Why try the audio? You may recognize award-winning narrator David Pittu from his work on stage and screen; his voice is the perfect fit for the unnamed male narrator who unravels this chilling story about a married couple looking to spice things up…with murder.

Praise for MY LOVELY WIFE:

“Readers will be fascinated by the abject coldness of Millicent, the odd and unreliable narrator, and the almost unbelievable denouement.” —Booklist

“Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner—full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense.” —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“It’s a remarkable achievement, full stop.” —Shelf Awareness

 

THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST
By Diane Les Becquets
Read by Emily Rankin, Robert Fass, Erin Spencer, Alex McKenna, Monika Felice Smith, and Rebecca Lowman
LISTEN TO A CLIP: THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST

LibraryReads review: “A suspenseful, surprising story that begins with every woman’s worst nightmare–a breakdown on a lonely road in the middle of the night and a bad feeling about the handsome guy who stops to help. This kick-in-the-gut start leads to a more thoughtful mystery with a big twist. Recommended for fans of Lee Child.” —Patricia Uttaro, Monroe County Library System, Monroe, NY

Why try the audio? With this stellar and accomplished cast of narrators (and a note read by the author!), this mystery comes vividly to life. You’ll be on the edge of your seat…and listen to it in one sitting!

Praise for THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST:
“The intricately woven, atmospheric story will keep readers wondering until the end.” —Booklist

“I raced through this gripping tale in two sittings, only pausing to admire the stunning views of the snowy wilderness. Beautifully paced and twisty.”—Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow.

“[An] elegantly written thriller…the story revs up, providing more than enough tension and suspense as Marian inches closer to the dangerous and disturbing truth. Eloquent, detailed descriptions of nature and of rescue dog training, survival techniques, and the peripatetic life of conservationists enrich the narrative.” —Publishers Weekly

 

THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR
By Susan Meissner
Read by Kimberly Farr
LISTEN TO A CLIP: THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR

LibraryReads review: “The story of two teenage girls who forge a life long friendship in an internment camp in Crystal City, Texas. For fans of historical fiction and readers who enjoy stories about immigration experiences and life during wartime.” —Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

Why try the audio? Reader Kimberly Farr excels in narrating historical fiction. Her tone and ability to express wide swaths of emotion while setting the listener firmly in the setting is fantastic.

Praise for THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR:
“Highlighting a little-known story of World War II with heart-wrenching detail, this beautifully written novel will make you think about what it means to be American, as well as what — and who — determines our identity” —BookBub

“Vivid historical detail and elegant prose bolster this rewarding story of profound friendship, family, fear, and the pain that arose for American-born children of immigrant parents.” —Publishers Weekly

“Meissner has created a quietly devastating story that shows how fear and hatred during World War II changed (and even ended) the lives of many innocent Americans.” —Kirkus

 

PROFESSOR CHANDRA FOLLOWS HIS BLISS
By Rajeev Balasubramanyam
Read by Ramon Tikaram
LISTEN TO A CLIP: PROFESSOR CHANDRA FOLLOWS HIS BLISS

LibraryReads review: “When Chandra fails to win the Nobel Prize in Economics, again, then suffers a heart attack, he decides to make changes in his life. A humorous journey of self-discovery similar to Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” —Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL

Why try the audio? Since Professor Chandra is British, it is a treat to have British actor Ramon Tikaram narrate. Not only does his accent immediately put the listener immediately into the story, but he perfectly captures Professor Chandra’s prickly personality.

Praise for PROFESSOR CHANDRA FOLLOWS HIS BLISS:
“Professor Chandra is as acerbic and unbending a curmudgeon as one could wish to find scowling from the pages of a novel. Brilliant, pompous, and baffled by the world outside his Cambridge study, Chandra is forced on a reluctant quest to America to find himself and his family. Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss is searingly funny, uplifting, and wonderful.”Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and The Summer Before the War

“With humor and emotional agility, Balasubramanyam writes a feel-good story that leaves room for feeling bad.” —Booklist

“Rajeev Balasubramanyam wields considerable humor, the perfect antidote to our polarized and exhausting present, while crafting a tender and thoughtful tale. This is an absolute gem of a book.” —Shelf Awareness

 

THE RIVER
By Peter Heller
Read by Mark Deakins
LISTEN TO A CLIP: THE RIVER

LibraryReads review: “A love letter to the great outdoors. Both adventure story and elegant nature writing. Two college students on a canoe trip face a wildfire, white-water rapids, and two mysterious strangers. For fans of Tim Johnston and Dave Eggers.” —Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH

Why try the audio? This story centers around two college friends, Wynn and Jack, on an outdoor canoe trip. Actor and experienced narrator Mark Deakins has a voice perfectly fit to embody both boys, rise the tension when needed, and elevate the wonderful writing about nature.

Praise for THE RIVER:
“Using an artist’s eye to describe Jack and Wynn’s wilderness world, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Heller has transformed his own outdoor experiences into a heart-pounding adventure that’s hard to put down.” —Library Journal, starred review

“Heller confidently manages a host of tensions… and his pacing is masterful as well, briskly but calmly capturing the scenery in slower moments, then running full-throttle and shifting to barreling prose when danger is imminent… Fresh and affecting… An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller and the wisdom of a grizzled nature guide.” —Kirkus, starred review

“Peter Heller has struck gold again with The River … Masterly paced and artfully told, The River is a page-turner that demands the reader slow down… The River thrills as Heller invites his characters to confront their own mortality without losing sight of the deep connections between humans and their environment.” —Lauren Bufferd, BookPage, starred review

 

DAISY JONES & THE SIXfavorite_libraryreads
By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Read by Jennifer Beals, Pablo Schreiber, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and a Full Cast
LISTEN TO A CLIP: DAISY JONES & THE SIX

LibraryReads review: “Like the best episodes of Behind the Music, this chronicle of the rise and fall of a fictional ’70s rock group is impossible to resist. You’ll be tempted to look up the band’s hits, only to disappointedly remember that they don’t exist. A great rock ’n’ roll ride for readers.” —Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger, KY

Why try the audio? Full cast recordings are rich experiences, and this production is just that. With a roster of seasoned audiobook narrators alongside familiar Hollywood names, this memoir-esque, tell-all-tale is a definite must-listen. Fun fact: there’s also an Amazon TV series in the works (produced by Reese Witherspoon).

Praise for DAISY JONES & THE SIX:
“Reid’s novel so resembles a memoir of a real band and conjures such true-to-life images of the seventies music scene that readers will think they’re listening to Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin. Reid is unsurpassed in her ability to create complex characters working through emotions that will make your toes curl.” —Booklist, starred review

“I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over heels for it. Taylor Jenkins Reid transported me into the magic of the ’70s music scene in a way I’ll never forget. The characters are beautifully layered and complex. Daisy and the band captured my heart, and they’re sure to capture yours, too.” —Reese Witherspoon

“Reid’s writing is addictive and all-consuming. Filled with passion, complexity, and fascinating detail, Daisy Jones & The Six felt so real, I had to remind myself that it was fiction.”—Jill Santopolo, author of The Light We Lost

 

See all ten of March’s LibraryReads 2019 picks on the LibraryReads site.

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