Shadow, Solitary, Shadows | New Audiobook Releases

New Releases

Each week there are dozens of scifi, fantasy, and other speculative fiction audiobooks released. I highlight the most talked about and/or interesting looking ones from that week. The first person to correctly identify which 3 books below I took the key words in the title from will get a virtual shout-out in next week's post & tweet. (I'm doing this to try and make it more fun for me to improve my titles.)


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Another week in which we have two big series finales, and they both are from series that spawned movies. Check out "How to Train Your Dragon" #12 (read by David Tennant of Doctor Who fame) and "The Lorien Legacies" #7. And what can I say about a week that includes the release of a new edition of Tolkien?

Buzzed About

Heritage of Shannara, Book #2: The Druid of Shannara

By: Terry Brooks / Narrator: John Lee / Pub: Random House / Length: 16:10


"In the 300 years since the death of the Druid Allanon, the evil Shadowen have seized control of the Four Lands. If they are to be saved, the black Elfstone must be retrieved, at whatever cost to life or love.... "


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Haven't started this series yet? Check out the author’s recommended reading order

How to Train Your Dragon, Book #12: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury

By: Cressida Cowell / Narrator: David Tennant / Pub: Hachette Audio / Length: 7:05

"Book 12 is the epic finale to the New York Times best-selling How to Train Your Dragon series! The Doomsday of Yule has arrived, and the future of dragonkind lies in the hands of one boy with nothing to show but everything to fight for. Hiccup's quest is clear...but can he end the rebellion? Can he prove himself to be king? Can he save the dragons? The stakes have never been higher, as the very fate of the Viking world hangs in the balance!"

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Whispersync Deal Alert*: Audible = $9.47.

Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1

Legends of the First Empire, Book #1: Age of Myth

By: Michael J Sullivan / Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds / Pub: Recorded Books / Length: 16:55

"Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over; the time of rebellion has begun. "

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Whispersync Deal Alert*: Audible = $4.49.

The Lorien Legacies, Book #7: United as One

By: Pittacus Lore / Narrators: Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari & Bruce Thomas / Pub: Harper Audio / Length: 12 hrs

"The Mogadorian invasion has come to Earth, and they have all but won the battle for our planet. Their warships loom over our most populous cities—like New York City, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, and New Delhi—and no army will risk making a move against them. The Garde are all that stand in their way . . . but they are no longer alone in this fight. Human teens from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam Goode, have begun to develop Legacies of their own.


The Garde have always known there is power in numbers. If they can find these new allies and join forces with them, they just might be able to win this war. The time has come for the Garde to make their final stand.”

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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

By: Charlie N Holmberg / Narrator: Kate Rudd / Pub: Brilliance Audio / Length: 9:01

"Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn't know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.


When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch's gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.


During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is - as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences."

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Whispersync Deal Alert*: Kindle + Audible = $6.98.

It's About Time

(Popular books that are now available on Audio)

Tales from the Perilous Realm

By: JRR Tolkien / Narrator: Derek Jacobi / Pub: HarperCollins / Length: 7:42

"Combined into one volume, this is the definitive collection of Tolkien's five acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tales in the vein of The Hobbit, read by Derek Jacobi.


The five tales are written with the same skill, quality and charm that made The Hobbit a classic. Largely overlooked because of their short lengths, they are joined here in one volume which reaffirms Tolkien's place as a master storyteller for listeners young and old.

  • 'Roverandom' is a toy dog who, enchanted by a sand sorcerer, gets to explore the world and encounter strange and fabulous creatures.
  • 'Farmer Giles of Ham' is fat and unheroic, but - having unwittingly managed to scare off a short-sighted giant - is called upon to do battle when a dragon comes to town.
  • 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil' tells in verse of Tom's many adventures with hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls.
  • 'Leaf by Niggle' recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle, who sets out to paint the perfect tree.
  • 'Smith of Wootton Major' journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children.


Taken together, this rich collection of work from the author of The Children of Húrin will provide the listener with a fascinating journey into lands as wild and strange as Middle-earth."

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