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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A big week with an especially large number of "It's About Time" releases, including The Dragonbone Chair, and lots of highly anticipated new books.
In My Library
The Pillars of Reality, Book #5: The Servants of the Storm
By: Jack Campbell / Narrator: MacLeod / Pub: Audible Studios / Length: 11:56
The Great Library, Book #2: Paper and Fire
By: Rachel Caine / Narrator: Julian Elffer / Pub: Recorded Books / Length: 11:05
"With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good. Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library's deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London. But Jess' home isn't safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon Jess must choose between his friends, his family, and the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control."
The Heritage of Shannara, Book #3: The Elf Queen of Shannara
By: Terry Brooks / Narrator: John Lee / Pub: Random House Audio / Length: 15:30
"Find the Elves and return them to the world of Men!" the shade of the Druid Allanon had ordered Wren. It was clearly an impossible task. The Elves had been gone from the Westland for more than a hundred years. There was not even a trace of their former city of Arborlon left to mark their passing. No one in the Esterland knew of them - except, finally, the Addershag. The blind old woman had given instructions to find a place on the coast of the Blue Divide, build a fire, and keep it burning for three days. "One will come for you.
Tiger Ty, the Wing Rider, had come on his giant Roc to carry Wren and her friend, Garth, to the only clear landing site on the island of Morrowindl, where, he said, the Elves might still exist, somewhere in the demon-haunted jungle. Now she stood within that jungle, remembering the warning of the Addershag: "Beware, Elf-girl. I see danger ahead for you...and evil beyond imagining." It had proved all too true."
Haven't started this series yet? Check out the author’s recommended reading order
Monsters of Verity, Book #1: This Savage Song
By: Victoria Schwab / Narrator: Therese Plummer / Pub: HarperAudio / Length: 10:09
"Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city - a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent - but he's one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music.
When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who's just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August's secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives."
Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den (#1)
By: Aimee Carter / Narrator: William Dufris / Pub: Audible Studios / Length: 7:37
"Twelve-year-old Simon Thorn’s life has never been easy or normal, but things like being bullied at school and living in a cramped Manhattan apartment with his Uncle Darrell are nothing compared to his biggest secret: He can talk to animals. But when his mom is suddenly kidnapped by a herd of rats, Simon finds out that he, his mom, and his uncle are all Animalgams—people born with the ability to change into an animal at will.
In search of his mom, Simon discovers the Animalgam Academy based at the Central Park Zoo. There he learns about the fractured five kingdoms that make up this secret world . . . and realizes he may be the only one who can save it."
It's About Time
(Popular books that are now available on Audio)
Black Fleet Trilogy, Book #3: Counterstrike
By: Joshua Dalzelle / Narrator: Mark Boyett / Pub: Podium Publishing / Length: 8:18
"Captain Jackson Wolfe never thought he’d see the end of the Phage War in his lifetime. The enemy was too powerful, too numerous, and utterly determined to exterminate humanity.
But the appearance of a new ally in the fight has changed all of that. For the first time since the original incursion Wolfe thinks that maybe there’s a chance to stop their implacable enemy before they have the chance to wipe out any more human planets. That opportunity comes at great cost, however, and even as he makes plans for their first offensive move on the Phage, Jackson is all too aware that most of them will not survive."
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Haven't started this series yet? Check out Book #1
The Ember War, Book #3: Blood of Heroes
By: Richard Fox / Narrator: Luke Daniels / Pub: Podium Publishing / Length: 8:52
Whispersync Deal Alert*: Kindle + Audible = $6.98.
Haven't started this series yet? Check out the Book #1-2 compilation
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Book #1: The Dragonbone Chair
By: Tad Williams / Narrator: Andrew Wincott / Pub: Penguin Audio / Length: 33:19
"A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard - for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die.
Only a small scattered group, the League of the Scroll, recognizes the true danger awaiting Osten Ard. And to Simon - a castle scullion unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League - will go the task of spearheading the quest for the solution to a riddle of long-lost swords of power...and a quest that will see him fleeing and facing enemies straight out of a legend maker's worst nighmares!"
The Silver Trilogy, Book #2: Dream On
By: Kerstin Gier (translated by Anthea Bell) / Narrator: Marisa Calin / Pub: MacMillan Audio / Length: 9:56
"Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long.
It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over—in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv? "
Wings of Fire, Book #4: The Dark Secret
By: Tui T Sutherland / Narrator: Shannon McManus / Pub: Scholastic Audio / Length: 7:35
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