Looking for something to pass the time during a long commute or while you’re out for a walk? You’re in luck. June is Audiobook Month and the Audio Publishers Association recently announced the winners of this year’s Audie Awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. You can see the complete list of Finalists and Winners at theaudies.com.
By Hilary Mantel / Read by Simon Vance
Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?
By Louise Penny / Read by Ralph Cosham
When the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.
By Nora Roberts / Read by Julia Whelan
Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems–and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something–and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.
By Karen Thompson Walker / Read by Emily Rankin
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life, the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
By Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis / Read by Katherine Kellgren
When Nina’s friend Karin gives her a key to a public locker in a Copenhagen train station, Nina opens it to find a suitcase. When Nina opens the suitcase, she is shocked to find a drugged, barely alive three-year-old boy. Before Nina can even decide what to do next, Karin is murdered, forcing Nina to take the boy and go on the run before whomever is responsible for this all goes after her next.
By John Green / Read by Kate Rudd
Despite the medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, but when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be rewritten.