October 2016 — Mysterious Listening
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October, the month dedicated to all things spooky, seems like the perfect time to shift our focus to one of our favorite audiobook genres — mystery & suspense. Whether you like psychological thrillers, cozies, procedurals, or horror, we'll be sharing recommendations for great listens all month. To kick things off, we're celebrating the #DangerousDames of literature — the female sleuths, antiheroes, and villains we can't get enough of. Share your favorites with us on Twitter, and check out our weekly Mystery Monday posts on AudioFile's blog. And happy listening.
MYSTERIES NOT TO MISS
THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW'D
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd
Jayne Entwistle is rousing in this 8th Flavia de Luce novel. 12-year-old Flavia's sleuthing skills are required after she discovers Mr. Sambrich, a local woodcarver, has been murdered. Entwistle artfully captures Dogger, Mr. de Luce's servant and Flavia's great friend, and Mrs. Bannerman's warm Canadian accent as she helps Flavia research her theories.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON
The Second Life of Nick Mason
Nick Mason is a criminal with a conscience, but that doesn't stop him from doing bad things. Nonetheless, we still like him in the way we rooted for Tony Soprano. Narrator Ray Porter may have a lot to do with that. His portrayal of a criminal who is fiercely loyal to his friends and family is outstanding.
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
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MORE NEW LISTENING WE LOVE
MAGRUDER'S CURIOSITY CABINET
Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet
Nancy Wu's narration is filled with empathy for Kitty Hayward, an English girl who has just arrived in America and lives on Coney Island at the turn of the last century. When her mother becomes ill and then disappears, Kitty meets the quirky "unusuals" from Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet. Wu portrays the colorful, well-developed cast of characters and the black but sweet humor of this fantastical story.
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
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THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER
The Bookshop on the Corner
What does 29-year-old Nina Redmond, a British librarian, do when budget cuts take her job and close the libraries? Why, she moves to the Highlands of Scotland and opens a bookstore on wheels, continuing to match the perfect book with the perfect reader. Narrator Lucy Price-Lewis creates a comfortable atmosphere as she brings these characters to life.
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THE OBELISK GATE
The Obelisk Gate
This story continues seamlessly from THE FIFTH SEASON, and listeners will want to start with that book if they haven't listened to it. Robin Miles returns as narrator, and the large cast of characters allows her to draw on her vast store of accents. Miles draws out the emotions — sometimes volatile, sometimes seething beneath the surface — as the complexities of this postapocalyptic world unfold.
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
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TIME TRAVEL
Time Travel
Is time "passing" while you read this review? Does time move like a river, or is it more like an elevator? Is time the antithesis of eternity? These are some of the head-spinning questions that author James Gleick attempts to answer in his creative and entertaining survey of time travel fiction and science. Narrator Rob Shapiro — sounding occasionally like a distant relation of Rod ("Twilight Zone") Serling — provides an excellent reading with a blend of authority and wonder.
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GRAYLING'S SONG
Grayling's Song
Talk about vocal variety, stamina, and drama. Katherine Kellgren’s narration is full of them all, and in spades! As listeners meet Grayling, she is returning from collecting herbs for her mother, a healer. With the shock of discovering her mother magically rooted to the ground, Grayling embarks on a journey to save her. From velvety whispers to hesitant, slow-paced worries to ear-piercing yells and staccato punched out directives, Kellgren is at her best.
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.
» Listen to a sound clip and read the full review.
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