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June is Audiobook Month

Listen up: June is Audiobook Month! And what better way to kick it off than by celebrating Macmillan Audio’s recent Audie Award winners: I’M JUDGING YOU written/read by Luvvie Ajayi (Humor) & DIRTY by Kylie Scott, read by Andi Arndt (Romance)!

Audible just released their Best Audiobooks of 2017 (so far) list and over a dozen Macmillan Audio titles made the list in various categories!

Customer Favorites:
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP, written/read by Michael Eric Dyson

A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron, read by William Dufris

ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT by Darynda Jones, read by Lorelei King

Editor’s Picks
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney, read by Xe Sands

LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM, written/read by Omar Saif Ghobash

I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi, read by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, and Therese Plummer

Bios & Memoirs
THE FACT OF A BODY, written/read by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Mysteries & Thrillers
THE DRY by Jane Harper, read by Steve Shanahan

BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough, read by Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and Huw Parmenter

Romance
TWIST by Kylie Scott, read by Andi Arndt

Young Adult
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber, read by Rebecca Soler

Most Wished-For Books
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B. A. Paris, read by Georgia Maguire

Future Contenders for Book of the Year
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst

Share your love of audiobooks on social media using the hashtag #audiomonth and don’t forget to check out Unabridged Access for the latest listening goodies.

Booklist Mystery Month 2017!

May is Mystery Month at Booklist! Check out our recent mystery award winners (plus Talia’s “Spring the Trap: Mysteries That Won’t Let Go” webinar titles) and see which Macmillan titles made Booklist‘s “Best of” reading lists for 2017.
The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2017 (full list) — Top 10 Crime Novels & Best Crime Fiction Debuts

LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm
New Orleans rookie cop and loose cannon Maureen Coughlin is tasked with helping the FBI track a white supremacist group. Will Maureen go rogue again, or will she channel what she calls her “killing feeling” into doing good police work? Not only has Loehfelm created the most compelling, complex patrol cop in the genre; he has also reenergized New Orleans as a setting for the best in crime fiction, edgy, dangerous, but pulsing with life.

THE DRY by Jane Harper
Harper’s small-town, big-secrets page-turner tells the story of Aaron Falk, who returns to his Australian hometown to attend the funeral of a friend believed to have shot his wife and son and then killed himself. Falk begins to question the details of the crime and, together with the town’s police sergeant, undertakes an investigation that unearths secrets new and old, some involving Falk’s father. A stunning debut reminiscent of Peter Corliss’ Cliff Hardy series.

Find out what inspired Jane Harper to write THE DRY in Booklist Reader’s “Clues to My Crime” column!

THREE YEARS WITH THE RAT by Jay Hosking
Neuroscientist Hosking turns in a startlingly fine performance with his first novel, about a man so determined to find his missing sister that he risks his own reality to solve the mystery of her disappearance. It’s quickly apparent that this is one of those mind-bending thrillers in which time and space are fluid concepts, but Hosking draws us in completely to his labyrinthine narrative.

For titles reviewed from May 1, 2016 through April 15, 2017.

Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks: 2017 (full list)

BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough, read by Bea Holland and others
A fine cast of narrators voices this complex, riveting story of a love triangle based on obsession and deceit.

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst
Using realistic voices and impeccable nuances, Bathurst portrays a cast of quirky characters in this atmospheric, multilayered mystery.

For titles reviewed from April 1, 2016 through April 15, 2017.

Plus, Benjamin Black’s EVEN THE DEAD, read by John Keating, is listed as a great listen-alike for Celtic Noir!

Trend Alert: Suburban Suspense (full list)

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B. A. Paris
The marriage of Grace Harrington and Jack Angel seemed perfect, except for what went on behind closed doors. On their honeymoon, Grace’s new husband, Jack, reveals his psychopathic nature, using Grace’s deep love for her special-needs sister, Millie, as leverage in concocting a depraved scheme that will ruin both women.

COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
Alice Bodine turns up at her family’s Montana ranch and luxury resort battered, bruised, and with no memory of her old life, 25 years after running away. Her niece puts Alice’s return together with the recent murders of two women and suspects that someone very twisted may be living nearby.

TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
Moriarty handles neighborhood secrets, indiscretions, and twists like no one else. A spontaneous barbecue upends the lives of three couples in suburban Sydney. From the start, readers know that something terrible has happened—Erika can’t quite remember the details, Clementine doesn’t want to remember them, and their husbands are struggling with the aftermath. But it’s not until midway through the story that Moriarty shows her hand.

A Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to the Pacific Rim (full list)
AUSTRALIA

THE BROKEN SHORE by Peter Temple
This first in a series stars Melbourne homicide detective Joe Cashin, who has been temporarily reassigned to his hometown in rural Australia while he recovers from injuries only slowly explained. But despite its remote landscape, the little town of Port Munro generates some big-city crime. Evoking a view of the continent that is more Ian Rankin than Crocodile Dundee, Temple tells a troubling tale of race and class conflict—with an even darker crime at the heart of it. This deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably.

CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
Sydney homicide detective Harry Belltree is as hard-boiled as they come, a kind of Australian Dirty Harry with a little of Lawrence Block’s Matt Scudder, who once said to a killer he was about to dispatch, “I just don’t want you to be alive anymore.” This installment in Maitland’s unsparingly dark series provides backstory, explaining how Harry got to be Harry and how he developed his investigative style: shake the tree, see who falls out, and kill them. So old school you can smell the cordite. readmoreremove

Listen & Yearn – LJ Audio Spotlight

According to Library Journal‘s recent audio spotlight, audiobooks are continuing their meteoric rise, increasing more than 20% in the last two consecutive years thanks to increasing awareness of the format and the popularity of digital downloads. The number of available titles expanded as well, so it’s no surprise that the tail end of 2016 and the first part of 2017 offer a dizzying array of options from new talent and established masters. Check out just a few of the gems coming soon from our friends at Macmillan Audio:

HISTORICAL MURDER AND MAYHEM

Listeners who enjoy nonfiction crime narratives set in the past will have plenty of new releases to keep them busy well into the new year. In Tom Clavin’s DODGE CITY: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West (Macmillan Audio, Feb.), two men who both lost lawmen brothers to violence team up against a rogue’s gallery of gunfighters and desperadoes to tame Dodge City and establish the rule of justice in “the wickedest place in the United States.”

WOMEN TO BE RECKONED WITH

Audiobook listeners won’t lack for inspiring, tough, or complicated women in central roles. Coretta Scott King’s MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY (Macmillan Audio, May) tells her story from her education at Antioch College and her marriage to Martin Luther King Jr., to her role at the center of the civil rights struggle, the founding of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, lobbying to establish the national holiday in honor of her husband, and serving as a United Nations ambassador. readmoreremove

June is Audiobook Month

Hear hear, June is Audiobook Month! And what better way to kick it off than by celebrating Macmillan Audio’s recent Audie Award winners!

Fiction
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah, read by Polly Stone

Thriller/Suspense
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry, read by Scott Brick

Humor
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson, read by the author

Even the New York Times Book Review is in on the audiobook love! Check out their recent review for Bill Nye’s UNSTOPPABLE: “Nye is a performer. His audiobook is easy to listen to, especially if you grew up with the children’s television program ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy,’ in which case his voice will be downright familiar.”

Booklist named Scott Brick their 2016 “Voice of Choice and Library Journal ran an audio spotlight which quoted Macmillan Audio’s Executive Director of Production, Laura Wilson.

Planning a road trip this summer? Then check out Macmillan Audio’s interactive United States of Audiobooks map to choose what to listen to from coast to coast.

Share your love of audiobooks on social media using the hashtag #loveaudiobooks all month long and don’t forget to check out Unabridged Access for the latest listening goodies.

Our 2016 YALSA & RUSA Award Winners!

Congrats to all of the amazing Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for YALSA and RUSA’s various reading lists this year!

2016 Alex Awards (the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences):
BONES & ALL by Camille De Angelis
FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS by David Wong
HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES by Brandon Stanton

See the full Alex Award list here.

2016 YALSA William C. Morris YA Debut Finalist
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

See the full BFYA list here.

2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
DUPLICITY by N.K. Traver

See the full Quick Picks list here.

2016 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Reading List, Unreliable Narrators: Don’t Believe a Word category
CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn (a Top 10 pick)

See the full PPYA list here.

2016 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
HAVEN’T YOU HEARD, I’M SAKAMOTO, VOL. 1 by Nami Sano
SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY by Jillian Tamaki

See the full GGNT list here.

2016 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell, read by Euan Morton (Macmillan Audio)

See the full Amazing Audiobooks list here.

2016 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Book List (best feminist books)
ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
HEADSCARVES & HYMENS by Mona Eltahawy

See the full Amelia Bloomer list here.

2016 Rainbow Book List (Honors books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.)
ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY by Jillian Tamaki

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June is Audiobook Month & Audie Award Winners

Listen up: June is Audiobook Month! And what better way to kick it off than by celebrating Macmillan Audio’s recent Audie Award winners!

Personal Development
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey (narrated by the author)

Short Stories/Collections
THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER by Hilary Mantel (narrated by Jane Carr)

Fantasy
WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson (narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer)

Share your love of audiobooks on social media using the hashtag #audiomonth and don’t forget to check out Unabridged Access for the latest listening goodies.

Booklist’s Best Crime 2015

 

May is Mystery Month over at Booklist and to celebrate they’ve put together “Best of” reading lists with loads of Macmillan titles!
Plus, Booklist Reader has a special feature on one of our favorite mystery authors…

The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2015

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
With her beloved series hero, former Montreal Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, now retired, Penny moves from finding reasons to get Gamache back to his beloved village of Three Pines to taking him on a road trip, first to Europe and then to the wilds of Canada’s upper St. Lawrence River. As always, Penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning. Another gem from an endlessly inventive writer.

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
Richard Price returns as Harry Brandt with the story of Billy Graves, an aging NYPD cop who suspects that one of his cronies in the Wild Geese, a legendary anti-crime unit from the nineties, may now be killing the crooks who got away back in the day. With one-of-a-kind characters and settings so real you can smell them, The Whites isn’t about cops and killers as much it’s about the damage we all carry, the sins we’ve all committed, and the heartbreaking unlikeliness of forgiveness. An unrelenting, moving story of crime and social justice.

Best Crime Fiction Debuts

AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS
by Martine Bailey

Set in the 1770s, Bailey’s debut stars Biddy Leigh, undercook at Mawton Hall in Cheshire, England, who accompanies the master’s wife on a trip to Italy, where she falls in love with a chef and is thrown into a murder case. A delectable dish for foodies and the Downton Abbey crowd.

NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR by Joe Gannon
Gannon places a classic hard-boiled detective in the middle of 1980s Nicaragua, with its poisonous politics, and tells the story of the times in emotion-drenched, wonderfully lyrical prose.

Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks

THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE by Benjamin Black, read by Dennis Boutsikaris
Boutsikaris steps into Marlowe’s shoes as he narrates the search for a dead man who might not be dead at all. Set in the 1950s and true to Chandler’s creation, this is a memorable visit to the mean streets. readmoreremove

Unabridged Access

Happy Monday! Our friends at Macmillan Audio recently launched a new blog called Unabridged Access dedicated to giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the world of audiobooks.

They’ll be sharing photos from the studio, audiobook recommendations for any situation, excerpts from exciting new programs, glimpses into audiobook publishing, Q&As with industry folks, and so much more.

Here are a few of our favorite recent posts:

In The Studio With Steve Berry Discussing THE PATRIOT THREAT Writer’s Cut: a video interview with Berry about creating a special version for the audiobook.

Scott Simon’s UNFORGETTABLE Tweets: listening to the NPR host’s memoir about connecting to his mother during her death had us calling our moms to say, “I love you.”

And our favorite, The Dogs of Macmillan Audio. Say no more.

 

2015 Audie Awards Finalists

Terrific news: our friends at Macmillan Audio have 22 finalists in the 2015 Audie Awards!

Business/Educational
TALK LIKE TED by Carmine Gallo, read by Carmine Gallo

Classic
THE ODYSSEY by Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald, read by Dan Stevens

Fantasy
WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson, read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading

History/Biography
ENDURING COURAGE by John F. Ross, read by Edward Herrmann

Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction
THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT by Donna VanLiere, read by Donna VanLiere

Judges’ Award: Science & Technology
THE COPERNICUS COMPLEX by Caleb Scharf, read by Caleb Scharf

Literary Fiction
THE PATRICK MELROSE NOVELS by Edward St. Aubyn, read by Alex Jennings

Mystery
THE DEAD WILL TELL by Linda Castillo, read by Kathleen McInerney
MALICE by Keigo Higashino, read by Jeff Woodman

Narration by the Author or Authors
A FIGHTING CHANCE by Elizabeth Warren, read by Elizabeth Warren
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey, read by Oprah Winfrey

Non-Fiction
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande, read by Robert Petkoff
DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar, read by Henry Leyva

Personal Development
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey, read by Oprah Winfrey

Short Stories/Collections
THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER by Hilary Mantel, read by Jane Carr
THE WILY O’REILLY: Irish Country Stories by Patrick Taylor, read by John Keating

Solo Narration – Male
THE OTHER STORY by Tatiana de Rosnay, read by Simon Vance
RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah, read by Dion Graham

Winners will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala in New York City on May 28. See the full list of nominees here.

 

Awesome Audio: Sound Learning

Headphones black 75 60We love our friends at Macmillan Audio and they want you to know about an exciting new program for your patrons and students: Sound Learning.

Provided by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), this literacy toolkit gives librarians and teachers resources to integrate audiobooks into learning programs ranging from the classroom to summer reading and beyond.

Booklist‘s Mary Burkey wrote a fabulous feature article on Sound Learning, calling out the Sound Learning website, which includes:

* Downloadable suggestions on how public libraries can promote audiobooks with tips applicable for all ages
* Printable lesson plans, activities, and assignments applicable for all grades that can be used with any audiobook
* An overview of the benefits of audiobooks for literacy with a sharable infographic
* An extensive bibliography that offers research and rationale for audiobooks in the educational setting
* Links to organizations that expand the resources

A super cool feature of the site is the Audiobook Collection List, which divides audios into appropriate grade-level groupings among a variety of different subjects, such as social studies, science, mathematics, and foreign language—each with applicable Common Core Standards, activities, audio samples and printable resources.

You can learn more about Sound Learning at ALA Midwinter in Chicago this weekend! Visit the Publishers Spotlight booth 4621 to get materials for distribution and hear a special presentation of recommended titles.

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