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.
In John Darnielle’s UNIVERSAL HARVESTER (Macmillan Audio, Feb.), set in 1990s Iowa, townsfolk notice that movies from the local video store have a strange, black-and-white scene cut into the middle. Then store clerk Jeremy notices that the setting resembles a barn outside of town.
Events in Stephanie Garber’s YA crossover CARAVAL (Macmillan Audio, Jan.) center on a circus in which Scarlett must participate in the magical Caraval to save her sister.