18 January 2013

Audiobook Friday #11 - New Releases

Yeah, new stuff!  Here's a few audio releases from the last two weeks that caught my eye.

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
Narrated by Katy Carmichael
Length: 17 hours, 57 minutes
Published by: AudioGo 17-1-2013

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain.

She also discovers that she possesses a rare and deadly supernatural ability of her own. Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, The Rook is a richly inventive, suspenseful fantasy. An astonishing debut from a brilliant new voice.

Narrated by Leslie Bellair
Length: 8 hours and 45 minutes
Published by: Audible 16-1-2013

Caro Mitchell considers herself an only child - and she likes it that way. After all, her much older sister, Hannah, left home eight years ago, and Caro barely remembers her. So when Caro's parents drop the bombshell news that Hannah is returning to live with them, Caro feels as if an interloper is crashing her family. To her, Hannah's a total stranger, someone who haunts their home with her meek and withdrawn presence, and who refuses to talk about her life and why she went away. Caro can't understand why her parents cut Hannah so much slack, and why they're not pushing for answers.

Unable to understand Hannah, Caro resorts to telling lies about her mysterious reappearance. But when those lies alienate her new boyfriend, friends, and put her on the outs with her parents, Caro seeks solace from an unexpected source. And as she unearths a clue from Hannah's past - one that could save Hannah from the dark secret that possesses her - Caro begins to see her sister in a whole new light.

Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1) by Lenore Appelhans
Narrated by Stephanie Cannon
Length: 7 hours, 47 minutes
Published by AudioGO 15-1-2013

Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in Level 2, the waiting room between Earth and Heaven, she spends endless days replaying memories of her family, friends, boyfriend... and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her.... Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing in Level 2, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between Heaven and Earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives, and two loves. A choice that will change everything...

Shades Of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis
Narrated by Tara Carrozza
Length: 11 hours, 8 minutes
Published by Penguin Audio 15-1-2013

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh - to build a home - on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn't the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who - or what - else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed - friends, family, life on Earth - will have been meaningless.

Zombie, Illinois by Scott Kenemore
Narrated by Pat Young
Length: 10 hours, 34 minutes
Published: 12-01-2013 by Audible

The sequel to the best-selling Zombie, Ohio, this explosive supernatural thriller from Scott Kenemore tells the story of three Chicagoans who have been thrown together by a bizarre, interconnected series of events during the first 24 hours of a zombie outbreak in the Midwest's largest city. A partnership is crafted between a pastor from Chicago's rough South Side, an intrepid newspaper reporter, and a young female musician, all of whom are fighting for survival as they struggle to protect themselves and their communities in a city overrun with the walking dead. Between the barricaded neighborhoods and violent zombie hunters, the trio encounters many mysterious occurrences that leave them shaken and disturbed.

When the mayor of Chicago is eaten by zombies on live television, and a group of shady aldermen attempt to seize power in the vacuum, these unlikely friends realize that they have stumbled upon a conspiracy to overthrow the city...and that they alone may be qualified to combine their talents to stop it.


  1. I read The Rook & it's so cool, has a comic book feel to it. I hope they turn it into a graphic novel next.

    1. Awesome - I hadn't heard of it before, but it sounds good!

  2. I read The Rook rather than listen to it and OMG what a wonderful book! It was tied for #1 in my list of favorite books of 2012. I may just have to listen to it to get another "flavor". Hmm...I have an iTunes gift card...

    1. Really? I'm going to have to check it out.

      I love listening to favorites on audio!

  3. I could see Level 2 being amazing on audio! I probably wouldn't do SOE, though, just because if there are multiple perspectives, I would prefer to have a different narrator for each. If she does a good enough job, I guess it wouldn't matter, though.

    1. I have credits, mwhahahaha.

      It definitely depends on the narrator when it comes to multiple POVs - if they're really good it works, if not it's a mess!



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