Our colleagues at Audible have some more audiobook recommendations for you....
While most people think of audiobooks as audio editions of, well, books, Audible is attracting an increasing number of bestselling authors and creators to write audio-original stories that aren’t available in print. These stories are designed to be heard, and often include sound effects, original music, entertaining cameos and other fun surprises that could only exist in the audio space. These audio-exclusives contain all of the edge-of-your-seat drama and intrigue of the print books you love, but add imaginative theatrics that make them more book-turned-movie-in-your-ear hybrids.
This fall, sit back, relax, pop in your earbuds, and get swept away in a story that transcends pages and sets the scene with voice and sound alone. Here are a few selections from your favorite authors, available only at Audible:
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, narrated by Zachary Quinto
Available free starting October 4th, this novella by the bestselling author of Redshirts, Lock-In, and countless other pearls of science fiction amazingness was written to be heard. Scalzi is a master storyteller, and who better to bring his thrilling new tale to life than the Nimoy-approved Spock in the new Star Trek films! Quinto’s simmering intensity paired with Scalzi’s suspenseful story make this an absolute must-listen.
Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, narrated by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew and a full cast
The bestselling author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel series has created an audio experience unlike any other in Locke & Key. Including a cast of over 50 voice actors, this production preserves the heart-stopping impact of the graphic novel’s astounding artwork and through the use of richly imagined sound design and a powerful original score. You may want to listen with the lights on.
Portlandia Travelogue: The Brussels to Antwerp Express, written and performed by Fred Armisen
Armisen reads this hilarious literary journey through the erotic world of European train stations and mysterious faces as Candace Deveraux, the beloved character from IFC’s Portlandia. If you can’t get enough of the show, or just want to get a glimpse of what all of the fuss is about, this is your ideal opportunity to laugh and smile your way through your routine.
The Starling Project by Jeffery Deaver, narrated by Alfred Molina and a full cast
Your ears will tingle and your pulse will race with this audio thriller written by bestselling author and master of the thriller Jeffery Deaver and starring Alfred Molina. Molina is joined by a cast of over 80 actors who bring this gripping story to life with unparalleled suspense and intrigue.
The Collectors by Philip Pullman, narrated by Bill Nighy
One of the most well-loved and admired British authors has created an entirely new story in the world of his iconic His Dark Materials series, that serves both as a great introduction to his bestselling books, and also reveals additional information about some of the characters found therein. The Collectors is performed by the delightful Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean) and is just long enough for a commute to work, a light run, or a break from life curled up on the sofa with blankets and cocoa.