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5 Anticipated Audiobooks of April 2019

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April showers mean that new audiobook offerings are springing up from publishers all month. My list of anticipated listens this month include the return of E L James, a new title from David Baldacci, and a debut young adult fantasy book.

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

On April 23, Swati Teerdhala’s The Tiger at Midnight drops on Audible and other audiobook platforms. Narrated by Sneha Mathan and running just under 13 hours, the young adult story follows characters Esha and Kunal in the first book of a planned trilogy. Based on Indian mythology, The Tiger at Midnight is reportedly a cat-and-mouse game between Esha, known as the Viper, and Kunal, raised only to live up to his family’s military legacy. I’m not going to lie, this book has been on my radar for months and I can’t wait to finally settle in to listen to the story.

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Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Women Talking by Miriam Toews is a short audiobook, coming in at just under six hours. Narrated by Matthew Edison, it is based on real events that happened at a Mennonite community between 2005 and 2009. “Demons” attacked more than 100 women in the night because of their sins over the years. Come to find out, instead of creatures from hell holding them in thrall, it’s actually the men of the area drugging and assaulting them. The book’s action focuses on the 48 hours where eight women decide what to do about the problem while the men are away and escape is possible. On April 2, get sucked into a story that sounds taken from the world of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Redemption by David Baldacci

David Baldacci’s Redemption, the fifth book in his Memory Man series, arrives in stores on April 16. In this installment, Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison head to Burlington, Ohio, to solve a case that Decker solved decades ago, or so he thought. If you hang off every word Baldacci writes, you can buy the standard audiobook that runs at 12 hours and 20 minutes. However, if you prefer to get right to the point and skip the fluff, there is an abridged version that comes in at 8 hours and 5 minutes.

The Mister by E L James

If you’re a fan of 50 Shades of Grey, you probably already know about this next book. E L James’ latest book, called simply The Mister, is scheduled for publication on April 16. As of today, there has been no narrator announced, but we do know the audiobook should run a lengthy 17 hours. Considering how high Ms. James’ profile is (and the almost guaranteed sales of her new book), it’s not surprising that her publisher is keeping as much under wraps as possible. The story is reportedly similar to Cinderella, focusing on the relationship between a rich man and a mysterious young woman. Set in England, this audiobook will be perfect for your commute after you drop off the kids at school.

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Lost Roses By Martha Hall Kelly

If you’re one of the many who read the best-selling Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly when it was published in 2016, make sure you pick up its sequel, Lost Roses, on April 9. Lilac Girls explored the actual life of Caroline Ferriday during World War II, and this new book goes back in time to meet her mother, Eliza. Also based on a true story, Lost Roses follows Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka through the Russian Revolution and the flight of aristocrats to Europe and America.

No matter your tastes, audiobooks are a great way to read books while you’re on the go in your busy life. Consider one of these titles to keep your company on a long drive or your commute.