5 Anticipated Audiobooks of April 2019
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
A Dayton native, Rebecca got her start blogging at the curiously named Harlac’s Tongue while studying abroad in the UK. She loves tooling around town with her Ford Focus named Jerome to the song they’re playing on the radio. On any given weekend, you can find her with her camera at area festivals, concerts, and car shows, shopping at flea markets, or taking an adventure on the open road. See more articles by Rebecca.