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6 Anticipated Audiobooks of March 2019

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March is almost here, and that should mean warmer weather is on the way. Whether you’re steeling yourself for a long commute or getting ready for a spring break road trip, consider checking out some of these hit audiobooks hitting shelves and Audible next month.

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

G. Willow Wilson is best known for her work on Marvel’s popular Ms Marvel comics. They feature Kamala Khan, Marvel’s first Muslim superhero with their own series. Now that her run as the head writer is up, she’s returning to her novel roots with The Bird King on March 12. The book is set in the age of the Iberian Peninsula’s last sultan. New visitors from Spain intrigue Fatima, a royal concubine, and her friend Hassan, an enchanted mapmaker. When they learn that the Spanish see magic as a threat to Christianity, both of them have to leave the palace and save themselves. Running at about 14 hours and narrated by Elmira Rahim, The Bird King is sure to blend real history with rich Muslim folklore.


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Internment by Samira Ahmed

In the vein of books like The Handmaid’s Tale, Internment is speculative fiction, but this young adult audiobook might hit too close to home for some. Seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her family are forced into an internment camp for Muslim-American citizens, much in the same way people of Japanese descent were locked up during World War II. In this version of the United States, Layla makes friends in the camp and connects to a boyfriend on the outside, all while trying to beat the system and get out. Soneela Nankani, narrator of books like The Kingdom of Copper, tackles reading this book in 11 hours and 17 minutes, which is more than enough time to fall in love with the characters and understand their unique struggles.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Fans of 2017’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo might want to check out Taylor Jenkins Reid’s next book, Daisy Jones & The Six. Like her previous book, this one dives into the lifestyles of the rich and famous but it trades Hollywood’s golden age for the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll of the late 1960s. Fictional band The Six is on the brink of ruin when they meet up with Daisy Jones, a beautiful singer that’s ready to take the stage. The rest is history, at least in the world of the novel. This audiobook is voiced by a full cast including Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and Pablo Schreiber and runs a bit over nine hours. It’s sure to be a wild ride if you’re ready to listen.

Cemetery Road by Greg Iles

If you’re looking for a thriller set in the Deep South, check out Cemetery Road by bestselling author Greg Iles on March 5. Running at just under 24 hours and narrated by Scott Brick, this lengthy story promises to be a twisty thriller that explores how lies can bring down small towns. Like some of Iles’ previous books, this novel takes place in Mississippi. Main character Marshall McEwan thought he escaped his hometown for Washington D.C. until he gets a call from his mother for help. It’s sure to keep you gripping the steering wheel tightly.

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

The book community knows Laure Halse Anderson for her books for younger readers focusing on early America, racism, and a range of other topics. One of her most popular titles is Speak, which follows the story of a high school freshman raped at a party. It’s required reading in some school districts but banned by others, and Anderson admits freely that it’s inspired by her own journey as a teenage rape survivor. After traveling to schools to lead discussions about sexual assault for years, she finally sat down to write a memoir telling her true story and join the recent #MeToo movement. The book is in free verse, which gives it a rhythmic way to express the emotions and thoughts that run through your mind when you’re in pain.
The audiobook runs at just under four hours and is narrated by Anderson herself. Consider downloading it on March 12, especially if you don’t understand what all the fuss is about right now with sexual harassment.

The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

The Everlasting Rose continues the story Dhonielle Clayton started in last year’s young adult fantasy The Belles. In the land of Orleans, beauty quite literally is everything. Without magical beauty treatments, people turn grey and fall into a lower social class. In this world, women called Belles are the only ones that can do these special treatments correctly. When a revolution arrives in book one, the Belles are on the run in book two. To tell you any more would spoil the first book! This audiobook is narrated by Rosie Jones and runs 10 hours and 14 minutes.


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This is a small sample of titles coming out on audiobook this March. Your library is a great resource for digital and physical audiobooks, and an Audible subscription gets you one book credit a month with your fee and a reduced price on thousands of titles.