Production on a new season of audio titles is well under way, and we’ve selected some highlights from publishers’ latest lists. Overall, 2014 was another year of growth in the industry, with many publishers reporting both increased title output and increased sales. That momentum is reflected in the range of spring recordings, which run the gamut of genres. Debut fiction, short story collections, mysteries and thrillers, and memoirs (the latter two being perennial audio heavyweights) have big presences again. As in the print world, titles inspired by social media celebrities are faring well in audio, too. And the children’s and YA categories continue to blossom, with publishers offering new authors, formats, and series in the category. We hope you’ll discover something that appeals, as the snow melts and you look ahead to road trips, gardening, and outdoor workouts this spring. Happy Listening!



Amherst by William Nicholson, read by Lesa Lockford and Justine Eyre. An aspiring screenwriter from London travels to Massachusetts to research the adulterous affair that took place between an Amherst College faculty wife and the college treasurer, Austin Dickinson, the brother of poet Emily Dickinson. (Dreamscape)

The Diary of Samuel Pepys by Samuel Pepys read by Leighton Pugh, with David Timson. This program, releasing in three separate volumes in February, March, and May, respectively, is the only unabridged recording of the diary. (Naxos AudioBooks)

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, read by Emma Fielding. In colorful 1960s London, ingenue Sophie becomes a television starlet. (Penguin Audio)

The Knife by Ross Ritchell. The debut novel by a former soldier centers on U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan. (Blackstone)

Leaving Yuma by Michael Zimmer, performed by a full cast. Zimmer’s tale of a prisoner and sheriff working together to make a dangerous prisoner exchange. (GraphicAudio)

Marvel Secret Wars by Alex Irvine, performed by a full cast. The Avengers, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men face their deadliest foes on the planet Battleworld. (GraphicAudio)

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh, read by Kirby Heyborne. A Louisiana-set mystery about a violent crime that unravels the lives of 15-year-old Lindy Simpson and her family in 1989. (Penguin Audio)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, read by Polly Stone. Whisks listeners to a small French town for an epic tale that spans from the 1940s to the present day. (Macmillan Audio)

Premiere: A Romance Writers of America Collection, ed. by Sylvia Day, read by Rachel Vivette, Cole Ferguson, and Carmen Rose. Showcases a lineup of never-before-published stories from noted romance authors including Courtney Milan and Allison Brennan. (Brilliance Audio)

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, read by Kimberly Farr. Invites listeners into the rich and complicated lives—warts and all—of the Whitshank family of Baltimore: Red, Abby, and their four adult children. (Random House Audio)

The Swimmer by Joakim Zander, read by Peter Ganim. An ex-CIA agent is called upon to save the daughter he never knew when she becomes entangled in a dangerous scenario of political intrigue. (HarperAudio)


All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer, read by Edoardo Ballerini. Two ex-coworkers—also ex-spies and ex-lovers—reconnect one last time. (Macmillan Audio)

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. Swanson’s debut novel features Kitty, a young woman living in 1960s Denver and trying to reconcile her reality with the vivid alternate world she dreams at night. (Blackstone)

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, read by David Horovitch. An allegorical tale set in late Arthurian Britain, where the paths of Gawain and an elderly couple searching for their son cross. (Random House Audio)

Dracula by Bram Stoker, read by David Horovitch, Jamie Parker, and a full cast. A new recording of Stoker’s horror classic. (Naxos AudioBooks)

The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg, read by Emily Sutton-Smith. A portrait of the life of George Sand in 19th-century Paris. (Brilliance Audio)

Girl Underwater by Claire Kells, read by Julia Whelan. In Kells’s debut, a competitive college swimmer survives in the wilderness after a major plane crash and faces a recovery with help from two men who love her. (Penguin Audio)

The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle, read by Graham Hamilton. Explores how mental illness and its potential attendant violence affect the lives of three connected people. (HarperAudio)

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum, read by Mozhan Marno. An American woman living in Zurich with her husband and children embarks on a journey to find herself that includes analysis and a series of extramarital affairs. (Random House Audio)

A Heart’s Disguise by Colleen Coble. After the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West. (Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio)

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson. In this debut, a lovesick college student is abducted by other versions of himself from the future. Original music from jazz drummer/composer Billy Martin is an integral component of the recording’s sound design. (Hachette Audio)

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini, read by Christina Moore. Chronicles the extraordinary bond between Julia Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant, and her long-owned slave and namesake, Jule. (Recorded Books, download only)

Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron. The glamour of old Hollywood infuses this secret-filled murder mystery set in the Tinseltown of the 1960s and ’80s. (Dreamscape)

Racing Demon by David Hare, performed by a full cast, including Jared Harris, Lesley Nichol, and Martin Jarvis. Hare’s play about four clergymen in the Church of England pondering their mission was recorded in front of a live audience. (L.A. Theatre Works)

The 13th Disciple by Deepak Chopra, read by the author. A story of visions, secret societies, and adventure suggests that a young girl who had a chance encounter with Jesus before he was crucified may have been a disciple. (HarperAudio)


The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy, read by Holter Graham. A postapocalyptic reinvention of Lewis and Clark’s expedition across the Western U.S. (Hachette Audio)

The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman. Listeners enter the ring with female bare-knuckle boxers and their patrons in late 18th-century England via this historical novel. (Blackstone)

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. A tale about the effects that childhood trauma has on one’s adult life. (Random House Audio)

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova. The neuroscientist-author explores the devastating effects of Huntington’s disease in this story of a family whose patriarch is diagnosed with it. (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Odysseus Abroad by Amit Chaudhuri. Depicts a day in the life of two Indian men—a young man and his older uncle—living in 1985 London. (Dreamscape)

The Water Diviner by Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios, read by Jack Thompson. In 1919, a man aims to fulfill his wife’s dying wish as he travels to Gallipoli to recover the bodies of their three sons killed in a World War I battle there. Soon to be a feature film starring Russell Crowe. (Bolinda Audio)


A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. The story of Life After Life protagonist Ursula Todd’s younger brother Teddy, a former RAF bomber pilot navigating the transition to peacetime as a husband and father in a rapidly changing world. (Hachette Audio)

I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter. A thriller that imagines being deep in the mind of Jack the Ripper. (Brilliance Audio)

Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk. Collects 21 stories and one novella, some never-before-published. (Recorded Books, download only)


At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen, read by Justine Eyre. A sullied young member of Philadelphia’s high society tries to win back his father’s favor by hunting the Loch Ness monster during World War II. (Random House Audio)

The Fury by Shane Gericke, read by Robertson Dean. This detective thriller kicks off with the discovery of a cache of Cold War doomsday weapons washed up by the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. (Tantor Audio)

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, read by Jeff Cummings. This Hugo Award–winning novel from the 1960s posits an alternate America occupied by the victors of World War II: Nazi Germany and Japan. Amazon Studios is adapting the novel as a series pilot. (Brilliance Audio)

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg. In a historical novel set on the Lower East Side of New York, a Prohibition-era party girl changes her ways to help those in need as the Great Depression hits. She becomes known as Saint Mazie, Queen of the Bowery. (Hachette Audio)

Second Life by S.J. Watson. When her sister is brutally murdered, Julia learns that her sibling had an extensive and sordid life online—and she begins to explore it. (HarperAudio)

Tribes by Nina Raine, performed by a full cast. A young man who has been deaf from birth and whose family never learned sign language at last meets someone fluent in ASL who can understand him. (L.A. Theatre Works)

The Year of the Locust by Terry Hayes. A thriller inspired by cutting-edge science. (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Other Notable Fiction:

Closer than You Think by Karen Rose (Blackstone, Feb.); Holy Cow by David Duchovny (Macmillan Audio, Feb.); Julius Caesar and Richard III by William Shakespeare, performed by a full cast (Simon & Schuster Audio, Feb.); Lucky Alan by Jonathan Lethem (Random House Audio, Feb.); The Return: Titan, Book 1 by Jennifer L. Armentrout, read by Paul Boehmer and Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio, Feb.); Notes from a Dead House by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Blackstone, Mar.); World Gone By by Dennis Lehane, read by Jim Frangione (HarperAudio, Mar.); A Curious Mind: The Key to a Good Life by Brian Grazer (Simon & Schuster Audio, Apr.); Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews, read by Kathleen McInerney (Macmillan Audio, May); Dexter Is Dead by Jeff Lindsay (Random House Audio, July); Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, read by the authors (Macmillan Audio, July)



Believer by David Axelrod, read by the author. The campaign strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential runs chronicles his life as an up-and-coming journalist, political strategist, and senior adviser to two presidents. (Penguin Audio)

This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress by John Brockman, read by David Colacci and Susan Ericksen. Brings together 175 of the world’s great minds to address’s question: what scientific idea has become a relic blocking human progress? (Tantor Audio)

Irritable Hearts by Mac McClelland, read by Cassandra Campbell. Journalist McClelland’s memoir explores her struggle with PTSD and reveals how she recovered and fell in love. (Brilliance Audio)

Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age by Greg King and Penny Wilson, read by Johnny Heller. Spotlights the grand ship and the torpedo attack that compelled the U.S. to enter World War I. (Tantor Audio)

Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen: An Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in Congo by Lisa J. Shannon. Human rights activist Shannon accompanies a Congolese expatriate back to her homeland now threatened by warlord Joseph Kony. (Blackstone)

The Mathematics of Love by Hannah Fry, read by the author, is an expansion of Fry’s TED talk about the hidden patterns behind the rituals of love. (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Power Forward by Reggie Love, read by the author. Recalls Love’s five years as a personal assistant to President Obama. (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder, read by Adam Grupper. This real-life thriller involves an American financier in Moscow who tries to expose corrupt oligarchs and sees his tax attorney murdered. (Recorded Books, download only)

Screening Room: A Memoir by Alan Lightman. The author reflects on his family’s long history in Memphis, and offers a portrait of that city in the mid-20th century, which includes the movie theater empire built by his grandfather. (Blackstone)


Frank by Barney Frank, read by the author. The politician shares his life story. (Macmillan Audio)

Mama Maggie by Marty Makary and Ellen Vaughn . The story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Maggie Gobran, “The Mother Teresa of Egypt.” (Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio)

Princes at War: The Bitter Battle inside Britain’s Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII by Deborah Cadbury, read by Veida Dehmlow. An account of how the sons of George V and Queen Mary battled each other during the Second World War. (Tantor Audio)

The Mother and Child Project, ed. by Melinda Gates. Accounts from inspirational leaders, academics, and political leaders offer insight into women and children in extreme poverty around the world. (Zondervan on Brilliance Audio)

Nobody’s Cuter than You by Melanie Shankle, read by the author. Shankle delivers her observations of what friendship is like in today’s social media–saturated world. (Christian Audio)


The Job by Steve Osborne, read by the author. Funny and poignant stories from Osborne’s 20 years as street cop for the NYPD. (Random House Audio)

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander, read by the author. Poet Alexander delivers a memoir that expresses a deep gratitude for life and its blessings as she reflects on her experiences after the sudden death of her husband. (Hachette Audio, download only)

The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career by Jack and Suzy Welch, read by Sean Pratt. Addresses some of the biggest problems challenging managers today and offers solutions to overcome them. (HarperAudio)

A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen, read by the author. Bergen continues her life story in this second memoir covering her marriage, her role as Murphy Brown, widowhood, and a new love. (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew, read by the author. The actress reflects on the challenges and rewards of her life and shares the journey she took, 20 years later, to seek out the child she gave up for adoption at age 22. (Hachette Audio)

Choosing Hope by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, with Robin Gaby Fisher, read by Roig-DeBellis. A hopeful account about life choices from the teacher who saved the lives of 15 young students during the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy in 2012. (Penguin Audio)

Words Without Music: A Memoir by Philip Glass. The revered composer of late 20th-century classical music heard in numerous film scores, operas, and symphonies looks back at his childhood, family, creative influences, and successes. (Blackstone)


The Happy Vegan by Russell Simmons, with Chris Morrow. Hip-hop mogul and author Simmons offers an inspirational guide to the science and benefits of conscious eating and veganism. (Penguin Audio, download only)

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. The dramatic backstory of the brothers who pioneered aviation draws upon family correspondence, diaries, notebooks, and scrapbooks. (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead by Bill Kreutzmann. One of the band’s founding members looks back at the Dead’s rock and roll journey. (Macmillan Audio)

Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep, read by the author. A narrative history of President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross and the clashes leading up to the brutal Trail of Tears relocation. (Penguin Audio)

It’s a Long Story by Willie Nelson, with an introduction and music by the author. The singer-songwriter, who recently turned 80, tells the unvarnished story of his life and career. (Hachette Audio)


Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Comedian and actor Ansari paired with an NYU sociologist to design a massive research project exploring how romance works in today’s world. (Penguin Audio)

Waffle Street by James Adams. Adams’s memoir relates his journey from a high-paying hedge fund job to a position waiting tables at the local Waffle House. (Brilliance Audio)


A Thousand Miles to Freedom by Kim Eunsun with Sebastien Falletti, trans. by David Tian. In this memoir Eunsum recounts her childhood in North Korea and her nine-year journey to freedom at last in South Korea. (Tantor Audio)

Other Notable Nonfiction: America’s Pastor by Grant Wacker, read by Bob Souer (Christian Audio, Feb.); Unforgettable by Scott Simon, read by the author (Macmillan Audio, Apr.); Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge (Hachette Audio, Apr.); Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott and Larry Platt (Penguin Audio, May); I Can’t Remember if We Said Goodbye by Steve Earle (Hachette Audio, June)

Children's and YA


Big Game by Dan Smith, read by Michael Bakkensen. When a boy who is on a wilderness survival journey comes upon the escape pod of Air Force One, which has been shot down by terrorists, he joins forces with the president to outrun the bad guys. A tie-in to the feature film starring Samuel L. Jackson. (Recorded Books)

Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt. This collection of 14 humorous fantastical stories introduces such characters as inept wizards and adventurous tortoises. (Listening Library)

Masterminds by Gordon Korman, read by Ramon de Ocampo. The first in a planned series about a group of kids who discover they were cloned from the DNA of some of history’s greatest criminal masterminds. (HarperAudio)

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, read by Adam Verner. Miles, the new kid in Yawnee Valley, tries to unseat the reigning town prankster by doing his most mischievous work yet. (Blackstone)

The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore, read by Feodor Chin. On an educational tour of Hong Kong, Steve Lee, a 14-year-old Chinese-American discovers a plot that gives 12 people, not all of them good, superpowers based on the signs of the Chinese zodiac. (Blackstone)


Nightbird by Alice Hoffman, read by Jenna Lamia. In a small New England town, Twig wonders if she can help break the spell a witch cast on her family 200 years ago. (Listening Library)

Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi, read by Mark Turetsky. In 1951 Brooklyn, 12-year-old Pete’s father is accused of being a communist and the family is caught in a real-life mystery. (Recorded Books)

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein. A historical novel about a white woman raising her daughter and adopted black son in 1930s America and later in Ethiopia. (Bolinda Audio)

Flunked by Jen Calonita. When she’s caught stealing, Gilly is sentenced to Fairy Tale Reform school, where the teachers are former fairy tale villains like the Big Bad Wolf and Cinderella’s wicked stepmother. (Dreamscape)

Firstborn by Tor Seidler. Young wolf Lamar struggles to live up to the tough model set by his father Blue Boy, alpha male of the pack. (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, read by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler, with music by Corky Siegel. An ages-old harmonica enchanted by the spirits of three sisters and a love of music are the common thread linking the disparate stories of three children in Ryan’s powerful tale. (Scholastic)

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein. While spending the summer in a lakeside cabin owned by Dr. Libris, 12-year-old Billy thinks that the daring characters he discovers in the doctor’s amazing books are actually coming to life on an island in the lake. (Listening Library)

Fat Dad, Fat Kid by Shay Butler and Gavin Butler is a father-son weight-loss memoir from these YouTube stars and one of the first titles under the new Keywords Press imprint focused on digital celebrities. (Simon & Schuster Audio)

If You Find This by Matthew Baker. Eleven-year-old Nicholas Funes is on a quest to find the treasure that his senile grandfather insists he has hidden years earlier. (Hachette Audio, download only)

Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World by Jack Andraka, read by Kevin R. Free. Andraka, now 18, shares the ups and downs experienced during his discovery, at age 15, of an early detection test for pancreatic cancer. (HarperAudio)

The Mermaid’s Child by Jo Baker. A girl searches for her mother, who may be a mermaid. (Dreamscape)

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen, read by MacLeod Andrews. A magical mystery-adventure series-starter set in Julius Caesar’s Rome. (Scholastic)

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, read by Amy Shiels. In this romantic fantasy, 16-year-old Twylaa kills with her touch and is forced into the role of an executioner of the kingdom. She’s also engaged to the prince. (Scholastic)

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. Nick becomes convinced that the disappearances of her sister and a local nine-year-old girl are linked in this suspenseful story. (HarperAudio)

The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Ann Noble, read by Kate Rudd. A girl risks everything to save her sister and discover the truth of her own identity in this winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for young adult fiction. (Brilliance Audio)

The Queen by Kiera Cass, read by Rachel F. Hirsch. A digital original novella set in the world of Cass’s Selection series. (HarperAudio)


The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other) by Geoff Rodkey, read by a full cast. The inaugural title in a humorous middle-grade series about the prank war of fraternal twins Claudia and Reese. (Hachette Audio, download only)

Mapmaker by Mark Bomback and Galaxy Craze. During her internship at her father’s digital mapping company, Tanya discovers the dangerous secret that caused her father’s death and has her on the run for her life. (Recorded Books)

Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin. Debut author Rubin leads listeners through the packed last days of Denton’s life—which include his senior prom—in a world where everyone knows when they will die. (Listening Library)

Eden West by Pete Hautman. The story of a boy’s unraveling allegiance to a cult. (Candlewick on Brilliance Audio)

Ferals by Jacob Grey. As he tries to save his city from scourge of violence, Caw, who can communicate with and command the crows, discovers an underground world of other ferals like himself. (HarperAudio)

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan. Inspired by a true story, introduces the first-ever female detective employed by the Pinkerton Detective Agency and her helpful 11-year-old niece. (Hachette Audio, download only)

The Great War by David Almond, John Boyne, Tracy Chevalier and others. Stories about World War I by a roster of internationally renowned authors, with each tale inspired by a historical object. (Candlewick on Brilliance Audio)

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch. In this dual memoir, an American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe recount their experience as pen pals and how they became best friends through writing letters. (Hachette Audio, download only)


From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot. Introduces the diary of a new heroine in the Princess Diaries universe. (Macmillan Audio)

Undertow by Michael Buckley. Undersea warriors march out of the ocean into modern-day Coney Island in this title, the first of an adventure trilogy featuring a 16-year-old heroine. (Recorded Books)

Moone Boy by Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy. The first in a humorous middle-grade series based on the Hulu sitcom Moone Boy starring actor O’Dowd. (Macmillan Audio)

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce. Pip, a girl who can talk to magical creatures, her aunt who is a vet for magical creatures. and Pip’s new friend Tomas try to save their town from creatures run amok. (Scholastic)

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. Peyton, who vies for attention in her stressed family, finds acceptance, friendship, and love with a warm and chaotic clan who run the local pizza parlor. (Listening Library)

The Churchill Club: Knud Pedersen and the Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose. Ashamed by his country’s failure to stand up to German occupation at the beginning of World War II, 15-year-old Knud Pedersen rallies a group of friends and classmates in Denmark to take action against the Nazis. Hoose includes Pedersen’s personal recollections in his story. (Recorded Books)

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry, read by Todd Haberkorn. During their class trip to Washington, D.C., eighth-grader Wyatt and his friends land in deep trouble. (Brilliance Audio)


Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu. Though she’s always found comfort in her conservative Christian faith, Rachel has begun to wonder about the world her family shuns and whether her blind devotion will hurt her. (Recorded Books)

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. Fourteen-year-old Audrey begins to make marked recovery from an anxiety disorder when she forges a sweet connection with her brother’s teammate. (Listening Library)

Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling, read by Peter Kenny. A sprite named Puck takes two children on 10 magical adventures that introduce some key events in English history. (Naxos AudioBooks)

Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville. An ancient curse has sent a brownie (a benevolent elf of Scottish lore) named Angus from Scotland to live with 11-year-old Alex in America. (Listening Library)

Other Notable Children’s and YA: The 39 Clues: Doublecross, Book 1: Mission Titanic by Jude Watson, read by David Pittu (Scholastic, Feb.); Lost Boy by Tim Green (Dreamscape, Mar.); An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Listening Library, Apr.); Pieces and Players by Blue Balliett, read by Bahni Turpin (Scholastic, Apr.); Graceful by Wendy Mass, read by Kathleen McInerney (Scholastic, Apr.); Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson, read by Kasey Lee Huizinga (Hachette Audio, May); Eternity’s Wheel by Neil Gaiman (HarperAudio, May)