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Publishers' spring audio lists have taken shape, and there's a robust variety of offerings available to listeners. The season includes debuts from publisher Dreamscape Media and the children's imprint Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, and a new name for the former BBC Audiobooks America, now known as AudioGO. Continuing the trends of recent years, paranormal romance, dystopian fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery/thriller genres remain strong, and listeners will see many of their favorite big names on the shelves alongside a few newcomers. The ever-popular memoir category leads the nonfiction pack with a large number of entries for the first half of 2011, by the famous (Billy Joel, Annie Proulx, Dick Van Dyke, Tina Fey) as well as by everyday people with amazing stories to share. Here are some selected highlights of the new releases for spring.


Left Neglected by Lisa Genova, read by Sarah Paulson. Neuroscientist Genova delivers the tale of an overachieving 30-something woman whose life changes in a split second when she suffers a traumatic brain injury, leaving her with "left neglect," a condition that renders her unaware of anything on her left side. (Simon & Schuster Audio, Jan.)

The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer, read by Scott Brick. Set in Washington, D.C., a story of intrigue at the highest levels of government. According to Hachette, the recording includes a challenge to Brick, suggested by Meltzer's Twitter followers. Listen closely for what sounds like a cameo by Christopher Walken. (Hachette Audio, Jan.)

Gideon's War by Howard Gordon, read by Carlos Bernard. Gordon, executive producer of TV's 24, is right at home in this debut thriller starring Gideon Davis, who has one day to bring his rogue brother to justice before a vast global conspiracy turns deadly. Narrator Bernard played Tony on 24. (Simon & Schuster Audio, Jan.)

Agatha H. and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Fogilo, read by Angela Dawe. The Hugo and Eisner Award–winning comic book series is captured in this recording of a novelization. (Brilliance Audio, Jan.)

The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, read by Gerard Kyle. Each year, the storyteller, Hassan, gathers listeners to the city square to share their recollections of a young, foreign couple who mysteriously disappeared years earlier. This exploration of the perception of truth is the first in a cycle of novels set in the Islamic world. (Dreamscape Media, Jan.)

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card, read by Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card. Card's contemporary urban fantasy is read by his daughter and Audie and Grammy Award–winning audio producer, narrator, and director Rudnicki. (Blackstone Audio, Jan.)

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland, read by Kimberly Farr. Behind the scenes at the 1893 New York studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany, through the eyes of studio artist and designer Clara Driscoll. (Random House Audio, Jan.)

West of Here by Jonathan Evison. An epic western adventure wrapped in the history of one small town, follows two time lines: the past, as the founders rush toward the future, and the present, as their descendants struggle with the past. (HighBridge Audio, Feb.)

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones, read by Lorelai King. Charley Davidson is a part-time PI and full-time Grim Reaper in this debut paranormal thriller narrated by Audie-winner King. An interview with the author is included. (Macmillan Audio, Feb.)

666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce, read by Ilyana Kadushin. A new contemporary gothic series about the witches—literally—who live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. (HarperAudio, download only, Feb.)

Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel, read by Sandra Burr. Marks the sixth and final volume in the Earth's Children series. (Brilliance Audio, Feb.)

Half Life by Jennifer Weiner, read by Katie Finneran. This dramatic, romantic story, serialized in Redbook magazine in summer 2010, features a cover with a special barcode that allows shoppers to scan and listen to an excerpt while in the store. (Simon & Schuster Audio, Feb.)

When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle, read by Anthony Heald. Action-packed adventure about endangered animals and those who would protect them. (Blackstone Audio, Feb.)

The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Glittering Storm by Stephen Cole, read by Elisabeth Sladen. Sladen, who stars as Sarah Jane in the titular BBC-TV sci-fi series, reads this audio-exclusive story. (AudioGO, Feb.)

Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt, read by Susan Duerden. Winston Churchill and a vulnerable young woman are among those who fall under the sway of the strange "presence" they know as Mr. Chartwell. (Random House Audio, Feb.)

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, read by Carrington MacDuffie. Inspired by the hard-drinking, fast-living adventures of Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley in Jazz Age Paris. (Random House Audio, Feb.)

Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, read by John Glover. The popular author team introduces a new mystery series starring 24-year-old Gideon, out to avenge the murder of his father. (Hachette Audio, Feb.)

Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances by Linda Francis Lee, read by Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell. When Emily's husband dies and she's threatened with eviction, comfort arrives in the form of a wacky dog named Einstein. (Tantor Audio, Mar.)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, read by the author. A tale that was initially published in serial format on the author's blog now appears in both audio and print editions. (Brilliance Audio, Mar.)

The Mark of Zorro, based on the novel by Johnston McCully, dramatized for audio by Yuri Rasovsky, read by Val Kilmer and a full cast. This audio drama adaptation was created by the award-winning Hollywood Theater for the Ear especially for Blackstone. (Blackstone Audio, Apr.)

Save Me by Lisa Scottoline, read by Cynthia Nixon. Promotion for Scottoline's story of split-second choice and its consequences includes a collaborative social media campaign and advance listening clips for her newsletter and Web site. Scottoline has also narrated her own audiobook work, on Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog (2009) and My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space, which she wrote and narrated with her daughter, Francesca, last year. (Macmillan Audio, Apr.)

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe, read by Colin Buchanan. Maxwell Sim struggles to make real connections in a life filled with technology and gadgets. (AudioGO, May)

The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake, read by Rupert Degas. A new recording of a popular example of 20th-century gothic fiction marks the centenary of the author's birth. Peake's unfinished novel Titus Awakes has been completed for publication this year, which may spark the original trilogy Titus Groan (Feb.); Gormenghast (Apr.) and Titus Alone (June). (Naxos AudioBooks, Feb.-June)

The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser, read by Simon Vance. Nesser's Van Veeteren mystery series is an international bestseller and makes its U.S. debut on audio with the simultaneous release of five titles, including this one. (HighBridge Audio, June)

Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder, read by Holter Graham. Graham also narrated Finder's 2009 book about "private spy" Nick Heller, Vanished. Audio enthusiast Finder has already begun an audio giveaway via his Facebook page, and last summer made broad use of social media to advocate for the Audio Publishers Association's June Is Audiobook Month campaign. (Macmillan Audio, June)

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Gran's thriller stars quirky PI DeWitt, who uses dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help solve mysteries. (HighBridge, June)

Untitled James Bond novel by Jeffery Deaver. Deaver tackles the iconic superspy franchise, serving up a contemporary thriller starring a 30-year-old James Bond. (Simon & Schuster Audio, June)

Other Notable Fiction

Delirious by Daniel Palmer, read by Peter Berkot (Brilliance Audio, Jan.); A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley, read by Jayne Entwistle (Random House Audio, Feb.); Frostbitten: A Women of the Otherworld Novel by Kelley Armstrong, read by Jen Taylor (AudioGO, Feb.); The Adults by Alison Espach, read by Tavia Gilbert (Dreamscape Media, Feb.); This Side of the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel by Jeaniene Frost, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio, Feb.); Devotion of Subject X by Keigo Higashino, trans. by Alexander O. Smith, read by David Pittu (Macmillan Audio, Feb.); A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear (HarperAudio, download only, Mar.); Other Kingdoms by Richard Matheson, read by Bronson Pinchot (Blackstone Audio, Mar.); The Priest by Gerard O'Donovan (Dreamscape Media, Mar.); City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster Audio, Apr.); Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark, read by January LaVoy (Hachette Audio, Apr.); The Uncoupling by Meg Worlitzer (AudioGO, Apr.); Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg (Random House Audio, Apr.); The End of Everything by Megan Abbott (Blackstone Audio, Apr.); In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard (Dreamscape Media, Apr.); Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans (Simon & Schuster Audio, Apr.); Saints and Sinners by Edna O'Brien (Dreamscape Media, May); The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe (Brilliance Audio, May); Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith (Macmillan Audio, May); Dreams of Joy by Lisa See (Random House Audio, May); Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (Random House Audio, June); Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich (Random House Audio, June); The Two Deaths of Daniel Hays by Marcus Sakey (Brilliance Audio, June); The Crook Factory by Dan Simmons (Brilliance Audio, June).

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