Audio publishers are finalizing their new titles for spring, and we’ve selected some highlights of the season ahead. Sales and production of digital audio continue to increase at the blistering—often double-digit—pace of recent years, making the category a noted bright spot of 2018 mentioned by the Big Five publishers in their companies’ year-end reviews.
With “more, more, more” the call of the day, audio publishers are developing original audio content and, of course, increasing offerings in the traditional major genres of mystery/thriller/suspense, memoir, and romance, as well as in politics and investigative nonfiction, which are well represented in our spring highlights.
Audiobook publishers have traditionally followed a “try it, you’ll like it” approach to marketing and discoverability. PW recently announced it is aiding in that effort by adding audio clips to the web presentation of its book reviews. Penguin Random House is the first publisher to join in this practice, providing more than 8,000 samples of audiobooks that will appear within reviews of audiobooks and of titles in print and e-book formats as well. We are talking to other publishers about joining the program which we hope will enhance listeners’ ability to find just what they’re looking for.
Note: All titles listed are available as digital downloads; many are available in multiple formats. Where noted, retail CD pricing is included.
The Border by Don Winslow, read by Ray Porter (Feb., unabridged CD, $44.95, ISBN 978-1-5047-1998-8). In the conclusion to Winslow’s Cartel trilogy, hardened DEA agent Art Keller continues his war against cartels and the government to help stem the heroin epidemic.
The Jane Austen Diet: Austen’s Secrets to Food, Fitness, and Incandescent Happiness by Bryan Kozlowski (Mar., unabridged CD, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-982612-12-2) posits that there’s a modern approach to health hidden in Austen’s popular novels from the early 19th century.
The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull (June, unabridged CD, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-5385-8458-3). After a race of advanced aliens settles in the U.S. Virgin Islands, two families confront the personal and social impact of the alien presence.
The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan (May, unabridged CD, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-5385-4337-5) is a murder mystery set in Ireland against the backdrop of competitive research and academia.
The Test by Sylvian Neuvel, read by Neil Shah (Feb., unabridged CD, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-982527-84-6). An immigration test is taken to extreme levels to prove just how loyal a prospective citizen is to their new country.
Blood for Blood by Victoria Selman, read by Karen Cass (Feb., unabridged CD, $34.99, ISBN 978-1-7213-8704-5). A former special forces profiler investigating a serial killer may have become his target in this series starter.
Costalegre by Courtney Maum (July, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-7213-5492-4) is the tale of a privileged but neglected teenager living with her impetuous mother and a group of surreal artists at a mysterious Mexican resort.
Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson (June, unabridged CD, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-5113-2841-8) reimagines Paradise Lost as a sci-fi thriller set in parallel worlds in the near future.
Ruffhouse by Chris Schwartz, read by the author (June, unabridged CD, $34.99, ISBN 978-1-7213-7454-0), chronicles the rise of Ruffhouse Records founder Schwartz, hip-hop’s coming-of-age, and the trials and tribulations of some of the label’s greatest artists.
Run Away by Harlan Coben (Mar., unabridged CD, $44.99, ISBN 978-1-5012-1776-0). Following a tip, parents spot their runaway daughter in a park and get tangled in violence when they try to rescue her from a dark and dangerous world.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (May, unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-974926-69-5). An autistic Vietnamese woman is smitten with a man who is convinced he can’t feel love or other emotions.
Good Kids, Bad City by Kyle Swenson, read by Mia Barron (Feb., unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-974930-90-6), offers a critical social and political history of Cleveland, Ohio, and tells the true story of the longest wrongful imprisonment in U.S. history to end in exoneration.
Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman, read by Mia Barron (Feb., unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5385-4337-5). Daphne’s secrets may end up being jeopardized by a filmmaker neighbor who finds her late mother’s heavily annotated yearbook.
The Stranger from the Sea by Paul Binding, read by Piers Hampton (Feb., unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-974934-79-9). A new journalist at the local paper is assigned to do a story on a young Norwegian sailor who has been shipwrecked and is convalescing in a 19th-century English Channel town.
Fantastic Four: War Zone by Greg Cox, performed by the GraphicAudio Cast (Feb., unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-62851-807-8). As a consequence of their very public fall from grace as the superhero defenders of humankind, the Fantastic Four confront the loss of their reputations and a new threat from the depths of the Negative Zone.
Cari Mora by Thomas Harris, read by the author (May, unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-1-5491-4866-8), revolves around the evil, greed, and dark obsession connected to $25 million in cartel gold hidden beneath a Miami waterfront mansion.
The First Lady by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois, read by Deborah McBride (Mar., unabridged CD, $30, ISBN 978-1-5491-1938-5). The First Lady disappears when the president’s scandalous affair with another woman is made public.
Sea Stories by William H. McRaven, read by the author (May, unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-1-5491-9496-2). Admiral McCraven relates stories of bravery from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America’s Special Forces.
The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West, read by the author (May, unabridged CD, $30, ISBN 978-1-5491-4285-7), provides a look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered politics as well as American culture.
Women with Money: The Judgment-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and, Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve by Jean Chatzky, read by the author (Mar., unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-1-4789-9591-3), explores how women make and spend money and how they can grow it to achieve their goals.
Fall and Rise by Mitchell Zuckoff, read by the author (Apr., unabridged CD, $36.99, ISBN 978-0-06-293948-7). Inspired by the profiles of 9/11 victims that he wrote for the Boston Globe, Zuckoff retells the story of that day.
#IMomSoHard by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, read by the authors (Apr., unabridged download, $23.99, ISBN 978-0-06-285900-6), showcases the humorous duo who have a million followers on social media for their humorous posts about being busy moms.
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff, read by Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire and Candace Thaxton (Feb., unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4882-0569-9). In a tale inspired by true events, a woman in 1946 Manhattan discovers an abandoned suitcase containing the photos of 12 heroic female secret agents who aided the war resistance in Europe, and sets out to learn the truth about them.
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames, read by Lisa Flanagan (May, unabridged download, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-291761-4). A young woman tells the story behind two elderly sisters’ estrangement, unraveling family secrets that go back to their childhoods in Italy.
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young, read by the author (Mar., unabridged download, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-289822-7), is a humorous memoir-in-essays from the cofounder of Very Smart Brothas about what it means to be black in America.
Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt in New York State by Charles A. Gardener, read by Jonathan Yen (Feb., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-68441-762-9), offers a look at this 2015 jail break through the eyes of a lifelong resident of the community and former prison guard.
The Night Swimmers by Peter Rock, read by Graham Halstead (Mar., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-68441-857-2). In this autobiographical account, Rock tries to understand the events of a summer in the 1990s during which a young widow—his night lake swimming partner—disappears.
Sea Monsters: A Novel by Chloe Aridjis, read by Justine Eyre (Feb., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-68441-933-3). In 1980s Mexico, 17-year-old Luisa impulsively runs away from home to go to an eccentric beach community.
Their Little Secret by Mark Billingham (June, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-68168-647-9). DI Tom Thorne digs deeper into a suicide case and finds it was actually a homicide, which leads to a second potentially connected murder case.
The Women’s Suffrage Movement by Sally Roesch Wagner, read by Bahni Turpin (Mar., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-68441-732-2), is an anthology of works by famous and unknown women who shaped the suffrage movement, featuring a foreword by Gloria Steinem.
Exes and Ohs by Beth Kendrick (Mar., unabridged download, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-942907-55-8). Psychologist Gwen ends up in the middle of a dramatic triangle when her boyfriend’s ex becomes her new patient.
A Fare to Remember by Opal Crew, read by Jameson Adams (Mar., unabridged download, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62461-580-1). Cabdriver Stevie picks up billionaire Reid in her taxi and a steamy one-night stand turns into an intoxicating affair.
L.A. THEATRE WORKS
Sisters Matsumoto by Philip Kan Gotanda, performed by a full cast including Keiko Agena and Greg Watanabe (Feb., unabridged CD, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-68266-085-0). In 1945 California, three Japanese-American sisters return to their farm after years in an internment camp, but the once prosperous family finds it’s not easy to pick up the pieces of their former lives.
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (May, unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-250-22087-5) follows three generations of a privileged and powerful American family, exploring the mistakes and betrayals that have shaped their lives.
I.M.: A Memoir by Isaac Mizrahi, read by the author (Feb., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-7464-9). The designer and TV personality shares stories that delve into such topics as his lifelong battles with weight and depression, and what it was like to be a gay man in a homophobic age.
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates, read by the author (Apr., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-250-31705-6), offers details of the author’s life from being a partner working behind the scenes to one of the world’s most foremost advocates for women, in a call to action for women’s empowerment.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, read by Louise Brealey and Jack Hawkins (Feb., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-250-31754-4). This debut is a psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband and the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-to Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, read by the authors (May, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-250-22229-9). The voices behind the podcast My Favorite Murder reveal personal stories, sharing their struggles, fears, biggest mistakes, and formative life events.
Beasts in My Belfry by Gerald Durrell, read by Rupert Degas (Mar., unabridged download, $17.50, ISBN 978-1-78198-234-1), presents naturalist and zookeeper Durrell’s experiences as a student keeper at Whipsnade, an open-range animal exhibit, in 1945.
NORTH ATLANTIC BOOKS AUDIO
Cancer as a Wake-up Call: An Oncologist’s Integrative Approach to What You Can Do to Become Whole Again by M. Laura Nasi, read by Julie Slater (Mar., unabridged download, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62317-427-9), presents a new way of looking at how we view and treat cancer.
Gypsy: A Memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee, read by Meow Meow (Mar., unabridged download, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-62317-265-7), features the celebrated cabaret performer Meow Meow performing burlesque queen Lee’s memoir, the basis for the 1959 hit musical and several film adaptations.
City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert (June, unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-1-984888-46-4). A 95-year-old woman recalls the events from her life in the colorful theater world of 1940s New York City.
Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward by Valerie Jarrett, read by the author (Apr., unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-525-62427-1). A former senior adviser to President Obama shares her perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the 21st century.
Gingerbread: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi, read by the author (Mar., unabridged download, $17.50, ISBN 978-1-984839-45-9), is the tale of one London family’s complicated family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (July, unabridged CD, $45, ISBN 978-1-984891-05-1). Jules’s new job as an apartment sitter for an elusive resident of a swanky private apartment building becomes a nightmare when her friend and fellow sitter disappears.
Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline (Apr., unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-1-984882-69-1). A group of friends sworn to secrecy reunites 20 years after a teenage prank turned deadly.
RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO
Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law by Preet Bharara, read by the author (Mar., unabridged CD, $45, ISBN 978-0-525-59576-2). The former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York explains how we need to think about the various stages of the legal system to achieve truth and justice in our daily lives.
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (May, unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-7352-0846-9) serves up the true story of Willie Maxwell, a fraudulent Baptist minister and serial killer, who was shot dead during a funeral in 1970. Harper Lee was at the trial for the gunman and worked obsessively for years on a book about the case.
The River by Peter Heller, read by Mark Deakins (Mar., unabridged CD, $35, ISBN 978-1-984839-91-6). Two college friends encounter a potentially dangerous mystery and a wildfire on a harrowing canoeing trip in northern Canada.
Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl, read by the author (Apr., unabridged CD, $40, ISBN 978-0-385-39348-5), offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of how the culinary world operates and reveals how Reichl followed her passion to lead the creative team that transformed Gourmet magazine into a cutting-edge publication.
Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond, read by Kristen Sieh (Feb., unabridged download, $20, ISBN 978-1-984842-36-7). This first official Stranger Things novel is set before the events in the popular TV series and provides backstories for some key characters.
Cosmos: Possible Worlds by Ann Druyan, read by Druyan, with Jennice Ontiveros (Feb., unabridged download, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-980021-34-6), is the long-awaited sequel to Druyan and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, taking listeners to worlds only now emerging with the advent of new technologies. With a foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson, read here by Tyson.
Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Apr., unabridged download, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-980032-38-0). In an alternative 1980s London, Charlie and Miranda become involved in a love triangle with the synthetic human whose personality they have jointly designed.
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond (May, unabridged download, $34.99, ISBN 978-1-980024-98-9) offers a new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don’t.
Winter World by A.G. Riddle, read by Edoardo Ballerini and Amanda Leigh Cobb (Feb., unabridged download, $34.99, ISBN 978-1-980033-13-4), is the first title in a sci-fi–thriller trilogy.
Wolf Pack by C.J. Box (Mar., unabridged download, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-980021-80-3). Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett tries to stop a mysterious, destructive drone operator and the pack of four vicious killers who apparently want the mystery man dead.
SIMON SCHUSTER AUDIO
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, read by Jennifer Lim (Mar., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-6686-0), follows the friendship of two girls from very different backgrounds who become divers on the small South Korean island of Jeju.
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark (Apr., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-6676-1). Journalist Penelope is researching a piece on the #MeToo movement that includes an incident from her own life, and does not realize the young man who assaulted her is now a powerful industrialist who will do anything to cover his tracks.
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (June, unabridged CD, $30, ISBN 978-1-5082-5179-8) explores two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places in a changing world.
The Pioneers by David McCullough (May, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-7908-2) focuses on the settling of America’s Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers.
True Believer by Jack Carr (Apr., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-6773-7). Jack Reece is recruited by the CIA to target terrorist leaders and unravel a conspiracy that exposes a traitor in this sequel to The Terminal List.
The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion: How to Build New Habits to Transform Your Life by Kristin Neff and Shauna Shapiro, performed by the authors (Apr., unabridged CD, $69.95, ISBN 978-1-68364-281-7), explores the latest research on these complementary skills and offers guided practices.
Where Monsters Hide: Sex, Murder and Madness in the Midwest by William M. Phelps, read by Jonathan Yen (Mar., unabridged CD, $49.99, ISBN 978-1-63015-576-6). A missing-persons case turns into a twisty murder mystery in this true crime title.
THOMAS NELSON AUDIO
Grateful American by Gary Sinise, read by the author (Feb., unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-0814-2). Sinise shares the story of changing from trouble-making Chicago kid to cofounder of the Steppenwolf Theater Company, award-winning actor, and advocate for veterans, soldiers, and first responders.
Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich, read by the author (July, unabridged download, $21.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2639-0), is set during the Great Depression in the rural South and features interconnected stories of people whose lives cross in ordinary ways.
Mind Easing: The Three-Layered Plan for Anxiety and Depression by Bick Wanck, read by Chris Andrew Ciulla (Mar., unabridged download, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62461-631-0), demonstrates how to relieve and often resolve anxiety and drepression by assisting the mind’s natural ability to heal.
A Love Letter Life by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff, read by the authors (Apr., unabridged download, $21.99, ISBN 978-0-310-35369-0). The stars of TV’s Little People, Big World offer their insights on how to build an intentional, creative and faithful relationship.
Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, with Greg Mone, read by LeVar Burton (Feb., unabridged CD, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-982591-46-5), introduces young listeners to the principles of scientific inquiry by making plain the mysteries of the cosmos and addressing big questions about the nature of time and space.
The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton, read by Rosie Jones (Feb., unabridged CD, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-982575-11-3) continues the Belles fantasy saga as Camille eludes the evil queen and searches for the ailing Princess Charlotte.
Between Before and After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry, read by Madison Lawrence and Liz Hill (Feb., unabridged download, $21.99, ISBN 978-0-310-76857-9). Molly digs into her mother’s past and finds a family secret in this tale told in dual narratives between 1918 New York City and 1955 San Jose, Calif.
Before I Disappear by Danielle Stintson (July, unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-7213-7280-5). When her town and her little brother vanish into thin air, Rose must unravel the clues her brother is sending and find him before he’s gone forever.
Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo (Mar., unabridged CD, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-7213-6542-5). A final letter from her late soldier sister sends Angie and an estranged childhood friend on the road trip her sister did not live to take.
The Fever King by Victoria Lee, read by Michael Crouch (Mar., unabridged CD, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-7213-3626-5). Sixteen-year-old Noam, the sole survivor of a viral magic attack that killed his family and made him a technopath, secretly plots magical revenge in this first volume of the Feverwake series.
The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked and Found by Martin W. Sandler, read by Jeff Cummings (Mar., unabridged CD, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-7213-6562-3), serves up the true story of the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the only pirate ship ever found.
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (Apr., unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-974931-22-4). When 17-year-old Violet accidentally releases a monster from the Gray, she finds herself having to unearth the dark truths about her family and her abilities.
A Place for Wolves by Kosoko Jackson (Apr., unabridged CD, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-974937-88-2). James and Tomas are in love and fighting to survive in a war-torn country.
Internment by Samira Ahmed, read by Soneela Nankani (Mar., unabridged CD, $25, ISBN 978-1-5491-4876-7) tells the story of a futuristic United States where Muslim citizens are forced into internment camps.
The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin (Apr., unabridged CD, $25, ISBN 978-1-5491-4882-8). Caitlyn enters the 10-person seventh-grade class in her new, rural school in the wake of Paulie Fink, legendary class clown and oddball.
Once Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Carpetta, read by Lauren Fortang (Mar., unabridged CD, $30, ISBN 978-1-5491-1588-2), reimagines the King Arthur legend with the once and future king as a teenage girl who is on a quest to save the universe.
Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain, read by Damian Lynch (June, unabridged download, $22.98, ISBN 978-1-5491-4906-1). Shif, a young refugee, crosses continents in this debut novel of survival.
Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Apr., unabridged download, $23.99, ISBN 978-0-06-288572-2). When the three Greystone kids hear reports of three kidnapped children, they are shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers.
Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly (May, unabridged download, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-291117-9). When Lalani’s mother falls ill with an incurable disease, Lalani embarks on a dangerous journey to safeguard her own future.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, read by Bahni Turpin (Feb., unabridged download, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-284068-4). Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time, and as the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who died right before he hit it big, she’s got huge shoes to fill.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, read by the author (May, unabridged download, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-288678-1). High school senior and talented cook Emoni has a daughter to care for and her abuela to help support as she tries to follow her dream of becoming a chef, in this new tale by the NBA-winning author of The Poet X.
Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani (Mar., unabridged download, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-06-291117-9). Viola is back home in Brooklyn during spring break from her Midwestern boarding school and trying to figure out which place suits her best.
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand (May, unabridged download, $27.50, ISBN 978-0-525-63896-4). Two young women centuries apart—one a troubled, magic-wielding queen, the other a bounty hunter serving a ruthless empire—must fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, in this sequel to Furyborn.
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie, read by Sophie Amoss (Mar., unabridged download, $25, ISBN 978-1-984837-90-5). Seventeen-year-old Poe is seeking to avenge her best friend’s murder when she becomes captain of a river dredge mining for gold in this dystopian adventure.
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez, read by Anthony Perez (Mar., unabridged download, $27.50, ISBN 978-1-984845-79-5). Sal’s ability to reach into time and space to retrieve things from other dimensions could put the entire universe at risk.
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson, read by the author (Mar., unabridged CD, $30, ISBN 978-1-984882-39-4). Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action within stories from her life in this free verse memoir.
MACMILLAN YOUNG LISTENERS
Birthday by Meredith Russo (May, unabridged CD, $44.99, ISBN 978-1-250-31707-0). Morgan and Eric are born in the same hospital on the same day, and this story chronicles their romance via six years of snapshots of their birthdays.
The Dysasters by P.C. and Kristin Cast, read by Emma Galvin (Feb., unabridged CD, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-4272-9701-3), begins a YA paranormal fantasy series about teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements.
Finale by Stephanie Garber, read by Rebecca Soler (May, unabridged CD, $39.99 ISBN 978-1-250-22082-0), closes out the bestselling Caraval YA fantasy trilogy.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (Apr., unabridged CD, $50.99, ISBN 978-1-250-22119-3) is the first volume in the gothic Something Dark and Holy YA trilogy.
The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons, read by Soneela Nankani (Feb., unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-980006-16-9). Brynn quickly discovers that the elite academy to which she’s been recruited is actually a school for aspiring con artists.
Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass (May, unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-980036-65-4). In this suspenseful tale, Maris spends the summer before her 18th birthday in a wealthy beach town with her estranged father and his new family, and is drawn to mysterious neighbor Edison.
Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith (June, unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-980033-50-9) follows a transgender boy who falls in love for the first time.
The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel, read by the author (Feb., unabridged download, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-338-33076-2), presents the true story of 11 men and one woman who risked their lives during WWII to preserve churches, libraries, monuments, and works of art essential to the heritage of Western civilization.
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, read by Richard Shukla (Feb., unabridged download, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-338-35287-0). Rukhsana stands up for her beliefs and her love when her conservative Muslim mother catches Rukhsana and her girlfriend together.
Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd, read by Cassandra Morris (Apr., unabridged CD, $34.99, ISBN 978-1-338-33067-0). Twelve-year-old Mallie is selected for a dangerous competition in which children train flying horses.
Spin by Lamar Giles, read by Bahni Turpin et al. (Feb., unabridged download, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-338-33116-5). When rising star DJ ParSec is found dead, her BFF and number one fan team up to help solve the case.
SIMON SCHUSTER AUDIO
Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt, read by Laurel Kathleen (Mar., unabridged CD, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-7697-5), explores themes of freedom, hope, and faith via multiple perspectives across time.
The Revenge of Magic by James Riley, read by Kirby Heyborne (Mar., unabridged download, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-6700-3). When long-dead magical creatures are discovered all around the world, each buried with a book of magic, only children can unlock the dangerous power of the books in this series starter.
Rising Water by Marc Aronson (Mar., unabridged download, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-5082-8559-5) tells the true story of the heroic rescue of 12 boys trapped with their soccer coach in a flooded cave in Thailand.