3 audiobooks I loved this month
The Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoo’s Calling

$9.99$4.99Audiobook: 12.99 (Audible)
Several friends recommended this crime series by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling all at once last month, and I'm glad I paid attention—and that one of them urged me to try the audio versions. In this murder mystery, detective Cormoran Strike and his Girl Friday investigate a supermodel's suspicious suicide. I found the plot compellingly twisty, the characters interesting, the rapport between the two investigators my favorite part. I was leery to do this on audio because of the HSP factor, but aside from a few brief descriptions of the crime scene (and a whole lot of f-bombs) it was fine. (I wouldn't necessarily say that about books 2 and 3 of the series, which are more grisly. I read those in hardback.) Now I'm impatiently waiting for book 4 of the series... (15 hr 54 min) More info →
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Winter

Winter

$11.99$2.99
I was shocked to discover this final installment to the blockbuster Lunar Chronicles series clocks in at 832 pages, or 23 hours of audio. That is absurdly long for a YA novel, yet it didn't feel too long while I was reading it. In this final installment, Meyer draws all her characters back to Luna to incite a rebellion against Queen Levana. All in all, this was a satisfying conclusion to a great series, and that's all I could hope for as a reader. If you're new to the series, don't jump in here: it's important to read these books in order. A word of warning: it's been a long time since I read the previous books in the series, and during the first half hour of Winter, I was a little concerned about how many details I'd forgotten. But as I listened, it came back to me. (23 hr 30 min) More info →
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The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair

Graham Greene is frequently included in "novels everyone should read" and "best of the century" lists, and I've been meaning to read him for years. But I'd never made it a priority ... until I found out that Colin Firth narrates this version. This short novel might not hold the broader appeal of the other novels on this list, but I found it enjoyable and thought-provoking, and Firth's narration is pitch perfect. If you love Brideshead Revisited, read this immediately. (6 hr 28 min) More info →
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