AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 2, 2014: September is here, and so are 5 of my most-anticipated audiobooks of the entire year: Jeff VanderMeer’s Acceptance concludes his Southern Reach trilogy, David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks is the Cloud Atlas author’s first new novel in four years, Cherie Priest’s Maplecroft gives us Lizzie Borden and her axe, we find out what happens to an angel on the run after Sleeping Late on Judgement Day, and Wil Wheaton narrates an audiobook adaptation of Randall Munroe’s What If? Also out this week: Seanan McGuire’s The Winter Long, Gregory Sherl’s The Future for Curious People, Sylvia Izzo Hunter’s The Midnight Queen, Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, Richard Parks’ Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter, along with an absolutely unbelievable lineup of narrators for the complete run of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and! thrillers galore, including Tana French’s The Secret Place. Seen but not heard picks include: Stuart Rojstaczer’s The Mathematician’s Shiva, Ben Lerner’s 10:04, Tony Daniel and David Drake’s The Savior, J.F. Lewis’ Grudgebearer, and Nina Allen’s The Race. Plenty of news and links to share this week: Ellen Kushner talks audiobooks with Forbes, Veronica Scott talks audiobooks with USA Today, Ford is giving away copies of Edan Lepucki’s California, Simon & Schuster Audio is having a massive thriller audiobook giveaway contest, and indie narrator Jeff Hays did an “ask me anything” on reddit. OK! By the time you read this, Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs, Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, Steven Gould’s Exo, and Neal Stephenson’s Hieroglyph anthology will already be out. (Not to mention Siobhan Adcock’s The Barter, which already is, and, finally! The Rabbit Back Literature Society which is due September 11.) Happy listening!
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