Previewing September 2011 in audiobooks

August was jam-packed with wonderful audiobooks, and September looks every bit as crowded. Still, my most anticipated title is REAMDE by Neal Stephenson, coming September 20 from Brilliance Audio:

I’ve deliberately avoided learning too much about the novel; it’s enough for me that it’s by Stephenson, who always seems to be writing the book I am ready to read. Whether it was The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, The Baroque Cycle, or his most recent novel, the stunning Anathem, I’m more than willing to follow him wherever he’d like to go. I’ve heard that there’s a bit of a “thriller” feel to this novel, which is really not at all what I generally go for. But, hey. Lev Grossman liked it, too: “It’s a truly fantastic book. I feel like he’s the only novelist working today who properly writes about the present day — the real present day where we are all embedded in this technological world.” Am I’m set to actually review this one as a review copy from the publisher, my very first audiobook review copy ever. So a trifecta of expectations!

But like I said: there’s a lot to like in September (and beyond). Thanks to Omnivoracious, Cybermage, Ranting Dragon, Library Journal, and io9 (among others) for so many good book suggestions.

As this “preview” is (again) coming well into the second full release week in September, there have already been some releases, both as part of the Audible.com “First Friday” and last week’s lineup of Jedis, alternative history, Marla Mason, and more. Additionally, Kiteworld by Keith Roberts narrated by Gideon Emery, Roberts’s linked-story collection originally published in 1985, was added September 1 to Audible.com, yesterday the much-anticipated The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern led the Tuesday big releases, and earlier today saw Lauren Beukes’s Moxyland among others.

MORE IN SEPTEMBER:

Now, in previous “previewing …” posts, I’d include the next several months, all tacked onto the end. Going forward, those lists were just getting to unwieldy, too large, etc. So there’s a new page here, Anticipated upcoming releases, which I’ll update directly. I’ll post occasionally when I make updates to that page, as I’ll still only update it about once per month or so.

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