Audiobook release day: The Alloy of Law, 11-22-63, Inheritance, Wild Cards, …

Well, well, well. It’s quite a day for audiobooks, from epic fantasy to epic fantasy turned Steam-age, to superheroes, to zombies, to the conclusion of a 4-book series begun by a now-famous then-teenager. Welcome to November 8, 2011.

The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel By Brandon Sanderson Narrated by Michael Kramer From Macmillan Audio — set three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy (The Final EmpireThe Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages) The Alloy of Law combines magic, metal, guns, and a bit of steam (in a way that Sanderson’s 14-Year-Old Self Might Take Issue with but which Tor.com reviewer Chris Lough appreciates) in a tidy package of just under 11 hours:

11-22-63: A Novel By Stephen King Narrated by Craig Wasson From Simon & Schuster Audio — 30 hours, 1 credit — sees King tackle a time-travel novel of JFK assassination avoidance. (The only more prototypical example would have been, of course, going back to assassinate Hitler.) NPR has a review and excerpt, the TESCO Books Blog has an exclusive Q&A, and TIME’s Lev Grossman reviewed the book and it seems to either avoid or play with the tropes of time travel fiction, a worry when bestselling authors tackle trope-laden subgenres:

Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini narrated by Gerard Doyle and published by Listening Library — 31 hours, 2 credits — Concludes the erstwhile trilogy which began with EragonEldest, and Brisingr with a much-anticipated fourth book:

Anthology: Wild Cards I edited by George R. R. Martin, with stories from Walter John Williams (pretty sure they mean Walter Jon Williams here…)Melinda SnodgrassCarrie Vaughn, and David Levine (and more not listed in the product description at Audible.com, such as Lewis ShinerRoger ZelaznyHoward WaldropMichael Cassutt, and Martin himselfNarrated by Luke Daniels From Brilliance Audio — “In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.” — an audiobook for Volume II is coming on December 20 — and this first audio volume is glowingly reviewed by The Guilded Earlobe today as well:

ALSO OUT TODAY:

MISSING IN ACTION:

LATER THIS WEEK:

  • Non-genre? Cain by Jose Saramago (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 4, 2011 — Nov 11 in audio)

NEXT WEEK (11/15):

TWO WEEKS (11/22):

THREE WEEKS (11/29):

Whew. That gets us to December.

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