Audiobook release Tuesday: Joe Haldeman’s Earthbound, Pohl’s The Space Merchants, The Thirteen Hallows, Cassandra Clare, Philip Palmer, and Patricia Briggs galore

December gets off to a rolling start with a fairly sizable first Tuesday of big-title audiobooks:

1. Earthbound By Joe Haldeman Narrated by Annie Henk For Recorded Books — concluding Haldeman’s trilogy which began with Marsbound and continued with Starbound, Earthbound literally brings the story “home”:

2. The Space Merchants (1958) by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, Narrated by Dan Bittner For Macmillan Audio — “In a vastly overpopulated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of governments and now hold all political power. States exist merely to ensure the survival of huge transnational corporations. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and boasts some of the world’s most powerful executives. Through advertising, the public is constantly deluded into thinking that all the products on the market improve the quality of life. However, the most basic elements are incredibly scarce, including water and fuel.”

3. The Thirteen Hallows By Michael Scott and Colette Freedman Narrated by Kate Reading For Macmillan Audio — a dark, demonic, violent adult fantasy from the author (Scott) of the well-received young reader series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, The Thirteen Hallows begins a new series:

4. YA: The Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book 2 By Cassandra Clare Narrated by Ed Westwick and Heather Lind For Simon & Schuster Audio — second in her The Infernal Devices series after last year’s Clockwork Angel ( and her previously successful Mortal Instruments series:



YR: Witch & Wizard: The Fire By James Patterson and Jill Dembowski Narrated by Elijah Wood and Spencer Locke For Hachette Audio — there’s a free excerpt of Book One to see if bestselling author Patterson’s foray into teen fantasy is of interest


The Postmortal: A Novel by Drew Magary and narrated by Johnny Heller was published in CD and MP3-CD audio by Tantor Audio yesterday, but I’ve been told not to expect it to appear at until closer to the end of the week.


NEXT WEEK (Dec 13):

  • Pilgrim of the Sky written and narrated by Natania Barron (Candlemark & Gleam) (looks like the audiobook will be a bit later)
  • The Liminal People by Ayize Jama-Everett (Dec 13, 2011) – Kindle eBook (print edition coming in January, Small Beer Press)
  • Myths of Origin: Four Short Novels collects 4 previously released short novels by Catherynne M. Valente (Dec 15; Wyrm) — no audio news

TWO WEEKS (Dec 20):



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