Audiobook release day: Osama by Lavie Tidhar

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I don’t always do a release day post these days, usually saving things up for one week-in-recap. But sometimes an audiobook comes along off-Tuesday that I’m really excited about, and today has one such audiobook. Coming in at about 8.5 hours, Osama By Lavie Tidhar is Narrated by Jeff Harding for Audible Ltd [Audible UK link here]:

In a world without global terrorism Joe, a private detective, is hired by a mysterious woman to find a man: the obscure author of pulp fiction novels featuring one Osama Bin Laden: Vigilante…Joe’s quest to find the man takes him across the world, from the backwaters of Asia to the European Capitals of Paris and London, and as the mystery deepens around him there is one question he is trying hard not to ask: who is he, really, and how much of the books is fiction? Chased by unknown assailants, Joe’s identity slowly fragments as he discovers the shadowy world of the refugees, ghostly entities haunting the world in which he lives. Where do they come from? And what do they want? Joe knows how the story should end, but even he is not ready for the truths he’ll find in New York and, finally, on top a quiet hill above Kabul—nor for the choice he will at last have to make….”

Who likes this novel? Jeff VanderMeer, Christopher Priest, Paul Kincaid, the BSFA, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award jury, … I was very excited when Tidhar announced a multi-book audio rights deal with Audible, and Osama is here much, much sooner than I expected. Delightfully so! I expect to start listening tonight, pushing my planned next listen of China Mieville’s Railsea (due out tomorrow) off a day or two.

ALSO OUT TODAY: Lightspeed Year One: From the Hugo Award Nominated Magazine which is a (slightly incomplete in audio) anthology from the excellent online/e-zine Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams. The Skyboat Audio production collects the high-production value podcast of the first year of the magazine, including stories by Orson Scott CardJoe HaldemanNancy KressUrsula Le GuinJack McDevittRobert ReedCatherynne Valente, and Carrie Vaughn (among others, such as Eric Gregory, …) and is narrated by Paul BoehmerEmily CardGabrielle De CuirRosalyn LandorStefan RudnickiRobin Sachs, and more; and it comes in at a bit over 13 hours.

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