LJ Best Books 2016

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Major Audio Releases: Forthcoming Audiobooks from Books on Tape You’ll Want To Have


Bradley, Allen. I Am Half Sick of Shadows. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 10 hrs. Books on Tape. Nov. 2011. ISBN 9780307879479. $35. retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. MYS
Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series has been burning up the best sellers charts and snagging prestigious awards. This fourth outing, read by Jayne Entwistle, should fare equally well. Delacorte has the hardcover rights and is doing an initial print run of 40,000 units.

Evanovich, Janet. Explosive Eighteen. 5 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 6 hrs. Books on Tape. Nov. 2011.ISBN 9780307932525. $32; retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. MYS
Evanovich is giving her countless fans a collective coronary by releasing a second thriller featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum in a single year. Bantam is producing a whopping one million‚ copy first printing. The audiobook, read by Lorelei King, as well as the print version, will cause a feeding frenzy. Stock up!

Grafton, Sue. V Is for Vengeance. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11¬Ω hrs. Books on Tape. Nov. 2011. ISBN 9780307704276. $45; retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. MYS
Grafton is no slouch either, and her alphabet series has sold zillions. No reader has been named yet, and the print run numbers from Putnam are still pending, but this 22nd series volume should be as big as its predecessors. B is for buy it!


Didion, Joan. Blue Nights. 4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 4 hrs. Books on Tape. Nov. 2011. ISBN 9780307940834. $25; retail ed. Random Audio; digital download. MEMOIR
Following in the vein of her earlier The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion here relates memories of her late daughter and her take on children, illness, and growing older. Knopf has ordered a 200,000-copy first print run. This probably will be a real tear-jerker, but people love them. If Didion is narrating or not is still unknown.

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Michael Rogers (mrogers@mediasourceinc.com) is Media Editor, Library Journal and Managing Editor of LJ Reviews.