Early Mantel, Brand-new King, & a Leprechaun Bachelor Party | November Audio in Advance | Fiction

Audio in Advance offers previews of selected audiobooks two months ahead of publication, along with recommended picks and occasional interviews with notable authors and narrators.

snow queenAndersen, Hans Christian. The Snow Queen and Other Stories. Naxos. Read by Clare Corbett.
Fairy tale fans and Frozen-philes interested in exploring the film’s source material will want to listen to this collection of Andersen’s classic stories.

Andrews, Ilona, Lisa Shearin, Nalini Singh, & Milla Vane. Night Shift. Tantor Audio. Read by Angela Dawe.
This anthology of urban fantasy and paranormal romance contains Andrews’s “Magic Steals” about a shapeshifting tigress and a jaguar shifter; Shearin’s “Lucky Charms” about the female bodyguard for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party, Singh’s spicy “Secrets at Midnight”; and Vane’s barbarian warlord “The Beast of Blackmoor.”

Berg, Elizabeth. Talk Before Sleep. Brilliance Audio. Read by the author.
When her best friend, Ruth, becomes ill, Ann steps up to take care of her in Berg’s (Tapestry of Fortunes) novel about the power of female friendship.

Clare, Cassandra, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Maureen Johnson. The Bane Chronicles. Recorded Books. Read by Jesse Williams.
Originally released as e-only short stories, these tales concern Magnus Bane, a warlock in Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” and “The Infernal Devices” series. This collection also includes an eleventh, previously unreleased story.

Diamond, De’nesha. Boss Divas. Recorded Books. Read by Danielle Collins, Krystal King, Lisa Smith, Shari Peele, Simi Howe, and Soozi Cheyenne.
In the fourth entry in Diamond’s highly regarded “Divas” series (after Gangsta Divas), Lucifer and her crew are coping with the fallout from a gang war.

Filer, Nathan. The Shock of the Fall. Dreamscape Media. Reader to be announced.
This debut novel by a psychiatric nurse features a schizophrenic protagonist struggling to come to terms with his brother’s death. The winner of the 2013 Costa First Novel Award, this book has also been published as Where the Moon Isn’t.

Gardner, Lisa. Fear Nothing. Brilliance Audio. Read by Kirsten Potter.
Gardner’s seventh D.D. Warren novel (after Catch Me) finds the detective recovering from an attack while trying to stop the psychopathic Rose Killer.

disarmGray, June. Disarm: The Complete Novel. Brilliance Audio. Read by Emily Durante and Mikael Naramore.
Gray’s bestselling self-published erotic serial novellas are available for the first time as one audiobook.

Ha Jin. A Map of Betrayal. Recorded Books. Reader to be announced.
Jin (Waiting) writes a decades-spanning novel about the daughter of a Chinese spy. After his death, Lilian Shang discovers her father’s diary and travels to China to meet the family he abandoned there.

Harris, Lynn Raye. A Game with One Winner. Recorded Books. Reader to be announced.
A proud heiress with a secret and a cutthroat Russian businessman each meets their match in Harris’s latest Harlequin Presents category romance.

Holmberg, Charlie M. The Glass Magician. Brilliance. Read by Amy McFadden.
The second (after The Paper Magician) in a series exploring a world of magicians who animate manmade materials. The series is written for adults, but has teen crossover potential.

Johnson, Denis. The Laughing Monsters. Macmillan Audio. Read by Will Patton.
Johnson, who won the National Book Award for Tree of Smoke, here writes a spy thriller set in West Africa. Roland Nair, his friend Michael Adriko, and Adriko’s American girlfriend, Davidia, travel from Sierra Leone to the Uganda-Congo border, keeping secrets and encountering violence.

talonKagawa, Julie. Talon. Blackstone Audio. Read by Caitlyn Davies, Macleod Andrews, and Chris Patton.
In this YA series launch with adult crossover potential, dragons hide in human form after being hunted nearly to extinction. Dragon siblings Ember and Dante Hill seek to infiltrate society while the Order of St. George, specifically Garret Sebastien, searches for them.

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Caitlin Davies, MacLeod Andrews, and Chris Patton
Caitlin Davies, MacLeod Andrews, and Chris Patton
Caitlin Davies, MacLeod Andrews, and Chris Patton

King, Stephen. Revival. S. & S. Audio. Read by David Morse.
A heroin-addicted guitarist with a tragic past has a chance meeting, decades later, with the charismatic preacher who loomed large over his childhood.

Liss, David. The Day of Atonement. Recorded Books. Reader to be announced.
Liss (The Whiskey Rebels) writes another detailed historical thriller, this one set in 1755 Lisbon and starring a man seeking to avenge his father’s death at the hands of the Inquisition.

Sarah MacLean, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover. Blackstone Audio. Reader to be announced.
The fourth and final book in MacLean’s “Rule of Scoundrel” historical romance series (after No Good Duke Goes Unpunished) features a duke’s sister with a secret identity (as the owner of a gaming hall) and the man who loves her.

mantelMantel, Hilary. Vacant Possession. Recorded Books. Read by Sandra Duncan.
Mantel’s (Wolf Hall) early book is about a woman kept under psychiatric confinement who sets out to take revenge against the people who had her locked away.

McDermid, Val. Northanger Abbey. Recorded Books. Read by Liz Pearce.
Crime writer McDermid (A Place of Execution) reimagines Jane Austen’s classic work about a young women visiting a well-off acquaintance.

McEwan, Ian. First Love, Last Rites: Stories. Recorded Books. Reader to be announced.
McEwan’s (Amsterdam) Somerset Maugham Award-winning collection of short stories is available for the first time on audio.

Theroux, Paul. Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories. HighBridge. Read by Garrick Hagon, Tim Flavin, and Jennifer Woodward.
Theroux’s (The Last Train to Zona Verde) collection of short stories is dark and slyly humorous.

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