Hello Audiophiles! Between endless games of fetch with my ten-month-old gremlin (#FetchIsLife), I’ve been making notes on 2022 audiobook releases that I have loved the most or that I need to add to my TBR. Before I knew it, my list had grown, including dozens of titles I needed to listen to NOW. So I guess in between the giant tomes I’ll be listening to this summer, I will be adding some new releases.
Currently, I’m listening to Before and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum, which she narrates. It gives listeners an overview of the publishing process, from finishing your manuscript to your publicity campaign to what to do after your first book is out. I keep the print edition beside me to annotate as I go along. I really appreciate how Maum breaks down the process. Even if you aren’t looking to publish a book but just want to know how things work, this book will help.
When Gwen isn’t listening to audiobooks with me, she’s trying to get on her brother’s good side. Dylan is almost seven and isn’t really interested in hanging out with his over-enthusiastic little sister all the time. But recently, she’s tried to snuggle up close to him. She’s actually beginning to succeed. Yes, we were all shocked too.
Recent Listen: Two Audiobooks with a Large Cast
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
When Jess arrives in Paris, she plans on staying with her brother, Ben, in his very nice apartment. But her brother isn’t there. Instead, Jess meets his eclectic neighbors, who all eye her with suspicion.
The story starts from Jess’s point of view before moving to the different neighbors’ perspectives. They each get their own narrator, making the audiobook feel like a performance of different monologues. I really enjoyed the overall effect, and found myself staying up late to finish the story.
Narrated by Clare Corbett, Daphne Kouma, Julia Winwood, Sope Dirisu, Sofia Zervudachi, and Charlie Anson
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
Six twenty-somethings are chosen to join a prestigious magic school. Each possesses a unique ability, and they all compliment each other as a whole. They are now a team. The catch? One of them will be cut from the group by the end of the year.
At first, I felt overwhelmed trying to keep the characters straight. But each character has their own narrator, which gives them all a unique feel. Once I got to know them, I was hooked. I had to know what happened next. There are so many twists and turns to this story, so it’s perfect for anyone wanting a fast-paced, character-driven fantasy novel.
Narrated by James Cronin, Siho Ellsmore, Munirih Grace, Andy Ingalls, Caitlin Kelly, Damian Lynch, David Monteith, and Steve West
All the Things We Don’t Talk About by Amy Feltman
In this intimate family story, we meet Morgan who was raised by their neurodivergent father, Julian. Morgan’s mom, Zoe, left when Morgan was just a year old. But after a bad break up, Zoe comes back into Julian’s and Morgan’s lives. Morgan is drawn back into Zoe’s chaotic whirlwind of a life and is forced to confront some hard truths about their mom.
Narrated by Sagan Chen
City of Orange by David Yoon
A man wakes up in the wilderness remembering only glimpses of his past life. With only a head wound and a pocket of pills to his name, he wanders around the desolate landscape, trying to figure out who he is and where he came from.
Narrated by Intae Kim
Either/Or by Elif Batuman
In her follow up to The Idiot, Elif Batuman continues Selin’s story in Either/Or. It’s 1996, and Selin is now a Sophomore at Harvard. Though she’s tried to move on, she can’t understand why her crush, Ivan, would get her a job in Hungary if he wasn’t interested in her. Full of Batuman’s dry wit and brilliant characterization of her protagonist, Either/Or is sure to be just as all-consuming listen as The Idiot.
Narrated by the author
Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda
Aside from having on of the best book titles this year, Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster is sure to be one of the most memorable young adult debuts of 2022. Maggie must find an escort to her sister’s quinceañera. But Maggie has three friends/escort prospects that are making her love life a bit more complicated than she’d like.
Narrated by Stacy Gonzalez
You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
Feyi Adekola is trying to move after the love of her life died five years ago. Her new boyfriend is everything she could ever want in a man. But there’s a catch: she can’t help but be deeply attracted to her boyfriend’s father. Feyi must come to decide what kind of person she wants to be and what her life will look like moving forward after tragedy.
Narrated by Bahni Turpin
The Measure by Nikki Erlick
One day, people start receiving little boxes that inform them how many years they are going to live. This knowledge causes society to change. Some people want to know how long they have, while others refuse to open the box. It invites the question, if you received a box like that, would YOU want to know how long you had to live?
Narrated by Julia Whelan
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Happy listening, bookish friends!