Laura, Editor, Audible US
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
"It's no secret that there has been a huge influx of suspenseful, psychological thrillers featuring unreliable narrators and multiple POVs. And though I enjoy this genre immensely, I generally know how a story will end fairly quickly. Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough's debut adult thriller, is the only book of this nature that left me guessing until the very last word. Justifiably, Behind Her Eyes even trended on social media adorned with the hashtag #wtfthatending. I was completely glued to this book as I tried to untangle the crazy web of lies and deceit between husband and wife David and Adele, and David's secretary, Louise. The narrators are perfect for their respective characters and left me with a constant, yet strangely enjoyable, feeling of mistrust and doubt."
Gabriel, Editorial Merchandising, Audible UK
Skagboys by Irvine Welsh
"Skagboys opens in the care-free, pre-heroin addiction life of Mark Renton, the character immortalized by Ewan McGregor in the Trainspotting film. While technically a prequel to Trainspotting, it was written a decade later, and the maturity of Welsh’s characterization makes it a much better book. Welsh tends to divide opinons: heralded by some as the new Dickens for his brutal but compassionate observation of working class life; dismissed as a soft-porn merchant by others. The former group will be ecstatic about this book; the latter would do well to reconsider. It is a gripping, visceral story, and Tam Dean Burn narrates as if he was born to bring Welsh’s characters to life."
Fidelma, Merchandising, Audible Australia
Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut
"This is an astonishing true story of how a Sudanese child soldier and refugee became an Australian lawyer and community leader. Deng Adut’s memoir is a moving, inspiring and often heartbreaking listen, beautifully narrated by Blessing Mokgohloa (of TV series Spartacus). Forcibly conscripted at age 7, Deng’s horrific experiences of war cannot be understated and, even knowing that his story ends well, I found myself nervous and worried for him. It’s almost a cliché to describe a memoir like this as ‘important’, but Songs of a War Boy gave me a new insight into a tragically common situation. At the same time, it’s full of humanity and hope. Deng’s story will stay with me for a long time."
Sesh, Software Development Engineer, Audible US
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
"An amazing memoir of Phil Knight, the founder of Nike. The narrative flows from a man from humble beginnings in Portland, Oregon who had a dream and he followed it up by building a great company and a world renowned brand. This story shows that with lots of hard work, determination, some luck and a dedicated team that shares a common vision, it is possible to achieve anything. There are very interesting incidents sprinkled all over the narrative that kept me very engrossed. The audio of the book is captivating, and the narrator has a compelling voice which takes you on a wonderful journey with the ‘shoe dog’."
Jaiguru, Business Intelligence Engineer, Audible India
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
"Blindsided by the gut wrenching shock of the Red Wedding in GoT, I decided to spare myself future agony by listening to A Storm of Swords. GRRM characters are complex, the politics rich and story line's utterly unpredictable. The POV story telling style allows him to paint grey in hitherto black and white characters and no one is what they seemed. The narrator Roy Dotrice, an incredible voice actor, gives a unique voice to every character. The ebb and flows of his voice brings sequences such as the Mountain and the Viper to life, ratcheting up the suspense, chilling your heart with the dreadful knowledge that you and every character is hurtling to their eventual doom. Winter is truly coming."
Nick, Corporate Counsel, Audible UK
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
"A desperate, frightening world, beautifully but clinically rendered by the author, and made real with haunting understatement by the narrator. Cleverly interwoven timelines and cast of characters, snaking back and forth before and after the end of the world as we know it. Tension throughout, from the stunning opening to the bittersweet, hopeful conclusion. Never overplayed by the narrator. A world that, now I've finished the book, feels like it's only a hair's breadth away, but one that's so staggeringly different from our own. Something for everyone here. Fantastic. Audible at its best."
Claire, Business Affairs, Audible UK
Open by Gemma Cairney
"Gemma’s audiobook is for every person who has faced life’s struggles. It is essential listening for all of us still growing up. In an age of overwhelming advice through the internet and self-help books, Gemma’s audiobook offers an accessible and proactive tool kit to guide you. Her unique narration, exclusive audio interviews, brilliant sound design and the multitude of voices you hear throughout her audiobook makes the listening experience even more special! Everyone needs this in their library."
Chrissia, Customer Care, Audible Philippines
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
"I have felt so much joy and sadness when I read this book. How could the author break my heart. I didn't expect that I'd fall in love with the way how Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters fought for their lives just to be with each other. On the other hand, the characters are too smart for their age...and who would let kids who are too ill to spend some time alone and go out with friends? :) But I am happy to say that I love the book as much as I love the movie version. "
Doug, Editor, Audible US
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
"I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the best things I have ever listened to. Nor would it be dishonest to say that this recording made me fall in love with Twain's classic ode to adolescence all over again. But perhaps the strangest thing, as I keep telling all my friends, is that I completely forgot how truly, laugh-out-loud funny this book is. I have the narration to thank for that. Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman is known for playing the quintessential gruff male, but he thoroughly astonishes here, bending his baritone effortlessly to give Twain's characters life. My favorites: the uptight, exhaustive wailing of Aunt Polly; the cracked pleading of drunkard Muff Potter; and, of course, the winking, boyish charm of Tom himself, which Offerman gracefully transforms into tenderness during moments of adolescent melancholy. Which is to say, you can hear Offerman enjoying the reading and loving Twain’s characters. It’s a book he was meant to read."