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Best of 2017
Get Well Soon
By: Jennifer Wright
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
Release date: 02-07-17
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My Favorite Book of 2017
Get Well Soon
was, pardon the pun, downright contagious among our editorial staff this year. One by one, we fell captive to Jennifer Wright’s infectious wit and fascinating storytelling. Combining history with science and biography, Wright traces the origins and eventual cure (or lack thereof) of seven major plagues throughout history; she presents an otherwise grim and morbid topic with humor, reverence, and style. This is one of those rare gems in the nonfiction genre that has the ability to hook diehard fiction listeners and history buffs alike—which, in our books, is the mark of a truly impressive achievement in narrative nonfiction.
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By: Andy Weir
Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Release date: 11-14-17
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Rosario Dawson Is Perfectly Cast as the Feisty Heroine
Let’s get this out of the way:
. And, in my opinion, that’s a very good thing. A high-stakes sci-fi thriller that takes place in Artemis, the lone city on the Moon, the novel follows Jazz Bashara—26, perpetually broke, and scraping by as a porter . . . when she’s not making a few illicit bucks smuggling goods onto the Moon. Lured in by the promise of fortune, Jazz finds herself in over her head as she is drawn into a scheme that goes much deeper than she could have anticipated. This novel is filled with plenty of the techy detail and sardonic humor that made its predecessor so unique—Weir makes you feel the claustrophobia of a cramped city on the moon with finite levels of oxygen, and Jazz could go head-to-head in a battle of cracking wise with Mark Watney any day—but the story stands on its own two legs. The best part: Rosario Dawson is perfectly cast as the feisty heroine; her performance is lively, witty, and animated, and she clearly brings her experience as an actress who has portrayed so many roles in the sci-fi, fantasy, and action genres.
The Butchering Art
By: Lindsey Fitzharris
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Release date: 10-31-17
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Great Macabre Fun
I fear that I might be gaining a reputation around here as the editor most likely to geek out over weird medical history books. But if all the books I listen to are as fascinating as this one, I think I might be okay with that. Sparing no gory detail, Lindsey Fitzharris chronicles the history of surgery in the 19th century—which, at the time, was viewed as a last resort, as it often resulted in infection and even death. That is, until a surgeon named Joseph Lister came along with a discovery that paved the way for the modern, safe surgery we have today. Ralph Lister sets the perfect dramatic tone for this story—and (fun fact) happens to count Joseph Lister among his ancestors!
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