Big news for readers, audiobook fans, and podcast lovers: while it’s true most audiobooks start their lives as print books, that’s not the only game in town for audiophiles. An “audiobook original” is a book-length listening experience that stands completely on its own, with no print book counterpart. In other words, there is only one way to read these stories: listen to them.
Whether you’re craving a campfire tale of adventure, a cracking good ghost story, the joy of live comedy, or a master class from an expert, each of the audio originals below offer the intimacy of live storytelling with the narrative structure of a book you can’t put down. Like your favorite podcast, only better—no preamble, no ads, all 100% narrative goodness.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson has been thrilling fans of narrative non-fiction for years. Now his first ever work of fiction, No One Goes Alone, is available as an audiobook original. Narrated by acclaimed British actor Julian Rhind-Tutt, No One Goes Alone is a tale of intrigue that marshals Larsonâ€™s trademark approach to nonfiction to create something new: a ghost story deeply grounded in history and available exclusively on audio, because as Larson says, â€śghost stories are best told aloud.â€ť
â€śAn eerie, atmospheric, history- and science-infused, locked-room ghost story…A blockbuster production for audiobook fandom.â€ť—Booklist, starred review
In Campfire Stories: Close Calls, Steven Rinella invites seasoned hunters, anglers, adventurers, and outdoor professionals to share their tales of perilous adventures in the natural world, from run-ins with black bears and grizzlies to bad falls and severe hypothermia. Gather around for campfire stories with the MeatEater crew as they share these sixteen harrowing true tales—an immersive audio experience from the host of the long-running Netflix series and top-ranked wilderness podcast.
Learn the basics of wild yeast bread baking in Getting Started with Sourdough, a mini master class from Chad Robertson, world-renowned inventor of Tartine bread, and Tartine head baker Jennifer Latham. Getting Started with Sourdough is available exclusively as an audiobook, allowing bakers to soak up Robertson and Lathamâ€™s expertise and follow their step-by-step method hands-free in the kitchen while working with their dough.
Spend a rollicking evening with Nick Offermanâ€™s All Rise, an audiobook of deliberative talking, mirth, and song that compels listeners to chuckle while also causing them to contemplate a better side of humanity than the one to which theyâ€™ve grown accustomed.
Plus, listen to Nick talk about recording All Rise on our This Is the Author podcast.
Hot Audiobook Tip: For readers who can’t wait for their favorite books to come out, watch for audio-first releases—audiobooks that publish before their book counterparts. Star Wars fans, we’re looking at you, because right now you can get your audiobook copy of Star Wars: Tempest Runner (The High Republic), no waiting required:
In this read-by-a-full-cast, Star Wars audio-first production, delve into the cutthroat world of one of the High Republicâ€™s greatest foes, the merciless Lourna Dee.
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