Book Club Audiobooks for the New Year

It’s the time when people start vowing to do all kinds of new things to improve themselves and their lives. If your resolution is to finally make it to a book club meeting, let audiobooks help. You and your book club friends can stay on top of your to-be-read piles while sacrificing none of your precious free time. Bonus perk: by listening, you’ll appreciate the writing of a story through a narrator’s performance, which adds a new layer to your book discussions. Play an audiobook clip at your next book club gathering to enjoy your selected story together!

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight. Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, but she can’t help but think of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. Listen as the case of the missing girls unfolds through a special multi-narrator production, and Kate finds that danger can lie closer to home than you might think…

Raised by her father, owner of New York City’s glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina Gregory was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. But when Nina’s father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core. As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life in a new light. Read by the author, More Than Words is a heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live.

One night a first college year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. Her roommate cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. Soon, a second girl falls asleep, and then a third. Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what? The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful audiobook about the possibilities contained within a human life—if only we are awakened to them.

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny, were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs and the au pair fled. Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is smiling serenely and holding just one baby. Who is the child, and what really happened that day?

Author: Claire Adam
Read By: Obi Abili

Rural Trinidad: a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family, quietly surviving, just trying to live a decent life. The two sons, thirteen years old are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd, while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness. When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn’t come home, their father Clyde is forced to go looking for him, this child who has caused him endless trouble already, and who he has never really understood. And as the hours turn to days, and Clyde begins to understand Paul’s fate, his world shatters—leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, this audiobook is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Brought to life by a multi-narrator cast, this is one audiobook not to keep to yourself.

Looking for a behind-the-scenes audiobook scoop to impress your book club mates? Check out this article from Bustle about one of PRHA’s producers, Sarah Jaffe, and learn what exactly an audiobook producer does.