Ellie and the Harpmaker is a heartwarming debut from author Hazel Prior, read by the brilliant Katharine Lee McEwan and Philip Battley. The relationship that flourishes between main characters Ellie and Dan is tailor-made listening for these hazy, late August days: give it a few minutes, and you’ll be dreaming of cozy summer loves past and the English coastline. Read more
by Juliette Koronkiewicz
When living on Long Island, there isnâ€™t much more you want to do than sit on the beach all weekend. The smell of the Atlantic, the heat from the sun on your skin, and my favorite beach chair are all I need. Correction: I also need something playing through my airpods. Itâ€™s my mini weekend getaway filled with history, teenage angst, and crime.
True crime + history = audiobook heaven! If youâ€™re a fan of the Jazz Age, then The Ghosts of Eden Park is the Beeâ€™s Knees!Â It takes place during the early Prohibition Era, when a man named George Remus sets out to become an entrepreneur and leaves behind a career in law. He later gets named the â€śKing of the Bootleggers,â€ť due to his Gatsby-esque events—and owning 35 percent of the liquor in the United States. But when the prosecutor is determined to take him down, thereâ€™s only one way this is going to end—murder. Not only is this nonfiction audiobook filled with history, but youâ€™ll get engrossed in the betrayals and madness that surrounds Remus.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
My taste in music is all over the place. One minute I’m listening to hits from the 50s & 60s, then itâ€™s Broadway tunes, and then I’m sliding Biggie Smalls into the mix. But my recent go-to has been the soundtrack to William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. I mean who doesn’t love a young Leo? This is the ultimate film soundtrack and the 90s mixed tape that everyone wishes they received from their high school crush. Mixed with alternative rock and beautiful love ballads, this is as 90s as choker necklaces and butterfly clips.
The Man In The Window: The Golden State Killer Podcast
If youâ€™re a true crime junkie and looking for a good scare, Man in the Window: The Golden State Killer will have you thinking twice before looking out the window at night! Heâ€™s â€śaccused of 13 murders and suspected of some 225 other home invasionsâ€¦ from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s.â€ť The Los Angeles Times interviewed family, friends, victims, and detectives to piece together and attempt to understand what drove The Golden State Killer. I can guarantee it will be almost impossible to get the killerâ€™s voice out of your head.
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The deep relationship between sisters makes incredibly moving, thoughtful, and exciting stories in the hands of talented writers and narrators. From uncovering long-buried secrets and confronting childhood slights to reveling in the support and love sisters share, you’ll want to press play on each of these audiobooks. Read more
We were thrilled to get a behind-the-mic peek at actor Michael Sheen in the studio as he revisits Philip Pullman’s masterful fantasy series, The Book of Dust, to record Volume II, The Secret Commonwealth. Read more
What is it about the second half of summer that makes us feel nostalgic? Perhaps it’s the barrage of back-to-school reminders, or the sounds of ice cream trucks and children at the playground…but all we want to do is savor the sunshine and listen to audiobooks that make us feel happy. Sophie Kinsella’s books are the perfect treat. Or as narrator Fiona Hardingham shares, “it’s like being with an old friend.” Hear more from Fiona about Kinsella’s latest audio adventure Read more
Hopefully by this point in the summer, with all of those steamy days practically made for parking yourself by the ocean (or at least an atmospheric air conditioner), youâ€™ve been able to make a solid dent in your TBR pile. Might we suggest tacking on a few more listens? Kick your feet up and soak in these last weeks of the season through your earbuds. Read more