February 2019 Debuts
Explore the Complexities of Love for People and Places in These February Debuts

When we think of February, we think of hearts (instead of wintery, blustery weather!). Hearts can mean a lot of different things: love of a place, love of an activity, romantic love, familial love, friendship love, and, best of all, the love you have for yourself.

So, whatever type of love you’d like to immerse yourself in with your next audiobook, we have a fantastic selection for you from bright, new voices in literature.

It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club. So when she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara (known as “Africa’s Che Guevara” in actual U.S. history books) the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso, she says yes. In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.

A missionary doctor pines for his native New England even as he succumbs to the vibrant chaos of nineteenth-century Siam. A jazz pianist in the age of rock, haunted by his own ghosts, is summoned to appease the house’s resident spirits. Savvy teenagers row tourists past landmarks of the drowned old city they themselves do not remember. Across decades and cultures, lives collide and converge in Bangkok. They are linked by the forces voraciously making and remaking the amphibious, ever-morphing capital.

Author: Leife Shallcross
Read By: Jim Dale

A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France—and told from the point of view of the Beast himself. Added bonus? It’s narrated by incredibly talented audiobook narrator Jim Dale!

Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat, the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened…

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington is one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region. When she steals a package from him, they find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead. To survive, they must join forces and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

Meet Ivan and Prue: a married couple—both experts in language and communication. Thus far, they have managed to weather their differences. But lately, an odd distance has settled in between them. Into this delicate moment barrels Ivan’s unstable father-in-law, Frank, in town to hear Prue deliver a tenure-cementing lecture. But the talk doesn’t go as planned, unleashing a series of crises that force Ivan to finally confront the problems in his marriage and to fight for what he holds dear.

 

For more recommended audiobooks from debut authors, check out our January 2019 debuts!