Hearty Listens for Chilly Winters

The wind is whipping, the snow is squalling, and going outdoors is just overall unappealing in the deep winter months. When you’re looking for something to keep you entertained while you hide away under fuzzy blankets for days on end, turn to these hearty thriller, fantasy, and nonfiction listens.Clocking in between 10 and 24 hours, these audiobooks, much like a delicious chili on a frigid night, are rich, multi-layered, and will keep you satisfied all winter long.

HEARTY THRILLERS

The Trespasser
Author: Tana French
Read By: Hilda Fay

Being on the Murder Squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s there. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, and dead in her living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There’s nothing unusual about her—except that Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before. Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can’t tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface? Find out in the new audiobook from fan favorite Tana French.

The Punishment She Deserves

The cozy, bucolic town of Ludlow is stunned when one of its most revered and respected citizens–Ian Druitt, the local deacon–is accused of a serious crime. Then, while in police custody, Ian is found dead. Did he kill himself? Or was he murdered? When Barbara Havers is sent to Ludlow to investigate the chain of events that led to Ian’s death, all the evidence points to suicide. But Barbara can’t shake the feeling that she’s missing something. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from Elizabeth George’s previous novels who join Lynley and Havers as they come up against one of their most intricate cases.

Say You're Sorry
Author: Karen Rose
Read By: Joel Froomkin

There is a serial killer on the loose, preying on vulnerable women. The only identifiable mark the killer leaves are letters—sometimes one, sometimes two—all carved into the torsos of his victims. Together they spell “Sydney.” When he grabs Daisy Dawson, he believes he has found his next victim. But despite her small stature, she fights back and manages to grab what proves to be crucial evidence: a necklace from around the killer’s neck. The necklace is more than a trivial item—it is a link to a cold case that Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has been tracking for seventeen years. With Daisy’s help, Gideon finally has the opportunity to get closer to the truth than ever before.

HEARTY FANTASY

Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Author: Marlon James
Read By: Dion Graham

In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written an audiobook experience unlike anything that’s come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving listen.

Furyborn

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first. One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable-until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

The Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy. Malcolm’s parents run an inn called the Trout, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news, gossip, and the occasional scandal, but one day, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue. He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust—and the spy it was intended for finds him. Experience suspicious characters and daring adventure in this audio edition seventeen years in the making.

HEARTY NONFICTION

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, and her meticulous jurisprudence. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs—her Jewish background. Tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to “repair the world”. Justice Ginsburg has led a pioneering life and legal career whose profound mark on American jurisprudence, on American society, on our American character and spirit, will reverberate deep into the twenty-first century and beyond.

Going Clear

A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology. We learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract. In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

The received idea of Native American history has been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well. David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Because they did not disappear–and not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir in an essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.