Hot Summer Audio: Tan Line Free and Built for the Beach!

July 7th, 2011 by Jeff · No Comments · Hear It Here First

Books and the beach. Such a winning combination. But in ancient times, literate beachgoers had to deal with a wide array of problems: Heavy paper tomes would keep their hands occupied, rendering them unable to reach out for mojitos. Tan lines would appear in the exact shape and size of the books they were propping up on their stomach. Even such modern-day advances as mobile readers did not address this last unsightly problem, nor the agony of keeping one’s eyes open against the sun. Tragically, the frustrated many had to hide their love of literature in the shadows.

But not anymore. Thanks to pioneers such as HighBridge Audio, you are now able to enjoy your favorite titles hands-free and without fear of book-sized tan lines. And with HighBridge Audio titles as hot as these—recommended on the summer lists of The New York Times, The Washington Post, People Magazine, and many more—the combination of books and beach has never been better.

So just tuck that audio player beneath the blanket, lean back, close your eyes, and enjoy. . . .

The Preacher


Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

The Preacher

by Camilla Läckberg;
read by David Thorn
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The second in the internationally bestselling Swedish thriller series that began with The Ice Princess, The Preacher has cemented Läckberg’s reputation as one of the best novelists Sweden has to offer. The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly have both added The Preacher to their summer must-read lists, with the Post commenting, “Those seeking a successor to the late Stieg Larsson as the doyen of Scandinavian crime fiction should look to the Swedish author of this gripping thriller.&#8221 Criminal Element ups the ante by asserting, “Camilla Läckberg is not &#8216the next Stieg Larsson&#8217&#151she&#8217s better.&#8221 We’re not trying to any pick fights, here—but we definitely agree.


Claire DeWitt and the
City of the Dead

by Sara Gran;
read by Carol Monda
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A new series from Sara Gran, “a latter-day Raymond Chandler” (Glamour), Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead has been garnering all sorts of attention. It’s on the summer lists of the New York Times and Salon; the Atlantic writes, “With Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Gran elevates the detective story as literature and brings together a sophisticated mystery, a witty, antagonistic private eye, and a city she knows too well.”  Critics agree that this is the strongest depiction of post-Katrina New Orleans they&#8217ve seen: Louisiana&#8217s Times-Picayune writes, “The mystery captures post-Katrina New Orleans like no other novel yet has . . .DeWitt’s mesmerizing character and memorable voice take your breath away.”


The Borrower   Real Happiness

The Borrower

by Rebecca Makkai;
read by Emily Bauer
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This unexpectedly heartwarming tale of a children’s librarian who finds herself way overdue returning a young patron is a top summer pick for the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and O, the Oprah Magazine. O writes, “How could any [one] of any age resist Rebecca Makkai’s charming The Borrower?”

The Borrower audiobook is read by the extremely capable Emily Bauer (who also narrated the much-lauded The Girl Who Fell From the Sky). Makkai is also on tour this summer; check her out in a city near you!


Killed at the Whim of a Hat

by Colin Cotterill;
read by Jeany Park
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Critics have been unanimous in their praise for Killed at the Whim of a Hat, Colin Cotterill’s forthcoming novel and “What may be the best new international mystery series since the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.” (Booklist)

Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly have all given starred reviews to Colin Cotterill’s newest mystery series


The Inspector and Silence   Long Gone

The Inspector and Silence

by Håkan Nesser;
read by Simon Vance
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One of Sweden’s hottest detective series is available for the first time on audio in the US! Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is divorced, grumpy, and cynical, and his love of dark beer, books, and chess is probably greater than his love for his job. But his intuition and ability to read people have made him a highly successful.

BookList calls Inspector and Silence “A taut and compelling mystery in a consistently outstanding series.” Publishers Weekly gave Inspector a starred review; Library Journal calls it a “stylish, atmospheric crime fiction with a strong moral core from an award-winning author; essential for [fans] of the genre.” And with Simon Vance narrating, it’s become essential listening, too.



Long Gone

by Alafair Burke;
read by Tamara Marston
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Critics are already billing Long Gone as one of the top thrillers of the summer. BookPage writes “Highly suspenseful and cleverly crafted with a neat twist ending, Long Gone is a solid bet for the summer bestseller lists.” Publisher Weekly writes, “Burke skillfully orchestrates the mounting tension and claustrophobia of Alice’s world collapsing in on itself.” And People has added it to their list of great summer reads for its “fast-paced fun.”

You can check out even more reviews on Burke’s website, and watch her book trailer.

Burke’s on tour, with visits scheduled all over the country. There’s also some web cam appearances—you may not even have to leave your house!

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