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15 June 2016

What I’m Listening to this Summer

Our Intern, Justine, shares the audiobooks she’s most excited to listen to this summer.

After spending 17 years in the school system, I have finally graduated with my M.A. and for the first time in my life I don’t have a long list of books that I am supposed to be reading this summer. It’s sort of terrifying, but at the same time exciting! I don’t even know if I can read another word right now…. even though there are so many things that I want to read. Luckily, I’m an intern in an audiobook department, so I’ve made a list of the audiobooks that I can’t wait to listen to this summer.

The Widow by Fiona Barton, read by Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith, and full cast

In this exciting psychological thriller, as told by multiple voices, Jean Taylor is finally free to be whoever she wants (or truly is) when her husband dies. There is much she has not said about her husband’s crimes and the dark spaces that can be found in the relationship between husband and wife. The Girl on the Train kicked off my summer with a bang last year, and hopefully The Widow will be able to do the same this year.

My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by Wendy E. Simmons, read by Jeena Yi

How could you not be curious about a country as mysterious as North Korea? In this audiobook, read humorously by Jeena Yi, listeners will hear the most hilarious, strange, cringe-worthy, vacation stories ever, while absorbing the culture of North Korea.

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan, read by Angela Dawe

If you’re in need of some good new fiction to get lost in, this is the audiobook to listen to. Lila has a cookie-cutter perfect life, but she grows more and more unhappy with it every day. Her husband, a restaurant critic, takes his job and anonymity (for his professional credibility) so seriously that it begins to even make Lila feel invisible. When she starts questioning every choice that got her to this point, she realizes that her identity has started to wither away… and starts to wonder what it will take to get it back.

Ruthless by Ronald Miscavige and Dan Koon, read by Harvey Betancourt

Much like the mystery that spurs my curiosity about North Korea, the movie Going Clear has me beyond curious about Scientology. Ruthless is the first audiobook to ever get a close look at Scientology’s origins and leader, David Miscavige, as told by his own father!

The Assistants by Camille Perri, read by Jeorjeana Marie

If you’ve even been an intern or assistant, you’ll love this smart audiobook about a talented and overeducated assistant who one day sees the opportunity to pay off all her loans with what will seem like pocket change to her boss. After waiting on him hand and knee, and being severely underpaid for years, she deserves this right? Of course it’s the wrong thing to do, but if it were you who saw the chance to make all you financial problems go away, would you take it?

Which audiobooks are you most looking forward to listening to this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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