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I’ve resisted it for a while but after seeing so many rave reviews of how great audiobooks are, I’ve decided to take the plunge and indulge in a few great titles that I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. Today my little pile of audiobooks have arrived in the post and I’m really excited!

Here are the titles I’ll be listening to this June:

1. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Midnight's Children  

Synopsis: Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India’s independence, and found himself mysteriously ‘handcuffed to history’ by the coincidence. He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent – and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times. Through Saleem’s gifts – inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell – we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of the 20th century.

Recommended by: This was recommended to me by Brenna, and I’m really excited to be getting the chance to ‘listen’ to Rushdie’s work for the first time. I’ve not read Rushdie before, so this will be an experience that will either leave me loving or hating him.

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2. Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

Synopsis: Set in 1950s London, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets centers around Penelope, the wide- eyed daughter of a legendary beauty, Talitha, who lost her husband to the war. Penelope, with her mother and brother, struggles to maintain their vast and crumbling ancestral home—while postwar London spins toward the next decade’s cultural revolution.

Penelope wants nothing more than to fall in love, and when her new best friend, Charlotte, a free spirit in the young society set, drags Penelope into London with all of its grand parties, she sets in motion great change for them all. Charlotte’s mysterious and attractive brother Harry uses Penelope to make his American ex-girlfriend jealous, with unforeseen consequences, and a dashing, wealthy American movie producer arrives with what might be the key to Penelope’s— and her family’s—future happiness.

Recommended by: Nobody… I just felt like throwing in a bit oc chick lit to balance out the heavy books I’ve been reading lately. And look! What a gorgeous cover! I have a feeling this will be a surprise good read.

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3. The Rapture by Liz Jensen

The Rapture (unabridged audio book)

Synopsis: In a merciless summer of biblical heat and destructive winds, Gabrielle Fox’s main concern is a personal one: to rebuild her career as a psychologist after a shattering car accident. But when she is assigned Bethany Krall, one of the most dangerous teenagers in the country, she begins to fear she has made a terrible mistake. Raised on a diet of evangelistic hellfire, Bethany is violent, delusional, cruelly intuitive and insistent that she can foresee natural disasters – a claim which Gabrielle interprets as a symptom of doomsday delusion. But when catastrophes begin to occur on the very dates Bethany has predicted, and a brilliant, gentle physicist enters the equation, the apocalyptic puzzle intensifies and the stakes multiply. Is the self-proclaimed Nostradamus of the psych ward the ultimate manipulator, or could she be the harbinger of imminent global cataclysm on a scale never seen before? And what can love mean in ‘interesting times’?

Recommended by: My local librarian, Chris. He said it was a fabulous read. Again, I’m not familiar with Jensen’s work but I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book.

So, that rounds off my audiobook’s for this month. If you have an audiobook list, or discovered one that everyone needs to listen to, I’d love to know about it. Stay tuned for the reviews!

 

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