The best new audiobooks for summer

Summer is the time to enjoy books, and audiobooks let you enjoy the latest celebrity biography or literary sensation on a road trip or a long plane trip. What could be better company for a long, solitary walk in nature than immersing yourself in the four-century-long saga of the Sea of ​​Tranquility, or listening to the intimate but humorous confessions of Molly Shannon during an extended train journey?

These aren’t typical beach reads – instead, you’ll find food for thought from some of entertainment’s most fascinating personalities like Bob Odenkirk and Shannon, in-depth insights into entertainment icons like Nicolas Cage and Mad Max, and the latest work from stars of the literary world like Ocean Vuong, Otessa Moshfegh and Bolu Babalola. Looking for the audio version of a page turner? Try “Two Nights in Lisbon” for a hard-to-put-down mystery with a dash of international intrigue, or “I’ll Be You” for family drama with contemporary themes of cults and con men.

Here are some current hot titles that are perfect for vacations and downtime:

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One of the most popular modern poets of recent years, Ocean Vuong made a splash in the publishing world with his 2016 TS Eliot Prize-winning collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds. And after spending six years working on other projects – including his 2019 debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – his long-awaited second collection Time is a Mother is released this year to critical acclaim. Vuong narrates himself, and the rhythm of the author’s voice throughout the 1 hour, 43 minute audio book makes it even easier to enjoy the imagery of his words.

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Emily St. John Mandel writes complex novels with time leaps, and her latest novel is no exception. Set across four centuries, Sea of ​​Tranquility explores the stories of four different people connected by a single event in a forest.
It’s a lot to rack your brains, but the narration for the audiobook version – provided by Arthur Morey, Dylan Moore, John Lee and Kirsten Potter – helps make it more accessible. And when the timelines begin to merge and the narrators transition to other sections, it helps convey the sheer ambition of what Mandel is trying to do.

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Few actors in Hollywood are more popular than Bob Odenkirk, a brilliant comedian turned brilliant dramatic actor. His new memoir, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama, tells the story of how that transition happened, beginning with Odenkirk’s early years at Second City, his work with David Cross on the acclaimed Mr. Show” and the call that would change his life by offering him the role of Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad”. It’s a hilarious, clear-eyed tale of what it’s like to work in Hollywood, and Odenkirk brings his trademark wit and comedic timing to his storytelling duties.

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Molly Shannon capped off a hugely successful year on television (starring in the comedies ‘White Lotus’, ‘The Other Two’ and ‘I Love That For You’) with her memoir, which is as compelling to read as it is to the screen screen can be seen. Alternately depressing and hilarious, Shannon’s book gives a glimpse into a true legend of comedy, from her days on “SNL” through the most difficult days of her life. Her writing style is playful and she narrates the audio book with the charisma one is used to from the comedian.

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No matter how much you enjoyed My Year of Rest and Relaxation, it’s possible that Moshfegh’s new novel, Lapvona, is harder to swallow (pun intended). Set in a medieval village where filth and disease are as common as air, the audio book is narrated by Moshfegh herself, who tells a gruesome tale of religion, sexual deviance and cannibalism. The story follows a young deformed boy named Marek who becomes heir to a terrible lord and a series of twisted events that precede and follow. Moshfegh takes the craziest and most disturbing parts of her previous novel and pushes them to a breaking point in “Lapvona,” and her tone is so unique that it’s worth hearing the story from the author herself.

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Narrated by Nigerian actress Weruche Opia (whom you most likely know from her role as Michaela Coel’s faithful best friend in I May Destroy You), Honey and Spice is a racy and entertaining romance debut from journalist and cultural critic Bolu Babalola. She uses fiction as a vehicle to explore the current state of black British society without wasting a moment of drama or sex appeal. And while the story of Kikiola Banjo — a student broadcaster who becomes involved in an unpredictable romance — is interesting enough on its own, Opia breathes so much life into her narrative that you won’t want to back down for a moment.

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When newlywed Ariel wakes up in her Lisbon hotel room, she’s surprised to find her husband gone. Ariel is a small-town bookseller and mother to a young teenager whose quiet life doesn’t seem like the stuff of international intrigue. But when she turns to the American embassy and Portuguese police for help, it turns out that both Ariel and her husband have been keeping important parts of their lives apart. This captivating mystery combines the beauty and history of Lisbon with the story of an American couple who have more secrets than anyone can imagine.

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Sam and Elli were successful child actors and identical twins who shot high until their paths diverged sharply as teenagers. Flash-forward more than a decade later when an overachieved Elli fails to return from a mysterious retreat in Ojai and Sam, just about to finally get her life back on track in LA, is called by her mother to find out what’s going on behind the perfect-looking facade of her twin. With many sharply observed details and themes reflecting the practices of recent cults, I’ll Be You is a thoroughly entertaining contemporary Californian novel.

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In the eyes of the masses, Nicolas Cage is as much a mythical creature as a real human being. Having starred in such classics as “Con Air,” “Face/Off,” “The Rock,” and “Mandy,” Cage has established himself as his own national treasure in Hollywood. Written by critic and journalist Keith Phipps, Age of Cage is a highly detailed, intimate chronicle of one of the most electrifying screen presences of this generation. The book paints a colorful portrait of the enigmatic icon, analyzing Cage’s extensive filmography while chronicling the transformation of film itself throughout Cage’s career. A story about both Hollywood and becoming a movie star, Age of Cage is a must read for Cage fans.

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The origin story of George Miller’s 2015 tour de force action film Mad Max: Fury Road is a saga in itself. Dressed up from Kyle Buchanan’s 4,600-word 2020 New York Times feature, “Blood, Sweat & Chrome” shows a deep, compelling exploration of Miller’s almost unbelievable big-budget triumph. Featuring more than 130 interviews with the creators and admirers of Fury Road, the book chronicles the wondrous endeavor that required tremendous creative and financial stamina from the entire cast and crew. The story begins long before the beginning of the film and continues through it grueling location shoot 2012 in Namibia. With an extremely challenging production, the story of Miller’s masterpiece is a turbocharged, behind-the-scenes tale of one of the most amazing films ever shown on the big screen.

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Charles Jones

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