10 favourite new additions to our library catalogue this year

10 favourite new additions to our library catalogue this year

This year the Listening Books’ download and CD library catalogue has grown brilliantly. We’ve added some long awaited titles and got many in as soon as they were released to audio.

In honour of this wealth of new and fantastic content, we asked our talented library staff to pick some of their favourite new additions. (Because we all know that sometimes it can be hard to know where to start or what to choose for your next title!)

1. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

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We got this book into our library catalogue as soon as it was released in audio – it’s a high profile title and author Zadie Smith has a great reputation. It’s also made it onto many ‘Book of the year’ lists!

An extract from the blurb:

Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.”

2. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

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This title was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and the Goldsmiths Prize 2016 and comes highly recommended from us at Listening Books.

An extract from the blurb:

“Two women arrive in a Spanish village – a dreamlike place caught between the desert and the ocean – seeking medical advice and salvation. One of the strangers suffers from a mysterious illness: spontaneous paralysis confines her to a wheelchair, her legs unusable. The other, her daughter Sofia, has spent years playing the reluctant detective in this mystery, struggling to understand her mother’s illness.”

3. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen is a legend (and somehow doesn’t seem to age). This book is a bestseller in biographies/autobiographies, and the memoir lets us in to his life of performing and battles with depression.

An extract from the blurb:

“Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.”

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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It’s brilliant to have Steig Larson in our library catalogue as his books are adored throughout the world. And we’re thrilled to have The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Popular for many years, a success like this book doesn’t go out of fashion.

An extract from the blurb:

“Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.”

5. Wolf Hall & Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

These books are the start of a series and, when Wolf Hall (the first of the two) was published in 2009, it won the Man Booker Prize as well as appearing on other award shortlists. The two books have since been adapted for television, airing on the BBC. The next book in the series – The Mirror and the Light –  is due out soon, so now is a perfect time to listen to these two titles!

An extract from the blurb of Wolf Hall:

“Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself.”

6. The Circle by Dave Eggers

A novel about our obsession with the internet, this book has an intriguing concept. It’s coming to film in spring 2017, staring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, so in the meantime you can listen to the book!

An extract from the blurb:

“When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users’ personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency.”

7. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

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Making it to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list, Fool Me Once is a very popular thriller. If you’re after an audiobook with suspense and mystery, this could be the one for you.

An extract from the blurb:

“Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe, who was brutally murdered two weeks earlier.”

8. Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe

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This book won the 2014 National Books Awards Popular Non-fiction Book of the Year. Yes, that’s right, it’s a beautiful story and it’s non-fiction. You may have heard of the title through the BBC’s adaptation, but the book itself is not to be missed. The audiobook is read by the author – so you can be fully immersed in her writing.

An extract from the blurb:

“In the 1980s Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. There’s a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes (Ted for short) and suppertime visits from a local playwright.”

9. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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This book has received great reviews and we’re really pleased to have it in our library catalogue. It’s been described as “moving” and “hilarious” – what’s not to love!

An extract from the blurb:

“Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos.”

10. Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory continues to write great historical fiction, and this book lives up to her high standards. Bianca Amato’s narration of the audiobook has got great reviews so it’s a worthy listen.

An extract from the blurb:

“When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined – with Margaret’s younger sister Mary – to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France.”


These are just a sample of the many books we’ve added to our library catalogue in 2016. Hopefully they’ll provide you with some great listening inspiration for the holidays and the new year!

You can browse our whole library catalogue here.


This post was written by Holly Newson

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