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12 Big October Audiobook Picks from AudioFile Editors

If you’re in the mood for some scary listening, October delivers! A horror anthology edited by filmmaker Jordan Peele will be a must-hear. We’re also looking forward to new literary fiction, the latest Janet Evanovich comedy-thriller, and a memoir from actor Patrick Stewart. 

Out There Screaming
Starling House

OUT THERE SCREAMING: An Anthology of New Black Horror
Edited by Jordan Peele, John Joseph Adams, read by Jordan Peele and a Full Cast
Random House Audio
Release date: October 3

This horror anthology, edited by filmmaker Jordan Peele, includes stories by N.K. Jemisin, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tananarive Due, Nnedi Okorafor, and more. Definitely one you’ll need to leave the lights on for.

by Alix E. Harrow, read by Natalie Naudus
Macmillan Audio
Release date: October 3

Settle in for seasonal listening with this gothic fantasy—a mysterious author, a haunted house, and two siblings trying to escape their small Kentucky town.

Brooklyn Crime Novel
Making It So

by Jonathan Lethem, read by Geoffrey Cantor 
Harper Audio
Release date: October 3

Lethem’s latest illuminates the challenges of life in Brooklyn from the 1970s to the 1990s—where external and internal barriers test the mettle of its diverse inhabitants.

by Patrick Stewart, read by the author
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: October 3

A memoir from Jean-Luc Picard himself. Should be a delight!

Third Eye

by Felicia Day, read by Sean Astin, Felicia Day, Neil Gaiman, LilyPichu, London Hughes, Wil Wheaton, and a Full Cast
Audible, Inc.
Release date: October 5

A fantastic full cast (Harvey Guillen! Weird Al Yankovic!) performs this fantasy adventure about a Chosen One who failed when she went up against the big bad.

OPINIONS: A Decade of Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People’s Business
by Roxane Gay, read by the author
Harper Audio
Release date: October 10

A wide-ranging collection of nonfiction that should be thought-provoking and entertaining.

Roman Stories

by Jhumpa Lahiri, read by Deepti Gupta, Carlotta Brentan, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos, Michael Obiora
Random House Audio
Release date: October 10

A story collection focused on Rome, translated from the Italian by the author and Todd Portnowitz.

by Jean Kwok, read by Sura Siu, Caroline Hewitt
Harper Audio
Release date: October 10

A family drama about a Chinese woman who is trying to reunite with her daughter, who was adopted into an American family.

Family Meal
The Comfort of Crows

by Bryan Washington, read by André Santana, Bryan Washington, Jake Choi
Penguin Audio
Release date: October 10

A young man, reeling from the loss of the love of his life, returns to his hometown and reenters the life of his former best friend in this latest novel from Washington.

by Margaret Renkl, read by the author
Spiegel & Grau by OrangeSky Audio
Release date: October 24

Meditations on nature and climate change from the vantage point of her own backyard, from the author of LATE MIGRATIONS and GRACELAND AT LAST.

Let Us Descend
Dirty Thirty

by Jesmyn Ward, read by the author
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: October 24

A new novel from the much-lauded National Book Award winner about the journey of an enslaved girl and the ways in which she survives.

DIRTY THIRTY: Stephanie Plum Book 30
by Janet Evanovich, read by Lorelei King
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: October 31

Do you need an audio escape? Stephanie Plum’s latest exploits, delivered by narrator Lorelei King, offer guaranteed hilarity.

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