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AudioFile's Editors Pick 16 Big Audiobooks for September

Fall listening is almost here! September marks the beginning of a busy season for new audiobooks—your listening list is about to get a lot longer (sorry, not sorry). We’re excited to call out fresh entries in favorite series, the newest titles from no fewer than three Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, and a new biography of late beloved author Terry Pratchett.

The Marriage Portrait
The Rising Tide

by Maggie O’Farrell, read by Genevieve Gaunt, Maggie O’Farrell
Random House Audio
Release date: September 6

This historical novel from the author of HAMNET is set in Renaissance Italy and follows the fortunes of Lucrezia de Medici.

by Ann Cleeves, read by Janine Birkett
Macmillan Audio
Release date: September 6

Fans rejoice! DCI Vera Stanhope is on the case again, solving mysteries in her inimitable style.

The Weight Of Blood
Destination Unknown

by Tiffany D. Jackson, read by JD Jackson, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Joy Nash, Christopher Salazar, Karen Malina White
Harper Audio, Ages 14+
Release date: September 6

The latest from Jackson, winner of multiple Earphones Awards for her audiobooks, is a horror story and a history lesson all at once when a Georgia school hosts its first integrated prom.

by Bill Konigsberg, read by Pete Cross
Scholastic Audiobooks, Ages 12+
Release date: September 6

In Konigsberg’s latest novel for teens, it’s New York City in the 1980s, the AIDS crisis is taking a terrible toll, and two teen boys meet each other.

Fairy Tale

by Stephen King, read by Seth Numrich, Stephen King
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: September 6

King’s latest is an epic (24 hours long!) tale of good versus evil. We awarded Earphones to Seth Numrich’s narration of LATER.

by Tamsyn Muir, read by Moira Quirk
Recorded Books
Release date: September 13

Moira Quirk is back to narrate this highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel to GIDEON THE NINTH and HARROW THE NINTH. She gave Earphones Award-winning performances of the first two.

Dinners with Ruth

DINNERS WITH RUTH: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships
by Nina Totenberg, read by the author
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: September 13

The NPR legal affairs correspondent reflects on her friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

by Candice Carty-Williams, read by Danielle Vitalis
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: September 13

We raved about Candice Carty-William’s QUEENIE, so we’re eagerly awaiting this sophomore novel on audio.

Less Is Lost

by Andrew Sean Greer, read by Robert Petkoff
Hachette Audio
Release date: September 20

In LESS, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Arthur Less traveled the world via literary events to escape his problems. This time, he’s road-tripping around the United States. Robert Petkoff returns to narrate.

by Elizabeth Strout, read by Kimberly Farr
Random House Audio
Release date: September 20

Kimberly Farr returns to narrate this latest from Pulitzer Prize winner Strout (OLIVE KITTERIDGE). Lucy Barton is stuck in a small town in Maine when the world goes on lockdown.

Hell and Back

by Craig Johnson, read by George Guidall
Recorded Books
Release date: September 20

Walt Longmire returns for Book 18 in Johnson’s long-running mystery series, chasing a mystical being and taking on the legacy of residential schools. A can’t-miss from Golden Voice George Guidall.

by Scott Turow, read by Helen Laser
Hachette Audio
Release date: September 20

Get to know Clarice “Pinky” Granum, tenacious private investigator, in this pulse-pounding courtroom thriller from Turow.

The Bullet That Missed
Fen, Bog, and Swamp

by Richard Osman, Reader TBA
Penguin Audio
Release date: September 20

The amateur sleuths of the Coopers Chase retirement village are back at it in this third mystery in the Thursday Murder Club series.

FEN, BOG AND SWAMP: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis
by Annie Proulx, read by Gabra Zackman
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: September 27

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Proulx offers a nonfiction environmental history of the planet’s wetlands—and cautions that they must be saved.

Terry Pratchett: A Life with Footnotes

by Ann Mah, read by Caroline Hewitt
Harper Audio
Release date: September 27

Mah’s historical novel focuses on Jacqueline Bouvier’s college year spent in Paris.

by Rob Wilkins, read by the author
Penguin Audio UK
Release date: September 29

Author Terry Pratchett (GOOD OMENS, the Discworld series) began working on this memoir before his death in 2015. Pratchett’s friend and former assistant Rob Wilkins completed it and narrates it, too.

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