These Are The 20 Best-Selling Audiobooks Of 2016 So Far via Kelsey Mulvey, Business Insider
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The Wall Street Journal recently reported audiobooks are the fastest-growing format in publishing. While there’s data to back this claim — audiobook sales in the US and Canada increased by 21% in 2015 and this year’s sales so far indicate further growth — we can understand why they’re so popular.
While they can add up in you listen to a lot of them (Kindle Unlimited is worth investigating, if you’re an avid reader), audiobooks are a great way to engage your brain at the office, you can easily listen to them on a crowded subway, and they’re a suitable alternative to paperbacks for those who are prone to motion sickness on long car rides. Several big-time Hollywood actors and actresses have even narrated a few of them.
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20 Best-Selling Audiobooks Of 2016 So Far with excerpts
The Ghost Army of World War II by Rick Beyer, Elizabeth Sayles
In the summer of 1944, a handpicked group of young GIs – including such future luminaries as Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Singer, Victor Dowd, Art Kane, and Jack Masey – landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks, a massive collection of sound-effects records, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, their job was to create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German army as their audience.
From Normandy to the Rhine, the 1,100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known as the Ghost Army, conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions, and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. Between missions, the artists filled their duffel bags with drawings and paintings and dragged them across Europe. Every move they made was top secret, and their story was hushed up for decades after the war’s end. The Ghost Army of World War II is the first publication to tell the full story of how a traveling road show of artists wielding imagination, paint, and bravado saved thousands of American lives.
Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?: True Stories and Confessions by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
The unstoppable, irreverent mother-daughter team presents a new collection of funny stories and true confessions that every woman can relate to. From identity theft to the hazards of bicycling to college reunions and eating on the beach, Lisa and Francesca tackle the quirks, absurdities, and wonders of everyday life with wit and warmth. As Lisa says, “More and more, especially in the summertime when I’m sitting on the beach, I’m learning not to sweat it. To go back to the child that I used to be. To see myself through the loving eyes of my parents. To eat on the beach. And not to worry about whether every little thing makes me look fat. In fact, not to worry at all.”
So put aside your worries and join Lisa and Francesca as they navigate their way through the crazy world we live in, laughing along the way.
The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life-as she sees it-is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Louisiana Longshot: A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1 by Jana DeLeon
It was a hell of a long shot….
CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever – in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world’s largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she’s determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.
Unfortunately, she hasn’t even unpacked a suitcase before her newly inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she’s not careful, this investigation might blow her cover and get her killed. Armed with her considerable skills and a group of elderly ladies the locals dub the Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it’s too late.
A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 by George R. R. Martin
HBO’s hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A GAME OF THRONES is the first volume in the series. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men…all will play the GAME OF THRONES. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat