Staff Pick: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Title: The Hunting Party
Author: Lucy Foley
Narrators: Moira Quirk, Imogen Church, Elle Newlands, Morag Sims, Gary Furlong

When I was 12, my mum and I used to go to the library every week, and I would get four Agatha Christie novels, read them all in a couple of days, return them, and then pick out another four the following week. This was my first introduction to the mystery genre, and it lead me into becoming a big fan of everything mystery, thriller, and suspense.

I was intrigued by this book, because the premise seemed very like And Then There Were None, but apart from the idea of a group of people going to a remote house in the country, this psychological suspense thriller is quite different.

A group of old college friends spend every New Year’s Eve together. Now in their thirties, they have grown apart but still continue to plan this event (even though you get the feeling that for many of them, it’s not something that they want to be a part of). This year, they have chosen to stay in a secluded Scottish hunting lodge, which is the perfect place for them to unwind and reconnect with each other…in theory.

They arrive on December 30th, but within a day, a blizzard has trapped them inside the lodge, and by New Year’s Day, one of them is found murdered. But who did it? One of the other guests? A lodge staff member? Or one of the friends themselves?

Lucy Foley does an amazing job of creating characters who, on one hand, are sympathetic enough for you to identify with, but on the other, have enough secrets and faults to make you dislike them, and think that they might be the murderer. The chapters are narrated by a series of narrators, so you can’t be entirely sure that the accounts you are listening to are at all accurate. Not only do you not find out who the murderer is till the very end, you also aren’t entirely sure of the victim until part way through, which is quite an interesting twist on the “whodunnit?” theme.

In an almost Breakfast Club way, each character is quite different, and at points, somewhat stereotypically so. Miranda is beautiful, but troubled. Katie is seen as quiet and plain, but is hiding a secret. Emma seems like the perfect girlfriend and friend, but is she? Emma’s boyfriend, Mark, seems calm, but has a wicked temper, and Miranda’s husband Julien is certainly hiding something, but what is it? And what about the staff at the lodge? Heather, Doug and Iain? Who would choose to live in the middle of nowhere, unless they had something to hide or were running away from something?

The multi-narrator format of this book really lends itself to the audiobook format. It feels like a group of people are narrating an account of what really happened – which makes it even more spooky.

I truly loved this book. I went through the whole thing in one day, and didn’t want to stop listening. If you’re a fan of Ruth Ware or Gillian Flynn, this is definitely the listen for you. So far my favorite listen of the year!

Publisher Summary:

Everyone’s invited…everyone’s a suspect…

For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a shivery, atmospheric, page-turning novel of psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie, in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge . . . and murder and mayhem ensue.

All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.
During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.

Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.

The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps.

Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.

Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?

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Which Audiobook is Perfect for Your Valentine’s Day Plans?

Ah…Valentine’s Day. Some people love it, some people hate it. But there’s no denying that there are a LOT of books written about romance, and many people look for inspiration for their own love lives in the pages of a book.

Still wondering what to do for the day? Why not try our quiz, and get inspired to plan your day based on the book that’s right for you! And who knows? Maybe this will lead to the love of your life? Or at least a fun day, and a great listen.

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7 Audiobooks to Listen to On Your Winter Getaway

The holiday season is very much over, and it’s a loooongg time till spring (Boo!). So what better way to beat the winter blues than to go on a vacation, a weekend trip, or even just take some time off work to stay at home? Why not enjoy those times by bringing an audiobook or two along for the ride?

 

Something to listen to on a road trip
An Anonymous Girl
by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, narrated by Julia Whelan, Barrie Kreinik

Depending on where you are driving to, the journey can be more exciting than the destination. Make that trip even more thrilling by listening to An Anonymous Girl, which is by the authors of The Wife Between Us.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. However, before long, the questions grow more and more invasive and Dr. Shields begins to get more and more controlling. The twists and turns will add some excitement to your long drive!

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Something to listen to at the ski lodge
Bite the Biscuit: A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer

You’ve been skiing all day, now you’re nice and snug, curled up with a boozy hot chocolate and wrapped up in a nice warm blanket. What better to listen to than a cozy mystery?

Carrie Kennersly is a veterinary technician and owner of “The Barkery” where she sells dog cookies and treats. Myra and Harris Ethman, who own a rival store selling pet products, publicly badmouth Carrie and her business. Suddenly, Myra is found dead with a Barkery cookie beside her, and Carrie, with help from her dog, Biscuit, must prove she wasn’t involved in the crime.

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Something for your cruise
Embrace Yourself by Taryn Brumfitt, narrated by Taryn Brumfitt

Is there anything better than being on a cruise, sitting in the sunshine, eating delicious food, and being safe in the knowledge that everyone else you know is at home in the snow, rain, and cold? I don’t think so. 

While you’re working on your tan, why not work on your wellness and self-esteem? Taryn Brumfitt, the director of the award-winning documentary Embrace has helped people all over the world embrace their bodies and reject the destructive images we are bombarded with every day. Taryn Brumfitt narrates the book herself, which means it feels like a friend is telling you how great you are. So start now — love your body, and be an all-round more “sparkly” person. 

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Something for your tropical beach getaway
The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson, narrated by Marisa Calin

Ah, when you’re relaxing on that beach, you finally have time to sit and listen to a really good book. If you’re a fan of The Crown, you’ll love this. While there have been a number of novels set in the 40s and 50s, this takes a fresh angle — written from the perspective of the dressmakers of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress. Jennifer Robson balances behind-the-scenes details with an in-depth portrait of British post-war society and introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines: embroiderers Ann and Miriam, and Ann’s granddaughter, Heather. 

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Something for your staycation
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last month or so, you’ve heard about Marie Kondo, her Netflix series, and her amazing techniques for decluttering and organizing. My husband and I have already managed to watch the show and read the book, but the bit where we have to actually declutter hasn’t really happened yet. We are all about the KonMari Method…once we get off the couch.

If you’ve decided to take some time off work to hang out at home, what better way to take advantage of your time off than to start cleaning and tidying! With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy,” this international bestseller will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home.

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Something for your boys’ weekend
Positively Unstoppable: The Art of Owning It by Diamond Dallas Page, narrated by Joe Barrett, Diamond Dallas Page

Gearing up for a boys’ weekend? Do you need some motivation to get you ready for your trip? World-renowned WWE Hall of Famer turned fitness guru Diamond Dallas Page will totally get you pumped! 

In Positively Unstoppable, he breaks down his understanding of what really motivates people to change their lives. Full of tips, goal setting guides, and more, there’s a whole lot of humor and fun that’ll keep you listening.  

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Something for your girls’ weekend
Love Me Tinder by Nicola May, narrated by Penny Scott Andrews

Off with the ladies for parties and prosecco? This is a fun, bawdy listen that you’ll enjoy from the start. I was initially attracted to this book because there’s a foul-mouthed (or should I say fowl-mouthed — hahaha) parrot called Lady P, and since I have my own overly vocal parrot, I thought this would be a fun listen. I was not disappointed!

With her marriage in pieces, Cali Summers hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app. With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer, and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards!

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10 Books to Listen to During a Winter Storm

Ah… Winter is here. For many of us, this is our favorite time of year to sit on our couches, get the tea on, and sit under a blanket.
However, if you’re trapped inside because the snow is piling up, rain is pouring down, and you’re slowly losing your mind, here are some audiobooks that will take your mind off the cold and dampness this winter. Enjoy a selection of comedy titles to make you laugh and forget the cold; escapist listens to convince yourself you’re somewhere else; horror tomes to listen to when the power goes off; self help books to use the time inside for something more useful than napping; and something for your kids so they don’t continually ask you “Can we go out yet?” (which is scarier than any Stephen King novel)

Comedy titles to make you laugh

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle, narrated by Eric Idle

I love listening to comedians narrating their own autobiographies. It feels like you’re listening to a stand up gig.
Best known for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life which begins in an austere boarding school and takes us through his successful career in comedy, tv, and film.
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My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper, narrated by Ellie Kemper

I love Ellie Kemper. She’s so positive, and like a confetti cupcake in human form.
Ellie will make you laugh out loud as she shares tales of her childhood, whether she’s starring in her family holiday pageant, washing her dad’s car with a Brillo pad, or failing to become friends with a plump squirrel in her backyard.
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Escapist listens to whisk you away

The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love by Per J Andersson, narrated by Maanuv Thiara

If you enjoy romance and travel combined, this amazing true story is the book for you. PK is given a prophecy. He will meet the woman of his dreams, who will be from a faraway land. One day, he’s asked to draw the portrait of a young Swedish woman, and while drawing her, he realizes she is the woman he’s been looking for.
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The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables: The Enchanting Island that Inspired L. M. Montgomery by Catherine Reid, narrated by Xe Sands

If you love Anne of Green Gables, You’ll love this! This book explores how L. M. Montgomery’s deep connection to Prince Edward Island inspired her when writing the Anne of Green Gables series. From the Lake of Shining Waters to Lover’s Lane, you’ll be immersed in the real places immortalized in the novels.
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Horror tomes to give you a fright

Watching You by Lisa Jewell, narrated by Gabrielle Glaister

Is there anything more frightening than listening to a crime novel set in a neighborhood just like yours? Secrets, lies, and obsession are the themes of this listen set in a suburban street where bad things don’t happen… or do they?
A local teacher seems harmless but why does he generate such obsession from his students?
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The Ghost and the Dead Man’s Library by Cleo Coyle, narrated by Traber Burns, Caroline Shaffer

A soft sweater + cosy mystery = perfection!
Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure receives an extremely rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete works. They sell well, but unfortunately, everyone who buys the books ends up dead. Fortunately, Penelope has her ghostly friend, P.I. Jack Shepard to help crack the case.
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Self help listens to inspire you

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda, narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Before Hamilton made him a household name, Lin-Manuel Miranda inspired his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of every day. Sometimes it’s hard in the depths of winter to stay positive. But if you need a little pick me up while you’re waiting for the storms to pass, then this is a lovely treat.
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The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders, narrated by Cait Flanders

After working her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, Cait Flanders challenged herself to consume less. Blending Cait’s compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance, The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you’re holding on to in your own life
— and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.
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Something to keep the kids busy

Spectacular Stories for the Very Young: Four Hilarious Stories! by David Walliams, narrated by David Walliams

My three year old loves listening to audiobooks. He loves to read along, especially if there is a fun narrator and a bunch of sound effects. And this book has both of those things, thanks to the amazing narration by David Walliams.
Who doesn’t want to learn about the first hippo on the moon, or a snake that causes disasters at school?
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin

If you’re getting irritated staying inside, there’s a good chance that your teen is too! If you’re looking for something to engage and educate your teen, The Hate U Give is a great listen.
Starr Carter’s life is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her (unarmed) best friend at the hands of a police officer.
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The Best Audiobooks of 2018

As 2018 wraps up, Audiobooks.com looks back at a wonderful year of exciting releases. From sensational debuts that have launched the careers of budding writers to veterans who have returned with triumphant follow-ups, 2018 in books has captured the love, heartbreak, frustration, and hope that has swept the world. Here are Audiobook.com’s best books of 2018 and personal staff favorites.

FICTION

NON-FICTION

BIO & MEMOIR

MYSTERY & THRILLER

ROMANCE

POLITICS

SELF-HELP

TRUE CRIME

HORROR

SCIENCE FICTION

FANTASY

HISTORY

SCIENCE & TECH

YOUNG ADULT

KIDS

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle, narrated by Eric Idle

From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor.

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Educated by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan

Heartbreaking and moving, Educated is about Tara Westover’s quest for knowledge that transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents. Only when she had traveled too far would she wonder if there was still a way home.

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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver, narrated by Barbara Kingsolver

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts.

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Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. by Jeff Tweedy, narrated by Jeff Tweedy

The singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known for his work with Wilco, opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware, narrated by Imogen Church

When Hal Westaway is mistakenly bequeathed a substantial inheritance, she plots to claim the money for herself only to realize there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

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The Book of M by Peng Shepherd, narrated by Emily Woo ZellerJames Fouhey

Reminiscent of The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, narrated by Gillian FlynnGabra ZackmanPatton Oswalt

An atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind.

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You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable by Jen Sincero, narrated by Jen Sincero

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes bite-sized inspiration and guidance to keep your transformation on track.

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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: A Oral History by Megan MullallyNick Offerman, narrated by Nick OffermanMegan Mullally

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman reveal the full story behind their epic romance—presented in a series of hilarious intimate conversations between the couple.

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Enchantments: A Modern Witch’s Guide to Self-Possession by Mya Spalter, narrated by Mya Spalter

A wise, witty, and welcoming guide to modern witchcraft and magic and how you can use it to positively affect your life, from healing herbs to casting love spells.

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7 Audiobooks That Are More Naughty Than Nice

Turn up the heat this winter with erotic audiobooks that guarantee a spicy holiday season.

 

1. Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas by Katie Ruggle, narrated by Vanessa Daniels

Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas.

When firefighter and single dad Steve Springfield moved his kids to a Christmas tree ranch, he intended it to be a safe haven. He never expected danger to follow, or that he would come face-to-face with the one girl he could never forget. It doesn’t take long before she’s in danger of falling for him. But as fires break out across the sleepy Colorado town, they will have to fight if they want their happy family to survive.
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2. A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss by Paula Quinn, narrated by Carrington MacDuffie and Paula Quinn

A Highlander's Christmas Kiss.

Christmas may be coming to Linavar, but Temperance Menzie is far from joyful. Grief stricken over the death of her father, she almost didn’t see the wounded stranger in the woods. And now she’s determined to give this brooding Highlander the help she couldn’t give her father. But there’s a secret lurking in the depths of his blue-gray eyes. And Temperance won’t rest until she uncovers it.
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3. Their Christmas Bride by Vanessa Vale, narrated by Kylie Stewart

Their Christmas Bride.

Allison Travers is in love with two men. Quinn and Porter are both irresistible, and choosing seems impossible. But she fears she’ll lose the chance to decide when a malicious man seeks to force her into marriage with him by spreading rumors.Quinn and Porter aren’t about to buy the lies. They love Allison, and what’s more, they both want to marry her and make her their Christmas bride.
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4. Submitting for Christmas by Em Brown, narrated by Em Brown

Submitting for Christmas.

The Marquess of Alastair has doubled the dowry he is providing Miss Abbott. The sooner she’s married, the sooner she’s out of his care — and his fantasies. All she wants is an encore of her night where Alastair once fulfilled her most wicked desires. When just such an opportunity unexpectedly arises, Alastair concedes to her proposition on one condition: that she never again return.
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5. Christmas with the Marine & Her Naughty Holiday by Candace Havens, narrated by Alexander Cendese and Gabrielle Cendese

Christmas with the Marine & Her Naughty Holiday.

Guys are the last thing on personal shopper Ainsley Garrett’s list. But her icy resolution melts when she sees an incredibly hot Marine toy shopping. A hot man in uniform with a heart of gold? Maybe she can believe in Santa after all… When it comes to Ashley, Major Ben Hawthorne is willing to break his own rules, at least for one night — provided they can get this insanely wicked attraction out of their systems.
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6. Saint Nick’s Naughty Helper by Jeffrey D. Peterson, narrated by Jeffrey D. Peterson and Ali Peterson

Saint Nick's Naughty Helper.

A hot and explicit Christmas Comedy featuring a brave romantic with a warm fire and a hot man on her mind. Carol is alone at Christmas time, and determined not to be. When she lays eyes on a dreamboat named Nick the sparks fly and she’s in over her head… right where she wants to be.
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7. The Christmas Present – A Collection of Four Festive Erotic Stories by Miranda Forbes, narrated by Trixi Godwin

The Christmas Present.

A Good Little Girl: Kay’s girlfriend gets a new job and becomes a sexy Santa.
The Perfect Meal: Emily rushes out to find the perfect pudding and finds the perfect man instead.
Payment In Kind: Kate’s work flirtation goes from innocent to white hot.
The Scent of Pine: Having the in-laws stay puts a damper on Julie and Robert’s sex life, but abstinence has its rewards after Christmas.
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