Autumn has well and truly started to set in. The coats are out and the shorts are away! One way to forget about the change in weather is by downloading a new audiobook. Here at UseAudiobooks, we have detailed some of the top audiobook releases for the month of October.
Unfortunately, due to Daylight Saving Time changes, we will lose (EU readers) a precious hour of listening! We’d love if you let us know what you are listening to this month in the comments section below.
New Audiobooks For October
Book description from each publisher in italics and inside the quotes
1. Elevation by Stephen King
Although this is quite a short book from Stephen King, we will still make sure to grab it. Everyone knows by now that when King puts pen to paper gold usually forms. On top of that, King has done the narration for the audiobook. We’re sure that this will only make it better.
“Castle Rock is a small town, where word gets around quickly. That’s why Scott Carey wants to confide only in his friend Doctor Bob Ellis about his strange condition: he’s losing weight, without getting thinner, and the scales register the same when he is in his clothes or out of them, however heavy they are.
Scott also has new neighbours, who have opened a ‘fine dining experience’ in town, although it’s an experience being shunned by the locals; Deidre McComb and her wife Missy Donaldson don’t exactly fit in with the community’s expectations. And now Scott seems trapped in a feud with the couple over their dogs dropping their business on his lawn. Missy may be friendly, but Deidre is cold as ice…”
Narrator – Stephen King
Release date – 30/10/2018
(Description from Hodder and Stoughton – https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781473691520)
2. The Reckoning by John Grisham
A year after The Rooster Bar, John Grisham is back with his new book The Reckoning. Grisham is a seasoned thriller writer. Some of his most famous titles have been The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker and The Firm to name a few. If legal thrillers are your love, then this can easily be your October read.
“Pete Banning was Clanton’s favourite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbour, and a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Then one cool October morning in 1946. he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell.
As if the murder wasn’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete’s only statement about it – to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton – was ‘I have nothing to say’.
And so the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.”
Narrator – Michael Beck
Release Date – 23/10/2018
(Description from Hodder and Stoughton – https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781473684386)
3. GMORNING, GNIGHT! By Lin-Manuel Miranda
This is the second book from Lin-Manuel Miranda and for some, it will be more relatable than Hamilton. He now wants to help others become more creative than they currently are. We’re sure that this book is going to be super motivating!
“Good morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things. Let others tussle it out. Vamos!
Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda’s audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful collection illustrated by acclaimed artist (and fellow Twitter favorite) Jonny Sun. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.”
Narrator – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Release Date – 16/10/2018
(Description from Penguin Random House – https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/603592/gmorning-gnight-by-lin-manuel-miranda/9781984854278/)
4. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
You might know Brené Brown from her amazing TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability. If not, well, go and watch it now! Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. Four of her previous books made it to number one on the New York Times bestsellers list. Dare to Lead will probably make that five.
“How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?
In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions of readers have come to expect and love.
Brown writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.”
Whether you’ve read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you’re new to Brené Brown’s work, this book is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.”
Narrator – Brené Brown
Release Date – 09/10/2018
(Description from Penguin Random House – https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557595/dare-to-lead-by-brene-brown-phd-lmsw/9780399592522/)
5. We Need to Weaken The Mixture by Guy Martin
In the U.K. Guy Martin is best known for his television documentaries and racing whatever he can get his hands on! He already has a few other audiobooks available, which includes his autobiography. However, it’s been over 2 years since his last book! Now he’s back though with We Need to Weaken The Mixture.
“ ‘I can’t stop biting off more than I can chew. Maybe I’m wearing everything out, but I believe the body is a fantastic thing, and it will repair itself and I’ll go again. If it’s running too rich, I don’t stop what I’m doing, just weaken the mixture and carry on.’
Since we last heard from him, Guy Martin has restored a 1983 Williams F1 car then raced Jenson Button in it; helped to build a WWI tank; ridden with Putin’s favourite biker gang the Night Wolves; competed on the classic endurance circuit; stood on top of one of Chernobyl’s nuclear reactors and taken part in his last ever Isle of Man TT.”
Narrator – Dean Williamson
Release Date – 18/10/2018
(Description from Penguin Books Limited – https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1111949/we-need-to-weaken-the-mixture/9780753545454)
6. Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh
This addition to the list is for all of our readers that love business audiobooks. Blitzscaling looks great for entrepreneurs, but still thoroughly informative for seasoned professionals.
“From the authors of New York Times bestsellers, The Alliance and The Start-up of You comes a smart and accessible must-have guide for budding entrepreneurs everywhere.
Silicon Valley is renowned for its striking number of businesses, which have grown from garage start-ups into global giants – Apple, Cisco, Google, HP and Intel, to name a few. But what is the secret to their outstanding success? Hoffman and Yeh explain that it’s simple: they’ve learnt how to blitzscale.
Featuring case studies from numerous prominent tech businesses such as AirBnB and WeChat, this book offers a specific set of practices for catalysing and managing dizzying growth in burgeoning start-ups. Prioritising speed over efficiency in an environment of uncertainty, Blitzscaling illustrates how businesses can accelerate to the stage in a company’s life cycle where the most value is generated.
Using the framework provided by Hoffman and Yeh, readers will learn how to design business models which simultaneously support growth at a furious pace and capture the market as well as how to navigate the necessary shifts in strategy needed at each level of scale.”
Narrator – Chris Yeh
Release Date – 09/10/2018
(Description from – https://www.blitzscaling.com/)
7. Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
Edgedancer was originally published in 2016. Two years later we are going to be able to enjoy this novel in audiobook format! Brandon Sanderson novels are great, so we’re certain this will make for a great fantasy audiobook.
“Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older – a wish she believed was granted.
Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can’t help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers.
The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.”
Narrator – Kate Reading
Release Date – 18/10/2018
(Description from – https://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-stormlight-archive/edgedancer/)
8. How to Be a Footballer by Peter Crouch
We like adding variety to our audiobook lists and that is exactly why we’ve included Peter Crouch’s autobiography. For our American readers, Peter Crouch is a retired footballer, who was notably famous for his robot dance celebration. His great sense of humour will make this an enjoyable listen for any football fan.
“Towering at 6ft 7inches, Crouch is prized for his self-deprecating humour, having famously answering the question, “What would you be if you weren’t a footballer?” with the one-liner: “A virgin”. At the same time, he has had an incredible career from World Cups to Champions League finals. He has scored more headed goals than anyone else in Premiership history and has a better goals-to-minute on the pitch ratio for England than even Michael Owen. A humble professional with a great sense of humour, Crouch is one of the few players that is liked by fans of all clubs. Of course, this is probably because he’s played for most of them.
Now nearing the end of his stellar career, he shares everything he has learnt and tells it exactly like it is in How to be a Footballer, from the most colourful aspects of the game to what really happens on and off the pitch. Honest, candid and great company, this is not your standard footballer autobiography but a true insider’s guide to our favourite sport.
From a legend of English football, this is the most entertaining sports book of the year.”
Narrator – Peter Crouch
Release Date – 18/10/2018
(Description from Penguin Books Limited – https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1115822/how-to-be-a-footballer/9781785039768)
9. Overshare by Rose Ellen Dix, Rosie Spaughton
These two ladies are best known for vlogging via their youtube channel. They don’t really have a filter, so we’re sure that their audiobook definitely isn’t for prude listeners!
“Rose and Rosie are known for their candid and hilarious YouTube videos…but now they are taking oversharing to a whole new level. Discussing sexuality, revealing secrets and empowering others, Overshare is a book packed with Rose and Rosie’s unique take on friendships, fame, mental health and LGBT issues.
As visibly out members of the LGBT community, they open up about their own experiences, both together and as individuals, and have written this book in the hope that it gives strength to those who have faced similar difficulties. They are spreading a message of positivity and inclusivity, and want everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin, no matter what their sexuality.
Delve deep into the unfiltered highs and lows of Rose and Rosie’s life: family relationships, secrets of a happy marriage, struggles with OCD and anxiety, finding love and navigating the world as a gay couple. Get ready to laugh, cry, cringe and overshare.”
Narrator – Rose Ellen Dix, Rosie Spaughton
Release Date – 15/10/2018
(Description from – https://www.orionbooks.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781409176411)
10. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Last for our new audiobook releases in October is Bridge of Clay. Markus Zusak, writer of The Book Thief is back with his new novel. It gets even better for us audiophiles though, as he’s also narrated the title too!
“Five Dunbar brothers are living – fighting, loving, grieving – in the perfect chaos of a house without grown-ups. Today, the father who left them has just walked right back in.
He has a surprising request: Who will build a bridge with him?
It is Clay, a boy tormented by a long-buried secret, who accepts. But why is Clay so broken? And why must he fulfil this extraordinary challenge?
Bridge of Clay is about a boy caught in a current, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be. Ahead of him lies the bridge, the vision that will save both his family and himself.
It will be a miracle and nothing less.”
Narrator – Markus Zusak
Release Date – 11/10/2018
(Description from – https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1117039/bridge-of-clay/9780857525956.html)
As the nights are getting colder, we suggest listening to a new audiobook in the cosy comfort of your own home. Make sure to let us know what you are listening to this month in the comments section below!