Holiday Books Guide 2014: Audio Books

Laugh, learn or be swept away by stories of heroes.

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The Laughing Monsters

Denis Johnson, read by Scott Shepherd

Macmillan, $29.99

In a new story from the National Book Award winner, two former colleagues with veiled agendas reunite in Africa.


Evolution and the Science of Creation

Bill Nye, read by Bill Nye

Macmillan, $39.99

The "science guy" takes an enthusiastic, informed Grand Tour through evolution.

Leaving Time

Jodi Picoult, read by Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur and Mark Deakins

Random House, $45

A teenager seeks clues to her long-lost mother's disappearance in the journals she left while working at an elephant sanctuary.

Yes, Please

Amy Poehler, read by Amy Poehler

HarperCollins, $34.99

With help from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Patrick Stewart and more, the "Parks and Recreation" and "Saturday Night Live" star reads her memoir of growing up to be one of America's top comedians.

Gravity's Rainbow

Thomas Pynchon, read by George Guidall

Penguin Audio, $85

A screaming comes across the sky: Thomas Pynchon's postmodern opus is widely available for the first time in audio, clocking in at more than 37 hours.

Death of a King

The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year

Tavis Smiley with David Ritz, read by Tavis Smiley

Hachette, $35

The PBS talk-show host details the final year of King's life, in which previous allies, including the Lyndon B. Johnson administration and civil-rights leaders, turned against him.


Scott Westerfeld, read by Sheetal Sheth and Heather Lind

Simon & Schuster Audio, $23.99 ages 14 and up

This young adult novel-within-a-novel interweaves the lives of a teen author on the brink of success and the heroine of a science fiction book she is writing.

I Am Malala

How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)

Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick, read by Neela Vaswani

Hachette Audio, $22.98 ages 12-17

A special teen edition of the story of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, who fought for girls' education and survived being shot by the Taliban.

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