An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

The instant number-one New York Times best seller

In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green - co-creator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow - spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., 23-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship - like a 10-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor - April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world - everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires - and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social Internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.  

The beginning of an exciting fiction career, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a bold and insightful novel of now.

Amerikanisches Englisch

Hank Green ist der Bruder von John Green (“The Fault in our Stars”) und vlogt mit ihm zusammen über wissenschaftliche Themen. Sein Erstlingsroman ist am jungen Puls der Zeit: Als überall auf der Welt merkwürdige Figuren - genannt “Carls” - auftauchen, wird das YouTube-Video eines Mädchens davon zum viralen Lauffeuer. Medialer Sensationalismus und der Umgang der Jugend amit gehören zu den wichtigen, aktuellen Themen. Und Hank Green ist seinem Bruder in Sachen Jugendliteratur ganz offenbar gewachsen.


From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator Ann Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family’s scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer. 

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed....

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.  

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self. 

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again - until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

From the creator of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood, get ready for a new band of brothers. And a firestorm.

Amerikanisches Englisch

Bestens bekannt für ihre Vampir-Romantik-Reihe “Black Dagger Brotherhood”, wagt sich J.R. Ward auf neues Terrain: In der Realität angesiedelt ist der feurige Auftakt zur neuen “Firefighters”-Serie. Das Rezept ist ähnlich: Thrill, Romantik, Mystery und Erotik mischen sich mit leidenschaftlichen Charakteren, die alte Narben mit sich rumschleppen - diesmal wortwörtlich: Brandermittlerin Anne Ashburn und Feuerwehrmann Danny McGuire lecken in “Consumed” ganz reale Wunden, bevor sie sich näher kommen. Ein ganzes Team aus männlichen und weiblichen Sprechern facht den Serienauftakt an.

A Spark of Light

Number one New York Times best seller

The author author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. 

"Picoult at her fearless best... Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate." (The Washington Post)

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic - its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. 

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. 

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard. 

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. 

One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation...and, hopefully, understanding. 

Praise for A Spark of Light:

"This is Jodi Picoult at her best: tackling an emotional hot-button issue and putting a human face on it." (People)

"Told backward and hour by hour, Jodi Picoult's compelling narrative deftly explores controversial social issues." (Us Weekly)

Amerikanisches Englisch

Jodi Picoult ist dafür bekannt, dass in ihren Romanen gewöhnliche Menschen in ungewöhnliche Situationen und Krisen geraten. Dabei greift sie gesellschaftlich relevante Themen auf. Diesmal muss der bei der Polizei arbeitende Vater einer 15jährigen mit einem Geiselnehmer in einer Abtreibungsklinik verhandeln und erfährt, dass seine Tochter auch in der Klinik ist. Als Sprecherin fungiert Bahni Turpin, die schon mehrfach mit dem “Hör-Oscar”, dem “Audie Award”, ausgezeichnet wurde.

In a House of Lies

In A House of Lies...

Everyone has something to hide.

A missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - the body was in an area that had already been searched 10 years ago.

Everyone has secrets.

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled, and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth.

Nobody is innocent.

Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide - and everything to lose. 

None more so than Detective John Rebus. 

Schottisches Englisch

Fall Nr. 22 für den schottischen Kommissar John Rebus. Der ist inzwischen in Rente, hat das Rauchen und Trinken weitgehend drangegeben, weil er von einem Lungenemphysem gebeutelt wird, aber das hält ihn nicht davon ab, einen alten Vermisstenfall noch mal aufzurollen, als eine Leiche gefunden wird. Auch alle anderen Kollegen der Serie mischen mit, diesmal vor allem DI Siobhan Clarke. Teil des Hörbuch-Erfolgs der Reihe ist die Tatsache, dass Sprecher James Macpherson mit seinem Kieselsteine knackenden Schottisch seit vielen Jahren einen authentischen Stempel aufdrückt.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

Narrator Natalie Dormer and a host of experts will take you on an audio journey like no other; from ancient China, to a 14th-century apothecary's shop, on to the Salem witch trials and beyond. They delve into a rich body of writings about magic and explore intriguing artefacts to bring to life deep-rooted ideas of mysticism from around the world.

Along the way, you can listen for handy tips on how to capture a basilisk, make yourself invisible or create your very own philosopher's stone. You'll hear about the dozens of drafts and drawings that went into J.K. Rowling's writing process and enjoy exclusive interviews with Jim Dale, Stephen Fry and illustrator Jim Kay, who all share their experiences of working on these incredible stories.

The extraordinary and thought-provoking tales in this audiobook are perfect for anyone who wants to know a little more about magic and the wizarding world.

In this audio documentary, Natalie Dormer takes you on a spellbinding exploration of the real-world history that influenced J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories. While not written by J.K. Rowling herself, nor taught by the slumbering Professor Binns, the documentary is inspired by the exhibition held at the British Library in 2017, which came to the New-York Historical Society in 2018. This audiobook is packed full of exclusive interviews, folkloric facts, and musings on intriguing artifacts and mysticism from around the world.

Music composed by Patrick Neil Doyle

Sound effects licensed from ProSound Effects 

Britisches Englisch

Zum 20. Jubiläum von Harry Potter eröffnete die British Library in London eine Ausstellung über die Geschichte der Magie. Dies ist die Hörbuchversion des von J.K. Rowling und den Kuratoren verfassten Buchs zur Ausstellung - quasi der “Audio Guide”. Anhand real existierender Exponate, die Rowling zur Inspiration ihrer Harry Potter-Bücher dienten, und eingeteilt in die verschiedenen Hogwarts-Schulfächer, führt uns das Hörbuch durch die Geschichte der Magie und klärt auf über Drachenblut, Mandrake-Wurzeln und manches mehr. Ein Mix aus Fiktion und wahrer Historie für Potterheads!

Nine Perfect Strangers

The eagerly anticipated new novel from the worldwide number one best-selling author behind the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO series Big Little Lies

Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? Nine perfect strangers are about to find out.... 

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... 

Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? 

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.


Australisches Englisch

Eine Art psychologischer Thriller mit Humor ist “Nine Perfect Strangers” der australischen Autorin Liane Moriarty (“Truly, Madly, Guilty”). Ihre Spannung (und auch seinen Witz) zieht die Geschichte aus der entstehenden Gruppendynamik, als neun Fremde in einem Wellness-Resort einziehen, um dort positive Veränderung auf den Weg zu bringen. Die Veränderungen sind dann unerwarteter Art. Für “Aussie-Feeling” sorgt Sprecherin Caroline Lee mit recht breitem australischem Akzent.

Muse of Nightmares

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old. 

She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise. 

She was wrong. 

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice - save the woman he loves or everyone else? - while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with the thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And, most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed, must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times best seller Strange the Dreamer.

Britisches Englisch

Teil 2 einer elegisch geschriebenen Fantasy-Duologie, in der ein junger Bibliothekar zum Helden avanciert in einer geheimnisvollen Stadt mit Götternachkommen. Hier werden Alpträume wie Motten in die Nacht geschickt, werden blauhäutige Götterkinder nicht älter, und nach dem dramatischen Ende von “Strange the Dreamer” weiß niemand, wie es in der Zitadelle weitergeht. Melodisch und wunderschön gelesen von Steve West, ist “Muse of Nightmares” ein Fest der Sprache und Imagination.

The Witch Elm

Named a New York Times notable book of 2018 and a best book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle, Vox, and Electric Literature.

“Tana French’s best and most intricately nuanced novel yet.” (The New York Times)

An “extraordinary” (Stephen King) and “mesmerizing” (LA Times) new stand-alone novel from the master of crime and suspense and author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher

From the writer who "inspires cultic devotion in readers" (The New Yorker) and has been called "incandescent" by Stephen King, "absolutely mesmerizing" by Gillian Flynn, and "unputdownable" (People), comes a gripping new novel that turns a crime story inside out.  

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.  

A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

Irisches Englisch

Diesmal kein irischer Polizei-Krimi aus der “Murder Squad”-Reihe von Tana French, sondern ein charaktergetriebener Mystery-Roman als stand-alone. Nach einem traumatischen Vorfall zieht sich Hauptfigur Toby auf den alten Familiensitz zurück. Der Fund eines Totenschädels setzt die Aufdeckung eines in der Vergangenheit liegenden Rätsels in Gang. Paul Nugent liest die Geschichte mit rollendem irischem Akzent stimmig vor. Ungewohntes für Tana French-Fans, auf das man sich einlassen muss.

What If It's Us

New York TimesUSA Today, and Indie best seller!

Critically acclaimed and best-selling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in this smart, funny, heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together - or pulling them apart.

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

What if it’s us? 

Plus don't miss Yes No Maybe So, Becky Albertalli's and Aisha Saeed's heartwarming and hilarious new novel, or Infinity Son, the first installment in Adam Silvera’s epic new fantasy series, both coming in 2020! 

Amerikanisches Englisch

Zwei tolle YA-Autoren haben sich zusammengetan und eine Liebesgeschichte im Stile des klassischen “meet cute” geschrieben, wo zwei sich treffen und man mitfiebert, ob und wie sie sich kriegen bis zu einem - hoffentlich - happy end. Dass die beiden Verliebten zwei junge Männer sind, ist dabei reine Nebensache. Vor allem Albertalli, die für “Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda” schon mit dem Jugendbuchpreis ausgezeichnet wurde, überlässt in ihren positiv gestimmten Jugendbüchern gerne Figuren von überall auf dem
Regenbogenspektrum die Hauptrollen.

The Mitford Affair

As the glamour of the Bright Young Things crashes into the world of the Mitford sisters, their maid Louisa Cannon finds herself at the scene of a gripping murder mystery.

Meet the Bright Young Things, the rabble-rousing hedonists of the 1920s whose treasure hunts were a media obsession. One such game takes place at the 18th birthday party of Pamela Mitford, but ends in tragedy as cruel, charismatic Adrian Curtis is pushed to his death from the church neighbouring the Mitford home.

The police quickly identify the killer as a maid, Dulcie. But Louisa Cannon, chaperone to the Mitford girls and a former criminal herself, believes Dulcie to be innocent, and sets out to clear the girl's name...all while the real killer may only be steps away.

The Mitford Affair was previously published as Bright Young Things

Britisches Englisch

Teil 2 der “The Mitford Murders”-Reihe, ein historischer Mystery-Roman aus dem Zeitalter des britischen “Golden Age” um 1920 herum. Autorin Julia Fellowes ist bestens im Thema: Sie ist die Nichte von “Downton Abbey”-Schöpfer Julian Fellows und hat schon an mehreren Büchern darüber mitgearbeitet, bevor sie jetzt mit den “Mitford Murders” selbst ihr Debüt hinlegte. Wieder findet sich Louisa Cannon, Ex-Kriminelle aus London und jetzt Anstandsdame in einem schicken Haushalt in Oxford, in einer Mordermittlung wieder. Angemessen elegant englisch gelesen.