New Audiobooks: Recommendations for February 2024

In February 2024, we get to enjoy a whole bunch of brilliant new audiobooks!

Check out my audiobook recommendation below to find new releases that I’m sure are really worth your Audible credit or Hoopla borrow 😉

This month, I have a nice mix for you of Fantasy, Thriller, and Romance. Something for every mood!

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New audiobooks in February: Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands, the cover is dark green with the title in big, swirly letters surrounded by flowers and vines

Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands

Heather Fawcett (Author), Ell Potter (Narrator), Michael Dodds (Narrator)

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Book 1 in the Emily Wilde series was one of my favorite audiobooks of 2023, and now that book 2 is out as well, I can’t recommend this Fantasy series enough to you!

Grouchy professor Emily Wilde voiced by Ell Potter is a pure delight. Mix in faeries and set it all in an old-timey university, and this book is such whimsical fun.

This is one of the most exciting new audiobooks in 2024 for anyone who is into Cozy Fantasy or Romantic Fantasy or anything with faeries!

Wander in the Dark

Jumata Emill (Author), Kevin R. Free (Narrator), Nile Bullock (Narrator)

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This kind-of-Young-Adult-ish Thriller had me so, so hooked!

The two brothers in Wander in the Dark, Amir and Marcel, are absolutely lovable. Of course, Nile Bullock’s and Kevin R. Free’s wonderful voices have quite a bit to do with that.

This is not always an easy book to listen to. At the center of the story are racism and classism. Amir makes a convenient scapegoat for the town. But this is also a beautiful story about mending relationships with your family.

If you enjoy Thrillers or Mystery, I can’t recommend this new audiobook enough to you!

Related article: The Best Thriller Audiobooks

ONe of the most exciting new audiobook releases in February: Glitterland by Alexis Hall. It has an illustrated cover, the right side has a white background, the left side a starry night background. on each side stands a man hugging the one from the other side.

Glitterland

Alexis Hall (Author), Nicholas Boulton (Narrator)

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Glitterland is one of my most favorite, most beloved books of all time and it has just been re-released with bonus material and a beautiful new cover!

If you get to enjoy this book for the first time now, I’m honestly a little jealous. What an experience! But I got to re-listen to it recently, and that, too, was wonderful.

Alexis Hall has stuffed this book full of so many emotions. Glitterland has cracked me up, and it has broken my heart. It is ridiculous and so sad. It’s steamy hot and frustrating (omg Ash get over yourself pleeease).

And Nicholas Boulton makes you feel like you really are listening to Ash telling you about his Glitter pirate. This is a MUST-LISTEN. (PERIOD)

Related article: Romance Audiobooks with Mental Health Representation

Sky’s End

Marc J Gregson (Author), Vikas Adam (Narrator)

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I can never get enough of Vikas Adam audiobooks and I’m so glad I gave Sky’s End a chance!

This is a Young Adult Fantasy with a vibe that reminds me a little bit of Fourth Wing as our main character has to fight and win to prove his worth and stay alive. I want to describe it as a very physical, very rough story.

This is the first book in the Above The Black series and the world-building is truly great. Floating islands and mechanical dragons, what more can a Fantasy lover’s heart ask for?!

Faebound

Saara El-Arifi (Author), Bahni Turpin (Narrator)

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I didn’t expect Faebound would be quite the book for me, I tend to struggle with High Fantasy. I just wanted to give it a quick try since it’s been to long that I listened to Bahni Turpin. But I was instantly pulled in!

The world-building is so excellent and seamlessly introduces the listeners to all its concepts. Bahni Turpin’s narration is breathtakingly good and helped me to quickly relate to Yeeran and Lettle, the two elven sisters who have to leave their war-torn city to find their way in unknown lands.

Audiobook Recommendations for February: Don't Want You like a Best Friend. The illustrated cover shows two young white women, one with blonde hair, the other dark hair, both wear elaborate ball gowns and reach out to hold hands.

Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend

Emma R. Alban (Author), Mary Jane Wells (Narrator), Morag Sims (Narrator)

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I’m a big fan of Mary Jane Wells audiobooks. So, I was very excited for Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend which she narrates together with Morag Sims who is also always a joy to listen to.

However, I don’t want to lie, the book did not quite live up to my expectations. Mind you, those were astronomically high! So, I still want to recommend it here because it is a really fun queer Historical Romance with, of course, an outstanding narration.

I just think it can shine more if you know what to expect.

Firstly, you absolutely need to read the blurb! This story is inspired by the movie The Parent Trap. Two young ladies become friends and set out to get their parents married. That means, if they succeed, they will be… well… step-sisters. If that’s a hard line for you, you should pass on this book.

That being said, the ending is developed further with an outlook that is very historically accurate for lesbians of that time.

I really liked that but I also didn’t see much of an issue with this kind of a possible on-paper step-sibling situation. I mean, they didn’t grow up like siblings. But everyone has their own preferences there so it’s something interested listeners should consider.

Now, secondly, why the book actually didn’t quite meet my expectations was because the main characters – to me – felt younger than they were supposed to be and I wished Beth and Gwen would have figured out their feelings a bit earlier.

Yes, I wanted even more pining!

However, it was absolutely adorable how Gwen got there and I couldn’t have loved that scene more!

Now, with all this information on hand, I do hope you’ll check out this book because it is really cute and really fun, and, of course, excellently narrated!

The Starter Ex

Mia Sosa (Author), Anthony Rey Perez (Narrator), Miranda Jay (Narrator)

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I adored The Starter Ex so very, very much and it’s one of the most exciting new audiobooks in Audible Plus this month!

Vanessa is a somewhat tragic heroine and I immediately rooted for her. She beats herself up a lot but she deserves all the good things.

I was also extremely invested in the journey of Vanessa’s younger sister. Somewhere around the middle of the book, I got a strong inkling of where it would go. And I was absolutely delighted that things turned out so well for her, too!

The Starter Ex is an all-around fun and entertaining Contemporary Romance audiobook with a beautiful narration by Anthony Rey Perez and Miranda Jay. It’s included in Audible Plus, so if you have an Audible subscription, you can just download it “for free”. And you should!!

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