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#1: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning
Narrated by Jason Reynolds / 4 hours 11 minutes
“If I had to choose one book to help start young people talking about race, I would pick this one. In fact, you need to read this book. Everyone should. Not only is it extremely approachable, it is also incredibly informative and inclusive. Most of the audiobook is read by Jason Reynolds, and I could not have picked a better narrator. Though it is targeted toward young adults, this book is great for adults as well. Already upon finishing, there are several books I now want to read to further my knowledge on this subject, many of which were overwhelming to me before. ”Kalli, Rediscovered Books
#2: Clap When You Land
Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo & Melania-Luisa Marte / 5 hours 32 minutes
“Lyrically written with precise clarity and beautiful turn of phrase, National Book Award-winner Elizabeth Acevedo shares a poignant story of loss, identity, and family. I highly recommend the audio version because of the poetic cadence that begs to be read aloud and the voice of two women (including the author) who narrate the two points of view in the book, adding an extra dimension to the story.”Tina, Leaves Book and Tea Shop
#3: Children of Blood and Bone
Legacy of Orisha: Book #1
By Tomi Adeyemi
17 hours 44 minutes
“A sprawling fantasy teeming with deep and meaningful magic. One of the things I like most about this debut is that it raises very real and important issues of our time through multiple character's perspectives. No character is one-dimensional, and every character must learn from failure and introspection to become who they were meant to be.”Kelly, Mysterious Galaxy Books
#4: With the Fire on High
Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo / 7 hours 26 minutes
“I finished listening to this entire book in one night. It is so real and tender and fierce all at the same time. A teen mother struggling to be a good mom, a good kid, and make her own dreams come true at the same time. This book shows us how a seemingly dysfunctional family can conquer anything that is thrown at them to live happy lives.”Amy, Bright Side Bookshop
#5: The Poet X
Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo / 3 hours 30 minutes
“Getting to listen to the author herself read her poetry, which are clearly a testament to the spoken word and the art of slam, is absolutely the best way to devour this novel-in-verse. Acevedo puts everything into her words, and no one else could do them justice the way she does herself. Despite possible age/cultural/religious differences, any listener will immediately relate to this teenage girl desperately trying to both find herself and her voice, and live up to her family's expectations.”Amber, Quail Ridge Books
#6: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Narrated by Santino Fontana / 16 hours 16 minutes
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and... Read More »
#7: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Narrated by Jordan Cobb & A.J. Beckles / 12 hours 3 minutes
“Escape into a time of heroes with Achilles' heels, women in armor, villains who might not be, murderous gardens, feisty gods, and little girls with terrible power. Enter, and gasp in awe at the rich, ancient culture, like no other in fiction, at the ricochet speed of shattering trust, the twisting of allegiances and the fracturing facets of an origin myth about to explode through the crowded streets during a raucous national festival. Two teens have explicit reasons to find and kill each other, one hobbled by ignorance, the other by illness, both with motives of love and desperation, each on opposite sides of a fracturing empire. Who is the griot putting each on such an unlikely path to meet? Or is there a more disturbing reason these two are drawn to each other? Highly recommended for teens and adults!”Nialle, The Haunted Bookshop
#8: A Song Below Water
9 hours 23 minutes
“Tavia and her sister, Effie, are struggling with being themselves in a world where some people are born as mythological beings, like Sirens, Eloko and Gargoyles. Tavia is a Siren, a being that is feared because her Siren voice can be used to control others. In addition, she is Black, adding an additional layer of silencing. She lives in hiding and fear and frequently resorts to sign language when she cannot speak for fear of revealing her Siren voice. Effie is a Ren Faire performer and only feels herself when swimming or being Euphemia the Mer, her mermaid alter ego. At school she hates when attention turns to her and clams up, unable to speak. She is also troubled by secrets in her past, including her absent father. Tavia and Effie are everything to each other, even though they are sisters by circumstance rather than birth, and are able to truly talk to each other. With this support they learn to find and accept their voice and their true selves. The narrator alternates from one sister to the other throughout the book and each chapter has a unique voice and feel. Through a mix of reality and metaphor Bethany C. Morrow is able to tackle, without preaching, issues concerning Black women's voices being silenced.”Caroline R., Blue Willow Bookshop
#9: Dread Nation
Narrated by Bahni Turpin / 11 hours 56 minutes
“Two days before Jane McKeene was born, the dead on the battlefields of the Civil War began to walk the earth. Though she was born to plantation owners, Jane’s mixed-race heritage and dark skin means she is now training at combat school to be an Attendant: a zombie-killer whose job it will be to protect the White woman she is contracted to. But her tempestuous and curious nature embroil Jane and her friends in the politics and treacherous landscape of post-Reconstruction America in this alternate history. Cinder meets The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pride & Prejudice and Zombies featuring a new kick-ass heroine whose no-nonsense approach to life and zombie killing make for inspired storytelling.”BroceAroe, River Dog Book Co.
#10: The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas
Narrated by Bahni Turpin / 11 hours 40 minutes
“This bestselling, powerful young adult novel about social justice and one teen girl's effort to fight for what is right, will leave you breathless. The narration by Bahni Turpin is hands down the best I've ever heard. This is such an important book it should be required reading for life in general. Or listening. Definitely listening.”Kristen, Tattered Cover
#11: All Boys Aren't Blue
5 hours 11 minutes
This program is read by the author.
In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first... Read More »
#12: I'm Not Dying with You Tonight
Narrated by Channie Waites & Brittany Pressley / 5 hours 19 minutes
“I loved the dual narration and the way these two young women bond during a very traumatic night, and the way their characters really seem to grow. I've read whole series that showed less character development in 20 some odd books! Segal and Jones are the perfect pair, and I can't remember reading a novel written by two authors that flowed and gelled as much as this one - the chemistry between the writers adds to the chemistry of the story. This is a total binge-read or binge-listen (I recommend both)! ”Kate, Fountain Bookstore
#13: The Princess Will Save You
11 hours 40 minutes
The Princess Will Save You is a YA fantasy adventure inspired by The Princess Bride, in which a princess must rescue her stable boy true love, from the acclaimed author of Sea Witch, Sarah Henning.
When a princess's commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn't give in-she goes to rescue him.
When her warrior... Read More »
#14: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Montague Siblings: Book #1
By Mackenzi Lee
Narrated by Christian Coulson / 10 hours 47 minutes
#15: The King of Crows
The Diviners: Book #4
By Libba Bray
22 hours 20 minutes
The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times bestseller, The Diviners, from Printz winner and beloved author, Libba Bray.
After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.
While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from... Read More »
#16: The Diviners
The Diviners: Book #1
By Libba Bray
Narrated by January LaVoy / 18 hours 12 minutes
“The glamorous, ghoulish 1920's New York City setting and spine-tingling thrills will draw you in from the start. However, it's the varied cast of characters - brassy, smart, complex, hilarious, flawed, and just so achingly REAL - that steal the show. I can't put this series down, and with each book it just gets better and better. The narrator, January LaVoy, is just brilliant and does justice to each and every character. She has amazing range!!”Lauren, Malaprop's Bookstore
#17: Watership Down
17 hours 30 minutes
“I am quite judgmental about certain narrations and adaptations — particularly, The Three Musketeers and Watership Down. Both of these require so much personality or the stories lose their sense of adventure; their humor; their excitement; their tension; and, especially, their character. This new narration of this classic book may be one of the greatest performances on an audiobook I’ve ever heard. The care with which former Doctor Who Peter Capaldi gives each rabbit its own distinct voice should get him an Audie award. Every rabbit is so distinct, you’ll always know who’s speaking. If a rabbit is small and timid, you hear it in the little, quavering voice. If a rabbit is annoying, slow, and stupid, you’ll know it. As for the source material, if you’ve never read Watership Down, this is a fantastic way to consume it. This isn’t a story about a bunch of talking rabbits in little outfits, going about their workdays as rabbit lawyers and construction workers. This is about rabbits acting like rabbits in the normal rabbit world of fields and forests, streams and brambles — and an occasional brush with the dangerous human world as well. These rabbits are on a dangerous mission with risks and new experiences. I only take issue with this book being categorized as a children’s story. Sure, it was originally based on tales Richard Adams told you his daughters, but this book transcends age. This audiobook is fantastic and the best performance of Watership Down I’ve ever heard.”Keith, Bookie's
#18: You Should See Me in a Crown
By Leah Johnson
Narrated by Alaska Jackson / 7 hours 18 minutes
Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
But when the financial aid she... Read More »
#19: An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes: Book #1
By Sabaa Tahir
Narrated by Fiona Hardingham & Steve West / 15 hours 22 minutes
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia... Read More »
Stories from My Timeline
Narrated by Akilah Hughes / 4 hours 58 minutes
"A refreshingly funny and blisteringly unsentimental coming-of-age memoir." -John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All The Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars
In Akilah Hughes's world, family--and life--are often complicated, but always funny. Through intimate and hilarious essays, Akilah takes readers along on her journey... Read More »
#21: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter (US): Book #4
By J.K. Rowling
Narrated by Jim Dale / 21 hours 12 minutes
"'There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways … their magical prowess - their daring - their powers of deduction - and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.'"
The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to... Read More »
#22: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter: Book #3
By J.K. Rowling
Narrated by Stephen Fry / 12 hours 32 minutes
"Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go."
When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius... Read More »
#23: On the Come Up
By Angie Thomas
Narrated by Bahni Turpin / 11 hours 42 minutes
2020 Audie Awards® Finalist - Young Adult
#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
Don't miss this audiobook, Audible's Young Adult Audiobook of the Year and an Audie Award finalist!
“For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that... Read More »
#24: American Royals
American Royals: Book #1
13 hours 51 minutes
New York Times Bestseller
What if America had a royal family? If you can't get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Crazy Rich Asians meets The Crown. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We!
Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the... Read More »
#25: Children of Virtue and Vengeance
Legacy of Orisha: Book #2
By Tomi Adeyemi
13 hours 27 minutes
*The spectacular sequel to Audie Award Audiobook of the Year Children of Blood and Bone*
A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK
"Bhani Turpin exquisitely narrates the second book in this fantasy series, Legacy of Orïsha. Her steady pace and West African accent draw us into the story of Zélie, a Maji warrior, and Princess Amari--both of whom fight... Read More »
#26: The Silence of Bones
By June Hur
12 hours 17 minutes
June Hur's elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody YA historical mystery tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.
I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak;
Ears, but I mustn't hear;
Eyes, but I mustn't see.
1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you... Read More »
#27: Dress Coded
6 hours 28 minutes
In this debut middle-grade girl-power friendship story, an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion.
Molly Frost is FED UP...
Because Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top.
Because Liza got dress coded and Molly didn't, even though they were wearing the exact... Read More »
#28: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Narrated by Michael Crouch / 6 hours 45 minutes
Now a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox: Love, Simon
William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist
"A remarkable gift of a novel."—Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
"I am so in love with this book."—Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still
"Feels timelessly, effortlessly now."—Tim... Read More »
#29: 10 Things I Hate about Pinky
The delightful follow-up to When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something about Sweetie, which follows Ashish’s friends Pinky and Samir as they pretend to date in order to achieve their individual goals, to disastrous and hilarious results.
Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock... Read More »
#30: Sorcery of Thorns
14 hours 20 minutes
“Amazing! I wonderful fantasy I loved every bit of. The narrator brought this story to life, and I was hypnotized the entire time. This story has some of my favorite elements in it. A strong, smart heroine? Check. A charming hero with demons and a chip on his shoulder? Check. An evil threatening the safety of the world? Check. Elizabeth is such an interesting character, she is determined and clever and she has approximately no quit in her. Despite all of the things that stand in her way, she never says die. When she is forced to choose between the person she has always been, and sacrificing all she knows about herself to help save a clueless, thankless world, she becomes someone new. Part of this is because of Nathaniel. He embodies everything she has learned to avoid and fear. But the world she lives in is bigger than the fears she has been taught. Nathaniel is mysterious and tortured. Elizabeth is everything he doesn't want to need, and he rebels against that. Their partnership progresses naturally, slowly and arduously as they wrestle with what is happening. By the end of the book they have complete confidence in each other and I reveled in every stage of their relationship. Give me the slow burn partnership that neither wants, but works so well. I'll love it every time. Margaret Rogerson is amazing and this book HAD me from the very beginning.”Sam, Bright Side Bookshop
#31: I Can Make This Promise
Narrated by Kyla Garcia / 5 hours 46 minutes
In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity.
All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her... Read More »
#32: Lovely War
By Julie Berry
12 hours 56 minutes
“One of the best, most unique novels I've read recently! The story of four young lovers during WW1, as told by the Greek Gods during a trial for Aphrodite. The audio cast is amazing, bringing to life the delights of first loves, the heartaches of separation, and the brutal truth of war. Simply perfect!”Kate, Fountain Bookstore
#33: Not Your All-American Girl
Narrated by Laurine Price / 5 hours 14 minutes
A multicultural story full of heart and hilarity about what it means to be all-American after all.\
Lauren and her best friend, Tara, have always done absolutely everything together. So when they don't have any classes together in sixth grade, it's disastrous. The solution? Trying out for the school play. Lauren, who loves to sing, wonders if... Read More »
#34: The Cruel Prince
The Folk of the Air: Book #1
By Holly Black
12 hours 36 minutes
By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.
Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate... Read More »
#35: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter (US): Book #2
By J.K. Rowling
Narrated by Jim Dale / 9 hours 24 minutes
"'There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.'"
Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of... Read More »
#36: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
10 hours 53 minutes
“CHILLS. This book was AMAZING. Experiencing the twists and turns of this case along side Pip and taking risks along side of her sucked me into the audiobook. I particularly enjoyed how all of her logs, interviews, and case notes were laid out throughout the story. Each interview sounded like something straight from a true-crime documentary. Pip was relentless in her pursuit of the truth, and the ending had me gasping and on the edge of my seat.”Sam, Bright Side Bookshop
#37: The Thief
Narrated by Steve West / 7 hours 41 minutes
“I remembered reading The Thief as a kid and being blown away by the story. With my Libro.fm membership I decided to experience the story again by listening to it and I will say it is now one of my go to audiobook recommendations. A rich mix of fantasy, intrigue, character, and unforgettable moments all expertly narrated by Steve West. This whole series is perfect for readers who want a more sophisticated fantasy.”Jessica, Once Upon A Time
#38: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
10 hours 6 minutes
“Not just another gratifying powerful girl story: an intensely imagined, emotionally realistic, absorbing adventure, packed with rich realizations about a woman's anger, a mother's love, a young person's desire to change the world. The author has tapped the Shanameh and Zoroastrian beliefs to build a unique fantasy world in which the main character can explore issues of power and value while testing the waters of affection. Amazing descriptions of rose gardens, hidden halls, moths, and Soraya's magical power/curse. Queer and POC positive (and not pedantic).”Nialle, The Haunted Bookshop
#39: The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
Montague Siblings: Book #2
By Mackenzi Lee
Narrated by Moira Quirk / 11 hours 16 minutes
“A fantastic tale of the challenges women face in a mans world. Even though it is set in a time when women wore petticoats, the story is fun and relatable. I recommend this for adults and young adults alike. The reader is very enjoyable!”Su, Towne Book Center and Cafe
5 hours 32 minutes
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
STONEWALL BOOK AWARD WINNER
"[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut. . . . Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities." -The New York Times
The highly-anticipated, genre-defying new novel by award-winning author Akwaeke Emezi that explores themes of identity and justice. Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave... Read More »
#41: The Beverly Cleary Audio Collection
Narrated by Andrea Martin, Johnny Heller, Christina Moore, Kathleen McInerney & Neil Patrick Harris / 16 hours 5 minutes
Beverly Cleary, beloved author of the Ramona series and Henry Huggins, has been a part of America’s childhood for over 50 years. Now enjoy this rare collection of some of your favorite characters and their funny, heart-warming stories.
In this audio collection you’ll find:
Emily's Runaway Imagination
Mitch and... Read More »
Narrated by James Fouhey / 4 hours 1 minute
“A terrific listen for the whole family, this book would be an awesome road trip book! Join Cog and his friends on their quest to prove that robots deserve to be able to make their own decisions. I really enjoyed this book, it is packed full of laughs and adventure. An insight into what our future with robotics may hold.”Amy, Bright Side Bookshop
#43: Aurora Rising
The Aurora Cycle: Book #1
By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
14 hours 3 minutes
From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of the Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic . . .
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with... Read More »
#45: His Hideous Heart
13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined
By Dahlia Adler
14 hours 13 minutes
“I already enjoy Edgar Allen Poe and his Gothic darkness, and this collection of modern writers choosing a Poe classic was something fresh and interesting. After many of the stories (and one poem), I had to stop to absorb and process before moving on to the next. Sometimes for many days, they were so genuinely thrilling and disturbing. Beautiful, funny, surprising, and affecting, I think Poe would read many of these and see himself in them. On the audiobook, each story was read by a different voice, which was a perfect way to set off each writer's style.”Kim, Lark & Owl
#46: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter: Book #3
Narrated by Jim Dale / 12 hours 14 minutes
"'Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.'"
When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter.... Read More »
#47: Akata Witch
Akata Witch: Book #1
Narrated by Yetide Badaki / 8 hours 49 minutes
Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she has albinism. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a "free agent" with latent mystical power. Soon she's part of a... Read More »
#48: Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition, Adapted for Young Adults)
A True Story of the Fight for Justice
6 hours 35 minutes
The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller Just Mercy--now a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and the subject of an HBO documentary feature!
In this very personal work--adapted from the original #1 bestseller, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a... Read More »
#49: The Black Flamingo
By Dean Atta
Narrated by Dean Atta / 3 hours 40 minutes
“Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London who goes to college and can't find a place to fit in, until he discovers The Drag Society. This story, told in poetry, is full of stunning language and the joy of finding your place in the world.”Ann, Blue Willow Bookshop
#50: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter: Book #5
Narrated by Jim Dale / 27 hours 2 minutes
"You are sharing the Dark Lord's thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord."
Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are... Read More »
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