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Ostentatious October Staff Picks

Only the Oddest, most Opulent, and Obliging opuses for our staff’s October Staff Picks.

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The Book of Two Ways

A Novel
By Jodi Picoult
Narrated by Patti Murin /  15 hours 47 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a “powerful” (The Washington Post) novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing.... Read more »

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The Death of Vivek Oji

A Novel
By Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by Chukwudi Iwuji & Yetide Badaki /  7 hours 38 minutes

If you enjoyed Transcendent Kingdom, then you’ll love The Death of Vivek Oji.

“This is a deeply emotional book. It's the story of Vivek’s life and death. Vivek was a person who shifted identities, whose relationship to the world was at once heavy and heartbreakingly delicate. Emezi brings her mastery of characters and language to this book, and you will not want to put it down. The Death Of Vivek Oji is a work of art, it will make you feel.”

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The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes

A Novel
By Elissa R. Sloan
Narrated by Brittany Pressley, Natalie Naudus, Jayme Mattler, Piper Goodeve, Caitlin Kelly, Megan Tusing & Stephen Graybill /  12 hours

“The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes is a page-turning peek inside the glamour and brutality of life as a pop star. Sloan takes us on a wild ride through the world of music video shoots, expensive hotels, and arena tours—showing us the darkness that threatens just below the surface.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy... Read more »

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A Novel
By André Aciman
Narrated by Michael Stuhlbarg /  8 hours 4 minutes

"[Narrator Michael Stuhlbarg's] elegant performance and Aciman's sensitive writing keep things touching without ever being sentimental. Wonderful listening." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

This program is read by Michael Stuhlbarg, the actor who played Professor Samuel Perlman in Luca Guadagnino's critically-acclaimed film, Call... Read more »

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Transcendent Kingdom

A novel
By Yaa Gyasi
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  8 hours 40 minutes

Transcendent Kingdom

“This is a flippin’ gorgeous book. The writing is exquisite, the story is moving, and the characters are rendered with the skill of a true artist. Can you tell that I enjoyed this? Transcendent Kingdom is about Gifty, a young neuroscientist studying addiction. We come into her story just as she has taken her depressed mother into her care and is wrapping up an experiment. We see how her relationships with her mother, faith, and science have brought her to this point. If you need a book that is heartfelt and honest, read this one.”

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Squeeze Me

A novel
By Carl Hiaasen
Narrated by Scott Brick /  11 hours 9 minutes

A New York Times Bestseller

"If you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy. In its themes and its wild imagination, Squeeze Me offers some familiar pleasures, akin to a Greatest Hits collection. Anyone who's read him will know what a prime recommendation that is . . . Angie is a tonic, as Hiaasen's heroines tend to be."...
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The Second Home

A Novel
By Christina Clancy
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert /  12 hours 22 minutes

The Second Home

“While reading The Second Home, you can taste the saltwater of both the ocean and the tears of familial pain. Christina Clancy has written a beautiful story of family and the bonds that can be broken and somehow repaired again. The characters and location are so well-written, you’ll feel like you’ve vacationed on the Cape for years with the Gordon family. Fans of Jane Hamilton and We Were the Mulvaneys will love The Second Home.”

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The Night Swim

A Novel
By Megan Goldin
Narrated by Bailey Carr, January LaVoy & Samantha Desz /  9 hours 58 minutes

The Night Swim

“While Megan Goldin’s new novel The Night Swim is quite different from her first book, I think I liked this one even better. I am getting kind of tired of ‘psychological’ thrillers so was glad to find that Night Swim was actually a crime drama. I loved the way it was presented, a podcast by Rachel Krall about a rape case currently being tried in court and Rachel looking into a possible murder of a 16 yo girl 20 years earlier. Many of the same people that lived in the small NC town 20 years ago still live there. And, because of how small it is everyone knows everyone or at least knows something about everyone. So, it is no surprise that the two cases end up having some of the same people involved but how they end up being involved is a huge surprise. I really liked the character of Rachel Krall and hope that she may appear in a future book with another cold case or a case of guilty or not guilty. Listening to the audio version really made the podcast seem real and current.”

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Leave the World Behind

A Novel
By Rumaan Alam
Narrated by Marin Ireland /  7 hours 26 minutes

If you enjoyed A Children's Bible, then you’ll love Leave the World Behind.

“Riveting! I hurried through this apocalyptic novel about two families thrown together during an earth shattering event. Alam builds tension even during a relaxing family day at the beach and expertly paces the reader through idle, dreamy stages and amps up the speed during stressful times. A thought-provoking study of humanity.”

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The Guest List

A Novel
By Lucy Foley
Narrated by Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Aoife McMahon, Sarah Ovens & Rich Keeble /  9 hours 53 minutes

The Guest List

“Tangled secrets and dark, haunting pasts unravel at the posh wedding of celebrities Will and Jules. As the tension mounted and more was revealed, I couldn’t stop listening until I knew not only “whodunnit”, but to whom it was done. Foley tells her tale from alternating viewpoints, bringing us gradually and suspensefully into the minds and hearts of her characters. A riveting psychological thriller and murder mystery, The Guest List presents a story as dark as the stormy remote island on which it unfolds.”

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The Roommate

By Rosie Danan
Narrated by Brittany Pressley & Teddy Hamilton /  10 hours 46 minutes

House Rules:
Do your own dishes
Knock before entering the bathroom
Never look up your roommate online
 
The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When... Read more »

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Boyfriend Material

By Alexis Hall
Narrated by Joe Jameson /  13 hours 10 minutes

Luc O'Donnell is tangentially?and reluctantly?famous. His rock-star parents split when he was young, and the father he's never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad's making a comeback, Luc's back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.To clean up his image, Luc has to... Read more »

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The Lies That Bind

A Novel
By Emily Giffin
Narrated by Brittany Pressley, Will Damron & Vikas Adam /  10 hours 44 minutes

The Lies That Bind

“Cecily is heartbroken over a recent break-up with her boyfriend. She decides to go out for a beer to drown her sorrows. As she places a call to her ex, a very handsome gentleman approaches her and tells her to hang up. They begin a conversation, and Grant tells her about his life. He neglects to tell her some very important information about himself. Cicely becomes instantly smitten and they begin a sizzling romance for the next few weeks. Grant tells her that his brother is suffering from ALS and he is going to take him to London for some experimental treatments. Cecily visits them in London and then returns to NYC. Days later 9/11 happens and Grant disappears. There are plenty of twists and turns and the last one I never saw coming. Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors and she did not let me down with this page-turner. The narrator gave a spectacular performance.”

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Parable of the Sower

Earthseed: Book #1
By Octavia E. Butler
Narrated by Lynne Thigpen /  12 hours 2 minutes

Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Octavia E. Butler paints a stunning portrait of an all-too-believable near future. As with Kindred and her other critically-acclaimed novels, Parable of the Sower skillfully combines startling visionary and socially realistic concepts. God is change. That is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose... Read more »

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A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

A Novel
The Carls: Book #2
By Hank Green
Narrated by Kristen Sieh, Joe Hempel, Jesse Vilinsky, Nicole Lewis, Kevin R. Free, Hank Green, Robert Petkoff, Angelo Di Loreto, Oliver Wyman, Hillary Huber, P.J. Ochlan & Gabra Zackman /  15 hours 45 minutes

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Who has the right to change the world forever? 

How will we live online? 
How do we find comfort in an increasingly isolated world?
 
The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While the robots were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction with only their presence. Part of their... Read more »

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Hench

A Novel
By Natalie Zina Walschots
Narrated by Alex McKenna /  14 hours 14 minutes

Hench

“This smart, funny, and thought-provoking novel follows Anna, a hench-for-hire. She has the same concerns that we all do: paying the bills, finding love, avoiding getting killed by superheroes. But when she gets caught in the crossfire during a showdown between a supervillain and a hero, she is gravely injured in both body and soul. As she recovers from her wounds, she begins to uncover the true cost of heroism, setting her on a path that will change her life, and the relationship between heroes and villains, forever. Perfect for fans of The Boys and The Incredibles, Hench manages to be delightfully original while drawing heavily on the works that inspired it.”

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Yellow Bird

Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country
By Sierra Crane Murdoch
Narrated by Sierra Crane Murdoch /  14 hours 56 minutes

The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it—an urgent work of literary journalism.
 
“I don’t know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than Sierra Crane... Read more »

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The Socrates Express

In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers
By Eric Weiner
Narrated by Eric Weiner /  11 hours 20 minutes

The New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss embarks on a rollicking intellectual journey, following in the footsteps of history’s greatest thinkers and showing us how each—from Epicurus to Gandhi, Thoreau to Beauvoir—offers practical and spiritual lessons for today’s unsettled times.

We turn to philosophy for the same reasons... Read more »

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A Song Below Water

A Novel
By Bethany C. Morrow
Narrated by Andrea Laing & Jennifer Haralson /  9 hours 23 minutes

A Song Below Water

“This is sisterhood. This is Black mermaid magic. This is powerful and beautiful and relevant. Fantasy at its finest because it fights for something bigger. A Song Below Water had me mesmerized from the off, unable to unplug from the tapestry of mythos and social justice and current events that Morrow has so tantalizingly woven. There is nothing small about Tavia or Effie, though the world would like them to be. And there is nothing simple about their story, which courses with intrigue a wide array of equally individualistic characters (Love me some Gargy). Read this gem. Then go out and speak siren.”

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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

By Garth Nix
Narrated by Marisa Calin /  11 hours 15 minutes

A girl's quest to find her father leads her to an extended family of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World of England when it intrudes on the modern world. From the bestselling master of teen fantasy, Garth Nix.

In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime... Read more »

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