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Top Audiobook Picks from Literally Speaking

Our top picks for audiobooks that are the perfect combo of great books combined with the perfect narrator.

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Greenwood

A Novel
By Michael Christie
Narrated by Kimberly Farr /  18 hours 47 minutes

Greenwood

“Family bonds can be tenuous and mysterious. Greenwood by Michael Christie explores those bonds through four generations spanning the century from 1934 to 2034. Christie paints characters troubled by the world around them and by demons within themselves. But almost every one of these characters also lives with deep hope and convictions. Selflessness and selfishness exist in equal measure in the novel, with most characters acting out of both and a few consistently exhibiting one over the other. Among the selfless, Everett Greenwood takes the prize. He sacrifices again and again for those he loves, and becomes my favorite character for this and for his strength and depth of love. All Christie’s characters are complex and expertly developed. Don’t miss this well-crafted story of family, love, sacrifice, and secrets.”

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The Book of Longings

A Novel
By Sue Monk Kidd
Narrated by Mozhan Marnò & Sue Monk Kidd /  13 hours 26 minutes

The Book of Longings

“I absolutely could not put this book down. Sue Monk Kidd has written a narrative that not only centers on women who are missing from or largely ignored in scriptural accounts, but it focuses on their voices, stories, and hardships — their everyday lives and bigger-than-everyday longings. As Kidd is writing Ana’s story, Ana herself is writing the stories of women she’s learned about and women she knows. Her determination to give them voices weaves beautifully and reverently with Jesus’ teachings about reaching out to the marginalized and the forgotten.”

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The One and Only Bob

By Katherine Applegate
Narrated by Danny DeVito /  3 hours 49 minutes

The One and Only Bob

“"In The One and Only Bob," Katherine Applegate's sequel to her Newberry Award winning "The One and Only Ivan", our scruffy little dog finally gets a chance to make up for when he didn't track down and save his sister, the only other puppy to survive his litter being tossed out of a car. During a tornado, his friends are threatened, he confronts grief and guilt, and he discovers a sense of belonging. In tiny chapters, Applegate allows kids to process some pretty big ideas in a wonderful story full of humor and grace. I adored it and the audiobook, narrated by Danny DeVito, is utterly charming.”

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The Pull of the Stars

A Novel
By Emma Donoghue
Narrated by Emma Lowe /  9 hours 6 minutes

The Pull of the Stars

“Dark and gritty, interesting relatable in a pandemic-consumed world, with glimpses of hope and love shining through. An intense book that stays with you for some time after.”

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Circe

By Madeline Miller
Narrated by Perdita Weeks /  12 hours 8 minutes

Circe

“Beautifully composed and deeply compelling, Circe is hands-down one of the best novels of 2018. As she did in Song of Achilles, Miller recreates the ancient and enchanting world of Greek mythology, this time focusing on ocean nymph Circe. Cast out of her home and exiled to the island of Aiaia, Circe turns not only to her enchantments, but also to the world of Mortals, becoming close with legendary figures like Daedalus, Odysseus, and Penelope. Miller’s delicate, yet stunning prose swept me off my feet — I wanted to savor every moment with Circe in her immortal world. Introspective, soft, at times simply breathtaking, but always beautiful. So, so beautiful.”

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The Best of Me

By David Sedaris
Narrated by David Sedaris /  13 hours 8 minutes

The Best of Me

“As if there is anything greater than a new David Sedaris, it's listening to David Sedaris read the new David Sedaris. This self-edited collection of essays from his prolific 25-year career is exactly what we need to boost the morale of 2020 and remind ourselves what a crazy world we've always lived in when viewed through Sedaris's keen observational eye and told with his unique & irreverent voice. The Best of Me is perfect for both long-time fans or those reading Sedaris for the first time and the audio read by the author means no nuance is left behind.”

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$31.03 USD

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The Dutch House

A Novel
By Ann Patchett
Narrated by Tom Hanks /  9 hours 52 minutes

The Dutch House

“Even if you've already Ann Patchett's masterful new novel, don't overlook the audio version! Knowing the story and hearing Tom Hanks as Danny are unique experiences -- in fact, listeners can savor Hanks' insightful depiction of the narrator even better knowing the plot. Patchett's work and Hanks' interpretation are a perfect match!”

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