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Holiday Wishlist

A list of the best audiobook picks for the holiday season!

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An American Sunrise


By Joy Harjo
Narrated by: Joy Harjo
Length: 1 hours 40 minutes

A stunning new volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, informed by her tribal history and connection to the land.

In the early 1800s, the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, which is now part of Oklahoma. Two hundred years later, Joy Harjo... Read more »

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Vesper Flights

By Helen Macdonald
Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

Vesper Flights

“These essays will stay with you long after you finish. They are beautiful and thought provoking. You will be awed by Macdonald's insights and by the natural world that inspired them. Macdonald's soothing, sophisticated voice, and creates something you can listen to over and over again.”

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The Lying Life of Adults

By Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein
Narrated by: Marisa Tomei
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

The Lying Life of Adults

“Ferrante’s latest novel gives an insightful and intriguing look at the life of a budding Italian teenage girl, both internally and externally. I found Ferrante’s ability to delve into Giovanna’s psyche fascinating, especially since I’ve never parented a girl and don’t always feel like I understand them. Her sensitivity to the myriad of issues and the fragility of Giovanna’s relationships make for a marvelous read. Ferrante is a gifted writer, and this latest offering does not disappoint. I loved this story! Fabulous read!”

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How to Argue With a Racist

What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference

By Adam Rutherford
Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
Length: 4 hours 45 minutes

How to Argue With a Racist

“Excellent! I appreciate Rutherford's smart but accessible language and the way he thoroughly breaks down any argument about certain races being superior or inferior. Highly recommend this.”

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The Invention of Sound

By Chuck Palahniuk
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

A father searching for his missing daughter is suddenly given hope when a major clue is discovered, but learning the truth could shatter the seemingly perfect image Hollywood is desperate to uphold.
Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. He's never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with... Read more »

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A Novel

By Sayaka Murata & Ginny Tapley Takemori
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes

As a child, Natsuki doesn’t fit into her family. Her parents favor her sister, and her best friend is a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut who has explained to her that he has come from the planet Popinpobopia on a special quest to help her save the Earth. Each summer, Natsuki counts down the days until her family drives into the mountains of... Read more »

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Mexican Gothic

A Novel

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic is a fairytale turned nightmare, perhaps with a nod to Jordan Peele’s Get Out. In 1950’s Mexico, glamorous debutante Noemí receives a mysterious letter from her newlywed cousin Catalina. In frantic prose, she pleads for Noemí to visit her at High Place, the family residence of her husband, an English expat whom she has grown to distrust. Upon her arrival, Noemí finds a dilapidated, mold-ridden mansion on the grounds of a former silver mine with a sickly past, upheld by a eugenicist patriarch whose suffocating surveillance would drive anyone away, if only they could leave. Woven together like a mycelial network, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest features feminist heroism and commentary on colonialism, with language and culture as secret weapons. It’s absolutely delectable.”

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Something Worth Doing

By Jane Kirkpatrick
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes

Some things are worth doingeven when the cost is great In 1853, Abigail Scott was a nineteen-year-old school teacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more than a good wife and mother. When Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her... Read more »

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

By Christopher Paolini
Narrated by: Jennifer Hale
Length: 32 hours 29 minutes

"Narrator Jennifer Hale's outstanding performance brings this story of alien invasion to life...Hale's range of differentiation is masterly as she animates all the quirky characters Kira meets. From the rough, snarky slang of ex-military woman to the half-mad musings of a human "ship mind," every unique voice enhances the listening experience."... Read more »

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Shit, Actually

The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema

By Lindy West
Narrated by: Lindy West
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

Shit, Actually

“I've read a few things by Lindy West, but they were all pretty serious subjects. This audiobook, narrated by West, had my cracking up at my desk. Of course it's perfect for movies you've already seen — I'll admit to liking Love Actually, but her scathing review was still enjoyable. Even movies I have never seen before and barely know the premise, her rundown lets me picture it in my mind with ease, yet still want to rush home and watch it. This is a great pandemic listen. ”

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A Senator’s Lessons on Winning Back Rural America

By Jon Tester
Narrated by: Jon Tester
Length: 12 hours 33 minutes

An inspiring and eye-opening memoir showing how Democrats can reconnect with rural and red-state voters, from Montana’s three-term democratic senator.

Senator Jon Tester is a rare voice in Congress. He is the only United States senator who manages a full-time job outside of the Senate—as a farmer. But what has really come to distinguish Tester in... Read more »

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Ex Libris

100+ Books to Read and Reread

By Michiko Kakutani
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 8 hours

Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani shares her enthusiasm for more than 100 books in a series of succinct, thought-provoking essays.

“An ebullient celebration of books and reading.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Books can connect people across time zones and zip codes, across cultures, national boundaries, and historical... Read more »

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Black Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse
Narrated by: Cara Gee, Nicole Lewis, Kaipo Schwab & Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 12 hours 46 minutes

Black Sun

“An epic high fantasy that follows several different characters, throughout different points in time as they are all set to converge on the day of a solar eclipse. On this day, the fate of their world will be altered. An incredible story and great listen on, but definitely something you have to pay attention too or you will miss important details!”

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How to Astronaut

An Insider's Guide to Leaving Planet Earth

By Terry Virts
Narrated by: Terry Virts
Length: 11 hours 22 minutes

A wildly entertaining account of the rules, lessons, procedures, and experiences of space travel, How to Astronaut is an audiobook that will appeal to anyone— male or female, young or old—with even a passing interest in space. Written by Col. Terry Virts, a former astronaut, space shuttle pilot, and International Space Station commander who... Read more »

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Overcoming Doubts and Doubters

By Kara Goldin
Narrated by: Kara Goldin
Length: 5 hours 37 minutes

WALL STREET JOURNAL Bestselling Business Book

Don’t let anyone crush your dreams! Whatever you want to achieve, no matter how hard it might seem, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

Undaunted will inspire you to move past your fears and defy the doubters. It doesn’t matter whether you feel confident; it matters what you actually do.

Author... Read more »

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No Time Like the Future

An Optimist Considers Mortality

By Michael J. Fox
Narrated by: Michael J. Fox
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

This program is read by Michael J. Fox.

A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.

The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin... Read more »

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Pass It On

Work Hard, Serve Others . . . Repeat

By Deshaun Waton, Lavette Lavaille & Dabo Swinney
Narrated by: James Shippy
Length: 4 hours 51 minutes

Breakout NFL star Deshaun Watson, quarterback for the Houston Texans, shows readers the lessons that have driven him to become a leader and to put others first. 

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the most promising young players in the NFL, but he believes that true success lies in leading his team from a perspective of service.... Read more »

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Dream Big

Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It

By Bob Goff
Narrated by: Bob Goff
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

Find and Reach Your Biggest Dreams

Bob Goff is on a mission to help people recapture the version of their lives they dreamed about before fear started calling the shots. He wants them to dream big.

In his revelatory yet utterly practical new audiobook, Bob takes you on a life-proven journey to rediscover your dreams and turn them into reality.... Read more »

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Don’t Move

By James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

From the authors of the bestselling Awakened trilogy.

Megan Forrester has barely survived the unthinkable. Six months ago, she witnessed a horrific accident that killed her husband and son, and lives with the guilt of knowing she could have done more to save them. Now, Megan hopes to mend the pieces of her broken spirit by attending a local... Read more »

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Above the Clouds

How I Carved My Own Path to the Top of the World

By Kilian Jornet
Narrated by: Steven Brand
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

"Kilian Jornet is the most dominating endurance athlete of his generation."—NEW YORK TIMES

"Inspiring and humbling"— ALEX HONNOLD

The most accomplished mountain runner of all time contemplates his record-breaking climbs of Mount Everest in this profound memoir—an intellectual and spiritual journey that moves from the earth’s highest peak to the... Read more »

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