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Snowbound Staff Picks

Our favorite audiobooks.

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Deacon King Kong

A Novel

By James McBride
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 14 hours 5 minutes

Deacon King Kong

“ James McBride has written a masterpiece with Deacon King Kong. The writing is a tapestry of story lines woven together with the skill of a master craftsman. The narrating is in a class by itself. This is absolutely the perfect book to lose yourself in. Straight up 10!”

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Hench

A Novel

By Natalie Zina Walschots
Narrated by: Alex McKenna
Length: 14 hours 14 minutes

Hench

“How can I describe a book so compelling that I couldn't put it down and so engrossing that I screamed out loud? Natalie Zina Walschots has taken many of the tropes of the superhero genre and twisted them to look at the real human cost of those actions. HENCH asks what separates a villian from a hero and how much are we willing to sacrifice in the quest for "justice". Her characters are flawed in exquisite ways, and real enough that even if they are villains the reader still wants to spend time with them. I loved HENCH and cannot wait to see what she does next. Content warnings: assault, gaslighting, violence, body horror.”

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Sweet Little Lies

A Novel

By Caz Frear
Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
Length: 11 hours 57 minutes

In this gripping debut procedural, a young London policewoman must probe dark secrets buried deep in her own family’s past to solve a murder and a long-ago disappearance.

Your father is a liar. But is he a killer?
Even liars tell the truth . . . sometimes.

Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a Detective... Read more »

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D (A Tale of Two Worlds)

A Novel

By Michel Faber
Narrated by: Isabel Adomakoh Young
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

D (A Tale of Two Worlds)

“ In this middle-reader novel, Dhikilo awakes one day to find that the letter D has disappeared. She seems to be the only one who notices and is certainly the only one still using D. How can a letter just disappear – and how can nobody else notice? Shortly after this bizarre and discomfiting turn of events, Dhikilo learns of the death of her beloved former teacher Professor Dodderfield. She is determined to attend his funeral, despite her parents’ reservations. Unusual circumstances at the funeral lead to a series of much more unusual events, and a quest to save the D. In a classic tale of good vs. evil reminiscent of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and A Wrinkle in Time, Dhikilo and her companion, Mrs. Robinson, travel to the land of Liminus, now ruled by the evil Gamp. Their wit and bravery serve them well in their encounters with numerous life-threatening obstacles and many interesting beings along the way. Full of adventure and with strong female protagonists, D (A Tale of Two Worlds) brings a message of hope and the value of perseverance. A valuable message for all”

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Educated

A Memoir

By Tara Westover
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 12 hours 9 minutes

Educated

“I loved this book! Tara Westover's memoir is the kind that sounds like it should be a novel—and this book reads like one in the best way—and I think I found myself gasping and covering my mouth about once per chapter. Westover describes her upbringing in a fundamentalist Mormon, survivalist, anti-government, anti-medicine family, enduring neglect and abuse and never attending school, in a way that still somehow manages to make her family members seem sympathetic despite their actions. She is honest about her early beliefs and conflicts and addresses her own lapses in memory throughout the book, and when she finally leaves home to go to college and beyond, you can't help but cheer for her. Julia Whelan does a fantastic job narrating the book, as well, giving each character a distinct personality, but in a way that isn't distracting to the story being told. Her voice is alternately innocent and chilling and gives an added depth to a fascinating story.”

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

A Flavia de Luce Mystery
Flavia de Luce: Book #1

By Alan Bradley
Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950—and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion... Read more »

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Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Length: 15 hours 39 minutes

Ready Player One

“When it comes to listening to an audio book, I have to be drawn to the narrator’s voice almost if not more than the actual story. The way a narrator speaks really makes or breaks a story for me. Wil Wheaton made this story for me! He brought new life to a story I was already in love with. Wheaton made Wade Watts come to life, and was able to bring out the obsessiveness in Wade’s voice when it came to Halliday and 80’s pop-culture. Wheaton is the only person that could ever be Wade Watts for me. This is one audio book that I know I will go back to again and again.”

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Sadie

A Novel

By Courtney Summers
Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Gabra Zackman & Rebecca Soler
Length: 7 hours 57 minutes

Sadie

“Engrossing, thrilling and original. The story alternates between a podcast format and Sadie’s voice. Sadie is a compelling protagonist - strong, determined and on a mission. Fantastic listen!”

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

Read the Report

The Best of Me

By David Sedaris
Narrated by: David Sedaris
Length: 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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Squeeze Me

A novel

By Carl Hiaasen
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 11 hours 9 minutes

“If you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
From the author of Skinny Dip and Razor Girl, a hilarious, New York Times best-selling novel of social and political intrigues, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida’s gold coast.

It's the height of the Palm Beach charity ball season:... Read more »

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The Silver Arrow

By Lev Grossman
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 3 hours 51 minutes

The Silver Arrow

“This is a great book for a family read aloud. Loved the narrator for the audiobook.”

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Valentine

A Novel

By Elizabeth Wetmore
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell & Jenna Lamia
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes

Valentine

“After listening to the first chapter of Elizabeth Wetmore's debut (which I guarantee you will RIP through), it is easy to expect the rest of the book to be either a thriller or a courtroom drama. You would be wrong in these assumptions, but far from disappointed. In February 1976 in Odessa, Texas, after the assault and rape of a fourteen-year-old Mexican girl at the hands of the town's high school golden boy, we the readers are introduced to a cast of strong and flawed women and are shown how this heinous crime rocks the small town they inhabit to its core. Through their eyes, we see the underbelly; our fingers are placed on the pulse of this small town. We see the nature of suburban life and the poison that seeps through the cracks of the American dream where bigotry and misogyny sweep across the landscape as ordinary at the dusty winds on the oil patches that blemish Odessa and the miles of hostile desert beyond. What is strength and where does it come from when justice is so hard to come by? I was hanging on to every word of Valentine as if Wetmore was wringing out the last drops of water from an old rag into my parched mouth. I listened and re-listened to each gorgeous sentence until it seared into my brain. This masterful debut, both tender and serrated, beautifully captures the spirit of the new and old west... it is not easily forgotten.”

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The Splendid and the Vile

A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

By Erik Larson
Narrated by: John Lee & Erik Larson
Length: 17 hours 48 minutes

The Splendid and the Vile

“An excellent account of the darkest hour through the intimate details of the Churchill family, and accounts and diaries of staff and English, German and American leaders and soldiers. Larson expertly shows Churchill's highs and lows and how his oration skills, charisma and spirit buoyed society at the exact right time. Excellent for WWII buffs or if you are new to reading about defining moments of history. Great audiobook!”

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The Fountains of Silence

By Ruta Sepetys
Narrated by: Ruta Sepetys, Richard Ferrone, Maite Jáuregui, Neil Hellegers, Joshua Kane, Liza Kaplan & Oliver Wyman
Length: 12 hours 22 minutes

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, extraordinary portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship.

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood... Read more »

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The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance Trilogy: Book #3

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Casaundra Freeman
Length: 16 hours 58 minutes

Shahar and the godling Sieh must face off against the terrible magic threatening to consume their world in the incredible conclusion to the Inheritance Trilogy, from Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the... Read more »

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Cold Storage

A Novel

By David Koepp
Narrated by: Rupert Friend
Length: 8 hours 6 minutes

Cold Storage

“Meet Cordyceps Novus, a highly adaptable fungus that just wants one thing: to take over the world. After being contained underground for 40 years, conditions are finally perfect for a comeback. Several floors above, two young night-shift security guards decide to track down the source of the mysterious alarm below. David Koepp’s debut novel is both terrifying and humorous — a thrilling combination. After getting an inside look at the growth and spread of this fungus, I will never look at a mushroom the same way again.”

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Nothing to See Here

By Kevin Wilson
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 6 hours 40 minutes

Nothing to See Here

“I never expected to enjoy this book as much as I did. I broke my cardinal rule of only listening to books while I walk. From the moment I turned this book on I did not turn it off until I finished it. I don't know whether I would have liked the book as much if I read it. The narrator did an outstanding job reading. I highly recommend this delightful book.”

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A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

A Novel

By C. A. Fletcher
Narrated by: C. A. Fletcher
Length: 10 hours 48 minutes

A "suspenseful, atmospheric tale. . .punctured by a gut-punch twist" (Entertainment Weekly), A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is a story of survival, courage and hope amid the ruins of our world.

My name's Griz. I've never been to school, I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football.... Read more »

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Calypso

By David Sedaris
Narrated by: David Sedaris
Length: 6 hours 38 minutes

Calypso

“Calypso by David Sedaris is laugh out loud hysterical in true Sedaris fashion. Listening to him read and deliver his stories is like listening to a stand-up comedian. This collection is fairly personal and many stories involve his family and their adventures in his North Carolinian beach house, aptly name the “Sea Section”. Sedaris manages to tackle even difficult issues like suicide and aging with grace and just the right amount of self-deprecation mixed with brutal honesty. Highly recommend!”

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