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Jocund July Staff Picks

Jocund July Staff Picks

Jiggle these jocund July staff picks around in your beach bag! Celebrate July with these staff picks.

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Great Circle

A novel

By Maggie Shipstead
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell & Alex McKenna
Length: 25 hours 16 minutes

Great Circle

“Like so many big, statement-making novels, Maggie Shipstead's Great Circle is an inviting, ambitious, and commodious work. But unlike so many of them, Great Circle makes the statement without dragging across its page count. It gallops, in fact, in its telling of Marian Graves's triumphant and ill-fated trek across the globe and of the Hollywood starlet, decades later, charged with playing her on screen. And it does so with verve and an infectious volley of voice that I couldn't get out of my head.It's the kind of story you wish would never end. Great Circle is as heart-aching as it is profound in what it says about life's great journeys, our shared histories, and freedom!”

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Legends of the North Cascades

By Jonathan Evison
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

Legends of the North Cascades

“A sad, sweet, and ultimately hopeful novel of loss, family, and wilderness. Even while maneuvering through two very different story lines, Legends of the North Cascades is imaginative, endearing, and poignant. This is my new favorite of Evison’s novels.”

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Sharks in the Time of Saviors

By Kawai Strong Washburn
Narrated by: Tui Asau, G.K. Bowes, Kaleo Griffith & Jolene Kim
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes

Sharks in the Time of Saviors

“Night Marchers, gods, goddesses, and the dead all walk Hawaii with the Flores family, if only they can stop struggling to survive long enough to see them. At seven years old, Nainoa falls into the Pacific only to be brought back to his mother in the mouth of a shark, unharmed and now burdened with the rumor of legend. Noa struggles to understand his gift and what he is supposed to do with it, and each of his family members grapples with their role as well. Every character is imbued with the truths of family and the magic of legend and you will not close this book unchanged. Beautiful and a must read! The readers on Libro.fm grant entrance in to this world with an authenticity difficult to obtain otherwise.”

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The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

The Jaipur Trilogy: Book #2

By Alka Joshi
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Ariyan Kassam & Deepa Samuel
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

“At the grand opening of the Royal Jewel Cinema there are secrets left untold. Secrets about adoptions that happened, and those that didn't. Secrets about marriages arranged to build dynasties and those to save face. And a man who was a nobody as a boy is going by a different name, and some recognize him and others either don't or choose not to. By the end of the first chapter there's a surprising collapse, and chapter two changes to the voice of the widow of a shepherd. The third narrator, the wife of a doctor, was the primary in Alka Joshi's first book, The Henna Artist, which I have not read but now want to. In the last few months I've read a number of books that are not my typical genre or setting. This glimpse into India, with not a single white character in the whole of the book, made me want to see and touch all the fabrics, eat all the foods, and peep into these amazing intertwined lives to see what lies beneath the surface. ”

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The Archer

By Paulo Coelho
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 49 minutes

From the #1 best-selling author of The Alchemist comes an inspiring story about a young man seeking wisdom from an elder, and the practical lessons imparted along the way. Includes stunning illustrations by Christoph Niemann.

“A novelist who writes in a universal language.” —The New York Times


In The Archer we meet Tetsuya, a man once famous for... Read more »

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One Two Three

A Novel

By Laurie Frankel
Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Jesse Vilinsky & Rebecca Soler
Length: 14 hours 58 minutes

One Two Three

“With notes of Erin Brockovich and Flint Michigan, this rich evocative tale of triplets strikes the perfect balance between family, purpose, cause, passion, and justice. A small, poor, urban town is exploited by a rich and powerful chemical company that leaves cancer, disorder, and death in its wake. Some want justice, some want to be left alone. Most just want a FUTURE. This is a superb book. SUBLIME writing! I adored the three distinct narrative voices of "One", "Two", and "Three." I whole-heartedly recommend.”

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Of Women and Salt

A Novel

By Gabriela Garcia
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes

If you enjoyed Transcendent Kingdom, then you’ll love Of Women and Salt.

Of Women and Salt traces five generations of American immigrants in a moving story of mothers and daughters, secrets and omissions, heartache, and addiction. Gabriela Garcia's debut novel is beautiful.”

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The Maidens

A Novel

By Alex Michaelides
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith & Louise Brealey
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

If you enjoyed The Silence of the Lambs, then you’ll love The Maidens.

“Intensely dark, mysterious, and intelligent, The Maidens is reminiscent of Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs. The charming and brilliant Edward Fosca provides ample moments of tension in this game of cat and mouse. To top it off, the use of Greek mythology that weaves throughout the narrative lends an aura of the fantastic that makes the story all the more delicious. Louise Brealey’s narration is splendid; both easy on the ears and entirely clear. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith also did great for the sparse male sections within.”

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When the Stars Go Dark

A Novel

By Paula McLain
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 11 hours 28 minutes

When the Stars Go Dark

“All I want to do right now is listen to this! I'm listening in the car, while I exercise, while I cook/clean...and just while sitting on my deck. McClain's multi-part, suspenseful narrative uses both real-life people and fictional characters. Combined with the author's own deeply personal experiences and the latest findings on the long-term effects of childhood trauma, the blurred line between fact and fiction is part of this literary mystery's power. When the Stars Go Dark is a departure from McClain's usual historical fiction genre, and I, for one, am glad she took this detour.”

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The Therapist

A Novel

By B.A. Paris
Narrated by: Olivia Dowd & Thomas Judd
Length: 10 hours 5 minutes

The Therapist

“B.A. Paris is at the top of her game with her latest novel! I dare you to read just one chapter and try to put this twisty thriller down!”

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Dream Girl

A Novel

By Laura Lippman
Narrated by: Jason Culp
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

Dream Girl

“Carve out a lot of time for when you start Dream Girl, because you're not going to want to stop! Haunting, atmospheric and often funny — this is one of Lippman's best, which is saying a lot!”

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For the Wolf

The Wilderwood: Book #1

By Hannah Whitten
Narrated by: Inés del Castillo
Length: 13 hours 40 minutes

The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.

For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark, sweeping debut fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the... Read more »

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She Who Became the Sun

The Radiant Emperor Duology

By Shelley Parker-Chan
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 14 hours 36 minutes

If you enjoyed Girls of Paper and Fire, then you’ll love She Who Became the Sun.

“WOW, WOW, WOW! What a STUNNING book! She Who Became the Sun is equal parts beautiful and brutal, powerful and poetic. This is an enchanting tale filled with hardship and sorrow and an unwavering will to survive. What are you willing to do to achieve greatness? Zhu Chongba will do anything and sacrifice everything. This is an epic fantasy that reimagines the founding of the great Ming Dynasty. You won't want to miss this book!”

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The World Gives Way

A Novel

By Marissa Levien
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 12 hours 57 minutes

The World Gives Way

The World Gives Way gave me so many things: a crime novel, a science fiction epic, but also something that explores the beauties of love and the strive to survive through it all. This is an adventure that I won't be forgetting any time soon.”

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A Master of Djinn

Dead Djinn Universe: Book #1

By P. Djèlí Clark
Narrated by: Suehyla El-Attar
Length: 15 hours 37 minutes

If you enjoyed Ring Shout, then you’ll love A Master of Djinn.

“'This is not your grandfather's Cairo.' That's for sure! Clark brings us to his alternate history Cairo where the year is 1912 and djinn roam the earth. When magic is used in a mass murder, Agent Fatma el-Sha’arawi of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities steps in to investigate. So much fun! I've already given this as a gift to get others to read it. Highest recommendation!”

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Dreamcatcher Movie-Tie In

By Stephen King
Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
Length: 22 hours 46 minutes

Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry, four boys stood together and did a brave thing. It was something that changed them in ways they could never begin to understand.
Twenty-five years after saving a Down's-syndrome kid from bullies, Beav, Henry, Pete, and Jonesy -- now men with separate lives and separate problems -- reunite in the... Read more »

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The Woman They Could Not Silence

One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear

By Kate Moore
Narrated by: Kate Moore
Length: 14 hours 36 minutes

The Woman They Could Not Silence

“As this country waged war against slavery, a quiet heroine fought for the rights of women. A must read for all!”

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Minor Feelings

An Asian American Reckoning

By Cathy Park Hong
Narrated by: Cathy Park Hong
Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • ONE OF TIME’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE • A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness

“Brilliant . . . To read this book is to become more human.”—Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen


In... Read more »

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Let My People Go Surfing

The Education of a Reluctant Businessman--Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual

By Yvon Chouinard
Narrated by: Christopher Grove & Yvon Chouinard
Length: 7 hours 58 minutes

In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling,... Read more »

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The Darkness Outside Us

By Eliot Schrefer
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes

They Both Die at the End meets The Loneliest Girl in the Universe in this mind-bending sci-fi mystery and tender love story about two boys aboard a spaceship sent on a rescue mission, from two-time National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer. Stonewall Honor Award winner!

Two boys, alone in space. Sworn enemies sent on the same rescue...

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