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Because My Mother Read Top Audiobook Picks

Because My Mother Read Top Audiobook Picks

Engaging stories with skilled narrators, this list is made up of some of my favorite audiobooks across several genres.

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Murder on the Orient Express

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

By Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Dan Stevens
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes

THE MOST WIDELY READ MYSTERY OF ALL TIME—NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY KENNETH BRANAGH AND PRODUCED BY RIDLEY SCOTT!

 

“The murderer is with us—on the train now . . .”

 

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment,...

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Last Christmas in Paris

A Novel of World War I

By Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb
Narrated by: Alex Wyndham, Billie Fulford-Brown, Morag Sims, Gary Furlong, Greg Wagland, Antony Ferguson, Derek Perkins, Jane Copland & Mary Jane Wells
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the...

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The Giver of Stars

A Novel

By Jojo Moyes
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 13 hours 52 minutes

The Giver of Stars

“A true story of amazing women in Kentucky in the 1930s. Featuring strong friendships, love and overcoming adversity.”

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The Scorpio Races

By Maggie Stiefvater
Narrated by: Steve West & Fiona Hardingham
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

The Scorpio Races

“One reviewer wrote, "This is a difficult book to sum up," and that is true. All I can say is the story is written with a sense of magic in the air. Stiefvater writes with wonderful description and builds stories with tension that keeps me at the edge of my seat. I have enjoyed Stiefvater's books, both reading and listening to them. If you can't get into reading one, try listening! This is one of the more beautiful stories I've heard. She has created magic with her storytelling! The audio book is a treat to listen to!”

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

A Novel

By Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee & Juliet Mills
Length: 8 hours 5 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX FILM • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

“Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

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Raybearer

The Raybearer Series: Book #1

By Jordan Ifueko
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 13 hours 48 minutes

Raybearer

“Immerse yourself in a rich fantasy world with wishes to cheat death, struggles for power, and hopes to find love. Jordan Ifueko has given us the start of a series where peace may not be as it seems and who you are vs. who the world tells you to be can have life-threatening and history-shaping consequences. One of my favorite aspects is the chants, prayers, and songs that are essential to the story and the narrator rhythmically enriches the reading.”

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Mistborn

The Final Empire
The Mistborn Saga: Book #1

By Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 24 hours 39 minutes

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned...

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The Way of Kings

Book One of the Stormlight Archive
The Stormlight Archive: Book #1

By Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer & Kate Reading
Length: 45 hours 29 minutes

If you enjoyed The Name of the Wind, then you’ll love The Way of Kings.

“An epic fantasy novel unparalleled in the genre. The Way of Kings follows a few characters, Kaladin, Shallan, and Dalinar as they navigate war, slavery, magic, and much more. A must read that I couldn't put down, and Sanderson keeps cranking them out!”

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Cinder

Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
The Lunar Chronicles: Book #1

By Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 10 hours 2 minutes

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator—set in a Star Wars kind of world—Marissa Meyer's Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar...

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Theft of Swords

Riyria Revelations: Book #1

By Michael J. Sullivan
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 22 hours 38 minutes

Theft of Swords

“An unlikely pair of vagabond 'heroes' attempt the heist of the king's sword for a massive amount of gold and find themselves accused of a murder they didn't commit. Filled with action and a fair share of quippy dialogue, this is a ripping good read from author Michael J Sullivan. Recommended for those who want great fantasy action without being bogged down with massive amounts of world-building.”

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What the Wind Knows

By Amy Harmon
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld & Will Damron
Length: 12 hours 24 minutes

An Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestseller.

In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with...

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Anxious People

A Novel

By Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

Anxious People

“At its simplest, we could just say this is a story about the human condition. Backman’s wry and deceptively simple storytelling provides us an exquisite and astute study of the little complexities that fills our lives with joy and pain. Through his rich story exploring second chances, missed opportunities, and unintended consequences, he captures the essence of what it means to be human and the complexities of navigating relationships with each other by exploring what we say and do not say to one another. The audio version is absolutely spectacular. The narrator brings each character to life with unique and spot-on personalities that I cannot imagine creating myself in my head. Her delivery of the dialogue and story is spot on and kept me laughing throughout.”

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