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Desideratum Podcast's Audiobook Playlist

Desideratum Podcast's Audiobook Playlist

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A Bright Young Thing

By Brianne Moore
Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Length: 11 hours 38 minutes

In early 1930s England, a young firebrand finds herself on a fraught and dangerous road to independence after she inherits her parents' debts. Read more »

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When the Men Were Gone

A Novel

By Marjorie Herrera Lewis
Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
Length: 5 hours 42 minutes

In Marjorie Herrera Lewis’s debut historical novel the inspiring true story of high school teacher Tylene Wilson—a woman who surprises everyone as she breaks with tradition to become the first high school football coach in Texas—comes to life.

"A wonderfully touching and beautiful story…Tylene makes me laugh, cry, and cheer for her in ways I have...

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Island Queen

A Novel

By Vanessa Riley
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 20 hours 49 minutes

Island Queen

“Both sweeping and intimate, beautiful and painful, this novel based on the life of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas is exquisite. Riley’s research is palpable in the detail of each chapter, and readers will find themselves compulsively turning the pages until the end.”

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Library of Lost Souls

By Meghan Holloway
Narrated by: Theresa Bakken
Length: 4 hours 5 minutes

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a robot in possession of a soul must be in want of a life partner.

Nell, Human-5014 and Second Librarian of the Athenaeum, has clung to that truth for twenty revolutions. The human extinction is in its last phases, and her desperate quest to find the recipient of her husband's soul has finally paid off.... Read more »

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The Second Mrs. Astor

By Shana Abe
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
Length: 10 hours 45 minutes

Madeleine Talmage Force is just seventeen when she attracts the attention of John Jacob "Jack" Astor. Madeleine is beautiful, intelligent, and solidly upper-class, but the Astors are in a league apart. Jack's mother was the Mrs. Astor, American royalty and New York's most formidable socialite. Despite their twenty-nine-year age difference and... Read more »

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Freedom Lessons - A Novel

By Eileen Harrison Sanchez
Narrated by: April Doty
Length: 6 hours 53 minutes

Freedom Lessons begins in Louisiana 1969 as Colleen, a white northern teacher, enters into the unfamiliar culture of a small Southern town and its unwritten rules as the town surrenders to mandated school integration. She meets Frank, a black high school football player, who is protecting his family with a secret. And Evelyn, an experienced...

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Chicago Mystery: Book #4

By Tracy Clark
Narrated by: Shari Peele
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

Former homicide cop turned private investigator Cass Raines gets the job done in this Chicago-set novel from award-winning author Tracy Clark.

Chicago in the dead of winter can be brutal, especially when you're scouring the frigid streets for a missing girl. Fifteen-year-old Ramona Titus has run away from her foster home. Her biological... Read more »

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The Second Life of Mirielle West

By Amanda Skenandore
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
Length: 12 hours 37 minutes

1920s Los Angeles: Socialite Mirielle West's days are crowded with shopping, luncheons, and prepping for the myriad glittering parties she attends with her actor husband, Charlie. She's been too busy to even notice the small patch of pale skin on the back of her hand. Other than an occasional over-indulgence in gin and champagne, which helps to... Read more »

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When the Apricots Bloom

By Gina Wilkinson
Narrated by: Raghad Chaar
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes

Inspired by her own experiences stationed in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein's rule, former foreign correspondent Gina Wilkinson's evocative, suspenseful debut is told through the eyes of three very different women in Iraq at the turn of the millennium.

At night, in Huda's fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad,... Read more »

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After Francesco

By Brian Malloy
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

From acclaimed author Brian Malloy comes a stunning novel of love, friendship, and surviving the deepest loss, set in New York City and Minneapolis in 1988, at the peak of the AIDS crisis. Two years after his partner, Francesco, died, twenty-eight-year-old Kevin Doyle is dusting off his one good suit jacket for yet another funeral, yet another... Read more »

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Spellbound Under the Spanish Moss

A Southern Tale of Magic
Spellbound Under the Spanish Moss

By Connor Judson Garrett & Kevin N. Garrett
Narrated by: Theresa Bakken
Length: 3 hours 28 minutes

Young Gareth Greyfin must find a way to save his father Samuel after he is bitten by a one-eyed snake. With little time before the venom will reach his father’s heart, Gareth follows his father’s instructions to bring him to a cabin in the swamps outside of Savannah, Georgia —the home of a witch with a fearsome reputation.

 The witch sends the...

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The Flying Cutterbucks

By Kathleen M. Rodgers
Narrated by: F Michelle Williams
Length: 10 hours 46 minutes

Decades ago, Trudy, Georgia, and Aunt Star formed a code of silence to protect each other from an abusive man who terrorized their family. One act of solidarity long ago lives with them still. With the election of a president who brags about groping women without their consent, old wounds and deep secrets come alive again, forcing hard truths to...

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