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Worthwhile Audiobooks for Busy People

Audiobooks are a great way to add a few (or more!) books per year to your "Read" list. I don't get to listen to them as often as I would like, so I've found that audiobooks with a 8-10 hour length work best as it doesn't take me months to get through them. Here are a few that are well worth your while for when you have a few minutes here and there to listen!

Magic for Liars

A Novel

By: Sarah Gailey
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 9 hours 7 minutes

“Private Detective Ivy Gamble is hired to investigate a gruesome death at Osthorne Academy for Young Mages. Ivy has no magic and has more experience investigating insurance fraud cases than she has in solving murders. Now she has the chance to show off her detective skills at the same school her estranged magical twin sister teaches at...but will... Read more

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The Lost Apothecary

A Novel

By: Sarah Penner
Narrated by: Lorna Bennett, Lauren Anthony & Lauren Irwin
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

“A wonderful melding of two timelines told by a trio of female voices. Each woman is standing at a crossroads; one is just becoming a woman, one is anticipating the end of her life, and one the end of her marriage. A small, blue apothecary bottle links the women and the timelines together. Penner skillfully guides us along the path each woman... Read more

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Britt-Marie Was Here

A Novel

By: Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Joan Walker
Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

“Backman's incomparable novels celebrate and revolve around unlikely protagonists: a curmudgeonly widower in A Man Called Ove; a girl on the autism spectrum in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry; and now Britt-Marie, an order-obsessed, cleanliness-loving woman of a certain age. Having left her two-timing husband, Britt-Marie takes a... Read more

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The Maid

A Novel

Molly the Maid: Book #1

By: Nita Prose
Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center” (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.
 
FINALIST FOR THE EDGAR® AWARD • “The reader comes to understand Molly’s worldview, and to sympathize with her longing... Read more

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Beach Read

By: Emily Henry
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hours 12 minutes

“This title says it all - Beach Read is the perfect romantic beach read book and not just because of the romance. Emily Henry has given us complex characters in a solid story line while keeping the sexual tension at a perfect, steamy temperature. Beach Read IS the perfect beach read; but it is also the perfect vacation read, staycation read,... Read more

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Between the Mountain and the Sky

A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, Healing, and Hope

By: Maggie Doyne
Narrated by: Maggie Doyne
Length: 7 hours 55 minutes

Read by the author.Between the Mountain and the Sky shows us the goodness that is possible when a single person--regardless of age--takes action to help another and, in the process, changes the lives of hundreds. Maggie’s story begins in suburban New Jersey, in a comfortable middle-class family that supports her decision to travel the world... Read more

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Our Missing Hearts

Reese's Book Club (A Novel)

By: Celeste Ng
Narrated by: Lucy Liu & Celeste Ng
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

“Set in an uncomfortably plausible dystopian near-future, Our Missing Hearts pulls no punches. Ng wrestles with how to find hope for ourselves and our children against forces that bend toward authoritarianism and nationalism. Read more

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Now Is Not the Time to Panic

A Novel

By: Kevin Wilson
Narrated by: Ginnifer Goodwin & Kevin Wilson
Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

“Having myself been a teenager in a small insular southern town that felt a few years behind the times, Kevin Wilson's protagonist Frankie felt familiar. Now is Not the Time to Panic uncovers the mystery of a moral panic that starts small but becomes a world-famous cultural event. Frankie's dad has left, her triplet brothers are a whirlwind, and... Read more

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The Dead Romantics

A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)

By: Ashley Poston
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 10 hours 23 minutes

“A very funny charming take on the rom-com. I expected something a bit darker when the description included a romance ghost-writer who no longer believes in love, a family owned funeral home with a death in the family, and a clash with a new publisher. The protagonist does break the romance wall a bit by mocking her own distrust of HEA and the... Read more

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

By: Gabrielle Zevin
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 7 hours 2 minutes

“Ever wonder what it's like to be a bookseller? Read this! Full of love, heartbreak, redemption, and every-day-life stuff. I love Zevin's writing style and have a feeling I need to continue reading through her book list. My only regret is that I didn't write down all the books mentioned throughout the story, it's a fantastic list. Read more

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