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“If you are someone who gravitates toward emotional gut punch reads, allow me to introduce you to this spectacular debut…”—BuzzFeed These books will make you cry.

The Girl with the Louding Voice

A Read with Jenna Pick (A Novel)

By: Abi Daré
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

“This year is overflowing with phenomenal debuts — including this one from Abi Daré. It tells the story of Adunni, a young girl in Nigeria whose dreams and ambition focus in on one thing: education. In a city where girls like her are looked down upon and considered unworthy, she comes to find that change can begin with even the smallest of... Read more

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The Guest

A Novel

By: Emma Cline
Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan
Length: 8 hours 36 minutes

“Alex, a young grifter, runs from some of her troubles only to create more, bouncing from one situation to the next in the late summer Hamptons. An unreliable narrator, it's never clear why Alex has chosen her path, but Cline allows glimmers of a deeper struggle within her. It's unsettling to be in the mind of a person so self-destructive and who... Read more

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Complicit

A Novel

By: Winnie M Li
Narrated by: Katie Leung
Length: 13 hours 57 minutes

“Like the best filmmakers, Li draws you to the edge of your seat and keeps you there.” —The New York Times Book Review

A CRIMEREADS BEST CRIME NOVEL

After a long-buried, harrowing incident, a woman whose promising film career was derailed contemplates revenge in this thriller about power, privilege, and justice “that is compelling, courageous,... Read more

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Burst

A Novel

By: Mary Otis
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 7 hours 39 minutes

Longlisted for the 2024 Joyce Carol Oates Prize
Winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Silver Medal - Literary Fiction
Featured on PBS NewsHour
Named by Good Morning AmericaNew York Post, and Los Angeles Daily News as one of the Best Books of Spring 2023
A deeply moving debut novel from the award-winning author of Yes, Yes, Cherries (“Funny,... Read more

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Lucky Dogs

A novel

By: Helen Schulman
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld & Carlotta Brentan
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

AN OPRAH DAILY BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR • The paths of two women on opposite ends of a high-profile sexual abuse scandal set them on a devastating collision course.

"Part thriller, part Hollywood satire, Lucky Dogs is a brash, sometimes heartbreaking saga in which trauma and self-preservation converge across decades and continents. This is Helen... Read more

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All The Secrets of the World

A Novel

By: Steve Almond
Narrated by: Roxanne Hernandez
Length: 13 hours 10 minutes

It's 1981 in Sacramento, and thirteen-year-old Lorena Saenz has just been paired with Jenny Stallworth for the science fair by a teacher hoping to unite two girls from starkly different worlds. Lorena begins to spend time at the Stallworth residence and finds herself seduced, not just by Jenny but her parents: Rosemary, her glamorous, needy... Read more

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Nuclear Family

By: Joseph Han
Narrated by: Keong Sim
Length: 7 hours 39 minutes

Things are looking up for Mr. and Mrs. Cho. Their dream of franchising their Korean plate lunch restaurants across Hawai'i seems within reach after a visit from Guy Fieri boosts the profile of Cho's Delicatessen. Their daughter, Grace, is busy finishing her senior year of college, while her older brother, Jacob, just moved to Seoul to teach... Read more

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Such Kindness

By: Andre Dubus, III
Narrated by: Andre Dubus, III
Length: 10 hours 53 minutes

“A very different sort of book than his earlier House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III’s Such Kindness is the story of one man, Tom Lowe, whose life has gone downhill since a construction accident. Living with chronic pain and estranged from his ex-wife and son, Tom becomes friends with the odd assortment of characters who reside in his... Read more

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Yellowface

A Novel

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Helen Laser
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

“Equal parts modern satire, indictment of the publishing industry, and twisted ghost story, R. F. Kuang’s first foray into literary fiction pulls no punches and will have you reading late into the night. Read more

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Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By: Hernan Diaz
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Jonathan Davis, Mozhan Marnò & Orlagh Cassidy
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes

“Hernan Diaz does things I've never seen in a novel before. Trust ties up threads of money and art, family and history, lies and truth. Think historical fiction turned meta, with a beating heart and spectacular writing. Read more

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Take My Hand

By: Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Narrated by: Lauren J. Daggett
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is historical fiction that addresses a still very relevant topic -- women's reproductive rights, and it does so in a very personal way. Set in 1973 and 2016, the book is based on the true story of forced sterilizations performed by the US government primarily on poor women of color. I loved that the nuances... Read more

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Black Cake

A Novel

By: Charmaine Wilkerson
Narrated by: Lynnette R. Freeman & Simone Mcintyre
Length: 12 hours

NOW A HULU STERAMING SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • Two estranged siblings delve into their mother’s hidden past—and how it all connects to her traditional Caribbean black cake—in this immersive family saga, “a character-driven, multigenerational story that’s meant to be savored” (Time).... Read more

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Small Things Like These

By: Claire Keegan
Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
Length: 1 hour 56 minutes

“A small and beautiful book of an Irish man and his discovery of a disturbing secret in the convent - highly recommended! One of my Top 3 Books of 2021! Read more

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A Heart that Works

By: Rob Delaney
Narrated by: Rob Delaney
Length: 3 hours 25 minutes

New York Times bestseller * The New Yorker Best Books of 2022 * Entertainment Weekly Best Books of 2022 * USA Today Best Books of 2022 * Time 100 Must-Read Books of 2022 * Mother Jones Books We Needed in 2022 * People Fall Must Read * 2022 BuzzFeed Fall Reading pick 
In 2016, Rob Delaney’s one-year-old son, Henry, was diagnosed with a brain... Read more

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Little Matches

A Memoir of Finding Light in the Dark

By: Maryanne O'Hara
Narrated by: Maryanne O'Hara
Length: 9 hours 56 minutes

“Gripping and true in all ways. This fine, affecting memoir will stay with me for a very long time.”—Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion“In this vividly written memoir novelist O’Hara shares a painful but ultimately beautiful account of her daughter Caitlin’s life with cystic fibrosis. . . . Her compelling story will resonate with... Read more

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We Are the Light

A Novel

By: Matthew Quick
Narrated by: Luke Kirby
Length: 6 hours 10 minutes

“The depth and breadth of loss suffered by the narrator and townspeople in We Are the Light by Matthew Quick took me to my knees. The devastation I felt was matched only by the hope that rose from the characters' ineffable strength to overcome the horrific events they endured. Their sheer strength of will, forgiveness, and support of each other... Read more

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Someday, Maybe

By: Onyi Nwabineli
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 11 hours 7 minutes

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • A BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB PICK • A LIBRARYREADS PICK

“If you are someone who gravitates toward emotional gut punch reads, allow me to introduce you to this spectacular debut…”—BuzzFeed


Here are three things you should know about my husband: He was the great love of my life despite his penchant for going... Read more

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