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Creativity

A Short and Cheerful Guide   

By: John Cleese
Narrated by: John Cleese
Length: 59 minutes

The legendary comedian, actor, and writer of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and A Fish Called Wanda fame shares his key ideas about creativity: that it’s a learnable, improvable skill.

“Many people have written about creativity, but although they were very, very clever, they weren't actually creative. I like to think I'm writing about it from the... Read more

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Small Things Like These

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

“A small moving book about generosity, history, family and religion. Perfect for the holiday season when gratitude is on our minds. Bill Furlong didn’t come from much, but he had a benefactor. As he learns what is really happening in the “laundry” where young women end up, his memories of kindness move him to action. A quiet read that shows the... Read more

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Within These Wicked Walls

A Novel

By: Lauren Blackwood
Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

“The blend of magic and realism is fun and the heavy romance is a delight. Blackwood's skill at combining our reality, for instance, a religion with God (He) and all its accoutrements, slavery, and abuse, with a fantastical magical system involving amulets, evil spirits, blood-mad hyenas, and clay people, is well done. A well crafted homage to... Read more

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Nothing But Blackened Teeth

By: Cassandra Khaw
Narrated by: Suehyla El-Attar
Length: 2 hours 32 minutes

Cassandra Khaw's Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.

A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.

It’s the perfect venue for a... Read more

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Our Class

Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison

By: Chris Hedges
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 7 hours 8 minutes

A powerfully moving book that “could make graspable why today’s prisons are contemporary slave plantations” (Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple), giving voice to the poorest among us and laying bare the cruelty of a penal system that too often defines their lives.

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Chris Hedges has taught courses in drama,... Read more

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Orwell's Roses

By: Rebecca Solnit
Narrated by: Rebecca Solnit
Length: 7 hours 51 minutes

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
Finalist for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

“An exhilarating romp through Orwell’s life and times and also through the life and times of roses.” —Margaret Atwood


“A captivating account of Orwell as gardener, lover, parent, and endlessly curious thinker.” —Claire... Read more

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Oh William!

A Novel

By: Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Length: 7 hours

“What a book! Stroud's plain language conveys deep truths. Lucy, a woman in her sixties, looks back at her life through the experience of helping her ex-husband, with whom she is still close, come to terms with his own past. I loved how she captured nuances of relationships over time and their ever changing dynamics. My favorite fiction book I've... Read more

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Sankofa

A Novel

By: Chibundu Onuzo
Narrated by: Sara Powell
Length: 9 hours 2 minutes

“A fantastic read! I listened to this book (thanks Libro.fm), and the narration was superb! Read more

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Beasts of Prey

By: Ayana Gray
Narrated by: Keylor Leigh, Tovah Ott & Ronald Peet
Length: 15 hours 41 minutes

In this blockbuster fantasy series, perfect for fans of Firekeeper’s Daughter and Iron Widow, fate binds two Black teenagers together as they journey into a magical jungle to hunt down a vicious monster.

“Rich in magic and mythos, Beasts of Prey is a feast for all the senses.” —Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Beautiful

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Iron Widow

Iron Widow: Book #1

By: Xiran Jay Zhao
Narrated by: Rong Fu
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

Iron Widow is such a cinematic blockbuster of a book, with an inventive setting, sci-fi action, great characters, and excellent romance. I listened to it through Libro.fm, and now I’m counting down the days until the sequel. Read more

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Bewilderment

A Novel

By: Richard Powers
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

“An homage to the heartbreaking Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, this intimate story of a grieving father and his troubled son is an intelligent and touching story of tragedy and hope. Read more

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Matrix

A Novel

By: Lauren Groff
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

“In this brilliant work of historical fiction, Lauren Groff reimagines a 12th century in which Marie of France, scorned by the French court and exiled to an impoverished English abbey, uses her keen intellect and iron will to smash through the patriarchy and become one of the most powerful women of her age...British actress Adjoa Andoh is a... Read more

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Four Thousand Weeks

Time Management for Mortals

By: Oliver Burkeman
Narrated by: Oliver Burkeman
Length: 5 hours 53 minutes

“A game-changer. People tote time management as a way to accomplish everything, but that's impossible—time is a limited resource. The whole way we think about time is wrong. So how can we approach our relationship to time in a way that doesn't overwhelm? This book is a powerhouse. A must-read, especially for folks with anxiety, an intimate... Read more

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For Your Own Good

By: Samantha Downing
Narrated by: David Pittu
Length: 10 hours 36 minutes

INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“Witty and macabre.”—Caroline Kepnes

"Slick and chilling."—Megan Miranda

“I read all of her [books]. I've read everything.”—Cecily Strong from SNL for Vanity Fair


“A perfect summer book.”—NPR

USA Today
bestselling author Samantha Downing is back with her latest sneaky thriller set at a prestigious private school—complete... Read more

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The Final Girl Support Group

By: Grady Hendrix
Narrated by: Adrienne King
Length: 13 hours 49 minutes

“What if gruesome murders like that of I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream, or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre actually took place? What then happens afterward to the girls who survive the ridiculous combination of crazy guy, improvised weapon, and spooky setting? Nearly 2 decades after their respective brushes with death, these “final girls”... Read more

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Monk & Robot: Book #1

By: Becky Chambers
Narrated by: Em Grosland
Length: 4 hours 8 minutes

“What do you do when you have everything you could ever need or want, but still aren't satisfied with what your life is? A Psalm for the Wild-Built is a short and sweet odd-couple road trip set in a beautiful world that could be our world — if we wanted it to be. Read more

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Home Made

A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up--and What We Make When We Make Dinner

By: Liz Hauck
Narrated by: Liz Hauck
Length: 12 hours 4 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • An “extraordinary” (The New York Times Book Review) tender and vivid memoir about the radical grace we discover when we consider ourselves bound together in community, and a moving account of one woman’s attempt to answer the essential question Who are we to one another?

“Your heart will be altered by this... Read more

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Animal

A Novel

By: Lisa Taddeo
Narrated by: Emma Roberts
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes

“Much like Taddeo’s Three Women, this novel is not for the prudish or for people who like their women to be silent or demure. If you are looking for originality, sexiness, or fearlessness in your next read, this is the book for you. Grab the reins and be prepared for a ride! Read more

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The Blacktongue Thief

Blacktongue: Book #1

By: Christopher Buehlman
Narrated by: Christopher Buehlman
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

“I devoured this book within days! Great for fans of high fantasy like Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons, yet it is still wholly original and refreshing. It reads like a tale told by the hearth of a musty tavern from the first-person perspective of our witty, vulgar, and downright hilarious protagonist Kinch Na Shannack. Our thief... Read more

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Why Peacocks?

An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World's Most Magnificent Bird

By: Sean Flynn
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

An acclaimed journalist seeks to understand the mysterious allure of peacocks—and in the process discovers unexpected and valuable life lessons.

2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist Selection

When Sean Flynn’s neighbor in North Carolina texted “Any chance you guys want a peacock? No kidding!” he stared bewilderedly at his phone. He... Read more

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