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August 30 is National Beach Day

Coming Up for Air

By: Patti Callahan Henry
Narrated by: Janet Metzger
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes

On the coast of Alabama, there is a house cloaked in mystery, a place that reveals the truth and changes lives....Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband—between her reality and the woman she wants to be—she doesn’t quite seem to fit... Read more

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Birds of Paradise

By: Diana Abu-Jaber
Narrated by: Tamara Marston
Length: 14 hours 38 minutes

Avis Muir is a brilliant pastry chef, Brian Muir a corporate real estate attorney. Their son, Stanley, is the proprietor of a trendy food market. Their beautiful daughter, Felice, is missing. A runaway at 13, Felice has spent five years modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach. She’s about to turn... Read more

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Home Front

A Novel

By: Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
Length: 15 hours 4 minutes

"Home Front is Hannah's crowning achievement."—The Huffington Post

In this powerhouse of a novel, Kristin Hannah explores the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage with this provocative and timely portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at war.


All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost. . . .

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Summerland

A Novel

By: Elin Hilderbrand
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 13 hours 19 minutes

The "queen of the summer novel" explores the power of community, family, and honesty-and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow new love can take flight (Kirkus Reviews).

A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. What begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy... Read more

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The Pearl

Penguin Audio Classics

By: John Steinbeck
Narrated by: Hector Elizondo
Length: 2 hours 35 minutes

“There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon.”
 
Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with... Read more

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Jaws

By: Peter Benchley
Narrated by: Erik Steele
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

With the 1974 publication of the novel Jaws and the release a year later of the film based on the book, an American cultural phenomenon was born. Today, the remarkable bestseller by Peter Benchley still towers as a thrilling classic of suspense, drama, and the eternal conflicts of man against nature … and man against himself. As the movie... Read more

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

By: Scott O'Dell
Narrated by: Tantoo Cardinal
Length: 3 hours 50 minutes

In the Pacific, there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea birds abound. Karana is the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Hers is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery. Read more

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The Swiss Family Robinson

By: Johann David Wyss
Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes

Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four young sons are shipwrecked on a strange, uncharted tropical island. This timeless, classic story of survival and adventure has fired the imaginations of readers since it first appeared in 1812, and it reads just as fresh as if it were written today. The natural wonders... Read more

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Silver Alert

By: Lee Smith
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 5 hours 29 minutes

This funny and endearing novel of family, secrets, and aging follows an elderly man who heads off on a joyride with a new young friend—who may have some secrets of her own.

A driving force in literature, the one and only Lee Smith returns with a road trip novel, a story full of hope and humor about not going away quietly—at any age.

Aging Herb’s... Read more

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A Novel Proposal

By: Denise Hunter
Narrated by: Jessica Holtan
Length: 7 hours 58 minutes

“For your next romance listen, I highly recommend A Novel Proposal by Denise Hunter. The narrator does a great job of portraying Sadie Goodwin's bubbly, outgoing personality. And you can definitely hear Sam's voice as well. It has a fun premise of writing a romance novel and each chapter begins with a romance writing tip that becomes part of the... Read more

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Where the Rhythm Takes You

By: Sarah Dass
Narrated by: Antonevia Ocho-Coultes
Length: 10 hours 12 minutes

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Where the Rhythm Takes You is a romantic, mesmerizing novel of first love and second chances. Seventeen-year-old Reyna has spent most of her life at the Plumeria, her family’s gorgeous seaside resort in Tobago. But what once seemed like paradise is starting to feel more like purgatory. It’s been two years... Read more

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Good Girl Complex

An Avalon Bay Novel

Avalon Bay: Book #1

By: Elle Kennedy
Narrated by: Ava Erickson & Joe Arden
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes

"This is a beach listen with a youthful feel narrated by two pros who deliver."-AudioFile on The Good Girl Complex

Full of romance, hijinks, and longing, Good Girl Complex is Elle Kennedy at her very best.


She does everything right. So what could go wrong?

Mackenzie “Mac” Cabot is a people pleaser. Her demanding parents. Her prep school friends.... Read more

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Happy Place

By: Emily Henry
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hours 2 minutes

Happy Place by Emily Henry is an emotional barrage of my favorite tropes: friends to lovers, same bed, fake dating, and second chance romance. And once you get your first buzzing tug of those heartstrings, you’ll instantly know that you’ve been bit by the Henry love bug. Henry introduces you to a tangle with a quaint flirty friendship as two... Read more

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Beach Read

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

“2020 is apparently the year I start reading romance novels and loving them. Maybe it's my need for a little lighthearted fluff in quarantine, but straight fluff isn't really my jam no matter the day. I want fluff with meat on its bones. I want fluff with substance.

As for Beach Read... Did I just give a romance novel ALL THE STARS? Why yes. Yes I... Read more

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The Beach Trap

By: Ali Brady
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley & Imani Jade Powers
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

Two best friends torn apart by a life-altering secret. One summer to set the record straight.
 
When twelve-year-olds Kat Steiner and Blake O’Neill meet at Camp Chickawah, they have an instant connection. But everything falls apart when they learn they’re not just best friends—they’re also half sisters. Confused and betrayed, the girls break off... Read more

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Sag Harbor

A Novel

By: Colson Whitehead
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Length: 11 hours 17 minutes

The warm, funny, and supremely original new novel from one of the most acclaimed writers in America

The year is 1985. Benji Cooper is one of the only black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. He spends his falls and winters going to roller-disco bar mitzvahs, playing too much Dungeons and Dragons, and trying to catch glimpses of... Read more

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The Star Side of Bird Hill

By: Naomi Jackson
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

Two sisters are suddenly sent from their home in Brooklyn to Barbados to live with their grandmother, in this stunning debut novel This lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centers on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, ages ten and sixteen, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother... Read more

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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

By: Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

“I couldn’t put Dear Haiti, Love Alaine down!” —New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory

Co-written by sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite, this exceptional debut novel captures a sparkling new voice and irrepressible heroine in a story sure to thrill fans of Nicola Yoon and Ibi Zoboi!

Alaine Beauparlant has heard about Haiti all her... Read more

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The Honeymoon Crashers

An Audio Original

The Unhoneymooners

By: Christina Lauren
Narrated by: Jessica Marie Garcia, Harry Shum Jr., Lee Osorio, Cynthia Farrell, Deacon Lee, Adriana Sananes, Stephanie Németh-Parker, Inés del Castillo, Kimberly Woods, Tim Paige, Jennifer Aquino & Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 4 hours 46 minutes

A perfectionist maid of honor and a carefree, surfer-bro best man team up to plan a wedding and end up finding a spark of their own in the first audio original from author duo Christina Lauren, a full-cast sequel to their New York Times bestseller The Unhoneymooners.

Ami is determined to break the Torres family wedding curse. Her own disaster of... Read more

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The Unhoneymooners

By: Christina Lauren
Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell
Length: 9 hours 14 minutes

“This is a delightful rom-com story with an enemies-to-lovers plotline and the requisite off-the-wall situation that forces the bickering lead characters into close quarters. With its Maui resort setting, charismatic characters, swoon-worthy romance, and sense of humor, this story pulled me in and took me along for a thoroughly enjoyable escape. Read more

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