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2022 Staff Picks

All our staff favorites from 2022

Things We Found When the Water Went Down

By: Tegan Nia Swanson
Narrated by: Ann Richardson
Length: 6 hours 31 minutes

In this dark and ethereal debut novel, a young woman tries to make sense of strange artifacts and unsettling memories in an effort to find her mother—missing since being accused of murder

When brutish miner Hugo Mitchum is found murdered on the frozen shore of a North Country lake, the local officials and town gossips of Beau Caelais are quick... Read more

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Dark Carnivals

Modern Horror and the Origins of American Empire

By: W. Scott Poole
Narrated by: Enrique McGavin
Length: 14 hours 16 minutes

The panoramic story of how the horror genre transformed into one of the most incisive critiques of unchecked American imperial power

The American empire emerged from the shadows of World War II. As the nation's influence swept the globe with near impunity, a host of evil forces followed—from racism, exploitation, and military invasion to killer... Read more

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Butts

A Backstory

By: Heather Radke
Narrated by: Emily Tremaine
Length: 8 hours 13 minutes

Butts is a delightfully engrossing piece of cultural history about one of our most talked (and joked) about body part. Read more

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Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor

Zachary Ying

By: Xiran Jay Zhao
Narrated by: Eric Yang
Length: 8 hours 48 minutes

“When the first emperor of China possesses Zachary's video game device and demands his help, he doesn't expect the whirlwind adventure through China that follows. For fans of Percy Jackson! Read more

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Signal Fires

A novel

By: Dani Shapiro
Narrated by: Dani Shapiro
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

“A beautifully haunting story of connection. Told from the perspectives of its seven main characters and moving deftly back and forth among the years from the 1970s to the present, this is a narrative full of loss and hope. It opens in 1985 with a tragic accident and unfolds backwards and forwards to tell a complex yet ordinary story of two... Read more

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Dinosaurs

By: Lydia Millet
Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

“I love Lydia Millet! I will read everything she writes. Her stories leave me slightly to extremely off kilter. This one, about kindness, purpose and family, is a treat, a favorite small gift...It was a joy to listen to. Read more

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Stay True

A Memoir (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By: Hua Hsu
Narrated by: Hua Hsu
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

Stay True is a beautiful memoir and tribute to Hua Hsu's late friend, Ken. I listened to this memoir as an audiobook and I loved hearing Hsu narrate his own story. His accounts of friendship and loss are raw and emotional, taking the reader on a journey with Hsu as he processes his grief and finds hope in writing and art. Read more

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Lucy by the Sea

A Novel

By: Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Length: 8 hours 19 minutes

“Kimberly Farr's reading of Strout's writing is like chocolate and peanut butter, one voice enhances the other. I have never read Elizabeth Strout but I now fully understand why she is so beloved and celebrated. Her writing is exquisite without being pretentious, and her characters are so full and realized. Lucy's navigation of the pandemic was a... Read more

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Ghost Eaters

A Novel

By: Clay McLeod Chapman
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes

A terrifying supernatural page-turner that explores ghosts, grief, and god complexesEver since their on-again, off-again college romance, Erin hasn’t been able to set a single boundary with charismatic but reckless Silas, who has been chasing the next big high since graduation. When he texts her to spring him out of rehab, she knows enough is... Read more

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The Enigma of Room 622

A Novel

By: Joël Dicker
Narrated by: Chris Harper
Length: 15 hours 59 minutes

A Wall Street Journal "Best Mystery of 2022"A September 2022 Amazon Best of the Month Pick“Dicker salutes Agatha Christie even as he drops the reader through one trapdoor into another, so that by the end, we doubt we’ve ever read another novel quite like it. (We haven’t.) Fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley will hug this book in between chapters;... Read more

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A Girlhood

A Letter to My Transgender Daughter

By: Carolyn Hays
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes

A parent’s love letter to a daughter who has always known exactly who she is.One ordinary day, a caseworker from the Department of Children and Families knocked on the Hays family’s door to investigate an anonymous complaint about the upbringing of their transgender child. It was this knock, this threat, that began the family’s journey out of... Read more

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Babel

Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of The Oxford Translators' Revolution

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Chris Lew Kum Hoi & Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: 21 hours 45 minutes

“IMHO, the best fantasy books give a reader new insights into our own world. Babel passed that test for me with its grounding in Britain's colonial history with an overlay of magic. I loved R.F. Kuang's The Poppy War trilogy, but this finely wrought novel surpasses it. Highly recommended. Read more

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The Drowned Woods

By: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes

“I loved The Bone Houses and The Drowned Woods is even better! A well-written story with well developed characters and excellent worldbuilding. The narrator of the audiobook, Moira Quirk, does an amazing job and transports you straight into Mer's world. Read more

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Thank You For Listening

A Novel

By: Julia Whelan
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hours 15 minutes

“Julia Whelan is the Meryl Streep of audio so it’s no surprise that her sophomore novel is feast for the ears. It’s meta. The characters are audiobook narrators finding themselves in trope after trope but fighting against it. It’ll make you swoon. It’ll make you cry. It will definitely make you laugh. Read more

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Wrong Place Wrong Time

A Novel

By: Gillian McAllister
Narrated by: Lesley Sharp
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

“I'm very particular when it comes to choosing audiobooks. The story has to grab me from the start and the narrator has to have the 'right' voice for the story. Harper Collins, Gillian McAllister, and Lesley Sharp (narrator) hit it out of the part with this book. This listening experience is a rare treat! The story is a fast paced, compelling... Read more

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The Book Eaters

By: Sunyi Dean
Narrated by: Katie Erich
Length: 13 hours 27 minutes

The Book Eaters is an extraordinary debut by Sunyi Dean. This horror story is very much in the genre of modern-day fairy tales as we witness what a mother will do to keep her son alive in a world where there are those who eat books and those who eat minds. Set in the modern-day United Kingdom, there are physical and mental battles as well as an... Read more

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Wake the Bones

A Novel

By: Elizabeth Kilcoyne
Narrated by: Bailey Carr
Length: 9 hours 15 minutes

“Atmospheric and distressing, I enjoyed this unsettling account of a young woman tied to her farm through sinister magic. The narrator does an incredible job giving life to all the characters, imbuing them with the fear and joy and sadness they experience. The story feels bleak, but there is a steadfastness and determination to the characters... Read more

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What Moves the Dead

Sworn Soldier: Book #1

By: T. Kingfisher
Narrated by: Avi Roque
Length: 5 hours 25 minutes

“This was one of the best retellings of The Fall of The House of Usher I’ve ever read. Between the representation and the absolutely witty humor and excellently horrifying descriptions. This was an absolute joy to read. Also, half way through the book I learn that Avi Roque narrates the audiobook and I will listen to anything he narrates, because... Read more

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Legends & Lattes

A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes

Legends & Lattes

By: Travis Baldree
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Length: 7 hours 18 minutes

“This is the cozy and heartwarming fantasy novel you didn't know you needed! It's a tender story with delightful characters in a snug setting. The kind of tale that Dungeon Masters will feel inspired to have for their next laid-back D&D campaign. So if you are a fan of wholesome, found-family stories do yourself a favor and listen to this book! Read more

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Razzmatazz

A Novel

By: Christopher Moore
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 9 hours 58 minutes

New York Times Bestseller“Smart and funny and all sorts of raunchy in the best way.” — San Francisco ChronicleRepeat New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns to the mean streets of San Francisco in this outrageous follow-up to his madcap novel Noir.San Francisco, 1947. Bartender Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin and the rest of the... Read more

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