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Best Genre Fiction of the Year 2023

Escaping into mysteries, science fiction and fantasy, romance, and graphic novels have continued to be essential for us this year—fortunately, there has been no shortage of great new titles to choose from! Here are the books that have left their mark on our staff and landed on our Best Genre Fiction of the Year list.

We Could Be So Good

A Novel

By: Cat Sebastian
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Length: 11 hours 45 minutes

“Everything Cat Sebastian writes is pure joy, and her latest queer historical romance is no exception. Nick and Andy - reporters and best friends in 1950s New York - find a way to navigate their complicated pasts to a future together. This is a book I wanted to speed through and savor at the same time - a perfect respite from the world. Read more

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Our Share of Night

A Novel

By: Mariana Enriquez
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 27 hours 16 minutes

“A masterpiece of supernatural horror.”—The Washington Post
“An enchanting, shattering, once-in-a-lifetime reading experience.”—The New York Times (Editors’ Choice)

ONE OF TIME AND THE ATLANTIC’S TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR • ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES’S TEN BEST HORROR BOOKS OF THE YEAR • LONGLISTED FOR THE DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD • GOOD MORNING...
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Happy Place

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

“Another great beach read from Emily Henry! I found myself unable to stop listening to this book. Henry just knows how to write a love story that makes you go noooo then yeeees then whaaaat then yeeees! The story of Wyn and Harriet will make your heart throb. And Harriet's journey to find herself and keep her friends will prove that self-love is... Read more

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Vampires of El Norte

By: Isabel Cañas
Narrated by: Jose Nateras & Krysta Gonzales
Length: 12 hours 1 minute

Vampires of El Norte is a thrilling supernatural gothic Western set during the Mexican-American War that is a perfect follow-up to The Hacienda. It is just the perfect blend of adventure, horror, and romance to keep you turning the pages well after lights-out. Read more

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The Seven Year Slip

By: Ashley Poston
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 9 hours 42 minutes

“Ashley Poston does an amazing job writing light paranormal romances that will also make you cry. The Seven Year Slip made me unexplainably happy, extremely sad and I couldn’t put it down. With a time-traveling apartment, a second chance romance trope, a New York setting and how someone deals with grief this book couldn’t get any better. Read more

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Never Whistle at Night

An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology

By: Shane Hawk & Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.
Narrated by: Erin Tripp, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Joelle Peters, Kaniehtiio Horn, Lisa Cromarty, Maika Harper, Shane Ghostkeeper, Sheldon Elter & Tara Sky
Length: 13 hours 23 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • BRAM STOKER AWARD NOMINEE FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN AN ANTHOLOGY

A bold, clever, and sublimely sinister collection that dares to ask the question: “Are you ready to be un-settled?”

“Never failed to surprise, delight, and shock.” —Nick Cutter, author of The Troop and Little Heaven

Featuring stories by:

Norris Black • Amber... Read more

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Out There Screaming

An Anthology of New Black Horror

By: Jordan Peele & John Joseph Adams
Narrated by: Jordan Peele & Full Cast
Length: 14 hours

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The visionary writer and director of Get Out, Us, and Nope, and founder of Monkeypaw Productions, curates this groundbreaking anthology of all-new stories of Black horror, exploring not only the terrors of the supernatural but the chilling reality of injustice that haunts our nation.

“Every piece is strong and...
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Fly with Me

A Novel

By: Andie Burke
Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens
Length: 11 hours 40 minutes

A sparkling and steamy Sapphic romance, Fly with Me by Andie Burke is filled with sharp banter and that sweet, swooping feeling of finding “the one” when and where you least expect it.

A one-way ticket to love or a bumpy ride ahead?

Flying-phobic ER nurse Olive Murphy is still gripping the armrest from her first-ever take-off when the pilot... Read more

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The True Love Experiment

By: Christina Lauren
Narrated by: Jonathan Cole & Cindy Kay
Length: 10 hours 59 minutes

Sparks fly when a romance writer and a documentary filmmaker join forces to craft the ultimate Hollywood love story—but only if they can keep the chemistry between them from taking the whole thing off script—from the “divine” (Jodi Picoult) New York Times bestselling authors of The Soulmate Equation and The Unhoneymooners.

Felicity “Fizzy” Chen... Read more

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Icebreaker

A Novel

By: Hannah Grace
Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise & Tim Paige
Length: 13 hours 23 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Over 1 million copies sold!

A TikTok sensation! Sparks fly when a competitive figure skater and hockey team captain are forced to share a rink.

Anastasia Allen has worked her entire life for a shot at Team USA. It looks like everything is going according to plan when she gets a full scholarship to the University of... Read more

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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi

A Novel

By: Shannon Chakraborty
Narrated by: Lameece Issaq & Amin El Gamal
Length: 16 hours 59 minutes

“An absolute must-read for fantasy fans, one of the best audiobooks I've ever read. The author's stated goal of 'entirely historically accurate except for the plot' means that this is an incredibly well-executed historical fantasy placed in an area and time period that is extremely rare from a non-Eurocentric point of view. The actual writing... Read more

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Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries

Emily Wilde: Book #1

By: Heather Fawcett
Narrated by: Ell Potter & Michael Dodds
Length: 12 hours 5 minutes

“A prickly English folklorist travels to a small Scandinavian town to study the local faeries - being driven mad by her irritating but handsome Irish colleague (who may or may not be human himself) in the process. This adventurous book is populated by socially awkward academics, changelings, brownies who can bake, ice kings, and a lovable cast of... Read more

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White Cat, Black Dog

Stories

By: Kelly Link
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Dan Stevens, Dominic Hoffman, Kristen Sieh, Ish Klein, Tanya Cubric & Patton Oswalt
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

“Kelly Link is a national treasure. These stories are like prismatically unsettled and modern versions of familiar tales, equipping each eerie element with a hefty dose of the banal, like any of these tales can happen in your living room--even if they're mired in a post-apocalyptic wasteland or peopled by robots on an abandoned asteroid. Stunning... Read more

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The Last Devil to Die

A Thursday Murder Club Mystery

A Thursday Murder Club Mystery: Book #4

By: Richard Osman
Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes

“My favorite group of sleuthing retirees is back and as quirky as ever in Richard Osman’s fourth installment in the Thursday Murder Club series The Last Devil to Die. The banter is witty and the case has plenty of twists and turns. But the book is also a heartbreaking reflection on love and aging as it takes us further into ringleader Elizabeth’s... Read more

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Witch King

The Rising World: Book #1

By: Martha Wells
Narrated by: Eric Mok
Length: 13 hours 9 minutes

“Demons, witches, spirits, realms; Witch King has it all. This exquisite world comes to life under Martha Wells’ craftsmanship. Kai, a Demon trapped on Earth after a devastating multi-realm attack, wakes up in a new body surrounded by people with bad intentions. After disposing of them, he embarks on a journey to find out what the hell happened... Read more

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Thornhedge

By: T. Kingfisher
Narrated by: Jennifer Blom
Length: 3 hours 43 minutes

From USA Today bestselling author T. Kingfisher, Thornhedge is the tale of a kind-hearted, toad-shaped heroine, a gentle knight, and a mission gone completely sideways.

There's a princess trapped in a tower. This isn't her story.

Meet Toadling. On the day of her birth, she was stolen from her family by the fairies, but she grew up safe and loved... Read more

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The Archive Undying

The Downworld Sequence: Book #1

By: Emma Mieko Candon
Narrated by: Yung-I Chang
Length: 16 hours 28 minutes

War machines and AI gods run amok in The Archive Undying, national bestseller Emma Mieko Candon's bold entry into the world of mecha fiction.

WHEN AN AI DIES, ITS CITY DIES WITH IT
WHEN A CITY FALLS, IT LEAVES A CORPSE BEHIND
WHEN THAT CORPSE RUNS OFF, ONLY DEVOTION CAN BRING IT BACK

When the robotic god of Khuon Mo went mad, it destroyed... Read more

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Dark Ride

A Thriller

By: Lou Berney
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

FINALIST FOR THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE!From Lou Berney, the acclaimed, multi award-winning author of November Road and The Long and Faraway Gone, comes a Dark RideSometimes the person you least expect is just the hero you needTwenty-one-year-old Hardy “Hardly” Reed—good-natured, easygoing, usually stoned—is drifting through life. A minimum-wage... Read more

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I'm Not Done with You Yet

By: Jesse Q. Sutanto
Narrated by: Yu-Li Alice Shen, Saskia Maarleveld, Leiana Bertrand & Eunice Wong
Length: 10 hours 41 minutes

Some friends—and friendships—are worth killing for in this dark, twisty suspense novel by national bestselling author Jesse Q. Sutanto.

Jane is unhappy.  

A struggling midlist writer whose novels barely command four figures, she feels trapped in an underwhelming marriage, just scraping by to pay a crippling Bay Area mortgage for a house—a... Read more

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Dirty Laundry

A Novel

By: Disha Bose
Narrated by: Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan
Length: 8 hours 38 minutes

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A twisty tale of murder and love gone wrong, rife with bone-chilling revelations . . . This is a riveting debut, and Disha Bose is a writer to watch.”—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Mother May I

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, CrimeReads

She was the perfect wife, with... Read more

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