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What Loyalty Staff Listened to & Loved in 2023

Loyalty's booksellers LOVE audiobooks and we listened to some amazing books this year! Check out our fave listens from this year — including new titles and backlist faves.

Gone Wolf

By: Amber McBride
Narrated by: Ariel Blake
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

"Ariel Blake’s tender narration and youthful delivery will captivate listeners in this remarkable dual-timeline middle-grade audiobook." - Booklist

Award-winning author Amber McBride, whose previous book, Me (Moth), was a
finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, lays bare the fears of being young and Black in America in... Read more

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Dyscalculia

A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation

By: Camonghne Felix
Narrated by: Camonghne Felix
Length: 2 hours 7 minutes

“Powerful . . . a poetic meditation on how love or attempts at loving can drive us to madness.”—The Boston Globe
 
“We learn about the cracks in Felix’s upbringing, the hurt from the breakup itself, and a pain that spans a lifetime, all through a sharp millennial voice.”—Time

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Time, Chicago Public Library, Electric...
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To Shape a Dragon's Breath

The First Book of Nampeshiweisit

By: Moniquill Blackgoose
Narrated by: Charley Flyte
Length: 16 hours 52 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “My favorite book of the year . . . a coming-of-age story that is cozy and hair-raising in equal measure.”—Charlie Jane Anders, The Washington Post

“I tore through it, caught up in an enthusiasm for dragons that I hadn’t experienced since I was a teenager obsessed with Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea and Anne McCaffrey’s...
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The Vanished Birds

A Novel

By: Simon Jimenez
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Length: 13 hours 17 minutes

“This book has stuck with me in a way that I know can only be attributed to masterful storytelling. In The Vanished Birds, Earth becomes uninhabitable and humankind spreads out into space using technology that is all of our capitalist, designer-baby, smart-everything, social-media-age fears realized. But this new world is also beautifully poetic... Read more

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Ayesha at Last

By: Uzma Jalaluddin
Narrated by: Roshni Shukla
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

As seen on The Today Show! One of the best summer romance picks!

One of Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of 2019!

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.


Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives... Read more

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Divine Rivals

A Novel

Letters of Enchantment: Book #1

By: Rebecca Ross
Narrated by: Alex Wingfield & Rebecca Norfolk
Length: 10 hours 49 minutes

“In a reimagined early 1900's where the Great War is not fought between countries, but between gods, Roman and Iris are rival journalists at a newspaper covering the conflict. Increasingly worried about her brother, Forest, who is missing on the front, Iris uses her old typewriter to write letters to him. She slips her letters under her wardrobe... Read more

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

A Novel

By: James McBride
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes

“This is a lively story about, class, prejudice, the power of the state, and the power of the people. Good reading. Read more

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Happiness Falls (Good Morning America Book Club)

A Novel

By: Angie Kim
Narrated by: Shannon Tyo, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Thomas Pruyn & Angie Kim
Length: 13 hours 3 minutes

“Watch out because Happiness Falls is so much more than a missing-person mystery full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. (Even past the very end.) Kim weaves a family drama that will pull at all of your heart strings and leave you questioning how you view everything and everyone. Read more

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World's Worst Time Machine

World's Worst Time Machine: Book #1

By: Dustin Brady
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

“… fast-paced action, humor, and strong characters… Brady has written a great series starter that also has a nice sprinkling of history, a little science, and engaging, fun characters. Highly recommended.” — Jean Little Library
 
When Liam summons Thomas Edison to help him finish his book report, the time machine delivers the wrong one. This... Read more

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My Murder

A Novel

By: Katie Williams
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
Length: 7 hours 52 minutes

“Whiplash plot twists and near-poetry descriptions keep readers clutching their headphones during this brainy summer blockbuster. The narrator's repetitions and elaborations, which at first feel unreliable, turn out to be... no, I can't tell you. No spoilers. She's also hilarious, and dizzyingly honest about big themes like postpartum depression,... Read more

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Sea Change

A Novel

By: Gina Chung
Narrated by: Jeena Yi
Length: 8 hours 14 minutes

A NEW YORK TIMES MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK • An enchanting novel about Ro, a woman tossed overboard by heartbreak and loss, who has to find her way back to stable shores with the help of a giant Pacific octopus at the mall aquarium where she works.

“Immersively beautiful.... A kaleidoscope of originality." —Weike Wang, acclaimed author of Joan is...
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The Monsters We Defy

By: Leslye Penelope
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes

A woman able to communicate with spirits must assemble a ragtag crew to pull off a daring heist to save her community in this timely and dazzling historical fantasy that weaves together African American folk magic, history, and romance.

Washington D. C., 1925

Clara Johnson talks to spirits, a gift that saved her during her darkest moments in a... Read more

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Banyan Moon

A Novel

By: Thao Thai
Narrated by: Cindy Kay, Catherine Ho & Elyse Dinh
Length: 12 hours 23 minutes

“Taking place across different periods of time in Vietnam and Florida, Banyan Moon follows a multi-generational family of Vietnamese-American women and the secrets they keep and sacrifices they make for their loved ones. Told in three different perspectives, follow Minh's journey from a naive, love struck teenager to a determined woman fighting... Read more

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Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Maybe Marisol: Book #1

By: Erin Entrada Kelly
Narrated by: Amielynn Abellera
Length: 1 hour 39 minutes

“Utterly endearing!” —Annie Barrows, New York Times-bestselling author of the Ivy + Bean books "Hilarious and heart-melting.” —Sara Pennypacker, New York Times-bestselling author of Pax
Introducing eight-year-old Marisol Rainey—an irresistible new character from Newbery Medalist and New York Times–bestselling Erin Entrada Kelly! Maybe, Maybe... Read more

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The Goth House Experiment

And Other Stories

By: SJ Sindu
Narrated by: Varun Sathi & SJ Sindu
Length: 3 hours 39 minutes

An uncanny and electric story collection from SJ Sindu, Lambda Literary finalist and Publishing Triangle Edmund White Debut Fiction Award–winning author of Blue-Skinned Gods
In “Dark Academia and the Lesbian Masterdoc,” a millennial English professor finds viral fame on TikTok, but her newfound notoriety could wreck her already unstable life. In... Read more

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Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea

A Novel

By: Rita Chang-Eppig
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 10 hours 40 minutes

“Who doesn't like pirates and who doesn't love a Pirate Queen?! Read more

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Blood Debts

By: Terry J. Benton-Walker
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Torian Brackett & Zeno Robinson
Length: 14 hours 30 minutes

Blood Debts is a YA fantasy that will drag you into its world, and not let you go. I couldn't stop reading, invested in the fates of the Trudeau twins. It was a wild ride, but the book has depth, exploring issues of privilege, race, power, and the acceptance of LGBTQ people. An amazing book! (Especially recommended on audio. It's incredible!) Read more

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Murder and Mamon

A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery: Book #4

By: Mia P. Manansala
Narrated by: Danice Cabanela
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes

When murder mars the grand opening for Lila Macapagal’s aunties’ new laundromat, she will have to air out all the dirty laundry in Shady Palms to catch a killer…

Lila Macapagal's godmothers April, Mae, and June—AKA the Calendar Crew—are celebrating the opening of their latest joint business venture, a new laundromat, to much fanfare (and... Read more

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The Woman in Me

By: Britney Spears
Narrated by: Michelle Williams
Length: 5 hours 31 minutes

“Britney fans will appreciate this candid memoir - her story is deeply personal and sad, and it's fascinating to peer inside her mind. (For a special treat, listen to the audiobook, masterfully read by Michelle Williams!) Read more

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Congratulations, The Best Is Over!

Essays

By: R. Eric Thomas
Narrated by: R. Eric Thomas
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The beloved author of Here for It returns with a collection of “funny and compulsively readable” (Vogue), “hilarious and incisive” (Time) essays about what happens after happily ever after.

“How is it possible that I liked this book even more than his last one? Phenomenal.”—Jenny Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of... Read more

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