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The Immortalists

By: Chloe Benjamin
Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

“The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin is a unique story investigating fate and destiny. Four siblings visit a fortune teller whose talent is predicting the date of death for her clients. Does this knowledge at an impressionable age inform life decisions that render the prediction true or is it a hoax? You will get to know these siblings very well... Read more

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The Glass Hotel

A novel

By: Emily St. John Mandel
Narrated by: Dylan Moore
Length: 10 hours 28 minutes

“This is not a trite story of redemption. It ends with a reunion, perhaps the only meaningful kind of reunion, though it changes nothing. There are dozens of kinds of heartbreak, and none of them are mended in any conventional way. Characters who seemed cruel and characters who seemed incorruptible turn out, in dozens of ways, to be more alike... Read more

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The Great Believers

By: Rebecca Makkai
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 18 hours 16 minutes

“This flawlessly written and lovingly told story weaves the immediate toll AIDS took on the Chicago gay community in the 80's with the longterm impact on survivors and their families. Makkai threads it all compellingly together with art world intrigue and institutional drama. I don't want to diminish it in any way with comparisons, but The Great... Read more

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There There

A novel

By: Tommy Orange
Narrated by: Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Cuervo & Kyla Garcia
Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

“A stunning debut novel by an original voice. Twelve characters of Native American descent, interrelated by birth or chance, struggle with the competing forces of cultural history and modern urban existence. Their stories build separately before colliding powerfully in the book’s final pages at The Big Oakland Powwow. I was riveted. Read more

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Such a Fun Age

Reese's Book Club (A Novel)

By: Kiley Reid
Narrated by: Nicole Lewis
Length: 9 hours 58 minutes

“A racial comedy of manners for the digital age, Such a Fun Age is a hilarious and cringe-inducing look at white people trying to do the right thing: badly, and for all the wrong reasons. Nicole Lewis's reading is a dazzling feat: expertly code-switching between the voice Emira uses with her friends, to the voice she uses with her boss, Alix, to... Read more

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The Guncle

THE GUNCLE: Book #1

By: Steven Rowley
Narrated by: Steven Rowley
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes

“Absolutely adored this. I laughed so hard while also feeling moved by the characters navigating grief associated with losing a mother / sister-in-law/best friend. Rowley plays with expectations surrounding grief – to be sad, to mourn, not to laugh – and the need for joy, survival, and life after loss. "Gup" (Gay Uncle Patrick) imparts his wisdom... Read more

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What Comes After

A Novel

By: JoAnne Tompkins
Narrated by: Mark Deakins, Kristen DiMercurio & Kirby Heyborne
Length: 13 hours

“Abandoned and homeless, a pregnant 16-year-old finds shelter in the home of a man who has recently lost his son and his faith. Achingly poignant, What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins brims with raw emotions and conflicting feelings. A redemptive story of loss and love. Keep tissues nearby. Read more

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Unlikely Animals

A Novel

By: Annie Hartnett
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall & Kirby Heyborne
Length: 10 hours 41 minutes

“Small-town residents — dead, alive, missing, and four-pawed — are the heart of this unforgettable novel of Emma's quarter-life and family crises. Hartnett’s quirky humor makes dark stuff feel manageable, a skill we need these days. Read more

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The First Day of Spring

A Novel

By: Nancy Tucker
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
Length: 11 hours 27 minutes

“Tense, addictive and powered by an unforgettable narrative voice.” - PAULA HAWKINS

"A stunning debut...Suspenseful? You bet. Heart-rending? From beginning to end."—The Washington Post
 
“Gripping…The voices of Chrissie and Julia reside deep in your skull: visceral and wicked, sad and wonderful, all at the same time.” The New York Times 

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Ghosts

A novel

By: Dolly Alderton
Narrated by: Holliday Grainger
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of Everything I Know About Love comes a smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about ex-boyfriends, imperfect parents, friends with kids, and a man who disappears the moment he says "I love you."

“An absolute knock-out. Wickedly funny and, at turns, both cynical and sincere… feels like your very...
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Mad Honey

A Novel

By: Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan
Narrated by: Carrie Coon, Key Taw, Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan
Length: 15 hours 12 minutes

“This is an incredibly powerful story that I think everyone should read. Told from the perspective of two different characters, who despite being at different stages in their lives, are trying to figure out who they are. It examines the traumas that we experience in life, how we process those (or don't), and how they shape us. It looks at who we... Read more

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The Guest Book

A Novel

By: Sarah Blake
Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
Length: 16 hours 42 minutes

“I began The Guest Book expecting an excellent family saga set, in part, on an island in Maine. The magic of the family home is palpable as three generations build loyalty, identity, and memories there. But what I read was far, far more. This is a history of our country’s evolution through matters of race, class, and politics, and it relates... Read more

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A Star Is Bored

A Novel

By: Byron Lane
Narrated by: Noah Galvin
Length: 11 hours 37 minutes

“Laugh-out-loud scenes and tender moments characterize this quirky book about the world of celebrity assistants, reinventing yourself, and embracing the life you want. We placed the hard copy of this book in our shop after listening, but some parts were just delightful to have read out loud. Read more

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Hidden Pictures

A Novel

By: Jason Rekulak
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

“I listened to the audio version of this book (via Libro.fm). It was highly engaging and entertaining. The print edition of the book has drawings to accompany the story. I was pleased to realize the author was so adept at conveying the drawings that I very much saw the same pictures in my head. OMG...when Teddy draws himself and Mallory at the... Read more

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Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance

A Novel

By: Alison Espach
Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
Length: 12 hours 17 minutes

“This story is raw and honest. It felt as I was listening to an internal monologue describing thoughts and aftermath of a family tragedy. Read more

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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

Miss Julia: Book #1

By: Ann B. Ross
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 9 hours 19 minutes

Miss Julia, a recently bereaved and newly wealthy widow, is only slightly bemused when one Hazel Marie Puckett appears at her door with a youngster in tow and unceremoniously announces that the child is the bastard son of Miss Julia's late husband. Suddenly, this longtime church member and pillar of her small Southern community finds herself in... Read more

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Class Mom

A Novel

Class Mom: Book #1

By: Laurie Gelman
Narrated by: Laurie Gelman
Length: 7 hours 2 minutes

This program is read by the author.

Laurie Gelman’s clever debut about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom—a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics.

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom—or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different... Read more

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My Ex-Life

A Novel

By: Stephen McCauley
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 10 hours 9 minutes

“This story of loves both great and small is most certainly not saccharine sweet. My Ex-Life reminds us that there is a reason for everything, and that sometimes it's wise to go back to the familiar (albeit old) parts of ourselves to remind us just how far we've come. Stephen McCauley writes like your best friend - the one who always says what... Read more

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11/22/63

A Novel

By: Stephen King
Narrated by: Craig Wasson
Length: 30 hours 39 minutes

One of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Now a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco


ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who... Read more

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Circe

By: Madeline Miller
Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
Length: 12 hours 8 minutes

“A bold retelling of the Circe episode from Homer's Odyssey that not only captures the interlocking pieces of Greek mythology, but also gives each god, titan, and Grecian a pulsing complexity. Both Circe the book and the character are quiet, sensual and--at times--freewheeling, adventurous, and devastating. Perdita Week's performance here is... Read more

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