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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

“A fantastical pirate adventure on the Indian Ocean, full of magic inspired by Middle Eastern mythology! Amina, once an infamous pirate, is retired. She reluctantly goes on one more quest, facing monsters that threaten to keep her from her daughter. This book offers a refreshing take on fantasy born from Chakraborty’s Middle Eastern inspirations!... Read more

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Other Birds

A Novel

By: Sarah Addison Allen
Narrated by: Siiri Scott
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

From the acclaimed author of Garden Spells comes a tale of lost souls, secrets that shape us, and how the right flock can guide you home.Down a narrow alley in the small coastal town of Mallow Island, South Carolina, lies a stunning cobblestone building comprised of five apartments. It's called The Dellawisp and it's named after the tiny... Read more

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It Came from the Closet

Queer Reflections on Horror

By: Joe Vallese & various authors
Narrated by: various narrators, Graham Halstead, Aven Shore, Aida Reluzco, Mark Sanderlin, Tori Barron, Krystal Hammond, Daniel Henning, Ron Butler, Hope Newhouse, Lindsey Dorcus, André Santana, Joel Froomkin, Mike Cooper, Em Grosland & Vikas Adam
Length: 10 hours 58 minutes

Through the lens of horror—from Halloween to Hereditary—queer and trans writers consider the films that deepened, amplified, and illuminated their own experiences.Horror movies hold a complicated space in the hearts of the queer community: historically misogynist, and often homo- and transphobic, the genre has also been inadvertently feminist... Read more

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From Here to Eternity

Traveling the World to find the Good Death

By: Caitlin Doughty
Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
Length: 5 hours 37 minutes

The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with "dignity." Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body.... Read more

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The Reformatory

A Novel

By: Tananarive Due
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 20 hours 51 minutes

“I am in awe of Tananarive Due. A horror story set in Jim Crow Florida, The Reformatory is the kind of book that I will never ever forget, no matter how many years have passed. It’s clear that Due poured her heart and soul into this story, her efforts manifesting in vivid storytelling, impeccably researched history, and characters so fully... Read more

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The Book of Accidents

A Novel

By: Chuck Wendig
Narrated by: Xe Sands & George Newbern
Length: 16 hours 48 minutes

“Tense, upsetting, twisty and fun. Wendig's newest novel moves with brutal efficiency while still managing to delve into the way trauma shapes our lives. There's a bleakness to the stain abuse can leave on generations, but Chuck manages to show how that same bleakness makes the choice not to succumb all the more brilliant. One of my favorite... Read more

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Sistersong

By: Lucy Holland
Narrated by: Robyn Holdaway
Length: 14 hours 17 minutes

Three royal siblings fight to keep the old, wild magic of the land alive and the Saxon invaders from their borders in this "absolutely stunning" novel in ancient Britain and inspired by the folk ballad The Twa Sisters (Hannah Whitten, author of For The Wolf).In the kingdom of Dumnonia, there is old magic to be found in the whisper of the wind,... Read more

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Take My Hand

By: Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Narrated by: Lauren J. Daggett
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

“This novel about sexual sterilization of poor, Black, women in the American South in the early 1970s raises important and timely questions about reproductive choice and explores intersections of class, race and gender. The narrator conveys the heartfelt emotion behind the story beautifully. The characters were well-developed and complex, and the... Read more

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Girls Can Kiss Now

Essays

By: Jill Gutowitz
Narrated by: Jill Gutowitz
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes

“Wickedly funny and heartstoppingly vulnerable…every page twinkles with brilliance.” —Refinery29

Perfect for fans of Samantha Irby and Trick Mirror, a hilarious, whip-smart collection of personal essays exploring the intersection of queerness, pop culture, the internet, and identity, introducing one of the most undeniably original new voices...
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Cemetery Boys

By: Aiden Thomas
Narrated by: Avi Roque
Length: 13 hours 47 minutes

“"Listening to Cemetery Boys made me smile. A lot. Aiden Thomas presents a story of persistence, mystery, and finding one’s place in the world. Yadriel, a trans, teenage, latinx boy, lives in a family of brujos and brujas. After coming out as trans his family does not know where he fits within their traditions. With the help of his opinionated... Read more

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As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow

By: Zoulfa Katouh
Narrated by: Rasha Zamamiri
Length: 12 hours 16 minutes

A love letter to Syria and its people, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow is a speculative novel set amid the Syrian Revolution, burning with the fires of hope, love, and possibility. Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Salt to the Sea.

Salama Kassab was a pharmacy student when the cries for freedom broke out in Syria. She still had her parents... Read more

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We Carry Their Bones

The Search for Justice at the Dozier School for Boys

By: Erin Kimmerle
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 8 hours 1 minute

""With We Carry Their Bones, Erin Kimmerle continues to unearth the true story of the Dozier School, a tale more frightening than any fiction. In a corrupt world, her unflinching revelations are as close as we'll come to justice."" –Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer-Prize Winning author of The Nickel Boys and The Underground RailroadForensic... Read more

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In the Lives of Puppets

By: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 15 hours 22 minutes

“TJ Klune has never let me down, but I wasn't expecting In The Lives of Puppets to outshine the rest like it has. A Pinocchio retelling with a queer, dystopian setting? This book tore my heart out and then threw it back into my chest three times larger. The descriptions, the characters, the representation!! I cannot recommend this enough. If... Read more

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The Bear and the Nightingale

A Novel

Winternight Trilogy: Book #1

By: Katherine Arden
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

“These two books have a very similar feel! I will often hear that one reminded someone of the other, and both are fantastic worlds with strong female leads. Read more

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The Death of Vivek Oji

A Novel

By: Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Yetide Badaki & Chukwudi Iwuji
Length: 7 hours 38 minutes

“This is a deeply emotional book. It's the story of Vivek’s life and death. Vivek was a person who shifted identities, whose relationship to the world was at once heavy and heartbreakingly delicate. Emezi brings her mastery of characters and language to this book, and you will not want to put it down. The Death Of Vivek Oji is a work of art, it... Read more

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The Darkness Outside Us

By: Eliot Schrefer
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes

They Both Die at the End meets Gravity in this mind-bending sci-fi mystery and tender love story about two boys aboard a spaceship sent on a rescue mission, from two-time National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer. Stonewall Honor Award winner!Two boys, alone in space. Sworn enemies sent on the same rescue mission.Ambrose wakes up on the... Read more

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A River Enchanted

A Novel

Elements of Cadence: Book #1

By: Rebecca Ross
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Length: 14 hours 12 minutes

“Exquisitely written with compelling characters and romance . . . I was swept away by the enchanting and magical world Rebecca Ross crafted, and loved every moment of it.” — Sue Lynn Tan, bestselling author of Daughter of the Moon GoddessEnter the isle of Cadence in this novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divine Rivals—a... Read more

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A Taste of Gold and Iron

By: Alexandra Rowland
Narrated by: Casey Jones
Length: 18 hours 20 minutes

A place in your home. A place at your hearth.
Kadou, the shy prince of Arast, finds himself at odds with one of the most powerful ambassadors at court—the body-father of the queen’s new child—in an altercation that results in his humiliation.
To prove his loyalty to the queen, his sister, Kadou takes responsibility for the investigation of a... Read more

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Just Like Home

By: Sarah Gailey
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 10 hours 1 minute

"...it’s compulsively listenable. That’s thanks in part to Sands’ intense narration, whether she’s playing the inscrutable Vera or her wretched mother asking for yet another glass of lemonade." -Vulture

"The audiobook narrated by Xe Sands is a genuinely nail-biting listen." - Buzzfeed


"Gailey wisely unfurls this story at a delightfully... Read more

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