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Caste (Oprah's Book Club)

The Origins of Our Discontents
By Isabel Wilkerson
Narrated by Robin Miles /  14 hours 25 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste... Read more »

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The Lying Life of Adults

By Elena Ferrante & Ann Goldstein
Narrated by Marisa Tomei /  10 hours 21 minutes

The Lying Life of Adults

“Ferrante’s latest novel gives an insightful and intriguing look at the life of a budding Italian teenage girl, both internally and externally. I found Ferrante’s ability to delve into Giovanna’s psyche fascinating, especially since I’ve never parented a girl and don’t always feel like I understand them. Her sensitivity to the myriad of issues and the fragility of Giovanna’s relationships make for a marvelous read. Ferrante is a gifted writer, and this latest offering does not disappoint. I loved this story! Fabulous read!”

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Intimations

Six Essays
By Zadie Smith
Narrated by Zadie Smith /  1 hour 50 minutes

Intimations

“Zadie Smith’s slim but concentrated Intimations is just what I needed during a pandemic. Our current collective American reality is validated in her intelligent voice, and it’s comforting. She talks about the power writers have to create their own worlds. She talks about suffering—how it defies class and privilege—and how she experiences her own privilege. She talks about “the virus,” and about the virus of racism—how we’re willing to make societal changes to mitigate the spread of one, but not the other. And at the end, a love letter/gratitude list. Listen to the audiobook if you want to hear Zadie Smith sing (literally!).”

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All the Devils Are Here

A Novel
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #16
By Louise Penny
Narrated by Robert Bathurst /  13 hours 58 minutes

*INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*

"Robert Bathurst is just about perfect delivering the 16th Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel...Listen to all the Gamache audiobooks for maximum satisfaction." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

In All the Devils Are Here, the 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector...
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Brother Robert

Growing Up with Robert Johnson
By Annye C. Anderson, Preston Lauterbach & Elijah Wald
Narrated by Janina Edwards /  4 hours 30 minutes

An intimate memoir by blues legend Robert Johnson's stepsister, including new details about his family, music, influences, tragic death, and musical afterlife

Though Robert Johnson was only twenty-seven years young and relatively unknown at the time of his tragic death in 1938, his enduring recordings have solidified his status as a progenitor... Read more »

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One by One

By Ruth Ware
Narrated by Imogen Church /  13 hours 7 minutes

One by One

“Even when the world gets back to normal, you'll never trust your coworkers again. Snoop, a hot tech company that gives music fans the ability to follow along with what others are listening to in real time, is built around the pleasures of voyeurism. But what if the person you think you know has a hidden past? When an avalanche hits and confines these coworkers to a fancy chalet, they'll be picked off one by one as the killer fights to keep their secrets hidden from peering eyes.”

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Women in the Kitchen

Twelve Essential Cookbook Writers Who Defined the Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today
By Anne Willan
Narrated by Imogen Church /  5 hours 29 minutes

Culinary historian Anne Willan traces the origins of American cooking through profiles of twelve essential women cookbook writers—from Hannah Woolley in the mid-1600s to Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, and Alice Waters—highlighting their key historical contributions and most representative recipes.

Anne Willan, multi-award-winning culinary historian,... Read more »

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Harrow the Ninth

Locked Tomb: Book #2
By Tamsyn Muir
Narrated by Moira Quirk /  19 hours 50 minutes

Harrow the Ninth, the sequel to the sensational, USA Today bestselling novel Gideon the Ninth, turns a galaxy inside out as one necromancer struggles to survive the wreckage of herself aboard the Emperors haunted space station. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, last necromancer of the Ninth House, has been drafted by her Emperor to fight an unwinnable... Read more »

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Vesper Flights

By Helen Macdonald
Narrated by Helen Macdonald /  10 hours 21 minutes

Vesper Flights

“I wish I could give Vesper Flights twelve stars out of five. In this beautiful, loving, poignant portrait of a nature lover’s world — gosh, what an understatement — Helen MacDonald continues to prove herself a nature-writing powerhouse. Her literary skills make her a modern legend, and Vesper Flights is sure to touch as many hearts, if not more, than H Is for Hawk did.”

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Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman
Narrated by Marin Ireland /  9 hours 53 minutes

Anxious People

“This book made me feel all the feels! It was sad, it was funny, it was hopeful, it was everything. The character development is incredible at revealing what’s inside each of the characters, and the way their stories link and interconnect is genius. It’s a story about sadness and hope and human connections. I couldn’t put it down and barreled to the end, but now I am sad it’s over. Anxious People is truly the best thing I’ve read in a long time!”

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Shakespeare for Squirrels

A Novel
By Christopher Moore
Narrated by Euan Morton /  8 hours 48 minutes

Shakespeare for Squirrels

“This is a crazy funny new take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that will have you laughing out loud and getting goofy looks from the other people in the coffee shop. Christopher Moore is always entertaining, and this book is no exception — you will enjoy it from the first sentence to the very last. And, yes, there are squirrels in the story!”

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Memorial Drive

A Daughter's Memoir
By Natasha Trethewey
Narrated by Natasha Trethewey /  5 hours 9 minutes

Memorial Drive

“This is one of those "I'm changed forever" books and having the author, poet Natasha Trethewey read it makes it reverberate in the soul even more. The writing of this memoir is exquisite and the construction of the prose is perfect. The heartbreak and honesty of the author will stay with me. I can't wait to hear back from those I've recommended it to, they're in for a special experience.”

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The Son of Good Fortune

A Novel
By Lysley Tenorio
Narrated by Reuben Uy /  8 hours 29 minutes

A Recommended Book From:
Refinery 29 * The Minneapolis Star-Tribune * Publishers Weekly * Baltimore Outloud * Omnivoracious

From award-winning author Lysley Tenorio, comes a big hearted debut novel following an undocumented Filipino son as he navigates his relationship with his mother, an uncertain future, and the place he calls home

Excel spends... Read more »

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True Love

A Novel
By Sarah Gerard
Narrated by Sophie Amoss /  6 hours 19 minutes

An Entertainment Weekly 30 Hottest Books of the Summer Selection • A Refinery29 25 Books You’ll Want To Read This Summer Selection

One of today’s most provocative literary writers—the author of the critically-acclaimed Sunshine State and the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award finalist Binary Star—captures the confused state of modern romance... Read more »

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Empire of Wild

A Novel
By Cherie Dimaline
Narrated by Michelle St. John /  8 hours 16 minutes

Empire of Wild

“Cherie Dimaline’s latest novel packs a wallop of a story. Absolutely stunning in every way, this latest offering follows the story of Joan, whose husband has disappeared, and her courage when confronted with truths and lies. She and her husband, Victor, live in a Métis community, close and tight knit. As Joan deals with the fallout of her emotions after Victor disappears, she comes across another man, Eugene Wolff, who bears her husband’s face. He does not carry Victor’s memories and insists he has no idea who Joan’s husband is. Turning over rocks to find the truth, Joan reaches out to whomever she can in her community for help. What waits for her at the end of her quest is incredible. This novel will have you at the edge of your seat!”

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Spend $15 or more at your local bookstore (in-store or online) from 11/25-11/30, and you’ll get to choose one of these bestselling audiobooks as a thank-you gift from us.

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Malorie

A Bird Box Novel
By Josh Malerman
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell /  8 hours 44 minutes

In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life.
 
“This sequel is as tense and harrowing as the original, with a new depth that raises the stakes.”—Riley Sager,... Read more »

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Life Is in the Transitions

Mastering Change at Any Age
By Bruce Feiler
Narrated by Bruce Feiler /  10 hours 40 minutes

A New York Times bestseller! 

A pioneering and timely study of how to navigate life's biggest transitions with meaning, purpose, and skill


Bruce Feiler, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Secrets of Happy Families and Council of Dads, has long explored the stories that give our lives meaning. Galvanized by a personal crisis, he spent the... Read more »

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The Trouble with Hating You

By Sajni Patel
Narrated by Soneela Nankani /  10 hours 45 minutes

Strong-willed and proudly single, an engineer walks out when her parents set her up with a lawyer -- but when work brings them together again, she just might give love a second chance.
Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents' latest dinner party is a... Read more »

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The Pull of the Stars

A Novel
By Emma Donoghue
Narrated by Emma Lowe /  9 hours 6 minutes

The Pull of the Stars

“Listening to this novel about the 1918 influenza pandemic during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic was a bit of a surreal experience yet so powerful and insightful. Donoghue condenses these characters' lifetimes into just three days, and I found myself thinking about and missing them long after I had finished the book. Bonus: The actor reading it has such a lovely Irish accent.”

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A Politics of Love

A Handbook for a New American Revolution
By Marianne Williamson
Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie /  5 hours 31 minutes

In this stirring call to arms, the activist, spiritual leader, and New York Times bestselling author of the classic Return to Love confronts the cancerous politics of fear and divisiveness threatening the United States today, urging all spiritually aware Americans to return to—and act out of—our deepest value: love.

America’s story is one of... Read more »

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