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Staff Favorites: Fiction

Some of our favorite books made this list--but only if the narrators were great, too! These novels are sure to make your time fly.

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Emma—The 200th Anniversary Audio Edition

By Jane Austen
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Length: 16 hours 44 minutes

Following the runaway success of her stunning rendition of Pride and Prejudice, award-winning narrator Alison Larkin returns—breathing new life into Jane Austen’s Emma. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the book, Larkin —a witty and always original voice— is the perfect vessel to bring this great classic to a new audience in a FUN and... Read more »

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The Sleeper and the Spindle

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, Michael Maloney, Sean Baker, Jane Collingwood, Clare Corbett, Allan Corduner & Katherine Kingsley
Length: 1 hours 6 minutes

The Sleeper and the Spindle

“This retelling is dark and twisty-- we don't get what we expect. The sleeper, the hero, and the adventure is all familiar and NEW at the same time. I first read this story in Rags & Bones: New Twists On Old Tales, a compilation of retellings. I really had liked Neil Gaiman's take on Sleeping Beauty and his inclusion of Snow White. Then it was published solo in this great graphic edition! This book is gorgeous, the illustrations are as enchanting, as tangled, as thorny, as haunting, and as eerie as the writing. I listened to the audio of this stunning book and was impressed again. This isn't a bedtime picture book-- this creepy creation is for older readers and the very brave!”

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The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak
Narrated by: Allan Corduner
Length: 13 hours 55 minutes

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

When Death has a...
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Gravity's Rainbow

Penguin Audio Classics

By Thomas Pynchon
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 37 hours 18 minutes

Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.

For more... Read more »

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Pride and Prejudice—The 200th Anniversary Audio Edition

By Jane Austen
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Length: 13 hours 17 minutes

Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, is brought to sparkling life in this new unabridged recording by AudioFile earphones award winning narrator Alison Larkin. A witty and always original voice, Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring Jane Austen’s classically satirical second novel to a new American audience. This fresh... Read more »

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Good Omens

By Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 12 hours 32 minutes

Winner of the Audiophile Magazine Earphones Award.

The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, soon to be an original series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.

"Good Omens . . . is something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had... Read more »

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By Lorrie Moore
Narrated by: Lorrie Moore
Length: 5 hours 20 minutes

“Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work ofvery few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive inour time as that of Lorrie Moore” (Harper’s).

A literary event—a new collection of stories by one ofAmerica’s most beloved and admired short story writers, her first collection infifteen years.

In these eight... Read more »

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The Teahouse Fire

By Ellis Avery
Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
Length: 17 hours 37 minutes

The fates of two women—one American, one Japanese—become entwined in this sweeping novel of nineteenth century Japan on the cusp of radical change and westernization. The Japanese tea ceremony, steeped in ritual, is at the heart of this story of an American girl, adopted by Kyoto's most important tea master and raised as attendant and surrogate... Read more »

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My Year of Meats

By Ruth Ozeki
Narrated by: Anna Fields
Length: 11 hours 14 minutes

A modern-day take on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

With reality, humor, and a message about corporate greed, veteran filmmaker Ruth Ozeki weaves together the story of two women a world apart. Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program... Read more »

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A Tale for the Time Being

By Ruth Ozeki
Narrated by: Ruth Ozeki
Length: 14 hours 43 minutes

A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki

“A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before... Read more »

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Year of Wonders

A Novel of the Plague

By Geraldine Brooks
Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
Length: 10 hours 5 minutes

“Plague stories remind us that we cannot manage without community . . . Year of Wonders is a testament to that very notion.” – The Washington Post

An unforgettable tale, set in 17th century England, of a village that quarantines itself to arrest the spread of the plague, from the author The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize 

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A Novel

By Mary Doria Russell
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 16 hours 37 minutes

The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp.... Read more »

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An Irish Country Doctor

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By Patrick Taylor
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

An Irish Country Doctor from bestselling author Patick Taylor is a charming and engrossing tale that will captivate readers from the very first page—and leave them yearning to visit the Irish countryside of days gone by.

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment... Read more »

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