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The Paying Guests

By Sarah Waters
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 21 hours 28 minutes

The New York Times bestselling novel that has been called “a tour de force” (Wall Street Journal), “unputdownable” (The Washington Post), “a delicious hothouse of a novel” (USA Today), “effortless” (The Economist), “seductive” (Vanity Fair) and “pitch perfect” (Salon)
 
“Superb, bewitching…Forget about Fifty Shades of Grey; this novel is one of... Read more »

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The Echo Wife

By Sarah Gailey
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 8 hours 25 minutes

The Echo Wife

“A page turner! Great slow burning science fiction thriller. Good fit for anyone trying out either genre for the first time. Very intense read with some jaw-dropping twists. Lots of fun. Xe Sands has the perfect throaty voice. She sounds like a work-obsessed, self-doubting, egotistical, traumatized, scientist!”

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The Dragon Reborn

Book Three of 'The Wheel of Time'
Wheel of Time: Book #3

By Robert Jordan
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Length: 24 hours 47 minutes

Soon to be an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

In The Dragon Reborn, the third novel in Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, Rand al’Thor undertakes a journey to prove himself worthy of being the Champion of Light.


Winter has stopped the war—almost—yet men are dying, calling out...

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JFK

Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

By Fredrik Logevall
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
Length: 29 hours 27 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian takes us as close as we have ever been to the real John F. Kennedy in this revelatory biography of the iconic, yet still elusive, thirty-fifth president.

“An utterly incandescent study of one of the most consequential figures of the twentieth century.”—Jill Lepore, author of... Read more »

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The Soulmate Equation

By Christina Lauren
Narrated by: Patti Murin
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

The Soulmate Equation

“I finished this in one sitting and my neck is killing me. I loved this new story from Christina Lauren, from the third-person point-of-view to the mix of science and romance! It was perfect, from every last side character to the sexual tension between the mains.”

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Milk Fed

A Novel

By Melissa Broder
Narrated by: Melissa Broder
Length: 6 hours 48 minutes

Milk Fed

“This has it all: an eating disorder, mommy issues, frozen yogurt, sex, the spirit of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, and lots more. The detail Broder brings to this story of appetite (that of spirituality, sensuality, and food) is magnificent. You feel like you're under the neon lights of the kosher Chinese Polynesian American restaurant in the middle of LA, rooting for Rachel as she starts feeding herself in more ways than one. Let me assure you that it's not for everyone, with a big trigger warning and explicit sex scenes, but it could be for you. And, as the narrator, Broder brings Rachel's voice to life in her breezy, LA cool-girl tone that slides over her captivating prose.”

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A Pho Love Story

By Loan Le
Narrated by: Ryan Do & Vyvy Nguyen
Length: 9 hours 52 minutes

“Will leave readers swooning.” —PopSugar

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d... Read more »

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Dark Horses

A Novel

By Susan Mihalic
Narrated by: Alex Allwine
Length: 10 hours 26 minutes

“[A] heart-pounding, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it debut novel.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Roan Montgomery’s sweeping and raw story of courage, resilience, and clear-eyed grace will never leave me.” —Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A darkly gripping debut novel about a teenage girl’s fierce struggle to reclaim her life from her... Read more »

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All Girls

A Novel

By Emily Layden
Narrated by: Ali Ahn, Caitlin Davies, Carlotta Brentan, Cheryl Smith, Chloe Cannon, Dylan Moore, Emily Shaffer, Imani Jade Powers, Jesse Vilinsky, Kristen DiMercurio & Natalie Naudus
Length: 11 hours 40 minutes

"A striking debut." ––Good Housekeeping
"Sharp, engrossing."––Town & Country
"For fans of Gossip Girl and readers of Curtis Sittenfeld and Emma Straub."
––Booklist
"Incisive, astute." ––Publishers Weekly
"An exciting, innovative debut from a fresh new voice." ––Taylor Jenkins Reid

A keenly perceptive coming of age novel for fans of Sally Rooney,...

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Too Good to Be True

A Novel

By Carola Lovering
Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Andi Arndt & Stephen Dexter
Length: 12 hours 19 minutes

ONE LOVE STORY. TWO MARRIAGES. THREE VERSIONS OF THE TRUTH.

Too Good to Be True is an obsessive, addictive love story for fans of Lisa Jewell and The Wife Upstairs, from Carola Lovering, the beloved author of Tell Me Lies.


Skye Starling is overjoyed when her boyfriend, Burke Michaels, proposes after a whirlwind courtship. Though Skye seems to...

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The Plot

A Novel

By Jean Hanff Korelitz
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

The Plot

“A novel within a novel, a plot within a plot, a very realistic and informative look at authors, how they write, how they think, and how they try to be faithful to what they believe: that a good story must be told, even if it is not really yours to tell. Jake Finch Bonner genuinely believes that a story idea can not be stolen–after all there are only so many plots and they have been told repeatedly by many authors. It is how you tell the story, the words you use and the feelings you bring forth that make it the authors. However, when Jake, after years of struggling to get another book published writes a huge bestseller there is someone out in the world who does not think an author has the right to write anyone else’s story. What starts out as a slow but methodical look at Jake’s approach to being an author, his dreams, his aspirations and his beliefs, turns into a fast-paced story about what a person will do to keep their secrets and to punish someone who they think stole a story that he had no right to write.”

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As Far As You'll Take Me

By Phil Stamper
Narrated by: Michael Crouch & Phil Stamper
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

"A beautiful tribute to every queer kid who's ever had to leave their home in order to find one." - Leah Johnson, bestselling author of You Should See Me in a Crown

The author of The Gravity of Us crafts another heartfelt coming-of-age story about finding the people who become your home--perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli.


Marty arrives in... Read more »

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One Two Three

A Novel

By Laurie Frankel
Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Jesse Vilinsky & Rebecca Soler
Length: 14 hours 58 minutes

One Two Three

“With notes of Erin Brockovich and Flint Michigan, this rich evocative tale of triplets strikes the perfect balance between family, purpose, cause, passion, and justice. A small, poor, urban town is exploited by a rich and powerful chemical company that leaves cancer, disorder, and death in its wake. Some want justice, some want to be left alone. Most just want a FUTURE. This is a superb book. SUBLIME writing! I adored the three distinct narrative voices of "One", "Two", and "Three." I whole-heartedly recommend.”

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Stamped (For Kids)

Racism, Antiracism, and You

By Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds
Narrated by: Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson
Length: 2 hours 22 minutes

This chapter book edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller by luminaries Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds is an essential introduction to the history of racism and antiracism in America
 
RACE. Uh-oh. The R-word. 
But actually talking about race is one of the most important things to learn how to do.

Adapted from the groundbreaking... Read more »

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The Exiles

A Novel

By Christina Baker Kline
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

The Exiles

“"The Exiles" is a powerful and gorgeously written portrait of colonial Australia during the Transportation. From Evangeline, a pregnant convict determined to make a better life for herself after incarceration, to Mathinna, a Palawa Aborigine forcibly adopted from her home and community in Flinders, and still to so many others, Kline creates a page-turning story about how disempowered women survive the fates bestowed onto them, and effect change both in their lives and those of others. I read between print and audiobook, and must mention that Caroline Lee's mastery of a variety of accents from the British diaspora made the characters all the more distinct and real. She brought Kline's words, already compelling, to life.”

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American Brujeria

Modern Mexican-American Folk Magic

By J. Allen Cross
Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

American Brujeria is about the fascinating blend of American and Mexican folk magic currently used by those living in the US but whose roots are steeped in Mexican culture. This type of Mexican-American folk magic, which the author calls “American brujeria,” features its own unique saints and spirits as well as familiar ones, such as the... Read more »

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Laundry Love

Finding Joy in a Common Chore

By Patric Richardson & Karin B. Miller
Narrated by: Patric Richardson
Length: 5 hours 2 minutes

This program is read by the author, and includes audio-exclusive bonus tips.

Patric Richardson, aka the "Laundry Evangelist,” reveals his revolutionary methods for cleaning clothes—and making laundry loads more fun.

Doing laundry is rarely anyone’s favorite task. But to Patric Richardson, laundry isn't just fun—it's a way of life. After years of...

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The Anthropocene Reviewed

Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

By John Green
Narrated by: John Green
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

If you enjoyed Why Fish Don't Exist, then you’ll love The Anthropocene Reviewed.

“A lovely lovely listen read by the author. This is the perfect book to take on a long walk or drive that will make you look at the world in a fresh way. Drawing on personal anecdotes, history, literature and science, Green embraces both small and big ideas and makes you grateful for things you might have once overlooked. 5/5 stars for this audiobook!”

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Wild Women and the Blues

By Denny S. Bryce
Narrated by: Tracey Conyer Lee & Ronald Peet
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes

“Why would I talk to you about my life? I don't know you, and even if I did, I don't tell my story to just any boy with long hair, who probably smokes weed. You wanna hear about me. You gotta tell me something about you. To make this worth my while.” 1925: Chicago is the jazz capital of the world, and the Dreamland Café is the ritziest... Read more »

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Finding Freedom

A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch

By Erin French
Narrated by: Erin French
Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

If you enjoyed Know My Name, then you’ll love Finding Freedom.

“Erin French's memoir is so impressive, highly engrossing, and also so tough to read. She brings us through her life, all the highest peaks and deepest valleys and emphasizes the tremendous effort she has made to come back from each low point. I often listened to French's narration with bated breath, shocked at how much she has overcome in such a relatively short period of time. French's personal story also made me think about our country as a whole and how bad it is at mental health and believing women. It just deeply affronted me that a story like French's is even possible in the 21st century; we have so far to go. Though moments of this book are tough, French's resilience is truly inspiring. You can't help cry for her when things go wrong and root for her when she fights her way back. This memoir, like many that are narrated by their own authors, is in its best form with the audiobook edition. French's voice is raw and truthful and makes you feel this story down to your bones. I highly recommend this to everyone. A story of resilience, Finding Freedom leaves you with much needed hope and light despite it's occasional darkness and an underdog to root for through it all.”

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