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Great audiobooks to gift to everyone on your list this holiday season.

American Pop

A Novel
By Snowden Wright
Narrated by Robert Petkoff /  12 hours 19 minutes

American Pop

“Snowden Wright has the Mississippi vernacular perfected. I've never read a book that so clearly captures the bizarre and beauty of my home state so clearly. The tale of the Forster family's rise and fall is a clever mix of historical facts and fiction. A book about a family dynasty, AMERICAN POP also explores the sense of entitlement and ridiculous propriety that was born and bred into white southerners.”

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$31.04 USD

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Nothing to See Here

By Kevin Wilson
Narrated by Marin Ireland /  6 hours 40 minutes

Nothing to See Here

“When a politician’s young wife hires her old school friend as a nanny for her two stepchildren, the main duty will be to keep the twins out of sight and out of trouble. That’s because the kids’ father is a senator and under serious consideration to be the next Secretary of State. But what if the children can’t control themselves? Who is the best person to take care of children who are afflicted with spontaneous combustion? Obviously, a woman with no fear of fire, nothing to lose, and nothing to gain. At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this unique novel explores family dynamics, resentment, and retribution, leaving the reader with a new perspective on motherhood and what it means to be loyal to those you love.”

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$24.14 USD

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The Body

A Guide for Occupants
By Bill Bryson
Narrated by Bill Bryson /  14 hours 4 minutes

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST 
LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD

"Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design." The Washington Post 

Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a...
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The Paragon Hotel

By Lyndsay Faye
Narrated by January LaVoy /  13 hours 21 minutes

The Paragon Hotel

“Good gracious. I just adore all things written by Lyndsay Faye. Like her glorious Gods of Gotham series,The Paragon Hotel is a clever, fast-paced read with a unique ensemble of characters. Set during the Prohibition era, the novel bounces between the mafia-ridden streets of Harlem and the racially tense community of Portland, Oregon. Steeped in historical detail, The Paragon Hotel is wickedly smart and wholly entertaining. Faye has given readers another deviously delicious story.”

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Everything Is Figureoutable

By Marie Forleo
Narrated by Marie Forleo /  7 hours 54 minutes

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"This book will change lives."
--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love


From the host of the award-winning MarieTV and The Marie Forleo Podcast, an indispensable handbook for becoming the creative force of your own life.

While most self-help books offer quick fixes, Everything is Figureoutable will retrain... Read More »

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$28.00 USD

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How To

Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
By Randall Munroe
Narrated by Wil Wheaton /  6 hours 15 minutes

The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer

For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try... Read More »

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Dreyer's English

An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
By Benjamin Dreyer
Narrated by Benjamin Dreyer & Alison Fraser /  9 hours 38 minutes

Dreyer's English

“Listening to this is so much fun. Dreyer has a droll wit—occasionally smug, in a charming way—and he turns grammar and style into an entertaining puzzle. And this stuff really does matter! It’s a great listen. I’ve been snorting with laughter having to rewind to hear what I missed!”

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For Small Creatures Such as We

Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World
By Sasha Sagan
Narrated by Sasha Sagan /  6 hours 50 minutes

"A charming book, ringing with the joy of existence." -- Richard Dawkins

"This lyrical exploration of how we can find beauty in the natural world comes from the daughter of Carl Sagan . . . A wonderful gift for your favorite reader." --Good Housekeeping

The perfect gift for a loved one or for yourself, For Small Creatures Such as We is part...
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Tools and Weapons

The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
By Brad Smith, Carol Ann Browne & Bill Gates
Narrated by Brad Smith & Carol Ann Browne /  11 hours 11 minutes

The instant New York Times bestseller.

From Microsoft's president and one of the tech industry's broadest thinkers, a frank and thoughtful reckoning with how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates.

“A colorful and insightful insiders’ view of how technology is both empowering and threatening...
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Edison

By Edmund Morris
Narrated by Arthur Morey /  25 hours 5 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris comes a revelatory new biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the most prolific genius in American history.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time Publishers Weekly Kirkus Reviews

Although Thomas Alva Edison was the most famous American of his time, and remains an... Read More »

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The Beautiful Ones

By Prince
Narrated by Esperanza Spalding, Adepero Oduye & Dan Piepenbring /  3 hours 4 minutes

The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words—featuring the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death

Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an... Read More »

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$21.00 USD

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No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

By Greta Thunberg
Narrated by Greta Thunberg & Saskia Maarleveld /  1 hour 51 minutes

The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations 

In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day in order to protest the climate crisis. Her actions sparked a global movement,... Read More »

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Ninth House

By Leigh Bardugo
Narrated by Lauren Fortgang & Michael David Axtell /  16 hours 21 minutes

Ninth House

“The charter of the Leahy house is to manage and police the secret houses of the veil on the campus of Yale University. When a murder is connected to the magical activities of the houses, Galaxy Stern, Alex, the newest member of the Ninth House must find out what happened even if it means losing her place at Yale or her life. Ninth House grips you from the beginning and Alex is a wonderfully crafted edgy protagonist with deep scars. In the pretentious ivy league world Alex tenaciously pursues evil through unexpected twists and turns. If you like mystery and magic this is for you!”

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Me

Elton John Official Autobiography
By Elton John
Narrated by Elton John & Taron Egerton /  11 hours 47 minutes

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend.

Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a... Read More »

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The Long Call

The Two Rivers Series: Book #1
By Ann Cleeves
Narrated by Ben Aldridge /  10 hours 15 minutes

The Long Call

“I absolutely loved The Long Call. In this new mystery, Ann Cleeves introduces us to Inspector Matthew Venn, who embodies his diagram namesake as a character caught between his past and his future. A murder on a beach in Venn’s hometown on the English coast leads to a kidnapping, and as the pacing picks up, the suspects get ever closer to Venn’s personal life. An expertly plotted mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.”

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The Sun Is a Compass

A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds
By Caroline Van Hemert
Narrated by Xe Sands /  9 hours 1 minute

For fans of Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure.

During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in... Read More »

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We Are Indivisible

A Blueprint for Democracy After Trump
By Ezra Levin & Leah Greenberg
Narrated by Jayme Mattler & Jacques Roy /  8 hours 38 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“The breakout star of the new activists.” —The Economist

“If Democrats are able to retake the House in 2018, it will be a victory built from Greenberg and Levin’s blueprint.” —Politico

“One of the biggest successes so far this year...Indivisible has played a leading role in turning out voters at congressional town halls to... Read More »

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The Book of Gutsy Women

Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience
By Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton
Narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton /  14 hours 33 minutes

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them—women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.

She couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old. “Go ahead, ask your question,” her father urged, nudging her forward. She smiled... Read More »

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Running with Sherman

The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero
By Christopher McDougall
Narrated by Christopher McDougall /  12 hours 12 minutes

Running with Sherman

“You will fall in love with this determined donkey and cheer for Sherman all along the way.”

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Hollow Kingdom

By Kira Jane Buxton
Narrated by Robert Petkoff /  10 hours 10 minutes

Hollow Kingdom

“This is the zombie apocalypse like you’ve never seen it before! Things go sideways when S.T. the crow’s human, Big Jim, loses an eyeball. Jim’s worsening condition propels S.T. to leave the safety of domestic life, along with the simple, slobbering bloodhound, Dennis. Together they roam the ruins of Seattle, searching for purpose in this new, Cheeto-less world. While Hollow Kingdom mostly follows the foul-mouthed, human-loving crow, Buxton also takes the occasional detour to see how other animals are coping around the world. Not only is our corvid companion a profane delight, she also manages to effortlessly capture the aloof arrogance of a cat, the wise cadence of an elephant, and even the eternal serenity of trees. Hilarious and at times surprisingly poignant, Hollow Kingdom is a must-read for anyone with a sense of humor as black as a crow’s wing.”

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