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A Long Petal of the Sea

A Novel

By: Isabel Allende
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 9 hours 46 minutes

“Isabel Allende’s latest novel couldn’t come at a better time for American readers heading into an election season. With immigration and desperate people seeking asylum as its central narrative thread, the novel reminds us of the uncanny resiliency of the human spirit and the power of love — both of others and of country — to restore and heal.... Read more

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Our Wives Under the Sea

By: Julia Armfield
Narrated by: Annabel Baldwin & Robyn Holdaway
Length: 6 hours 6 minutes

Leah is changed. Months earlier, she left for a routine expedition, only this time her submarine sank to the sea floor. When she finally surfaces and returns home, her wife Miri knows that something is wrong. Barely eating and lost in her thoughts, Leah rotates between rooms in their apartment, running the taps morning and night. As Miri... Read more

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Fairy Tale

By: Stephen King
Narrated by: Seth Numrich & Stephen King
Length: 24 hours 4 minutes

“I've been very much enjoying my first foray into audiobooks: Stephen King's Fairy Tale. I listen to Seth Numrich's narration every time I'm in my car. I'm not the first to say that King is a master storyteller. As a writer myself, I've long been intrigued by his ability to flesh out characters well enough so that I can actually visualize them... Read more

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The Nineties

A Book

By: Chuck Klosterman
Narrated by: Chuck Klosterman & Dion Graham
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes

“Born in the mid-nineties but truly a child of the 2000’s, I have always romanticized the nineties. Klosterman uniquely provides a broad but also individual look at my favorite decade. Only having fleeting knowledge of various aspects of the decade- Y2K, OJ Simpson, landlines, watching Friends live- I loved Klosterman’s take and insights on the... Read more

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What Moves the Dead

Sworn Soldier: Book #1

By: T. Kingfisher
Narrated by: Avi Roque
Length: 5 hours 25 minutes

“A wonderfully creepy, atmospheric horror that seeps into your bones for the short 5 hours. Filled with gruesome and unsettling fungal descriptions, Kingfisher masterfully creates a setting that you can't take your mental eye off of, yet makes you desperately want to take a shower. Also a surprisingly refreshing take on gender (the main... Read more

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Me (Moth)

(National Book Award Finalist)

By: Amber McBride
Narrated by: Amber McBride
Length: 3 hours 24 minutes

"This magical audiobook echoes the desire to truly understand yourself and be seen as you are, and the twist ending will leave listeners stunned." -AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the author.


A debut YA novel-in-verse by Amber McBride, Me (Moth) is about a teen girl who is grieving the deaths of her family, and a teen boy who crosses... Read more

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Victory City

A Novel

By: Salman Rushdie
Narrated by: Sid Sagar
Length: 11 hours 48 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The epic tale of a woman who breathes a fantastical empire into existence, only to be consumed by it over the centuries—from the transcendent imagination of Booker Prize–winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year • Victory City is... Read more

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Family of Liars

The Prequel to We Were Liars

By: E. Lockhart
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Length: 8 hours 50 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The addictive prequel to the TikTok phenomenon We Were Liars: the story of another summer, another generation—and the secrets that will haunt them for decades to come.
 
"I anticipated that at some point a shocking twist would come. And, wow, does it ever." —The New York Times
 
"A perfect beach read." —The Boston... Read more

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Heart to Heart

A Conversation on Love and Hope for Our Precious Planet

By: Dalai Lama & Patrick McDonnell
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 17 minutes

From His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mutt’s cartoonist and award-winning author Patrick McDonnell comes a powerful and timely gem of a book on how to heal our relationship with the planet and each other.At the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, India, an unusual visitor has arrived. His Holiness interrupts his morning meditation to greet a... Read more

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The Half Moon

A Novel

By: Mary Beth Keane
Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz & Rebecca Lowman
Length: 10 hours 23 minutes

“Long time couple Jess and Malcolm’s marriage is imploding against the backdrop of Malcolm’s failing bar, The Half Moon, and Jess’s struggle with infertility. Can they come back together and give their marriage another chance or do they walk away? Keane weaves their story with a mixture of secrets, humor, and a strong sense of the Irish community... Read more

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Red, White & Royal Blue

A Novel

By: Casey McQuiston
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

“This book was such a comfort read - it felt like a warm hug and a chocolate chip cookie wrapped up into one story! I loved the characters, and I actually laughed out loud at certain points. It follows the life of Alex Claremont-Diaz, the charismatic and handsome son of the United States’ president, Ellen Claremont. Alex is just enjoying himself... Read more

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Desert Creatures

By: Kay Chronister
Narrated by: Gail Shalan, Thom Rivera & Samara Naeymi
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes

Nine-year-old Magdala and her father have been exiled from their home; they flee through the harsh landscape of the American West, searching for refuge. As violence pursues them, they join a handful of survivors on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Las Vegas, where it is said that vigilante saints reside, bright with neon power. Magdala, born... Read more

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Games and Rituals

Stories

By: Katherine Heiny
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Kimberly M. Wetherell, Kate Rudd & Jeremy Carlisle Parker
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes

AN OPRAH DAILY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • The beloved author of Early Morning Riser brings us glittering stories of love—friendships formed at the airport bar, ex-husbands with benefits, mothers of suspiciously sweet teenagers, ill-advised trysts—in all its forms, both ridiculous and sublime.

"Parts of my heart are still scattered throughout these... Read more

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A Country You Can Leave

A Novel

By: Asale Angel-Ajani
Narrated by: Amanda Cordner
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes

“Engrossing and original! Angel-Ajani, herself agrees that it's hard to answer the question, "What is this book about?" It's so many things, and it works! The prose is breathtaking, and the characters are complicated. Lara is the biracial daughter of an absentee Afro-Cuban father and a Russian mother. Lara is easy to love. Her single mom, Yvengia... Read more

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A Woman's Story

By: Annie Ernaux & Tanya Leslie
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 1 hour 54 minutes

Upon her mother’s death from Alzheimer’s, Annie Ernaux embarks on a daunting journey back through time, as she seeks to “capture the real woman, the one who existed independently from me, born on the outskirts of a small Normandy town, and who died in the geriatric ward of a hospital in the suburbs of Paris.” She explores the bond between mother... Read more

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Camp Zero

A Novel

By: Michelle Min Sterling
Narrated by: Graham Halstead, Greta Jung & Emily Tremaine
Length: 11 hours 7 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A Today Show #ReadwithJenna Book Club Pick

Libby Book Award Winner for Best Diverse Author

In a near-future northern settlement, the fates of a young woman, a professor, and a mysterious collective of researchers collide in this mesmerizing and transportive debut that “delivers its big ideas with suspense,... Read more

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The Kingdom of God Is Within You

By: Leo Tolstoy
Narrated by: Malk Williams
Length: 14 hours 12 minutes

Banned in Russia, Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God Is Within You was deemed a threat to church and state. The culmination of a lifetime's thought, it espouses a commitment to Jesus's message of turning the other cheek. In a bold and original treatise, Tolstoy shows his readers clearly why they must reject violence of any sort—even that sanctioned by... Read more

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I Have Some Questions for You

A Novel

By: Rebecca Makkai
Narrated by: Julia Whelan & JD Jackson
Length: 14 hours 3 minutes

“Fresh, current and performed brilliantly by Julia Whelan and JD Jackson! I loved the way the story unfolded, the voice of the unassuming protagonist, and the way she used the "The one where...." and listed a few similar sad, remarkable events to show how repetitively these things happen. Don't sleep on this one! Read more

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Blood Debts

By: Terry J. Benton-Walker
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Torian Brackett & Zeno Robinson
Length: 14 hours 30 minutes

Blood Debts is driven by a richly crafted slow burn mystery steeped in magic and secrets held so tightly their imprint can never be removed completely. Twins Christina and Clement can testify to that. The grand children of the disgraced queen of the Gen Magic Council, Chris and Clem are each struggling with their own demons. After their father’s... Read more

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Vampires of El Norte

By: Isabel Cañas
Narrated by: Jose Nateras & Krysta Gonzales
Length: 12 hours 1 minute

“A love story first, vampire story second, we follow two young lovers as they find each other again after a monstrous attack. Amidst the carnage - and vampires - of war in 1840s Mexico, this book has atmosphere to spare. Light on scares, it's a good place to dip your toes into spookier waters. Read more

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