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The Book of Goose

A Novel

By: Yiyun Li
Narrated by: Caroline Hewitt
Length: 9 hours 1 minute

The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li is a beautifully told tale of friendship, obsession, power and creativity. Childhood friends Agnes and Fabienne entertain themselves by spinning tales about the strange characters and situations in their post-war French province. As in many intense friendships, one is the leader and one the follower but with a... Read more

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Shrines of Gaiety

A Novel

By: Kate Atkinson
Narrated by: Jason Watkins
Length: 15 hours 58 minutes

“Excellent historical fiction! 1920s post war London. Nelly Coker is such a likable law breaking queen, owner of the best night clubs! Many other equally as likable characters include her adult children, a runaway, Frida from York, and Gwendoline Kelling former WWI nurse, and cops both good and corrupt! So far my favorite read of 2022! Read more

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White Horse

A Novel

By: Erika T. Wurth
Narrated by: Tonantzin Carmelo
Length: 9 hours 34 minutes

“If I had read White Horse on the page, Kari would have sounded exactly in my head the way Tonantzin Carmelo sounds in the audiobook. The main character of White Horse is fierce, sure of herself, and amazingly loving despite everything she’s gone through, and Carmelo captures her subtle intensity with expertise. In fact, White Horse is subtly... Read more

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Stay True

A Memoir (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By: Hua Hsu
Narrated by: Hua Hsu
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

Stay True by Hua Hsu is a memoir set largely in/at Berkeley in the 1990s. A quietly profound look at the momentousness of the decisions you make as an emerging adult - about friendship, romance, art, music, activism, and family. Read more

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How Far the Light Reaches

A Life in Ten Sea Creatures

By: Sabrina Imbler
Narrated by: Sabrina Imbler
Length: 5 hours 40 minutes

“How Far the Light Reaches by Sabrina Imbler is badass. I never thought I'd walk away from a collection of essays about weird sea creatures with a more crystal-clear understanding of my own gender identity than I have had in years—but curious readers live to be surprised! In winding personal essay with science writing, Imbler gifts the reader... Read more

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Vagabonds!

A Novel

By: Eloghosa Osunde
Narrated by: Arit Okpo, Atta Otigba, Eloghosa Osunde, Ifeyinwa Unachukwu, Obongjayar & Sheila Chukwulozie
Length: 11 hours 43 minutes

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORKER

LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE AND THE VCU CABELL FIRST NOVELIST AWARD

“If you read one debut novel in 2022, this should be it.” Los Angeles Times

In the bustling streets and cloistered homes of Lagos, a cast of vivid characters—some haunted, some defiant—navigate danger,...
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The Bandit Queens

A Novel

By: Parini Shroff
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 13 hours 14 minutes

The Bandit Queens uses humor and a raucous, adventurous tale to approach the very real and very serious issues of violence against women and lower caste persons in India. The unlikely hero, Geeta, has been deserted by her violent husband and her small village assumes she has murdered him. That allows Geeta a certain amount of freedom – until... Read more

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What Happened to Rachel Riley?

By: Claire Swinarski
Narrated by: Ferdelle Capistrano, Alexandra Hunter, Karla Serrato, Gail Shalan, Reena Dutt, Caitlin Davies, Andrew Eiden & Kirby Heyborne
Length: 5 hours 49 minutes

ALA Notable Children's Book Regional Indie Bestseller Edgar Award Nominee Cybils Award Nominee YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults New York Public Library Best Book of the Year Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Amazon Best Book of the Year SLJ Best Book of the Year Texas Lone Star Reading List BookPage Best Book of the Year In this... Read more

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I'm Glad My Mom Died

By: Jennette McCurdy
Narrated by: Jennette McCurdy
Length: 6 hours 25 minutes

“Wonderful read that draws you in with its intensity. While a lot of the content is heavy, there's an unflinching honesty about this memoir that is resounding and deeply touching. Not for the faint of heart (TW: eating disorders, child abuse, religious trauma) Read more

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Little Weirds

By: Jenny Slate
Narrated by: Jenny Slate
Length: 4 hours 19 minutes

“Little lovely weirds from the big, lovely, weirdness of Jenny Slate's brain. I am recommending that you get both a physical copy to beautify your shelves and the audiobook so that Slate can croon her little weirds into your ears and that way your hands are free for snacking or petting the dog or arranging acorns on your mantle. You will laugh... Read more

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The Power of Ritual

Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices

By: Casper ter Kuile
Narrated by: Casper ter Kuile
Length: 5 hours 54 minutes

Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices—yoga, reading, walking the dog—into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose—a message we need more... Read more

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The Night Circus

A Novel

By: Erin Morgenstern
Narrated by: Jim Dale
Length: 13 hours 38 minutes

“A modern classic and the book that dragged me back into the magical realism genre. I've listened to this book multiple times and still enjoy it on the umpteenth time around. Morgenstern captures that same wonder that you remember from whimsical children's fantasy, but matures it into a complex and emotional tale. Read more

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The Royal Wulff Murders

Sean Stranahan Mysteries: Book #1

By: Keith McCafferty
Narrated by: Rick Holmes
Length: 10 hours 26 minutes

An award-winning editor for Field Stream magazine, Keith McCafferty presents his debut novel, The Royal Wulff Murders. A local fisherman lands more than he bargained for when he pulls a dead body out of Montana's Madison River. Sheriff Martha Ettinger takes on the case and soon comes into the company of reclusive artist, Montana newcomer, and... Read more

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Why Fish Don't Exist

A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

By: Lulu Miller
Narrated by: Lulu Miller
Length: 4 hours 55 minutes

“Half memoir, half biography, Lulu Miller's examination of David Starr Jordan and the lies we tell ourselves to keep going is phenomenal. Nuanced and unputdownable. (And especially great on audio!) Read more

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Hot Stew

By: Fiona Mozley
Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

“A young millionaire wants to turn an old Soho brothel into luxury condos, but the tenants aren’t going to leave without a fight. A riveting tale about wealth, class, gentrification, power, and gender, this story shows readers just how unjust the world can be. A 2021 must-read! Read more

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The Other Black Girl

A Novel

By: Zakiya Dalila Harris
Narrated by: Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Heather Alicia Simms & Bahni Turpin
Length: 13 hours 33 minutes

“This is the tale of two Black women co-workers in the cutthroat publishing industry trying to determine if they are friends or enemies. A literary fiction tale with a side of suspense, this expertly woven critique on society is bound to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Read more

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The Chosen and the Beautiful

By: Nghi Vo
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

“What would you give up to have it all? Magical and queer as hell, Jordan Baker takes readers through Jazz Age New York as her snark, rage, and feelings for Daisy keep us turning pages until early morning. Like one of Gatsby’s cursed parties, this book was one I wanted to never end. Read more

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Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood

By: Trixie Mattel & Katya
Narrated by: Trixie Mattel & Katya
Length: 3 hours 7 minutes

The RuPaul's Drag Race legends, stars of UNHhhh, and expert biological women share the secrets of their feminine mystique in this satirical guide to beauty and homemaking. 

Drag superstars Trixie Mattel and Katya have long captivated fans with their stunning looks, onscreen chemistry, and signature wit. In Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern... 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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Sharks in the Time of Saviors

By: Kawai Strong Washburn
Narrated by: Tui Asau, G.K. Bowes, Kaleo Griffith & Jolene Kim
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes

“Night Marchers, gods, goddesses, and the dead all walk Hawaii with the Flores family, if only they can stop struggling to survive long enough to see them. At seven years old, Nainoa falls into the Pacific only to be brought back to his mother in the mouth of a shark, unharmed and now burdened with the rumor of legend. Noa struggles to... Read more

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