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Audiobooks that will hook you from the very first line.
“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.” - All Systems Red

All Systems Red

Murderbot Diaries

By: Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 3 hours 17 minutes

“This is a story with the idea of humanity and survival at its heart, wrapped in anxiety, avoiding people, and rewatching favorite tv shows for comfort. The main character has freed its mind from the slavery of a corporation and struggles with the next step of freeing its body, when its current job, with nicer than usual humans, goes sideways and... Read more

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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

By: Min Jin Lee
Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
Length: 18 hours 15 minutes

“A father's gentle nature, a mother's sacrifice, a daughter's trust, and a son's determination are the cornerstones of this grand, multilayered saga. Pachinko follows one family through an ever-changing cultural landscape, from 1910 Korea to 1989 Japan. As the bonds of family are put to the test in the harsh realities of their world, Sunja and... Read more

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The Princess Bride - Abridged

S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The "Good Parts" Version)

By: William Goldman
Narrated by: Rob Reiner
Length: 2 hours 32 minutes

This adventure story has everything you could want: a handsome good guy, a pretty heroine, some bad guys, sword fighting, revenge, romance, and of course a happy ending, along with “rodents of unusual size.” Join Westley (the plucky farm boy), Buttercup (the beautiful young maiden), Inigo Montoya (the driven, embittered swordsman), Prince... Read more

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The City We Became

A Novel

The Great Cities: Book #1

By: N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 16 hours 12 minutes

“I love N.K. Jemisin’s books, I love New York City, and I love this book about the soul and personification of New York. The City We Became might just be my favorite book to be published in 2020. This story is filled with tension, humor, and great characters, with a guest appearance near and dear to me. While this book is the beginning of a... Read more

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Lady Hotspur

By: Tessa Gratton
Narrated by: Jessica Hayles
Length: 29 hours 3 minutes

"In a pleasing voice, Jessica Hayles narrates an epic tale set in the days when knights, magic, and royalty ruled the land." -- AudioFile Magazine

Tessa Gratton's Lady Hotspur is a sweeping, heart-stopping Shakespearean novel of betrayal and battlefields and destiny.

STRIKE FAST, LOVE HARD, LIVE FOREVER

This is the motto of the Lady Knights--sworn... Read more

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Paradise

By: Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
Length: 15 hours 17 minutes

"Rumors had been whispered for more than a year. Outrages that had been accumulating all along took shape as evidence. A mother was knocked down the stairs by her cold-eyed daughter. Four damaged infants were born in one family. Daughters refused to get out of bed. Brides disappeared on their honeymoons. Two brothers shot each other on New... Read more

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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Book #2

By: Douglas Adams
Narrated by: Martin Freeman
Length: 5 hours 46 minutes

Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series!

“Douglas Adams is a terrific satirist.”—The Washington Post Book World


Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their... Read more

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Silver Sparrow

By: Tayari Jones
Narrated by: Rosalyn Coleman-Williams & Heather Alicia Simms
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes

With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,” author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families—the public one and the secret... Read more

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The Night Circus

A Novel

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

The Night Circus has to be one of my favorite stories ever and Jim Dale brings it to life in the most gorgeous, comforting, magical way. I think I've listened to it at least 20 times at this point and sometimes I'll put it on just so I can drift off to sleep. I literally can't recommend it enough. Read more

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The Vegetarian

A Novel

By: Han Kang
Narrated by: Janet Song & Stephen Park
Length: 5 hours 13 minutes

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE • “[Han] Kang viscerally explores the limits of what a human brain and body can endure, and the strange beauty that can be found in even the most extreme forms of renunciation.”—Entertainment Weekly

One of the New York Times’s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

“Ferocious.”—The New York Times Book Review...
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

By: Mark Haddon
Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
Length: 6 hours 3 minutes

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a... Read more

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

By: Zora Neale Hurston
Narrated by: Ruby Dee
Length: 6 hours 44 minutes

“This is easily the best performance of an audiobook I've listened to, ever. Ruby Dee is so comfortable inside the lives and words of Janie and her friends and husbands and everyone in this masterpiece. Read more

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Ahab's Wife - Abridged

By: Sena Jeter Naslund
Narrated by: Maryann Plunkett
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

This is destined to be remembered as one of the most-recognized first sentences in literature -- along with "Call me Ishmael." And Una Spenser, the transcendent hero at the center of Ahab's Wife may well become every bit as memorable as Ahab.

Inspired by a brief passage, in Moby, Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an entirely new universe -- an... Read more

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Untamed Shore

By: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Maria Liatis
Length: 8 hours 1 minute

Renowned author Silvia Moreno-Garcia's first thriller, UNTAMED SHORE, is a coming-of-age story set in Mexico which quickly turns dark when a young woman meets three enigmatic tourists.
Baja California, 1979. Viridiana spends her days watching the dead sharks piled beside the seashore, as the fishermen pull their nets. There is nothing else to do,... Read more

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The Secret History

By: Donna Tartt
Narrated by: Donna Tartt
Length: 22 hours 3 minutes

A Read With Jenna Book Club Pick International Bestseller“Enthralling. . . . A remarkably powerful novel.” —The New York TimesIn this brilliant novel from Donna Tartt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch, comes a richly textured and hypnotic story of golden youth corrupted by its own moral arrogance.Richard Papen had never been... Read more

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Clap When You Land

By: Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo & Melania-Luisa Marte
Length: 5 hours 32 minutes

“Through Acevedo’s transcendent poetry, the tragic crash of AA587 becomes a song to family in all of its complexities and a tribute to the power of Latinas. Camino and Yahaira Rios are sisters unaware of each other’s existence until their beloved Papi dies in a plane crash. His death ushers in new realities for both girls, Camino in the... Read more

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn

By: Melissa Bashardoust
Narrated by: Nikki Massoud
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

“Not just another gratifying powerful girl story: an intensely imagined, emotionally realistic, absorbing adventure, packed with rich realizations about a woman's anger, a mother's love, a young person's desire to change the world. The author has tapped the Shanameh and Zoroastrian beliefs to build a unique fantasy world in which the main... Read more

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