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Free Audiobook Excerpts, Samplers, and Exclusive Author Events

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Let's Talk About Hard Things

By Anna Sale
Narrated by: Anna Sale
Length: 8 hours 3 minutes

Let's Talk About Hard Things

Let’s Talk About Hard Things by Anna Sale, host of the Death, Sex and Money Podcast, is an in depth look at how to talk about difficult topics with those closest to young and also complete strangers. Sale takes an empathetic and thoughtful approach to some of life’s most personal, difficult, yet universal conversations. The conversations involving grief, relationships, sex, money, family, and identity. Using interviews with everyday people infused into a deeply personal memoir, Sale shows you step by step how to talk about the hardest topics, and how to do it in a productive and meaningful way.”

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High Conflict

Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out

By Amanda Ripley
Narrated by: Amanda Ripley
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

When we are baffled by the insanity of the “other side”—in our politics, at work, or at home—it’s because we aren’t seeing how the conflict itself has taken over.

That’s what “high conflict” does. It’s the invisible hand of our time. And it’s different from the useful friction of healthy conflict. That’s good conflict, and it’s a necessary force... Read more »

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Europe on a Budget

Real Stories from Studying Abroad and Backpacking Around Europe That You Won't Find in Any Guidebook

By Mark Pearson & Martin Westerman
Narrated by: Will Damron & Gabra Zachman
Length: 6 hours 35 minutes

This collection of 42 first-person accounts about backpacking in Europe will awaken a taste for adventure in those who have yet to travel, and bring back memories for those who have. Romance, surprise, discovery and wisdom all bubble through these authors’ riveting pieces.

- Find a surprise romance in the fresh sea air of Cinque Terre
- Dance the...

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The Science of Sleep

By John Medina
Narrated by: John Medina
Length: 49 minutes

The Science of Sleep, by developmental molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, gives you the facts—and the prescription to sleep well—in his signature engaging style. Adapted from Medina's Brain Rules for Aging Well:10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp, in this chapter you'll learn how the sleep cycle is born of a constant tension...

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Deathstroke

By Richard Kelley
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 20 hours 49 minutes

*After watching the movie Jaws, you stayed out of the water. *
*After reading Deathstroke, you'll stay out of the forest.*

"Hurry! It's coming!" A desperate young mother shoves her infant son deep into a crevice between two logs. Will her baby survive? Will anyone? "Hurry! It's coming!"

That scene, and the hundreds of others like it, are everything...

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What Happened to You? (16-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

By Oprah Winfrey & Bruce D. Perry
Narrated by: Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey
Length: 14 minutes

"[Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry] are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter...The performances of these two humanitarians make this a must-hear for anyone recovering from their traumatic past." -- AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the authors.

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far...

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Grit (44-Minute Excerpt)

By Angela Duckworth
Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
Length: 44 minutes

In this must-listen audiobook for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people—both seasoned and new—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”

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It Happened One Summer (29-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged

A Novel

By Tessa Bailey
Narrated by: Charlotte North
Length: 29 minutes

USA TODAY BESTSELLER

Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who’s cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town... where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong. 

As seen on E!Online, PopSugar, CNN, EliteDaily, Vulture, Buzzfeed,...

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The Velveteen Rabbit

By Margery Williams
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 22 minutes

The bestselling children's classic with millions sold around the world. This version, read by Xe Sands, will delight listeners of all ages with its story of wisdom and boundless love.

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having...

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Quarantine Session #67: Zakiya Dalila Harris + Brit Bennett

By Zakiya Dalila Harris
Narrated by: Brit Bennett
Length: 1 hours 1 minutes

Author Zakiya Dalila Harris alights at Greenlight to launch her debut novel The Other Black Girl, a whip-smart thriller and crackling social commentary on the trials of being a Black woman in an overwhelmingly white industry. Harris talks with Brit Bennett (bestselling author of The Mothers and The Vanishing Half) about navigating the whiteness... Read more »

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Island Queen (37-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged

A Novel

By Vanessa Riley
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 37 minutes

“Richly detailed, vividly depicted, and sweeping in scope, Island Queen is historical fiction at its absolute finest. A stunning must-read!”—Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba

A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of...

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Afterparties (43-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged

Stories

By Anthony Veasno So
Narrated by: Jason Sean
Length: 43 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A Roxane Gay's Audacious Book Club Pick!

Named a Best Book of Summer by: Wall Street Journal * Thrillist * Vogue * Lit Hub * Refinery29 * New York Observer * The Daily Beast * Time * BuzzFeed * Entertainment Weekly 

A vibrant story collection about Cambodian-American life—immersive and comic, yet unsparing—that...

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Morowa Yejidé: Creatures of Passage

By Morowa Yejidé & Morowa Yejidé
Narrated by: Mary Kay Zuravleff
Length: 58 minutes

River Bend hosted a virtual event celebrating the release of Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé. The event featured authors Morowa Yejidé and Tananarive Due in conversation with Mary Kay Zuravleff. A discussion of magical realism, horror, and contemporary Black literature.

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The Reading List (23-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged

A Novel

By Sara Nisha Adams
Narrated by: Tara Divina, Sagar Arya & and Paul Panting
Length: 22 minutes


A BEST OF SUMMER READ ACCORDING TO NEWSWEEK, PARADE MAGAZINE, NBC NEWS, LITHUB, AND POPSUGAR!

"The most heartfelt read of the summer...a surprising delight of a novel."--Shondaland

An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people...

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Razorblade Tears 21-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged

A Novel

By S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 21 minutes

“Superb...Cuts right to the heart of the most important questions of our times.” —Michael Connelly,
#1 New York Times bestselling author

A Black father. A white father.
Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.

Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at...

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Quarantine Session #65: Maggie Shipstead + Brandon Taylor

By Maggie Shipstead
Narrated by: Brandon Taylor
Length: 59 minutes

Author Brandon Taylor interviews fellow novelist and travel writer Maggie Shipstead about her epic novel Great Circle, a world-spanning tale of women “navigating the ice floes of patriarchy.” From evolving ways of defining (or not defining) gender through the past two centuries, to Hollywood gossip and the perennial challenge of writing... Read more »

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Dear Miss Metropolitan (20-Minute Excerpt) - Abridged

A Novel

By Carolyn Ferrell
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 20 minutes

Introducing an extraordinary and original writer whose first novel explores the intersections of grief and rage, personal strength and healing—and what we owe one another.

Fern seeks refuge from her mother’s pill-popping and boyfriends via Soul Train; Gwen finds salvation in the music of Prince much to her congregation’s dismay and Jessenia,...

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The Boys in the Boat (43-Minute Excerpt)

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

By Daniel James Brown
Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
Length: 43 minutes

Listen to a complimentary 43-minute excerpt from the #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race.

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of...

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Quarantine Session #63: Stephanie Danler + Emma Roberts & Karah Preiss

By Stephanie Danler
Narrated by: Emma Roberts & Karah Preiss
Length: 1 hours 4 minutes

Bestselling memoirist Stephanie Danler celebrates the paperback release of her most recent work Stray with author Kara Preiss and actor Emma Roberts, co-founders of the literary website Belletrist. The trio talk about writing as a way to survive a troubled home life, the challenges, regrets, and requirements of memoir, and the fascinating... Read more »

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Ibi Zoboi (My Life) with Rita Williams Garcia at Greenlight Bookstore

By Ibi Zoboi
Narrated by: Rita Williams Garcia
Length: 57 minutes

Rising star Ibi Zoboi (author of the young adult novels American Street and Pride) presents her middle grade fiction debut My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich , in a conversation with her mentor, iconic young people’s fiction author Rita Williams-Garcia, centered on the culture of 1980s Harlem, hip-hop, and sci-fi and black girl nerdiness....

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