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Mysterious Galaxy Bookseller Favorites of 2018

All year, our booksellers have been listening to Libro.fm audiobooks. Browse our favorites of 2018!

Tangerine

By Christine Mangan
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik & Erin Mallon /  9 hours 28 minutes

Tangerine

“A hauntingly horrific debut novel with hints of a Hitchcockian twist, “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan is the tragic tale of 1950’s socialite Alice Shipley and her destitute friend, Lucy Mason, college roommates forever damaged by one dark and stormy night. One year later, a lucky Lucy finds a frail Alice self-medicating in Morocco with a free-loading husband by her side, desperately fighting the demons threatening her descent into madness. Could Lucy be Alice’s lucky charm and her missing link to an exciting life exploring the world without restraint or is she the manipulative mastermind determined to destroy Alice’s life once again?”

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$28.74 USD

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The Book of M

A Novel
By Peng Shepherd
Narrated by James Fouhey & Emily Woo Zeller /  17 hours 6 minutes

The Book of M

“Peng Shepherd’s The Book of M is as mysterious as it is fantastical. Beginning in India before spreading worldwide, almost like a magical epidemic, people are suddenly losing their shadows. For those that do, it always follows that they begin to forget. Whether slowly or rapidly, the forgetting always befalls those who have become “shadowless.” And in this new world of forgetting and mis-remembering, the natural world also goes under a metamorphosis: giant “death kites” patrol the skies, the Statue of Liberty terrorizes all of New York, and wolves begin to speak like humans. All this and more befalls the world amid the landscape of lost memories. Chilling, heart-warming, thrilling, and mesmerizing are all the ways I would describe The Book of M. Narrators James Fouhey and Emily Woo Zeller do wonderfully for the audio book adaption. Emily is touching as the first-person narration of female character Max, while James’ handling of the third-person narrations of the rest of the cast is a remarkable feat.”

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$42.54 USD

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

By Lauren James
Narrated by Lauren Ezzo /  7 hours 37 minutes

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

“The description of this book doesn't do it justice and this story was nothing that I had anticipated in the end in the best of ways. what starts off as a cute space teen romance takes a deep space turn when there are discrepancies in communications. The main character is not a sad lonely girl who just needs another person in her life- but instead is determined, thoughtful, resourceful and wildly independent (which she shows does not come from being alone but instead on what you accomplish on your own). I was trying to listen to something soft while I was on a plane and trying to doze off, but I got NO sleep on that plane ride thanks to how intense this book got out of nowhere. It's been a few weeks and I'm still trying to recover.”

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$27.59 USD

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Sea Witch

By Sarah Henning
Narrated by Billie Fulford-Brown /  8 hours 24 minutes

Sea Witch

“Here is a beautiful tale that blends and twists the unique elements of an origin story and a retelling into one. While Henning’s novel subtly incorporates many elements from Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid,” she twists and molds these details into new shapes that form a story that takes on a life of its own and sweetly whispers notes of love, betrayal, and tragedy into your ear. This book completely took me by surprise in the best way possible. The story builds upon itself getting better and better without losing momentum until it ends with a beautiful crash of everything falling into place at the end. I loved the story and while it broke my heart I can only praise how it was done. The way the chapters bounced back and fourth with the time line to slowly reveal things was so good! There is a certain moment that will make it impossible for you to stop reading or listening and I can’t wait for it to find you. This review is for the audiobook edition of the Sea Witch for which the narrator did a splendid job.”

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$27.59 USD

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Alice Isn't Dead

A Novel
By Joseph Fink
Narrated by Jasika Nicole /  8 hours 43 minutes

Alice Isn't Dead

“Joseph Fink is my hero for making extreme anxiety a superpower and something from which a person can draw strength. Like the Welcome to Night Vale novels, Alice Isn’t Dead evinces a gentleness throughout the story, but as with Keisha, the protagonist, don’t mistake that for weakness. This novel is a road trip into the depths of human love even in the midst of experiencing inexplicable and weird horrors. It will linger with you long after you finish reading it.”

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$27.59 USD

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How to Be Famous

A Novel
By Caitlin Moran
Narrated by Louise Brealey /  8 hours 46 minutes

A hilarious, heartfelt sequel to How to Build a Girl, the breakout novel from feminist sensation Caitlin Moran who the New York Times called, "rowdy and fearless . . . sloppy, big-hearted and alive in all the right ways."

You can’t have your best friend be famous if you’re not famous. It doesn’t work. You’re emotional pen-friends. You can send... Read More »

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$31.04 USD

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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Montague Siblings: Book #2
By Mackenzi Lee
Narrated by Moira Quirk /  11 hours 16 minutes

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

“Mackenzi Lee has done it again! The Montagues are back and ready for business. This time we follow Felicity Montague and her dream of working in medicine. Felicity knows what she wants to do with her life, but because it’s a “man’s world” she isn’t allowed to follow her dream. But she doesn’t let this stop her, or discourage her. In fact it only fuels her fire. She is determined to show all of those who say she cant, or that this is a “flighting fancy,” that she is just as skilled as a man. To do this she has to get to an old friend’s wedding across Europe and convince the groom-to-be that she is as amazing as she knows she is. But the adventure doesn’t stop there. Like Monty’s book, Lady’s Guide, shows that it’s okay to be different and that being a strong female isn’t something to be ashamed of, nor is it something to fear. This book has everything; girl-gangs, pirates, sea monsters.”

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$31.04 USD

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The World of Lore: Dreadful Places

The World of Lore: Book #3
By Aaron Mahnke
Narrated by Aaron Mahnke /  10 hours 2 minutes

Captivating stories of the places where human evil has left a nefarious mark, featuring stories from the podcast Lore—now a streaming television series—including “Echoes,” “Withering Heights,” and “Behind Closed Doors” as well as rare material.
 
Sometimes you walk into a room, a building, or even a town, and you feel it. Something seems off—an... Read More »

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$28.00 USD

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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

By Kiersten White
Narrated by Katharine Lee McEwan /  10 hours 14 minutes

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

“Elizabeth Lavena's life has never been easy. But when she embarks on a journey to find Victor Frankenstein it's about to get a lot darker. Clever, creepy, and enthralling this re-imagining is a beautiful homage for the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic tale.”

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$35.00 USD

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How to Invent Everything

A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
By Ryan North
Narrated by Ryan North /  12 hours 55 minutes

How to Invent Everything

“If you ever need to rebuild civilization from the ground up, make sure you have Ryan North with you. If kidnapping is not your thing, then at least make sure you have this book. I wouldn't recommend taking the audio though, because if the power to your portable (music) listening device dies before you get around to "inventing" electricity and/or batteries, you're still screwed. This book is filled with really useful information (and some eye-rollingly bad puns) and delivered in a charming, accessible manner by the author/narrator. There is nothing dry or academic here, in spite of the numerous charts and graphs and footnotes and the information is presented in such a way that even a lazy, clumsy person such as myself could probably utilize it to become a Goddess. Or at least the only person in the cave who has fire. This one is highly recommended not only because it is funny and may save your life in the event of the collapse of civilization (or if you get stranded in the past in a time travel accident), but also because the author has a weird fascination with Salt-N-Pepa's Shoop, which I can respect.”

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$31.50 USD

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Last Shot (Star Wars)

A Han and Lando Novel
Star Wars
By Daniel José Older
Narrated by Marc Thompson, Daniel José Older & January LaVoy /  11 hours 11 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are reunited on the Millennium Falcon in a galaxy-spanning novel inspired by Solo: A Star Wars Story. But even the fastest ship in the universe can’t outrun the past. . . .

THEN:

It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward... Read More »

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$31.50 USD

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Children of Blood and Bone

Legacy of Orisha: Book #1
By Tomi Adeyemi
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  17 hours 44 minutes

Children of Blood and Bone

“Children of Blood & Bone, is a story told in a world where magic no longer exists. Years ago, this was not the case. Once, magic and the Gods were celebrated. Now, Diviners (those with Maji blood, but no magic) are treated poorly, and all the Maji have been killed. One of those including our main protagonist, Zélie’s, mother. Determined to find a way to bring back magic, Zélie, along with her brother Tzain, and Orïsha’s only princess, Amari (gone rogue), set out on a quest against all odds. Told from Zélie, Amari and Amari’s brother and crown prince, Inan’s viewpoints, Tomi Adeyemi weaves together a tale so beautifully and tragically relevant, it will leave you craving for answers and more.”

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$37.94 USD

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Vengeful

Villains: Book #2
By V. E. Schwab
Narrated by Jeremy Arthur /  12 hours 57 minutes

A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions—#1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.

Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.

But Marcella Riggins needs no... Read More »

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$31.04 USD

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Circe

By Madeline Miller
Narrated by Perdita Weeks /  12 hours 8 minutes

Circe

“This remarkable journey into mythology brings the ancient gods directly and viscerally into the present. Circe is a perfect mashup of elegant language, glorious storytelling, and exquisitely modern sensibilities. Miller's telling left me awed and moved by Circe and her story, all while wishing I could invite her over for a glass of wine on the porch. How this amazing author so perfectly melds the human and the divine, creating a story both immediate and epic, is dazzling.”

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$29.88 USD

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The Wild Robot Escapes

The Wild Robot: Book #2
By Peter Brown
Narrated by Kathleen McInerney /  4 hours 36 minutes

The Wild Robot Escapes

“Roz is back, and better than ever! After being refurbished, our dear robot gets shipped off to work for the Shareef family on their dairy farm. And since she’s no mere automaton, she proves to be an invaluable asset — not only to the cows she has befriended, but also to the Shareef children. Yet despite her newfound friends, she still yearns to be wild and free...and most of all, she wants to be reunited with her goose son, Brightbill. And so The Wild Robot Escapes! Peter Brown has once again crafted an effortlessly charming tale, with the narrator adding an extra dose of saccharine goodness. She reads with the soothing cadence of a mother reading a bedtime story, and the added ambiance/sound effects really draw you into the world.”

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$26.43 USD

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Dry

By Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman
Narrated by Jenni Barber, Noah Galvin, Michael Crouch, Kivlighan De Montebello, Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman /  11 hours 6 minutes

Dry

“In the near-future, the drought in SoCal has reached catastrophic proportions despite years of warnings and restrictions...and it becomes downright apocalyptic once a water supply deal falls through and the water is turned off entirely. The main story of Dry follows Alyssa, her brother, and their prepper neighbor as they try to survive in this new world while society crumbles around them. The Shustermen have clearly done their research when it comes to the effects of dehydration and desperation — something that is viscerally and terrifyingly conveyed throughout the book. Told through the point of view of several characters, the timely plot grabs you from page one and pulls you at a breakneck pace all the way through to the end, with each person having their own distinct voice and coping mechanisms. Just be sure to have a glass of water handy while you’re reading — you’ll need it.”

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$27.59 USD

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The Sisters of the Winter Wood

By Rena Rossner
Narrated by Ana Clements /  10 hours 45 minutes

The Sisters of the Winter Wood

“A magical, lush debut with fierce sisterly love at its core. Alternating chapters in both poetry and prose tell the story of Liba and Laya, two sisters that discover their family history is something straight out of a fairy tale: Liba, like her father is part bear, and Laya, like her mother is part swan. As each sister navigates their new abilities of transformation, so too must they learn how to protect each other when a mysterious group of merchants arrive in their village, selling magical fruit and spinning malicious, deadly lies. Sisters of the Winter Wood is a lush reworking of Christina Rossetti's The Goblin Market, but with deep characterization, historical details, and a magical setting, it is also utterly original. I was swept away in Rossner's book and you will be too! ”

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$29.88 USD

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

A Sortabiography
By Eric Idle
Narrated by Eric Idle /  8 hours 12 minutes

From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python--from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this... Read More »

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$28.00 USD

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