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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

A Novel

By Gail Honeyman
Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 11 hours 1 minutes

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

“Eleanor Oliphant has quickly become one of my favorite fictional characters, and this novel one of my favorite books. Eleanor is completely original and the right kind of weird. Her life and her past, combined with such kindhearted characters, made for a compulsively readable, heartwarming story that I did not want to put down. I can't wait for this book to come out so many more can fall in love with Eleanor. Highly, highly recommended.”

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WAR

By Sebastian Junger
Narrated by: Joshua Ferris
Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

In his breakout bestseller, The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger created "a wild ride that brilliantly captures the awesome power of the raging sea and the often futile attempts of humans to withstand it" (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

Now, Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat--the fear, the honor, and the... Read more »
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State of Wonder

A Novel

By Ann Patchett
Narrated by: Hope Davis
Length: 12 hours 22 minutes

If you enjoyed Flight Behavior, then you’ll love State of Wonder.

“Women in science making a difference as main characters.”

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Here I Am

A Novel

By Jonathan Safran Foer
Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
Length: 16 hours 58 minutes

A monumental new audiobook from the bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer's Here I Am

In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, “Abraham!” before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, “Here I am.” Later, when Isaac calls out, “My father!” before asking...

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Commonwealth

By Ann Patchett
Narrated by: Hope Davis
Length: 10 hours 33 minutes

Commonwealth

“Patchett leaves behind the exotic locales and intricate plots of State of Wonder and Bel Canto for an even darker and more difficult place to navigate -- the interior of a blended family over the course of several decades. While more domestic than many of her previous novels, Commonwealth offers plenty of intrigue and surprises as Patchett explores the interaction of a group of children forced into each other's lives because of their parents' impulsive choices. With keen insight, tears of both sorrow and joy, and some real -- if dark -- humor, Patchett pulls readers into this complex family's world, and we are eager for every detail.”

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Spy of the First Person

By Sam Shepard
Narrated by: Michael Shannon
Length: 1 hours 41 minutes

The final work from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, actor, and musician, drawn from his transformative last days
 
In searing, beautiful prose, Sam Shepard’s extraordinary narrative leaps off the page with its immediacy and power. It tells in a brilliant braid of voices the story of an unnamed narrator who traces, before our rapt eyes, his... Read more »
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The City of Brass

A Novel

By S. A. Chakraborty
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 20 hours 1 minutes

The City of Brass

“S.A. Chakraborty introduces a fantasy set in the Middle East that thrusts us into the magical world of Daevabad. The City of Brass follows, in parallel, Nahri, a con artist and naturally gifted healer, and Ali, prince of Daevabad and fiercely trained soldier. Nahri and Ali find themselves learning new lessons on how to survive changing environments and difficult challenges, while trying to figure out the complexities of their lives. I found myself turning page after page, following Nahri's and Ali's story while deciphering the fantastic terminology and the world that is Daevabad. The City of Brass is a wonderfully written, mystical adventure that keeps you guessing about what will happen next.”

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Future Home of the Living God

A Novel

By Louise Erdrich
Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

Future Home of the Living God

“Great! A very pull-you-in kind of story. ”

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

A Novel

By Jesmyn Ward
Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Chris Chalk & Rutina Wesley
Length: 8 hours 22 minutes

Sing, Unburied, Sing

“Sing, Unburied, Sing is a dark and gorgeous song of love and heartbreak, haunting and tragic and disorienting in its timelessness. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill anchors Ward's tale to Mississippi today, which is almost indistinguishable from its notorious yesterday, a present and past (ironically) made more alive in the novel by ghosts and where everyone suffers from the cancers of buried sins. On Jojo's 13th birthday, while Mam is dying and Pop struggles to keep everyone safe, Leonie plans a road trip to the prison to pick up Michael, Jojo and baby Kayla's father. It's The Odyssey meets the Delta blues meets William Faulkner and Toni Morrison and some ineffable something that is Jesmyn Ward's own magic.”

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The Dinner Party

Stories

By Joshua Ferris
Narrated by: Chris Kayser, Jennifer Riker, Zach Roe & Nicholas Tecosky
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year: The first collection of short stories from the critically acclaimed, prize-winning author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

These eleven stories by Joshua Ferris, many of which were first published in The New Yorker, are at once thrilling, strange, and comic. The modern tribulations of... Read more »
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The Half-Drowned King

A Novel
The Golden Wolf Saga: Book #1

By Linnea Hartsuyker
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 15 hours 33 minutes

The Half-Drowned King

“A fast-paced and harrowing saga of a sibling pair, both trying to do what is right for the other while navigating the physical and political terrain around them. Ragnvald and his sister, Svanhild, are our protagonists, and the book contains alternating chapters about each of their adventures. One fights a war on the battlefield while the other fights a war in the bedroom, and, fighting internal conflicts, each grows into adulthood quickly in this harsh environment. Rich with battles, love stories, and the breathtaking landscapes of Norway, The Half-Drowned King is a must-read for fans of literary fiction, adventure tales, and well-paced storytelling.”

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What Happened

By Hillary Rodham Clinton
Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Length: 18 hours 34 minutes

“An engaging, beautifully synthesized page-turner” (Slate). The #1 New York Times bestseller and Time #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most personal memoir yet, about the 2016 presidential election.

In this “candid and blackly funny” (The New York Times) memoir, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and... Read more »
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A Legacy of Spies

A Novel

By John le Carré
Narrated by: Tom Hollander
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The undisputed master returns with his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years--a #1 New York Times bestseller and ideal holiday gift.


Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead... Read more »
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Move Fast and Break Things

How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy

By Jonathan Taplin
Narrated by: Jonathan Taplin
Length: 8 hours 23 minutes

Move Fast and Break Things

“With the fallout from Cambridge Analytica still fresh in our minds, and the sense that our collective slide into tech dystopia is moving apace, Move Fast and Break Things — which is out now in paperback — provides an excellent primer on how we got to where we are, and why it didn’t have to be this way. Come for the power-hungry data collectors lobbying for lax regulation, stay for the Silicon Valley bigwigs saying things like, “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.” This book connects a lot of important dots, and despite the urgency of its subject matter is a surprisingly enjoyable read.”

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Origins

Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

By Neil deGrasse Tyson & Donald Goldsmith
Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

A thrilling and accessible tour of the cosmos

Our true origins are not just human, or even terrestrial,but in fact cosmic. Drawing on scientific breakthroughs and the currentcross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins explains the soul-stirring leapsin our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a...

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

A novel

By Arundhati Roy
Narrated by: Arundhati Roy
Length: 16 hours 26 minutes

New York Times Best Seller
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Amazon, Kirkus, The Washington Post, Newsday, and the Hudson Group

A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things

 
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years... Read more »
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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

By Hendrik Groen
Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
Length: 11 hours 53 minutes

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

“I fell in love with the the sharp wit, but I stayed for the petty amusements and hijinx taking place in homes for the elderly all over the world... Inspiring friendships and a bit of mischief.”

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Song of Solomon

By Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
Length: 15 hours 27 minutes

An official Oprah Winfrey’s “The Books That Help Me Through” selection

With this brilliantly imagined New York Times bestselling novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez.
 

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain... Read more »
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Nutshell

By Ian McEwan
Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
Length: 5 hours 26 minutes

From the bestselling author of Atonement, Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all... Read more »
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A Tale of Two Cities

By Charles Dickens
Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 14 hours 18 minutes

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It was the French Revolution. Unjustly imprisoned for years in the Bastille, Dr. Manette is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, and safely transported from France to England where they hope to return to their quiet lives. However, they are summoned to the Old Bailey in the trial of Charles...

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