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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

By Al Franken
Narrated by: Al Franken
Length: 12 hours 5 minutes

From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum -- comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.

"Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book - also unusual -... Read more »
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The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian

By W. Kamau Bell
Narrated by: W. Kamau Bell
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you’ve read about him in the New York Times, which called him “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Or maybe from The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell’s gimmick is intersectional... Read more »
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Brief Candle in the Dark

My Life in Science

By Richard Dawkins
Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
Length: 13 hours 53 minutes

In this hugely entertaining sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins delves deeply into his intellectual life spent kick-starting new conversations about science, culture, and religion and writing yet another of the most audacious and widely read books of the twentieth century—The God...

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American Gods [TV Tie-In]

A Novel

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 20 hours 50 minutes

Now a STARZ® Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber.

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to...

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American War

A novel

By Omar El Akkad
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes

American War

“Omar El Akkad has delivered a stunning debut. He imagines a world in a not-too-distant future where Americans are at war with each other once again. The characters in this story are fully developed and individual, yet their histories - their stories - extend into the histories of all those displaced and affected by the forces of war. The title, American War, is a shape-shifter. At once, it means that America is again at war, but at times reflects the ways in which the true, actual wars that America has perpetrated on Earth have affected the lives of millions of people. This will be one of the most discussed books of the year, and I cannot wait to put it in the hands of all readers looking to be changed.”

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The Orphan's Tale

By Pam Jenoff
Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra & Kyla Garcia
Length: 12 hours 52 minutes

Look for Pam Jenoff’s new novel, The Woman with the Blue Star, an unforgettable story of courage and friendship during wartime.

A New York Times bestseller!

“Readers who enjoyed Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants will embrace this novel. “ —Library Journal

“Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion…. I read this novel... Read more »
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The Women in the Castle

By Jessica Shattuck
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes

The Women in the Castle

“Three war widows and their children help each other survive at the end of World War II in this engaging novel filled with rich period details. Their husbands died as members of the resistance, but aside from that common thread, Marianne, Benita, and Ania bring very different backgrounds to their makeshift home in the castle's kitchen. They also face repercussions from past choices and current secrets. Jessica Shattuck brings us into their world and shows us that the rules for love and loyalty are different in wartime.”

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A Piece of the World

A Novel

By Christina Baker Kline
Narrated by: Polly Stone
Length: 8 hours 1 minutes

A Piece of the World

“A Piece of the World is a beautifully rendered novel about the life of Christina Olson, the inspiration for Andrew Wyeth's famous painting Christina's World. Moving back and forth between Christina's childhood and her long-term relationship with Wyeth during her middle years, A Piece of the World captures the internal struggles of a young woman living with a physically debilitating disease in rural Maine. Baker Kline does a masterful job of giving us insight into a fiercely independent woman who has suffered so many disappointments but still manages to create a fulfilling life for herself and inspire those around her with her strength.”

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The Hearts of Men

A Novel

By Nickolas Butler
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

The Hearts of Men

“If you read Shotgun Lovesongs, you know that two of Butler's strengths are his rich Wisconsin settings and his ability to probe the depths of men's friendships. His new novel, an epic about three generations at a Boy Scout camp in the North Woods, takes it to the next level. It starts with the bullied Nelson, who finds purpose in the Scouts and winds up running the camp, and Jonathan, the older boy who becomes both his manipulator and protector. Their complicated friendship unfolds through Jonathan's son Trevor and grandson Thomas, who both wind up spending summers at Chippewa, but what's a Scout to do when the Scout Oath doesn't always hold up in reality? Is there a place for honor when nobody wants to get a stamp-collecting or radio merit badge? In Butler's hands, the answers unfold, all in the context of a heck of a good story.”

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Exit West

A Novel

By Mohsin Hamid
Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
Length: 4 hours 41 minutes

Exit West

“Exit West will take your breath away as it magically weaves together a story of falling in love while the world falls apart. Spirited Nadia captures the heart of the thoughtful Saeed, but as their different paths in life converge, ordinary life gives way to the insults of war. Mohsin Hamid conveys the story of these young refugees with tenderness, humanizing the horrors that we too often see as merely headlines. As chaos touches so many lives around the globe, Hamid writes eloquently of the beauty found in our struggle to survive. This is more than a timely story; this is a remarkable work of art.”

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A Book of American Martyrs

A Novel

By Joyce Carol Oates
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers, Tavia Gilbert, Kirsten Potter, Donna Postel & David Colacci
Length: 24 hours 43 minutes

In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God’s will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic doctor...

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Selection Day

A Novel

By Aravind Adiga
Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

From the bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of The White Tiger and Amnesty, a “ferociously brilliant” (Slate) novel about two brothers coming of age in a Mumbai slum, raised by their crazy, obsessive father to be cricket champions.

*A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES * AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR * A NEW YORK TIMES and WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE... Read more »
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The One Inside

By Sam Shepard
Narrated by: Bill Pullman & Patti Smith
Length: 4 hours 30 minutes

The first work of long fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright—a tour de force of memory, mystery, death, and life.
 

This searing, extraordinarily evocative narrative opens with a man in his house at dawn, surrounded by aspens, coyotes cackling in the distance as he quietly navigates the distance between present and past. More and... Read more »
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Lincoln in the Bardo

A Novel

By George Saunders
Narrated by: George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Various, Carrie Brownstein, Don Cheadle, Lena Dunham, Bill Hader, Kirby Heyborne, Keegan-Michael Key, Julianne Moore, Megan Mullally, Susan Sarandon & Ben Stiller
Length: 7 hours 24 minutes

Lincoln in the Bardo

“Saunders' first novel has a steep entry curve. It's not a novel that reveals itself quickly and easily, but if you give it your attention, if you burrow deep into the book, you'll be eminently rewarded. There is a richness and depth of humanity here. There is the strange and wonderful. There is love and grief and mystery all brought together in the story of Abraham Lincoln's dead son, the Civil War, and what may happen to us all after we leave the mortal coil. It's a beautiful and moving book that will stay with you for a long, long while.”

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4 3 2 1

A Novel

By Paul Auster
Narrated by: Paul Auster
Length: 36 hours 53 minutes

4 3 2 1

“If you're like me, when you read fiction, you like seeing how the protagonist changes and grows as they adapt to new situations. Paul Auster's 4 3 2 1 is a love letter to character development. How do the initial conditions of a person's life change their personality? What major events influence our decisions, loves, peeves, habits, or attitudes? Why do we stumble into the relationships we’re in, and what happens if we don’t? This book is one story and four stories, each unique and each contributing to a rounded, thought-provoking narrative answering those questions and many more. Auster reads his novel beautifully, with a deep and sensitive timbre, terrifying and intriguing and soothing in all the right parts. Fall in love with Archie Ferguson four times as his life unfolds in different and fascinating ways.”

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So, Anyway...

By John Cleese
Narrated by: John Cleese
Length: 13 hours 31 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “John Cleese’s memoir is just about everything one would expect of its author—smart, thoughtful, provocative and above all funny. . . . A picture, if you will, of the artist as a young man.”—The Washington Post
 
The legendary writer and performer of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers fame takes readers on a grand tour of...

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Thank You for Being Late

An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

By Thomas L. Friedman
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 19 hours 47 minutes

A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers

We all sense it—something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once—and it is...

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Normal

A Novel

By Warren Ellis
Narrated by: John Hodgman
Length: 3 hours 24 minutes

Normal

“This is an eerily fun read. What if Big Brother was as small as an ant? Patients at a private asylum deep in the woods are all from the world of either Foresight Strategy or Strategic Forecasting. This means they are smart people, but deeply depressed -- and many have gone insane -- because they are paid to look into the future and it isn't looking good. Visionary writer Ellis offers readers 1984 meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in this provocative novel.”

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

By Junot Díaz
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 15 hours 58 minutes

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following... Read more »
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Black Swan Green

By David Mitchell
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 13 hours 7 minutes

By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Selected by Time as One of the Ten Best Books of the Year | A New York Times Notable Book | Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post Book World, The Christian Science Monitor, Rocky Mountain News, and Kirkus...
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