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The Spy

A novel

By Paulo Coelho
Narrated by: Hillary Huber & Paul Boehmer
Length: 3 hours 49 minutes

In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, bestselling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women: Mata Hari. 

HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN
 
When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless.  Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.
 
As a dancer, she shocked and... Read more »
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Night

New translation by Marion Wiesel

By Elie Wiesel
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 3 hours 37 minutes

An enduring classic of Holocaust literature, Night offers a personal and unforgettable account of the appalling horrors of Hitler's reign of terror. Through the eyes of 14-year-old Eliezer, we behold the tragic fate of the Jews from the little town of Sighet. Even as they are stuffed into cattle cars bound for Auschwitz, the townspeople refuse... Read more »
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The Association of Small Bombs

By Karan Mahajan
Narrated by: Neil Shah
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes

The Association of Small Bombs is an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in empathy, dazzling in acuity, and ambitious in scope.When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family's television at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without... Read more »
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Hillbilly Elegy

A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

By J. D. Vance
Narrated by: J. D. Vance
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a...

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When We Rise

My Life in the Movement

By Cleve Jones
Narrated by: Cleve Jones
Length: 9 hours 31 minutes

2017 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNER

The partial inspiration for the ABC television mini-series!


"You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should know about the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from one of its key participants--maybe heroes--but really, you should read it for pleasure and joy."--Rebecca Solnit, author of... Read more »
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Books for Living

Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life

By Will Schwalbe
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 7 hours 3 minutes

Books for Living

“Anyone can recommend a book, but it's rare that someone can fully articulate its lifelong impact. Schwalbe has the rarest of voices -- both intimate and universal -- and with deep care and reflection he offers readers the most personal and heartfelt parts of himself in his latest collection. This is not a list of Schwalbe's favorite books, but is instead an explanation of how certain books and authors taught him timeless lessons about our deepest longings. Schwalbe's voice leaps off the page and fills the room as only the liveliest conversations can. I can't stop thinking about this book and want to read every title mentioned, if only to keep the conversation going.”

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The Terranauts

A Novel

By T.C. Boyle
Narrated by: Lynde Houck, Joy Osmanski & Charlie Thurston
Length: 20 hours 53 minutes

The Terranauts

“In the early 1990s, a grand experiment began in the Arizona desert to determine if human life could be sustained in an engineered, sealed ecological system. The mission failed spectacularly, but fiction gives it another chance in this riveting story of eight scientists who commit to live under glass for two years. They battle hunger, fatigue, and isolation, but the real drama is personal. The story is told through the voices of three distinct narrators - two heating things up on the inside and one nursing resentments outside the glass walls. Master storyteller Boyle entertains, but never slips into schlock. He writes with wit and perspicacity on both human relations and ecology, and this novel is among his best.”

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Swing Time

By Zadie Smith
Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner
Length: 13 hours 45 minutes

If you enjoyed My Year of Rest and Relaxation, then you’ll love Swing Time.

“If you liked “Swing Time”, “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” is your next good read! Both have intensely interesting (albeit frustrating) female protagonists that will make you see even the most mundane things in an entirely new light.”

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They Can't Kill Us All

Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

By Wesley Lowery
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 8 hours 10 minutes

A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it.

Conducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting... Read more »
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Moonglow

A Novel

By Michael Chabon
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 14 hours 41 minutes

Moonglow

“The intersection of world history and family history, the interplay of memory and imagination, a tangle of humor and grief, and the blurred and shifting line that separates sanity and madness all come into play in this stunning book. In the months before his death, Chabon's grandfather revealed much of his life to his grandson. On that foundation, Chabon has built a novel filled with family stories, World War II episodes -- including an appearance by Wernher von Braun -- an obsession with rocketry, and a vividly realized, against-all-odds love story. While all the characters are richly developed, the narrator's grandfather -- the brave, eccentric, anger-fueled, and deeply loving center of this novel -- will remain with readers forever.”

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Christodora

A Novel

By Tim Murphy
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Christa Lewis, Suzanne Elise Freeman, Prentice Onayemi, Thom Rivera, Kyla Garcia, Will Damron & various narrators
Length: 17 hours 14 minutes

In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan's East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS...

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The Light of the World

A Memoir

By Elizabeth Alexander
Narrated by: Author
Length: 3 hours 44 minutes

In THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 50. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a re-energized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her... Read more »
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The Nix

A novel

By Nathan Hill
Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
Length: 21 hours 41 minutes

The Nix

“Hill's debut is remarkable because it does both the little things and the big things right. It is an intimate novel of identity and loss, the story of a boy abandoned and the man now trying to recover. It also paints a vivid portrait of America and its politics from the 1960s to the present. The Nix overflows with unforgettable characters, but none more clearly rendered than Samuel Andersen-Anderson and his mother, Faye, both bewildered by life and struggling to repair the rift between them. From intimate whispers to American news cycles, this astounding novel of reclamation is guaranteed to sweep readers off their feet.”

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A Brief History of Seven Killings

By Marlon James
Narrated by: Ryan Anderson, Dwight Bacquie, Cherise Boothe, Robertson Dean, Johnathan McClain & Robert Younis
Length: 25 hours 59 minutes

On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5,...

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The David Foster Wallace Reader

By David Foster Wallace
Length: 48 hours 43 minutes

Where do you begin with a writer as original and brilliant as David Foster Wallace? Here--with a carefully considered selection of his extraordinary body of work, chosen by a range of great writers, critics, and those who worked with him most closely. This volume presents his most dazzling, funniest, and most heartbreaking work--essays like... Read more »
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Small Great Things

A Novel

By Jodi Picoult
Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell & Ari Fliakos
Length: 16 hours 13 minutes

Small Great Things

“Picoult can be relied upon to find the themes that are most important to our national conversation and then to explore them with wit, warmth, and skill. In Small Great Things, she illuminates the racial divide in our country through the vivid stories of a black nurse, a white supremacist, and the public defender who intervenes when the worst happens. This excellent, timely novel is sure to be loved by Picoult's fans and is certain to create new ones.”

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The Underground Railroad (Television Tie-in)

A Novel

By Colson Whitehead
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Now an original Amazon Prime Video series directed by Barry Jenkins.

Cora is a slave on a cotton... Read more »
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The Gene

An Intimate History

By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
Length: 19 hours 22 minutes

2017 Audie Award Finalist for Non-Fiction

The #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller
The basis for the PBS Ken Burns Documentary The Gene: An Intimate History

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a fascinating history of the gene and “a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what... Read more »
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Delicious Foods

A Novel

By James Hannaham
Narrated by: James Hannaham
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

Held captive by her employers -- and by her own demons -- on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival.

Darlene, once an exemplary wife and a loving mother to her young son, Eddie, finds herself devastated by the unforeseen death of her husband.... Read more »
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Cloud Atlas

A Novel

By David Mitchell
Narrated by: Various
Length: 19 hours 50 minutes

By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending, philosophical and scientific... Read more »
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