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The Indie Next List

With new audiobooks added each month, the Indie Next List is drawn from bookseller-recommended favorite handsells and epitomizes the heart and soul of passionate bookselling. Independent booksellers are and have always been discoverers of the next big thing, the next great read, the next bestseller, and the next undiscovered gem. The audiobook titles below have recently appeared on the list.

The Nickel Boys

A Novel
By Colson Whitehead
Narrated by JD Jackson & Colson Whitehead /  6 hours 45 minutes

The Nickel Boys

“With every book, Colson Whitehead proves his ever-growing genius. He’s a master of the written word and truly one of the greatest living American novelists of our time. I didn’t think it was possible for him to write something better than Underground Railroad, but he most certainly has — The NickelBoys grabbed me at page one. It’s a mystery and a thriller, a treatise on race and social injustice, and a literary masterpiece all rolled into one. Ellwood and Turner are characters that will stay with me forever. This should be mandatory reading in every classroom.”

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Hollow Kingdom

By Kira Jane Buxton
Narrated by Robert Petkoff /  10 hours 10 minutes

Hollow Kingdom

“This is the zombie apocalypse like you’ve never seen it before! Things go sideways when S.T. the crow’s human, Big Jim, loses an eyeball. Jim’s worsening condition propels S.T. to leave the safety of domestic life, along with the simple, slobbering bloodhound, Dennis. Together they roam the ruins of Seattle, searching for purpose in this new, Cheeto-less world. While Hollow Kingdom mostly follows the foul-mouthed, human-loving crow, Buxton also takes the occasional detour to see how other animals are coping around the world. Not only is our corvid companion a profane delight, she also manages to effortlessly capture the aloof arrogance of a cat, the wise cadence of an elephant, and even the eternal serenity of trees. Hilarious and at times surprisingly poignant, Hollow Kingdom is a must-read for anyone with a sense of humor as black as a crow’s wing.”

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$29.88 USD

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Never Have I Ever

A Novel
By Joshilyn Jackson
Narrated by Joshilyn Jackson /  12 hours 55 minutes

Never Have I Ever

“When I saw the Joshilyn Jackson had written a thriller I wasn't sure what to think. But her step into this new genre was done so well it kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't stop listening.”

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The Lager Queen of Minnesota

A Novel
By J. Ryan Stradal
Narrated by Judith Ivey /  11 hours 12 minutes

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

“A Minnesota family grounded in farming, beer, and award-winning pies is split for decades when one of two sisters inherits the farm. Helen and Edith — whose stories author J. Ryan Stradal effectively weaves together — stop speaking, while one’s fortunes soar and the other’s plummet. When a woman of the next generation has a chance at success, she may also reunite the Calder family. Stradal brings the heartland to the page with warmth, humor, and plenty of hops-inspired lore.”

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$28.00 USD

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Things You Save in a Fire

A Novel
By Katherine Center
Narrated by Therese Plummer /  9 hours 36 minutes

Things You Save in a Fire

“I enjoyed Katherine Center's last book, "How To Walk Away" so naturally, I was excited to see that she had a new one out. Center's new novel, "Things You Save In A Fire" was equally entertaining. Katherine Center has a unique writing style - she manages to present full-color characters in a story which has a healthy dose of humor. It is the perfect recipe for a delightful novel. The book revolves around Cassie, a firefighter in Austin, Texas. Her estranged Mother reaches out to her and asks her to and live with her for a year at her home in Massachusetts. Her Mother is ill and needs her help. Cassie agrees and is transferred to a fire station outside Boston. Cassie's new station is chock-full of lovable characters and that's when the fun begins. Btw... Cassie even finds love. "Things To Save In A Fire" is a light read but does have depth. I found myself chuckling as well as sniffling through the pages. The narration gets an A+. This book would be a great addition to your long walks or car rides.”

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$31.04 USD

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Turbulence

A Novel
By David Szalay
Narrated by Gabra Zackman /  2 hours 29 minutes

Turbulence

“I was immediately swept into Turbulence by David Szalay, a short novel that is really a collection of interconnected vignettes. From one character to the next, our perception is constantly shifting and constantly challenged. Each character is satisfyingly complex and interesting, which, in combination with the brevity of each chapter, really makes it difficult to put the book down. As the characters fly all across the world, bumping into each other in various ways, we are taken out of our ourselves and reminded that an airplane full of strangers is really an airplane full of stories.”

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$17.24 USD

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The Turn of the Key

By Ruth Ware
Narrated by Imogen Church /  12 hours 13 minutes

The Turn of the Key

“Ruth Ware is back and at her dazzling best with The Turn of the Key. This arresting tribute to Henry James set in modern-day remote Scotland posts a nanny in a ‘smart house’ with several recalcitrant children and a garden full of poisonous plants. Who do you trust when everyone seems to be hiding something? Readers will be reading with all the lights on as they race to the climactic ending to see just who is minding who in this engaging summer thriller.”

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$27.59 USD

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The Wedding Party

By Jasmine Guillory
Narrated by Janina Edwards /  9 hours 15 minutes

The Wedding Party

“Maddie hates Theo’s snooty attitude. Theo hates Maddie’s snide comments. Alexa is their best friend, and they’re both in her wedding party. Neither knows how they’re going to deal with each other’s presence in the months to come, but as things might, their resentment turns to lust, and possibly something more. There’s one main rule: Alexa must never find out about their secret trysts. Playful, sexy, and sweet, The Wedding Party is another romantic bullseye hit from Guillory.”

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Inland

A Novel
By Téa Obreht 
Narrated by Anna Chlumsky, Edoardo Ballerini & Euan Morton /  13 hours 7 minutes

Inland

“Man, I could live my whole life inside this novel and be perfectly happy. Téa Obreht is the real thing. Inland has the stern gorgeousness of Blood Meridian, the cinematic perfection of Station Eleven, the fantasia-like atmosphere of Cloud Atlas, and the deep-heartedness of The Winter Soldier. This is the sort of novel that makes people want to get up and soldier on. I really loved this book.”

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$31.50 USD

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Chances Are . . .

A novel
By Richard Russo
Narrated by Fred Sanders /  11 hours 16 minutes

Chances Are . . .

“Richard Russo's novel of three chums reuniting five decades after graduation from their small liberal arts college captures all the significance of old friends reconnecting, but, more importantly, discovering truths about themselves. As always, Russo's dialect carries the story, and as an audio this is especially enjoyable. Covering the years from their shared experience of the Dec. 1, 1969 draft number lottery to the present (with its current political angst) history and Russo's inimitable character development combine in this satisfying novel.”

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We Are All Good People Here

By Susan Rebecca White
Narrated by Katharine Powell /  9 hours 19 minutes

We Are All Good People Here

“I’ve been reading and admiring Susan Rebecca White’s novels since her 2009 debut, Bound South, and her new book is a continuation of her unmatched knack for capturing the essence of her Atlanta upbringing. Adding layers of historical context to the familiar world of her previous works, White tells a moving and thought-provoking story that spans the tumultuous final decades of the American Century. She explores race, class, privilege, and politics through a cast of very human characters ranging across the entire socioeconomic and ideological spectrum. The book bears witness to the evolution in conscience of these times as the reader experiences the evolution of this ambitious, talented writer.”

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$22.99 USD

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The Escape Room

A Novel
By Megan Goldin
Narrated by January LaVoy & Ramon de Ocampo /  10 hours 43 minutes

The Escape Room

“Megan Goldin’s debut is sheer perfection. I was enthralled, obsessed, and utterly delighted from the gripping first chapter to the very end. The genuine quality of Goldin’s voice is so engaging, you feel like you’re discussing your favorite topics with a best friend. In The Escape Room, four investment bankers trapped in an overheated elevator reach a literal and figurative boiling point as survival becomes questionable. As these deeply flawed central characters fight to keep it together, a mysterious force works behind the glass walls to ensure they leave the elevator changed forever, if they leave at all. I loved every second of this novel and simply cannot wait to tell everyone about it!”

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$31.04 USD

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Lady in the Lake

A Novel
By Laura Lippman
Narrated by Susan Bennett /  10 hours 17 minutes

Lady in the Lake

“I continue to be in awe of Laura Lippman’s ability to write novels that are so much more than mysteries. Lady in the Lake is, of course, a wonderful mystery with twists and turns and surprises —nothing is predictable. But it is also a beautiful character study and a sensitive look at the desire to have a meaningful life and how ambition can be motivating but also blinding. I loved the multiple voices in the novel— Laura’s characters are never perfect and therefore come across as real people with real needs. I have no doubt that Lady in the Lake will be a huge success.”

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The Ghosts of Eden Park

The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America
By Karen Abbott
Narrated by Rob Shapiro & Cassandra Campbell /  11 hours 11 minutes

The Ghosts of Eden Park

“This true crime story reads like a great murder mystery and will have you hooked from the start. Wonderful research pulls you right into the story, in which readers are introduced to George Remus, a bootlegging lawyer/millionaire during the prohibition Jazz Age, and Mabel Walker Willebrandt, who is given the job of prosecutor because the corrupt U.S. Attorney’s office doesn’t think she will pose a threat to their relationship with Remus. Willebrandt will prove them wrong. The tension, greed, and flair of The Ghosts of Eden Park makes this the best nonfiction book of the summer!”

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The Right Swipe

A Novel
By Alisha Rai
Narrated by Summer Morton & Brian Pallino /  10 hours 13 minutes

The Right Swipe

“Alisha Rai breaks down patriarchal walls and presents an empowering and realistic romance. Rai incorporates humor and sexy banter while maintaining characters independence. It was so refreshing to listen to a book where there is a successful woman in tech who's thoughts are realistic and where the man in in touch with his emotions. Thank you Alisha for preaching consent and the power of healthy relationships in this digital age!”

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Gods of Jade and Shadow

A Novel
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by Yetta Gottesman /  11 hours 3 minutes

Gods of Jade and Shadow

“When she accidentally frees the Mayan god of death from imprisonment, Casiopea Tun, armed only with her wits and her dreams of the future, is forced to leave her tiny village in southern Mexico and join an otherworldly battle of life and death alongside treacherous gods, hungry ghosts, and quick-talking demons. Journeying from the southern jungles to the glitz and grime of Jazz Age Mexico City, and finally up to the gates of the Underworld itself, Gods of Jade and Shadow is a stunning adventure full of enchanting characters, magical locales, and clever surprises that you’ll never see coming. A must-read for any fantasy fan!”

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

A Novel
By Olga Tokarczuk & Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Narrated by Beata Pozniak /  11 hours 39 minutes

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

“Janina is an eccentric middle-aged woman who translates William Blake, studies astrology, and is acutely attuned to the wilderness around her in rural Poland. When hunters and poachers begin to be gruesomely murdered, Janina informs the police that the animals are responsible. As the bodies mount, so does her involvement with the mystery, although her status as a crank and possible madwoman ensures that she’s ignored. This is an extraordinary and disturbing tale — a mystery that becomes more complex as the story continues, accompanied by Janina’s often witty observations on man, nature, justice, and identity. The ending of this hard-to-categorize novel, a finalist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, will knock the breath out of you. Don’t miss this excellent translated work from an award-winning writer!”

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Family of Origin

A Novel
By CJ Hauser
Narrated by Kristen Sieh /  8 hours 39 minutes

Family of Origin

“CJ Hauser has written a completely original novel featuring an eccentric cast of characters who distract themselves from the ignorance and squalor of the past, their failures and fears, and all the warning signs of imminent end times. It’s also about a duck with joie de vivre. A comedy of maladaptive manners, Family of Origin is hard to pin down and even harder to put down. Hauser’s uncommonly funny and moving novel transported me out of my day-to-day life while letting me see the world as it is but also anew.”

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Summerlings

A Novel
By Lisa Howorth
Narrated by Michael Crouch /  7 hours 24 minutes

Summerlings

“On the surface, Lisa Howorth’s coming-of-age story follows a group of young friends in a sleepy suburb just outside Washington, D.C., through long lazy summer days punctuated by childhood adventures. Into this setting, where WWII is still a fresh memory for many and the Cold War is heating up daily, she introduces an international cast of supporting characters whose back stories provide fascinating context and drama. By providing the details of the adults’ lives as seen through the boys’ eyes, Howorth creates a larger story while keeping her eight-year-old protagonists front and center. It’s a perfect balance. I loved it!”

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The Swallows

A Novel
By Lisa Lutz
Narrated by Abby Elliott, Lisa Flanagan, Michael Crouch & Various /  10 hours 59 minutes

The Swallows

“Stonebridge Academy, a private prep school of about 400 students located on 50 acres of dense woods, was to be the setting for Alex Witt’s second try at being an instructor. Her first ended with a memory that made her skin crawl. Unfortunately, her time at Stonebridge would prove to be even more disturbing. Remember the age-old adage, ‘Boys will be boys’? With The Swallows, we have a new adage: ‘Girls will be tougher than boys.’ This is a powerfully serious yet humorous look at the battle between the sexes and a timely and important book for all readers.”

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