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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 Silent Patient

By Alex Michaelides
Narrated by Jack Hawkins & Louise Brealey /  8 hours 43 minutes

The Silent Patient

“When Theo Faber starts his new job at the Grove, a forensic psychiatric hospital, he is determined to work with the famous painter Alicia Berenson, who allegedly murdered her husband. What follows is a tale that will grip you and keep you guessing. With the incredible voice talent of Jack Hawkins, the audiobook elicits the feeling of something very slowly creeping up your spine, and will have you gripping your seat with anxiety throughout. An expansive cast of characters populates this novel, all with intricate connections and relationships, all with dark secrets of their own, making anyone and everyone a suspect. The ending twist was so intense and so unexpected, I had to pause the narration for a moment to scream and gather myself before I could move on. I highly recommend this audiobook for anyone who wants to explore the dark and twisted corners of the human psyche.”

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The Lost Girls of Paris

A Novel
By Pam Jenoff
Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire & Candace Thaxton /  11 hours 41 minutes

The Lost Girls of Paris

“Pam Jenoff specializes in finding a piece of history that has not been fully explored and that often leaves one thinking truth is stranger than fiction. In The Lost Girls of Paris, she returns to WWII but this time her protagonists are a group of British women recruited to blend into the French countryside and sabotage the Nazi network in preparation for D-Day. The story, told from the perspective of three women, ties up a whodunit in a satisfying knot with a little romance, but it’s really a lot more about women finding out who they are and what role they can play in making a difference in the world.”

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Golden Child

A Novel
By Claire Adam
Narrated by Obi Abili /  7 hours 7 minutes

Golden Child

“The country of Trinidad, in all of its lush complexities and sociopolitical intricacies, is the real main character here. As a family struggles with the terrible news that their son has been kidnapped, the reader is treated to a tour of the sights, sounds, and smells of Port of Spain and the outlying countryside, in all of its corruption and glory. This lyrical first novel portends great things to come for Claire Adam.”

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When You Read This

A Novel
By Mary Adkins
Narrated by Sarah Naughton /  7 hours 34 minutes

When You Read This

“Death is called the final act, but for our loved ones who survive us, the show inevitably goes on. In When You Read This, Mary Adkins gives equal stage time to Iris Massey, a woman recently diagnosed with terminal cancer who begins a blog about her experiences, and those she has left behind. Grief is a unifying theme in this novel, from Iris, who struggles to come to terms with her death, to her sister, Jade, who is left rudderless without her, and even Iris’ boss, Smith, who is determined to fulfill Iris’ last request of having her blog published as a book. Poignant and bittersweet, When You Read This is a well-rounded blend of romance, comedy, and drama.”

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$27.59 USD

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The Weight of a Piano

A novel
By Chris Cander
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell /  9 hours 55 minutes

The Weight of a Piano

“A hulking black piano of Russian origin links the stories of two women: Katya, who must leave behind her beloved instrument when she immigrates to the U.S., and Clara, who is forced to sell her family heirloom when she loses her boyfriend and her home. The obsessive love each woman holds for the piano unfolds as the instrument journeys across continents. Chris Cander has crafted a novel of compelling beauty and characters who are complex, deeply flawed, and magnificently haunting. This will be a five-star beginning to any avid reader’s 2019 book list.”

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You Know You Want This

By Kristen Roupenian
Narrated by Aubrey Plaza, Jayme Mattler, Molly Pope, Will Damron, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Emily Tremaine, Finn Wittrock, Amy Ryan, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Corey Brill, Jacques Roy & Kristen Roupenian /  7 hours 30 minutes

You Know You Want This

“I was completely enthralled with Kristen Roupenian’s ‘Cat Person’ story in the New Yorker and couldn’t wait to pick up her collection. Like ‘Cat Person,’ each story pushes boundaries, holding a magnifying glass up to social norms and what our society accepts. The writing is fantastic, and the cadence of each story is strikingly unique. This book will delight fans of Roupenian’s viral story and will start many more conversations in its wake.”

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$20.69 USD

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The Falconer

A Novel
By Dana Czapnik
Narrated by Candace Thaxton /  8 hours 21 minutes

The Falconer

“Dana Czapnik’s debut is a sharp coming-of-age story set in New York City in the mid-1990s with an unforgettable protagonist: Lucy is a street-smart basketball phenom who is secretly in love with Percy, her best friend and fellow baller. Lucy and Percy jump off the page through Czapnik’s propulsive, stylish writing. These characters are interesting, warm, and quirky and feel entirely authentic as they struggle to define who they are and want to become. Czapnik’s novel has personality and an attitude that infuses the pages and makes it impossible to put down.”

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$22.99 USD

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Watching You

A Novel
By Lisa Jewell
Narrated by Gabrielle Glaister /  10 hours 50 minutes

Watching You

“With a slowly building list of suspects, Watching You is a beautifully narrated, twisting, turning thriller! Lisa Jewell has given readers a Murder On The Orient Express-level who-done-it that keeps us guessing right up to the very end! Each time we think the story is through, Ms. Jewell throws one more twist our way.”

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The Dreamers

A Novel
By Karen Thompson Walker
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell /  10 hours 28 minutes

The Dreamers

“From the beginning, The Dreamers is a novel that seems all-too-possible these days. Some things unravel much as you'd expect while others are a complete surprise. As a reader I found myself wanting more details about the dreams - because they were so fascinating - but the writing is strong and makes for a well-paced story.”

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$28.00 USD

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The Water Cure

A Novel
By Sophie Mackintosh
Narrated by Hannah Murray, Gemma Whelan & Morfydd Clark /  7 hours 10 minutes

The Water Cure

“Here’s what they know: men hurt women, even if they don’t mean to. And the island is the only safe place in a world that has been completely corrupted by pollution — at least that’s what they’ve been told. So sisters Grace, Lia, and Sky occupy themselves with the painful rituals their parents have devised, exercises that will make them stronger and immune to love’s sickness. Every day is the same until their father disappears and three strange men appear in his place. Violence is inevitable, but who will be the perpetrator? Gorgeously, perfectly written, The Water Cure luxuriates in an atmosphere of haunting, Atwoodian strangeness.”

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Ghost Wall

A Novel
By Sarah Moss
Narrated by Christine Hewitt /  3 hours 48 minutes

Ghost Wall

“Sarah Moss writes with a lyricism and an intelligence unlike any other author, and in Ghost Wall she deftly weaves threads of history, power, gender, and obsession into a stunning story that envelops you from the very first page. Lovely and haunting, Ghost Wall is both a powerful glimpse at how humanity interprets its history and a chilling reminder that the lines between past, present, and future are not always as clear as they seem.”

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Freefall

A Novel
By Jessica Barry
Narrated by Hillary Huber, Karissa Vacker & MacLeod Andrews /  12 hours 3 minutes

Freefall

“There used to be a carnival ride where you would stand against a wall and as and the ride spun faster and faster, the floor would drop out but the force of the spin would keep you pinned to the wall. I got the same feeling when reading Jessica Barry’s Freefall. The plot moved faster and faster until I felt myself holding my breath, right up until the final page. Clear your schedule and order takeout before you start this thriller!”

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Inheritance

A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
By Dani Shapiro
Narrated by Dani Shapiro /  6 hours 43 minutes

Inheritance

“Who are we? Does who we think we are change when we learn a family secret that alters the source of our identity? Shapiro has explored issues of identity in her previous memoirs, but in her latest she applies her signature candor and heart to a riveting, provocative, and inspiring genealogical mystery and journey of discovery.”

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An Anonymous Girl

A Novel
By Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik & Julia Whelan /  11 hours 39 minutes

An Anonymous Girl

“Fascinating turns abound in this story, which swirls around characters whose livelihoods are meant to hold them to the very highest of moral standards, including a psychologist conducting a study on morality who finds the perfect subject while she arranges for a duplicitous test of her husband’s fidelity. This book is unrelenting in its tension, but in the best way. I stayed up well past 3:00 a.m. sorting out the very last pages, with no regrets the next day. I highly recommend you keep your eye on Hendricks and Pekkanen, for any project these ladies engage upon will surely delight!”

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The Far Field

A Novel
By Madhuri Vijay
Narrated by Sneha Mathan /  13 hours 59 minutes

The Far Field

“Few seasoned novelists — let alone a first-time novelist like Madhuri Vijay — are able to construct scene after scene with compelling interior drama, tension, and forward momentum, but you’ll never want to stop reading as Vijay skillfully combines a personal journey and family mystery with a political examination of the Kashmiri-Indian troubles. Shalini, the narrator of this extraordinary work, has a mother who immediately belongs on any shortlist of literature’s great characters. If I read a better novel in 2019, then 2019 will become my favorite year of the 21st century.”

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Looker

A Novel
By Laura Sims
Narrated by Katherine Fenton /  5 hours 31 minutes

Looker

“Wow, wow, wow! Anyone who has ever appreciated an unreliable narrator will be transfixed by this story of obsession and creeping madness. In the wake of infertility and a looming divorce, our unnamed protagonist becomes more and more preoccupied by the seemingly perfect actress who lives down the block. You’ll read Looker in one sitting and want to pass it on to everyone you know — this is a stunner and a fantastic debut.”

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The Winter of the Witch

A Novel
By Katherine Arden
Narrated by Kathleen Gati /  13 hours 59 minutes

The Winter of the Witch

The Winter of the Witch takes place immediately after the events in The Girl in the Tower. The world of the old gods is fading, and a new religion is claiming the hearts of Vasya’s people. Rus is on the brink of war, and Vasya, it seems, is up against the whole world. With the help of new allies, Vasya is determined to save all that she holds dear even if it means sacrificing everything. Vasya is the kind of character you cheer for, cry with, and roar alongside. ‘Petrichor,’ the word used to describe that sweet, earthy smell after it rains, is how I would describe the Winternight Trilogy. Arden’s storytelling encompasses all your senses, so grab a hot mug of your favorite drink and settle in for Vasya’s adventures in The Winter of the Witch.”

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Sugar Run

A Novel
By Mesha Maren
Narrated by Hillary Huber /  11 hours 8 minutes

Sugar Run

“This is the gritty Southern novel I’ve always wanted. Maren deftly navigates between two periods in time, telling interconnected, muddled love stories and mixing in stunning images of the West Virginia landscape her characters inhabit. She uses the presence of fracking on the family farm as a multifaceted metaphor, demonstrating how easily we fall prey to the type of immediate relief that will eventually destroy and poison us from within. Dark, yes, but so well-developed, timely, and shocking in its delivery that I absolutely could not put this book down.”

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Golden State

By Ben Winters
Narrated by Kiff VandenHeuvel /  10 hours 26 minutes

Golden State

“I was sold from the moment the narration started. Kiff VandenHeuvel brought Lazlo to life for me and I was sucked into The Golden State, where truth is expected, lies are not tolerated, where only Speculators like Lazlo Ratesic and his new partner Asa Paige are allowed to contemplate the "what ifs", where fiction has been redefined, and forgery is primarily what is done to commit truth to the permanent record, its other definition mostly a relic of an era of lies. This novel is part dystopian fiction, part thriller, part detective story all blended with writing that was profound, subtle, and moving. I was so transported into this world, I found myself looking for "captures"—cameras that capture all moments for review of the truth—and wishing I could view a "stretch"—a section of capture that would prove something that happened. Winters' description of the moment of speculation was mesmerizing; I can only imagine this was the author's feeling of being drawn into a story that must be written. Highly recommend this audiobook and suspect this will be on the short list for an Audie.”

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The Paragon Hotel

By Lyndsay Faye
Narrated by January LaVoy /  13 hours 21 minutes

The Paragon Hotel

“Good gracious. I just adore all things written by Lyndsay Faye. Like her glorious Gods of Gotham series,The Paragon Hotel is a clever, fast-paced read with a unique ensemble of characters. Set during the Prohibition era, the novel bounces between the mafia-ridden streets of Harlem and the racially tense community of Portland, Oregon. Steeped in historical detail, The Paragon Hotel is wickedly smart and wholly entertaining. Faye has given readers another deviously delicious story.”

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