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The Indie Next List

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Plain Bad Heroines

A Novel
By Emily M. Danforth
Narrated by Xe Sands /  19 hours 27 minutes

Plain Bad Heroines

“This one's a stunner. Emily Danforth writes so compellingly, that even for its slow pacing, Plain Bad Heroines is impossible to put down. This is so much more than horror - a queer, coming-of-age, love story, history rewritten to include those it should never have erased - so atmospheric and character-driven, I found it difficult to find myself afraid, only undeniably intrigued. I giggled hysterically. I shook my fists at the patriarchy (because of course I did). Reader, I'd dive right back in again, even at the risk of yellow jackets following me back out.”

Second Star to the Right image Britt, Second Star to the Right
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Group

How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life
By Christie Tate
Narrated by Christie Tate /  10 hours 6 minutes

Group

“I cannot recommend this book enough! Group reads like a novel while also being incredibly insightful. Christie Tate is able to articulate a reality that I, and I’m sure others, haven’t quite been able to express to those closest to us. This book will help people realize that there are things they haven’t let themselves face yet, but it will also show them that their feelings are normal and natural. I, for one, am going to recommend this from now on to anyone I think might benefit from Tate’s journey, which I think will be just about anyone.”

Ferguson Books & More! image Sterling Miller, Ferguson Books & More!
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Moonflower Murders

A Novel
By Anthony Horowitz
Narrated by Lesley Manville & Allan Corduner /  18 hours 28 minutes

Moonflower Murders

“Anthony Horowitz has done it again! With Moonflower Murders, he has crafted another superlative, page-turning, cunning, book-within-a-book mystery chock full of clues (and red herrings), featuring the appealing former editor Susan Ryeland from Magpie Murders. Terrifically engaging, smart, and fun, this book is practically impossible to put down. Don’t miss it!”

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Invisible Girl

A Novel
By Lisa Jewell
Narrated by Donna Banya, Katherine Kelly & Connor Swindells /  9 hours 44 minutes

Invisible Girl

“Another terrific novel by Lisa Jewell. I loved listening to the different voices of the characters as the novel is told from several points of view. I knew nothing about the book before I started and I really think that helped amplify my enjoyment as I kept trying to guess which character was really telling the truth and which was the victim and which was the bad guy/gal. Each of the characters in the book had very interesting back stories and they all came together after lots of twists and turns in a very satisfying ending.”

Fiction Addiction image Nancy, Fiction Addiction
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White Ivy

A Novel
By Susie Yang
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller /  12 hours 50 minutes

White Ivy

“Ivy Lin’s unassuming looks and demeanor hide a dark side. She is obsessed with the wealth and privilege she sees around her and will cross boundaries to get what she needs — most of all, the object of her teenage affection. Susie Yang crafts a brilliant and mesmerizing tale that gives readers an intimate look into the experience of immigrants. Well-written prose, excellent characters, and a surprising turn of events will keep readers hooked until the end — and it is a doozy.”

Excelsior Bay Books image Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books
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Goodnight Beautiful

A Novel
By Aimee Molloy
Narrated by Val Toomey, George Newbern, Marin Ireland & Joel Froomkin /  7 hours 55 minutes

Goodnight Beautiful

“A good-looking couple from New York City move upstate for a slower lifestyle, but things quickly take a turn when the husband goes missing. When Sam Statler, a therapist with a range of diverse clients, doesn’t come home, his wife, Annie, is desperate to find him and begins to suspect one of his clients. As secrets unravel, Molloy keeps the reader excited and engaged in this intriguing thriller.”

Story on the Square image Deanna Bailey, Story on the Square
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Crazy Stupid Bromance

Bromance Book Club: Book #3
By Lyssa Kay Adams
Narrated by Andrew Eiden /  9 hours 50 minutes

Crazy Stupid Bromance

“Alexis’ life has been a bit crazy lately. In addition to uncovering a family secret, she owns a cat café, which has become a meeting ground for women who have experienced sexual harassment, and is in love with her best friend, Noah. Noah is also in love with Alexis and reluctantly receives help from the Bromance Book Club. Adams delivers a funny, romantic novel that touches on major issues, including the aftermath of speaking out about sexual harassment, forgiveness, compassion, and trust.”

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This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing

By Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by Jacqueline Winspear /  10 hours 7 minutes

This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing

“As a fan of her Maisie Dobbs novels, I couldn’t wait to learn more about Jacqueline Winspear herself. This memoir takes the reader through the early and adolescent years of the author’s life as well as the history of her parents. Winspear’s memoir of an English country childhood is also a love letter to her parents, whose choices and outlook shaped her life. She paints a vivid picture of postwar England, and her story is engaging, vivid, and hopeful.”

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Ring Shout

By P. Djeli Clark
Narrated by Channie Waites /  5 hours 36 minutes

Ring Shout

“The emotionally charged, wild ride of Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark was one I did not want to end. Clark pulled me into the life of Maryse and her band of monster hunters and held me hostage. With beautiful language, deep characters, and a fully immersive world, this story of vengeance and self-forgiveness unfolds. By the end, I was in tears. Ring Shout perfectly takes on a dark, violent history, but also an uncertain, terrifying future. Everyone needs to read Ring Shout.”

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Tsarina

A Novel
By Ellen Alpsten
Narrated by Anna Krippa /  18 hours 33 minutes

Tsarina

“Ellen Alpsten’s debut is a riveting, delicious escape into the world of Catherine the I, Tsarina of Russia. My head is swimming with the sights and sounds of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Alpsten’s fascinating account reveals the unforgettable woman who went toe to toe with her husband, Peter the Great. Exactly the kind of book I needed to read right now!”

Page and Palette image Anderson McKean, Page and Palette
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The Once and Future Witches

By Alix E. Harrow
Narrated by Gabra Zackman /  16 hours 8 minutes

The Once and Future Witches

“Alix Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January was my favorite book last year, so I had incredibly high expectations when I picked up The Once and Future Witches. This book is very different, but I adore it just as much! Set in the late 1800s in a world with a slightly alternate history from ours, women are fighting for the vote and losing. Three wayward sisters decide to challenge the patriarchy by bringing back witchcraft. Told through familiar stories twisted in new ways, this book is incredible. You will not be able to put it down, from the beautifully written introduction to the pulse-pounding ending!”

Dog Ear Books image Carrie Deming, Dog Ear Books
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Written in the Stars

A Novel
By Alexandria Bellefleur
Narrated by Lauren Sweet /  11 hours 11 minutes

Written in the Stars

“This fake-dating, opposites-attract romance is simply perfect. A social media astrologer is set up with her new business partner’s actuary sister. While the date goes terribly, how helpful it would be for both of them to have a date for certain upcoming events. The two leads are wonderful, flawed women with their own baggage and hang-ups (hello, family drama!), and it’s a joy to watch them fall in love with each other in spite of everything.”

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Fortune Favors the Dead

A Novel
A Pentecost and Parker Mystery: Book #1
By Stephen Spotswood
Narrated by Kirsten Potter /  8 hours 31 minutes

Fortune Favors the Dead

“Not since Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have I so enjoyed the page-turning yarn of a New York private detective and a wisecracking sidekick! Stephen Spotswood simultaneously nails the tone of classic detective stories and stands them on their head — because the brilliant gumshoe is Lillian Pentecost, a middle-aged woman with a disability, and her sidekick Willowjean ‘Will’ Parker, a gender-bending young circus performer with a sweet spot for the ladies. A delight from start to finish. Dare I hope this is the beginning of a series?”

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The Midnight Bargain

By C.L. Polk
Narrated by Moira Quirk /  11 hours 49 minutes

The Midnight Bargain

“If you had to decide between your magical ability and love, which would you chose? Of course, it’s not that simple when your marriage will save your family from bankruptcy, but also take away more freedoms than you know. Sorcery, historical romance, feminism, female friendships, and reproductive rights — this enjoyable novel had everything I needed. Readers of Gail Carriger and Naomi Novik will gobble this up.”

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The Office of Historical Corrections

A Novella and Stories
By Danielle Evans
Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Nicole Lewis, Brittany Pressley, Shayna Small, January LaVoy, Adenrele Ojo & Janina Edwards /  7 hours 13 minutes

The Office of Historical Corrections

“I have been holding my breath for Danielle Evans’ next book of short stories since Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, and The Office of Historical Corrections was worth the wait. She delivers the same great storytelling, insight, and sharp cultural commentary. Her touch on themes usually associated with older people, such as redemption, reconciliation, and propitiation, moved me. I read the whole collection in two days.”

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

By V. E. Schwab
Narrated by Julia Whelan /  17 hours 9 minutes

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

“Schwab has a masterpiece on her hands with this title. I loved it from the beginning, and that love grew until the very end. Addie needed to find a way to escape the life she is supposed to live as a woman in France, 1714. “No matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark.” As the sun sets, she is praying to any god that will listen to help her be free, someone eventually hears her... and they answer. 300 years later Addie walks into a bookstore to find a young man at the counter. Upon her return she realizes he remembers her...”

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Hench

A Novel
By Natalie Zina Walschots
Narrated by Alex McKenna /  14 hours 14 minutes

Hench

Hench is absolutely terrific! Walschots has found a fresh, original, feminist angle on the tropes of superheroes and supervillains in this smart, lively novel. Anna is barely subsisting from temp job to temp job — even supervillains need someone to do their data entry — when she becomes collateral damage in a superhero’s intervention. Injured and jobless, she fights back by collecting data on the negative effects caused by superheroes. As Anna’s research goes viral, she’s tapped for a new job with the supervillain, giving her an opportunity to use her skills to fight back against the so-called forces of good. Very highly recommended!”

Carol Schneck Varner image Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books (Okemos)
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White Tears/Brown Scars

How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color
By Ruby Hamad
Narrated by Mozhan Marnò /  7 hours 2 minutes

White Tears/Brown Scars

“This book could not have come at a better time as a vital contribution to antiracist and intersectional feminist literature. Hamad is extremely thorough in her examination of white feminism and its long history of weaponization against BIPOC. This work is accessible to newcomers to these topics, and illuminating for those who have some background in these discussions. Hamad shows us how deep the betrayal of white feminism goes, into politics, the media, and our interpersonal relationships, so that we might call it out and stop it in its tracks.”

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The End of the Day

By Bill Clegg
Narrated by Bill Clegg /  9 hours 56 minutes

The End of the Day

“Bill Clegg gracefully weaves together character-driven vignettes to reveal 60 years of secrets and regrets over the course of a single day. The central characters have known each other since childhood, but while their paths parted ways long ago, the mystery around why is now threatening to come clean. Moving seamlessly from Connecticut to Kauai, from present day to the past, the unbreakable nature of their connections becomes clear. The power in Clegg’s writing is his ability to bring uncomfortable situations and characters to life without judgment, allowing them their humanity while not absolving them of guilt. This gentle writing style is what makes The End of the Day an emotionally powerful novel.”

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A Deadly Education

A Novel
The Scholomance: Book #1
By Naomi Novik
Narrated by Anisha Dadia /  10 hours 58 minutes

A Deadly Education

A Deadly Education takes a fresh stab at the magical boarding school setting in this inventive and compelling new novel from Naomi Novik. Galadriel Higgins is a student at Scholomance, a dangerous institution full of things that don’t just go bump in the night, they tend to maim and murder the students. In such a perilous place, it’s important to have friends. Unfortunately, Galadriel is a sarcastic misanthrope with a potent affinity toward mass destruction and death, but she might have to start relying on her non-magical charms to get out of this school alive. With a wink to all your favorite series, A Deadly Education is guaranteed to enthrall!”

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