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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.

Lucky Boy

By Shanthi Sekaran
Narrated by Soneela Nankani & Roxana Ortega /  16 hours 39 minutes

Lucky Boy

“Soli is an 18-year-old Mexican girl who enters the U.S. illegally and gives birth to a baby boy. Rashi and Kavya Reddy are an Indian-American couple in Berkeley who have unsuccessfully tried to have children. Their stories intersect when Soli is arrested and her baby is taken from her by Child Protective Services and given into foster care with the Reddys, who become attached to baby Ignacio and want to adopt him. Sekaran does a good job describing the trials and tribulations of illegal immigrants, and Soli's hope of regaining custody rings true. A compelling read that examines very topical parental rights and immigration issues.”

Blue Willow Bookshop image Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop
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$35.00 USD

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Books for Living

Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life
By Will Schwalbe
Narrated by Jeff Harding /  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.”

Island Books image Miriam Landis, Island Books
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$28.00 USD

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Her Every Fear

A Novel
By Peter Swanson
Narrated by Eva Kaminsky /  10 hours 51 minutes

Her Every Fear

“Swanson builds tension in Her Every Fear like a chess grandmaster slowly revealing his game. Kate Priddy tries to escape her dark past with a move to Boston, only to discover that she is not the only one trying to hide their secrets, and that many are darker than her own. Moving seamlessly between each character's point of view, Swanson's heart-stopping thriller draws readers into this terrifying and twisted tale of revenge and holds them until the surprising end.”

Book Passage image Luisa Smith, Book Passage
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$31.04 USD

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Little Deaths

A Novel
By Emma Flint
Narrated by Lauren Fortgang /  10 hours 10 minutes

Little Deaths

“In 1965, Ruth Malone, recently separated from her husband, wakes to find her children gone. Both are found dead and Ruth finds herself the prime suspect, tried and convicted by the court of public opinion because she is a single parent and rumors abound about her drinking and dating habits. Flint has created a compelling whodunit based on true events, and I was riveted from page one. This is a literary thriller that will have you parked in your reading chair until you turn the last page!”

Sarah Harmuth Letke image Sarah Harmuth Letke, Redbery Books
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$29.88 USD

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The Bear and the Nightingale

A Novel
Winternight Trilogy: Book #1
By Katherine Arden
Narrated by Kathleen Gati /  11 hours 47 minutes

If you enjoyed Uprooted, then you’ll love The Bear and the Nightingale.

“These two books have a very similar feel! I will often hear that one reminded someone of the other, and both are fantastic worlds with strong female leads.”

Liberty Bay Books image Kate, Liberty Bay Books
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$28.00 USD

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Everything You Want Me to Be

A Thriller
By Mindy Mejia
Narrated by Caitlin Thorburn, John Moraitis & Jeff Harding /  10 hours 43 minutes

Everything You Want Me to Be

“To some extent we are all chameleons. We fit ourselves to the situations we find ourselves in, act differently around our boss than with our family, and tell little white lies out of kindness. But what if that's all you did? Hattie Hoffman is just a teenager, but she has already mastered the art of observing the people around her, assessing their desires and expectations and molding herself accordingly. Everything You Want Me to Be is a chilling mystery that explores the mutability of identity through the eyes of three very different people. If you're looking for the next captivating thriller that everyone will be comparing to Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, this is it!”

Changing Hands image Lauren Peugh, Changing Hands
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$20.69 USD

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Fever Dream

A Novel
By Samanta Schweblin & Megan McDowell
Narrated by Hillary Huber /  3 hours 13 minutes

Fever Dream

“Haunting, foreboding, eerie, and ominous, Schweblin's Fever Dream is the first of the Argentine author's books to appear in English. Despite its brevity, Fever Dream throbs with a quickened pulse, as heightening tension is its most effective quality. An intriguing yet purposefully vague plot adds to the story's mystique, one of peril, poison, and the unexplained terror of worms. Metaphorical in scope, Schweblin's impressively constructed tale leaves much to the imagination but is all the richer for doing so. Unsettling and compelling, this is a delirious, potent novel not to be overlooked.”

Powell's Books image Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books
Price:

$21.00 USD

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The River at Night

By Erica Ferencik
Narrated by Joy Osmanski /  8 hours 25 minutes

The River at Night

“What would you do to save the lives of your friends? In this debut novel, Winifred and her three friends are about to find out. Instead of a trip to a comfortable, fancy resort in some exotic destination, they embark on an excursion to the Allagash wilderness in upstate Maine. What happens next is everyone's nightmare, yet it leads to the kind of wisdom few people ever achieve. This is a tense, disturbing, yet satisfying story of the strength of friendship in the face of a severe challenge.”

Linda Bond image Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore
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$20.69 USD

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Burning Bright

A Peter Ash Novel: Book #2
By Nick Petrie
Narrated by Stephen Mendel /  11 hours 55 minutes

Burning Bright

“Burning Bright solidifies Petrie's place among the best thriller writers working today. His hero, Peter Ash, wanders from town to town, living outdoors because his PTSD will not allow him to remain inside walls for very long. When he discovers a woman on the run from shadowy killers, Ash knows he must help her in spite of his near-crippling claustrophobia. Petrie gives us characters we love, warts and all, and there is a true sense of forward propulsion to his action-packed tale. Peter Ash is a hero for today and Burning Bright puts Petrie in the company of Lee Child and Robert Ludlum.”

Wellesley Books image William Carl, Wellesley Books
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$31.50 USD

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