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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!

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Great Circle

A novel

By Maggie Shipstead
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell & Alex McKenna
Length: 25 hours 16 minutes

Great Circle

“Like so many big, statement-making novels, Maggie Shipstead's Great Circle is an inviting, ambitious, and commodious work. But unlike so many of them, Great Circle makes the statement without dragging across its page count. It gallops, in fact, in its telling of Marian Graves's triumphant and ill-fated trek across the globe and of the Hollywood starlet, decades later, charged with playing her on screen. And it does so with verve and an infectious volley of voice that I couldn't get out of my head.It's the kind of story you wish would never end. Great Circle is as heart-aching as it is profound in what it says about life's great journeys, our shared histories, and freedom!”

BookPeople image Uriel, BookPeople
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People We Meet on Vacation

By Emily Henry
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hours 46 minutes

People We Meet on Vacation

“What fun! This delightful book should be in every beach bag this summer. A hilariously comedic rom-com with memorable characters, set in varied vacation spots in various years. I enjoyed the changing timeline and seeing the relationship as it grew through the years.”

Monkey and Dog Books image Shelley Lowe, Monkey and Dog Books
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Crying in H Mart

A Memoir

By Michelle Zauner
Narrated by: Michelle Zauner
Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

Crying in H Mart

“I was struck by just how much I loved this book for how it walks through grief not as a way to leave it behind, but as a way to remember its exact shape. I’m grateful for its funny, self-deprecating, and wise observations, and for its difficult beauty.”

Parnassus Books image Steve Haruch, Parnassus Books
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The Last Thing He Told Me

A Novel

By Laura Dave
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
Length: 8 hours 49 minutes

The Last Thing He Told Me

“I adore Laura Dave and absolutely loved The Last Thing He Told Me. Wonderful characters, amazing writing, and a twisty plot kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. Truly unputdownable and a thoroughly enjoyable read!”

Kaitlin Smith image Kaitlin Smith, Copperfield's Books Healdsburg
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Secrets of Happiness

By Joan Silber
Narrated by: Amy Scanlon, Greg Watanabe, Graham Winton, Daniel Henning, Mia Barron & Andrea Gallo
Length: 6 hours 57 minutes

Secrets of Happiness

“No one is better than Joan Silber at revealing the hidden links that connect people. The small, human details in Secrets of Happiness feel at first like ripples in a pond, but they prove in the end to be mighty waves in an ocean the size of the world.”

Madison Books image James Crossley, Madison Books
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Mary Jane

A Novel

By Jessica Anya Blau
Narrated by: Caitlin Kinnunen
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes

Mary Jane

“Mary Jane is 14 in 1975 and her summer nannying job is filled with surprises, spontaneity, and love as she is pulled into the family of the little girl she watches. A sweet and funny story of discovering yourself, your loved ones, and where you fit in. It really hit home for me.”

Reads & Company image Courtney Boches, Reads & Company
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The Woman with the Blue Star

By Pam Jenoff
Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya, Emily Lawrence & Nancy Peterson
Length: 12 hours 20 minutes

The Woman with the Blue Star

“In The Woman With the Blue Star, Jenoff continues to showcase herself as one of the masters of historical fiction, deftly intertwining emotional power with historical accuracy. Much like The Lost Girls of Paris, this is one our customers will be coming back for again and again.”

Alex Brubaker image Alex Brubaker, Midtown Scholar Bookstore
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Mirrorland

By Carole Johnstone
Narrated by: Katie Leung
Length: 11 hours 38 minutes

Mirrorland

“You will tie yourself in knots trying to figure out what’s happening in Mirrorland, the story of two sisters growing up with different stories attached to the games they play, stories that take on a life of their own years later as buried memories come to the fore.”

Pete Mock image Pete Mock, McIntyre's Fine Books
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The Plot

By Jean Hanff Korelitz
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

The Plot

“A novel within a novel, a plot within a plot, a very realistic and informative look at authors, how they write, how they think, and how they try to be faithful to what they believe: that a good story must be told, even if it is not really yours to tell. Jake Finch Bonner genuinely believes that a story idea can not be stolen–after all there are only so many plots and they have been told repeatedly by many authors. It is how you tell the story, the words you use and the feelings you bring forth that make it the authors. However, when Jake, after years of struggling to get another book published writes a huge bestseller there is someone out in the world who does not think an author has the right to write anyone else’s story. What starts out as a slow but methodical look at Jake’s approach to being an author, his dreams, his aspirations and his beliefs, turns into a fast-paced story about what a person will do to keep their secrets and to punish someone who they think stole a story that he had no right to write.”

Fiction Addiction image Nancy, Fiction Addiction
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Ariadne

A Novel

By Jennifer Saint
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

Ariadne

“Satisfying the need for more Greek/Roman transformational myths from much-needed other viewpoints, Jennifer Saint delivers tales of Ariadne and her sister Phaedra’s life on Crete and beyond. Less heroic yarn and more character inquisitiveness — a refreshing addition.”

Edmonds Bookshop image Michelle Bear, Edmonds Bookshop
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Madhouse at the End of the Earth

The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night

By Julian Sancton
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 13 hours 28 minutes

Madhouse at the End of the Earth

“What I love about polar expedition stories is imagining surviving the same situation. Madhouse at the End of the Earth is a fascinating study of chasing fame at any cost and the price paid when things go horribly wrong. A worthy addition to the canon of polar expedition history.”

Dudley's Bookshop Cafe image Tom Beans, Dudley's Bookshop Cafe
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The Music of Bees

A Novel

By Eileen Garvin
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
Length: 10 hours 57 minutes

The Music of Bees

“Comparing this book to Eleanor Oliphant left me a bit skeptical, but the comparison is fair and I’d even say that The Music of Bees stands on its own beautifully. Add in some interesting facts on bees and heartwarming stories of lovable, offbeat characters and you have a winner.”

Orinda Books image Pat Rudebusch, Orinda Books
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The Newcomer

A Novel

By Mary Kay Andrews
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Length: 14 hours 29 minutes

The Newcomer

“Mary Kay Andrews knows how to put mystery and beach together to make a blockbuster novel. I know it’s really summer when a new novel by Andrews becomes available. The Newcomer is perfect for us right now. It’s got it all. I can’t wait to start hand-selling it.”

Copperfish Books image Jean Lewis, Copperfish Books
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Pop Song

Adventures in Art & Intimacy

By Larissa Pham
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

Pop Song

Pop Song is an engaging blend of art criticism, memoir, and travelogue with the raw and confessional style of the microblogging generation. Larissa Pham’s prose bounces seamlessly and dexterously from looking outward to inward and back with equal attention, passion, and insight.”

Greenlight Bookstore image Matt Stowe, Greenlight Bookstore
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Olympus, Texas

A Novel

By Stacey Swann
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes

Olympus, Texas

“A gripping debut that takes all of the skeletons out of the Briscoe family closet and throws them on the front lawn. The depth of character development speaks to my own east Texan family, which feels disconcerting and scandalous. A page-turning read that you won’t want to end.”

BookPeople image Charley Rejsek, BookPeople
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Hour of the Witch

A Novel

By Chris Bohjalian
Narrated by: Grace Experience, Saskia Maarleveld, Danny Campbell, Cassandra Campbell, Arthur Morey, Mark Deakins, Julia Whelan, Kaleo Griffith, Kirby Heyborne, Rebecca Lowman & Mark Bramhall
Length: 14 hours 8 minutes

Hour of the Witch

“Trapped in a marriage with a violent man in Puritan New England, the fierce and resilient Mary Deerfield has the audacity to file for divorce in a time when women are accused of witchcraft for any non-conforming behavior. While historical, this story rings true for today.”

Lisa Casper image Lisa Casper, Tattered Cover Colfax
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Fugitive Telemetry

Murderbot Diaries: Book #6

By Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 4 hours 24 minutes

The New York Times bestselling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn't admit it!) Is back in Fugitive Telemetry ! Having captured the hearts of readers across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it's "one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read") Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of... Read more »

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While Justice Sleeps

A Novel

By Stacey Abrams
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo & Stacey Abrams
Length: 14 hours 54 minutes

While Justice Sleeps

“From the first pages, this crime novel from author/activist Stacey Abrams drew me into the world of the Supreme Court (and chess!) and the seedy underbelly of the U.S. government. This race through the streets of Washington, DC, also contains a deeply satisfying ending that I won’t give away.”

The Silver Unicorn Bookstore image Megan Birch-McMichael, The Silver Unicorn Bookstore
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Hot Stew

By Fiona Mozley
Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

Hot Stew

“A young millionaire wants to turn an old Soho brothel into luxury condos, but the tenants aren’t going to leave without a fight. A riveting tale about wealth, class, gentrification, power, and gender, this story shows readers just how unjust the world can be. A 2021 must-read!”

Flyleaf Books image Jennie Minor, Flyleaf Books
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Meet Me in Another Life

A Novel

By Catriona Silvey
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

Meet Me in Another Life

“An absolutely incredible concept brought to life by a stunning new voice in literature. We get to know the two protagonists so completely as they live their lives. This novel has time travel, mystery, self-exploration, and at its heart true love. Just the best kind of storytelling.”

Northshire Bookstore image Becky Doherty, Northshire Bookstore
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