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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 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.”

Page and Palette image Anderson McKean, Page and Palette
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$31.50 USD

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Mouthful of Birds

Stories
By Samanta Schweblin
Narrated by Various /  5 hours 57 minutes

Mouthful of Birds

“Samanta Schweblin set a high standard with her translated debut novel Fever Dream, a standard she has now miraculously surpassed with this unnerving new collection of short stories, a must-read for anyone who doubts the written word’s ability to touch reality. Mouthful of Birds will rattle your bones, infiltrate your mind, and engulf you in a surreal dream-state of bewilderment and ferocity that will leave you fearing to turn the page, even as you beg for more.”

The River's End Bookstore image Tianna Moxley, The River's End Bookstore
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$21.00 USD

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The Orphan of Salt Winds

By Elizabeth Brooks
Narrated by Helen Lloyd /  8 hours 16 minutes

The Orphan of Salt Winds

“As 2015 winds down, so does the life of Virginia, who at the age of 86 has decided to let a sign from her mysterious past give her reason to walk out into the treacherous marsh of the Salt Winds that claimed her foster father when she was a child. As Virginia ponders her fate, a young woman appears on her doorstep and complicates her plan, bringing a tidal wave of memories that cause her to see her last day in an altogether darker light. Told in alternating timelines that follow Virginia as a child in the early stages of WWII and as she plots out her last day alive in 2015, Elizabeth Brooks’ novel of memories past and present plays out as a locked-room mystery Agatha Christie would be envious of.”

The Book Table image Javier Ramirez, The Book Table
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$32.49 USD

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The Last Whalers

Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life
By Doug Bock Clark
Narrated by Jay Snyder /  11 hours 23 minutes

The Last Whalers

“A good book can open your eyes to a world you never knew existed; a great book will make you care about those who inhabit that world. The Last Whalers is just such a book, inviting us into the lives of one of the last whaling tribes in existence as they struggle to hold onto the values of their past while the present beckons to the younger generations. With gripping hunting scenes, tender family moments, and conflicts as family members choose between tradition and hope, Doug Bock Clark’s clean prose brings each of these moments to life and gives voice to this singular community.”

Book Passage image Luisa Smith, Book Passage
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$25.98 USD

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The Gown

A Novel of the Royal Wedding
By Jennifer Robson
Narrated by Marisa Calin /  11 hours 37 minutes

The Gown

““Ann and Miriam are working for Norman Hartwell as embroiderers in 1947 when his firm receives a commission to create the wedding gown for Princess Elizabeth. As the two become best friends, we learn about their lives before the war and follow them as the gown is created. A fascinating look at life in post-WWII England, a time of both deprivation and joy as the country celebrates the wedding of their princess.”

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$31.04 USD

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The Au Pair

By Emma Rous
Narrated by Elizabeth Sastre & Nicola Barber /  11 hours 30 minutes

The Au Pair

“If you love beautiful English country houses full of secrets, you’ll devour The Au Pair. Rumors have always surrounded the family that lives at Summerbourne. As Seraphine sorts through her recently deceased father’s possessions, she finds a photo from the day she and her brother were born but doesn’t know why only one twin is in the photo. The answers to that question might lie with the au pair who took care of her older brother, Edwin. When Seraphine starts looking into the past, she doesn’t realize the danger it will pose to her and her family. Rous immediately throws you into the fray with Seraphine’s family, and it won’t take long before you’re furiously flipping the pages to find out what happens.”

Murder by the Book image John Kwiatkowski, Murder by the Book
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$28.00 USD

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To Keep the Sun Alive

A Novel
By Rabeah Ghaffari
Narrated by Rabeah Ghaffari /  9 hours 16 minutes

To Keep the Sun Alive

“Set during the Iranian Revolution, To Keep the Sun Alive is a beautifully written family epic that will completely wrap you up. It’s a sweeping novel about identity and tradition, and it’s full of characters you won’t soon forget. Ghaffari masterfully blends the historical with the imagined, and her writing is wise and precise. An excellent novel!”

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$22.94 USD

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In an Absent Dream

Wayward Children: Book #4
By Seanan McGuire
Narrated by Cynthia Hopkins /  4 hours 57 minutes

In an Absent Dream

“Seanan McGuire’s fourth installment in the lovely, spare Wayward Children series might be my favorite yet. Lundy is a returning character from the first book, and knowing how her story ends makes the journey to the end that much more poignant. This book, as well as the entire series, illustrates just how much we are defined both by the choices we make and the choices we refuse to make. Beautifully written, atmospheric, and just long enough to leave you longing for more, In an Absent Dream is perfect winter reading.”

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$12.64 USD

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