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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.

Mississippi Blood

A Novel
By Greg Iles
Narrated by Scott Brick /  28 hours 8 minutes

Mississippi Blood

“Mississippi Blood is the culmination of the Natchez Trilogy, which follows characters who are trying to get to the bottom of brutal Civil Rights-era crimes. Penn Cage watches as the world around him calls into question everything he thinks he knows, including the moral fortitude of his father. Rippling with parallels to our everyday America, Mississippi Blood will, hopefully, push us all to recognize the truths about ourselves and our country.”

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$47.14 USD

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The Midnight Cool

By Lydia Peelle
Narrated by Don Hagen /  11 hours 1 minute

The Midnight Cool

“The journey of middle-aged swindler Billy and his young, idealistic partner Charles is a journey into the history and heart of the oft-maligned American dream. As the nation considers whether it will join World War I, Billy and Charles must weigh the merits of freedom against patriotic obligation, their life on the road against the temptation of putting down roots, and their diverging desires against the love and loyalty they bear for each other. As Billy says, 'I reckon that's the beauty and the shame of it, all at once.' Peelle's exploration of this beauty and shame is exquisitely wrought, richly populated, and ultimately devastating. I finished the novel in tears.”

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$28.74 USD

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

A Novel
By Matthew Sullivan
Narrated by Madeleine Maby /  8 hours 59 minutes

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

“Still reeling from witnessing a tragic event many years ago, Lydia is thrown headfirst into yet another tragedy after one of her favorite bookshop patrons commits suicide in the store and mysteriously leaves all his possessions to her. As Lydia follows the thread that he leaves her, she finds out more about him, her town, and even her own past. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a great book that keeps you guessing. Highly recommended for fans of a good mystery.”

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$22.99 USD

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The Hearts of Men

A Novel
By Nickolas Butler
Narrated by Adam Verner /  11 hours 56 minutes

The Hearts of Men

“If you read Shotgun Lovesongs, you know that two of Butler's strengths are his rich Wisconsin settings and his ability to probe the depths of men's friendships. His new novel, an epic about three generations at a Boy Scout camp in the North Woods, takes it to the next level. It starts with the bullied Nelson, who finds purpose in the Scouts and winds up running the camp, and Jonathan, the older boy who becomes both his manipulator and protector. Their complicated friendship unfolds through Jonathan's son Trevor and grandson Thomas, who both wind up spending summers at Chippewa, but what's a Scout to do when the Scout Oath doesn't always hold up in reality? Is there a place for honor when nobody wants to get a stamp-collecting or radio merit badge? In Butler's hands, the answers unfold, all in the context of a heck of a good story.”

Daniel Goldin image Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company
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$28.74 USD

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The Girl Before

A Novel
By JP Delaney
Narrated by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams & Lise Aagaard Knudsen /  9 hours 58 minutes

The Girl Before

“Immediate guarantee: You will NOT be able to put this book down. The Girl Before unfolds through the perspectives of two women: Emma (then) and Jane (now). It chronicles their lives in the stunningly and scarily minimalist home One Folgate Street and its aloof yet magnetic owner. J.P. Delaney spins a masterful story that epitomizes the notion that you never really know everything about anyone. Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will realize that there's not only more where that came from, but it's also more thrilling.”

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$28.00 USD

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The Dry

A Novel
By Jane Harper
Narrated by Stephen Shanahan /  9 hours 41 minutes

The Dry

“This story of a small town and the secrets it has been protecting for decades is fast-paced and never predictable. In a remote section of rural Australia during an extended drought, devastating weather conditions collide with an unexpected turn of events that ultimately results in the murder of a young family. Bearing the scars of the town's past, Aaron Falk returns home for the funeral and is forced to make a choice between saving himself and facing a secret he has been hiding from for 20 years. This is an amazing debut that I could not put down!”

East City Bookshop image Dana Gillespie, East City Bookshop
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$31.04 USD

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The Vanishing Season

By Joanna Schaffhausen
Narrated by Lauren Fortgang /  8 hours 57 minutes

Ellery Hathaway knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She's an officer in sleepy Woodbury, Massachusetts, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only victim who lived.When... Read More »

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Into the Drowning Deep

By Mira Grant
Narrated by Christine Lakin /  17 hours 15 minutes

Into the Drowning Deep

“In Into the Drowning Deep, Mira Grant has conjured up scary mermaids living in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. An expedition sets out to learn if mermaids truly exist and to uncover the fate of a previous expedition. The new crew is being recorded for a documentary, with the hope it will prove mermaids are real and clear the network of wrongdoing. Both Tory, whose sister was killed on the first expedition, and Jillian, who has been teaching about mermaids for years, are going out on the state-of-the-art ship; however, that ship has one major flaw. You will not look at The Little Mermaid the same way again!”

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$31.03 USD

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A Hundred Small Lessons

A Novel
By Ashley Hay
Narrated by Fiona Hardingham /  8 hours 48 minutes

A Hundred Small Lessons

“This a beautifully written, important, quiet gem of a novel that takes hold of you and wends its way into your psyche. It tells the story of two families who live in the same house at different times in Brisbane, plumbing the relationships between mothers and children, husbands and wives. Marriage and motherhood are explored in-depth within the context of the story's rich character development. A Hundred Small Lessons is a welcome addition to the genre of thoughtful novels with much wisdom to offer the reader. I highly recommend this novel, whose life lessons will continue to live with me for years to come.”

Sarajane Giddings image Sarajane Giddings, Blue Door Books
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$20.69 USD

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Reservoir 13

By Jon McGregor
Narrated by Matt Bates /  8 hours 48 minutes

In midwinter in an English village, a teenage girl has gone missing and everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks, and a crowd of news reporters descends on what is usually a place of peace. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired,... Read More »

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$22.94 USD

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The City of Brass

A Novel
By S. A. Chakraborty
Narrated by Soneela Nankani /  19 hours 36 minutes

The City of Brass

“S.A. Chakraborty introduces a fantasy set in the Middle East that thrusts us into the magical world of Daevabad. The City of Brass follows, in parallel, Nahri, a con artist and naturally gifted healer, and Ali, prince of Daevabad and fiercely trained soldier. Nahri and Ali find themselves learning new lessons on how to survive changing environments and difficult challenges, while trying to figure out the complexities of their lives. I found myself turning page after page, following Nahri's and Ali's story while deciphering the fantastic terminology and the world that is Daevabad. The City of Brass is a wonderfully written, mystical adventure that keeps you guessing about what will happen next.”

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$40.24 USD

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Future Home of the Living God

A Novel
By Louise Erdrich
Narrated by Louise Erdrich /  10 hours 43 minutes

Future Home of the Living God

“Powerful, prophetic, and absolutely pertinent to our times, Louise Erdrich's new novel, Future Home of the Living God, is a horrifying, haunting story about the lengths the government will go to control women's reproductive rights and ensure the success of mankind as we know it. Riveting, repulsive, and revealing at the same time, Erdrich captures the essence of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and spins a new twist sure to tantalize and terrorize readers' thoughts and play on their fears. Once again, Erdrich challenges societal constraints and conceives a novel guaranteed to leave you guessing. I highly recommend it!”

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$28.74 USD

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Improvement

A Novel
By Joan Silber
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Adenrele Ojo, Hillary Huber, R. C. Bray, Ramiz Monsef, Kate Reading & various narrators /  6 hours 2 minutes

One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel about a young single mother living in New York, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that have unexpected implications for the world around them.Reyna knows her relationship with Boyd isn't perfect; yet she sees him through a three-month stint at Riker's... Read More »

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$19.95 USD

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The End We Start From

By Megan Hunter
Narrated by Louise Brealey /  2 hours 2 minutes

The End We Start From heralds the arrival of Megan Hunter, a dazzling and unique literary talent. Hunter's debut is a searing original, a modern-day parable of rebirth and renewal, of maternal bonds, and the instinct to survive and thrive in the absence of all that's familiar.As London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her... Read More »

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$17.19 USD

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Wonder Valley

A Novel
By Ivy Pochoda
Narrated by Will Damron /  10 hours 40 minutes

Wonder Valley

“A man running naked among the gridlocked cars of an L.A. freeway is the catalyst for this dark tale set in the rough neighborhoods of a decidedly unglamorous Los Angeles. In this version of the city, it's not only the poor and the powerless who are desperate; even the better-off characters turn out to be broken sinners who crave hope and redemption. The gritty beauty of Pochoda's writing, whether about cruelty and violence or about love, no matter how desperate, pulled me into the characters' lives and compelled me to keep reading all night.”

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$28.74 USD

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It Devours!

A Welcome to Night Vale Novel
By Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
Narrated by Cecil Baldwin /  9 hours 38 minutes

It Devours!

“Even if you've never heard of Night Vale, I truly believe you'll enjoy It Devours. It's a book about science and religion. It's a book about belonging and how sometimes to truly understand what is happening, you may need an outsider's perspective. It's also a book about a friendly desert town that finds its way into some of the strangest predicaments, and the people who live there. In other words, it's superbly written science fiction that deserves to be read more than once.”

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$28.74 USD

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Heather, the Totality

By Matthew Weiner
Narrated by Matthew Weiner /  2 hours

Heather, the Totality

“In a landscape of despair, stuck in the logjam of the dull round of work, marriage, and raising a child, other emotions can command so much attention. This beautifully structured, spare study is Chekhovian, noirish, and quietly fraught. The minimal writing style is beautiful, and the tension is so carefully modulated that the aesthetic of rising unease is oddly comforting. But there is dread in the inevitable climax, and a thriller's tautness to the possible resolutions that steadily arise. A reader's delight - well-managed prose, excellent plotting, psychological suspense, and insightful character-building make this perfect for a winter night's reading.”

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$28.73 USD

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Strange Weather

Four Novellas
By Joe Hill
Narrated by Joe Hill, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, Stephen Lang & Dennis Boutsikaris /  14 hours 35 minutes

Strange Weather

“Joe Hill delivers with Strange Weather, a collection of four novellas. Hill has developed a writing style akin to an oil slick - eerie sentences that leave behind something that shines unclean. There's nothing clean about Strange Weather; each tale is a horrific glimpse just beyond normalcy. Horror can often be best delivered as an understatement, luring the reader into a world that seems just reasonable enough. When Hill reveals his tricks (whether a magical camera or a cloud disguised as a UFO), they loom uncomfortably dark on the horizon. Fans of H.P. Lovecraft won't be disappointed with this collection.”

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$32.19 USD

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American Wolf

A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
By Nate Blakeslee
Narrated by Mark Bramhall & Nate Blakeslee /  9 hours 12 minutes

American Wolf

“American Wolf is one of the finest pieces of non-fiction I have come across in years; but Mark Bramhall's telling of this incredible story makes it completely unforgettable. A true American tale of resilience and survival, this book remains my top non-fiction recommendation and favorite audio book of all time.”

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$28.00 USD

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Seven Days of Us

A Novel
By Francesca Hornak
Narrated by Jilly Bond /  9 hours 33 minutes

Seven Days of Us

“The holidays are always a stressful time, but imagine being with your immediate family for a full seven days of quarantine! This is the premise of Hornak's Seven Days of Us. To ride out the weeklong quarantine imposed due to daughter Olivia's work treating patients of an epidemic in Liberia, the Birch family plans to spend the Christmas holiday in mother Emma's crumbling ancestral home, Weyfield Hall, in Norfolk. On top of isolation and the lack of escape, each member of the family is dealing with their own secrets. A wonderful tale full of humor and heartache and all the issues families deal with - love, longing, and regret. Sometimes being forced together gives you a new perspective on your family and yourself.”

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$28.00 USD

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