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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.

Meet Me at the Museum

A Novel
By Anne Youngson
Narrated by Helen Lloyd & Lars Knudsen /  6 hours 29 minutes

Meet Me at the Museum

“This charming novel is told entirely in correspondence between Tina, a woman of a certain age in England who is questioning her place in the world after her best friend’s death, and Kristian, a Danish museum curator who is adrift after the death of his wife. As their correspondence evolves and their friendship develops, they realize that the world may have more to offer than they initially thought. Meet Me at the Museum is sweet without being cloying, gentle without insulting the reader’s intelligence, and a completely enjoyable read.”

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Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell /  12 hours 11 minutes

Where the Crawdads Sing

“This first novel by nature writer Delia Owens has something for everyone. Fans of poetry, natural history, murder mysteries, southern food, and romance will be caught up in the deeply moving prose and memorable characters. Plus, the narrator adds in the North Carolina accents, too!”

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Cherry

A novel
By Nico Walker
Narrated by Jeremy Bobb /  8 hours 5 minutes

Cherry

“To say that "Cherry" is gritty and raw is an understatement to the nth degree. When I began listening to it on Libro.fm I wasn't sure I could get past the use of the "f" word every other sentence, but this novel keeps you hooked into sticking with the sometimes depressing, sometimes funny and sometimes horrifying story for all 8 hours of listening time. Nico Walker's semi-autobiographical novel follows the main character from high school to Iraq and back home where he becomes a heroin addict and a bank robber. While listening to this book I felt that I was witnessing a slow motion car wreck and couldn't turn my head away and stop watching. I'm glad I didn't because the overall lessons from this book were too important to turn away from. How in society are we going to decide to deal with veterans coming back from the front that now have issues with PTSD? How are we as a nation going to deal with everyday Americans that are addicted to opioids and then slide into heroin addiction after their opioide prescriptions are stopped ? How do we as Americans deal with a prison population that is on average looked at as not worth dealing with on any level except avoidance but are capable of writing a brilliant novel? These are questions that one is forced to ask while reading or listening to this book. There are thousands and thousands of armed forces personnel that come back from their war experiences and do not have PTSD, drug problems or violent interactions with others. But after reading this book I think I have a better understanding of the average service member that DOES come back from war with issues that they find hard to deal with. I also feel like I better understand how someone can slip into a heroin addiction and perhaps wants to get out of it but can't overcome the physical withdrawal symptoms long enough to get clean of the drug. The fact that this book makes me understand even just a bit those two situations makes listening to all 8 hours of this book very worthwhile to me.”

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The Family Tabor

A Novel
By Cherise Wolas
Narrated by Jonathan Davis /  13 hours 22 minutes

The Family Tabor

“When you have the most skillfully prepared, decadent dessert placed in front of you, do you plunge in and devour it? Or do you slowly savor it? This is the happy predicament I find myself in when approaching the work of Cherise Wolas. Harry Tabor, a 70-year-old Jewish man living in Palm Springs, is about to receive the ‘Man of the Decade’ award for a lifetime of service to refugees. His beautiful, interesting, and seemingly perfect family is congregating to celebrate. In the span of less than two days, the story of their lives unravels and revelations occur. This brilliantly executed novel is filled with secrets, repressed memories, and unforgettable characters under a blazing California sun.”

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JELL-O Girls

A Family History
By Allie Rowbottom
Narrated by Allie Rowbottom /  7 hours 43 minutes

JELL-O Girls

“An absolutely fascinating memoir that combines a personal family account with one of America’s most recognizable foods. Seamlessly exploring the foundation of her family’s wealth and the seemingly cursed lives of three generations of women, Rowbottom has written a page-turning cultural history that hits on both the nostalgia many associate with Jell-O and the societal forces that propelled the brand.”

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America for Beginners

A Novel
By Leah Franqui
Narrated by Soneela Nankani /  10 hours 48 minutes

America for Beginners

“A poignant story that confronts cultural, racial, and gender stereotypes through three people who end up on a trip across the U.S. The story revolves around a Bengali widow of means whose gay son was disowned; a young Bangladeshi man who has a job as a tour agent; and a young, white American woman who aspires to be an actress. These three are united in the journey initiated by the widow to tour the U.S., but really to find her son and confront his lover. Courage to face the unknown — whether it is a foreign country or questioning a previously held conviction — shapes the story and shows that we all have the potential to grow and change.”

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Baby Teeth

A Novel
By Zoje Stage
Narrated by Gabra Zackman /  11 hours 6 minutes

Baby Teeth

“I am a little afraid to write a review after finishing this book because I have the terrible feeling that I’m being watched, this due to the suspicion that seven-year-old Hannah has jumped from the pages of the book straight into my head — something she undoubtedly planned the entire time, despite the obvious impossibility of it all. I could not put this book down — simply fascinating.”

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The Reservoir Tapes

The Reservoir Series: Book #2
By Jon McGregor
Narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Justine Eyre, Sarah Nichols, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Ralph Lister & Simon Vance /  3 hours 17 minutes

The Reservoir Tapes

The Reservoir Tapes chronicles the disappearance of a young girl in a small English village, with each chapter written from the perspective of a different resident. It’s not an easy writing feat, but Jon McGregor is able to instill a unique narrative clarity for every single character, weaving the young girl’s disappearance with the distinctive stories of each villager. More than a missing persons story, The Reservoir Tapes is about the very universal and human struggle to find meaning and the sacrifices we have to make to feel safe, loved, and truly at home. If you haven’t read anything by Jon McGregor before, make sure not to miss his latest novel!”

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Goodbye, Paris

A Novel
By Anstey Harris
Narrated by Tania Rodrigues /  8 hours 57 minutes

Goodbye, Paris

“When Grace’s quiet existence takes an unexpected turn, she is forced to reevaluate her life and reassess who she is and what she is capable of. Goodbye, Paris is a beautifully crafted, bittersweet tale of one woman who feels her world collapse, but with some help from friends picks herself up, dusts herself off, and discovers that she can become her best self. An engrossing and uplifting story that will appeal to readers of Elizabeth Berg, among others.”

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The Middleman

A Novel
By Olen Steinhauer
Narrated by Ari Fliakos /  9 hours 43 minutes

The Middleman

“Two modern-day revolutionaries, one violent and one not, band together to get their message out to the masses. Violence explodes, and the movement is destroyed. Or it is? Two FBI agents who are in the middle of everything -- one in seclusion in the mountains and the other who just barely escaped an assassination attempt -- must unite to find the real answers to this international conspiracy. With a subtle nod to 1992s "Sneakers", Olen Steinhauer crafts a fast-moving intrigue that has echoes of politics today.”

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

A Novel
By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Narrated by Marisol Ramirez, Almarie Guerra & Ingrid Rojas Contreras /  12 hours 25 minutes

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree made me cry at the airport. I was impressed by the small kingdom of women Contreras builds, with violence always threatening to creep in, all seen through the eyes of Chula, the youngest daughter. Contreras made her perspective believably cloistered while masterfully writing all the people around Chula in ways that made them feel real. Also masterful was the way Contreras used Petrona’s narrative throughout and the restraint she showed in dipping into her thoughts; she always left me wanting more. What Contreras chooses not to write has as big an effect as what she does. This novel is a dynamic exploration of what is known and, sometimes willfully, what is left unknown.”

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Kill the Farm Boy

The Tales of Pell
The Tales of Pell: Book #1
By Kevin Hearne & Delilah S. Dawson
Narrated by Luke Daniels /  12 hours 38 minutes

Kill the Farm Boy

“Wildly unpredictable, tremendously goofy, and brilliantly inventive, Kill the Farm Boy is a laugh-out-loud fantasy trope extravaganza. A talking goat, a fierce warrior, a bumbling rogue, a wannabe dark wizard, and an enchanted bard set out on a quest full of adventure, mishaps, and lots of cheese. I can’t count the number of times I giggled, snorted, and chuckled at a clever quip or ludicrous joke. Fans of Monty Python and Robin Hood: Men in Tights will definitely find Kill the Farm Boy to their liking.”

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Chesapeake Requiem

A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island
By Earl Swift
Narrated by Tom Parks /  12 hours 50 minutes

Chesapeake Requiem

“I was so impressed with this story of Tangier, an exploration of science, history, religion, and culture driven by emotionally salient commentary from people who live there today. I thought it was particularly interesting to learn that the community is conservative both religiously and politically, but their home is being swept away by rising sea levels thanks to climate change, which is usually a politically charged topic. It was also interesting to have insight into what is likely the United States’ first group of ‘climate refugees’ — terms that are also politically charged. Thoughtfully, lovingly, and intelligently done. An important read!”

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A Noise Downstairs

A Novel
By Linwood Barclay
Narrated by George Newbern /  9 hours 8 minutes

A Noise Downstairs

“If you’re looking for a wild ride, look no further, because you’re not going to get wilder than A Noise Downstairs. For a book that seems to have a little of everything — unresolved trauma, untrustworthy characters, a mysterious typewriter, and a hefty dose of the paranormal — Barclay tells his story with a smooth ease that will pull you through the pages at a breakneck speed. And, well, no spoilers, but the ending will blow your socks clean off.”

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His Favorites

By Kate Walbert
Narrated by Gabra Zackman /  3 hours 27 minutes

His Favorites

“Kate Walbert is one of my favorite writers and she continues to create memorable novels, as evidenced by this new one. There’s something about the way she tells her story of a young girl struggling to balance a wild energy with a soft heart who is preyed upon by a charismatic and overbearing teacher that makes the novel both sing and pierce the heart simultaneously. I read this in one evening and was completely overtaken by it. It is excellent.”

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Tiffany Blues

A Novel
By M. J. Rose
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert /  10 hours 25 minutes

Tiffany Blues

“After spending my vacation reading an entire stack of rather intense psychological suspense novels, I wasn’t sure what kind of book I was ready for next! Alas, I picked up Tiffany Blues and couldn’t stop reading. This book offers the reader so much to think about: it’s a mystery, it’s a love story, it’s historical fiction, and, at the heart of it, it’s art. Rose’s newest follows Jenny Bell, an artist with secrets. The men in her life are domineering and the women can be that way, too. Jenny’s story is as captivating as the backstory of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his art colony. I’ve read many books by M.J. Rose and this is definitely a favorite.”

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Spinning Silver

A Novel
By Naomi Novik
Narrated by Lisa Flanagan /  17 hours 56 minutes

Spinning Silver

“When Miryem takes over the family money-lender business from her unsuccessful father, her family's fortune finally starts looking up. However, her reputation for turning silver to gold catches the notice of the feared Staryk (magical ice-beings) who come to test her claim. Meanwhile, a duke plots to marry his daughter to Tsar Mirnatius, who is trapped by a deadly secret. When the girls cross paths, chaos ensues and no one is what they appear. Every moment is action packed and engrossing. Novak does so well weaving the multiple story lines into the novel and showing how a first impression is not always accurate.”

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The Great Believers

By Rebecca Makkai
Narrated by Michael Crouch /  18 hours 16 minutes

The Great Believers

“This flawlessly written and lovingly told story weaves the immediate toll AIDS took on the Chicago gay community in the 80's with the longterm impact on survivors and their families. Makkai threads it all compellingly together with art world intrigue and institutional drama. I don't want to diminish it in any way with comparisons, but The Great Believers brought to my mind several of my favorite contemporary novels: A Little Life, Three Junes, and The Goldfinch. Rebecca Makkai, in my opinion, has launched herself into a whole new category of literary achievement with this, her third novel.”

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation

By Ottessa Moshfegh
Narrated by Julia Whelan /  7 hours 14 minutes

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

“At first, My Year of Rest and Relaxation feels like the end of something, like a novel about the end of someone’s life. But Moshfegh has a way of affirming life unlike any other author. Repercussions of grief, emotional exhaustion, and the general anchors of life hurl a young woman into the warm embrace of the idea of hibernating for a year. Of course, this cannot be so simply done. In true Moshfegh fashion, this journey is brimming with laconic humor, her brand of ne’er-do-wells, and ample substance intake, which all lead to one of the most existentially satisfying reads in recent memory.  ”

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Bearskin

A Novel
By James A. McLaughlin
Narrated by MacLeod Andrews /  9 hours 48 minutes

Bearskin

“Determined to lay low after a vicious encounter with the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel, Rice Moore has re-surfaced in the wilds of Appalachia as a research biologist. Destined to lead a life of solitude to survive, Moore stumbles upon a mysterious mushroom hunter, who leads him to a series of bear carcasses. Violence soon ensues from all directions, forcing a desperate Moore into a dance sure to destroy him. James McLaughlin’s debut thriller “Bearskins” is a page-turner certain to keep you on the edge of your seat until you eventually hurtle over the precipice. I highly recommend!”

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