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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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Invisible Girl

A Novel

By Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Donna Banya, Katherine Kelly & Connor Swindells
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes

Invisible Girl

“Lisa Jewell has become one of my absolute favorite thriller authors. She’s an automatic must-read for me and should be for everyone who loves dark, twisty thrillers. This latest is no exception. In fact, she just keeps getting better and better! If you haven’t read her yet, start with Invisible Girl I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down!”

BookBar image Becky LeJeune, BookBar
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White Ivy

A Novel

By Susie Yang
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 12 hours 50 minutes

White Ivy

“Ivy Lin’s unassuming looks and demeanor hide a dark side. She is obsessed with the wealth and privilege she sees around her and will cross boundaries to get what she needs — most of all, the object of her teenage affection. Susie Yang crafts a brilliant and mesmerizing tale that gives readers an intimate look into the experience of immigrants. Well-written prose, excellent characters, and a surprising turn of events will keep readers hooked until the end — and it is a doozy.”

Excelsior Bay Books image Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books
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Goodnight Beautiful

A Novel

By Aimee Molloy
Narrated by: Val Toomey, George Newbern, Marin Ireland & Joel Froomkin
Length: 7 hours 55 minutes

Goodnight Beautiful

“I was hesitant to even start this. Yet another psychological domestic thriller, unreliable narrators, husband with secrets who disappears, etc, etc. Hasn't that been done over and over? Believe me when I say it has never been done like this! Molloy teases us and taunts us as she very slowly reveals the facts about the Statler's marriage and about what kind of person Sam really is. None of which will prepare you for the chilling ending.”

Fiction Addiction image Nancy, Fiction Addiction
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Crazy Stupid Bromance

Bromance Book Club: Book #3

By Lyssa Kay Adams
Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

Crazy Stupid Bromance

“Alexis’ life has been a bit crazy lately. In addition to uncovering a family secret, she owns a cat café, which has become a meeting ground for women who have experienced sexual harassment, and is in love with her best friend, Noah. Noah is also in love with Alexis and reluctantly receives help from the Bromance Book Club. Adams delivers a funny, romantic novel that touches on major issues, including the aftermath of speaking out about sexual harassment, forgiveness, compassion, and trust.”

Rakestraw Books image Anastasia Wiley, Rakestraw Books
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This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing

By Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by: Jacqueline Winspear
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing

“As a fan of her Maisie Dobbs novels, I couldn’t wait to learn more about Jacqueline Winspear herself. This memoir takes the reader through the early and adolescent years of the author’s life as well as the history of her parents. Winspear’s memoir of an English country childhood is also a love letter to her parents, whose choices and outlook shaped her life. She paints a vivid picture of postwar England, and her story is engaging, vivid, and hopeful.”

The Bookman image Scott Lange, The Bookman
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Ring Shout

By P. Djeli Clark
Narrated by: Channie Waites
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

Ring Shout

“The emotionally charged, wild ride of Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark was one I did not want to end. Clark pulled me into the life of Maryse and her band of monster hunters and held me hostage. With beautiful language, deep characters, and a fully immersive world, this story of vengeance and self-forgiveness unfolds. By the end, I was in tears. Ring Shout perfectly takes on a dark, violent history, but also an uncertain, terrifying future. Everyone needs to read Ring Shout.”

Cavalier House Books image Sophie Giroir, Cavalier House Books
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Tsarina

A Novel

By Ellen Alpsten
Narrated by: Anna Krippa
Length: 18 hours 33 minutes

Tsarina

“Ellen Alpsten’s debut is a riveting, delicious escape into the world of Catherine the I, Tsarina of Russia. My head is swimming with the sights and sounds of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Alpsten’s fascinating account reveals the unforgettable woman who went toe to toe with her husband, Peter the Great. Exactly the kind of book I needed to read right now!”

Page and Palette image Anderson McKean, Page and Palette
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The Once and Future Witches

By Alix E. Harrow
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 16 hours 3 minutes

The Once and Future Witches

“Alix Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January was my favorite book last year, so I had incredibly high expectations when I picked up The Once and Future Witches. This book is very different, but I adore it just as much! Set in the late 1800s in a world with a slightly alternate history from ours, women are fighting for the vote and losing. Three wayward sisters decide to challenge the patriarchy by bringing back witchcraft. Told through familiar stories twisted in new ways, this book is incredible. You will not be able to put it down, from the beautifully written introduction to the pulse-pounding ending!”

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Written in the Stars

A Novel

By Alexandria Bellefleur
Narrated by: Lauren Sweet
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

Written in the Stars

“This fake-dating, opposites-attract romance is simply perfect. A social media astrologer is set up with her new business partner’s actuary sister. While the date goes terribly, how helpful it would be for both of them to have a date for certain upcoming events. The two leads are wonderful, flawed women with their own baggage and hang-ups (hello, family drama!), and it’s a joy to watch them fall in love with each other in spite of everything.”

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Fortune Favors the Dead

A Novel
A Pentecost and Parker Mystery: Book #1

By Stephen Spotswood
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

Fortune Favors the Dead

“Not since Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have I so enjoyed the page-turning yarn of a New York private detective and a wisecracking sidekick! Stephen Spotswood simultaneously nails the tone of classic detective stories and stands them on their head — because the brilliant gumshoe is Lillian Pentecost, a middle-aged woman with a disability, and her sidekick Willowjean ‘Will’ Parker, a gender-bending young circus performer with a sweet spot for the ladies. A delight from start to finish. Dare I hope this is the beginning of a series?”

Content image Jaye Lawrence, Content
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The Midnight Bargain

By C.L. Polk
Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Length: 11 hours 49 minutes

The Midnight Bargain

“If you had to decide between your magical ability and love, which would you chose? Of course, it’s not that simple when your marriage will save your family from bankruptcy, but also take away more freedoms than you know. Sorcery, historical romance, feminism, female friendships, and reproductive rights — this enjoyable novel had everything I needed. Readers of Gail Carriger and Naomi Novik will gobble this up.”

Porter Square Books image Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books
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The Office of Historical Corrections

A Novella and Stories

By Danielle Evans
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Nicole Lewis, Brittany Pressley, Shayna Small, January LaVoy, Adenrele Ojo & Janina Edwards
Length: 7 hours 13 minutes

The Office of Historical Corrections

“I have been holding my breath for Danielle Evans’ next book of short stories since Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, and The Office of Historical Corrections was worth the wait. She delivers the same great storytelling, insight, and sharp cultural commentary. Her touch on themes usually associated with older people, such as redemption, reconciliation, and propitiation, moved me. I read the whole collection in two days.”

Loganberry Books image Miesha Headen, Loganberry Books
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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

By V. E. Schwab
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 17 hours 9 minutes

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

“Schwab has a masterpiece on her hands with this title. I loved it from the beginning, and that love grew until the very end. Addie needed to find a way to escape the life she is supposed to live as a woman in France, 1714. “No matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark.” As the sun sets, she is praying to any god that will listen to help her be free, someone eventually hears her... and they answer. 300 years later Addie walks into a bookstore to find a young man at the counter. Upon her return she realizes he remembers her...”

Paragraphs Bookstore image Maxwell, Paragraphs Bookstore
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Hench

A Novel

By Natalie Zina Walschots
Narrated by: Alex McKenna
Length: 14 hours 14 minutes

Hench

Hench is absolutely terrific! Walschots has found a fresh, original, feminist angle on the tropes of superheroes and supervillains in this smart, lively novel. Anna is barely subsisting from temp job to temp job — even supervillains need someone to do their data entry — when she becomes collateral damage in a superhero’s intervention. Injured and jobless, she fights back by collecting data on the negative effects caused by superheroes. As Anna’s research goes viral, she’s tapped for a new job with the supervillain, giving her an opportunity to use her skills to fight back against the so-called forces of good. Very highly recommended!”

Carol Schneck Varner image Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books (Okemos)
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White Tears/Brown Scars

How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color

By Ruby Hamad
Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
Length: 7 hours 2 minutes

White Tears/Brown Scars

“This book could not have come at a better time as a vital contribution to antiracist and intersectional feminist literature. Hamad is extremely thorough in her examination of white feminism and its long history of weaponization against BIPOC. This work is accessible to newcomers to these topics, and illuminating for those who have some background in these discussions. Hamad shows us how deep the betrayal of white feminism goes, into politics, the media, and our interpersonal relationships, so that we might call it out and stop it in its tracks.”

Newtonville Books image Nikki Siclare, Newtonville Books
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The End of the Day

By Bill Clegg
Narrated by: Bill Clegg
Length: 9 hours 56 minutes

The End of the Day

“Bill Clegg gracefully weaves together character-driven vignettes to reveal 60 years of secrets and regrets over the course of a single day. The central characters have known each other since childhood, but while their paths parted ways long ago, the mystery around why is now threatening to come clean. Moving seamlessly from Connecticut to Kauai, from present day to the past, the unbreakable nature of their connections becomes clear. The power in Clegg’s writing is his ability to bring uncomfortable situations and characters to life without judgment, allowing them their humanity while not absolving them of guilt. This gentle writing style is what makes The End of the Day an emotionally powerful novel.”

Book Passage image Luisa Smith, Book Passage
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A Deadly Education

A Novel
The Scholomance: Book #1

By Naomi Novik
Narrated by: Anisha Dadia
Length: 10 hours 58 minutes

A Deadly Education

“Magic school like you have never seen or imagine it before. A seemingly unlikeable yet much appreciated heroine and oh, that last line of the book....I LOVED it! The audiobook was engaging, the narrator a pleasure, and I am still thinking about it. ”

Rediscovered Books image Rebecca, Rediscovered Books
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Leave the World Behind

A Novel

By Rumaan Alam
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

If you enjoyed A Children's Bible, then you’ll love Leave the World Behind.

“Riveting! I hurried through this apocalyptic novel about two families thrown together during an earth shattering event. Alam builds tension even during a relaxing family day at the beach and expertly paces the reader through idle, dreamy stages and amps up the speed during stressful times. A thought-provoking study of humanity.”

The Well-Read Moose image Melanie, The Well-Read Moose
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Keep Moving

Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change

By Maggie Smith
Narrated by: Maggie Smith
Length: 2 hours 14 minutes

Keep Moving

“Maggie Smith hits the nail on the head with her stunning book of quotes and essays. This inspiring read gives you the validation to address your feelings and the permission to move forward with a new outlook. Much like a talk with a good friend, you feel heard and comforted. I devoured this treasure in one sitting and am starting a list of everyone I want to share it with.”

Lake Forest Book Store image Maxwell Gregory, Lake Forest Book Store
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Stakes Is High

Life After the American Dream

By Mychal Denzel Smith
Narrated by: Mychal Denzel Smith
Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

Stakes Is High

“Here it is: The book we’ve been waiting for that we didn’t even know we were waiting for. This book is here to fan the flames of our righteous indignation and our demands for better sooner. This book will make your blood boil over just in time to bring it to the polls in November. Like a mother lion, it picks you up by the scruff of your neck — mewling and new to the world of antiracism — and demands that you walk on your own. Thank goodness this book exists.”

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