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Kelly Hook's Best Audiobooks

Kelly Hook's Best Audiobooks

Looking for your next great listen? These audiobooks bring the story to life in an incredible way. Check out this list that includes my all-time favorites (if you only read the words on the page, you're simply missing out!)

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The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 50 minutes

The Hate U Give

“This bestselling, powerful young adult novel about social justice and one teen girl's effort to fight for what is right, will leave you breathless. The narration by Bahni Turpin is hands down the best I've ever heard. This is such an important book it should be required reading for life in general. Or listening. Definitely listening.”

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The Rose Code

A Novel

By Kate Quinn
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 16 hours 1 minutes

The Rose Code

“While many WWII stories have been told in triplicate, Kate Quinn presents a new angle on the Bletchley Park/code breaker part of the war. She gives us three magnificent main characters who must navigate the turbulent waters not only of the war, but of a new puzzle to solve shortly before the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip.”

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Clap When You Land

By Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo & Melania-Luisa Marte
Length: 5 hours 32 minutes

Clap When You Land

“When a plane bound for the Dominican Republic crashes shortly after takeoff, two girls grieve the loss of their father. Camino lives in the Dominican Republic with her aunt and dreams of studying in New York City, where her father lives. Yahaira, a skilled chess player, lives in New York with her parents. Unbeknownst to them, they share a father who maintained two separate families. Camino and Yahaira struggle to understand the complicated man they knew as their father while beginning to develop a familial bond of their own. Elizabeth Acevedo returns to poetry as she takes a close look at grief, betrayal, and family.”

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Finding Me

A Memoir

By Viola Davis
Narrated by: Viola Davis
Length: 9 hours 15 minutes

Narrated by Viola Davis

In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever.

This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose but also my voice in...

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Mary Jane

A Novel

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

Mary Jane

“This is one of my favorite audiobooks EVER! The brilliant narrating brings the reader right into this 1970s coming-of-age, rock star story of a young woman who has lived a sheltered, Leave-It-To-Beaver life. One summer, she is asked to be the nanny for a neighborhood doctor and his wife. What transpires will change everything for Mary Jane.”

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Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition)

A Story of Justice and Redemption

By Bryan Stevenson
Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

“[Bryan Stevenson’s] dedication to fighting for justice...
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Here for It

Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays

By R. Eric Thomas
Narrated by: R. Eric Thomas
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • From the creator of Elle’s “Eric Reads the News,” a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays about growing up seeing the world differently, finding unexpected hope, and experiencing every awkward, extraordinary stumble along the way.

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Know My Name

A Memoir

By Chanel Miller
Narrated by: Chanel Miller
Length: 15 hours 24 minutes

Know My Name

“Wow! Everybody should read this book. A stunning memoir about a devastating subject. It was eye opening, gut wrenching, powerful and brave. Chanel Miller writes with such honesty and vulnerability–I immediately felt that I knew her and she had me walking in her shoes throughout the entire book. I’m still reeling from the roller coaster of emotions but ultimately I was left feeling hopeful and changed. A great audiobook read by author. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️”

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Four Hundred Souls

A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

By Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain
Narrated by: Various
Length: 14 hours 1 minutes

Four Hundred Souls

“An absolutely stunning history of African America for people who do not normally read history. Compiled of short stories, essays, and poems, it is perfect for someone who is intimidated by lists of names and dates. Each individual voice stands on its own but together they truly make a 'choir' that flows together beautifully. This is a one-of-a-kind history that is essential reading for everyone.”

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When I Ran Away

A Novel

By Ilona Bannister
Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
Length: 11 hours 20 minutes

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s 2021 First Novel Prize • A rich, bighearted debut that takes us from working-class Staten Island in the wake of the September 11th attacks to moneyed London a decade later, revealing a story of loss, motherhood, and love.

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The Unsinkable Greta James

A Novel

By Jennifer E. Smith
Narrated by: Mae Whitman
Length: 8 hours 15 minutes

The Unsinkable Greta James

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith is just plain AWESOME! Greta is a rising indie musician who finds herself on an Alaskan cruise with her dad after her mom dies unexpectedly, she splits with her music producer boyfriend, and had a major meltdown at her last public appearance three months prior. Greta needs a reset. She has to decide what is most important to her-whether she really can make her dreams come true. Add in Ben, the visiting Jack London scholar, and you have a novel with the perfect combo of an unexpected romance and family angst. Pick up your copy today-trust me, you’ll thank me.”

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The Violin Conspiracy

A Novel

By Brendan Slocumb
Narrated by: JD Jackson & Brendan Slocumb
Length: 12 hours 4 minutes

The Violin Conspiracy

“This was such an excellent mystery and it's so refreshing reading a mystery that doesn't involve a dead body. Here, we have a stolen, priceless violin. But most of all, we have Ray's journey and his love of playing the violin. Unsupported by his family, other than a loving grandmother, Ray, perseveres with his love of the violin, first playing on a crappy rental, to being gifted a family violin that was his great great grandfather's, one of the formerly enslaved. The journey that Ray takes, isn't easy, from lack of resources, gatekeeping and outright racism, until a professor sees and then nurtures his talent, culminating in a world renowned competition. All this, plus an engaging mystery as well as a fantastic narrator, makes this a must listen.”

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The Dry

A Novel

By Jane Harper
Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
Length: 10 hours 1 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!”

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What Happened to You?

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

By Oprah Winfrey & Bruce D. Perry
Narrated by: Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

"[Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry] are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter...The performances of these two humanitarians make this a must-hear for anyone recovering from their traumatic past." -- AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the authors.

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far...

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His & Hers

A Novel

By Alice Feeney
Narrated by: Richard Armitage & Stephanie Racine
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

His & Hers

“Following a murder in her hometown, Anna Andrews is drawn back to cover the case in order to show her bosses at the network that she's got what it takes to be at the news desk. Things get complicated quickly as her ex, Detective Jack Harper, is the lead investigator. As the bodies start piling up, Feeney switches narrators between Anna, Jack, and the mystery killer. Plot twists, secrets and clues are laid out carefully by the author. I was fully enthralled with the voices narrating this title, and the audio version was very compelling.”

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These Silent Woods

A Novel

By Kimi Cunningham Grant
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot & Stephanie Willis
Length: 8 hours 22 minutes

A father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian mountains must reckon with the ghosts of their past in Kimi Cunningham Grant's These Silent Woods, a mesmerizing audiobook of suspense.

No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world.

For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote...

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Acts of Violet

By Margarita Montimore
Narrated by: Alejandro Ruiz, Amy McFadden, Brittany Pressley, Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Hillary Huber, Johnny Heller, Katharine Chin, Ramon de Ocampo & Suzanne Toren
Length: 11 hours 9 minutes

Acts of Violet

Acts of Violet is more than a book, it's an experience. The fantastic cast and well-choreographed sound design will make you forget you're listening to a work of fiction. The mystery surrounding Violet keeps you on the edge of your seat, listening for clues, lies, and answers from every angle. If you're the kind of person that needs a satisfying journey more than just a satisfying ending then this is the book for you.”

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11/22/63

A Novel

By Stephen King
Narrated by: Craig Wasson
Length: 30 hours 39 minutes

One of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Now a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco


ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who... Read more »

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Saving Ruby King

A Novel

By Catherine Adel West
Narrated by: Kim Staunton, Imani Parks, Ron Butler, Adam Lazarre-White, Lloyd Roberson II & Terra Strong Lyons
Length: 10 hours 14 minutes

Saving Ruby King

“Saving Ruby King is a slow burn—a richly woven three-generation history of two families on the south side of Chicago, bound forever by trauma and religion. A tragic murder in the present unearths secret wrongdoings of the past. Intergenerational trauma is a primary focus, and the given circumstances allow readers to both hate and empathize with nearly all of the main characters. The full cast—including the omniscient church building—narrates the audiobook beautifully. Readers will learn that the bonds of true friendship can withstand anything. Trigger warnings: domestic violence, incest, rape.”

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The Kitchen House

A Novel

By Kathleen Grissom
Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy & Bahni Turpin
Length: 12 hours 56 minutes

Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of the highly anticipated Glory Over Everything, established herself as a remarkable new talent with The Kitchen House, now a contemporary classic. In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate at a thriving plantation in Virginia in... Read more »

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