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We Are LIT's Passport to Summer Listening

We Are LIT's Passport to Summer Listening

Summer is here! Rather you are traveling afar, planning an exciting stay-cation, or engaging in some serious armchair wanderlust; here are 8 books to listen to that will transport you around the world!

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The Secrets Between Us

A Novel

By Thrity Umrigar
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes

The Secrets Between Us

“This wonderful novel loosely a sequel to The Spaces Between Us—is the rich, moving story of an amazing friendship, one that would never have occurred under the old restrictions of India and in the new India feels its tentative way. The lives of Bhima and Parvati are ones of unbelievable poverty and struggle, but the dignity and richness their friendship manifests took my breath away. A bit Dickensian in the best ways, this novel had me in tears several times. These women are two I will not soon forget.”

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Song of a Captive Bird

A Novel

By Jasmin Darznik
Narrated by: Mozhan Marnò
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER • A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society’s expectations to find her voice and her destiny

“A complex and beautiful rendering of [a] vanished country and its scattered people, a reminder of the power and purpose of art, and an ode to female creativity under... Read more »

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The Line Becomes a River

Dispatches from the Border

By Francisco Cantú
Narrated by: Francisco Cantú
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

The Line Becomes a River

“The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu is part memoir of a border patrolman, part history of the US-Mexican border and part reflections on what it means to be human. Cantu gives us a real behind the scenes look at the dichotomy of border crossings: vicious drug dealers contrast sharply with desperate individuals who fork over life savings to escape persecution or be reunited with family. Cantu takes the job to gain practical knowledge after completing college but the grind and lack of humanity he witnesses takes a toll. After leaving border patrol, Cantu becomes embroiled in a personal border case and sheds even more insights on the plight of individuals trying to immigrate to the United States. Timely and thoughtful!”

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The Terrible

A Storyteller's Memoir

By Yrsa Daley-Ward
Narrated by: Yrsa Daley-Ward & Howard Daley-Ward
Length: 3 hours 59 minutes

The Terrible

“Enjoyed Daley-Ward's The How, but The Terrible was tough. It wasn't terrible - it was just, oh man, glad they got through it. How do people get through it and make a life. I'm so happy that Yrsa did. She is truly a great storyteller and has many yet to write. Now to read her poems in Bone!”

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There There

A novel

By Tommy Orange
Narrated by: Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Cuervo & Kyla Garcia
Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

There There

“A stunning debut novel by an original voice. Twelve characters of Native American descent, interrelated by birth or chance, struggle with the competing forces of cultural history and modern urban existence. Their stories build separately before colliding powerfully in the book’s final pages at The Big Oakland Powwow. I was riveted.”

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Love in the Time of Cholera

By Gabriel García Márquez
Narrated by: Armando Durán
Length: 15 hours 40 minutes

Love in the Time of Cholera

“I am a hopeless and dedicated romantic who believes in beauty and kindness above all things. Magical realism + florid language + the knowledge that your true love is worth waiting for, no matter what the battles ahead. This book is as timely as it ever was.”

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Rainbirds

By Clarissa Goenawan
Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes

Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko's, sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town... Read more »

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Welcome to Lagos

A Novel

By Chibundu Onuzo
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 9 hours 23 minutes

When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows it is time to desert his post. As he travels toward Lagos with Yemi, his junior officer, and into the heart of a political scandal involving Nigeria's education minister, Chike becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a... Read more »

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