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Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books: Fiction Audiobooks

Fiction recommendations from Zibby Owens, a writer, mother of four and the creator and host of Webby-nominated, popular podcast, "Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books.”

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Fleishman Is in Trouble

A Novel

By Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 14 hours 34 minutes

Fleishman Is in Trouble

“At the independent bookshop where I work, there was a lot of buzz about this book. Sometimes buzz makes me nervous – will the book live up to it? – but in this case, it was well deserved. Following the story of a recently divorced dad trying to reenter the world of dating and take care of his kids, it’s part parody, part commentary of the times we live in. The writing is so insightful. I loved, too, that the narrator was a third party – a childhood friend of Toby Fleishman’s – as this added a layer to both the story and the commentary. In particular, I found myself nodding a lot at the commentary about twenty-first century motherhood. And the yoga tops! It’s worth a read for the collection of yoga top slogans alone.”

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That's What Frenemies Are For

A Novel

By Sophie Littlefield & Lauren Gershell
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

In this razor-sharp novel for fans of When Life Gives You Lululemons, a Manhattan socialite turns her spin instructor into a fitness superstar to impress her friends. But can she keep her little project under control? Or has she created a monster?

Julia Summers seems to have it all: a sprawling Upper East Side apartment, a successful husband,... Read more »

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You've Been Volunteered

A Class Mom Novel
Class Mom: Book #2

By Laurie Gelman
Narrated by: Laurie Gelman
Length: 6 hours 27 minutes

"Author Laurie Gelman delivers her second in the Class Mom series in a style no less enthusiastic than her first narration." — AudioFile Magazine

In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Laurie Gelman’s "irreverent and hilarious" (The New York Post) hit Class Mom, brash, lovable Jen Dixon is back with a new class and her work cut out for her.

If... Read more »

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The Farm

A Novel

By Joanne Ramos
Narrated by: Fran de Leon
Length: 13 hours 53 minutes

The Farm

“The Farm was eerily haunting and a bit too real at times while being a captivating page turner. Ramos describes women from different backgrounds all with the the need or desire for a better life, all subjecting themselves to be "Hosts" for mysterious clients who would rather pay top dollar than go through with pregnancy themselves. Providing a chilling view into the possibilities of farming humans, Ramos explores the commodification of women's wombs... is this luxury resort and large paycheck worth the costs of maintaining the facade. If you liked The Handmaid's Tale, you will like this book.”

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Limelight

A Novel

By Amy Poeppel
Narrated by: Carly Robins
Length: 12 hours 50 minutes

In a smart and funny novel by the author of the critically acclaimed “big-hearted, charming” (The Washington Post) Small Admissions, a family’s move to New York City brings surprises and humor.

Allison Brinkley—wife, mother, and former unflappable optimist—discovers that her decision to pack up and move her family from suburban Dallas to the... Read more »

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The Summer We Read Gatsby

A Novel

By Danielle Ganek
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

Half-sisters Cassie and Peck could not be more different. Cassie is a journalist with her feet firmly planted on the ground; Peck is an actress with her head in the clouds. In fact, the only thing they seem to have in common is their inheritance. Fool's House is a broken-down home in the Hamptons left to Cassie and Peck by their Aunt Lydia, a... Read more »

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Rouge

A Novel of Beauty and Rivalry

By Richard Kirshenbaum
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo & P. J. Ochlan
Length: 11 hours 2 minutes

Like Swans of Fifth Avenue and Truman Capote’s Answered Prayers, Richard Kirshenbaum's Rouge gives listeners a rare front row seat into the world of high society and business through the rivalry of two beauty industry icons (think Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden), by the master marketer and chronicler of the over-moneyed.

Rouge is a sexy,... Read more »

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The Chelsea Girls

A Novel

By Fiona Davis
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter & Hillary Huber
Length: 10 hours 31 minutes

The bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about a twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue.

From the dramatic redbrick... Read more »

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The Last Book Party

By Karen Dukess
Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
Length: 6 hours 26 minutes

The Last Book Party

“Oh, to have the wisdom and perspective of age when one is young. In 1987, Eve Rosen joins an elite seaside community as the summer assistant for a prestigious author. As their relationship turns from professional to personal, Eve gains more insight into the publishing world than she ever thought possible. Full of wistful yearning for a time long ago, The Last Book Party is a tribute to youth and its folly, all wrapped up in a gorgeous novel.”

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Very Nice

A novel

By Marcy Dermansky
Narrated by: Full Cast
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

Very Nice

“This was the perfect summer book -- easy prose and engaging storytelling with more than a hint of biting satire. Highly recommended for anyone with experience of the MFA or New York literature culture. Also, one of the best final sentences I have ever read. ”

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Breathe In, Cash Out

A Novel

By Madeleine Henry
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes

The Devil Wears Prada meets Wall Street” (TheSkimm) in this sizzling debut about a banking analyst who plans to finally pursue her yoga career full-time after her bonus hits, but until then she’ll have to keep her sanity intact (and her chakras aligned).

Allegra Cobb’s resume: straight-A Princeton grad, second-year analyst at a top-tier bank,... Read more »

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How Could She

A Novel

By Lauren Mechling
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

Named a Best Book of 2019 by Esquire and a Best Book of 2019 (So Far) by Real Simple and Glamour

"Bitingly funny and often painfully realistic."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Brilliant. . . . Devastating, reliably hilarious." --Nylon

"[A] compulsively readable page-turner."
--Cosmopolitan

An assured and savagely funny novel about three old friends as they...
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It's Hot in the Hamptons

A Novel

By Holly Peterson
Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

From the author of the summer hit It Happens in The Hamptons comes an unforgettable new novel about the women who live and love in the Hamptons.

In the Hamptons, no rules apply, especially in matters of money—and the heart…

Raised in East Hampton, Caroline never thought she’d be one of the “city people” who spent summers and weekends at the beach.... Read more »

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Momzillas

By Jill Kargman
Narrated by: Renee Raudman
Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

The mothers on Manhattan’s chic Upper East Side are highly educated, extremely wealthy, and very competitive. They throw themselves and all of their energy and resources into full-time child rearing, turning their kids into the unwitting pawns in a game where success is measured in precocious achievements, jam-packed schedules, and elite... Read more »

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Mrs.

A Novel

By Caitlin Macy
Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
Length: 10 hours 13 minutes

In the well-heeled milieu of New York's Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. And although her wealth and connections put her in the center of this world, she refuses to conform to... Read more »

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The Perfect Mother

A Novel

By Aimee Molloy
Narrated by: Cristin Milioti
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes

The Perfect Mother

“Buckle up for a gripping read that had me up until 2:00 in the morning! Aimee Molloy taps into two of the deepest fears a mother can have: The ultimate fear of losing a child, and the secretive fear of losing her identity. As a new mother, this book spoke to me on every level. The insecurity, the worries, the panic, the judgment - you name it. Add a missing child, and all those feelings were multiplied by a thousand. Don't miss this captivating novel - it won't disappoint!”

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Touch

By Courtney Maum
Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
Length: 9 hours 43 minutes

Touch

“Sloane is a strong, independent businesswoman working as a trend forecaster. While at an innovative company, Sloane finds that the very technology that is supposed to connect people to one another is actually tearing them apart. The entire story is both hilarious and slightly terrifying as it tells of a future where we outsource intimacy to strangers and lead very isolated lives. Touch is a warning about what can happen if we become too attached to the technology in our lives and a great reminder to put the phone down and connect with others in person.”

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The Great Believers

By Rebecca Makkai
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 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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The Intermission

By Elyssa Friedland
Narrated by: Chelsea Morgan
Length: 13 hours 12 minutes

A HelloGiggles Best New Release
A PopSugar Best Book of July
A BookBub Editor's Pick
A SheReads Best Book of Summer
A GoodReads Buzzy New Release
A Mind Body Green Best Book of July
A PureWow Best Beach Read of Summer 2018

"An effortless page-turner, almost a movie treatment more than a novel...intelligent commercial fiction."--The Wall Street...
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The Light We Lost

By Jill Santopolo
Narrated by: Jill Santopolo
Length: 7 hours 15 minutes

The Light We Lost

“As soon as I saw this book mentioned and compared to One Day, I leapt onto Netgalley to beg for an advance copy, which the good people at Penguin Random House granted me immediately. I knew I’d love it, and I was right: it’s a novel that explores that age-old dilemma of steady, comfortable, dependable, good-enough love, versus the explosive, amazing, once-in-a-lifetime love that breaks your heart.”

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