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You Should See Me in a Crown

By Leah Johnson
Narrated by: Alaska Jackson
Length: 7 hours 18 minutes

You Should See Me in a Crown

“This book was adorable. Liz is a badass Black, queer female who should be an inspiration to all teens. The way that she navigates her identity is beautiful and, at times, heartbreaking.”

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No Time Like the Future

An Optimist Considers Mortality

By Michael J. Fox
Narrated by: Michael J. Fox
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

This program is read by Michael J. Fox.

A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.

The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin... Read more »

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Migrations

A Novel

By Charlotte McConaghy
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
Length: 8 hours 48 minutes

Migrations

“Migrations is an unusual and amazing story – a bit of a modern Moby Dick. Franny is broken and adrift after years of searching for a sense of her troubled life and hope for our planet. Animals are extinct, except possibly a few Arctic Terns who Franny is determined to follow. The crew on the Saghani adds great depth to the story. Lovely prose especially of nature and expertly placed flashbacks of Franny’s past troubles adds just the right amount of suspense and insight to Franny’s determination. Don’t peak, but…the ending is perfect.”

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Afterlife

English Edition

By Julia Alvarez
Narrated by: Alma Cuervo
Length: 6 hours 26 minutes

The author of In the Time of the Butterflies, with more than one million copies in print, is back with a tour de force. Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then... Read more »

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Vesper Flights

By Helen Macdonald
Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

Vesper Flights

“I wish I could give Vesper Flights twelve stars out of five. In this beautiful, loving, poignant portrait of a nature lover’s world — gosh, what an understatement — Helen MacDonald continues to prove herself a nature-writing powerhouse. Her literary skills make her a modern legend, and Vesper Flights is sure to touch as many hearts, if not more, than H Is for Hawk did.”

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Black Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse
Narrated by: Cara Gee, Nicole Lewis, Kaipo Schwab & Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 12 hours 46 minutes

Black Sun

“An epic high fantasy that follows several different characters, throughout different points in time as they are all set to converge on the day of a solar eclipse. On this day, the fate of their world will be altered. An incredible story and great listen on Libro.fm, but definitely something you have to pay attention too or you will miss important details!”

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An American Sunrise

Poems

By Joy Harjo
Narrated by: Joy Harjo
Length: 1 hours 40 minutes

A stunning new volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, informed by her tribal history and connection to the land.

In the early 1800s, the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, which is now part of Oklahoma. Two hundred years later, Joy Harjo... Read more »

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Underland

A Deep Time Journey

By Robert Macfarlane
Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
Length: 12 hours 3 minutes

Underland

“I don’t think there is a square mile of ground on this planet where Robert Macfarlane couldn’t dig up a new, wondrous story. Underland continues the tradition of profound storytelling, reflection, and, quite simply, gorgeous writing we have come to expect from him. Macfarlane’s ventures into the underworlds of our planet, both mythical and literal, may amount to his finest work yet, and not just because these are the places that have captivated me most throughout my life. I feel fortunate to be living at the same time as him, knowing that as long as he is writing, there is something to look forward to.”

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

Read the Report

Mexican Gothic

A Novel

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

Mexican Gothic

“Set in Mexico in the 50's, this book follows a young woman, Noemi, to a moldy old Gothic manor in the countryside where she is hoping to find out why her newly married cousin is sending letters home detailing strange visions and a real fear of her new family. Moreno-Garcia's writing was fantastic, I felt immersed in the creepy mansion, imagining often I could smell the rot and could hear the walls and floorboards creaking with the fungus that seemed to be moving throughout. Noemi's character was heroic and brave and while she made choices that caused me to cringe, I rooted for her throughout, feeling triumphant with her when she found ways to escape the disturbing household. This story is part mystery, part horror and will really get under your skin if you let it!”

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Ex Libris

100+ Books to Read and Reread

By Michiko Kakutani
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 8 hours

Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani shares her enthusiasm for more than 100 books in a series of succinct, thought-provoking essays.

“An ebullient celebration of books and reading.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
“Books can connect people across time zones and zip codes, across cultures, national boundaries, and historical... Read more »

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Pass It On

Work Hard, Serve Others . . . Repeat

By Deshaun Waton, Lavette Lavaille & Dabo Swinney
Narrated by: James Shippy
Length: 4 hours 51 minutes

Breakout NFL star Deshaun Watson, quarterback for the Houston Texans, shows readers the lessons that have driven him to become a leader and to put others first. 

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the most promising young players in the NFL, but he believes that true success lies in leading his team from a perspective of service.... Read more »

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Grounded

A Senator’s Lessons on Winning Back Rural America

By Jon Tester
Narrated by: Jon Tester
Length: 12 hours 33 minutes

An inspiring and eye-opening memoir showing how Democrats can reconnect with rural and red-state voters, from Montana’s three-term democratic senator.

Senator Jon Tester is a rare voice in Congress. He is the only United States senator who manages a full-time job outside of the Senate—as a farmer. But what has really come to distinguish Tester in... Read more »

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Make Life Beautiful

By Syd McGee & Shea McGee
Narrated by: Syd McGee & Shea McGee
Length: 4 hours 57 minutes

Now a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, Make Life Beautiful is the new autobiography from Syd and Shea McGee, the stars of the Netflix hit series Dream Home Makeover. This book offers the fans of Syd and Shea McGee a new and intimate look into how they built their business. 

For the one million-plus followers who turn to Syd and Shea McGee for advice on... Read more »

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Is this Anything?

By Jerry Seinfeld
Narrated by: Jerry Seinfeld
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

Is this Anything?

“My husband and I have had the pleasure of seeing Jerry Seinfeld live on two occasions. Obviously, we are big fans. When I learned that Seinfeld was releasing his book at the same time as a cross-country road trip that we had planned, I was ecstatic. Jerry did not let us down. The miles flew by quickly as we laughed our way through Connecticut. I highly recommend this book - especially if you are planning a road trip during the holidays.”

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Everything Sad is Untrue

(a true story)

By Daniel Nayeri
Narrated by: Daniel Nayeri
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

Everything Sad is Untrue

“A beautiful patchwork of a story. Astonishing in its complexity and heart. I listened to the audio through Libro.fm and loved hearing the author read his story, to hear his pronunciation and cadence. Brilliant! Cannot recommend enough. ”

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Long Way Down

By Jason Reynolds
Narrated by: Jason Reynolds
Length: 1 hours 43 minutes

Long Way Down

“One of the best parts of listening to this audiobook was getting to hear Jason Reynolds breathe further life into the heartbreaking words he wrote. I don't doubt the emotion would have been evident in the text, but as he said in the interview at the end of the audio, only he knew the right beats in order to make sure his message wasn't lost. I highly recommend listening if you get a chance. ”

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Inheritance Games

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

Don't miss this New York Times bestselling "impossible to put down" (Buzzfeed) novel with deadly stakes, thrilling twists, and juicy secrets--perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when... Read more »

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The Silver Arrow

By Lev Grossman
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 3 hours 51 minutes

The Silver Arrow

“This is a great book for a family read aloud. Loved the narrator for the audiobook.”

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Above the Clouds

How I Carved My Own Path to the Top of the World

By Kilian Jornet
Narrated by: Steven Brand
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

"Kilian Jornet is the most dominating endurance athlete of his generation."—NEW YORK TIMES

"Inspiring and humbling"— ALEX HONNOLD

The most accomplished mountain runner of all time contemplates his record-breaking climbs of Mount Everest in this profound memoir—an intellectual and spiritual journey that moves from the earth’s highest peak to the... Read more »

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Walk Through This

Harness the Healing Power of Nature and Travel the Road to Forgiveness

By Sara Schulting Kranz
Narrated by: Sara Schulting-Kranz
Length: TBA

Hit the trail with Sara Schulting Kranz, life coach and certified wilderness guide, on her journey to find healing and forgiveness from the scars of sexual abuse and the trauma of an unexpected divorce. As a young, single-mother, Sara discovered her path to forgiveness and healing started with a daily practice of actively embracing the power and... Read more »

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