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MPIBA Holiday Gift Guide

Audiobooks featured in the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's Holiday Gift Guide!

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The Good Neighbor

The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

By Maxwell King
Narrated by: LeVar Burton
Length: 14 hours 7 minutes

The Good Neighbor

“A wonderful biography of an American icon who seemed too good to be true. And yet, believe it or not, he was an even better, more caring man than he portrayed on television. If you are a fan of Fred Rogers and want to understand what drove him to create Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, this is an essential read. Learning more about Rogers’ life through the words of his family and friends in this well-researched and comprehensive biography will give you even more reason to admire the man. And when’s the last time a biography made you cry tears of joy?”

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The Storm Runner

A Storm Runner Novel: Book #1

By J. C. Cervantes
Narrated by: Ozzie Rodriguez
Length: 11 hours 50 minutes

A contemporary adventure based on Mayan mythology from Rick Riordan Presents!

Zane Obispo spends every day exploring the sleeping volcano in his backyard. "The Beast," as he calls it, is the one place where he can escape other kids, who make fun of him because he has a limp and walks with a cane.

After a twin-engine plane crashes into The Beast, a... Read more »

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Every Breath - Abridged

By Nicholas Sparks
Narrated by: Sean Cameron Michael & Vanessa Johansson
Length: 7 hours 5 minutes

Treat yourself to an epic #1 New York Times bestselling love story that spans decades and continents as two people at a crossroads -- one from North Carolina and one from Zimbabwe -- experience the transcendence and heartbreak of true love.
Hope Anderson has some important choices to make. At thirty-six, she's been dating her boyfriend, an... Read more »

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The Dinosaur Artist

Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy

By Paige Williams
Narrated by: Ellen Archer
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

In this 2018 New York Times Notable Book,Paige Williams "does for fossils what Susan Orlean did for orchids" (Book Riot) in her account of one Florida man's attempt to sell a dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia--a story "steeped in natural history, human nature, commerce, crime, science, and politics" (Rebecca Skloot).

In 2012, a New York auction... Read more »

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Maid

Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

By Stephanie Land
Narrated by: Stephanie Land
Length: 8 hours 34 minutes

Maid

“Stephanie Land’s Maid is a must-read of the highest order, a memoir of a single mother struggling to survive while performing the household labor that many of us take for granted. While at once deeply personal — you’ll fall hard for Stephanie and her daughter, Mia — it is also essential social commentary about how we treat the myriad domestic laborers who toil in our homes, oftentimes unseen and unappreciated. Read it alongside Nickel and Dimed or Evicted for a stunning, unforgettable look at American poverty and determination.”

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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Max Einstein: Book #1

By James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

What Harry Potter did for magic, Max Einstein does for kids' imaginations! Max leads a group of kid geniuses in this #1 New York Times bestseller officially approved by the Albert Einstein archives.
Max Einstein is not your typical genius. She . . .Hacks the computer system at NYU to attend classesBuilds inventions to help the homelessAnd talks... Read more »

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Ghost Boys

By Jewell Parker Rhodes
Narrated by: Miles Harvey
Length: 2 hours 51 minutes

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better.

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he... Read more »

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Dear Evan Hansen

Through the Window

By Steven Levenson
Narrated by: Taylor Trensch
Length: 3 hours 27 minutes

The official behind-the-scenes book of the hit musical that won 6 Tony Awards, now also a major motion picture!

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and... Read more »

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Melmoth

A Novel

By Sarah Perry
Narrated by: Jan Cramer
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

Melmoth

Melmoth is evocative and atmospheric, the perfect book for a chilly night and the turning of the seasons. Through diaries, letters, and narration, we are introduced to the legendary Melmoth, who is cursed to wander the world alone and watch humans destroy themselves over and over. This quintessential gothic tale is set against the vivid backdrop of winter in Prague and populated by fully realized supporting characters and a protagonist with a hell of a secret. Melmoth, eternal witness to humanity at both its most banal and its most depraved, will haunt me.”

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November Road

A Novel

By Lou Berney
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes

November Road

“This deliciously nuanced and layered mystery is a terrific book for Lou Berney fans and thrill-seekers. Set days after JFK’s assassination, November Road follows two people who are on the run from a diabolically evil hitman and have no choice but to do what comes unnaturally for both: trust each other. Berney’s latest masterpiece will have you clutching the pages and your pearls as he takes you on a white-knuckle road trip from the sticky heat of the French Quarter to the dusty skies of Nevada.”

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Fly Girls

How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

By Keith O'Brien
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed... Read more »

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Nine Perfect Strangers

By Liane Moriarty
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 18 hours 59 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Now a Hulu original series

"Narrator Caroline Lee's animated performance brings listeners along as the story changes perspective...Listeners will be hooked as the retreat begins to unravel." — AudioFile Magazine

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies.

Could ten days at a health resort really...

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Kingdom of the Blind

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #14

By Louise Penny
Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
Length: 12 hours 19 minutes

Kingdom of the Blind

“Inspector Gamache has puzzled his way through 13 of Louise Penny’s mysteries, and his 14th is an exceptional read. Penny brings us a mystery that will delight old-school mystery lovers (a storm, the reading of a will) as well as those who enjoy a fast-paced thriller (Gamache’s plans involving the opioids he lost). The pacing is swift and the cast of characters from Three Pines is as charming and wonderful as always. The Kingdom of the Blind is easily one of the best of the series. Thank you, Louise Penny, for reminding us that kindness does exist in this mostly cruel world and that when utilized correctly, it can be inspiring and life-changing.”

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A Dog's Way Home

A Novel

By W. Bruce Cameron
Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn't allow dogs, Lucas can't resist taking Bella home.

Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn’t understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes... Read more »

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Trust Me

A Novel

By Hank Phillippi Ryan
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 12 hours 42 minutes

"Saskia Maarleveld's well-paced narration keeps listeners on the edge of their seats throughout the story's many twists and turns, psychological manipulation, and misdirection." — AudioFile Magazine

Trust Me is the chilling standalone audiobook of psychological suspense and manipulation that award-winning author and renowned investigative...

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Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

By Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 10 hours 12 minutes

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson comes a new novella collection, including a brand new, never-been-published story.

Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It's his hallucinations who are mad.

A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this,...

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Heirs of the Founders

The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants

By H. W. Brands
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 14 hours 54 minutes

Heirs of the Founders

“Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Calhoun dominated Congress from the War of 1812 through the years before the Civil War. They were respectful but wary of each other: fighting over international relations, the Federal Bank, annexation of Texas, and Indian policy, while each tried — and failed — to be elected president. By the end, their relationship fractured, as did the country, when they failed to reconcile the ideal of a democratic republic with the peculiar institution of slavery.”

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Hippie

By Paulo Coelho
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Length: 7 hours 51 minutes

From South America to Holland to Nepal—a new journey in the company of Paulo Coelho, bestselling author of The Alchemist.
 
Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, bestselling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny... Read more »

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Seafire

Seafire: Book #1

By Natalie C. Parker
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 10 hours 29 minutes

A warlord killed Caledonia's parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.

"This is Mad Max by way of Davy Jones, a high-energy, breathless adventure [about] a group of damaged girls who find home in one another." --Booklist

"The pace of the book is fast...
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Monstrous Devices

By Damien Love
Narrated by: Allan Corduner
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

“I enjoyed everything about Damien Love’s debut—its title, its breakneck action, its sly sense of humor. I wish my first novel had been as imaginative and assured.” —Anthony Horowitz, New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Rider series

On a winter’s day in a British town, twelve-year old Alex receives a package in the mail: an old tin... Read more »

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