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Zenith Bookstore - Nikki's Staff Picks

Our Manager, Nikki Silvestrini, is always listening to audiobooks. This is a playlist of some of her favorites, across genre and in no particular order, that she listens to again and again... and again.

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 40 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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$29.89 USD

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

A Novel
By Balli Kaur Jaswal
Narrated by Meera Syal /  10 hours 34 minutes

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

“Full of fun and Drama! The women in Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women shake up their community with their racy story writing - and solve a mystery! This book is full of surprises. I loved it. A delight! The narration of the audiobook was well done and greatly added to the story.”

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$28.74 USD

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The Duchess Deal

Girl Meets Duke
Girl Meets Duke
By Tessa Dare
Narrated by Mary Jane Wells /  7 hours 56 minutes

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned... Read More »

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$25.29 USD

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The Poet X

By Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo /  3 hours 30 minutes

The Poet X

“The Poet X is written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo. It is a novel made up of poems by a teenager, Xiomara Batista, growing up in Harlem. Acevedo's narration is wonderful and brings the story to life. Xiomara's dad is MIA even though he lives at home; her mother is extremely religious and pushes her faith onto her daughter; her twin brother is quiet and also working through his own feelings; she starts her first relationship with a guy; and all the time Xiomara is told what she can and cannot do, gets accosted by men, has to defend herself because no one else will, is questioning God and has no one to open up to. She releases her pent of feelings in a notebook. It isn't until her new English teacher introduces her to spoken poetry that she realizes that is what she is meant to be: a poet. This is a lovely story of a young, misunderstood girl, coming of age and showing the world that she is worth it. Great for adults who enjoyed Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and extremely relevant literature for the #metoo movement.”

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$18.39 USD

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A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L'Engle
Narrated by Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle & Charlotte Jones Voiklis /  6 hours 26 minutes

Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture. This movie tie-in audiobook includes an introduction read by director Ava DuVernay, a foreword read by the author, and an afterword read by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis.

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$25.20 USD

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Spinning Silver

A Novel
By Naomi Novik
Narrated by Lisa Flanagan /  17 hours 56 minutes

Spinning Silver

“Spinning Silver takes the bones of Rumpelstiltskin and turns it into a story about female agency and power. While the six person narrative structure could be a bit tricky to follow, narrator Lisa Flanagan brings Miryem, Wanda, and Irina to life and readers will soon be caught up in the magic Naomi Novik weaves.”

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$35.00 USD

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Once Upon a Time in the North: His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials
By Philip Pullman
Narrated by Philip Pullman & Full Cast /  2 hours 16 minutes

Another mesmerizing episode from the universe of His Dark Materials set in the far frozen Arctic, including the very first meeting of those two legends and friends Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear. Read More »

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$17.50 USD

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Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr

The Old Kingdom: Book #2
By Garth Nix
Narrated by Tim Curry /  14 hours 43 minutes

Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, ignorant of her father's identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large extended family living in the Clayr's glacier. She doesn't even have the Sight--the ability to See into the present and possibly futures--that is the very birthright of the... Read More »

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$28.00 USD

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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

The Book of Dust: Book #1
By Philip Pullman
Narrated by Michael Sheen /  13 hours 7 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

2018 Odyssey Honor 
2018 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
The Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2017
Slate Best Audiobook of 2017
Booklist Editor’s Choice Audio for Youth
AudioFile Best YA Audiobooks of 2017


"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." —The...
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$38.50 USD

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Meet Me at the Museum

A Novel
By Anne Youngson
Narrated by Helen Lloyd & Lars Knudsen /  6 hours 29 minutes

Meet Me at the Museum

“This charming novel is told entirely in correspondence between Tina, a woman of a certain age in England who is questioning her place in the world after her best friend’s death, and Kristian, a Danish museum curator who is adrift after the death of his wife. As their correspondence evolves and their friendship develops, they realize that the world may have more to offer than they initially thought. Meet Me at the Museum is sweet without being cloying, gentle without insulting the reader’s intelligence, and a completely enjoyable read.”

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$31.04 USD

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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials: Book #1
By Philip Pullman
Narrated by Philip Pullman & Full Cast /  10 hours 32 minutes

HIS DARK MATERIALS IS NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING DAFNE KEEN, RUTH WILSON, JAMES McAVOY, AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!

The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time.” Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where...
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The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials: Book #2
By Philip Pullman
Narrated by Philip Pullman & Full Cast /  8 hours 55 minutes

HIS DARK MATERIALS IS NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING DAFNE KEEN, RUTH WILSON, JAMES McAVOY, AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!

The spellbinding sequel to The Golden Compass, the modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an "All-Time Greatest Novel" and Newsweek hailed as a "Top 100 Book of All Time," continues the epic adventure, ...
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The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials: Book #3
By Philip Pullman
Narrated by Philip Pullman & Full Cast /  14 hours 52 minutes

HIS DARK MATERIALS IS NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING DAFNE KEEN, RUTH WILSON, JAMES McAVOY, AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!

The unforgettable His Dark Materials trilogy that began with The Golden Compass—the modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an "All-Time Greatest Novel" and Newsweek hailed as a "Top 100 Book of All Time"—and...
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$37.80 USD

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The Bunnicula Collection: Books 1-3

#1: Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery; #2: Howliday Inn; #3: The Celery Stalks at Midnight
The Bunnicula Series
By James Howe & Deborah Howe
Narrated by Victor Garber /  6 hours 44 minutes

Each story in the popular and critically acclaimed series has been read by the talented actor, Victor Garber. Now fans who can't get enough of the vampire bunny, Bunnicula, will have something new to add to their collection. Read More »

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$23.80 USD

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Lily and the Octopus

By Steven Rowley
Narrated by Michael Urie /  8 hours 3 minutes

Lily and the Octopus

“Lily and the Octopus is a profound book about all the important things in life -- love, how to let go, how important it is to live in the moment, and how one big love can lead to another. And Lily, dear Lily, is at the center -- a smart, movie-loving dog who would never pass up the chance at some good ice cream, tofurkey dinner, or beaming her unconditional love at her human companion, Ted. Told with humor, compassion, and a quirky sense of life's possibilities, Lily and the Octopus will hold you by the heart long after the final page is turned.”

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$20.69 USD

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

By Robert O'Brien
Narrated by Barbara Caruso /  6 hours 13 minutes

Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly... Read More »

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$22.99 USD

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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

Mrs. Pollifax: Book #1
By Dorothy Gilman
Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat /  8 hours 16 minutes

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. So, naturally, she became a CIA agent. This time, the assignment sounds as tasty as a taco. A quick trip to Mexico City is on her agenda. Unfortunately,... Read More »

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The Hobbit

Prequel to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Lord of the Rings
By J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrated by Rob Inglis /  11 hours 4 minutes

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage... Read More »

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$28.74 USD

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The Stone Sky

The Broken Earth: Book #3
By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Robin Miles /  14 hours 16 minutes

Humanity will finally be saved or destroyed in the shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed NYT bestselling trilogy that won the Hugo Award three years in a row.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of... Read More »

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$28.73 USD

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Calypso

By David Sedaris
Narrated by David Sedaris /  6 hours 38 minutes

Calypso

“We, your concerned booksellers, want to make sure you are in tip-top reading shape before David Sedaris visits Main Street Books. Much like a runner must train for a marathon, you must exercise your sense of humor, so as not to pull something in David's presence. Tune up your funny bone with Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, or any of the other great Sedaris collections on Libro.fm. ”

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$31.03 USD

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