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The Last Fire Season

A Personal and Pyronatural History

By: Manjula Martin
Narrated by: Manjula Martin
Length: 13 hours 9 minutes

H Is for Hawk meets Joan Didion in the Pyrocene in this arresting combination of memoir, natural history, and literary inquiry that chronicles one woman’s experience of life in Northern California during the worst fire season on record.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A MOST-ANTICIPATED BOOK: The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco...
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The Showman

Inside the Invasion That Shook the World and Made a Leader of Volodymyr Zelensky

By: Simon Shuster
Narrated by: Daniel Gamburg
Length: 14 hours 27 minutes

Acclaimed journalist Simon Shuster gives us the first inside account of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from the perspective of President Volodymyr Zelensky and his team, who granted him unprecedented access. Time correspondent Simon Shuster chronicles the life and wartime leadership of Volodymyr Zelensky from the dressing rooms of his variety... Read more

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Only Say Good Things

Surviving Playboy and Finding Myself

By: Crystal Hefner
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A JANUARY 2024 APPLE BOOKS STAFF PICK AND AUDIBLE EDITORS SELECT
NAMED A BEST BOOK TO READ THIS JANUARY BY THE GLOSS

A raw and unflinching look at the objectification and misogyny of the Playboy mansion, a woman’s stolen young adulthood and her journey to self-acceptance, and a rare look inside Hugh Hefner’s...
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Come and Get It

By: Kiley Reid
Narrated by: Nicole Lewis
Length: 12 hours 52 minutes

“One of Kiley Reid's talents is creating extremely nuanced characters. By the end of Come and Get It, I felt like I could recognize Agatha and Mille's voices from across a crowded room, I knew them so well. A study of female relationships mostly set at the University of Arkansas in 2017, Reid's prose dissects each power imbalance carefully, and... Read more

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Buffalo Fluffalo

Buffalo Stories

By: Bess Kalb
Narrated by: Bess Kalb
Length: 6 minutes

Introducing a sweet and silly buffalo who tries to bluff and fluff his way into being bigger than he really is. This laugh-out-loud story by an Emmy-nominated comedy writer shows it’s okay to be yourself.

I’m the Buffalo Fluffalo
I heave and I huffalo
Leave me alone because
I’ve had enuffalo.

Buffalo Fluffalo arrives on the scene puffed up with... Read more

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Come Together

The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections

By: Emily Nagoski, PhD
Narrated by: Emily Nagoski, PhD
Length: 12 hours 1 minute

From the New York Times bestselling author of Come as You Are and co-author of Burnout comes an illuminating exploration of how to maintain a happy sex life in a long-term relationship.

“Emily Nagoski is a national treasure—helping us all understand how to finally build true, joyful, confident sex lives.”—Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed

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Your Utopia

Stories

By: Bora Chung
Narrated by: Greta Jung
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

“In these stories, Chung’s brilliant imagination brings us futures filled with advanced AI, transformed nature, plague, and questions about humanity. I loved every moment of these stories and each unexpected turn. We don’t know what the future holds, but Chung gives us possibilities that are sometimes frightening, sometimes heartwarming, always... Read more

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Erasure

A Novel

By: Percival Everett
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes

Percival Everett's blistering satire about race and writing

Thelonious "Monk" Ellison's writing career has bottomed out: his latest manuscript has been rejected by seventeen publishers, which stings all the more because his previous novels have been "critically acclaimed." He seethes on the sidelines of the literary establishment as he watches... Read more

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Inciting Joy

Essays

By: Ross Gay
Narrated by: Ross Gay
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

An intimate and electrifying collection of essays from the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Delights  

In these gorgeously written and timely pieces, prize-winning poet and author Ross Gay considers the joy we incite when we care for each other, especially during life’s inevitable hardships. Throughout Inciting Joy, he explores... Read more

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Sex with a Brain Injury

On Concussion and Recovery

By: Annie Liontas
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 9 hours 21 minutes

For readers of Meghan O’Rourke’s The Invisible Kingdom, Esmé Weijun Wang’s The Collected Schizophrenias, and Melissa Febos’s Girlhood, a powerful and deeply personal memoir in essays that sheds light on the silent epidemic of head trauma.

Annie Liontas suffered multiple concussions in her thirties. In Sex with a Brain Injury, she writes about... Read more

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The Fetishist

By: Katherine Min
Narrated by: Eunice Wong & Kayla Min Andrews
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes

The Fetishist is an exploration of serious emotions, accompanied by a degree of absurdity and humor. Min expertly highlights the female Asian American experience of being fetishized with unforgiving, razor-sharp prose. Read more

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Tripping on Utopia

Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science

By: Benjamin Breen
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 12 hours 53 minutes

A bold and brilliant revisionist take on the history of psychedelics in the twentieth century, illuminating how a culture of experimental drugs shaped the Cold War and the birth of Silicon Valley.

"It was not the Baby Boomers who ushered in the first era of widespread drug experimentation. It was their parents." Far from the... Read more

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Filterworld

How Algorithms Flattened Culture

By: Kyle Chayka
Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK • From New Yorker staff writer and author of The Longing for Less Kyle Chayka comes a timely history and investigation of a world ruled by algorithms, which determine the shape of culture itself.

"[Filterworld] is about how algorithms changed culture…[Chayka asks] what is taste? What is a sense of aesthetics? And what...
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You Only Call When You're in Trouble

A Novel

By: Stephen McCauley
Narrated by: André Santana
Length: 11 hours 53 minutes

“Heartwarming, charming, and funny, You Only Call When You’re in Trouble has characters that will become imprinted on your heart. Stephen McCauley gives us a novel that will set the bar for your 2024 reading! Read more

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My Effin' Life

By: Geddy Lee
Narrated by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson & Cliff Burnstein
Length: 16 hours 19 minutes

The long-awaited memoir from the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Rush bassist, and bestselling author of Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass.Includes two new songs by Geddy Lee, available exclusively in the My Effin’ Life audiobook.Geddy Lee is one of rock and roll's most respected bassists. For nearly five decades, his playing and work... Read more

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Build the Life You Want

The Art and Science of Getting Happier

By: Arthur C. Brooks & Oprah Winfrey
Narrated by: Arthur C. Brooks & Oprah Winfrey
Length: 5 hours 54 minutes

You can get happier. And getting there will be the adventure of your lifetime.

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In Build the Life You Want, Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey invite you to begin a journey toward greater happiness no matter how challenging your circumstances. Drawing on cutting-edge science and their years of helping people... Read more

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Unmasking AI

My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines

By: Joy Buolamwini
Narrated by: Joy Buolamwini
Length: 9 hours 52 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “The conscience of the AI revolution” (Fortune) explains how we’ve arrived at an era of AI harms and oppression, and what we can do to avoid its pitfalls.

“Dr. Joy Buolamwini has been an essential figure in bringing irresponsible, profit-hungry tech giants to their knees. If you’re going to read only one book about AI, this...
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A Grandmother Begins the Story

By: Michelle Porter
Narrated by: Michelle Porter, Jani Lauzon, Tara Sky, Tantoo Cardinal, Dakota Ray Hebert, Bernard Starlight, Elle-Màijà Tailfeathers, Wesley French, Jenny Pudavick, Lisa Cromarty, Monique Mojica, Alison Deon, Jacob MacInnis, Yolanda Bonnell, Brefny Caribou & Kiawentiio
Length: 8 hours 50 minutes

Award-winning author Michelle Porter makes her fiction debut with an enchanting and original story of the unrivaled desire for healing and the power of familial bonds across five generations of Métis women and the land and bison that surround them.

Written like a crooked Métis jig, A Grandmother Begins the Story follows five generations of women... Read more

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Oath and Honor

A Memoir and a Warning

By: Liz Cheney
Narrated by: Liz Cheney
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

Read by Liz Cheney with 50+ audio source material clips included, Oath and Honor is a gripping first-hand account from inside the halls of Congress as Donald Trump and his enablers betrayed the American people and the Constitution--leading to the violent attack on our Capitol on January 6th, 2021—by the House Republican leader who dared to stand... Read more

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Eyeliner

A Cultural History

By: Zahra Hankir
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 10 hours 55 minutes

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Pick

“Cosmetic, tool of rebellion, status signifier: Eyeliner has been all these and more. Moving through millenniums and across civilizations, Hankir gives the makeup its eye-opening due.” —The New York Times Book Review

“An impressive, rigorously researched, winding path through centuries and over...
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