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The books that Bookseller Bill of An Unlikely Story has features in his infamous One Minute With Bill Instagram segments (also on Facebook and Tik Tok: @anunlikelystory). Crossing genres, all that matters is if the book appealed to Bill and if he thinks readers will also love it.

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi

A Novel

By: Shannon Chakraborty
Narrated by: Lameece Issaq & Amin El Gamal
Length: 16 hours 59 minutes

“I didn’t know I could love a book so much. Chakraborty gives us a pirate adventure with a charming and sarcastic female lead, the most lovable crew, and ancient magic. Sheer perfection from start to finish — this is a guaranteed five star read! Read more

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The Wager

A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

By: David Grann
Narrated by: Dion Graham & David Grann
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

“Since a lot of the book is drawn from actual sailor's diaries, listening to it feels like you're hearing a salty sea dog's confessional! Apart from that it's got everything you'd want in a swashbuckling adventure: mutiny, shipwreck, scurvy and colonialist criticism. Read more

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The Ferryman

A Novel

By: Justin Cronin
Narrated by: Scott Brick & Suzanne Elise Freeman
Length: 19 hours 55 minutes

“You guys! I am currently reading/listening to this book. It is a new release within the last couple weeks. So far, I can't set it down/shut it off. I know it is a little on the long side, but it has definitely been worth it! Read more

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Bewilderment

A Novel

By: Richard Powers
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

“An homage to the heartbreaking Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, this intimate story of a grieving father and his troubled son is an intelligent and touching story of tragedy and hope. Read more

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The Whalebone Theatre

A Read with Jenna Pick

By: Joanna Quinn
Narrated by: Olivia Vinall
Length: 18 hours 22 minutes

The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn is my favorite book of 2022. The setting, the coast of England after WWI and through WWII, is one of my favorite for historical fiction. Quinn’s gorgeous use of language takes the already compelling story and complex characters into another realm. I couldn’t put it down, yet I didn’t want it to end. Read more

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Lucky Red

A Novel

By: Claudia Cravens
Narrated by: Elena Rey
Length: 11 hours 22 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A thrilling, raucous, and gloriously queer debut about a scrappy orphan bent on making her own luck in the American West—and finding friendship, romance, and her true calling along the way, now in paperback.

“A powerful feminist battle cry . . . [and] rollicking good fun.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR:... Read more

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Wellness

A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)

By: Nathan Hill
Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
Length: 18 hours 56 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • The New York Times best-selling author of The Nix is back with a poignant and witty novel about a modern marriage and the bonds that keep people together. Mining the absurdities of contemporary society, Wellness reimagines the love story with a healthy dose of... Read more

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Out There Screaming

An Anthology of New Black Horror

By: Jordan Peele & John Joseph Adams
Narrated by: Jordan Peele & Full Cast
Length: 14 hours

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The visionary writer and director of Get Out, Us, and Nope, and founder of Monkeypaw Productions, curates this groundbreaking anthology of all-new stories of Black horror, exploring not only the terrors of the supernatural but the chilling reality of injustice that haunts our nation.

“Every piece is strong and...
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North Woods

A Novel

By: Daniel Mason
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp, Mark Deakins, Jayne Entwistle, Billie Fulford-Brown, Arthur Morey, George Newbern, Kirsten Potter & Simon Vance
Length: 11 hours 5 minutes

“Set in the North Woods of Massachusetts over centuries, this book is told through letters, poetry, historical entries, amorous bugs, and (my favorite) a true crime blogger. Daniel Manson skilfully ties his chapters together to create a beautiful, sometimes gut-wrenching, always tender love story of place. Read more

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The Golden Gate

A Novel

By: Amy Chua
Narrated by: Robb Moreira, Suzanne Toren & Tim Campbell
Length: 13 hours 19 minutes

The Golden Gate by Amy Chau is a fabulous historic fiction set during WWII in San Francisco and Berkely. Chau integrates the events and places of the era into the story, it is all fascinating! Read more

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The Dead Take the A Train

Carrion City: Book #1

By: Richard Kadrey & Cassandra Khaw
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 12 hours 59 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey and Cassandra Khaw have teamed up to deliver a new dark story where Neil Gaiman meets Jessica Jones with magic, monsters, and mayhem.

Julie Crews is a coked-up, burnt-out thirty-something who packs a lot of magic into her small body. She’s trying to establish herself as a major Psychic Operative in... Read more

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The Mountain in the Sea

A Novel

By: Ray Nayler
Narrated by: Eunice Wong
Length: 11 hours 5 minutes

“Eunice Wong’s measured pacing and mellow tones perfectly complement Nayler’s provocative exploration of memory, minds, and consciousness.” - Booklist

"The theme of the nature of consciousness is equal parts intriguing, thrilling, and eerie. Best of all, it's always compellingly narrated, making for a performance that's difficult to pause."-...
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Lavender House

A Novel

By: Lev AC Rosen
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

Knives Out, but make it GAY. Irene Lamontaine is dead, and in 1952 San Francisco, it is hard to get someone to investigate the death without revealing the entire family's secret of being secretly queer. That is, until Evander Mills, a talented detective, is caught in a bar raid, on his knees before another queer man--an immediate termination of... Read more

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Legends & Lattes

A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes

Legends & Lattes

By: Travis Baldree
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Length: 7 hours 18 minutes

“This is the cozy and heartwarming fantasy novel you didn't know you needed! It's a tender story with delightful characters in a snug setting. The kind of tale that Dungeon Masters will feel inspired to have for their next laid-back D&D campaign. So if you are a fan of wholesome, found-family stories do yourself a favor and listen to this book! Read more

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All the Sinners Bleed

A Novel

By: S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 13 hours 5 minutes

“Truly excellent read. Great writing and perfect pacing. Definitely couldn't put it down! I listened to the audio and the narrator, Adam Lazarre-White, did an amazing job. Read more

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Girly Drinks

A World History of Women and Alcohol

By: Mallory O'Meara
Narrated by: Mallory O'Meara
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

Girly Drinks is a fun, feminist, and information account chronicling the immense impact women have had on society through making and consuming alcohol. From beer and ale, to whisky, to sake, to sorghum, this is an inclusive and culturally aware history. Full to the brim with riveting stories, you’ll savor every line. Grab a beverage and tuck in! Read more

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Madonna

A Rebel Life

By: Mary Gabriel
Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
Length: 41 hours 43 minutes

In this riveting biography, award-winning author Mary Gabriel chronicles the meteoric rise and enduring influence of the greatest female pop icon of the modern era: Madonna.

With her arrival on the music scene in the early 1980s, Madonna generated nothing short of an explosion—as great as that of Elvis or the Beatles—taking the nation by storm... Read more

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Foster

By: Claire Keegan
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 1 hour 26 minutes

“This moving story of a young girl taken to live for a brief time with relatives is the perfect quick listen. There are vast differences between the girl’s crowded child-filled home and the quiet home of her relatives. Equally great are the differences in parenting given by her parents and the couple she comes to stay with. Told in first person... Read more

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Better the Blood

Hana Westerman: Book #1

By: Michael Bennett
Narrated by: Miriama McDowell & Richard Te Are
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

“A grisly murder mystery with ties to early British colonialism in Aotearoa. Starts a little slow, but by the end, I couldn't listen to it fast enough! Definitely recommend for a Māori thriller/mystery - I can't wait for more installments in this series! Read more

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Whalefall

A Novel

By: Daniel Kraus
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 8 hours 7 minutes

Whalefall, by Daniel Kraus, is based on a ridiculous premise - a skinny little scuba diver is swallowed by a huge sperm whale. Also, the first couple of chapters are kind of slow going. So why am I recommending this book? Because it is a rollercoaster of a story. Jay Gardiner's estranged father commits suicide by drowning himself. We know it's... Read more

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