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Our Favorite Fiction Picks

We've compiled this list of some of our favorite recent fiction performed in amazing audio. Listen in the car, while exercising, or at home — you'll love these stories!

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Ask Again, Yes

A Novel
By Mary Beth Keane
Narrated by Molly Pope /  12 hours 42 minutes

Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes is a compelling, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful novel. Mary Beth Keane is incredibly talented; she does not sugar coat, instead giving readers a compulsively readable family drama. I did not expect to become so completely engrossed in these characters’ stories — two families whose lives become inextricably linked by young love and personal tragedy. Their myriad mistakes and attempts to atone beautifully demonstrate the power and grace found in forgiveness.”

Page and Palette image Anderson McKean, Page and Palette
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The Starless Sea

A Novel
By Erin Morgenstern
Narrated by Dominic Hoffman & Various /  18 hours 36 minutes

The Starless Sea

“What an amazing written and performed tale of love, mystery, and magic. This homage to books and storytelling is like nothing I’ve read... ever. Morgenstern has achieved a wondrous feat that defies measure.”

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Mercy House

A Novel
By Alena Dillon
Narrated by Dawn Harvey, Catherine Ho, Scarlette Hayes, Eboni Flowers, Caitlin Kelly & Bahni Turpin /  9 hours 35 minutes

Mercy House

“Mercy House is a beautifully written and narrated story of a group of nuns who open a home for abused girls and women, only to have it threatened by a bishop that holds a vendetta. Alena Dillon has somehow reached straight into my soul and my anger toward the failings of the Catholic Church and all of the treacherous people it has and continues to protect within its ranks. This is a fantastic book.”

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A Long Petal of the Sea

A Novel
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor & Amanda Hopkinson
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini /  9 hours 46 minutes

A Long Petal of the Sea

“In this quietly compelling novel, Isabel Allende deftly brings us into the world of the Spanish Civil War and Chilean Revolution, elegantly weaving characters' stories together to produce a stunning tapestry of love, heartbreak, loyalty, and politics. Follow war doctor Victor and accomplished pianist Roser as they struggle down a path that is constantly blocked with great challenges. Though many despair, there is always a way through, and you may find support in places you least expect.”

Rediscovered Books image Kalli, Rediscovered Books
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The Most Fun We Ever Had

A Novel
By Claire Lombardo
Narrated by Emily Rankin /  20 hours 33 minutes

The Most Fun We Ever Had

“Claire Lombardo has written a rich and rewarding novel brimming with the messiness of families. Secrets kept and revealed provide a backdrop for the life-long love affair of Marilyn and David Sorenson as they raise their four daughters. The years are filled with joy, angst, anger, longing, and love as the members of the Sorenson family struggle to define their place among the ones who are nearest and dearest to their hearts. The Most Fun We Ever Had will resonate with all readers who have experienced and celebrated the chaotic love of family.”

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

A Novel
By Christy Lefteri
Narrated by Art Malik /  8 hours 42 minutes

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

“Provocative and intense, this harrowing story of Syrian war refugees will take you on an emotional journey. This book took me well beyond the headlines and touched my soul. Perhaps its greatest strength is Lefteri’s ability to make this unquestionably horrific reality accessible. You will feel an aching need to turn the page, and then you’ll need to share this novel with others. I look forward to putting it into the hands of many readers — we need to see beyond the headlines.”

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Long Bright River

A Novel
By Liz Moore
Narrated by Allyson Ryan /  13 hours 18 minutes

Long Bright River

“This was a great book to listen to on audio. Based in the heart of the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia, this book was well-crafted with very realistic characters that made it feel and read like a memoir. It is suspenseful and unpredictable and kept me guessing (incorrectly) until the end. I recommend this for people looking for a somewhat atypical thriller/suspense story.”

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

By Abbi Waxman
Narrated by Emily Rankin /  9 hours 3 minutes

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

“What a joyous, charming, funny and beautiful celebration of books and the people who love them. There is so much detail in both the wonderful, wide-ranging cast of characters and in the setting. Quirky in the very best sense of the word. I will certainly return to the world of Nina Hill again and again.”

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The Worst Best Man

A Novel
By Mia Sosa
Narrated by Rebecca Mozo & Wayne Mitchell /  10 hours

The Worst Best Man

“There's nothing better than a good enemies-to-lovers trope, and The Worst Best Man delivers a great wedding-themed twist. I loved the representation of Brazilian American culture in this book; Lina's family provides an excellent supporting cast filled with personality. I can only hope this isn't the last we'll see of them!”

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The Dutch House

A Novel
By Ann Patchett
Narrated by Tom Hanks /  9 hours 52 minutes

The Dutch House

“I love Ann Patchett. The Dutch House is the story of brother and sister Danny and Maeve and how after losing their mother and then their father, they are cast out of the only home they know. It is then that Danny and Maeve realize they only have each other to rely on. Their relationship is complex and intriguing. Danny and Maeve are each other's saviors, but I am wondering if they are also not each other's downfall. I am finding that I can't put this story down. Wonderfully written. A great book club selection. Also, such a pleasure to listen to the Tom Hanks recording.”

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Heaven, My Home

A Highway 59 Mystery: Book #2
By Attica Locke
Narrated by J. D. Jackson /  9 hours 17 minutes

In this "captivating" crime novel (People), Texas Ranger Darren Mathews is on the hunt for a missing child -- but it's the boy's family of white supremacists who are his real target.
9-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; now he's alone in the darkness of vast Caddo Lake, in a boat whose motor just died. A sudden noise... Read more »

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Daisy Jones & The Six

A Novel
By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrated by Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer & Pablo Schreiber /  9 hours 3 minutes

Daisy Jones & The Six

“Daisy Jones and the Six is a rock n roll biopic with all of the expected drugs, alcohol, fights, groupies and blackouts. Yet, it is SO much more than that. It is full of heart, anguish, and bare knuckled honesty from a group of musicians aching to find their voice, their audience and where they fit in the world. The audio book is AMAZINGLY well done. I loved every second of it.”

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Freefall

A Novel
By Jessica Barry
Narrated by Hillary Huber, Karissa Vacker & MacLeod Andrews /  12 hours 3 minutes

Freefall

“There used to be a carnival ride where you would stand against a wall and as and the ride spun faster and faster, the floor would drop out but the force of the spin would keep you pinned to the wall. I got the same feeling when reading Jessica Barry’s Freefall. The plot moved faster and faster until I felt myself holding my breath, right up until the final page. Clear your schedule and order takeout before you start this thriller!”

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The Stranger Diaries

By Elly Griffiths
Narrated by Andrew Wincott, Esther Wane, Sarah Feathers & Anjana Vasan /  10 hours 31 minutes

The Stranger Diaries

“I love Elly Griffiths' series so was thrilled to see she had a new standalone and I was not disappointed. The book starts with the haunting reading of a Gothic Victorian ghost story called The Stranger by R.M. Holland. The main character, Claire, is a high school Eng. Teacher who teaches at a school which includes the old Holland house and R.M.’s study which has been kept as he left it. Claire is also researching Holland’s life for a possible book so is intimately familiar with his work. When people in the English department start dying a line from Holland’s book – Hell is Empty - is left at the crime scenes. Not only does The Stranger have a major part in this fabulous modern day Gothic style mystery but so do Claire’s personal diaries. I loved everything about this book – the way it was told from 3 perspectives, the way Holland’s story and Claire’s diaries kept coming into play and all of the creepy hints at white witchcraft and ghosts. And I especially loved the voice of the reader of The Stranger.”

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When All Is Said

A Novel
By Anne Griffin
Narrated by Niall Buggy /  8 hours 4 minutes

When All Is Said

“Dark and unflinching yet packed with heart and humanity, When All Is Said is Irish storytelling at its best. Maurice Hannigan sits in a bar on a Saturday night and toasts five people who have been important in his life and who have left him, either through death or distance. The 84-year-old widower spools out his story like tangled fishing line, raising one glass to each of his departed loved ones. It all leads up to a startling yet inevitable end to an unsettling yet satisfying story.”

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American Pop

A Novel
By Snowden Wright
Narrated by Robert Petkoff /  12 hours 19 minutes

American Pop

“A big, fat Southern family saga sure to please book clubs and individual readers alike! Fall in love with the Forsters, a big rangy clan of soda pop tycoons and their kin. Travel from a small town Mississippi drug store to Hollywood, from the White House to Josephine Baker's bedroom in Paris. Just as diverse as the locations are the personalities of the Forsters, various in-laws and hangers-on, faithful employees, and mortal enemies. And so many secrets!!! Treat yourself to the Libro.fm audiobook version. It's spectacular. Feels like you're on a ride!”

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Little Faith

A Novel
By Nickolas Butler
Narrated by Danny Campbell /  8 hours 22 minutes

Little Faith

“I loved this story about friendship, family, and how faith influences life-changing decisions. Nickolas Butler beautifully captures the people, landscape, and seasons of northern Wisconsin over a 12-month period. The characters and their relationships to each other is what this book is really about. You will love or hate them, but you will feel part of this community when you finish.”

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Varina

A Novel
By Charles Frazier
Narrated by Molly Parker /  12 hours 7 minutes

Varina

“This is a bit of the civil war that I had never heard before. The story of Varina Davis, the wife of Jefferson Davis, and the twists and turns of her life before, during and following the demise of the confederacy. The narrator always makes or breaks an audio book and this narrator was perfect. LOVED IT!”

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The Word is Murder

A Novel
By Anthony Horowitz
Narrated by Rory Kinnear /  9 hours 2 minutes

The Word is Murder

“When a healthy 60-year-old woman is found strangled in her London home the very day she had organized and paid for her own funeral, former police detective—now consultant—Daniel Hawthorne convinces author Anthony Horowitz to shadow his investigation to eventually publish this very story. Imagine sitting in a darkened English pub listening to Horowitz bemoaning his involvement as he tells the story of the unlikeable but captivating Hawthorne. Readers will quickly join in playing detective as characters, plot twists, clues, and red herrings escalate while enjoying the old-fashioned feel of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes in a modern setting. Delicious!”

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The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

A Novel
By Imogen Hermes Gowar
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson /  17 hours 18 minutes

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

“This book was a pure delight from beginning to end. High-class escorts, nouveau riche merchants, madams, back-stabbings, broken hearts, mended hearts, parties, an angry mob, pining, mermaids: what more could you ask from a historical novel taking place in the late 18th century? The characters are so well-rounded I found myself cringing for them in their embarrassment and cheering for them in their triumph. The writing is so atmospheric it feels absolutely authentic. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed reading a book as much as I enjoyed reading this one. The only way to describe this book is as an absolute romp.”

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