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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!

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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Bridge of Clay

By Markus Zusak
Narrated by Markus Zusak /  14 hours 42 minutes

Bridge of Clay

“I'm in awe of this audiobook. The author reads it, and his Aussie accent creates a sense of place and person immediately and powerfully. I loved knowing as I listened that he was pronouncing and stressing his words and phrases exactly as he meant them to sound. At times his voice vibrates with deep connection with the characters he's created. The writing is rich and beautiful. I usually read mostly for plot and story, but this book had me slow down and re-listen to bits of it to savor the language and the images. AND the story, the "what happens" is completely engaging. In basic terms, it's about five brothers and their dad and their mom, and it viscerally portrays that world of boys/men so that as I listened, I fully inhabited that world. And, because it draws such a full and compelling portrait of these boys and their experience [especially Clay, the fourth brother], it is also celebrates the girls and women in their universe. It left me with an appreciation of gender differences and of the gloriousness of being human.”

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Novel
By Amor Towles
Narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith /  17 hours 51 minutes

A Gentleman in Moscow

“I believe A Gentleman In Moscow is without dispute a modern day masterpiece. Towles uses exquisite language to tell the story of Count Rostov, a charming and witty "man of intent", who is confined to a fabulous hotel in Moscow for all his days. But that doesn't stop the count from living a sumptuous and meaningful life and he, in turn, graciously affects all the lives around him. I can't praise this book enough.”

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Call Me by Your Name

A Novel
By André Aciman
Narrated by Armie Hammer /  7 hours 43 minutes

Call Me by Your Name

“Some books change you, fundamentally alter something about who you are, how you think, how you feel. Whether it's a new feeling, or that they've opened your eyes to a part of yourself that you weren't aware of, I'm not sure, but what I do know is that Call Me By Your Name was, for me, one of those books. Even through the adolescent language and intensity of the protagonist, or perhaps because of it, this book made me feel something entirely new, or helped me to feel something old in a new way. It takes you back to the intense feelings of longing, of youthful attraction and obsession, and somehow does so both with bluntness and incredible prose. This was my second read (listen) of Call Me By Your Name, and it meant something more and something different this time through, and I imagine that this is that kind of book. The kind that no matter how many times I read it will become something new and something differently important upon every read.”

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Crimson Lake

A Novel
Crimson Lake: Book #1
By Candice Fox
Narrated by Euan Morton /  12 hours 9 minutes

Crimson Lake

“I just finished listening to Crimson Lake. Set in Northern Australia, I appreciated that narrator Euan Mortan's Australian accent helped me to feel immersed in the story. Protagonists Ted and Amanda are both beautifully flawed narrators who kept me guessing as to their reliability. It is hard for an author to create one compelling mystery, and in Crimson Lake, Candice Fox weaves in three fascinating, tricky mysteries into one cohesive, immersive story. Adventures in the jungle, a gaggle of foster geese, and a missing, brilliant troubled author keep the plot moving and absorbing. The audiobook also includes an interview with Ms. Fox that gives great insight into the creation of Ted and Amanda, and promises that Crimson Lake is not the last we will hear from them. I am a longtime fan of mysteries, and thoroughly enjoyed this one.”

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A Well-Behaved Woman

A Novel of the Vanderbilts
By Therese Anne Fowler
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik /  14 hours 18 minutes

A Well-Behaved Woman

“In her lifetime, Alva Smith Vanderbilt goes from being a Have to a Have-Not to a Have-It-All. Not content to just build spectacular mansions and host fabulous high-society balls, she uses her status and immense wealth to help the poverty-stricken, promote racial equality, and advocate for women’s rights in the courts and voting booths. As she did in Z, Therese Anne Fowler digs beyond the sensational and scandalous newspaper headlines and brings depth to her protagonist to show us a life well-lived.”

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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

Auntie Poldi: Book #1
By Mario Giordano & John Brownjohn
Narrated by Matt Addis /  9 hours 32 minutes

Auntie Poldi, sassy, brassy and sixty, moves to Sicily for a quiet alcohol-fuelled retirement. A murder spoils her plans. This is the first novel in a charming new mystery series set in Sicily and laced with Italian sensuality and humor. It features an amateur sleuth, the sassy and foul-mouthed Auntie Poldi. Recently widowed Poldi moves to... Read More »

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Shakespeare's Sonnets, Retold

Classic Love Poems with a Modern Twist
By James Anthony, William Shakespeare & Stephen Fry
Narrated by PAAPA ESSIEDU & Various /  5 hours 6 minutes

An enlightening and entertaining collection of the most esteemed love poems in the English canon, retold in contemporary language everyone can understand
 
James Anthony has long enjoyed poetry with a strict adherence to beat, rhythm, and rhyming patterns, which he likens to the very best pop songs. This drew him to the rewarding 14-line... Read More »

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