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Quick Reads to Smash Your Reading Challenge!

The time is nigh. If you're trying to smash your reading challenge goals, we've got a list of short books and novellas to help you power to the finish!

Sipping Dom Pérignon Through a Straw

Reimagining Success as a Disabled Achiever

By: Eddie Ndopu
Narrated by: Eddie Ndopu
Length: 5 hours 45 minutes

“This wickedly smart biography had me gasping at each injustice the author had to face, and then cackling at his witty comebacks. I also highly recommend the audio book, from Libro.fm because the author reads it himself! Read more

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#CrimeTime

An Audio Original

By: Jeneva Rose & Drew Pyne
Narrated by: Abelardo Campuzano, Jennifer Damiano, Phil Thron, Gary Tiedemann, Peter Berkrot, P.J. Ochlan, Nancy Linari,, Chris Andrew Ciulla, Piper Goodeve, Kevin R. Free & Samantha Desz
Length: 3 hours 45 minutes

“This is a modern, madcap mystery and best-of-the-best addition to the emerging audio original genre.” —Booklist

The first audio original from Jeneva Rose, the author of blockbuster bestseller The Perfect Marriage, #CrimeTime is a full-cast mystery written with her husband, Drew Pyne, perfect for fans of Only Murders in the Building and Finley... Read more

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The Vulnerables

A Novel

By: Sigrid Nunez
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 5 hours 18 minutes

“Original, sharp and quite witty, this is a fictional memoir set during the initial pandemic lockdown in NYC with the narrator, an author, quarantining with a parrot and a Gen Z vegan. Read more

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The Woman in Me

By: Britney Spears
Narrated by: Michelle Williams
Length: 5 hours 31 minutes

“Major props to whoever got Michelle Williams to narrate The Woman in Me - sheer genius! I forgot I wasn’t listening to Britney herself. Michelle Williams perfectly captures Britney’s desperation, sadness, and contradictions, making for an outstanding audio memoir experience. Read more

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

By: Mohsin Hamid
Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
Length: 4 hours 15 minutes

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
New York Times bestseller
Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
New York Times Notable Book


“Extreme times call for extreme reactions, extreme writing. Hamid has done something extraordinary with this novel.”Washington Post

At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man... Read more

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Postcolonial Love Poem

Poems

By: Natalie Diaz
Narrated by: Natalie Diaz
Length: 1 hour 59 minutes

“Pulitzer Prize-winning Postcolonial Love Poem will make you want Natalie Diaz to write a love poem about you. Here, she writes sensual lesbian poems and warm platonic ones, poems about water and basketball and things lost in translation. Her elegant poetry begs to be studied—add this stunner from a Mexican Mojave poet to your shelf, and eat it... Read more

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Book #1

By: Douglas Adams
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 5 hours 51 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

SOON TO BE A HULU SERIES • Now celebrating the pivotal 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

It’s an ordinary Thursday... Read more

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How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)

Poetry

By: Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
Length: 2 hours 12 minutes

“Kingsolver writes poetry that is both accessible and profound. This is the kind of collection you’ll loan out to a friend or relative and never get back. You should probably go ahead and buy two or three all at once! Read more

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Galatea

By: Madeline Miller
Narrated by: Ruth Wilson
Length: 46 minutes

“The audio version of this is nothing short of magical. Completely captivating, and it made me view Pygmalion and My Fair Lady in an entirely new light. Fiercely feminist and the voice actor deserves an award. The perfect quick listen! Read more

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Chlorine Sky

By: Mahogany L. Browne
Narrated by: Mahogany L. Browne
Length: 2 hours 4 minutes

A novel-in-verse about a young girl coming-of-age and stepping out of the shadow of her former best friend. Perfect for readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Nikki Grimes.

"Mahogany L. Browne's debut YA ia an absolute masterpiece. It will leave you breathless." -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X 

She looks me hard in my... Read more

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Heartburn

By: Nora Ephron
Narrated by: Meryl Streep
Length: 5 hours 29 minutes

“Whenever I am in a particularly awful mood I will turn on a Nora Ephron movie and instantly feel better. From When Harry Met Sally to Julie & Julia, you can’t go wrong with a Nora Ephron screenplay for a little pick me up. This book was no different. Rachel is seven months pregnant when she finds out her husband is in love with another... Read more

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Keep Moving

Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change

By: Maggie Smith
Narrated by: Maggie Smith
Length: 2 hours 14 minutes

“Maggie Smith hits the nail on the head with her stunning book of quotes and essays. This inspiring read gives you the validation to address your feelings and the permission to move forward with a new outlook. Much like a talk with a good friend, you feel heard and comforted. I devoured this treasure in one sitting and am starting a list of... Read more

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Orbital

By: Samantha Harvey
Narrated by: Sarah Naudi
Length: 5 hours 7 minutes

“Exquisite. It made me feel the way I did reading The Alchemist for the first time, but on a cosmic scale. It is humanity distilled. If this book had existed 30 years ago, would I have been inspired to become an astronaut instead of a bookseller? Apropos of nothing important, Sarah Naudi's American accent is immaculate (and her natural accent... Read more

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Time Is a Mother

By: Ocean Vuong
Narrated by: Ocean Vuong
Length: 1 hour 43 minutes

“Ocean Vuong comes home in his second full-length collection, exploring grief, violence, masculinity and queer life in America. Whether shoveling snow, reversing time, or losing his mother, Vuong will crack you open and heal you. Read more

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Behind the Seams

My Life in Rhinestones

By: Dolly Parton
Narrated by: Dolly Parton, Holly George-Warren & Rebecca Seaver
Length: 4 hours 21 minutes

“An experience you get only if you listen to the book: snippets of songs are interspersed with the interview between Dolly and her niece Rebecca. The clothes are of course fabulous, but even more so, how much Dolly's family was involved in helping her with her career, right down to her niece being the curator of her collection. From one women who... Read more

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Poverty, by America

By: Matthew Desmond
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 5 hours 40 minutes

“Desmond challenges readers to recognize how they benefit from poverty through low cost goods, services, and systemic structures that benefit those who already have resources (no surprise - they also have roots in racism and misogyny!). He reminds us that both the rich and poor benefit from government assistance, but only programs for the poor... Read more

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The Art Thief

A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession

By: Michael Finkel
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini & Michael Finkel
Length: 5 hours 39 minutes

“I have not been able to stop talking about this book since I finished listening to it. It’s the story about the world’s most prolific (yet astoundingly unremarkable) art thief. While it’s a short listen, it’s fascinating beginning to end, full of twists and immersive details. Read more

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Couplets

A Love Story

By: Maggie Millner
Narrated by: Maggie Millner
Length: 1 hour 29 minutes

“A beautiful story of self-discovery and new love, told in rhyme. Maggie Millner performs this short audiobook with a spare, confessional, and self-questioning style that gives shape to the transformation of her self-identity. Read more

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Small Things Like These

By: Claire Keegan
Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
Length: 1 hour 56 minutes

“A small and beautiful book of an Irish man and his discovery of a disturbing secret in the convent - highly recommended! One of my Top 3 Books of 2021! Read more

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All Systems Red

Murderbot Diaries: Book #1

By: Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 3 hours 17 minutes

All Systems Red is the first tense science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld and Ex Machina. All Systems Red by Martha Wells begins The Murderbot Diaries, a new science fiction action and adventure series that tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. It appeals to fans of... Read more

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