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Rediscovered Books: Hanna's Top 15 Audiobooks for 2018

Tried and tested, here are Hanna's favorite audiobook listens from 2018. Special emphasis on: Sadie, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and The Winter Soldier!

The City of Brass

A Novel
By S. A. Chakraborty
Narrated by Soneela Nankani /  19 hours 36 minutes

The City of Brass

“S.A. Chakraborty introduces a fantasy set in the Middle East that thrusts us into the magical world of Daevabad. The City of Brass follows, in parallel, Nahri, a con artist and naturally gifted healer, and Ali, prince of Daevabad and fiercely trained soldier. Nahri and Ali find themselves learning new lessons on how to survive changing environments and difficult challenges, while trying to figure out the complexities of their lives. I found myself turning page after page, following Nahri's and Ali's story while deciphering the fantastic terminology and the world that is Daevabad. The City of Brass is a wonderfully written, mystical adventure that keeps you guessing about what will happen next.”

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$31.04 USD

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Truly Devious

A Mystery
Truly Devious: Book #1
By Maureen Johnson
Narrated by Kate Rudd /  10 hours 12 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early... Read More »

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Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
By David Grann
Narrated by Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee & Danny Campbell /  9 hours 4 minutes

Killers of the Flower Moon

“One of the most horrific chapters in American history is brought back to the national consciousness with alarming detail in Killers of the Flower Moon. After the Osage Indian Nation strikes oil, its members become rich beyond their wildest dreams, only to encounter a vast and murderous conspiracy that will leave more than 60 members of the nation dead. David Grann reconstructs those murders and the subsequent investigations with astonishing care and reveals the depths of a conspiracy that stretched from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C. This story will certainly be one of the most important books of 2017.”

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$28.00 USD

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Educated

A Memoir
By Tara Westover
Narrated by Julia Whelan /  12 hours 9 minutes

Educated

“Tara Westover is barely 30; could she really write a necessary and timely memoir already? Absolutely. Raised largely 'off the grid' in rural Idaho - without school, doctor visits, a birth certificate, or even a family consensus on the date of her birth - Tara nevertheless decides she wants to go to college. This is a story in two parts: First, Tara's childhood working in a dangerous scrapyard alongside her six siblings, her survivalist father, and her mother, a conflicted but talented midwife and healer, while fearing Y2K and the influence of the secular world; then, her departure from her mountain home to receive an education. Both halves of her story are equally fascinating. Educated is a testament to Tara's brilliance and tenacity, a bittersweet rendering of how family relationships can be cruel or life-saving, and a truly great read from the first page to the last.”

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$31.50 USD

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Spinning Silver

A Novel
By Naomi Novik
Narrated by Lisa Flanagan /  17 hours 56 minutes

Spinning Silver

“In her second standalone fantasy, Novik once again mines the tales we know to create something completely modern yet timeless. This reimagined version of Rumpelstiltskin, set in a tsarist, Eastern Europe-like country called Litvas, is breathtaking. It explores female autonomy, class, Jewish life, and oppression while telling a compelling and richly realized fantasy tale. If anything, I just wanted to spend more time with Miryem, Wanda, Irina, and the story’s other vibrant, compelling voices. If you loved Uprooted, don’t hesitate to dive into this one. If you haven’t read Novik’s earlier work, begin here—you’ll be hooked.”

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$35.00 USD

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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

By Kiersten White
Narrated by Katharine McEwan /  10 hours 14 minutes

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

“"Well, this is the story all about how, Elizabeth's life got twisted, upside down..." All jokes aside, this is the creepiest book I've read this year. It is the tale of how Elizabeth became a Frankenstein, how her upbringing made her crave companionship and stability, and how in that quest, she accidentally encouraged Victor Frankenstein to become the monster we all know. Kiersten White provides readers with an amazing retelling, while also inserting recognizable tidbits, that fans of the classic will devour.”

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$35.00 USD

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Obsidio

The Illuminae Files: Book #3
By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Narrated by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Carla Corvo & Full Cast /  12 hours 59 minutes

From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called "stylistically mesmerizing" and "out-of-this-world-awesome."

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000... Read More »

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$38.50 USD

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Sadie

By Courtney Summers
Narrated by Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Gabra Zackman & Rebecca Soler /  7 hours 57 minutes

Sadie

“This book made me cry. I felt so deeply for Sadie as she goes in search of the man who hurt her sister. Sadie goes on a journey from place to place, fighting against her severe stutter along the way, all to find one man. I think the framing of this story was PERFECT. The author splits the narrative between a radio presenter, West McCray, as he investigates Sadie’s disappearance, and the first person perspective of Sadie herself, as she hunts down her sister’s killer. If you like gripping, emotional reads, don't miss this one.”

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$22.99 USD

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The Secret of Nightingale Wood

By Lucy Strange
Narrated by Lucy Strange /  5 hours 58 minutes

The Secret of Nightingale Wood

“I love when authors are the ones narrating their books, and Lucy Strange's voice is smooth, British, and just right for the book. I was taken on an emotional journey through the English countryside with a girl learning how to be strong in the face of adversity on almost every front of her life. Beautiful.”

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$28.74 USD

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Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer: Book #1
By Laini Taylor
Narrated by Steve West /  18 hours 19 minutes

Strange the Dreamer

“Get ready to be swept up in this hauntingly beautiful story of an orphan boy who dreams of places no on remembers and a powerful girl fighting to do what is right. Laini Taylor creates a fantasy world that is sure to stay in your dreams. Great for readers who enjoyed Six of Crows, An Ember in the Ashes, or Taylor's other books.”

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$28.73 USD

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The Winter Soldier

By Daniel Mason
Narrated by Laurence Dobiesz /  11 hours 34 minutes

The Winter Soldier

“The depth and complexity of Daniel Mason’s new three-dimensional tapestry of war and its consequences make for a remarkable read. There are the basic wartime themes of love, horror, and loss—of limbs and lives, of innocence and empire. A whole world just vanishes in bombs, guns, and smoke, and the reader is left clutching at hints, but the richness of the story makes it uplifting rather than melancholy. Everything is below the surface; you sink down, discover something new at every turn, and come away refreshed. How does that happen with a war story? Don’t ask—just read.”

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$29.88 USD

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The Power

By Naomi Alderman
Narrated by Naomi Alderman /  12 hours 5 minutes

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
"The Power is our era's The Handmaid's Tale." --Ron Charles, Washington Post
*WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION*
One of the New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year One of President Obama's favorite reads of the Year A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the... Read More »

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The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen: Book #1
By Signe Pike
Narrated by Toni Frutin /  17 hours 43 minutes

The Lost Queen

“The prose, imagery, and clever writing make for a profound and vivid story. Truly, you experience this book more than read it. The history and legends spring to life so forcefully you will feel as if you've become part of the story. I was so enthralled with this story that I read it in two sittings; I just could not get enough of Languoreth's story. She is the type of woman you admire. If you're looking for a book to just get lost in, this is the book for you! ”

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$34.49 USD

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Inheritance Trilogy: Book #1
By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Casaundra Freeman /  11 hours 47 minutes

In this brilliantly original debut fantasy, a young woman becomes entangled in a power struggle of mythic proportions.

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the... Read More »

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The Astonishing Color of After

By Emily X.R. Pan
Narrated by Stephanie Hsu /  11 hours 51 minutes

"Emily X.R. Pan's brilliantly crafted, harrowing first novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. This is a very special book."--John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down
A stunning, heartbreaking debut novel about grief, love, and family, perfect for...
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$26.43 USD

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