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Rediscovered Books: Hanna's Picks

When you need some zippy sci-fi or a rich and lovely narrative, Hanna has your back.

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate

By Becky Chambers
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 4 hours 30 minutes

“Extraordinary . . . A future sci-fi masterwork in a new and welcome tradition.” -- Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

A stand-alone science fiction novella from the award-winning, bestselling, critically-acclaimed author of the Wayfarer series.

At the turn of the twenty-second century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through a... Read more »

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The Starless Sea

A Novel

By Erin Morgenstern
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman & Various
Length: 18 hours 36 minutes

The Starless Sea

“Harry Potter meets Greek mythology in this fantastical novel. Part adventure story, part fairytale compilation, The Starless Sea is an amazing book that takes listeners on a magical journey beyond time and fate. Zachary Ezra Rollins is a quiet man living a comfortable life of solitude. He allows himself just enough social interaction to not be considered a hermit, but he doesn't have anyone he would consider a true friend, only his stories in books and video games. Zachary soon finds himself on a quest filled with more questions than answers, with nothing but a book of fairytales to guide him--one of which sounds eerily familiar. I absolutely loved getting lost in Zachary's adventure. The portions of fairytales were phenomenal, and fully demonstrates author Erin Morgenstern's ability to tell a fantastic--and fantastical--epic story.”

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The Ruin of Kings

A Chorus of Dragons: Book #1

By Jenn Lyons
Narrated by: Feodor Chin, Soneela Nankani & Vikas Adam
Length: 27 hours 14 minutes

The Ruin of Kings

“This is a wonderful epic adventure of a street kid who finds he is actually what he loathes a member of a royal family. There are epic forces trying to kill him, and bring the demise of the people he loves. There is magic, battles, mystery, and heroic characters. Everything you want in a good fantasy adventure story.”

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Our Castle by the Sea

By Lucy Strange
Narrated by: Lucy Strange
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

In this haunting and compelling follow-up to the instant classic The Secret of Nightingale Wood. Lucy Strange takes a seafaring myth and grounds it in the stark reality of World War II.


Growing up in a lighthouse, 11-year-old Pet's world has been one of storms, secret tunnels, and stories about sea monsters. But now the country is at war and the... Read more »

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Midnight in Chernobyl

The Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

By Adam Higginbotham
Narrated by: Jacques Roy
Length: 13 hours 55 minutes

One of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2019!

A New York Times Best Book of the Year
A Time Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner
One of NPR’s Best Books of 2019

Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power... Read more »
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This Is How You Lose The Time War

By Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell & Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 4 hours 15 minutes

This Is How You Lose The Time War

“How to begin a letter? How to begin a letter to your best enemy? This story takes place through the ages, between two-time traveling agents who must braid and unbraid the fabric of time in an effort to usher in their opposing futures. I read this twice before finishing it. This book is a book to savor.”

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Seven Blades in Black

The Grave of Empires: Book #1

By Sam Sykes
Narrated by: Daisy-May Parsons
Length: 20 hours 28 minutes

Seven Blades in Black

“Our book club loved this so much! There was so much rich world building that we wanted to know more about. The audiobook was phenomenal as well! Highly recommend this to any reader of fantasy. Just punchy enough to keep anyone interested for the entire length of this massive book, but enough depth to stick with you after you've finished.”

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Gideon the Ninth

Locked Tomb: Book #1

By Tamsyn Muir
Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Length: 16 hours 49 minutes

Gideon the Ninth

Gideon the Ninth is an epic science fantasy that if delivered into the hands of enough people will set the world on fire as it hasn’t been since The Hunger Games. Brilliance doesn’t come close to explaining Tamsyn Muir’s narrative where no single word is wasted or her engineering of a world with characters that end up belonging to you wholeheartedly even long after the last page. With fierce independence and hysterical wit, and laced with moments of pure heartbreaking tenderness and loyalty, Gideon and Harrow’s relationship simultaneously digs under your skin and tugs at your heartstrings. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”

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