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Hi! I'm Christine (@Reading is Magical in the "Bookstagram" community). All of the books in this playlist are books I loved with amazingly talented narrators who truly enhanced the listening experience. I love most genres, but literary fiction, sci-fi and fantasy are my faves, and memoirs are totally my jam for audiobooks.

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Native Son

By Richard Wright
Narrated by Peter Francis James /  17 hours 45 minutes

Now an HBO Film!

“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was... Read More »

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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

Full Cast Production
By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by George Guidall, Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty & Neil Gaiman /  19 hours 39 minutes

Now a STARZ® Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber.

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to... Read More »

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Murder on the Orient Express

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
By Agatha Christie
Narrated by Dan Stevens /  6 hours 36 minutes

THE MOST WIDELY READ MYSTERY OF ALL TIME—NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY KENNETH BRANAGH AND PRODUCED BY RIDLEY SCOTT!

 

“The murderer is with us—on the train now . . .”

 

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment,... Read More »

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Bad Feminist

Essays
By Roxane Gay
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 46 minutes

From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller and Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

“Pink is my favorite color. I used to say... Read More »

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The Poppy War

A Novel
The Poppy War
By R. F. Kuang
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller /  18 hours 57 minutes

An AudioFile Magazine Best Audiobook of 2018!

A Library Journal, Paste Magazine, and ENTROPY Best Books of 2018 pick!

Washington Post "5 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel of 2018" pick!

A Bustle "30 Best Fiction Books of 2018" pick!

“I have no doubt this will end up being the best fantasy debut of the year [...] I have absolutely no doubt... Read More »

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Becoming

By Michelle Obama
Narrated by Michelle Obama /  19 hours 1 minute

Becoming

“I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words.”

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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

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

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

“Elizabeth Lavena's life has never been easy. But when she embarks on a journey to find Victor Frankenstein it's about to get a lot darker. Clever, creepy, and enthralling this re-imagining is a beautiful homage for the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic tale.”

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The Boys in the Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
By Daniel James Brown
Narrated by Edward Herrmann /  14 hours 24 minutes

If you enjoyed Dust Bowl Girls, then you’ll love The Boys in the Boat.

“Set during the Dust Bowl, amidst the Great Depression, a dedicated group of basketball beauties, the Cardinals of Oklahoma Presbyterian College, are determined to challenge societal strictures and Babe Didrickson on their quest for the National Championship title. Faced with much criticism, judged less feminine for participating in a competitive sport rather than lady-like acceptable activities, the Cardinals overcome poverty, performing to their potential recognized by Coach Babb, and capture the heart of a Nation. This is the true tale of trailblazing women overcoming the overwhelming odds against them sure to inspire the athlete in all of us. A great, informative read like The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.”

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The Nightingale

A Novel
Kushiel's Legacy: Book #56
By Kristin Hannah
Narrated by Polly Stone /  17 hours 19 minutes

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes... Read More »

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda /  7 hours 29 minutes

This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common.... Read More »

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The Fifth Season

The Broken Earth: Book #1
By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Robin Miles /  15 hours 27 minutes

The Fifth Season

“The Fifth Season is an amazing, dark, and gripping work that will hook you from the first sentence. I cannot express to you how much this book stunned me. Robin's narration is well paced and engaging. While I wish this was a book for everyone to listen to, it isn't; destruction, trauma, and rage follow the women and girls who tell their stories. This book is about the end of the world, that you actually don't want to stop reading.”

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Everything I Never Told You

By Celeste Ng
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell /  10 hours 1 minute

Everything I Never Told You

“This has been a critically acclaimed book and a commercial success, and deservedly so. It’s subtle and heartbreaking – if you love dysfunctional families and books that explore the complexities of psychology and relationships and being an outsider, this one’s for you. “Lydia is dead,” it begins. “But they don’t know that yet.” The writing is so moving and perceptive, and we had a fabulous discussion about it at book club.”

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Heavy

An American Memoir
By Kiese Laymon
Narrated by Kiese Laymon /  6 hours 17 minutes

Heavy

“"I wanted to write a lie," Kiese Laymon says in the opening pages of his brutal, beautiful memoir, Heavy. The book is written in the second person, addressed to his mother, with whom Laymon shares a turbulent, intimate relationship. She feeds his mind with books, but critiques the way Laymon feeds his body as he struggles with his weight. She is his best friend, yet demands excellence through regular beatings. And yet, Laymon's complicated love for his mother is absolute. It is palpable in his voice as he reads the words he wrote for his mother, as he tells you his story of being a black boy, a black man, in Mississippi and America. This is a book that will knock you flat on your back. This is a book that will make you sob in the grocery store. Laymon had me captivated from the very first word he spoke. It was a privilege to listen.”

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A Brief History of Seven Killings

By Marlon James
Narrated by Ryan Anderson, Dwight Bacquie, Cherise Boothe, Robertson Dean, Johnathan McClain & Robert Younis /  25 hours 59 minutes

On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5,... Read More »

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A Princess in Theory

Reluctant Royals
By Alyssa Cole
Narrated by Karen Chilton /  11 hours 26 minutes

A Princess in Theory

“Have you been fascinated by the news surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Then this is the book for you! I loved this modern romance series that focuses on strong, smart, and independent women who just happen to fall in love with royalty. I guarantee this series will make you smile while you swoon!”

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Emma

By Jane Austen
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson /  16 hours 37 minutes

Arrogant, self-willed and egotistical, Emma is Jane Austen’s most unusual heroine. Her interfering ways and inveterate matchmaking are at once shocking and comic. She is ‘handsome, clever and rich’ and has ‘a disposition to think too well of herself’. When she decides to introduce the humble Harriet Smith to the delights of genteel society and... Read More »

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