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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
Length: 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
Length: 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
Length: 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
Length: 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
Length: 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
Length: 19 hours 1 minutes

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
Length: 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
Length: 14 hours 24 minutes

The Boys in the Boat

“Determined to beat the odds, nine working-class boys from the University of Washington's rowing team overcome a depressive beginning to defeat the world at Hitler's 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Underdogs from day one, fighting poverty and privilege along the way, this crew shocks all with their unbelievable come-from-behind effort to become gold medalists. Filled with details of a post-Depression and a pre-WWII era, this is the inspiring tale of a team winning the hearts of a nation while achieving their lifelong dream. Read by Edward Herrman, "The Boys in the Boat" is a must-listen for all non-fiction fans.”

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The Nightingale

A Novel
Kushiel's Legacy: Book #56

By Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Polly Stone
Length: 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
Length: 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
Length: 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
Length: 10 hours 1 minutes

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
Length: 6 hours 17 minutes

Heavy

“An incredibly generous, tender, and searingly honest book. Kiese Laymon is hands down one of the most talented American writers publishing right now. HEAVY overflows with deep love and deep pain. Laymon holds up a mirror to the US past, present - "We did not have to be this way. We will not ever have to be this way." I'm going back to read everything Laymon has ever written. {I listened to the audio book (highly recommend - it's read by the author).}”

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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
Length: 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
Length: 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
Length: 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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