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Saturn Booksellers Best of 2019

All the audiobooks we listened to and loved in 2019.

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The Nest

By Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Narrated by: Mia Barron
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

The Nest

“Welcome to the strikingly dysfunctional Plumb family: four siblings connected by little more than 'The Nest,' a joint trust fund that each has earmarked to support their unrealistic lifestyles. When Leo, the older brother and the center of the Plumb family universe, injures himself and a 19-year-old waitress in a scandalous car accident and endangers 'The Nest' just months before the funds are to be made available, the siblings come together for damage control. Sweeney artfully touches on each family member as they scramble to save the precarious lives they have built for themselves, bringing light and humor to her characters' various plights. Funny, thoughtful, and filled with unique and complex characters -- this book is a must-read.”

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Only Killers and Thieves

A Novel

By Paul Howarth
Narrated by: David Linski
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes

Only Killers and Thieves

“An absolutely vicious debut novel, “Only Killers and Thieves,” by Paul Howarth is a dark and violent coming-of-age story of the McBride brothers, Billy and Tommy, set in the late 1880’s Australian Outback. After discovering the slaughter of their family, the McBride boys, one eager, one reluctant, join with local land baron, Joseph Sullivan to hunt down and massacre the Aboriginals responsible. During their brutal battle for vengeance, the brothers are soon forced to choose between right and wrong, power or weakness and a future of servitude working for Sullivan to pay off their father’s debt. Their loyalty torn apart, Tommy deserts the hunt, desperate to seek the truth of his parent’s murder. Will Tommy find the strength to exact the revenge he initially didn’t seek, or will he cave to the seductive sirens calling from Sullivan’s camp?”

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On the Come Up

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

2020 Audie Awards® Finalist - Young Adult

#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Don't miss this audiobook, Audible's Young Adult Audiobook of the Year and an Audie Award finalist!

“For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that... Read more »

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Murder on the Orient Express [Movie Tie-in]

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

By Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

Murder on the Orient Express [Movie Tie-in]

“Kenneth Branagh not only reprises his role of Hercule Poirot from his movie adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, he also skillfully performs each of the characters featured in the book, bringing them and the story to life. It's like listening to a one-man play rather than just having someone narrate the book. Highly entertaining!”

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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

By Ben Philippe
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

William C. Morris YA Debut Award Winner!

A hilarious YA contemporary realistic novel about a witty Black French Canadian teen who moves to Austin, Texas, and experiences the joys, clichés, and awkward humiliations of the American high school experience—including falling in love. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi, and John... Read more »

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When You Read This

A Novel

By Mary Adkins
Narrated by: Sarah Naughton
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

When You Read This

“Death is called the final act, but for our loved ones who survive us, the show inevitably goes on. In When You Read This, Mary Adkins gives equal stage time to Iris Massey, a woman recently diagnosed with terminal cancer who begins a blog about her experiences, and those she has left behind. Grief is a unifying theme in this novel, from Iris, who struggles to come to terms with her death, to her sister, Jade, who is left rudderless without her, and even Iris’ boss, Smith, who is determined to fulfill Iris’ last request of having her blog published as a book. Poignant and bittersweet, When You Read This is a well-rounded blend of romance, comedy, and drama.”

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American Pop

A Novel

By Snowden Wright
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 12 hours 19 minutes

American Pop

“A big, fat Southern family saga sure to please book clubs and individual readers alike! Fall in love with the Forsters, a big rangy clan of soda pop tycoons and their kin. Travel from a small town Mississippi drug store to Hollywood, from the White House to Josephine Baker's bedroom in Paris. Just as diverse as the locations are the personalities of the Forsters, various in-laws and hangers-on, faithful employees, and mortal enemies. And so many secrets!!! Treat yourself to the Libro.fm audiobook version. It's spectacular. Feels like you're on a ride!”

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Dear Boy

A Celebration of Cool, Clever, Compassionate You!

By Paris Rosenthal & Jason B. Rosenthal
Narrated by: Paris Rosenthal
Length: 4 minutes

Dear Boy

“This is a short, sweet book about a parent's message to their son. I think it would be better as a picture book. However, as we all know, little ones fall in love with certain books, so this audio version will come in handy when there isn't easy access to the picture book.”

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Never Have I Ever

A Novel

By Joshilyn Jackson
Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
Length: 13 hours 22 minutes

Never Have I Ever

“When I saw the Joshilyn Jackson had written a thriller I wasn't sure what to think. But her step into this new genre was done so well it kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't stop listening.”

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Radical Kindness

The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving

By Angela Santomero
Narrated by: Angela Santomero & Michael David Axtell
Length: 3 hours 23 minutes

Radical Kindness

“Did you read the Bio of Mister Rogers and feel inspired? Angela Santomero's new book will have you channeling your inner Rogers in no time! Her approach to kindness, both within and without, is a gift to us all. A reminder of the best in ourselves and a nudge to see that best in others as well.”

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Finding Chika

A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

By Mitch Albom
Narrated by: Mitch Albom
Length: 4 hours 53 minutes

Finding Chika

“A heartbreaking but heartwarming account of Chika, born during the Haitian earthquake and later losing her mom. She finds her way to an orphanage run by author Mitch Albom. It becomes apparent that Chika has a brain tumor and Mitch and his wife rushes her to America to be saved. And even though this book doesn't have a happy ending, it does. Both the Alboms and Chika discover what a family truly is. And, as readers, we rejoice how little Chika has made all of our lives just a little bit happier and fuller. The audiobook edition includes recordings of Chika's sweet voice.”

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The Christmas Boutique

An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
The Elm Creek Quilts Series

By Jennifer Chiaverini
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

The Christmas Boutique

“After a seven year absence, a happy return to Sylvia co-owner of the Elm Creek Manor. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed. Happy Holidays!”

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Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

By Laura Ruby
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

National Book Award 2019 Finalist!

From the author of Printz Medal winner Bone Gap comes the unforgettable story of two young women—one living, one dead—dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.

When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to... Read more »

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On Tyranny

Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

By Timothy Snyder
Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
Length: 1 hours 47 minutes

#1 New York Times Bestseller • A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism.

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentiet Read more »h...
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The Testaments

The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood
Narrated by: Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mae Whitman, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal & Margaret Atwood
Length: 13 hours 17 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip o Read more »n...
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A Place for Us

A Novel

By Fatima Farheen Mirza
Narrated by: Deepti Gupta & Sunil Malhotra
Length: 16 hours 38 minutes

If you enjoyed Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, then you’ll love A Place for Us.

“A Place For Us By Fatima Farheen Mirza is a truly powerful story about family relationships and how the strength of culture and religious beliefs can unite as well as tear families apart. Beautifully written from different family members’ perspectives, Mizra presents all the sides of the various stories that make up the formation of this unforgettable Indian Muslim family. Haunting and realistic. Likewise, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim wrestles with the choices the younger generation must make to reconcile the beliefs and desires of their parents with their own individual desires and personalities. Both both novels explore the growth of the individual and western choices in contrast to Muslim traditional beliefs. Both are thoughtful and provocative.”

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The Big Kahuna

Fox and O'Hare: Book #6

By Janet Evanovich & Peter Evanovich
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes

A stoner, an Instagram model, a Czech oligarch, and a missing unicorn. Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare have their work cut out for them in their weirdest, wildest adventure yet in this New York Times bestseller by Janet and Peter Evanovich.

Straight arrow FBI Agent Kate O'Hare always plays by the rules.  Charming Con Man Nicholas Fox makes them up as h Read more »e...
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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

An Oral History

By Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman
Narrated by: Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally
Length: 6 hours 38 minutes

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman reveal the full story behind their epic romance--presented in a series of intimate conversations between the couple.

The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter said he would assay a supporting role in th Read more »e...
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Vox

By Christina Dalcher
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

Vox

“This ambitious debut scared me so much that I began reading it in very small portions. In Dalcher’s version of the future, women have lost all of their rights and are limited (via electronic handcuffs) to speaking only 100 words per day. Their entire purview has been relegated to the home and family, where even girl children may not speak more than 100 words per day. Women cannot work, female representation in government has dropped precipitously over the years, and the bible belt has become a bible corset as men have reclaimed their masculinity through dominance of women in all areas. Even while we are currently consumed with the unthinkable changes in the current political environment .. this book reminds us to keep our eyes open and our voices heard.”

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Charlotte's Web

By E. B. White
Narrated by: E. B. White
Length: 3 hours 34 minutes

This Newbery Honor Book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."
 
Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simpl Read more »y...
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