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Sometimes you just want to get away to a whole other world. Here is a list that will take you to some of our favorite. In some cases these audiobooks are part of a trilogy or series. In that case we started you with the first title in the set. We’ll let you do the rest if you want to return to those worlds.

The Fifth Season

The Broken Earth: Book #1

By: N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 15 hours 27 minutes

“This book has the most high altitude world building I’ve ever seen. Tolkien may have written volumes and volumes of history of Middle Earth, but Jemisin’s world building goes beyond - considering how environment shapes culture, civilization, history, systems of oppression. At the same time, the series is so grounded in its utterly compelling... Read more

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The City of Brass

A Novel

By: S. A. Chakraborty
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 20 hours 1 minute

“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... Read more

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Wayfarers: Book #1

By: Becky Chambers
Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
Length: 14 hours 23 minutes

“Becky Chambers has been a favorite author of mine since the first time I picked this book up in 2019. I’ve since read everything she’s written and while I’m hanging by a thread awaiting her next book, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is still my favorite. You can’t beat the characters, the humor, the representation… If you’re a fan of space... Read more

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The Bear and the Nightingale

A Novel

Winternight Trilogy: Book #1

By: Katherine Arden
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

“#1 recommendation for fans of Uprooted by Naomi Novik! Deep in 14th Century northern Rus’ (Russia) lies a village surrounded by a forest as thick with magic as it is with snow, and in that village, a fearless girl caught between the old household gods and the Holy Trinity. Katherine Arden’s debut novel is a brave-hearted, richly woven tale that... Read more

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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

The Book of Dust: Book #1

By: Philip Pullman
Narrated by: Michael Sheen
Length: 13 hours 7 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

2018 Odyssey Honor 
2018 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
The Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2017
Slate Best Audiobook of 2017
Booklist Editor’s Choice Audio for Youth
AudioFile Best YA Audiobooks of 2017


"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." —The...
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Binti

Binti: Book #1

By: Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes

Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella!

"Robin Miles’s terrific narration creates a stellar audiobook. (Pun intended.)"—Modern Mrs. Darcy on Binti

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept... Read more

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The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen: Book #1

By: Signe Pike
Narrated by: Toni Frutin
Length: 17 hours 43 minutes

“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... Read more

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The City We Became

A Novel

The Great Cities: Book #1

By: N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 16 hours 12 minutes

“I love N.K. Jemisin’s books, I love New York City, and I love this book about the soul and personification of New York. The City We Became might just be my favorite book to be published in 2020. This story is filled with tension, humor, and great characters, with a guest appearance near and dear to me. While this book is the beginning of a... Read more

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

By: Alix E. Harrow
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 12 hours 20 minutes

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is about January Scaller discovering her history, finding her missing father, escaping a mysterious league of nefarious men, and sleuthing out just what these doors are and how they work. I loved the flowery language and pacing of this book. I definitely suggest giving it a shot if you're a fan of unique... Read more

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