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Because we all need a hug right now.

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The Authenticity Project

A Novel

By Clare Pooley
Narrated by: Anna Cordell
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

The Authenticity Project

“I am in love with the Authenticity Project. I'm ready to write down my own story and leave it at my favorite cafe with the hope of only a teeny bit of the magic these characters find once they tell their truth. I listened to the audio of the novel through Libro.fm. I normally listen to books while I clean to help pass the time. I found myself cleaning for 6 hours because I did not want to stop this novel once I started. A friend described this as if "Love Actually" and "Friends" had a baby, this book would be it and I have to agree! Great, unique, present day read.”

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One More Thing

Stories and Other Stories

By B. J. Novak
Narrated by: B. J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Jenna Fischer, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Katy Perry, Jason Schwartzman, Emma Thompson & Rainn Wilson
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES by Lena Dunham, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, Katy Perry, Jason Schwartzman, Emma Thompson, and Rainn Wilson

B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new... Read more »

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Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones: Book #1

By Helen Fielding
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
Length: 8 hours 19 minutes

Sunday 1 January: 129 lbs. (but post-Christmas), alcohol units 14 (but effectively covers 2 days as 4 hours of party was on New Year's Day), cigarettes 22, calories 5424. From its beginning as a weekly column in a British newspaper, Bridget Jones's Diary quickly became a best-seller in England. After gaining international popularity, it also... Read more »

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Love, Nina

A Nanny Writes Home

By Nina Stibbe
Narrated by: Nina Stibbe
Length: 8 hours 1 minutes

"Breezy, sophisticated, hilarious, rude and aching with sweetness: Love, Nina might be the most charming book I've ever read." -- Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described... Read more »

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The Lido

By Libby Page
Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

The Lido

“What a fun read! Libby Page does a great job telling the story of a small London town pool and the people who make it an important part of their lives. The friendship between Kate and Rosemary, despite their age difference, is so well-developed and plays an integral role in the story. The Lido is a book that every summer reader will enjoy and one that will be great to talk about at book clubs. Very well done, Libby Page!”

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Talking as Fast as I Can

From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)

By Lauren Graham
Narrated by: Lauren Graham
Length: 4 hours 35 minutes

Talking as Fast as I Can

“Lauren Graham reads her memoir so well, with just the right amount of dramatisation, and now I remember why I want to be best friends with her, even if she does never reply to my tweets. It was also a great book for me to be listening to while I was at a writing conference, because she talks encouragingly about pursuing your creative dream even when you’re not sure if it’s ever going to happen for you. Lauren Graham is warm and witty, and I’m just the right amount of old enough to side with her when she gets old and sensible and talks beautifully about disconnecting from our phones. Highly recommended.”

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The Roxy Letters

By Mary Pauline Lowry
Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

The Roxy Letters

“A racy and smart update for those who enjoyed Bridget Jones’s Diary or other epistolary stories. Roxy’s series of letters to Everett, her sort of roommate/ex-boyfriend, stops being her only means of communication with him and transforms into an increasingly cathartic diary for Roxy to think about her personal roadblocks and document the escapades of her daily life. It captures the ennui of today’s overeducated and underemployed 20-somethings who want to be somebody but lack the motivation or know how to get there. I appreciated the strong girl power theme of owning your sexuality and having fulfilling female friendships in your life. I loved how it was an in your face strong poke at the transformation of Austin from a hip and quirky college town to an overpopulated, overpriced and corporatized city. I loved it as an audiobook, but definitely one for the headphones for language and sexual content, especially if you have littles around.”

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The Book of Delights

By Ross Gay
Narrated by: Ross Gay
Length: 5 hours

The Book of Delights

“Ross Gay's Book of Delights is my lifeline to joy (delights!) during my commute. I may plan to chip away at work tasks, or read the newspaper, or scroll through Facebook, but Ross' voice calls to me and I click on The Book of Delights. Only one entry soothes my soul, but I usually can't stop at just one...”

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

By Abbi Waxman
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

“What a joyous, charming, funny and beautiful celebration of books and the people who love them. There is so much detail in both the wonderful, wide-ranging cast of characters and in the setting. Quirky in the very best sense of the word. I will certainly return to the world of Nina Hill again and again.”

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Star-Crossed

A Novel

By Minnie Darke
Narrated by: Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood
Length: 13 hours 47 minutes

Star-Crossed

“This might be the best book I’ve read in years. The story was a delight and the writing was beautiful — it had the feel of a fairytale for grownups, in the best way. I'll be recommending this one for a long time!”

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