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“Hum If You Don't Know the Words is a marvel. Set in South Africa in 1978, this is the story of Robin, a white child, and Beauty, a black mother, both of whom experience immense loss after the Soweto student uprising. Bianca Marais has written a book about apartheid - a book about tragedy, injustice, grief, and survival - that manages to sparkle with wit, warmth, and charming secondary characters. Readers will love this rare and rewarding gem.”Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop
By: Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Narrated by: Robert Fass
Length: 4 hours 57 minutes
A brilliant novel about the power of politics and personal memory from one of South America's literary stars, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Things Falling.
Javier Mallarino is a living legend. He is his country's most influential political cartoonist, the consciousness of a nation. A man capable of repealing laws,... Read More »
By: Sady Doyle
Narrated by: Alex McKenna
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes
She’s everywhere once you start looking for her: the trainwreck.
She’s Britney Spears shaving her head, Whitney Houston saying, “crack is whack,” and Amy Winehouse, dying in front of millions. But the trainwreck is also as old (and as meaningful) as feminism itself.
From Mary Wollstonecraft—who, for decades after her death, was more famous for... Read More »
By: Nadia Hashimi
Narrated by: Ariana Delawari & Susan Nezami
Length: 15 hours 38 minutes
A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture—from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low.
For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager.... Read More »
By: Scott Stambach
Narrated by: Dan Bittner
Length: 8 hours 13 minutes
The Fault In Our Stars meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own... Read More »
By: Joe McGinniss
Narrated by: Joy Osmanski & Corey Brill
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes
Joe McGinniss Jr., who is “poised to become one of our sharpest observers of life in America at the start of the twenty-first century” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), returns with one of the most engrossing, unnerving, and exhilarating novels in recent memory: a viscerally absorbing look at the seductive—and destructive—cutting edge of... Read More »
By: Donald Ray Pollock
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 13 hours 53 minutes
From Donald Ray Pollock, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, comes a dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors.
It is 1917, in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed... Read More »
By: Jesse Ball
Narrated by: Emma Galvin
Length: 5 hours 31 minutes
A teenage girl. A shattering loss. An obsession with a secret arson club. This is the story of a girl who has nothing and will burn anything.
Lucia’s father is dead, her mother is in a mental hospital, and she’s living in a garage-turned-bedroom with her aunt. And now she’s been kicked out of school—again. Making her way through the world with... Read More »
By: Beatriz Williams
Narrated by: Mia Barron, Barbara Goodson & Adrienne Rusk
Length: 12 hours 51 minutes
The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm.
As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent... Read More »
By: Midge Raymond
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes
This unforgettable debut, set against the dramatic Antarctic landscape, is “refreshingly different, vivid and immediate. Midge Raymond has an extraordinary gift for description that puts the reader bang in the middle of its dangerous and endangered world” (M.L. Stedman, New York Times bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans).
It is only... Read More »
By: Michael Harvey
Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes
An extraordinary thriller—gripping, haunting, and marvelously told—about two friends growing up in a rapidly changing Boston, who must face the sins of their past in the midst of a series of brutal murders.
“You came back here to bury your past. . . . Thing is, you gotta kill it first.”
Kevin Pearce—baseball star, honor student, the pride of... Read More »
By: C. E. Morgan
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 23 hours 1 minute
Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon... Read More »
By: Simon Van Booy
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 6 hours 57 minutes
When devastating news shatters the life of six-year-old Harvey, she finds herself in the care of a veteran social worker, Wanda, and alone in the world save for one relative she has never met—a disabled felon, haunted by a violent past he can't escape.
Moving between past and present, Father’s Day weaves together the story of Harvey’s childhood... Read More »
By: L.S. Hilton
Narrated by: Emilia Fox
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE PERFECT READ FOR FANS OF KILLING EVE
THE BEST OF SKIMM READS 2016
“One of this year’s most talked about novels.” —The Washington Post
“A twenty-first-century femme fatale as lethal as Tom Ripley and as seductive as Bacall.” —Vogue
A put-upon assistant at a prestigious London art house, Judith Rashleigh... Read More »
By: Lisa Scottoline
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 12 hours 41 minutes
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“Spellbinding. Another tour de force from Scottoline. It drew me in, in a single breath.” –Mary Kubica, bestselling author of The Good Girl
Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a... Read More »
By: Molly Prentiss
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 9 hours 43 minutes
“An intoxicating Manhattan fairy tale…As affecting as it is absorbing. A thrilling debut.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A vital, sensuous, edgy, and suspenseful tale of longing, rage, fear, compulsion, and love.” —Booklist (starred review)
A transcendent debut novel that follows a critic, an artist, and a desirous, determined young woman... Read More »
By: Ashley Hay
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham & Steve West
Length: 8 hours 50 minutes
For fans of The Light Between Oceans, this “exquisitely written, true book of wonders” (Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author) explores the aftermath of World War II in an Australian seaside town, and the mysterious poem that changes the lives of those who encounter it.
In 1948, in a town overlooking the vast, blue ocean, Anikka Lachlan... Read More »
By: M. R. Carey
Narrated by: Finty Williams
Length: 15 hours 30 minutes
In the aftermath of a devastating fire, a prisoner is offered one chance at redemption in this haunting supernatural suspense from the author of USA Today bestseller, The Girl With All the Gifts.
Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess... Read More »
By: Bill Beverly
Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes
Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger.
It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys—including East's hothead younger brother—to kill a key witness hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey... Read More »
By: Samantha Hunt
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell & Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 11 hours 24 minutes
A contemporary gothic from an author in the company of Kelly Link and Aimee Bender, Mr. Splitfoot tracks two women in two times as they march toward a mysterious reckoning.Ruth and Nat are orphans, packed into a house full of abandoned children run by a religious fanatic. To entertain their siblings, they channel the dead. Decades later, Ruth’s... Read More »
By: Augusten Burroughs
Narrated by: Augusten Burroughs
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes
"Burroughs has lived this story, so his delivery perfectly matches the tone and pacing needed. Focusing on a series of failed relationships, Burroughs lets his voice rise in both tension and tenor as he analyzes the reasons, with help from analysis, that some relationships work and others are doomed by the personal quirks of both people." —... Read More »
By: Viola Shipman
Narrated by: Andi Arndt
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes
Lose yourself to the magic of The Charm Bracelet.
Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.
On her birthday each year, Lolly’s mother gave her a charm, along with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories... Read More »
By: Jacquelyn Mitchard
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 12 hours 54 minutes
From Jacquelyn Mitchard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, the “suspenseful, otherwordly, and nearly impossible to put down” (People) story about an unlikely hero whose life is transformed when he rescues a boy with an extraordinary gift.
Just hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas... Read More »
By: Jung Yun
Narrated by: Raymond Lee
Length: 8 hours 45 minutes
You can never know what goes on behind closed doors.
One of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of the Year (Selected by Edan Lepucki)
Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them, and Kyung is... Read More »
By: Chris Pavone
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 17 hours 9 minutes
A pulse-racing international thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident
It’s 3:00am. Do you know where your husband is?
Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he’s living the wrong life. Then one night,... Read More »