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Holiday Wishlist

A list of the best audiobook picks for the holiday season!

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An American Sunrise

Poems

By Joy Harjo
Narrated by: Joy Harjo
Length: 1 hours 40 minutes

A stunning new volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, informed by her tribal history and connection to the land.

In the early 1800s, the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, which is now part of Oklahoma. Two hundred years later, Joy Harjo...

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Vesper Flights

By Helen Macdonald
Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

Vesper Flights

“These essays will stay with you long after you finish. They are beautiful and thought provoking. You will be awed by Macdonald's insights and by the natural world that inspired them. Macdonald's soothing, sophisticated voice, and creates something you can listen to over and over again.”

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The Lying Life of Adults

By Elena Ferrante
Narrated by: Marisa Tomei
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

The Lying Life of Adults

“Ferrante’s latest novel gives an insightful and intriguing look at the life of a budding Italian teenage girl, both internally and externally. I found Ferrante’s ability to delve into Giovanna’s psyche fascinating, especially since I’ve never parented a girl and don’t always feel like I understand them. Her sensitivity to the myriad of issues and the fragility of Giovanna’s relationships make for a marvelous read. Ferrante is a gifted writer, and this latest offering does not disappoint. I loved this story! Fabulous read!”

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How to Argue With a Racist

What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference

By Adam Rutherford
Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
Length: 4 hours 45 minutes

How to Argue With a Racist

“Excellent! I appreciate Rutherford's smart but accessible language and the way he thoroughly breaks down any argument about certain races being superior or inferior. Highly recommend this.”

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The Invention of Sound

By Chuck Palahniuk
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

A father searching for his missing daughter is suddenly given hope when a major clue is discovered, but learning the truth could shatter the seemingly perfect image Hollywood is desperate to uphold.
Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. He's never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with... Read more »

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Earthlings

A Novel

By Sayaka Murata
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes

As a child, Natsuki doesn’t fit into her family. Her parents favor her sister, and her best friend is a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut who has explained to her that he has come from the planet Popinpobopia on a special quest to help her save the Earth. Each summer, Natsuki counts down the days until her family drives into the mountains of...

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The Rise of Wolf 8

Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog
The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone: Book #1

By Rick McIntyre
Narrated by: Geoff Sugiyama
Length: 8 hours 1 minutes

“The powerful origin story of one of Yellowstone’s greatest and most famous wolves.”
—Washington Post

Book One in The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone Series. 

Book Two, The Reign of Wolf 21, is available now.

Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves—but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later,...

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Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

Mexican Gothic

“Best book I have read this year. An amazing, gripping tale of a young woman in a strange old house. It's an epic ghost story mixed with some element for "Girl with all the Gifts." Compelling characters and a twist ending that will have you in the edge of your seat until the very end. 10/10 would recommend. ”

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Something Worth Doing

By Jane Kirkpatrick
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes

Some things are worth doing—even when the cost is great In 1853, Abigail Scott was a nineteen-year-old school teacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more than a good wife and mother. When Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her... Read more »

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

By Christopher Paolini
Narrated by: Jennifer Hale
Length: 32 hours 29 minutes

"Narrator Jennifer Hale's outstanding performance brings this story of alien invasion to life...Hale's range of differentiation is masterly as she animates all the quirky characters Kira meets. From the rough, snarky slang of ex-military woman to the half-mad musings of a human "ship mind," every unique voice enhances the listening experience."...

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Shit, Actually

The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema

By Lindy West
Narrated by: Lindy West
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

Shit, Actually

“Lindy West is a blast. Shit, Actually is basically CinemaSins, but but more (self-described) Femi-Nazi. I lol-ed through most of it. I recommend just reading everything she writes and, if you can listen to it, even better, as West's delivery is the pitch-perfect sarcasm that makes this such a fun reading experience. It'll make you a better person and you'll have a great time doing it.”

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Grounded

A Senator’s Lessons on Winning Back Rural America

By Jon Tester
Narrated by: Jon Tester
Length: 12 hours 33 minutes

An inspiring and eye-opening memoir showing how Democrats can reconnect with rural and red-state voters, from Montana’s three-term democratic senator.

Senator Jon Tester is a rare voice in Congress. He is the only United States senator who manages a full-time job outside of the Senate—as a farmer. But what has really come to distinguish Tester in...

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Ex Libris

100+ Books to Read and Reread

By Michiko Kakutani
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 8 hours

Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani shares her enthusiasm for more than 100 books in a series of succinct, thought-provoking essays.

“An ebullient celebration of books and reading.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
“Books can connect people across time zones and zip codes, across cultures, national boundaries, and historical... Read more »

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Black Sun

Between Earth and Sky: Book #1

By Rebecca Roanhorse
Narrated by: Cara Gee, Nicole Lewis, Kaipo Schwab & Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 12 hours 46 minutes

Black Sun

“This is a whirlwind of a first installment and I am equally psyched and disappointed that I have to wait for the others to come out. I am a huge huge fan of the audio edition of this book, it is so beautifully done with a full cast and the image of each character is so complete and vivid. A total dream to listen to; I found myself just sitting in my car to finish chapters and find out what was next. It feels sci-fi-esque so anyone who is into space fantasy I think would really enjoy this with its otherworldly-ness. The story definitely keeps you hungry as each character's ambition and intention develop at breakneck speed and all come crashing together at the same moment. Truly just a fun story to get into!”

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How to Astronaut

An Insider's Guide to Leaving Planet Earth

By Terry Virts
Narrated by: Terry Virts
Length: 11 hours 22 minutes

A wildly entertaining account of the rules, lessons, procedures, and experiences of space travel, How to Astronaut is an audiobook that will appeal to anyone— male or female, young or old—with even a passing interest in space. Written by Col. Terry Virts, a former astronaut, space shuttle pilot, and International Space Station commander who... Read more »

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Undaunted

Overcoming Doubts and Doubters

By Kara Goldin
Narrated by: Kara Goldin
Length: 5 hours 37 minutes

WALL STREET JOURNAL Bestselling Business Book

Don’t let anyone crush your dreams! Whatever you want to achieve, no matter how hard it might seem, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

Undaunted will inspire you to move past your fears and defy the doubters. It doesn’t matter whether you feel confident; it matters what you actually do.

Author...

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No Time Like the Future

An Optimist Considers Mortality

By Michael J. Fox
Narrated by: Michael J. Fox
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

This program is read by Michael J. Fox.

A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.

The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin...

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Pass It On

Work Hard, Serve Others . . . Repeat

By Deshaun Waton
Narrated by: James Shippy
Length: 4 hours 51 minutes

Breakout NFL star Deshaun Watson, quarterback for the Houston Texans, shows readers the lessons that have driven him to become a leader and to put others first. 

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the most promising young players in the NFL, but he believes that true success lies in leading his team from a perspective of service....

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Dream Big

Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It

By Bob Goff
Narrated by: Bob Goff
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

Find and reach your biggest dreams. Bob Goff, the New York Times bestselling author of Love Does and Everybody, Always, is on a mission to help you recapture the version of your lives you dreamed about before fear started calling the shots. He wants you to dream big.

In this revelatory yet utterly practical new book, Bob takes you on a...

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Don’t Move

By James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth
Narrated by: James S. Murray
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

From the authors of the bestselling Awakened trilogy

Megan Forrester has barely survived the unthinkable. Six months ago, she witnessed a horrific accident that killed her husband and son, and lives with the guilt of knowing she could have done more to save them. Now, Megan hopes to mend the pieces of her broken spirit by attending a local church...

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