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Not just a reader - I am a Story Addict! Speculative Fiction is near and dear to my heart, but I won't turn away a chilling thriller, a esoteric romance, or a literary tome. Just give me a good story!

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

A Novel

By Sally Rooney
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

Beautiful World, Where Are You

“This is the first Sally Rooney book I've read. Rooney writes characters the way you meet people in life. Through their words and actions, you create a picture of their personalities, and even with glimpses into their private thoughts, which Rooney does here through email correspondence between two women, you still never get a complete picture of who they are. Because like the people you meet in life, they are a mystery to even themselves. I found the characters at once infuriating and endearing. There were moments when I didn't think I was going to like this book because I was so mad at one of them. But I couldn’t tear myself away. I wanted to know why they acted as they did and what was going to happen to them. The person who recommended this book to me said it made them cry. I didn't understand this. Then I reached the last sentence, turned the audio off, sat for a moment, and cried. I don't know why! Which, when I think about it, is something the characters in the book say a lot. And I suppose it's true. We don't know why for many things, but if we are happy, it doesn't really matter, does it? Aoife McMahon does a perfect job.”

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The Last Graduate

A Novel
The Scholomance: Book #2

By Naomi Novik
Narrated by: Anisha Dadia
Length: 13 hours 27 minutes

If you enjoyed The Magicians, then you’ll love The Last Graduate.

“If you fell in love with El like I did, you will be thrilled to know she is her same snarky self. A grander scheme will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. And oh... what an ending! Once again, flawlessly narrated by Anisha Dadia.”

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Foul is Fair

A Novel

By Hannah Capin
Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

Foul is Fair

“If you liked the movie “Heathers” and you’re fascinated by Lady Macbeth, then this book is for you! Visceral, vivid writing tells the tale of a young girl who is drugged and raped at a prep school party and seeks revenge on the “golden boys” who did it. With the help of her coven of girlfriends, she gets it. It’s dark and disturbing, a topic that is horrifying in reality, but the reading is like a wave you can’t escape and pulls you to the end. Perfectly narrated by Emily Lawrence.”

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A Thousand Ships

A Novel

By Natalie Haynes
Narrated by: Natalie Haynes
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

A Thousand Ships

“From The Aeneid to The Iliad and The Odyssey, classic stories of the Trojan War are implicitly reliant on the role of women, however reticent they are portrayed. Finally — finally! — we have a retelling that does women, girls, and goddesses justice. Through the perspective of women in various places and times during the war, Natalie Haynes constructs an epic collage that follows the warriors, refugees, oracles, muses, wives, and daughters of Troy, Greece, and beyond in one of the most famous conflicts in world history.”

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The Memory Thief

Thirteen Witches

By Jodi Lynn Anderson
Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan
Length: 7 hours 9 minutes

“This expertly crafted story thrums with magic, love, and tense action.” —Booklist (starred review)

Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, this fantastical and heartfelt first book in a new trilogy from critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson follows a girl who must defeat thirteen evil... Read more »

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The Echo Wife

By Sarah Gailey
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 8 hours 25 minutes

The Echo Wife

“Just wow! I am so delighted that there are writers like Sarah Gailey producing science fiction of this caliber. Their latest novel, The Echo Wife, kept me riveted from beginning to end with elegant prose and a compelling, vulnerable protagonist who narrates the story in a wonderfully intimate first-person point of view. This is a refreshing, fast-paced thriller that gives center stage to questions of our humanity without asking them from a male-only perspective.”

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Mary Jane

A Novel

By Jessica Anya Blau
Narrated by: Caitlin Kinnunen
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes

Mary Jane

“This is one of my favorite audiobooks EVER! The brilliant narrating brings the reader right into this 1970s coming-of-age, rock star story of a young woman who has lived a sheltered, Leave-It-To-Beaver life. One summer, she is asked to be the nanny for a neighborhood doctor and his wife. What transpires will change everything for Mary Jane.”

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