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Russell's Remarkable Reads

Russell's Remarkable Reads

Russell's favorite reads of the year.

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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven

By Nathaniel Ian Miller
Narrated by: Olafur Darri Olafsson
Length: 10 hours 52 minutes

The “captivating’’ and “powerful’’ story (Publishers Weekly, starred review) of one man who banishes himself to a solitary life in the Arctic Circle, and is saved by good friends, a loyal dog, and a surprise visit that changes everything, in a novel that is both “ceaselessly brilliant’’ (Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Orphan... Read more »

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life

By George Saunders
Narrated by: George Saunders, Phylicia Rashad, Nick Offerman, Glenn Close, Keith David, Rainn Wilson, BD Wong & Renée Elise Goldsberry
Length: 14 hours 43 minutes

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

“In this literal master class on literature and writing, Saunders earnestly yet playfully dissects 19th-century Russian short stories to discover how they exude life to this very day, while highlighting methods any aspiring writer can employ. The huge bonus: reading the wondrous stories themselves, and experiencing Tolstoy’s authority, Chekhov’s humanity, and the joy and glory of Gogol.”

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The Darkness Knows

A Novel

By Arnaldur Indridason
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 8 hours 48 minutes

Retired detective Konrad returns to a haunting cold case in The Darkness Knows by Arnaldur Indridason, the "undisputed King of the Icelandic thriller." —The Guardian (UK)

A frozen body is discovered in the icy depths of Langjökull glacier, apparently that of a businessman who disappeared thirty years before. At the time, an extensive search and...

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Come Join Our Disease

Shortlisted for The Gordon Burn Prize 2021

By Sam Byers
Narrated by: Heydon Elijah
Length: TBA

*** '354 pages of barely mitigated filth. I think I loved it. Deeply admirable... Come Join Our Disease is so bold and interesting that I can imagine it becoming a cult classic... Byers's mastery of tone and attentiveness to every psychological shift confirms him as one of the most accomplished novelists of his generation... anything you read...

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First Person Singular


By Haruki Murakami
Narrated by: Kotaro Watanabe
Length: 5 hours 24 minutes

“Some novelists hold a mirror up to the world and some, like Haruki Murakami, use the mirror as a portal to a universe hidden beyond it.” —The Wall Street Journal
A mind-bending new collection of short stories from the internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami.

The eight stories in this new book are all told in the first person by a classic... Read more »

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Don't Forget Us Here

Lost and Found at Guantanamo

By Mansoor Adayfi
Narrated by: Roxanna Hope Radja & Mansoor Adayfi
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

Don't Forget Us Here

Don’t Forget Us Here is a harrowing story of an innocent man being held for 15 years in Guantanamo Bay. I listened to this book on, and I think listening to the audiobook version may have been an even more immersive experience than reading the book. The narrator does a great job of recreating each scene, from the revoltingly inhumane interrogations to the lighthearted pranks between the prisoners. The book itself is well-written, entertaining, gut-wrenching, emotional, and, at times, hopeful. Some of the stories may seem unbelievable, but I don’t doubt a word of what was written. All in all the book provides an uncensored look into a terrifyingly real place.”

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A Little Devil in America

Notes in Praise of Black Performance

By Hanif Abdurraqib
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 9 hours 38 minutes

A Little Devil in America

“I loved Hanif Abdurraqib’s A Little Devil in America. This essential book explores a handful of Black performers—some world-famous, others everyday people—across a wide variety of disciplines, seamlessly woven into snippets and stories from Hanif’s own life about Black culture and the performance of Blackness. JD Jackson’s low and easy narration is the perfect complement. Hanif’s commentary on tenderness and rage is especially moving.”

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A Novel
The Blindness Series: Book #1

By José Saramago
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 12 hours 33 minutes

A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark...

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A Novel

By Helen Oyeyemi
Narrated by: Ben Allen, Intae Kim, Jade Wheeler, Deana Taheri, Rosa Escoda & Deepti Gupta
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

“Enchanting . . . the most surprising, confounding, and oddly insightful couple’s trip in recent literary history.” —Entertainment Weekly

The prize-winning, bestselling author of Gingerbread; Boy, Snow, Bird; and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a vivid and inventive new novel about a couple forever changed by an unusual train voyage.

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The Heartbeat of Trees

Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature

By Peter Wohlleben
Narrated by: Mike Grady
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees comes the perfect gift for those who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world, with stunning new science about trees, fungi, and the forest.

A powerful return to the forest, where trees have heartbeats and roots are like brains that extend underground. Where the...

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Last Chance Texaco

Chronicles of an American Troubadou

By Rickie Lee Jones
Narrated by: Rickie Lee Jones
Length: 16 hours 33 minutes

Grammy Award–winning musician Rickie Lee Jones tells all in this electrifying, intimate memoir about how a little girl grew up to be one of the most legendary, groundbreaking artists of her time. Read—and sung—by Rickie Lee Jones!

This troubadour life is only for the fiercest hearts, only for those vessels that can be broken to smithereens and... Read more »

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Filthy Animals

By Brandon Taylor
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free, Nicole Lewis & TL Thompson
Length: 7 hours 42 minutes

Filthy Animals

“These stories about human relationships range from those between lovers, friends, and family. How is it that Taylor can write so that we can see the interior crevices of these characters’ souls?”

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