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Our marketing manager (and audiobook aficionado) Arianna's favorite listens.

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Sleep Donation

By Karen Russell
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 4 hours 16 minutes

A haunting novella from the uncannily imaginative author of the national bestsellers Swamplandia! and Orange World: the story of a deadly insomnia epidemic and the lengths one woman will go to to fight it.

Trish Edgewater is the Slumber Corps' top recruiter. On the phone, at a specially organized Sleep Drive, even in a supermarket parking lot:... Read more »

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Empire of Pain

The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

By Patrick Radden Keefe
Narrated by: Patrick Radden Keefe
Length: 18 hours 6 minutes

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE NOMINEE A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin. From the prize-winning and bestselling author of... Read more »

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Wayward

A novel

By Dana Spiotta
Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes

Wayward

“Hilarious, scalding and thought provoking new take on the causes and remedies for the midlife crisis. Desperate to find new meaning in a world gone mad (even before Covid!). Samantha Reynolds leaves her husband, teenaged daughter and perfect suburban existence behind. She hasn't fallen for her personal trainer, but rather a beautiful if rundown bungalow in a rough neighborhood in Syracuse. You will stick with Samantha every clumsy step of the way as she redefines what's meaningful to her alone.”

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Brood

A Novel

By Jackie Polzin
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
Length: 4 hours 50 minutes

Brood

“Over the course of a year, told in a collection of snapshots, Brood shows the life of a woman grieving by doing anything but. She gives herself purpose by taking care of a small flock of chickens, as well as finding small but kind, funny, or wry ways of interacting with her neighbors, eccentric mother-in-law, and caring husband, Percy. There are plenty of clever and funny moments from scene to scene (not to mention the odd and interesting analyses of a chicken’s life and point of view), but the beauty in this book lies in the narrator’s acceptance of the everyday, and of all the things — bad, good, but mostly in-between — that come therein.”

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How the Word Is Passed

A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

By Clint Smith
Narrated by: Clint Smith
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

How the Word Is Passed

“Smith has crafted a resource, narrative and detailed explanation into how we teach the legacy of slavery. He recounts visits from everywhere from NYC to the Whitney Plantation, integrating stories of people and visitors today. This book is lays a beautiful written foundation for interrogating the history we've been taught. Particularly phenomenal as an audiobook, Smith's skills as a poet and writer shine bright!”

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Hot Stew

By Fiona Mozley
Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

Hot Stew

“A young millionaire wants to turn an old Soho brothel into luxury condos, but the tenants aren’t going to leave without a fight. A riveting tale about wealth, class, gentrification, power, and gender, this story shows readers just how unjust the world can be. A 2021 must-read!”

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Catherine House

A Novel

By Elisabeth Thomas
Narrated by: Inés del Castillo
Length: 11 hours 27 minutes

Catherine House

“Getting into Catherine House is the key to success. Spend three years here completely removed from the outside world, separate yourself from your life before Catherine House, and when the three years are over, you’ll be unstoppable. That’s the premise for this evocative and gripping gothic novel. Elisabeth Thomas’ ability to create at once an elusive yet highly practical world makes her a stunning new literary voice. Inspired by secret societies, scientific experimentation, and the mysteriousness of finding ourselves, Catherine House is sure to haunt readers.”

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Strange Beasts of China

By Yan Ge
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 7 hours 56 minutes

Strange Beasts of China

“I'm haunted by this lovely work of magical realism, set in a fictional city in China where "beasts" intermingle with humanity. The beasts are human-like, only differing from humans in small, but significant, ways. Through a series of episodic stories that seems disjointed at first, but eventually form a cohesive whole, Yan Ge presents us with a novelist narrator who leads the reader through the strange, beautiful city and introduces us to the various beasts who inhabit it. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Strange Beasts of China, but its ethereal prose and unfamiliar beauty made it unlike anything I've ever read before.”

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Surviving the White Gaze

A Memoir

By Rebecca Carroll
Narrated by: Rebecca Carroll
Length: 7 hours 28 minutes

An Esquire Best Book of 2021

A “gorgeous and powerful” (The New York Times Book Review) memoir from cultural critic Rebecca Carroll recounting her painful struggle to overcome a completely white childhood to forge her identity as a Black woman in America.

Rebecca Carroll grew up the only Black person in her rural New Hampshire town. Adopted at... Read more »

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The Index of Self-Destructive Acts

A Novel

By Christopher Beha
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 16 hours 26 minutes

A novel about belief—in a game, a job, a way of life, a family—and the unexpected ways we rely on each other when our most important realities crumble

The day Sam Waxworth arrives in New York to write for The Interviewer, a street-corner preacher declares that the world is coming to an end. A sports statistician, data journalist, and newly minted...

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Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

A Novel

By Rivka Galchen
Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
Length: 8 hours 47 minutes

"It’s both transfixing and destabilizing. It’s the best thing I listened to all winter." —Alexis Gunderson, PASTE Magazine

The startling, witty, highly anticipated second novel from Rivka Galchen, the critically acclaimed author of Atmospheric Disturbances.


The story begins in 1618, in the German duchy of Württemberg. Plague is spreading. The...

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The Golden State

By Lydia Kiesling
Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

A gorgeous, raw debut novel about a young woman braving the ups and downs of motherhood in a fractured America

In Lydia Kiesling’s razor-sharp debut novel, The Golden State, we accompany Daphne, a young mother on the edge of a breakdown, as she flees her sensible but strained life in San Francisco for the high desert of Altavista with her...

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The Body Scout

A Novel

By Lincoln Michel
Narrated by: Greg Chun
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes

In this “timeless and original” sci-fi thriller (New York Times), a hardboiled baseball scout must solve the murder of his brother in a world transformed by body modification, perfect for readers of William Gibson and Max Barry.

In the future you can have any body you want—as long as you can afford it.

But in a New York ravaged by climate change...

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Cultish

The Language of Fanaticism

By Amanda Montell
Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

The author of the widely praised Wordslut analyzes the social science of cult influence: how cultish groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power.

What makes “cults” so intriguing and frightening? What makes them powerful? The reason why so many of us binge Manson...

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Mexican Gothic

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

If you enjoyed The Castle of Otranto, then you’ll love Mexican Gothic.

“If what you loved about "Northanger Abbey" was its sly twist on the gothic romance, you're going to love this new setting for an old gem. Set in 1950's Mexico, it follows a capable but callous young woman who agrees to check on a cousin in exchange for tuition for a master's degree, then begins to discover what inspired the cousin's apparent descent into madness. A wealthy and controlling old man, a manipulative new husband? Yes... and also something very unpleasant to do with mushrooms. Think "The Girl With All the Gifts" meets "Stranger Things", with a clever surprise of a romance--not a Sleeping Beauty story--it's Beauty and the Beast, and the Beast is not whom you'd expect!”

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The President and the Frog

A novel

By Carolina De Robertis
Narrated by: Carolina De Robertis
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FINALIST An incandescent novel—political, mystical, timely, and heartening—about the power of memory, and the pursuit of justice, from the acclaimed author of Cantoras.
 
“A joy to read. Playful and profound, unearthly yet deeply rooted, this sublime and gripping novel is above all about hope: that...
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No One Goes Alone

A Novel
A Random House Audiobook Original

By Erik Larson
Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt & Erik Larson
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

No One Goes Alone

“I have to say that this was an absolute pleasure to listen to! A motley group of people from different industries and walks travels to a remote 'cottage' to investigate strange occurrences there. They soon find themselves stranded, their boat missing, presumed stolen. And then things get really odd! At first, they reach time and again for a logical explanation for the events. And yet, it soon becomes very clear that there are no logical explanations to be had. This is such a fun story! It is a bit of a slow burn, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. And narrator Julien Rhind-Tutt does a fantastic job! As someone who adores the Victorian tradition of Christmas Eve ghost stories, I have to add that this would make a perfect holiday gift!”

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This Is Chance!

The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together

By Jon Mooallem
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 8 hours 22 minutes

The thrilling, cinematic story of a community shattered by disaster—and the extraordinary woman who helped pull it back together

“A powerful, heart-wrenching book, as much art as it is journalism.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“A beautifully wrought and profoundly joyful story of compassion and perseverance.”—BuzzFeed (Best Books of the Year)

In the... Read more »

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Happy Hour

By Marlowe Granados
Narrated by: Bronwyn Szabo
Length: 8 hours 6 minutes

“A wild ride with a brilliantly cocky young protagonist who’s got the world wrapped around her finger. So propulsive you'll feel like you've been hypnotized.” — Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People

Happy Hour feels like a breathless whisper at six in the morning when it’s too hot to sleep. Marlowe Granados is a fresh, exciting...

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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

By Deesha Philyaw
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 4 hours 6 minutes

If you enjoyed Milk Blood Heat, then you’ll love The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

“A slim, sensual, and often sapphic collection of stories about women, relationships, and the church. Whether the tension breaks in laughter or tears, it will keep you neglecting real life in leu of listening. You will fall in love with these women. It's remarkable with Philyaw has accomplished in such a short little book. It's incredible.”

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