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A Tender Thing

By Emily Neuberger
Narrated by: Emily Neuberger
Length: 11 hours 4 minutes

An exhilarating debut novel set under the dazzling lights of late 1950s Broadway, where a controversial new musical pushes the boundaries of love, legacy, and art.

Growing up in rural Wisconsin, Eleanor O'Hanlon always felt different. In love with musical theater from a young age, she memorized every show album she could get her hands on. So when... Read more »

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Hamnet

By Maggie O'Farrell
Narrated by: Ell Potter
Length: 12 hours 42 minutes

Hamnet

“I loved Hamnet in very much the same way I loved Lincoln in the Bardo. This novel explores the way the dead haunt the living—especially how the death of a child haunts their parents—and does it in the context of a fascinating historical figure and time. But we know so much about the Lincolns, and so little about the Shakespeares. Maggie O’Farrell’s ability to construct a palpably real emotional life for all the members of the Shakespeare family—but especially for Shakespeare’s wife—is just magical. This is a powerful and haunting novel.”

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The Last Chance Library

By Freya Sampson
Narrated by: Nathalie Pownall
Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

The Last Chance Library

“This is an engaging tale of loss, grief, regret and loneliness, and how community, shared purpose and compassion can lead the way to healing and new starts. June is grieving the loss of her Mother and living in the home they shared that serves as a memory bank of her youth. The library, where her Mother worked, and June now works is the only other place she is comfortable. An odd assortment of people use her library on a daily basis, some to work, some to read, some for companionship and some for escape. When that refuge for so many is threatened facets of all their personalities emerge that are so deeply buried, the person had no idea of their capabilities. You will laugh, become exasperated, shed tears, and possibly plan a trip to your local library when you finish this book. A heartwarming read that will engage you from beginning to ending.”

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The Long Flight Home

By Alan Hlad
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes

It is September 1940—a year into the war—and as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Enemy fighter planes blacken the sky around the Epping Forest home of Susan Shepherd and her grandfather, Bertie. After losing her parents to influenza as a child, Susan found comfort in raising homing pigeons with Bertie. All her... Read more »

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The Guncle

By Steven Rowley
Narrated by: Steven Rowley
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes

The Guncle

“Absolutely adored this. I laughed so hard while also feeling moved by the characters navigating grief associated with losing a mother / sister-in-law/best friend. Rowley plays with expectations surrounding grief – to be sad, to mourn, not to laugh – and the need for joy, survival, and life after loss. "Gup" (Gay Uncle Patrick) imparts his wisdom and flamboyant way to see the world upon his niece and nephew trying to help them start to heal without fearing the world. While these kids turn his bachelor life on its head, filling his house with endless questions, Christmas in July, and SO MUCH sunscreen, this disruption may be exactly what he needs. Great book addressing grief and loss without being sad.”

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The Lost Love Song

A Novel

By Minnie Darke
Narrated by: Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood & Marcello Fabrizi
Length: 11 hours 21 minutes

Behind every great love song is a great love story, from the author of Star-Crossed

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY • “A tender tribute to the healing powers of love and music . . . Readers will be wowed.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Concert pianist Diana is finally ready to marry her longtime fiance, Arie;... Read more »

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Little Pieces of Hope

Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World

By Todd Doughty
Narrated by: Denis Lambert, Romy Nordlinger, Angel Pean, Rene Ruiz, Alexa Sutherland & Jonathan Yen
Length: 6 hours 40 minutes

“Todd Doughty is one of the happiest people on the planet. He finds things big and small that make us smile, and in this wonderful book he shares them with a world he cherishes.”—John Grisham

“A poetic, sparkling gem you’ll want to pick up every time you need a smile.  It’s the ultimate compendium of joy.”Kevin Kwan
 
An enchanting collection of...
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The Music of Bees

A Novel

By Eileen Garvin
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
Length: 10 hours 57 minutes

The Music of Bees

“Comparing this book to Eleanor Oliphant left me a bit skeptical, but the comparison is fair and I’d even say that The Music of Bees stands on its own beautifully. Add in some interesting facts on bees and heartwarming stories of lovable, offbeat characters and you have a winner.”

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Harry's Trees

By Jon Cohen
Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
Length: 15 hours 7 minutes

Harry's Trees

“Harry's Trees is a satisfying, multifaceted story that makes you believe that there is magic in ordinary things.”

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Miss Benson's Beetle

A Novel

By Rachel Joyce
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 12 hours 3 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “A beautifully written, extraordinary quest in which two ordinary, overlooked women embark on an unlikely scientific expedition to the South Seas.”—Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
 
From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an uplifting, irresistible novel about two... Read more »

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