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Like fairytales? Me too. But what's even better? Modern twists to your favorite classics! Check out Mallory's favorite fairytales with a little extra flair.

She Who Became the Sun

The Radiant Emperor Duology: Book #1

By: Shelley Parker-Chan
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 14 hours 36 minutes

“Zhu’s tooth-and-nail fight for her destiny merges hero and antihero into a transcendent figure with an incomparably strong will. She Who Became the Sun carves out a bold and bloody new genre of epic fantasy. Read more

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Phaedra

By: Laura Shepperson
Narrated by: Jade Wheeler, Mary Helen Gallucci, Julia Atwood, Mark Owen, Erin DeWard, Leon Nixon & Nicky Endres
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes

Phaedra has been cast to the side all her life: daughter of an adulteress, sister of a monster, and now unwilling bride to the much-older, power-hungry Theseus. Young, naïve, and idealistic, she has accepted her lot in life, resigned to existing under the sinister weight of Theseus’s control and the constant watchful eye of her handsome stepson... Read more

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My Dear Henry: A Jekyll & Hyde Remix

Remixed Classics: Book #6

By: Kalynn Bayron
Narrated by: Clifford Samuel
Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

“Kalynn Bayron never fails to deliver incredible stories with beautifully developed characters. I absolutely loved the audio edition of this book. Read more

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Arch-Conspirator

By: Veronica Roth
Narrated by: Dion Graham & January LaVoy
Length: 3 hours 20 minutes

"Stunningly performed by narrators Dion Graham and January LaVoy...together, they capture the propulsive motion and ominous atmosphere of this compelling story."- AudioFile Magazine (Earphones Award Winner)

In this gripping and atmospheric reimagining of Antigone,
#1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth reaches back to the root of... Read more

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Iron Widow

Iron Widow: Book #1

By: Xiran Jay Zhao
Narrated by: Rong Fu
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

“A young woman still reeling from the loss of her sister in a horribly unequal society based around defending themselves from an alien threat sets readers up for a whirlwind of an adventure as Zetian seeks both revenge and a way to keep other women from falling to the same fate her sister did. Power and privilege afforded to gender are both... Read more

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The Water Outlaws

By: S. L. Huang
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 19 hours 43 minutes

Lin Chong is an expert arms instructor, training the Emperor's soldiers in sword and truncheon, battle axe and spear, lance and crossbow. Unlike bolder friends who flirt with challenging the unequal hierarchies and values of Imperial society, she believes in keeping her head down and doing her job. But then a powerful man with a vendetta rips... Read more

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The Crane Husband

By: Kelly Barnhill
Narrated by: Laura Knight Keating
Length: 3 hours 44 minutes

Award-winning author Kelly Barnhill brings her singular talents to a raw, powerful fable of love, sacrifice, and family.Mothers fly away like migrating birds. This is why farmers have daughters.A fifteen-year-old teenager is the backbone of her small Midwestern family, budgeting the household finances and raising her younger brother while her... Read more

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White Cat, Black Dog

Stories

By: Kelly Link
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Dan Stevens, Dominic Hoffman, Kristen Sieh, Ish Klein, Tanya Cubric & Patton Oswalt
Length: 7 hours 50 minutes

“Kelly Link is a national treasure. These stories are like prismatically unsettled and modern versions of familiar tales, equipping each eerie element with a hefty dose of the banal, like any of these tales can happen in your living room--even if they're mired in a post-apocalyptic wasteland or peopled by robots on an abandoned asteroid. Stunning... Read more

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Clytemnestra

By: Costanza Casati
Narrated by: Olivia Vinall
Length: 14 hours 54 minutes

Monarch. Mother. Murderer. Magnificent.
You were born to a king, but you marry a tyrant. You stand by helplessly as he sacrifices your child to placate the gods. You watch him wage war on a foreign shore, and you comfort yourself with violent thoughts of your own. Because this was not the first offense against you. This was not the life you ever... Read more

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In the Lives of Puppets

By: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 15 hours 22 minutes

“TJ Klune has never let me down, but I wasn't expecting In The Lives of Puppets to outshine the rest like it has. A Pinocchio retelling with a queer, dystopian setting? This book tore my heart out and then threw it back into my chest three times larger. The descriptions, the characters, the representation!! I cannot recommend this enough. If... Read more

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Elektra

A Novel

By: Jennifer Saint
Narrated by: Beth Eyre, Jane Collingwood & Julie Teal
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes

A spellbinding reimagining of the story of Elektra, one of Greek mythology’s most infamous heroines, from Jennifer Saint, the author of the beloved international bestseller, Ariadne.

Three women, tangled in an ancient curse.

When Clytemnestra marries Agamemnon, she ignores the insidious whispers about his family line, the House of Atreus. But... Read more

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Atalanta

A Novel

By: Jennifer Saint
Narrated by: Beth Eyre
Length: 11 hours 9 minutes

“In Atalanta, Jennifer Saint tells the mythic tale of the title character in the straightforward yet sweeping prose we've come to expect from her. Atalanta, left to die in the woods as a baby by parents who wanted a son, is raised first by bears and then by the goddess Artemis. Both generous and uncompromising through Atalanta's young life,... Read more

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The Song of Achilles

A Novel

By: Madeline Miller
Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
Length: 11 hours 14 minutes

“A sweeping emotional tale of war, passion, and devastation. You are given insight into a hero's life through the eyes of Patroclus in a way that has never been done before.You may think you know the story of Achilles and Patroclus but I promise you, you don't. Miller is able to ensnare your imagination and capture the human spirit in a way few... Read more

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Gods of Jade and Shadow

By: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Yetta Gottesman
Length: 11 hours 3 minutes

“When she accidentally frees the Mayan god of death from imprisonment, Casiopea Tun, armed only with her wits and her dreams of the future, is forced to leave her tiny village in southern Mexico and join an otherworldly battle of life and death alongside treacherous gods, hungry ghosts, and quick-talking demons. Journeying from the southern... Read more

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The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

By: Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 9 hours 34 minutes

“'She was not a creature of courage, but she was one of spite.' This book is exactly my niche- queer fairy-tales, trans pirates, bloodsucking mermaids, a sentient sea, and a delightfully mean witch. I can't shut up about it!!! Read more

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Little Thieves

Little Thieves: Book #1

By: Margaret Owen
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 13 hours 59 minutes

“Vanja wants just one thing. She wants enough money to escape the life of servitude her godmothers, Death and Fortune have promised her. She has stolen many things, jewelry, clothes, money, and the identity of her former lady, the Princess Giselle. Cursed by a low god, Vanja only has a fortnight to return what she’s stolen before the jewels... Read more

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

By: Axie Oh
Narrated by: Rosa Escoda
Length: 8 hours 50 minutes

“I absolutely loved this book! It is enchanting, complex, and rich with magic, myths, and the cozy vibes and world of the spirit realm. Korean mythology meets Spirited Away - what more could you want! The story and characters captured my heart. The audiobook is awesome - give it a listen to on Libro.fm! Read more

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How to Be Eaten

A Novel

By: Maria Adelmann
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

One of NPR's Best Books of the Year: This darkly funny and provocative novel reimagines classic fairy tale characters as modern women in a support group for trauma. In present-day New York City, five women meet in a basement support group to process their traumas. Bernice grapples with the fallout of dating a psychopathic, blue-bearded... Read more

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Into the Heartless Wood

By: Joanna Ruth Meyer
Narrated by: Tara Novie & Ethan James Lynch
Length: 10 hours 55 minutes

The forest is a dangerous place, where siren song lures men and women to their deaths.

Deep in the wood lives a witch queen and her eight tree siren daughters. For centuries, they have harvested souls to feed the heartless tree, using its power to grow their ever reaching kingdom of ash, birch, and oak.

Owen Merrick lives at the edge of the... Read more

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Spear

By: Nicola Griffith
Narrated by: Nicola Griffith
Length: 5 hours 42 minutes

This program is read by the author and includes a bonus PDF of detailed notes.

A spellbinding and subversive queer recasting of Arthurian myth by the legendary author of Hild


The girl knows she has a destiny before she even knows her name. She grows up in the wild, in a cave with her mother, but visions of a faraway lake come to her on the spring... Read more

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