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Owl's Nest Books 2023 Staff Favourites!

Some of our favourite reads from 2023

The Bittlemores

By: Jann Arden
Narrated by: Jann Arden
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

A heartfelt, comic, and deeply satisfying debut novel from the #1 bestselling author, singer-songwriter, member of Canada's Music Hall of Fame and star of her own hit TV sitcom. A little bit All Creatures Great and Small, a little bit Fargo and all Jann Arden!

On mean Harp Bittlemore’s blighted farm, hidden away in the Backhills, nothing has gone... Read more

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Remarkably Bright Creatures

A Novel

By: Shelby Van Pelt
Narrated by: Marin Ireland & Michael Urie
Length: 11 hours 16 minutes

“Meet a hardworking widow, a lost soul, and a giant Pacific octopus (yes, an octopus) in this heartfelt story that reveals there’s still plenty of living to do for those with their eyes — and hearts — open to the unexpected. A bright debut! Read more

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The Children of Gods and Fighting Men

Gael Song: Book #1

By: Shauna Lawless
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 14 hours 2 minutes

The first in a gripping new historical fantasy series that intertwines Irish mythology with real-life history, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men is the thrilling debut novel by Shauna Lawless.
They think they've killed the last of us...
981 AD. The Viking King of Dublin is dead. His young widow, Gormflaith, has ambitions for her son – and... Read more

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The Covenant of Water

By: Abraham Verghese
Narrated by: Abraham Verghese
Length: 31 hours 16 minutes

“A sweeping, enthralling and passionate multi-generational saga that's difficult to put down (or stop listening to), this is a brilliant story of land, family and unforgettable characters in South India. Read more

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Hello Beautiful (Oprah's Book Club)

A Novel

By: Ann Napolitano
Narrated by: Maura Tierney
Length: 15 hours 6 minutes

“This entertaining novel brings you fully into the richly detailed and realistic lives of the four Padavano sisters and their family. You'll alternately want to shake these characters out of their flaws and hug them. Read more

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No Strangers Here

County Kerry: Book #1

By: Carlene O'Connor
Narrated by: Emily O'Mahony
Length: 12 hours 26 minutes

Set in the striking, rugged countryside of County Kerry, bestselling author Carlene O’Connor’s intriguing new series introduces Dimpna Wilde, an Irish vet grappling with life, death, family dynamics, and the secrets at the heart of this small community …
On a rocky beach in the southwest of Ireland, the body of Jimmy O’Reilly, sixty-nine years... Read more

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The Museum of Ordinary People

By: Mike Gayle
Narrated by: Witney White
Length: 10 hours 31 minutes

In this “brilliantly original” and warmhearted novel, an old set of encyclopedias leads a young woman to a curious museum and one profoundly moving lesson: that every life is an extraordinary life (New York Times bestselling author Claire Mackintosh).  

Still reeling from the sudden death of her mother, Jess is about to do the hardest thing... Read more

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Beyond That, the Sea

A Novel

By: Laura Spence-Ash
Narrated by: Ell Potter
Length: 12 hours 17 minutes

"Ell Potter's narration spans countries and decades as the story follows Bea and her connection to two families and two very different lives. Potter creates believable distinctions between well-developed characters of different ages from different locales. Listeners will be captivated by this compelling story."- AudioFile Magazine


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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

By: Sangu Mandanna
Narrated by: Samara MacLaren
Length: 9 hours 59 minutes

“This book is a warm cup of tea on a rainy day. From the quirky cast of characters to the less than traditional love story, this book will bloom in you and make you feel whole. Plus, the audiobook narrator is truly excellent! Read more

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A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic: Book #1

By: V. E. Schwab
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 11 hours 34 minutes

“While this series takes a minute to get into the action, I felt like once it hits its stride it’s really great. Complete with a somewhat complex magic system, a lovable but deadly female rogue, dueling David/Goliath type magicians, truly sadistic blonde twin rulers and a high stakes world destroying evil coming in from all sides set in multiple... Read more

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All the Lonely People

By: Mike Gayle
Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
Length: 12 hours 20 minutes

“For fans of Fredrick Backman's Ove, All the Lonely People is all that and MORE. Hubert Bird is cantankerous, opinionated, and lonely. But Hubert has created a whole complicated imaginary life so that his daughter will not worry about him after the death of his wife. On weekly phone calls, he builds the house of cards and she inhabits it.... Read more

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Hula

A Novel

By: Jasmin Iolani Hakes
Narrated by: Mapuana Makia
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

“What a gorgeous, invigorating debut. Jasmin Iolani Hakes has written the novel we needed about Hawaii. The story is told from the perspective of three generations of women in a legendary family, and through the omnipotent We of the Hawaiian people, using traditional language and dialogue throughout, requiring the reader to become familiar with... Read more

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Big Swiss

A Novel

By: Jen Beagin
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Carlotta Brentan, Stephen Graybill, Joy Osmanski & Matt Pittenger
Length: 11 hours 15 minutes

Big Swiss, the new novel by Jen Beagin, is an R-rated, raunchy, funny, and ultimately very moving psychological novel about a transcriptionist to a sex therapist who knows all the dirty secrets of everyone in town, and she uses this knowledge to seduce the wonderful Big Swiss, a woman who's never experienced good sex. It is funny and sometimes... Read more

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Bookshops & Bonedust

Legends & Lattes

By: Travis Baldree
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Length: 8 hours 1 minute

Bookshops & Bonedust is the perfect read to curl up with on a stormy night, steaming mug in hand. It's a cozy adventure with a colorful cast of characters, casual necromancy, old books, and delicious gnomish pastries! Read more

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Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone

A Novel

By: Benjamin Stevenson
Narrated by: Barton Welch
Length: 9 hours 30 minutes

“This mystery novel is very tongue-in-cheek, breaks the fourth wall, parodies Agatha Christie, and even though the narrator lays out everything for you, it's still somehow surprising. It felt like a friend telling me a story! Read more

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Lady Tan's Circle of Women

By: Lisa See
Narrated by: Jennifer Lim & Justin Chien
Length: 13 hours 15 minutes

“This book is a rare combination of in-depth historical research based on a true-life character, and an edge-of-your-seat story that takes us through various births, deaths, marriages, and diseases over the course of almost a century. The setting of 15th century China is unique; the reader becomes immersed in the world built by Lisa See, privy to... Read more

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Amazing Grace Adams

A Novel

By: Fran Littlewood
Narrated by: Claire Skinner
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

“A moving novel about a mother grappling with a past tragedy and oncoming perimenopause. Estranged from her daughter and with a pending divorce, she fights back and shows her family who she really is and how she will not give up on them. Or herself. Read more

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Murder Your Employer

The McMasters Guide to Homicide

By: Rupert Holmes
Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris & Simon Vance
Length: 14 hours 13 minutes

“From the first paragraph I was enamored with this sardonic, witty, ridiculous premise and book. A secret specialized school where the students either graduate as well-trained murderers or in a body bag, told in detailed journal entries and meta book-within-a-book asides. It's such a fun time, and I had trouble putting it down for paltry things... Read more

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In a Land Without Dogs the Cats Learn to Bark

By: Jonathan Garfinkel
Narrated by: PJ Ochlan
Length: 11 hours 58 minutes

From acclaimed author Jonathan Garfinkel, a Cold War revenge story three decades in the making.
A Cold War revenge story three decades in the making.
In 1975, Gary Ruckler attends classes at Moscow State University as part of the first American Fulbright program in the USSR. Here he befriends Anna, her boyfriend Zaza, and their enigmatic friend... Read more

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Babel

Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of The Oxford Translators' Revolution

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Chris Lew Kum Hoi & Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: 21 hours 45 minutes

“Finishing a book like this is equal parts pleasure and pain: pleasure in reading something so striking and beautiful juxtaposed by the pain of it ending. Few books have brought tears to my eyes; Kuang’s Babel is now numbered among them. Read more

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