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The 2020 Booker Prize: the Longlist

These books are on the Booker Prize longlist for 2020—one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the English-speaking world.

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The New Wilderness

By Diane Cook
Narrated by Stacey Glemboski /  12 hours 46 minutes

"The New Wilderness is a virtuosic debut, brutal and beautiful in equal measure."
—Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author of Station Eleven

Helen Phillips meets Miranda July in this daring and imaginative debut novel that explores a moving mother-daughter relationship in a world ravaged by climate change and overpopulation, a... Read more »

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This Mournable Body

A Novel
By Tsitsi Dangarembga
Narrated by Adenrele Ojo /  11 hours 31 minutes

Anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job, Tambudzai finds herself living in a run-down youth hostel in downtown Harare. For reasons that include her grim financial prospects and her age, she moves to a widow's boarding house and eventually finds work as a biology teacher. But at every turn in her attempt to make a life for... Read more »

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The Mirror & the Light

Wolf Hall Trilogy: Book #3
By Hilary Mantel
Narrated by Ben Miles /  38 hours 11 minutes

"The many listeners enthralled by the earlier two volumes in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy will find all their expectations met in this final installment... Here is a narrative achievement of the highest order." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

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Apeirogon: A Novel

A Novel
By Colum McCann
Narrated by Colum McCann /  15 hours 19 minutes

Apeirogon: A Novel

“This is a towering, breathtaking, sweeping work of poetic and technical brilliance. Although much of Apeirogon resides in the current and past state of Israeli-Palestinian relations, the novel demonstrates how each person, each story, in this ultimately small section of the world represents but one point of an infinitely sided shape — how between all of us, even those locked in seemingly irreconcilable conflict, there pulses a vital connectivity, a path to understanding, forgiveness, and compassion.”

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The Shadow King

By Maaza Mengiste
Narrated by Robin Miles /  16 hours 9 minutes

"A brilliant novel, lyrically lifting history towards myth. It's also compulsively readable. I devoured it in two days." ? Salman Rushdie In 1935, orphaned servant Hirut struggles to adapt to her new household as Ethiopia faces Mussolini's looming invasion. As the battles begin in earnest, Hirut and other women must care for the wounded. But... Read more »

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Such a Fun Age

By Kiley Reid
Narrated by Nicole Lewis /  9 hours 58 minutes

Such a Fun Age

“When I attempted to write a review for Such a Fun Age, I was at a loss for words. How could I encapsulate how Kiley Reid’s startling debut perfectly captured what it means to be a woman? The societal pressure, the self-doubt, the perseverance, the constant comparison — all of it was perfectly represented through Reid’s two wonderfully flawed and captivating leads. Follow Emira and Alix, two women on seemingly incongruous paths who find themselves searching for purpose and an authentic sense of self. Such a Fun Age tackles complex issues — race, gender, economic status, and the intersection of them all — yet remains accessible. You will not want to put this book down; when you do, you’ll be itching to pick it back up again.”

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Real Life

A Novel
By Brandon Taylor
Narrated by Kevin R. Free /  9 hours 25 minutes

A FINALIST FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE


“A blistering coming of age story” —O: The Oprah Magazine

 
Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Elle, The GuardianThe Financial Times, Vulture, and Thrillist

A novel of startling intimacy, violence, and mercy among...
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Redhead by the Side of the Road

A novel
By Anne Tyler
Narrated by MacLeod Andrews /  4 hours 50 minutes

If you enjoyed The Rosie Project, then you’ll love Redhead by the Side of the Road.

“Redhead by the Side of the Road is classic Anne Tyler starting with a leading male character who is bit on the spectrum. Micah leads an uncomplicated life dominated by daily and weekly routines and he likes his life just this way. One day, things begin to change and it takes Micah a little while to catch on and catch up. A playful story about embracing life’s disruptions.”

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Shuggie Bain

By Douglas Stuart
Narrated by Angus King /  17 hours 30 minutes

Shuggie Bain

“Shuggie Bain is sad, but there’s so much more to it than that. Hugh “Shuggie” Bain is different—he’s gentle and polite and lonely, a poor boy growing up in 1980’s Glasgow. His glamorous mother, Agnes, is an alcoholic, but she embodies her dignity when she needs it most. In one notably humorous scene, she drunkenly collects her son from his good-for-nothing father, upon checking herself out of the psych ward, and breaks the windows of his house while neighborhood boys whoop and holler at her boldness. Shuggie runs to his savior and clings to her with unconditional love. Eventually, he and his mother pledge to be “brand new” upon moving back into the city—she’ll stop drinking and Shuggie will be “normal.” But no matter how many football statistics he memorizes, Shuggie will never be like other boys, and his mother will never stop drinking. Their relationship is beautiful and overflowing with love, deeply humanizing those who struggle with substance abuse. I’ll never forget Shuggie Bain.”

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold

A Novel
By C Pam Zhang
Narrated by Joel de la Fuente & Catherine Ho /  9 hours 8 minutes

How Much of These Hills Is Gold

“If ever a book could be compared to a vegetable, this book is an onion. Starting from its center; a Chinese-American family is living and working in a mining town when teenagers Sam and Lucy have to leave when their father dies. Layers upon layers ensue with beautiful narration to tell the story of a family that spent their life searching for a place and a feeling to call HOME.”

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