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Book Nerd Native's 2020 Favorites

All of my favorite audiobooks from 2020 so far (I listen to a lot of audiobooks)!

Playlist Tags: genre: Fiction & Literature influencer-created topic: best of 2020

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The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 40 minutes

The Hate U Give

“This bestselling, powerful young adult novel about social justice and one teen girl's effort to fight for what is right, will leave you breathless. The narration by Bahni Turpin is hands down the best I've ever heard. This is such an important book it should be required reading for life in general. Or listening. Definitely listening.”

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Here for It

Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays
By R. Eric Thomas
Narrated by R. Eric Thomas /  7 hours 34 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • From the creator of Elle’s “Eric Reads the News,” a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays about growing up seeing the world differently, finding unexpected hope, and experiencing every awkward, extraordinary stumble along the way.

“Pop culture–obsessed, Sedaris-level... Read more »

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Devolution

A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre
By Max Brooks
Narrated by Judy Greer, Kai Ryssdal, Max Brooks, Jeff Daniels, Nathan Fillion, Mira Furlan, Terry Gross, Kimberly Guerrero, Kate Mulgrew & Steven Weber /  9 hours 49 minutes

Devolution

“Made the mistake of listening to this book before going to sleep and subsequently spent an hour after turning off my phone staring at the shadows at the corners of my room as they morphed into bigfoot. Hauntingly written and beautifully performed.”

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The Year of the Witching

By Alexis Henderson
Narrated by Brianna Colette /  11 hours 37 minutes

A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.
 
In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet's word is law, Immanuelle Moore's very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so... Read more »

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Caste (Oprah's Book Club)

The Origins of Our Discontents
By Isabel Wilkerson
Narrated by Robin Miles /  14 hours 25 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste... Read more »

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The House in the Cerulean Sea

By TJ Klune
Narrated by Daniel Henning /  12 hours 12 minutes

The House in the Cerulean Sea

“There aren't many books that can leave you wishing you were a parentless magical child feared by the rest of the society. But with characters like the ones in The House in the Cerulean Sea, you can't help but wish you belonged to such a wonderful, magical family. And the dialogue! You will not be able to drive while listening to it because you'll be laughing way too hard!”

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FantasticLand

A Novel
By Mike Bockoven
Narrated by Angela Dawe & Luke Daniels /  10 hours 1 minute

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where ““Fun is Guaranteed!” But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and... Read more »

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Anxious People

A Novel
By Fredrik Backman
Narrated by Marin Ireland /  9 hours 53 minutes

Anxious People

“At its simplest, we could just say this is a story about the human condition. Backman’s wry and deceptively simple storytelling provides us an exquisite and astute study of the little complexities that fills our lives with joy and pain. Through his rich story exploring second chances, missed opportunities, and unintended consequences, he captures the essence of what it means to be human and the complexities of navigating relationships with each other by exploring what we say and do not say to one another. The audio version is absolutely spectacular. The narrator brings each character to life with unique and spot-on personalities that I cannot imagine creating myself in my head. Her delivery of the dialogue and story is spot on and kept me laughing throughout.”

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The Undocumented Americans

A Homecoming
By Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Narrated by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio /  4 hours 53 minutes

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.

“Karla’s book sheds light on people’s personal experiences and allows their stories to be told and their voices to... Read more »

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Long Bright River

A Novel
By Liz Moore
Narrated by Allyson Ryan /  13 hours 18 minutes

Long Bright River

“This story’s power comes not just from its beautiful writing but the reality of its characters and the incisive nature of its setting. Liz Moore has created a masterpiece that exposes the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia, highlighting the vulnerability of its victims and the sheer scope of suffering it causes. From the first page, when the murder mystery begins, readers will suffer and rejoice with the novel’s oh-so-human characters. The power of this story is a fire that will linger for a long time.”

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Me and White Supremacy

Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
By Layla F. Saad
Narrated by Layla F. Saad /  5 hours 19 minutes

Me and White Supremacy

“Want to learn how to be a good ancestor? Need to address your privilege and feel uncomfortable about talking about racism? You need to read and work through Me and White Supremacy.”

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

By Grady Hendrix
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  13 hours 48 minutes

Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a real monster.

Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her ambitious husband is too busy to... Read more »

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If You Want to Make God Laugh

By Bianca Marais
Narrated by Bianca Amato, Bahni Turpin & Katharine Lee McEwan /  12 hours 38 minutes

From the author of the beloved Hum If You Don't Know the Words comes a rich, unforgettable story of three unique women in post-Apartheid South Africa who are brought together in their darkest time and discover the ways that love can transcend the strictest of boundaries.

In a squatter camp on the outskirts of Johannesburg, seventeen-year-old... Read more »

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Oona Out of Order

A Novel
By Margarita Montimore
Narrated by Brittany Pressley /  11 hours 29 minutes

Oona Out of Order

“Oona Lockhart has been cursed (or blessed) with a magical wrinkle in time that has her leaping forward and back through the years. Inside she is aging chronologically, but on the outside, Oona is sometimes 51, 30, or 26 years old. A life lived out of order, however, can be just as valid as a life lived forward. Surprising, bittersweet, and filled with love, Oona discovers both the wisdom of age and the spontaneity of youth. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be the most enchanted reading experience of 2020.”

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Well Met

By Jen DeLuca
Narrated by Brittany Pressley /  9 hours 45 minutes

All's faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting... Read more »

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Over the Top

By Jonathan Van Ness
Narrated by Jonathan Van Ness /  5 hours 50 minutes

Over The Top [is] a lightning bolt – devastating and stirring … generous and frank.’ The Guardian

Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey.

The truth is, it hasn’t always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy.

Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix’s... Read more »

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How We Fight For Our Lives

By Saeed Jones
Narrated by Saeed Jones /  5 hours 34 minutes

How We Fight For Our Lives

“Saeed doesn't hold back any details, and his chapters often read like biographical poetry. This book is a window into a different life, and a different soul. It also makes a great listen.”

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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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The Lager Queen of Minnesota

A Novel
By J. Ryan Stradal
Narrated by Judith Ivey /  11 hours 12 minutes

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

“The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal is a wonderful story about beer, family , resiliency and friendship—what else do you want? Sisters grow up together on a small farm in Minnesota but never quite see eye to eye. When an inequitable inheritance estranges the sisters, we learn how each makes her way through young adulthood, marriage and careers until one day, their paths cross in an unexpected development. Stradal’s fabulous characters will have you listening late into the night!”

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Mistborn

The Final Empire
Mistborn: Book #1
By Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by Michael Kramer /  24 hours 39 minutes

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, the Mistborn series is a heist story of political intrigue and magical, martial-arts action.

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned... Read more »

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