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Audiobooks That Emotionally Destroyed Us

Grab some tissues—these are audiobooks that had us sobbing.

Young Mungo

By: Douglas Stuart
Narrated by: Chris Reilly
Length: 13 hours 40 minutes

“A truly devastating story told in decadent, layered prose. You cannot help but to love and want the best for Mungo in the hyper-masculine, violent world he lives in. I want to protect these characters and their love with all that I have. Read more

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I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself

A Novel

By: Marisa Crane
Narrated by: Bailey Carr
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes

Dept. of Speculation meets Black Mirror in this lyrical, speculative debut about a queer mother raising her daughter in an unjust surveillance stateIn a United States not so unlike our own, the Department of Balance has adopted a radical new form of law enforcement: rather than incarceration, wrongdoers are given a second (and sometimes, third,... Read more

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The Astonishing Color of After

By: Emily X.R. Pan
Narrated by: Stephanie Hsu
Length: 11 hours 51 minutes

A stunning, heartbreaking debut novel about grief, love, and family, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Celeste Ng.

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time.... Read more

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The Song of Achilles

A Novel

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

“Madeline Miller's retelling of the Iliad is beautifully written. From page one, I was sucked into the story, and it never let me go. Frazer Douglas' narration is impeccable, bringing the story to life in ways that I'd never dreamed possible. Such a beautiful audiobook, through and through. I can't count how many times I've listened to this... Read more

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Like a Love Story

By: Abdi Nazemian
Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose, Vikas Adam & Michael Crouch
Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

2020 Audie Awards® Finalist - Young Adult Stonewall Honor Book * A Time Magazine Best YA Book of All Time""A book for warriors, divas, artists, queens, individuals, activists, trend setters, and anyone searching for the courage to be themselves.”—Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and VirtueIt’s 1989... Read more

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The Year of Magical Thinking

By: Joan Didion
Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
Length: 5 hours 10 minutes

Didion's journalistic skills are displayed as never before in this story of a year in her life that began with her daughter in a medically induced coma and her husband unexpectedly dead due to a heart attack.

This powerful and moving work is Didion's "attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had... Read more

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They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End Series: Book #1

By: Adam Silvera
Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Robbie Daymond & Bahni Turpin
Length: 8 hours 29 minutes

“You go into this book knowing it's going to hurt. But somehow, you still root for the characters and bond with them. It makes you think about what you would do if you knew it was the end. I'm sad after reading this book. But not sad in a bad way. Sad in a way that made me want to hug my family. And go on walks. And make sure I am living fully.... Read more

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Still Life

A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)

By: Sarah Winman
Narrated by: Sarah Winman
Length: 14 hours 54 minutes

“I want to crawl inside this book and live there. I adored all of these strange, funny characters, (including the Shakespeare-quoting parrot) and the rich descriptions of Florence made me feel like I was right there in the piazza. Read more

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Joan: A Novel of Joan of Arc

By: Katherine J. Chen
Narrated by: Hannah Morrish
Length: 14 hours 6 minutes

“This is not your grandmother’s St. Joan. . . . If every generation gets the Joan it deserves, ours could do worse than an ass-kicking, avenging angel fighting simply for the right to fight.”—The New York Times Book Review

WINNER OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS BOOK AWARD • “It is as if Chen has crept inside a statue and breathed a soul into it,...
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

By: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Length: 7 hours 29 minutes

Now a major motion picture starring Max Pelayo, Reese Gonzales, and Eva Longoria!
A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)

Dive into the award-winning, internationally renowned book that is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) and distills lyrical truths about family and friendship—featuring images from the film!

Aristotle... Read more

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Betty

A novel

By: Tiffany McDaniel
Narrated by: Dale Dickey
Length: 17 hours 36 minutes

“In the inspiring novel Betty, Tiffany McDaniel shares a tough and gritty story based primarily on her mother’s upbringing. Brimming with a sense of magic in the natural world set against the cruelty and violence within her family, Betty walks us through a childhood filled with both good and evil, and shows us that one can survive and come out... Read more

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About Alice

By: Calvin Trillin
Narrated by: Calvin Trillin
Length: 1 hour 17 minutes

In Calvin Trillin’s antic tales of family life, she was portrayed as the wife who had “a weird predilection for limiting our family to three meals a day” and the mother who thought that if you didn’t go to every performance of your child’s school play, “the county would come and take the child.” Now, five years after her death, her husband... Read more

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In the Dream House

A Memoir

By: Carmen Maria Machado
Narrated by: Carmen Maria Machado
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

“In the most inventive memoir I've read, Machado uses narrative tropes in a series of fragments and vignettes to break down the ways in which she, herself, was breaking down in an abusive same-sex relationship. A book about 'archival silence,' about inventing a language to tell a story. Read more

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

A Novel

By: Ocean Vuong
Narrated by: Ocean Vuong
Length: 7 hours 18 minutes

“Alright 2019, this is the novel to beat. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is the rare novel that makes you experience reading in a slightly different way and shows you that, no matter how many books you’ve read, something new and uniquely beautiful can still be found. The novel takes the form of a letter written by the main character, Little Dog,... Read more

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Heart Berries

A Memoir

By: Terese Marie Mailhot
Narrated by: Rainy Fields
Length: 3 hours 45 minutes

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a... Read more

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The Berry Pickers

By: Amanda Peters
Narrated by: Aaliya Warbus & Jordan Waunch
Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

“The four year-old daughter of Indigenous berry pickers is stolen from her family while they are in Maine. Her disappearance will destroy one family and haunt another for decades until the truth comes out. Told in alternating voices by the girl and her brother, this novel is unforgettable. Read more

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The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green
Narrated by: Kate Rudd, John Green & Laura Grafton
Length: 7 hours 10 minutes

The beloved, #1 global bestseller by John Green, author of The Anthropocene Reviewed and Turtles All the Way Down

“John Green is one of the best writers alive.” –E. Lockhart, #1 bestselling author of We Were Liars

“The greatest romance story of this decade.″ –Entertainment Weekly

#1 New York Times Bestseller • #1 Wall Street... Read more

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The Sentence

By: Louise Erdrich
Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
Length: 11 hours 49 minutes

The Sentence is a ghost story, although it is as comforting as it is haunting. It’s an intimate picture of bookselling, and of bookselling during a pandemic and social justice reckoning, set in Erdrich’s own store in Minneapolis. Its heroine, queer Indigenous ex-con Tookie, is so alive she leaps right off the page—gritty, passionate, and human.... Read more

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Far from the Tree

By: Robin Benway
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

National Book Award Winner, PEN America Award Winner, and New York Times Bestseller!Perfect for fans of This Is Us, Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.Being the middle child has its ups... Read more

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By: Betty Smith
Narrated by: Kate Burton
Length: 15 hours 1 minute

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 PickThe beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century.From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be made of stern stuff, for growing up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn, New York demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit.... Read more

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