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Hot Audiobook Releases for Summer

Make the most of your summer reading and travel with these anticipated audiobooks, featuring reads hand-picked by booksellers and the team!

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Velvet Was the Night

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Gisela Chípe
Length: TBA

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a “delicious, twisted treat for lovers of noir”* about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer, and the mystery of a missing woman they’re both desperate to find.

*Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel

1970s, Mexico City. Maite is a... Read more »
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Razorblade Tears

A Novel

By S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 12 hours

“Superb...Cuts right to the heart of the most important questions of our times.” —Michael Connelly,
#1 New York Times bestselling author

A Black father. A white father.
Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.

Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at...

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

A Novel

By Sally Rooney
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: TBA

Beautiful World, Where Are You is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends.

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with...

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No-No Boy

By Ken Narasaki
Narrated by: Kurt Kanazawa, Emily Kuroda, John Miyasaki, Ken Narasaki, Sharon Omi, Joy Osmanski, Sab Shimono, Greg Watanabe & Paul Yen
Length: 1 hours 31 minutes

Ken Narasaki's adaptation of the novel by Japanese-American author John Okada is set during the aftermath of the U.S. government's incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II, and the resettlement of Japanese Americans to the West Coast. In the play, Ichiro returns to Seattle, where he struggles to transition into...

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The Raybearer Series: Book #2

By Jordan Ifueko
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 13 hours 15 minutes

The hotly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestselling YA fantasy about Tarisai’s quest to change her fate

For the first time, an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar’s throne. To appease the sinister spirits of the dead, Tarisai must now anoint a council of her own, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. She must then descend...

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56 Days

By Catherine Ryan Howard
Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.


Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.


When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish...

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The Greek Myths Reimagined

By Stephen Fry
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 11 hours


“A perfect conclusion to an endlessly entertaining series. Fry’s take on the Trojan War is hilarious, harrowing, and everything in-between—and it’s only improved by his expert audiobook narration. ”

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All the Lonely People

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

All the Lonely People

“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. Until one day...she decides to visit and Hubert has a problem. Hubert's journey is heartfelt and engaging. Incredibly human, charming, sweet, touching, and a reminder to enjoy what we have.”

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The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

By Alka Joshi
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Ariyan Kassam & Deepa Samuel
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

“At the grand opening of the Royal Jewel Cinema there are secrets left untold. Secrets about adoptions that happened, and those that didn't. Secrets about marriages arranged to build dynasties and those to save face. And a man who was a nobody as a boy is going by a different name, and some recognize him and others either don't or choose not to. By the end of the first chapter there's a surprising collapse, and chapter two changes to the voice of the widow of a shepherd. The third narrator, the wife of a doctor, was the primary in Alka Joshi's first book, The Henna Artist, which I have not read but now want to. In the last few months I've read a number of books that are not my typical genre or setting. This glimpse into India, with not a single white character in the whole of the book, made me want to see and touch all the fabrics, eat all the foods, and peep into these amazing intertwined lives to see what lies beneath the surface. ”

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The Maidens

By Alex Michaelides
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith & Louise Brealey
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

If you enjoyed The Silence of the Lambs, then you’ll love The Maidens.

“Intensely dark, mysterious, and intelligent, The Maidens is reminiscent of Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs. The charming and brilliant Edward Fosca provides ample moments of tension in this game of cat and mouse. To top it off, the use of Greek mythology that weaves throughout the narrative lends an aura of the fantastic that makes the story all the more delicious. Louise Brealey’s narration is splendid; both easy on the ears and entirely clear. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith also did great for the sparse male sections within.”

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Any Way the Wind Blows

Simon Snow Trilogy: Book #3

By Rainbow Rowell
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 15 hours 2 minutes

"Euan Morton returns to narrate the final installment in the Simon Snow series. Morton's exceptional talent shines as he modulates between European and American accents and seamlessly shifts tones to bring each distinct character to life...Full of intense passion, this conclusion should not be missed." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award...

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Praying with Jane Eyre

Reflections on Reading as a Sacred Practice

By Vanessa Zoltan
Narrated by: Vanessa Zoltan & Cassandra Campbell
Length: 7 hours 21 minutes

“In these soaring, open-hearted essays, Vanessa Zoltan writes with fierce brilliance about suffering, survival, and the kind of meaning in life that can withstand real scrutiny.”—John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and The Anthropocene Reviewed
A deeply felt celebration of a classic novel--and a reflection on the ways our...
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Dear Miss Metropolitan

A Novel

By Carolyn Ferrell
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

Dear Miss Metropolitan

“This novel is, in a word, heartbreaking. Dear Miss Metropolitan is going right to the top of my recommendation list for 2021.”

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Monk & Robot: Book #1

By Becky Chambers
Narrated by: Emmett Grosland
Length: 4 hours 8 minutes

A Psalm for the Wild-Built

“What do you do when you have everything you could ever need or want, but still aren't satisfied with what your life is? A Psalm for the Wild-Built is a short and sweet odd-couple road trip set in a beautiful world that could be our world — if we wanted it to be.”

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The River Has Teeth

By Erica Waters
Narrated by: Katherine Littrell & Sura Siu
Length: 11 hours 4 minutes

Lush and chilling, with razor-sharp edges and an iron core of hope, this bewitching, powerhouse novel of two girls fighting back against the violence the world visits on them will stun and enchant readers.

Girls have been going missing in the woods…

When Natasha’s sister disappears, Natasha desperately turns to Della, a local girl rumored to be a...

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Once There Were Wolves

By Charlotte McConaghy
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

Once There Were Wolves

“Inti and Aggie. Sisters. Twins. Aggie with a gift for language and Inti who belongs in the forest. A complicated intertwined life journey has landed the two of them in the wilds of Scotland as part of a wolf rehoming project where local tempers run hot, scientist's missions are complicated, and wolves howl for love and justice in the hills and peat bogs of the highland forests. McConaghy's writing will destroy you, demand your attention, ask you to be still and listen, and will absolutely change you. Once There Were Wolves and after there were, they'll never leave you. ”

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While We Were Dating

By Jasmine Guillory
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

An instant New York Times bestseller!

Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.

Ben Stephens has never bothered with serious relationships. He has plenty of casual dates to keep him busy, family drama he’s trying to ignore and his... Read more »
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Until Proven Safe

The History and Future of Quarantine

By Geoff Manaugh & Nicola Twilley
Narrated by: Kristen DiMercurio
Length: 10 hours 14 minutes

Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have been researching quarantine since long before the COVID-19 pandemic. With Until Proven Safe, they bring us a book as compelling as it is definitive, not only urgent listening for social-distanced times but also an up-to-the-minute investigation of the interplay of forces–––biological, political,...

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Rise to the Sun (Unabridged edition)

By Leah Johnson
Narrated by: Lexi Underwood & Alaska Jackson
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes

Rise to the Sun (Unabridged edition)

“Leah Johnson is officially an auto-buy for me. I honest to goodness could not stop marking this book, nor did I realize just how much I needed it. From the off, Toni and Olivia's journeys were some sort of catharsis, healing my soul even after only two chapters. By the end, my eyes were run over and my cheeks were salty. This one's for the musicians. This one's for everyone who's been missing the way live music grabs you and won't let go. This one's for the lonely-hearted and those who've been told they're too big. And believe me when I say, you're going to want to shed tears while listening too.”

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A Novel

By T. J. Newman
Narrated by: Steven Weber
Length: 8 hours 26 minutes


Falling is the literary thriller that gets your heart racing and causes you to be both contemplative and terrified at the same time. TJ Newman, a former indie bookseller and a former flight attendant, knows how to tell a story. She writes with a remarkable turn of phrase and with insider knowledge of what can happen in an airplane. It's always a great day when an indie bookseller publishes a book. It's an extremely great day when the book is a fantastic page-turner.”

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