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The Indie Next List

With new audiobooks added each month, the Indie Next List is drawn from bookseller-recommended favorite handsells and epitomizes the heart and soul of passionate bookselling!

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Stakes Is High

Life After the American Dream

By Mychal Denzel Smith
Narrated by: Mychal Denzel Smith
Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

Stakes Is High

“Here it is: The book we’ve been waiting for that we didn’t even know we were waiting for. This book is here to fan the flames of our righteous indignation and our demands for better sooner. This book will make your blood boil over just in time to bring it to the polls in November. Like a mother lion, it picks you up by the scruff of your neck — mewling and new to the world of antiracism — and demands that you walk on your own. Thank goodness this book exists.”

Mystery to Me image Charlotte Colaluca, Mystery to Me
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Black Sun

Between Earth and Sky: Book #1

By Rebecca Roanhorse
Narrated by: Cara Gee, Nicole Lewis, Kaipo Schwab & Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 12 hours 46 minutes

Black Sun

“An epic high fantasy that follows several different characters, throughout different points in time as they are all set to converge on the day of a solar eclipse. On this day, the fate of their world will be altered. An incredible story and great listen on Libro.fm, but definitely something you have to pay attention too or you will miss important details!”

Bright Side Bookshop image Amy, Bright Side Bookshop
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Here We Are

By Graham Swift
Narrated by: Phil Davis
Length: 4 hours 54 minutes

Here We Are

Here We Are is a beautiful evocation of love, memory, and magic. With mesmerizing prose, Swift tells the tale of Jack, Ronnie, and Evie, who form a bond in the summer of 1959 when they work together at a variety show in Brighton, England. Ronnie hires Evie to be part of his magic act, and the two soon fall in love. Jack, the show’s master of ceremonies, is Ronnie’s best friend but he knows little about Ronnie’s childhood experiences during the war. Fifty years later, Evie is looking back at their lives and what happened during the summer that changed everything. This quiet, compact novel soars with the grace and poignant feeling of Swift’s masterful writing.”

Interabang Books image Lori Feathers, Interabang Books
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Dear Child

A Novel

By Romy Hausmann
Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Nicky Diss, Simon Slater & Romy Hausmann
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

Dear Child

“We’ve all heard the horror stories of women kept captive in basements, bearing children to madmen, only to escape after years of torture into a world they no longer remember and a public filled with fascination at their stories. Dear Child features two such women, both victims of the same abductor, but who suffer two very different fates. It is also the story of men who love too hard, in both the right ways and the wrong ways. At its heart it is the story of family, of what we will do to find those we’ve lost, how we love and show that love, and how we survive and come to peace with grief and guilt.”

Third Place Books image Deborah Magness, Third Place Books
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The Talented Miss Farwell

A Novel

By Emily Gray Tedrowe
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

If you enjoyed Catch Me If You Can, then you’ll love The Talented Miss Farwell.

“The Talented Miss Farwell is a fascinating exploration of how one bad decision "just this once" can turn into years of deception and a double life. Inspired by the real life story of a small town comptroller that stole ("borrowed") millions to finance her penchant for horses, Emily Gray Tedrowe takes the reader through all of the steps that could allow this to happen. The Talented Miss Farwell was a suspenseful page turner told with a surprising level of empathy; at least until things get completely out of control.”

Skylark Bookshop image Mary, Skylark Bookshop
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Down Along with That Devil's Bones

A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy

By Connor Towne O'Neill
Narrated by: Geoffrey Cantor
Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

Down Along with That Devil's Bones

“The past won’t go anywhere — especially the racist past endorsed by the contemporary enablers of the Nathan Bedford Forrest mythology. O’Neill’s combination of historical research on the ‘Southern Cause’ and Jim Crow racism, combined with visits to the most contentious monuments to slavery, bring this work to visceral life. Down Along with That Devil’s Bones brings to mind Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic, but there’s much less to laugh about as O’Neill gives us the endless monumental horror of a country’s refusal to shake free from the roots of a long racist history.”

Scuppernong Books image Brian Lampkin, Scuppernong Books
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Confessions on the 7:45

By Lisa Unger
Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
Length: 12 hours 28 minutes

“Intricate and nuanced—on par with the best top-flight psychological suspense.” —L.A. Times

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies.

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Magic Lessons

The Prequel to Practical Magic

By Alice Hoffman
Narrated by: Sutton Foster
Length: 13 hours 25 minutes

Magic Lessons

“I so wanted to read this slowly and savor every page since this may be the last time we get to venture into this world of magic and the Owens family. But as if entranced by Alice Hoffman’s magic, the pages were turning faster and faster and I devoured this book in two sittings. No one tells a story like Alice Hoffman, and I only hope she finds a way to bring this magical family back to us again in the future. I simply loved this book. It’s everything you want from Alice Hoffman — a great story of love and magic!”

Warwick's image Julie Slavinsky, Warwick's
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Cuyahoga

By Pete Beatty
Narrated by: Feodor Chin
Length: 6 hours 41 minutes

Cuyahoga

“Pete Beatty’s Cuyahoga is difficult to categorize: a slapstick epic, an upside-down creation story, a postmodern American myth. Whatever you call it, know that it’s a ribald, shaggy delight. Protagonist Big Son is what they call a ‘spirit’ in 1837 Ohio: more legend than man, a doer of larger-than-life feats. Narrator Medium Son, Big Son’s kind of jealous little brother, chronicles those feats, which seem to be tied to the falling fortunes of their home in Ohio City as neighboring Cleveland looms across the river. Told in lively, poetic language, Cuyahoga feels at once brand new and as old as its namesake river.”

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Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

Anxious People

“This book made me feel all the feels! It was sad, it was funny, it was hopeful, it was everything. The character development is incredible at revealing what’s inside each of the characters, and the way their stories link and interconnect is genius. It’s a story about sadness and hope and human connections. I couldn’t put it down and barreled to the end, but now I am sad it’s over. Anxious People is truly the best thing I’ve read in a long time!”

Lisa Driban image Lisa Driban, Hockessin Book Shelf
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Transcendent Kingdom

A novel

By Yaa Gyasi
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 8 hours 40 minutes

Transcendent Kingdom

“Gifty immigrated from Ghana, grew up in Alabama, and is working on a PhD in neuroscience at Stanford, where she experiments with mice. She has always felt she wasn’t cool enough or white enough, and tries to prove her value through her brilliance. She tells her raw and powerful story of racism, addiction, mental illness, and especially faith and prayer, all while trying hard to mend a complicated relationship with her mother. This second novel from the author of the award-winning novel Homegoing is compelling and so, so beautifully written.”

Wellesley Books image Sally Weitzen, Wellesley Books
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The Exiles

A Novel

By Christina Baker Kline
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

The Exiles

“To be candid, I sure that The Exiles wasn't going to be my cup of tea. Boy, was I ever wrong. The Exiles is a powerful and unforgettable novel that is beautifully written. I will warn you, some of the scenes portrayed were so raw and haunting that the visuals took a while to leave my mind. But they were warranted and made the story much more believable. The narration was definitely a star in its own right. Every accent was on point. Christine Baker Kline has now become one of my favorite authors. If you enjoy historical fiction with depth this book is for you.”

Buttonwood Books and Toys image Melinda, Buttonwood Books and Toys
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Homeland Elegies

A Novel

By Ayad Akhtar
Narrated by: Ayad Akhtar
Length: 10 hours 19 minutes

Homeland Elegies

“A masterful blend of memoir and fiction, this is an unforgettable journey through the lives of a Muslim family finding their place in a post-9/11 America. A searing navigation of the loves we try to reconcile — familial, religious, societal — and the definition of home. Written with wisdom, wit, and unsparing honesty, this an important book that you will continue to contemplate for a very long time. Both intimate and epic, this is a must-read.”

East Bay Booksellers image Pam Stirling, East Bay Booksellers
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Vesper Flights

By Helen Macdonald
Narrated by: Helen Macdonald
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

Vesper Flights

“This audio book was my daily meditation. It is the perfect way to wrap up 2020. Soothing and inspirational, I am recommending to all my friends and family. ”

Buttonwood Books and Toys image Kristine, Buttonwood Books and Toys
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When No One Is Watching

A Thriller

By Alyssa Cole
Narrated by: Susan Dalian & Jay Aaseng
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes

When No One Is Watching

“Cole’s thriller exposes the underbelly of gentrification and prosperity, taking a searing look at systemic racism. When a pharmaceutical firm plans to move its headquarters to a historically Black Brooklyn neighborhood, an influx of rich white people displace Black residents from their homes and their roots. Timely, groundbreaking, and thought-provoking, When No One Is Watching is essential reading for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”

Copper Dog Books image Alyssa Raymond, Copper Dog Books
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The Lying Life of Adults

By Elena Ferrante
Narrated by: Marisa Tomei
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

The Lying Life of Adults

“Ferrante’s latest novel gives an insightful and intriguing look at the life of a budding Italian teenage girl, both internally and externally. I found Ferrante’s ability to delve into Giovanna’s psyche fascinating, especially since I’ve never parented a girl and don’t always feel like I understand them. Her sensitivity to the myriad of issues and the fragility of Giovanna’s relationships make for a marvelous read. Ferrante is a gifted writer, and this latest offering does not disappoint. I loved this story! Fabulous read!”

Page and Palette image Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette
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Monogamy

A Novel

By Sue Miller
Narrated by: Sue Miller
Length: 10 hours 53 minutes

Monogamy

“Bookstore owner Graham is a friend to all and larger than life in every way. His first wife, Frieda, and current wife, Annie, both know and love him for it. But after Graham’s unexpected death, secrets emerge that bring everything Annie thought she knew into question. Daughter Sarah and stepson Lucas help her through her grief, but anger is harder to leave behind. Fans of The Most Fun We Ever Had will love this beautifully written, honest look at the deep but fragile bond of love.”

Lake Forest Book Store image Beth Mynhier, Lake Forest Book Store
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The Big Door Prize

By M. O. Walsh
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

The Big Door Prize

“M.O. Walsh weaves quintessential Southern charm into a quirky scenario to produce The Big Door Prize, a novel that left me curious about the parts of myself I have yet to discover. You’ll recognize the characters as your own next-door neighbors while being challenged to imagine the possibilities lying just past the periphery of a comfortably crafted trajectory. The novel questions what measures a life well-lived and answers with an entertaining tale of a grand machine in a modest town. Maybe potential is immeasurable. Perhaps that is exactly what gives us all hope.”

Mary Garner Rees image Mary Garner Rees, Lemuria Bookstore
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Winter Counts

A Novel

By David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Narrated by: Darrell Dennis
Length: 8 hours 17 minutes

Winter Counts

“Weiden’s book is a thriller with an important social and political message. Following a Lakota ‘enforcer’ who enacts extrajudicial punishment to fill the gaps in the legal system, Winter Counts is a twisty new addition to the growing Indigenous literature canon. While some of the action may fall into somewhat predictable territory, Weiden’s exploration of the injustices of reservation life are vital.”

Briars & Brambles Books image Ashley Baeckmann, Briars & Brambles Books
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Betty

A novel

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

If you enjoyed Ohio, then you’ll love Betty.

“This book is stunning in every way. There is a peaceful beauty as Betty describes her family and the places they live, finally settling in Breathed, Ohio. But, page by page, the story grows dark as we learn the truth—and myths—that shape their lives. Betty’s father is Cherokee, her mother white, and Betty, one of eight siblings, is dark-skinned, distained by society. But it is her family that will bring her the most pain. There are characters and moments in this novel I will never forget, that pull at me still. There are descriptions that are so beautiful, heartbreaking and uniquely Betty, that I read them two and three times just to take in their wisdom and magnificence. Tiffany McDaniel has written a story about living through grief, and finding stories that help and destroy us. It’s not a light-hearted novel. You must be ready for Betty, ready to have your heart broken, and healed.”

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