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July's Bookseller Picks

Libro.fm offers recommendations from real people: the dedicated indie booksellers working in our 1,400+ partner bookstores! Below, find the audiobooks that booksellers are loving this month, and get more recommendations here!

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The World Gives Way

A Novel

By Marissa Levien
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 12 hours 57 minutes

The World Gives Way

The World Gives Way gave me so many things: a crime novel, a science fiction epic, but also something that explores the beauties of love and the strive to survive through it all. This is an adventure that I won't be forgetting any time soon.”

Astoria Bookshop image Christian Vega, Astoria Bookshop
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Strong Poison

The Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mysteries: Book #1

By Dorothy L. Sayers
Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
Length: 7 hours 27 minutes

Strong Poison

“When popular mystery author Harriet Vane's fiancé dies under circumstances that exactly match the plot of her latest book, she must team up with the famous gentlemen detective Lord Peter Wimsey to clear her name and escape execution by hanging. This classic Dorothy Sayers novel not only introduced the character of Harriet Vane, it also began one of literature's most famous romances.”

Brilliant Books Audio image Anthony, Brilliant Books Audio
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Nowhere Girl

A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood

By Cheryl Diamond
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 10 hours 36 minutes

Nowhere Girl

“This was such a deftly paced story; often incredibly touching and funny, yet heavily laced with intrigue and terror. No memoir has gripped me more since Kiese Laymon's Heavy.”

Seminary Co-op Bookstores image Rob Fuller, Seminary Co-op Bookstores
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All the Water I've Seen Is Running

By Elias Rodriques
Narrated by: Landon Woodson
Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

All the Water I've Seen Is Running

“The voice of the main character in this stunning new slim novel by Elias Rodriques is so honest, flawed and vulnerable, I had myself convinced I was reading a memoir. The details picked out to accentuate memories are so spot-on, so accurate, the reader is encased in this reality created by the author. Brilliant, profound and heartbreaking. ”

The Vermont Book Shop image Jenny, The Vermont Book Shop
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The Only Good Indians

By Stephen Graham Jones
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

The Only Good Indians

“I loved this book. Jones has a unique narrative voice, allowing ‘the entity’ to step in and take over unexpectedly, amping up the horror. Also, each character has a distinct voice that brings them to life. Jones combines the culture and traditions of the Blackfeet and Crow people with the social truths of their contemporary life. It is refreshingly different from any other horror novel I’ve read. This book is gruesome and honestly scary. I couldn’t put it down.”

Buttonwood Books and Toys image Kristine Jelstrom-Hamill, Buttonwood Books and Toys
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Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead

A Novel

By Emily Austin
Narrated by: Emily Tremaine
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead

“Gilda never wants to disappoint anyone, which is exactly how she ends up with a job as a secretary at a Catholic church. As a gay atheist, it's problematic. Alternatively hilarious and tragic, Gilda’s story is one that stays with you.”

White Birch Books image Laura Cummings, White Birch Books
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Falling

A Novel

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

Falling

Falling is an absolute masterclass in unique suspense fiction. From the first few lines, I could tell this was going to be a stunner, and boy, was I right. I'll be anxiously waiting until Newman releases her next novel!”

Naughty Dog Books image Shelby Roth, Naughty Dog Books
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Blood Like Magic

Blood Like Magic

By Liselle Sambury
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 16 hours 14 minutes

Blood Like Magic

“What a phenomenal book!! This book takes place in the year 2049 but doesn't have a super futuristic-ky feel to it. It's a very plausible future, where tech has obviously advanced, but they still have Google, so it's not too far-fetched. I love the vast diversity in the book. The author, while seamlessly fitting in trans/gay/straight//cis characters into their story, also highlights the struggles some of the characters face in our current reality, such as misgendering for trans people. There are many current social issues that are touched on in this book, and the author does that with grace and poise. The audiobook version begins with trigger warnings, which was very helpful to know what was coming your way. The characters were relatable (even while being witches!) and likable. The story was fun and engaging and kept me hooked from the beginning. The messages from the author were clear and precise and timely for the current status of our world. All in all an overwhelmingly solid debut.”

The Book Worm Bookstore image Sarah, The Book Worm Bookstore
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Troy

The Greek Myths Reimagined

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

Troy

“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. ”

Bards Alley image Leah, Bards Alley
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Mary Toft; or, the Rabbit Queen

A Novel

By Dexter Palmer
Narrated by: Susan Lyons
Length: 13 hours 1 minutes

Mary Toft; or, the Rabbit Queen

“What I thought would be a quirky bit of historical fiction turned out to be that and more: a meditation on reason, belief, and reality. Through two parallel story lines set in 1726 England—a traveling "Exhibition of Medical Curiosities" and Mary Toft, the real-life woman who reportedly gave birth to 17 rabbits—Palmer explores what it means to be "real." Does a truly objective reality exist? Or does consensus create reality? And what tangible effects can belief have on the lives of individuals and society as a whole? This was an unexpectedly timely read that I would recommend to any fan of historical literature or philosophy.”

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