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What the Libro.fm Staff is Loving

What the Libro.fm Staff is Loving

It's probably obvious that we love books here at Libro.fm! Here are some of our staff favorites from the past few months.

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End of the World House

A Novel

By Adrienne Celt
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes

Groundhog Day meets Ling Ma’s Severance in this “brilliant” (PopSugar) and “exhilarating” (The Millions) comedic novel about two young women trying to save their friendship as the world collapses around them.

Bertie and Kate have been best friends since high school. Bertie is a semi-failed cartoonist, working for a prominent Silicon Valley tech... Read more »

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The Swimmers

A novel

By Julie Otsuka
Narrated by: Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Length: 4 hours 5 minutes

The Swimmers

The Swimmers is a gorgeously written book about a group bound together by a public pool. Over and over the swimmers come together, defined by their lanes and their habits. When a crack appears on the bottom of the pool the swimmers' shared world is slowly shattered. They are forced into the harsh dry world above where Alice is losing her memory, and her daughter is losing her mother. A lovely meditation on community, aging, family and the ways that our everyday habits make us who we are.”

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Less Is Lost

By Andrew Sean Greer
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 7 hours 43 minutes

In the follow-up to the “bedazzling, bewitching, and be-wonderful” (NYTBR) best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Less: A Novel, the awkward and lovable Arthur Less returns in an unforgettable road trip across America.

“Go get lost somewhere, it always does you good.”

For Arthur Less, life is going surprisingly well: he is a moderately... Read more »

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Iron Widow

Iron Widow

By Xiran Jay Zhao
Narrated by: Rong Fu
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes

Iron Widow

Iron Widow is addictive, non-stop, and insane! I LOVE this book so much! Take control of your life. Take control of your body. Make the patriarchy pay through blood and vengeance! This alt-reality world mixes Chinese culture and Pacific Rim, with addictive action, complex characters, and an unstoppable fury. Zetian wants revenge and will bring everything down to achieve it. No one, not men nor monsters, can stand against her will and determination. I can't stop thinking about this book! When are we getting book two?? “But I have no faith in love. Love cannot save me. I choose vengeance.””

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Running Out

In Search of Water on the High Plains

By Lucas Bessire
Narrated by: John Chancer
Length: 6 hours 19 minutes

Running Out

“A deep look into the complex problem of aquifer depletion in the Plains. A native of southwest Kansas, and an anthropologist by training, Bessire seeks to unravel why depletion continues despite many stakeholders actively working toward different outcomes. He puts depletion in its historical context finding to it be the latest in a series of depletions- colonization, genocide, over hunting. He also learns that despite many farmers seeking solutions, current economic structures reinforce the practice of depletion. Part memoir, he uses his grandmother’s research as a jumping off point; and despite a previously strained relationship, he leverages his father’s rights as a landowner to gain access to various water governing bodies and grows closer to him in the process. At 180 pages this is a short but powerful book, I highly recommend it.”

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Ball Lightning

By Cixin Liu
Narrated by: Feodor Chin
Length: 12 hours 12 minutes

"Wildly imaginative." —Barack Obama on The Three-Body Problem trilogy

A new standalone military science fiction adventure from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Three-Body Trilogy.

This program is read by Feodor Chin, voice of Zenyatta in Overwatch.


When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball...

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Sorrow and Bliss

A Novel

By Meg Mason
Narrated by: Emilia Fox
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction!

"Brilliantly faceted and extremely funny. . . . While I was reading it, I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realized that I wanted to send it to everyone I know." — Ann Patchett

The internationally bestselling, compulsively readable novel—spiky, sharp, intriguingly...

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Robopocalypse

A Novel

By Daniel H. Wilson
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes

They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you.
 
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos...

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Lessons in Chemistry

A Novel

By Bonnie Garmus
Narrated by: Miranda Raison, Bonnie Garmus & Pandora Sykes
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes

Lessons in Chemistry

“Loved this book! I laughed out loud, I cried, and it made my blood boil. Elizabeth Zott is one of a kind. I wish she was real and I could travel back in time to watch Supper at Six! Expertly narrated by Miranda Raison.”

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Stories of Your Life and Others

By Ted Chiang
Narrated by: Todd McLaren & Abby Craden
Length: 10 hours 23 minutes

Stories of Your Life and Others

“I have read in several places that Ted Chiang is one of the most important voices in modern science fiction and after reading this book I fully agree with this statement. Stories of Your Life is a collection of short stories that for the most part were originally published in magazines. Each of the stories dealt with wildly different subjects, proving Chiang’s versatility as an author. And each story was deeply compelling and filled with truly original ideas. My favorite kind of science fiction is the kind that forces you to put the book down occasionally and ponder the implications of the ideas being presented. This collection had no shortage of these moments. Another one of my favorite issues in science fiction is linguistics and communication difficulties, the title story that was made into the film Arrival, did a wonderful job at addressing this issue and presented fresh concepts that I will be considering for some time to come. The best books are the ones that keep you thinking for months on end and I have no doubt that this book has had that effect on me. I don’t want to give away the premises of these stories because I found them surprising throughout and wouldn’t want to deprive you of a similar experience. Highly recommended!”

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Winterkeep

Graceling Realm

By Kristin Cashore
Narrated by: Xanthe Elbrick
Length: 16 hours 30 minutes

The highly anticipated next book in the New York Times bestselling, award-winning Graceling Realm series, which has sold 1.3 million copies.

For the past five years, Bitterblue has reigned as Queen of Monsea, heroically rebuilding her nation after her father's horrific rule. After learning about the land of Torla in the east, she sends envoys to... Read more »

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Heart Principle, The

By Helen Hoang
Length: 9 hours 30 minutes

Heart Principle, The

“Not your typical romance. In fact, the romance is more of subplot while main story explores in ample detail the perils of being diagnosed with autism and burnout as an adult, dysfunctional family dynamics, caring for a dying parent and being able to distinguish what's best for you when it doesn't align with what your family thinks is best (especially when you've always done what your family thinks is best). At times heart-breaking but overall life-affirming!”

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I Feel Bad About My Neck

And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

By Nora Ephron
Narrated by: Nora Ephron
Length: 3 hours 50 minutes

I Feel Bad About My Neck

“Nora Ephron is precisely the friend you want to have when you're 40 years old and in the throes of a whopper mid-life crisis. She'll join you for a dinner of wine and crackers, listen dutifully, and then bestow upon your soul a few good-natured one-liners, as though rubbing Vick's over a congested chest.”

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The Killing Moon

The Dreamblood: Book #1

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes

Assassin priests, mad kings, and the goddess of death collide in the first book of the Dreamblood Duology by NYT bestselling and three time Hugo-Award winning author N. K. Jemisin.

The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled... Read more »

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The Cherry Robbers

By Sarai Walker
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 15 hours 31 minutes

The Cherry Robbers

The Cherry Robbers is both beautiful and horrifying with a decidedly gothic feel to it. The prose is incredibly beautiful to be telling such a sad and tragic tale. It has themes of insanity, ghosts and a powerful sense of feminism all set in the 1950s of New England. While this was far from my usual read, I was drawn to Iris’s story and could not stop listening.”

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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

Black Sun is so much more than simply a book, it is an experience. An audiobook I've returned to multiple times. Inspired by pre-Columbian Americas, Black Sun is lush, lived in, and full of political intrigue and magical mystery. When I think about Black Sun, I find myself sighing nostalgically for the time I've spent reading it. Xiala and Serapio are such rich characters, the kinds of book characters that you do anything for. All I want for them is happiness, and trust me, you'll want the same after reading this book! Black Sun is truly one of the most exciting books I've read in a long time, instantly becoming one of my favorite books of all time. A must-read for epic fantasy fans and those who love long journeys and all the kinds of people one meets on the way.”

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Akata Warrior

Nsibidi Scripts: Book #2

By Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by: Yetide Badaki
Length: 12 hours 42 minutes

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is... Read more »

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The Worst Hard Time

The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

By Timothy Egan
Narrated by: Jacob York
Length: 12 hours 57 minutes


In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows.
 
The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through...

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She Who Became the Sun

The Radiant Emperor Duology

By Shelley Parker-Chan
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 14 hours 36 minutes

She Who Became the Sun

“Zhu’s tooth-and-nail fight for her destiny merges hero and antihero into a transcendent figure with an incomparably strong will. She Who Became the Sun carves out a bold and bloody new genre of epic fantasy.”

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Thanks, Obama

My Hopey, Changey White House Years

By David Litt
Narrated by: David Litt
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

Thanks, Obama

“This was the first political book I was able to pick up after 2016, and I loved it. David Litt was one of Obama’s speechwriters, and I enjoyed traveling back in time to those happier, more innocent political times. I'd suspected too that his speechwriting credentials would make his memoir pleasant to read, and I was right—I particularly appreciate when form mirrors content, like the run-on sentences illustrating Obama’s style or the sentence-ending prepositions up with which Valerie Jarrett would not put. Oh, and it’s funny—and who doesn’t need a good laugh these days?”

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