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Portland Notables

Portland Notables

Check out these notable Portland authors and audiobooks.

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A Novel

By Ellen Urbani
Narrated by: Lisa Renee Pitts
Length: 12 hours 24 minutes

Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani's breathtaking novel Landfall, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met, but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose's quest to atone for the accident... Read more »

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Yeah, No. Not Happening.

How I Found Happiness Swearing Off Self-Improvement and Saying F*ck It All--and How You Can Too

By Karen Karbo
Narrated by: Karen Karbo
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

The author of the acclaimed, bestselling In Praise of Difficult Women delivers a hilarious feminist manifesto that encourages us to reject "self-improvement" and instead learn to appreciate and flaunt our complex, and flawed, human selves.

Why are we so obsessed with being our so-called best selves? Because our modern culture force feeds women...

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Fight Club

By Chuck Palahniuk
Narrated by: James Colby
Length: 5 hours 34 minutes

THE FIRST RULE about fight club is you don't talk about fight club. Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with whitecollar jobs and failed lives take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and... Read more »

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The Child Finder

A Novel

By Rene Denfeld
Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
Length: 8 hours 40 minutes

The Child Finder

“In Rene Denfeld's new novel, a woman who searches for abducted or lost children must confront her own memoires of being abducted as a young girl. While searching for a girl recently kidnapped in her hometown, she is haunted by her past and the lies that she used to weave her present, lies that often took the form of stories. Meanwhile, the abducted girl must survive years of terror and heartbreak, all while constructing a magical mythology to shield herself from the atrocities of her captor. These characters, especially the women, are strong and imaginative. Readers who enjoyed Room will devour this literary thriller, which promises to open up Denfeld's readership to a much wider level.”

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Red Clocks

A Novel

By Leni Zumas
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 9 hours 5 minutes

Red Clocks

“I never understood what it meant for someone's writing to be 'lyrical' until I picked up Red Clocks. With beautiful prose, Leni Zumas tells the story of a young girl seeking an abortion in a world where abortion is illegal and dangerous; a woman on the quest to have children when in-vitro fertilization is illegal and folks aren't allowed to adopt without a partner; a woman in a dead-end marriage desperate to escape from her husband and children; and a woman considered a witch by most who provides homeopathic reproductive healthcare, including illegal abortions. Zumas beautifully weaves these stories together and gives each individual a strong and unique voice, while also maintaining suspended disbelief. These characters felt real and this world felt possible. I suspect this will be one of the best books published in 2018.”

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Geek Love

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By Katherine Dunn
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 15 hours 28 minutes

Nominated for the National Book Award, Geek Love is mesmerizing, daring, and unconventional. Award-winning novelist Katherine Dunn fascinates and amazes much the same way tornados, earthquakes, and volcanos do. No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy,... Read more »

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A Wizard of Earthsea

Earthsea Cycle: Book #1

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: Rob Inglis
Length: 7 hours 17 minutes

"The shapeless mass of darkness split apart. It sundered, and a pale spindle of light gleamed between his open arms. In the oval of light there moved a human shape: a tall woman . beautiful, and sorrowful, and full of fear."-from A Wizard of Earthsea A Wizard of Earthsea, first in a tetralogy that includes The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest... Read more »

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The Left Hand of Darkness

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between... Read more »

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Mink River

By Brian Doyle
Narrated by: David Drummond
Length: 12 hours 30 minutes

Mink River

Mink River tells the lives, dreams, and pains of the beings—human and animal—in a coastal Oregon town. It breaks your heart and lovingly stitches it back together. It uses the line between reality and magic for hopscotch, and plays fast and loose with the art of language until you're giddy. I have read this book three times in the last year because I absolutely refuse to let it end.”

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The Chronology of Water

A Memoir

By Lidia Yuknavitch
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes

This is not your mother's memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the listener through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman's... Read more »

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The Alehouse at the End of the World

By Stevan Allred
Narrated by: Stevan Allred
Length: 15 hours 21 minutes

The Alehouse at the End of the World

“This is a tough one to describe, because as soon as I start I’m afraid I’ll scare some of you off. Avian demigods? Fertility goddesses? An epic journey to the Isle of the Dead to recover a lost love? Sure, fantasy fans will hear me out, but the rest of you should, too. Drawing on European, Asian, and North American folk traditions, Stevan Allred plows the oldest narrative field there is, the open commons that existed before anyone thought of subdividing it with genre fences. Pure story, in other words, once-upon-a-time stuff that doesn’t seem fringy at all. Turns out that a modern version of ancient myth involving love, death, and talking birds is exactly what we need in these trying times.”

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The Misfit's Manifesto

TED Books: Book #18

By Lidia Yuknavitch
Narrated by: Lidia Yuknavitch, Melanie Alldritt, Jason Arias, Sean Davis, Zach Ellis, Melissa Febos, Jordan Foster, Domi Shoemaker & Mary Thompson
Length: 3 hours 58 minutes

A self-defined misfit makes a powerful case for not fitting in—for recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.

A misfit is a person who missed fitting in, a person who fits in badly, or this: a person who is poorly adapted to new situations and environments. It’s a shameful word, a word no one typically tries to own.... Read more »

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Wildwood Chronicles: Book #3

By Colin Meloy
Narrated by: Amanda Plummer
Length: 15 hours 52 minutes

For fans of The Chronicles of Narnia comes the first book in the Wildwood Chronicles, the New York Times bestselling fantasy adventure series by Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists.

In Wildwood, Prue and her friend Curtis uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and...

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A Thriller
Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell: Book #2

By Chelsea Cain
Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
Length: 11 hours 39 minutes

Gretchen Lowell, the world's most beautiful serial killer, has escaped from prison in Chelsea Cain's next unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat thriller, Sweetheart.

With Heartsick, Chelsea Cain took the crime world by storm, introducing two of the most compelling characters in decades: serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her obsessed pursuer Portland...

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Mother Winter

A Memoir

By Sophia Shalmiyev
Narrated by: Sophia Shalmiyev
Length: 5 hours 38 minutes

"Lyrical and emotionally gutting." —O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
“Intellectually satisfying [and] artistically profound.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS (STARRED REVIEW)
“Vividly awesome and truly great." —EILEEN MYLES
“Gorgeous, gutting, unforgettable." —LENI ZUMAS
“Brilliant.” —MICHELLE TEA

An arresting memoir equal parts... Read more »

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Birds of Paradise

By Diana Abu-Jaber
Narrated by: Tamara Marston
Length: 14 hours 38 minutes

Avis Muir is a brilliant pastry chef, Brian Muir a corporate real estate attorney. Their son, Stanley, is the proprietor of a trendy food market. Their beautiful daughter, Felice, is missing. A runaway at 13, Felice has spent five years modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach. She’s about to turn... Read more »

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Every Anxious Wave

By Mo Daviau
Narrated by: Zach Villa
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes

Why would we need music if our lives were exactly as we wanted them to be?Karl Bender is a quiet guy who lives in three places: his bar, his apartment, and the cheap Mediterranean place on the corner that keeps him well-fed with his daily portion of hummus and chicken shwarma. But that's all about to change. When he stumbles upon a... Read more »

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Martin Marten

A Novel

By Brian Doyle
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

Martin Marten

“I will wholeheartedly recommend any and all of Brian Doyle's novels, but Martin Marten is the most finely crafted of his odes to the people and land of Oregon. This charming tale winds through the human and animal lives on the sides of Mt. Hood, exploring the pain and beauty they all share. The waters of Doyle's stories run deep and rich, and his books are the kind you should read at least twice to drink in all they have to offer.”

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Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer: Book #1

By Laini Taylor
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 18 hours 19 minutes

Strange the Dreamer

“Get ready to be swept up in this hauntingly beautiful story of an orphan boy who dreams of places no on remembers and a powerful girl fighting to do what is right. Laini Taylor creates a fantasy world that is sure to stay in your dreams. Great for readers who enjoyed Six of Crows, An Ember in the Ashes, or Taylor's other books.”

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Arabella of Mars

The Adventures of Arabella Ashby: Book #1

By David D. Levine
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
Length: 10 hours 32 minutes

Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.

Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is...

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