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Rediscovered Books: Laura's Picks

Just a taste of some of Laura's listening favorites from 2019.

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Beautiful Country Burn Again

Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

By Ben Fountain
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 14 hours 33 minutes

In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, New York Times bestselling author Ben Fountain recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis

Twice before in its history, the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself in order to survive:...

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Cog

By Greg van Eekhout
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Length: 4 hours 1 minutes

Cog

“COG is a delightful, humorous science fiction for middle grade readers with an incredibly original narration. COG is a robot but looks like a boy and his purpose is to learn! But when he decides to use bad judgement to learn faster, the consequences get him taken away from his human Gina and sent to the UNIMIND corporation. Here, he meets ADA, trashbot, car, and Proto and the four of them plan an escape to go in search of Gina. Greg Van EEkhout is providing a stellar sci-fi that will introduce kids to a genre they won't want to leave after this read!”

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Frostfire

By Jamie Smith
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

Chosen as one of hundreds to journey to the top of the glacier in their village, Sabira will embark on a dangerous pilgrimage that will guarantee her a life of importance, but only if she can survive. On Choosing Day, children of Adranna who reach the age of fourteen are finally eligible to undergo the tests to determine if they are worthy of... Read more »
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Crimson Lake

A Novel
Crimson Lake: Book #1

By Candice Fox
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 12 hours 9 minutes

Crimson Lake

“I just finished listening to Crimson Lake. Set in Northern Australia, I appreciated that narrator Euan Mortan's Australian accent helped me to feel immersed in the story. Protagonists Ted and Amanda are both beautifully flawed narrators who kept me guessing as to their reliability. It is hard for an author to create one compelling mystery, and in Crimson Lake, Candice Fox weaves in three fascinating, tricky mysteries into one cohesive, immersive story. Adventures in the jungle, a gaggle of foster geese, and a missing, brilliant troubled author keep the plot moving and absorbing. The audiobook also includes an interview with Ms. Fox that gives great insight into the creation of Ted and Amanda, and promises that Crimson Lake is not the last we will hear from them. I am a longtime fan of mysteries, and thoroughly enjoyed this one.”

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The Lost Girls of Paris

A Novel

By Pam Jenoff
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire & Candace Thaxton
Length: 11 hours 41 minutes

The Lost Girls of Paris

“Pam Jenoff specializes in finding a piece of history that has not been fully explored and that often leaves one thinking truth is stranger than fiction. In The Lost Girls of Paris, she returns to WWII but this time her protagonists are a group of British women recruited to blend into the French countryside and sabotage the Nazi network in preparation for D-Day. The story, told from the perspective of three women, ties up a whodunit in a satisfying knot with a little romance, but it’s really a lot more about women finding out who they are and what role they can play in making a difference in the world.”

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Every Tool's a Hammer

Life Is What You Make It

By Adam Savage
Narrated by: Adam Savage
Length: 7 hours 45 minutes

In this New York Times bestselling “imperative how-to for creativity” (Nick Offerman), Adam Savage—star of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters—shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making your idea a reality.

Every Tools a Hammer is a chronicle of my life as a maker. It’s an exploration... Read more »
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Hollow Kingdom

By Kira Jane Buxton
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes

Hollow Kingdom

“You wouldn't think a foul-mouthed, wise-cracking crow named S. T. (short for Shit Turd) would be a great companion at the end of the world, but honestly? I couldn't imagine another living being to spend the apocalypse with. Buxton amazingly captures the natural world as the humans have devolved into zombie-like creatures, and given us the narrator we deserve. On top of that, Robert Petkoff is the absolute perfect reader to take us on this journey. Side-splittingly hilarious as well as a thoughtful warning against technology, this unique book is one readers (or listeners!) won't be able to put down. ”

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The Bridge Home

By Padma Venkatraman
Narrated by: Padma Venkatraman
Length: 4 hours 33 minutes

"Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma shares with us an unflinching peek into the reality millions of homeless children live every day but also infuses her story with hope and bravery that will inspire readers and stay with them long after turning... Read more »
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