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Saturn Booksellers Best of 2018

The staff at Saturn listened to a lot of audiobooks in 2018. Here are our favorites.

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Magpie Murders

A Novel

By Anthony Horowitz
Narrated by: Samantha Bond & Allan Corduner
Length: 15 hours 47 minutes

If you enjoyed And Then There Were None, then you’ll love Magpie Murders.

“Set in England, story and writing reminiscent of Christie. Wonderful!”

Mostly Books image Tricia, Mostly Books
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Sea Witch

By Sarah Henning
Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

Sea Witch

“Set in a small fishing town, we follow a young witch named Evie four years after she loses her dearest friend Anna in a tragic accident. Ever since then, Evie has felt like an outsider within her community, especially since magic is outlawed and the only person who knows Evie is a witch is her crazy aunt. One day a strange girl shows up and looks exactly like Anna (and also happens to be a mermaid), hoping to win the heart of Evie's best friend, Prince Nik. This dark retelling of a beloved tale will bring to life an untold story of one of Disney's most formidable villains.”

An Unlikely Story image Colleen Regan, An Unlikely Story
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A Noise Downstairs

A Novel

By Linwood Barclay
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes

A Noise Downstairs

“If you’re looking for a wild ride, look no further, because you’re not going to get wilder than A Noise Downstairs. For a book that seems to have a little of everything — unresolved trauma, untrustworthy characters, a mysterious typewriter, and a hefty dose of the paranormal — Barclay tells his story with a smooth ease that will pull you through the pages at a breakneck speed. And, well, no spoilers, but the ending will blow your socks clean off.”

Out West Books image Marya Johnston, Out West Books
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The Summer Wives

A Novel

By Beatriz Williams
Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

The Summer Wives

“When her mother marries one of the wealthy summer residents in 1951, 18-year-old Miranda enters the exclusive world of Winthrop Island. A perfect summer beach read, the story moves from 1930 to 1951 to 1969, when Miranda returns to the island. The year-round residents and the summer people don’t mix much, but long-buried secrets won’t stay buried forever. Love, scandal, murder, jealousy—The Summer Wives has it all!”

Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza image Susan Taylor, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
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Unsheltered

A Novel

By Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
Length: 16 hours 38 minutes

Unsheltered

“A brilliant novel set in two different centuries, eras when lies trumped truth and superstition overruled science. Kingsolver illustrates human resiliency with insight, humor, and compassion in this deeply satisfying novel. While showing the cost of leadership built on false promises and lies, it also illustrates the strength of the human spirit with characters who will not be broken by their times. Kingsolver’scharacters, including historical figures Mary Treat and Charles Landis, shine as they make their way through the maze of survival set before them. Great reading.”

Deon Stonehouse image Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

By Heather Morris
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

“I devoured The Tattooist of Auschwitz, a powerful book based on a true story, in two sittings. Lale, a Slovakian Jew at Auschwitz-Birkenau, becomes the Tatowierer—the man responsible for tattooing every prisoner who arrives at the concentration camp. Seen by some as a collaborator, Lale must make impossible choices to keep himself and his friends alive. Incredibly, Lale tattoos the woman who will become the love of his life. The power of their love in the face of unmitigated horror makes for one of the most compelling WWII books I have ever read.”

Dog Ear Books image Carrie Deming, Dog Ear Books
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Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

By David Grann
Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee & Danny Campbell
Length: 9 hours 4 minutes

If you enjoyed Say Nothing, then you’ll love Killers of the Flower Moon.

“The Osage Indians were the wealthiest people per capita in the 1920s - they were also getting murdered in diabolical schemes. This story touches on a range of topics, it is a lament for the mistreatment of the Native Americans, a sinister domestic thriller, a perplexing mystery set in the untamed west, a testament to a dying breed of wily western frontiersmen. You will hurtle through this compelling and insightful work that restores a piece of forgotten history to its rightful place.”

Rediscovered Books image Samantha, Rediscovered Books
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The Flight Attendant

A Novel

By Chris Bohjalian
Narrated by: Erin Spencer, Grace Experience & Mark Deakins
Length: 11 hours 37 minutes

The Flight Attendant

“My husband and I listened to several books during our cross-country road trip. I've read a few of the author's books and enjoyed all of them. This book revolves around an alcoholic flight attendant who wakes up one morning with a passenger in bed with her. That's not the real surprise. That's an everyday occurrence. The shocker is that he is dead. Not by natural causes, either. He has obviously been murdered. The story moves quickly and there seldom is a dull moment. Do you want to be distracted from Covid? Put on some earphones and give this one a listen. Hats off to the team of narrators.”

Buttonwood Books and Toys image Melinda, Buttonwood Books and Toys
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My Absolute Darling

A Novel

By Gabriel Tallent
Narrated by: Alex McKenna
Length: 15 hours 46 minutes

If you enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing, then you’ll love My Absolute Darling.

“Where the Crawdad's Sing is much like My Absolute Darling in that it stars an amazing young woman who is left in the wild to fend for herself. However there is a lot less violent/sexual abuse in Where the Crawdad's sing and it is set in a completely different setting, southern marsh land. The writing about the natural world is similarly beautiful as My Absolute Darling.”

Townie Books image Danica, Townie Books
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Paris by the Book

A Novel

By Liam Callanan
Narrated by: Kim Bubbs
Length: 11 hours 50 minutes

Paris by the Book

“In Paris, there is a bookstore called The Late Edition, where books are shelved geographically, and while readers can find any book by its story's setting, the store's proprietor Leah cannot locate her missing husband and searches for him throughout the city. In Paris by the Book, Paris is equal parts Madeline and The Red Balloon, the children's books that shape Leah's view of the City of Light. I'd compare Callanan's engrossing third novel to The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and The Little Paris Bookshop, but with its confounding but ultimately loveable heroine, there's a bit of Where'd You Go, Bernadette in the story as well. This captivating novel is filled with rich characters, a twisty plot, a bit of mystery, and a heaping dollop of joie de vivre.”

Daniel Goldin image Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company
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Love and Ruin

A Novel

By Paula McLain
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 11 hours 20 minutes

Love and Ruin

“The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun were two of the most successful titles of the last decade for Alabama Booksmith, and Love and Ruin is more proof for the pudding that Paula McLain is a member of the master class of historical fiction writers. This exciting page-turner follows Martha Gellhorn as she reports from the center of the action of the Spanish Civil War, then jeopardizes her reputation and very existence by falling in love with the greatest literary giant of the day, Ernest Hemingway. This spectacular read is fact-based and deliciously entertaining.”

Jake Reiss image Jake Reiss, The Alabama Booksmith
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In the Shadow of Statues

A White Southerner Confronts History

By Mitch Landrieu
Narrated by: Mitch Landrieu
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

"An extraordinarily powerful journey that is both political and personal...An important book for everyone in America to read." --Walter Isaacson,#1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs

The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to...
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Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hours 11 minutes

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing is a stunning and beautiful novel that readers will want to simultaneously savor and devour with every luxurious word. You’ll hear the gulls cry on the beach through these pages, you’ll see the light flickering through the marsh trees, you’ll smell the homemade grits sizzling on the stovetop. Your heart will ache for the lonely marsh girl and your wheels will start turning when a body is discovered, but you’ll never regret reading this gorgeous novel.”

Bethany Beach Books image Amanda Zirn, Bethany Beach Books
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Dracul

By Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker
Narrated by: Pete Bradbury, Vikas Adam, Saskia Maarleveld, Raphael Corkhill, Alana Kerr Collins & Allan Corduner
Length: 16 hours 24 minutes

Dracul

“Imagine if Bram Stoker was forced to cut the first 101 pages of his novel, “Dracula” due to an overly sensitive editor worried about creating a mass panic throughout the streets of London, already overwhelmed with fear over Jack the ripper and the Whitechapel murders? Wouldn’t you wonder what Stoker wasn’t allowed to write? In “Dracul” by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker, a prequel to the 1897 classic, you meet a young and sickly Bram, his inquisitive sister Matilda and their mysterious nanna Ellen in this devilishly dark drama destined to creep out the hardiest of horror fans. Spanning the years of 1854 through 1890, follow the Stoker siblings’ quest to seek answers for the unimaginable horror unearthed one dark and stormy night beginning with Ellen’s disappearance and ending with Bram stake in hand. It’s Gothic lore at its most gruesome and it’s great!”

McLean & Eakin Booksellers image Kristin, McLean & Eakin Booksellers
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The Wife Between Us

A Novel

By Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

The Wife Between Us

“Oh. My. God! For readers looking for a book that has an absorbing and unique plot line, intriguing but flawed characters, and commands attention until the end of the story, The Wife Between Us is perfect! Vanessa is suffering from a recent divorce when she learns that her ex will soon marry again. She simply cannot allow this to happen. Why? This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed and its ending will smack you between the eyes and take your breath away. These authors are destined to become trailblazers in the genre of psychological suspense books.”

Nancy Simpson-Brice image Nancy Simpson-Brice, The Book Vault
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How Hard Can It Be?

A Novel

By Allison Pearson
Narrated by: Poppy Miller
Length: 13 hours 40 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Don't Know How She Does It comes an audiobook about starting over, and facing life with a sense of humor.

This program is read by acclaimed actor Poppy Miller, who stars as Ginny Weasley in the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Allison Pearson's brilliant debut novel, I Don't...

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The Hazel Wood

A Novel
The Hazel Wood: Book #1

By Melissa Albert
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler & James Fouhey
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

The Hazel Wood

“This book is perfect for those who love dark fairytales. Alice has always lived her life on the road with her mother, Ella. They move every couple of months due to this run of bad luck that follows them wherever they go. She has an estranged grandmother with a small cult-following from writing a mysterious book of fairytales whom her mother refuses to talk about. However, when Ella goes missing in New York City, Alice must unravel the secrets of her grandmother's past to get the answers regarding her mother's disappearance. Such a creepy and captivating story!”

An Unlikely Story image Colleen, An Unlikely Story
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Winter in Paradise

Paradise: Book #1

By Elin Hilderbrand
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

A husband's secret life, a wife's new beginning: escape to the Caribbean with #1 New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.

Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything... Read more »

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Calypso

By David Sedaris
Narrated by: David Sedaris
Length: 6 hours 38 minutes

Calypso

“Calypso by David Sedaris is laugh out loud hysterical in true Sedaris fashion. Listening to him read and deliver his stories is like listening to a stand-up comedian. This collection is fairly personal and many stories involve his family and their adventures in his North Carolinian beach house, aptly name the “Sea Section”. Sedaris manages to tackle even difficult issues like suicide and aging with grace and just the right amount of self-deprecation mixed with brutal honesty. Highly recommend!”

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I'll Be There for You: The One about Friends

By Kelsey Miller
Narrated by: Amber Benson & Kelsey Miller
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

An InStyle 10 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This October
SIX FRIENDS THAT BECAME A FAMILY.
A TELEVISION SHOW THAT BECAME A PHENOMENON.
Today, Friends is remembered as an icon of ’90s comedy and the Must See TV years. But when the series debuted in 1994, no one anticipated the sensation it would become. From the first wave of Friends mania to... Read more »

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