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Sun Valley Writers’ Conference 2021

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference 2021

Listen to selected titles by this year's Sun Valley Writers' Conference speakers.

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The Soul of a Woman

By Isabel Allende
Narrated by: Gisela Chipe
Length: 3 hours 43 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea comes “a bold exploration of womanhood, feminism, parenting, aging, love and more” (Associated Press).

The Soul of a Woman is Isabel Allende’s most liberating book yet.”—Elle

“When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating,” begins Isabel Allende. As a... Read more »

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A Novel of the Next World War

By Elliot Ackerman & Admiral James Stavridis, USN
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, P.J. Ochlan, Vikas Adam, Dion Graham & Feodor Chin
Length: 10 hours 49 minutes

From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034--and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

On March 12, 2034, US Navy Commodore Sarah Hunt is on the bridge of her flagship, the guided... Read more »

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Disappearing Earth

A novel

By Julia Phillips
Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
Length: 11 hours 15 minutes

Disappearing Earth

“Julia Phillips is an author to watch. She beautifully transports us to a region of the world that I had never heard of and now can’t stop thinking about. The stories of the women there—their family dynamics, their hopes and fears, the economic and cultural divide of various communities—tell a moving story about this place in a moment in time, but ultimately about the universal struggle of women living with the expectations placed on them. A remarkable debut.”

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Facing the Mountain

A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II

By Daniel James Brown
Narrated by: Louis Ozawa
Length: 17 hours 39 minutes

Facing the Mountain

“Hooked by page 5! Daniel James Brown crafts a story as compelling as Isabel Wilkerson's Warmth of Other Suns. Told in the voices of those who lived it, Facing the Mountain describes the Japanese experience in American during WWII in the words of Japanese American soldiers and their interred families. Heroes every one.”

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Our Story Begins

New and Selected Stories

By Tobias Wolff
Narrated by: Anthony Heald
Length: 13 hours 5 minutes

Tobias Wolff's first two books proved how the short story can "provoke our amazed appreciation" (New York Times Book Review). Now he returns with fresh revelations-about biding one's time, experiencing first love, or burying one's mother-that come to a variety of characters in circumstances at once everyday and extraordinary: a retired marine... Read more »

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Stranger Care

A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours

By Sarah Sentilles
Narrated by: Sarah Sentilles
Length: 9 hours 13 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • “A powerful, heartbreaking, necessary masterpiece.”—Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild
The moving story of what one woman learned from fostering a newborn—about injustice, about making mistakes, about how to better love and protect people beyond our immediate kin
May you always feel at... Read more »

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The Daughters Of Yalta

The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War

By Catherine Grace Katz
Narrated by: Christine Rendel
Length: 14 hours 55 minutes

The untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, and of the conference’s fateful reverberations in the waning days of World War II.
Tensions during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 threatened to tear apart the wartime alliance among Franklin... Read more »

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Children of Paradise

The Struggle for the Soul of Iran

By Laura Secor
Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
Length: 17 hours 39 minutes

The drama that shaped today’s Iran, from the Revolution to the present day.
In 1979, seemingly overnight—moving at a clip some thirty years faster than the rest of the world—Iran became the first revolutionary theocracy in modern times. Since then, the country has been largely a black box to the West, a sinister presence looming over the... Read more »

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Our Man

Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

By George Packer
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 20 hours 11 minutes

*Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography*
*Winner of the Los Angeles Times Prize for Biography*
*Winner of the 2019 Hitchens Prize*

"Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory...Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy... If you could read one book to comprehend American's foreign...
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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.”

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The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain

By David Eagleman
Narrated by: David Eagleman
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

"Eagleman renders the secrets of the brain’s adaptability into a truly compelling page-turner.” Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

Livewired reads wonderfully like what a book would be if it were written by Oliver Sacks and William Gibson, sitting on Carl Sagan’s front lawn.” The Wall Street Journal

What does drug withdrawal have in... Read more »

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The End of October

A novel

By Lawrence Wright
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 13 hours 25 minutes

“An eerily prescient novel about a devastating virus that begins in Asia before going global . . . A page-turner that has the earmarks of an instant bestseller.” New York Post
“Featuring accounts of past plagues and pandemics, descriptions of pathogens and how they work, and dark notes about global warming, the book produces deep shudders . .... Read more »

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Homeland Elegies

A Novel

By Ayad Akhtar
Narrated by: Ayad Akhtar
Length: 10 hours 19 minutes

Homeland Elegies

“A masterful blend of memoir and fiction, this is an unforgettable journey through the lives of a Muslim family finding their place in a post-9/11 America. A searing navigation of the loves we try to reconcile — familial, religious, societal — and the definition of home. Written with wisdom, wit, and unsparing honesty, this an important book that you will continue to contemplate for a very long time. Both intimate and epic, this is a must-read.”

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The Arab Winter

A Tragedy

By Noah Feldman
Narrated by: Noah Feldman
Length: 5 hours 31 minutes

This audiobook narrated by Noah Feldman reveals why the conventional wisdom about the Arab Spring is wrong

The Arab Spring promised to end dictatorship and bring self-government to people across the Middle East. Yet everywhere except Tunisia it led to either renewed dictatorship, civil war, extremist terror, or all three. In The Arab Winter, Noah...

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Five Days at Memorial

Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

By Sheri Fink
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 17 hours 32 minutes

Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina—and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the...

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How to Love a Country


By Richard Blanco
Narrated by: Richard Blanco
Length: 2 hours 11 minutes

A timely and moving collection from the renowned inaugural poet on issues facing our country and people—immigration, gun violence, racism, LGBTQ issues, and more.

Through an oracular yet intimate and accessible voice, Richard Blanco addresses the complexities and contradictions of our nationhood and the unresolved sociopolitical matters that... Read more »

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Under a White Sky

The Nature of the Future

By Elizabeth Kolbert
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
Length: 6 hours 21 minutes

Under a White Sky

Under a White Sky is a scary book. It's about climate change, invasive species, and how Louisiana is disappearing into the ocean. It's about how humans, as a species, have screwed up the planet, and how we tend to screw it up more when we try to fix our mistakes. It's also about how we're developing a bunch of new fixes to go after our old mistakes. It's depressing at times, darkly comic at others, and absolutely fascinating throughout. This is a great book for people who want to see where we are now, how we got here, and how scientists are imagining new ways to get us out. Recommended reading for anyone who cares about the planet and wants to read about environmental topics that are perhaps not yet mainstream, but that we will come to reckon with in the near future.”

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The Library Book

By Susan Orlean
Narrated by: Susan Orlean
Length: 12 hours 8 minutes

The Library Book

“On the day I turned 2, Chernobyl was struck by disaster. Three days later, hidden among the news and chaos, the Los Angeles Public Library was in flames. Two thousand degrees, more than a million books destroyed or damaged, and the source of the fire unknown. Susan Orlean centers her book on the fire and then moves outward to include librarians past and present, the role of a library in a community, and our own relationships with books. Like Orlean’s other books, there is some crime, some travelling, fascinating people, and an amazing tangle of details. ”

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An American Marriage

A Novel

By Tayari Jones
Narrated by: Sean Crisden & Eisa Davis
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

An American Marriage

“Tayari Jones comes in fierce with An American Marriage. Delving into the lives of the newly married Roy and Celestial, this is a novel that pulls no punches from beginning to end. I won't ruin the surprise, but they're hit with a harrowing event that will define not only their relationship, but each of their lives, forever. Writing with an intensity and pace worthy of Donna Tartt, Jones yanks us into her characters' lives with a grip that never lets up. I cannot wait to put this in people's hands!”

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Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown

Verses for a Despotic Age
Dumpty: Book #2

By John Lithgow
Length: 1 hours 17 minutes

Following the success of his New York Times bestseller Dumpty, award-winning actor, author, and illustrator John Lithgow presents a brand-new collection of satirical poems chronicling the despotic age of Donald Trump.

Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown is darker and more hard-hitting than ever. Lithgow writes and draws with wit and fury as he takes... Read more »

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