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Audiobooks for Tortured Poets

Bookish Swifties, unite! We collected some audiobooks to read before The Tortured Poets Department releases—dark academia and poetic vibes guaranteed.

Upstream

Selected Essays

By: Mary Oliver
Narrated by: Hala Alyan, Joy Sullivan & Kate Baer
Length: 4 hours 3 minutes

The New York Times bestselling collection of essays from beloved poet Mary Oliver, also named one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Ten Best Books of the Year, now in audio. “I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.” So begins Upstream, a collection of... Read more

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Chilean Poet

A Novel

By: Alejandro Zambra
Narrated by: Gisela Chípe
Length: 12 hours 1 minute

A NEW YORKER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A WALL STREET JOURNAL TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR
ONE OF NPR’S “BOOKS WE LOVE”

“A tender and funny story about love, family and the peculiar position of being a stepparent…[Chilean Poet] broadens the author’s scope and quite likely his international reputation.” —Los Angeles Times


“Zambra [is] one of the most...
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Bluets

By: Maggie Nelson
Narrated by: Maggie Nelson
Length: 2 hours 4 minutes

Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color …Since 2009, when it first published, to today, Bluets has drawn scores of readers with its surprising insights into the emotional depths that make us most human—via 240 short pieces, at once lyrical and philosophical, on the color blue. This new edition celebrates Maggie... Read more

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Ace of Spades

By: Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Narrated by: Jeanette Illidge & Tapiwa Mugweni
Length: 13 hours 48 minutes

“This thriller (think Get Out) had me on the edge of my seat. Read more

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I Have Some Questions for You

A Novel

By: Rebecca Makkai
Narrated by: Julia Whelan & JD Jackson
Length: 14 hours 3 minutes

“If you are a true crime podcast enthusiast like me, you will love this book! It hits all the satisfying notes of a thorough investigation with a great mix of drama and introspection. Makkai masterfully weaves delicate themes - racism, misogyny, the #MeToo movement, prison industrial complex, and the injustice baked into our justice system - into... Read more

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Never Let Me Go

By: Kazuo Ishiguro
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

“Ishiguro is a master at transporting readers viscerally into his settings, and this book is no exception. It's dreary and haunting, brooding and intimate, and the nonchalance with which he presents the biggest twist of the novel can be quite jarring on your first read. Read more

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Babel

Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of The Oxford Translators' Revolution

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Chris Lew Kum Hoi & Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: 21 hours 45 minutes

“What a nice empire you have there...what a shame if something were to....happen to it.... Babel is one of the best fantasies I've read in years - it weaves together a rich alternate history and a heart-pounding plot, and rips into the imperial machine and the whiteness of academia with glee, all while exploring the nuance of language and... Read more

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Button Poetry

By: Phil Kaye
Narrated by: Phil Kaye
Length: 1 hour 23 minutes

Phil Kaye’s debut collection is a stunning tribute to growing up, and all of the challenges and celebrations of the passing of time, as jagged as it may be. Kaye takes the reader on a journey from a complex but iridescent childhood, drawing them into adolescence, and finally on to adulthood. There are first kisses, lost friendships, hair blowing... Read more

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The Bell Jar

By: Sylvia Plath
Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Length: 7 hours 24 minutes

A realistic and emotional look at a woman who falls into the grips of insanity written by the iconic American writer Sylvia Plath“It is this perfectly wrought prose and the freshness of Plath’s voice in The Bell Jar that make this book enduring in its appeal.” — USA TodayThe Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant,... Read more

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Time Is a Mother

By: Ocean Vuong
Narrated by: Ocean Vuong
Length: 1 hour 43 minutes

“Ocean Vuong comes home in his second full-length collection, exploring grief, violence, masculinity and queer life in America. Whether shoveling snow, reversing time, or losing his mother, Vuong will crack you open and heal you. Read more

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Couplets

A Love Story

By: Maggie Millner
Narrated by: Maggie Millner
Length: 1 hour 29 minutes

“A beautiful story of self-discovery and new love, told in rhyme. Maggie Millner performs this short audiobook with a spare, confessional, and self-questioning style that gives shape to the transformation of her self-identity. Read more

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Inseparable

A Never-Before-Published Novel

By: Simone de Beauvoir
Narrated by: Julia Whelan & Gabra Zackman
Length: 3 hours 59 minutes

Finalist for the French-American Florence Gould Translation PrizeA novel by the iconic Simone de Beauvoir of an intense and vivid girlhood friendship that, unpublished in her lifetime, displays “Beauvoir's genius as a fiction writer” (Wall Street JournalFrom the moment Sylvie and Andrée meet in their Parisian day school, they see in each other... Read more

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Emily Dickinson

Poems and Letters

By: Emily Dickinson
Narrated by: Alexandra O'Karma
Length: 2 hours 9 minutes

Emily Dickinson, born in 1830, was the granddaughter of the founder of Amherst College. Except for a few journeys when she was young, Emily lived the life of a recluse in her father's house, spending her days writing poems and letters. In 1862, she sent a few of her poems to a publisher. He replied that her work was too unusual, too different.... Read more

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

By: Oscar Wilde
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure—an attitude encouraged by the company he keeps. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his... Read more

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If We Were Villains

A Novel

By: M. L. Rio
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 12 hours 49 minutes

“Much like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, M. L. Rio’s sparkling debut is a richly layered story of love, friendship, and obsession...If We Were Villains will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments.”
--Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest


Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a... Read more

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The Secret History

A Read with Jenna Pick

By: Donna Tartt
Narrated by: Donna Tartt
Length: 22 hours 2 minutes

A READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • A contemporary literary classic and "an accomplished psychological thriller ... absolutely chilling" (Village Voice), from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Goldfinch.

Under the influence of a charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at a New England... Read more

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The Waves

By: Virginia Woolf
Narrated by: Julia Franklin
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

Six children - Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny and Louis - meet in a garden close to the sea, their voices sounding over the constant echo of the waves that roll back and forth from the shore. The book follows them as they develop from childhood to maturity and follow different passions and ambitions; their voices are interspersed with... Read more

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Possession

By: A.S. Byatt
Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
Length: 22 hours 18 minutes

Winner of England's Booker Prize and a literary sensation Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. As a pair of young scholars research the lives of two Victorian poets, they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire... Read more

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Excuse Me As I Kiss The Sky

Button Poetry

By: Rudy Francisco
Narrated by: Rudy Francisco
Length: 1 hour 21 minutes

Excuse Me As I Kiss The Sky is the third installment of the Rudy Francisco poetry collection. With every book, the author utilizes various tools and methods to excavate his experiences and find poetry in everyday things. Rudy believes that poetry can be found in our immediate surroundings at any given moment and poignantly includes this idea as... Read more

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Sweet, Young, & Worried

Button Poetry

By: Blythe Baird
Narrated by: Blythe Baird
Length: 48 minutes

Sweet, Young, & Worried is the highly anticipated sophomore collection by author Blythe Baird. Following her widely successful debut, Baird wastes no time as she reels in her reader with breathtaking imagery and punching narratives. With expert precision and vulnerability, Baird guides us on an expedition embracing queerness, love, loss,... Read more

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