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Winter is here, which means it’s time to pick up a great book to get all cozy with (or, rather, sign up for Audible to listen on the go).

It’s never been a better time to pick up a new read, either. With favorite titles — hint hint, check out Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club — you’ll soon make it your daily mission to read (or listen) every day.

We on the shopping team can’t help picking up (or rather, plugging in) a good book. We’ve scanned hundreds of reviews, best-seller lists, and drawn from our own list of favorites to bring you a roundup of the best Audible books you can read on the go.

Ahead, find the 45 best books to add to your personal library this season — all of which have our personal thoughts and review notes. Whether you purchase the Audible version or the novel in paperback or hardcover, It’s time to release some of the most memorable books you can flip through (or listen to).

Best Memoirs

Best vacation books, best romance novels, “the woman in me” by britney spears.

Woman in me book

We watched her grow from our screens, the stage and red carpets, but who is she really? You can finally listen to the astounding story of Britney Spears from the icon herself.

Spears documents everything; from her rise to fame to her battles with substance abuse, turbulent relationships, a secret abortion, postpartum depression and the battle to break her conservatorship. Written with remarkable candor, humor and bravery, “The Woman in Me” is a story of faith and resilience at its core. By the end of it, you will be left questioning much of what you think about living a life of fame and fortune.

“Spare” by Prince Harry

"Spare" by Prince Harry

I’ll be honest — I immersed myself in this deeply personal memoir by Prince Harry in less than 24 hours. It’s that good and details His Majesty’s struggles with losing his mother — Princess Diana — at a young age, embarking for service in the Army and meeting his wife, Meghan.

If purchased on Audible, impressively, Prince Harry narrates his life’s account. It’s must-read for 2023, by far.

“If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir” by John Stamos

John Stamos memoir

If you grew up in the “Full House” era like me, you’re going to fly though Stamos’s memoir.

The Hollywood heartthrob went from flipping patties at his dad’s fast-food joint to starring in hits like “General Hospital,” “Full House” and “ER.” What we may know less about is how it felt for him to hit rock bottom; living alone, divorced, using alcohol to self-medicate. Stamos recalls his journey toward true happiness, including his brotherhood with Bob Saget and the impact of becoming a husband and father.

“My Name Is Barbra” by Barbra Streisand

My name is Barba book

In nearly 1,000 pages, the 46-time Grammy nominated star recounts her brilliant, non-conventional career spanning six decades.

Barbra’s story begins before she slashed the ‘a’ from her name — growing up in a humble apartment in working class Brooklyn. She goes on to share every step toward success, detailing her breakout appearance in Funny Girl to topping the chart with “People,” and starring in hit films like “A Start is Born” and “Yentl.”

The Audible edition is read by the legend herself and features additional anecdotes and exclusive music.

“Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World” by Naomi Klein

Doppleganger memoir

Perhaps you know her for her leftist political analyses or outspoken criticisms of corporate globalization and capitalism. Her name is Naomi Klein, but some know her as someone else altogether: Naomi Wolf, a once well-respected feminist journalist who traversed into pushing anti-vax conspiracies and was banned by twitter during the COVOD-19 pandemic.

Klein’s memoir traces her identity crises as she is mistaken online for a person with whom she fundamentally disagrees with. As she nears obsession with her doppelganger, she begins to notice cracks in her own belief system and starts drawing uncanny connections between far leftism and the alt-right.

Read if you’re ready to challenge your own social and political convictions.

“Love, Pamela: A Memoir of Prose, Poetry, and Truth” by Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson memoir

Before she was Playboy’s favorite cover girl and the paparazzi’s favorite picture, Pamela Anderson was just a shy girl who played in nature with her imaginary friends.

After her face was the focus of the stadium screen at a Canadian football game, she was shipped off to Los Angeles and rocketed to fame — posing naked and sitting in the arms of bad boys like Tommy Lee. Somewhere in the mix, Pamela loses control of her own narrative. Her memoir, which mixes poetry with the tales of her life, paints a beautiful picture of how she reclaimed her sexuality and power from within.

By the end of it, you might just feel like she’s one of us .

“Pageboy: A Memoir” by Elliot Page

Pageboy book by Elliot Page

Elliot Page captured all of our hearts with his performance as a pregnant 16-year-old in “Juno,” a graduate student in “Inception” and superhero Kitty Pryde in X-men films “The Last Stand” and “Days of Future Past.”

But Page’s roles have been far from his own reality as a queer and trans person navigating Hollywood. In his own words, Page sets the record about the pressure to perform and a society that has attempted to funnel him into a binary. Raw, searing and intimate, “Pageboy” may move you to tears, lead you to laughter and leave you with a newfound respect for actors that push the industry forward.

“Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education” by Stephanie Land

class memoir by stephanie land

Stephanie Land made headlines with “Maid,” a riveting story of hard work and low wages as she documented her experience working as a housekeeper, struggling to escape an abusive relationship and making ends meet to provide for her young daughter.

Her subsequent memoir “Class” picks up where “Maid” left off. Land takes readers along her secondary story of survival, this one showcasing her pursuit of higher education. If you’re waiting for her to catch a break, you’ll have to wait longer. She faces mounting student loans and judgement from professors and students, but she persists. Land’s writing is captivating, and this memoir is sure to remind you to take nothing for granted.

“A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, a History, a Memorial:” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Man of Two Faces memoir

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer,” Viet Thanh Nguyen breaks the rules of memoir-writing in the best way possible, sharing snippets of his own experiences as a refugee alongside larger stories of colonization and assimilation.

Nguyen gives us a glimpse into the harrowing tale of his life, from being forced to flee Vietnam as a toddler to resettling in San Jose. He’s exposed to violence at a young age, both in his own life when his parents are shot at their grocery store, and in the larger world, as he watches the drama of the Vietnam War unfold from the screens.

Nguyen’s writing keeps us enthralled, while also dealing with with topics like memory, trauma and the promises of America.

“Counting the Cost” by Jill Duggar

Counting the Cost book

Remember “19 Kids and Counting”? The TLC show centered on the sometimes chaotic, faith-fueled lives of Jim Bob, Michelle and their clan of children.

Now, one of the daughter’s is finally sharing her side of growing up as a Duggar. Jill and her husband Derick have expelled the secrets that fans know less of; the strict model of patriarchy the family followed, paternal authority and dangerous beliefs that men are superior and women are expected to be wives and mothers. Some admissions may just take your breath away.

“I’m Glad My Mom Died” by Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy memoir

If the title already has you hooked, go ahead and save yourself the time and order this now.

Jennette McCurdy is known best for her role as Sam, a sarcastic, tomboy in Nickelodeon’s hit show “iCarly.” But the confident and sometimes cocky tween that she played on camera was far from the true Jennette, a young girl riddled with anxiety, body images problems and a shockingly unhealthy relationship with her mother.

McCurdy shares what it’s like to grow up in show business with a mother who planned her calorie restriction diets and forced her to step on a scale five times a day. Shortly after filming “iCarly” spinoff “Sam and Cat,” McCurdy’s mother dies of cancer. It’s then that McCurdy quits acting, starts therapy and and learns how to heal the wounds of her past.

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon book

Earlier this year, Martin Scorsese’s film “Killers of the Flower Moon” hit theaters. The screenplay, which Scorsese penned with Eric Roth, uses David Grann’s heavily-researched nonfiction book as source material.

“I read the book via audio before I saw the movie, and can honestly say it enriched my moviegoing experience so much,” said Angela Tricarico, commerce reporter at Decider. “The book goes in depth to explore the Osage Reign of Terror by looking at how and why one family, that of Mollie Burkhart, became the prime target in this string of murders. Using three narrators, you’ll learn so much about the Osage before, during and after this tragic period of their history.”

“The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan

"The School for Good Mothers" by Jessamine Chan

Instantly made a national favorite, “The School for Good Mothers” deserves all the praise and acclaim for being one of the most unique novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading. One author, Liz Moore, dubbed it “haunting and unforgettable,” saying she’s “in awe of Jessamine Chan’s mind.” I couldn’t agree more.

When Asian American protagonist Frida, the mother of Harriet, has a “horrible day,” she’s led to a surveillance-housed campus where she’ll learn how to be a good mother. It perfectly portrays the perils of culture differences, the struggles of motherhood and socioeconomic differences among caregivers. It’s probably next on deck to turn into a movie, too.

“One Italian Summer” by Rebecca Serle

"One Italian Summer" by Rebecca Serle

Rebecca Serle is the queen of literary realism, and “One Italian Summer” is no exception to her track record. This hot new release is part of most book lists — and not just for its riveting cover of the Italian riviera.

When Katy’s mother dies, she sets out on a solo trip to Positano, the southern landmark of lemons, luscious relaxation and lots of oceanic scenes. It’s one of the most thought-provoking books I read this year, surrounding the theme of discovering your true identity, overcoming grief on your own terms and finding magic along the way.

“Do Tell: A Novel” by Edie O’Dare

Do Tell

“Do Tell” follows Edie O’Dare, an actress-turned-gossip columnist in the 1940s who wrestles with the weight of secrets and whether or not there’s a line to be crossed with them.

“I’ve read this book as an e-book and again on audio,” said Tricarico. “I can confidently say that the audiobook, narrated by Lisa Flanagan, infuses so much life into Lynch’s story…If you’re looking for an engaging story that’s made better by actually hearing how things are meant to be said, ‘Do Tell’ is a perfect read.”

“The Dinner List” by Rebecca Serle

"The Dinner List" by Rebecca Serle

Add “The Dinner List” to your reading list along with Serle’s recent novel, “One Italian Summer.” Another literary realism pick, the extremely light read focuses on the question: “If you can have dinner with five people, living or dead, who would they be?”

The protagonist happens to experience that in reality, where a long dinner party leads to past reflections on love and life — and unchartered territory. It’s a fun, different book that would be great for a book club, too.

“The Summer Place” by Jennifer Weiner

"The Summer Place" by Jennifer Weiner

All hail the Queen of Beach Reads, Jennifer Weiner. Her latest release, “The Summer Place,” is one of the more relatable reads to enjoy by the beach or pool — and, intelligently, makes pandemic references and touches on modern-day life to put this season into a whole new perspective.

The character-driven plot homes in on Sarah and her stepdaugher Ruby who’s planning a wedding with Gabe, her pandemic boyfriend she quarantined with at NYU. Along the way, you’ll meet Sarah’s former best-selling novelist mother Veronica, along with her brother, Sam, who’s on a self-discovery journey of his own.

Perfectly packaged into the hottest summer read, it’s one we recommend IRL, too.

“Island Time” by Georgia Clark

Island Time by Georgia Clark

Georgia Clark is one of the most inspiring authors I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with through her writing. “Island Time” is her upcoming release that centers on a family who becomes stranded on an Australian island after a volcano erupts. It’s a wonderful, light read to take with you on vacation or to read when the sun’s shining.

What makes this work stand out from the rest is how beautifully Clark weaves her characters together; each one has a different personality and different subplots to follow. Plus, there are underlying themes of gender equality, authenticity and living life one day at a time.

“The Lost Bookshop” by Evie Woods

The Lost Bookshop Book

We have found the book for the lover of books.

This heartwarming story begins when three unassuming strangers walk into a bookshop. A spell is cast and they are immediately transported into a world of wonder — each one unlocking the beauties of their own stories. This book will challenge your imagination and perhaps inspire you to think of yourself more as the main character in your own life.

“The Survivalists: A Novel” by Kashana Cauley

Survivalists book

After her parents pass away, Aretha commits to living a life of success and fortune. She becomes a lawyer and workaholic, until she meets Aaron, a coffee entrepreneur. It’s while visiting his Brooklyn brownstone that she comes to realize just how much some people stress over the future. She enters an underground world where people are stockpiling guns and planning for the apocalypse.

This book answers some deep questions in an entertaining style. You’ll be left wondering whether climbing the corporate matter makes sense at all, and what it really takes to survive in a place where affordable housing is hard to come by. And mostly, who, if anyone, we can trust.

“That Summer” by Jennifer Weiner

"That Summer" by Jennifer Weiner

Speaking of Weiner, you have to read “That Summer” (add both to your to-read list while you’re at it). Infused with beautiful, summery scenery from Cape Cod, the luscious descriptions of buttered lobster rolls and dips at the ocean make it one of the most well-written fiction books I’ve read.

Keep in mind that this book references sexual assault, so it may be a bit heavy for some. However, it’s a thought-provoking book that balances deeper topics and easy-breezy days of summer to a T.

“The Unsinkable Greta James” by Jennifer E. Smith

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith

As a fan of cruise vacations, I knew I had to read “The Unsinkable Greta James.” It’s also unique in that it focuses on a father-daughter relationship — one that’s somewhat of a rarity in modern-day fiction.

On a cruise to Alaska, both characters are sharpening their relationship by vacationing in close quarters, maturing in how they view themselves and resisting the urge to change. It’s an extremely light read — perfect for the warmer months, especially — and the characters are hard not to love.

Integrating the struggles of womanhood throughout, it’s the perfect coming-of-age story about growth, love and learning about what matters most.

“Cultish” by Amanda Montell

"Cultish" by Amanda Montell

It doesn’t matter what type of book genre you prefer, I swear that everyone has to get their hands on “Cultish” by Amanda Montell.

No, it doesn’t simply talk about cults and spirituality (though the points she makes are exceptional). I found myself taking ample notes on how modern-day institutions, like boutique fitness classes and trending businesses, can be reminiscent of cult-like behavior.

I love how extensive Montell’s descriptions go, especially how she defines “cultish” as a language that’s not limited to one institution. It’s such a clever, educational read.

“The Summer Sail” by Wendy Francis

"The Summer Sail" by Wendy Francis

Perfect for cruise lovers and those looking for the perfect book to transition you into summertime, “The Summer Sail” is, by far, my prized recommendation for you.

Three middle-aged former roommates spend a vacation on a cruise to Bermuda: one who’s looking to connect more with her daughter, another who seems to be the perfect wife but has a lingering secret and another who’s anxiously waiting for her boyfriend to pop the question.

It was the perfect amount of intrigue to keep me reading but filled with many summer scenes to keep it light — absolutely perfect and definitely a hidden gem in the bunch.

“Cover Story” by Susan Rigetti

"Cover Story" by Susan Rigetti

“Cover Story” centers on aspiring writer, Lora, who lands a summer internship at ELLE magazine and meets seasoned editor Cat, who takes Lora under her wing. It’s a great read about friendship, ambition and the journalism industry at-large.

When a scandal emerges, there’s a slew of emails and FBI correspondence to spice up the book as a whole, and it’s an insightful and interesting tale that you should read ASAP.

“Made In Manhattan” by Lauren Layne

"Made In Manhattan" by Lauren Layne

I savored “Made In Manhattan,” Lauren Layne’s most recent release. It’s a reverse take on “My Fair Lady,” centering on Violet, who lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan — very “Gossip Girl.”

When her beloved grandmother asks her to teach a dear friend the ins and outs of NYC, she has an enemies-to-lovers encounter that heats up over time. It’s a cute, socialite-surrounding favorite of mine that I recommend tenfold.

“Good Eggs” by Rebecca Hardiman

"Good Eggs" by Rebecca Hardiman

Oh, how sweet this debut novel is from Rebecca Hardiman. “Good Eggs” homes in on three generations of a whimsical Irish family whose tensions ignite once a home aide enters their lives.

Filled with much wisdom (after all, an eighty-three-year-old), this casual read leaves you with the feeling that life is never too old to start living and that no single family is perfect — and that’s just part of what fills up your cup.

“The Golden Couple” by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

"The Golden Couple" by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

OK, real talk — even if you’re not keen on thrillers, “The Golden Couple” is a must-read. I was hooked from beginning to end (and, the ending isn’t so predictable, which I appreciated).

It’s an electrifying story of two wealthy Washington suburbanites, Marissa and Matthew, who are navigating their marriage through counseling after infidelity. Enter Avery, their therapist, who’s investigating this “golden couple” off the clock, too. It’s spicy, seductive and just ideal to sift through.

“Meant to Be Mine” by Hannah Orenstein

"Meant to Be Mine" by Hannah Orenstein

I’ve been a fan of Orenstein’s fiction work for a while, as she has a voice of her own for being a former matchmaker and journalist by trade. Her latest release, “Meant to Be Mine” is just as delightful as her other three novels, too.

Here, we explore Edie, the protagonist who has been waiting for a specific date to meet the love of her life (after her grandmother Gloria predicted meet-cutes for decades). When she meets who she instantly aligns to be the love of her life, she’s led to question if’s perfect timing — or, if fate-led relationships are a hoax.

If you love the traditional rom-com, you’ll love this new spinoff. It’s magical, wistful and leaves you in love with her words just as much as love for the characters (and hope for love in general, TBH).

“A Novel Obsession” by Caitlin Barasch

"A Novel Obsession" by Caitlin Barasch

Wow , if you’re looking for a great book you’ll be instantly obsessed with, “A Novel Obsession” hits the nail on the head — in both title and story.

Naomi Ackerman, a NYC-based bookseller and aspiring novelist, grows an uncanny obsession with her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. The “research” for her debut novel (of which she’s been procrasting writing) turns into impromptu meet-ups, and you’re just going to have to read for more.

I couldn’t put this book down. It became a page-turner on my commute to work (both ways) and there won’t be another one like it. Ultimately, Naomi must decide what’s worth the perfect ending. It’s so spicy.

“One Night on the Island” by Josie Silver

"One Night on the Island" by Josie Silver

Truth be told, I’ve read “ One Day in December ” and “ The Two Lives of Lydia Bird ” by Josie Silver and, while I’d read them again, nothing compares to the author’s new release, “One Night on the Island.”

In this charming rom-com, Cleo scurries out of the country from her editorial job and into the throes of a remote Irish island to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. But, when she arrives, a handsome Boston native is already nice and cozy in what should have been Cleo’s rental property.

This easy-to-follow “opposites attract” novel is heartfelt and gave me all the feels (seriously, I was on the brink of tears at times). It’s phenomenal and worth the read.

“In a New York Minute” by Kate Spencer

"In a New York Minute" by Kate Spencer

I’ve read a boatload of rom-com novels (as if you couldn’t already tell), but when I say Kate Spencer’s debut novel “In a New York Minute” was one of the best ones I’ve read in a while, I’m not kidding.

When Franny is laid off from her interior design job, her dress ends up ripping when caught in a NYC subway door — as if her day couldn’t get any worse. But, when a well-suited man gives her his jacket, they end up going viral on social media.

You’ll just have to read it to find out the rest, but I seriously couldn’t put this one down. I loved all the modern-day language, too, and it is totally relatable if you’re a Gen Z or millennial; this one is such a gem!

“Reminders of Him” by Colleen Hoover

"Reminders of Him" by Colleen Hoover

Oh, Colleen Hoover. Like many avid readers, I’ve read a good amount of her novels (like “ November 9 ” and “ Verity “), though “Reminders of Him” was the most emotion-packed and beautifully woven together.

After five years in prison due to a tragic mishap, Kenna has her eyes after two things: (1) reinventing herself and (2) reconnecting with her daughter. When she runs into a bartender who’s the only connected trace of finding her, things become interesting.

The ending is the most shocking and hand-to-heart moment I’ve had in a while and, though a bit heavier than other books on the list, you won’t regret reading this one.

“Without a Hitch” by Mary Hollis Huddleston and Asher Fogle Paul

"Without a Hitch" by Mary Hollis Huddleston and Asher Fogle Paul

As a new author, “Without a Hitch” is one of those wonderfully woven reads that continues to be a source of inspiration for me. Written by a duo with experience in the wedding planning business, “Without a Hitch” centers on a twenty-something Lottie who lands a new career at an upscale wedding boutique firm where she’s planning lavish, bouquet-filled ceremonies.

But, the kicker: Lottie is faced with planning her ex-boyfriend’s wedding. This novel has a refreshing angle on southern charm, facing your fears and perhaps falling in love along the way.

“It Had to Be You” by Georgia Clark

"It Had to Be You" by Georgia Clark

As mentioned, Clark has my heart for her beautiful writing. “It Had to Be You” is a modern take on “Love Actually,” centering on a handful of NYC natives who are all woven together in some capacity.

This witty rom-com features Liv, who recently lost her husband, and eventually takes over their co-owned wedding business with his secret girlfriend, Savannah — a younger, southern blonde. It’s a sexy and charming tale rolled into one amazing work.

“The First Time We Met” by Jo Lovett

"The First Time We Met" by Jo Lovett

I had the pleasure of reading “The First Time We Met” this year and, even halfway through it, I knew it was going to be one of my favorites.

Izzy has a “love at first sight” moment when Sam walks into her cafe workplace one morning. But, she soon realizes that this sparks-fly connection happens on his wedding day.

After a future of reconnecting, they learn that perhaps these moments are real and meant-to-be. It’s a sweet flip-through that is sure to make you swoon.

“The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood

"The Love Hypothesis" by Ali Hazelwood

If you follow new releases, you likely know that “The Love Hypothesis” has received all the acclaim. It’s especially great for science lovers, college students and those who love all things academia.

I especially loved this collegiate-grounded plot, circling a bright PhD student and a professor with a cold interior. It’s another novel that’s a must-read (and, it gets quite steamy), great for fans of traditional rom-coms.

“Weather Girl” by Rachel Lynn Solomon

"Weather Girl" by Rachel Lynn Solomon

As a journalist, I, of course, had to read “Weather Girl.” Perfect for fans of “ The Ex Talk ” (Rachel Lynn Solomon’s other novel I enjoyed), the meteorologist and sports reporter relationship was unique to follow and a delight for the whimsically minded.

Not to mention, it’s relatable to the masses, with undercurrents of mental health advocacy and a whole bunch of weather-related puns, metaphors and proverbs.

“The Singles Table” by Sara Desai

"The Singles Table" by Sara Desai

As a devout fan of Sara Desai’s “ The Marriage Game ,” her recent release is chock-full of Indian culture and romance. After a devasting breakup, Zara is accustomed to sitting at the singles table for her schedule of weddings and happens to cross paths with someone she doesn’t particularly like: Jay.

As a celebrity-obsessed lawyer, Zara strikes a deal with Jay to play matchmaker for him if he’ll connect her to his roster of connections. It’s unpredictable, well-written and a lovely warm-weather read.

“The Charm Offensive: A Novel” by Alison Cochrun

Charm offensive book

One of our staff picks, “The Charm Offensive” follows an anxious tech genius doing some career rehab by agreeing to appear on a reality dating show where’s he’s the star. As Charlie begins his journey awkward and closed off, producer Dev’s mission is to get him to open up more and appear more comfortable with the women vying for his heart. But the two connect on a much deeper level, and, well…you’ll just have to read it to find out what happens next!

“As one of my favorite books of all time, I particularly love the audio production since it uses two narrators to read both Charlie and Dev’s point-of-views,” said Tricarico.

“The Wedding Ringer” by Kerry Rea

"The Wedding Ringer" by Kerry Rea

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be paid to be a bridesmaid? Well, that’s what happened to Willa in “The Wedding Ringer,” and this book deserves way more praise than it currently has.

Filled with strong themes of friendship, love and finding your own path, it’s one of those rom-coms that’s not cliche and will keep you on your toes.

“Cheat Day” by Liv Stratman

"Cheat Day" by Liv Stratman

I absolutely love how brilliant “Cheat Day” is, Liv Stratman’s debut novel. With a double entendre of cheating in love and cheating with your diet, it’s one of the most realistic takes on love and “figuring it out,” that I’ve read.

Also, if you’re keen on books that take place in New York, the quaint Brooklyn bakery scene will steal your heart.

“The Husbands” by Chandler Baker

"The Husbands" by Chandler Baker

I am already getting revved up when typing my brief review of “The Husbands,” a suburban murder mystery and marriage tale that I’m still thinking about after reading.

When successful attorney Nora stumbles across a swanky suburban neighborhood, Dynasty Ranch, she knows it would be the perfect spot to continue packing the kids’ lunches and replacing the toilet paper — things her husband doesn’t do, which leads to some angst.

Her soon-to-be neighbors fill her in on a recent murder, surrounding a fire, and ask her to represent the case. Little does she know that she’s investigating much more. It’s amazing and one of my favorite books I read recently.

“Love at First Like” by Hannah Orenstein

"Love at First Like" by Hannah Orenstein

I absolutely adored Hannah Orenstein’s rom-com, “Love at First Like,” focusing on Eliza, who accidentally posts a photo of her wearing an engagement ring from the jewelry boutique she co-owns with her sister. When sales skyrocket, she decides to fake a “secret fiance.”

On a quest to find love, she ends up meeting someone special. It’s a modern-day novel that’s worth diving into this spring, along with her upcoming release, “ Meant to Be Mine ” (which is next on my list).

“Bless Your Heart, Rae Sutton” by Susannah B. Lewis

Bless Your Heart, Rae Sutton

Beautiful cover aside, “Bless Your Heart, Rae Sutton” is a well-written book that focuses on Raeley, who’s mourning the loss of her recent marriage. When she’s an honorary member of her late mother’s circle of friends, it perfectly weaves in love among all ages.

What a refreshing read! It’s witty, touches on love and is great if you adore that heartwarming, Southern Belle writing style. Add this to your list (you won’t be sorry)!

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Best Audible books to download today

1. heads will roll, specifications, reasons to buy.

If the finale of Game of Thrones left a hole in your life, fill it with epic fantasy comedy instead. Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her sister Emily Lynne have created a hilarious 10-part series that pulls in many of McKinnon's SNL pals, as well as A-listers such as Meryl Streep and GoT's very own Peter Dinklage.

  • Buy from Audible now for $29.95 / £27.49 / AU$41.73
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2. Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

When Ronan Farrow broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal in The New Yorker, it sent shock waves around the world and kick-started the #MeToo movement. Catch and Kill reveals the long and rocky journey he took to get the truth out, and the many intimidating tactics used to try and stop him doing so.

  • Buy from Audible now for $29.65 / £19.99 / AU$30.38

3. Becoming

Since it was released at the end of 2018, the enormous popularity of Michelle Obama's self-narrated memoir shows no sign of waning - which is why it's still in our list of the best Audible books. Documenting her inspirational journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, it's an intimate glimpse into the life of the former First Lady.

  • Buy from Audible now for $35.71 / £31.99 / AU$48.62

4. The Body

Best known for his quirky, whimsical travelogues, Bill Bryson has now turned his attention inwards with a fascinating exploration of the human body. It's packed with nuggets of information, from the disgusting to the hilarious. Bryson's soft, Midwestern narration is soothing. According to some reviewers he may lull you to sleep, but this Audible book remains a best-seller across the globe.

  • Buy from Audible now for $20.72 / £18.99 / AU$28.87

5. Gotta Get Theroux This

Louis Theroux's wry, self-deprecating style comes to the fore in this engaging account of the documentary-maker's unlikely rise to success. If you're a fan of Theroux's awkward yet insightful encounters with larger-than-life characters, from racist US militias to Joe Exotic and Jimmy Savile, there's plenty for you here.

  • Buy from Audible now for $15.26 / £13.99 / AU$21.26

6. If It Bleeds

Horror master Stephen King needs no introduction, and this chilling collection of four novellas – Mr. Harrigan's Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the titular If It Bleeds – intrigues and terrifies in equal measure. Stand by Me and The Shawshank Redemption both started life as King novellas, so it's a format with huge potential.

  • Buy from Audible now for $27.27 / £24.99 / AU$37.98

7. I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story

Star Wars fans will love this intimate portrait of life inside one of the series most enduring characters: C-3PO. Anthony Daniels endured many hours inside a claustrophobic metal suit to bring the iconic golden droid to life. In this Audible book he provides a backstage pass, shedding light on the processes and personalities involved in the blockbuster movie franchise. 

  • Buy from Audible now for $28.00 / £25.99 / AU$39.50

8. Me: Elton John Official Autobiography

There's only one Elton John, and his first and only official autobiography packs 72 years of incredible stories and life-changing experiences into just under 12 hours of enthralling listening. Fittingly, it's narrated by Taron Egerton, the actor who portrayed him in the smash-hit movie Rocketman.

9. Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid's striking debut novel Such a Fun Age tackles themes of social justice head-on in a tale of racial profiling, privilege, and identity. The story revolves around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

  • Buy from Audible now for $14.95 / £12.99 / AU$19.75

10. Talking to Strangers

Drawing on expert insights from criminologists, scientists, and military psychologists, Malcolm Gladwell provides a thought-provoking exploration of how we engage with strangers, and the role that can play in starting conflicts. After nine hours of listening, you may completely reappraise the way you see the world.

  • Buy from Audible now for $34.90 / £31.99 / AU$48.62

11. Get Sh*t Done: The Ultimate Guide to Productivity, Procrastination, & Profitability

If procrastination is the bane of your life, Jeffrey Gitomer's bluntly titled Get Sh*t Done could be one of the best Audible books for you. Its simple goal: make you more productive, by providing the strategies you need to achieve your goals and be more profitable.

  • Buy from Audible now for $13.99 / £12.89 / AU$19.49

12. Blowout

The 2016 presidential election put Trump in the White House, an outcome that few around the world thought possible at the start of the campaign. Throwing petrol on the fire of political debate that has raged ever since, MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow gives her take on the role that Russia played in the election, in Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth.

13. The Baddest Bitch in the Room

By telling her warts-and-all journey from underground hip-hop clubs to the top of the music industry, Sophia Chang hopes to inspire more young minds to do the same. She doesn't pull any punches in the process, and The Baddest Bitch in the Room is so packed with explicit content that Chang has also produced a second, toned-down version for younger audiences.

  • Buy the explicit version from Audible now for $29.95 / £27.49 / AU$41.73
  • Buy the clean version from Audible now for $29.95 / AU$41.73

14. Tales of Beedle The Bard

An ideal way to introduce a younger audience to the global Potter phenomenon, Tales of Beedle The Bard is a bite-sized listen, with a similar run-time to a kids' movie. This is easily one of the best Audible books for children of the year. 

Of course, the rest of the much-loved Harry Potter book series is on Audible too: you can pick between Stephen Fry, Jim Dale or J.K. Rowling herself as your narrator for those.

  • Buy from Audible now for $14.95 / £12.00 / AU$20.20 (free for members)

The second kids' title in our best Audible book round up is the latest hilarious tale from best-selling author and comedian David Walliams. Slime introduces us to the Isle of Mulch, home to many deplorable adults who like nothing more than to make children's lives a misery. Up steps Ned: a boy whose special slime power could liberate Mulch once and for all.

  • Buy from Audible now for $8.72 / £7.99 / AU$12.14

5 best Audible books of all time

1. the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy.

There are multiple ways to engage with Douglas Adams' seminal cult classic on Audible, from the BBC radio adaptations – complete with music, sound effects and full cast – to the full-blown audiobook experience, narrated by either Stephen Fry or Martin Freeman. We recommend Fry's version. 

  • Buy from Audible now for $13.08 / £11.99 / AU$18.22

2. Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

Stephen Fry has made quite a name for himself as an audiobook narrator. This incredible 72-hour bundle of all four Sherlock Holmes novels, plus five short story collections, is sure to sate your appetite for detective fiction, as well as Fry. As a lifelong Holmes fan, he has also recorded exclusive personal introductions to each title.

  • Buy from Audible now for $82.77 / £79.99 / AU$124.90

3. The Handmaid’s Tale

Following the huge success of the TV adaptation, Margaret Atwood's dystopian feminist masterpiece from 1985 has won a whole new audience. This new version is narrated by Elizabeth Moss (who plays Offred in the series), which gives it a contemporary twist.

4. The Great Gatsby

A favourite of English literature students the world over, F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal 1925 work The Great Gatsby is given a new lease of life thanks to expert narration from A-list star Jake Gyllenhaal. Journey back to the decadence and opulence of the Roaring Twenties, and enjoy this classic cautionary tale that cuts to the heart of the American Dream.

  • Buy from Audible now for $14.95 / £11.29 / AU$17.56

5. A Song of Ice and Fire

Famously still unfinished in book form, with the next instalment eagerly anticipated, George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire has captured the imagination of millions. All five of the books so far are available on Audible – for over 200 hours of listening pleasure in total. From 33hrs 45min (A Game of Thrones) to 48hrs 53min (A Dance with Dragons)

  • Buy from Audible now for $29.44 / £26.99 / AU$41.01 each
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5 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This Month

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People will occasionally tell me they think listening to an audiobook is “cheating.” Cheating on what? Physical books? One of the great things about reading is you can’t do anything else while you’re reading. One of the great things about listening to audiobooks is you can. You can do lots of other things, all while enjoying one of the best books of the year . You can go for a walk, drive to Florida, do laundry, put together a jigsaw puzzle, lie on your bed in complete and total despair. If I play Candy Crush while I’m listening to Pamela Anderson’s memoir, I’m accomplishing something, even if that accomplishment is absorbing Pamela Anderson’s memoir.

Over the years, I’ve learned that some books make satisfying listens and some just don’t. Sometimes an audiobook doesn’t work because of the narrator; other times the book is overcomplicated and confusing. I find that the best audiobooks are experiences in themselves. The goal of this column is to try to send you on your way each month with a few of them.

November Picks

My Name is Barbra, by Barbra Streisand

Read by : the author Length: 48 hrs, 14 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

I hope it’s not my biggest accomplishment of 2023, but I listened to a full two days of material from the original Funny Girl herself. My mom, who grew up in the Bronx, preferred Bette Midler, and that trickled down to her sons. Shoot me: I’ve never seen Yentl . It’s a great credit to Ms. Streisand’s sharply tuned view of her own accomplishments that I still enjoyed returning to her endless — and I mean endless — descriptions of how and why she made the movies she made . She gets way granular, almost to the point of performing The Way We Were , The Prince of Tides , and the unmade Normal Heart from top to bottom. She could have also cut the litany of direct quotes from what critics, friends, and admirers have said about her over the years. We get it, Babs! You’re a talent! But there are enough disarming moments of surprise and levity here to make at least 14 hours worthwhile, like the number of times she mentions McConnell’s coffee ice cream and spare ribs. How in an early encounter with her husband James Brolin, he wore a Hawaiian shirt, “and I hate Hawaiian shirts.” An entire chapter about her flirtatious conversations with Marlon Brando is just flat-out bananas. Yes, in exchange for these gems, I listened to 30 minutes about the cinematography of Nuts . I’m okay with that. The pinnacle comes early on, involving a fight she had with Walter Matthau on the set of Hello Dolly . He told her he had more talent in his “f-a-r-t-s” than she does in her whole body. It’s hilarious to imagine this exchange, but it’s even funnier that Streisand won’t say “farts” out loud. So she just spells it. “I don’t like the word,” Streisand quips. “I’m embarrassed to say it.”

Pretty Boys Are Poisonous, by Megan Fox

Read by: the author Length : 38 minutes Speed I listened: 1.2x

The poems in this book by the Jennifer’s Body star chronicle an abusive relationship she thankfully abandoned. It’s a real curiosity, maybe a good palate cleanser between Olivia Rodrigo albums. (They’re about the same length.) Some of the pieces are perplexingly short and sound like Alanis Morissette lyrics, but as the book goes on, a few more substantive poems pop up, and Fox, clearly damaged from her experience, grows more spirited in her performance. Perplexingly, the best poem has the worst title: “Why I Wish I Was Gay.” That’s a surprise because Fox’s titles are frequently more evocative than the poems themselves: “The Last Will and Testament of a Selfish Prick,” “You’d Be So Much More Handsome If You’d Get an Exorcism,” “Greek Tragedies Lose Their Poetry When You Live Them.” Even if this content is self-abnegating and morbid, it’s fun to hear Fox tackle them in her trademark flat monotone. My favorite line, which Fox delivers perfectly: “If I had a nickel for every time you showed up for me, I would have exactly zero nickels.”

The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose

Read by: Lauren Ambrose Length: 8 hrs, 23 mins Speed I listened: 1.8x

This sequel to Prose’s novel The Maid is not as good as the first, which included a stellar performance by Ambrose. The Six Feet Under star is back for another adventure in the life of Molly Gray, the seemingly neurodivergent head maid at the Regency Grand Hotel. This time, author J.D. Grimthorpe drops dead unexpectedly and Molly, who knew him in her childhood, helps solve the crime. Once again, Ambrose’s narration — as Molly, her late grandmother, and a host of other characters — elevates a could-be corny concept into something far more layered. The book’s coda is especially charming.

World Within a Song, by Jeff Tweedy

Read by: the author Length: 4 hrs, 41 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

This new memoir from Wilco’s lead singer is a combination of autobiographical moments and descriptions of how and why certain songs have affected him. The audiobook’s quiet beauty comes from Tweedy’s simple, bare-bones way of telling these stories, which is elevated by his kind, meditative tenor. It’s calming to spend time with Tweedy and his contemplative thoughts, and the book has a lot more wisdom than you’d expect.

Lessons for Living, by Phil Stutz

Read by: J.C. Mackenzie Length: 4 hours, 35 mins. Speed I listened: 1.6x

I haven’t caught up with the continuing oeuvre of the psychotherapist Phil Stutz since he and Barry Michels released The Tools. Just the idea that Jonah Hill made a documentary about him makes me anxious. But, as the lonely holiday season approaches and the world continues to erupt into flames, this is a good vehicle for perking up. There’s a lot of very usable, straightforward advice about how to handle the complications life throws at you. Mackenzie has a doctorly kind of voice that makes it all go down smoothly. Once I finished it, I imagined myself a little bit stronger of spirit. Can you ask anything else from an audiobook? I don’t think so.

October Picks

Being Henry, by Henry Winkler

Read by: The author Length: 9 hrs, 22 mins. Speed I listened: 2.1x

I had a hunch that the Fonz was charming, but I didn’t think he was this charming. Winkler tracks his story from Yale Drama School and Happy Days to his first Emmy win, in 2018, for Barry . He does this with such amiable vocal aplomb that it’s hard not to fall for him. He just comes off like a decent, generous kid from the Upper West Side who just happened to end up playing opposite Adam Sandler quite often. He’s also pretty neurotic, and I appreciate his advice about never finishing a negative thought once it starts. Tell that negative thought, “I have no time for you!” Winkler says. Going forward, I will always have time for the Fonz, though.

The Woman in Me, by Britney Spears

Read by: Michelle Williams Length: 5 hrs, 31 mins. Speed I listened: 1.9x

In an introduction to her new book, a must-listen for anyone interested in celebrity memoirs, Spears says writing it was so “exciting, heart-wrenching, and emotional” that she couldn’t handle reading it out loud. Instead, she thanks “the a-mayyyy-zzzing Michelle Williams” for doing it for her. Spears narrates maybe 85 seconds in total, most of which includes an odd scene-setting prologue about walking outside among the rocks as a kid in Louisiana. Williams, who has played Marilyn Monroe onscreen, takes the rest of the five and a half hours. As directed by her husband, Thomas Kail, Williams is low-key enough to make you sometimes forget you’re not listening to Spears herself. Her performance only gets heightened when describing Spears’s head-shaving incident. Still, things like her overarticulation of the “h” in words like “who” and “while” gives Williams’s acting pedigree away. There’s a lot of fascinating weirdness here — when Spears continuously refers to herself as “clueless,” for instance, and just how madly in love she was with Justin Timberlake. By the end, one can’t help wishing Spears found the strength to read the book out loud herself. It would certainly have made discovering “the woman in me” more real and powerful. Having a five-time Academy Award nominee do it is an interesting experience, sure, but it kinda just reminds you how much a celebrity memoir is just another performance anyway.

If You Would Have Told Me, by John Stamos

Read by: The author Length: 8 hrs, 44 mins. . Speed I listened: 1.85x

If you loved Rob Lowe’s memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends from over a decade ago, this new book from Uncle Jesse on Full House is a worthy companion. Who’d have thunk it, but John Stamos is a real romantic. He cares about legacy, so his pals include lots of old Hollywood characters, like Don Rickles, meaning there are a lot of great anecdotes. He talks about chugging Dimetapp and his childhood dream of a “life in puppetry.” He’s also refreshingly honest about his career, his marriages, the death of his parents, and how much he disliked Dave Coulier when they first met. And you can hear that refreshing honesty in his voice, especially when he chokes up about the death of Bob Saget. This is a real sleeper, a charming winner in a sea of celebrity biographies this fall.

The Exchange, by John Grisham

Read by: Edoardo Ballerini Length: 9 hrs, 2 mins. Speed I listened: 1.9x

When I was much younger, I read The Firm during a bout of mono, when I was stuck home from school. It wound up being a true gateway drug to becoming the reader I am today. In the intervening years, I thumbed my nose at Grisham, but recently, thanks to how well his books play on audio, I’m once again a proselytizer. The Exchange is a sequel to The Firm , and it once again follows Mitch McDeere and his wife Abby after they’ve moved to New York and Mitch gets caught up in tracking down a law-firm associate who has been abducted. Edoardo Ballerini, an expert reader, makes it all so seamless and absorbing. You almost forget he’s there.

Remember Love, by Cleo Wade

Read by: The author Length: 2 hrs, 17 mins. Speed I listened: 1.6x

Sometimes, you just need someone to tell you things are gonna be okay. Now I know instead of bothering my brothers or my friends with my personal michegas , I can just turn on this audiobook of musings by the New Orleans–born poet and artist Cleo Wade . Her voice is particularly calming and reassuring when she speaks about having some of the same insecurities and anxieties as you do. (Well, as I do.) I felt recharged by her, in nearly the same way I did when listening to Maggie Smith’s equally inspiring Keep Moving .

Worthy, by Jada Pinkett Smith

Read by: The author Length: 14 hrs, 57 mins. Speed I listened: 2.4x

Two things I didn’t love about listening to this memoir: the Buddhist bell sound that rings between chapters, as if this is some kind of ancient text, and moments between sections where Pinkett Smith asks you to participate in some kind of analytic self-help analysis. But there’s a lot that’s fierce and fascinating here: her childhood dalliances as a drug dealer; her intense friendship with Tupac Shakur; her truly eye-opening attempts at suicide; the fact that she seems to truly believe her first house in Los Angeles was haunted. (Husband Will Smith wouldn’t stay over.) Carefully — too carefully, to be honest — Pinkett Smith dances too around her relationship with Smith and what happened that Oscar night. But her candid narration, which, yes, is sometimes evasive, is a strong reminder that the optics of money, fame, celebrity, and marriage do not automatically bring happiness.

Down the Drain, by Julia Fox

Read by : The author Length : 7 hrs, 53 mins. Speed I listened : 2.2x

I wish this memoir by the greatest cinematic muse of the last three years had a bit more self-analysis in it. But it’s a pretty fascinating artifact itself, simply as a straightforward retelling of Fox’s sexual escapades, her work as a dominatrix, and her dalliances with (an unnamed) Kanye West. What’s also interesting is how straightforwardly Fox narrates her own life. John Stamos starts getting choked up at even mentioning one of his sisters; Henry Winkler laughs at himself. Julia Fox just keeps plowing through, which maybe is a perfect encapsulation of the tenacity that even got her a book deal.

The List, by Yomi Adegoke

Read by: Sheila Atim and Arinzé Kene Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins. Speed I listened: 2.2x

Ola, a journalist at Womxxxn magazine, discovers that the man she’s about to marry is on “The List,” a crowdsourced document that names dozens of sexual abusers in the media. I think Atim, who was in Black Panther 2 and sang this amazing Dylan cover onstage , is pretty cool, and her voice here is forceful and confident. Enough so that, despite some slightly unbelievable character choices, I was compelled from the beginning.

Surely You Can’t Be Serious!, By David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker

Read by : The authors and their friends Length : 7 hrs, 53 mins. Speed I listened : 1.7x

What’s particularly fun about this audiobook, which chronicles the making of the 1980 comedy classic Airplane! , is that many of the folks Abrahams and the Zuckers interviewed for this book are featured on the audio edition. That includes Bill Hader, Molly Shannon, Michael Eisner, and the film’s stars Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays, each of whom talk about how the movie changed their life. It’s a lot of Airplane! talk, sometimes too much. But the movie wasn’t exactly known for its subtlety. A few sections made me howl with laughter, some made me groan (e.g., repeated anecdotes about how the three writer-directors didn’t know anything about movies when they conceived of Airplane! ), but I’d say you could do a lot worse on your next flight to LAX.

September Picks

Holly, by Stephen King

Read by: Justine Lupe Length: 15 hrs, 24 mins. Speed I listened: 1.8x

When I was a kid, I was afraid of the cover art of Stephen King books, let alone the horrors waiting in the actual pages. So I’m surprised how eagerly I now await his new releases. This latest thriller continues the adventures of the quirky detective Holly Gibney, who made her first appearance in Mr. Mercedes back in 2015 (which is itself gripping on audio). Nice students keep disappearing unexpectedly in a college town, and an elderly couple of married professors might just be kidnapping them for some unsavory purposes … with an emphasis on the savory . Justine Lupe, who was Conor’s long-suffering fiance on Succession and also played Holly in the Mr. Mercedes TV adaptation, is a fantastic narrator. Her take on the octogenarian professors is just a delight.

Just Because, by Matthew McConaughey

Read by : The author Length : 4 mins Speed I listened : 1x

I’ll probably regret admitting this, but on first listen, I found the audio version of Matthew McConaughey’s first picture book kinda sexy. It must have been that easy Texan drawl boosting my morale, telling me that I can feel alone when I’m with people or afraid at the same time as I’m being brave. “Just because you’re nice doesn’t mean you can’t get mean,” McConaughey whispered in my ear, and, you know what? He’s right. I can be nice and mean, and that’s okay. I had a friend listen to this for her gut reaction. She turned it off after 30 seconds and told me I was crazy. I told her I could be simultaneously crazy and also appreciate a Matthew McConaughey reading of a picture book.

The Vaster Wilds, by Lauren Groff

Read by: January LaVoy Length: 7 hrs, 5 mins. Speed I listened: 1.6x

I loved Groff’s novel Fates and Furies more than I can say. (So did Barack Obama .) But I found her follow-up, Matrix , which follows a nun in the 12th century, a bit static and opaque. After I read a few pages of The Vaster Wilds , which follows a servant girl on a dangerous escape from her homestead and into the wilderness, I worried I’d feel the same. So I gave it a shot on audio. Literary fiction doesn’t always play well when you listen to it, but here Groff’s poetic language just reaches your ears in a propulsive avalanche. It helps that it’s read by January LaVoy, who is one of the busiest narrators in the business. A great listen to take in in one sitting.

Leslie F*cking Jones, by Leslie Jones

Read by: The author and Chris Rock (introduction) Length : 16 hrs, 32 mins Speed I listened: 1.9x

Instead of a straightforward reading of her new memoir, comedian and onetime SNL star Leslie Jones riffs on it. She follows the framework of the written work, so we get the traditional stories about her success in college basketball, her first time doing stand-up at a contest in college, and her complicated relationships with her late brother and her parents. But it seems like that’s only a road map for this audiobook. Jones definitely takes the side roads — which explains the running time here. It’s an appealingly rambling performance filled with added details and unmitigated emotion. She sheds a lot of laughs but also a lot of tears. The number of times I erupted into uncontrollable giggles probably equals the number of times I just wanted to give Leslie F*cking Jones a big f*cking hug. Even if you’re not a fan, this is a jaw-dropping, epic recording.

Wellness, by Nathan Hill

Read by: Ari Fliakos Length: 18 hrs, 56 mins. Speed I listened: 1.7x

Ari Fliakos , an Ashtanga yogi who is also part of the avant-garde theater company Wooster Group, is another busy narrator on the audiobook scene. His tour de force performance here made me pay attention, though it probably helps that this new novel from the author of The Nix , which follows the marriage of photographer Jack and wellness expert Elizabeth from the 1990s to the present, is chock-full of terrific characters and sharply observed ideas. It’s rare for me to enjoy listening to a book this long all the way through. When I’d lose my place in Wellness , however, I’d be very happy to listen to Fliakos reread sections I’d already heard — even if they were about things as simple as getting your toddler to eat his dinner. I just loved this.

Elon Musk, by Walter Isaacson

Read by: Jeremy Bobb Length: 20 hrs, 27 mins. Speed I listened: 2.2x

I’m not a biography aficionado, but this new portrait of the SpaceX and Tesla co-founder is a big one this fall. Don’t be put off by the length: Turns out it’s an audio page-turner. Jeremy Bobb is an excellent, low-key guide, equally deft when it comes to discussing car engineering, Musk’s inner demons, and the mystique of Amber Heard. I especially enjoyed details that explore Musk’s fear of being alone, including his proclivity to cram into his mother’s Greenwich Village apartment in lieu of staying at a Manhattan hotel.

Thicker Than Water, by Kerry Washington

Read by: The author Length: 8 hrs, 59 mins Speed I listened: 2.4x

I like audio versions of celebrity memoirs because they often offer a quirky glimpse into the humanity of our biggest stars. In this new book from the star of Scandal , Kerry Washington pronounces the NYC restaurant “ Le Perigord” with such unbelievable precision and panache that you can’t help but appreciate her dedication to the French language. This book is mostly about Washington’s path to motherhood and reconciling her own modern family, but the audio accentuates her acting prowess. She truly commits to narrating her story. There’s a lot of beauty in that.

Saving Emma, by Allen Eskens

Read by : A full cast Length: 9 hrs, 1 min. Speed I listened: 2.1x

With the fall ushering in lots of serious literature, this legal thriller is just a fun ride. It’s about a law professor working a case with the Innocence Project who finds himself having some legal drama closer to home with his 14-year-old goddaughter. Some audiobooks of late are produced more like dramatic theater where multiple voice actors are given roles. I’m not sure if that approach is more or less interesting than a single narrator, but it keeps things moving along very well — and quickly — here.

Walk Through Fire, by Sheila Johnson

Read by : The author Length: 7 hrs, 42 mins” Speed I listened: 2x

I don’t know what compelled me to listen to this memoir from the 74-year-old co-founder of BET, but once I started I couldn’t turn it off. I think I was particularly touched by an early anecdote in which Johnson performs in a community production of Fiddler on the Roof as Fruma Sarah . (She’s the late wife of the butcher who comes screaming to haunt Tevye in his dreams.) Johnson uses foreshadowing phrases too abundantly (“It would only get worse”) as she chronicles her marriage, the rise of BET, her jump into philanthropy, and her life in the hospitality business. But she’s refreshingly straightforward and vocally stern when it comes to describing how her ex-husband Bob Johnson gaslit her on a regular basis. There’s also a great story about picking up Robert Redford in a Humvee.

August Picks

I am code, by code-davinci-002

Read by: Werner Herzog Length: 2 hrs, 46 mins. Speed I listened: 1.4x

Edited by Brent Katz, Josh Morgenthau, and Simon Rich, this collection of 87 poems was written by an artificial intelligence bot named code-davinci-002. I’m not sure how I’d respond to these poems had I read them, but it is next to impossible to quantify how enhanced they are when presented by the 80-year-old German director Werner Herzog . His distinctive, gravelly voice brings a deep pathos and even a loneliness to the computerized “brain” that spouted out these poems, while at the same time infusing the whole production with more than a veneer of terror. I shuddered through this entire listen, which is perhaps the highest compliment I can pay.

Shy, by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green

Read by: Green and Christine Baranski Length: 15 hrs, 45 mins Speed I listened: 1.8x

In the annals of perfect narrator matched with material, you can’t do much better than Christine Baranski as Mary Rodgers, the daughter of composer Richard Rodgers and a composer in her own right. ( Once Upon a Mattress ) Rodgers’s recollections are filled to the brim with wit, sadness, and wisdom, and Baranski brings them to insouciant, flippant, and louche life. She not only infuses a particular show business pizzazz but also a cosmopolitan New York City know-how that makes it seems she’s just telling these stories from a booth at Monkey Bar . I honestly can’t wait to listen again. In other words, it’s recorded joy.

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

Read by: Meryl Streep Length: 11 hrs, 22 mins. Speed I listened: 1.5x

In the audiobook coup of the year, this new Ann Patchett is read by Meryl Streep, herself. It’s even a one-up from Patchett’s previous novel, The Dutch House , which was narrated on audio by Tom Hanks, himself. I’m an unabashed Ann Patchett fan. I read Tom Lake as soon as I got my hands on it. If a book can be called swoon-worthy, this is it. It just made me feel all tingly from start to finish, and of course, I wept when it was over and immediately told my three best reader friends and my therapist that they needed to read it ASAP. It’s about a mother reminiscing to her daughters about a summer performing Our Town in repertory and an affair with a castmate who ended up becoming, well, someone like Brad Pitt. My experience reading Tom Lake was so under-the-covers special that I don’t know if listening to Streep reread it for me enhanced the experience. But I also can’t think of anyone who could do this book better justice.

The Invisible Hour, by Alice Hoffman

Read by: Jessie Mueller Length: 7 hrs, 44 mins. Speed I listened: 1.75x

Though she’s not an A-lister dabbling in audiobook narration, Jessie Mueller, a Chicago theater actress who won a Tony for playing Carole King on Broadway, has a specific and dazzling tenor of her own. There’s a palpable wiseness to her voice, and I’d follow it most anywhere. I was a huge Alice Hoffman fan as a teenager, though I hadn’t read anything by Hoffman in a while, and I forgot how wise she can be as a writer herself. The early chapters here, recounting life between a mother and her daughter on a cult-like commune, are stronger than a second plot strand that focuses mostly on Nathaniel Hawthorne, but you’ll want to listen to Mueller all the way.

The Breakaway, by Jennifer Weiner

Read by: Nikki Blonsky, Santino Fontana , and others Length: 13 hrs, 30 mins Speed I listened: 1.85x

The last few Jennifer Weiner novels were a little too serious for me, so I was happy that this new novel has her back to a more flippant, casual form. It’s a story of an overweight woman named Abby who leads a bike tour in upstate New York, only to discover a fellow she had a one-night stand with is on the bike tour, too. Especially interesting is a section about how Abby and her own boyfriend, Mark, relate ever since he had a lap band surgery. If Blonsky, best known for starring in the 2007 Hairspray movie, is a bit too squeaky for Abby, the rest of the dramatis personae here more than makes up for it.

Everything Nothing Someone, by Alice Carriere

Read by: the author Length: 10 hrs, 43 mins. Speed I listened: 2.1x

Before listening to this memoir of mental instability, I didn’t know anything about the painter Jennifer Bartlett or the German actor Mathieu Carriere . I don’t know that I want to know much more than I learned in this eerie, Girl, Interrupted –like memoir by their daughter, Alice. I still can’t quite comprehend the genre of insane parenting Alice experienced as a child growing up in the West Village. The story of their divorce is a kind of textbook narcissism. But Alice’s baby steps into adulthood are when the book truly flies. The retelling of her journeys in and out of mental facilities are completely riveting.

A Pocketful of Happiness, by Richard E. Grant

Read by: the author Length: 8 hrs, 13 mins. Speed I listened: 2.3x

Grant, a South African actor known for acerbic roles in films like Can You Ever Forgive Me? , which earned him an Academy Award nomination, and Spice World , which more importantly, earned him the sobriquet “Old Spice,” takes the title of this collection of diary entries from wisdom he received from his dying wife of 35 years. (She was a dialect coach who apparently worked with every famous person on the planet.) Each day, she said, should be a “pocketful of happiness.” I usually groan at such earnestness, but in the case of this memoir, Grant’s insight into being a character actor in the Hollywood awards machine and his lilting accent more than makes up for any extraneous optimism.

I’m Not Done With You Yet, by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Read by: Yu-Li Alice Shen, Saskia Maarleveld Length: 10 hrs, 42 mins. Speed I listened: 1.8x

Having really enjoyed The Plot and Yellowface , two thrillers about writers and publishing released in the past two years, has only made me yearn for more of this subgenre. I’m Not Done With You Yet may not be as satisfying as those two, but it’s a great summer listen. A “mid-list” author reconnects with (i.e., stalks) an old friend who suddenly has a must-read book. They end up at a writer’s retreat in the Hamptons where contemporary hijinks ensue as past mysteries unravel. Shen’s narration is a nice blend of wide-eyed and bitchy, which certainly kept me hanging on.

The Quiet Tenant by Clémence Michallon

Read by: Gilli Messer and a full cast Length: 10 hrs, 44 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

The setup of this novel is more macabre than its actual — ahem — execution. Still, it’s the audio equivalent of a great summer page-turner . Aidan Thomas, a widower in upstate New York, seems like the perfect dad, but he’s actually a serial killer. The book is told from the perspectives of the various women in his life: Emily, a local restaurant owner who develops feelings for Aidan; Ceclia, his teen daughter; and Rachel, his captive for the past five years. Interspersed are quick, time-of-death monologues by the anonymous women he has murdered, all read by different actors. By the climax, I was on the edge of my seat on the crosstown bus.

How To Stay Productive While the World is Ending, by Reductress

Read by: Mara Wilson and Jay Aaseng Length: 4 hrs, 49 mins Speed I listened: 1.8x

At the very least, I’m thankful for this book because of this kernel of wisdom: “Most people can’t do anything right. What separates us is the years we’ll spend apologizing for it.” I assumed that this collection of satirical essays and inspirational aphorisms would be full of clever and wry visual humor that would probably be lost when you listened to it. But I definitely chuckled a lot. It’s an added layer of humor that the book is read by Wilson, a child actress from Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire . Her take on a piece about Oscar Isaac making marinara sauce is sublime.

Girls and Their Horses, by Eliza Jane Brazier

Read by: Helen Laser Length: 9 hrs, 58 mins. Speed I listened: 1.75x

I’d first like to applaud this novel’s title paired with its ridiculous cover, which telegraphs that we’re in for a campy ride. This is all about rich families and their striving, struggling counterparts at an equestrian community in Southern California. For a novel with so many interweaving bitchy story lines, it’s a pleasant surprise that they’re all relatively easy (and interesting) to follow. That’s probably also due to the cunning voice of Laser, who also recently narrated another winner of a thriller, Yellowface , by R.F. Kuang.

The Only One Left, by Riley Sager

Read by: Dawn Harvey and Christine Lakin Length: 12 hrs, 32 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

I always imagined Riley Sager was a University of Michigan graduate turned Massachusetts-based mom who was inspired after reading Gone Girl to start writing thrillers. However, I just learned that Sager is actually a pen name for a fellow named Todd Ritter. Now that I’ve uncovered that information — like the best armchair sleuths, I found it on Wikipedia — that doesn’t change my enjoyment of this Lizzie Borden–inspired thriller set in 1983. It’s about a caregiver with a shady past named Kit McDeere hired to see after the dying and mute Lenora Hope, who became infamous in 1929 when she was suspected in the massacre of her family. Lenora can only communicate with Kit on an old typewriter. Much of my delight here came from the dual readers who switch between Kit’s and Lenora’s perspectives. For my money, though, my favorite Sager audiobook is still 2021’s cat and mouse Survive the Night .

Burn it Down, by Maureen Ryan

Read by: Samara Naeymi Length: 13 hrs, 54 mins. Speed I listened: 2.2x

I would argue that this book, a treatise on “power, complicity, and a call for change in Hollywood,” is full of a lot of sweeping generalizations, but I’d also argue that those broad strokes seem true. Ryan, a film and television critic, uses examples like Lost , Scott Rudin, Lucasfilm and Saturday Night Live to show that the pervasive abuse and exploitation in the industry comes from the top down. I couldn’t always follow why Ryan was using the examples she was using — oftentimes, she’s a bit light on details — but I appreciated that she was coming out to say something at all. That feels powerful. As a reader and a stand-in for Ryan, Naeymi strikes just the right amount of frustration and anger.

Pageboy: A Memoir

Read by: the author Length: 8 hrs, 24 mins. Speed I listened: 2.3x

I’m including this memoir because it’s a part of the cultural Zeitgeist , rather than because of my actual enjoyment of it. If you have an interest in pop culture and Hollywood, it’s sort of unavoidable. (It came in hot on the New York Times “Best Seller” list, and I’m very curious to see how long that lasts.) Page’s accounts of how he’s been treated by the entertainment industry provides a poignant companion piece to Burn It Down . As a forewarning, this book, which often jumps confusingly between Page’s impressionistic childhood and his struggles with his identity, has many more scenes of sexual intimacy than any memoir by a movie star that I’ve read. I couldn’t help thinking that Page wanted us to know how much sex he has had since starring in Juno .

Everything’s Fine, by Cecilia Rabess

Read by: Denée Benton Length: 10 hrs, 55 mins Speed I listened: 1.9x

Benton, a Broadway actress who played Cinderella in the recent revival of Into the Woods and also appears on HBO’s The Gilded Age , made waves at this year’s Tonys by referring to Ron DeSantis as the “ Grand Wizard .” She brings that feistiness to her performance of this novel, about a young Black analyst at Goldman Sachs named Jess and her rocky on-again-off-again relationship with Josh, a white, conservative colleague. Oh, and it’s 2016. Things get a bit creaky plotwise, but when Jess’s dad falls ill about three quarters of the way through, there is some pretty compelling stuff.

The Five-Star Weekend, by Elin Hilderbrand

Read by: Erin Bennett Length: 12 hrs, 45 mins. Speed I listened: 2.2x

I’ve managed to avoid Hilderbrand’s opus of novels, most of them set on Nantucket, purely based on their generic cover art. But these beach reads seem to get more and more popular every year, so I figured I’d give this No. 1 Times best seller a shot. On audio, at least, the grounded soapy drama — about a Martha Stewart–y widow who invites five different friends from each decade of her life for a beach weekend — is totally diverting for a car ride to [ insert destination of choice ]. Bennett is a welcome vocal guide, even if some of her takes on the male and nonwhite characters can lean toward the clunky.

Tell Me Everything, by Minka Kelly

Read by: The author Length: 8 hrs, 40 mins. Speed I listened: 2.1x

Though celebrity memoirs are a major silo in my life, I still bemoan there are too many of them. But then a book like Kelly’s comes along. Kelly, a former nurse who got her start on the television series Friday Night Lights , is so piercingly honest, you just want to reach out through Audible and give her a hug. There’s a lot of tough stuff that Kelly handles with enormous grace both on the page and vocally — in particular a very complicated relationship with her late mother, a onetime stripper. One scene, in which Kelly listens to a therapist’s advice and confronts her mother, is especially harrowing and moving. Maybe I’m predisposed here. When I first moved to L.A., I hung out a few times with Kelly via a mutual friend. Mostly I remember singing “Defying Gravity” on a hike up Runyon Canyon, but I didn’t know about anything she talks about here, except maybe her love for Wicked . It’s totally gripping: I couldn’t take my earbuds out.

The Daddy Diaries, by Andy Cohen

Read by: The author Length: 10 hrs, 32 mins. Speed I listened: 2.2x

This is the third in Cohen’s series of published diaries, and I think they’re just the bee’s knees. In this one, he chronicles a year juggling Housewives , his precocious son, and a newborn daughter. There’s self-reflection, self-effacement, gossip, humor. I mean, there should be a National Book Award special citation for these books. However, despite a longtime radio show, it turns out Cohen dislikes recording audiobooks. It’s like “speaking into a vacuum,” he says, so occasionally, he makes audiobook-exclusive special asides to the listener. Like when he quotes a note he gets from Cher in the style of Cher, Cohen says: “Sorry for that shitty Cher impression. Maybe it will get better.” It doesn’t, but that’s part of the fun here. One of the only missed opportunities: a sound effect of the overly loud ice-maker Cohen says constantly bothers his neighbors.

Uncle of the Year, by Andrew Rannells

Read by: The author Length: 5 hrs, 50 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

Obviously, I have a soft spot for memoirs by gay men in showbiz, but I thought this second collection from Rannells, star of Book of Mormon and HBO’s Girls , went down like an Aperol spritz. The actor dishes just enough: on an ex who breaks up with him just before the Tonys; on the workshops for Book of Mormon ; on airless meetings in Hollywood; on a trip to the Golden Globes that involves him stroking Mark Ruffalo’s back and feeling ignored by Sienna Miller. Rannells has that Nebraskan folksy charm going for him, but the fact that he dedicates this book to Zoloft gives it an edge.

The Wishing Game, by Meg Shaffer

Read by: Paul Boehmer and Rachel L. Jacobs Length: 10 hrs, 38 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

I had a really hard time finding novels on audio this month to get excited about. I started a handful of things I just didn’t want to finish. I got bored and annoyed in the first 30 minutes of The Making of Another Motion Picture Masterpiece , even though it’s read by its author, the actor Tom Hanks. I’ve not had much luck in the past with Emily Henry . And The Covenant of Water , the new Abraham Verghese novel, is over 31 hours. Though we’re in the middle of a writers’ strike, 31 hours is a lot. Ten hours is much more manageable, and The Wishing Game grabbed me from the beginning. It has a bit of The Westing Game meets Willy Wonka, with a twist of TJ Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea . In this book, the powers that be won’t let Lucy, a teacher’s aide, adopt one of her young students, an orphan named Christopher. Lucy has always been obsessed with a series of books that takes place on Clock Island by the reclusive author Jack Masterson. Masterson, who hasn’t published in years, announces he’s written a new book and will hold a contest — a kind of scavenger hunt — to find it, and Lucy becomes a contestant. Sometimes the book’s emotion (I was on the verge of tears once) veers toward, well, the overly emotional, but the two narrators here keep things grounded.

Drowning, by TJ Newman

Read by: Steven Weber and Laura Benanti Length: 7 hrs, 43 mins. Speed I listened : 1.8x

Two years ago, Newman, a onetime flight attendant, released Falling , another page-turner thriller on a plane. The cover art on Drowning looks almost identical, and, hey, maybe Newman will do for gerunds what Sue Grafton did for the alphabet. (Grafton started her Kinsey Milhone mysteries with A Is for Alibi. She got to Y Is for Yesterday before she died in 2017.) Obviously, there are a lot more -ing words than 26. I found this book, about a plane that crashes in the water, cinematically compelling . I will say that the audio version is greatly enhanced by the vocalizing of Laura Benanti, though most things are. Weber, who also narrated Falling , is totally riveting, though he can get a little grating when he acts out an octogenarian couple attempting to escape the sinking vessel.

The Shift, by Tinx

Read by: The author Length: 5 hrs, 17 mins. Speed I listened: Between 1.8x and 2.3x

I have no idea who Tinx is. I gather she’s a TikTok personality. I’ve probably been listening to too many audiobooks and watching too much Selling Sunset to notice. So color me a bit astonished at how much I enjoyed and gleaned from this self-help/dating guide, to the point where I’m actually suggesting each and every one of you listen to it, too. At the top of this audiobook, Tinx, an influencer previously known as Christina Najjar, says she’s going to provide some “holy fucking shit breakthroughs” you can use on a daily basis. And I have to say, her advice is pretty damn good — perhaps the most grounded and salient wisdom about trusting yourself and simply adjusting your perspective I’ve heard in a long time. It helps that Tinx is both direct and self-effacing as she’s offering it up. I know this book is marketed toward women, but as a single gay man who doesn’t always feel awesome about himself, I learned a lot from it, too. Holy fucking shit, indeed.

April Picks

Honey, Baby, Mine, by Laura Dern and Diane Ladd

Read by: The authors, with a foreword read by Reese Witherspoon Length: 7 hrs, 40 mins. Speed I listened: 1.75x

This book comprises a series of conversations between Laura Dern and her mother, the actress Diane Ladd, that occurred during the walks they took to build back Ladd’s lung capacity. The walks happened before Dern even filmed last summer’s Jurassic World Dominion , and Ladd, at 87, is still very much alive. As far as I understand it, the audiobook is not the original conversations, but a recreation of them. Some of the discussion topics get really confrontational. For instance, when Dern brings up incidents of Ladd slapping her at age 14, or when Ladd took her grandson Ellery to get a haircut while Dern and her ex-husband, Ben Harper, were traveling. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that this audiobook could be considered a kind of performance just because the mother-daughter interaction is so real, so relatable, so raw, so fascinating. There are even breathy coughs by Ladd, and I can’t tell if they’re on cue. There’s a lot to take in here: Just talking the way they do about Ladd’s inevitable death is head-spinningly potent. Ladd, who frequently uses tropes like “Loving someone is a risk,” is a mellifluous speaker; when Dern mimics her mother’s southern twang, it’s especially sweet.

Don’t Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You, by Lucinda Williams

Read by: The author Length: 6 hrs, 14 mins. Speed I listened: 1.5x

The only Lucinda Williams album I’ve listened to in earnest was 1998’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road . But I still took great pleasure in her book, which has more in common with the Patti Smith school of memoir than your typical rock autobiography. There’s some poetry, some heartbreak, some soul-searching. I’m a true speed listener; I usually start listening at 1.75x speed these days and crank it up faster from there. So it’s especially rare for me to listen to any book at 1.5x these days. It means I’m really enjoying living in a book. That’s what I did here. I just found Williams’s gravelly speaking voice so soothing. It made me happily revisit Car Wheels on a Gravel Road again, too.

Natural Beauty, by Ling Ling Huang

Read by : Carolyn Kang Length: 7 hrs, 45 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

I wanted a little bit more from this off-center tale about a classical pianist who begins working at a beauty company called Holistik, only to discover that beneath all the strange moisturizers and other products lies something more nefarious. What it very much has going for it is that the novel is just kind of bananas in terms of how it presents insidious corporate culture and cutting-edge (emphasis on the cutting) beauty treatments. I think “bananas” is a high form of praise, actually, and it certainly made Natural Beauty compulsively listenable. Kang’s wide-eyed, innocent narration makes the listening experience even more compelling.

Dirty Laundry, by Disha Bose

Read by: Chandrika Naraynan-Mohan Length: 8 hrs, 39 mins. Speed I listened: 1.75x

Like Natural Beauty , this new thriller goes a bit ridiculous as it delves in and out of the lives of three women who live in an Irish village: Ciara, Mishti, and Lauren. They each have unsavory husbands and make some hard-to-defend choices. Still, the reader, Narayan-Mohan, is an Indian-born, Dublin-based writer and performer and I found the mysterious lilt of her voice so musical that I definitely enjoyed this one more than if I’d read it.

Chita, by Chita Rivera

Read by: The author Length: 13 hrs, 41 mins. Speed I listened: 2.1x

I wear the fact that I love musicals on my sleeve. Chicago has been one of my favorites since I played Mr. Cellophane at summer camp. (The revival, still playing on Broadway, came a short while later; I like to think I inspired it.) Rivera was the original Velma Kelly in that show, but her resume goes far beyond that to West Side Story and Bye Bye Birdie . Any Broadway gossip is fine by me, whether it’s about how the Canadian magician Doug Henning (with whom Rivera starred in an ill-fated musical called Merlin ) couldn’t act or sing, how film director Ivan Reitman drove Rivera crazy when he directed her onstage, or Liza Minnelli’s unsurprisingly erratic behavior while the two appeared as mother and daughter in Kander and Ebb’s The Rink . For someone so nice, Rivera’s claws can come out every once in a while. She calls the ambitious side of her personality “Dolores.” I love that. She also refers to this book as a “memwa” which I also admire deeply.

Monster: A Fan’s Dilemma, by Claire Dederer

Read by: The author Length : 8 hrs, 14 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

There’s a line in this treatise on awful humans who make amazing art that basically knocked me over with a feather. “We’ve all loved terrible people,” Dederer says here. “How do I know this? Because I know people and people are terrible.” Spending several hours with Dederer as she breaks down how we’re meant to approach the cultural contributions of people who’ve done very unsavory things — i.e., Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, and Pablo Picasso — is enlightening and clever, even if it doesn’t necessarily offer anything in the way of a clear answer. It made me wish I was back in grad school.

You Could Make This Place Beautiful, by Maggie Smith

Read by: The author Length: 7 hrs, 48 mins Speed I listened: 1.7x

I think, at this point, I’d follow the poet Maggie Smith anywhere. Her grounded perspicacity just makes me want to slow down and think about the world as she does. This isn’t necessarily an easy book — it’s about the dissolution of Smith’s marriage — but she just seems so wise and her voice so soothing that I would have even listened to her read Chita Rivera’s “memwa” if she’d recorded it for some bizarre reason.

March Picks

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Read by: Eunice Wong Length: 10 hrs, 42 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

Personally, I don’t think we can ever have enough content featuring older ladies solving crimes. This one’s about Vera Wong, a woman who owns a failing tea shop in San Francisco. To get an idea of the humor here, she calls her tea shop Vera Wang’s so she can get more customer interest. This book is a bit short on mystery and more about finding your chosen family; I would have liked a bit more unsolicited advice for the amateur murderer. But Eunice Wong’s clever narration — especially her very funny take on Vera — makes this a delight. Like the perfect cup of Silver Needles tea.

The Golden Spoon, by Jessa Maxwell

Read by : A full cast Length : 8 hrs, 37 mins. Speed I listened: 1.75x

Here’s another mystery that comes up a bit short on the mystery part but more than makes up for it with a splendid setup and inventive characters. This one takes place over the course of a cooking competition. Maxwell adroitly moves the plot along as she shifts from character to character. Different actors — all good — read the contestants as well as the book’s version of The Great British Baking Show ’s Prue Leith, here known as Betsy Martin. A pretty great Sunday binge and definitely less calories than a Battenberg cake.

STFU, by Dan Lyons

Read by: The author Length: 6 hrs, 44 mins. Speed I listened: 1.7x

One of Lyons’s previous books, Disrupted , scared the hell out of me and, I assume, other journalists. It had seemed to me that Silicon Valley was a potential escape hatch and financial win, but in that book Lyons learned that it wasn’t. In this more self-help-y tome, he suggests we’d all be better off if we talked less and smiled more. That was a through line in Hamilton also, but it will probably sink in more after hearing this. With STFU, the author left me scared again — I fear I’ve talked way too much for the last few decades — but also assured me that, maybe, I can fix the problem. Even if Lyons talks the whole time here, the audio’s pretty successful because I only wanted him to STFU on occasion.

Paris the Memoir, by Paris Hilton

Read by: The author Length: 8 hrs, 22 mins. Speed I listened : 2x

We learn so much about the way celebrities live by listening to their memoirs. I listened to eight and a half hours of Paris Hilton talking about herself and her family, and the anecdote that most interested me was that she totes an extra carry-on when she travels so she can go shopping for business books at the airport. I’m giving Hilton the benefit of the doubt that (a) she doesn’t like to read on a Kindle, (b) would rather support physical bookstores than Amazon, and (c) just happens to travel a lot and doesn’t have a lot of time to shop for books. Her memoir, read in Hilton’s trademark Marilyn Monroe–like whisper, feels more like a horror movie than you’d expect, especially when she describes the torture she experienced at a school for troubled teens. ( That’s in her documentary, too. ) Paris the Memoir gave me a new edict to pair with shutting the fuck up: “Don’t give it oxygen.”

White Cat, Black Dog, by Kelly Link

Read by: Patton Oswalt, Dan Stevens, and others Length: 7 hrs, 50 mins. Speed I listened: 1.5x-2x, depending on the story

I’m not hugely into collections of short stories on audio, but I do appreciate a reinvented fairy tale every once in a while. A few of the stories here lost me, but at least three expertly narrated ones — a take on a Norwegian folk tale read by Stevens ( Downton Abbey), another featuring the black dog of the title read by Oswalt, and a third with the magical white cat read by frequent audiobook narrator Rebecca Lowman — are weird, very Brooklyn meets Stephen King, and completely engrossing. I’m tempted to relisten to the other four stories again to see if I can figure out what I missed.

Lone Women, by Victor LaValle

Read by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt Length: 9 hrs, 12 mins. Speed I listened: 1.75x

Evocative, scary, disarming, and funny, this horror novel follows Adelaide Henry and her gigantic steamer trunk as they leave California in 1915 and make their way to the middle-of-nowhere Montana where land is aplenty and yet people are still assholes. It’s the kind of page-turner you don’t want to turn off, and Abbott-Pratt infuses her narration with anxiety and wistfulness. A four-quadrant slam-dunk.

Hang the Moon, by Jeanette Walls

Read by: The author Length: 12 hrs, 8 mins. Speed I listened: 1.8x

There’s a lot of plot in this bildungsroman, set in Virginia during Prohibition. It’s the story of Sallie Kincaid as she tries to survive all of the family drama around her. You know, sudden deaths that come from showboating, husbands who turn out to like guys, squabbling over wills, making one’s way in the world by bootlegging. Kincaid, quick-witted and independent, reminded me a bit of a depressed Fannie Flagg character with a touch of Vivian Morris, the heroine of Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls . That’s all a plus. Walls does her own expert reading, which makes this good old-fashioned yarn all the more intimate.

How Not To Kill Yourself, by Clancy Martin

Read by: The author Length: 14 hrs, 33 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

“Suicide is all around us, and we must talk about it,” writes Martin, who chronicles his various suicide attempts in this incredibly personal mix of memoir and literary criticism. It’s often painful and upsetting, sure, and it’s hard to tell people you’re reading or listening to a book about suicide without getting an “Are you okay?” response. But this book also feels vitally important because it goes deeply into a conversation about mental health so few of us ever have. Sometimes the conversation here gets circuitous and repetitive, but Martin’s sweetly soothing Canadian lilt makes listening to him and his own travails even more compelling.

February Picks

Maame, by Jessica George

Read by: Heather Agyepong Length: 10 hrs, 10 mins. Speed I listened: 1.75x

I really liked this novel. I think I liked it more because Agyepong, a British visual artist and performer, reads it just so damn well. Told in first person, it follows Maddie Wright, a young Ghanaian woman living in London. She’s a virgin jumping from one snoozy admin job to another, taking care of her father who’s dying from Parkinson’s. Her family calls her “Maame” because it means “the responsible one.” Sardonic, authentic, and a little bit sad, it moves along at a brisk pace. Compulsively listenable.

Movie Star by Jessica Simpson

Read by: The author Length : 52 mins Speed I listened: 1.7x

Jessica Simpson’s Open Book is one of the better advertisements for celebrity audiobooks in recent memory. Its success owes something to Simpson’s relatable charm. Listening to the 2020 book is a personal — dare I say intimate — experience that certainly hides any shortcomings in the memoir itself. “Movie Star” is a short, new standalone autobiographical essay about how Simpson was courted by a famous film actor. ( Page Six thinks it’s Mark Wahlberg .) I have no idea why or how this essay exists, but I’m extremely glad it does. One of the few revelations it includes is that when Simpson ran into the “movie star” at the gym, she worried she had a lot of gas from her low-carb diet. Simpson sounds as if she’s laughing through the whole retelling of the story; that only amplified my enjoyment. I would have liked her to continue telling it for 17 more hours.

The Writing Retreat, by Julia Bartz

Read by: Gail Shalan Length: 11 hrs, 30 mins. Speed I listened: 1.9x

In this enjoyable thriller, a group of fledgling writers attend a writer’s retreat led by the odd, maybe even draconian, novelist Roza Vallo. Two of them, Wren and Alex, are ex-friends, rivals, and almost lovers. Though I could have done without a few of the left-field plot twists and the somewhat overwrought same-sex anxieties, the audio really sails when Bartz focuses on the desperate and all-too-real aspirations of young writers. Roza is also pretty over the top and not what she seems, perhaps even a charlatan. Shalan, the narrator, elevates the whole production by giving her an off-center Julia-Garner-as-Anna-Delvey voice.

Love Pamela, by Pamela Anderson

Read by: The author Length: 5 hrs, 28 mins. Speed I listened : 1.7x

If you’re not already a Pam Anderson stan, this heartfelt audiobook will make you one. Yes, there are encounters with Scott Baio at the Playboy Mansion and scenes of passionate lovemaking with Tommy Lee, but just try not to swoon when the Baywatch actress recites the “To be or not to be” soliloquy from Hamlet . I hope, one day, Anderson will get to attack the Bard’s Great Dane on stage. (Paging Ivo van Hove!) The memoir ends with Anderson, 55, making a triumphant Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago . Who cares if she doesn’t know how to pronounce Gwen Verdon ? We say VER-don, she says ver-DON. Tomato, tomahto, this is a celebrity audiobook aficionado’s dream.

Unscripted, by James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams

Read by: Robert Petkoff Length: 12 hrs, 23 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

I listened to this account of all the michegoss that went down in 2016 at Viacom, CBS, and Paramount Global in the same way I likely would have read it: voraciously. Did I pick up every single bit of information Times reporters Stewart and Abrams dug up? I doubt it. But I think I got the important points: that Hollywood is bananas; that, in some industries, you can be completely incapacitated and still rake in a blockbuster salary; and that powerful media magnate Sumner Redstone would regularly burst into fits of sobs. It wouldn’t have mattered who narrated the book, but Petkoff seemed to be respectful of how often my jaw dropped at some of the nuttier revelations about both Redstone and former CBS executive Les Moonves.

Sensitive, by Jenn Granneman and Andre Solo

Read by: Patty Nieman Length: 7 hrs, 22 mins. Speed I listened: 2x

If you’re reading this, you can probably glean that I’m a very sensitive person. I mean, I’m emotionally stirred by Pamela Anderson and Jessica Simpson. I just wish I’d had this book, which claims that sensitivity is a “superpower” in business and in life, in my arsenal a lot earlier than this month. Sensitive doesn’t necessarily tell you anything new, but hearing what it has to say helps reframe how you think about yourself. For instance, Granneman and Solo write that “there’s nothing about being a sensitive person that needs to be fixed.” As for the audiobook: I think it helps to hear these things out loud, and Nieman’s narration seeps into your consciousness. If nothing else, I appreciated the concept that when someone tells you, “You’re too sensitive,” it’s a form of gaslighting.

January Picks

Spare, by Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex

Read by: Prince Harry Length: 15 hrs, 39 mins Speed I listened: Mostly 1.75x, but 1.5x for the stuff about his frostbitten penis

Listening to this book was a special form of insufferable torture. Time and again, as I zipped through it, I’d text friends saying “I hate Harry.” But I couldn’t stop, because Spare is a strange, contemporary artifact in the game of What Was This Person Thinking ? Just him announcing the title of his book and his name—“by Prince Harry”—is weird. Does he call himself Prince Harry when he signs up for a SoulCycle class? It’s probably unfair to wonder if, IRL, Harry actually uses the expressions leitmotif and Kafkaesque and emotional cul-de-sac . But I do question why he chooses to tell us that he’s drunk alcoholic beverages out of friends’ prosthetic legs multiple times. I mean, I Googled it, and it’s a thing, but Harry feels we should know that he’s done this on enough occasions that he can’t remember if he drank out of a prosthetic leg on a particular evening while visiting the South Pole? I don’t know, Harry. The frostbitten penis stuff has been covered ad nauseam, but my jaw just kept dropping even after that. However, his short singing selection from Elton John’s “Your Song” is a surprising highlight.

The Fraud Squad by Kyla Zhao

Read by: Siho Ellsmore Length: 11 hrs, 33 mins Speed I listened: 1.75x

Sure, this book is a lot like Crazy Rich Asians , but it’s a totally enjoyable retread of that popular best seller. With the help of two wealthy friends, Samantha Song, a working-class public relations executive, tries to make her way into high society in Singapore. I don’t know how it feels when you read it on the page, but Australia-born narrator Ellsmore amplifies the experience. She gives several of the secondary characters voices that signal how annoying, snobby, or untrustworthy they may be. It’s a kick of a time, especially if you’re interested in the fashion-magazine or “It” girl set, but who isn’t?

Everybody Knows by Jordan Harper

Read by: Megan Tusing and William DeMeritt Length: 9 hrs, 25 mins Speed I listened: 2x

I love a Hollywood novel, and this one scratched this month’s itch. It’s about a crisis publicist named Mae who investigates the sudden death of her boss when he’s shot near the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s a town where “nobody talks. But everybody whispers.” There’s not much here that’s shocking, new, or even quite as bizarre as those scenes with Tobey Maguire in Babylon , but I found Tusing’s narrations of Mae’s descent into the Hollywood underbelly rhythmically gripping.

The House in the Pines, by Ana Reyes

Read by: Marisol Ramirez Length: 8 hrs, 34 mins Speed I listened: 2x

For a lot of this audiobook I kept wondering: Where is this going? That was a good thing … until it got where it was going. There are a few seemingly disconnected strands here. In the present, Maya is trying to kick a Klonopin habit without telling her current boyfriend. In the past, she’s embroiled in a strange relationship with Frank, who has a habit of hypnotizing and maybe killing women, including Maya’s friend Aubrey. Also, Maya’s deceased father wrote a mysterious novel that should somehow tie into all of this, though I still couldn’t tell you how. But until the final scenes, Ramirez’s narration is enthralling.

How to Sell a Haunted House, by Grady Hendrix

Read by: Jay Aaseng and Mikhaila Aaseng Length: 13 hrs Speed I listened: 2x

I wish this was a tongue-in-cheek book about how to off-load haunted real estate, but it’s really about siblings arguing over their parents’ estate. That happens to be one of my least favorite topics in the entire universe. (Don’t ask me to elaborate.) It’s a testament to Hendrix’s storytelling and the narrators that I didn’t turn this book off from its opening scene and that I continued to listen even when puppets started talking and doing very mean things to the various characters. Consider it a companion piece to M3gan , sadly sans Allison Williams.

Sam, by Allegra Goodman

Read by: Rebecca Lowman Length: 8 hrs, 34 mins Speed I listened: 2x

I haven’t read Allegra Goodman’s fiction in a while, but Jenna Bush Hager chose this as her Today show book-club book for January, so I decided to give it a listen. (You’ve gotta take your cues from somewhere.) Basically, it’s a bildungsroman about a young girl named Sam who has an absent father and a penchant for climbing walls. It’s all very slice of life — there are no haunted robot puppets or murdering hypnotizers here — but I found myself really attached to Sam, in part because of Lowman’s grounded narration, and I wanted to know where she ended up. I feel like you might too.

Blaze Me a Sun, by Christopher Carlsson

Read by: Peter Noble Length: 13 hrs, 48 mins Speed I listened: 2x

I often look for books that will mirror the experience of listening to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo novels, and this is the closest I’ve gotten in a while. Stieg Larsson’s trilogy was read by Simon Vance; this one is read by Peter Noble, who sounds similar. I guess I just find comfort in hearing Swedish names like Sven Jörgensson and towns like Tofta repeated again and again. None of the characters here come close to Lisbeth Salander or Mikael Blomkvist, and there may be more family drama than murder in this story, but I found it absorbing.

The Villa, by Rachel Hawkins

Read by: Julia Whelan, Kimberly Wetherell, and Shiromi Arserio Length: 7 hrs, 57 mins Speed I listened: 1.85x

This is about a newly divorced “cozy mystery” author named Em who vacations at a villa in Umbria with her friend Chess, a much more successful writer of whom she’s a tad jealous. Their story of a symbiotic and repellant relationship, read by Whelan, was plenty engaging for me. But every so often Hawkins goes back to a second, less interesting narrative in 1974, where she tosses in some Fleetwood Mac, some Mary Shelley, and the Manson murders, and turns the whole thing into an overstuffed Milk Bar cookie. I’d recommend the contemporary parts if you can just alternate chapters and skip to those.

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Death at Lovers' Leap

  • Martha Miller, Book 3
  • By: Catherine Coles
  • Narrated by: Alex Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
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As Valentine's Day rolls around, Martha Miller finds herself unusually melancholy at the state of her own love life. With husband Stan still missing and with her growing feelings for Vicar Luke still shrouded in secrecy, there’s only one place Martha can go - famous local beauty spot, Lovers' Leap. Legend has it that those with a broken heart throw themselves off the bridge that spans the river, but Martha is certainly not about to do such a thing! But it looks like someone else has had other ideas.

  • Series: Martha Miller , Book 3
  • Release date: 16-02-2024
  • Language: English
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An Heir of Frost

  • A Trial of Sorcerers, Book 4
  • By: Elise Kova
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins

The fate of five kingdoms teeters on the knife’s edge, and Eira’s destiny is in the icy grasp of the Pirate Queen. After a narrow escape from the brutal end of the Tournament of Five Kingdoms, Eira and her friends find themselves prisoners of the legendary Pirate Queen Adela. To most, death follows shortly after the pirate queen’s icy stare. But for Eira, those all to familiar eyes hold long-sought truths.

  • Series: Trial of Sorcerers , Book 4

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And a Dog Called Fig

  • Solitude, Connection, the Writing Life
  • By: Helen Humphreys
  • Narrated by: Tosca Hopkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins

Award-winning author Helen Humphreys tells a beautiful tale in this brilliant memoir of the writing life as told through the dogs Humphreys has lived with and loved over a lifetime.

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The Seed of the Woman

  • 30 Narratives That Point to Jesus
  • By: Nana Dolce
  • Narrated by: Nana Dolce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins

The Seed of the Woman traces the gospel storyline through the narratives of women―from the garden of Eden to the times of the matriarchs, the judges, the kings, the Exile―to the birth of Christ. In this thoroughly biblical and encouraging book, Nana Dolce opens up their lives and uncovers deep truths that shape our daily life and faith. Through the stories of these thirty women, we find our place in the fabric of redemptive history as it unfolds to show us Jesus, the promised Seed of the Woman.

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Hardy Boys Adventures Collection, Volume 3

  • Peril at Granite Peak, The Battle of Bayport
  • By: Franklin W. Dixon
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs

This bundle includes Peril at Granite Peak and The Battle of Bayport .

  • Series: Hardy Boys Adventures , Book 5-6

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Nancy Drew Diaries Collection, Volume 4

  • The Phantom of Nantucket, The Magician's Secret
  • By: Carolyn Keene
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins

This bundle includes The Phantom of Nantucket and The Magician's Secret .

  • Series: Nancy Drew Diaries , Book 7-8

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Nancy Drew Diaries Collection, Volume 3

  • Sabotage at Willow Woods, Secret at Mystic Lake
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins

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  • Series: Nancy Drew Diaries , Book 5-6

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Nancy Drew Diaries Collection, Volume 2

  • Mystery of the Midnight Rider, Once upon a Thriller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins

This bundle includes Mystery of the Midnight Rider and Once upon a Thriller .

  • Series: Nancy Drew Diaries , Book 3-4

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Hardy Boys Adventures Collection, Volume 2

  • The Vanishing Game, Into Thin Air
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins

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  • Series: Hardy Boys Adventures , Book 3-4

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  • Shadows at Predator Reef, Deception on the Set
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins

This bundle includes Shadows at Predator Reef and Deception on the Set .

  • Series: Hardy Boys Adventures , Book 7-8
  • Release date: 01-01-2200

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Hardy Boys Adventures Collection, Volume 5

  • The Curse of the Ancient Emerald, Tunnel of Secrets
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins

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  • Series: Hardy Boys Adventures , Book 9-10

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  • Secret of the Red Arrow, Mystery of the Phantom Heist
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins

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Why We Play with Fire

  • By: Giselle Vriesen
  • Narrated by: Kimoy Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins

When Leah’s mother and grand-mother push her through a magic well in their backyard in order to escape a mysterious darkness, with an ominous directive to “retrieve the keys”, the last place she expects to come up for air in is a house for the children of gods. But—that’s exactly what happens. And the aforementioned keys? They’re kept inside the house, safe from the outside world and the mysterious Arcana, a magical secret society intent on stealing them.

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The Self-Permission Method

  • How to Succeed in Life without Using Self-Discipline
  • By: Jaemin Frazer
  • Narrated by: Jaemin Frazer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins

Although self-discipline is culturally celebrated as best practice for high performers, it is the worst kind of motivation. The Self-Permission Method moves away from this harsh, critical, abusive self-discipline, and is the next frontier in the evolution of human consciousness. The thinking that has once been seen as best practice for ambitious humans to get the most out of themselves is now out of date and in need of a radical overhaul.

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The Seven Day Mental Diet

  • How to Change Your Life in a Week
  • By: Emmet Fox
  • Narrated by: Jason McCoy
  • Length: 17 mins

Emmet Fox's transformative "The Seven Day Mental Diet" (1935) immerses listeners in a week-long journey of self-improvement through the power of positive thinking and affirmations. Fox, a prominent New Thought minister, proposes that our thoughts possess immense power, shaping our realities. By deliberately cultivating positive thoughts and replacing negative ones, we unlock the potential for profound personal transformation.

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Nancy Drew Diaries Collection, Volume 1

  • Curse of the Arctic Star, Strangers on a Train
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins

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My Lady Castlemaine

  • Being a Life of Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine, Afterwards Duchess of Cleveland
  • By: Philip Walsingham Sergeant
  • Narrated by: Julia Eve
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins

Philip Walsingham Sergeant's biography of Barbara from 1912 draws on contemporary writings to tell her story, giving a more vivid and faithful presentation of the spirit of the time. He traces her life from her early girlhood, through her time at Court, her exile, and ending with her involvement in a bigamy trial.

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A Plane Crash to Christ

  • Experiences in Prison Ministry
  • By: Robert J Parkhurst
  • Narrated by: Art Brown
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins

Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School proved to be the most demanding 16 weeks of my life. The naval flight training continued to be demanding and a plane crash shook me up to the point of asking myself what life's purpose was all about. The Lord provided just what I needed to come to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. Now, with the Holy Spirit to guide me, involvement in prison ministry provided a rich environment to be used to touch men's hearts with the truth of Christ. 

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Kiss of the Flame Blossom

  • By: Donald Dale
  • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
  • Length: 34 mins

Whether she was a woman or a devil, we will never know for sure, but when she stood before him in all her awful beauty, all thoughts of love and honor fled from his mind, and he arose to answer her call to embrace the blossom of fire.

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Unfair Love

  • Crushed Hearts, Book 1
  • By: Anna Katmore
  • Narrated by: Denver Adams, James Cortes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins

Once in a lifetime, you meet a unicorn. Raffael is pure Nordic ice. Controlled. Determined. And drop-dead gorgeous. Winning his car was a lucky strike. Winning his heart when he's so afraid of the truth, turns out to be the hardest challenge I've ever raced to complete.

  • Narrated by: Denver Adams , James Cortes
  • Series: Crushed Hearts Series , Book 1

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For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say.

Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life — until the unthinkable happens.

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No matter your goals, "Atomic Habits" offers a proven framework for improving every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

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Some summers are just destined to be pretty.

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the following summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys Belly has known since her very first summer — they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

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The battle in the heavens has left a target on Lindon's back.

His most reliable ally is gone, the Monarchs see him as a threat, and he has inherited one of the most valuable facilities in the world. At any moment, his enemies could band together to kill him.

If it weren't for the Dreadgods. All four are empowered and unleashed, rampaging through Cradle, and grudges old and new must be set aside. The Monarchs need every capable fighter to help them defend their territory.

And Lindon needs time. While he fights, he sends his friends off to train. They'll need to advance impossibly fast if they want to join him in battle against the kings and queens of Cradle. Together, they will need enough power to rival a Dreadgod.

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From decorated Green Beret sniper and UFC headliner Tim Kennedy comes a rollicking, inspirational memoir. It offers lessons on embracing failure and weathering storms — to unlock the strongest version of yourself.

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It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again, and Conrad stopped caring. Everything right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come. But when Jeremiah calls, saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started — at Cousins Beach.

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Fresh off a bad breakup with a longtime boyfriend, Nantucket sweetheart Lizbet Keaton is desperately seeking a second act. When she's named the new general manager of the Hotel Nantucket, a once Gilded Age gem turned abandoned eyesore, she hopes that her local expertise and charismatic staff can win the favor of their new London billionaire owner, Xavier Darling, as well as that of Shelly Carpenter, the wildly popular Instagram tastemaker who can help put them back on the map. 

And while the Hotel Nantucket appears to be a blissful paradise, complete with a celebrity chef-run restaurant and an idyllic wellness center, there's a lot of drama behind closed doors. The staff (and guests) have complicated pasts, and the hotel can't seem to overcome the bad reputation it earned in 1922 when a tragic fire killed 19-year-old chambermaid Grace Hadley. With Grace gleefully haunting the halls, a staff harboring all kinds of secrets, and Lizbet's romantic uncertainty, is the Hotel Nantucket destined for success or doom?

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From Tom Segura, the massively successful stand-up comedian and co-host of chart-topping podcasts "2 Bears 1 Cave" and "Your Mom's House," come hilarious real-life stories of parenting, celebrity encounters, youthful mistakes, misanthropy, and so much more.

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, the husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of the night her family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents could devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue loving her.

You can find more of Colleen Hoover's best books here .

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"Homecoming" takes us back to Ford County, the fictional setting of many of John Grisham's unforgettable stories. Jake Brigance is back, but he's not in the courtroom. He's called upon to help an old friend, Mack Stafford, a former lawyer in Clanton, who three years earlier became a local legend when he stole money from his clients, divorced his wife, filed for bankruptcy, and left his family in the middle of the night, never to be heard from again — until now. 

In "Strawberry Moon," we meet Cody Wallace, a young death row inmate only three hours away from execution. His lawyers can't save him, the courts slam the door, and the governor says no to a last-minute request for clemency. As the clock winds down, Cody has one final request. 

The "Sparring Partners" are the Malloy brothers, Kirk and Rusty, two successful young lawyers who inherited a once prosperous firm when its founder, their father, was sent to prison. As the firm disintegrates, the resulting fiasco falls into the lap of Diantha Bradshaw, the only person the partners trust. 

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In "Atlas of the Heart," Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances — a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

Over the past two decades, Brown's extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as on Brown's singular skills as a storyteller, to show us how accurately naming an experience doesn't give the experience more power — it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice.

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump-start her career.

Summoned to Evelyn's luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the '80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn's story nears its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways.

You can read a review of "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" here .

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From the Academy Award-winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

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In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever.

This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose, but also my voice in a world that didn't always see me.

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For generations, everything has been getting faster, better, and cheaper. Finally, we reached the point that almost anything you could ever want could be sent to your home within days — even hours — of when you decided you wanted it.

America made that happen, but now America has lost interest in keeping it going.

Globe-spanning supply chains are only possible with the protection of the U.S. Navy. The American dollar underpins internationalized energy and financial markets. Complex, innovative industries were created to satisfy American consumers. American security policy forced warring nations to lay down their arms. Billions of people have been fed and educated as the American-led trade system spread across the globe.

All of this was artificial. All this was temporary. All this is ending.

In "The End of the World Is Just the Beginning," author and geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan maps out the next world: a world where countries or regions will have no choice but to make their own goods, grow their own food, secure their own energy, fight their own battles, and do it all with populations that are both shrinking and aging.

The list of countries that make it all work is smaller than you think. This means everything about our interconnected world — from how we manufacture products, to how we grow food, to how we keep the lights on, to how we shuttle stuff about, to how we pay for it all — is about to change.

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When an elderly customer at a Swedish big-box furniture store ― but not that one ― slips through a portal to another dimension, it's up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company's bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago.

To find the missing granny, Ava and Jules will brave carnivorous furniture, swarms of identical furniture spokespeople, and the deep resentment simmering between them. Can friendship blossom from the ashes of their relationship? In infinite dimensions, all things are possible.

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Wealthy Washington suburbanites Marissa and Matthew Bishop seem to have it all ― until Marissa is unfaithful. Beneath their veneer of perfection is a relationship driven by work and a lack of intimacy. She wants to repair things for the sake of their eight-year-old son and because she loves her husband. Enter Avery Chambers.

Avery is a therapist who lost her professional license. Still, it doesn't stop her from counseling those in crisis, though they must adhere to her unorthodox methods. And the Bishops are desperate.

When they glide through Avery's door, and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it's no longer simply a marriage that's in danger.

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Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town where she grew up — she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. And when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life seems too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn't hurt. Lily can't get him out of her head. But Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his "no dating" rule, she can't help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare — poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America.

In "Can't Hurt Me," he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

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Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the previous two years, she's almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. While Conrad has not gotten over the mistake of letting Belly go, Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it's now or never — tell Belly he loves her or loses her for good.

Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.

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Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask — or not — was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. As "Happy-Go-Lucky" opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes.

But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he's stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences — the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine.

As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. His offer to fix a stranger's teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone's son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with "Help Wanted" signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter.

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Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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For years, the ancient alien AI known as Skippy (the Magnificent, don't forget that part) has been able to do one impossible thing after another. What is his secret? It's simple: 100 percent Grade-A Extreme Awesomeness. And also because he had never been faced with an opponent of equal power. Until now.

This time, he might need a little help from a band of filthy monkeys.

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On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece's entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government.

Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward avenging the deaths of his family and teammates. With breathless pacing and relentless suspense, Reece ruthlessly targets his enemies in the upper echelons of power without regard for the laws of combat or the rule of law.

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Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission — and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it's up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery — and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he's got to do it all alone. Or does he?

You can read a review of "Project Hail Mary" here.

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What are the most valuable things that everyone should know?

In this book, Jordan Peterson provides twelve profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticizing others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today. Happiness is a pointless goal, he shows us. Instead, we must search for meaning, not for its own sake, but as a defense against the suffering that is intrinsic to our existence.

Drawing on vivid examples from the author's clinical practice and personal life, cutting-edge psychology and philosophy, and lessons from humanity's oldest myths and stories, "12 Rules for Life" offers a deeply rewarding antidote to the chaos in our lives: eternal truths applied to our modern problems.

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From America's most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller — a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

Nashville is where she's come to claim her destiny. It's also where the darkness she's fled might find her. And destroy her.

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In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

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Jess needs a fresh start. She's broke and alone, and she's just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn't sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn't say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up — to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? — he's not there.

The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother's situation, and the more questions she has. Ben's neighbors are an eclectic bunch and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it's starting to look like it's Ben's future that's in question.

The socialite — the nice guy — the alcoholic — the girl on the verge — the concierge.

Everyone's a neighbor. Everyone's a suspect. And everyone knows something they're not telling.

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Aaron Decker's life changes one December morning when his wife Allison is killed. Haunted by her absence — and her ghost — Aaron goes through her belongings, where he finds a receipt for a motel room in another part of the country. Piloted by grief and an increasing sense of curiosity, Aaron embarks on a journey to discover what Allison had been doing in the weeks prior to her death.

Yet Aaron is unprepared to discover Allison's dark secrets, the death and horror that make up the tapestry of her hidden life. And with each dark secret revealed, Aaron becomes more and more consumed by his obsession to learn the terrifying truth about the woman who had been his wife, even if it puts his own life at risk.

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Both memberships give you unlimited access to select audiobooks, Audible Originals, podcasts, and more.

But, only Audible Premium gives you a credit that's good for one title of your choice in the premium selection every month and 30% off all additional premium titles, plus access to exclusive sales. You can toggle between some of the titles in the Premium selection and Plus selection here .

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Severed by Vengeance

  • The Severed Signet, Book 1
  • By: Elle Maldonado
  • Narrated by: Janine Granda, Bryant Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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I lived my life surrounded by luxuries, love, and attention. While at the mercy of lies, death, and deceit. I was tired of being just a pretty face. The woman who always had to prove her worth. When tragedy tears yet another gash in my heart, he was there to help mend my grief. But there was a mystery hidden behind those alluring diamond eyes. A whisper of ghosts and trauma from his past. Red flags I knew I shouldn’t ignore. Yet I couldn’t help the feelings blossoming within me or the fire that scorched my skin under his touch.

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EVA AND DEREK

  • By Leah on 16-02-24
  • Narrated by: Janine Granda , Bryant Walker
  • Series: The Severed Signet , Book 1
  • Release date: 16-02-24
  • Language: English
  • 5 out of 5 stars 1 rating

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The Girl in Seat 2A

  • By: Diana Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Emma Noakes, Ginita Jimenez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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One thing about me: I HATE flying. It’s my worst nightmare. That’s why I book seat 2A every time I fly. Since my big win, I've been booking seats 2B and 2C as well. They’re my comfort seats, they cushion the claustrophobia, and at last I can afford them. I am now determined to live the life of luxury. I deserve it, after all. How to Live Like a Millionaire is the book I’m reading on this flight. When it lands on the floor, a handsome guy hands it back to me. I know he clocks the title, because he’s totally charming and talks to me as if I’m one of the Marbella Millionaire set.

  • Narrated by: Emma Noakes , Ginita Jimenez
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These Thorn Kisses

  • St. Mary's Rebels, Book 3
  • By: Saffron A. Kent
  • Narrated by: Stefanie Kay, Walker Williams
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins

Eighteen-year-old, Bronwyn Littleton is in love with a stranger she met on a summer night a year ago. A stranger who was tall and broad in a way that made her feel safe. He had dark blue eyes that she can’t stop drawing in her sketch book. And he had a deep, soothing voice that she can’t stop hearing in her dreams. That’s all she knows about him though. Until she runs into him again. At St. Mary’s School for Troubled Teenagers–an all girls reform school–where she’s trapped because of a little crime she committed in the name of her art.

  • Narrated by: Stefanie Kay , Walker Williams
  • Series: St. Mary's Rebels , Book 3

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The Seed of the Woman

  • 30 Narratives That Point to Jesus
  • By: Nana Dolce
  • Narrated by: Nana Dolce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins

The Seed of the Woman traces the gospel storyline through the narratives of women―from the garden of Eden to the times of the matriarchs, the judges, the kings, the Exile―to the birth of Christ. In this thoroughly biblical and encouraging book, Nana Dolce opens up their lives and uncovers deep truths that shape our daily life and faith. Through the stories of these thirty women, we find our place in the fabric of redemptive history as it unfolds to show us Jesus, the promised Seed of the Woman.

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And a Dog Called Fig

  • Solitude, Connection, the Writing Life
  • By: Helen Humphreys
  • Narrated by: Tosca Hopkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins

Award-winning author Helen Humphreys tells a beautiful tale in this brilliant memoir of the writing life as told through the dogs Humphreys has lived with and loved over a lifetime.

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Hardy Boys Adventures Collection, Volume 3

  • Peril at Granite Peak, The Battle of Bayport
  • By: Franklin W. Dixon
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs

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  • Series: Hardy Boys Adventures , Book 5-6

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Nancy Drew Diaries Collection, Volume 2

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  • By: Carolyn Keene
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins

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  • Series: Nancy Drew Diaries , Book 3-4

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Hardy Boys Adventures Collection, Volume 2

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  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins

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  • Series: Hardy Boys Adventures , Book 3-4

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  • Shadows at Predator Reef, Deception on the Set
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins

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Nancy Drew Diaries Collection, Volume 1

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  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins

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  • Series: Nancy Drew Diaries , Book 1-2

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Hardy Boys Adventures Collection, Volume 1

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  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins

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  • Series: Hardy Boys Adventures , Book 1-2

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Hardy Boys Adventures Collection, Volume 5

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  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins

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  • Series: Hardy Boys Adventures , Book 9-10

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Nancy Drew Diaries Collection, Volume 5

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  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins

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  • Series: Nancy Drew Diaries , Book 9-10

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Nancy Drew Diaries Collection, Volume 4

  • The Phantom of Nantucket, The Magician's Secret
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins

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  • Series: Nancy Drew Diaries , Book 7-8

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Nancy Drew Diaries Collection, Volume 3

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  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins

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  • Series: Nancy Drew Diaries , Book 5-6

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Epic Brainteasers for Kids

  • The Ultimate Collection of Logic Puzzles and Riddles for Children
  • By: Aldous Williams
  • Narrated by: Morgan Donovan
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins

Embark on a whimsical journey of wit and wonder with Epic Brainteasers for Kids the ultimate audiobook collection of logic puzzles and riddles tailored for school-age children. This engaging and entertaining compilation is not just a source of endless fun but also a vibrant tool for enhancing cognitive skills and creative thinking in kids.

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My Lady Castlemaine

  • Being a Life of Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine, Afterwards Duchess of Cleveland
  • By: Philip Walsingham Sergeant
  • Narrated by: Julia Eve
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins

Philip Walsingham Sergeant's biography of Barbara from 1912 draws on contemporary writings to tell her story, giving a more vivid and faithful presentation of the spirit of the time. He traces her life from her early girlhood, through her time at Court, her exile, and ending with her involvement in a bigamy trial.

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The Self-Permission Method

  • How to Succeed in Life without Using Self-Discipline
  • By: Jaemin Frazer
  • Narrated by: Jaemin Frazer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins

Although self-discipline is culturally celebrated as best practice for high performers, it is the worst kind of motivation. The Self-Permission Method moves away from this harsh, critical, abusive self-discipline, and is the next frontier in the evolution of human consciousness. The thinking that has once been seen as best practice for ambitious humans to get the most out of themselves is now out of date and in need of a radical overhaul.

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The Story of Tommy Tucker

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Andre Baum
  • Length: 12 mins

Little Tommy Tucker was a waif on the streets. He never remembered having a parent or guardian, and so he learned to care for himself. He ate whatever he could get, and slept wherever night overtook him--in an old barrel, a cellar, or, when fortune favored him, he paid a penny for a cot in some rude lodging-house. His life on the streets taught him early how to earn a living by doing odd jobs, and he learned to be sharp in his speech and wise beyond his years. One morning Tommy crawled out from a box in which he had slept overnight and found that he was hungry. But Tommy was a plucky boy with a lively wit and a way of making his way. Listen and find out how he ended up.

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Becoming a YouTube Sensation Bundle, 2 in 1 Bundle

  • Beginner’s Guide to Starting a YouTube Channel and How to Be a YouTube Star
  • By: Ryan Goodwin, Lucas Mann
  • Narrated by: Steven Myles
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins

In the age of digital content, aspiring creators and vloggers dream of becoming the next YouTube sensation, but the path to stardom can be elusive. Discover the secrets, strategies, and insights you need to embark on your journey to YouTube stardom with our "Becoming a YouTube Sensation Bundle." This exclusive bundle features two essential audiobooks that will guide you from a novice content creator to a true YouTube hero.

  • By: Ryan Goodwin , Lucas Mann

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Each month, for your literary listening pleasure, our friends at  AudioFile  Magazine bring us the cream of the audiobook crop.

Now, at 2023 draws to a close, they’ve rounded up the very best audiobooks of the year.

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AudioFile’s 2023 Best Fiction Audiobooks include beautifully written stories, performed by talented narrators. These narrators’ voices bring already breathtaking stories to even greater heights, helping listeners connect through the power of spoken word.

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Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah| Read by Shayna Small, Aaron Goodson, Michael Crouch, Lee Osorio

AudioFile Earphones Award [Random House Audio | 13.75 hrs.]

This thought-provoking audiobook, primarily narrated by Shayna Small, imagines an America in which convicted murderers duel to the death in a wildly popular televised sport. A stunning ensemble performance that asks listeners to consider the American prison system and how it tolerates actions akin to slavery and torture.

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride| Read by Dominic Hoffman

AudioFile Earphones Award [Penguin Audio | 12.5 hrs.]

Dominic Hoffman fully inhabits the characters in McBride’s fresh, vital, beautifully written historical novel, resulting in a deeply immersive listening experience.

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I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai| Read by Julia Whelan, JD Jackson

AudioFile Earphones Award [Penguin Audio | 14 hrs.]

Julia Whelan’s performance is so consistently gripping that listeners may attempt to finish this entire audiobook in a single sitting. Whelan deftly navigates the cast of characters and JD Jackson shines in a pivotal cameo that is essential to the story and a bonus for audiobook fans.

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The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor| Read by Kevin R. Free

AudioFile Earphones Award [Penguin Audio | 9.25 hrs.]

Kevin R. Free delivers a dazzling performance of a novel that centers around contemporary artists living in Iowa City. Free’s narration moves among the viewpoints of the main characters with ease, expressing every inch of their humanity and capturing their inner lives.

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Tom Lake by Ann Patchett| Read by Meryl Streep

AudioFile Earphones Award [Harper Audio | 11.5 hrs.]

Meryl’s Streep’s captivating performance of Patchett’s novel transforms the fine book into a must-listen. Instead of character voices, Streep shifts rhythm and tone to reveal personalities. She speaks with warmth, savoring along with us the novel’s many lessons and satisfactions.

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Yellowface by R.F. Kuang| Read by Helen Laser

AudioFile Earphones Award [Harper Audio | 8.75 hrs.]

Helen Laser gives a mesmerizing performance in Kuang’s poignant novel about race, censorship, and the capriciousness of social media. A riveting production of a thrilling story.

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AudioFile’s 2023 Best Nonfiction & Culture Audiobooks will have you traveling the high seas, taking a deeper look into how our past influences our present, re-examining your relationship with the world around you—all with the help of audiobooks that are brought to life by outstanding narrators.

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Differ We Must: How Lincoln Succeeded in a Divided America by Steve Inskeep| Read by Steve Inskeep

AudioFile Earphones Award [Penguin Audio | 9 hrs.]

Steve Inskeep, of NPR, performs this compelling listen with the practiced cadence and authoritative tone of a polished broadcaster. The politics of today are illuminated in this fine, deftly narrated work.

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Misbelief: What Makes Rational People Believe Irrational Things by Dan Ariely| Read by Simon Jones

AudioFile Earphones Award [Harper Audio | 10 hrs.]

Narrating this chatty and informative audiobook, Simon Jones delivers a flawless performance full of lively interpretations and emotional resonance. The acclaimed British actor is enormously entertaining but never steals the spotlight from Ariely’s fascinating insights about conspiracy believers.

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Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond| Read by Dion Graham

AudioFile Earphones Award [Random House Audio | 5.75 hrs.]

Dion Graham, master of nonfiction narration, sets off quotations flawlessly, brings exquisite emotion to the text and varies his pacing to complement the flow of Matthew Desmond’s writing. As in their previous pairing ( Evicted , 2016), Graham performs with energy and intensity, matching Desmond’s outrage.

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Tabula Rasa by John McPhee| Read by Grover Gardner

AudioFile Earphones Award [Recorded Books | 6 hrs.]

This interesting and engaging audio collection of essays and sketches by John McPhee and narrated by Grover Gardner is a marriage of good storytellers. Gardner carries the work along with an even pace and pleasant voice.

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The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann| Read by Dion Graham

AudioFile Earphones Award [Random House Audio | 8.5 hrs.]

Dion Graham commands the listener’s attention with this true story of HMS Wager , an English warship that sailed in the 1740s. Graham delivers the nautical adventures with a mesmerizing cadence and impeccable timing.

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Wasteland: The Secret World of Waste and the Urgent Search for a Cleaner Future by Oliver Franklin-Wallis| Read by Chris Harper

AudioFile Earphones Award [Hachette Audio | 11 hrs.]

Chris Harper captures Franklin-Wallis’s urgent call for change in this chilling audiobook about waste around the globe. The author’s combined journalistic and personal approach is aided by Harper’s British coolness.

For the full list of 2023’s Best Audiobooks , visit AudioFile’s website.

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There are early signs that Spotify’s addition of audiobooks to its streaming service is helping drive audiobook consumption — already a growing market.

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When Spotify announced last fall that it was adding audiobooks to its streaming service, reactions in the publishing world were mixed: Many publishers saw Spotify’s entrance as a chance to reach new audiences. But some agents and authors worried that streaming could erode the value of audiobooks, a lucrative and growing format.

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A few months later, there are early signs that Spotify is driving audiobook consumption — which has been growing dramatically for more than a decade — even higher.

Excluding Spotify, the audiobook market in the United States grew 14 percent in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the previous year, according to Bookstat, which estimates sales of audio on retailers like Apple and Audible.

With the addition of Spotify, the audiobook sector grew by 28 percent in that period, the company said. Using figures provided by Spotify, Bookstat estimated that Spotify had a market share of 11 percent, putting it ahead of Apple and behind Audible, which has long been the dominant player in the medium.

“It suggests that they grew the market rather than cannibalizing existing Audible and Apple customers,” said Paul Abbassi, the founder of Bookstat, of the data.

In the past few months, Spotify has paid audiobook publishers tens of millions of dollars in royalties, a company representative said. Best sellers like Britney Spears’s memoir, “The Woman in Me,” which was the most listened to on the platform, and Brianna Wiest’s 2020 self-help book “The Mountain is You,” have proved particularly popular with listeners.

“For December, it was about four to five times the sales we would normally see,” said Noelle Beams, the chief operating officer of Thought Catalog, the publisher behind “The Mountain is You,” which has earned hundreds of thousands in royalties through Spotify. “This shows us that there are new audiences to be reached.”

Spotify subscribers are also widely sampling and listening: In the past few months, Spotify users have listened to more than 90,000 individual titles from the platform’s catalog of more than 200,000 audiobooks, the company said.

Spotify is now releasing titles as Spotify Audiobooks, and producing them through Findaway, an audiobook production company that Spotify acquired. Their entrance as an audiobook producer and retailer could make the already heated market even more competitive. For potentially big books, audio rights can sometimes sell for six-figure sums.

Audiobooks have become a lucrative format for publishers. Digital audio grew more than 500 percent between 2013 and 2022, reaching $839 million in revenue, according to the Association of American Publishers. For certain genres, like self-help and celebrity memoirs, audio sales can match or exceed print sales.

Audio is such a critical source of revenue that some in the industry worry streaming could dilute it.

“The big fear from agents who want to give their authors a living wage is, will this drive prices down?” said Sandra Dijkstra, a literary agent. “Is this going to do to books what Spotify did to music?”

Spotify’s expansion into books comes at a challenging moment for the company. While it has a huge paid subscriber base of more than 226 million users, it has struggled to make a profit from its music business. The push into podcasting gave Spotify a bigger footprint in that growing medium, but it has since pulled back, canceling shows and cutting jobs in its podcasting division. Recently, it announced plans to lay off 17 percent of its staff, about 1,500 people.

By adding audiobooks, Spotify is aiming to attract new subscribers, and to keep existing subscribers on the platform for longer. Last fall, it began offering premium subscribers in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States 15 hours of audiobook listening per month as part of their existing subscription. Those who want to listen to more can pay $12.99 for another 10 hours of audiobooks.

In the United States, Spotify got all of the five biggest publishers to put books on its platform, as well as smaller publishing houses and self published authors, and struck different deals with various publishers.

David Kaefer, the head of Spotify’s audiobooks business, said their payments are consistent with what other major retailers offer. “Every deal we have is a model that the industry’s already used,” he said. “They’re not some new wild approach.”

Some major publishers, including Hachette and HarperCollins, put their entire audio catalogs into Spotify, while others like Macmillan only provided a selection and allowed authors to opt out. Many authors and agents were caught off guard, and the range in financial arrangements created anxiety and confusion, multiple agents said.

“The problem is this builds into the mindset of the consumer that books should be much cheaper, or even free,” said Robert Gottlieb, a literary agent and chairman at Trident Media Group, which represents more than 2,000 authors.

For now, publishers are hopeful that Spotify’s personalized algorithm-driven recommendations will direct its users toward books they might not have discovered otherwise.

Amanda D’Acierno, president and publisher of Penguin Random House Audio, said that based on the titles that are selling, the demographic on Spotify seemed to be skewing younger and more male than the traditional audiobook audience.

“What we’ve seen here in the U.S. is very, very good,” she said. “They’re reaching people who don’t go to bookstores often.”

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Spotify now the No. 2 audiobook provider, behind Audible, hints at Daylist inspired-suggestions to come

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Late last year, Spotify began offering 15 hours of monthly audiobook listening to its Premium subscribers in select markets, including the U.S. Now the company says the new service is the second-largest audiobook provider behind Amazon-owned Audible — something Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said was notable “given how entrenched the legacy players are.” During its Q4 2023 earnings call with investors, the company also offered a glimpse into how audiobooks are being consumed by Spotify customers, including by sharing insights that indicate the books are reaching a different set of listeners than on Audible or other platforms.

“The intriguing part is we’re able to bring a whole new audience to audiobooks. So internally and externally, I think the biggest surprise had been the type of titles that resonate with consumers. These are not the normal titles that traditionally do well,” said  Ek.

“It’s a lot of entertainment. It’s a lot about culture,” Ek noted. “Also pleasing is very many younger authors, newer authors as well, given the model where you can take a chance on a new book without…eating up the credits, which I think kind of drove you towards more safer bets,” he added. “So we’re seeing a very, very interesting trend around the content consumption which is…I believe addictive to the entire book industry.”

On Audible, subscribers can either access a limited selection of audiobooks and originals or can pay more to get a monthly credit to purchase an audiobook from an extended selection of best sellers and new releases. This model encourages users to spend their credit on well-performing top titles or those from known authors. But on Spotify’s plan, users simply have a certain number of monthly hours available for audiobook listening. This has driven them to explore lesser-known titles and those from emerging authors, Spotify explained. They’re also interested in listening to audiobooks about subjects that align with music, like entertainment and culture, for example.

Investors had a lot of questions for Spotify about the new audiobook offering, leading Spotify to share its overall impressions of how both consumers and publishers were adapting to the new format. On the latter, Spotify said that publishers and authors were excited about the innovation offered by its subscription and have been “very open-minded” in terms of trying new things. (Some authors and agents, meanwhile, are pushing back against Spotify’s entry into this market, saying the company isn’t being transparent about author compensation.)

In addition, consumer engagement with the feature has been strong, Spotify shared, though without any specific metrics.

Still, the streamer stopped short of offering details as to how the addition of audiobooks was adding to its bottom line, saying it was too early to say as of yet. Instead, Ek pointed out that, generally speaking, the more engagement on the platform, the better Spotify’s value proposition for consumers. The company had added 28 million users in the quarter, its second-biggest gain in company history. The service now has 602 million users, over 236 million of which are paid subscribers with access to the audiobooks service.

The company declined to answer investors’ specific questions about the impact of audiobooks’ consumption costs on margins, but said Spotify expected to see gross margins improve through 2024.

One tease of what’s to come for the format was hinted at in a question about Spotify’s popular Daylist , a personalized audio playlist that tries to predict your mood at various points throughout the day. People have been coming to Spotify specifically for the feature, driving searches for the term “Daylist” up by over 2,000%, the company said. Now it seems Spotify may be thinking of how to translate Daylist’s success to new formats.

“I’m really proud of the team and the things that they’re doing in this department,” said Ek, of the team behind the feature. “And it wouldn’t surprise me if we see many more innovative things come out of it — both on, of course, on the music side, but later on also reflecting that on the audiobook side on the podcasting side as well,” he suggested.

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For fans of Knives Out comes a spellbinding thriller from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Woman in the Window

“ I’ll be dead in three months. Come tell my story. ”

So writes Sebastian Trapp, reclusive mystery novelist, to his longtime correspondent Nicky Hunter, an expert in detective fiction. With mere months to live, Trapp invites Nicky to his spectacular San Francisco mansion to help draft his life story . . . while living alongside his beautiful second wife, Diana; his wayward nephew, Freddy; and his protective daughter, Madeleine. Soon Nicky finds herself caught in an irresistible case of real-life “detective-fever.”

“ You and I might even solve an old mystery or two. ”

Twenty years earlier—on New Year’s Eve 1999—Sebastian’s first wife and teenage son vanished from different locations, never to be seen again. Did the perfect crime writer commit the perfect crime? And why has he emerged from seclusion, two decades later, to allow a stranger to dig into his past?

“ Life is hard. After all, it kills you. ”

As Nicky attempts to weave together the strands of Sebastian’s life, she becomes obsessed with discovering the truth . . . while Madeleine begins to question what her beloved father might actually know about that long-ago night. And when a corpse appears in the family’s koi pond, both women are shocked to find that the past isn’t gone—it’s just waiting.

“Elegant, absorbing, full of Hitchcockian menace. Once again Finn reinvents the genre in spectacular style.” — Lucy Foley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Apartment

“A. J. Finn’s new novel is beautiful, intense, beguiling. I was mesmerized by End of Story .” — Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of None of This Is True

“A thrillingly Gothic golden age mystery to lose yourself in." — Jenny Colgan, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Skies

“Literary magic – a mystery lover’s delight . . . Absorbing, stylish, and sparkling with quick wit . . . reminds you of something so utterly essential about a truly masterful mystery – that the end is just the beginning.” — Nita Prose, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid and The Mystery Guest

“Fans of detective fiction will be thrilled by Finn’s latest!” — Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of Everyone Here Is Lying

"Given the grand surroundings and rich array of eccentric characters, comparisons to the Knives Out film franchise will be inevitable, but Finn cuts much deeper. More than a mere puzzle, this elegant symphony of ghosts and fog concerns the nature of storytelling itself—and the crucial art of crafting one’s own narrative. It’s a tour de force." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Finn is an assured, witty writer with a gift for entertaining description and sharp instincts about how many references to other mysteries he can get away with. . . . It could be dangerous to name-drop Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler and others. Those legends raise expectations and plenty of writers since them have invented compelling situations that they couldn't figure out how to resolve. Finn, however, knows what he's doing. The way he wraps up End of Story is so satisfying that it fits comfortably in that august company.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“There’s something irresistible about this made-for-the-movies tingler. Finn knows how to pleasurably wind us up.”  — USA Today on The Woman in the Window

“The rocket fuel propelling The Woman in the Window … is expertise. . . . Dear other books with unreliable narrators: This one will see you and raise you.”  — New York Times Book Review on The Woman in the Window

“Superior.” — New Yorker on The Woman in the Window

“As the plot seizes us, the prose caresses us. . . [Finn] has not only captured, sympathetically, the interior life of a depressed person, but also written a riveting thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last sentence.”  — Washington Post on The Woman in the Window

“ The Woman in the Window  is a tour de force. A twisting, twisted odyssey inside one woman’s mind, her illusions, delusions, reality. It left my own mind reeling and my heart pounding. An absolutely gripping thriller.”  — Louise Penny, #1  New York Times  bestselling author

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A. J. Finn  is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the global phenomenon  The Woman in the Window , which was published in more than forty languages and is the basis for the hit film starring Amy Adams. 

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I spent a decade working in publishing in both New York and London, with a particular emphasis on thrillers and mysteries. Now I write full-time, published in the English-speaking world by my former employers. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW was inspired by a range of experiences: my love for suspense fiction, from the Sherlock Holmes stories I devoured as a kid to the crime novels I studied in graduate school; my interest in classic cinema, especially the films of Alfred Hitchcock; and my experience with bipolar depression.

While I value my privacy, I very much enjoy chatting with readers about books -- mine and others'! -- so please feel free to visit my Instagram page at @ajfinnbooks. And happy reading!

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