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The Roughest Draft

Well written, but excruciating in terms of human behavior. Better to read than to listen.
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Getting His Game Back

De Cadenet’s debut romance is a great listen as a sympathetic, inspiring, encouraging story of how far compassion and patience can go to helping depression.

I Was Better Last Night

A big-hearted, hilarious, life-affirming memoir of Fierstein’s gay activism and life in the theater.

All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business

A comedy legend shares tales of making his classic movies, celebrity encounters, and some of his funniest material. This is a masterclass in comedy not to be missed.
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Quicksilver

Koontz’s fans will enjoy the familiarity of the novel, while new listeners will enjoy the plot.
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Mermaid Confidential

Longtime series fans will enjoy this entry with its usual offering of murder, sex, Florida-isms, well-known tourist sites, and offbeat characters. Newbies should skip this entry and start from the beginning of the series when the material was fresh and original.
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The Wayward Assassin

An enjoyable spy thriller from an authentic source.
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The Astronaut and the Star

Comfort’s debut lighthearted beach read (or listen) is only recommended for those with an interest in “opposites attract” rom-coms.
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The Missing Piece

This enjoyable, labyrinthine legal thriller will keep listeners on the edge of their seats.
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What the Fireflies Knew

This wonderfully written and beautifully narrated story will be a big favorite for book clubs and audiobook clubs.
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The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation

A memorable cold case investigation that answers numerous nagging questions about how the Nazis discovered where Anne Frank and seven others were hiding during World War II.

The Accomplice

With Lutz’s plot twists and turns and Flanagan’s masterful reading, this audiobook puzzler is highly recommended for mystery fans.

Light Years from Home

Chen’s novel is sure to please fans of literary fiction as well as staples of sci-fi TV like The X-Files and Fringe. A worthy addition to any contemporary science fiction audio collection.
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The Overnight Guest

Probably a better read than a listen, as the main characters have frequent flashbacks, and the thriller’s multiple POVs can be disorienting.
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Seoulmates

A fun romp whose adroit audiobook narration only adds to the pleasure.

To Paradise

This is a transformative and superbly executed audiobook; highly recommended for all collections.
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The Urge: Our History of Addiction

This combination–memoir/history of addiction would be welcomed by any who want to learn more about addiction and how societies address it. Recommended.
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The Last Dance of the Debutante

Fans of Taylor Jenkins Reed, Madeline Martin, and Fiona Davis will feel at home in Kelly’s thoroughly researched novel of postwar England.
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Beautiful Little Fools

Cantor’s is an engaging and well-written reimagining of The Great Gatsby from the perspective of women of differing backgrounds and social classes in a 1920s United States.

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A Simple Story

Inchbald wanted to make a point about the way women were treated and educated. Stevenson makes this important 18th-century voice accessible.
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Twenty Years Later

Recommended for public libraries.
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Caprice of Fate

Comic book/manga fans and listeners already used to audio dramas will probably enjoy, but Bennett’s novel is unlikely to appeal to anyone not already a fan of the format. An optional purchase to be considered on the basis of individual collection demographics.

Notes on an Execution

The dual narrators perfectly contrast Ansel’s suffocating solipsism with the tragically interwoven lives of the women who survive him. Recommended most highly.
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The Family You Make

With an additional secondary romance and a large cast of friends and family, this is a fun series starter and a perfect listen for library patrons looking for some adventurous romance with a gorgeous wintry setting.
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The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal

Libraries with travel memoir fans should add this to their collection.

Dark Horse

This may be the best entry in Hurwitz’s series so far. Highly recommended.
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Where the Drowned Girls Go

Strong crossover appeal. Recommended for both fans and new listeners, particularly where interest in fantasy is high.
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The Replacement Wife

Patrons who like unraveling mysteries with multiple red herrings will enjoy this exciting audiobook.
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An Accidental Odyssey

Listeners who enjoy mouth-watering food descriptions and who are hungry for an international adventure will find much to enjoy here.
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Honor

A recent selection of Reese Witherspoon’s book club, libraries should expect demand for this thought-provoking drama.
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The School for Good Mothers

Highly recommended.
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Reckless Girls

Recommended for public libraries.

Garbo

An engrossing biography of a cinema icon, not to be missed by fans of classic Hollywood.
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Velorio

Listeners who give the story a chance will likely be quite moved by this exploration of how climate change and neocolonialism threaten a beautiful island and its people.
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True Crime Story

The unique premise, well-executed twists, and satisfying conclusion make this a natural fit for listeners with an interest in crime stories both true and fictional.
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The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music

This is an essential purchase for public libraries with patrons who are interested in popular culture, music, or awesome dudes.
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The Final Case

Libraries will want to purchase because of Guterson’s reputation, but those expecting a riveting legal case will be disappointed.
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The League of Set

A fun addition to any collection, and a good crossover choice, particularly where graphic novels are popular.
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Seasonal Work: Stories

Fans of the author, as well as anyone who enjoys mystery short stories, will find more than one entry in this collection to love.
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The Intangible

This unique and contemplative story is let down by an audio production that doesn’t enhance the clever nature of the tale.
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Brown Girls

Andreades’s novel will appeal to those who enjoy literary fiction; highly recommended for public libraries.
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The Oaken Heart

Fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society or James Herriot will enjoy this unique historical account.
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The Spanish Daughter

Recommended for public libraries.

The Fortune Men

This harrowing account of institutional racism and mistreatment of immigrants is heartbreakingly relevant today.
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Apparently There Were Complaints

This honest, humorous memoir will be an enjoyable listening experience for fans of Gless and her work.
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Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need To Save Them

Suitable for anyone curious about where our food comes from or concerned by the human impact on our world.
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Anthem

This dystopian tale concerns difficult topics, but is full of drama, thrills, and insights, leaving listeners with a sense that change is still possible. Fans of Stephen King’s The Stand will enjoy the tale.
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We Are Not Like Them

Recommended for public libraries.
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Greenwich Park

Fans of Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, or twisty domestic thrillers in general will enjoy this story.
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The Beetle

Fans of gothic novels and 19th-century horror shouldn’t miss this excellent production.
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How High We Go in the Dark

Although written in clean, no-frills prose, this listen still isn’t for the faint of heart. While it is likely to make a splash in awards circles, libraries without a dedicated, hardcore SFF readership can safely treat this title as an optional purchase.
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Lost in the Valley of Death: A Story of Obsession and Danger in the Himalayas

This meticulously researched, sympathetically narrated audiobook will appeal to listeners who enjoyed Michael Finkel’s The Stranger in the Woods, Jon Billman’s The Cold Vanish, or Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild.
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A Flicker in the Dark

Recommended for public libraries with well-circulating thriller collections.
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Murder Under Her Skin

A recommended purchase, especially for libraries where the first book circulated well.

Small World

This absolutely enthralling audiobook production is a testament both to DeMeritt’s skill and to Evison’s storytelling brilliance.
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The Stars Are Not Yet Bells

Poetic and enchanting, Assadi’s (Sonora) story will stay with listeners long after they’ve finished the audiobook.
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Citizen Cash: The Political Life and Times of Johnny Cash

A unique and interesting perspective that will be of particular interest to Cash fans.
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Duke Gone Rogue

Recommended for fans of Carlyle’s previous books, many of which are also performed by Cass.
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The Shooting Party

For Chekhov completists.
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Fiona and Jane

This should appeal to listeners who enjoy contemporary coming-of-age tales and short story collections.

You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

The essays and their subject matter are made all the more impactful by the truly moving experience of listening to Miles’s interpretation of Hurston’s words.
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The Leopard Is Loose

This coming-of-age novel is filled with humanity, grief, possibility, and hope. Recommended for public library collections.
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The Starless Crown

This rapid-fire fantasy is recommended for libraries with large, well-circulating SFF collections.
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Murder at Teal’s Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks

A compelling historical whodunit that should keep true crime fans listening with rapt attention.
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Such a Pretty Smile

Recommended for public library horror collections.
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Iron Annie

Recommend to listeners who loved Lisa McInerney’s The Glorious Heresies or those looking for a unique contemporary listen.
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Mercy Street

Recommended for public libraries.
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The Taste of Ginger

Listeners who appreciate fiction with themes of class divisions, immigration, and self-assessment will enjoy.
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The Tobacco Wives

Libraries will want to purchase this debut historical novel.
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Shit Cassandra Saw: Stories

These far-out, feminist, and funny tales are recommended for public libraries.
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No Land To Light On

While the inconclusive ending may not appeal to all, this is recommended for listeners seeking an authentically told and emotionally resonant audio.

The Torqued Man

A real treat for listeners; highly recommended.
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Listening Still

For fans of magical realism and Irish settings.
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The Last House on the Street

Will be very popular with fans of Chamberlain (Big Lies in a Small Town) and listeners who like some meat to their suspense.

The Maid

A must-purchase for all public libraries. In addition to being both delightful and a satisfying mystery, the book has been optioned for film; there will likely be high demand.
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Mouth to Mouth

Patrons who enjoy suspense and psychological dilemmas will appreciate.
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Love & Other Disasters

A good buy for libraries where contemporary romance circulates well.
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Cry Wolf

Listeners who can get past the mystery’s slow start will appreciate the action and suspense of the overall story.
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Violeta

An excellent addition to libraries serving historical fiction fans.
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An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire

A supplemental purchase for collections where historical romance is popular.
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The Redemption of Philip Thane

Recommended for fans of the author and readers who enjoy their historical romances with a slight hint of fantasy.
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Olga Dies Dreaming

Given the forthcoming TV adaptation, libraries should expect demand for this big-hearted, entertaining family drama that also touches on important social and political issues.
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The Golden Couple

Fans of Gone Girl and Woman on the Train will enjoy the surprises, unreliable witnesses, and slow reveals in this thriller.
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The Perfect Escape

A supplementary purchase for public libraries whose patrons just can’t get enough suspense.
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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone

For listeners wishing to boldly journey across a temporal landscape, consulting the several volumes of Gabaldon’s series would enhance one’s itinerary.

The Man Who Died Twice

A must-have for all public library collections.
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A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way Through Love, Loss, and Laughter—Tenth Anniversary Edition

A natural choice for libraries where the print book circulates well or for listeners who enjoy Clara Parkes’s or Ann Patchett’s essays.

These Precious Days

Patchett’s latest comes to life as an audiobook and is a perfect listen for those looking for heartwarming and down-to-earth meditations on life, love, and happiness.
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No One Will Miss Her

Even infrequent suspense readers will see the big twist coming a mile down the road, but fans of the underdog will still enjoy the ride.
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The Perfume Thief

Recommended for those with a literary bent, a love of Paris, and an interest in perfumery or World War II.

Noor

This beautifully depicted example of Africanfuturism, a subgenre coined by Okorafor herself, offers both timely and timeless social commentary.

Role Model

A wonderful listen, highly recommended for all library audio collections.
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