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A Quitter’s Paradise

Chang’s delicate writing, enhanced by Lin’s expert narration, breathes life into Eleanor’s character, allowing listeners to connect deeply with her journey of self-discovery and healing.

Period: The Real Story of Menstruation

This illuminating, explicitly feminist study will provide listeners with a more accurate understanding of the menstrual cycle, as well as ideas for improving menstrual health on a global scale.

The Devil’s Dictionary

Despite the audiobook’s excellent quality and undeniable jocularity, this is a supplemental purchase; best where interest in historical satire, debate, and cutting humor is high.

Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks—a Cool History of a Hot Commodity

Despite occasional problems with pacing and pronunciation, narrator Aquino brings so much passion to her reading of this expertly researched book that listeners won’t want to miss a minute.

It. Goes. So. Fast.: The Year of No Do-Overs

A moving memoir with touching, humorous stories and expertly narrated insights on parenting and life.

Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood

Highly recommended for listeners interested in social justice and entertainment equity. Offer to those who have devoured Kantor and Twohey’s She Said or Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill.

Bookshop Cinderella

Smart yet steamy, this historical romance is a treat for fans of Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, or Sophie Irwin.


Although the suspenseful elements of this book fall short, Dar’s portrait of a community captivates. For fans of Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer.

Broken Light

A tense, moving narrative centered on feminism, women’s rights, and one woman’s journey to reclaim herself. Fans of Stephen King’s Carrie, which depicts a more destructive but less nuanced rage, will find much to love here.

The Silmarillion

Though complex and intricate, this foundational history is a winner for listeners looking to learn more about the origins of Tolkien’s iconic worlds.

The Imposters

Topical, clever, and insightful. Rachman’s writing is first-rate, as is Fudge’s narration.

Silver Nitrate

This slow-burn horror thriller full of Mexican history and culture and laced with social commentary is perfect for fans of horror and film history and listeners looking for moody thrillers with supernatural elements. For listen-alikes about cursed media, suggest Josh Winning’s Burn the Negative, Clay McLeod Chapman’s The Remaking, or Kiersten White’s Mister Magic.

I Didn’t Do It

Recommended for large collections of murder mysteries and where fiction about writers is popular.

And Then He Sang a Lullaby

Twenty-three-year-old Ani, who wrote his novel by hand and typed it into his cell phone, stuns with this emotional roller-coaster of a story about finding love in the worst possible circumstances.★

Camp Damascus

Tingle’s foray into a new genre pays off. Share with horror fans looking for complex, multilayered characters and unexpected storylines or anyone seeking piercing commentary on faith, conversion therapy, and religious trauma.

After the Funeral and Other Stories

A gorgeously narrated collection of shimmering, quietly powerful stories. For fans of Lorrie Moore’s Collected Stories.

The Late Americans

With its shifting cast of characters, this reads more like a series of interconnected stories than a novel. Share with readers who appreciate meandering character studies in the vein of Miaojin Qiu’s Notes of a Crocodile.

The Migrant Chef: The Life and Times of Lalo García

Tillman’s spellbinding story of this extraordinary chef and his journey is not to be missed. For fans of uplifting biographies highlighting food, culture, and history.

Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World

A timely exploration of an increasingly frequent natural disaster. The human-centric story at the center will keep less academically oriented listeners engaged and, perhaps, pondering how close they’ve come to recent fires.

Graveyard of the Pacific: Shipwreck and Survival on America’s Deadliest Waterway

A fascinating examination of nautical history and poisonous masculinity that would have benefited from a more practiced narrator.

Dead Man’s Pose

An engaging listen for those who enjoy quirky characters, intricate plots, and a strong sense of place. Share with fans of Sandra Winter-Dewhirst’s Rebecca Keith mysteries.

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The Covenant of Water

Verghese’s narration pairs perfectly with his exquisite prose, creating a not-to-be-missed audio experience. This Oprah’s Book Club pick is an essential purchase for all collections.

Zero Days

Ware’s latest fast-paced thriller, enhanced by Church’s outstanding narration, does not disappoint. Fans and newcomers alike will enjoy Ware’s signature twists and turns and will root for Jack as she fights to survive.

Wasps in the Ice Cream

Full of pop-culture references, satanic panic, and nostalgia, this novel is a love letter to times past. Perfect for fans of Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides or Robert R. McCammon’s Boy’s Life.

The Friday Night Club: A Novel of Artist Hilma af Klint and Her Creative Circle

Historical fiction readers will be delighted by this deftly narrated production, which offers an intriguing picture of a talented artist and her lasting legacy.

At Sea

Part romance, part fantasy, this is an enjoyable, if occasionally perplexing listen. Suggest to those who appreciate emotional depth but don’t insist on tight logic.

The Only One Left

Sager delivers another haunting, twist-filled novel. Perfect for current fans and those just discovering Sager.


A deeply compelling satire, with sharp insight into the horrifying notion that authentic voices can be replaced by privileged ones that publishers assume are more marketable. June’s rise and fall in an amoral industry is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

The Marigold

Though the cast is massive, each individual’s story is part of a unified whole, depicting a bleak future where corporations make deals with literal monsters in the name of progress.

Dirty Laundry

Recommend to fans of domestic suspense, as well as to those who appreciate immigration and class issues in psychological thrillers.

The Late Mrs. Willoughby

Listeners who enjoyed the Audie Award–nominated first book in Gray’s series will be charmed by Fulford-Brown’s delightful performance of this second whodunit.

The All-American

A poignant coming-of-age story that raises questions about race, belonging, and the nature of family.

Death of a Bookseller

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an unsettling, open-ended suspense novel about envy and obsession. A tense and terrifying tale of a true-crime craze gone too far, recommended for fans of A.J. Finn, Lisa Jewell, and Rachel Hawkins.

She Started It

Gilbert’s gripping thriller is a modern twist on Mean Girls and a contemporary adult version of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars. A sharply drawn, unputdownable listen.

Everything the Darkness Eats

Two terrifying storylines come together in an inventive and haunting tale that explores whether love and forgiveness can exist in a pitiless universe.

The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies

Though the cover appears sedate, there is never a dull moment in this hilarious, action-filled tale. Share with fans of Amy Stewart’s “Kopp Sisters” series.

The Whispers

This audio will appeal to those seeking haunting psychological suspense about envy, attraction, and the illusion of perfection. Recommended for fans of Colleen Hoover, A.J. Finn, and Gillian Flynn.

Digging Up Daisy

Share with listeners who appreciate engaging characters and a lovely setting but don’t mind over-the-top sleuthing shenanigans.

The St. Ambrose School for Girls

Listeners will be grabbed by this twisty thriller from the outset. A gripping thriller for fans of Lisa Lutz’s The Swallows or Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game.

I Could Live Here Forever

Listeners may respond to Halperin’s intimate portrait of Leah, who is vulnerable and heartbreakingly hopeful, but some may be frustrated by her choices. Halperin is one to watch, but this may be an uneasy fit for many.

Wednesdays at One

A terrific novel, partly a psychological thriller but also a story of the mistakes people make and the possibilities for forgiveness and redemption.

The Disenchantment

A richly suspenseful tale, perfect for listeners who enjoy detailed historical fiction, such as Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” trilogy.

Old God’s Time

A poignant meditation on aging, grief, and longing, this shifting psychological novel is perfect for readers of Dervla McTiernan and Donal Ryan.

Beware the Woman

A great fit for fans of psychological horror with social commentary, as it touches on autonomy and reproductive rights.

The Block Party

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking fast-paced suburban suspense that investigates the illusion of normalcy and security. Recommended for fans of Ashley Audrain, Shari Lapena, and Cate Ray.

Death Comes to Marlow

Will appeal to listeners seeking a clever cozy mystery full of quirky characters, cryptic crosswords, and compelling twists. Recommended for fans of Helene Tursten, Richard Osman, and Tamara Berry.

The Guest

A propulsive, unputdownable listen with excellent narration.

The Collected Regrets of Clover

Audiences will be cheering Clover on as she bravely navigates new relationships and experiences. Share with fans of Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library or Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

A Cruel Light

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking action-packed suspense with whispers of playful romance and the paranormal. Recommended for fans of Riley Sager, Maria Hummel, and Alice Feeney.

Elizabeth and Her German Garden

Although not a typically plotted novel, von Arnim’s (1866–1941) work showcases the joy of gardening and her struggles with 1800s societal standards. A delight for gardeners and fans of Barbara Pym, Jane Austen, and E.F. Benson.

My Murder

This brilliant and wholly surprising novel upends everything listeners might expect from crime fiction, delivering psychological suspense, more than a few laughs, and a sensitive look at technology, identity, and memory.

The Tip Line

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an unnerving psychological suspense about compulsion and corruption. Recommended for fans of Colleen Hoover, Katie Sise, and Kelly J. Ford.

Pageboy: A Memoir

Page’s honesty and vulnerability is striking, and watching him find happiness as he grows into his true self is inspiring.

Good Night, Irene

A deftly narrated account from an exquisitely talented writer. Highly recommended for all historical fiction collections.

Even If Everything Ends

A literary entry into the climate-fiction genre, juxtaposing human concerns and relationships against the backdrop of imminent disaster.

The Half Moon

A heartfelt, complex novel that examines the thorny questions of marriage and middle age.

Lost Coast Literary

Alexander’s latest reminds listeners that healing can sometimes involve pain; at the same time, it celebrates the joys of community, family, and everyday magic.

Our Place on the Island

A charming story, but not mandatory in audio unless demand warrants. Includes discussion questions.

Super Bloom

Share with listeners who appreciate tales of women coming into their own, enlivened with just the right amount of humor, romance, and hope.


A caper novel with a twist. Share with fans of Kirsten Chen’s Counterfeit or Mateo Askaripour’s Black Buck.

Symphony of Secrets

All mystery fans should enjoy Slocumb’s musical thriller, which is heartwarming as well as thought-provoking, especially given the outstanding characterizations and perfect pacing of narrator McCormick.

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women

Share with See’s loyal fans and anyone interested in Chinese history and medicine. An excellent recommendation for book groups and for readers who enjoy historical fiction about women living in highly regulated patriarchal societies.

Dead Eleven

Juliano’s tense debut offers grown-up vibes for fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Running Out of Time, like a more sinister take on M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. An outstanding pick for fans of classic horror and creepy cults.

Hounds of the Underworld

Should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher’s “Dresden Files” and Patricia Briggs’s “Mercy Thompson” series, although the dialogue and accents of the narrators, along with creepy music between chapters, give this audiobook its own unique sound. This first installment in the “Path of Ra” series stands on its own but also builds excitement for the next books to come.

The Spectacular

Davis once again hits it out of the park, delivering a gripping tale that is difficult to put down. Excellent narration combined with her storytelling prowess and dedication to historical accuracy make this novel a triumph.

You Look Beautiful Tonight

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a mild thriller with a satisfying, though not shocking, twist. Recommended for fans of Kiersten Modglin and Rachel Hawkins.

The Nightingale Affair

An engrossing historical novel that takes listeners on a grisly journey from the Crimean Peninsula to the seedy recesses of underground London.

Uncle of the Year & Other Debatable Triumphs

Rannells’s top-notch narration makes this laugh-out-loud listen a must-purchase for patrons who are fans of his work or enjoy well-crafted memoirs.

Jigsaw: An Unsentimental Education

European history and literary history buffs should enjoy this colorful story of a life well and unconventionally lived.

Stalking Shakespeare: A Memoir of Madness, Murder, and My Search for the Poet Beneath the Paint

Anyone with an interest in the Shakespeare author controversy or academic research in general should enjoy Durkee’s colorful account of dark winters spent obsessing over “his homespun collection” of “mugshot bards.”

Fireworks Every Night

A heartrending, character-driven novel for fans of Kimberly Olson Fakih’s Little Miseries.

A Botanist’s Guide to Flowers and Fatality

A winner for academic- and historical-mystery fans and lovers of floriography.


The Dark Hour

Although Hart’s narration is unimpeachable, the story offers little depth and few surprises. Listeners might enjoy seeing Mark getting his comeuppance, or they might rejoice when the book finally reveals its obvious twist.

Save What’s Left

A perfect marriage of narrator and novel. Anyone who has ever lived in a small town or dealt with the realities of aging should find this production delightfully relatable.

Chef’s Choice

This queer fake-dating rom-com is recommended for all romance audio collections. Share with fans of Elena Armas’s The American Roommate Experiment or Taleen Voskuni’s Sorry, Bro.

Ghost Girl, Banana

Recommend to book clubs and fans of historical mysteries and family epics.

Not Funny: Essays on Life, Comedy, Culture, Etcetera

The content is exceptional, but the undistinguished narration makes this an optional purchase where the print version is available.

The Three Deaths of Willa Stannard

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking fast-paced, frightening suspense about sisterhood, suspicion, and sinister secrets. Recommended for fans of Lisa Jewell, Janelle Brown, and S.C. Richards.

The Three of Us

Agbaje-Williams captures the layers of hurt, love, and expectation inherent in marriage, relationships, and friendship. An intoxicating, constantly shifting listen.

Muckross Abbey and Other Stories

This collection of stories is eerie enough to seep into one’s bones, but listeners looking for truly horrific ghost stories might want to seek out scarier fare. Recommended for those who enjoy gothic literature and detailed settings and are open to ambiguous endings.

The Dane of My Existence

Listeners who enjoyed the series’ previous title will enjoy the continuation. Buy where the first audiobook is popular.


A beautifully written and well-narrated page-turner that takes listeners along as a young ballerina discovers who she is and who she wants to be.

Mapton on Sea: Laughter, Love, and Mayhem at the British Seaside

Listeners who enjoy light-hearted absurdity should enjoy this charming audio, where the search for home and happiness leads to new adventures.

Those Empty Eyes

An intricately plotted suspense novel for fans of Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter, and Stacy Willingham.

Jana Goes Wild

Heron’s (Kamila Knows Best) hilarious yet introspective second-chance romance is perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert. Listeners will be charmed by its slow-burn relationship and enchanting happily-ever-after.

The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise

Oakley’s (The Invisible Husband of Frick Island) latest is a story with depth and heart, perfect for fans of Brooke Fossey’s The Big Finish or Sarah Morgan’s The Summer Seekers.

The Daydreams

Recommend for summer beach-listening lists, as well as to fans of reality TV and Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones and the Six.

The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley: A Poet’s Journeys Through American Slavery and Independence

Poetry, history, and politics make excellent bedfellows. This engrossing biography, engaging in audio, is a recommended purchase for all libraries.

Our Share of Night

Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s 1970s Dirty War and dripping with atmospheric horror, this novel will reward listeners’ patience, revealing beauty among supernatural and all-too-human terrors.

Love, Theoretically

Plummer’s stellar performance makes this audiobook a must-have for most popular collections.

Girls and Their Horses

Brazier’s (Good Rich People) latest is part thriller and part coming-of-age story, exposing how money can and cannot buy happiness.

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