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Outstanding narration and an enchanting story line make this book a must-buy for all audio collections. Recommend to listeners who enjoy fiction with a fairy tale twist, such as that found in Rena Rossner’s The Sisters of the Winter Wood or Olesya Salnikova Gilmore’s The Witch and the Tsar.

Dispatches from the Gilded Age: A Few More Thoughts on Interesting People, Far-Flung Places, and the Joys of Southern Comforts

Wonderful stories written by a free-spirited woman from a privileged Southern family. Her irreverent style continues to charm.

Drunk on All Your Strange New Words

Recommend to Robson’s fans and anyone who delights in bizarre but thoughtful sci-fi.

Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels

This inside look at investigative reporting at a major U.S. newspaper will appeal to listeners with an interest in journalism, as well as fans of true crime podcasts that focus on criminal investigations.

She’s Nice Though: Essays on Being Bad at Being Good

This engaging audio will appeal to listeners looking for laugh-out-loud life stories about the curse of good girl energy in an era of bad bitch vibes. Recommended for fans of Lindy West and Samantha Irby.

The Awoken

This audiobook is a disappointment to sci-fi fans but may interest some patrons hoping to dip their toes into a new genre.

The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler

A timid religious leader, afraid to wield his moral authority against oppression and destruction, reminds listeners of the dangers of silence. Recommended for those interested in the papacy or World War II in Europe.

Acne: A Memoir

This author-narrated gem is exactly as it should be. Only Chinn can do justice to her story, and she succeeds in style. Recommended for public libraries.

The Book Eaters

This is the type of dark fantasy that breaks out of the genre and into popular culture. Beautiful and intense, it is a must-listen.

The Last Unicorn

This enchanting book is perfect for readers who love The Princess Bride, Ella Enchanted, and other whimsical fantasy stories. Filled with heroes, noble quests, magical creatures, curses, and unforgettable characters, it is an unforgettable listen for all ages.

The Witch and the Tsar

Kapustin’s deft narration combined with Gilmore’s intriguing rendition of the often maligned Baba Yaga makes for an enchanting listen.

Raising Raffi: The First Five Years

New parents, as well as parents of older children, will likely find both entertainment and solace in this smart, relatable work.

Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America’s Edge

Readers who enjoyed Tara Westover’s Educated will be drawn to Conover’s book. An excellent addition to any nonfiction collection that provides a glimpse into a little-known community.

Salty: Lessons on Eating, Drinking, and Living from Revolutionary Women

Despite the moments of slightly rocky narration, this is a captivating glimpse into the lives of nine creative, world-changing women that will appeal to both foodies and feminists.

Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder

Shatner’s upbeat collections of thoughtful musings is read with verve and good humor.

Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire

Armchair travelers and sailors alike should enjoy this well-narrated seafaring saga/family biography, gracefully crafted by the author to be heartwarming as well as heart-stopping.

The Art of Prophecy

Clocking in at almost 19 hours, this is a hefty book, but listeners will be captivated by the intricate worldbuilding and satisfying character development. An engrossing series starter that is highly recommended for fans of Ken Liu, Yong Jin, and Nghi Vo.

Brown Enough: True Stories About Love, Violence, the Student Loan Crisis, Race, Familia, and Making It in America

An effective audiobook that raises thought-provoking questions about racial and color lines in America.

Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II

This audiobook, recounting the tremendous accomplishments of women working in unaccommodating and unappreciative environments, should appeal to readers of women’s studies and history. Share with fans of Beverly Weintraub’s Wings of Gold or Liza Mundy’s Code Girls. Librarians may also enjoy reading about the important cataloging work done by one of Sears’s primary researchers, the multilingual oceanographic librarian Mary Grier.

After the Ivory Tower Falls: How College Broke the American Dream and Blew Up Our Politics—and How To Fix It

This book should be required reading for anyone involved in government and higher education. Highly recommended.

Deer Creek Drive: A Reckoning of Memory and Murder in the Mississippi Delta

A vivid and descriptive account of a chilling crime and the environment in which it occurred. True crime fans will be captivated.

All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire

Those who take solace in deep explorations of the grace and crudeness of people at their most vulnerable will find kinship with Woolf’s journey. Recommended for listeners who enjoy the work of Roxane Gay or Jenny Lawson.


These bawdy, gritty tales of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s will captivate listeners, but it’s Johnson who is the hero of this story. Listeners will relish every minute.

The True Crime File: Serial Killers, Famous Kidnappings, Great Cons, Survivors & Their Stories, Forensics, Oddities & Absurdities, Quotes & Quizzes

With its coverage of more than 200 crimes, this book could have been lurid, but is instead presented with care and respect. An excellent addition to any true crime collection.

American Seoul: A Memoir

This is a troubling story and tough listen, both in terms of content and narration. An optional audio purchase for most libraries.

Retail Gangster: The Insane, Real-Life Story of Crazy Eddie

Known for a gritty, wry voice suited to hard-boiled characters, Ferrone adopts an irresistibly ironic delivery as brisk as a Crazy Eddie ad that’s perfectly matched to the tempo and tone of this detailed exposé. True financial crime fans will likely love it.

High Times in the Low Parliament

Recommended for fans of fantasy, quirky characters, and political satire.

A History of Delusions: The Glass King, a Substitute Husband, and a Walking Corpse

Despite some unevenness in the sound levels throughout the production, this engrossing and empathetically told audiobook will likely capture the interest of listeners who enjoy the works of Oliver Sacks and Sam Kean.

Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty

A captivating, if occasionally overawed, portrait of extraordinary wealth across multiple generations. Suggest to listeners who enjoyed Anderson Cooper’s Vanderbilt.

Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer

A solid audio that will be popular with fans of WWII stories, computer history, and the overlooked contributions of women.

The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America

History and true crime buffs, legal historians, and gender studies scholars will appreciate Sweet’s riveting exposé of the tremendous gender and class bias in postrevolutionary America.

Ten Thousand Stitches

Atwater’s second book in the “Regency Faerie Tale” series (after Half a Soul) is a fanciful and funny romp, with plenty of twists and turns to keep listeners guessing. Perfect for fans of The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk.

The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays

Nothing short of a marvel, Hauser’s writing, combined with stellar narration, creates an exceptional audio experience.

Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial

This expertly presented audiobook is highly recommended for fans of true crime podcasts, legal thrillers, and those who have an interest in the food supply chain.

One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

Marvelous narration by the author and interludes of Stella Levi singing make this an excellent addition to public library collections.

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure

For libraries with healthy history collections and those who enjoy 19th-century U.S. history and the Ohio and Mississippi River regions.

Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc

This largely misses the mark. Libraries may want to take a pass.

The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World

An intriguing, intimate look into what drove this important person’s life and shaped his opinions.

House of Hunger

Recommend to fans of gothic horror and paranormal LGBTQIA+ romance.

A Strange and Stubborn Endurance

Recommended for readers looking for an absorbing queer fantasy, complete with intricate world-building, tantalizing mystery, and a slow-burn, tender romance.

Manifesting Justice: Wrongly Convicted Women Reclaim Their Rights

This insightful study is a timely and persuasive call to action. Recommended to those who appreciated Brittany K. Barnett’s A Knock at Midnight.

Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod

While elements of Sherman’s book will appeal to true crime readers, others may be disappointed by his fictional flair and reliance on uncited information. Recommend to general readers looking to understand the mind of a killer.

Roll Red Roll: Rape, Power, and Football in the American Heartland

A compelling inside look into the casual acceptance of sexual assault that is pervasive in today’s society. Pair this flawless production with Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse or Know My Name by Chanel Miller to learn more about rape culture.

Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto

This staggeringly powerful and sensitively-narrated memoir has a place in all public libraries.

Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic

Impeccably researched, this is a must-listen for Titanic enthusiasts of all ages.

We Carry Their Bones: The Search for Justice at the Dozier School for Boys

This moving tribute is highly recommended to listeners of Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys.

The Year of the Horses

Maum’s well-constructed and absorbing memoir will be appreciated by her fans, as well as those who enjoy memoirs, horses, and stories of strong women finding hope and healing.

Nothing But the Night: Leopold & Loeb and the Truth Behind the Murder That Rocked 1920s America

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a compelling, well-researched, historical true crime presented in an in-depth and engaging manner. Recommended for fans of Erik Larson and Cara Robertson.

The Mountain in the Sea

This slow-burning novel strikes a balance between hard- and soft-speculative fiction without being too heady or obtuse and would be a sound addition to any library’s collection.

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven

Readers looking to start an engaging fantasy series filled with magic, friendship, and feminism should start here. Dawson’s following among YA readers promises strong crossover appeal.

Bindle Punk Bruja

Recommend to Jazz Age aficionados, as well as readers of historical fantasy.

No Funny Business

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a road trip romantic comedy that is both silly and steamy. Recommended for fans of Emily Henry and Dylan Newton.

The Dead Romantics

A nice, sentimental, fun read that will find its way into listeners’ hearts.

The One Who Loves You

Purchase where additional contemporary romances are needed.

A Proposal They Can’t Refuse

This sweet, funny, hot, and poignant story hits all the right notes. Libraries should purchase.

Love on the Brain

While Hazelwood’s second book about women in STEM may please her many fans, other listeners may be disappointed by the book’s lackluster predictability. Purchase only where interest in Hazelwood’s work is high.

Lucy on the Wild Side

Warmly narrated by Emily Lawrence, who brings both Lucy’s struggles to find work-life balance and Kai’s rich, worldly accent to life, Rea’s latest (after The Wedding Ringer) is a delightful contemporary romance listen. Recommend to listeners who enjoy romances that combine unusual careers and original settings with the swoons, such as Denise Williams’s Do You Take This Man.

Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails

This quirky history is both entertaining and informative; an ideal recommendation for anyone who enjoyed Amy Stewart’s Drunken Botanist or Lydia Kang’s Quackery.

Now Is Not the Time To Panic

This charmingly narrated summer story will bring joy any time of year.

Return to Uluru

A timely and well-researched look into the aboriginal history of Australia, with parallels to other modern civil rights movements. Readers who appreciated Sierra Crane Murdoch’s Yellow Bird or David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon will be drawn to this chilling look into Australian history.

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an upbeat richer-or-poorer romance with an enterprising and engaging heroine. Recommended for fans of Lisa Kleypas, Suzanne Allain, and Sabrina Jeffries.

A Soldier’s Secret

A charming story, but this occasionally rocky audio is an optional purchase. Add to collections where the series’ previous audiobooks are in demand.

Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps

Engaging, informative, and fun, this audio will be a hit with popular science and nonfiction readers.


This cinematic, road-trip historical is brought to impeccable and swoon-worthy life by skilled romance narrator, Mary Jane Wells. Wells’s deft characterizations and range are on full display with Adelaide and the Duke’s banter, making this audio the perfect way to experience the second book (following Bombshell) in MacLean’s best-selling “Hell’s Belles” series.

A Duchess by Midnight

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking flawed, but likable, characters finding fairy tale romance, with a side of scandal and sensuality. Recommended for fans of Eloisa James, Grace Burrowes, and Sabrina Jeffries.

Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a historical rom-com with frightful flair and scant, but steamy, love scenes. Recommended for fans of India Holton, Theodora Goss, and Elizabeth Everett.

Mr. Perfect on Paper

Jewish heroines don’t get a lot of space in mainstream romance. Here’s hoping that this charming book changes the equation.


This bleakly humorous and insightful coming-of-age story will appeal to readers of absurdist, character-driven fiction. Recommend to fans of Sally Rooney, Meg Wolitzer, and Claire Messud, as well as to readers of Zink’s previous works, particularly Nicotine.

100 Animals That Can F*cking End You

Recommended for nature lovers, anyone who spends time watching cute animal videos, and science buffs. Some adult language is included, so beware of recommending to young children. Do your patrons a favor and make this delightful audio book available to them. Most everyone else will thank you.

Taming the Potted Beast: The Strange and Sensational History of the Not-So-Humble Houseplant

Part microhistory, part tips and tricks, this book is ideal for beginners and experts alike. A great read for all those who love their flora.

Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber

Librarians may recognize and relate to Borowitz’s amusing and insightful observations. This superbly narrated book should be a part of every public library collection.

The Godparent Trap

Although the book’s conclusion is somewhat predictable, Van Dyken’s nuanced latest will be a welcome addition to any romance collection.


Although this is Mestyanek Young’s first time narrating, listeners will appreciate hearing this deeply personal story told by the author herself. Share with fans of Tara Westover’s Educated and Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox. Memoir readers will want to check this one out.

Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization

Tyson’s warmth and erudition make him a superb narrator of this excellent, thought-provoking book. A must-have for all public libraries.

Birds, Beasts, and Bedlam: Turning My Farm into an Ark for Lost Species

This entertaining listen will appeal to patrons hungry to learn more about science, environment, ecology, animal husbandry, and how one person can make a real difference.

On Rotation

Fans of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert will enjoy this new romance that is reminiscent of Grey’s Anatomy and other TV medical dramas. This delightful and multifaceted story is an essential purchase for all romance collections.

Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence; An Arcane History of The Oxford Translators’ Revolution

Sure to please fantasy readers. Order this unique and absorbing book in all formats.

The Setup

Although this trope-filled romance occasionally strains credulity, listeners will find much to love. Recommend to fans of Emily Henry, Christina Lauren, and Abbi Waxman.

The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks

An uplifting small-town romance with broader appeal.

From the Jump

Though a nonessential purchase, Pressley’s narrative skills add a higher level of enjoyment to this slow-burn contemporary romance.

One Last Gift

Perfect for readers of emotional books, as well as fans of slow-burn romance.

Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between

Osmundson brings passion and emotion into these thoughtful and insightful essays while presenting citable facts to back up his point of view. This is one biology lesson readers won’t want to skip.

Always Be My Duchess

This audio will appeal to fans looking for a playful and provocative Victorian romance with Pretty Woman vibes. Recommended for fans of Joanna Lowell, Elizabeth Everett, and Tessa Dare.


A must-have for LGBTQ+ representation in audiobooks, and a great way to introduce new readers to this contemporary classic.

What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Libraries who serve any nerds should snap up this gem. Great on its own, and also a wonderful accompaniment to the print version of Munroe’s delightful book.

The Hookup Plan

A sexy and smart romance that will appeal to women struggling to juggle their personal and professional lives. Recommend to fans of Jasmine Guillory, Talia Hibbert, and Abby Jimenez.

Riding the Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic

Almojera’s honest and raw memoir makes an impact. This timely addition to any collection will help preserve the story of the first few months of the pandemic and give listeners a glimpse into the hectic life of being a paramedic in a city that never sleeps.

Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

Despite the captivating tale of admirable bravery, this book could have benefited from a more skilled narrator and sound engineer. An optional audio purchase for most libraries.

The Fixer Upper

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a heartwarming romantic comedy that is as much about friendship as it is about love. Recommended for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sophie Cousens, and Beth O’Leary.

Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter

Bartel’s debut is sure to appeal to animal lovers. Recommend to fans of Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Mary Roach’s Stiff.

A Duke for Diana

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a witty Regency romance with an intrepid female lead who is as spirited as she is sensuous. Recommended for fans of Mary Balogh, Eloisa James, and Lenora Bell.

The Second Time We Met

Listeners may be frustrated by the somewhat undeveloped characters and uneven plotting, but Williams’s (Imperfect Arrangements) latest is enlivened by Remmie Miller’s lovely and smooth narration. A fine, if nonessential, listen for library patrons who enjoyed Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Here for the Drama

Naudus’s performance makes a charming story even more enjoyable. A must for collections where contemporary romance audiobooks are popular.

Eat Up!

This empathetic and timely listen will inspire and inform. A celebration of food and humanity that will be welcomed by anyone wishing to embrace the notion that eating can be both pleasure and self-care.

Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir

Ultimately landing on a message of hope and solidarity, Sánchez’s writing is authentic and real about what it means to be a first-generation Latina. A solid addition to the feminist author memoir genre.

The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy

Listeners won’t want to miss this educational and fun take on the stars.

For Butter or Worse

Fans of cute and skillfully narrated enemies-to-lovers/foodie romances will devour La Rosa’s delicious debut.

Where We End & Begin

This one is not just for romance readers; the depth of emotion and exploration of the past will give it a wide appeal to many.

Lucy Checks In

Recommend to fans of renovation television shows and realistic romances with forty-something women.

The Abortion Caravan

Although Wells’s book chronicles a Canadian story, this timely book would be an excellent addition to any nonfiction audio collection.

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