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You, Again

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an opposites-attract, enemies-to-lovers rom-com full of New York City nuance. Recommended for fans of Emily Henry, Tessa Bailey, and Amanda Aksel.

The Breakaway

Will appeal to listeners seeking a moving novel about building relationships, body positivity, and being true to oneself. Recommended for fans of Christina Lauren, Emily Henry, and Jo Wilde.

The Dead Take the A Train

Fans of urban fantasy, cosmic weirdness, and tough-as-nails protagonists should enjoy this work that’s the best of both authors.

Do Tell

Give to fans of Jerome Charyn’s Big Red and those interested in stories set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Burn the Negative

One doesn’t need a Needle Man to poke holes in the plot, but Winning has created an immersive love letter to late-20th-century horror cinema that will draw fans of supernatural slashers like flies to corpses.

To Catch a Storm

Recommend to readers of fast-paced domestic thrillers.

The Love Plot

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a steamy, spirited play on Pretty Woman or The Wedding Date (sans sex work). Recommended for fans of the humorous rom-com romps of Katherine Center, Sarah Adams, and Elena Armas.

The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp

Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy this outlandish yet heartfelt mystery set in a quiet English village.


Jarhead meets All You Need Is Kill in a refreshing look at near-future warfare. A superb recommendation for military sci-fi fans.

At the Edge of the Woods

Recommend Bromwich’s completely original slow burn of a novel with its beguiling protagonist, so perfectly captured by narrator Dawson, to those who appreciate gorgeous prose, unique narrative structures, and feminist themes.


A story of pain, survival, and community set in a lyrically described, intricately built world. For readers of Jesmyn Ward’s Let Us Descend.

Somebody’s Fool

While this series wrap-up will generate holds, it is best for established fans of the trilogy. Share Russo’s series with those seeking a leisurely listen featuring strong character development and introspective storytelling.

Black Sheep

Harrison (Such Sharp Teeth) magnificently balances humor against psychological dread and familial trauma in this tale of a most unusual homecoming. Listeners who appreciate sarcasm and a dry sense of humor will hugely enjoy this audio production. Uncover more dark family secrets in Grady Hendrix’s How To Sell a Haunted House and Catriona Ward’s Sundial.

Forget Me Not

Dalton and Hamilton’s performance of Soto’s debut contemporary romance will charm fans of Mia Sosa’s and Tessa Bailey’s recent works. This skillfully narrated enemies-to-lovers, second-chance romance does not disappoint.

The Seven Year Slip

Poston (The Dead Romantics) deftly weaves the magical apartment into the story and pulls off a spectacular happily-ever-after. For fans of Emily Henry and Abby Jimenez.

The Hunt

An absorbing, suspense-filled novel for true crime and podcast fans. Share with fans of S.A. Cosby, Eli Cranor, and Megan Abbott.

The Secret Hours

Fans of Herron’s “Slough House” series and Apple TV’s adaptation, Slow Horses, will race for this audio.

The Madwomen of Paris

A beautifully written and compelling work for historical fiction fans and those interested in the history of medicine and psychological treatment.

Murder and Mamon

Manansala and Cabanela excel at creating a welcoming community that mystery lovers will want to visit again and again.

Wild Things

Though the romance is a bit slow to ignite, patient listeners will be rewarded with an enjoyable sizzle at the end. An excellent fit for those seeking a low-key queer romance full of fun and engaging characters.

Unorthodox Love

Shertok’s observations on faith and the Orthodox Jewish community are appealing, but the mediocre audio production makes this an optional purchase.

How To Love Your Daughter

Share with literary-fiction fans and those who enjoy stories laden with psychological tension, like Sarit Yishai-Levi’s The Woman Beyond the Sea. Listeners will be entranced and will look forward to more from the best-selling Blum.

Land of Milk and Honey

Zhang’s sophomore novel (following the multi-award-winning How Much of These Hills Is Gold) is as delicious to devour as the feasts prepared within.

The Graveyard Shift

Despite the predictable ending, Lewis’s (Mockingbird) latest should appeal to horror film fans and suspense and romance readers who don’t mind a bit of gore.

Sleeping with Friends

This audio will appeal to cinephiles seeking a fast-paced amateur-sleuth mystery full of flawed characters and their sinister secrets. Recommended for fans of Tarryn Fisher, Lisa Scottoline, and Colleen Hoover.

Ghost Tamer

A paranormal thriller that offers thrills and chills in addition to a touching exploration of grief, love, and moving on.

The Goodbye Cat

Stories featuring pet death are not for everyone, but Arikawa’s poignant tales ring true. Perfect for listeners who enjoy novels exploring the intersection of animals and community, such as Beth Morrey’s The Love Story of Missy Carmichael.


A winning satire, sure to please fans of Christopher Moore’s zaniness, Grady Hendrix’s grim humor, and the sentiment behind the slogan “eat the rich.”

The Dragon Reborn

A superior creation to be purchased by libraries that have acquired Pike’s new recordings of the first two books or those looking to provide a version for fans of the popular television series.

Hemlock Island

A thrilling story, laced with horrors both real and otherwise; recommended for audiences who loved Nick Cutter and Andrew F. Sullivan’s The Handyman Method and Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s Echo.

Dust Child

This deeply affecting audio is a triumph and an essential purchase everywhere.

Unrealistic Expectations

Contemporary romance fans who enjoy steamy stories featuring reformed rakes will savor this expertly narrated, uplifting story of finding true love in unexpected places.

Perfectly Nice Neighbors

This riveting thriller delivers plenty of twists alongside incisive social commentary. Great for book groups.

Medusa’s Sisters

An excellent addition to retellings of ancient myths and perfect for fans of Madeline Miller and Pat Barker.

The Possibilities

Goldstein-Love delivers an inventive and satisfying blend of genres and narrative elements exploring the anxieties of parenthood alongside quantum physics. Recommended for fans of fiction integrating science in a manner similar to Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time or Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred.

The Darkness Surrounds Us

This atmospheric, evocatively narrated audio will captivate fans of gothic mysteries in the vein of Rhiannon Ward’s The Quickening.

King Me

Highly recommended for listeners who want a madcap mixture of Stephanie Plum, Veronica Mars, and Magnum, P.I.

Play for Me

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an upbeat, engaging rom-com with mostly closed-door romance and a varied cast of characters. Recommended for fans of Sarah Adams, Kate Bromley, and Elle Cook.

Murder by Degrees

Listeners will find much to love in this story that weaves social commentary and descriptions of period medical practices into a taut mystery. Mukerji is an author to watch.

One of the Boys

Listeners will be riveted by this complicated family drama that wrestles with the ethical implications of profiling and experimental medical treatments. Share with fans of Delilah S. Dawson’s The Violence or Naomi Alderman’s The Power.

The Only Purple House in Town

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a brilliantly bewitching paranormal romance about found family and fitting in. Recommended for fans of Sangu Mandanna, Sally Thorne, and Jessica Clare.

The Midnight News

Baker’s atmospheric tale of friendship, love, and self-discovery should appeal to readers of character-driven, suspenseful historical fiction.

New Adult

Give to listeners who enjoy some whimsy with their romances.

The Murder Wheel

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an atmospheric historical mystery, fast-paced and full of detail, that culminates in a delightful denouement to rival Poirot. Recommended for fans of Martin Edwards, Fiona Davis, and Sophie Hannah.

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

McBride has an uncanny ability to let the good in people shine through his writing; this latest book is no exception. Listeners familiar with Hoffman’s narration of McBride’s previous novels will be satisfied.

California Golden

An atmospheric novel that transports readers to sunny southern California and through the complicated times of the 1960s. Pair with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Malibu Rising or Erica Abeel’s Wild Girls.

Dark Water Daughter

A great addition to the recent spate of pirate-themed fantasy, such as S.A. Chakraborty’s The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi.


Listeners may be intrigued by this creative exploration of Herman Melville, but the content might be better experienced in print.

My Darling Girl

Full of twists, turns, and plenty of suspense, this slow-burn horror novel has depth and plenty of holiday chills. Fans of McMahon’s other works will not be disappointed.

Labyrinth’s Heart

Recommended for those who enjoy fantasy in the vein of Lee Bardugo’s Six of Crows, Foz Meadows’s “Tithenai Chronicles,” or E.E. Holmes’s “Riftmagic Saga” series.

The Last Applicant

Fast-paced, layered suspense with shocking reveals listeners won’t see coming.

Role Playing

Yardley’s (Ex Appeal) latest is a perfect fit for patrons looking for heartwarming, slow-burn romances featuring middle-aged characters.

Everything’s Fine

Everything is far from fine, and perhaps that is ultimately the point. Rabess’s thought-provoking debut will leave few on the fence.

Through the Snow Globe

With a tidy ending wrapped up in a bow, this emotional listen satisfies. Share with fans of Josie Silver and the movie It’s a Wonderful Life.

Text Appeal

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an upbeat friends-to-lovers rom-com with a techy love-triangle twist. Recommended for fans of Lauren Forsythe and Christina Lauren.

My Roommate Is a Vampire

This is a sweet and sexy paranormal romance with the perfect amount of silliness. For fans of Sarah Hawley’s A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon.

Schrader’s Chord

Music and horror fans who like their ghost stories gooey and their music loud should give this story a spin.


Brimming with Brown’s cinematically described action and complex, layered characters, this audiobook will appeal to science fiction fans on a scale that matches Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn and George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.


Though the subject matter is disturbing, Clake’s window into the horror wrought by abusive relationships resonates. A haunting literary horror for fans of Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

An engaging production of Raspe’s outlandish work. Recommended for any audio classics collection.


This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a witty workplace rom-com that turns competition into chemistry. Recommended for fans of Christina Lauren and Katherine Center.

Fit for the Gods: Greek Mythology Reimagined

Highly recommended to those who loved Madeline Miller’s Circe, Natalie Haynes’s Stone Blind, or Genevieve Gornichec’s The Witch’s Heart for giving voices to the ignored and maligned.

At the End of Every Day

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking atmospheric, unsettling horror that blends otherworldly chills with childhood nostalgia. Recommended for fans of Megan Collins, Kiersten White, and Jennifer McMahon.

I Did It For You

A good pick for those seeking engaging suspense about small towns, sisterhood, and unsettling secrets. Recommended for fans of Ruth Ware, Kate Robards, and Kelly J. Ford.

The Golem of Brooklyn

Mansbach’s irreverent and farcical retelling of Jewish golem folktales will have listeners laughing aloud.

One Tough Cookie

Though the narration is excellent, the disagreeable characters make this a strictly optional purchase for most libraries.

The History of a Difficult Child

A touching and unique picture of Ethiopian life in the 1980s and ’90s, from a child’s point of view. For readers of Stephen Buoro’s The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa.

The Vaster Wilds

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking haunting historical fiction about the complex, consequential realities of the human instinct for survival. Recommended for fans of Geraldine Brooks, Charles Frazier, and Jesmyn Ward.

Sammy Espinoza’s Last Review

Villarreal’s nuanced performance captures Sammy’s journey toward a more promising future. Listeners won’t want to miss this layered second-chance contemporary romance.

Broadway Butterfly

Readers of true crime will be hooked by this intriguing and atmospheric tale. A winner for fans of Beatriz Williams’s The Wicked City and Kate Belli’s Deception by Gaslight.

Good Bad Girl

Feeney’s fans and first-time listeners alike will enjoy seeing the pieces of this twisty thriller come together. Share with those seeking a fast-paced page-turner layered with insights into family dynamics and mother-daughter relationships.

The Book of Silver Linings

Recommended for readers of thoughtful contemporary romances, such as those by Sarah Addison Allen.

Under the Influence

A quick listen with a satisfying ending. The audio doesn’t stun, but fans of The Devil Wears Prada might enjoy.

Vampires of El Norte

This complex blend of historical fiction, romance, and horror captivates on many levels. Share with fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Alma Katsu, and Andy Davidson.

Night Watch

A powerful listen for those seeking meditative and haunting historical fiction. Share with fans of Jennifer Cody Epstein’s The Madwomen of Paris.

The Fraud

A must-buy audio. Smith’s intricately constructed pastiche of 19th-century British literature, an indictment of cultural hypocrisy, is superb.

You’ve Been Served

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a relationship fiction/rom-com mashup with Legally Blonde vibes. Recommended for fans of Mia Sosa and Elle Kennedy.

Lost on Me

A treasure for those not bothered by the lack of a plot or deep character development. Listeners will be enthralled by Brentan’s bellissima narration, which fully embraces Raimo’s glorious humor.

Normal Rules Don’t Apply: Stories

Atkinson’s many fans will love this collection, and newcomers will be enchanted as well. Showcasing Atkinson’s ingenuity and Joseph’s nuanced narration, this audio is an essential purchase for all libraries.

The Land of Lost Things

A magical suspense novel for listeners who can endure an hour of crushing, real-world sadness before Ceres finds herself in a darker, more adult version of The Neverending Story.

North Woods

Mason’s enchanting prose, exquisite attention to detail, and affecting characters, combined with pitch-perfect narration, make for an unforgettable listen. This is a treat from start to finish.


Aki will win audiences over with her sweet demeanor and quick mind. This fantastic historical mystery is a must-listen.

Red Rabbit

This meandering, lushly described weird West tale will be a treat for fans of Alma Katsu, Rob DeBorde, and Rhett C. Bruno.

The Long Game

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an engaging enemies-to-lovers rom-com that is sporty and sexy. Recommended for fans of Lynn Painter, Libby Hubscher, and Hannah Orenstein.

A Shot in the Dark

Recommend to listeners who are looking for a realistic and complicated love story.

12 Months To Live

Patterson’s and Lupica’s many fans may put up with the novel’s flaws, but this is an optional purchase for most libraries.

Imperfect Lives

An entertaining drama that benefits from the use of multiple narrators, rendering separate plotlines distinct. Recommended for public libraries.

The Handyman Method

A haunted-house story possessed by the shades of Stephen King’s The Shining and The Tommyknockers. Horror fans will be enthralled.

The Caretaker

Listeners will become utterly absorbed in this gothic drama with echoes of Wiley Cash and Tom Franklin.

Immortal Longings

Share with adult fans of The Hunger Games who like their stories more graphic; a recommended purchase where tales of dystopian battles and political intrigue are popular.

Banyan Moon

Purists seeking unfiltered reads should undoubtedly choose the print version of Thai’s novel.

The Mystery Writer

Recommended for Gentill’s fans and readers who enjoy mysteries from Riley Sager, Ruth Ware, or Louise Penny.

The Busy Body

Fans of David Handler’s equally entertaining Stewart Hoag series or those in search of a modern take on classic crime fiction will snap up this stellar mystery debut, which delivers an addictive mix of Dorothy Parker’s waspish wit and Agatha Christie’s deft hand at ingenious plotting.


This is a must-buy for libraries that are looking to add fresh new horror to their collection. The story has broad appeal and will entice patrons with its additions to the classic Frankenstein story, as well as horror readers seeking something new. Recommend to those who liked T. Kingfisher’s What Moves the Dead and Philip Fracassi’s Boys in the Valley.

We Ate the Dark

With stunning prose, Pearson draws readers into the lives of her characters and weaves a horror-esque fantasy tale.

Murder by Lamplight

Fans of Victorian mysteries, medical mysteries, and detective duos will appreciate this historical suspense. Suggest for fans of Andrea Penrose or Ritu Mukerji’s debut.

The Night of the Storm

While explicating Jia’s struggles with her Indian culture and as an immigrant, this locked-room mystery’s strength is its setting and the atmospheric tension created by the hurricane.

Murder in Masquerade

The follow-up to Murder in Postscript emphasizes Victorian social customs and society. Fans of Dianne Freeman’s “Countess of Harleigh” mysteries will enjoy.

The Stars Turned Inside Out

Readers who like mixing science and detection may find this book appealing, but it’s a mixed bag.

California Bear

Compelling not for its solution but for the act of solving, with modern cultural references and screen-worthy action. Readers who enjoy redemption and comeuppance dispensed by smartly written characters will enjoy.

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