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    • Where the Crawdads Sing

    • By: Delia Owens
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 86,194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78,271
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77,978

    For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Felt like I was there...

    • By Linda Ottey on 08-19-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Nickel Boys

    • A Novel
    • By: Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated by: JD Jackson, Colson Whitehead
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning number one New York Times best seller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Remarkable story

    • By Beverley Cunningham on 07-18-19

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Before We Were Yours

    • A Novel
    • By: Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
    • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51,432
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46,773
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46,611

    Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

    • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • True Places

    • By: Sonja Yoerg
    • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 877
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 879

    Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her - a change she both fears and desperately needs. Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband, and a thriving family. But beneath the veneer of an ideal life, her daughter is rebelling, her son is withdrawing, her husband is oblivious to it all, and Suzanne is increasingly unsure of her place in the world. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All Suburban Mother's Dream

    • By Kathleen on 01-09-19

    Regular price: $24.99

    • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

    • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26,844
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24,693
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24,622

    After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

    • By ambER on 04-20-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

    • A Novel
    • By: Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,886
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,841
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,809

    The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

    • By JQR on 12-01-16

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Only Woman in the Room

    • By: Marie Benedict
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,021

    Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Author missed her chance

    • By Kay on 02-17-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Daisy Jones & The Six

    • A Novel
    • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,787
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,265
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,225

    Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late '60s, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s 20, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Different Kind of Review

    • By D. Fields on 03-23-19

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Matchmaker

    • A Novel
    • By: Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,099
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 992
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 992

    48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man - call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Just OK

    • By ELLEN on 04-14-19

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Overstory

    • By: Richard Powers
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817

    The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits 100 years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • eye opening

    • By Michael Stansberry on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Most Fun We Ever Had

    • A Novel
    • By: Claire Lombardo
    • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
    • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152

    When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that's to come. By 2016, their four daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator-turned-stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and doubt; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie. Above it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents'.  

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable story of multiple generations

    • By Kelly on 07-03-19

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Fleishman Is in Trouble

    • A Novel
    • By: Taffy Brodesser-Akner
    • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 176
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 157

    Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of almost 15 years separated: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. He had been working so hard to find equilibrium in his single life. The winds of his optimism, long dormant, had finally begun to pick up. Now this.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • How Disappointing

    • By Madeleine on 06-24-19

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Handmaid's Tale

    • By: Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33,248
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30,220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30,214

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A heartwrenching story read absolutely brilliantly

    • By Heather on 08-22-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Goldfinch

    • By: Donna Tartt
    • Narrated by: David Pittu
    • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28,281
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25,758
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25,780

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boy, am I in the minority on this one.

    • By Bonny on 11-04-13

    Regular price: $34.21

    • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

    • A Novel
    • By: Ocean Vuong
    • Narrated by: Ocean Vuong
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late 20s, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born - a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam - and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I never write reviews

    • By David on 06-13-19

    Regular price: $24.50

    • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

    • A Novel
    • By: Tayari Jones
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15,104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,745
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,711

    Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Loved the Story, but...

    • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • A Man Called Ove

    • By: Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65,988
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60,383
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60,290

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Laughed and I Cried

    • By Bill on 08-22-15

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Normal People

    • A Novel
    • By: Sally Rooney
    • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 889
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 815
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 815

     At school, Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers - one they are determined to conceal. A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful, compelling

    • By D. Bailey on 04-20-19

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Ask Again, Yes

    • A Novel
    • By: Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated by: Molly Pope
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 452
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 414

    Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They aren’t close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses - the loneliness of Francis’ wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the stunning events to come. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An extraordinarily s

    • By Minneapolis listener on 06-21-19

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Raised in Captivity

    • Fictional Nonfiction
    • By: Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated by: Chuck Klosterman, Full Cast
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    Fair warning: Raised in Captivity does not slot into a smooth preexisting groove. If Saul Steinberg and Italo Calvino had adopted a child from a Romanian orphanage and raised him on Gary Larsen and Thomas Bernhard, he would still be nothing like Chuck Klosterman. They might be good company, though. Funny, wise and weird in equal measure, Raised in Captivity bids fair to be one of the most original and exciting story collections in recent memory, a fever graph of our deepest unvoiced hopes, fears and preoccupations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love Klosterman!

    • By Spencer on 07-19-19

    Regular price: $24.50

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