“The book is about how each of us have the power to create movements and walks you through the steps of how to do that, as told through the real stories of people and sometimes surprising people who have already done it.”
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It’s that time of year when trips to the beach and basking in sunshine are a frequent occurrence. Plug into audiobooks so you can read and enjoy the scenery at the same time. From fast-paced thrillers to breezy women’s fiction, you’ll find something to listen to:
With her dream job, her loving (and famous) husband, and amazing twin daughters, Raney Moore has it all figured out. Or so she thinks. One day, a bombshell phone call throws Raney’s well-ordered existence into chaos.
Listen to an excerpt Do This for Me
Larkin Lanier has to return home—a place she both loves and dreads—to help her mother, who was found badly injured and unconscious at the burned-out wreckage of the ancestral plantation. As Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly fifty years.
Listen to an excerpt Dreams of Falling
In order to afford her beach house, Ruthie Beamish has to rent it out for the summer. This year, the renters bring some drama. By the end of this unforgettable summer, nothing will be the same.
Listen to an excerpt The High Season
The story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control, until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her overscheduled, overstaffed, overworked life.
Listen to an excerpt The Glitch
A novel about Ernest Hemingway and his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.
Listen to an excerpt Love and Ruin
An explosive thriller about a woman trying to rescue her twin sister from captivity in North Korea, and the North Korean citizens with whom she forms an unlikely alliance.
Listen to an excerpt Star of the North
Writers of short fiction and personal essays have a knack for filling a few short pages with a ton of emotion, humor, and excitement. The snappy prose and memorable characters in these audiobooks make for rich listening experiences that will stay with you for a long while.
A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game–and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!UNCOMMON TYPE
Curtis Sittenfeld has established a reputation as a sharp chronicler of the modern age who humanizes her subjects even as she skewers them. Now, with this first collection of short fiction, her “astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers’ heads” (The Washington Post) is showcased like never before. Throughout the ten stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided.YOU THINK IT I’LL SAY IT
In this razor-sharp debut collection, Jen Silverman delivers eleven interconnected stories that take place in expat bars, artist colonies, train stations, and matchbox apartments in the United States and Japan. Unforgettable characters crisscross through these transient spaces, loving, hurting, and leaving each other as they experience the loneliness and dangerous freedom that comes with being an outsider. THE ISLAND DWELLERS
The stories in Bring Out the Dog offer a remarkable portrait of the absurdity and poetry that define life in the most elite, clandestine circles of modern warfare. It is a world of intense bonds, ancient credos, and surprising compassion—of success, failure, and their elusive definitions. Moving between settings at home and abroad, in vivid language that reflects the wonder and discontent of war, Mackin draws the reader into a series of surreal, unsettling, and deeply human episodes.BRING OUT THE DOG
Here, for the first time, Katie opens up about realizing at the age of twenty-eight that she is gay. In these poignant, funny essays, she wrestles with her shifting sexuality and identity, and describes what it was like coming out to everyone she knows (and everyone she doesn’t). As she revisits her past, looking for any “clues” that might have predicted this outcome, Katie reveals that life doesn’t always move directly from point A to point B—no matter how much we would like it to.WOULD YOU RATHER
“What planted the seed for me to write this book was my own postpartum healing experience. As I was in my own recovery process, I recognized that I was having individual considerations but I could also tell that what I was going through was a collective and archetypal experience.”
Kimberly Ann Johnson, Author of The Fourth Trimester - SoundCloud (367 secs long, 75 plays)Play in SoundCloud
“Getting Back to Happy is really the journey of the lessons we learned from losing two loved ones back to back to illness and suicide and then losing Angel’s breadwinning job in the downturn of the economy. Certainly, there’s people who have it worse but everyone internalizes pain and depression and grief in different ways. It was a very low point in our lives.”
Marc and Angel Chernoff, Authors of Getting Back To Happy - SoundCloud (380 secs long, 88 plays)Play in SoundCloud
Alicia Keys, GRAMMY® Award‒winning musician Ashley Judd, Time’s Up leader, UN Global Goodwill Ambassador Danai Gurira, Tony Award®‒nominated playwright; Black Panther Esperanza Spalding, GRAMMY® Award‒winning musician Janeane Garofalo, actress, comedian, activist Mozhan Marnò, House of Cards Phillipa Soo, Tony Award® nominee, Broadway’s Hamilton Rowan Blanchard, A Wrinkle in Time Samira Wiley, EMMY® Award nominee, The Handmaid’s Tale
Additionally, the introduction is narrated by the book’s authors, Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli.
Together the books include 200 bedtime stories about the lives of extraordinary women past and present, from Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Beyoncé, Gloria Steinem, and Malala Yousafzai. Each short biography is written in the style of a fairy tale and highlights painters, scientists, dancers, chefs, astronauts, jazz singers, pharaohs, boxers, writers, and political leaders from every corner of the globe.
“Our goal as writers and activists has always been to write stories that could give voice to extraordinary women who had been forgotten or belittled,” said authors Cavallo and Favilli. “To see those same stories now come to life through the voices of some of the most inspiring rebel girls of our time could not feel more powerful.”
Summer is almost here, and now is the time to catch up on books that are coming soon to (or already on) a screen near you. Listen and watch as a family, with friends, or on your own. Whether you’ve already seen these, or are waiting to see these book adaptations, listening to the audiobook is a summer must-do.
Learn about who Gandhi was and how he became a legendary figure. The Who Was? series is full of entertaining history lessons for young listeners. Check out the entire collection here.
Listen to an excerpt Who Was Gandhi?
The Who Was? Show | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix - YouTube
The story of the March women—sisters Meg, Amy, Beth, and feisty Jo, and their mother, Marmee—is timeless. PBS Masterpiece has produced a beautiful new adaptation that has as much heart as the novel itself.
Listen to an excerpt Little Women
LITTLE WOMEN on MASTERPIECE | Official Trailer | PBS - YouTube
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. To get to the heart of the story, she must unravel the puzzles of her past.
Listen to an excerpt Sharp Objects
An outrageously funny audiobook about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occur when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend home for the wedding of the season.
Listen to an excerpt Crazy Rich Asians
CRAZY RICH ASIANS - Official Trailer 1 - YouTube
For more TV and film adaptations, take a look at this collection.
From the American Southwest all the way to another place in time, audiobooks take us on incredible adventures. Kick off summer vacation and make required reading fun at the same time with these stories, then let us know the best trip an audiobook has taken you on.
The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials and now Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor–and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles–somewhere in the American Southwest. TRIALS OF APOLLO BOOK THREE: THE BURNING MAZE
From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called “stylistically mesmerizing” and “out-of-this-world-awesome.” Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza–but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?OBSIDIO
Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a “tesseract,” which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg’s father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?A WRINKLE IN TIME
The finale you’ve all been waiting for: The Penderwicks at Last is the final, flawless installment in the modern classic series. Nine years, five older siblings, a few beloved dogs, and an endless array of adventures–these are the things that have shaped Lydia’s journey since readers first met her in The Penderwicks in Spring. Now it’s summertime, and eleven-year-old Lydia is dancing at the bus stop, waiting for big sister Batty to get home from college. This is a very important dance and a very important wait because the two youngest sisters are about to arrive home to find out that the Penderwicks will all be returning to Arundel this summer, the place where it all began. And better still is the occasion: a good old-fashioned, homemade-by-Penderwicks wedding.THE PENDERWICKS AT LAST
Anna Dewdney’s beloved Llama Llama is growing up and learning to read! Throughout the school day, the teacher helps Llama Llama and the other children practice their letters, shows word cards, reads stories, and brings them to the library where they can all choose a favorite book. By the end of the day, Llama Llama is recognizing words and can’t wait to show Mama Llama that he’s becoming a reader!LLAMA LLAMA LOVES TO READ
A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936. All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. And he does just that, until the day a bumblebee and some men from the Madrid bullfights give gentle Ferdinand a chance to be the most ferocious star of the corrida—and the most unexpected comic hero.LLAMA LLAMA LOVES TO READ
Truly good audiobooks melt the ordinary world into an inconsequential puddle. The combined skill of author and narrator stimulate our senses to believe we’re seeing new sights, smelling imaginary scents, willingly traveling with characters wherever they may lead.I sincerely hope listeners of my debut audiobook, The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle, find my story kindles one extra sense this summer: their sense of adventure.
I remember being motivated by fantasy-riddled, fabulism-spiced summer reads to get out on my bike and search for the unexpected. I was sure authors like Roald Dahl and Edward Eager were telling me about real things that could happen to real kids if we were only willing enough to open our eyes to the potential for weird wonder all around us. I’d pedal to my local pond to search for a floating island populated with hyper-intelligent, jazz-loving lizards. I’d ride to my friend Renee’s house, scanning the pavement the whole way for the glint of a coin that might grant us wishes. I’d look up long, twisty driveways and speculate which led to ancient castles or mysterious factories or phantom tollbooths. Every time I coasted through my neighborhood, a possibility of magic beckoned wherever I pointed my wheels.
I blame that sense of adventure-waiting-to-happen for why I ended up riding my bicycle all the way across the country as an adult. And here’s what I learned: the books that had inspired me to think the world was full of twists and turns so odd and satisfying we can’t imagine them until we’ve been there…they were all COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY RIGHT. There are embarrassments of wonder everywhere, and bicycle travelers move at the exact right speed to catch up with all the best stuff.
Now my eleven-year-old twins and I fire up audiobooks for long car rides, knowing that when we can finally climb out of the car and onto our bikes, we’ll be primed by these well-told stories to find excitement. (And we want to remind cyclists of all ages, for safety’s sake, finish that real-world-melts-away audiobook listening before biking. We two-wheeled riders need our senses fully alert to the real world.) Here are a few middle-grade titles we recommend to inspire you to pedal into the unknown. Believe wild and wonderful things are in store for you.
Introverted Bicycle has lived most of her life at the Mostly Silent Monastery in Washington, D.C. When her guardian, Sister Wanda, announces that Bicycle is going to attend a camp where she will learn to make friends, Bicycle says no way and sets off on her bike for San Francisco to meet her idol, a famous cyclist, certain he will be her first true friend. Who knew that a ghost would haunt her handlebars and that she would have to contend with bike-hating dogs, a bike-loving horse, bike-crushing pigs, and a mysterious lady dressed in black. Over the uphills and downhills of her journey, Bicycle discovers that friends are not such a bad thing to have after all, and that a dozen cookies really can solve most problems.THE ADVENTURES OF A GIRL CALLED BICYCLE