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49 Of The Best Narrated Audiobooks Volume 2

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“What are the best Narrated Audiobooks?” We looked at 350 of the top audiobooks, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

Our previous Best Audiobooks Of All-Time article, released back in late 2015, was one of the first ever Book Scrolling articles. In the last 2 1/2 years since there have been so many more great audiobooks and audiobook narrators. There have also been a whole lot more “Best Audiobook” lists. We decided it was time for an update and looked at all of the large lists that were published since our first article was released to see what new and old books were ranking high on the charts.

We already look at the Best Audiobooks of each year (feel free to check out our Best Audiobooks of 2017 list), so we avoided year-end lists when we gathered and focused only on the more general Audiobook narrator lists released. After aggregating everything together we were surprised to find that only a few of the top books overlapped with the previous list and the vast majority were new or previously unmentioned titles.

The top 49 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Audiobook” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 301 titles, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Happy Scrolling!



Top 49 Narrated Audiobooks



49 .) A Man Called Ove written by Fredrik Backman

Narrated By: George Newbern

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • Real Simple

“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 must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

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48 .) American Gods written by Neil Gaiman

Narrated By: George Guidall

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • The Portalist

“Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.”

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47 .) Anna Karenina written by Leo Tolstoy

Narrated By: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goop
  • Make Use Of

” Leo Tolstoy’s classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

In their world frivolous liaisons are commonplace, but Anna and Vronsky’s consuming passion makes them a target for scorn and leads to Anna’s increasing isolation. The heartbreaking trajectory of their relationship contrasts sharply with the colorful swirl of friends and family members who surround them, especially the newlyweds Kitty and Levin, who forge a touching bond as they struggle to make a life together. Anna Karenina is a masterpiece not only because of the unforgettable woman at its core and the stark drama of her fate, but also because it explores and illuminates the deepest questions about how to live a fulfilled life.”

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46 .) Beautiful Ruins written by Jess Walter

Narrated By: Edoardo Ballerini

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • Newsday

“The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.”

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45 .) Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood written by Trevor Noah

Narrated By: Trevor Noah

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Insider

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

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44 .) Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X and the Quest for a Fantastic Future written by Ashlee Vance

Narrated By: Fred Sanders

Lists It Appears On:

  • Medium
  • Make Use Of

“Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius’s life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Vance uses Musk’s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk—one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history—is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.

Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans.”

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43 .) Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage written by Alfred Lansing

Narrated By: Simon Prebble

Lists It Appears On:

  • Medium
  • Book Riot

In August 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew set sail from England for Antarctica, where Shackleton hoped to be the first man to cross the uncharted continent on foot. Five months later, the Endurance – just a day’s sail short of its destination – became locked in an island of ice, and its destiny and men became locked in history. For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted until it was finally crushed, and Shackleton and his crew made an 850-mile journey in a 20-foot craft through the South Atlantic’s worst seas to reach an outpost of civilization. Inspired by the ordeal that Time magazine said “defined heroism,” author Alfred Lansing conducted interviews with the crew’s surviving members and pored over diaries and personal accounts to create his best-selling book on the miraculous voyage. In Audio Partners’ abridged recording of Endurance, reader Patrick Malahide renders a masterful portrayal of these courageous men.

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42 .) Gone Girl written by Gillian Flynn

Narrated By: Julia Whelan & Kirby Heyborne

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Insider

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

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41 .) Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly

Narrated By: Robin Miles

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • Medium

“The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.”

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40 .) Homegoing written by Yaa Gyasi

Narrated By: Dominic Hoffman

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • My Domaine

“The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.”

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39 .) I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer written by Michelle McNamara

Narrated By: Gabra Zackman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Medium
  • Book Riot

“For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “”the Golden State Killer.”” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic—capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim—he favored suburban couples—he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.”

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38 .) Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell written by Susanna Clarke

Narrated By: Simon Prebble

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Best Fantasy Books

Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me…Centuries ago, when magic still existed in England, the greatest magician of them all was the Raven King. A human child brought up by fairies, the Raven King blended fairy wisdom and human reason to create English magic. Now, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, he is barely more than a legend, and England, with its mad King and its dashing poets, no longer believes in practical magic. Then the reclusive Mr Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey appears and causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. News spreads of the return of magic to England and, persuaded that he must help the government in the war against Napoleon, Mr Norrell goes to London. There he meets a brilliant young magician and takes him as a pupil. Jonathan Strange is charming, rich and arrogant. Together, they dazzle the country with their feats. But the partnership soon turns to rivalry. Mr Norrell has never conquered his lifelong habits of secrecy, while Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous magic. He becomes fascinated by the shadowy figure of the Raven King, and his heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens, not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear. Elegant, witty and utterly compelling, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell creates a past world of great mystery and beauty that will hold the reader in thrall until the last page.

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37 .) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI written by David Grann

Narrated By: Will Patton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Newsday

“In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.”

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36 .) Me Before You written by Jojo Moyes

Narrated By: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, and Owen Lindsay

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • Real Simple

“They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?”

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35 .) Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen

Narrated By: Rosamund Pike

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • Real Simple

“””It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.””

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s perfect comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. “”Pride and Prejudice seems as vital today as ever,”” writes Anna Quindlen in her introduction to this Modern Library edition. “”It is a pure joy to read.”” Eudora Welty agrees: “”The gaiety is unextinguished, the irony has kept its bite, the reasoning is still sweet, the sparkle undiminished. [It is] irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.””

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34 .) Shoe Dog written by Phil Knight

Narrated By: Norbert Leo Butz

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goop
  • Medium

“In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Young, searching, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year, 1963. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is more than a logo. A symbol of grace and greatness, it’s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.

But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. Now, in a memoir that’s surprising, humble, unfiltered, funny, and beautifully crafted, he tells his story at last. It all begins with a classic crossroads moment. Twenty-four years old, backpacking through Asia and Europe and Africa, wrestling with life’s Great Questions, Knight decides the unconventional path is the only one for him. Rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, something new, dynamic, different. Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors, the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes. Above all, he recalls the foundational relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.

Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the redemptive, transformative power of sports, they created a brand, and a culture, that changed everything.”

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33 .) The Argonauts written by Maggie Nelson

Narrated By: Maggie Nelson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goop
  • My Domaine

“Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of “”autotheory”” offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author’s relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson’s account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, is an intimate portrayal of the complexities and joys of (queer) family making.

Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson’s insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.”

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32 .) The Book Thief written by Markus Zusak

Narrated By: Allan Corduner

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • Medium

“It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.”

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31 .) The Girl With All the Gifts written by M.R. Carey

Narrated By: Finty Williams

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • The Portalist

“Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “”our little genius””.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

The Girl with All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.”

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30 .) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo written by Stieg Larsson

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goop
  • Insider

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

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29 .) The Goblin Emperor written by Katherine Addison

Narrated By: Kyle McCarley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • The Portalist

“The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “”accident,”” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.
Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.
Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend . . . and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne–or his life.
Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor is an exciting fantasy novel, set against the pageantry and color of a fascinating, unique world, is a memorable debut for a great new talent.

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28 .) The Help written by Kathryn Stockett

Narrated By: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, & Cassandra Campbell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • Medium

“Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid, Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her 17th white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.”

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27 .) The Kingkiller Chronicle: The Name of the Wind written by Patrick Rothfuss

Narrated By: Nick Podehl

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Portalist
  • Best Fantasy Books

“My name is Kvothe.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature―the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.”

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26 .) The Magicians written by Lev Grossman

Narrated By: Mark Bramhall

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • The Portalist

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Haboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.

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25 .) The Martian written by Andy Weir

Narrated By: R. C. Bray

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Insider

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “”human error”” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”

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24 .) The Nix written by Nathan Hill

Narrated By: Ari Fliakos

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • My Domaine

“It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn’t seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help.

To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.”

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23 .) The Pillars of the Earth written by Ken Follett

Narrated By: John Lee

Lists It Appears On:

  • Medium
  • Pan Macmillan

“The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother.

A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.”

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22 .) The Underground Railroad written by Colson Whitehead

Narrated By: Bahni Turpin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goop
  • Insider

“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.
In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.”

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21 .) The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds written by Michael Lewis

Narrated By: Dennis Boutsikaris

Lists It Appears On:

  • Medium
  • Insider

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis’ own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms.

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20 .) To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee

Narrated By: Sissy Spacek

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • My Domaine

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

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19 .) We Are Legion (We Are Bob) written by Dennis E. Taylor

Narrated By: Ray Porter

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • The Portalist

“There’s a reason We Are Legion, We Are Bob was named Audible’s Best Sci-Fi Book of 2016. Unique, hilarious, and utterly addictive, Dennis E. Taylor’s debut novel kicked off an Audible-wide obsession among sci-fi diehards and new listeners alike.

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.”

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18 .) What Happened written by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Narrated By: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Beautiful Mess
  • Mashable

“For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

In this audiobook she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells listeners what it took to get back on her feet – the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.”

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17 .) Yes Please written by Amy Poehler

Narrated By: Amy Poehler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goop
  • Mashable

“Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is “”Yes Please!”” then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “”Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,”” “”Plain Girl Versus the Demon”” and “”The Robots Will Kill Us All”” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.”

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16 .) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? written by Mindy Kaling

Narrated By: Mindy Kaling

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mashable
  • My Domaine
  • Newsday

“Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.”

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15 .) Lincoln in the Bardo written by George Saunders

Narrated By: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, Carrie Brownstein, Miranda July, Lena Dunham & full cast

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • My Domaine
  • Newsday

“February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

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14 .) Me Talk Pretty One Day written by David Sedaris

Narrated By: David Sedaris

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • My Domaine
  • Real Simple

A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. You Cant Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors. Sedaris is an amazing reader whose appearances draw hundreds, and his performancesincluding a jaw-dropping impression of Billie Holiday singing I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weinerare unforgettable. Sedariss essays on living in Paris are some of the funniest hes ever written. At last, someone even meaner than the French!

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13 .) Outlander written by Diana Gabaldon

Narrated By: Davina Porter

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Insider
  • Medium

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743.

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12 .) Red Rising written by Pierce Brown

Narrated By: Tim Gerard Reynolds

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Insider
  • The Portalist

“Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

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11 .) Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Narrated By: Stephen Fry

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Insider
  • Make Use Of

“Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle’s detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes – four novels and five collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated nine insightful, intimate and deeply personal introductions to each title.

Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round national treasure. He is the acclaimed narrator of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and most recently recorded The Tales of Max Carrados for Audible Studios – a performance that earned Fry the accolade of “”quite irresistible”” from the Washington Post. Stephen has contributed columns and articles to newspapers and magazines, appears frequently on radio and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography.”

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10 .) The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo written by Amy Schumer

Narrated By: Amy Schumer

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Beautiful Mess
  • BuzzFeed
  • Goop

“In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is—a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend—an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably—but only because it’s over.”

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9 .) The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margaret Atwood

Narrated By: Claire Danes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • My Domaine
  • BuzzFeed

“Margaret Atwood’s popular dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender and religious politics. Multiple Golden Globe award-winner Claire Danes (Romeo and Juliet, The Hours) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, one of the most powerful and widely read novels of our time.

After a staged terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the 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 even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.”

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8 .) The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas

Narrated By: Bahni Turpin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Medium
  • My Domaine

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.”

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7 .) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up written by Marie Kondo

Narrated By: Emily Woo Zeller

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hello Peaceful Mind
  • Make Use Of
  • Medium

“Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”

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6 .) The Nightingale written by Kristin Hannah

Narrated By: Polly Stone

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insider
  • Medium
  • My Domaine

” In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.”

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5 .) The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business written by Charles Duhigg

Narrated By: Mike Chamberlain

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Beautiful Mess
  • Hello Peaceful Mind
  • The Muse

“A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern – and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year.

An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees – how they approach worker safety – and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones.

What do all these people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives. They succeeded by transforming habits.”

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4 .) Harry Potter Series written by J.K. Rowling

Narrated By: Stephen Fry or Jim Dale

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Goop
  • Insider
  • Medium

“Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.” Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

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3 .) Ready Player One written by Ernest Cline

Narrated By: Wil Wheaton

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Insider
  • Medium
  • The Portalist

“In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”

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2 .) The Goldfinch written by Donna Tartt

Narrated By: David Pittu

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Insider
  • My Domaine
  • Pop Sugar

“Composed with the skills of a master, 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.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love – and at the center of a narrowing, ever-more-dangerous circle.”

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1 .) Bossypants written by Tina Fey

Narrated By: Tina Fey

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Beautiful Mess
  • Insider
  • Mashable
  • My Domaine
  • Real Simple

“Before Liz Lemon, before “”Weekend Update””, before “”Sarah Palin””, Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both of those dreams come true.”

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5014Peter ClinesRay PorterInsider
511776David McCulloughDavid McCulloughInsider
52#GIRLBOSSSophia AmorusoThe Muse
5311-22-63: A NovelStephen KingCraig WassonInsider
5412 Rules for LifeJordan PetersonMedium
55A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and FireGeorge R. R. MartinRoy DotriceInsider
56A History of the WorldAndrew Marr
Pan Macmillan
57A Little LifeHanya YanagiharaOliver WymanInsider
58A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in AfricaAlexis OkeowoBook Riot
59A Prairie Home CompanionGarrison KeillorGarrison KeillorGoop
60A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil , From Tahir Square to ISISRobert F. WorthBook Riot
61A Rage in HarlemChester HimesBook Riot
62A SeparationKatie KitamuraNewsday
63A Song Of Ice And Fire
Best Fantasy Books
64A Thousand Splendid SunsKhaled HosseiniPop Sugar
65A Wrinkle in TimeMadeleine L’EngleMedium
66Abhorsen Trilogy
Best Fantasy Books
67AcceleratedBronwen HruskaNewsday
68Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark TwainElijah WoodGoop
69Algorithms to Live By
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Medium
70All the Light We Cannot SeeAnthony DoerrMedium
71An Ember in the AshesSabaa TahirBook Riot
72An Unkindness of GhostsRivers SolomonBook Riot
73ArcadiaLauren GroffNewsday
74Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseBenjamin Alire SaenzLin-Manuel MirandaBuzzFeed
75As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideCary ElwesCary ElwesBuzzFeed
76Astrophysics for People in a HurryNeil deGrasse TysonMedium
77Atomic AdventuresJames MahaffeyMedium
78Autobiography of a Yogi
Paramahansa Yogananda
Medium
79Beautiful StrangerChristina LaurenPop Sugar
80Beetle BoyM.G. LeonardBook Riot
81Behind Her EyesSarah PinboroughJosie Dunn, Anna Bentinck, Bea Holland, and Huw Parmenter
My Domaine
82BelovedToni MorrisonMedium
83Beneath a Scarlet SkyMark SullivanMedium
84Big Little LiesLiane MoriartyPop Sugar
85Big MagicElizabeth Gilbert
Hello Peaceful Mind
86Bird BoxJosh MalermanBook Riot
87Black and British –David Olsoga
Pan Macmillan
88Bleak HouseCharles DickensSean BarrettBuzzFeed
89Blitzed: Drugs in the Third ReichNorman OhlerBook Riot
90Blood Song
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91Bluebird, BluebirdAttica LockeBook Riot
92BorneJeff VanderMeerBook Riot
93Brave New WorldAldous Huxley
The Portalist
94Bringing Up BebePamela Druckerman
A Beautiful Mess
95CarsickJohn WatersJohn WatersGoop
96Child 44Tom Rob SmithBook Riot
97Children of the New WorldAlexander WeinsteinBook Riot
98
Chronicle Of The Unhewn Throne
Best Fantasy Books
99City Of Stairs
Best Fantasy Books
100ConspiracyRyan HolidayMedium
101Crazy Rich AsiansKevin KwanNewsday
102Daring GreatlyBrene BrownMedium
103Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical RightJane MayerBook Riot
104DarkfeverKaren Marie MoningBook Riot
105David and GoliathMalcom Gladwell
A Beautiful Mess
106Death’s EndCixin LiuMedium
107Deep WorkCal NewportMedium
108Devil in a Blue DressWalter MoselyBook Riot
109Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed AmericaErik LarsonBook Riot
110DialogueRobert McKeeMedium
111Do the KIND ThingDaniel LubetzkyDaniel LubetzkyBuzzFeed
112DominionC. J. Sansom
Pan Macmillan
113DraculaBram StokerAlan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, & Steven CrossleyInsider
114Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates UsDaniel H. PinkThe Muse
115Dumbing Us DownJohn Taylor GattoMedium
116EchoPam Muñoz RyanMark BramhallBuzzFeed
117EducatedTara WestoverBook Riot
118Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the WorldMatthew GoodmanNewsday
119EligibleCurtis SittenfeldNewsday
120Ender’s GameOrson Scott CardStefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, & Gabrielle de CuirInsider
121EuphoriaLily KingPop Sugar
122Even This I Get to ExperienceNorman LearNewsday
123Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of CrowdsCharles MackayMedium
124Extreme Ownership
Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Medium
125FaithfulAlice HoffmanAmber TamblynGoop
126Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemJ.K. Rowling
Make Use Of
127Faust
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Medium
128Fever 1793
Laurie Halse Anderson
Medium
129Food of the GodsTerence McKennaMedium
130Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses –Helen Rappaport
Pan Macmillan
131FrankensteinMary ShelleyMedium
132Freedom EvolvesDaniel C. DennettMedium
133FURIOUSLY HAPPYJenny Lawson
Hello Peaceful Mind
134Gentleman Bastards
Best Fantasy Books
135Get Well SoonJennifer WrightMedium
136Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityDavid AllenThe Muse
137Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
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The Muse
138Ghormenghast
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139Girl on the TrainPaula HawkinsClare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India FisherReal Simple
140Girl Walks into a BarRachel DratchMashable
141Gone with the WindMargaret MitchellMedium
142Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, WitchNeil Gaiman & Terry PratchettMartin JarvisInsider
143Great Mythologies of the WorldThe Great CoursesMedium
144Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of LiteratureThe Great CoursesMedium
145GritAngela DuckworthMedium
146HamletWilliam ShakespeareMedium
147Hank the CowdogJohn R. EricksonJohn R. EricksonGoop
148Happy Money
Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton
A Beautiful Mess
149Hemingway in LoveA.E. Hotchner
Pan Macmillan
150Hillbilly ElegyJ. D. VanceJ. D. VanceGoop
151His Majesty’s DragonNaomi Novik
The Portalist
152Holding Up the UniverseJennifer NivenJorjeana Marie & Robbie DaymondGoop
153Holidays on IceDavid SedarisDavid SedarisGoop
154Home FireKamila ShamsieBook Riot
155Home: A Memoir of My Early YearsJulie AndrewsJulie AndrewsBuzzFeed
156Homo DeusYuval Noah HarariMedium
157How to Be MarriedJo Piazza
A Beautiful Mess
158How to Own Your Own MindNapoleon HillMedium
159How to Party With an InfantKaui Hart HemmingsJoy OsmanskiGoop
160HungerRoxanne GayRoxanne Gay
My Domaine
161I Contain MultitudesEd YongMedium
162I Could Do Anything if Only I Knew What it WasBarbara SherThe Muse
163
I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
Mashable
164I’m Just A PersonTig NotaroMashable
165In Cold BloodTruman CapoteBook Riot
166InfiniteJeremy RobinsonMedium
167Invisible Man: A NovelRalph EllisonJoe MortonInsider
168Is It Just Me?Miranda HartMiranda HartReal Simple
169ItStephen King
Make Use Of
170IT STARTS WITH FOOD
Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig
Hello Peaceful Mind
171Jane EyreCharlotte Bronte
Make Use Of
172Jurassic ParkMichael CrichtonScott BrickInsider
173Just KidsPatti SmithPatti Smith
My Domaine
174Just MercyBryan StevensonBryan StevensonGoop
175Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles ICharles Spencer
Pan Macmillan
176KindredOctavia ButlerBook Riot
177LagoonNnedi Okorafor
The Portalist
178LaRoseLouise ErdrichNewsday
179Legacy of KingsEleanor HermanMedium
180Leonardo da VinciWalter IsaacsonMedium
181Let’s Pretend This Never HappenedJenny LawsonJenny LawsonBuzzFeed
182Lilac GirlsMartha Hall KellyMedium
183Little Fires EverywhereCeleste NgBook Riot
184LolitaVladimir NabokovJeremy IronsReal Simple
185Lord of the Silver BowDavid GemmellBook Riot
186Machine Platform Crowd
Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson
Medium
187Man, Economy, & State with Power and MarketMurray N. RothbardMedium
188Maps of MeaningJordan B. PetersonMedium
189MarchGeraldine BrooksMedium
190Master and CommanderPatrick O’BrianRic JerromBuzzFeed
191Meaningful Work
Shawn and Lawren Askinosie
A Beautiful Mess
192Memoirs of a GeishaArthur GoldenMedium
193Memories, Dreams, ReflectionsC. G. JungMedium
194MINIMALISM: LIVE A MEANINGFUL LIFE
Ryan Nicodemus & Joshua Fields Millburn
Hello Peaceful Mind
195Modern RomanceAziz Ansari and Eric KlinenbergAziz Ansari and Eric KlinenbergGoop
196My Lady Jane
Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
Medium
197My Life as a White Trash ZombieDiana RowlandBook Riot
198Never Split the DifferenceChris VossMedium
199NeverwhereNeil Gaiman
Make Use Of
200NightElie WieselGeorge GuidallInsider
201Nobody’s FoolRichard RussoNewsday
202Norse MythologyNeil GaimanMedium
203Not a SoundHeather GudenkaufBook Riot
204Not That Kind of Girl written & readLena DunhamLena DunhamGoop
205Number the StarsLois LowryMedium
206NUTRITION MADE CLEAR
The Teaching Company, LLC
Hello Peaceful Mind
207Ocean at the End of the LaneNeil GaimanNeil GaimanBuzzFeed
208Of Mice and MenJohn SteinbeckGary SiniseReal Simple
209OriginalsAdam GrantMedium
210Orphan TrainChristina Baker KlineMedium
211Other MindsPeter Godfrey-SmithMedium
212OutliersMalcom Gladwell
A Beautiful Mess
213Oxygen AdvantagePatrick McKeownMedium
214Parable of the SowerOctavia Butler
The Portalist
215Paris for One & Other StoriesJojo MoyesFiona Hardingham et al.Goop
216People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie BlackmanRichard Lloyd ParryBook Riot
217Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest ChallengesAmy CuddyThe Muse
218PrinciplesRay DalioMedium
219Prisoner of Night and FogAnne BlankmanMedium
220RadianceGrace DravenBook Riot
221RasputinDouglas Smith
Pan Macmillan
222RebeccaDaphne du MaurierBook Riot
223Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and one Man’s Fight for JusticeBill BrowderBook Riot
224RoomEmma DonoghueNewsday
225Salt to the SeaRuta SepetysMedium
226Sarah’s KeyTatiana de RosnayMedium
227ScaleGeoffrey WestMedium
228Self Mastery Through Conscious AutosuggestionEmile CoueMedium
229Skin Game: The Dresden FilesJim ButcherJames MarstersBuzzFeed
230Skin in the GameNassim Nicholas TalebMedium
231Skulduggery PleasantDerek LandyBook Riot
232Slouching Towards BethlehemJoan DidionDiane Keaton
My Domaine
233Small Great ThingsJodi Picoult
Make Use Of
234Some LuckJane Smiley
Pan Macmillan
235Spook StreetMick HerronNewsday
236SPQR: A History of Ancient RomeMary Beard
Pan Macmillan
237Steve JobsWalter IsaacsonDylan BakerInsider
238Still Foolin’ ’EmBilly CrystalPop Sugar
239SulaToni MorrisonToni Morrison
My Domaine
240SweetbitterStephanie DanlerAlex McKennaGoop
241Swing TimeZadie SmithPippa Bennett-WarnerGoop
242TakingPointBrent GleesonMedium
243Talking as Fast as I CanLauren GrahamMashable
244The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)Timothy FerrissThe Muse
245The 5 Second RuleMel RobbinsMedium
246The Alice NetworkKate QuinnMedium
247The BedwetterSarah SilvermanMashable
248The BellesDhonielle ClaytonBook Riot
249The Book of Night WomenMarlon JamesBook Riot
250The Broken Empire
Best Fantasy Books
251The Chosen QueenJoanna Courtney
Pan Macmillan
252The City of MirrorsJustin CroninNewsday
253The Couple Next DoorShari LapenaKirsten PotterGoop
254The Dark Tower
Best Fantasy Books
255The Devil in the White CityErik LarsonScott BrickInsider
256The Dresden Files
Best Fantasy Books
257The DryJane HarperBook Riot
258The Evolution of EverythingMatt RidleyMedium
259The Eye of the WorldRobert JordanKate Reading & Michael KramerInsider
260The Farseer Trilogy
Best Fantasy Books
261The Fault in Our StarsJohn GreenKate RuddInsider
262The Fifth SeasonN.K. Jemisin
The Portalist
263The FiremanJoe Hill
The Portalist
264The First Law Trilogy
Best Fantasy Books
265THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGESGary Chapman
Hello Peaceful Mind
266The Future of the MindMichio KakuMedium
267The Game of Thrones seriesGeorge R. R. MartinRoy DotriceBuzzFeed
268The Girl on the TrainPaula HawkinsClare Corbett, Louise Brealey, & India FisherGoop
269The Glass UniverseDava SobelCassandra CampbellGoop
270The Golden CompassPhilip Pullman
The Portalist
271The Good GirlMary KubicaPop Sugar
272The Graveyard Book
Best Fantasy Books
273The Great GatsbyF. Scott FitzgeraldJake GyllenhaalInsider
274The Great UnknownMarcus du SautoyMedium
275The Green MileStephen KingBook Riot
276The Grim Company
Best Fantasy Books
277The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have EverythingNeil PasrichaThe Muse
278THE HAPPINESS PROJECTGretchen Rubin
Hello Peaceful Mind
279The Hidden Life of TreesPeter WohllebenMedium
280The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyDouglas AdamsStephen FryInsider
281The Holy ThiefWilliam Ryan
Pan Macmillan
282The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksRebecca SklootCassandra Campbell & Bahni TurpinInsider
283The Industries of the FutureAlec RossMedium
284THE JOY OF LESSFrancine Jay
Hello Peaceful Mind
285The JumbiesTracey BaptisteBook Riot
286The Kite RunnerKhaled HosseiniKhaled HosseiniInsider
287The Last NamsaraKristen CiccarelliMedium
288The Lie TreeFrances HardingeBook Riot
289The Light Between OceansM. L. StedmanPop Sugar
290The Light of the WorldElizabeth AlexanderNewsday
291The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeC.S. LewisMichael YorkInsider
292THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGEMeik Wiking
Hello Peaceful Mind
293The Man in the High CastlePhillip K. DickMedium
294THE MIRACLE MORNINGHal Elrod
Hello Peaceful Mind
295
The Mirror Thief’ by Martin Seay
Newsday
296The MischlingAffinity KonarVanessa JohanssonGoop
297The Name of the WindPatrick RothfussNick PodehlInsider
298The Night CircusErin MorgensternJim DaleBuzzFeed
299The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective AgencyAlexander McCall SmithLisette LecatGoop
300The Ocean at the End of the LaneNeil GaimanNewsday
301The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New YorkRobert A. CaroNewsday
302The Power of NowEckhart TolleMedium
303The Power of the OtherDr. Henry CloudMedium
304The Princess DiaristCarrie Fisher
Make Use Of
305The Quantum LabyrinthPaul HalpernMedium
306The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in BritainBill BrysonNewsday
307The Scarlet PimpernelEmmuska OrczyBook Riot
308The Search for ExoplanetsThe Great CoursesMedium
309The Secret AdvantageEarl NightingaleMedium
310The SelloutPaul BeattyPrentice Onayemi
My Domaine
311The Shadow Campaigns
Best Fantasy Books
312The Silence of the LambsThomas HarrisBook Riot
313The Spymaster’s LadyJoanna BourneBook Riot
314The Stormlight Archive
Best Fantasy Books
315The Story of My LifeHelen KellerMedium
316The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside StoryAnn RuleBook Riot
317The Sun Is Also a StarNicola YoonBahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, & Dominic HoffmanGoop
318The SympathizerViet Thanh NguyenNewsday
319The Testament of MaryColm TóibínMeryl Streep
My Domaine
320The Things They CarriedTim O’BrienBryan CranstonGoop
321The Traitor Son Cycle
Best Fantasy Books
322The VacationersEmma StraubPop Sugar
323The Vagrant
Best Fantasy Books
324The VegetarianHan KangBook Riot
325The Warded Man
Best Fantasy Books
326The Way of KingsBrandon Sanderson
The Portalist
327The Wheel Of Time
Best Fantasy Books
328The White QueenPhilippa GregoryMedium
329The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Elizabeth George Speare
Medium
330The Wright BrothersDavid McCulloughNewsday
331The Years of Rice and SaltKim Stanley RobinsonMedium
332The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for GirlsAnton DiSclafaniNewsday
333True GritCharles PortisBook Riot
334Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionLaura HillenbrandEdward HerrmannInsider
335Under the Banner of HeavenJon KrakauerBook Riot
336War and PeaceLeo TolstoyMedium
337WarcrossMarie LuBook Riot
338We Were the Lucky OnesGeorgia HunterMedium
339Wealth, Poverty and PoliticsThomas SowellMedium
340WhenDaniel H. PinkMedium
341Why Not Me?Mindy Kaling
A Beautiful Mess
342Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailCheryl StrayedNewsday
343Wishful DrinkingCarrie FisherMashable
344Wolf HallHilary MantelMedium
345WonderR. J. PalacioDiana Steele, Nick Podehl, & Kate RuddInsider
346World War Z: An Oral History fo the Zombie WarMax BrooksBook Riot
347You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome LifeJen SinceroThe Muse
348You Can’t Touch My HairPhoebe RobinsonMashable
349You’ll Grow Out of ItJessi KleinMashable
350Zero to One
Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
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