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Turn your reading group into a listening group!

When it comes to book clubs, audiobooks can make the most of your time in today's multitasking world. Too busy to sit down and read? Stressed about finishing this month's choice before the meeting? Listen while you drive, exercise, cook, or clean.

As the narrators of these reading group-perfect audiobooks transport you to a different world, you'll see just how audio can bring your book club to life.

Sample questions for your listening group:

1. Did the story work well on audio?

2. How well does the narrator "fit" the characters' personas?

3. Were accents and different tones used effectively?

4. Was there a discernible difference between the various characters?

5. How did the choice of male vs. female narrator affect your listening experience?

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Freedom

A Novel

From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a darkly comedic novel about family.

"...From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a darkly comedic novel about family.. From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a darkly comedic novel about family.   Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul-the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually..."

By Jonathan Franzen and David LeDoux

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A Secret Kept

This stunning novel plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.

"..., and the impact it has throughout life.. Praise for A Secret Kept audio:   "A master of nuance, narrator..."

By Tatiana de Rosnay and Simon Vance

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The Abstinence Teacher

The rich new novel by the bestselling author of Little Children, Joe College, and Election

"...generous...” —The New York Times Book Review   “Perrotta is that rare writer equally gifted at drawing..."

By Tom Perrotta and Campbell Scott

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Baby Proof

The smash-hit New York Times bestselling novel that explores the question: Is there ever a deal breaker when it comes to true love? Now available at a new low...

"...discussion, this is a ‘chick’ book that both hens and roosters might enjoy together.”—The Dallas Morning..."

By Emily Giffin and Cynthia Nixon

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Christine Falls

A Novel

In the debut crime novel from the Booker Prize-winning author, a Dublin pathologist follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy...

"...no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has..."

By Benjamin Black and Timothy Dalton

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Gilead

A Novel

The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novel A New York Times Top-Ten Book of 2004 Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Nearly 25 years...

"...The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novel A New York Times Top-Ten Book of 2004 Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Nearly 25 years.... The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novel A New York Times Top-Ten Book of 2004 Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Nearly 25 years after Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three..."

By Marilynne Robinson and Tim Jerome

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America

A rousing manifesto for our climate-challenged future

"...that works well with the text.... He navigates the quoted text of this book with a distinguishing..."

By Thomas L. Friedman and Oliver Wyman

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Housekeeping

A Novel

An unabridged audio edition of this classic work on the 25th anniversary of its first publication A modern classic, housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her...

"...An unabridged audio edition of this classic work on the 25th anniversary of its first publication A modern classic, housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her.... An unabridged audio edition..."

By Marilynne Robinson and Becket Royce

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I Am Charlotte Simmons

A Novel

2005 Audie Award Finalist America’s “peerless observer” (People) uncovers college life—from jocks to mutants, dormcest to tailgating—plus race, class, sex,...

"....” —Washington Post Book World Praise for A Man in Full “This novel contains passages as powerful..."

By Tom Wolfe and Dylan Baker

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A Long Way Gone

Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ishmael Beah tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and became a child soldier.

"...those that I had read about in books or seen in movies such as Rambo: First Blood, and the one..."

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Lush Life

A Novel

From a great American realist—the author of Clockers and co-writer of The Wire—a riveting story of two urban worlds in collision

"...whose “tough, gritty brand of social realism...reads like a movie in prose” (Michiko Kakutani..."

By Richard Price and Bobby Cannavale

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Middlesex

A Novel

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school, Grosse Pointe, MI, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde...

"...the narration of the book done by Kristoffer Tabori. This performance, for me, elevated audiobooks from a convenient way to get more booksread’ to an actual performance art." – Brain Candy Book..."

By Jeffrey Eugenides and Kristoffer Tabori

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Mississippi Sissy

The celebrity interviewer finally turns the camera on himself

"...road north towards celebrity begins. In a memoir that echoes bestsellers like The Liar’s Club, Kevin..."

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The Red Tent

A Novel

Combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution in modern fiction: a new perspective of female life in biblical society

"...successful book (over 250,000 copies sold) that owes its success to enthusiastic word-of-mouth..."

By Anita Diamant and Carol Bilger

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Running with Scissors

A Memoir

The runaway national bestseller now becomes a motion picture starring Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow, directed by Ryan Murphy

"...members of the family portrayed in this book for taking me into their home and accepting me as one of their own. I recognize that their memories of the events described in this book are different than my own. They are each fine, decent, and hard-working people. The book was not intended to hurt..."

Augusten Burroughs Augusten Burroughs

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The Silver Swan

A Novel

Quirke returns in another spellbinding crime novel, in which a young woman’s dubious suicide sets off a new string of hazards and deceptions.

"...Black's previous book, Christine Falls, also read by Timothy Dalton: “This is one of those rare..."

By Benjamin Black and Timothy Dalton

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The Story of a Marriage

A Novel

From the bestselling author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a love story full of secrets and astonishments set in fifties San Francisco

"...Favorite   “Andrew Sean Greer is a devastating new writer”--Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours..."

By Andrew Sean Greer and S. Epatha Merkerson

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Set in Japan, 1939, an epic novel of tradition and change, of loss and renewal, and above all of the enduring strength of family ties

"...of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World   “Gail Tsukiyama is a writer of astonishing grace..."

By Gail Tsukiyama and Stephen Park

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Tallgrass

A compelling new book from Sandra Dallas that “will undoubtedly draw apt comparisons with such novels as To Kill A Mockingbird and Snow Falling on Cedars”* ...

"...A compelling new book from Sandra Dallas that “will undoubtedly draw apt comparisons with such novels as To Kill A Mockingbird and Snow Falling on Cedars”* .... During World War II, a family finds life turned upside-down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes turn on the newcomers. Rennie has just turned..."

By Sandra Dallas and Lorelei King

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This I Believe

The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

An inspiring collection of the personal philosophies and core values of a fascinating group of Americans

"..., in the photos in this book. And read it in their words. I’m so proud that NPR helped carry this Edward R..."

By Jay Allison, Dan Gediman and various

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This I Believe II

More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

A collection of inspiring personal philosophies from a noteworthy group of seventy-five essayists

"...A collection of inspiring personal philosophies from a noteworthy group of seventy-five essayists. A new collection of inspiring personal philosophies from another noteworthy group of people This second collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventy-five essayists—ranging from famous to previously unknown—completing the thought that begins the book’s title. With contributors who run..."

By Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

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The World Is Flat 3.0

A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

Tying into the new paperback and with a new preface, Thomas L. Friedman’s account of the flattening of the earth is a modern classic

"...Times Book Review (cover review)   "Captivating . . . an enthralling read. To his great credit..."

By Thomas L. Friedman and Oliver Wyman

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