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Michelle loves books, travelling and her adopted cats, Grizzly and Oats. When she's not reading, she can be found hiking.

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

“We’ve had a life before, and will have a life after, our assaults.”

I Have The Right To.

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul’s School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. She reported the assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. After receiving backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice. 


In this interview, Chessy discusses the book that was born from her trauma.


I Have the Right ToChessy‘s memoir, I Have The Right To, is the powerful true story of a young woman’s survival, advocacy, and hope in the face of unspeakable trauma. Offering solutions to upend rape culture, holding institutions that turn a blind eye to sexual assault accountable, and confronting a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators, I Have The Right To is a book of bravery.



Click here to read more and sample the audiobook, which she powerfully narrates.



March Madness Reading List

Whenever I hear someone dribbling a ball, I am instantly transported back to my elementary school days where a friend spared me countless times from gym class humiliation. Being a star basketball player, she was always one of the team captains. Not being a star basketball player myself, I should have been picked dead last, but she always saved me by calling my name first.

Despite having the basketball skills of a Tyrannosaurs rex, I love a great sports story, and basketball has lots of them. Our selected picks for March Madness are brimming with the magic of being part of a team, coaches who inspire and empower, tough losses, dreams achieved, and the legends who made the game what it is today.


1. Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court by Jay Bilas, narrated by Jay Bilas

Toughness.The popular ESPN basketball analyst and former Duke player looks at the true meaning of toughness. If anyone knows tough, it’s Jay Bilas. A four-year starter at Duke, he learned an incomparable work ethic under coach Mike Krzyzewski, battling against the greatest college players in the game.
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2. When The Game Was Ours by Larry Bird and Earvin Magic Johnson, narrated by Dick Hill

When The Game Was Ours.

From the moment these two legendary players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. In Celtic green was Larry Bird, the hick from French Lick with laser-beam focus, relentless determination, and a deadly jump shot, a player who demanded excellence from everyone around him.
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3. Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Hugh Delehanty and Phil Jackson, narrated by Matt Walton

Eleven Rings.

During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values.
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4. Chasing Perfection: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion by Andy Glockner, narrated by Graham Corrigan

Chasing Perfection.

Basketball team building is the ultimate challenge at the NBA level and the last few years have seen a massive change in the amount of money, technology, and approaches to finding and evaluating players. This process starts at the high school level, goes through college, and culminates in the NBA, where the ability to identify and cultivate talent is at an absolute premium.
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5. Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim S. Grover, narrated by Sean Pratt


Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Tim S. Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: you keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, and you never let your emotions make you weak. Relentless shows you how to trust your instincts and get in the Zone; how to control and adapt to any situation; how to find your opponent’s weakness and attack.
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6. Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History by Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst, narrated by Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst

The Return Of The King.What really happened when LeBron James stunned the NBA by leaving a potential dynasty in Miami to come home to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers? How did the Cavs use secret meetings to put together the deal to add star Kevin Love? Who really made the controversial decision to fire coach David Blatt when the team was in first place? Where did the greatest comeback in NBA history truly begin-and end?
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7. Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory by Lydia Reeder, narrated by Virginia Wolf

Dust Bowl Girls.At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the charismatic basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, began dreaming. Like so many others, he wanted a reason to have hope. Traveling from farm to farm, he recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life: a free college education if they would come play for his basketball team, the Cardinals.
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8. Basketball Junkie: A Memoir by Bill Reynolds and Chris Herren, narrated by Peter Berkrot

Basketball Junkie.

A powerful, dramatic memoir of basketball star Chris Herren’s rise to fame, struggle with addiction, and path back to life.
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9. Sum It Up by Pat Head Summitt and Sally Jenkins, narrated by Sally Jenkins

Sum It Up.

Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history aad bestselling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
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10. Life is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention by Jay Williams, narrated by Jay Williams

Life Is Not An Accident.

Like millions of kids before him, Jay Williams used to pretend he was making the game-winning shot while playing basketball in his New Jersey backyard. Unlike almost all of those other kids, he kept making shots until he became an NCAA champion, two-time national player, and the number-two overall NBA draft pick in 2002. But after just one season with the Chicago Bulls, his career was destroyed when he suffered a horrific accident.
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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Audiobooks

Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated to acknowledge the social, economic, political, and cultural achievements of women — and what better way to celebrate than by listening to audiobooks penned by incredible female authors?

I look forward to this day every year to see what governments, organizations, charities, corporations, and my friends are doing and saying to recognize the trailblazing women who have changed (and are changing) the world. The future, indeed, is female.

In addition to the many remarkable women in my life, reading books by female authors that depict both real and fictional lives of iconic and ordinary women has given me the support, guidance, and courage to move beyond glass ceilings and push for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

We’ve rounded up a dozen inspiring books to celebrate some of our favorite female authors and feminist stories. Tell us in the comments who your favorite female authors or characters are and let us know how you’re celebrating International Women’s Day!

1. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena, narrated by Firdous Bamji, Neil Shah, Soneela Nankani, Lameece Issaq

A Girl Like That.In this young adult debut set in Saudi Arabia, where the law forbids romantic relationships outside of marriage, two teens fall in love with tragic consequences. Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: an Indian girl, a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a troublemaker whose romantic entanglements are the subject of endless gossip among the girls in her school.
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2. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton

What Happened.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.
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3. Getting Off: One Woman’s Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction by Erica Garza, narrated by Joy Osmanski

Getting Off.

A courageous account of one woman’s unflinching and ultimately hopeful journey through sex and porn addiction. A fixation on porn and orgasm, strings of failed relationships and serial hook-ups with strangers, inevitable blackouts to blunt the shame – these are not things we often hear women share publicly, and not with the candor, eloquence and introspection Erica Garza brings to Getting Off.
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4. This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins, narrated by Morgan Jerkins

This Will Be My Undoing.From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today — perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist and Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me.
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5. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur, narrated by Rupi Kaur

milk and honey.Rupi Kaur reads milk and honey, her New York Times bestselling collection of poetry and prose about survival, the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache.
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6. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, narrated by Caroline Lee

Big Little Lies.Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate, remembering everything and forgiving no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but pays a price for the illusion of perfection. Single mom Jane is so young, another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. They are at different crossroads, but all wind up in the same shocking place.
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7. The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips, narrated by Bahni Turpin

The Darkest Child.A new edition of this award-winning modern classic, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl’s skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother’s ten children, but she is also the darkest-complected. The Quinns-all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers-live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules.
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8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Bell Jar.

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under — maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies.
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9. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, narrated by Elisa Donovan

Lean In.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, is one of America’s most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.
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10. Wild by Cheryl Strayed, narrated by Bernadette Dunn


A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Alone.
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11. Heart Talk by Cleo Wade, narrated by Cleo Wade

Heart Talk.

True to her hugely popular Instagram account, Cleo Wade brings her moving life lessons to Heart Talk, an inspiring, accessible, and spiritual book of wisdom for the new generation. Featuring over one hundred and twenty of Cleo’s original poems, mantras, and affirmations, including fan favorites and never before seen ones, this book is a daily pep talk to keep you feeling empowered and motivated.
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12. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, narrated by Karissa Vacker

Red Clocks.In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.
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Listen to The Shape of Water, best picture winner at the 90th Academy Awards

I can think of no better way to spend a Sunday than celebrating great storytelling, munching on popcorn, and discussing the importance of diversity and representation. In other words, the 90th Academy Awards did not disappoint — especially when the winner for best picture was announced.

In addition to winning best picture, The Shape of Water, an intricate and powerful story that seamlessly weaves fantasy, horror, and romance together, also took home awards for best director, best original music score, and best production design. The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What follows is an emotional romance between the asset and one of the janitors at the center, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the sea creature.

Developed from the ground up by visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus, The Shape of Water is not merely a film novelization, nor a film adaptation: they are separate mediums for telling the same engrossing story. The idea was born on an Iowa tennis court when Kraus was just 15-years-old. Nearly three decades later, he vividly remembers coming up with a story about a creature locked in a lab and a janitor that tries to break it out. The idea played out in his mind for years, and came to life years later as an already successful author after having breakfast with del Toro in Toronto.

The Shape of Water novel publishes today, and beloved narrator Jenna Lamia makes the story even more mesmerizing through audio. Read more and sample the audio.


February’s Top 10 Audiobooks.com Member Downloads

Listen to this month’s roundup of the top fiction and non fiction titles downloaded by Audiobooks.com members.


1. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, narrated by Julia Whelan

The Wife Between Us.When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.
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2. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, narrated by Hope Davis

Wrinkle In Time.

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. Read more and sample the audio.



3. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, narrated by Sean Crisden and Elisa Davis

An American Marriage.Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. 
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4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton

Wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut-part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
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5. Still Me by Jojo Moyes, narrated by Anna Acton

Still Me.

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on.
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Non Fiction

1. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Leif Babin and Jocko Willink, narrated by Jocko Willnick

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead And WinIn Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting, Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. With riveting first-hand accounts of making high-pressure decisions as Navy SEAL battlefield leaders, this book is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate other arenas. Read more and sample the audio.



2. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, narrated by Mike Chamberlain

Power of Habit.Named one of the best books of the year by The Wall Street Journal Financial Times and New York Times Bestseller. 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.
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3. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance, narrated by J. D. Vance

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class, Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis, that of white working-class Americans.
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4. All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers’ Row by James Patterson, narrated by Alex Abramovich

All-American Murder.Football coaches, players, and fans called Aaron Hernandez unstoppable. His four-year-old daughter called him Daddy. The law called him inmate #174594. He was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later a Super Bowl veteran. Aaron Hernandez’s every move as a professional athlete played out in the headlines, yet he led a secret life-one that ended in a maximum security prison.
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5. Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, narrated by Holter Graham and Michael Wolff

Fire and Fury.With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time. The first nine months of Donald Trump’s term were stormy, outrageous-and absolutely mesmerizing. Read more and sample the audio.



Page to Screen in March 2018

Before you head to the movies this month, make sure you listen to the books they were based on first!


1. Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews, narrated by Jeremy Bobb
Expected release date: March 2

Red Sparrow.

A gripping, highly commercial espionage thriller written with the delicious insider detail and up-to-the-minute insight, only known to a veteran CIA spook. In today’s Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence.

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2. Death Sentence (Film Adaptation: Death Wish) by Brian Garfield, narrated by Brian Holsopple
Expected release date: March 2

Paul Benjamin was an ordinary New Yorker until a gang of drug addicts killed his wife and raped his daughter. When the police proved helpless, Benjamin bought a gun and found his own vengeance, methodically tracking the addicts and killing them one by one. Now he is in Chicago, and the cycle of violence is about to begin anew.

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2. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, narrated by Hope Davis
Expected release date: March 9

Wrinkle In Time.

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. 

Read more and listen to a sample.



4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, narrated by Michael Crouch
Expected release date: March 16

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business.

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5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton
Expected release date: March 29

Ready Player One.

Wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut-part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

Read more and listen to a sample.