About Kylie Conner

Kylie’s favorite reads are usually horror/thrillers, which matches her taste in films as well. When she’s not cracking bad jokes she can often be found curled up with a cup of coffee and her cat, Gideon.

Fresh Out of Hawkins – Listens For Fans of Stranger Things

Not to be dramatic, but it’s LITERALLY impossible not to binge-watch the entire season of Stranger Things the moment it comes out. Season three was no exception! We get to revisit our favorite characters (lookin’ at you, Steve!) and also meet some new faces this time around.

If you’re like me (and pretty much everyone else with a Netflix subscription) and have shamelessly binge-watched all of season three already and are in need of something to fill the Eggo-less void, then these listens are for you! Click here to see our full ‘For Fans of Stranger Things‘ book list. *Stranger Things intro music plays somewhere in the background.*


Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, narrated by Kyla Garcia

Meddling Kids starts out with a group of kids who call themselves the Blyton Summer Detective Club. After they solve their final case, grow up, and grow apart they are brought back together by the lingering mystery that surrounds that very same case. Reminiscent of Stranger Things, Meddling Kids features countless pop culture nods and a Lovecraftian, tentacled, inter-dimensional being.

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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, narrated by Lauren Ezzo

In Sawkill Girls, three teenage girls go up against an insidious monster that preys upon young women. Sounds like another group of badass women we’ve all come to know and love – Eleven, Max, Nancy, and Joyce. And let’s not forget the new additions to the gang, Robin and Erica.

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Demon King by Erik Henry Vick, narrated by Stephen Bel Davies

What is it about a group of children facing off with a Big Bad that hooks you in so easily? Demon King is right along those lines as it follows a few children – the only ones to have come face to face with the ancient evils that plague their town and lived to tell the tale. When these evils resurface for the second time they have to work to destroy them before they are destroyed themselves.

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It by Stephen King, narrated by Steven Weber

It is one of Stephen King’s many classics and The Duffer Brothers, creators of Stranger Things, have acknowledged that they drew some inspiration from King’s novel. The similarities between the two monsters are the most obvious as they are both creatures from a different dimension who have set their sights on a group of children. Ironically, Finn Wolfhard who plays Mike in Stranger Things was later cast as Richie in the 2017 remake of It.

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

The Duffer Brothers have often said that the music in Stranger Things is its own character and in a recent interview, Dacre Montgomery (Billy) called the music the heartbeat of the show. My Best Friend’s Exorcism plays into this as well with tons of 80s pop music references thrown amid the drama of two high-school best friends battling off the devil.

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Page to Screen in Summer 2019

Summer days drifting away to (oh, oh) the summer nights! What a PERFECT time to check out a blockbuster in theaters or binge-watch a new TV series. Why not give a listen to the books these were based on before checking out the film and TV adaptations?


Alone on the Wall (Film adaptation: Free Solo) by Alex Honnold, narrated by Andrew Eiden, Will Damron
Released: August 2018

From page to screen to page again! Alone on the Wall originally debuted in 2015 and in it Honnold shared the stories from several of his notable climbing achievements. Now, Alone on the Wall has been re-released with two bonus chapters on Honnold‘s 2017 free solo ascent of the 3,000 ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. In the summer of 2018 a movie titled Free Solo was released telling Honnold‘s amazing story. This film adaptation eventually ended up winning an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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June


The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, narrated by Susan Duerden
Released: June 30

From a novel of the same name springs a new series titled, The Rook, starring Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson, and Olivia Munn. This new series, which premiered on June 30th, follows Myfanwy Thomas after she wakes up in a park surrounded by dead bodies and no memory. By following orders that have been left behind for her she discovers that she is a “Rook” in a secret agency and her job is to protect the world from supernatural threats.

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The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman, narrated by Erik Singer
Released: June 30

The Loudest Voice in the Room takes you on a journey into the life of Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, and how he came to be one of the most influential figures in conservative America. A seven part limited series of the same name starring Russell Crowe, Sienna Miller, and Seth McFarlane premiered on June 30th on Showtime.

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July


Stranger Things: Runaway Max by Brenna Yovanoff, narrated by Sophie Amoss
Released: July 4

Before jumping into the highly anticipated season three of Stranger Things, you’ll want to check out Stranger Things: Runaway Max. This audiobook delves into the backstory of one of the characters we met in season 2, “Mad” Max Mayfield. While Runaway Max may not be a direct adaptation for season three of the Netflix series, you’ll still get a good base knowledge should the show touch on Max’s story line before coming to Hawkins, Indiana.

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America’s Reluctant Prince (Film adaptation: Biography: JFK Jr. — The Final Year) by Steven M. Gillon, narrated by Tim Andrés Pabon
Expected release date: July 16

Although this new biography was just released it has already inspired a two-hour documentary on A&E, set to be released on July 16th. This release date also coincides with the 20th anniversary of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s untimely death, so give this audiobook a listen to get the full background before diving into the documentary.

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Hamlet (Film adaptation: The Lion King) by William Shakespeare, narrated by Various Readers
Expected release date: July 19

Did you know that The Lion King was originally based on Hamlet, by William Shakespeare? It’s true! Okay, this one’s kind of a stretch, but thanks to Hamlet, we have this classic Disney flick, so let’s just go with it.

After it was announced that a remake of The Lion King was being made pretty much everyone’s nostalgia went into overdrive. This ultra-anticipated remake premiers on July 19th, which just happens to be the 25th anniversary of when the original film was released. I’m not crying, you’re crying!

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Queer Eye: Love Yourself. Love Your Life. by Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, narrated by Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France
Expected release date: July 19

Get your guacamole ready, the Fab Five are coming back to Netflix for Queer Eye season four! The new season will be set in Kansas City and will deliver us the stories of eight heroes, which are sure to be as heart-warming as ever. In the meantime, get your Fab Five fix by listening to their audiobook, Queer Eye: Love Yourself. Love Your Life.

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August


Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, narrated by Nathaniel Parker
Expected release date: August 9

This long-awaited film adaptation has been in the works since Artemis Fowl was first published in 2001 and finally it’s hitting theaters this August! Often described as, “Die Hard with fairies,” Artemis Fowl follows the story of a 12-year old boy who is not only a millionaire and a genius, but also a criminal mastermind.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, narrated by Christopher Evan Welch
Expected release date: August 9

If you’re a sucker for movies with cute dogs, this one is right up your alley. Told from the perspective of Enzo, the dog, The Art of Racing in the Rain captures what it means to be human in only the way a dog could. The film adaptation of the same name starring Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfriend, and Kevin Costner is due to hit theaters August 9th.

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, narrated by Kathleen Wilhoite
Expected release date: August 16

Are you looking for a mystery, drama, and comedy all wrapped into one? Look no further! Where’d You Go, Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, and Kristen Wiig, is hitting the big screen this August. The original book of the same name spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list, so it only makes sense that it was adapted for film.

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Mindhunter by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, narrated by Richard M. Davidson
Expected release date: August 2019

Netflix and the show creators have been very tight-lipped about what’s to come in season two of Mindhunter. What we do know is that this detective drama series is scheduled for an August release. Mindhunter gives a behind-the-scenes look at John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit and how, through psychological profiling, he was able to see what goes on inside the minds of the most notorious serial killers.

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June’s Top 10 Audiobook.com Member Downloads

Listen to last month’s most popular fiction and non-fiction titles downloaded by Audiobooks.com members.


Fiction:


City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, narrated by Blair Brown

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves – and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. 

Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life – and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. ‘At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time,’ she muses. ‘After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.’ 

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Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, narrated by Catherine Taber, Emily Rankin

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

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

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Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand, narrated by Erin Bennett

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret.

As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country.

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Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner, narrated by Ari Graynor, Beth Malone

Do we change or does the world change us?

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell

For years, rumors of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

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Non-Fiction:


Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey, narrated by Oprah Winfrey, Full Cast

In her latest audiobook, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The audiobook’s ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life’s detours are there to teach us. 

Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring listeners to consider what they’re meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. These renowned figures share the greatest lessons from their own journeys toward a life filled with purpose...

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Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson, narrated by Mark Manson

In Everthing Is F*cked, Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom—and even of hope itself.

With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-f*ck-did-that-come-from humor, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven’t considered before. It’s another counterintuitive romp through the pain in our hearts and the stress of our soul. 

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Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler, narrated by Chelsea Handler

In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in L.A. in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she’s had enough of the privileged bubble she’s lived in—a bubble within a bubble—and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.

At home, she embarks on a year of self-sufficiency—learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog shit, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active—finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead. 

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Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Georgia Hardstark, Karen Kilgariff, narrated by Paul Giamatti, Georgia Hardstark, Karen Kilgariff

The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder!
Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.

In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

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Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Leif Babin, Jocko Willink, narrated by Leif Babin, Jocko Willink

Combat, the most intense and dynamic environment imaginable, teaches the toughest leadership lessons, with absolutely everything at stake. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin learned this reality first-hand on the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq. As leaders of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, their mission was one many thought impossible: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a violent, insurgent-held city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories, they learned that leadership-at every level-is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.

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Staff Pick: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff

Title: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered
Author: Georgia Hardstark, Karen Kilgariff
Narrator: Paul GiamattiKaren KilgariffGeorgia Hardstark

I’ll admit that I’m addicted to listening to podcasts and audiobooks. It’s not a bad addiction to have, but it does mean that I more-so dabble in multiple podcasts rather than diligently listen to every single episode of one particular podcast. There’s not enough time in the day! This is the case for My Favorite Murder. Over the past few years I have only listened to a few episodes here and there, so I can’t truly call myself a “Murderino” as they have so lovingly dubbed their listeners, but every episode I listened to was super interesting and often had me laughing out loud.

When I saw that the hosts of My Favorite Murder, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, were coming out with a book I just had to listen to it. And with a catchy title like, Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, which is also their sign off at the end of every podcast episode, my interest was immediately peaked. I’m a simple gal – I see a book with a cheeky title about murder and I read it!

In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Kilgariff and Hardstark focus on some key pearls of wisdom that they’ve shared over the years on their podcast, but they go into further details with each topic. They both share personal stories, look back on fond (and not so fond) memories, and somehow it always relates back to one of the many murders that they’ve touched on in their podcast. I especially resonated with their stories from when they were teenagers and how a lot of what they went through shaped them into the people they are today. Even though I didn’t know these two authors that well I was interested in hearing their perspectives and their stories because they tell them in such a relatable way.

This audiobook was such a fun listen! With Kilgariff and Hardstark narrating it themselves it felt so genuine and kept the same vibe of their podcast. They also included sections of the audiobook read in front of a live audience, which made the narration feel that much more heartfelt and touching. You just know that they are so grateful for all of their listeners and this is made clear through this book.

No matter if you’re a casual listener, a die-hard fan, or if you’ve never even heard of My Favorite Murder, you will still absolutely love this audiobook. So, give it a listen, laugh, cringe, cry and…Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered. What great advice, right?

Publisher Summary:

The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder!
Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.
In
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

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Easy as ABC! Get Learning With These Educational Audiobooks

As humans, we are constantly seeking new knowledge and, for the most part, inherently curious about the world around us. We’ve been relaying information and stories orally for thousands of years and countless studies have found that the combination of reading text accompanied with listening to audio can increase comprehension.

Learning is an important part of life and can help you develop your skills, form new opinions, and grow your knowledge base – plus you’ll have fun facts to share at your next social gathering, which is the most important benefit, right? So, broaden your horizon with our recommendations below and click here to view the complete ‘Keep on Learning’ booklist.

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History

Confucius once said, “Study the past, if you would define the future,” which is pretty straight-forward if you ask me. So, let’s start off with some great reads about important events that make up our history.

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, narrated by Doug Ordunio

In this national best-seller and Pulitzer Prize winning read, Jared Diamond recounts the rise of the modern world and how much of our history hinges on geographical and environmental factors. If you’re looking for a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of human societies, you’ll definitely want to pick up Guns, Germs, and Steel.

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The Stonewall Reader by New York Public Library, narrated by Rebecca LowmanMichael CrouchBarbara RosenblattGraham HalsteadEric MarcusJulian CihiAllen YoungPenny ArcadeKristin ParkerLillian RiveraMiss Major Griffin-GracyJay London TooleSerene RoseMartin BoyceSylvia RiveraMarsha P. JohnsonMorty ManfordDick LeitschHugo BressonXavier SmithMinerva SummerDanny DeferrariTenaja JordanJason Bauman

The Stonewall Reader is a combination of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from the Stonewall uprising of 1969, five years before and five years after. Read all about what is considered the most momentous event in the gay liberation movement, and who played a major part in the fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

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The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, narrated by Laurence Kennedy

In The Silk Roads, Frankopan takes you through the history of the world from a new perspective, arguing that the rise and fall of both Eastern and Western empires were greatly linked by the Silk Roads (an important trading route between China and the Mediterranean). Dive into this audiobook if you’re a history buff or if you’re looking for a new perspective.

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Science

In my days as a student I never would have considered myself science-savvy and I certainly wouldn’t have cracked open a giant biology textbook and leisurely absorbed the dense information. These audiobooks are much more exciting and a far cry from those mandatory readings, plus you’ll learn a thing or two along the way!


Cosmos by Carl Sagan, narrated by LeVar BurtonNeil DeGrasse TysonSeth MacFarlaneAnn Druyan

If you have any questions about Earth, space, life, or anything relating to our universe, chances are that Carl Sagan’s Cosmos will answer it for you. Sagan delves into the past 14 billion years of cosmic revolution and explores how science touches almost all aspects of life. Considering this is one of the best-selling science books of all time, it’s worth a listen.

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The Breath of a Whale by Leigh Calvez, narrated by Karen White

If you’re as mystified by whales as I am then this is the book for you. Leigh Calvez spent a dozen years studying and researching all types of whales in their natural habitat. This robust experience allows her to relate the whale’s behavior patterns to that of our own and, overall, strengthen our connection with the natural world.

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Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, narrated by Steve West

Most people have heard the classic adage of getting a good night’s sleep, but why do we need to? Matthew Walker answers that question in Why We Sleep. He also tackles other topics related to sleep such as REM sleep, sleep aids, caffeine’s effect and much more.

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Health & Wellness

The path of self-discovery is different for everyone, but a great way to start your journey is by discovering new things about yourself. Get inspired with one of these audiobooks, look inward, learn how your mind works, and get motivated!


Happily Never After by Jill Stark, narrated by Jill Stark

Jill Stark’s Happily Never After aims to flip the idea of “happily ever after” upside down and challenge its weight in all of our lives. Stark uses personal stories of her feelings of disconnect in this modern world to illustrate her theory that if we stood still instead of spent our time chasing happiness our lives would be drastically different.

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Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., narrated by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel uses his interdisciplinary background to explore how our minds work and how it makes us who we are. If you’re looking to learn more about how the human mind works and how to foster its potential growth Mind will illuminate those topics and so much more.

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Life Honestly by Various, narrated by Sam Baker, Zawe Ashton

Life Honestly is an uplifting anthology with pieces of varying lengths from some of today’s most inspiring and talented writers. From stories of weddings and friendship to workplace inequality, you’re bound to collect some pearls of knowledge that you can apply to your own life.

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If You Loved ‘Black Mirror,’ You’ll Love These Books

Are you as obsessed with Black Mirror as I am? There’s something so fascinating about seeing what could happen in our not-so-distant future – especially when technology takes a dark turn. Maybe it’s morbid curiosity or just simply self-preservation. Either way, if you binge-watched the latest season way too quickly like I did and you’re looking to fill that void, these audiobooks will do just that!

From virtual reality utopias to artificial intelligence, each one of these reads could easily find its place in a season of Black Mirror. Click here to check out our full ‘For Fans of Black Mirror’ book list.

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel, narrated by Neil Shah

The Test starts out with the seemingly normal story of Idir, a new immigrant, arriving to take the British Citizenship test so that he and his family can call Britain home. Things take an extremely unexpected turn, which rockets Idir into a situation where the choices he makes could change his entire life and potentially the lives of others.

Without giving too much away, The Test echoes the “Black Mirror vibe” with its use of tech coupled with government control. We’ve likened it to Black Mirrors “Fifteen Million Merits,” since both explore how far someone is willing to go for those who they love and in hopes of a new life.

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The Farm by Joanne Ramos, narrated by Fran De Leon

Can you really put a price on what a life is worth? In Joanne Ramos’, The Farm, it turns out, you can. At The Farm, you get paid a pretty penny, but for nine months you’re cut off from your normal life, so that you can produce the perfect baby. This is where Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, ends up – desperate to turn her life around.

With a synopsis like this, it’s hard not to think that this story comes right from the Black Mirror universe. In the episode “Playtest” we follow Cooper who is looking to make some extra cash, but is placed in an extreme situation that turns ugly. Again, both “Playtest” and The Farm hearken back to the idea of how far people will go for money and in pursuit of a better future.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton

Although already adapted into a major motion picture, directed by Spielberg no less, Ready Player One is something right out of an episode of Black Mirror. In a dystopian future there is a virtual reality program called the OASIS, where most people go all day to escape reality. It is there that Wade Watts’ story unfolds and he gets a little more than he bargained for.

While it’s not exactly the same fast-paced tale of good vs. evil, Black Mirrors “San Junipero,” has obvious similarities. In this episode there is a virtual reality world called San Junipero that is based on nostalgia where the elderly can visit freely and can remain after they die. In this world, the people are able to do things that they wouldn’t normally be able to do in real life, mirroring Ready Player Ones OASIS.

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The Circle by Dave Eggers, narrated by Dion Graham

The Circle, now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, tells the story of Mae who gets hired at a hugely influential company, which is on the cutting edge of technology. The social media accounts that are associated with said company eventually evolve into something that toys with the notion of transparency and the limits of human knowledge.

Much like The Circle, Black Mirrors “Arkangel” and “The Entire History of You” show us a world where technology has infiltrated our society and our lives, and how sometimes the best intentions may not have the best consequences in the end.

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The One by John Marrs, narrated by Sophie AldredClare CorbettSimon BubbJot DaviesVicki Hall

In Marrs, The One, we are dropped into a world where a company named Match Your DNA has been finding people’s soulmates for the last decade. The One zeroes in on five people who are about to be “Matched” and explores how not everyone is destined for a “happily ever after.”

In the same vein as The One, Black Mirrors “Hang the DJ” episode is set in a place called The System, where “Coach,” a Siri-like matchmaker, matches people with a series of different love interests for varying lengths of time with the end goal of finding their ultimate match. Technology meddling in people’s love lives, what could possibly go wrong? Both The One and “Hang the DJ” confront this question head on.

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Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan, narrated by Steven Crossley

In McEwans Machines Like Me, we are presented with an alternative London, where artificial intelligence has advanced so much that the public are now able to purchase synthetic humans. We meet Charlie who has come into money and buys Adam, one of the first of these synthetic humans. After designing and programming Adam with a personality, the question of what it means to be human arises as does a love triangle that leaves Charlie in a moral dilemma.

Enter Black Mirrors “Be Right Back” where Martha loses her partner and utilizes a new technology that allows people to communicate with the deceased. Without giving away major plot points, this episode also explores where the line should be drawn when it comes to artificial intelligence and the human condition.

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