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10 Ways to Listen to Audiobooks this Fall

As much as I enjoy the summer, fall has always been my favorite season. I love the changing of the leaves, the excitement of being spooked, and catching up with family around a crowded Thanksgiving table (the food is a bonus). If you’re looking to make the most of this season, we’ve got 10 great audiobooks to pair with 10 fun fall activities. Tell us which is your favorite in the comments!

 

1. Apple picking
Don’t have anyone to go apple picking with? Take in the scenery solo while getting lost in an audiobook and orchard.
September by Rosamunde Pilcher, narrated by Jilly Bond

September

In Strathcroy, Scotland, retiree Violet Aird watches as her son Edmund’s marriage and family threaten to fall apart. But in the picturesque countryside of green fields, purple blooms, and glittering lakes in the month of September, a local ball will help wounds heal and hearts mend.
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2. Making a Halloween costume
My artistic skills are mediocre at best, but that hasn’t stopped me from spending hours working on the perfect Halloween costume. This painful for me (but fun for some) process is best enjoyed with a spooky audiobook playing in the background.
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Dark Witch

Iona Sheehan arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an optimistic attitude, and a talent with horses. Not far from the castle where she’s spending a week, she lands a job at the local stables and meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself — and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems.
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3. Pumpkin carving
Remember when I said my artistic skills are mediocre at best? Nothing is scarier than how poorly and hilariously I carve a pumpkin, but it’s one of my favorite fall traditions. Pairing it with a hauntingly good author (Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling) makes pumpkin carving even more memorable.
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, narrated by Robert Glenister

Lethal White

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
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4. Hiking through fall foliage
Fall is the ultimate season for embracing change, and who more perfect to narrate the theme of this season than the fabulous Brené Brown? Walking through a forest or park with changing leaves always inspires me to think about how I want to transform myself and my thinking — and this audiobook is the perfect way to start.
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, narrated by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly

From thought leader Brené Brown, a transformative new vision that teaches us the power of vulnerability. Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on years of pioneering research, Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
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5. Baking fall treats
Who doesn’t love a baked seasonal treat? An audiobook won’t care if your baking skills are more Easy Bake Oven than Martha Stewart — and what better story to listen to while baking than one of our favorite cozy mystery series?
Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke, narrated by Suzanne Toren

Apple Turnover Murder

Hannah is feeling the heat when she agrees to bake apple turnovers for a fundraiser and partake in the
charity talent contest. But when Hannah discovers the MC dead with one of her apple turnovers in his hand, she realizes someone has murder on the menu.
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6. Waiting for trick-or-treaters
Whether you live in the middle of nowhere and are lucky to get one trick-or-treater or live somewhere that requires you to blow out your pumpkin’s candles once you run out of candy, playing a fun, Halloween mystery is a unique way to greet your trick-or-treaters. Bonus points if you play it loud enough that they can hear it from the street!
Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier, narrated by Lisa Larson

Lucy’s annoyed that her husband Bill and his friend Evan have been working nonstop on their pumpkin catapult. But when the day of the contest arrives, Evan is nowhere to be found, until a catapulted pumpkin reveals his corpse — and Bill is blamed. If Lucy wants to find the real killer, she’ll have to step into an old ghost story.
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7. Hosting a Halloween party
Avoid having your guests shift uncomfortably when The Monster Mash comes onto the speakers and surprise them with this quintessential horror story. Narrated by Eliana Shaskan in a tone that will raise the hairs on your arm, you’ll wish the party would quiet down so you can soak in every scary detail.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, narrated by William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan

The Exorcist

Summoned to a case of apparent possession, Father Karras is skeptical at first — then horrified. The victim, a 12-year-old named Regan, seems to be controlled by a malignant supernatural force that makes her swear, blaspheme, scream, and perform appalling acts. With his faith in God and humanity tested to the limit, Karras turns to the ultimate solution: exorcism.
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8. Cozying up with a cup of apple cider or hot chocolate
The best way to beat a cold day? Curling up with your favorite blanket, a cup of something warm, and a story that’s filled with so many juicy twists and turns that you might just have to stay cozied up until it’s done (what a shame!).
A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux, narrated by Susan Bennett

A Willing Murder

When Sara Medlar decides to remodel a grand old mansion, she doesn’t plan on staying with her estranged family — and not being the only houseguest. Jackson Wyatt has his own room, and though she can’t deny his good looks, no one’s ever irritated her quite like he does. But when two skeletons are accidentally uncovered in the quiet town, they’re thrust together to unravel the small town’s dark secrets.
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9. Preparing Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday: it’s noncommercial, involves a delicious home cooked feast, and time spent with family and friends. It’s also the ultimate time to practice the art of gratitude, which we would all benefit from if we did it more. This audiobook will help give you that warm, fuzzy Thanksgiving feeling all year long.
365 Thank Yous by John Kralik, narrated by John Kralik

365 Thank Yous

At 53, John Kralik hit a low: his law firm was failing, he was struggling through a painful second divorce, his kids were distant, he was living in a crappy apartment, his girlfriend left him, he was 40 pounds overweight, and his dreams were out of reach. Then, during a lovely walk, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.
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10. Making fall crafts
Painted mason jars, leafy wreaths, and gourd displays have been racking up my craft board on Pinterest for months. Now that it’s fall, I’m finally setting aside some time to make them. Dive even deeper into the fall spirit with an audiobook that practically makes the season a character.
It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas, narrated by Rosalyn Landor

It Happened One Autumn

Lillian Bowman was shocked when the insufferable and snobbish Marcus, London’s most eligble aristocrat, swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a passion for a man she didn’t even like. Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, but with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable as his bride?
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7 audiobooks for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, listen to inspiring stories about the trials and triumphs of breast cancer patients.

 

1. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs, narrated by Kirby Heyborne and Cassandra Campbell

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying

Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer-one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. How does one live each day, “unattached to outcome”? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty?
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2. The Bucket List by Georgia Clark, narrated by Lauren Ezzo

The Bucket List

Twenty-five-old Lacey Whitman is blindsided when she’s diagnosed the “breast cancer” gene. Her high risk forces a decision: increased surveillance or a double mastectomy. Lacey doesn’t want to lose her breasts. To help make her choice, she creates a “boob bucket list:” everything she wants do with and for her boobs before a possible surgery, kicking off a year of sensual exploration and sexual entertainment.
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3. Faded Photo by Sarah Price, narrated by Tanya Eby

Faded Photo

Frances Snyder can never quite get her mother’s voice out of her head. How to be the perfect wife. The perfect mother. Frances’s home life is demanding, and while she’s busy seeing to everyone else’s needs, Frances doesn’t have the luxury of spare time. So when she is diagnosed with breast cancer, she thinks that she can handle it on her own. Dealing with endless tests, brutal chemotherapy, and the looming specter of surgery, Frances chooses to face cancer on her own terms: alone. That is, until she finally understands that unexpected friendship—and unconditional love—can offer hope in the darkest hours.
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4. Bald is Better with Earrings by Andrea Hutton, narrated by Andrea Hutton

Bald is Better with Earrings

When Andrea Hutton was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to know everything. She read books,  articles, surfed websites, and talked to everyone she knew. But nothing prepared her for the surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. What she really wanted was something she could not find: a clear how-to guide for the Cancer Girl she had become.
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5. Twisting Fate by Pamela N. Munster, narrated by Eliza Foss

Twisting Fate.

A leading oncologist at the University of California-San Francisco, Dr. Pamela Munster has advised thousands of women on how to deal with the life-altering diagnosis of breast cancer. But when she got a call saying that her own mammogram showed ‘irregularities,’ she found herself experiencing a whole new side of the disease she thought she was an expert in.
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6. Everybody’s Got Something by Veronica Chambers and Robin Roberts, narrated by Robin Roberts

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts‘ memoir recounts the incredible journey of her life so far. With heart and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother died, her triumphant return to work after her medical leave, and the support of her family and friends.
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7. Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby, narrated by Maria Howell

Best Friends Forever

Things are falling apart for the Richardson’s. Fights between Celine and her husband have become routine, and she worries how her young daughter will be affected. But the situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer. As her marriage deteriorates, support comes in the form of her best friend, Lauren, and she is forced to make tough decisions — about her marriage and otherwise.
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6 horror audiobooks scarier than the movies

Looking for a surefire way to get spooked this Halloween? These page to screen adaptations will trick and treat.

 

1. The Shining by Stephen King, narrated by Campbell Scott

The Shining

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote… and sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
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2. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, narrated by William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan

The Exorcist

Summoned to a case of apparent possession, Father Karras is skeptical at first — then horrified. The victim, a 12-year-old named Regan, seems to be controlled by a malignant supernatural force that makes her swear, blaspheme, scream, and perform appalling acts. With his faith in God and humanity tested to the limit, Karras turns to the ultimate solution: exorcism.
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3. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, narrated by Mia Farrow

Rosemary's Baby

She is a housewife: young, healthy, and blissfully happy. He is an actor: charismatic and ambitious. Their spacious, sun-filled apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is their dream home, which turns into an unspeakable nightmare. Enter the chilling world of Ira Levin, where terror is as near as your new neighbors and where evil wears the most innocent face of all.
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4. Psycho by Robert Bloch, narrated by Paul Michael Garcia

Psycho

It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates Motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty, but clean, and the manager seemed nice, if a little odd. Norman Bates, the reserved motel manager with a mother complex, and has been called the “first psychoanalytic thriller.”
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5. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, narrated by Thomas Harris

Silence of the Lambs

A serial killer stalking women has a purpose, although no one can fathom it. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is assigned to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Dr. Lecter is a former psychiatrist with a grisly history. His understanding of the killer, and of Clarice, form the crux of this brilliant, horrifying tale.
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6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, narrated by David Rintoul

Frankenstein

An experiment goes horribly wrong, and the monster swears revenge on his creator. Swiss student Victor Frankenstein uncovers the secret to bringing life to what is lifeless, and in assembling body parts to create a monster, ultimately sets the stage for his own destruction and that of everything he loves when the monster is rejected by society.
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Celebrate Banned Books Week

Banned Book Week celebrates the freedom of reading, including books that express ideas, characters, and storylines that are unorthodox. Check out this post (as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages) every weekday to find out which banned audiobooks we’ll be featuring and the reason some have deemed them too controversial.

 

1. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, narrated by Dan Miller
Reason for being banned: Sexual content, abortion, murder

An American Tragedy

In Theodore Dreiser’s classic portrait of the dark side of the American dream, Clyde Griffiths finds his social-climbing aspirations and love for a rich and beautiful debutante threatened when his lower-class pregnant girlfriend gives him an ultimatum. Based on an actual crime case, An American Tragedy tells the story of a society whose values shape Clyde’s ambitions and seal his fate.
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2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, narrated by Jeff Woodman
Reason for being banned: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (profanity and atheism)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher John Francis Boone knows every country of and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels.
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3. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, narrated by Rob Inglis
Reason for being banned: Supernatural themes

The Fellowship of the Ring

Inspired by The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings was created to provide “the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues.” The Fellowship of the Ring, the first in the trilogy, tells the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that plunges the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and sets the stage for the ultimate clash between powers of good and evil.
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4. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, narrated by James Colby
Reason for being banned: Sexually explicit, violence, anarchist themes, smoking, and drinking

Internationally best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk’s uproarious and irreverent debut novel Fight Club was transformed into a wildly successful film starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. When a listless office employee meets Tyler Durden, his ho-hum life takes a dramatic turn as a contender in amateur bare-knuckle street fighting matches that soon develop a fanatical following.
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5. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, narrated by Robert Sean Leonard
Reason for being banned: Allegations that the book promotes secular humanism, New Age religion, occultism, and Satanism

Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie’s house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief.
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6 audiobooks for budding entrepreneurs

Get answers and inspiration to help kick-start your start-up.

 

1. You Are A Mogul by Tiffany Pham, narrated by Tiffany Pham

You Are A Mogul

As the founder of Mogul—praised by Sheryl Sandberg as the #1 millennial platform — Tiffany Pham created a global technology and media empire by the age of 27. As living proof that the old rules of success no longer apply, Tiffany writes the new rules for following your passions and forging your own path in an age of disruption.
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2. The New Science of Radical Innovation by Sunnie Giles, narrated by Janet Metzger

The New Science of Radical Innovation

Discover a groundbreaking, science-based approach to leadership that generates radical innovation for dramatic and permanent results. Today’s business arena is undergoing a revolutionary transformation, equivalent in impact to the Industrial Revolution. While most traditional companies are still built for the old-world economy, the companies that thrive today enter the market with a new approach.
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3. Dear Founder by Maynard Webb and Carlye Adler, narrated by Chris Ciulla

Dear Founder

More than 600,000 new businesses are launched each year. How can a start-up find the funding it needs to survive? How does an entrepreneur build and manage a workplace and create a lasting legacy? Maynard Webb has helped found, fund, and grow dozens of successful companies. Now, he’s sharing his lessons with aspiring entrepreneurs, at any age and stage in their careers.
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4. Influencer by Brittany Hennessy, narrated by Brittany Hennessy

Influencer

If you’ve ever scrolled through your Instagram feed and thought, ‘Why can’t someone pay me to live my best life?’ this audiobook is for you. Every influencer started with zero followers and had to mistakes to get where they are today, earning more money each year than their parents made in the last decade. But to be a top creator, you need to understand the strategies behind the Insta-lifestyle.
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5. Big Ideas for Small Businesses by John Lamerton, narrated by John Lamerton

Big Ideas for Small Businesses

Struggling to find marketing ideas for your business? Do you find traditional business books uninspiring? Former civil servant John Lamerton has run more than 60 small businesses, making millions of dollars and mistakes along the way. This is a collection of the lessons and successes he uses to mentor small business owners, teaching them to think bigger and design their business around the lifestyle they want.
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6. A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs by Tren Griffin, narrated by Steven Jay Cohen

A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs

With insight and verve, Tren Griffin argues that venture capital is a service business that depends hugely on “human factors.” He suggests that these investors succeeded because of their sense of hustle, keen judgment, hard work, and good luck. But most of all, they share a deep love of building businesses that goes beyond financial considerations.
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STAFF PICK: American Prison by Shane Bauer

Title: American Prison
Author: Shane Bauer
Narrator: Shane Bauer and James Fouhey

Curious about what the inside of a prison is really like? So was award-winning investigative journalist Shane Bauer, who was hired for just $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. He used his real name. There was no significant background check. He lasted four months.

American Prison combines Shane’s firsthand experience as a prison guard with the history of for-profit prisons in America, from their origins in the decades leading up to the Civil War. Shane describes how private prisons became entrenched in the southern United States as part of a systemic effort to continue African-American labor force in the aftermath of slavery, and how the smoke of these origins still lingers today.

What I found most fascinating about American Prison was Shane’s recognition that he was becoming crueler and more aggressive towards the inmates the longer he worked in the prison. In a town where the average family income is $25,000 a year, the prison sees a high turnover rate for staff who often leave to pursue less stressful jobs that pay similar wages. In Winnfield, it isn’t unusual to see a former prison guard working at a fast food restaurant or greeting you as you walk into Walmart.

Guards are trained not to intervene when inmates fight each other, sometimes with handmade weapons, sometimes ending in violent death.

I volunteered at a not-for-profit women’s prison for a couple of years, and this audiobook still shocked me. My relationship with the officers and the inmates was neutral, and despite the occasional complaint from inmates regarding what they considered petty rules and officers not feeling respected by particular inmates, the environment inside the prison did not reflect the animosity, anxiety, and danger that runs rampant in for-profit prisons across the United States.

Shane’s investigation of a broken system is disturbing, gripping, and most importantly, long overdue. The stories of the inmates will stay with you long after finishing the audiobook, and Shane’s own experience of being imprisoned for two years in Iran makes him the perfect person to expose the reality of corporate-run prisons.

 

American Prison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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