Awards & Recognition National Book Award Finalists Announced

For patrons looking to check out the recently announced National Book Award finalists, why not recommend the audio? It’s a great way for readers on the go to catch up on their ever-growing lists of the latest literary gems.

By Jhumpa Lahiri
Read by Sunil Malhotra

Set in both India and America, this compelling audiobook tells the tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death. Masterly suspenseful and piercingly intimate, this Pulitzer Prize winner’s work makes for a memorable listen.

“Banal words of praise simply won’t do justice; perhaps what is needed is a three-word directive: just read it.”—Library Journal, starred review

By George Saunders
Read by the Author
BOT Library CD Exclusive

This New York Times bestseller is a surefire treat on audio as read by the incomparable Saunders himself. In an interview with The Awl, Saunders’ narrative work is likened to “a cast of thousands.” We can’t wait until Saunders steps into the sound booth again this spring to record Congratulations, By the Way.

“Saunders’ untrained voice is the perfect conveyance for the earnest vernacular of his offbeat characters… subtly nuanced contemporary babble that Saunders captures so well on the page, and even better in this memorable audio production.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

By Lawrence Wright
Read by Morton Sellers

The book that had many patrons talking will also keep them listening as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. A clear-sighted revelation and deep penetration into the world of Scientology, the audiobook is a memorable way to hear about this interesting topic.

“It’s downright chilling to listen to…This is a good listen for those who enjoy controversy in their audiobooks.”—AudioFile

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