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Revamp the Book Club Experience With Audiobooks

We’ve all been there: the book club meeting is two days away, and the book you were supposed to have finished a month ago is still sitting on the coffee table. Recommend audiobooks to help patrons stay on top of their to-be-read piles while they go about their daily lives. Listening to a book also lets patrons appreciate the writing of a story through a narrator’s performance, which adds a new layer to book discussion. And audiobooks aren’t just for preparation! Playing an audiobook clip at a gathering is the perfect way for book clubs to enjoy their selected story together. There are listens for every kind of book club out there—prepare to amaze with these recommendations:

For the Quirky Book Club

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author: Hank Green
Read By: Kristen Sieh and Hank Green

“Green makes an entertaining book debut in this fast-paced, witty first contact novel…At once funny, exciting, and a tad terrifying, this exploration of aliens and social media culture is bound to have wide appeal.”Booklist (starred review)

A Key to Treehouse Living
Author: Elliot Reed
Read by: Michael Crouch

“Crisp and lyrical, emotionally assured, delightfully inventive—Reed has made a marvelous debut.”
Kirkus

For the Non-Fiction Lovers

Rising Out of Hatred
Author: Eli Saslow
Read By: Scott Brick and Eli Saslow
LISTEN TO A CLIP: ncnhcn

“A sobering book that deserves a wide audience among politics-watchers in an age of reaction.”Kirkus

For Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale

Vox
Author: Christina Dalcher
Read by: Julia Whelan
LISTEN TO A CLIP: ncnhcn

“Narrator Julia Whelan brings this realistic, thought-provoking debut to life with heart.”AudioFile

For Agatha Christie Superfans

The Prisoner in the Castle
Author: Susan Elia MacNeal
Read by: Susan Duerden
LISTEN TO A CLIP: ncnhcn

“MacNeal uses [Agatha] Christie’s And Then There Were None as a framework for a character-driven mystery/thriller that successfully emulates the original.”Kirkus

Series praise: “Susan Duerden slips from dispassionate narrative to completely involved characters so smoothly that listeners will be sure this is a full-cast production. Without striking a false note, Duerden integrates MacNeal’s carefully researched historical facts with Maggie’s indomitable spirit.”-AudioFile (Earphones Award)

An Unwanted Guest
Author: Shari Lapena
Read by: Hillary Huber
LISTEN TO A CLIP: ncnhcn

“Lapena has written a great whodunit, with a delicious Christie-like vibe. Fans of the author’s first novel will want this, and anyone who savors a well-crafted murder mystery will gobble it up!” Library Journal (starred review)

For the Comedy Buffs

Lake Success
Author: Gary Shteyngart
Read By: Arthur Morey and Soneela Nankani
LISTEN TO A CLIP: ncnhcn

“LAKE SUCCESS is a big, busy, amusing, needling, and outraging novel, one to revel in and argue with, a nervy and chewy choice for book discussions.” Booklist

For the Drama Enthusiasts

A Spark of Light

“Picoult delivers another riveting yarn…in this carefully crafted, utterly gripping tale.” Booklist (starred review)

Bridge of Clay
Author: Markus Zusak
Read by: Markus Zusak

“Zusak pushes the parameters of the YA in this gorgeously written novel.”Booklist (starred review)

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