9 Sophomore Audiobooks to Listen To

One of the best things about discovering a brilliant debut author is seeing what she comes up with next. With these sophomore audiobooks, you’ll find enthralling literary fiction, delightful young adult stories, and hilarious personal essays.

The Epiphany Machine

A junky contraption tattoos personalized revelations on its users’ forearms. Venter Lowood’s parents were part of the cult that swears by the tattooed truths. Venter, though, decides to confront the machine himself.
Listen to an excerpt The Epiphany Machine

Into the Water

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of a river. Earlier in the summer, a teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, and their deaths dredge up secrets long submerged.
Listen to an excerpt Into the Water

Little Fires Everywhere
Author: Celeste Ng
Read By: Jennifer Lim

A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend the family’s lives.
Listen to an excerpt Little Fires Everywhere

A Map for Wrecked Girls

A twisting tale about Emma and Henri, two sisters who turn against each other after a watery nightmare occurs. Washed up on shore, stranded, and with one other companion, a boy, will the sisters survive?
Listen to an excerpt A Map for Wrecked Girls

Refuge: A Novel

An Iranian girl escapes to America as a child, but her father stays behind. Over twenty years, they visit each other only four times. Through the prism of global immigration and the refugee experience, this novel ultimately asks, Must home always be a physical place, or can we find it in another person?
Listen to an excerpt Refuge

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Everyone in Esther Solar’s family is doomed to suffer one great fear. Esther doesn’t know yet what her great fear is, so she keeps a list of her phobias and things to avoid. When classmate Jonah Smallwood steals her list, he sets out to help her break the curse.
Listen to an excerpt A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire.  Bitches Gotta Eat blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the seriocomic essay into an art form with her second book of collected essays.
Listen to an excerpt We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Who Is Rich?

Technically this is Matthew Klam’s first novel, but it’s his second published book (his first was a book of short stories called Sam the Cat). This is a provocative satire of love, sex, money, and politics that unfolds over four wild days in a New England beachside town.
Listen to an excerpt Who Is Rich

Woman No. 17

Writer Lady Daniels hires S, a magnetic young artist, to live in her guest house and take care of Lady’s two children: a young toddler and an older teenage son. As S gets closer to the family, dark secrets emerge.
Listen to an excerpt Woman No. 17