Bestsellers from Abroad are Must-Listens

It’s always a fun activity when you’re abroad to go into a bookstore to look at all the books that aren’t available in the U.S. So, it’s such a joy when some of those bestsellers abroad make their way stateside.

Dive into a twisty detective story, get swept away by one woman’s journey to transform her life, or revel in a dark retelling of a classic. No matter what type of story it is (or where it’s from), you’ll have an incredible listening experience and discover a new author to follow.

Check one of these audiobooks, and you’ll see why they’ve been such bestsellers abroad.

Can You Tolerate This?

A prizewinning collection of essays from acclaimed poet Ashleigh Young about everything from youth and frailty, to ambition and anxiety, to the limitations of the body.

Listen to an excerpt Can You Tolerate This?

Frankenstein in Baghdad

This dark novel is a Man Booker International Prize finalist, winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, and winner of France’s Grand Prize for Fantasy. In war-torn Baghdad, Hadi collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse, to prove to the government that his people are worth proper burials. But when the body goes missing and a string of eerie murders sweeps the city, Hadi realizes he has created a monster.

Listen to an excerpt Frankenstein in Baghdad

The Hypnotist
Author: Lars Kepler
Read By: Saul Reichlin

The first installment in this #1 internationally bestselling series introduces us to Detective Joona Linna. After a horrific crime with one witness—a young boy now in a catatonic state—Linna is determined to solve the case, no matter the cost.

Listen to an excerpt The Hypnotist

Small Country
Author: Gaël Faye
Read By: Dominic Hoffman

A prize-winning bestseller in France about civil war and genocide. Young Gabriel enjoys his life in the expatriate neighborhood in Burundi with his French father, Rwandan mother, and little sister, Ana. But soon Burundi and neighboring Rwanda are engulfed by terror.

Listen to an excerpt Small Country

The Story of a Marriage

Nominated for the Nordic Prize, this is a portrait of a marriage dissolving. Jon, who is losing his wife to another man, is trying to understand what happened by working, painfully, to see the story from her perspective and from the other man’s point of view.

Listen to an excerpt The Story of a Marriage

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One

The feel-good #1-bestselling French novel about a woman whose mission to cure her “routine-itis” leads her to transform her life and realize her dreams one step at a time.

Listen to an excerpt Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One