Beach Listens
9 Bodacious Listens for Brainy Beach Bums

When it comes to choosing an audiobook for a summer chill session—whether by the shore or in a sun spot on your floor—not only do you want a great story, you also want the perfect narrator—or full cast of narrators—to tell it. These 9 new audiobooks are for listeners who crave that ideal combination of voice and story that is sure to develop their brains along with their tans!

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Read by the author and an all-star full cast. Fair warning: Raised in Captivity does not slot into a smooth preexisting groove. Funny, wise, and weird in equal measure, this short story collection is a fever graph of our deepest unvoiced hopes, fears and preoccupations. Ceaselessly inventive, hostile to corniness in all its forms, and mean only to the things that really deserve it, it marks a cosmic leap forward for one of our most consistently fascinating writers.

Author: Mona Awad
Read By: Sophie Amoss

Named a best book of Summer 2019 by Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Vulture, Nylon, Bustle, TheSkimm, and LitHub

The spellbinding new audiobook from one of our most fearless chroniclers of the female experience, Bunny is a down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination.

Between the troublesome family secrets, old sibling rivalries, and her two teenage grandkids, matriarch Annette’s birthday vacation is looking more and more like the perfect storm. Adrift together on the open seas, the Feldmans will each face the truths they’ve been ignoring—and learn that the people they once thought most likely to sink them are actually the ones who help them stay afloat.

Author: Richard Russo
Read By: Fred Sanders

Shot through with Russo’s trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are… also introduces a new level of suspense and menace that will quicken the reader’s heartbeat throughout this absorbing saga of how friendship’s bonds are every bit as constricting and rewarding as those of family or any other community.

An audiobook about family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“Perfect for a summer day with a good beer and a piece of pie.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone…

“This career-defining epic deserves its inevitable comparisons to Stephen King’s The Stand.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Want to soak up some non-fiction rays?

Through the lens of their decades-long friendship and including exclusive interviews and details from previously classified documents, noted historian and New York Times bestselling author Steven M. Gillon examines John F. Kennedy Jr.’s life and legacy in this riveting and revealing audiobook.

A food critic chronicles four years spent traveling with René Redzepi, the renowned chef of Noma, in search of the most tantalizing flavors the world has to offer. Hungry is a memoir, a travelogue, a portrait of a chef, and a chronicle of the moment when daredevil cooking became the most exciting and groundbreaking form of artistry.

Summer Rayne Oakes, an urban houseplant expert and environmental scientist, is the icon of wellness-minded millennials who want to bring nature indoors. Summer has managed to grow 1,000 houseplants in her Brooklyn apartment (and they’re thriving!) Her secret? Listen to the audiobook—read by Summer!—to find out.

For more beachy audio recommendations, CLICK HERE. And speaking of refreshing summer activities, ever wondered what audiobook would pair best with your favorite beer? Wonder no more! Find your perfect beer and audio pairing here!