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Books That Play: Summer Audiobooks to Take With You Anywhere, Anytime

Read hard, play hard. Scratch that: let’s do both. This summer, book nerds everywhere are pulling the ultimate mental #VanLife and listening to audiobooks that feel good and travel well. Need a laugh? We’ve got Seth Rogen and 80 of his closest friends reading Yearbook. Crave a thrill? Stacey Abrams’ legal thriller While Justice Sleeps will keep you guessing. Looking for true and scary-as-a-hangry-Grizzly Bear campfire tales told by the MeatEater crew? Gather ’round the fire with an audio original from Steven Rinella and friends. Plus, it simply isn’t summer without Debbie Macomber—discover why It’s Better This Way. Listen to clips below and get playful with your choices—you can’t go wrong.

Author: Seth Rogen
Read By: Full Cast and Seth Rogen

Yearbook is a collection of hilarious personal essays from superstar comedian Seth Rogan, who gathers together a group of 80 incredible narrators to help share his stories. See the full cast rundown here.

“Some people think of audiobooks as secondary counterparts to the original written texts. Seth Rogen’s Yearbook proves the exact opposite can be true. Why read these ribald autobiographical essays when you can hit play and hear Rogen himself reading them to you in his hearty baritone?”—The New York Times

From celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams, While Justice Sleeps is a gripping, complexly plotted thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“A smart and intense listen.”—AudioFile

In Campfire Stories: Close Calls, Steven Rinella invites seasoned hunters, anglers, adventurers, and outdoor professionals to share their tales of perilous adventures in the natural world, from run-ins with black bears and grizzlies to bad falls and severe hypothermia. Gather around for campfire stories with the MeatEater crew as they share these sixteen harrowing true tales of misfortune in the great outdoors—an immersive audio experience from the host of the long-running Netflix series and top-ranked wilderness podcast.

A New York Times bestseller and Read with Jenna Book Club Pick. From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six, Malibu Rising is the story of one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them…and what they will leave behind.

In It’s Better This Way, one woman struggles to pick up the pieces of her past while a new beginning beckons…but is the past truly behind her? #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber explores the powerful intersections of love and family in this poignant audiobook read by ThĂ©rèse Plummer.

Reese had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn’t hate. But then Amy detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach.

“This audiobook illuminates the beating heart of modern queer and trans life; it’s one you’re not going to want to miss.”—AudioFile

It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens the family home she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different—because last night was different. The Paper Palace, is a story of summer, secrets, love, and lies. In the course of a singular day on Cape Cod, one woman must make a life-changing decision that has been brewing for decades.

Meet the trophy wives of Presidio Terrace, San Francisco’s most exclusive—and most deadly—neighborhood in The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives, a shrewd, darkly compelling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of In Her Shadow.

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