Updated from the original June 2019 post
Friends, readers, listeners: lend me your beers. Bottled, canned, or pulled ice-cold from a tap. Craft brewed, microbrewed, macrobrewed, abbey brewed, homebrewed, brewed by elves. Lagers, Pilsners, Stouts, Wheats, IPAs. Whatever your sud, summer is the time to match it with a palate-perfect audiobook bud.
Click on your favorite brew below and follow the link to find your ideal pairing. Pizza topped with french fries and hot sauce not included.
Listen Up Lager: A Crowd-pleasing Brew
#1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson has been thrilling fans of narrative non-fiction for years. Now his first ever work of fiction, No One Goes Alone, will be available as an audiobook original. Narrated by acclaimed British actor Julian Rhind-Tutt, No One Goes Alone is an otherworldly tale of intrigue and the impossible that marshals Larsonâ€™s trademark approach to nonfiction to create something new: a ghost story deeply grounded in history and available exclusively on audio, because as Larson says, â€śghost stories are best told aloud.â€ť
Podcast Lovinâ€™ Pilsner: Cool, Crisp Nonfiction
Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive. Parenting, business, education, sportsâ€”this is an audiobook that covers it all in a way that will surprise you…and change your chess game.
Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences peopleâ€™s lives and behavior and the nationâ€™s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Isabel Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more.
â€śMilesâ€™s warm, clear, unrushed narration combines passion with a calm that helps listeners cope with periodic ugliness.â€ťâ€“AudioFile Magazine
Another round: I Alone Can Fix It by Carol LeonnigÂ &Â Philip Rucker
Book Club IPA: Hopping Good Listens for a Brainy Buzz
With piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porterâ€™s debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today.
A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, Fleishman Is in Trouble is an insightful and often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope.
â€śJust the sort of thing that Philip Roth or John Updike might have produced in their prime (except, of course, that the author understands women).â€ť—Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Self-Care Cider: Finely Brewed Wisdom to Fuel New Habits
Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.
Full Cast Kolsch:Â What the Cool Kids Are Doing
Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacobâ€™s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where sheâ€™s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. Read by a full cast, this is a bold, wry, and intimate memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us.
A Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick. Listen to this electrifying full cast audiobook about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise—to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies—and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.
Author Read Ale: A Homebrew Like No Other. Warning: Sky-high ABV (Audiobook Virtuosity)Â
From the genre-defying musician Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.
â€śA Dream About Lightning BugsÂ reads like its author:Â intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell.â€ť—Sara Bareilles
In On Earth Weâ€™re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong tells the story of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut of many years.
Knee Slappinâ€™ Wheat: Laugh-out-loud Listens
From the author ofÂ MeatyÂ andÂ We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Samantha Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her.Â Wow, No Thank YouÂ is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable.
â€śSamantha Irbyâ€™s droll humor, unflinching realness, and impeccable timing are on full display in her narration of her latest audiobook.â€ť—AudioFile
A #1 New York Times Audiobook bestseller. A funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handlerâ€™s year of self-discovery—featuring a psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles.
Press Play Porter: Big Listens to Quench Epic Thirst
When you’re searching for the malt of mages, only a stout audiobook saga will do. Go barley, or go gnome with these magical tales perfect for listening.
“If youâ€™re looking for a series full of political intrigue, class struggle, immovable forces of fate, and a struggle for power of epic proportions, this is it. Set in an undefined time long ago when magic had gone into hiding, this is a tale of conflict and shifting alliances. Roy Dotrice has a gruff voice and style that is right at home in this harsh environment. He gives voice to a broad cast of characters with great range. From the most naive to the most devious and petulant, the personalities of the characters are drawn out and developed as they grow and change in influence.”—AudioFile
In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, car mechanic/coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…
1.5X Speed Summer Ale: Thrillers So Heart-pounding You’ll Pump Up the SpeedÂ
In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses—and into the owners’ computers as well—learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too. Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. How far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets?
The scorching new thriller from the #1Â New York TimesÂ bestselling author ofÂ The Girl on the Train, read on audio by Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike. When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. AÂ gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge.
Swoon-worthyÂ Saison: Delicious Romance, No Hangover
(okay, a little hangover)
Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. How could she be so irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century? When a surprise engagement is announced, Ayesha finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.
Written by the host of NPRâ€™s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and read by Audie-award winning narrator Julia Whelan, Evvie Drake Starts Over is a heartfelt debut about the unlikely relationship between a young woman whoâ€™s lost her husband and a major league pitcher whoâ€™s lost his game. A joyful, hilarious, and hope-filled debut, Evvie will have you cheering for the two most unlikely comebacks of the year—and will leave you wanting more from Linda Holmes.
Go Go Audio Ginger Beer: A Non-alcoholic Blend of the Best in Summer YA Fiction
An instant New York Times bestseller! Get Out meets Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder in this YA social thriller where survival is not a guarantee.
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch. But might Tyâ€™s squad of losers be the last hope for the entire galaxy?
A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousinâ€™s murder.
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