Hot August Book Club Picks
The Best Book Clubby Audiobooks for the Long Weekend

Summer may be drawing to a close, but we’re stocking our weekend to-listen list with audiobooks written by literary powerhouses and read by narrators who know how to deliver. New releases, New York Times bestsellers, critical darlings—these are the exceptional audiobooks that will have you hooked, then get you talking.

Soon to be a Netflix Original Series, The Lying Life of Adults is a powerful new audiobook read by Academy Award®-winner Marisa Tomei and written by Elena Ferrante, the New York Times best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend.

“Actress Marisa Tomei’s dramatic reading takes the listener inside the mind of a teenage girl struggling to understand who she is…The listener will feel for Giovanna in this heartrending novel.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award winner

A New York Times bestseller and ID Book Club Selection. Two wildly different women—one a grifter, the other an heiress—are brought together by the scam of a lifetime in a thrilling audiobook from the New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear.

“Julia Whelan and Lauren Fortgang perform a near-perfect duet narrating this utterly absorbing psychological thriller.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award winner

Author: Yaa Gyasi
Read By: Bahni Turpin

Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

“Meticulous, psychologically complex…At once a vivid evocation of the immigrant experience and a sharp delineation of an individual’s inner struggle, the novel brilliantly succeeds on both counts.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

From debut author Asha Lemmie, a sweeping, heartrending coming-of-age story about a young woman’s quest for acceptance in post-World War II Japan. Spanning decades and continents, Fifty Words for Rain is a dazzling audiobook about the ties that bind, the ties that give you strength, and what it means to be free.

An instant New York Times bestseller. What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew? A propulsive listen teeming with unforgettable characters, The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations—a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every listener.

“Nigerian-American author Akwaeke Emezi’s lyrical and heartbreaking third novel is brought to life by the extraordinarily gifted pairing of narrators Yetide Badaki and Chukwudi Iwuji…An impressive production of an unforgettable audiobook.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award winner

From a Booker Prize finalist and international literary star, a haunting story about two sisters caught in a powerful emotional web and wrestling to understand where one ends and the other begins—narrated by Daisy Edgar-Jones (star of Normal People on Hulu) and Anna Koval.

“Builds a gothic plot to an artful and shocking climax.”—The New York Times

Inspired by true events of World War I, Kathleen Rooney resurrects two long-forgotten yet unforgettable figures, recounting their tale in a pair of voices that will change the way readers look at animals, freedom, and even history itself.

“Imaginative and audacious…Rooney uses Cher Ami’s bird’s-eye view and curious afterlife to exhilerating, comic, and terrifying effect, while Whit’s tragic fate is exquisitely rendered…A celebration of animal intelligence, and tribute to altruism and courage.”—Booklist, starred review

Looking for more ways to add audiobooks to your weekends? Check out our Ways to Listen series.