Your End-of-Summer Listening Checklist

Do you feel like your summer has disappeared with the hustle and bustle of your busy life? Are you nostalgic for simple summer days of the past? We have the solution: a checklist of timeless activities that will make you slow down and rewind, all while you listen to our most exciting new titles.

With three audiobooks per activity, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect listen to end your summer with.

Listen While…Stargazing

Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life—her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. Meanwhile, Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve in a momentous expedition across the West. The way in which Lurie’s death-defying trek at last intersects with Nora’s plight is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant audiobook from the author of The Tiger’s Wife.

Author: Shana Youngdahl
Read By: Annie Q

Scarlett and David have known each other all their lives in small-town Graceville, Colorado, where David is just another mountain in the background, until, one day, he is suddenly so much more than part of the landscape. David is a gravitational force. Scarlett welcomes the whirlwind he brings even as she resists it. Moving between the present and the past, this is the story of a seemingly grounded girl who’s pulled into a lightning-strike romance with an electric-charged boy, and the enormity of the aftermath.

Author: Zach Powers
Read By: Ari Fliakos

It’s 1964 in the USSR, and unbeknownst even to Premier Khrushchev himself, the Soviet space program is a sham. Well, half a sham. While the program has successfully launched five capsules into space, the Chief Designer and his team have never successfully brought one back to earth. To disguise this, they’ve used twins. But in a nation built on secrets and propaganda, the biggest lie of all is about to unravel in this unique audiobook read by Ari Fliakos.

Listen While…Doing a Puzzle on a Rainy Day

Author: Sasha Chapin
Read By: Sasha Chapin

All the Wrong Moves, written and read by Sasha Chapin, traces a rollicking two-year journey around the globe in search of glory through the game of chess. Chapin travels to tournaments in Bangkok and Hyderabad. He seeks out a mentor in St. Louis who offers cryptic wisdom and caustic insults. His story builds toward the Los Angeles Open, where Chapin is clearly outmatched and yet no less determined not to lose. Along the way, he chronicles the highs and lows of his fixation, driven on this quest by lust, terror, and the elusive possibility of victory.

For the families who live on in Washington DC in the summer of 1959, life is still defined by what one did during WWII. When a rare, scorpion-like vinegaroon is discovered and sequestered for museum study, our young narrator John, and his best friends Ivan, Max, and Beatriz hatch a risky midnight plan to steal the poisonous creature for their own devious purposes. Fueled by punch the crew doctors with a jug of Brazilian rum at a backyard party, the adults in their lives let down their defenses until Ivan’s glamorous aunt Elena roars off with a stranger on his motorcycle. What happens next will change John’s life forever.

Author: Mahesh Rao
Read By: Deepti Gupta

Beautiful, clever, and more than a little bored, Ania Khurana has Delhi wrapped around her finger. But when her aunt’s handsome nephew arrives from America, the social tides in Delhi begin to shift. Surrounded money, relentless currents of gossip, and an unforgettable cast of socialites, journalists, gurus, and heirs, Ania discovers that her good intentions are no match for the whims and intrigues of Delhi’s high society–or for her own complicated feelings toward her cherished childhood friend, Dev.

Listen While…Roasting S’mores Around the Campfire

On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island’s inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of those who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten. A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, The Memory Police is a stunning new audiobook from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.

Author: Juli Zeh
Read By: Cynthia Farrell

A few short years from now, the world is an even more uncertain place than it is today, and politics everywhere are marching rightward. Britta, a wife, mother, and successful businesswoman, ignores the daily news and concentrates on her family and her work. However, her side job is connected to a secret and far more lucrative operation: she works for an outfit that supplies terrorist organizations looking to employ suicide bombers. Part suspenseful thriller, part wickedly effective social satire, Empty Hearts is a startling audiobook for our times.

When Deena’s wild older sister Mandy goes missing, and is eventually presumed dead, Deena refuses to believe it’s true. Especially when letters start arriving–letters from Mandy–which proclaim that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions but a curse, handed down to women from generation to generation. Mandy’s gone to find the root of the curse before it’s too late for Deena. But is the curse even real? Find out in this unflinching audiobook read by dual narrators.

Listen After…Going for a Bike Ride

Author: Ruchika Tomar
Read By: Sophie Amoss

Cale Lambert lives in a dusty town near the California-Nevada border, a place where coyotes and long-haul truckers all scavenge. Cale starts waitressing at the local diner, where she reconnects with PenĂ©lope Reyes, a charismatic former classmate running mysterious side-hustles to fund her dreams. Penny exposes Cale to the reality that exists beyond their small town, and the girls become inseparable—-until one terrifying act of violence shatters their world. When Penny vanishes without a trace, Cale must set off on a dangerous quest across the desert to find her friend and discover herself in this wild ride of an audiobook read by fan favorite Sophie Amoss.

A new audio-memoir that traces the story of cycling since the 1980s, through the eyes of author and narrator Jonathan Vaughters. Vaughters is founder of team Education First and one of cycling’s most towering figures. Written from the unique perspective of both a racer and a team manager, One-Way Ticket gives the complete story of what it takes to build a winning team and repair the reputation of a sport.

In a remote pocket of Nazi-held France, ordinary people risked their lives to rescue many hundreds of strangers, mostly Jewish children. The same place offers refuge to migrants today. Is this a fluke of history, or something more? Anthropologist, author, and narrator Maggie Paxson, arrives on the Plateau to explore this phenomenon: What are the traits that make a group choose selflessness?

Listen While…Getting a Treat from the Ice Cream Truck

The lives of writers can often best be understood through the eyes of those who nurtured them and made their work possible. In The Sweetest Fruits, three women tell the story of their time with Lafcadio Hearn, a globetrotting writer best known for his books about Meiji-era Japan. Their accounts witness Hearn’s remarkable life but also seek to witness their own existence and luminous will to live unbounded by gender, race, and the mores of their time. With brilliant sensitivity, Monique Truong illuminates the women’s tenacity with help from incredible performances by Cassandra Campbell, Lisa Flanagan, Adenrele Ojo & Emily Woo Zeller.

Modern Love, Revised and Updated features dozens of the most memorable essays to run in The New York Times “Modern Love” column since its debut in 2004. This is the perfect audiobook for fans of the Modern Love podcast…and anyone who’s loved, lost, stalked an ex on social media, or pined for true romance: In other words, anyone interested in the endlessly complicated workings of the human heart.

When BB has a worse-than-usual asthma attack, her mom insists she go to the doctor. There, she is told that she is overweight (no surprise) and prediabetic (big surprise) and must lose weight, move more, and keep a food diary. To get out of this immediate health crisis, she agrees to make an effort. Then a tragedy occurs in the family, and things get seriously complicated. Suddenly, losing weight and moving more are the least of her worries. As for the food diary, though, BB doesn’t just document what she’s eating, she documents what she’s feeling–and she has a lot to say!

Listen While…Picking Flowers in the Garden

This is Summer’s guide to cultivating an entirely new relationship with your plant children. With this audiobook (read by the author as well as Simon Sinek and Kaleo Griffith), you’ll learn to:

* Pause for the flowers and greenery all around you, even the ones sprouting bravely between cracked pavement
* Trust that your apartment jungle offers you far more than pretty décor
* See the world from a plant’s perspective, trading modern consumerism for sustainability
* Serve your chlorophyllic friends by learning to identify the right species for your home and to recreate their natural habitat (Bonus: your indoor garden won’t die!)

Two women are connected across time by the city of Paris, a mysterious stack of love letters, and shocking secrets sweeping from World War II to the present. All the Flowers in Paris is an emotionally captivating audiobook, read by a handful of talented narrators, rooted in the resiliency and strength of the human spirit, the steadfastness of a mother’s love, and the many complex layers of the heart.

Author: Christy Lefteri
Read By: Art Malik

Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the hills of the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo—until the unthinkable happens. When all they love is destroyed by war, Nuri knows they have no choice except to leave their home. But escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain.

Listen While…Swinging on a Swing Set

Author: Etgar Keret
Read By: Various

There’s no one like Etgar Keret. His stories take place at the crossroads of the fantastical, searing, and hilarious. His characters grapple with parenthood and family, war and games, marijuana and cake, memory and love. The thread that weaves these pieces together is our inability to communicate, to see so little of the world around us and to understand each other even less. Yet somehow, in these pages, through Etgar’s deep love for humanity and our hapless existence, a bright light shines through and our universal connection to each other sparks alive.

Assigned to the same suite during their freshman year at Quincy-Hawthorn College, Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret quickly become inseparable. The campus they move through together, the window seat they share in their suite, and the passion and ferocity that school and independence awakens in them ignites an all-encompassing love with one another. But they soon find their bonds–forged in joy, and fused by fear–must weather threats that originate from beyond the dark forests of their childhoods, and come at them from institutions, from one another, and ultimately, from within themselves.

What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. Bestselling author Katharine McGee and fan-favorite narrator Brittany Pressley create an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.