Book of the Month: The Boys in the Boat

Our August Book of the Month is Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat, the #1 New York Times Bestselling story about nine working-class college kids who triumphed over Nazi Germany in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. If you have yet to try Libro.fm or digital audiobooks, consider downloading a free 43-minute excerpt of The Boys in the Boat today!

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“The individual stories of these young men are almost as compelling as the rise of the team itself. Brown excels at weaving those stories with the larger narrative, all culminating in the 1936 Olympic Games…A story this breathtaking demands an equally compelling author, and Brown does not disappoint. The narrative rises inexorably, with the final 50 pages blurring by with white-knuckled suspense as these all-American underdogs pull off the unimaginable.”
—The Seattle Times

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Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss The Boys in The Boat. Use the hashtag #boysintheboat and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


PBS recently released a documentary about the 1936 Olympic Crew team, The Boys of ’36. See the trailer below or watch Chapter #1 on pbs.org.


You can watch Daniel James Brown speak about the The Boys in the Boat at Washington D.C.’s independent bookstore, Politics and Prose.

Top Six Reasons to Buy Audiobooks through Libro.fm

We recognize that book lovers have a choice where they purchase audiobooks. We’ve compiled six reasons why Libro.fm should be at the top of any list.

1 - Indie Stores

#1 / Audiobooks purchased through Libro.fm directly support your local, independent bookstore.
You can now listen to audiobooks while still shopping local. We believe independent bookstores like Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company and Boston’s Papercuts J.P. are the heart and soul of our communities, which is why we’re so thrilled to partner with them and more than a hundred other indie stores, including Blue Willow Bookshop, Book Passage, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Village Books, Northshire Bookstore, Tattered Cover Book Store, and WORD Bookstores.

2 - Expert Recommendations

#2 / Expert Recommendations from indie booksellers.
Whether it’s featuring the best of the Indie Next List, staff picks from Books & Books at the studios, or favorite new fiction at Bookshop Santa Cruz, we’ll keep you in the know.

3 - Easy to Listen

#3 / Easy to listen using our free app (iOS or Android)
You’re just a few clicks away from finding your next book club selection among the tens of thousands of audiobooks available on Libro.fm, including The New York Times bestsellers. Download our free app for any iOS or Android device.

4 - Best Audio Quality

#4 / The best audio quality you’ll find anywhere.
Crystal clear. No distractions. Just you and a book by one of the great novelists of our time, read to you in full stereo.

5 - DRM-free

#5 / DRM-free. Listen to your audiobook on any MP3 enabled device.
Say you download the H Is for Hawk audiobook to your computer… shouldn’t you also be able to listen to it on your smartphone? We think so, too.

6 - Independent

#6 / Independently owned and operated by a team of book lovers who believe we should all #chooseindie.


Some places put profits before customers, authors, or their love for books. This means that someone along the line is getting the short end of the stick. We don’t do that. We are independent and community-driven, just like the bookstores we love.


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Books of the Month: Before the Fall and Course Correction

For July’s Book of the Month, we’re featuring two compelling titles. The first, Noah Hawley’s gripping novel, Before the Fall (narrated by Robert Petkoff), explores the intertwined mysteries behind a fateful oceanic plane crash. The second, Ginny Gilder’s inspiring memoir, Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX — narrated by Janis Ian and free through Libro.fm for the entire month—follows the author’s struggle to reach the top of the rowing world while also finding peace with her sexuality.


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“This award-winning writer’s newest novel opens with a real nail-biter: a private jet crashes into the Atlantic off the New England coast and the harrowing survival of two of its passengers raises more questions than answers. At first a hero for rescuing four-year-old JJ, artist Scott Burroughs soon becomes the object of suspicion. Through the stories of each of the passengers, this thrilling mystery unfurls to its spellbinding end.”
RobinForever Books, St. Joseph, MI

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Get twenty percent off Before the Fall (and all Libro.fm audiobooks) thru July by entering this code at checkout: SUMMER2016


“Beautiful and important on so many levels, Course Correction is about rowing and about so much more—hope and hopelessness, fear and courage, loss and redemption. Ultimately it is about the transforming power of love, and, dammit all, it made me cry.”
Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat

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Get your complimentary download of Course Correction (until July 31, 2016 at Midnight PST)


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Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss Before the Fall and Course Correction. Use the hashtags #beforethefall and #coursecorrection, and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

What’s Popular in Indie Bookstores This Month

Seven bestselling audiobooks that deserve your attention.


Everybodys-Fool

Everybody’s Fool

By Richard Russo

Russo, at the very top of his game, returns to North Bath, New York, and the characters from his beloved novel Nobody’s Fool.

“While any new book from Richard Russo is a cause for celebration, to have one that revisits the characters from a beloved classic feels like a gift from the literary gods… No one writes better about the quirks, petty jealousies, hard times, humor, and heartbreak of small-town America.”

– Shawn D. / Powell’s, Portland, OR


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The Gene

By Siddhartha Mukherjee

Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

“In the last century, nuclear science changed the world; today, genetics has us again on the brink of a new age, but now it’s not just the world we’re remaking—it’s ourselves. Mukherjee skillfully retraces our steps, relating what we suspected about genetics before we found genes, how we learned to read their code, and, now, how we may rewrite it.”

– Laurie G. / Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.


LaRose

LaRose

By Louise Erdrich

The masterful new novel by the National Book Award-winning author of The Roundhouse.

“In LaRose Erdrich does what she does best, creating a multi-generational portrait of a family with careful attention paid to nearly every person mentioned; there are no side characters here, only finely sketched individuals who are part of a whole. Reading this book feels a lot like becoming part of that family.”

– Devon D. / Book Culture, New York, NY


The-Nest

The Nest

By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Sweeney’s warm, funny, and perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of their shared inheritance.

“Welcome to the strikingly dysfunctional Plumb family: four siblings connected by little more than The Nest, a joint trust fund that each has earmarked to support their unrealistic lifestyles…Sweeney artfully touches on each family member as they scramble to save the precarious lives they have built for themselves, bringing light and humor to her characters’ various plights.”

– Jennifer Oleinik (E) / University BookStore, Seattle, WA


Lab-Girl

Lab Girl

By Hope Jahren

This illuminating debut memoir by acclaimed scientist Jahren is also a moving portrait of a longtime friendship, and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.

“With good humor, plenty of science, scattered literary allusions and the occasional sarcastic zinger, Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl is a sublime memoir of a plant research scientist and her struggles to find professional success, love and family.”

– Bruce Jacobs / Watermark Books and Café, Wichita, KS


Shoe-Dog

Shoe Dog

By Phil Knight

Nike founder Knight shares the inside story of one of the world’s most iconic and profitable brands.

“I’ve known Phil Knight since I was a kid, but I didn’t really know him until I opened this beautiful, startling, intimate book. And the same goes for Nike. I’ve worn the gear, with pride, but I didn’t realize the remarkable saga of innovation and survival and triumph that stood behind every swoosh. Candid, funny, suspenseful, literary—this is a memoir for people who love sport, but above all it’s a memoir for people who love memoirs.”

– Andre Agassi / Author of Open


Zero-K

Zero K

By Don DeLillo

DeLillo’s brilliant new novel is an ode to language, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.

“The author of the masterpieces White Noise and Underworld returns to form with a haunting novel about what it means to die in the age of ultrasophisticated biology and cryogenics. Like a wonderfully intelligent and benevolent alien being, DeLillo brings an outsider’s perspective to modern life, helping us understand and define who we are.”

– Rico / BookShop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Book of the Month: My Brilliant Friend

Our June Book of the Month is Elena Ferrante’s, My Brilliant Friend. In the acclaimed first novel of her Neapolitan series, Ferrante—called “…one of the great novelists of our time,” by The New York Times Book Review—explores the struggles of friendship beneath the backdrop of tumultuous, post-war Italy.

“Many weeks have passed since I finished this novel and my only wish is that I hadn’t read it yet—it continues to haunt me in all the best ways. The narrator is Elena Greco, her best friend is Lila Carullo, and the story is of their psychologically complex friendship as girls, growing up in a rough, economically divided neighborhood on the outskirts of 1950s Naples. As children, their mutual fears and unusual imaginations bind them to each other. As adolescents, they drift and diverge but always return to their friendship… Dark, atmospheric, and untamed, My Brilliant Friend is brilliant. May it never leave me.”

Laura, TheBookloft, Great Barrington, MA

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Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss My Brilliant Friend. Use the hashtag #FerranteFever and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

For more about the mystery behind Elena Ferrante’s true identity, check out this article from the New York Times.

May Book of the Month: The Nest

Our May Book of the Month is Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s instant New York Times bestseller, The Nest. A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

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“Welcome to the strikingly dysfunctional Plumb family: four siblings connected by little more than ‘The Nest,’ a joint trust fund that each has earmarked to support their unrealistic lifestyles. When Leo, the older brother and the center of the Plumb family universe, injures himself and a 19-year-old waitress in a scandalous car accident and endangers ‘The Nest’ just months before the funds are to be made available, the siblings come together for damage control. Sweeney artfully touches on each family member as they scramble to save the precarious lives they have built for themselves, bringing light and humor to her characters’ various plights. Funny, thoughtful, and filled with unique and complex characters — this book is a must-read.”

– Jennifer Oleinik, University Book Store, Seattle, WA

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Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss The Nest. Use the hashtag #thenest and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Book of the Month: H Is for Hawk

Our April Book of the Month is H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald’s New York Times bestseller and award winner (on more than 25 best books of the year lists!)

“It’s a story of grief, of nature and friendship and loneliness, but it’s really the story of an encounter with a wild, alien intelligence, one that makes the author feel wild and inhuman herself, but then more human than before. Macdonald has trained many hawks—she’s been obsessed with them since she was a girl—but after her father’s sudden death, she decides to take on the wildest of their breed, the goshawk. With a wonderfully practical knowledge of the ancient art of falconry and an artful and honest understanding of her own reckless desire, she turns their partnership into a moving and bracingly intelligent book that I’m certain will become a classic.”
Tom Nissley, Phinney Books, Seattle, WA


Get the audiobook for only $9.95 


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Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss H Is for Hawk. Use the hashtag #hisforhawk and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

iOS Libro.fm Player Now Available

Today we’re thrilled to announce that our iOS app is now available free in the app store! If you’re an iPhone or iPod user, enjoying your Libro.fm books has just become even easier.

Simplicity is the theme of this app. Its interface is clear and uncluttered so your books can really shine. Navigation between screens of the app is intuitive so you won’t have to dig through any menus to find the functionality you’re looking for. And when you complete a purchase on Libro.fm, simply pull to refresh the library and your new books will be available for download.

While we’ve worked hard to keep the app simple, we’ve also included powerful features:

  • Listen offline wherever life takes you
  • Skip forward and back a few seconds to make sure you don’t miss a word
  • Change your listening speed for perfectly-paced narration
  • Bookmark important passages and leave yourself a note about why they matter
  • Set the timer when you want your book to stop playing after a certain time
  • Control playback from the lockscreen or your headphones for convenience on the go

If you like technical details, the app is written in 100% Swift, Apple’s new programming language. We’re living in the future!

Celebrate with us! All books are 20% off through 4/15/2016 with coupon code “ioslaunch” at checkout. And if you have any comments or suggestions about the new app, we’d love to hear from you at support@libro.fm.

Your first step is selecting a great book at Libro.fm. Here’s what we recommend right now:

H is for Hawk

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Why Not Me?

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The Revenant

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Rising Strong

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All the Light We Cannot See

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When Breath Becomes Air

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Check out the Libro.fm bestseller list or pick up one of our great books on sale.

Android users – your Libro.fm app is in progress! As we work on it, you can learn how to transfer books to your device from our listening guide. We recommend Google Play Music or Material Audiobook Player.

Book of the Month: Why Not Me?

Each month we choose a Book of the Month. Something that one or more of our team loves and think you’ll love too. When I suggested Why Not Me? by the hilarious Mindy Kaling, Nick, our Creative Director said, “Great book! I just finished listening to it.” So we knew we had a winner.

Full of self-deprecating humor about modern life, this book is as relatable as it is side splittingly funny. Just watch the book trailer below, in which Mindy talks herself into a corner.

If you could use more laughs like this, why not pick up Why Not Me?


Make sure to follow us on Twitter, where we’re always suggesting great books like Why Not Me?

Cooking with Ruth Reichl

I love to experiment in the kitchen. I’m not afraid to pick out a new gadget be it a sous vide set-up or pressure cooker and go at it. But it can be a bit daunting. That’s why Ruth Reichl is such a joy to listen to. It’s like she’s watching over your shoulder, telling you to add a little more salt or stir more vigorously.

In the video below, Reichl talks about her love for audiobooks, recording My Kitchen Year, and more. Enjoy!


Like listening to cooking books? Check out a few more of our favorites here