August 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm is proud to present the August 2017 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.

Fiction

1. Magpie Murders

By Anthony Horowitz (HarperCollins)


2. Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


5. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

By by Gail Honeyman (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Meddling Kids

By Edgar Cantero (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

By Arundhati Roy (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. American Gods

By Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)


9. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

By Nicole Galland & Neal Stephenson (HarperCollins)


10. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club)

By Colson Whitehead (Penguin Random House Audio)


Nonfiction

1. Theft by Finding

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


2. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

By Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


3. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

By Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


4. Hunger

By Roxane Gay (HarperCollins)


5. Option B

By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Hillbilly Elegy

By J. D. Vance (HarperCollins)


7. Bossypants

By Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)


8. Lab Girl

By Hope Jahren (Penguin Random House Audio)


9. Killers of the Flower Moon

By David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


10. Believe Me

By Eddie Izzard (Penguin Random House Audio)


The August 2017 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations during the month of July 2017.

Audiobooks of the Month: Summer Reading Picks

Previously Audiobook of the Month, we would like to introduce Audiobooks of the Month! Each month a theme will guide our list of suggested audiobooks to suit a variety tastes and interests. We look forward to sharing this broader monthly list and accompanying themes with you.

For August, our theme is: Summer Reading Picks. Everyone these days is talking about their favorite summertime reads, so we’ve compiled selections from celebrity book clubs, our own partner stores, and our first Summer Listening Challenge finishers. What is Oprah Winfrey reading? How about Andrew Luck? What are Ann Patchett and Emma Straub talking up at their bookstores? What are customers of Vroman’s listening to? Whether you prefer the sun or the shade, there’s a summer read here for you.

Oprah Winfrey says Imbolo Mbue’s highly acclaimed debut novel Behold the Dreamers has “…got everything that’s grabbing the headlines in America right now.”

Emma Straub, author and owner of the bookstore Books Are Magic, picked Hannah Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, deemed by the New York Times a “strikingly symphonic novel.”

Customer and supporter of Wild Geese Bookshop, Jerry H., recommends Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman which accompanied him through work and travel.

For his book club, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck chose the New York Times bestseller Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose’s definitive book on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase.

Jeff Kinney, author and owner of the An Unlikely Story bookshop, suggests Kim Scott’s Radical Candor, which explores how to be a “…Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity.”

The inaugural pick of actor Sarah Jessica Parker’s book club, No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts reimagines The Great Gatsby through a contemporary African-American family in a small North Carolina town.

Bookseller and supporter of Vroman’s Bookstore, Jen P. recommends You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams which she listened to while gardening, painting with watercolor, and commuting.

Bestselling author and bookstore owner Judy Blume chose Sarah Gerard’s acclaimed book of essays Sunshine State, which uses the author’s experiences growing up along Florida’s gulf coast to illuminate the struggles of modern human survival.

Actor Whoopi Goldberg’s summer pick is the New England mystery Since We Fell, written by Dennis Lehane, who was recently dubbed by the New York Times “one of the great, diabolical thriller kings.”

Ann Patchett, bestselling author and owner of Parnassus Books, says the novel Chemistry by Weike Wang “starts as a charming confection and then proceeds to add on layers of emotional depth and complexity with every page.”

Finally, actor Reese Witherspoon recommended to her book club, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, which NPR called “…a crackling tale of spies and suspense.” Della A., a customer of Hudson Booksellers also recommends this audiobook which she listened to while commuting.

July Audiobook of the Month – Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris

Our July Book of the Month is NYT bestselling author and Grammy nominated audiobook reader David Sedaris’s memoir, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). This new offering from one of America’s most celebrated humorists is filled with hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking entries culled from the diary he’s kept for decades. As the dates suggest, this first volume focuses on Sedaris’s early years, detailing how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.


“Theft by Finding is charming, refreshingly unpretentious, and flat-out addictive. Sedaris said in the intro that he meant for readers to dip in and out of this collection of diary entries (the first of two volumes!), but I couldn’t put it down. His pared-down observations are equal parts dark and darkly comedic, concealing and revealing. Theft by Finding surpassed my very high expectations, and I’m already feeling impatient for part two.”
Renee P, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR


 



Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). Use the hashtag #theftbyfinding and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

July 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm is proud to present the July 2017 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.


Fiction

1. Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


3. Beartown

by Fredrik Backman (Simon & Schuster Audio)


4. All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster Audio)


5. The Queen of the Tearling

by Erika Johansen (HarperCollins)


6. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club)

by Colson Whitehead (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. Magpie Murders

by Anthony Horowitz (HarperCollins)


8. A Rule Against Murder

by Louise Penny (Macmillan Audio)


9. The Beautiful Mystery

by Louise Penny (Macmillan Audio)


10. Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins)


Nonfiction

1. Theft by Finding

by David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


2. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

by Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


3. Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance (HarperCollins)


4. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

by Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


5. Hunger

by Roxane Gay (HarperCollins)


6. Origins

by Donald Goldsmith and Neil deGrasse Tyson (Blackstone Audio)


7. Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins)


8. Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Penguin Random House Audio)


9. Churchill and Orwell

by Thomas E. Ricks (Penguin Random House Audio)


10. Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


The July 2017 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations during the month of June 2017.

Summer Listening Challenge

It’s summer time and there are so many fun things to do! Audiobooks can be a great companion for art projects, exercise, gardening, and car trips. Give what we like to call #handsfreereading a try and with Libro.fm, each listen supports your local bookstore and community.

How does it work? 

First, listen to 20 hours of audiobooks between July 1st and September 4th. Next, track your progress using this worksheet. Finally, email a picture of your completed worksheet to bookstores@Libro.fm and we’ll send you a FREE Libro.fm t-shirt and earbuds!

Who can participate? 

Anyone! Adults, Parents, grandparents, kids, teenagers—we have audiobooks for all ages! Start exploring at Libro.fm and be sure to use our new Wish List to track which audiobook you want to listen to next!

Get started!

Download the worksheet, find your next audiobook, and be social with us! Share what you’re listening to and what you’re doing while listening by tagging @Librofm and using #handsfreereading and #summerlistening.

June 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm has partnered with hundreds of independent bookstore locations to sell digital audiobooks. We are proud to present the June 2017 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.


Fiction

1. Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)


3. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club)

by Colson Whitehead (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. A Fatal Grace

by Louise Penny (Macmillan Audio)


6. Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)


8. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman (Penguin Random House Audio)


9. All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster Audio)


10. Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins)


Nonfiction

1. Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. Big Magic

by Elizabeth Gilbert (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance (HarperCollins)


4. Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. The Book of Joy

by Douglas Carlton Abrams, Dalai Lama, and Desmond Tutu (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

by W. Kamau Bell (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. Option B

by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. Born to Run

by Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster Audio)


9. Hallelujah Anyway

by Anne Lamott (Penguin Random House Audio)


10. Washington

by Ron Chernow (Penguin Random House Audio)


The June 2017 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstores during the month of May 2017.

The magic of listening, now through local bookstores

Name a literary artist with a vision so powerful that their words have conjured a theme park based upon the world they imagined. There’s only one: J.K. Rowling. Twenty years after the publication of the first Harry Potter book, her seven-part series chronicling young Potter’s heroic journey to rid the world of the evil Lord Voldemort continues to capture the hearts and minds of not just children, but adults as well. What child doesn’t yearn to attend the hallowed halls of Hogwarts? What parent doesn’t wish they could explore the nooks and crannies of Diagon Alley?

Now Libro.fm has partnered with Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment, and news company, to offer eight Wizarding World digital audiobooks through independent bookstores nationwide. This announcement marks the first time independent bookstores in the United States have been able to offer the full Harry Potter digital audiobook collection (seven novels in the series) and the digital audiobook of the Fantastic Beasts Hogwarts Library book to their customers.

Who seeks the Sorcerer’s Stone? What lurks in the Chamber of Secrets? Should we fear or love the Prisoner of Azkaban, or for that matter, the Half-Blood Prince? And who can save New York City from such Fantastic Beasts?

Now you can listen and find out. Learn more at libro.fm/wizardingworld.

Fighting Goliath

I’m guilty-as-charged when it comes to using a particular large company to help me shop for groceries, get items I need quickly, and consolidate those pesky, mounting, day-to-day chores into one efficient online experience.

As a Seattleite, I’m often the first to experience the new technology that this “Goliath” offers. With a click of a mouse, I can have anything from diapers to lawn chairs delivered to my doorstep within hours. I’m even be able to order groceries on my phone and pick them up at a store – one that resembles a kiosk more than your typical local grocery shop – bagged and ready, seemingly saving me precious amounts of time.

That’s what all this is for, right? Saving time? That’s what Goliath is betting on. Sadly, I actually feel like I have less, not more, time on my hands when I use this company’s services. Buying into Goliath’s culture encourages a frenetic pace of life, a click-now, think-later, mindset that self-perpetuates. This way of living comes with a cost: instead of spending my time shopping in a store, talking to actual people, I find myself head down, eyes glued to a screen, poring over product reviews from strangers. I neglect engaging with those in the community around me.

Having recently moved from back to Seattle from two years abroad in Düsseldorf, Germany (where shopping local isn’t a “thing” its just called “shopping”) I’m constantly looking for ways to recalibrate how I spend my time. I try to walk to the Ballard Fresh Fish Co. for some of my grocery shopping, and maybe I’ll stop for coffee and treats at Cafe Besalu. It’s the same when I want to buy books.

Working for Libro.fm, I have had the privilege of meeting the people who own and run local bookstores (Phinney Books in Seattle and Edmonds Bookshop in Edmonds). I have gotten to listen to their heartfelt book recommendations, ones that go deeper than just how many stars a book should get rated. And each time I get out, make shopping a communal experience, I am reminded how good it makes me feel, how interacting with people who are so passionate about their store, their craft, makes my day (and the world) a bit brighter. If these places, these people, were suddenly gone and replaced with robots or faceless stores where employees were paid on transactions and 3rd party customer service surveys, what would I, and the community around me, lose?

 

There will be the times when we just need something now. But I challenge all of us, the next time we have the urge to push the Goliath button, to take 10 seconds, breath deep, and think about our community and what small, local businesses mean to us and our future.

Cage-Free Audiobooks

Imagine it’s Friday, you’ve worked a long week, and you’ve just arrived home from the bookstore, carrying a new hardcover by your favorite novelist, ready to be swept up all weekend in a story. You sink into that cozy leather chair that’s perfectly formed to your body, kick your feet up on the ottoman, and weigh the hardcover in your palms.

But there’s a problem. You can’t remove the dust jacket from your new novel. You can’t even open the book. It’s as if it’s sealed shut. There doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with the book itself; it just won’t open. You call the bookstore and ask them what gives.

“Where are you sitting?” the clerk asks.

“In a chair,” you reply. “Where I always sit.”

“Is that one of our chairs?” the clerk asks.

Our chairs? What does that even mean? You describe the chair, the brand, etc.

“Hmm, well that’s the problem,” the clerk replies. “It’s not one of our chairs. Our books only open when you’re sitting in one of our chairs.”

“You’re kidding.”

“I can give you directions to our showroom,” the clerk says. “We have many wonderful chairs.”

“What about my couch?” You love the couch in your living room almost as much as the chair. You found it at a garage sale. It called to you from the street.

“Is it one of our couches?” asks the clerk. “We also have wonderful couches.”

This is not an ideal reading situation. It probably seems rather absurd. But it’s kind of like what a big audiobook retailer is trying to get away with by selling their audiobooks with DRM. Here at Libro.fm, our 70,000 audiobooks are DRM-free, which means that when you purchase one of our audiobooks through one of hundreds of independent bookstores, it’s yours.

You can listen to it on any device, anywhere, anytime, through any app that will play it. Although, we certainly recommend our own Libro.fm app for iOS and Android for the best possible listening experience. There are features such as the sleep timer, bookmarking, and playing audiobooks at a faster rate that are not possible on other players, iTunes, or your desktop. We don’t think it’s right to insist our customers use our other products unnecessarily. Nor, for that matter, do we think we should we ever be able to take your audiobook away from you, or change it—another aspect of DRM that feels, well, a bit cagey.

Libro.fm is one of the few places where every audiobook is DRM-free, or as we call it, cage-free. A DRM-free model fits our independent nature and it means you can listen to the audiobook anytime, anywhere, on any device. Declare your independence, #chooseindie

For more about the dangers of DRM, and why we’re proponents of DRM-free audiobooks, check out the reasons why notable author/activist Cory Doctorow has slowed down on his writing life in order to better advocate for a DRM-free world.

Audiobook of the Month: Make Your Bed

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven’s original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven’s Make Your Bed, read by the author, recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire listeners to achieve more, even in life’s darkest moments.

Listen to a preview


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