Killers of the Flower Moon: February Pick for “Now Read This”

The February 2018 selection for the new PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off…

Listen to our audio sample and buy the Killers of the Flower Moon audiobook on Libro.fm and support your local, independent bookstore with your purchase!

You can submit questions about the book to the Now Read This Book Club Facebook Group or via the book club Google Form. Are you reading the book with your friends? Use these discussion questions to get your conversations started.

8 Top Audiobook Listening Activities

A couple weeks ago, we asked you, as valued Libro.fm listeners, what you do while you listen to audiobooks. Some of the answers were fairly common (listed at the bottom of this post), but others surprised us! Need some new, interesting ideas for when you can listen to audiobooks? Look no further!


Knitting

We heard from a few different people whose activity of choice while listening to audiobooks is knitting. As one listener said, “We attach the hum of our surroundings to the work in our hands.” One of our partner stores, The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia, even hosts a knitting and audiobook club called “Stitches and Stories” in partnership with their local yarn shop. We recommend The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.


Skiing

Hitting the slopes and listening to an enthralling audiobook go hand-in-hand for some of our snow bunny listeners! Listen to Strong is the New Beautiful for lessons in strength, fitness, food, and attitude from the popular world champion skier and beauty icon—Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.


Grooming Dogs

A tedious, time-consuming task like grooming dogs isn’t quite as daunting when it also means hours of listening to one of your favorite audiobooks! We recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain.


Making Art

We heard from several customers that enjoy listening to their audiobooks while they’re working on their art. Whether your art is pottery, painting, or metal-working, hands-free listening allows you to create something beautiful while you listen. We recommend The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer and Brené Brown.


Gardening

Some of our listeners enjoy working in the garden as they listen to audiobooks. Getting outside, smelling the flowers, and listening to a good story like Euphoria is the perfect way to unwind.


Some more common activities that go along with listening:


Household Chores

Whether you’re washing that stack of after-dinner dishes, cleaning out your clutter closet, or vacuuming the whole house, listening to an audiobook will certainly make the mundane much more enjoyable! If you really want some inspiration while you clean, listen to Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Exercising

Most of us wouldn’t call a work-out the best part of our day, but it certainly is better when you’re listening to a riveting audiobook rather than your own heavy breathing. For some work-out empowerment, listen to Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.


Driving

Audiobooks are key to a more pleasant commute, and for long road trips with kids, they can be lifesavers! (Try listening to the Harry Potter series with your kids during the next family road trip).

New Release: The Hummingbirds by Ross McMeekin

The Hummingbirds is a transfixing and hugely propulsive novel, a dark and rich tale twisted through with secrecy and danger, ambition, loneliness and love. The book also beautifully captures the insanity of Los Angeles, the film industry, and the people who occupy—however fleetingly—that precarious and mesmerizing world.” – Peter Mountford, author of A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism and The Dismal Science

In his debut novel, Ross McMeekin captures people yearning for deep connections in a shallow world defined by the twin obsessions of power and beauty. It is a story of love and redemption, of murder and betrayal, and of the darkness that lurks in the heart of Hollywood.

Ezra works as a live-in groundskeeper on a celebrity couple’s enormous rental property in Los Angeles. When the magnetic Sybil sets her sights on Ezra and gradually lures him in, he is as conflicted as he is tempted. Then Grant, her husband, approaches Ezra with a different proposal—to monitor Sybil to see if she is having an affair—and he is faced with the formidable challenge in refusing one or the other.

Over one life-altering week, Sybil casts Ezra as the center of her universe. Together, they fantasize about the new life for both of them, but when Sybil’s husband Grant discovers their passionate affair, the three are set on a collision course that can only end in violence.

Listen to a free 17-minute excerpt of The Hummingbirds then enter the audiobook giveaway! Libro.fm will be giving away 5 digital audiobook copies of The Hummingbirds. Winners will be randomly selected and notified on Saturday, 2/10. Enter to win by Friday 2/9 at Midnight!

February 2018 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm is proud to present the February 2018 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.


1. The Power

by Naomi Alderman (Hachette Audio)


2. The Woman in the Window

by A. J. Finn (HarperCollins)


3. Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee (Hachette Audio)


5. A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. The Immortalists

by Chloe Benjamin (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. Manhattan Beach

by Jennifer Egan (Simon & Schuster Audio)


9. The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


10. The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead (Penguin Random House Audio)


Nonfiction

1. Fire and Fury

by Michael Wolff (Macmillan Audio)


2. We Were Eight Years in Power

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster Audio)


4. Braving the Wilderness

by Brené Brown (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Blackstone Audio)


6. Lab Girl

Hope Jahren (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

by Daniel H. Pink (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. What Happened

by Hillary Clinton (Simon & Schuster Audio)


9. Tattoos on the Heart

by Gregory Boyle (Recorded Books)


10. Grant

by Ron Chernow (Penguin Random House Audio)


The February 2018 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations during the month of January 2018.

Harry Potter Book Night 2018: February 1st

The 4th Annual Harry Potter Book Night is Thursday, February 1st! This year’s theme is Fantastic Beasts. Join the worldwide celebration in bookstores and on social media!

Need to brush up on your beasts in preparation for Harry Potter Book Night 2018? Check out our list of fascinating Fantastic Beasts below then get to know ALL the magical creatures by listening to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them audiobook!

Of course, you can encounter many of these beasts along with Harry Potter and his friends when you listen to the entire Harry Potter audiobook collection.

Fascinating Fantastic Beasts from each of the Harry Potter Books:

Troll
One of Harry’s first magical creature encounters in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is with a troll, a terrifying creature that attacks Hermione in the girls bathroom.

Phoenix
When a phoenix dies, it bursts into flames and is reborn from the ashes. Dumbledore’s phoenix, Fawkes, comes to Harry’s rescue in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Hippogriff
One of our favorite magical creatures in the Harry Potter audiobooks is the majestic Hippogriff Buckbeak, who appears for the first time in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Dragon
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we get our first close look at the majestic and dangerous dragons as the Triwizard Tournament Champions each must face off against these fierce, fire-breathing foes.

Thestral
Thestrals are present throughout the Harry Potter audiobooks, as the invisible creatures that pull the Hogwarts’ carriages. However, it is not until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that Harry can see the Thestrals, and they actually play a bigger part in the story.

Acromantula
Aragog, the Acromantula is a terrifyingly large spider that lives in the Forbidden Forest and is only loyal to Rubeus Hagrid. He comes to an unfortunate end in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Centaur
Centaurs are half-man and half-horse, and prefer to have very limited interaction with the rest of the wizarding world. However, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the centaurs of the Forbidden Forest join the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore’s Army in the Battle of Hogwarts.


Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a man remembered for all he did for the civil rights movement in the 1950’s and 60’s. His work was integral to ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the United States.

Dr. King’s speeches stirred a generation to change – and outlined a practical way to economic freedom and true democracy. His words would help bring about the end of a brutally unequal system – and would show a timeless method for achieving fairness and justice for all.

A Call to Conscience contains 12 moving speeches voiced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, some of the world’s most renowned leaders and theologians share with you their reflections on these speeches, and give priceless firsthand testimony on the events that inspired their delivery.

Recommended Audiobooks:


A Gift of Love
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sixteen sermons preached and compiled by Dr. King. Collectively they present King’s fusion of Christian teachings and social consciousness, and promote his prescient vision of love as a social and political force for change.


Why We Can’t Wait
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s best-selling account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham during the spring and summer of 1963. King examines the history of the civil rights struggle, noting tasks that future generations must accomplish to bring about full equality, and asserts that African Americans have already waited over three centuries for civil rights and that it is time to be proactive.


Where Do We Go From Here
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The last book written by Dr. King contains his final reflections after a decade of civil rights struggles. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, powerfully asserting that humankind—for the first time—has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.

Finn Murphy Interview

Finn Murphy—known by his trucker handle U-Turn—has enjoyed a fascinating view of the American experience from the driver’s seat of his 53-foot eighteen wheeler, Cassidy. More than thirty years ago, he dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker, and since then has covered more than a million miles of asphalt.

His memoir, The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road, details the ups and downs of his travels back and forth across the country, moving people’s belongings in and out of every nook and cranny of the States. In describing the stories filling the book, the New York Times notes, “how astonishing they are, and how moving, and how funny, and how just plain weird.” Filled with compelling characters from every cross-section of American life, The Long Haul is a riveting portrayal of a life spent traveling the wide expanses of our open roads and the tight, heavily-trafficked streets of our cities.

Libro.fm: What was the genesis of writing The Long Haul?

Finn Murphy: Well the genesis—particularly in the framework of this conversation—is my book started out on audio. I had one of those old cassette micro recorders, and at the end of my work day, I would talk into it just to unwind. Then I started talking into it while I was driving, describing things I was seeing. Then I started carrying it with me on my moving jobs and recording conversations with the people I was moving, and my moving crews—and that’s when it started getting really good, these illegal, surreptitious recordings. Over the decades I accumulated scores and scores of audiotapes. I had them transcribed and ended up with over 800 pages of stuff. That formed the genesis of the book.

Finn at a recent event, with his rig in the background.

L: What first captured you about long haul trucking as a job?

F: That there wasn’t anybody tapping me on the shoulder telling me what to do. I came from a very regimented and structured Irish Catholic family. And when I wasn’t with my family, I went to a very regimented and structured parochial school. And then my first job was with a local moving company owned by a Mr. Callahan who was also part of the church, so I lived in this phalanx of control. Then I took a road trip with a driver to Virginia Beach from Connecticut when I was eighteen, and it was probably the first time in my life that there wasn’t somebody telling me what to do. The driver told me about the life of a long haul trucker and I was like, “Oh, wow…yeah, let’s cut all the strings here and get free.”

L: So how do you fill those long hours driving the truck?

F: I use radio, I use NPR, I use local radio for traffic—I don’t trust the GPS systems—and then I use audiobooks. Audiobooks have been my savior.

L: Do you have any audiobook recommendations?

F: Here’s a general recommendation: try listening to a book that you found inaccessible in print for some reason—like Ulysses by James Joyce or The Harry Potter books. I couldn’t access either one of those by reading them. But the audio versions of those are just amazing. So if there’s a book in your personal pantheon of cultural stuff you need to check off but weren’t able to do so by reading, try the audio, because a lot of times you can break through that way. I have to say that though I did like the Harry Potter books, I still have found Ulysses inaccessible.

L: As have many!

F: Infinite Jest I have on Libro.fm, too, and I haven’t quite completed that one.

L: That’s another one of those that often lays uncompleted on the shelf.

F: Yes, always mentioned but never read.

Finn at the wheel of Cassidy.

L: You’ve just completed a 10,000 mile book tour through 60 cities. What surprised you most about the reception to your book?

F: The biggest surprise was how much people liked it. I was girding myself for an onslaught of other opinions, largely from my trucker brothers. My book is funny and breezy but it also has some serious parts. I take a few shots here and there, and I thought that those shots would come back to me. But no, everybody love it, I was just amazed. I was in the New York Times Book Review twice, the New Yorker…I mean, I’m just this trucker guy. I’m just thrilled. It’s like a Cinderella story.

Golden Listens

The 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards will be this Sunday, January 7 at 5pm PT. The nominees for Best Drama are Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Shape of Water.


Call Me By Your Name

by André Aciman

Now a major motion picture from director Luca Guadagnino, starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.

“…Hammer’s voice is brimming with such melody that, if you listen to it long enough, you can probably get drunk off it.” — Vulture.com


Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture

by Joshua Levine

Dunkirk details the evacuation of more than 300,000 Allied soldiers from the French city of Dunkirk and stars Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, and Mark Rylance. In the audiobook Joshua Levine, the film’s official historian, explores the real lives of those soldiers, bombed and strafed on the beaches for days on end, without food or ammunition; the civilians whose boats were overloaded; the airmen who risked their lives to buy their companions on the ground precious time; and those who did not escape.

“Fascinating…Fills in a lot of the historical context that Nolan so purposefully avoids in his film.” — Under the Radar


Personal History

by Katharine Graham

As seen in the new movie The Post, here is the captivating audiobook that tells the inside story of the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the scandals of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate. In this bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Katharine Graham tells her story—one that is extraordinary both for the events it encompasses and for the courage, candor, and dignity of its telling.

“Graham’s book, like her life, is harnessed to history, political and journalistic. Her myriad stories–discreet to a fault–humanize a whole pantheon of Personalities. Her personal drama, however, upstages the rest.” — Kirkus Reviews


The Shape of Water

by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking audiobook. The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

“…Perhaps the greatest of The Shape of Water’s many surprises is how extravagantly romantic it is…It’s as pure-hearted and simple a girl-meets-Amazonian-water-creature-who-might-just-be-a-god story as any ever made.” — Variety


Listen to these audiobooks before (or after!) you see the films on the big screen. Which do you think will win the Golden Globe for Best Drama?

January 2018 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm is proud to present the January 2018 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.


Fiction

1. Manhattan Beach

by Jennifer Egan (Simon & Schuster Audio)


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. Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward (Simon & Schuster Audio)


6. Uncommon Type

by Tom Hanks (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. In the Midst of Winter

by Isabel Allende (Simon & Schuster Audio)


8. Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)


9. The Power

by Naomi Alderman (Hachette Audio)


10. The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


Nonfiction

1. Sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari (HarperCollins)


2. Grant

by Ron Chernow (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

by Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


4. Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster Audio)


6. Collusion

by Luke Harding (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. We Were Eight Years in Power

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson (Penguin Random House Audio)


9. What Happened

by Hillary Clinton (Simon & Schuster Audio)


10. You Are a Badass at Making Money

by Jen Sincero (Penguin Random House Audio)


The January 2018 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations during the month of December 2017.

Narrator Spotlight: Top 10 Bestselling Audiobooks

Behind every amazing audiobook on Libro.fm is a narrator that brings the author’s words to life. These narrators are responsible for transporting us to another world even as we work, run errands, work out, or commute. This week we recognize the narrators of the Top Ten Bestselling Audiobooks of 2017.

Which of these narrators’ works do you enjoy?


The 166-person cast
that narrated Lincoln in the Bardo

This huge cast includes celebrity voices such as Nick Offerman, Lena Dunham, David Sedaris, and many others. It is impossible to recognize every narrator in this post, but that’s a large part of what makes this audiobook unforgettable.


Nicholas Guy Smith
Narrator of A Gentleman in Moscow

Nicholas Guy Smith’s expressive voice transports the listener to the Metropol and takes them on the count’s journey, even as he remains in the same room for decades. “I always keep the listeners in mind during the narration. How can I keep them connected to the story?” – Nicholas Guy Smith


J.D. Vance
Author and Narrator of Hillbilly Elegy

A former marine and Yale Law School graduate, J.D. Vance gives a powerful account–through both his writing and narration–of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town, offering a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Author and Narrator of What Happened

In her most personal memoir yet, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Who better to narrate this story than the woman that lived it?


Neil Gaiman
Author and Narrator of Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman breathes new life into Norse Myths with both prose and narration. And he encourages the listener to become the narrator! He says of these stories, “The fun comes in telling them yourself–something I warmly encourage you to do, you person reading this. Read the stories in this book, then make them your own.”


David Sedaris
Author and Narrator of Theft by Finding

David Sedaris is the ideal narrator for a bestselling audiobook made up of his own experiences and observations and told with his own misanthropic sense of humor and generosity of spirit.


Bahni Turpin
Narrator of The Hate U Give and The Underground Railroad

Bahni Turpin’s brings these two important and unforgettable stories to life with her commitment to accurately expressing the stories and their characters. She says, “I like to give each one a characterization and really try to read the way I feel the text should be heard.”


Sherman Alexie
Author and Narrator of You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

No one could have better narrated his deeply moving memoir than Sherman Alexie himself. This audiobook is a powerful exploration of family, love, loss, and forgiveness.


Hope Davis
Narrator of Commonwealth

Hope Davis’ rendering of Commonwealth is both fluid and engaging as she tells the story of how a chance romantic encounter sets in motion the dissolution of two marriages and the joining of two families.