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.

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.

April 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm has partnered with more than 300 independent bookstore locations to sell digital audiobooks. We are proud to present the debut of our monthly audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.

Get any of the bestselling audiobooks for $0.99 when you become a Libro.fm member. Choose from over 70,000 audiobooks. Enjoy the superior Libro.fm experience. Support independent bookstores. Start your membership.

Fiction

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1. Lincoln in the Bardo
By George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)

A Gentleman in Moscow-Enhanced-Cover

2. A Gentleman in Moscow
By Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)

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3. The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club)
By Colson Whitehead (Penguin Random House Audio)

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4. Exit West
By Mohsin Hamid (Penguin Random House Audio)

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5. Seveneves*
By Neal Stephenson (Brilliance Audio)

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6. Commonwealth
By Ann Patchett (HarperCollins)

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7. Norse Mythology
By Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

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8. Small Great Things
By Jodi Picoult (Penguin Random House Audio)

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9. The Raven Boys: Book 1 of the Raven Cycle*
By Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Audio)

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10. Edgar and Lucy
By Victor Lodato (Macmillan Audio)

Extended List


Nonfiction

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1. Alexander Hamilton
By Ron Chernow (Penguin Random House Audio)

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2. The Measure of a Man*
By Sidney Poitier (HarperCollins)

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3. Hillbilly Elegy
By J. D. Vance (HarperCollins)

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4. When Breath Becomes Air
By Abraham Verghese and Paul Kalanithi (Penguin Random House Audio)

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5. Stiff*
By Mary Roach (Tantor Media)

The-Universe-in-Your-Hand-Enhanced-Cover

6. The Universe in Your Hand*
By Christophe Galfard (Blackstone Audio)

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7. Following Atticus*
By Tom Ryan (HarperCollins)

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8. Between the World and Me
By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Penguin Random House Audio)

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9. The Book of Joy
By Douglas Carlton Abrams, Dalai Lama, and Desmond Tutu (Penguin Random House Audio)

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10. Lab Girl
By Hope Jahren (Penguin Random House Audio)

Extended List


*These audiobooks appeared on the Great Books on Sale list.

The April 2017 bestseller list is based on sales through more than 300 independent bookstore locations during the month of March 2017.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on April 29th and Get Free Audiobooks

In honor of the third annual Independent Bookstore Day, visitors to select independent bookstores this April 29th will have the opportunity to download five complimentary digital audiobooks from Libro.fm, plus two incredible samplers! Titles include #1 Indie Next Pick, The Women in the Castle (Harper Audio) by Jessica Shattuck and David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (Hachette Audio). How do you participate? Easy. Show up at any of our 450 participating independent bookstores nationwide on April 29th, and be sure to create your Libro.fm account now so you can get updates as the event draws closer.

“I rely on local bookstores (at home and on vacation) to provide not only access to books but also community — story hours, fun children’s sections to visit on rainy days, interesting readings and panels to get me, and everyone else who attends, to think about the wider world than the one right under our noses. I feel that independent bookstores are really the purveyors and gardeners of the life of the mind.”
—Jessica Shattuck, author of  The Women in the Castle

Set in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to Germany’s high society, The Women in the Castle is a propulsive, affecting, and ultimately redemptive novel chronicling the lives of three widows whose fates collide in the aftermath of World War II. Listen to a sample below:

 

My all-time favorite David Foster Wallace essay is A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (Hachette Audio). DFW takes listeners on a 4-hour cruise in the Caribbean that is memorable for its wit and keen observations about the cruising industry. Listen to the sample below:

 

“Independent bookstores are my first stops in any new city, a quick check of the pulse in any literary community. They are ports in the storm, passageways to magical lands, escape hatches out of bad moods. Even when I don’t think I need a book, because the stack beside my bed is teetering toward the ceiling, I always need a bookstore. And then I usually need a book, too.”

—Emma Straub, 2017 Author Ambassador and author of Modern Lovers

We are also excited to give away a Penguin Random House Audio sampler, featuring some of the most popular independent bookstore bestsellers:


Prior to starting Libro.fm, I published Brain Rules by John Medina (Pear Press), a book that covers 12 ways our brains work. Dr. Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into the science. Listen to a sample from the first chapter on exercise:

And for the kids in your life 8-12 years old, check out these audiobooks from Scholastic:

Shadow House #1: The Gathering by Dan Poblocki (Scholastic)

 

Tombquest #1: Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop (Scholastic)

 

You will also get the Hachette Audio Story Sampler for Bookstore Day 2017, including:

  • Dentists Without Borders written and read by David Sedaris

Plus shorter listens for the whole family:

Welcome to Night Vale: Vinyl Edition

Lastly, an exclusive Bookstore Day offer. Based on the tremendously popular podcast of the same name, Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor explores the mysterious, interconnecting plights of a PTA mom and pawn shop owner in Night Vale, a small town in the American Southwest where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all just a part of everyday life. Beautifully packaged with “flypaper” sleeve, the purple vinyl also includes a full-length digital download of the audiobook performed by Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, Thérèse Plummer, and Dan Bittner. Exclusively available on Bookstore Day for $24.95 (audiobook is complimentary).


Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party.

Since every store is unique and independent, every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids’ events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items available only at Indie stores on that day. Join the party: stop by your favorite indie bookstore on April 29th, chat with the booksellers, buy some books, and get your five free audiobooks plus two samplers!

“Consumers control the marketplace by deciding where to spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read the book. This is how we change the world: we grab hold of it. We change ourselves.”
—Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Commonwealth and co-owner of Parnassus Books

Book of the Month: Lincoln in the Bardo

Our March Book of the Month is George Saunders’ #1 New York Times bestseller, Lincoln in the Bardo. The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters (and a 166-person full cast for the groundbreaking audiobook), living and dead, historical and invented.


“Saunders’ first novel has a steep entry curve. It’s not a novel that reveals itself quickly and easily, but if you give it your attention, if you burrow deep into the book, you’ll be eminently rewarded. There is a richness and depth of humanity here. There is the strange and wonderful. There is love and grief and mystery all brought together in the story of Abraham Lincoln’s dead son, the Civil War, and what may happen to us all after we leave the mortal coil. It’s a beautiful and moving book that will stay with you for a long, long while.”

Jason Vanhee (E), University Book Store, Seattle, WA


Listen to a preview of Lincoln in the Bardo

Get Lincoln in the Bardo for only $0.99 when you become a Libro.fm member.


Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss Lincoln in the Bardo. Use the hashtag #lincolninthebardo and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Book of the Month: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Our December Book of the Month is Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel, The Underground Railroad, winner of the 2016 National Book Award. Deemed by the New York Times, “a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present,” The Underground Railroad chronicles a young slave’s desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

“Audiobook fans will certainly not be disappointed by versatile actor Turpin’s performance of Whitehead’s powerful historical novel, which tells the story of Cora, a teenage slave girl who lives on a cotton plantation in 1850s Georgia.”
– Publisher’s Weekly


 


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Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss The Underground Railroad. Use the hashtag #theundergroundrailroad and find us on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.


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Read Oprah’s interview with Colson Whitehead

 


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Listen to Colson Whitehead on NPR’s Fresh Air

American Booksellers Association + Libro.fm

Libro.fm is now a partner of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and will be lending support to the ABA’s Indies First campaign.

What is the ABA?

The ABA is the national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed. Serving over 2,000 bookstores nationwide, their support ranges from education and information dissemination to business products, services, and advocacy.

What does this new partnership mean?

With a partnership now in place, digital audiobooks will now appear on the IndieCommerce product page of Libro.fm partners. (IndieCommerce is the ecommerce platform developed by ABA just for independent bookstores.) This makes it easy for customers to purchase any format of a particular book while also supporting their local bookstore. The partnership also will allow us to reach more indie bookstores and help them benefit from a Libro.fm online storefront. More than 160 independent bookstore locations now offer digital audiobooks (choose your store).

The Indies First campaign.

indies_firstIn the coming weeks, Libro.fm will be lending support to Indies First, ABA’s national campaign featuring activities and events supporting independent bookstores. Spokesperson Lena Dunham is helping drive excitement for the campaign, which will take place on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2016. As part of Indies First, bookstores will host authors as honorary booksellers to help hand-sell their favorite titles, sign books, give readings, and more—Lena Dunham, for example, will spend the day at Book Soup in Los Angeles.

Stay tuned for Libro.fm’s special promotion in support of Indies First!

Book of the Month: Commonwealth

Our October Book of the Month is bestselling author Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth, an enthralling depiction of the lives of two families brought together after a chance romantic encounter. Deemed, “exquisite” by the New York Times, Patchett’s novel spans a half-century exploring the complex ties that bind families together.

Patchett leaves behind the exotic locales and intricate plots of State of Wonder and Bel Canto for an even darker and more difficult place to navigate – the interior of a blended family over the course of several decades. While more domestic than many of her previous novels, Commonwealth offers plenty of intrigue and surprises as Patchett explores the interaction of a group of children forced into each other’s lives because of their parents’ impulsive choices. With keen insight, tears of both sorrow and joy, and some real – if dark – humor, Patchett pulls readers into this complex family’s world, and we are eager for every detail.
John Christensen, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI


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Listen to a preview of Commonwealth:


On PBS, Ann Patchett discusses both her novel and how independent bookstores – like the one she owns, Parnassus Books – build community.


Ann Patchett talks about the significance of the cover artwork of Commonwealth.

Book of the Month: A Great Reckoning

Our September Book of the Month is Louise Penny’s highly-anticipated murder mystery, A Great Reckoning. For this, the twelfth novel in her acclaimed Chief Inspector Gamache series, Penny returns to the Québécois village of Three Pines, where the discovery of a peculiar old map the walls of a quaint bistro leads Gamache on a thrilling pursuit filled with danger, intrigue, humanity, and hope.


“There is something rotten at the Sûreté academy, and the now-retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has been brought in to clean it up. In the meantime, a strange map has been found in Three Pines. Old friends, new characters, murder, and history combine in another irresistible tale from Penny, whose writing is always compassionate, funny, and literate. This latest in the series is not to be missed.”
—Kathy Magruder, Pageturners Bookstore, Indianola, IA


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Listen to a preview of A Great Reckoning


Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss A Great Reckoning. Use the hashtag #agreatreckoning and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


Watch Louise Penny discuss A Great Reckoning on PBS


Find culinary recipes inspired by the Chief Inspector Gamache series.

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.