The #9 Bestselling Audiobook of 2017: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

The #9 bestselling audiobook of 2017 across independent bookstores, is a searing, deeply moving memoir by critically acclaimed author Sherman Alexie. Narrated by the author, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me explores the powerful themes of family, love, loss, and forgiveness through Alexie’s complicated relationship with his mother Lillian Alexie.


It should come as no surprise that one of the most anticipated books of the year, written by one of the most well-known PNW writers is a staff pick. I was intrigued from the moment I saw the cover, which showcases a beautiful picture of Alexie’s mother, Lillian, and older sister, Mary,  that itself relates to the legacy of beautiful resilience and casual brutality explored throughout the text, but I did not expect it to touch me so deeply.  I listened to the audio version read by Sherman Alexie himself, and his emotion, whether he is using his “urban Indian” voice or the rez accent of family and friends, is evident and packs a punch.  As an adult orphan, mother, sister, teacher, activist, and minority who is often “the only one” and who has anger on behalf of and fear for my people and our country, this book broke my heart in places and healed it in others.  Everyone should read this book.  Everyone.

—Lydia, King’s Books, Tacoma, WA


Bonus: listen to a complimentary 30-minute excerpt of You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me


The top 10 audiobook bestseller list for 2017 is based on sales through independent bookstore locations in 2017.

The #10 Bestselling Audiobook of 2017: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The #10 bestselling audiobook of 2017, Commonwealth is the enthralling story of how a chance romantic encounter sets in motion the dissolution of two marriages and the joining of two families. Narrated by Hope Davis and told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, it is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories.


“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



100 Notable Books of 2017 from the New York Times Book Review

This past week, the New York Times Book Review released its 100 Notable Books of 2017, including poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. The list represents books reviewed after December 4, 2016, when last year’s list was published. You can find these titles on Libro.fm’s 100 Notable Books of 2017 playlist… Happy Listening!

This list includes many fantastic titles, but you may find yourself disappointed about some of your favorite books that did not make the list. If you’re wondering about how titles on the list are selected, read on for information from the New York Times Book Review editor.

So what exactly determines whether a book makes the list?

The 100 Notables are books that stand out from the thousands we review or otherwise cover throughout the year, selected by staff editors at the Book Review, several of whom have been working here for more than three decades – some very experienced and picky judges.

How is the list narrowed down and ultimately selected?

The Book Review gathers all Editors’​ Choice columns from the entire publishing year into a huge document, and then all the editors get involved in ​the torturous rounds of elimination.

Has the process changed over the years?

Yes. It used to be that every single Editors’ Choice book became a Notable of the year, and the list went on forever; and though it made many authors happy, it was a bit overwhelming for readers. In 2004, then-editor Sam Tanenhaus made the wise decision to narrow the list to 100, dividing it evenly between fiction (including poetry) and nonfiction.


*Q&A adapted from Book Briefing: The story behind our 100 Notable Books of 2017

 

December 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

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


Fiction

1. Uncommon Type

By Tom Hanks (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman (Dreamscape Media)


4. Sourdough

By Robin Sloan (Macmillan Audio)


5. Turtles All the Way Down

By John Green (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. The History of Bees

By Maja Lunde (Simon & Schuster Audio)


7. The Dry

By Jane Harper (Macmillan Audio)


8. Manhattan Beach

By Jennifer Egan (Simon & Schuster Audio)


9. Before the Fall

By Noah Hawley (Hachette Audio)


10. IQ

By Joe Ide (Hachette Audio)



Nonfiction

1. American Wolf

By Nate Blakeslee (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. Tribe

By Sebastian Junger (Hachette Audio)


3. Holidays on Ice

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


4. Me Talk Pretty One Day

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


5. Leonardo da Vinci

By Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster Audio)


6. Hamilton

By Jeremy McCarter and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hachette Audio)


7. Consider the Lobster

By David Foster Wallace (Hachette Audio)


8. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


9. Shrill

By Lindy West (Hachette Audio)


10. Homo Deus

By Yuval Noah Harari (HarperCollins)



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

Buy someone a story this holiday season

Beginning to plot out your holiday shopping list? Thinking about the perfect gift to buy that audiobook lover in your family, but also hoping to support your favorite independent bookseller? We here at Libro.fm are excited to announce that we now offer digital audiobook gifting! This new feature means you can gift specific audiobook titles to your loved ones via email or printable certificate, all while still supporting local bookstores.

What’s more, Libro.fm members get an additional 30% off all audiobook gifts! Choose from the over 75K+ titles in our digital library, or if you need help finding the perfect one, visit our online gift guide  or recommendation page, compiled by expert independent booksellers across the country. Or better yet, visit our Indies First page and get 50% off their stellar list of titles on November 25th.

If you already have a few books in mind for yourself, great! You can use our Wish List feature, which lets you easily share your list with friends and family.

Give the gift of audiobooks this holiday season, and choose indie! Visit us at libro.fm and tell us about it on social media using #librofm #audiobookgifting #chooseindie

Audiobooks of the Month: Food, Family and Friends

Ah, November. Outside, crisp leaves are falling and a cold wind nips at your nose. Inside, fires are crackling and the smell of hot chocolate sweetens the air. The holiday season is upon us! This is a time for family and friends, for giving thanks, and for warm meals so rich and full they’ll put you to sleep. In celebration of this holiday season, we at Libro.fm have compiled a list of audiobooks sure to keep you wide awake and inspired.

Deemed “enthralling” by NPR, Bill Buford’s Heat will get you thinking (and laughing) like a New York restaurateur, just in time for cooking your Thanksgiving dinner.

Speaking of cuisine, check out Julie Powell’s Julia and Julia, her bestselling cooking memoir that became a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep!

Ever wonder what takes place behind the banquet room doors? Let Anthony Bourdain show you, through his NYT bestselling memoir Kitchen Confidential.

Mildred Armstrong Kalish’s Little Heathens, based on her life on a 1930s Iowa farm, is a heartwarming charmer with just the right dash of Americana to season your holiday evenings.

Get into the Thanksgiving spirit by reading Khizr Khan’s An American Family, a memoir that Kirkus Reviews says will “…remind us all why Americans should welcome newcomers from all lands.”

See all audiobooks of the month!

November 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

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


Fiction

1. Manhattan Beach

By Jennifer Egan (Simon & Schuster Audio)


2. Turtles All the Way Down

By John Green (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Origin

By Dan Brown (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. My Absolute Darling

By Gabriel Tallent (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. It

By Stephen King (Simon & Schuster Audio)


9. The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


10. Exit West

By Mohsin Hamid (Penguin Random House Audio)



Nonfiction

1. What Happened

By Hillary Clinton (Simon & Schuster Audio)


2. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

By Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


3. You Are a Badass

By Jen Sincero (Tantor Media, Inc.)


4. We Were Eight Years in Power

By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

By Mark Manson (HarperCollins)


6. Coming to My Senses

By Alice Waters (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. Born to Run

By Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster Audio)


8. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

By Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


9. Theft by Finding

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


10. The Gene

By Siddhartha Mukherjee (Simon & Schuster Audio)



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

Listen up, kids!

We here at Libro.fm are happy to announce a new page tailored just for kids! We’ve heard from parents how great audiobooks can be for road trips, as an alternative to screen time, and as an educational tool. So we’ve decided to feature a host of lists just for your children, based on suggestions from real life booksellers at our independent partner bookstores!

Is your child drawn to adventure books? Introduce them to the wonderful worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter, or perhaps a futuristic New York or a Star Wars-esque Bejing!

Or perhaps they’re into mysteries. If so, we’ve got a playlist that’s perfect for your budding detective-in-training.

Gearing up for a road trip? We’ve got classics like A Wrinkle in Time and newer gems like Redwall and The Emerald Atlas to make that drive or flight a little more smooth.


This is just a sampling of our many lists, which include selections for lovers of Fantasy, Humor, Bedtime, and more. We even have list specially curated for your child’s particular age group. Come visit us now!

October 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

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


Fiction

1. My Absolute Darling

By Gabriel Tallent (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


5. Homegoing

By Yaa Gyasi (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Sing, Unburied, Sing

By Jesmyn Ward (Simon & Schuster Audio)


7. The Golden House

By Salman Rushdie (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. Glass Houses

By Louise Penny (Macmillan Audio)


9. Magpie Murders

By Anthony Horowitz (HarperCollins)


10. A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)



Nonfiction

1. What Happened

By Hillary Clinton (Simon & Schuster Audio)


2. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

By Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


3. Braving the Wilderness

By Brené Brown (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. Believe Me

By Eddie Izzard (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

By Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


6. Born to Run

By Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster Audio)


7. David and Goliath

By Malcolm Gladwell (Hachette Audio)


8. Why Buddhism is True

By Robert Wright (Simon & Schuster Audio)


9. Killers of the Flower Moon

By David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


10. Theft by Finding

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


 

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

Audiobooks of the Month: Masked Mystery

The days are getting dark, the pumpkins are growing orange, and the ghosts are making their neighborhood debut. You know what that means: it’s October, the perfect month to cuddle up with a warm drink and get chilled by a mystery or thriller, sure to raise the hair on any black cat. We’ve compiled a perfect Halloween list to accompany that trick-or-treat bag filled with candy. Enjoy!

Deemed by USA Today as “ambitious, heartbreaking, and…all too timely,” Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and his son Owen King explores the horror of a planet with no women.

Both a bestselling book and megahit movie, Stieg Larsson’s psychological thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the perfect listen if you want chills sent up your spine.

The New York Times called queen of suspense Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None “utterly fascinating” and “the most baffling mystery” she’s ever written.

Hide under the covers and enjoy the second novel in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl Who Played With Fire, “ which Entertainment Weekly called “(a) gripping, stay-up-all-night read.”

Perfect for your All Hallow’s Eve, Denis Lehane’s NYT bestseller Shutter Island will keep you guessing—and glancing over your shoulder—until the very end.

Vanity Fair said, “Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train,” so what could be a better pairing for your Halloween candy than this Paula Hawkins mystery?

Light those Jack-o’-lanterns and cue up Chris Pavone’s NYT Bestselling thriller, The Expats, dubbed by The Guardian as being “Expertly and intricately plotted, with a story spiraling into disaster…”

With The Cuckoos Calling, J.K. Rowling left the wizarding world to write a crime novel that the New York Times says contains “propulsive suspense.”

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl contains what Entertainment Weekly called “…a genuinely creepy villain you don’t see coming.” What could be a better for your Halloween night?

Neil Gaiman’s million-selling Young Adult novel The Graveyard Book stars a boy who from infancy was raised by ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens.

Learn the origins of Halloween and how our rituals came about through Ray Bradbury’s eerie novel The Halloween Tree.

Called by USA Today, “A story with a ratcheting sense of unease,” The Breakdown by B.A. Paris is certain to give you a good dose of chills.

New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware (of The Woman in Cabin 10 fame) has a new thriller, The Lying Game, that is sure to keep you up at night.

 Jurassic Park’s, Michael Crichton returns to his paleontological roots in this Wild West thriller, Dragon Teeth.

Spend this Halloween traveling to sixteenth-century Spain, where you can visit the dangerous, high-stakes world of politics and religion in Matthew Carr’s The Devils of Cardona.

 If you like your murder mysteries British, then Susie Steiner’s Missing, Presumednamed one of the best books of the year by NPR—will be perfect for a hair-raising night.