October’s Bookseller-Recommended Audiobooks

Libro.fm offers recommendations from real people: the dedicated indie booksellers working in our 1,300+ partner bookstores! Below, find the audiobooks booksellers are loving this month!

Biography, Memoir, and Essays


A Promised Land

By Barack Obama

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.

Stakes Is High

By Mychal Denzel Smith

“This book will make your blood boil over just in time to bring it to the polls in November. Like a mother lion, it picks you up by the scruff of your neck — mewling and new to the world of antiracism — and demands that you walk on your own. Thank goodness this book exists.”

Charlotte, Mystery to Me

Sitting Pretty

By Rebekah Taussig

“Disability had been something I tried to distance myself from. It was something to ignore and hide—something to overcome. But suddenly, disability was brought close, and I was able to examine the context in which I’d grown to feel so much shame for this body I live in.”

Rebekah Taussig, from her Libro.fm Author Interview


Fiction

Leave the World Behind

By Rumaan Alam

“Riveting! I hurried through this apocalyptic novel about two families thrown together during an earth shattering event….A thought-provoking study of humanity.”

Melanie, The Well-Read Moose

Homeland Elegies

By Ayad Akhtar

“A masterful blend of memoir and fiction, this is an unforgettable journey through the lives of a Muslim family finding their place in a post-9/11 America…Both intimate and epic, this is a must-read.”

Pam, East Bay Booksellers

The Talented Miss Farwell

By Emily Gray Tedrowe

The Talented Miss Farwell is a fascinating exploration of how one bad decision “just this once” can turn into years of deception and a double life.

Mary, Skylark Bookshop

Here We Are

By Graham Swift

“…a beautiful evocation of love, memory, and magic. With mesmerizing prose, Swift tells the tale of Jack, Ronnie, and Evie, who form a bond in the summer of 1959 when they work together at a variety show in Brighton, England.”

Lori, Interabang Books


Mystery & Thriller

Don’t Look For Me

By Wendy Walker

“A great thriller for fall! When a mother is abducted, her daughter sets out looking for her, not ready to stop until she has found her. Told from alternating perspectives of the mother and daughter, this book is sure to keep you guessing and at the edge of your seat until the very end!”

Tara, Old Firehouse Books

Blacktop Wasteland

By S. A. Cosby

“Sensationally good—new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended.”

Lee Child

Magic Lessons

By Alice Hoffman

“I simply loved this book. It’s everything you want from Alice Hoffman — a great story of love and magic!”

Julie, Warwick’s

The Year of the Witching

By Alexis Henderson

A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.

Romance


Shine

By Jessica Jung

A knock-out debut about a Korean American teen who is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from K-pop legend Jessica Jung.

A Little Bit of Karma

By ReShonda Tate Billingsley

An evocative and steamy romance about the secrets and lies that exist within a seemingly perfect marriage.


Young Adult

Early Departures

By Justin A. Reynolds

What if you could bring your best friend back to life—but only for a short time? Early Departures weaves together loss, grief, friendship, and love to form a wholly unique homage to the bonds that bring people together for life—and beyond.

Legendborn

By Tracy Deonn

Legendborn had me hook, line, and sinker from the start, and it just kept getting better…This is a story of overcoming grief and turning it into something hopeful…A blazing beauty of a book. My only complaint is that now I have to wait for the next one.”

Britt, Second Star to the Right

Miss Meteor

By Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore

To pull off the unlikeliest underdog story in pageant history, Lita and Chicky are going to have to forget the past and imagine a future where girls like them are more than enough—they are everything.

Crownchasers

By Rebecca Coffindaffer

“Rebecca Coffindaffer has crafted an adventure novel that is everything I’ve ever wanted in a YA Sci-Fi. Full of adventure, snark, and predictably bad decisions, Crownchasers also shows an empathy to those who are unwillingly caught up in the chaos of empire-building.”

Faith, Page 158 Books

Science Fiction

The Deep

By Rivers Solomon

“This book is haunting in the best possible way. I felt so keenly for Yetu, for the Wajinru and their histories, it gave me chills. Daveed Dig’s narration was a well-matched piece in an already incredible project. I’m so glad this little novella came to be written so that I might share it.”

Michael, Books Are Magic

Skyhunter

By Marie Lu

…I was haunted by the reality that so many young people go off to war for a country that doesn’t always have their back. From there grew a story about a tiny country called Mara fighting a losing war against a massive Federation…

Marie Lu, from her Libro.fm Author Interview

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

By Christopher Paolini

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she’s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move. As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation.

Hench

By Natalie Zina Walschots

“This smart, funny, and thought-provoking novel follows Anna, a hench-for-hire. She has the same concerns that we all do: paying the bills, finding love, avoiding getting killed by superheroes.”

Emily, Inklings Bookshop

Looking for more? Check out our wider list of bookseller picks, the top 100 bestsellers, and the pre-order bestseller list!

Claire Handscombe is a British writer who moved to Washington, DC, in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing, but really, let’s be honest, because of an obsession with The West Wing. She is the host of the Brit Lit Podcast, a monthly show about news and views from UK books and publishing; the author of Unscripted, a novel about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan; and the editor of Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives.



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