Random House Audio Listening Library

Summer Listens

Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading and kick back while you’re on vacation–and audios are a great way to make a dent in your “to-be-read” list on your way to your destination or while kicking back at the pool! Try these fun listens, perfect for warmer weather.

To Beat The Heat

The Snowman

By Jo Nesbø

Frosty descriptions of Oslo and it’s suburbs–not to mention Nesbo’s chilling plot about a serial killer–are the perfect way to combat high temperatures.

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Summer Escapes


By Courtney Sullivan

Courtney Sullivan’s drama centers on three generations of Kelleher women, who convene every summer to their family cottage in Maine. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.

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Smokin’ Seventeen

By Janet Evanovich

Fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series will love this latest addition–narrator Lorelei King deftly reads this installment as Plum tries to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger, solve multiple murders, and complete a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire–all in a day’s work!

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Sisterhood Everlasting

By Ann Brashares

Brashares catches up with the ladies of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 10 years after the last book left off. Now scattered across the country, they’ve planned a reunion that will change their lives–in ways they’d never expect.

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Use That Downtime!-Educational Listens

Guns, Germs, and Steel

By Jared Diamond

Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? Evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history’s broadest patterns in this Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

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Don’t Know Much About History:
20th Anniversary Edition

By Kenneth C. Davis

Davis fills you in on the history you didn’t learn in class–and this newly revised and updated edition includes dozens of additional recent history facts, from Hurricane Katrina to the 2008 election to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Great Recession.

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