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The best new audiobooks for summer listening


Updated May 2024

Life hack: Whatever you're doing this summer, audiobooks are the easiest way to read more. It’s also a free (thanks, public libraries and Libby app!) way to get through all the books on your list, not to mention all the added benefits of audiobooks, like increased comprehension, better concentration, improved time management, and much more. Plus, you can clean, drive, craft, exercise, cook, mow, garden, play video games, do puzzles even fall asleep — all while "reading" (audiobooks totally count as reading, by the way).

To help while you do all the things this summer, here's a few of the season's standouts you'll want to hear. Love romantasy? Ready to get lost in a good series? We’ve got lots of new releases — from fiction to nonfiction to can’t-miss memoirs, fantasy, thrillers, and more, so you can branch out or stick to what you know and love.

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Not in LoveNot in Love by Ali Hazelwood

A Hall of Fame LibraryReads Pick!

A forbidden, secret affair proves that all’s fair in love and science.

Children of Anguish and AnarchyChildren of Anguish and Anarchy by Tomi Adeyemi

Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Cynthia Erivo narrates Tomi Adeyemi’s long-awaited conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Legacy of Orïsha series.

The Grandest GameThe Grandest Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Get ready for a new series that brings listeners deeper into the lush, romantic, and puzzle-filled world of the Inheritance Games series, set a year after we last saw Avery and the Hawthornes. Fan-favorite and new characters collide in a game you’ll never forget.

RecklessReckless by Lauren Roberts

Paedyn and Kai battle with duty and desire in this highly anticipated second installment in the sizzling and epic romantic fantasy trilogy that’s packed with spicy tension and edge-of-your-seat betrayal.

Mirrored HeavensMirrored Heavens by Rebecca Roanhorse

The interwoven destinies of the people of Meridian will finally be determined in this stunning conclusion to the Between Earth and Sky trilogy.

Nominated for the Nebula, Lambda, Locus, and Hugo Awards, winner of the Alex Award and the Ignyte Award from Fiyah magazine, the Between Earth and Sky trilogy is amongst the most lauded modern fantasy series from bestselling author Rebecca Roanhorse.

The Au Pair AffairThe Au Pair Affair by Tessa Bailey

Bailey returns with an all-new sports rom-com about a burly, surly, single dad who falls head-over-hockey-stick for his quirky live-in nanny.

Such a Bad InfluenceSuch a Bad Influence by Olivia Muenter

What happens when one of the first child stars of the social media age grows up… and goes missing?

Internet fame, the allure of parasocial relationships, and some of our deepest cultural obsessions collide in this electric thriller by a debut writer to watch.

The PairingThe Pairing by Casey McQuiston

In McQuiston's latest romantic comedy, two bisexual exes accidentally book the same European food and wine tour and challenge each other to a hookup competition to prove they’re over each other except they’re definitely not.

Slow DanceSlow Dance by Rainbow Rowell

This is the story of two kids who fell in love before they knew enough about love to recognize it. Two friends who lost everything. Two adults who just feel lost.

It’s the story of Shiloh and Cary, who everyone thought would end up together, trying to find their way back to the start.

Rowell delivers a bright, beaming power ballad of a novel about a love so true it refuses to be forgotten.

Leather and LarkLeather & Lark by Brynne Weaver

“I don’t just want to hear her laugh, I need to earn it. Every time I gain a little ground, I want more. I want to break out of the shade and back into her light. Without even realizing it, I’ve become addicted to it. To her.”

From the author of the genre-breaking international TikTok sensation Butcher & Blackbird comes the second book in the Ruinous Love trilogy a hate-to-love dark romantic comedy packed with danger, chaos, and heat.

*Title availability may vary by library & region.

Pool goers, road trippers, and hammock loungers, grab your headphones and get ready to enjoy in your downtime — or anytime — with Libby, the reading (and listening) app from your library.

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Published Jun 05, 2023


About the Author

Annie Suhy has been working in the book industry since 2006. When she’s not working, practicing yoga, or petting cats, she’s doing paint-by-numbers and buying more plants. An avid poetry fan, her favorite collection is "The Splinter Factory" by Jeffrey McDaniel.


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