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Check out the most popular audiobooks downloaded or streamed from the Listening Books collection! Updated at the beginning of every month - here is January 2024

1. The Hike

Lucy Clarke

THE PERFECT DAY FOR A HIKE

Leaving behind their everyday lives, four friends hike out into the beautiful Norwegian wild – nothing between them and the mountain peak but forest, sea and sharp blue sky.

THE PERFECT PLACE TO DISAPPEAR

But there’s a darker side to the wilderness. A woman went missing here one year ago, scarring the mountain with suspicion and unanswered questions.

Now, the friends are hiking into the heart of the mystery. And waiting on the trail is someone who’d do anything to keep their secrets buried – and to stop the group walking away alive . . .

ESCAPE WITH LUCY CLARKE, THE QUEEN OF DESTINATION THRILLERS

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2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 15 - The Deep End

Jeff Kinney

In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that's not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation - or if they're already in too deep.

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3. The Venetian Candidate

Philip Gwynne Jones

To tell the truth is a revolutionary act. Battered by floods and crushed by overtourism, the city of Venice faces an uncertain future. The election of a new Mayor, therefore, has never felt more important. As the candidates jostle for position and alliances are made and promises broken, Andrea Mazzon, a controversial writer and historian, emerges as a strong candidate. Nathan Sutherland, meanwhile, has more important things on his mind as he investigates the case of an elderly British academic who has disappeared while researching the fate of his grandfather during the Great War. The trail leads to a remote Common-wealth war cemetery where, under the ice and snow, Nathan makes a discovery that links the terrible events of a century ago with the electoral campaign in La Serenissima. A campaign that might ultimately set the victor on the road to the Senate - and on the road to murder. . .

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4. Yellowface

R. F. Kuang

Athena Liu is a literary darling and June Hayward is literally nobody. When Athena dies in a freak accident, June steals her unpublished manuscript and publishes it as her own under the ambiguous name Juniper Song. But as evidence threatens June's stolen success, she will discover exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves. Deadly consequences...What happens next is entirely everyone else's fault.

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5. The Giants' Tea Party

Vivian French

A rollicking fairy-tale adventure from the makers of The Adventures of Alfie Onion, Tom & Tallulah and the Witches' Feast and The Dragon's Breakfast. "French is a skilled storyteller ... she reminds us how fresh a fairy tale can feel in the right hands." – The New York Times Prince Max is on a mission. The royal family are down to their very last penny, so the king and queen have sent him away to the valley of the giants – with only a grumpy old donkey for company. According to legend, the giants are rich beyond all imagining: they live in gold palaces, drink from gold goblets and brush their teeth with gold toothpaste. But are the legends true and, even if they are, will the giants be willing to share their treasure? With the help of his donkey companion and Caromel, the talking cat, Max is about to find out. And he must keep his wits about him ... there are worse dangers than giants, lurking in the shadows! 

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6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books 13 - The Meltdown

Jeff Kinney

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney, read by Dan Russell. When snow shuts down Greg Heffley's middle school, his neighbourhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It's a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighbourhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

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7. The Plus One

Mazey Eddings

Indira has everything together: an amazing job, a boyfriend, a car. What more could a late twenty-something want? Well, not walking in on her boyfriend with another woman, for one thing. Her childhood enemy, Jude, has nothing together. Having spent three years travelling the world to treat emergencies and humanitarian crises, a quick trip home for his best friend's wedding has him struggling to readjust. Thrust into an elaborate (and ridiculously drawn out) wedding, Jude and Indira - who can't seem to escape her ex and his new girlfriend - are both soon at breaking point. Their solution? A bargain to be each other's fake dates. But what happens when the forced proximity and fake displays of affection start to feel a bit too...real?

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8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 6 - Cabin Fever

Jeff Kinney

The sixth instalment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series - it's perfect for readers of 8+ and also reluctant readers. Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he's innocent! Or at least sort of. The authorities are closing in, but then a surprise blizzard hits and the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he is going to have to face the music but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family?

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9. Dead of Night - Berlin Wartime Book 2

Simon Scarrow

After Germany's invasion of Poland, the world is holding its breath and hoping for peace. At home, the Nazi Party's hold on power is absolute. One freezing night, an SS doctor and his wife return from an evening mingling with their fellow Nazis at the concert hall. By the time the sun rises, the doctor will be lying lifeless in a pool of blood. Was it murder or suicide? Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke is told that under no circumstances should he investigate. The doctor's widow, however, is convinced her husband was the target of a hit. But why would anyone murder an apparently obscure doctor? Compelled to dig deeper, Schenke learns of the mysterious death of a child. The cases seem unconnected, but soon chilling links begin to emerge that point to a terrifying secret. Even in times of war, under a ruthless regime, there are places in hell no man should ever enter. And Schenke fears he may not return alive...

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10. Babel

R. F. Kuang

Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.

Oxford, 1836.

The city of dreaming spires.

It is the centre of all knowledge and progress in the world.

And at its centre is Babel, the Royal Institute of Translation. The tower from which all the power of the Empire flows.

Orphaned in Canton and brought to England by a mysterious guardian, Babel seemed like paradise to Robin Swift.

Until it became a prison…

But can a student stand against an empire?

An incendiary new novel from award-winning author R.F. Kuang about the power of language, the violence of colonialism, and the sacrifices of resistance.

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