Have You Heard? Genre-Blending Fiction
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Have You Heard? Genre-Blending Fiction

Whether it’s a fantasy adventure, historical mystery or a horror-filled science fiction novel, these books mix genres into entertaining, can’t-stop-listening audiobooks.

Below you’ll find audiobook recommendations from the Plano Public Library. This is just a sample of the audiobooks in our collection, and you can visit a library location for assistance in finding personalized recommendations.


A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, narrated by Kate Reading. In this historical mystery, Charlotte Holmes is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name when London is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father. eAudiobook / Print / eBook.

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske, narrated by David Thorpe. Red White & Royal Blue meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell in this historical fantasy featuring an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies as Robin Blyth and Edwin Courcey discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles-and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman, narrated by Taylor Meskimen and Ozzie Rodriguez. Teens James and Amelia discover a mysterious creepy house at the bottom of a lake while on their first date in this fantasy horror. eAudiobook / eBook.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, narrated by Gisela Chípe. This historical noir set in 1970s Mexico city follows a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome thug, and the mystery of Leonora, the missing woman that brings them together, as they deal with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies aiming to protect Leonora’s secrets–at gunpoint. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden. A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this fantastical historical romance. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams, narrated by Nicola Barber. To save her sister, who, along with her American diplomat husband and children, is trapped behind the Iron Curtain, Ruth Macallister embarks on a dangerous mission to save her sister, who, along with her American diplomat husband and children, is trapped behind the Iron Curtain in this historical thriller. eAudiobook / eBook / Print / Large print.

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey, narrated by Xe Sands. In this science fiction thriller, Evelyn Caldwell’s husband Nathan has been having an affair – with Evelyn Caldwell. Or, to be exact, with a genetically cloned replica. After a morning that begins with a confrontation and ends with Nathan’s body bleeding out on the kitchen floor, the two Caldwell wives will have to think fast-before sharing everything including a jail cell. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason, narrated by Nicole Poole. Princess Rory Thorne must use the fairy blessings gifted to her at birth to change the multiverse–or possibly destroy it–in this fantasy space opera. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

No One Goes Alone by Erik Larson, narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt. In this audiobook original paranormal mystery from bestselling nonfiction author Erik Larson, pioneering psychologist William James leads an expedition to a remote isle in search of answers after a family inexplicably vanishes. eAudiobook.

A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan, narrated by Esther Wane. In this supernatural mystery set in 1917 England, guests arrive at a séance to contact a man’s lost sons. Soon it becomes clear that everyone has dark secrets—secrets that result in the death of a guest. eAudiobook / Print.


Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood, narrated by Nneka Okeye. As a debtera, nineteen-year-old Andromeda performs exorcisms to cleanse households of the Evil Eye, but when she agrees to work for handsome, young heir Magnus Rorschach, her job becomes truly terrifying in this historical fantasy. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller. In this fantasy romance, exiled Princess Shiori must unravel the curse that turned her six brothers into cranes, and she is assisted by her spurned betrothed, a capricious dragon, and a paper bird brought to life by her own magic. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers, narrated by Lucy Brownhill. Princess Delia must marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet but, hoping for true love, she steals a spaceship and finds Aidan, a handsome stowaway, aboard in this science fiction romance retelling of Cinderella. eAudiobook / Print.

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman, narrated by Mizuo Peck. Murdered on the way to her high school graduation party, eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto finds herself in an afterlife ruled by Ophelia, a virtual assistant planning to eradicate human existence in this science fiction fantasy. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

The Red Palace by June Hur, narrated by Michelle H. Lee. While investigating a series of grisly murders, eighteen-year-old palace nurse Hyeon navigates royal and political intrigue and becomes entangled with a young police inspector in this historical mystery. eAudiobook / Print.

The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor, narrated by Liza Seneca. This dual-timeline historical romance follows sixteen-year-old Alice as she uncovers family secrets after inheriting a Paris apartment from her grandmother, and Adalyn, who seventy years earlier joins the resistance to fight back in Nazi-occupied Paris. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders, narrated by Hynden Walch. Tired of hiding in obscurity on Earth, Tina, the human clone of a brilliant alien tactician, pursues her destiny in space, but success is elusive until Tina and her best friend Rachel assemble a ragtag crew of humans and set out to save all the worlds in this science fiction adventure. eAudiobook / Print.

The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herrman, narrated by Alana Kerr Collins. In this dark and twisty feminist historical thriller, a teenage girl starts a new life as a grave robber but quickly becomes entangled in a murderer’s plans. eAudiobook / eBook.

Magic Dark and Strange by Kelly Powell, narrated by Karissa Vacker. The Bone Witch meets Sherlock Holmes in this thrilling historical fantasy about a girl with the ability to raise the dead who must delve into her city’s dangerous magical underworld to stop a series of murders. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews, narrated by Brittany Pressley. Guided by the handsome Apollo, Daphne journeys across ancient Greece to recover nine mysterious items stolen from Mount Olympus before the gods lose their powers and throw the mortal world into chaos in this historical fantasy reinterpretation of the Greek myth. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.


Root Magic by Eden Royce, narrated by Imani Parks. Set in 1963 in South Carolina, Root Magic tells the tale of 11-year-old twins, Jezebel and Jay, as their uncle teaches them the African American folk magic of rootwork in this historical fantasy. eAudiobook / Print.

A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman, narrated by Bahni Turpin. In this historical fantasy adventure, Pip, a young boy who can speak to fish, and his sister Kinchen set off on a great adventure, joined by twins with magical powers, refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam, and some helpful sea monsters. eAudiobook / Print.

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague, narrated by Angela Goethals, Steven Kaplan and Josh Hurley. When thirteen-year-old Margaret’s father is sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, she knows the only way to save him is to use the forbidden family power of time travel in this science fiction mystery. eAudiobook / eBook / Print.

The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander, narrated by Emily Lawrence. In this science fiction fantasy adventure, Lenora’s parents are off traveling the world and she’s bored, bored, bored – until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library and becomes a warrior for the forces of knowledge. eAudiobook / Print.

Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon Flake, narrated by Bahni Turpin. In this historical mystery, it’s 1953 and ten-year-old Octobia May lives in her Aunt’s boarding house in the South, surrounded by an African American community that has its own secrets and internal racism, and spends her days wondering if Mr. Davenport in room 204 is really a vampire–or something else entirely. eAudiobook / Playaway / Book on CD / Print.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden, narrated by Renee Dorian. After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books, until an ominous warning from a strange bus driver sends Ollie and two of her classmates out into the woods in this horror mystery. eAudiobook / Book on CD / eBook / Print.

The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby, narrated by Adam Verner. In an alternate history of New York, three kids try to solve a modern-world puzzle and complete a treasure hunt laid into the streets and buildings of the city. eAudiobook / Playaway / eBook / Print.

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler and Corky Siegel. In this historical fantasy, Otto is lost in the Black Forest when he meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny. eAudiobook / Playaway / Book on CD / eBook / Print / Spanish.

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman, narrated by Simon Vance. Kate’s humdrum life is transformed when her eccentric Uncle Herbert brings her a colossal locomotive train, the Silver Arrow, as her eleventh birthday gift, leading her and her younger brother on a mysterious quest in this fantasy adventure. eAudiobook / Wonderbook / Print.

I Survived the Galveston Hurricane, 1900 by Lauren Tarshis, narrated by Michael Gallagher. In this historical adventure set during the Galveston hurricane of 1900, one child finds safety only to head back into the treacherous waters to make sure his neighbors are safe. Playaway / eBook.

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