Have you Heard? Books about Luck
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Have you Heard? Books about Luck

It’s your lucky day when you take a chance on these audiobooks about luck, chance and fate.

This is just a sample of the audiobooks in our collection, and you can visit a library location for assistance in finding personalized recommendations.


The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, read by Gwendoline Yeo. In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and “say” stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club. Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother’s lifelong wish–and the tragic way in which it has come true. Print / CD Book / Chinese / Spanish / DVD / Blu-ray / eBook.

Luck, love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert, read by Susan Ericksen. An exasperated wife and mother makes a play to reignite her marriage–and risks everything in a gamble she hopes is a sure bet. Print / Playaway.

Luck or Something like it: a Memoir by Kenny Rogers, read by Traber Burns. The country music legend shares the story behind his meteoric rise to fame, including the highs and lows, and the secrets behind his biggest hits. Print / Playaway / eBook.

Lucky by Marissa Stapley, read by Soneela Nankani. A compelling and thrilling road-trip novel about a talented grifter named Lucky whose past comes back to haunt her. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Lucky man: a Memoir by Michael J. Fox, read by the author. A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what it’s like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-old’s disease. eAudiobook / Large print.

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom, read by Alicyn Packard. Forging a life together after being abandoned by their parents, half-sisters Eva and Iris share decades in and out of the spotlight in golden-era Hollywood and mid-twentieth-century Long Island. Print / CD Book / Playaway / eAudiobook / eBook.

Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris, read by the author. The best-selling author offers a new collection of satirical and humorous essays that chronicle his own life and ordinary moments that turn beautifully absurd, including how he coped with the pandemic, his thoughts on becoming an orphan in his seventh decade, and the battle-scarred America he discovered when he resumed touring. Print / Playaway / Large print / eAudiobook.

The Second Chance Year by Melissa Wiesner, read by Helen Laser. A woman down on her luck is given a second chance at fixing her life and trying one year all over again. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour by Rickie Lee Jones, read by the author. Grammy award-winning musician Rickie Lee Jones tells all in this electrifying, intimate memoir about how a little girl grew up to be one of the most legendary, groundbreaking artists of her time. Print / eAudiobook.

Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and why Everything we do Matters by Brian Klaas, read by the author. A social scientist dispels people’s tidy versions of reality and delves deeply into the theories of random chance and chaos to demonstrate that the world really works through random events that can alter the trajectory of our lives. Print / eAudiobook.


The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine, read by Kirby Heyborne. In Moundville, Alabama, in 1917, twelve-year-old Dit hopes the new postmaster will have a son his age, but instead he meets Emma, who is black, and their friendship challenges accepted ways of thinking and leads them to save the life of a condemned man. Print / CD Book.

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee, read by Rebecca Yeo. After smuggling herself onto the RMS Titanic, British-Chinese teenager Valora Luck reunites with her twin brother and tries to convince him that their acrobatic training could be their ticket to a better life. Print / eAudiobook.

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson, read by Emma Galvin and Robbie Daymond. In the aftermath of a school tragedy, May and Zach struggle with grief, survivor’s guilt, and the complex emotional impact of the event, learning how to heal and hope in the face of it all. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee, read by Christian Coulson. Monty’s epic grand tour may be over, but now that he and Percy are finally a couple, he realizes there is something more nerve-wracking than being chased across Europe: getting together with the person you love. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado, read by Carla Vega. Overweight sixteen-year-old Charlie yearned for her first kiss while her perfect best friend, Amelia, fell in love, so when she finally starts dating and learns the boy asked Amelia out first, she is devastated. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Cordova, read by Brittany Pressley. Set in the world of Galaxy’s Edge, the Star Wars-themed land at Disney, two childhood friends find themselves on the run. And all their secrets will be revealed as they fight to stay alive… Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Grimoire of Grave Fates read by January LaVoy and Nicky Endres. Told from more than a dozen alternating viewpoints, this spellbinding collection of stories follows eighteen students at the Galileo Academy for the Extraordinary as they each try to solve the murder of a professor, discovering that magic doesn’t always play by the rules. Print / eAudiobook.

Foxglove by Adalyn Grace, read by Kristin Atherton. Nineteen-year-old Signa Farrow must solve a duke’s murder and contend with a seemingly all-powerful deity, Fate. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway by Ashley Schumacher, read by Ellie Gossage. Raised in the ren faire circuit, seventeen-year-old Madeline is grieving the loss of her mother when she meets Arthur, the son of the faire’s new owners, who encourages her to go on adventures, take chances, and enjoy life. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Companion by Katie Alender, read by Taylor Meskimen. The other orphans say Margot is lucky. But it wasn’t luck that made the Suttons rescue Margot from her bleak existence at the group home. Margot was handpicked to be a companion to their silent, mysterious daughter, Agatha. But soon, the isolated, gothic house begins playing tricks on Margot’s mind, making her question everything she believes about the Suttons . . . and herself. Print / eAudiobook / eBook.


The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee, ready by Caitlin Kelly. Unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse wins the lottery and shares her winnings with her class. The students fulfill their dreams with their newfound wealth, but they soon learn that winning the lottery is not all that lucky. Junior Fiction / Wonderbook / eBook /eAudiobook.

Amelia Bedelia Tries her Luck by Herman Parish, ready by Christine Ebersole. A whimsical tale about friendship and luck finds the literal-minded young Amelia Bedelia and her friends testing superstitions related to such symbols as black cats, four-leaf clovers, and broken mirrors. Early Reader / Wonderbook / eBook.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck but Jeff Kinney, ready by Ramon de Ocampo. Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story? Junior fiction / Wonderbook / Spanish / Large print / CD Book / eBook / eAudiobook.

Dulcie’s Taste of Magic: Silvermist and the Ladybug Curse by Gail Herman, read by Ashley Albert and Kathleen McInerney. After an “unlucky” white ladybug lands on Silvermist’s head, the usually calm water-talent fairy is convinced she is under a curse. CD Book / eAudiobook.

Llama Llama and the Lucky Pajamas by Anna Dewdney, read by Cassandra Campbell. Look out, world–Llama Llama is a TV star! The beloved character, made famous by Anna Dewdney’s best-selling picture books, is the star of his own original series, now airing on Netflix. This episode-based 8×8 tells the story of Llama’s incredibly lucky pajamas! Wonderbook.

Just my Luck by Cammie McGovern, ready by Kirby Heyborne. Since entering fourth grade, Benny Barrows worries that he will never be good at anything, that he is responsible for an accident that sent his father to the hospital, and that his attempts at winning a school contest will never be noticed. Junior fiction / CD Book / eBook.

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, read by Joy Osmanski.. Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers. Junior fiction / CD Book.

Judy Moody and the bad Luck Charm by Megan McDonald, read by Barbara Rosenblat. The lucky penny in Judy Moody’s pocket sure does seem to be working. She can’t stop winning-at bowling, spelling, the unbeatable Prize Claw, everything! For sure and absolute positive, she’ll ride that wave of good fortune all the way to Washington, D.C. Junior fiction / Playaway / CD Book / eBook.

The Lucky Ones by Linda Williams Jackson, read by Reginald James. Award-winning author Linda Williams Jackson pulls from her own childhood in the Mississippi Delta to tell the story of Ellis Earl, who dreams of a real house, food enough for the whole family – and to be someone. Junior fiction / eAudiobook.

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar, read by the author. In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast. Junior fiction / eAudiobook.

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