Choice Words

Choice Words was AMI-audio’s weekly audiobook program, running from 2012-2016. Featuring interviews, spotlights, and community reviews – as well as excerpts provided by – Choice Words was a comprehensive guide to the world of audiobooks.

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (featuring Sunil Yapa)

After a long and tumultuous writing sabbatical, author Sunil Yapa makes his debut with the explosive novel, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist.

In this uncompromising piece of historical fiction, Yapa explores the World Trade Organization protests that rocked Seattle in the autumn of 1999.

Rotating through the perspectives of seven protagonists, the reader is afforded a glance at the actions and motivations of the police, protesters, and politicians involved in the controversial demonstrations. Through the violence and confusion of the events, we learn how hard people are willing to push to achieve their goals… and how they react when a volatile situation begins to slowly slip through their fingers.

The Confidence Game (featuring Maria Konnikova)

Following up her New York Times bestselling novel Mastermind, journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova brings us a compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists in The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It… Every Time.

While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true con-men are elegant, outsized personalities: artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. But how do they do it? And what keeps us falling for the same scams, over and over again?

From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what all cons share in common. Insightful and gripping, The Confidence Game brings readers into the world of the con, while examining the nuanced relationship between the con-artist and his mark.

Imbeciles (featuring Adam Cohen)

New York Times bestselling author Adam Cohen brings to light one of the darkest moments in the American legal tradition with his book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck.

In 1927 – when America was in the middle of a eugenic fervor – the Supreme Court allowed Virginia to sterilize Carrie Buck, a perfectly normal young woman, for being an “imbecile.” This is a story with many villains, but the most troubling actors of all were the eight Supreme Court justices who were in the majority. Including former president Taft and America’s most esteemed justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, they wrote the decision which urged nation to embark on a program of mass eugenic sterilization.

Exposing a tremendous injustice which resonates to this day, Imbeciles overturns cherished myths and reappraises heroic figures in its relentless pursuit of the truth.

Lily and the Octopus (featuring Steven Rowley)

Steven Rowley has worked as a newspaper columnist and a screenwriter, but has turned his talents to novel-writing with his debut book Lily and the Octopus.

Ted Flask is a 42 year old writer, who is slowly recovering from a painful breakup with his longtime partner. Despite his loneliness and isolation, he finds solace with his best friend Lily, who happens to be a twelve-year-old dachshund. He and Lily share everything: pizza, board games, ice cream, and even celebrity gossip. But when Ted discovers that Lily has an “octopus” growing on her head, he realizes the time he has left with her may be cut all too short.

Mixing autobiographical elements with magical realism, Lily and the Octopus explores the deeply special relationship shared between dog and owner.