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BROKEN PLACES & OUTER SPACES

BROKEN PLACES & OUTER SPACES Finding Creativity in the Unexpected

by Nnedi Okorafor | Read by Nnedi Okorafor

Simon & Schuster Audio
Biography & Memoir

Fans of Okorafor's Africanfuturist fiction will enjoy hearing her narrate her memoir and discovering some of the roots of her celebrated stories. Okorafor was a skilled athlete at age 19 when she had surgery to correct her worsening scoliosis. When she awoke, she found she was one of the unlucky one percent who become paralyzed during spinal surgery. In a warm and... Read More

CONVICTION

CONVICTION

by Denise Mina | Read by Cathleen McCarron

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Mina's latest thriller is a spellbinding listen featuring a superbly talented narrator. Cathleen McCarron expertly portrays numerous characters spanning several ages, accents, genders, and emotions. She particularly shines as protagonist Anna McDonald. Anna lives a simple life as a wife and mother. She fills her days with books and podcasts, losing herself in stories. However,... Read More

FKA USA

FKA USA

by Reed King | Read by Dan Bittner, Peter Ganim

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

Dan Bittner and Peter Ganim shepherd listeners through the apocalyptic world Formerly Known As the USA. Bittner narrates as Truckee Wallace, a 16-year-old orphan who finds himself in the middle of an international incident. Ganim chimes in as the future editor of Trukee's memoir. Bittner gets to shout and go wild as Truckee, in addition to voicing a talking goat, an android,... Read More

KNIFE

KNIFE

by Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith [Trans.] | Read by John Lee

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners would do well to have heard some of the previous audiobooks before embarking on this particularly intricate one, the twelfth in the Harry Hole series. John Lee--who's narrated most of the titles--does a fine job of conveying the brooding quality of this Norwegian thriller, which opens with Hole waking up from a drunken night covered in blood. He's had many setbacks in... Read More

THE NICKEL BOYS

THE NICKEL BOYS

by Colson Whitehead | Read by JD Jackson

Random House Audio
Historical Fiction

In an unvarnished performance, JD Jackson captures the inevitable aftermath of America's buried legacy of racism and violence. Elwood Curtis was headed for college when he was sentenced to Nickel Academy, a segregated reform school. Inspired by the burgeoning Civil Rights movement, Elwood aims to defy the system and survive with his ideals intact. It's clear-eyed Turner,... Read More

RECURSION

RECURSION

by Blake Crouch | Read by Jon Lindstrom, Abby Craden

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Because scientist Helena Smith and detective Barry Sutton relive certain events in their lives repeatedly but slightly differently, narrators Abby Craden and Jon Lindstrom get to create "alternative takes" of their performances in this audiobook. Happily for listeners, both the characters and the narrators' performances grow more nuanced with repetition. Helena's mother has... Read More

THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR

THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR

by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone | Read by Cynthia Farrell, Emily Woo Zeller

Simon & Schuster Audio
Science Fiction

Emily Woo Zeller and Cynthia Farrell's dual narrations emphasize the divergent personalities of two time-traveling protagonists. Coolly portrayed by Farrell, Red sneers as she sees Blue, her foe, across a burning field. Red realizes that her attempt to alter the future was foiled by Blue, an agent of the opposition in an ongoing war that moves through time. Then, Red receives a... Read More

UNDER CURRENTS

UNDER CURRENTS

by Nora Roberts | Read by January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio
Romantic Fiction

January LaVoy gives a gripping performance of contrasting personalities and voices. Zane seems to have the perfect family, but what lies beneath are undercurrents of violence and lies. The illusion shatters one terrifying night, and Zane and his sister escape. Years later he returns to his hometown and connects with newcomer Darby, who's running from her own scary past. Can the... Read More

THE WEDDING PARTY

THE WEDDING PARTY The Wedding Date, Book 3

by Jasmine Guillory | Read by Janina Edwards

Penguin Audio
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Janina Edwards elevates a charming story with her portrayals of the bickering hero and heroine. Maddie and Theo may not be able to stand each other, but their chemistry in the bedroom is undeniable, so they make an agreement: They'll sleep with each other until their best friend's wedding, after which they'll part ways. As the argumentative couple spend more time... Read More

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