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ANOTHER KIND OF EDEN

ANOTHER KIND OF EDEN

by James Lee Burke | Read by Will Patton

Simon & Schuster Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of James Lee Burke and narrator Will Patton won't be disappointed in this latest chapter of the Holland family saga. Patton sets the tone with a dry, almost husky, telling of a story focused on the 1960s and the American West. His delivery of Burke's novel reminds listeners of why Patton runs the risk of being better known as a narrator than an actor. His measured speech... Read More

APPLES NEVER FALL

APPLES NEVER FALL

Earphones Award Winner

by Liane Moriarty | Read by Caroline Lee

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

The Delaneys are not an ordinary family, and Joy and Stan, well-respected retired tennis coaches and parents of four near-pros, find themselves immersed in the mystery of a lifetime. Australian narrator Caroline Lee is an amazing performer who digs so deeply into her characters' personas that listeners will become addicted to each witty, insightful, and gutsy one. Lee's... Read More

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

Earphones Award Winner

by Anthony Doerr | Read by Marin Ireland, Simon Jones

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fiction

Marin Ireland and Simon Jones sparkle as they narrate this immersive time-traveling novel. They vividly deliver the stories that weave through this audiobook. A gifted mimic, Ireland performs subtle and effective emulations of Australian, Italian, and English accents. When she slows down to enunciate the classical Greek sprinkled throughout the text, her reading shimmers with... Read More

DAUGHTER OF THE MORNING STAR

DAUGHTER OF THE MORNING STAR Walt Longmire, Book 17

Earphones Award Winner

by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator George Guidall performs Book 17 in the Sheriff Walt Longmire series with all of his masterful storytelling talent on display. The sheriff and his partner-in-justice, Henry Standing Bear, are requested by Tribal Police Chief Lola Long to investigate death threats being sent to her niece, Jaya, a talented high school basketball player. They also look into the earlier... Read More

EGG MARKS THE SPOT

EGG MARKS THE SPOT Skunk and Badger, Book 2

by Amy Timberlake | Read by Michael Boatman

Workman Publishing
Children

Narrator Michael Boatman is a one-man band of banjo plucks, chicken bocks, and a panoply of other sound effects in this clever and silly sequel to SKUNK AND BADGER. Odd couple Skunk and Badger have settled into a routine as roommates in Aunt Lula's brownstone. When they embark on a rock-finding expedition to Endless Lake, they make an unexpected and amazing discovery in a... Read More

HARLEM SHUFFLE

HARLEM SHUFFLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Colson Whitehead | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio
Fiction

Dion Graham's performance invites listeners into the world of New York in the early 1960s. As his voice captures the feel of the times, he skillfully brings listeners the coffee shops, storefronts, and conversations of the era. Whitehead's audiobook centers on Ray Carney, who operates a struggling furniture store but is unable to escape his background in crime. His cousin... Read More

THE HEART PRINCIPLE

THE HEART PRINCIPLE The Kiss Quotient Series, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Helen Hoang | Read by Natalie Naudus, Brian Nishii

Dreamscape
Romantic Fiction

Natalie Naudus and Brian Nishii narrate an emotionally demanding but ultimately rewarding romance. Musician Anna Sun feels trapped both professionally and personally when fate leads her to Quan Diep. The biker is the first person who has ever loved her simply for who she is. Anna's emotional journey is at times devastating, and Naudus fully embodies her distress. Anger over her... Read More

THE HERON'S CRY

THE HERON'S CRY Two Rivers, Book 2

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Jack Holden

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

The violent murder of an all-round good citizen brings DI Matthew Venn and his team in to investigate, and soon they have two murders on their hands. Jack Holden demonstrates his full talents in this mystery, bringing the extensive cast of characters in this small and close-knit community in Devon to life with his strong narration. This is particularly apparent as he seamlessly... Read More

HIGH STAKES

HIGH STAKES

by Iris Johansen | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Elisabeth Rodgers narrates this mystery featuring a suspenseful romance between a gambler and a woman who is being used as a pawn by a Russian mafia boss. Logan Tanner made his name as a legendary gambler. Now his dark past propels him into a conflict between two Russian mafia leaders over a beautiful pianist named Lara. Rodgers captures the story's emphasis on... Read More

THE MADNESS OF CROWDS

THE MADNESS OF CROWDS Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines, Book 17

by Louise Penny | Read by Robert Bathurst

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Robert Bathurst returns listeners to the fictional Canadian village of Three Pines in the 17th addition to Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. Bathurst masterfully voices Gamache, his two assistants, and the many characters who inhabit this story. Bathurst's flawless pronunciation of French phrases contributes to creating the atmosphere of this tiny... Read More

MATRIX

MATRIX

Earphones Award Winner

by Lauren Groff | Read by Adjoa Andoh

Penguin Audio
Fiction

Adjoa Andoh's masterful narration channels the power running throughout Groff's much anticipated novel. Distressingly tall and awkward, Marie de France, half sister of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, is exiled to a decrepit, far-flung abbey. First, as prioress and, then, as abbess, Marie begins her life's work, audaciously transforming the abbey into an empowering and wholly unique... Read More

ROOM TO DREAM

ROOM TO DREAM Front Desk, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Kelly Yang | Read by Sunny Lu, Kelly Yang [Note]

Scholastic Audiobooks
Children

Sunny Lu narrates the third in Kelly Yang's Front Desk series. After delivering the first two audiobooks, Lu is firmly anchored in the winning persona of heroine Mia Tang. This adventure begins when Mia and her family return to their China homeland to visit. She leaves Los Angeles confused about her relationships with her two best friends and feeling stuck over how to achieve... Read More

THE SANDMAN: ACT II

THE SANDMAN: ACT II

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs [Adapt.] | Read by James McAvoy, Neil Gaiman, Kat Dennings, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, John Lithgow, and a Full Cast

Audible, Inc.
Fantasy

Anchored by Neil Gaiman's hypnotic storyteller's voice, the second act of THE SANDMAN bewitches. As Morpheus, Lord of Dreams, James McAvoy sounds both imperious and weary, otherworldly and very human. The star-filled cast of actors and lush production guide listeners back and forth in time and in and out of fantastic worlds. The interconnected episodes are always compelling,... Read More

THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOON

THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOON A Memoir

by Cecily Strong | Read by Cecily Strong

Simon & Schuster Audio
Biography & Memoir

"Saturday Night Live" star Cecily Strong narrates appealingly, often with raw emotion that fits the harrowing losses she experienced last year--the death of a favorite cousin to cancer, a new boyfriend stricken with COVID, and an SNL friend succumbing to the virus. Her pacing and comedic timing make listening easy, even when compact stories and vignettes appear in rapid... Read More

TRAVELS WITH GEORGE

TRAVELS WITH GEORGE In Search of Washington and His Legacy

by Nathaniel Philbrick | Read by Nathaniel Philbrick

Penguin Audio
History

In 1789, one of the first things President George Washington did was travel from the first capital in New York City to Massachusetts and to the Carolinas to take the pulse of a people who'd endured a long, contentious revolution. With a cheerful, engaging delivery and a healthy supply of historical facts and personal anecdotes, author and narrator Nathaniel Philbrick follows... Read More

THE TURNOUT

THE TURNOUT

Earphones Award Winner

by Megan Abbott | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Penguin Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Rarely will listeners find a dark contemporary fiction so exquisitely narrated that it becomes an instant classic. Cassandra Campbell portrays the story of two sisters, Dara and Marie, who continue the legacy of the Durant School of Dance, started by their mother. Approaching the annual performance of THE NUTCRACKER, the Durants hire a contractor, Derek, who becomes Marie's... Read More

VELVET WAS THE NIGHT

VELVET WAS THE NIGHT

Earphones Award Winner

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Read by Gisela Chípe

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gisela Chípe successfully juggles the many characters and subplots in this exciting, odd (in a good way) mystery set in 1970s Mexico. The government underwrites a group of thugs to do whatever's necessary to keep down student protests and civil unrest. While Elvis is an enforcer, Chípe's performance makes clear how his inner life conflicts with his work. Chípe also... Read More

WHEN GHOSTS COME HOME

WHEN GHOSTS COME HOME

Earphones Award Winner

by Wiley Cash | Read by JD Jackson

Harper Audio
Fiction

JD Jackson's performance is particularly skillful as he shifts among the multiple points of view of key characters whose stories are intertwined in this tense thriller. Cash's audiobook is set in a North Carolina beach town, a calm place that belies the intrigue and fear below its surface. Winston, the sheriff, responds to an early morning call to an airplane crash, where he... Read More

WHITE SMOKE

WHITE SMOKE

by Tiffany D. Jackson | Read by Marcella Cox

Harper Audio
Young Adult

Narrator Marcella Cox's warm voice draws listeners into the story of Mari, a Black teenager getting a new start along with her blended family in a creepy Midwestern town. Mari has anxiety, and Cox skillfully portrays her overwhelming panic at the possibility of bedbugs. She seems to be the only one worried by unexplained creaks, missing objects, and confusing stenches in their... Read More

THE WOMEN OF TROY

THE WOMEN OF TROY

Earphones Award Winner

by Pat Barker | Read by Kristin Atherton

Random House Audio
Fiction

Author Pat Barker and narrator Kristin Atherton combine their considerable powers in this second volume of Barker's Trojan trilogy, giving us a remarkable listening experience. After Troy's collapse, the victorious Greeks are trapped by onshore wind and cannot sail home. Instead, for 10 months, they drink and fight and plot. Filled with clever sketches of such mythic Greek... Read More

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