Lifelong friends become reluctant lovers in this sweet performance by Tess Sharpe. Penny and Tate are opposites: Tate is a coolheaded swimmer who wants to get out of her hometown, while Penny is an upstanding yet wild overachiever who wants to stay. When their mothers agree to bring their families to Sacramento for a medical procedure, Penny needs to learn to let go of her... Read More
Vidish Athavale draws listeners into this sweeping crime novel set in New Delhi. When a speeding Mercedes veers off the road and kills five people, Ajay takes the fall for his boss, Sonny, the son of a rich man with criminal dealings in the city. With his incredible range, Athavale's narration captures Ajay's tumultuous childhood of poverty. Athavale also illuminates the... Read More
How do you teach the story of slavery in America? That's the challenge addressed in this inspired poem narrated by Stacy Gonzalez. A teacher discusses the painful truths about slavery with her class of incredulous students who try to comprehend the horror, the sadness, and their teacher's distress. As Gonzalez speaks in tones taut with emotion, a sense of foreboding and fear is... Read More
Christie Tate uses self-deprecating humor as she narrates her unique memoir. It's a recovery story mixed with a meditation on adult womanhood and an ode to grief and loss. Listeners will laugh, and maybe cry, at her honesty. Tate is unflinchingly in the measure of herself--and everyone else--in her pursuit of healthy adult relationships. Fans of the memoir genre will fall in... Read More
Soneela Nankani's lilting voice turns this genre-bending novel--part comedy/part mystery--into an exciting adventure. Five years after Geeta's brutish husband disappears, everyone in her tiny Indian village believes she murdered him. Soon, other village women seek her help to rid themselves of their vicious husbands. This results in danger, confusion, and occasional hilarity.... Read More
Narrator Peter Noble perfectly matches the pace and tone of Carlsson's complex tale of a serial killer who first strikes on the same day as the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. Patient listeners will be treated to much more than typical Scandi noir. Criminologist Carlsson pours into his story his knowledge of Swedish police procedures, criminal psychology,... Read More
Narrator Dion Graham excels in this sequel to the Edgar Award winner DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA. Family ties draw investigator Joe "King" Oliver into finding out whether someone has framed a white nationalist for a crime he didn't commit. In a second, unrelated case, King helps the husband of his ex-wife, Monica, whom police arrested for selling heating oil as diesel fuel.... Read More
Narrator Barton Welch keeps this entertaining, highly original mystery light and lively, even during its most intense moments. Ernie Cunningham self-publishes "books about how to write books" (even though he's never actually written any) "bought by people who will never write one." Ernie speaks directly to listeners, alerting them to what will happen next and commenting on... Read More
Narrator Brian Nishii's delivery brings a multicultural finesse to author Cheuk Kwan's search for Chinese restaurants around the world. Far-flung locations and flavorful menu items include poisson de sauce tomate in St. George, Mauritius; steamed grouper in Sâo Paulo, Brazil; and deep-fried squid in Colaba, Mumbai. These are just a few of the synergistic creations Kwan... Read More
Mozhan Marnò brings a sensitive, evocative tone to this intergenerational story of the women in an Iranian American family. Mitra, the family rebel, is given a strong demeanor that will have listeners rooting for her as she grapples with tradition and grief at the loss of her sister. Her mother, Shireen, is torn by competing loyalties to her children and her husband. Marnò does... Read More
Sneha Mathan's smooth, warm voice immediately engages listeners with Divakaruni's well-researched and moving novel about the 1947 partition of British colonial India into India and Pakistan. Told from the points of view of three sisters who make starkly different choices during that tumultuous time, the story illuminates the era's hopes and terrors in an emotionally intimate... Read More
Narrators Steve West and Sura Siu capture the atmospheric tone of this haunting gothic romance. An unnamed bridegroom weds mysterious Indigo Maxwell-Casteñada. When her aunt becomes ill, they travel to Indigo's childhood home, the House of Dreams. There, the bridegroom learns about Indigo's childhood best friend, Azure. Chapters alternate between the bridegroom in the present,... Read More
Hannah Choi captivates listeners with this surreal debut thriller, which thoughtfully explores the issue of mental health. Estranged from her parents and working as a temp, Katrina Kim blurs the lines between reality and imagination. Driven by compulsive tendencies, she performs shape and number rituals, retreats into an imagined universe based on her favorite children's book,... Read More
Dulcet tones open this enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance, narrated by Raechel Wong. As the third generation to run her family's matchmaking business, Liv is passionate about using the Chinese zodiac to help clients find their perfect partner. When she realizes the cute man she recently met has launched a dating app with the same premise, Liv vows to put him out of business... Read More
Elisabeth Rodgers narrates the latest installment in the Kendra Michaels series. This intense thriller opens with a group of FBI agents being led to a victim's burial site by serial killer James Michael Barrett. But when they get there, a bomb explodes, killing almost everyone. Kendra Michaels, an FBI consultant who used to be blind, is called to the scene. Her allies race to... Read More
Edoardo Ballerini is in excellent form as he provides a gripping performance that captures the backdrop of historical events. Lilith is born into the omnipresent terror of Nazi Germany. Her mother eventually makes the heartbreaking choice to send her, alone, to Cuba, for the possibility of a better life. Once there, Lilith embarks on a second life, never knowing what happened... Read More
Rebecca Lowman passionately narrates the compelling story of Sam--a 7-year-old hopeful girl with a loving but absent dad with addictions; a single, overbearing mother who yearns for a better life for Sam; and a younger brother with behavioral issues. Sam discovers a love of rock climbing, and this becomes a metaphor for how she lives her life as we follow her from age 7 to age... Read More
Stifled by protocol his entire life, Prince Harry has a lot to say as he addresses rumors and lies in his memoir. His narrative style reflects a strong reserve of emotions, and his performance remains at an emotional distance for most of the sixteen-hour audiobook. His voice is clear and his tone steady, for the most part. Occasionally, such as when he discusses his military... Read More
In 1912, Maine's governor forcibly evacuated a small community from their Malaga Island home, claiming the mixed-race inhabitants were morally and mentally deficient. This novel, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, is based on this tragic event. Ballerini's lyrical delivery highlights the poetic descriptions of the island's physical environment and the comfortable rhythms of daily... Read More
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