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AKIN

AKIN

Earphones Award Winner

by Emma Donoghue | Read by Jason Culp

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Jason Culp's near-perfect narration of the new literary drama from the author of ROOM matches its emotional intensity. Two lost souls from distant branches of the same family tree are thrown together. Culp uses an edgy tone to express the frustration of set-in-his-ways 79-year-old retired professor Noah Selvaggio as his planned trip to the French Riviera is upended when he... Read More

FRANKLY IN LOVE

FRANKLY IN LOVE

Earphones Award Winner

by David Yoon | Read by Raymond J. Lee

Listening Library
Young Adult

Right from the start, narrator Raymond J. Lee fully inhabits funny, endearing, nerdy-and-proud-of-it California high school senior Frank Li. Frank is studying for the SATs, hanging out with his fellow AP classmates, falling in love, and thinking a lot about his identity as the son of Korean immigrants, all with the heightened feelings of a teenager experiencing these things for... Read More

THE GRAMMARIANS

THE GRAMMARIANS

by Cathleen Schine | Read by Hillary Huber

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

This listen is for lovers of words, lovers of a great story, and lovers of a great narration. Hillary Huber does a fantastic job capturing this wonderful novel about twin girls, their love for each other, and their eventual rivalry. It's also a love letter to the English language. Twins Laurel and Daphne have spent a lifetime together enjoying (really, worshipping) the English... Read More

INLAND

INLAND

Earphones Award Winner

by Téa Obreht | Read by Anna Chlumsky, Edoardo Ballerini, Euan Morton

Random House Audio
Fiction

A dynamic pair, Anna Chlumsky and Edoardo Ballerini, deliver an emotionally rich performance of this intricately woven story steeped in the Western frontier. Haunted by their pasts, Nora and Lurie do what they can to survive in the desolation of the Arizona Territory. Lurie's chapters unfold in the first person, and Edoardo Ballerini's deep, gravelly voice and purposeful... Read More

THE INSTITUTE

THE INSTITUTE

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen King | Read by Santino Fontana

Simon & Schuster Audio
Horror

Stephen King's newest audiobook is compulsively entertaining and features a dazzling performance by narrator Santino Fontana. After a seemingly unconnected prelude that is revisited much later, listeners meet 12-year-old telekinetic genius Luke Ellis. One night, Luke's parents are brutally murdered, and he's drugged, kidnapped, and brought to The Institute. There, he meets... Read More

LOKI: WHERE MISCHIEF LIES

LOKI: WHERE MISCHIEF LIES Loki Series, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Mackenzi Lee | Read by Oliver Wyman

Listening Library
Young Adult

Narrator Oliver Wyman embodies everyone's favorite trickster god in this exciting origin story for Marvel's Loki of Asgard. When one of Loki's constant schemes to show up his brother, Thor, lands them both in hot water, he is banished to Midgard (a.k.a. nineteenth-century London) to investigate a series of magical murders. Wyman takes on the central role of Loki with relish,... Read More

THE LONG CALL

THE LONG CALL The Two Rivers, Book 1

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Ben Aldridge

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Ben Aldridge gives listeners the perfect introduction to Matthew Venn, a cool-headed DI in picturesque North Devon whose calm life is about to be shattered. Aldridge narrates at an easy pace and provides a subtle regional accent as Venn investigates the murder of a man with an albatross tattooed around his neck. Aldridge's smoothly shifting accents and warm tone draw... Read More

SCAM ME IF YOU CAN

SCAM ME IF YOU CAN Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today's Ripoff Artists

by Frank Abagnale | Read by Jason Culp

Penguin Audio
Business & Finance

Narrator Jason Culp's relaxed pacing and flinty tone are perfect for this advice from the 70-something security expert and former con man who inspired the movie CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Culp's mature articulation and confidence sound supportive, even nurturing, as he unfolds the author's stories, information, and specific suggestions. Abagnale is well versed in the many electronic... Read More

STEALING THE SHOW

STEALING THE SHOW A History of Art and Crime in Six Thefts

by John Barelli, Zachary Schisgal | Read by Mack Sanderson

Blackstone Audio
Contemporary Culture

With his deep, authoritative voice, Mack Sanderson is the perfect narrator for this memoir by the former chief security officer of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is so believable that at times listeners may believe they're hearing the author himself as he recounts his experiences on the job. While primarily about the theft of paintings, precious objects, tapestries,... Read More

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY

Earphones Award Winner

by Alix E. Harrow | Read by January LaVoy

Hachette Audio
Fantasy

January LaVoy's breathtaking narration shines in a fantasy in which Doors offer infinite possibilities for adventure. January Scaller is a daring and bold "in-between" girl who feels like another foreign curiosity in Mr. Locke's home. She lives for her father's brief returns from his travels, when he brings his employer new treasures. She is 7 in 1901 when she discovers a... Read More

THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE

THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE What Immigrants Never Tell You

by Dina Nayeri | Read by Dina Nayari

Dreamscape
Biography & Memoir

The Iranian-American novelist's quick, steady pace creates an adventurous narration as she asks pivotal questions about what it means to be a refugee. Nayeri also explores what it means to call a place home. Her words and tone are filled with contrasting levels of discomfort and youthfulness that underscore the trauma of the experiences she describes and their long-term effect... Read More

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