Sue Black isn't afraid of death--she thinks about joining the cadavers at the University of Dundee when she's gone--and Angela Dawe's narration reflects that matter-of-fact attitude. There's even enthusiasm in Dawe's voice as she recounts Black's first memories of dealing with death on the job--working part-time in a butcher shop when she was only 12. Black is a forensic... Read More
Author and narrator Katy Butler's calming tone softens her insights on reclaiming control over one's life and death. Butler is straightforward in her belief that modern medicine eliminates the customs, rituals, and recognition of this rite of passage. She believes that the desire to prolong life has created secrecy, fear, and shame around dying. Her message that today's medical... Read More
Audiobook lovers will take special pleasure in the ease and agility of Richard Trinder's narration of one of this season's most exacting texts. This history of the library assembled by Columbus's "natural" son, Hernando, is being compared to GALILEO'S DAUGHTER and THE SWERVE, and rightly, for opening a seemingly narrow window onto a broad view of an age. The prose is lively and... Read More
Narrator January LaVoy uses her ample vocal talents to deliver powerful stories of mostly well-known female artists and performers, specifically, how these women managed their day-to-day lives while keeping their creative sides alive and thriving. These often emotional stories and brief biographies are strengthened by LaVoy's careful narration. Her pacing captures the humor in... Read More
LA TIMES reporter Christopher Goffard took two decades' worth of articles he wrote for various newspapers and turned them into a series of stories, character studies, and insights for this outstanding audiobook. Narrator George Newbern generally does a good job telling the augmented stories based on real events--but listeners would appreciate a full stop between stories. At... Read More
Even though the setting of this audiobook is the future, it's especially for those who don't know or who have forgotten the lessons of history. A few years in the future, a xenophobic president has forced Muslim Americans into internment camps. Teenage Layla and her family become caught up in the wave of anti-Muslim hysteria. Narrator Soneela Nankani effectively conveys Layla's... Read More
Luiselli's knotty metafictional novel about a family road trip and lost children, which includes images and documents as well as multiple narrators and multiple narratives, does not initially seem suited to audio. Smart production decisions and capable narration, however, transform it into a fascinating audiobook that will stay with listeners long after they finish. The... Read More
Narrator Nile Bullock's welcoming youthful voice guides listeners through a story of second, third, and more chances at getting it right. Bullock creates a lively group of voices for this YA romance in which honoring friendships and being a good son is just as important as finding love. Jack and Kate meet at a party, and theirs is a whirlwind relationship full of witty... Read More
Though the details are sparse, narrator Dion Graham provides a vivid sense of the world in this audiobook and its characters.Two men, known only pseudonymously as Four and Nine, are tasked by an unnamed corporation with paving a road in an unnamed war-torn country. Graham delivers outstanding voicework that captures the two characters' personalities. As Four, a seasoned company... Read More
Actor Rainn Wilson displays his vocal talents with an enchanting performance of this imaginative classic children's novel. An introduction read by the author sets up the tale of Milo, a child who is always bored with life's offerings, and his adventures through a magical tollbooth to the Lands Beyond. With an engaging delivery, Wilson succeeds in captivating listeners. Soothing... Read More
For centuries, listeners have been transported by the lively accounts and fantastic tales of travelers. Now audiobook listeners, as armchair travelers, can experience the sumptuous pleasures, cultural enlightenment, and untrammeled beauty of small Italian towns spread throughout Italy, as described by author Frances Mayes, who wrote UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN. Mayes introduces the... Read More
The history of the U.S. manned spaceflight program is well documented, but this chronicle provides insights that even well-read listeners will find interesting. The period covered runs from roughly Russia's Sputnik in the 1950s through the Apollo 11 moon landing in the 1960s. Allan Robertson offers a smooth, solid narration. His generally even tone is suited to the work. But he... Read More
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