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BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF

BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF The Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Marlon James | Read by Dion Graham

Penguin Audio
Fantasy

This African-inspired epic fantasy becomes an immersive experience as told by Dion Graham, whose deep-voiced narration makes listeners feel like they are walking in the shoes of the protagonist. Tracker's powerful sense of smell leads him through dangerous cities and wild lands in pursuit of a child he has been hired to find. He has lovable and loathsome allies who help, but... Read More

BOWLAWAY

BOWLAWAY

by Elizabeth McCracken | Read by Kate Reading

Harper Audio
Fiction

Kate Reading's stately narration is as expansive as Bertha Truitt herself, the majestic spirit central to this sprawling novel. When Bertha mysteriously appears, as if resurrected, atop a grave in the local cemetery, she bowls over the residents of Salford, Massachusetts--literally, as she immediately sets about establishing a bowling alley in town. Reading's rich, rounded... Read More

DIGITAL MINIMALISM

DIGITAL MINIMALISM On Living Better with Less Technology

Earphones Award Winner

by Cal Newport | Read by Will Damron, Cal Newport [Intro.]

Penguin Audio
Personal Growth

Narrator Will Damron sustains a heartfelt tone as he explains what digital minimalism is all about. As technology and digital noise encroach upon all aspects of our lives, this invitation to streamline our digital dependence is sobering and timely. Author Cal Newport reads the introduction, setting a tone of sincerity and urgency about becoming more intentional in our use of... Read More

DREYER'S ENGLISH

DREYER'S ENGLISH An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

by Benjamin Dreyer | Read by Benjamin Dreyer, Alison Fraser [Excerpts]

Random House Audio
Contemporary Culture

Benjamin Dreyer's narration is as charming and witty as his writing. This will help anyone who is not passionate about words and language get through the sections of this audiobook that are long lists of commonly confused words or proper nouns that are difficult to spell correctly. On the other hand, why would someone not seriously interested in correct usage listen to this... Read More

EARLY RISER

EARLY RISER

by Jasper Fforde | Read by Thomas Hunt

Penguin Audio
Fiction

Thomas Hunt's lively narration coaxes warmth into the wintry Welsh landscape of Jasper Fforde's much anticipated new novel. In this frigid world, people must hibernate throughout the winter, watched over by a handful of slightly unhinged attendants known as Winter Consuls. Hunt captures the bumbling confusion of Charlie Worthing, a novice Consul whose initiation into winter... Read More

FINDING DOROTHY

FINDING DOROTHY

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Letts | Read by Ann Marie Lee, Elizabeth Letts [Afterword]

Random House Audio
Historical Fiction

Ann Marie Lee's versatile narration of this novel based on the life of L. Frank Baum's wife, Maud, is as entertaining as THE WIZARD OF OZ, the iconic film based on Baum's most famous work. Maud and her suffragist mother, Matilda, are both fiercely independent, unforgettable characters. Whether Lee is portraying Judy Garland, Louie B. Mayer, or other real-life figures, her... Read More

THE HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE

THE HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE Native America from 1890 to the Present

by David Treuer | Read by Tanis Parenteau

Penguin Audio
History

Tanis Parenteau delivers an efficient narration of Treuer's audiobook. Listeners, especially those familiar with the massacre at Wounded Knee, should make time for this history. Treuer's work is deeply researched, positioning the listener within the histories and first-person accounts of indigenous people of North America and making their experiences and views central to the... Read More

THE LOST MAN

THE LOST MAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Jane Harper | Read by Stephen Shanahan

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Australian narrator Stephen Shanahan returns for another knockout performance. Jane Harper's latest audiobook isn't part of her Aaron Falk series, but it still features the unforgiving Australian Outback, a vexing mystery, and richly drawn characters. Shanahan's genuine accent is essential for the story's setting and ambiance. He also shows remarkable range in his portrayal of... Read More

NEVER TELL

NEVER TELL A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel, Book 10

by Lisa Gardner | Read by Kirsten Potter

Brilliance Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kirsten Potter successfully voices three very different female characters who alternate chapters as their stories unfold and intertwine. The tenth book in the Detective D.D. Warren series includes an abundance of secondary characters, some with heavy Boston accents, and listeners will appreciate Potter's talented delivery. Detective Warren investigates the murder of a... Read More

THE NIGHT TIGER

THE NIGHT TIGER

by Yangsze Choo | Read by Yangsze Choo

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

Author and narrator Yangsze Choo presents Malaysia during its colonial era. Ji Lin and her stepbrother, Shin, both speak with a trace of a British colonial accent. Ji Lin's voice comes through softly and silkily, sounding subservient in tone, unlike Shin's huskier, stronger, more educated voice. The two are in love, and Ji Lin has another secret as well. It's a container with a... Read More

THE SUSPECT

THE SUSPECT

Earphones Award Winner

by Fiona Barton | Read by Susan Duerden, Fiona Hardingham, Nicholas Guy Smith, Katharine McEwan

Penguin Audio
Mystery & Suspense

An ensemble cast narrates a splashy front-page story about British teens dying in Bangkok. Clichéd roles come alive, each with its own narrator. Susan Duerden is the reporter; her BBC tone is broken up by adept accents for Thai and Dutch characters and the spiraling despair of a woman turned from an observer to a player. Fiona Hardingham gives the mother of a girl found dead in... Read More

THE UNWINDING OF THE MIRACLE

THE UNWINDING OF THE MIRACLE A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

by Julie Yip-Williams | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Joshua Williams [Epilogue]

Random House Audio
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller delivers one gut punch after another as she beautifully expresses the author's emotions while confronting her mortality. Yip-Williams cheated death as an infant when her grandmother ordered her parents to visit an herbalist to have her poisoned (he refused) and again when her family escaped North Vietnam on an overcrowded boat, but she can't beat... Read More

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