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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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