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BURMA SAHIB

BURMA SAHIB

Earphones Award Winner

by Paul Theroux | Read by Charlie Anson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Happily, Paul Theroux's latest masterpiece is available as an audiobook, narrated authoritatively by Charlie Anson. Eric Blair, a callow policeman in colonial Burma, will eventually become known as writer George Orwell. In a clear baritone, Anson describes the lush landscapes of Burma, its trees, foliage, dusty roads, and muddy rivers, along with its natives, who are subjugated... Read More

CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS

CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS A Novel of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

Earphones Award Winner

by Eliza Knight, Denny S. Bryce | Read by Karen Chilton, Caroline Hewitt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrators Karen Chilton and Caroline Hewitt combine their considerable vocal talent to portray two legendary entertainers in this audiobook set primarily in the 1950s. There are no words to express how compelling Chilton's performance is as Ella Fitzgerald, "the Queen of Jazz." Chilton mesmerizes listeners as she imbues Fitzgerald with subtle emotion, poise, and practicality.... Read More

CHENNEVILLE

CHENNEVILLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Paulette Jiles | Read by Grover Gardner

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Grover Gardner brings the Old West to life in this slow-burn tale of vengeance set against a backdrop of post-Civil War lawlessness. John Chenneville is a Union soldier who is struggling to regain his memories while recovering from a head wound on his family homestead in St. Louis. Gardner gives Chenneville a light drawl and a steady, even tone that belies his fierce... Read More

COLD VICTORY

COLD VICTORY

by Karl Marlantes | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Bronson Pinchot embraces the tone and accents of the international characters in this political thriller. In 1947, military attachés gather at a party. An American and a Russian diplomat agree to a friendly ski race across the Finnish countryside. The audiobook focuses on the adventure of the race, but real intrigue builds around the international diplomacy that mounts once... Read More

THE CURSE OF PENRYTH HALL

THE CURSE OF PENRYTH HALL

by Jess Armstrong | Read by Emma Love

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Emma Love beautifully delivers the essence of this story. In 1922, Ruby, an heiress, is sent to Lothel Green to deliver a trunk of magical books to Ruan, who has a gift for healing. While there, Ruby visits her old friend, Tamsyn, who has married Sir Chenowyth of Penryth Hall. Overnight, Chenowyth is found dead in the orchard, and locals believe the cause was a curse. Tamsyn is... Read More

THE CURSE OF PIETRO HOUDINI

THE CURSE OF PIETRO HOUDINI

by Derek B. Miller | Read by Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Gabra Zackman transports listeners to Italy amid the chaos of WWII. Massimo, a young teen scarred by both physical and emotional trauma, is taken under the wing of the enigmatic Pietro Houdini. Together, they find refuge in the Abbey of Montecassino, where they plan an audacious art heist with the help of a growing band of misfits. Zackman masterfully brings the protagonists to... Read More

DIVA

DIVA

by Daisy Goodwin | Read by Lorelei King

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Listeners will have a grand time with Lorelei King's versatile narration of this fictionalized account of the life of famed opera singer Maria Callas. Listeners will feel as though they are globe-trotting alongside Callas as she performs in the classic opera houses of Europe and the U.S. King gives Callas a slightly detached, poised tone as she rehearses and performs, and... Read More

FOLLOW THE ANGELS, FOLLOW THE DOVES

FOLLOW THE ANGELS, FOLLOW THE DOVES The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book 1

by Sidney Thompson | Read by Midnite Michael

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Midnite Michael's achievement is capturing the spirit of a classic Western while at the same time giving this biographical novel a contemporary feel. Thompson tells the story of Bass Reeves. Born enslaved just before the Civil War, Reeves grew to become a celebrated U.S. marshal. Reeves, an expert marksman from a young age, was forced to endure abuse by his enslaver as he took... Read More

THE FROZEN RIVER

THE FROZEN RIVER

by Ariel Lawhon | Read by Jane Oppenheimer, Ariel Lawhon

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Listeners will be launched back to the eighteenth century by this audiobook, inspired by the diary of the American midwife and healer Martha Ballard. The story weaves Ballard's journal through Lawhon's thrilling mystery of rape and murder. Jane Oppenheimer gives life to this first-person account, which includes birth, death, rape, and family, as well as the challenges of life... Read More

THE GENERAL AND JULIA

THE GENERAL AND JULIA

by Jon Clinch | Read by Gibson Frazier

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

The general of the audiobook title is Grant; Julia is his wife. Gibson Frazier delivers a solid performance of this historical novel. His voice is appealing and plainspoken. His pace is reasonable, with appropriate pauses and subtle character voices that are effective in dialogue. Indeed, there is little to find fault with when it comes to Frazier's narrative skill. The novel,... Read More

JAZZ CLUB SPY

JAZZ CLUB SPY

by Roberta Rich | Read by Helen Laser

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Helen Laser transports listeners to New York City in 1939 to hear the story of jazz club cigarette girl Giddy Brodsky, who is determined to make a success of her new life in America after a horrific pogrom forced her family to flee Russia. Laser's excellent characterization and spot-on timing build tension as Giddy has a chance encounter with one of the Cossacks who carried out... Read More

THE PORCELAIN MAKER

THE PORCELAIN MAKER

by Sarah Freethy | Read by Kristin Atherton

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In a practiced-sounding tone, Kristin Atherton narrates this dual- timeline historical fiction revolving around Nazi-era porcelain figurines created at the Allach Porcelain Factory in a sub-camp of Dachau concentration camp. There Clara Vogel searches for her father's identity. Atherton adopts a Midwestern accent for the opening scenes, set in 1993 Cincinnati. The balance of... Read More

SHOOT THE MOON

SHOOT THE MOON

by Isa Arsén | Read by Kristen Sieh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Kristen Sieh gives an absorbing, well-paced performance of a woman who is navigating the mysteries of love, loss, and space-time. When NASA "human computer" Annie Fisk discovers a wormhole anomaly capable of transporting items back and forth in time, she's forced to examine her New Mexico childhood anew, alongside her work with the Manned Spacecraft Center. Sieh nimbly guides... Read More

THE STARRE, THE MOONE, THE SUNNE

THE STARRE, THE MOONE, THE SUNNE

by Ron Destro | Read by Derek Jacobi

Ron Destro | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Derek Jacobi's performance is up to the high standard we expect from him. Without actually creating voices for the many characters in this novel, he makes clear who is speaking and how they are feeling, using vocal color and accents. Author Ron Destro is less adept in tracking the story, which jumps around through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It includes a fair... Read More

A TRUE ACCOUNT

A TRUE ACCOUNT Hannah Masury's Sojourn Amongst the Pyrates, Written by Herself

by Katherine Howe | Read by Petrea Burchard

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Petrea Burchard channels the exhilaration and terror of eighteenth-century pirate life. In Boston in 1726, 17-year-old Hannah Masury finds herself in dire straits when she witnesses the death of a young sailor at the hands of ruthless privateers. Knowing that she must flee Boston, she disguises herself as a cabin boy aboard a pirate vessel captained by the infamous Ned Lowe. In... Read More

WE MUST NOT THINK OF OURSELVES

WE MUST NOT THINK OF OURSELVES

Earphones Award Winner

by Lauren Grodstein | Read by Brad Griffith, Jesse Vilinsky, Sharon Freedman, Amir Levi, Rich Keeble

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Five remarkable narrators create an unforgettable portrait of the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. Brad Griffith provides the main narration as Adam Paskow, a language and literature teacher who lost his beloved wife, Kasia. After being relocated to the Warsaw Ghetto, he is recruited by the real-life Oneg Shabbat to document the histories of the Jews there. Jesse Vilinsky, Sharon... Read More

THE WOMAN BACK FROM MOSCOW

THE WOMAN BACK FROM MOSCOW

by Ha Jin | Read by Catherine Ho

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Even with the large number of Chinese and Russian place and character names, listeners will be rewarded by Catherine Ho's performance of this fascinating historical novel. Sun "Yomei" Weishi (1921-1968), adoptive daughter of Zhou Enlai, is selected to leave China to study acting in Moscow. Ho delivers Yomei's vivid accounts of political upheaval, harsh conditions, and her... Read More

THE WOMEN

THE WOMEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Kristin Hannah | Read by Julia Whelan, Kristin Hannah

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

The sure touch of Golden Voice narrator Julia Whelan transforms Kristen Hannah's absorbing novel about Vietnam War combat nurses into an addictive listen. An intimate portrait and a sprawling account of a searing time, the story focuses on 20-year-old Frances McGrath, who, in 1965, impetuously chooses the Army Nurse Corps over cotillions and marriage. Whelan brings believable... Read More

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