Narrator Neeky Dalir lends her soft voice and gentle pacing to this coming-of-age fiction debut, which revolves around an Iranian woman entangled in romance and politics. Aria was abandoned by her parents as a baby. Growing up in a series of households, she is abused and neglected. But then she falls in love with her friend, Hamlet, who sweeps her into the political upheaval... Read More
Narrator Jack de Golia elevates this novel, which focuses on life in Appalachia through the perspective of a grieving widower tasked with building a prison atop a mountain. De Golia's vocal and accent range is exceptional. He slips easily from the voice of the main character, a Midwesterner, to the voices of characters with stereotypical Appalachian speaking patterns and... Read More
British narrator Siobhan Waring flawlessly continues the Star and the Shamrock trilogy; this installment is set in Berlin in 1944. As the Nazis came into power, Ariella Bannon courageously sent her Jewish children to Ireland on the Kindertransport. Then she spent four years hiding in a tiny attic before she had to flee when Nazis took over the house. Listeners will feel they... Read More
Three remarkable young women from diverse backgrounds beat all the odds to compete as the first female track athletes in the 1928 Olympics. In this fictional account, Karissa Vacker voices the experience of Chicagoan Betty Robinson, who is savvy and determined despite her beauty and family wealth. In stark contrast is Louise Stokes, a Black teenager from Boston; Kristyl Dawn... Read More
Six narrators collaborate to tell the story of Nori, a biracial child born out of wedlock to an aristocratic family in postwar Japan. Robin Eller, the main narrator, portrays the despised little girl left with her cruel, arrogant grandparents. Listeners hear her vulnerability and her longing for love. The arrival of her half-brother, Akiko, brightens her life. Akiko is... Read More
Narrator Aasiya Shah tells this three-pronged tale of love, courage, and misunderstanding in a soft, melodic voice. The story takes place in the years 1918 through 1926 and concludes in 2000. Shah portrays Margaret, an artist, as a caring and determined modern woman. When Margaret travels to India with her husband, Suraj, she befriends and paints a portrait of her Indian maid,... Read More
Narrator Edoardo Ballerini puts a little extra emphasis on details that are routine--savoring coffee or repeating orders down a chain. This emphasis adds to the tension of C.S. Forester's WWII story, soon to be a movie starring Tom Hanks as American escort commander George Krause, who protects ships bringing oil to the British navy. Ballerini builds suspense slowly as he brings... Read More
This is neither the same Alexander Hamilton nor the same Aaron Burr as the ones in the renowned musical--although both stories are based on the same historical facts. Jack Casey's version, narrated by Robert Fass with considerable élan, focuses on the connections between the two duels, those of Alexander and his son Philip. Fass sounds as if he is completely caught up in the... Read More
Erin Bennett and Lisa Flanagan work together to provide a smooth and entertaining narration of this historical mystery. Bennett introduces listeners to the Lyons family, who resided in an apartment INSIDE the fabled New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue in 1913. John Lyons serves as the library's superintendent, while his wife, Laura, is a pioneering journalist and essayist.... Read More
In alternating chapters, four talented narrators provide dramatically different performances as they recount the story of a portrait painted in 1492 and its subsequent theft and recovery during WWII. Reba Buhr captures the youthful innocence and naïveté of Cecilia, mistress of the Duke of Milan, and also brings many other supporting characters from that period to life. Christa... Read More
This well-researched fictionalized account of the founding of Newfoundland is filled with political intrigue, high-seas adventure, and romance. It is narrated by Marianne Robinson, whose voice is pleasing, well paced, and attuned to the emotional overtones of its characters and their times. Robinson acquaints listeners with David and Sara Kirke, who take over the Newfoundland... Read More
With its nontraditional heroine and harrowing twists, this audiobook is so absorbing that listeners will be hooked from the very beginning. "H" is our guide to her own life's adventures in seventeenth-century London, and narrator Karen Cass is so agile in her performance that the action flies past as if this were a film. Punctuated by events like the plague and a conflagration,... Read More
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