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A BEND IN THE STARS

A BEND IN THE STARS

by Rachel Barenbaum | Read by Thérèse Plummer, Edoardo Ballerini

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This audiobook is not beautifully written, but two accomplished narrators do everything they can to make it gripping listening. Granted, it is not easy to make the calculations of relativistic physics (around which much of the story revolves) exciting, but there is a great deal of chasing around western Russia in 1914. Plummer, narrating the chapters from female points of view,... Read More

CITY OF FLICKERING LIGHT

CITY OF FLICKERING LIGHT

by Juliette Fay | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Listeners will be richly entertained by this historical audiobook, set in early 1920s Hollywood. Irene, Millie, and Henry meet on the burlesque circuit and head to Hollywood, where they help each other deal with obstacles in their personal and professional lives. Narrator Lisa Flanagan infuses each character with a compelling personality as she keeps the pace of the story... Read More

COURTING MR. LINCOLN

COURTING MR. LINCOLN A Novel

Earphones Award Winner

by Louis Bayard | Read by Robert Fass, Tavia Gilbert

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Tavia Gilbert and Robert Fass deserve only superlatives for their performances in Louis Bayard's outstanding historical fiction. Mary Todd and Joshua Speed tell compelling stories detailing the way their lives entwined with Abraham Lincoln's. In 1840, Mary comes to Springfield with marriage on her mind. She meets handsome, charming Speed and awkward Lincoln, an unimpressive... Read More

EVA LUNA

EVA LUNA

Earphones Award Winner

by Isabel Allende | Read by Cynthia Farrell, Timothy Andrés Pabon

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

How splendid that the audiobook celebrating the titular character, who is a storyteller, is offered to us by two talented narrators. Cynthia Farrell and Timothy Pabon share the narrative responsibility here, and the result is outstanding. Farrell's performance is richly textured and brimming with enthusiasm. Her voice has a resonant quality that gives it depth; her narration of... Read More

THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO

THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO

by Julie Orringer | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In 1940, thousands of Jews in France tried to escape the Holocaust, their flights financed by wealthy American Jews. Edoardo Ballerini narrates this fictional account of Varian Fry, the real-life American journalist who bravely orchestrated the journeys of thousands of European Jews from France. The intensity of actual events is beautifully reconstructed in the author's... Read More

LOST ROSES

LOST ROSES Caroline Ferriday, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Martha Hall Kelly | Read by Kathleen Gati, Catherine Taber, Tavia Gilbert, Karissa Vacker

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Each of the narrators delivers this story of love and friendship from an individual character's perspective. The novel involves the Russian Revolution of 1914-1917 and the upper classes of New York during that period. Tavia Gilbert adopts a passionate, sometimes strident, voice for Eliza Ferriday, New York socialite and protector of White Russian emigrés. Kathleen Gati uses a... Read More

MISTRESS OF THE RITZ

MISTRESS OF THE RITZ

Earphones Award Winner

by Melanie Benjamin | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

AudioFile Golden Voice Barbara Rosenblat brings her inimitable style and incredible range to Benjamin's roman à clef based on an actual couple who were resistance fighters during WWII. Claude Auzello, manager of the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris, meets outrageous American Blanche Ross and pursues her so persistently that she marries him. Problems arise almost immediately. Claude... Read More

THE NICKEL BOYS

THE NICKEL BOYS

by Colson Whitehead | Read by JD Jackson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In an unvarnished performance, JD Jackson captures the inevitable aftermath of America's buried legacy of racism and violence. Elwood Curtis was headed for college when he was sentenced to Nickel Academy, a segregated reform school. Inspired by the burgeoning Civil Rights movement, Elwood aims to defy the system and survive with his ideals intact. It's clear-eyed Turner,... Read More

NOW'S THE TIME

NOW'S THE TIME

Earphones Award Winner

by Larry Strauss | Read by Kim Fields

Punch Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Kim Fields pulls out all the stops portraying a sophisticated young jazz trumpeter and the many gnarly characters she meets in the urban jazz scene. Didi Herron is crisscrossing the country, looking for a tape of her father's last jazz performance. The versatile Fields captures the heroine's longing and determination, as well as the edgy dynamics of African-American... Read More

THE ORPHAN SISTERS

THE ORPHAN SISTERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Shirley Dickson | Read by Anne Dover

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Listeners can expect tears to well up when Anne Dover narrates this heartbreaking story of two English sisters who are abandoned by their mother and raised in an orphanage, where they are bound together by sorrow and suffering--and love. Dover reads this WWII novel with passion and precision, portraying the characters expertly. Listeners won't forget the woeful voice of little... Read More

THE PARTING GLASS

THE PARTING GLASS

by Gina Marie Guadagnino | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Cassandra Campbell masterfully creates, sustains, and switches among a wide array of accents from the British Isles. Her skill produces authentic-sounding dialogue from the generous number of characters in this historical romance. The primary character, an Irish immigrant in nineteenth-century New York, works as a lady's maid to an upper-class Yankee, drinks at the... Read More

THE SONG OF THE JADE LILY

THE SONG OF THE JADE LILY

by Kirsty Manning | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Saskia Maarleveld narrates this dual-time-period audiobook with care and empathy. With the help of well-placed connections, 13-year-old Romy Bernfeld and her parents, who are Jewish, flee Nazi-occupied Austria for Shanghai, one of the few places in the world where no visa is required for entry. The contemporary story concerns Romy's granddaughter, Alexandra, who travels from... Read More

A TRAIL OF CRUMBS: A NOVEL OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

A TRAIL OF CRUMBS: A NOVEL OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION Pearl Spence, Book 2

by Susie Finkbeiner | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Using a young-sounding voice, Tavia Gilbert narrates this hopeful story of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Ten-year-old Pearl Spence moves from Oklahoma to Michigan to settle with her father's cousins. Gilbert imbues Pearl with a subtle twang that contrasts with her father's deep emotional tones. Gilbert assigns Pearl's 12-year-old friend, Ray, a gruff voice, while her... Read More

THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL

THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL

by Hester Fox | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Lauren Ezzo brings depth and tension to this historical paranormal tale. When pernicious rumors destroy the Montrose family's social standing in early-nineteenth-century Boston, Lydia, along with her parents and sisters, is forced to relocate to their country home, Willow Hall. Lydia is only beginning to understand the powers she has inherited, but as lies, mysteries,... Read More

WUNDERLAND

WUNDERLAND

by Jennifer Cody Epstein | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Lisa Flanagan paints completely believable portraits of the three women at the heart of WUNDERLAND. Best friends Ilse and Renate become progressively entangled in the ever-growing web of Nazism in 1933 Berlin. In 1989, Ava, Ilse's daughter, receives a package containing her mother's ashes and a packet of unsent letters written by Ilse to Renate. Flanagan is just right... Read More

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