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THE BOOKSELLER'S SECRET

THE BOOKSELLER'S SECRET A Novel of Nancy Mitford and WWII

by Michelle Gable | Read by Eleanor Caudill

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In this novel, two women, both middle-aged novelists, share aspirations, personal struggles, and frustrations--though they are separated by eight decades. Narrator Eleanor Caudill brings to life the fictional contemporary writer Katie Cabot, who is living in London while searching for literary inspiration. She is the quintessential American, and in Caudill's voice we hear her... Read More

DAUGHTERS OF SPARTA

DAUGHTERS OF SPARTA

by Claire Heywood | Read by Mira Dovreni

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Mira Dovreni's narration of this reimagining of the Trojan War from the points of view of Klytemnestra and her sister, Helen, will enthrall lovers of mythology. Tyndareos offers his daughters to Agamemnon and Menelaos as a means of enhancing his power. Helen marries Menelaos, and Klytemnestra marries Agamemnon, each enduring as dutiful, if resentful, wives. Dovreni's Greek... Read More

THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS

THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS

by Pip Williams | Read by Pippa Bennett-Warner

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This historical fiction audiobook imagines the origin of the Oxford English Dictionary. Listeners will imagine a garden shed blossoming with myriad slips of paper, all potential submissions for the legendary resource. Listeners in love with words will find Esme, a lexicographer's daughter, a sympathetic protagonist as she tries to find a role in the substantial project.... Read More

EVERYMAN

EVERYMAN

by M Shelly Conner | Read by Janina Edwards

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Janina Edwards sensitively narrates Conner's powerful debut, which examines the impact of the Great Migration and the weight of generations of family secrets. In 1972, Eve Mann arrives in Ideal, Georgia, searching for answers to her questions about her mother, Mercy, her remaining family, and the circumstances surrounding her birth. Eve's arrival in Ideal prompts the telling of... Read More

THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS

THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Kristin Harmel | Read by Madeleine Maby, Kristin Harmel [Note]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In this compelling coming-of-age story, narrator Madeleine Maby portrays the mysterious Jerusza in a wise and foreboding tone. The intuitive woman kidnaps Yona from Berlin just before her second birthday and raises her in the Naliboki Forest of Poland. Maby's depiction of Yona, initially brimming with curiosity and wonder, evolves to reflect the girl's growth into an... Read More

IN THE WAKE OF THE WILLOWS, 2ND EDITION

IN THE WAKE OF THE WILLOWS, 2ND EDITION

by Frederick Gorham Thurber | Read by Madeleine Barker

Cricket Works Press | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Madeleine Barker takes on this New England version of England's WIND IN THE WILLOWS. She delivers a variety of accents and tones for a group of inhabitants that includes its own Rat, Mole, Badger, Otter, and Weasel families. Barker's lively narration adds to the sense of adventure, making her the perfect fit for this lyrically written tale. Barker's voice rises in... Read More

INTO THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS

INTO THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles and the Race to the Moon in the Psychedelic '60s

Earphones Award Winner

by Ronald P. Grelsamer | Read by Graham Halstead, Ronald P. Grelsamer

Ronald P. Grelsamer | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In this audiobook, a novel that weaves the compelling 1960s stories of the race to space and the emergence of the Beatles, the real star is narrator Graham Halstead. He adds drama to the space flights--successes and failures--and his exceptional delivery of the Liverpool accents of the Fab Four and their real-life aide-de-camp, Mal Evans, enliven the listening experience. Mal's... Read More

ISLAND QUEEN

ISLAND QUEEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Vanessa Riley | Read by Adjoa Andoh

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Adjoa Andoh's versatile voice is the perfect match for this novel based on the life of Caribbean tycoon Dorothy "Doll" Kirwan Thomas. Born into slavery on Montserrat in the mid-1700s, Doll is determined to purchase freedom for herself and her family. Andoh's portrayals of Doll's parents, lovers, children, and racist antagonists provide a diverse sensory experience for... Read More

THE LAST GREEN VALLEY

THE LAST GREEN VALLEY

by Mark Sullivan | Read by Will Damron

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Will Damron shows his vocal range in this work of historical fiction, set in Ukraine during WWII. The cast is large, giving Damron ample opportunity to use his expertise in differentiating characters. They range from small boys to old women, and Damron keeps them all straight. He smoothly slips from the third-person narrator to a variety of voices and accents, making... Read More

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN CUBA

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN CUBA

by Chanel Cleeton | Read by Frankie Corzo, Holly Linneman, Rebecca Soler

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Listeners will be captivated by this intriguing historical novel about the late-nineteenth-century Cuban quest for independence from Spanish rule. The story centers on the real-life "most beautiful girl in Cuba," Evangelina Cisneros, who was wrongfully imprisoned when she rebuffed the advances of a Spanish commander. Frankie Corzo's impressive narration animates Evangelina's... Read More

PAINTING THE LIGHT

PAINTING THE LIGHT

Earphones Award Winner

by Sally Cabot Gunning | Read by Eva Kaminsky

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Shipwrecks and portraits, bicycles and women's suffrage--all these enter into the plot of this excellent summer title as the audiobook transports listeners to Martha's Vineyard, 1898. Ida Russell Pease is an artist and sheep farmer who is struggling with stifling spousal and societal expectations as she copes with the grief of her past. Narrator Eva Kaminsky is an excellent... Read More

THE PERFUME THIEF

THE PERFUME THIEF

by Timothy Schaffert | Read by Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki [note)

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

The voice of this audiobook--part thriller, part literary novel--is delivered with particular flair and conviction by narrator Gabrielle de Cuir. Charlie, née Clementine, is an expatriate American and retired master thief who is running a perfume shop in Paris when the Nazis arrive. Protector of a small group of misfits and potential deportees, Charlie matches wits with the... Read More

THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN

THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN

by Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray | Read by Robin Miles

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Robin Miles employs her terrific performance skills to enhance this historical novel on the life of Belle da Costa Greene. Born Belle Marion Greener--daughter of activist Richard Greener, Harvard's first Black graduate--she "passes" as a white Portuguese woman while working as the personal librarian of financier J.P. Morgan. Belle is an astute observer of the wealthy... Read More

RADAR GIRLS

RADAR GIRLS

by Sara Ackerman | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Cassandra Campbell uses her versatile narration skills to inhabit three young women who work with the Army Air Forces during WWII. Daisy Wilder loves horses and living in Hawaii. She picks up any job quickly and is portrayed as a self-sufficient 20-something. As sweet-natured Fluff, Campbell delivers a bubbly tone, and as no-nonsense Betty, she sounds responsible and serious.... Read More

REVELATIONS

REVELATIONS

by Mary Sharratt | Read by Polly Lee

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Mary Sharratt's gripping novel places listeners directly into the hardships, superstitions, and brutality of the fifteenth century. Polly Lee's impressive narration brings out the humanity and courage of two female mystics. After bearing her 14th child, Margery Kempe worries that her husband won't honor their vow of celibacy. She seeks counsel from the famous holy woman Julian... Read More

SISTERS IN ARMS

SISTERS IN ARMS

by Kaia Alderson | Read by Shayna Small

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Shayna Small channels the strength and tenacity of the trailblazing Black women who served at home and abroad in the historic Six Triple Eight Battalion of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. New recruits Eliza and Grace are thrown together during training and their eventual deployment as part of the 6888th. Their initially rocky relationship grows into sisterhood, with... Read More

THE SOCIAL GRACES

THE SOCIAL GRACES

by Renée Rosen | Read by Hillary Huber, Saskia Maarleveld

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In Manhattan's Golden Age, power was the name of the game, and no one played it better than two remarkable women: Alva Vanderbilt and Caroline Astor. Performing both women, narrator Hillary Huber effects vocal changes that are so subtle that she almost disappears. In intermittent chapters we hear the snide comments and self-serving speculations of Society, wonderfully delivered... Read More

THIS SIDE OF BRIGHTNESS

THIS SIDE OF BRIGHTNESS

Earphones Award Winner

by Colum McCann | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Dion Graham's captivating voice is a perfect fit for the epic sweep of McCann's sprawling audiobook. The story captures the complexity of living and working in early-twentieth-century New York City, where Black, Irish, and Italian immigrants labor in perilous conditions, digging tunnels from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Deep under the river, a horrifying accident occurs,... Read More

TUSCAN DAUGHTER

TUSCAN DAUGHTER

by Lisa Rochon | Read by Carlotta Brentan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Carlotta Brentan transports the listener to the gritty streets of Renaissance Florence in this story of a resilient girl who is surviving on her own. Brentan's gentle voice captures the youth and innocence of Beatrice, who lives on her meager earnings from selling olive oil to artists while searching for her missing mother. Beatrice befriends rivals Leonardo da Vinci... Read More

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