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AFTERSHOCKS

AFTERSHOCKS

Earphones Award Winner

by Nadia Owusu | Read by Nadia Owusu

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this poignant memoir, author and narrator Nadia Owusu weaves an intricate narrative of home, belonging, trauma, family, geography, and the truths held in her Black female body. Using earthquakes as a metaphor to untangle the threads of her life, she recounts her childhood in Europe and Africa--a childhood defined by her mother's abandonment when she was a baby and her... Read More

THE BADDEST BITCH IN THE ROOM

THE BADDEST BITCH IN THE ROOM (Explicit Version)

by Sophia Chang | Read by Sophia Chang

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sophia Chang, the first Asian woman in the hip-hop industry, is fierce, vulnerable, and unique in the way she narrates the story of her career. Throughout her narration she inserts the actual voices of other people who were integral in shaping who she is. The voices of her mother and daughter, Wu-Tang Clan, certain film artists, and others remind Chang that she is not alone on... Read More

BUGSY SIEGEL

BUGSY SIEGEL The Dark Side of the American Dream (Jewish Lives Series)

by Michael Shnayerson | Read by Steven Jay Cohen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Shnayerson's brisk and absorbing profile of the brief, violent life of Bugsy Siegel, son of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, is afforded a warm, sensitive narration by Steven Jay Cohen. Siegel--gangster, bootlegger, and murderer--is humanized by Cohen's youthful, quiet performance. His narration is intoned with the occasional Yiddish accent, presented subtly. Insightful research on... Read More

BUTTERFLY EFFECT

BUTTERFLY EFFECT How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America

by Marcus J. Moore | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Music critic and journalist Marcus J. Moore chronicles the meteoric rise and cultural impact of Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamar in exhaustive detail. Narrator Adenrele Ojo does a credible job keeping the energy up as Moore traces Lamar's roots on the West Coast through his early projects and his commercial and critical success. Fans of Lamar and of music theory are likely to... Read More

CATCHING THE WIND

CATCHING THE WIND Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour, 1932-1975

Earphones Award Winner

by Neal Gabler | Read by Joe Barrett

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Joe Barrett's commanding performance captures the complicated and flawed life of Edward Kennedy. The senator remains most widely known for his work as a liberal politician and for being responsible for the drowning death of a young staffer. Gabler's exhaustive audiobook serves both as a detailed portrait of the man and a history of U.S. policy from his viewpoint. Listeners hear... Read More

THE CODE BREAKER

THE CODE BREAKER Jennifer Doudna and the Race to Save Our Lives

by Walter Isaacson | Read by Kathe Mazur, Walter Isaacson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Kathe Mazur skillfully narrates this clear and well-researched biography of Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna, who, along with colleagues, advanced biochemistry by employing CRISPR technology to improve and simplify genetic engineering--ultimately leading to a safe, effective COVID vaccine. Moving beyond Doudna's own story, this audiobook also discusses the role of women in... Read More

CREATING ANNA KARENINA

CREATING ANNA KARENINA Tolstoy and the Birth of Literature's Most Enigmatic Heroine

by Bob Blaisdell, Boris Dralyuk [Fore.] | Read by Gemma Dawson

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actress Gemma Dawson's British training and experience shine in this account of how Tolstoy's ANNA KARENINA was written. Blaisdell's account gives perceptive insights on how, as in WAR AND PEACE, Tolstoy's life is mirrored in the novel. Insights on Tolstoy's family life, especially his relationship with his wife, Sonya, along with his interactions with his servants and his... Read More

ELEANOR

ELEANOR

by David Michaelis | Read by Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

It may not have been until Hillary or Michelle that a first lady garnered nearly as much acclaim as Eleanor Roosevelt. Gabra Zackman narrates Michaelis's biography at just the right pitch. It is never overly dramatic, despite many tragic and heartbreaking events, and steers clear of hagiography. The audiobook engages by recalling life during the late-nineteenth and... Read More

THE EMPATHY DIARIES

THE EMPATHY DIARIES A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Sherry Turkle | Read by Jill Larsen

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jill Larsen narrates this memoir with warmth and, well . . . empathy. As she alternates her delivery between storyteller and lecturer, her confident narration ultimately makes her a transparent surrogate for the author. To start, she mines the emotions felt by a child burdened by family secrets. When appropriate, she takes on an objective tone; for example, when unveiling the... Read More

FIGHT OR SUBMIT

FIGHT OR SUBMIT Standing Tall in Two Worlds

by Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson | Read by Kaipo Schwab

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Kaipo Schwab becomes the author, Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson, as he describes his life and accomplishments as the leader of the Westbank First Nation and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs. As a businessman and chief, Derrickson has increased his tribes' wealth and position more than 3,500% since the 1970s through leasing and logging rights and through... Read More

FINDING FREEDOM

FINDING FREEDOM

by Erin French | Read by Erin French

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Erin French recounts her life through her creation of The Lost Kitchen, a restaurant in Maine that riveted diners around the world with its reputation for stupendous food and a unique reservation system. French describes starting out as a line cook in her father's small-town diner, becoming a single mother, and building--more than once--her dream space in which to feed others... Read More

FOUR HUNDRED SOULS

FOUR HUNDRED SOULS A Community History of African America, 1619-2019

Earphones Award Winner

by Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain [Eds.] | Read by JD Jackson, Kevin R. Free, January LaVoy, Robin Miles, Dion Graham, Angela Y. Davis, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

An outstanding cast brings these essays and poems vividly to life. Of the many incandescent narrators, JD Jackson ("Upon Arrival"), Kevin R. Free ("Cotton"), January LaVoy ("Sally Hemmings"), and Robin Miles ("Maroons and Marronage") are masterful. But at least two dozen more could be mentioned. Ninety entries, including 10 poems, encapsulate the African-American experience... Read More

GEORGE WASHINGTON

GEORGE WASHINGTON The Political Rise of America's Founding Father

Earphones Award Winner

by David O. Stewart | Read by Arthur Morey

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

You could spend the next year listening to nothing but audiobooks about George Washington. Biographer David O. Stewart purports to focus on Washington's political development, but, in fact, his biography includes a well-researched birth-to-death reconstruction of Washington's life. It's a listening experience that touches directly on our own concerns about political leadership.... Read More

GHOSTBUSTER'S DAUGHTER

GHOSTBUSTER'S DAUGHTER Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis

by Violet Ramis Stiel | Read by Violet Ramis Stiel, Seth Rogen [Fore.]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Harold Ramis's daughter, Violet Stiel, narrates most of her memoir about growing up with her father. Ramis was the mastermind behind such comedy classics as GHOSTBUSTERS and CADDYSHACK. Stiel recounts how her father made her laugh--and at times cry--throughout her childhood. This is a meditation on life and times with a father who was a household name, and Stiel alternates... Read More

GIVEN AWAY

GIVEN AWAY Korean Adoptees Tell Their Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Glenn Morey, Julie Morey | Read by Jeena Yi, Allison Hiroto, James Chen, Cindy Kay, Glenn Morey

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this audiobook offshoot of his film project SIDE BY SIDE, filmmaker Glenn Morey presents moving first-person accounts of 15 people who were separated from their families in South Korea and adopted by people in Western countries. Morey, himself a South Korean adoptee, narrates with earnest warmth, explaining what inspired him and his wife to follow up with the South Korean... Read More

GOOD APPLE

GOOD APPLE Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York

by Elizabeth Passarella | Read by Jill Blackwood

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jill Blackwood gives a lively narration of this audiobook--part memoir and part lesson on religion. Blackwood capably conveys Passarella's intention to bridge the divide between her conservative Christian upbringing in Memphis and her present-day life as a New York City writer, wife, and mother of three. Passarella is an admirably honest storyteller who reveals many intimate... Read More

THE GROWING SEASON

THE GROWING SEASON How I Built a New Life--and Saved an American Farm

by Sarah Frey | Read by Sarah Frey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

At a time when gardening is offering the world a respite from a seemingly endless pandemic, Sarah Frey's story of entrepreneurship, farming, and community strikes a welcome and hopeful chord. The memoir details Frey's beginnings as a plucky kid from rural Illinois with many siblings, who was at one time hailed as "America's Pumpkin Queen." Frey's voice has a lovely softness... Read More

A HISTORY OF SCARS

A HISTORY OF SCARS

by Laura Lee | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller homes in on the powerful essence of the 12 interrelated essays that comprise Korean-American Laura Lee's memoir. As is the case with many nonfiction accounts of mental health struggles, traumatic subject matter risks oversaturating the listener in emotional pain. But Zeller's performance adroitly navigates this complicated terrain, adjusting voice to... Read More

HUSTLE HARDER, HUSTLE SMARTER

HUSTLE HARDER, HUSTLE SMARTER

by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson | Read by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

At the start of this touching audiobook, Curtis Jackson, known as the rapper 50 Cent, says that while he's never been shy talking about his success, he's screwed up many things and is reluctant to call himself an expert on life. Yet his achievements in the entertainment world and his harrowing life as a drug dealer before that taught him lessons on managing himself and his... Read More

I CAME AS A SHADOW

I CAME AS A SHADOW An Autobiography

by John Thompson, Jesse Washington | Read by Jesse Washington

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The listener might think Jesse Washington's voice sounds too young to reflect that of the venerable basketball coach John Thompson, who died in 2020. But he settles quickly into just the right tone to help shape the autobiography. The late Thompson's life, opinions, and career are interesting topics. He never pulls punches in this honest reflection of his life. Much of what... Read More

IDA B. THE QUEEN

IDA B. THE QUEEN

by Michelle Duster | Read by Michelle Duster

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Michelle Duster delivers her biography of her great grandmother, Ida B. Wells, with obvious admiration and love. She moves smoothly from past to present as she documents Wells's life from her birth into slavery through Reconstruction, her role in establishing the NAACP, her work in the suffrage movement, and her lasting impact as it is acknowledged by today's Black... Read More

IF YOU TELL

IF YOU TELL A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood

by Gregg Olsen | Read by Karen Peakes

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Karen Peakes narrates this true-crime story of Shelly Knotek, a woman who knew no bounds. Peakes's performance sucks the listener into the scenes of abuse, torture, sadism, and, eventually, murder committed by Shelly. Her victims were her three daughters, Nikki, Sami, and Tori; her husband's nephew, Shane; and her friends, Kathy and Ron. Peakes delivers the narrative in an... Read More

IN SEARCH OF A KINGDOM

IN SEARCH OF A KINGDOM Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire

Earphones Award Winner

by Laurence Bergreen | Read by Michael Page

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The Elizabethan seaman Sir Francis Drake is one of history's most dashing figures, and this fine audiobook revives all the romance and excitement of a story that circumnavigates the globe. Drake, though a pirate, turned his back on the racist and imperialist practices that taint most European explorers and helped establish Britain as a naval power. Lawrence Bergreen, the... Read More

JOHN MUIR

JOHN MUIR The Scotsman Who Saved America's Wild Places

by Mary Colwell | Read by John McLain

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Naturalist John Muir is best known for his intimate writing about the Sierra Mountains in California, but he was far more complex, as this audiobook shows well. His entire life was shaped by religion, literature, an inquiring mind, and a love of nature, especially wilderness. John McLain offers a solid narration. The audiobook is packed with details about Muir's life, but... Read More

JUST AS I AM

JUST AS I AM

Earphones Award Winner

by Cicely Tyson, Michelle Burford | Read by Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson, Robin Miles

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

After a deeply touching foreword by Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis and an introduction by the indomitable force that was Cicely Tyson (1924-2021)--narrator Robin Miles picks up the torch and delivers 16 riveting, thought-provoking hours on the life and times of the author. She was born in Harlem to parents who were West Indian immigrants. Her career in modeling and show... Read More

KAMALA'S WAY

KAMALA'S WAY An American Life

by Dan Morain | Read by Soneela Nankani

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Anyone who watched the inauguration already knows the outline of Kamala Harris's life story. A former California senator, she's the first person of Afro-Caribbean and East Indian descent to be elected to the office of vice president. This audiobook seeks to fill in some of the details. Soneela Nankani offers an even narration. Her tone suits the material, and her pace is good,... Read More

THE LAST AMERICAN HERO

THE LAST AMERICAN HERO The Remarkable Life of John Glenn

by Alice L. George | Read by John Pruden

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

John Pruden's performance is welcoming yet authoritative, a perfect fit for this biography of astronaut John Glenn. George's audiobook frames Glenn's life comprehensively, covering his time at NASA, his political career, and his triumphant return to space at age 77. The audiobook captures the thrilling moments of Glenn's historic Earth orbit as Glenn describes his views of... Read More

THE LAST QUEEN

THE LAST QUEEN Elizabeth II's Seventy Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor

by Clive Irving | Read by Simon Vance

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The smooth-sounding Simon Vance employs an authoritative and engaging narration of Clive Irving's gossipy yet highly articulate biography of Queen Elizabeth II. Irving argues that the Queen's discomfort with significant social changes during her reign is the reason she likely believes she will be the final queen of the British monarchy. Vance applies a pleasing melding of a... Read More

LOVE IS AN EX-COUNTRY

LOVE IS AN EX-COUNTRY

by Randa Jarrar | Read by Randa Jarrar

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Throughout this absorbing memoir-in-essays, there are moments when you can hear laughter beneath author Randa Jarrar's narration. Her warm, no-nonsense tone adds levitiy to the heavy subject matter, which includes domestic abuse and sexual violence. But Jarrar's laughing voice, sly asides, and obvious affection for her friends and lovers also highlight what makes this audiobook... Read More

THE MAN WHO ATE TOO MUCH

THE MAN WHO ATE TOO MUCH The Life of James Beard

by John Birdsall | Read by Daniel Henning

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Performed with grace and care, Daniel Henning's outstanding narration of this fine biography reveals, warts and all, the larger-than-life James Beard. The renowned chef--who was six foot three and 300 pounds-- is considered the dean of American cookery. Henning narrates with intelligence at a good pace, and he gives the elegant prose its due. This is an audiobook filled with... Read More

'MEMBERING

'MEMBERING

Earphones Award Winner

by Austin Clarke | Read by Nigel Shawn Williams

ECW Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Nigel Shawn Williams seemingly reanimates the late Barbadian poet Austin Clarke, who spent decades living in Toronto, won Canada's Giller Award, as well as other literary recognition, and was named a Member of the Order of Canada. Williams's Caribbean-inflected speech and deliberate pacing fully deliver Clarke's delight in language as this memoir unfolds--from island... Read More

THE MOTH AND THE MOUNTAIN

THE MOTH AND THE MOUNTAIN A True Story of Love, War, and Everest

by Ed Caesar | Read by James Langton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook chronicles the life of adventurer Maurice Wilson, who returns from WWI with a dream of conquering Mt. Everest. Narrator James Langton skillfully introduces listeners to the fascinating and utterly outrageous Wilson, his mistresses, and his wives as he hunts down sources of money to fund his quest. He makes several attempts to climb and one attempt to fly and land... Read More

MR. NEW ORLEANS

MR. NEW ORLEANS The Life of a Big Easy Underworld Legend

by Frenchy Brouillette, Matthew Randazzo V | Read by Louis Herthum

Matthew Randazzo V | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Throughout this engrossing audiobook, author Frenchy Brouillette emphasizes that all he's ever wanted to do is show people a good time. Narrator Louis Herthum does just that, using a stellar Cajun accent as he takes listeners on a bumpy ride through Brouillette's colorful life. That starts with the teenaged Frenchy escaping from a stifling rural Louisiana town to New Orleans,... Read More

MY BROKEN LANGUAGE

MY BROKEN LANGUAGE A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Quiara Alegría Hudes | Read by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes brings warmth and exuberance to her narration in this memoir of family, language, home, and coming of age as an artist. A collection of heartbreaking and joyful moments comes alive through her voice. Her narration embodies the rhythms of her beloved North Philly neighborhood; the love and familiarity she uses to capture the voices of the many... Read More

MY CAPTAIN AMERICA

MY CAPTAIN AMERICA A Granddaughter's Memoir of a Legendary Comic Book Artist

by Megan Margulies | Read by Natasha Soudek

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

To author Megan Margulies, "Daddy Joe" was a kind, loving grandfather with perpetually ink-stained fingers who doted on her as she grew up and he grew old. Narrator Natasha Soudek brings out all the emotions in Margulies's relationship with her grandfather, who was known to the world as Joe Simon, the revered co-creator of Captain America. Soudek voices the tenderness and love... Read More

MY LAST EIGHT THOUSAND DAYS

MY LAST EIGHT THOUSAND DAYS

by Lee Gutkind | Read by Johnny Heller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Gutkind made his name writing creative nonfiction, an offshoot of new journalism. After a lifetime of telling other people's stories, MY LAST EIGHT THOUSAND DAYS is Gutkind's look inward. Narrator Johnny Heller is the perfect voice for sharing Gutkind's honest reflections--from successes to failures--both professional and personal. Gutkind explores what it means to be nearing... Read More

OVERNIGHT CODE

OVERNIGHT CODE The Life of Raye Montague, the Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering

by Paige Bowers, David R. Montague | Read by Robin Eller, Kevin Kenerly

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook biography tells the story of Raye Montague, the engineer who developed the first computer-generated ship design. That the engineer who pioneered this technological advancement was both female and African-American is especially inspiring. The main narrator is Robin Eller, who brings enthusiasm and vocal integrity to the task of showing listeners just who this... Read More

THE POWER OF ADRIENNE RICH

THE POWER OF ADRIENNE RICH

by Hilary Holladay | Read by Maggi-Meg Reed

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Hilary Holladay's biography of one of America's important poets occasionally falls into polemic, and Rich's sons disappear from it for long stretches, but it is a strong telling of a life. Maggi-Meg Reed narrates with an engaged and engaging passion. Rich knew most of the significant American poets of her era, and Reed does not attempt to create voices for the many speaking... Read More

THE RATLINE

THE RATLINE The Exalted Life and Mysterious Death of a Nazi Fugitive

Earphones Award Winner

by Philippe Sands | Read by Philippe Sands, Kayja Riemann, Stephen Fry

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Two uniquely matched voices tell the story of Nazis escaping Europe through Rome's "Ratline" after WWII. Author Phillippe Sands focuses on the life story of Otto von Wächter, the Nazi governor of Galicia and Krakow, who was complicit in the murder of many thousands of Polish Jews, including members of Sands's own family. Wächter's son, Horst, leads Sands to a family trove of... Read More

THE REAL HERGE

THE REAL HERGE The Inspiration Behind Tintin

by Sian Lye | Read by Simon Vance

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of the classic graphic novel series Tintin will enjoy this biographical audiobook about its creator, Herge. Listeners will learn about his lower-middle-class childhood in Belgium, his experience as a teenage illustrator for a Boy Scout magazine, and his years as the illustrious and sometimes controversial originator of the beloved boy reporter. With his hefty catalog,... Read More

THE SEDIMENTS OF TIME

THE SEDIMENTS OF TIME My Lifelong Search for the Past

by Meave Leakey, Samira Leakey | Read by Susan Myers

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With crisp British enunciation, narrator Susan Myers portrays the preeminent paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey. Leakey, wife of Richard Leakey, daughter-in-law of Mary and Lewis Leakey, who discovered the early human ancestor called Lucy, describes her digs and finds on the shores of Lake Turkana in northwest Kenya. Throughout this history of science and discovery, Leakey... Read More

SENSATIONAL

SENSATIONAL The Hidden History of Americas "Girl Stunt Reporters"

Earphones Award Winner

by Kim Todd | Read by Maggi-Meg Reed

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners will have a wonderful time diving into this accomplished history of the female "stunt reporters" of the late nineteenth century. This audiobook is indeed a sensational adventure for the ears. Narrator Maggi-Meg Reed is the ideal choice to deliver these narratives of women journalists who donned disguises and affected alternate identities to go undercover in medical... Read More

SPEAK, OKINAWA

SPEAK, OKINAWA A Memoir

by Elizabeth Miki Brina | Read by Sachi Lovatt

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Sachi Lovatt's measured, almost detached, tone suits author Elizabeth Miki Brina's candid memoir of her challenges with racial identity. Brina, the daughter of a war bride from Okinawa and an American veteran of the Vietnam War, shares her intimate and emotional story. Lovatt's calm tone and relaxed pace help listeners settle into the narrative's complexities as she... Read More

THE SUN AND HER STARS

THE SUN AND HER STARS

by Donna Rifkind | Read by Heather Henderson

Scribd Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

During the 1930-40s, Austrian actress turned screenwriter Salka Viertel maintained her salon in Santa Monica as a refuge for the emigré community of German and other European intellectuals. At one point in time, Viertel earned the highest screenwriter salary on the MGM Culver City lot. Even with the well-written content of this audiobook, Heather Henderson's narration, while... Read More

SURVIVING THE WHITE GAZE

SURVIVING THE WHITE GAZE

by Rebecca Carroll | Read by Rebecca Carroll

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Critic and podcaster Rebecca Carroll narrates her accomplished memoir about growing up the adopted daughter of a white couple and being the only Black resident in her small New Hampshire town. This affecting chronicle illuminates the overt and subtle racial discrimination she encounters as she searches to find her place in the world. As Carroll recounts her bohemian upbringing... Read More

THINKING AGAIN

THINKING AGAIN A Diary

Earphones Award Winner

by Jan Morris | Read by Jennifer M. Dixon

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jan Morris's piquant, irreverent daily diary about life as a nonagenarian in the 21st century is brought to vibrant life by narrator Jennifer M. Dixon. As she did in her first book of jottings, the famous Welsh author and historian, who died in 2020, observes everything from world politics to neighborhood birds--from aging, family, and love to the pleasures of jam on toast in... Read More

THE THREE MOTHERS

THE THREE MOTHERS How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

by Anna Malaika Tubbs | Read by Anna Malaika Tubbs

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As author and narrator Anna Malaika Tubbs states at the beginning of her audiobook, these examinations of three of the most important mothers in this nation's history are long overdue. For decades, the lives and stories of James Baldwin, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcom X have been told and retold, thoroughly researched, and subject to ongoing scholarship. But the... Read More

UNFINISHED

UNFINISHED A Memoir

by Priyanka Chopra Jonas | Read by Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Priyanka Chopra Jonas narrates her story of growing up in an Indian military family before becoming a Bollywood, then Hollywood, starlet. She does so with heartfelt earnestness that is endearing and unexpected, given her star status. Jonas takes listeners on an intimate and detailed emotional journey from her feelings of having been abandoned at boarding school to her lack of... Read More

A VERY PUNCHABLE FACE

A VERY PUNCHABLE FACE A Memoir

by Colin Jost | Read by Colin Jost

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

No one other than Colin Jost could have narrated his life story, which he does so perfectly in this audiobook memoir. His trademark self-effacing delivery, honed from 15 years on "Saturday Night Live," is flat-out wonderful. In this funny and revealing audiobook, Jost discusses growing up on Staten Island, where occupational choices were limited to firefighting or garbage... Read More

WALKING WITH GHOSTS

WALKING WITH GHOSTS

Earphones Award Winner

by Gabriel Byrne | Read by Gabriel Byrne

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Irish actor Gabriel Byrne's smoky voice whispers in your ear, gets into your head, and takes you on a deeply personal journey into his life. Byrne is brutally honest and down-to-earth as he explores the people and events that made him who he is today. In gorgeous writing that feels like stream-of-consciousness poetry, he reveals his attraction to the rituals of the Church in... Read More

WHAT WOULD FRIDA DO?

WHAT WOULD FRIDA DO? A Guide to Living Boldly

Earphones Award Winner

by Arianna Davis | Read by Marisa Blake

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Bilingual voice artist Marisa Blake narrates with a lovely warmth that makes this combination biography/personal growth audio as delightful to hear as it is inspiring to absorb. Her beguiling tone and phrasing draw people into the world of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican-born painter who overcame the crippling effects of polio and a disfiguring bus accident to become an international... Read More

YOU ARE READY FOR TAKEOFF

YOU ARE READY FOR TAKEOFF A Short Trip

by Susan Orlean | Read by Susan Orlean

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Susan Orlean, who is most known for her book THE ORCHID THIEF, narrates a short essay about overcoming her fear of flying. She highlights her phobia and the path she took to overcome it. She also provides a short history of those psychological treatments--chiefly hypnosis. As she switches from first- and second-person points of view, Orlean's experience is shared in an... Read More

YOU DON'T BELONG HERE

YOU DON'T BELONG HERE How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Becker | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This is an extraordinary audiobook about four extraordinary women who were war correspondents--the three women who are the subject of Becker's book, as well as the author herself. Adding to the remarkable story of these groundbreaking journalists is the skill of narrator Lisa Flanagan, who is pitch-perfect throughout this account of the trailblazers. She moves from harrowing... Read More

YOU'RE LEAVING WHEN?

YOU'RE LEAVING WHEN? Adventures in Downward Mobility

by Annabelle Gurwitch | Read by Annabelle Gurwitch

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Annabelle Gurwitch is spunky, funny, and upbeat in this no-holds-barred memoir about her unconventional life as a divorced mom of a nonbinary 20-something in recovery. Listeners will find her performance refreshing and revelatory as she takes them through the ups and downs of her unusual life. Gurwitch takes everything--from her home to her marriage to... Read More

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