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ALL OF THIS

ALL OF THIS A Memoir of Death and Desire

by Rebecca Woolf | Read by Rebecca Woolf

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rebecca Woolf, writer and blogger, narrates her memoir with devastating clarity and compassion. She married young when a surprise pregnancy occurred in a relationship that had just barely begun. After 14 years in a stifling and abusive marriage that included raising four kids and a life that asked her to sacrifice too much of herself, she finally demanded a divorce. Weeks... Read More

ALSO A POET

ALSO A POET A Memoir

by Ada Calhoun | Read by Ada Calhoun, Lili Taylor, Josephine Brill

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In many ways, this audiobook defies description. When Calhoun unearthed interview recordings that her father--NEW YORKER critic Peter Schjeldahl--had made years prior, she decided to use them herself to finish his intended biography of poet Frank O'Hara. What emerges here, though, is a memoir about O'Hara's presence in Calhoun's own identity and in her relationship with her... Read More

AUTOPORTRAIT

AUTOPORTRAIT

by Jesse Ball | Read by James Patrick Cronin

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Novelist and poet Jesse Ball seems to be completely honest in this memoir, so much so that he comes across as arrogant, neurotic, and, frankly, unpleasant. The structure of the audiobook is quite unusual, making it difficult for narrator James Patrick Cronin to develop characters in any of the usual ways. The text jumps around in seeming free association rather than a... Read More

BACK TO THE PRAIRIE

BACK TO THE PRAIRIE A Home Remade, A Life Rediscovered

by Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield [Fore] | Read by Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield [Intro.]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of Melissa Gilbert and "Little House on the Prairie" will get a lift during this performance of her second memoir, this one detailing her life with Timothy Busfield. Although Gilbert's voice has matured with age, one still hears the perky nuances that made her performances as Laura Ingalls so endearing. Anecdotes are filled with joy, anger, hope, and laughter as the couple... Read More

BOOKENDS

BOOKENDS A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature

by Zibby Owens | Read by Zibby Owens

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Zibby Owens recounts her meandering path from coping with self-doubt and battling an eating disorder to launching a successful podcasting career. She treats listeners to her characteristic honesty whether she's describing crippling self-consciousness or later love and finding her métier. Owens's style is gentle, easy on the ears, and relatable. She chronicles her search for... Read More

CHURCHILL'S SHADOW

CHURCHILL'S SHADOW The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill

by Geoffrey Wheatcroft | Read by Jonathan Keeble

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Winston Churchill led a life that would be hard to believe in a fictional account. Churchill's lineage--he was descended from John Churchill, the bane of Louis XIV--all but assured that he would be a character of legend--a politician and a warrior, or so it seems. His career in politics, which covered a span of more than a half-century, is enough to demand notice. Jonathan... Read More

CRYING IN THE BATHROOM

CRYING IN THE BATHROOM A Memoir

by Erika L. Sánchez | Read by Erika L. Sánchez

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Erika L. Sánchez expertly narrates her own collection of essays about growing up the foul-mouthed outcast daughter of Mexican immigrants. She also addresses the frustrating experience of finding her identity despite racism, bad relationships, and inherent sexism in America and abroad. From living in apartments without heat to becoming a Fulbright scholar in Spain,... Read More

DINNERS WITH RUTH

DINNERS WITH RUTH A Memoir of Friendship

Earphones Award Winner

by Nina Totenberg | Read by Nina Totenberg

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Nina Totenberg's remarkable memoir about friendship, love, fortitude, and the marvelous Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a gift to each woman's multitudinous fans. Listeners who recognize only one of their names, or even neither, will still be moved by Totenberg's affecting, wise, and often funny reflections on loving the people we love. Narrated by the author, a renowned journalist and... Read More

DIRECTED BY JAMES BURROWS

DIRECTED BY JAMES BURROWS Five Decades of Stories from the Legendary Director of Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, and More

by James Burrows, Eddy Friedfeld | Read by James Burrows, Danny Campbell

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

James "Jimmy' Burrows, the son of legendary playwright Abe Burrows, is the longtime king of situation comedy directing. In this audiobook he offers a sober, deliberately measured, entertaining, and remarkably casual glimpse of his professional life behind the scenes. The principal narration by Burrows is understated, unemotional, with a consistent tone and pace. While this... Read More

DIRTBAG, MASSACHUSETTS

DIRTBAG, MASSACHUSETTS A Confessional

by Isaac Fitzgerald | Read by Isaac Fitzgerald

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Trust the author/narrator when he says this memoir is a confessional--because it is. And there may be some things about Fitzgerald's life listeners would prefer not to know. Nonetheless, this is an interesting listen about a person who's led a fascinating, if at times, shocking, life. Fitzgerald had a troubled upbringing and shares some heartbreaking stories of violence and... Read More

THE EARTH IS ALL THAT LASTS

THE EARTH IS ALL THAT LASTS Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation

by Mark Lee Gardner | Read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This well-researched, well-written dual biography of the two great Lakota leaders Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse is a detailed account of their lives beyond their victory over the U.S. Army at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Shaun Taylor-Corbett's baritone voice is a splendid vehicle to perform this account. Listening to this production, one hears the constant conflict between... Read More

THE FACEMAKER

THE FACEMAKER A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I

by Lindsey Fitzharris | Read by Daniel Gillies

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Daniel Gillies sounds weary at times as he narrates accounts of WWI battles--much as the soldiers who fought the battles might have. Listeners will come to feel that the new war technology of the time only brought new ways to disfigure faces. That's natural for an audiobook about the man who found new ways to put those faces back together. Dr. Harold Gillies also saw the need... Read More

THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES

THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES My Time with Zelenskyy, Ukraine's Battle for Democracy, and What It Means for the World

by Iuliia Mendel | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya, Iuliia Mendel [Pref. & Note]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jennifer Jill Araya's narration bubbles over with the author's enthusiasm for Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky. Mendel is the president's former press secretary. Araya adds a soupçon of Mendel's anger toward Zelensky's rivals to the discussion of Ukraine's political environment before the recent war. When Mendel turns to the current invasion by Russia, mostly in the last... Read More

I USED TO LIVE HERE ONCE

I USED TO LIVE HERE ONCE The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys

Earphones Award Winner

by Miranda Seymour | Read by Diana Quick

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

British actress Diana Quick brings her aristocratic voice and impeccable pacing to this biography of the writer Jean Rhys. Most known for her mesmerizing novel WIDE SARGASSO SEA, Rhys was as extraordinary as the women in her work. Of mixed Welsh, Scots, and Creole descent, she was raised on the Caribbean island of Dominica. After moving to England at age 16, she lived a... Read More

I'M GLAD MY MOM DIED

I'M GLAD MY MOM DIED

by Jennette McCurdy | Read by Jennette McCurdy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In her memoir, author/narrator Jennette McCurdy uses a dynamic voice for her mother's lines and a flat tone for much of her own thoughts and dialogue. The writer, director, podcaster, singer, and former child actor shares details of her dark adolescence. Years after her mother's death, she is now coming to terms with the emotional and physical abuse she endured from a mother... Read More

IMAGINE A CITY

IMAGINE A CITY A Pilot's Journey Across the Urban World

by Mark Vanhoenacker | Read by Kyle Soller

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mark Vanhoenacker, the author of SKYFARING, is an international airline pilot whose charming and intimate memoir is also a love letter to many of the world's principal cities. The combination travelogue/autobiography is artfully narrated by Kyle Soller with tone and pacing that are consistently wonderful in their unhurried way. Vanhoenacker's personal journey as a gay man is... Read More

IN SENSORIUM

IN SENSORIUM Notes for My People

by Tanaïs | Read by Tanaïs

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Tanaïs narrates their memoir about their personal life, the Covid-19 pandemic, and perfume. This material is intermixed with the complicated history of the Indian subcontinent. The overall effect of Tanaïs's soft voice and contemplative pace has a meditative effect on the listener. This work could be listened to while unwinding on long walks but perhaps not during road trips.... Read More

INVENTING THE IT GIRL

INVENTING THE IT GIRL How Elinor Glyn Created the Modern Romance and Conquered Early Hollywood

by Hilary A. Hallett | Read by Pamela Almand

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Pamela Almand's narration makes listening to this literary biography of Elinor Glyn (18641943) informative and intriguing. Soon after Glyn's socially advantageous marriage to her charming, philandering husband, she begins to realize that something is missing in her well-ordered life. Almand emphasizes Glyn's frustration and determination as she defies repressed Victorian... Read More

KOSHERSOUL

KOSHERSOUL The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew

by Michael W. Twitty | Read by Michael W. Twitty

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Chef Michael Twitty's candid and warm style allows his intimate memoir to excel as an audiobook. Far more than an autobiography, KOSHERSOUL is a revealing account of Twitty's lifelong journeys--as a Black man, as a Jew, and as a gay man--and how those worlds have united and clashed. Twitty's style is engaging, and he narrates in a tone that embraces listeners and invites them... Read More

A LIFE IN LIGHT

A LIFE IN LIGHT Meditations on Impermanence

by Mary Pipher | Read by Jessica Garcie

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Jessica Garcie takes listeners through this memoir of ordinary days punctuated by traumatic events, as explored through the eyes of writer Mary Pipher. As the beloved author and well-known psychologist specializing in women's experiences describes her childhood and adult years, listeners hear the lessons of a well-lived life. Garcie's narration is thoughtful and... Read More

MARY CHURCHILL'S WAR

MARY CHURCHILL'S WAR The Wartime Diaries of Churchill's Youngest Daughter

by Mary Churchill, Emma Soames [Ed.] | Read by Beth Eyre, Emma Soames

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Beth Eyre shares the personal triumphs and heartbreaks of a young woman who is caught in the middle of WWII, Winston Churchill's youngest daughter, Mary. Taken directly from Mary's wartime diaries, this audiobook explores the day-to-day life of a young woman who is both growing up at the center of a powerful British family and becoming her own person during turbulent... Read More

MY LIFE: GROWING UP ASIAN IN AMERICA

MY LIFE: GROWING UP ASIAN IN AMERICA

Earphones Award Winner

by CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) [Eds.], SuChin Pak [Intro.], Michelle K. Sugihara [Afterword] | Read by Jennifer Aquino, Ramón de Ocampo, Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan, Marie Lu, Michelle Myers, Soneela Nankani, SuChin Pak, Sura Siu, Michelle K. Sugihara, Sokunthary Svay, Catzie Vilayphonh

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This anthology covering the diverse lived experiences of Asian-Americans is enhanced by a full cast of vocal performers. Composed of 30 essays and poems, the collection covers a wide range of experiences from different intersectionalities. The talented narrators deliver the vignettes in varying styles, creating a compelling aural smorgasbord. Similar themes of being othered,... Read More

OUT OF THE CORNER

OUT OF THE CORNER

by Jennifer Grey | Read by Jennifer Grey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of the cult classic DIRTY DANCING will be all ears as its female lead, Jennifer Grey, narrates the story of her rise to fame--and sudden loss of it--in this unflinching memoir. From her childhood with her famous father, actor Joel Grey, to behind-the-scenes anecdotes of the film, and beyond, Grey retraces her path from stardom to a mistimed cosmetic procedure, and then to... Read More

PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING

PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING The Life of Jim Thorpe

by David Maraniss | Read by David Maraniss

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The author of this in-depth biography of the legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe narrates the text earnestly but flatly. It's too bad because, while this is a long listen, Maraniss reveals the mythology and pure fiction relating to the oft-called "greatest athlete in the world." Thorpe, who described himself as five-eighths Indian, won the decathlon and pentathlon in... Read More

RED PAINT

RED PAINT The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk

by Sasha LaPointe | Read by Sasha LaPointe

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sasha LaPointe is an Indigenous artist--a descendant of the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian tribes--as well as a poet and now an author/narrator. She voices her coming-of-age memoir in soft, melodic tones while recounting a nomadic childhood full of identity conflict. LaPointe is an engaging storyteller who shares her various journeys, which range from expanding her... Read More

ROUGH DRAFT

ROUGH DRAFT A Memoir

by Katy Tur | Read by Katy Tur

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of MSNBC anchor Katy Tur will be familiar with her skills and confidence in front of the camera. Here she narrates her memoir of her unconventional life. Her story will appeal not only to listeners interested in journalism, but also to anyone who enjoys a forthright or thoughtful narrative about an unusual life, along with personal takes on current events. Tur gives... Read More

SCENES FROM MY LIFE

SCENES FROM MY LIFE A Memoir

by Michael K. Williams, Jon Sternfeld | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Dion Graham's deep voice and emotionally fueled performance beautifully portray Michael K. Williams's journey from outsider to actor to activist. In this posthumously published memoir, Williams is open about many aspects of his life in the arts, including how finding success as Omar on "The Wire" couldn't help him escape addiction. Graham channels Williams, in part, by... Read More

SHO-TIME

SHO-TIME The Inside Story of Shohei Ohtani and the Greatest Baseball Season Ever Played

by Jeff Fletcher | Read by Kyle Tait

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Baseball great Shohei Ohtani has captured the attention of fans from Japan to the U.S. with his rare ability to play on both sides of the ball. He is a gifted pitcher and hitter. The author traces Ohtani's path from his homeland to his sought-after signing by the majors, especially his time with the Los Angeles Angels. Kyle Tait delivers a clear performance, never imitating... Read More

STOP-TIME

STOP-TIME

by Frank Conroy | Read by Robert Fass

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Robert Fass's new performance of writer Frank Conroy's 1967 memoir has the feel of classic storytelling in the 1930s and '40s. It's a perfect match for the stories unfolding here. It's best to hear these stories in order--they work as a chronological narrative of nostalgic reflections. Amusement parks, train rides, comic books, and yo-yo tricks all make appearances. Yet... Read More

SUPER-INFINITE

SUPER-INFINITE The Transformation of John Donne

Earphones Award Winner

by Katherine Rundell | Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Portraying the life of the seventeenth-century poet John Donne, narrator Simon Vance is, as always, eloquent, precise, and finely attuned. He delivers some of the finest lines in British poetry with ease and assurance. Donne's poetic genius emerged out of long struggle and deprivation, shadowed by a love-match elopement that ruined his prospects but inspired much of his... Read More

TO FALL IN LOVE, DRINK THIS

TO FALL IN LOVE, DRINK THIS A Wine Writer's Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Alice Feiring | Read by Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Gabra Zackman has that rare ability to get inside the souls of her authors. Here she reads Feiring's memoir with an understanding of its confessional dips into the past and its compelling journeys into the wine world of the present. Her pauses matter, she chats when needed, and her pacing is spot-on. Zackman's French and Italian are musical. The audiobook is an... Read More

WAKE

WAKE The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

Earphones Award Winner

by Rebecca Hall, Tyler English-Beckwith | Read by DeWanda Wise, Chanté Adams, Jerrie Johnson, Bahni Turpin, and a Full Cast

Podium Audio | Audio Program
Biography & Memoir

Opening with the film-like sounds of a gathering storm at sea and a group of captive African women staging a desperate battle for their freedom, this combined memoir/audio play/graphic novel bursts with energy, inspiration, and little-known historical facts throughout. Based on Rebecca Hall's pioneering research into women-led slave revolts, the story becomes personal when... Read More

WHAT'S SO FUNNY?

WHAT'S SO FUNNY? A Cartoonist's Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by David Sipress | Read by T. Ryder Smith

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In wry tones, T. Ryder Smith deftly narrates David Sipress's bittersweet and charming memoir about growing up in New York City in the 1960s and his rocky road to being a successful cartoonist for the NEW YORKER. Smith gives Sipress's father a brusque tone and Brooklyn accent that is in direct contrast to the relaxed tenor of the rest of the narration, artfully conveying... Read More

WOMAN, WATCHING

WOMAN, WATCHING Louise de Kiriline Lawrence and the Songbirds of Pimisi Bay

Earphones Award Winner

by Merilyn Simonds | Read by Elizabeth Wiley

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Elizabeth Wiley's warm voice and audible enthusiasm welcome listeners to the remarkable story of Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, a Swedish aristocrat who became a WWI front-line nurse, then a Canadian wilderness nurse, and finally a pioneering bird-watcher known as Canada's Rachel Carson. Captivating even for those with only a passing interest in birds, Simonds's book is an artful... Read More

ZELENSKY

ZELENSKY A Biography

by Serhii Rudenko, Michael M. Naydan, Alla Perminova [Translators] | Read by Mike Lenz

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mostly, Mike Lenz narrates in a low-key, evenhanded way. Still, he becomes excited as he describes the atmosphere surrounding Volodymyr Zelensky's victory in the Ukrainian presidential election. Lenz drops a few hints of trouble ahead, though. And not just the war with Russia. Although the author, a Ukrainian journalist, praises Zelensky's fight against the Russian invasion, he... Read More

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