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ABLE Gold Medals, Grand Slams and Smashing Glass Ceilings

by Dylan Alcott | Read by Dylan Alcott

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The Australian author, who narrates his own work, details his life as a competitor in wheelchair basketball and tennis, his music-festival-hopping lifestyle, world travels, and so much more. He makes it clear that using a wheelchair will not stop him from what he wants to do and accomplish. With a gravelly voice, Alcott narrates his story, which is inspiring without being... Read More

THE ADVENTURES OF HERBIE COHEN

THE ADVENTURES OF HERBIE COHEN World's Greatest Negotiator

by Rich Cohen | Read by Paul Adelstein

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Paul Adelstein narrates in a way that Brooklyn-born Herb Cohen might have sounded in his prime: confident, strong, and with a hint of know-it-all impatience. With Adelstein's clear vocal tone and unwavering clarity, he is a wonderful choice to narrate these sharp-witted anecdotes about a unique American personality. The son of Jewish immigrants, Cohen was trained as an... Read More

AGENT JOSEPHINE

AGENT JOSEPHINE American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

by Damien Lewis | Read by Damien Lewis

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Regrettably, the narrator of this audiobook is not the British actor featured in WOLF HALL and HOMEFRONT, but a prolific British author of military and dog-themed titles. Neither has he, equally regrettably, enlisted a professional narrator to present his history of American singer-dancer Josephine Baker's career as an anti-Nazi operative during WWII. Instead, most regrettably,... Read More

ANNA

ANNA The Biography

Earphones Award Winner

by Amy Odell | Read by Imogen Church

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Imogen Church introduces Anna Wintour to listeners as a soft-spoken, young British socialite. This Anna developed her appetite for beautiful clothes as a teenager in 1960s London, where she caught the fashion bug so completely that she left high school to devote herself to developing her role in this domain. (She later graduated.) Church's expert performance captures... Read More

BE MY BABY

BE MY BABY A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Ronnie Spector, Vince Waldron | Read by Rosie Perez

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rosie Perez convincingly narrates this memoir by Ronnie Spector, lead singer of the Ronettes, a complicated woman who was socially naïve, emotionally fearless, and prone to melodrama. Perez and Spector are spiritual kin--showbiz outliers with distinctive voices, street cred, and all-in performing styles. Much of the audiobook is devoted to her producer/husband Phil Spector, who... Read More

BRACE FOR IMPACT

BRACE FOR IMPACT

by Gabe Montesanti | Read by Gabe Montesanti

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this memoir full of grief, rage, and the healing power of the queer community, Gabe Montesanti recounts how joining a roller derby team helped her face childhood traumas, disordered eating, and her relationship with her emotionally abusive mother. Her narration is full of compassion, especially for her younger self who couldn't process what was happening to her, let alone... Read More

CAUGHT IN THE ACT

CAUGHT IN THE ACT A Memoir

by Shane Jenek | Read by Shane Jenek

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Shane Jenek delivers the journey of his self-discovery and transformation at a jaunty pace that captures his personality and engages listeners. Raised in Australia by loving parents, he never felt fully comfortable with his assigned gender. His memoir recounts how he found international success as a drag queen. Fans of his alter ego, Courtney Act, will be... Read More

CIMINO

CIMINO The Deer Hunter, Heavens Gate, and the Price of a Vision

by Charles Elton | Read by Michael Butler Murray

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Michael Butler Murray delivers a discussion of the ambiguities surrounding filmmaker Michael Cimino with a conversational approach that suggests an intent to set the record straight. His transparent narration avoids dramatic flourishes, providing a neutral though engaging delivery of the contradictions that encompassed Cimino. Was Cimino born in 1939--or in 1951, as he... Read More

COMING UP FOR AIR

COMING UP FOR AIR

by Tom Daley | Read by Tom Daley

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The British Olympian recounts his own story of growing up, meeting the challenges of being a competitive diver, and falling in love with a screenwriter who is now his husband. The subsequent birth of their son via a surrogate is also included. Daley narrates with clear diction and an empathetic tone. The author simply opens up about his life--in and out of the pool. Daley's... Read More

CONSTRUCTING A NERVOUS SYSTEM

CONSTRUCTING A NERVOUS SYSTEM A Memoir

by Margo Jefferson | Read by Karen Murray

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is a challenge. A companion piece to writer and critic Jefferson's previous memoir, NEGROLAND, its poetic style and fragmented structure may put off listeners expecting a more linear narrative. Karen Murray's skillful delivery, though, reminds us that challenge is a good thing. With patience and an open mind, one is exposed to both Jefferson's life experience and... Read More

DIARY OF A YOUNG NATURALIST

DIARY OF A YOUNG NATURALIST

by Dara McAnulty | Read by Dara McAnulty

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Dara McAnulty is an Irish teenager on the autism spectrum who is obsessed with the natural world. His Northern Irish accent is charming--all the "th" sounds disappear into "d" sounds--and evokes a sense of the landscape. McAnulty explains that his meticulous observations of birds, insects, plants, and animals help him to focus and to process information in a positive way. He... Read More

DIDN'T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL

DIDN'T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL In Defense of Whitney Houston

by Gerrick Kennedy, Brandy [Fore.] | Read by Leon Nixon

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is for anyone who thinks they know and understand the life and challenges of singer Whitney Houston. Narrator Leon Nixon's impassioned performance as the author and real-life music critic obsessed with Houston will make you cheer. And maybe shed a tear. Nixon gives context to Houston's over-publicized life and career. When he breathes a song lyric or two--as... Read More

DILETTANTE

DILETTANTE True Tales of Excess, Triumph, and Disaster

by Dana Brown | Read by Dana Brown

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Performing this sophisticated, often poetic, writing about his personal journey through the "fertile tableau and morass" that was New York City in the 1990s, former VANITY FAIR insider Dana Brown sounds assured and thoughtful--like the charismatic and intellectually savvy Gen-X New Yorker he is. What makes this combination memoir and cultural history so compelling is that the... 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

EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE

EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE A Love Story, in Music Lessons

Earphones Award Winner

by Jeremy Denk | Read by Jeremy Denk

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jeremy Denk is a pianist and so intimately familiar with harmony, melody, and rhythm that it even seeps into his voice with a tone and expressiveness that is musical. He's reflective and wonderfully droll in this memoir in the broadest sense of coming of age--becoming a person, a pianist, and a teacher, along with getting comfortable in his romantic life. He often seems amused... Read More

FACE THE MUSIC

FACE THE MUSIC A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Peter Duchin, Patricia Beard | Read by Johnny Heller, Peter Duchin [Intro.]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This charming, humorous audiobook recounts bandleader Peter Duchin's early life and includes anecdotes of his adult life in midcentury America. Golden Voice narrator Johnny Heller turns these details into a cohesive story, which he delivers with ease and clarity. His natural ability to control the pace and rhythm of his presentation provides a skillful examination of events.... 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 FLAG, THE CROSS, AND THE STATION WAGON

THE FLAG, THE CROSS, AND THE STATION WAGON A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened

by Bill McKibben | Read by Eric Jason Martin

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Eric Jason Martin adds gusto to this mini-memoir, which spans much of author Bill McKibben's lifetime. Listeners first see him as a proud American teen who guides tours on the Revolution in his hometown of Lexington, Massachusetts. But as he grows older, he observes continued racism--including inequality of income, housing, education, and more--and cries out WHY?... Read More

FLOWER DIARY

FLOWER DIARY In Which Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door

by Molly Peacock | Read by Alicia Payne

ECW Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A fascinating study of the life and work of Mary Hiester Reid, a turn-of-the-century still life painter, FLOWER DIARY promises listeners an audio biography full of personality and unique insights. Molly Peacock, a poet, personalizes this biography by inserting interludes of her own connections to the artist and research process without overshadowing the interesting biographical... Read More

FLY GIRL

FLY GIRL A Memoir

by Ann Hood | Read by Ann Hood

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ann Hood (KITCHEN YARNS) gracefully narrates her memoir of the years she spent as a TWA stewardess. Opening with a history of flight attendants, she segues into airline training, travel adventures, and bumps in the air, and finishes with the demise of TWA and some words on its legacy. Hood's smoky mature voice expresses the self-confidence she gained as a result of her aviation... Read More

FOUL BALL

FOUL BALL My Life & Hard Times Trying to Save an Old Ballpark

by Jim Bouton, Paula Bouton[Fore.] | Read by Jim Seybert, Lisa Lockford [Fore.]

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The engaging snarkiness of Jim Bouton's writing shines in this entertaining audiobook. Bouton chronicles his efforts to save Wahconah Park, an old stadium in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and to bring a minor league baseball team to the city. Jim Seybert narrates with the right mix of candor, hubris, and resentment. This is not a baseball book, as many would expect. Instead, it's... Read More

HERE, RIGHT MATTERS

HERE, RIGHT MATTERS An American Story

by Alexander Vindman | Read by Jacques Roy, Alexander Vindman [Intro. and Epilogue]

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Alexander Vindman is the presidential advisor who testified at an impeachment hearing that our last president pressured a foreign leader to deliver damaging information about a political opponent. While the author's reading of the introduction and epilogue is serviceable, Jacques Roy's performance of the chapters is pleasing and sensitive to the pathos in Vindman's epic story.... Read More

HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD

HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert Samuels, Toluse Olorunnipa | Read by Dion Graham, Robert Samuels, Toluse Olorunnipa [Intro.]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In the last moments of his life, George Floyd called out for his mother. Dion Graham narrates this passage with such knowing naturalism and compassion that it will just about break listeners' hearts. With his ease with American regional accents and idioms, Graham follows Floyd's life from North Carolina to coming of age in the tough Third Ward of Houston, Texas. Sensitive and... Read More

HOLLYWOOD ENDING

HOLLYWOOD ENDING Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence

by Ken Auletta | Read by Jonathan Coleman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Twenty-four hours spent tracking Harvey Weinstein's rise and fall may be more than enough for many listeners. Jonathan Coleman is an accomplished narrator, but his pace is deliberate, each detail carefully underscored, as if he were telling a story fresh and new. In fact, much of what's revealed here has been reported already. Thoroughly researched, the narrative goes from... 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

ISN'T HER GRACE AMAZING!

ISN'T HER GRACE AMAZING! The Women Who Changed Gospel Music

by Cheryl Wills | Read by Tracey Leigh

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Featuring the stories of 25 women in gospel music, this audiobook is a short but powerful listen. Focusing on a mix of legends in the genre and newer performers, the work provides a journey through gospel that is well researched, personal, and engaging. From Inez Andrews to Mahalia Jackson, from Aretha Franklin to Yolanda Adams, this production focuses on the many ways that... Read More

KHABAAR

KHABAAR An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family

by Madhushree Ghosh | Read by Deepti Gupta

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Deepti Gupta is a soulful voice for this feminist memoir about migration, food, and staying true to one's choices. As narrator, she is a believable stand-in for the author, who reveals her struggles, and those of her extended family, as they undergo many major life transitions. Gupta dramatically expresses Ghosh's disorientation at her new life in America, annoyance with... Read More

LEARNING THE BIRDS

LEARNING THE BIRDS A Midlife Adventure

by Susan Fox Rogers | Read by Rosemary Benson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rosemary Benson's melodic and expressive voice is perfect for these introspective essays about bird-watching, finding community, and striving for love. Susan Fox Rogers, a professor, is embarrassed when she can't identify a birdcall to her nature-writing students--and so begins her journey of learning about birds. She buys practical pants and good binoculars and becomes... Read More

LONG TRAIN RUNNIN'

LONG TRAIN RUNNIN' Our Story of the Doobie Brothers

by Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, Chris Epting | Read by T. Ryder Smith, Graham Winton, Chris Henry Coffey, Leon Nixon

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Everyone knows the music of the Doobie Brothers, but how many know the true history of the band? Narrators T. Ryder Smith, Graham Winton, Chris Coffey, and Leon Nixon re-create the band's story, as written by founding members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston (along with music journalist Chris Epting). The alternating--and sometimes contradictory--delivery of events by band members... Read More

MA AND ME

MA AND ME A Memoir

by Putsata Reang | Read by Putsata Reang

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Putsata Reang's quiet narration of her beautiful, poignant memoir holds both deep compassion and raw pain. In the 1970s, she fled Cambodia with her family. She was small and sick, and the captain urged her mother to throw her overboard; instead, her mother saved her. That debt haunted Reang as a child and a young adult as she strove to become the perfect Cambodian daughter. She... Read More

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS A Memoir in Essays

Earphones Award Winner

by Minnie Driver | Read by Minnie Driver

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

English actor Minnie Driver's captivating performance of her exceptional memoir will have you listening 24/7. In witty prose and with great storytelling skill, Driver offers beautifully crafted, often funny, always wise snapshots of her life. Ten-year-old Minnie revenge-shopping on a solo trip from Barbados to Florida to England. Minnie evading the Coast Guard while delivering... 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

MEAN BABY

MEAN BABY A Memoir of Growing Up

Earphones Award Winner

by Selma Blair | Read by Selma Blair

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Selma Blair recounts the story of her life, starting with her childhood struggles and continuing through her present challenges as a mother who has multiple sclerosis. Sounding vulnerable and authentic, Blair also shares her highs and lows with humor and wisdom. She powerfully expresses an array of emotions from moments of bliss to immense anguish, showing a total... Read More

METAPHYSICAL ANIMALS

METAPHYSICAL ANIMALS How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life

by Clare Mac Cumhaill, Rachael Wiseman | Read by Alex Dunmore

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Written as a portrait of four friends who attended Oxford together during WWII, this audiobook explores the ways that these women-- Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot, Elizabeth Anscombe, and Mary Midgley-- introduced new approaches to the discipline of philosophy. Alex Dunmore narrates both the women's voices and the occasional German or American voice, complete with accents, with... Read More

MISS CHLOE

MISS CHLOE A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison

Earphones Award Winner

by A.J. Verdelle | Read by Bahni Turpin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

AudioFile Golden Voice Bahni Turpin turns A.J. Verdelle's reflections on her relationship with Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison into a song of praise and wonder. Morrison, born Chloe Wofford, first entered the author's life after the publication of Verdelle's novel, THE GOOD NEGRESS. They built a friendship based on their shared love of language and literature and their... Read More

MY FOURTH TIME, WE DROWNED

MY FOURTH TIME, WE DROWNED Seeking Refuge on the World's Deadliest Migration Route

Earphones Award Winner

by Sally Hayden | Read by Aoife McMahon

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook highlights why, in certain circumstances, nothing can replace the power of the spoken word. Aoife McMahon's narration is extraordinary, as are the first-person accounts she presents of the lives of refugees in Libyan detention camps and their efforts to escape seemingly unfathomable conditions. McMahon's delivery is precise and in many ways as haunting as the... Read More

MY GREATEST SAVE

MY GREATEST SAVE The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey of a World Champion Goalkeeper

by Briana Scurry, Wayne Coffey | Read by Briana Scurry

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Nine months before the enactment of Title IX, Briana Scurry was born. She took full advantage of the law that expanded women's sports. This is an audiobook about resilience and courage; Scurry narrates her story with vulnerability and authenticity. She details her journey through childhood, then a full sports scholarship to college, and on to women's soccer. Her 14 years on the... Read More

MY WAR IN THE JUNGLE

MY WAR IN THE JUNGLE The Long-Delayed Memoir of a Marine Lieutenant in Vietnam 1968-69

by G.M. Davis | Read by Alex Hyde-White

Author's Republic | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The author served for close to a year as a Marine platoon leader in Vietnam. Alex Hyde-White's narration captures Davis's accounts of humans in combat, jungle conditions, and death. Davis, who became an attorney after the war, describes in vivid detail what war is like from the point of view of the soldier on the ground. Hyde-White's delivery makes all the descriptions come to... Read More

ON THE LINE

ON THE LINE A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women's Epic Fight to Build a Union

by Daisy Pitkin | Read by Daisy Pitkin

Workman Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook provides insight into the epic battles often necessary for unions to organize and to protect and improve the lives of workers. Written and narrated by veteran union organizer Daisy Pitkin, the audiobook succeeds because of the author's ability to weave personal stories and extensive historical background into each chapter. Pitkin's performance is surprisingly... Read More

OUT OF EGYPT

OUT OF EGYPT

Earphones Award Winner

by André Aciman | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini immerses listeners in a lost world with this memoir. In a melancholy tone, he captures the author's longing for his boyhood home in cosmopolitan Alexandria, Egypt. He masterfully portrays the characters, especially his quirky grandmothers--one dubbed the saint and the other the princess--and ensures that the other members of his lively Sephardic... 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

PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN

PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN Ken Caminiti and the Steroids Confession That Changed Baseball Forever

by Dan Good | Read by Tom Parks

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ken Caminiti was among the first of baseball's superstars to be tainted by steroids, and his struggles with substance abuse went much deeper than performance-enhancing drugs. Tom Parks's narration of Caminiti's tragic story is languid, almost sleepy, a style that emphasizes the fact that the text is longer than it needs to be. At times, the research is not just exhaustive, but... Read More

A PORTRAIT OF THE SCIENTIST AS A YOUNG WOMAN

A PORTRAIT OF THE SCIENTIST AS A YOUNG WOMAN A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Lindy Elkins-Tanton | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Lisa Flanagan's bright, impassioned tones are perfect for this memoir by Elkins-Tanton, a planetary scientist, professor, and NASA lead investigator. Flanagan's ease with conveying complex scientific terminology and concepts, as well as her consistent and enthusiastic pacing, helps listeners absorb subject matter that may be unfamiliar. Much of this memoir focuses on... Read More

THE PUZZLER

THE PUZZLER One Man's Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life

by A.J. Jacobs, Greg Pliska | Read by A.J. Jacobs

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A.J. Jacobs knows puzzles--he's even been a NEW YORK TIMES Crossword answer. Nevertheless, with self-deprecating humor he lets listeners commiserate with his frequent frustration over the most demanding puzzles. That's good because listeners will be stumped by the audio-exclusive teasers at the end of each chapter. They're fun--but harder to do on audio. Listeners' struggles... Read More

THE REAL HANK AARON

THE REAL HANK AARON An Intimate Look at the Life and Legacy of the Home Run King

by Terrence Moore, Dusty Baker [Fore.] | Read by James Shippy

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This engaging audiobook is not a biography of baseball's home run king. Rather, it's a portrait of Hank Aaron as seen through the eyes of a journalist who has experienced many of the same racial issues during his own career. Terrence Moore calls himself "the Hank Aaron whisperer" because he was one of the slugger's few confidants. Narrator James Shippy is equally comfortable... Read More

REBENT SINNER

REBENT SINNER

Earphones Award Winner

by Ivan Coyote | Read by Ivan Coyote

ECW Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A veteran storyteller and performer as well as a writer, Ivan Coyote is in full control of this audiobook. Coyote, who is trans, writes about their experience in a world in which a mundane activity like using a public bathroom is not only political, but also potentially dangerous. The personal stories and essays in this collection are wonderfully varied but united by Coyote's... 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

RICKEY

RICKEY The Life and Legend of an American Original

by Howard Bryant | Read by JD Jackson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

JD Jackson is always a joy to listen to and a fine choice for this audiobook on the enigmatic Rickey Henderson, whose professional baseball career spanned more than 20 years. Veteran sports writer Howard Bryant handles Henderson fairly--revealing the greatness of the Hall of Famer who is the game's all-time runs and stolen-base leader. But he was a mercurial ballplayer prone to... Read More

RUN TOWARDS THE DANGER

RUN TOWARDS THE DANGER Confrontations with a Body of Memory

by Sarah Polley | Read by Sarah Polley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sarah Polley's essays hit so hard that this listener didn't--at first--notice that she extracts volumes of feeling from every word. A voice this agile would make music of the tax code. Instead, she tells personal stories that would enthrall even without the successes about which this Canadian star of stage and screen never pauses to boast. When she was a child actor being... Read More

SAVING FREUD

SAVING FREUD The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom

by Andrew Nagorski | Read by Michael David Axtell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Gifted with a dramatic voice and, equally important, dramatic instinct, Michael David Axtell demonstrates his ability to sustain, balance, and shape a narrative that has a wide reach and many branches. Freud, paradoxically, recognized that savagery is wedded to mankind's nature but discounted the danger he himself was in as the Nazis took over Vienna. His actual rescue proves... Read More

SERENADE

SERENADE A Balanchine Story

by Toni Bentley | Read by Leslie Howard, Toni Bentley [Intro.]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Toni Bentley delivers the opening chapters of this evocative ode to her career as a dancer for the legendary choreographer George Balanchine of the New York City Ballet. The main narrative, performed by Leslie Howard, is a minute-by-minute, movement-by-movement deconstruction of Balanchine's first original American ballet, SERENADE. Bentley's thorough research and... Read More

SOMEBODY SAVED ME

SOMEBODY SAVED ME Words & Music, Book 27

by Pete Townshend | Read by Pete Townshend

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Pete Townshend, legendary guitarist and songwriter for The Who, narrated his lengthy memoir WHO I AM more than a decade ago. He is just as thoughtful, articulate, and compelling in this installment, which is informal and unscripted. The 2-hour listen focuses on Townshend's career from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, a period of both triumphs and turmoil in his musical and... Read More

SWING AND A HIT

SWING AND A HIT Nine Innings of What Baseball Taught Me

by Paul O'Neill, Jack Curry | Read by Jack Curry

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Paul O'Neill is remembered by baseball fans as a passionate, hard-nosed competitor, and that spirit comes through in Jack Curry's narration of his memoir. Curry, who was also O'Neill's coauthor, must have absorbed some of the intensity of the five-time World Series champion. His performance is well paced and delivered with the confidence of a sportscaster, and his familiarity... Read More

TOUGH ISLAND

TOUGH ISLAND True Stories from Matinicus, Maine

by Crash Barry | Read by Crash Barry

Maine Misadventures | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live and work on a remote island, this listen, originally published in print in 2011, is for you. And if you don't mind a liberal amount of danger, drinking, and drug use in an audiobook, you'll enjoy hearing about Barry's experiences while living and working on Maine's most remote inhabited island, Matinicus--22 miles out to... Read More

TRANSLATING MYSELF AND OTHERS

TRANSLATING MYSELF AND OTHERS

by Jhumpa Lahiri | Read by Sneha Mathan

Princeton University Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

When Pulitzer Prize winner Lahiri began writing in Italian, her relationship with words shifted, becoming more conscious and thoughtful. This audiobook explores aspects of that shift. Sneha Mathan is an excellent narrator; her voice is precise and animated, lending a personal element to the audiobook's tone that makes its subject come alive. The essays are specialized in... 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, Chante 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 historic facts throughout. Based on Rebecca Hall's pioneering research into women-led slave revolts, the story becomes personal when Hall,... Read More

WARMING UP JULIA CHILD

WARMING UP JULIA CHILD The Remarkable Figures Who Shaped a Legend

by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz | Read by Ann Richardson

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ann Richardson narrates the story of Julia Child as she developed recipes, found an editor and publisher, and eventually produced her popular television series "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Subtitled "The Remarkable Figures Who Shaped a Legend," the audiobook follows Child's ten-year path to fame, all of which is recounted in Richardson's bright voice. Richardson... Read More

A WAY OUT OF NO WAY

A WAY OUT OF NO WAY A Memoir of Truth, Transformation, and the New American Story

by Raphael G. Warnock | Read by Raphael G. Warnock

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners may feel the watchful gaze of security guards as Raphael G. Warnock tells the story of the time he walked, hands in his pockets, through a store with his sister and was stopped as a suspected shoplifter. After years in the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, once home to Martin Luther King, Jr., Warnock won a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2020. He sounds warm and gentle... Read More

THE YEAR OF THE HORSES

THE YEAR OF THE HORSES

by Courtney Maum | Read by Courtney Maum

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Courtney Maum's memoir of finding her way through depression and insomnia by reconnecting with horses is honest, thoughtful, and wry. She recounts her journey to peace and a reinvigorated marriage with gentle humor and self-deprecation. It feels a bit like Maum is a close friend who is talking with you about deep topics. She is clear-eyed in her reckoning with teenage anorexia,... Read More

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