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29 DATES

29 DATES

by Melissa de la Cruz | Read by Greta Jung

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners who have dealt with strong parental expectations will empathize with Jisu, whose South Korean parents decide to send her to a school in the U.S. for her final year of high school. Narrator Greta Jung captures Jisu's efforts to prove she is worthy of her parents' ambitions for her by improving her study habits and attending a series of seons--dates organized by a... Read More

500 WORDS OR LESS

500 WORDS OR LESS

by Juleah del Rosario | Read by Annie Q

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Annie Q portrays Nic Chen, the protagonist of Rosario's novel in verse. The plot revolves around high school seniors who are obsessed with obtaining admission to their Ivy League college of choice--so obsessed that they pay Nic to write their admissions essays. Annie Q captures Nic with an increasingly angst-tinged realism. Known as the girl who cheated on her... Read More

AGAIN, BUT BETTER

AGAIN, BUT BETTER

by Christine Riccio | Read by Brittany Pressley, Christine Riccio [Note]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Popular YouTuber Christine Riccio's author's note describes the real-life reason for her story--her feelings of timidity and of being overwhelmed in college. Brittany Pressley narrates the first-person account of Shane Primaveri, an only child who has been so concerned with pleasing her parents that she's done little to fulfill her own dreams. Pressley enacts Shane's... Read More

ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN

ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN

by TE Carter | Read by Frankie Corzo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this moving audiobook, exceptionally narrated by Frankie Corzo, Lexie can't stop running. Five years ago, everything changed after a brutal act of violence. Since then, she has switched schools, changed names, and disconnected from family. But as her senior year begins, something is different. She makes friends, meets a boy, and joins the drama club. Corzo expertly voices... Read More

BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR

BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR The Evermore Chronicles, Book 1

by Emily R. King | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lauren Ezzo captures the passion of Everly Donovan, a girl who lives her life one stolen second at a time. When the man who murdered her family reappears, Everly finally has her chance for revenge--if her own delicate ticker doesn't get her first. Ezzo delivers an emotional performance full of drama, angst, and adventure as Everly's habitual secret-keeping creates... Read More

THE BEHOLDER

THE BEHOLDER Beholder, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Anna Bright | Read by Emily Rankin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Rankin provides an exquisite performance of this alternate- history fantasy peppered with fairy tales. To secure the future of her people, Selah must find the right suitor, but her scheming stepmother has her own plans and sends Selah on a journey across an ocean to find one. Several chapters begin with a quote from a popular fairy tale in its original language, and... Read More

BLOODLEAF

BLOODLEAF Bloodleaf, Book 1

by Crystal Smith | Read by Nicola Barber

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nicola Barber delivers another spectacular performance. In a world with few safe havens for people with magical abilities, Princess Aurelia finds herself fleeing her home to escape an assassination attempt. In the city of her betrothed, she finds greater danger, as well as love--if only she can reveal her real identity. Barber expertly captures the tone and pace of the... Read More

BRAVE FACE

BRAVE FACE How I Survived Growing Up, Coming Out, and Depression

by Shaun David Hutchinson | Read by Shaun David Hutchinson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author and narrator Shaun David Hutchinson wants listeners to remember one thing: Never give up. This memoir is not about the highs in Hutchinson's life after he became a bestselling author--it's about the lowest of the lows. Through his own voice, he painfully recalls his younger years--the depression that compounded his confusion over his sexuality--he is gay--and his fear... Read More

BRIEF CHRONICLE OF ANOTHER STUPID HEARTBREAK

BRIEF CHRONICLE OF ANOTHER STUPID HEARTBREAK

by Adi Alsaid | Read by Nancy Wu

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nancy Wu brings listeners into the mind of teenage love-and- relationship columnist Lu Charles. Wu's smooth voice has just the right inflections for Lu's dry sense of humor as she muses about love and heartbreak. However, through both the narration and the story itself Lu ends up sounding older than her 18 years. Wu's strength in this work is her delivery of dialogue.... Read More

THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME

THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME

by Nafiza Azad | Read by Christine Tawfik

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Christine Tawfik's seductive voice pulls listeners into the sultry city of Noor, where Fatima, a human girl, is thrust into a brewing conflict between humans and two powerful clans of djinn. Tawfik's narrative choices amplify the undercurrents of romance between Fatima and the djinn maharajah, Zulfikar. Emphasizing meaning and description through her tone, Tawfik also... Read More

COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

by Faith Erin Hicks | Read by Carly Robins

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This contemporary story, narrated by Carly Robins, is inspired by ROMEO AND JULIET. It's clear that Nova Scotian Miriam Kendrick should not fall for Californian Weldon Warrick. Decades ago, Weldon's grandfather purchased the rights to the TomorrowMen comic series for a paltry sum, leaving his co-creator--Miriam's grandfather--with nothing when the series became a worldwide... Read More

CROWN OF FEATHERS

CROWN OF FEATHERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Nicki Pau Preto | Read by Samantha Desz, Jacques Roy, Joy Osmanski, Gibson Frazier, Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

A skilled cast of narrators brings a compelling fantasy world to life in Niki Pau Preto's first novel. Joy Osmanski voices Veronyka, a war orphan whose betrayal by her sister, Val, spurs her to disguise herself as a boy in order to join the rebel phoenix riders. Sev, a war orphan on a different path, is voiced in a wary, rumbling tone by Jacques Roy, whose excellent narration... Read More

DEALING IN DREAMS

DEALING IN DREAMS

by Lilliam Rivera | Read by Marisol Ramirez

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

With tough-sounding voices, narrator Marisol Ramirez brings the fierce and fearless characters in this feminist Latinx dystopia to life. Whether she's portraying ambitious Rocka, the head of one of Mega City's top girl gangs, Las Mal Criadas; Truck, Rocka's gravelly voiced enforcer and second-in-command; or the softer, gentler voices of men, who in this universe are relegated... Read More

DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS

DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS

by Nina Moreno | Read by Almarie Guerra

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Bursting with winsome charm, this audiobook whisks listeners to the cozy coastal community of Port Coral, Florida, where Cuban-American Rosa Santos lives with her abuela, the neighborhood healer. Everyone in Port Coral knows about the curse on Rosa: Since the sea claimed the lives of her father and grandfather, anyone who dates her risks a similar fate. Yet smart, pragmatic... Read More

EDGEDANCER

EDGEDANCER The Stormlight Archive

by Brandon Sanderson | Read by Terence Aselford and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Young Adult

This program--dubbed "a movie in your mind" by the publisher--is one of the most immersive audio experiences available. Expanding on the character Lift's story, this STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE novella ties up some loose ends between WORDS OF RADIANCE and OATHBRINGER. Narrated by Terence Aselford and a full cast, the story comes alive with background music and stimulating sound effects... Read More

FAT ANGIE: REBEL GIRL REVOLUTION

FAT ANGIE: REBEL GIRL REVOLUTION Fat Angie, Book 2

by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo | Read by Katherine Littrell

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Katherine Littrell deftly re-creates the sophomore year of Fat Angie and her friends after her sister's death in Iraq. Because she's overweight and lesbian, Angie is targeted for extreme bullying at her high school. Littrell gamely overcomes choppy, unrealistic writing to portray troubled Angie, her angry mother, and diverse friends. Especially moving is Littrell's... Read More

FIELD NOTES ON LOVE

FIELD NOTES ON LOVE

by Jennifer E. Smith | Read by Anthony Mark Barrow, Karissa Vacker

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Two narrators deliver alternating chapters, portraying characters who are linked by an odd situation and by their determination to understand their futures. British narrator Anthony Mark Barrow depicts Hugo, one of a set of sextuplets. His clipped speech hints at the emotional depth beneath his words. When his girlfriend, Margaret Campbell, breaks up with him, leaving him with... Read More

FINALE

FINALE Caraval, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephanie Garber | Read by Rebecca Soler

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebecca Soler returns for the final installment in the Caraval trilogy, and with the Fates free, the stakes are higher than ever. While Soler's characterization of Scarlett was soft and motherly at the beginning of the series, the listener now hears her passion and desperation as she must fight for those she loves. Tella began as reckless and aloof, but here Soler... Read More

FIVE MIDNIGHTS

FIVE MIDNIGHTS

Earphones Award Winner

by Ann Dávila Cardinal | Read by Almarie Guerra

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Almarie Guerra is wonderfully cast to narrate Cardinal's fabulously creepy murder mystery set in Puerto Rico and based on the El Cuco myth (a boogeyman monster). Guerra inhabits the multi-perspective story with distinguishable voices, particularly those of protagonists Lupe Dávila, a 16-year-old "GringaRican" living with her uncle, a police captain, for the summer, and Javier... Read More

FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL

FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL

by Matthew Boren | Read by Taylor Spreitler, Ramy Youssef, Ryan Newman, Selma Blair, Katie Lowes, Rebecca Budig

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

An ensemble cast of narrators gives each student in this 1990s high school drama a unique voice that reflects each character. The story is told through the notes passed between students. Sound effects, such as the opening of a note and the scratching of a pencil on paper at the beginning of each chapter, help set the scenes. Narrator Taylor Spreitler creates a striking voice... Read More

HEARTWOOD BOX

HEARTWOOD BOX

by Ann Aquirre | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nicol Zanzarella narrates this fun new YA audiobook, which Aguirre herself dubs "Stranger Things meets The Lake House." Its unfolding mysteries only get more interesting with each chapter. Aguirre is a master of poignant imagery, which transitions to audio beautifully. Her well-developed characters are enhanced by Zanzarella's excellent vocal portraits. The only odd thing is... Read More

HISTORY VS WOMEN

HISTORY VS WOMEN The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know

by Anita Sarkeesian, Ebony Adams | Read by Jean Ann Douglass

Anita Sarkeesian, Ebony Adams | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jean Ann Douglass energetically makes listeners aware of 25 notable women throughout history who have been mostly left out of history books. Divided into five spheres of influence, the fun and fascinating portraits include females who were stronger, faster, and more capable than their male counterparts. One such example is Bessie Stringfield, an early African-American... Read More

HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT

HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT

by Helena Fox | Read by Candace Moll

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Candice Moll narrates this contemplative Aussie audiobook, which seems to float lazily along, mirroring its dissociative protagonist. Biz continues to spend time with her father, whom she found dead 10 years ago. At first, listeners may believe he's a ghost, but as the story progresses, it becomes increasingly apparent that Biz hallucinates. After an incident with classmates... Read More

I DON'T WANT TO BE CRAZY

I DON'T WANT TO BE CRAZY

by Samantha Schutz | Read by Samantha Schutz

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will hear the emotion in author Samantha Schutz's voice as she describes the panic attacks that began at the time she graduated from high school, as well as her frustration when a string of medications fails to control them. She says in her author's note that she originally wrote her book not only to look seriously at her recovery, but also to provide comfort to... Read More

I, CLAUDIA

I, CLAUDIA

by Mary McCoy | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Amielynn Abellera's spirited reading of this loose retelling of I, CLAUDIUS will keep listeners riveted with her unique characterizations and theatrical delivery. With a limp, speech impediment, and heart condition, Claudia doesn't fit the model of the suave politician, but during her first year at Imperial Day Academy, a posh Los Angeles prep school, she is swept into... Read More

IN THE KEY OF NIRA GHANI

IN THE KEY OF NIRA GHANI

by Natascha Deen | Read by Kamali Minter

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kamali Minter establishes a passionate voice for Nira, a teen who moved as a child from Guyana to Canada with her parents and grandmother. Now she struggles to find balance between her homelife with her family and her school life with her peers. Nira wishes to be a trumpet player, but her parents do not approve because they fear it will distract her from academic... Read More

THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE MAKING OF THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION

THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE MAKING OF THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION

by Amy Brashear | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amielynn Abellera energetically narrates this hyperkinetic, surreal YA adventure set in 1984. When Hollywood comes to Griffin Flat, Arkansas, sarcastic Laura Ratliff is excited to win a walk-on role in the movie EVE OF DESTRUCTION despite her genuine fears about the possibility of nuclear war. When an on-set explosion triggers a possible nuclear incident, Laura faces a whole... Read More

KINGSBANE

KINGSBANE The Empirium Trilogy, Book 2

by Claire Legrand | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Fiona Hardingham returns to narrate the second installment of the Empirium Trilogy. Separated by a thousand years but slowly coming together as the story progresses, queens Eliana and Rielle have come to terms with using their magical abilities. But as the plot darkens, their strengths, and hearts, are tested. Hardingham's skillful narration connects listeners to the hushed... Read More

LET ME HEAR A RHYME

LET ME HEAR A RHYME

by Tiffany D. Jackson | Read by Korey Jackson, Nile Bullock, Adenrele Ojo, Adam Lazarre-White

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Korey Jackson, Nile Bullock, Adenrele Ojo, and Adam Lazarre-White take turns narrating this young adult title set in the '90s in New York City. Each narrator brings a unique and heartbreaking voice to life. The story follows two best friends who try to honor the life and rapping talent of a friend who has died. With the help of his sister, they hatch a scheme to make him famous... Read More

THE LETTER FOR THE KING

THE LETTER FOR THE KING

Earphones Award Winner

by Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson [Trans.] | Read by Matt Addis

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Matt Addis narrates this expansive tale of chivalry and great deeds, a Dutch classic written in 1962 and recently translated into English. Tiuri, a young squire making his pre-knighthood vigil, cannot refuse a request for help from a mysterious stranger. Thus begins an adventure through dangerous forests, across wide rivers, and among people whose allegiances are uncertain.... Read More

A LIGHT IN THE DARK

A LIGHT IN THE DARK Dark Stars, Book 2

by A.K. DuBoff | Read by Kristin James

A.K. DuBoff | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kristin James has the characters' personalities and vocal mannerisms well established as she continues narrating the Dark Stars trilogy. In the second installment, much of the action unfolds through dialogue. With appropriate levels of drama, James follows the ebb and flow of the suspense, never dropping her intensity. The steady development of the dynamics among the friends is... Read More

LIKE A LOVE STORY

LIKE A LOVE STORY

by Abdi Nazemian | Read by Lauren Ambrose, Michael Crouch, Vikas Adam

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Three narrators depict a trio of teens who, in alternating chapters, search for love and self-identity in New York City amid the AIDS crisis of the late 1980s. Lauren Ambrose's narration has the perfect tone of sarcasm to capture the wit and self-deprecating humor of Judy. Aside from her beloved Uncle Stephen, who has AIDS, Judy's best friend is Art. Michael Crouch's portrayal... Read More

LOVE FROM A TO Z

LOVE FROM A TO Z

Earphones Award Winner

by S.K. Ali | Read by Priya Ayyar, Tim Chiou, S.K. Ali

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This sweet Muslim teen romance with dual narrators begins with the author's voice vowing faithfulness to her characters' (fictional) journals, pieced together for the audiobook. Priya Ayyar gives American Zayneb an upbeat, strident tone that is distinctly teenaged. Her anger sparks at the Islamophobia she faces everywhere. Tim Chiou voices Canadian expat Adam in a calm,... Read More

THE LOVELY AND THE LOST

THE LOVELY AND THE LOST

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Read by Emily Lawrence

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Lawrence narrates Kira's story in a deliberate tone that belies the trauma the teen has kept buried. Her earliest memories are of being young and alone and lost in the woods before being found by Cady Bennett and her search-and-rescue dogs. Now, another little girl, Bella, is lost in the wilderness, and as Kira and her team rush to find the child, the past resurfaces.... Read More

THE NEAR WITCH

THE NEAR WITCH

by V.E. Schwab | Read by Heather Wilds

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Heather Wilds brings listeners into the magical but strange town of Near, where Lexi has just met a stranger for the first time in her life. Children have been disappearing in the middle of the night, and the residents of Near are quick to place blame on the mysterious boy who has just arrived. Wilds characterizes Lexi as independent and indignant, unafraid of the... Read More

NO ONE HERE IS LONELY

NO ONE HERE IS LONELY

by Sarah Everett | Read by Imani Parks

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Imani Parks delivers this teen romance with a vein of science fiction. High school has just ended, and Eden couldn't feel more alone. Her best friend won't give her the time of day. Her mom is hiding a secret that could destroy her family. The only person Eden can talk to is her longtime crush, Will--the same Will who died a few weeks ago. Before he died, Will donated... Read More

NOCTURNA

NOCTURNA

by Maya Motayne | Read by Kyla Garcia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kyla Garcia narrates this colorful Latinx-inspired fantasy. Finn, a face-shifting thief, isn't afraid to take risks to get what she needs. Reluctant prince Alfehr is still reeling from the sudden death of his older brother. They must join forces to defeat the powerful dark magic that was just accidentally unleashed in the kingdom of Castellan, overcoming their own demons to do... Read More

NYXIA UPRISING

NYXIA UPRISING The Nyxia Triad, Book 3

by Scott Reintgen | Read by Sullivan Jones, Kyla Garcia, Alex Romashov, Keong Sim

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Part of what makes this audiobook trilogy so memorable is the talent of narrator Sullivan Jones. In this action-packed conclusion to the Nyxia Triad series, the initial journey for resources on an alien planet turns into an ugly fight as the Genesis teens strive to defeat Babel and return home. Jones gives main character Emmett a strong personality that comes off as casual at... Read More

ORDINARY GIRLS

ORDINARY GIRLS

by Blair Thornburgh | Read by Jorjeana Marie

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jorjeana Marie's delicate voice and whimsical tone fit right in with the quirky, frantic, and messy Blatchley sisters. Along with their mother, the teens are scrambling to hold onto to their beloved Victorian home. Marie's performance is especially admirable because the animated Blatchley sisters couldn't be more different. For little sister Plum, Marie utilizes an... Read More

OUT OF THE POCKET

OUT OF THE POCKET

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Joshua Swanson

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Joshua Swanson's youthful no-nonsense voice makes him a good narrator to portray high school football quarterback Bobby Framingham--who is publicly outed by a classmate. Bobby's team is fractured, and his story is pushed into the national spotlight. Swanson exudes the self-assuredness and perseverance of the sports star as he finds support while enduring homophobic attitudes... Read More

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING

Earphones Award Winner

by Randy Ribay | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Ramón de Ocampo expresses the many emotional shifts of Jay Reguero. The audiobook begins with Jay's early memory of connection with his compassionate cousin, Jun, while visiting the Philippines, where he is originally from. Now 17, Jay finds himself unmotivated by college acceptance and dulled by video games. De Ocampo juxtaposes this fog with a rush of feelings when... Read More

THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL

THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL Once Upon a Con, Book 2

by Ashley Poston | Read by Eileen Stevens, Emily Lawrence, Caitlin Davies

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

It takes the talents of three narrators to carry off this fairy-tale-inspired identity-swap caper set at a sci-fi and fantasy convention. Caitlin Davies infuses plenty of pent-up frustration into her performance as Jess, an actress who is desperate to escape her role as Princess Amara in Starfield, a popular science-fiction franchise. Emily Lawrence ably portrays the slangy... Read More

RAYNE & DELILAH'S MIDNITE MATINEE

RAYNE & DELILAH'S MIDNITE MATINEE

by Jeff Zentner | Read by Sophie Amoss, Phoebe Strole

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Sophie Amoss and Phoebe Strole alternate narrating this story about two best friends who are facing the uncertainties of life after high school. For two years Josie (performed by Amoss) and Delia (by Strole) have hosted a semi-successful local-access TV show that airs B-grade horror flicks. As graduation approaches, the girls must weigh the future of the show against... Read More

SECRET SOLDIERS

SECRET SOLDIERS How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis

by Paul B. Janeczko | Read by Ron Butler

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

In a smooth narration, Ron Butler tells the story of how the artists, actors, camouflage experts, sound designers, and other specialists of the U.S. Special Troops of WWII worked together to trick the Nazis into thinking they were facing troops, men, and equipment that were a cunning fabrication. Butler's recounting of outlandish and detailed ruses used to outwit the enemy is... Read More

SHADOWSCENT

SHADOWSCENT

by P.M. Freestone | Read by Steve West, Laura Aikman

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Steve West and Laura Aikman pair up to narrate a new fantasy adventure set in the kingdom of Aramtesh, where scent has power. With her melodic English accent, Aikman portrays Rakel, a village girl with a keen nose and an ailing father. West, whose has a baritone voice and English accent, portrays Ash, the shield and close friend of the prince. Rakel and Ash met at the blooming... Read More

SHERWOOD

SHERWOOD

by Meagan Spooner | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Fiona Hardingham's forceful tones embody the strength and resolve of Maid Marian, who is grappling with grief and anger in the wake of Robin of Loxley's death. As Marian undertakes an unusual and dangerous new role, Hardingham fully captures the characters in Spooner's take on the Robin Hood stories. From the nasal, aggressive Sir Guy, to the brave, clever Elena and... Read More

SORCERY OF THORNS

SORCERY OF THORNS

by Margaret Rogerson | Read by Emily Ellet

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Ellet narrates this captivating fantasy about a sword-wielding librarian in a world of sorcerers, demons, and grimoires with unique personalities. Ellet enchants the listener from the very beginning as magical grimoires whisper at apprentice librarian Elisabeth. However, the magic of the story is frequently interrupted by several small production edits, and the listener... Read More

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

Earphones Award Winner

by Jessie Ann Foley | Read by Ron Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Ron Butler has a challenging task in describing Pup Flanagan's large family. Sixteen-year-old Pup is the youngest of five "sister-mothers" and Luke, an angry, alcoholic brother. Butler manages to distinguish all of them, their overwhelming collective presence, and the unexpressed grief that lingers after the death of Patrick, the oldest. Though it's been two years, Pup... Read More

SPECTACLE

SPECTACLE

by Jodie Lynn Zdrok | Read by Laurie Catherine Winkel

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will be immediately intrigued by this fantasy thriller. Set in 1887 Paris, the story is beautifully written, filled with descriptive language, and the cadence and pace of delivery make you feel as though you are there watching it all unfold. Laurie Winkel portrays 16-year-old Nathalie Baudin, a journalist who covers the daily arrivals at the Paris morgue. One day,... Read More

STEPSISTER

STEPSISTER

by Jennifer Donnelly | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jayne Entwistle narrates this dark feminist Cinderella retelling, which is beautifully eerie and tragic. Isabelle has been the mean, ugly stepsister her entire life--going so far as to cut off her own toes in an effort to change her fate and be with the Prince. When that plan fails and beautiful Ella marries the Prince, the story really begins. Isabelle is frustrated with a... Read More

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sandhya Menon | Read by Vikas Adam, Soneela Nankani

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Vikas Adam embodies the mixed feelings of Ashish Patel, the younger brother of Rishi, a character also portrayed by Adam. Ashish, a handsome high school basketball star at his elite school, has been dumped by his college girlfriend. Adam enacts the fading of Ashish's haughty attitude as his mojo is replaced by severe self-questioning that has him ready to accept his parents'... Read More

THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT

THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT

Earphones Award Winner

by Misa Sugiura | Read by Joy Osmanski

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Joy Osmanski delivers the sarcasm of 17-year-old CJ Katsuyama. Her demeanor thinly veils her pain at the lack of love she feels from her mother, a driven business executive. CJ believes she will always fail to meet her mother's expectations. On the other hand, Osmanski makes clear the love and support this teen has from her best friend, Em; her Aunt Hannah; and Owen a... Read More

VIRAL

VIRAL The Fight Against AIDS in America

by Ann Bausum | Read by Vikas Adam, Ann Bausum

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Vikas Adam narrates the story of the fight against AIDS in the U.S. with the urgency the topic demands. As he recounts the early stages of the epidemic, when doctors were unable to connect the victims to each other or to find a way to treat the illness as the death count inexorably rose, his voice reflects the dire situation that PWAs (Persons With Aids) found themselves in.... Read More

VOICES

VOICES The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

by David Elliott | Read by Celeste Ciulla, Saskia Maarleveld, Luis Moreno

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Three narrators deliver Elliott's multifaceted account of Joan of Arc's life. With a range of characterizations, Celeste Ciulla, Saskia Maarleveld, and Luis Moreno embody Joan's thoughts as well as the people in her life, including those involved with her trial. The story also takes the points of view of Joan's sword and armor. The majority of Elliott's account is told in... Read More

WE ARE ALL THAT'S LEFT

WE ARE ALL THAT'S LEFT

by Carrie Arcos | Read by Laura Knight Keating, Elisabeth Rodgers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Laura Knight Keating and Elisabeth Rodgers skillfully narrate the story of a mother and daughter who are both coping with the aftereffects of political tension, terrorism, and war. Zara's relationship with her mother, a refugee, has always been discordant. When a terrorist attack in Rhode Island leaves her mother in a coma, Zara loses the chance to fix their strained... Read More

WE HUNT THE FLAME

WE HUNT THE FLAME Sands of Aramiya, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Hafsah Faizal | Read by Fiona Hardingham, Steve West

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Fiona Hardingham and Steve West lend their exceptional vocal skills to this fantasy novel. Its setting is inspired by ancient Arabia and inhabited by a stunning cast of characters, both human and otherworldly. Hardingham portrays Zafira, who defies authority by hunting game to save her people. West handles the assassin prince, Nasir. Both narrators deliver commanding... Read More

WE RULE THE NIGHT

WE RULE THE NIGHT

by Claire Eliza Bartlett | Read by Chloe Cannon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Chloe Cannon captures the defiant spirits of Revna and Linné, two young women who join the first corps of female aviators as they defend their homeland through the use of forbidden magic. The strength of Cannon's performance is in her steady narration, which reflects the story's pace as the conflict escalates while simultaneously bringing to life each character's... Read More

WE WERE BEAUTIFUL

WE WERE BEAUTIFUL She can't remember. She can't forget.

by Heather Hepler | Read by Misty Wells

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Misty Wells speaks in the voice of Mia in this YA audiobook of loss, grief, and healing. Mia's family is broken, and she doesn't understand what broke it. Now she has a ruined face, her mother and sister are gone, and her father has brought her to spend the summer with her grandmother--whom she's never met. Then he disappears. Wells's delivery is fast, almost ignoring... Read More

WHEN THE SKY FELL ON SPLENDOR

WHEN THE SKY FELL ON SPLENDOR

by Emily Henry | Read by Amara Jasper

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amara Jasper's frank delivery transports listeners to Splendor, Ohio--the site of a devastating steel mill explosion and home to a small group known as The Ordinary. Group members Fran and her friends enjoy investigating local legends. One night something crashes to earth and grants them unusual powers. Jasper's gruff narration captures the pervasive heartache of Splendor's... Read More

WILDCARD

WILDCARD Warcross, Book 2

by Marie Lu | Read by Nancy Wu

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Following the turbulent events of the Warcross Championships in 2017's WARCROSS, Emika Chen returns to put a stop to Hideo Tanaka's schemes. Nancy Wu also returns to narrate the final installment in the duology. Her performance perfectly sets the tone for the story, giving it a sense of urgency that matches the high stakes of the battle Emika and her team take on. But while Wu... Read More

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH

by Elizabeth Acevedo | Read by Elizabeth Acevedo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author Elizabeth Acevedo sounds natural and authentic as Emoni, an immensely likable Philadelphia high school senior with a 2-year-old daughter and a gift for cooking. In both her writing and her narration, Acevedo warmly depicts the loving and supportive people in Emoni's life--her Puerto Rican abuela, who helps take care of baby Emma; her best friend, Angelica; and Malachi, a... Read More

WITHIN THESE LINES

WITHIN THESE LINES

by Stephanie Morrill | Read by Morgan Fairbanks, Andrew Kanies

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

The dual narration of this story allows listeners to hear the perspectives of both of its main characters--a young, interned Japanese man and the girl who is appalled at his treatment by the U.S. government. Taichi Hamasaki and Evalina Cassano love each other despite two forces working against them: California's laws against interracial marriage and growing anti-Japanese... Read More

YOU'D BE MINE

YOU'D BE MINE

by Erin Hahn | Read by Emily Lawrence, Tristan Morris

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Tristan Morris and Emily Lawrence are a dynamic pair. When country music star Clay Coolidge and Annie Mathers, the daughter of country music royalty, hit the open road for a summer tour, sparks fly. Lawrence and Morris bring out all the charm, emotional heartbreak, and flirtatiousness in this story as the stars struggle to overcome their traumatic pasts and heal... Read More

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