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108 STITCHES

108 STITCHES Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game

by Ron Darling, Daniel Paisner [Contributor] | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

More books have been written about baseball than any other sport, and audiobooks such as this allow the genre to flourish. Former pitcher Ron Darling, now a broadcaster, had a distinguished career, primarily with the New York Mets. Darling has met just about everyone in the sport for nearly four decades and demonstrates his knowledge and connections with the anecdotes in this... Read More

AFTER THE MIRACLE

AFTER THE MIRACLE The Lasting Brotherhood of the '69 Mets

by Art Shamsky, Erik Sherman | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross, Art Shamsky [Intro.]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jonathan Todd Ross narrates with enthusiasm as Art Shamsky brings together several members of the 1969 New York Mets to reminisce about the amazing season that would result in a World Series title. Ross never tries to imitate anyone and knows when to craft a serious tone. He tells the stories of players who put together an incredible pennant run, and his interest in every... Read More

AN AMERICAN SUMMER

AN AMERICAN SUMMER Love and Death in Chicago

by Alex Kotlowitz | Read by Alex Kotlowitz

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Alex Kotlowitz narrates his audiobook about gun violence in Chicago, and he provides the necessary pathos and emotion you'd expect when an author reads his own work. He has a deep voice and excellent diction, and he knows when to pause for effect, raise or lower his voice for emphasis, and heighten his emotions to make a point. However, he does narrate like a person without... Read More

THE ANIMAL'S COMPANION

THE ANIMAL'S COMPANION People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story

by Jacky Colliss Harvey | Read by Nicola Barber

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Nicola Barber brightly conveys the author's love and wonder for the animal-human relationship and its emotional complexities. For example--why do we choose the pets that we do? Jacky Colliss Harvey's voracious curiosity won't disappoint listeners who love animals. However, Barber delivers the book's intellectually probing material as if she were talking to a pet,... Read More

APOCALYPSE ANY DAY NOW

APOCALYPSE ANY DAY NOW Deep Underground with America's Doomsday Preppers

by Tea Krulos | Read by Eric Michael Summerer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Eric Michael Summerer deftly introduces the author as he investigates the thoughts of those predicting and preparing for turbulent times--terrorism, natural disasters, the end of the world. Summerer's Krulos is a first-rate interviewer who draws out even the most secretive individual. His appealing voice is realistic and respectful of each interviewee. Krulos visits... Read More

ARCTIC DREAMS

ARCTIC DREAMS

by Barry Lopez | Read by James Naughton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In a warm, inviting voice, James Naughton narrates Lopez's detailed natural history and firsthand observations of the Arctic, originally published in 1986. Lopez spent four years researching the ecosystem of this fascinating world. This audiobook provides an encompassing listening experience as he closely observe animals indigenous to the region, where night and day don't... Read More

THE ART OF IS

THE ART OF IS Improvising as a Way of Life

by Stephen Nachmanovitch | Read by Robertson Dean

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Robertson Dean lends his judicious pacing and artful vocal variation to this production, accompanying listeners through musician and teacher Nachmanovitch's reflections. "Improvising is life itself," Nachmanovitch says; his book redefines improvisation as more than a creative practice--it's also a step to finding one's true self, one's own "skilled discipline of doing... Read More

THE ATLAS OF HAPPINESS

THE ATLAS OF HAPPINESS The Global Secrets of How to Be Happy

by Helen Russell | Read by Helen Russell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Helen Russell's enthusiasm is infectious as she tours the globe to identify what makes people happier. Her tone brims with a sense of mischief, optimism, and earnest authenticity. Russell is careful to explain that she is not concentrating on the world's happiest places but is creating a catalogue of cultural customs on how to live a good life. At times, the concept is... Read More

BECOME AMERICA

BECOME AMERICA Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy

Earphones Award Winner

by Eric Liu | Read by Eric Liu

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrating this timely invitation to become engaged with the political process, Eric Liu provides an appropriate tone of urgency. The audiobook is a collection of 19 "sermons," which he delivered at a progressive activist gathering that took place in response to the election of Donald Trump. Liu's performance is arresting, though he doesn't try to re-enact the preaching... Read More

BIASED

BIASED Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

by Jennifer L. Eberhardt | Read by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jennifer L. Eberhardt sounds like she's trying to deliver the words of her audiobook clearly while adding some emotional depth. In doing so, her narration comes across as too stilted, even when such an effect could be useful in projecting emotional tension. In powerful prose she explores how implicit bias works in a myriad of ways. This audiobook weaves her life's work and her... Read More

THE BIG NINE

THE BIG NINE How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity

by Amy Webb | Read by Amanda Dolan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Amanda Dolan narrates Webb's exploration of the social problems (mostly) and possibilities (a few) that artificial intelligence could create. By first examining the major companies exploring artificial intelligence and then mapping out best- and worst-case scenarios, Webb ensures that listeners understand his position on how unlikely the optimistic projections are, based upon... Read More

BIRDS BY THE SHORE

BIRDS BY THE SHORE Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast

by Jennifer Ackerman | Read by Jennifer Ackerman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jennifer Ackerman revisits her memories of living on the coast of Delaware in this audiobook reissue and update of a 1995 collection of essays. Her voice carries a charming sense of wistfulness and wonder as she explores the seashore. It is about so much more than birds. Ackerman observes the crabs, worms, snakes, marshes, trees, tides, storms, and weather as well as the birds... Read More

BLUEPRINT

BLUEPRINT The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

by Nicholas A. Christakis | Read by Nicholas A. Christakis

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author/narrator has the perfect vocal tone and style for drawing listeners into his discussion of how people connect with others in effective communities. Countering the view that humans are primarily aggressive and self-centered, he draws on his extensive knowledge of the socioeconomic, biosocial, and evolutionary causes of behavior to argue that people are wired to... Read More

THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS

THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS Essays

by Ross Gay | Read by Ross Gay

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

After receiving acclaim and two literary awards for his poetry book CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE, Ross Gay continues to share his talent in this enlightening audiobook of essays, which he narrates himself. The audiobook consists of Gay's observations on his life over a period of one year. Both his writing and narration are humorous, fluid, playful, and, at times, quite... Read More

BURNED

BURNED A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't

by Edward Humes | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Rebecca Lowman has a friendly, accessible voice that allows listeners to follow this true crime audiobook. In 1989, three young children in Bell, California, were killed when their house caught fire. Their mother escaped the blaze but was convicted of setting the fire in order to murder them. Thirty years later, her conviction, and the evidence that was used to secure... Read More

BUT BEAUTIFUL

BUT BEAUTIFUL A Book About Jazz

Earphones Award Winner

by Geoff Dyer | Read by Dion Graham

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Lyrical, evocative writing is matched with a top-shelf performance in this evocative book of vignettes on how some of the jazz greats practiced their art. With his wide range of dialects and exceptional ability to immerse himself in a story, Dion Graham delivers the kind of listening experience that you'll want to hear in one sitting and in the dark--a slowly unfolding tableau... Read More

CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME

CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders

by Billy Jensen, Karen Kilgariff [Fore.] | Read by Billy Jensen, Karen Kilgariff

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

True-crime journalist Billy Jensen narrates his personal look at criminal investigation in the matter-of-fact style of a reporter. Jensen worked with author Michelle McNamara on her book about the Golden State Killer, I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK. McNamara died suddenly before she could see the results of her research. Jensen made it his mission to see that her work wouldn't be... Read More

CHOKED

CHOKED Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

Earphones Award Winner

by Beth Gardiner | Read by Joyce Bean

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With urgency in her voice, narrator Joyce Bean takes listeners around the world as she lists the many places without clean air. London, for instance, as well as Poland, China, and India, the worst, allow their residents to breathe polluted air day after day. Bean's staccato delivery lets listeners have the stark facts in no uncertain terms. Seven million people die annually... Read More

CHUMPS TO CHAMPS

CHUMPS TO CHAMPS How the Worst Teams in Yankees History Led to the '90s Dynasty

by Bill Pennington | Read by Christian Baskous

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Christian Baskous narrates this compelling slice of recent baseball history. Many listeners will already know the ending. By 1995, the New York Yankees had become a terrific team led by a cadre of homegrown stars and would go on to a legendary run of first-place seasons and World Series wins. Even so, baseball fans will revel in the details of how the team rose to such success... Read More

THE CONSERVATIVE SENSIBILITY

THE CONSERVATIVE SENSIBILITY

by George F. Will | Read by Peter Ganim

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Peter Ganim's deeply resonant voice is a wonderful instrument for the pitch and pacing patterns that make this audiobook so effective. Masculine but not overbearing, his vocal confidence makes listening an uplifting experience and is a good fit for the likable rectitude of author George Will. This is philosophical writing by a political science professor, so you'll... Read More

COUNT GIRLS IN

COUNT GIRLS IN Empowering Girls to Combine Any Interests with STEM to Open Up a World of Opportunity

by Karen Panetta, Katianne Williams | Read by Nan McNamara

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Why do girls turn away from STEM subjects? Narrated by the positive-sounding Nan McNamara, this audiobook is a call to arms--and a valuable resource--for those who want to create inclusive academic and professional worlds for girls. How can parents and teachers encourage them to develop habits of mind foundational to success in all fields? How can we conceptualize STEM skills... Read More

THE DREAMT LAND

THE DREAMT LAND Chasing Water and Dust Across California

by Mark Arax | Read by Mark Arax

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners will hear the author's passion for research as he narrates his family's history as California farmers, a story that involves water distribution in the state to this day. Despite his love of his home state, Arax provides evenhanded reporting of good and bad governmental actions and the pitfalls of capitalism and socialism. He objectively recounts the background and... Read More

DYING OF WHITENESS

DYING OF WHITENESS How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland

by Jonathan M. Metzl | Read by Jamie Renell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

As a stand-in for both the researcher (physician and author Jonathan Metzel) and his research subjects (Trump supporters), narrator Jamie Renell avoids what would be the disastrous flaw of turning either party into caricatures. Dr. Metzl never stoops to ridicule, even when calling out the delusion and racism behind the tenacious support of lower- and middle-class white... Read More

EARTH-SHATTERING

EARTH-SHATTERING Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe

by Bob Berman | Read by Peter Ganim

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Berman's audiobook is filled with details of past cataclysms, present- day near-cataclysms, and possible future cataclysms. Narrator Peter Ganim navigates listeners through colliding galaxies, solar storms, and gamma-ray bombardments on earth with ease and confidence as he details scientific findings about the Big Bang theory and its present-day consequences. Berman's... Read More

AN ELEGANT DEFENSE

AN ELEGANT DEFENSE The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives

by Matt Richtel | Read by Fred Sanders

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Fred Sanders's narration provides a comforting yet informed tone to Richtel's fascinating discussion of the human immune system, the biological realities of humanity, and why some suffer illness while others stay healthy despite their environments. Throughout, Richtel's audiobook is anchored by four compelling stories of individuals negotiating medical challenges, including a... Read More

THE ENDS OF THE WORLD

THE ENDS OF THE WORLD Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

by Peter Brannen | Read by Adam Verner

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Adam Verner is up to the difficult task of narrating this complex story of the world's five past mass extinctions. Brannen's work is aimed at the general listener but is also filled with enough technical language and detail that a lesser performer could well have turned it into a mind-numbing reminder of the most awful kind of science textbook. Verner sounds truly interested in... Read More

ERA OF IGNITION

ERA OF IGNITION Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution

by Amber Tamblyn | Read by Amber Tamblyn, Alrea D. Matthews, Meredith Talusan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Amber Tamblyn authentically delivers her memoir, but that doesn't mean it's enjoyable. She explores questions of female identity and place amid the social hierarchy in the age of #MeToo and also discusses how these questions have impacted her own sense of self, her relationship with her husband, and her growing daughter. Her delivery is often languid, and even when she's... Read More

THE FATE OF FOOD

THE FATE OF FOOD What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World

by Amanda Little | Read by Amanda Little

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With her painstaking research, author-narrator Amanda Little is sounding alarm bells on the planet's dwindling food supply. She is a compelling narrator of this comprehensive look at crop and animal raising; her steady and stern tone reflects the harmful ways that humans are using our water and land. This audiobook may come across as information overload for listeners who are... Read More

GENESIS

GENESIS The Deep Origin of Societies

Earphones Award Winner

by Edward O. Wilson | Read by Jonathan Hogan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

At just three hours, this brief audiobook achieves for Wilson's narrative its truest form--a testament, a legacy, a summary vision of a lifetime of scientific achievement. Jonathan Hogan is a particularly steady and lucid narrator, familiar to listeners of Wilson's earlier titles. His voice is finely attuned to the great biologist's voice, character, values, and mission, as... Read More

GOOD ENOUGH

GOOD ENOUGH

by Daniel S. Milo | Read by Qarie Marshall

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In a rich baritone voice, narrator Qarie Marshall serves as proxy as the author pokes holes in Darwin's theory of evolution until it resembles Swiss cheese. Milo contends that if nature followed Darwin's theory exactly, "natural excesses" would not have developed. One example of such excess is a leafy insect with a helmet head that is cumbersome to carry and unnecessary for any... Read More

GREEK MYTHOLOGY EXPLAINED

GREEK MYTHOLOGY EXPLAINED A Deeper Look at Classical Greek Lore and Myth

Earphones Award Winner

by Marios Christou, David Ramenah | Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners will be rewarded by these compelling and sometimes dark tales. Derek Perkins deftly narrates an entertaining and absorbing audiobook with subtle shifts in pace and intonation that bring the great and small to life. He artfully emulates the gods and goddesses, along with their mortal children, and creates these famous characters fully formed. Here Odysseus battles his... Read More

HOTBOX

HOTBOX Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business

by Matt Lee, Ted Lee | Read by Matt Lee, Ted Lee

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Award-winning cookbook authors and brothers Matt and Ted Lee go behind the scenes to examine the most competitive cooking of all--New York City's high-end catering. As the Lees deftly interview chefs, workers, and clients, their Southern charm enhances their narration. Listeners will feel part of the team as they spend four years working at all levels of preparing "fiestas" for... Read More

HUMANIMAL

HUMANIMAL How Homo sapiens Became Natures Most Paradoxical Creature: A New Evolutionary History

by Adam Rutherford | Read by Adam Rutherford

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Geneticist and seasoned broadcaster Adam Rutherford shares his excitement for human evolution and animal behavior with listeners. The research sounds captivatingly new, and Rutherford makes evolutionary theory understandable. Through jaw-dropping examples, he shreds any notion of normalcy when it comes to animal sexual behavior. He delivers a commendably steady performance even... Read More

A HUMAN'S GUIDE TO MACHINE INTELLIGENCE

A HUMAN'S GUIDE TO MACHINE INTELLIGENCE How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control

by Kartik Hosanagar | Read by Joe Knezevich

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Joe Knezevich's even, restrained tone and mastery of timing help make this enlightening audiobook a smooth, fast listen--which is no small feat, considering its high-tech subject matter. But don't let the title throw you; this is not a coder polemic, and you won't have to rewind complex passages for a second listen. Author Hosanagar weaves together examples of how... Read More

INVISIBLE WOMEN

INVISIBLE WOMEN Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

by Caroline Criado Perez | Read by Caroline Criado Perez

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author/narrator Caroline Criado Perez's authoritative tone is convincing as she sheds light on the gender data gap that has had a profound effect on women's health and well-being. Her indignant narration paired with well-researched facts will inspire listeners to consider details of the world around them--from the pockets in their pants to the layout of their bathrooms and the... Read More

LANDFILL

LANDFILL Notes on Gull Watching and Trash Picking in the Anthropocene

by Tim Dee | Read by Tim Dee

Chelsea Green Publishing | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook, narrated by the author, examines the surprising relationship between trash and gulls, birds that have become the rag pickers of contemporary times. Today's world drives many birds away from us--even to extinction. But our landfills bring the gulls closer. The topic is fascinating, and the author's enthusiasm is made clear through the many hours he spent... Read More

THE LAST LEONARDO

THE LAST LEONARDO The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting

by Ben Lewis | Read by Peter Noble

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Peter Noble takes the listener deep inside the rarefied world of those who deal in paintings by the Old Masters. Speaking with the erudition of an art history professor lecturing in London's National Gallery, Noble adds to the sense of mystery in this true story. The painting SALVATOR MUNDI, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, was sold at Christie's auction house in 2017... Read More

THE LAST STONE

THE LAST STONE A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation

by Mark Bowden | Read by Richard Ferrone

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Richard Ferrone's slightly gravelly voice fits this hard-boiled true crime, while his warmth moderates its harsh details. As a young reporter in the 1970s, Bowden (BLACK HAWK DOWN) covered the disappearance of two girls from a Maryland mall. Here he tells the story of how the cold case was solved 38 years later when suspect Lloyd Welch was identified, leading to 17... Read More

THE LIVES OF BEES

THE LIVES OF BEES The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild

by Thomas D. Seeley | Read by William Hope

Princeton University Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

William Hope narrates this highly informed work with a sharp focus on its scientific language. His clear, frank style helps the listener follow the author's deep dive into the lives of wild honey bees in their natural colonies, as opposed to those raised and kept by beekeepers. Seeley's goal is to let the implications of how honey bees live in their natural world inform the... Read More

LOSING EARTH

LOSING EARTH A Recent History

by Nathaniel Rich | Read by Matt Godfrey

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This is an important, infuriating, enlightening, engaging, and engrossing audiobook. The author tells the tragic story of how the world, and the U.S. in particular, could have done something significant about climate change decades ago--but chose not to. Narrator Matt Godfrey sets just the right tone of exasperation and understanding. He delivers Rich's audiobook in a way that... Read More

THE MISSION OF A LIFETIME

THE MISSION OF A LIFETIME Lessons from the Men Who Went to the Moon

by Basil Hero | Read by Dan Woren

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Dan Woren's deep voice brings drama to the stories told by surviving Eagles--men who participated in NASA's lunar missions. He provides a conversational tone to the astronauts' stories of the jobs they had while growing up and delivers a more formal tone for their public speaking, in particular, the words they spoke from space. Woren especially captures the surface... Read More

THE MOMENT OF LIFT

THE MOMENT OF LIFT How Empowering Women Changes the World

Earphones Award Winner

by Melinda Gates | Read by Melinda Gates

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

At a time of celebrity biographies, Melinda Gates, philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, narrates her own story of growing awareness of women's lives worldwide. She does so in a strong, affirmative voice that tells all, even her own reluctance, as a practicing Catholic, to become a spokesperson for contraception. Gates is the feminist we all need; she... Read More

MOTHER IS A VERB

MOTHER IS A VERB An Unconventional History

by Sarah Knott | Read by Rachel Bavidge

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Rachel Bavidge takes listeners through a deep meditation on the world's oldest profession: motherhood. She aptly delivers the history, anecdotes, and reflections that comprise this exploration of what it means to be a mother, both in the past as well as the present. Bavidge takes on the various personas of the women who were interviewed on these very personal subjects,... Read More

THE MUELLER REPORT

THE MUELLER REPORT Presented with Related Materials by The Washington Post

by | Read by Matt Zapotosky, Rosalind S. Helderman, Marc Fisher, Sari Horwitz, Dennis Boutsikaris, Cassandra Campbell, Gibson Frazier, Robin Miles, Fred Sanders, Jayme Mattler, Vikas Adams, Joy Osmanski, Cynthia Farrell, Samantha Desz, Prentice Onayemi

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listening to this comprehensive report is a riveting and fascinating experience, and is made even more interesting by the talented narrators who present it. What's more, the report is mostly written in a literate, conversational style that allows them to deliver it as a book as opposed to a dry government account. Alternating sections of the report, the narrators have... Read More

A NATION FORGED BY CRISIS

A NATION FORGED BY CRISIS A New American History

by Jay Sexton | Read by Graham Corrigan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In this audiobook, historian Jay Sexton affirms George Santayana's belief that "those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." In a measured pace and professorial tone, narrator Graham Corrigan delivers a comprehensive, easy-to-understand overview of how events from the American Revolution to the Civil War and to the present presage the next chapters in American... Read More

ON DEMOCRACY

ON DEMOCRACY

Earphones Award Winner

by E.B. White, Jon Meacham [Intro.] | Read by Arthur Morey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

One of the great narrators, Arthur Morey takes the simple beauty of White's well-wrought words and delivers them eloquently. John Meacham's introduction to this essay collection is a love song to the excellence of the author's achievement. The title piece exemplifies this happy meeting of writer and narrator. Morey's tone, tempo, and style are pitch perfect for White, who... Read More

OVERRUN

OVERRUN Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis

by Andrew Reeves | Read by Mike Chamberlain

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Mike Chamberlain narrates Reeves's fish story in the voice of a classic reporter. His delivery has the feel of an investigation as Reeves pursues the story behind an $18 billion proposal to block Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes through access points in the Chicago area. Reeves goes back to the beginning: In the 1960s, carp were introduced as a biological solution. Carp... Read More

POUNDING THE ROCK

POUNDING THE ROCK Basketball Dreams and Real Life in a Bronx High School

by Marc Skelton | Read by Pete Larkin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrating in an enthusiastic voice, Pete Larkin brings to life Marc Skelton's quasi-memoir about coaching a high school basketball team in the Bronx. Skelton provides a thoughtful perspective as he shares his commitment to the success of his players--on and off the court. Larkin's voice seems a bit on the older side for the author's first-person story, but that doesn't take... Read More

REPUBLIC OF LIES

REPUBLIC OF LIES American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power

by Anna Merlan | Read by Suehyla El-Attar, Anna Merlan [Intro.]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

If you believe that the queen of England deals drugs or that Hillary Clinton runs a child pornography ring, this audiobook is not for you. Narrator Suehyla El-Attar channels, and amplifies, the author's bewilderment, disappointment, and occasional flashes of anger as she documents the threats to our fragile democracy from conspiracy theorists (CTs). El-Attar smoothly transports... Read More

THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY

THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great

by Ben Shapiro | Read by Ben Shapiro

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners familiar with the prolific author's incendiary YouTube appearances will be pleasantly surprised by his performance of this audiobook, a well-crafted examination of why Western civilization is in danger of falling apart. Flawless phrasing and accurate interpretations are expected from author/narrators (who know exactly what they are trying to say), and Shapiro delivers... Read More

THE SECOND MOUNTAIN

THE SECOND MOUNTAIN The Quest for a Moral Life

by David Brooks | Read by Arthur Morey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Though Brooks, a NEW YORK TIMES columnist, is a frequent television commentator, this audiobook is narrated by Arthur Morey. But it seems as if Brooks is talking directly to the listener. Since this is an intimate work about finding life's meaning that relies heavily on research and quotes from philosophers and writers, that conversational tone is critical to the audiobook's... Read More

THE SEVEN BASIC PLOTS

THE SEVEN BASIC PLOTS Why We Tell Stories

by Christopher Booker | Read by Liam Gerrard

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Liam Gerrard does his best to keep listeners engaged throughout the nearly 40 hours of this dense audiobook, which Booker worked on for 34 years and was published in print in 2004. Gerrard's inquisitive and even tone, steady pacing, and clear enunciation showcase Booker's words. The first section enumerates seven categories of plot, with an ambitious number of examples... Read More

SKELETON KEYS

SKELETON KEYS The Secret Life of Bones

by Brian Switek | Read by Will Damron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Will Damron gives the opening anecdote of this audiobook the tone of a true-crime story. It's not a murder case, but a would-be suicide stopped by an ossified larynx. The author, who has worked with paleontology field crews, tells the story of life's rise from the sea as seen in a tiny doodle of a fossil that had an early spine and skeletal system. Damron keeps up the... Read More

THE SOCIALIST MANIFESTO

THE SOCIALIST MANIFESTO The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality

by Bhaskar Sunkara | Read by Benjamin Isaac

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrating this enlightening look at socialism's history and modern-day relevance, narrator Benjamin Isaac is easy to hear and understand. Some listeners will wish for a more colorful performance; his pleasing voice and faithful interpretations make the sentences clear, but his vocal style lacks the subtle emotional variations necessary to signal the thematic shifts and... Read More

SPYING ON THE SOUTH

SPYING ON THE SOUTH An Odyssey Across the American Divide

by Tony Horwitz | Read by Mark Deakins, Tony Horwitz [Prologue]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This literary road trip translates well to audio, as it relies heavily on description and anecdote. The twin travelogue recounts Frederick Law Olmsted's journey through the pre-Civil War South and writer Tony Horwitz's 21st-century attempt to re-create that journey. At the time, Olmsted was working as a journalist for the NEW YORK TIMES. Mark Deakins offers an engaging... Read More

THE STONEWALL READER

THE STONEWALL READER

Earphones Award Winner

by The New York Public Library [Eds.], Edmund White [Fore.] | Read by a Full Cast

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A vibrant chorus of more than 20 voices narrates this accessible anthology focusing on LGBTQ experiences before, during, and after the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Told through a diverse array of first-person narratives, interviews, articles, and more, the anthology creates a kaleidoscopic view of the early Gay Liberation movement. The cast of narrators echoes this variety,... Read More

SUICIDE OF THE WEST

SUICIDE OF THE WEST How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics isDestroying American Democracy

by Jonah Goldberg | Read by Jonah Goldberg

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

NATIONAL REVIEW editor Jonah Goldberg's high-voltage performance grabs attention as he expresses amazement at the massive amount of historical research, insights, and detailed arguments he has put together. He's an accurate narrator with a strong and flinty voice, so listeners are never in doubt about the themes of this elaborative audiobook. With compelling examples and... Read More

SUPERIOR

SUPERIOR The Return of Race Science

by Angela Saini | Read by Hannah Melbourn

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Hannah Melbourn helps listeners follow a dizzying set of historical attempts to prove differences between the races and the inferiority of many--aspects of which continue to this day. Her smooth sophistication sounds both scholarly and approachable as she deals with the author's blending of personal details, scientific data, and historical facts. Overall, she achieves... Read More

THAT GOOD NIGHT

THAT GOOD NIGHT Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour

by Sunita Puri | Read by Soneela Nankani, Sunita Puri [Note]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

After Sunita Puri reads her author's note in a warm, thoughtful tone, Soneela Nankani narrates the remainder of this audiobook with reverence for the author's spiritual and humane perspectives. The daughter of an Indian physician, Sunita Puri also went into medicine but found that its focus on the mechanics of saving lives did not address the quality-of-life choices that people... Read More

THICK

THICK And Other Essays

by Tressie McMillan Cottom | Read by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

To listen to sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom narrate her prose confirms that no other narrator could do better. Her personal essays reflect both her lived experiences and the intersectional opposition she and others have faced. She cuts to the quick to discuss the ways in which dominant white cultural expectations invade her space, her body, and her mind. As narrator,... Read More

THIS AMERICA

THIS AMERICA The Case for the Nation

by Jill Lapore | Read by Jill Lapore

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook, narrated by the author--historian and NEW YORKER staff writer Jill Lepore--provides a succinct history of nationalism for a general audience. Tracking nationalism in the United States from the 1800s to today, Lepore reveals a convoluted web of dual meanings and contradictory ideals--not to mention an abundance of barefaced hypocrisy and racism. In an especially... Read More

THIS LAND IS OUR LAND

THIS LAND IS OUR LAND An Immigrant's Manifesto

by Suketu Mehta | Read by Vikas Adam

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Vikas Adam proves to be an excellent partner to author Suketu Mehta in this detailed and absorbing narrative, which finds links between immigration, imperialism, colonialism, climate change, and capitalism's thirst for cheap labor. Adam alters his pacing to signal the direct quotes from Mehta's interviews with immigrants in Morocco, France, the U.S., and other... Read More

A THOUSAND SMALL SANITIES

A THOUSAND SMALL SANITIES The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

by Adam Gopnik | Read by Adam Gopnik

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Adam Gopnik's essay is presented as a letter to his teenage daughter, who was "shocked and troubled" by the election of Donald Trump in 2016, a reaction shared by many liberal Americans. That personal connection makes the NEW YORKER essayist a natural choice as narrator, and, indeed, his performance adds an air of authenticity to this audio. As he lays out his defense of... Read More

TO THE RIVER

TO THE RIVER A Journey Beneath the Surface

by Olivia Laing | Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners will enjoy hearing Kate Reading's crisply pleasant voice as they imagine themselves in author Olivia Laing's shoes as she walks the length of the Ouse River in Sussex, England. To prepare for this weeklong summer walk, Laing studied maps, newspaper clippings, and reports from coroners' offices and commissioners of sewers. The comfortable pacing of Reading's narration... Read More

TRUTH IN OUR TIMES

TRUTH IN OUR TIMES Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts

by David McCraw | Read by Stephen Graybill, David E. McCraw [Intro.]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Stephen Graybill uses a steady professional tone for this audiobook in which ethics in journalism and the law are held to the highest standard. McCraw was the deputy attorney general for the NEW YORK TIMES for 17 years, including the time of the 2016 national election. He discusses his struggles with obtaining information under the Freedom of Information Act (the U.S.... Read More

UNDER RED SKIES

UNDER RED SKIES Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China

by Karoline Kan | Read by Allison Hiroto

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Allison Hiroto provides an energetic and intense voice for Kan's memoir about three generations of family who live in China. The former NEW YORK TIMES reporter explains the intricate details of the One Child policy, including forced birth control and abortions, against the backdrop of her own mother's experiences. Listeners will be spellbound by the intimacy of these... Read More

THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH

THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH Life After Warming

by David Wallace-Wells | Read by David Wallace-Wells

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author David Wallace-Wells narrates his impressively researched work on climate change, providing statistics and probable outcomes of the catastrophic effects already in progress as a result of global warming. Also included are descriptions of how much worse they could potentially become if drastic action is not taken. While he provides a passable narration, a more experienced... Read More

A WALKING LIFE

A WALKING LIFE Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time

by Antonia Malchik | Read by Eliza Foss

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

When Antonia Malchik talks about the human connections that arise from walking, listeners can hear the warmth in narrator Eliza Foss's voice. Her tone stays personal as Malchik recounts her experiences watching her kids learn to walk. The author moved back to her Montana hometown so that her children could grow up in a walkable place, but the audiobook goes beyond her... Read More

THE WAY WE EAT NOW

THE WAY WE EAT NOW How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World

by Bee Wilson | Read by Bee Wilson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Bee Wilson narrates this significant audiobook in a chummy and nuanced style that eases the troubling issues she raises. Her cadence and delivery are so engaging that the listener is encouraged to consider the long list of planetary bad behavior she iterates regarding how we eat. Her sprightly British accent softens the sometimes scolding tone she uses to remind us that though... Read More

WAYFINDING

WAYFINDING The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World

by M. R. O'Connor | Read by Teri Schnaubelt

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Teri Schnaubelt skillfully guides listeners through a fascinating story of anthropology, geography, neuroscience, and more. Throughout history and until very recently, humans traveled great distances without the aid of GPS technologies. In fact, the brain's hippocampus is enlarged in people with keen geographic knowledge and wayfinding abilities. So what happens now... Read More

WHY I RUN

WHY I RUN 35 Progressive Candidates Who Are Changing Politics

by Kate Childs Graham | Read by Karen Peakes, Timothy Andrés Pabon, JD Jackson, Lameece Issaq, Adenrele Ojo, Almarie Guerra, Scott Merriman

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With varied ethnic heritages to match the wave of multicultural candidates whose essays are collected here, seven capable narrators put a lot of themselves into performing these passionate personal essays. The essays are from women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and others who have been targets of the current administration. While a few of the narrators put too much passion... Read More

WILD AT HEART

WILD AT HEART America's Turbulent Relationship with Nature, from Exploitation to Redemption

by Alice Outwater | Read by Joyce Bean

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Joyce Bean adopts the authoritative, outraged yet always persuasive voice that this cornucopia of environmental and ecological information and history demands. Her clear delivery and crystalline sound give the audiobook a convincing tone. It might have been easier to use a kind of fed-up-with-it-all approach to this wide-angle and historic look at environmental... Read More

WOMEN & POWER

WOMEN & POWER A Manifesto

by Mary Beard | Read by Mary Beard

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author--who also narrates this audiobook--is a highly respected professor of classics at Cambridge University. With insight and humor, she makes a case for redefining how women should be perceived--and perceive themselves--if they are to coexist with those of other genders on equal terms. She argues that as women have the opportunity to assume more power, their models of... Read More

WORDSLUT

WORDSLUT A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

by Amanda Montell | Read by Amanda Montell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Amanda Montell narrates her own audiobook, and in listening to just the first few minutes, it's clear why that was the best choice. Her enthusiasm and passion for language shine, and her touches of humor keep listeners actively engaged and occasionally laughing out loud. Montell points a critical lens at our everyday language usage, showing how insults and curses at women and... Read More

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