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THE ARREST

THE ARREST

by Jonathan Lethem | Read by Robert Fass

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listening to Jonathan Lethem's imaginative new novel is like listening to someone's wild but strangely relevant pandemic dream. Here, technology has been "arrested," along with most of modern civilization. On the coast of Maine, "at the end of land and time," a small agrarian enclave survives in relative peace and tranquility--though not for long. Narrator Robert Fass maintains... Read More

THE AWKWARD BLACK MAN

THE AWKWARD BLACK MAN

by Walter Mosley | Read by Mirron Willis

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Mirron Willis, having narrated several Walter Mosley audiobooks, has an experienced grasp of the author's cadence and language. This familiarity, as well as Willis's prudent pronunciation, makes for a confident and compelling reading of Mosley stories. Like Mosley's novels, these tales are digressive and imaginative, dealing with, among other things, a fly's friendship, the... Read More

BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD

BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD

by Toshikazu Kawaguchi | Read by Arina Li

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Arina Li's nuanced performance highlights the longing and confusion of four hopeful time travelers in this quirky and touching story. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo's main streets, urban legend claims, is a café that can transport people in time. Li's lively voice and high tones conjure a mystical atmosphere within the nondescript cafe. The desperation and... Read More

BESTIARY

BESTIARY

by K-Ming Chang | Read by Catherine Ho, Nancy Wu, Ren Hanami

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Catherine Ho, Nancy Wu, and Ren Hanami work together to create a rich audio experience for this multigenerational saga of a Taiwanese family haunted by its past. For fans of international fiction, these are immersive chapters. The narrators help to orient us to the complex story. Mother begins by telling Daughter folktales; the one about a tiger is that of their... Read More

BETTY

BETTY

by Tiffany McDaniel | Read by Dale Dickey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Dale Dickey portrays Betty, a young woman raised in the Appalachian region of Ohio. Betty is often called Little Indian by her father, a Cherokee. Her mother is white. With dark skin and a pure, bright spirit, Betty endures cruel racism, a dysfunctional family, and a variety of other heartbreaking tragedies as she goes through life. Dickey captures the innocence and... Read More

BLACK BOTTOM SAINTS

BLACK BOTTOM SAINTS

by Alice Randall | Read by Prentice Onayemi, Imani Parks

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Prentice Onayemi and Imani Parks swap chapters in this chronicle of Detroit in the years 1938-1968, when Black workers streamed into the city looking for work in the car plants. Onayemi creates the voice of Joseph "Ziggy" Johnson, nightclub emcee at The Flame and The Driftwood Lodge and gossip columnist covering the celebrated Detroit neighborhood of Black Bottom.... Read More

BLUE BEAR WOMAN

BLUE BEAR WOMAN

by Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau, Susan Ouriou [Trans.], Christelle Morelli [Trans.] | Read by Tai Amy Grauman

Inanna Publications | Unabridged
Fiction

The voice of Native narrator Tai Amy Grauman is as clear and cool as the waters of Canada's St. James Bay, where this novel of a Cree woman's vision quest takes place. Victoria is a Cree poet and shaman who travels through the coniferous forests of northern Quebec to find the bones of her great-uncle and set his spirit free. Many tales and legends of these Indigenous people... Read More

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS

THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS

by Jodi Picoult | Read by Patti Murin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Dawn is thriving as a mom and wife with a fulfilling career when a plane crash leaves her second-guessing everything. Patti Murin admirably narrates this complex novel, providing a strong yet pleasant voice for Dawn at this crossroads. Dawn's early adulthood as an Egyptian archaeologist took a sudden turn many years before when she returned home to her dying mother and stayed... Read More

THE BOYS' CLUB

THE BOYS' CLUB

by Erica Katz | Read by Julia Whelan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Julia Whelan delivers the mounting tension of Katz's timely audiobook, engaging listeners with its complicated protagonist. Alex is a Harvard Law School graduate who lands a dream position at Klasko & Fitch, a high-powered firm that specializes in mergers and acquisitions. Alex promises her partner she won't be swept up in the demands of her job, but soon the nonstop... Read More

THE CARETAKER

THE CARETAKER

by Doon Arbus | Read by Alan Cumming

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Alan Cumming is a natural fit for the meticulous narrative of Doon Arbus. His voice matches the erudite, cerebral drama perfectly. Listeners are eased into the world of philosopher Charles Morgan, author of a book entitled STUFF, who dies and leaves behind a museum of his many collected items. The board hires an eccentric caretaker who presides over the museum and its visitors... Read More

A CHILDREN'S BIBLE

A CHILDREN'S BIBLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Lydia Millet | Read by Xe Sands

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Xe Sands offers an excellent performance of this timely and thought-provoking audiobook. A commentary on climate change, this novel blends a view of contemporary life with a warning about a bleak future. Sands voices Evie, a teenage narrator whose dim view of adults is well justified. With her peers, she must take charge when a summer stay at a coastal mansion becomes a battle... Read More

CHRISTMAS AT THE ISLAND HOTEL

CHRISTMAS AT THE ISLAND HOTEL Mure, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by Jenny Colgan | Read by Eilidh Beaton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners are quickly immersed in the doings of a new start-up, the Rock, a hotel on the small island of Mure, which lies between Scotland and Norway. Narrator Eilidh Beaton masterfully handles a variety of accents that dance in listeners' ears. They range from the Scottish of the townspeople to the French of the hotel's temperamental chef and the Norwegian of Konstantin, a... Read More

COBBLE HILL

COBBLE HILL

by Cecily von Ziegesar | Read by Pete Simonelli

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

It's great fun listening to narrator Pete Simonelli illuminate the gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood featured in this engaging audiobook by the author of the GOSSIP GIRL series. With lively rhythms he shines a spotlight on the interconnected lives of four affluent families who reside there. The animated and witty characterizations of Roy, a successful novelist; Stuart, a... Read More

THE COLD MILLIONS

THE COLD MILLIONS

Earphones Award Winner

by Jess Walter | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Marin Ireland, Mike Ortego, and a Full Cast

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini anchors the full-cast performance of a story that takes place in Spokane, Washington, in the early twentieth century. The audiobook centers on two brothers who arrive in town seeking seasonal work. Events take a turn when they get caught up in the free speech movement and union organizing. Other narrators deliver first-person vignettes that provide... Read More

THE COLOR OF AIR

THE COLOR OF AIR

by Gail Tsukiyama | Read by Brian Nishii, Natalie Naudus

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

It is 1935. The fearsome Hawaiian volcano Mauna Loa has erupted. And a prodigal son has just arrived home from the mainland in search of answers to family secrets. With tones of compassion and easy humor, Brian Nishii narrates the story of a hardworking, close-knit community of Japanese-American immigrants who came to Hawaii to work in the sugarcane fields. Narrator Natalie... Read More

THE CONSTANT RABBIT

THE CONSTANT RABBIT

Earphones Award Winner

by Jasper Fforde | Read by Andrew Wincott

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Andrew Wincott delivers on all accounts as he performs this satire of contemporary America and the UK. Set in an alternative world some 50 years after a variety of mammals (and a couple of insects) underwent a "spontaneous anthropomorphizing event," this audiobook is a clever and astute look at racial prejudice, fear of immigrants, and the effects of a bullying... Read More

CROSSINGS

CROSSINGS

by Alex Landragin | Read by Barrie Kreinik, Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

"Every crossing is a theft of a life." How mysterious. How beckoning. This audiobook combines the suspense of nineteenth-century horror with the cool detachment of narrators Barrie Kreinik and Raphael Corkhill. Using their finely honed talents for European, African, and American accents, the narrators link an obscure short story by poet Charles Baudelaire with the Nazi... Read More

CUYAHOGA

CUYAHOGA

by Pete Beatty | Read by Feodor Chin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Feodor Chin embraces the satirical world of this debut novel with a whimsical tone, an engaged style, and a quick cadence that suits the nineteenth-century fable. He does a fine performance of the sounds in this audiobook--from the thwack of an axe to the sharp sound of gunshots and the splashes of swimming in Lake Erie. Befitting this satire of the tall tale,... Read More

DADDY

DADDY Stories

by Emma Cline | Read by Natasha Soudek

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listening to the 10 stories in Emma Cline's second book (following her highly regarded 2017 novel, THE GIRLS) is like opening a catalogue of pre-pandemic Southern California consumer culture. Natasha Soudek is a skilled and expressive narrator, and Cline's stories are uniformly well crafted, polished, and sharply observed in the understated NEW YORKER fashion. Together they... Read More

DESTINATION WEDDING

DESTINATION WEDDING

by Diksha Basu | Read by Soneela Nankani

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Diksha Basu transports listeners to a posh Indian wedding filled with intriguing characters and family drama. Narrator Soneela Nankani introduces Tina Das, her parents, and her best friend, Marianne Laing, in this fast-paced, entertaining listen. Nankani channels Tina and the people in her life, illuminating her insecurities and her confusion about where she belongs.... Read More

THE DISASTER TOURIST

THE DISASTER TOURIST

by Yun Ko-eun, Lizzie Buehler [Trans.] | Read by Natalie Naudus

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Natalie Naudus is a quirky, spirited narrator who plays up the thread of comedy running throughout this unusual story about disaster tourism. She becomes Yona, a young Korean woman who finds herself working for a disreputable travel agency. Listeners are treated to a humorously presented view of a future in which tourists travel to disaster sites for entertainment. There is a... Read More

THE DISCOMFORT OF EVENING

THE DISCOMFORT OF EVENING

by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Michele Hutchison [Trans.] | Read by Genevieve Gaunt

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Genevieve Gaunt's performance of this audiobook--soft-voiced, delicately accented, hauntingly matter-of-fact--suits the 10-year-old narrator, Jas. There is an innocence to Gaunt's tone that adds to Jas's unsettling tale of loss and struggle. The plot unfolds on a Dutch dairy farm, and Jas shares every detail of farm life without hesitation. Somehow, a child's voice sharing the... Read More

EARTHLINGS

EARTHLINGS

by Sayaka Murata | Read by Nancy Wu

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Sayaka Murata's new novel packs a slow wallop, much more so when heard than when read off the page. Nancy Wu, who also narrated Murata's first novel, CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN, effectively conveys the child voice of Murata's narrator, Natsuki, who converses with her stuffed toy and imagines she is an alien marooned on earth. What at first sounds like childish fantasy soon evolves... Read More

THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE GREENGAGE TREE

THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE GREENGAGE TREE

by Shokoofeh Azar | Read by Priyar Ayyar

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Priya Ayyar becomes the voice of 13-year-old Bahar, the ghostly narrator of this story set in post-Revolutionary Iran. Ayyar uses a wistful voice that makes it easy for listeners to empathize with the horrors the teenager encounters. Ayyar is an experienced narrator of international fiction. She expertly handles this imagining of a watershed moment in Iranian history through... Read More

EVERY BONE A PRAYER

EVERY BONE A PRAYER

by Ashley Blooms | Read by Eileen Stevens

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Eileen Stevens narrates this novel in a practical tone that is a well-balanced choice, given its disparate themes of mysticism and violence. Ten-year-old Misty lives with her mother and teenage sister in a ramshackle trailer in an Appalachian holler. Stevens serenely describes Misty's supernatural connection to nature--the crawdads, the trees, the deer. The first time Misty is... Read More

THE GENTLEMAN FROM PERU

THE GENTLEMAN FROM PERU

by Andre Aciman | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fiction

Edoardo Ballerini, a true audiobook pro, brings his usual enthusiasm to this title, using accents right and left, and brimming with theatrical energy. As ever, his timing and timbre are engaging. He puts every effort into this performance, but the substance of the material itself is what keeps the production from being great. This work of magical realism, which begins as a... Read More

A GIRL IS A BODY OF WATER

A GIRL IS A BODY OF WATER

by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi | Read by Tovah Ott

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Tovah Ott provides a warm performance of this coming-of-age audiobook about a Ugandan girl's journey to find her mother. Ott's sonorous voice brings rural 1970s Uganda to life. Tomboyish Kirabo is frustrated by the traditional expectations placed on her by her grandmother. Consulting the town witch provides more questions than answers, and before she can figure out the... Read More

HENCH

HENCH

by Natalie Zina Walschots | Read by Alex McKenna

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In a snarky style, Alex McKenna narrates this audiobook mash-up--think DC Comics meets "The Office." A "hench" is a clerk typist, secretary, valet, or chauffeur who serves a super villain. Somebody has to. When Anna, who is working as a data entry temp, gets thrown across a parking lot by a superhero named Supercollider, she decides to go to work for the dark side. McKenna has... Read More

HOMELAND ELEGIES

HOMELAND ELEGIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Ayad Akhtar | Read by Ayad Akhtar

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Pulitzer-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar narrates his somewhat autobiographical novel, an outstanding chronicle of an upper-middle- class immigrant Pakistani family's experience in America and an indictment of contemporary American politics and economics. Akhtar narrates from the point of view of the protagonist, the eponymously named Ayad Akhtar, who describes his family's rise... Read More

HOUSEKEEPING

HOUSEKEEPING Fortieth Anniversary Edition

by Marilynne Robinson | Read by Therese Plummer

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Therese Plummer tackles this contemporary classic with a shrewd approach and a piercing tone. Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, are orphaned and raised, first, by their loving grandmother, then, by two bungling, lovable aunts, and, ultimately, by Sylvie, the eccentric and distant sister of their late mother. Plummer's delivery sparkles during dialogue between the... Read More

I GIVE IT TO YOU

I GIVE IT TO YOU

by Valerie Martin | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Are someone else's stories fair game for a writer? This question is at the heart of Valerie Martin's intriguing glimpse of another time. Cassandra Campbell's superb performance lends credibility to a fascinating story of Italian history and friendship. Jan is a writer and a professor who spends summers at Beatrice's villa in Tuscany, doing research on WWII and Mussolini. As... Read More

THE INDEX OF SELF-DESTRUCTIVE ACTS

THE INDEX OF SELF-DESTRUCTIVE ACTS

by Christopher Beha | Read by Jim Frangione

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Do we have free will? Jim Frangione's narration is both authoritative and engaging as young reporter Sam Wexworth contemplates this question. Frangione fully embodies Wexworth, along with Frank Doyle, an old-school political commentator who has been canceled after making an attempt at humor that smacks of racism during a Mets broadcast. Doyle is Wexworth's first assignment for... Read More

JACK

JACK Gilead, Book 4

by Marilynne Robinson | Read by Adam Verner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

If you're not familiar with Jack Boughton from Marilynne Robinson's earlier novels, this audiobook is probably not the place to start. Here Jack falls in love with Della, a Black teacher--a romance forbidden in 1940s St. Louis and staunchly opposed by Della's family. Narrator Adam Verner effectively conveys the mixed elements in Jack's character--he's part poet, part bum. Less... Read More

JUST LIKE YOU

JUST LIKE YOU

by Nick Hornby | Read by Ben Bailey Smith, Hattie Ladbury

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Ben Bailey Smith and Hattie Ladbury's exemplary performances engage the listener from the start of Hornby's latest audiobook, set in the UK during the pending Brexit vote. Lucy, a white woman in her 40s, is going through a difficult separation. She starts a relationship with Joseph, a Black man two decades her junior, who agrees to babysit for her children. While this premise... Read More

KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982

KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982

by Cho Nam-Joo, Jamie Chang [Trans.] | Read by Kathleen Choe

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fiction

Kathleen Choe's controlled narration is perfect for this controversial commentary on Korea's patriarchal society. When 30-something Kim JiYoung begins to have dissociative episodes during which she channels the voices of other people, her husband sends her to be treated--by a male psychiatrist. Choe's authentic Korean pronunciations help illuminate this concise allegorical... Read More

THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE

THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE

by Nancy Jooyoun Kim | Read by Greta Jung

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Greta Jung's arresting narration elevates this suspenseful debut novel about an undocumented Korean immigrant who is hoping to fulfill the American dream. Margot and her mother, Mina, who doesn't speak English, have always had a strained relationship. When Margot finds that her mother has died under suspicious circumstances, she launches an investigation in hopes of finding out... Read More

THE LAST SUMMER OF ADA BLOOM

THE LAST SUMMER OF ADA BLOOM

by Martine Murray | Read by Katherine Littrell

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

With a lovely Aussie accent, Katherine Littrell narrates this story about a dysfunctional family in a small town in Australia. Nine-year-old Ada's point of view--a youthful, rambling introspection--is beautifully voiced by both author and narrator. Littrell provides only slight characterization for Ada's teenage brother and sister, Ben and Tilly, both of whom are eager to push... Read More

LIKES

LIKES

by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum | Read by Jean Ann Douglass

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Jean Ann Douglass captures ups and downs and contradictions of contemporary life in these short stories by Bynum. Douglass excels in conveying the self-deprecating, guilt-ridden interior monologues of the suburban moms who are the main characters in many of these narratives. Douglass's tone and pitch are easy on the ears, so the stories whiz by in segments of around 30... Read More

LOVE

LOVE

by Roddy Doyle | Read by Morgan C. Jones

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Morgan Jones employs his best Irish lilt in portraying Davy and Joe as they lift a pint and ruminate over old times and lost loves. Maybe you think you've heard this one before, but you haven't heard Doyle's take. Jones adds a pinch of bitters to the story as the talk swerves from one side of the conversational road to the other. Jones captures Doyle's voice in so many... Read More

LOVE YOUR LIFE

LOVE YOUR LIFE

by Sophie Kinsella | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Fiona Hardingham's lively narration gives this romantic comedy a fresh feel. At an Italian writer's retreat where participants are discouraged from using real names and details, Aria and Dutch find love. Old dating app frustrations and deal breakers are gone, but can their love hold up once they're back in London living as Ava and Matt? Hardingham's range highlights the... Read More

MAGIC LESSONS

MAGIC LESSONS

by Alice Hoffman | Read by Sutton Foster

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Tony Award winner Sutton Foster narrates the prequel to PRACTICAL MAGIC. In 1664, Hannah Owens takes in baby Maria and teaches her the craft. Maria grows up and falls in love but is abandoned. She follows the object of her affection to Salem, Massachusetts, where she invokes the curse that will affect generations, and, in the process, she learns the real rules of magic. Foster... Read More

THE MARGOT AFFAIR

THE MARGOT AFFAIR

by Sanae Lemoine | Read by Hope Newhouse

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Hope Newhouse's stage background and versatility are firmly on display in this very French debut novel. Margot Louve is the secret love child of a famous stage actress and a prominent French politician. Longing for her father's love and her mother's attention, she puts her family's deepest secrets in the wrong hands, learning in brutal fashion what can happen when "the... Read More

MEMORIAL

MEMORIAL

by Bryan Washington | Read by Bryan Washington, Akie Kotabe

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Bryan Washington takes the lead in narrating his second audiobook, ably complemented by Akie Kotabe's winning performance. With careful phrasing and a relaxed pace, Washington conveys the first-person perspective of Benson, who must entertain his long-term boyfriend Mike's mother, Mitsuko, who is staying in their Houston home while Mike reconnects with his estranged... Read More

MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAVEYARD

MIDNIGHT IN THE GRAVEYARD

by Kenneth W. Cain [Ed.] | Read by Gary Bennett

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Fiction

These tales come alive as narrator Gary Bennett renders each period, setting, and character unique. Listeners will be captivated by this spirited collection of diverse stories, with Bennett deftly capturing the speech patterns and vocabulary of each tale in a collection that runs the gamut from mildly amusing to heartbreaking. Standouts include "The Devil's Dip," in which high... Read More

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY

Earphones Award Winner

by Matt Haig | Read by Carey Mulligan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

English actress Carey Mulligan narrates this wondrous audiobook about a woman's existential journey between life and death. At age 35, Nora Seed attempts suicide. Instead of dying, Nora arrives at a metaphysical library that represents all her possible existences had she made different choices. Each book transports Nora to another life, which she experiences firsthand until she... Read More

MISSIONARIES

MISSIONARIES

by Phil Klay | Read by MacLeod Andrews, Cynthia Farrell, Henry Leyva, Anthony Rey Perez

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

MacLeod Andrews, Cynthia Farrell, Henry Leyva, and Anthony Rey each narrate a unique point of view in a novel that focuses on modern warfare, mostly in Colombia. The first-person perspectives feel like eavesdropping in a confessional. The narrators pull from a deep well of emotion as no character in this audiobook remains unscathed by the horrors of war. While each narrator... Read More

MUST I GO

MUST I GO

by Yiyun Li | Read by Jane Alexander, Alex McKenna, John Rubenstein

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Jane Alexander, Alex McKenna, and John Rubenstein have a synergy that adds momentum to this touching novel. In a velvety voice, McKenna portrays Lilia Imbody, who reflects on her life as she reads the posthumously published memoir of Roland Bouley, her former lover and the father of her daughter. As Lilia reads, she annotates the work with her own opinions. Delivering... Read More

NATURAL HISTORY

NATURAL HISTORY

by Carlos Fonseca, Megan McDowell [Trans.] | Read by Jonathan Davis

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jonathan Davis's intelligent narration is a wonderful vehicle through which to delve into this inventive novel. A curator of a natural history museum is invited by a fashion designer to collaborate on a project. After her death, he is sent archived materials that prompt him to investigate her family history. In a quietly lush voice that conveys just the right emotional nuance,... Read More

NORTHERNMOST

NORTHERNMOST

by Peter Geye | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Lisa Flanagan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Edoardo Ballerini and Lisa Flanagan bring poetic pacing and a sense of coldness--both physical and emotional--to performances that are true to this audiobook. Ballerini portrays Odd Einar, a sealer who is stranded alone for two weeks in the Arctic in 1897 before being rescued and arriving home in the middle of his own funeral. Ballerini's deep voice and tinge of an accent... Read More

NOT QUITE A SUPERHERO

NOT QUITE A SUPERHERO Static Alice, Book 1

by Roney Peer | Read by Elena Valentine

Roney Peer | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Elena Valentine introduces 30-something Alice Carter, who has spent a lifetime hiding her genetic oddity: When she touches anything, including people, she causes a painful shock. Listeners will be aghast when Carter uses this ability to immobilize a band of bank robbers. Valentine portrays Alice as an endearing woman who, not surprisingly, leads a solitary life. When... Read More

THE OFFICE OF HISTORICAL CORRECTIONS

THE OFFICE OF HISTORICAL CORRECTIONS

by Danielle Evans | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Nicole Lewis, Brittany Pressley, Shayna Small, January LaVoy, Adenrele Ojo, Janina Edwards

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Seven talented narrators bring the complex protagonists of Evans's short fiction to life. The stories are a dazzling blend of the personal and the universal, a collection of masterfully crafted moments exploring history, guilt, Blackness, womanhood, American racism, and trauma. Janina Edwards gives an emotional performance of the titular novella about a historian unraveling a... Read More

THE OLD GIRLS' NETWORK

THE OLD GIRLS' NETWORK

Earphones Award Winner

by Judy Leigh | Read by Patience Tomlinson

Boldwood Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Patience Tomlinson captures the simple charm of the English village of Winsley Green. Listeners will meet two 70-something sisters--friendly, easygoing Pauline Pye and uptight, humorless Barbara Harvey--who comes to recuperate with her sister after a health scare. Tomlinson excels with inner thoughts, splendid accents, and making conversations feel inclusive. While driving,... Read More

OLDER

OLDER Younger, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Pamela Redmond | Read by Sutton Foster

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Viewers have seen Sutton Foster play Liza Miller in the television show "Younger," and now they can experience her congenial audiobook performance in this highly anticipated sequel. As Liza turns 50, her recent novel is under contract for a television show. She leaves her troublesome on-again, off-again boyfriend in New York City and meets charming actor Hugo Fielding in Los... Read More

OUT OF LINE COLLECTION

OUT OF LINE COLLECTION

by Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Caroline Kepnes, Lisa Ko, Emma Donoghue, Mary Gaitskill, Kate Atkinson | Read by Kristen Bell, Samira Wiley, Lea Salonga, Margo Martindale, Gwendoline Christie, R.C. Bray

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This collection of seven short stories has as its unifying theme women stepping out of line and becoming empowered to set their own course in life. Featuring prominent contemporary authors and a host of professional actors and performers as narrators, the collection is an intriguing exploration of female agency. Kristen Bell, who delivers Cheryl Strayed's and Caroline Kepnes's... Read More

PALE MORNING LIGHT WITH VIOLET SWAN

PALE MORNING LIGHT WITH VIOLET SWAN

by Deborah Reed | Read by Andi Arndt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Fiction

With her gentle and warm voice, narrator Andi Arndt envelops listeners in the multigenerational saga of Violet Swan, an acclaimed abstract painter who is dying. Violet lives with her son, Francisco, and his wife, Penny. The novel's beautiful language is evocatively conveyed by Arndt. She deftly guides listeners through shifting points of view and multiple flashbacks. The story... Read More

THE PARIS MODEL

THE PARIS MODEL

by Alexandra Joel | Read by Katherine Littrell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Katherine Littrell's performance saves this from being just another chick-lit novel. Littrell's ease with voices and most accents combined with her upbeat manner gives this fairy-tale romance some needed gravitas. Can a country girl (with secrets) from a sheep farm in Australia find happiness as Christian Dior's #1 mannequin? The predictable plot is easily swallowed with... Read More

PAYBACK

PAYBACK

by Mary Gordon | Read by Cynthia Darlow

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Cynthia Darlow gives a clear and well-articulated narration of Gordon's new novel. In spite of the exciting premise--two women share a terrible secret from their past--the audiobook struggles to give the listener the drama that it promises. Darlow's colorless narration does little to improve understanding of the characters or to increase tension. There is no discernible vocal... Read More

THE RESURRECTION OF FULGENCIO RAMIREZ

THE RESURRECTION OF FULGENCIO RAMIREZ

by Rudy Ruiz | Read by Johnny Rey Diaz

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Johnny Rey Diaz narrates this novel of lost love and redemption on the border of the U.S. and Mexico. Fulgencio Ramirez, a young immigrant, falls in love with Carolina Mendelssohn, a middle-class local girl. In the 1950s their relationship does not have a happy ending--but many years later, they get a second chance. Diaz tells the story at a slow, steady pace. At times, his... Read More

THE SECRET FRENCH RECIPES OF SOPHIE VALROUX

THE SECRET FRENCH RECIPES OF SOPHIE VALROUX

by Samantha Vérant | Read by Imani Jade Powers

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jade Powers offers a delicious narration of this very French, very food-oriented, very satisfying novel. In New York, Sophie's budding chef career is sabotaged by a jealous rival. Fired and finding herself in disgrace, she learns that her estranged grandmother, Odette, has had a stroke. Sophie returns to the family home in Champvert, France, where Odette has transformed her... Read More

SHUGGIE BAIN

SHUGGIE BAIN

by Douglas Stuart | Read by Angus King

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Scotsman Angus King is a natural choice to narrate this chronicle of Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, a boy growing up in 1980s Glasgow. King's thick Scottish accent is evocative of the setting, and his vivid characterizations of both male and female characters of all ages aid with differentiation of their colorful personalities. Narrating with both whimsy and gravitas, King captures... Read More

THE SILENCE

THE SILENCE

Earphones Award Winner

by Don DeLillo | Read by Laurie Anderson, Jeremy Bobb, Marin Ireland, Robin Miles, Jay O. Sanders, Michael Stuhlbarg

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A full cast propels DeLillo's latest audiobook, which portrays our current relationship with technology. At a time in the close future, an unexplained technology disruption occurs, impacting the characters of this work at various levels. An international flight to New York crash-lands; the survivors are treated in a clinic that is also affected by the blackout. The Super Bowl... Read More

A SINGLE SWALLOW

A SINGLE SWALLOW

Earphones Award Winner

by Zhang Ling, Shelly Bryant [Trans.] | Read by Arthur Morey, Adam Verner, Tanya Eby, Feodor Chin, Christopher Lane

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An ensemble of five gifted narrators splendidly conveys the haunting language and imagery in this WWII story of Ah Yan, a Chinese woman who has a lasting impact upon three men. Feodor Chin's facility with Chinese words and penetrating depiction of Ah Yan's childhood friend, Liu Zhaohu, transport listeners to war-torn China. With a measured pace and gentle tone, Adam Verner... Read More

SISTERS

SISTERS

by Daisy Johnson | Read by Daisy Edgar-Jones, Anna Koval

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

British actresses Daisy Edgar-Jones and Anna Koval deliver a unique and truly chilling story of two extremely close sisters. July and September were born just 10 months apart and have been inseparable ever since. Following an unknown tragedy, the two and their mother move to an abandoned family home, where it soon becomes clear that there is something very wrong with the... Read More

SOMEONE WHO WILL LOVE YOU IN ALL YOUR DAMAGED GLORY

SOMEONE WHO WILL LOVE YOU IN ALL YOUR DAMAGED GLORY Stories

by Raphael Bob-Waksberg | Read by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Baron Vaughn, James Urbaniak, Kimiko Glenn, et al.

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This collection of offbeat short stories dealing mainly with love and relationships is, to put it plainly, weirdly funny. Delivered by an ensemble that includes the author himself, the polished performances capture Bob-Waksberg's sardonic wit and exaggerated renderings of the absurdities of romance. From auspicious ritual goat sacrifice at a wedding to an extended series of... Read More

SPRING

SPRING

by Leila Rafei | Read by Negin Farsad

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Negin Farsad steals the show in this work of historical fiction, which takes place in Egypt during the 2011 Arab Spring. Farsad delivers the third-person narrative using an American speaking voice and then drops into characters' dialogue with ease. Because of the choice to narrate in a voice that is totally different from those of the three main characters, a young... Read More

STEALING HOME

STEALING HOME Sweet Magnolias, Book 1

by Sherryl Woods | Read by Stina Nielsen

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Small-town goings-on in Serenity, South Carolina, take on new life with narrator Stina Nielsen. She introduces listeners to Maddie Townsend, whose husband, Bill, has left her for his 24-year-old pregnant girlfriend. Nielsen gives Maddie a wistful, sincere voice that will elicit approval of her determination to start fresh. As Maddie starts a business with her two best friends,... Read More

STRANGE BUT TRUE

STRANGE BUT TRUE

by John Searles | Read by Matt Godfrey

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Part mystery, part suspense, this domestic drama is enhanced by Matt Godfrey's gift for cross-gender narration. Particularly convincing are Godfrey's renderings of Charlene, the grieving mother, and Melissa, the young, pregnant woman who claims she's the subject of a mysterious conception. Phillip, Charlene's son, is bestowed with a weary tone that conveys his frustration (he's... Read More

SUMMER

SUMMER

by Ali Smith | Read by Juliette Burton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Juliette Burton's dynamic performance ensures a satisfying end to Smith's seasonal quartet of novels. Burton's range is a good match for this twisting, time-hopping story. It's a somber summer for the Greenlaw family during COVID, and the story's bleak tone is amplified with wartime stories of the past and climate worries for the future. Characters from previous novels come... Read More

SUNCATCHER

SUNCATCHER

by Romesh Gunesekera | Read by Romesh Gunesekera

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

With his melodic Sri Lankan-British accent, Romesh Gunesekera narrates his semiautobiographical coming-of-age novel about a shy middle-class boy who avoids his bickering parents by surrounding himself with Westerns, superheroes, and comic books. When he is befriended by an intriguing, rebellious teenager who collects birds, guns, and firecrackers, our protagonist is introduced... Read More

SWEET SORROW

SWEET SORROW

Earphones Award Winner

by David Nicholls | Read by Rory Kinnear

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook is an absolute delight. Rory Kinnear's performance is smart, observant, and incredibly funny. Portraying Charlie, a teenage boy who is wrestling with an unstable family, an uncertain future, and an all-consuming love for Fran, the girl of his dreams, Kinnear walks the line between perfect comedy and astute empathy. His comfort with Charlie's awkwardness and his... Read More

THE THINGS SHE OWNED

THE THINGS SHE OWNED

by Katherine Tamiko Arguile | Read by Emma Cary

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Emma Cary's gentle voice captures the fragility in the complex relationship between a mother and daughter. Michiko's possessions, which were part of her life in 1940s Japan, are inherited by her daughter, Erika, who lives in contemporary England. These things are the vehicle through which the two women's rich histories, including their secrets, unfold. Cary's spot-on... Read More

THE THIRTY NAMES OF NIGHT

THE THIRTY NAMES OF NIGHT

by Zeyn Joukhadar | Read by Samy Figaredo, Lameece Issaq

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Samy Figaredo and Lameece Issaq give deeply resonant performances in this lyrical novel about three generations of Syrian-Americans who are searching for a sense of belonging. Years after the death of his mother, an ornithologist, a closeted trans man finds the journal of a famous bird artist she loved named Laila Z. The artist disappeared 60 years before the boy was born. He... Read More

TWENTY AFTER MIDNIGHT

TWENTY AFTER MIDNIGHT

by Daniel Galera, Julia Sanches [Trans.] | Read by Frankie Corzo, Christian Barillas, Ramon de Ocampo

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Three narrators chronicle the lives of four friends in Brazil. In the 90s, Emiliano, Antero, Andrei, and Aurora founded an e-zine that defined their fairly successful careers. But when it folded, their friendship also ended. When Andrei is murdered more than a decade later, the remaining three are forced to confront one another. Alternating between several points of view, the... Read More

WE RUN THE TIDES

WE RUN THE TIDES

by Vendela Vida | Read by Marin Ireland

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Marin Ireland's powerful performance captures a girl's joy and disillusionment in this compelling coming-of-age story. Thirteen-year-old Eulabee is best friends with the enigmatic Maria Fabiola, and they are on top of the world until the very grounded Eulabee begins to question the truth of what Maria says. Ireland's voices for all the characters consistently evoke their... Read More

WHEN THESE MOUNTAINS BURN

WHEN THESE MOUNTAINS BURN

by David Joy | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

While this audiobook includes crime, it's not a crime story per se. However, David Joy's latest title is a must-listen. Narrator MacLeod Andrews has just the right voice for a story that has few heroes but many realistic characters. Centered on a troubled relationship between a father and a son who is addicted to drugs, the novel touches on the nation's opioid crisis, the... Read More

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

Earphones Award Winner

by Wendy James | Read by Casey Withoos

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Incredulity and suspicion thread their way into every nuance of this audiobook, narrated wonderfully by Casey Withoos. She credibly conveys the central characters' feelings and keeps listeners at full attention. Susan Middleton's sister disappeared, without warning, and apparently without reason, 20 years ago, only to reappear to claim her inheritance. Is she really the missing... Read More

THE WHITE COAT DIARIES

THE WHITE COAT DIARIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Madi Sinha | Read by Soneela Nankani

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Norah Kapadia, a brilliant medical student, knows all about drugs and their side effects, but the human aspects of patient care baffle her. Narrator Soneela Nankani creates a memorable portrait of Norah with depth, emotion, and humor. Even her performance of Norah's friends; mother; and, in particular, Chief Resident Ethan Cantor, Norah's mentor and love interest, are all... Read More

WITH OR WITHOUT YOU

WITH OR WITHOUT YOU

by Caroline Leavitt | Read by Julia Whelan

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Stella, a nurse, and Simon, a bassist, are a couple. When they argue, narrator Julia Whelan gives them energized portrayals. These contrast with Whelan's measured pace and detached tone as she describes how Stella becomes unexpectedly ill and falls into a coma. Simon's downward spiral from confident rocker to scared boyfriend is also fully expressed in Whelan's performance.... Read More

WOLFE ISLAND

WOLFE ISLAND

by Lucy Treloar | Read by Abbe Holmes

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The controlled voice and convincing accent of narrator Abbe Holmes immerse listeners in the precarious existence of a woman who lives alone on a sinking island in Chesapeake Bay in a dismal but all too plausible future. Kitty's life is disturbed not only by rising waters but also by the arrival of her granddaughter and her Hispanic companions who need a sanctuary. In this... Read More

THE WONDER BOY OF WHISTLE STOP

THE WONDER BOY OF WHISTLE STOP

by Fannie Flagg | Read by Fannie Flagg

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Fans of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE will enjoy this charming sequel, with all its quirky residents. Fannie Flagg tells her story with an inviting neighborliness. As in the original, Flagg meanders between characters, times, and place with an easy-to-listen-to Southern drawl, reprising some history and bringing us up-to-date on the lives of Idgie, Evelyn,... Read More

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