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ACTS OF VIOLET

ACTS OF VIOLET

Earphones Award Winner

by Margarita Montimore | Read by Brittany Pressley, Amy McFadden, Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Hillary Huber, Johnny Heller, Katharine Chin, Ramon de Ocampo, Suzanne Toren, Alejandro Ruiz

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Brittany Pressley skillfully headlines an expansive full cast in this immersive audio production. Violet Volk is a dazzling and daring superstar magician. When she vanishes during her flashiest performance yet, her sister, Sasha, is left behind to pick up the pieces. Ten years later, unanswered questions continue to haunt Sasha; her daughter, Quinn; and Violet's legions of... Read More

AFTERLIVES

AFTERLIVES

by Abdulrazak Gurnah | Read by Damian Lynch

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Damian Lynch's deep, rich voice transports listeners to colonial East Africa in the early twentieth century. Though the narration stays fairly neutral, Lynch adds color while introducing listeners to the life of volunteer soldier Hamza, who cleverly negotiates with the German officers he reports to. Lynch smoothly navigates the mix of languages that surround Hamza. Lynch's... Read More

ALL OF YOU EVERY SINGLE ONE

ALL OF YOU EVERY SINGLE ONE

by Beatrice Hitchman | Read by Sophie Ward, Lara King

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Julia and Eva, portrayed by Sophie Ward and Lara King, respectively, escape their families to live together and to love each other in Vienna from 1910 to 1946. As they find new freedom and belonging in the liberal community, Julia's yearning for a child causes unforeseen complications. Crossing decades and touching on themes of oppression, mental illness, art, music, and... Read More

ALL THIS COULD BE DIFFERENT

ALL THIS COULD BE DIFFERENT

by Sarah Thankam Mathews | Read by Reena Dutt

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Reena Dutt performs a captivating story that centers around Sneha, a young immigrant woman from southern India who has graduated from college during a recession. Sneha finds a job in Milwaukee with a disgruntled consultant who pays enough for her to send some money to her parents in India. However, Sneha soon finds herself running out of money with nowhere to turn for help.... Read More

BIG GIRL

BIG GIRL

by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan | Read by Lisa Renee Pitts

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Lisa Renee Pitts delivers a spirited narration of this coming-of-age debut. Malaya Clondon is a young Black girl growing up in Harlem in the '80s and '90s who faces continual fat shaming. At age 8, she is forced to attend Weight Watchers with her mother, and she suffers harsh judgments and pressures at school, as well as from her hypercritical grandmother. In contrast, Malaya's... Read More

BITTER ORANGE TREE

BITTER ORANGE TREE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jokha Alharthi, Marilyn Booth [Trans.] | Read by Raghad Chaar

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Raghad Chaar's performance of this audiobook is mesmerizing. She narrates with music in her voice. Her delivery of the many Arabic words and passages intensifies this nonlinear work. Her deft pacing and cadence give form to the memories and experiences that create the plot. The novel ties together the past life of the solitary narrator, Zuhoor, a student at an unnamed... Read More

BOOKISH PEOPLE

BOOKISH PEOPLE

by Susan Coll | Read by Alexa Morden

Harper Muse | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Alexa Morden tells the story of a dysfunctional independent bookstore in the Washington, DC, area. Owner Sophie Bernstein abdicates her responsibilities as she grieves for her late husband and worries about anti-Semitic hate. She even wonders if she can retreat to a secret room in her bookstore when her events manager, Clemi, brings a highly controversial poet for a... Read More

CALLING FOR A BLANKET DANCE

CALLING FOR A BLANKET DANCE

by Oscar Hokeah | Read by Oscar Hokeah, Rainy Fields

Workman Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Oscar Hokeah and narrator Rainy Fields both give vivid, emotional performances in this intergenerational drama. The story features a young Indigenous man of Kiowa and Cherokee heritage, Ever Geimausaddle, who is trying to find his way through life's joys, heartbreaks, violence, and triumphs. Hokeah voices all the sections told from the points of view of male characters,... Read More

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK

Earphones Award Winner

by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Read by Stacy Gonzalez, Mary Carillo, Patrick Mcenroe, Rob Simmelkjaer, Brendan Wayne, Max Meyers, Reynaldo Pienella, Vidish Athavale, Tom Bromhead, Heath Miller, Julia Whelan, Sara Arrington

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this novel on audio, narrator Stacy Gonzalez gives an impassioned performance of a renowned tennis professional. The story covers Carrie's career from when she was first being coached by her father at the age of 2 through her decades as a professional to her retirement after shattering every record. Now, at 37, as she watches an up-and-coming player, Carrie decides to make a... Read More

CULT CLASSIC

CULT CLASSIC

by Sloane Crosley | Read by Sloane Crosley

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Sloane Crosley narrates her audiobook, a satisfying mix of romance, thriller, mystery, and fantasy. Lola is happily engaged to Boots, but her evenings are unexpectedly teeming with exes. Both her best friend, Vadis, and her former boss, Clive, seem to have formed an interest in her romantic life. While the novel's language is rich, the characters' voices are often... Read More

CURVEBALL AT THE CROSSROADS

CURVEBALL AT THE CROSSROADS

by Michael Lortz | Read by Torian Brackett

Michael Lortz | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Torian Brackett gives star treatment to each character in this story of a faustian bargain. Seventeen-year-old JaMark Reliford is poised for big league baseball--until he blows out his arm. After leaving home, depressed, drinking, and smoking, he meets a tall man in a zoot suit. The tempting voice that Brackett gives the devil entices JaMark with promises of baseball... Read More

DANDELION

DANDELION

Earphones Award Winner

by Jamie Chai Yun Liew | Read by Jennifer Hui

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fiction

Jennifer Hui gives a moving performance of this poignant examination of themes related to the Asian diaspora. Twenty years after her mother disappeared from her life, pregnant Lily considers motherhood. After a chance meeting with a former friend of her mother, Lily tries again to locate her mother. Long ago, Lily's father embraced emigration from Brunei to a small town in... Read More

DELPHI

DELPHI

by Clare Pollard | Read by Emma Lowndes

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Pollard's debut novel is set in contemporary London during the Covid pandemic. Emma Lowndes brings the unnamed narrator, a classics scholar, to life as she tries to balance the needs of her husband and 10-year-old son with her own needs. She is studying ancient prophecies and attempting to predict the future. In a detached academic voice, Lowndes defines 65 ancient methods of... Read More

THE DISPLACEMENTS

THE DISPLACEMENTS

by Bruce Holsinger | Read by Austenne Grey

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

If an unprecedented Category 6 hurricane were to obliterate South Florida, what would happen to its tens of thousands of displaced residents? Austenne Grey narrates this provocative novel, which recounts the ensuing social upheaval. Grey's narration is most appealing as the voice of Daphne, a wealthy mom whose world is shattered when, without money or credit cards, she leads... Read More

DRONE CHILD

DRONE CHILD A Novel of War, Family, and Survival

by David H. Rothman | Read by Dion Graham

David H. Rothman | Unabridged
Fiction

Dion Graham narrates a fictionalized memoir of a technologically savvy young man in the Congo. The year is 2025, and Lemba is a gifted teen with a penchant for tinkering and repairing anything computerized or electronic. An army of "Purifiers" sweeps across the land, forcing children to murder their parents before drafting them into the army proper. Lemba and his twin sister... Read More

THE EARTHSPINNER

THE EARTHSPINNER

by Anuradha Roy | Read by Maya Saroya

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Maya Saroya narrates this novel, beginning with Sara's tale, which is presented in the first person. A scholarship student from India, Sara is studying literature at university in England in the 1980s. Saroya portrays Sara as a gentle soul with a quiet English accent. She begins making pottery in a studio in a church basement. As fate would have it, the studio is owned by... Read More

EVERYTHING ABRIDGED

EVERYTHING ABRIDGED

by Dennard Dayle | Read by Nathan Lang

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

No one else could have narrated this audiobook as successfully as Nathan Lang. His smooth and bright voice pairs perfectly with the tone of this ingenious audiobook. It's an alphabetical reference book that serves to help listeners understand a future world imagined by the author through short, humorous definitions and short stories. The stories tell of a nonsensical dystopian... Read More

FELLOWSHIP POINT

FELLOWSHIP POINT

by Alice Elliott Dark | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Cassandra Campbell channels the elegance of Dark's novel, which explores the meaning of friendship, marriage, and trauma. Irascible children's author Agnes Lee is one of the last remaining shareholders of Maine's Fellowship Point, a wild coastal community that she and her best friend, Polly, are determined to keep out of the hands of developers. Negotiations over the... Read More

FIVE-PART INVENTION

FIVE-PART INVENTION

Earphones Award Winner

by Andrea J. Buchanan | Read by Elizabeth Wiley, Jayme Mattler, Susan Hanfield, Jackie Meloche, Jane Oppenheimer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Buchanan's debut novel unfolds like a symphony as it examines the impact of trauma on five generations of women. Five talented narrators breathe life into these complicated survivors. Elizabeth Wiley, as Lise, the matriarch, has an immigrant's accent as she reveals her traumatic truth to her adult daughter, Anna, through a letter that weaves through the stories of her... Read More

FLORIDA WOMAN

FLORIDA WOMAN

by Deb Rogers | Read by Eileen Stevens

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Explore a titillating performance by Eileen Stevens paired with a bizarre yet engrossing story. Jamie, a native of Florida, is the kind of criminal whom typical headlines are written about. Her most recent sentence is to be served at Atlas, a sanctuary for wild monkeys. But after she settles into this unusual situation, she notices the distress of the wildlife and the... Read More

GHOST LOVER

GHOST LOVER Stories

by Lisa Taddeo | Read by Carlotta Brentan, Alana Kerr Collins, Erin deWard, Amanda Dolan, Imani Jade Powers, Aida Reluzco, Gail Shalan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An ensemble of talented narrators successfully convey the intense and complicated emotional situations presented in this collection of short stories. The stories are told from the points of view of various women of different ages, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Narrators use accents when appropriate, adding authenticity to the listening experience. These women... Read More

GODS OF WANT

GODS OF WANT Stories

by K-Ming Chang | Read by Catherine Ho, Natalie Naudus, Elaine Wang, Nancy Wu, Annie Q

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

With its stellar ensemble of narrators, this surreal short story collection creates an immersive listening experience. The narrators rotate with each story, making each one shine. The works feature a chorus of dead cousins, a woman who is trying to survive a catastrophic flood, and the delight of two girls who are falling in love. The stories revel in the unexpected,... Read More

THE HALF LIFE OF VALERY K

THE HALF LIFE OF VALERY K

Earphones Award Winner

by Natasha Pulley | Read by Jot Davies

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

The warm embrace of Jot Davies's resonant baritone and his vivid characterizations make Natasha Pulley's masterful historical novel an addictive and memorable listening experience. Inspired by an actual nuclear explosion and subsequent cover-up in 1950s Soviet Russia, the story follows nuclear radiation expert Valery Kolkhanov, who is transferred from imprisonment in a gulag to... Read More

HALF-BLOWN ROSE

HALF-BLOWN ROSE

by Leesa Cross-Smith | Read by Mela Lee, Tim Campbell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Mela Lee exhibits excellent range and pacing as she portrays Vincent, a woman who is rediscovering herself in Paris while her estranged husband, Cillian, tries to win her back from afar.Not knowing how to move past finding out Cillian's long-held secret when he publishes a semiautobiographical book, she begins a love affair with a younger man. The following summer she reunites... Read More

I WALK BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS

I WALK BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by T.C. Boyle | Read by T.C. Boyle, Cheryl Smith, Jason Culp, Derek Perkins, Jeremy Arthur, Stephen Mendel, Johnathan McClain, Ewan Chung, Pete Simonelli, David de Vries, Nan McNamara, Rex Anderson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook, narrated by the author and 11 others, offers a cornucopia of Boyle's vivid imaginings. Among the many short fictions worth listening to and cogitating on, the dark fantasy "Hyena," set in France, is delivered memorably by David de Vries, whose deliberate pace suits this horrific tale. "The Apartment," with its sustained irony, is given just the right tone and... Read More

THE IMMORTAL KING RAO

THE IMMORTAL KING RAO

by Vauhini Vara | Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Soneela Nankani stretches beyond her work in world literature by taking on this genre-bending novel, which spans both dystopian sci-fi and historical themes. Athena is the AI brainchild of a fictional Indian tech giant named King Rao. Now she is poised to reveal his secrets to the world. Nankani gives her voice an ethereal quality that also manages to reflect the human... Read More

INLANDS

INLANDS

Earphones Award Winner

by Elin Willows, Duncan J. Lewis [Trans.] | Read by Ann Marie Arvdal-Richardson

Great Plains Audiobooks | Unabridged
Fiction

Ann Marie Arvdal-Richardson's remarkable performance of this novel illuminates the voice in its protagonist's head, communicating her reflections on everyday thoughts. Yet Arvdal-Richardson is thoroughly compelling. A woman travels from Stockholm to the northern regions of Sweden to be with her boyfriend. By the time she arrives, however, the boyfriend is gone. The woman stays... Read More

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS

by Therese Anne Fowler | Read by Barrie Kreinik

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Barrie Kreinik enlivens a rather flat, predictable story about three sisters whose lives are turned upside down by the death of their mother. Listeners spend hours learning about the women's material and sexual desires, their career and marital insecurities, their paltry anxieties, and, of course, their relationships with each other. There are some memorable portrayals... Read More

KALEIDOSCOPE

KALEIDOSCOPE

by Cecily Wong | Read by Courtney Lin, Dan Bittner

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Courtney Lin conjures a portrait of two sisters who are leading intertwined lives while keeping vital secrets from each other. Riley's world has always revolved around her charismatic older sister, Morgan. After tragedy strikes, timid and insecure Riley must seek her own path and face certain truths about her sister. Lin deftly navigates the complicated structure of... Read More

THE LAST WHITE MAN

THE LAST WHITE MAN

by Mohsin Hamid | Read by Mohsin Hamid

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author/narrator Mohsin Hamid's voice is pleasing and clear. His restrained narration works well for this audiobook. The plot device is straightforward: A white man named Anders wakes one morning with brown skin. Hamid's uninflected voice lets this Kafkaesque story unfold without melodrama. When Anders's transformation is repeated by more and more people--even his pale lover,... Read More

LET'S NOT DO THAT AGAIN

LET'S NOT DO THAT AGAIN

by Grant Ginder | Read by Susannah Jones

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Susannah Jones narrates the strange story of a political candidate who is running for the Senate and her two adult children who just might derail the whole thing. Candidate Nancy Harrison wakes to discover that her daughter is on the news. As part of a protest group in France, she is throwing a bottle of champagne through a window. Back home, Nancy's son is writing a musical... Read More

THE LITTLEST LIBRARY

THE LITTLEST LIBRARY

by Poppy Alexander | Read by Karen Cass

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners will never doubt that British narrator Karen Cass belongs in the Devonshire village of Middlemass and will feel as welcomed there as out-of-work librarian Jess Metcalf does. When Jess finds herself starting over after losing her beloved grandmother, she has no idea that her new cottage will offer the opportunity to create a library in the phone box on the property.... Read More

THE LONG CORNER

THE LONG CORNER

by Alexander Maksik | Read by James Patrick Cronin

Europa Editions | Unabridged
Fiction

Maksik's riveting new novel is disappointingly narrated by James Patrick Cronin. The post-Trump-era story features Solomon Fields, a disillusioned young New Yorker who was raised by a troubled but brilliant mother and a bohemian grandmother who was a Holocaust survivor. When Solomon follows a woman to a tropical artists' colony, Cronin's voice has little inflection despite the... Read More

THE LOST GIRLS OF WILLOWBROOK

THE LOST GIRLS OF WILLOWBROOK

by Ellen Marie Wiseman | Read by Morgan Hallett

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Morgan Hallett narrates this engrossing story set in a state institution in the 1970s. While Sage Winters seems both resolute and hopelessly naïve, listeners will be shocked and riveted by her mistaken imprisonment in the grim facility known as Willowbrook, a supposed school for "mentally defective" and otherwise unwanted children. While this story is partly an exposé of a... Read More

LUCY BY THE SEA

LUCY BY THE SEA

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Strout | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kimberly Farr, much lauded for her narration of Strout's Amgash series, brings her characteristic blend of introspection and compassion to this next chapter in Lucy Barton's life. As the pandemic begins, Lucy, at the urging of her ex-husband, William, flees New York City for the relative calm of coastal Maine. Farr describes Lucy's initial confusion over William's worries,... Read More

THE MANY DAUGHTERS OF AFONG MOY

THE MANY DAUGHTERS OF AFONG MOY

by Jamie Ford | Read by Jennifer Lim, Cindy Kay, Mirai, Natalie Naudus, Sura Siu, Emily Woo Zeller, Nancy Wu, Jamie Ford [Note]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

When Dorothy Moy, portrayed by Jennifer Lim, realizes that the visions causing her daughter to act out are versions of her own inherited memories, she decides to do something about it. Even author Jamie Ford gets in on the act in this audiobook, narrating a note on epigenetics and how it explains the parallels between the daughter and generations of women in Moy's family. Other... Read More

MARIA, MARIA

MARIA, MARIA And Other Stories

by Marytza K. Rubio | Read by Kyla García

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

This debut collection of short stories combines magical realism, folklore, nature, and family in a wholly unique mix. Kyla García's expressive narration conjures the mystical atmosphere evoked in the wide range of stories. In one, women invoke magic in a course on witchcraft at a community college. Another involves the legacies of a California family's multiple Marias, and... Read More

THE MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH

THE MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH

by Monique Roffey | Read by Ben Onwukwe, Vivienne Acheampong

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Caribbean accents from narrators Ben Onwukwe and Vivienne Acheampong animate this compelling story inspired by the Taíno legend of Aycayia, who is cursed to exist for eternity as a mermaid. The lonely creature lives in exile for centuries until one day, brutally captured by sports fishermen near Black Conch Island, Aycayia finds herself on land again. Rescued by David, a local... Read More

THE MESSY LIVES OF BOOK PEOPLE

THE MESSY LIVES OF BOOK PEOPLE

by Phaedra Patrick | Read by Katy Sobey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Katy Sobey inhabits Liv Green, a house cleaner who dreams of becoming a writer. Sobey gives unique British voices to the characters in this novel. Essie Starling, a reclusive author who is one of Liv's clients, has a demanding tone, even as she encourages Liv's dream to write. When Essie dies, Liv is forced to keep it a secret, straining her marriage. But her compliant... Read More

MINIMUM OF TWO

MINIMUM OF TWO

by Tim Winton | Read by Stig Wemyss

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Australian actor and narrator Stig Wemyss, whose goofy children's audiobooks are numerous, applies his talents to a collection of short stories that center adult alienation. The tales seem designed to test Tolstoy's assertion that unhappy families are each unhappy in their own way. The details may differ--a husband plots to kill his wife's rapist; a young woman channels her... Read More

MOTH

MOTH

by Melody Razak | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Soneela Nankani is an outstanding narrator of South Asian literature, and this novel on the partition of India is no exception. The creation of the Muslim state of Pakistan led to one of the most chaotic migrations in memory. Nankani evokes empathy for the teenage Alma, who is caught in these historical crosshairs. She uses a fretful undertone to express the heart of this story... Read More

MOTHER OCEAN FATHER NATION

MOTHER OCEAN FATHER NATION

by Nishant Batsha | Read by Neil Shah

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Neil Shah is a strong narrator for this family drama about siblings Bhumi and Jaipal, who are separated by civil unrest on their small South Pacific island. Fans of world literature will be enthralled by this story of rising nationalism as the islanders turn on the minority Indian community. Shah shifts easily between dense narrative and dialogue. He maintains listeners'... Read More

MY NAME IS YIP

MY NAME IS YIP

by Paddy Crewe | Read by Sean Bridgers

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Sean Bridgers narrates the unique story of Yip Tolroy, who tells a colorful tale of adventure despite his inability to speak since birth. Bridgers's performance allows the listener to easily digest the sometimes stilted nineteenth-century speech and enjoy the author's delightful turns of phrase. Odd-looking Yip--who's short and completely bald--inadvertently commits a crime... Read More

NIGHTCRAWLING

NIGHTCRAWLING

Earphones Award Winner

by Leila Mottley | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

From this audiobook's opening line, Joniece Abbott-Pratt's narration creates an immersive listening experience. She perfectly embodies the first-person perspective of Kiara, a high school dropout who is living with her older brother, Marcus, in a shabby apartment in East Oakland, California. Their father is dead, and their mother is gone, leaving them with only each other.... Read More

THE NOBODIES

THE NOBODIES

by Alanna Schubach | Read by Carmen Torres

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Carmen Torres delivers this poignant audiobook about best friends with the ability to switch bodies. Jess's bold personality belies her desperation to be wanted and accepted by the people around her. Nina's caution keeps her safe but unable to advocate for herself. Swapping bodies connects them deeply, but blurring boundaries comes with its own complications. Torres... Read More

NORA GOES OFF SCRIPT

NORA GOES OFF SCRIPT

by Annabel Monaghan | Read by Hillary Huber

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Hillary Huber narrates a story of love, self-discovery, and forgiveness. Nora Hamilton is making ends meet, barely, as a TV screenwriter, when her luck starts to change for the better with the sale of a screenplay. Will these changes be permanent improvements, or are they simply too good to be true? Huber perfectly captures the wry and weary but cautiously hopeful outlook Nora... Read More

NOTES ON YOUR SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE

NOTES ON YOUR SUDDEN DISAPPEARANCE

by Alison Espach | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jesse Vilinsky channels Sally Holt, a brash, straight-talking young woman who blames her 13-year-old self for the accident that killed her older sister, Kathy. Vilinsky matches Sally's harsh assessment of herself as she reveals her feelings with self-deprecating sarcasm in a long, rambling letter to Kathy. She recounts the devastating changes experienced by her family after the... Read More

THE NOVELIST

THE NOVELIST

by Jordan Castro | Read by Eddie Lopez

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Eddie Lopez's performance oscillates between amusingly dry and bemused, a perfect dynamic for this short yet engaging audiobook. Working on a new novel, the titular writer spends little time writing and a lot of time thinking about the true nature of words, the contrast between Instagram and Facebook, and . . . bowel movements. Throughout, he opines over past sexual experiences... Read More

NOW IN NOVEMBER

NOW IN NOVEMBER

by Josephine W. Johnson | Read by Carlotta Brentan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This Depression-era Dust Bowl novel, which won the Pulitzer in 1935 when its author was an astonishing 24, is beautifully written, and Carlotta Brentan's performance serves the plangent text perfectly. Marget is the middle daughter in a once-comfortable family now on a steep slope to disaster. Her beautiful older sister, Kerrin, is unstable, their farm is mortgaged, and their... Read More

ONE'S COMPANY

ONE'S COMPANY

by Ashley Hutson | Read by Rachel L. Jacobs

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In a clear, bright voice, Rachel L. Jacobs performs this implausible story of Bonnie Lincoln's attempts to escape her life. After winning a large sum of money in a lottery, Lincoln builds a fantasy world by cloning the apartment of the TV hit "Three's Company." Isolating herself in the mountain retreat, she plans to act out all the episodes of her favorite show, to become the... Read More

AN ORDINARY WONDER

AN ORDINARY WONDER

Earphones Award Winner

by Buki Papillon | Read by Adjoa Andoh

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Adjoa Andoh narrates this poignant coming-of-age story about Oto, an intersex teenager who lives in Nigeria in the late 1980s. Listeners hear the lyrical cadences of Andoh's African-accented delivery as Oto's horrendous life story is revealed. Because he is regarded as a freakish changeling, he faces ongoing cruelty and superstitious hatred. But several supportive characters in... Read More

THE ORPHANAGE

THE ORPHANAGE

by Serhiy Zhadan, Reilly Costigan-Humes, Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler [Trans.] | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Matthew Lloyd Davies is the strong, somber voice of this searing novel set in war-torn Ukraine. He brings across the enormity of Pasha's task: He is trying to cross the conflict-ridden country to be reunited with his orphaned nephew. This is a well-told, suspenseful tale that Davies capably dramatizes. His style and delivery maximize the tension of Pasha's mission while also... Read More

OTHER BIRDS

OTHER BIRDS

by Sarah Addison Allen | Read by Siiri Scott

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The wistful sweetness in Siiri Scott's narration perfectly complements the small-town South Carolina setting of this audiobook. The residents of a five-unit complex become enmeshed in each other's lives when one of them is found dead inside her apartment. Each character is an "other bird," someone whose difficult family history or other trauma creates challenges for them to... Read More

OUR MISSING HEARTS

OUR MISSING HEARTS

by Celeste Ng | Read by Lucy Liu, Celeste Ng

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Actress Lucy Liu narrates Ng's latest, set in a chillingly plausible near future in which anti-Asian sentiment has reached shocking proportions. Twelve-year-old Bird, whose Chinese-American mother abandoned him years earlier, lives with his father, plagued by constant fear of the racist laws that govern their lives. Liu captures the intensity of this world, propulsively... Read More

OUR WIVES UNDER THE SEA

OUR WIVES UNDER THE SEA

Earphones Award Winner

by Julia Armfield | Read by Annabel Baldwin, Robyn Holdaway

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

This haunting novel is beautifully written and artfully narrated by Annabel Baldwin and Robyn Holdaway. Leah, a marine biologist, returns from a submarine research mission that trapped her at the bottom of the ocean for six months. When she returns, her wife, Miri, is frustrated by inexplicable changes in Leah. In alternating chapters, Holdaway captures Leah's pre-mission... Read More

THE PARTNER TRACK

THE PARTNER TRACK

by Helen Wan | Read by Catherine Ho

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Catherine Ho delivers the voice of Ingrid Yung, a Chinese-American feminist for our times, whose story includes a twist on breaking the glass ceiling. Ingrid's minority identity becomes an integral part of her climb up the corporate ladder. Ho is a confident, easy-on-the-ears narrator. Her casual style makes the pithy chapters fly by. We sympathize with Ingrid, who is being... Read More

PATRICIA WANTS TO CUDDLE

PATRICIA WANTS TO CUDDLE

by Samantha Allen | Read by Susan Bennett, Justis Bolding, Cindy Kay, Laura Knight Keating, Jasmin Walker

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Five fantastic narrators expertly handle the multiple points of view in this delightfully odd ensemble story about a reality TV show similar to "The Bachelor" that is filming an episode on a remote island off the coast of Washington. From the exhausted drawl of the show's producer to the deep, throaty voice of the elderly lesbian innkeeper, each character comes alive in their... Read More

PROPERTIES OF THIRST

PROPERTIES OF THIRST

by Marianne Wiggins | Read by Stephen Graybill, Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The consistent, fluid, and engrossing nature of this majestic novel is rendered even more remarkable by the fact that it was completed after the author suffered a massive stroke in 2016. Set in California during WWII, when Japanese-Americans were being interned by the U.S. Government, this ambitious saga of family, romance, and grief is poignantly narrated by Gabra Zackman and... Read More

THE RETURN OF FARAZ ALI

THE RETURN OF FARAZ ALI

by Aamina Ahmad | Read by Homer Todiwala, Nina Wadia

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Homer Todiwala and Nina Wadia alternate perspectives in this suspenseful thriller set in Mohalla, the red-light district of Lahore, Pakistan. Faraz Ali is a puppet on his father's strings--first he was taken away from his working mother, and now he's sent back to cover up the violent murder of a young female prostitute. Todiwala's level baritone guides listeners... Read More

SCISSION

SCISSION

by Tim Winton | Read by Samuel Johnson

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Celebrated Australian author Tim Winton's eclectic story collection is intense and well performed in this audiobook. And Samuel Johnson is all-in as the narrator: He can veer from growling to shouting in a heartbeat, then return to a soft murmur the next second. His accent fits Winton's setting and style seamlessly. As the author examines the essence of the human experience, an... Read More

SISTER STARDUST

SISTER STARDUST

by Jane Green | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Fiona Hardingham portrays an aging woman named Claire, whose mind drifts back and forth between the present day and her memories of wilder times in the 1960s. Young, innocent Claire crosses paths with the magnetic socialite Talitha Getty one night in London. Soon, Talitha and her rich and famous friends bring Claire to Marrakesh. Claire is shocked and intrigued by... Read More

SWITCHBOARD SOLDIERS

SWITCHBOARD SOLDIERS

by Jennifer Chiaverini | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Saskia Maarleveld brings a great deal of enthusiasm to her portrayals of women who served in the U.S. Army's Signal Corps during WWI. They broke the gender barrier while facing mortal danger from the fighting on the front lines and from the influenza pandemic behind the lines. Maarleveld voices these telephone operators whom America sent overseas to help our troops communicate,... Read More

TAKE MY HUSBAND

TAKE MY HUSBAND

by Ellen Meister | Read by Stacey Glemboski

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stacey Glemboski employs her considerable vocal talent to narrate this black comedy set on contemporary Long Island. When Laurel is informed that her husband, Doug, has been in a car accident, her immediate thought is that his death would solve their financial woes and allow her to change her life. Laurel and Doug have a traditional marriage wherein Laurel feels obligated to... Read More

TELL ME I'M AN ARTIST

TELL ME I'M AN ARTIST

Earphones Award Winner

by Chelsea Martin | Read by Devon Sorvari

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Devon Sorvari captivates listeners with her magnificent portrayal of Joey, a 20-something everywoman who is attending a San Francisco art school in 2011. Before the audiobook's satisfying conclusion, Sorvari exquisitely expresses every moment of Joey's nail-biting distress and sharply observed humor as she wrestles with the demands of her overwhelmed mother and... Read More

THAT EYE, THE SKY

THAT EYE, THE SKY

Earphones Award Winner

by Tim Winton | Read by Stig Wemyss

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stig Wemyss channels every one of the fully realized characters in Tim Winton's 1986 novel. Told from the viewpoint of 12-year-old Morton Flack, the story of a family faced with a devastating accident unfolds during one Australian summer. Wemyss fully voices everyone, whether a primary character or one who is simply passing through. He captures Morton's observations of and... Read More

TOUCH

TOUCH

by Olaf Olafsson | Read by Peter Noble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Peter Noble brings both gravitas and humanity to this unusual love story. Miko and Kristofer were in love 50 years ago, when they were young. Then Miko and her father departed suddenly, leaving Kristofer confused and devastated. A 2020 Facebook message from Miko makes the 74-year-old Kristofer turn his back on everything in Iceland to fly to Japan to see her. Noble... Read More

TRINITY, TRINITY, TRINITY

TRINITY, TRINITY, TRINITY

by Erika Kobayashi, Brian Bergstrom [Trans.] | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Emily Woo Zeller superbly narrates this imaginative reflection on Japanese citizens and their relationship with radiation. Zeller's performance is transcendent in this tale in which radiation becomes a character. Everything is radioactive. Geiger counters are part of daily life, as is Trinity, a mysterious disease of the elderly. Trinity is also a cyber-sex website offering... Read More

VIGIL HARBOR

VIGIL HARBOR

by Julia Glass | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Kimberly Farr, Jeremy Davidson, January LaVoy, Michael Crouch, Kirsten Potter, Mark Deakins, Hillary Huber, Alec Glass

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Nine talented narrators weave together this dramatic story. It's told from eight alternating points of view with one omniscient narrator commenting on the larger themes. In the near future in a familiar-seeming east coast town, the jarring reality of climate change, pandemic repercussions, and the rise of ecoterrorism seems unsettling and real. Beginning quietly, the story is... Read More

THE WAR GIRLS

THE WAR GIRLS

by V.S Alexander | Read by Kelli Tager

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This powerful work of historical fiction follows the fortunes, actually misfortunes, of the Majewski family, who are trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto during the early years of WWII. Kelli Tager's matter-of fact presentation captures the cruelties of the Nazis, as well as the resilience of the victims. Three women, each smoothly differentiated by Tager, are featured: Hanna, the... Read More

WHEN WE WERE BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

WHEN WE WERE BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

by Jillian Medoff | Read by Marin Ireland

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Grad student Cassie Quinn rushes home to her wealthy New York City family when her younger brother is arrested for raping his ex-girlfriend. Marilyn Ireland narrates this provocative story told by Cassie, which recounts the family's defense of her unfairly accused brother. She sees herself as sophisticated beyond her years, due to her own heartbreak after an affair with an... Read More

THE WILDER WIDOWS

THE WILDER WIDOWS

by Katherine Hastings | Read by Pamela Dillman

Flyte Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

Pamela Dillman's spirited delivery makes it great fun to join the Wilder widows as they follow their dreams. Listeners will have the sense of eavesdropping on the women--solo and as a group. Each is delightful and distinctly drawn: kind, melodious Silvie; awestruck, naïve Doris; whiskey-voiced, sexy Alice; and regimented, ex-military Marge. When the widows decide they need more... Read More

WITCHES

WITCHES

by Brenda Lozano, Heather Cleary [Trans.] | Read by Kyla Garcia

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kyla Garcia offers an engrossing performance of this thoughtful audiobook in translation, which examines gender expectations. Feliciana, voiced lyrically, with a slight Mexican accent, is a world-famous traditional healer whose transfem cousin and teacher, Paloma, has been brutally murdered. Zoe, a young journalist from Mexico City sent to cover Paloma's death, is... Read More

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