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AFTER THE END

AFTER THE END

by Clare Mackintosh | Read by Louise Brealey, Matt Reeves, Nathalie Armin, Clare Mackintosh [Note]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Beloved "Sherlock" actor Louise Brealey's masterful narration captures the intense emotions of Pip, a mother who is facing the impending death of her young son. Matt Reeves gives a powerful voice to Max, the conflicted father who is desperately fighting for the child's life. Nathalie Armin delivers the professional concern and personal beliefs of the doctor caught between two... Read More

AKIN

AKIN

Earphones Award Winner

by Emma Donoghue | Read by Jason Culp

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jason Culp's near-perfect narration of the new literary drama from the author of ROOM matches its emotional intensity. Two lost souls from distant branches of the same family tree are thrown together. Culp uses an edgy tone to express the frustration of set-in-his-ways 79-year-old retired professor Noah Selvaggio as his planned trip to the French Riviera is upended when he... Read More

ASK AGAIN, YES

ASK AGAIN, YES

by Mary Beth Keane | Read by Molly Pope

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Molly Pope delivers this character-driven exploration of two families whose stories intertwine over decades. With sensitivity and insight, she creates believable, multilayered characters, leading listeners through shifting narratives across time. Keane's exploration of love, family, mistakes, and regret is rooted in the long haul of everyday life and considers how... Read More

BIRDS OF AMERICA

BIRDS OF AMERICA Stories

by Lorrie Moore | Read by Natasha Soudek

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this collection of short stories by the razor-sharp Lorrie Moore, Natasha Soudek's narration often drips with the irony and wry wit for which Moore is known. The writing is artful, capturing complex characters with complex emotions, even within the constraints of the short story format. The 12 stories are varied, ranging from a couple's attendance of an academic retreat in... Read More

THE BODY IN QUESTION

THE BODY IN QUESTION

by Jill Ciment | Read by Hillary Huber

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Hillary Huber's narration of this arresting audiobook is so precise and thoughtful that the listener is transported into the action--for better or for worse. At the heart of the story is "C-2," a juror in a horrific murder trial, whose real name is revealed once the trial ends. The story concerns the choices C-2 makes during the time she is sequestered. Huber creates a... Read More

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL

by Abbi Waxman | Read by Emily Rankin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

There's a sweet storytelling air to Emily Rankin's portrayal of Nina, whose book-obsessed life is thrown into disarray by the news that the father she never knew has died. This development also involves her introduction to several new family members. As the will reading approaches and stress heightens, Nina contemplates how to make room for family and her new love interest. The... Read More

A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD

A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Earphones Award Winner

by C.A. Fletcher | Read by C.A. Fletcher

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook takes the form of a postapocalyptic journal written by a teenager named Griz, who lives on an island off Scotland. The cause of the apocalypse is not clear, but the human population has been decimated. The prose is spare--as is the narration. C.A. Fletcher doesn't try to embellish the adventures that are unemotionally set forth in Griz's journal. A thief has... Read More

BREATHE IN, CASH OUT

BREATHE IN, CASH OUT

by Madeleine Henry | Read by Caitlin Davies

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Caitlin Davies brings a wry sense of humor to Allegra, a.k.a. April Ludgate, whose life is severely out of balance, contradicting the yogi lifestyle the Wall Street banking analyst desperately wants. Davies's tone is crisp and fast as Allegra battles rage and sleep deprivation in her determination to remain employed among frat boys and robotic women until year-end... Read More

BUNNY

BUNNY

Earphones Award Winner

by Mona Awad | Read by Sophie Amoss

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Sophie Amoss's animated performance is spot-on for this genre-bending story of women enrolled in a highly selective master's program in creative writing at a school named Warren. Samantha Mackey, a scholarship student, has trouble connecting with her rich female classmates, until--against her better judgment--she agrees to attend one of their parties. Falling down a... Read More

CALL YOUR DAUGHTER HOME

CALL YOUR DAUGHTER HOME

by Deb Spera | Read by Robin Miles, Adenrele Ojo, Brittany Pressley

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Robin Miles, Adenrele Ojo, and Brittany Pressley team up to narrate this audiobook about three unforgettable mothers in South Carolina in 1924. Miles voices Annie, a plantation owner's wife and businesswoman in her own right, with a regal, prideful tone and clear enunciation. Ojo voices Retta, a first-generation freed slave, with tenacious righteousness, a perfect complement to... Read More

CAPE MAY

CAPE MAY

by Chip Cheek | Read by George Newbern

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In Chip Cheek's intense, erotic debut novel, narrator George Newbern offers perfect voices for innocent newlyweds Henry, 20, and Effie, 18. In 1957, the Georgia couple honeymoon in Cape May, New Jersey, where they begin to discover the pleasures of each other. But it isn't long before they're seduced by the more worldly Clare and Max, and Max's mysterious half-sister, Alma. The... Read More

CARNEGIE HILL

CARNEGIE HILL

Earphones Award Winner

by Jonathan Vatner | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Cassandra Campbell's extraordinary narration makes this audiobook a gripping listen. It's the story of the residents of a prestigious co-op building in the Carnegie Hill section of Manhattan. Thirty-something Penelope "Pepper" Bradford, an heiress, is engaged to Rick, a self-made wealth manager. When she joins the co-op board, Pepper becomes friendly with several neighbors,... Read More

CHANCES ARE...

CHANCES ARE...

Earphones Award Winner

by Richard Russo | Read by Fred Sanders

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Fred Sanders is a master of pacing, easily carrying listeners through the many layers of this story of three college roommates reuniting for the first time since their 1971 graduation. Despite their different life choices and personalities, the men find their bonds are still tight and discover that none of them has ever forgotten their other best friend, a girl, who,... Read More

CHINA DREAM

CHINA DREAM

by Ma Jian, Flora Drew [Trans.] | Read by David Shih

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

David Shih delivers the quiet, contemplative voice at the center of this dystopian novel set in modern China. He creates the satirical figure of Ma Daode, a party official who is corrupt and plagued by his subconscious. Shih strikes the right chord of understated irony as listeners are led into an increasingly absurdist breakdown of reality. Ma Daode is supposed to create a... Read More

THE COOK

THE COOK

by Maylis de Kerangal, Sam Taylor [Trans.] | Read by Carly Robins

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This novel, narrated by Carly Robins, focuses on an accomplished self-taught French chef named Mauro and his early career in Paris and abroad. The story is told by a female friend of Mauro, but Robins's voice sounds too youthful to have been Mauro's friend over 15 years of professional challenges. Nonetheless, her perky conversational pace evokes the ambiance of sitting at a... Read More

COSTALEGRE

COSTALEGRE

by Courtney Maum | Read by Frankie Corzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Frankie Corzo narrates this moving story of a daughter's yearning and estrangement. In 1937, wealthy and capricious Leonora Calaway transports a cadre of reviled artists--"degenerates"--to a remote resort in Mexico to protect them from Hitler's persecution. Bearing witness to this unconventional lifestyle is Lara, Leonora's 15-year-old daughter, who chronicles life in... Read More

CROSSING

CROSSING

by Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston [trans.] | Read by Hillary Huber

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Hillary Huber gives a heartfelt performance of this story about a young man's search for identity. Albanian Bujar leaves his communist country after the death of his father, a time when he is also developing an awareness of his own sexuality. Huber creates a steady, kind persona that builds a deep sense of compassion for Bujar as he experiences changes in continents and in his... Read More

THE CUBAN COMEDY

THE CUBAN COMEDY

by Pablo Medina | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Cynthia Farrell becomes young Elena of Piedra Negra, Cuba. The aspiring poet from the country dreams of something other than making the firewater that is her family's business. Farrell captures the dreamy possibilities of the postrevolutionary period, which is contrasted with the ugly reality of everyone spying on their neighbors. Farrell deftly handles the occasional... Read More

CYGNET

CYGNET

by Season Butler | Read by Ayesha Antoine

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A teenager living on an island otherwise inhabited by senior citizens struggles to understand her place in the world in this unique audiobook. Ayesha Antoine gives a charismatic but flawed performance as the novel's young narrator, known only as the Kid. The Kid's footloose and irresponsible parents leave her on Swan Island with her grandmother, who dies shortly after her... Read More

DARK CONSTELLATIONS

DARK CONSTELLATIONS

by Pola Oloixarac, Roy Kesey [Trans.] | Read by Justine Eyre

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Justine Eyre's breathless delivery of this genre-bending novel, especially its unvarying cadence, can quickly become monotonous for the listener. The three interconnected stories in this second work by the award-winning Argentine author are set in different time periods--the age of exploration, the nineteenth century; the beginning of the digital age, the 1980s; and the near... Read More

THE DEARLY BELOVED

THE DEARLY BELOVED

Earphones Award Winner

by Cara Wall | Read by Kathy Keane

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kathy Keane invites listeners along as seminarians Charles and James meet Lily, an avowed and potentially unlikable atheist, and Nan, who is gentle and supportive. These are the women they believe are destined to be their partners in life. Relationships between the characters are developed slowly, letting listeners get to know them. Keane especially draws listeners in... Read More

DEEP RIVER

DEEP RIVER

Earphones Award Winner

by Karl Marlantes | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Bronson Pinchot delivers this sprawling, incandescent historical novel. His performance gives the mostly immigrant Finns' lives veracity and dignity. The listener encounters the stresses, hardships, and majesty of these struggling new arrivals who live in Washington state near a river that has a strong presence in their lives. Pinchot's twin gifts--an extraordinary ear for... Read More

DELAYED RAYS OF A STAR

DELAYED RAYS OF A STAR

Earphones Award Winner

by Amanda Lee Koe | Read by Orlagh Cassidy, Amanda Lee Koe

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Orlagh Cassidy delivers amazing performances of two women and gives full dimensions to the people in their orbits. Chinese-American Hollywood actress Anna May Wong attends the Berlin Press Ball in 1928, where she meets brash, beautiful German actress Marlene Dietrich and Nazi propagandist filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Cassidy provides a finely etched Wong, a superb... Read More

DOXOLOGY

DOXOLOGY

by Nell Zink | Read by Eileen Stevens

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Eileen Stevens's youthfully vibrant narration perfectly complements this audiobook, set in the New York independent music scene of the 1990s. The audio format suits Zink's inventive language, which is beautifully delivered by Stevens. Her gift for characterization is evident in her nuanced portrayals of a trio of friends--Joe, Daniel, and Pam--who form a lasting bond after... Read More

DUAL CITIZENS

DUAL CITIZENS

by Alix Ohlin | Read by Thérèse Plummer

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Thérèse Plummer tells the story of two half-sisters, Lark and Robin, through the memories of Lark, the elder. She reflects on their eccentric, self-absorbed Canadian mother, Marianne, the holes left by their absent American fathers, and the bonds of sisterhood that sustain, support, and, sometimes, separate them. Plummer's narration inserts personality into the voices... Read More

THE ELECTRIC HOTEL

THE ELECTRIC HOTEL

by Dominic Smith | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Dominic Smith's latest fictional dive into the history of an art form makes for a rich audiobook under narrator Edoardo Ballerini's able management. The period is the turn of the twentieth century, the arena the development of the moving picture, and the commercial question whether the technology of the French Lumière brothers or the patents of Thomas Edison will dominate the... Read More

ELLIE AND THE HARPMAKER

ELLIE AND THE HARPMAKER

by Hazel Prior | Read by Katharine McEwan, Philip Battley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Katharine McEwan and Philip Battley do an excellent job alternating voices in this lovely novel. Ellie, portrayed by McEwan, is married to an overbearing man. While mourning the loss of her father, she wanders into a barn on a walk and meets Dan, a harpmaker. Dan, portrayed by Battley, is a bit different from anyone Ellie has ever met before. Battley does a fantastic job... Read More

EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER

EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER

by Linda Holmes | Read by Julia Whelan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Just in time for summer, this audiobook puts a new twist on an unconventional romance. Evvie Drake is packed and ready to leave her husband when she learns some devastating news about him. Dean Tenney's baseball career comes to an abrupt halt when, overcome by the "yips," he loses his ability to pitch. Of course these two are thrown together by circumstance, and Julia Whelan's... Read More

FKA USA

FKA USA

by Reed King | Read by Dan Bittner, Peter Ganim

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Dan Bittner and Peter Ganim shepherd listeners through the apocalyptic world Formerly Known As the USA. Bittner narrates as Truckee Wallace, a 16-year-old orphan who finds himself in the middle of an international incident. Ganim chimes in as the future editor of Trukee's memoir. Bittner gets to shout and go wild as Truckee, in addition to voicing a talking goat, an android,... Read More

FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE

FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE

by Taffy Brodesser-Akner | Read by Allyson Ryan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This is a listen for anyone who's married, divorced, dating, and/or cares about women. It's an outstanding audiobook delivered by an exceptional narrator, Allyson Ryan. By now, many have heard the buzz about this novel. Believe the hype. It's ostensibly about a recently divorced New York City doctor, but really it's about the challenges women face in relationships--in working,... Read More

THE GIFTED SCHOOL

THE GIFTED SCHOOL

Earphones Award Winner

by Bruce Holsinger | Read by January LaVoy

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A story featuring parents who are willing to do anything to have their children seen as gifted is hardly unique. But one that also makes the children heard and that is delivered by a narrator who is herself gifted in conveying those young voices--those attributes put THE GIFTED SCHOOL at the head of its class. Narrator January LaVoy clearly has a facility for voicing girls and... Read More

THE GONE DEAD

THE GONE DEAD

by Chanelle Benz | Read by Bahni Turpin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

To convey the setting of this novel, narrator Bahni Turpin employs several regional Southern accents and a tone that reflects the oppressive heat and humidity of the Mississippi Delta. A mood of impending doom prevails as Billie James returns to claim a small inheritance from her late father, a renowned African-American poet who died in a mysterious accident when she was only... Read More

THE GRAMMARIANS

THE GRAMMARIANS

by Cathleen Schine | Read by Hillary Huber

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This listen is for lovers of words, lovers of a great story, and lovers of a great narration. Hillary Huber does a fantastic job capturing this wonderful novel about twin girls, their love for each other, and their eventual rivalry. It's also a love letter to the English language. Twins Laurel and Daphne have spent a lifetime together enjoying (really, worshipping) the English... Read More

THE GREAT UNEXPECTED

THE GREAT UNEXPECTED

by Dan Mooney | Read by Aiden Kelly

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Aiden Kelly takes listeners into the Hilltop Nursing Home, where curmudgeonly widower Joel Monroe is unhappily living out his last years. Kelly injects Joel's voice with anger, especially when he's railing against the people he resents for taking his independence away. Kelly expertly injects secondary characters with unique voices, bringing their personalities to life.... Read More

GROWING THINGS AND OTHER STORIES

GROWING THINGS AND OTHER STORIES

by Paul Tremblay | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Sean Crisden, Graham Halstead, Sarah Naughton, Michael Crouch, Caitlin Kelly

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners will want to keep the lights on when they hear these literary horror stories, narrated with chilling precision by Sean Crisden, Graham Halstead, Cassandra Campbell, Sarah Naughton, Michael Crouch, and Caitlin Kelly. Tremblay's eerie stories are filled with mundane situations that quickly become horrific, including plants that grow to apocalyptic proportions and... Read More

HOW COULD SHE

HOW COULD SHE

by Lauren Mechling | Read by Brittany Pressley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Brittany Pressley is an opportune choice to recount the complicated friendship of three women who are all going through different challenges. Pressley deftly expresses each character's perspective and evokes the listener's empathy. After her fiancé ends their engagement, Geraldine moves from Toronto to New York City to see if being in the same environment as longtime... Read More

IN AT THE DEEP END

IN AT THE DEEP END

by Kate Davies | Read by Nicola Barber

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Kate Davies's debut novel is enhanced by narrator Nicola Barber's nuanced rendering. Listeners meet Julia, a 20-something London civil servant and former dancer whose determination to reignite her sex life takes her down a rabbit hole that leads to new friends and an attraction to women. Narrating from Julia's point of view, Barber engages listeners with conversational tones... Read More

INLAND

INLAND

Earphones Award Winner

by Téa Obreht | Read by Anna Chlumsky, Edoardo Ballerini, Euan Morton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A dynamic pair, Anna Chlumsky and Edoardo Ballerini, deliver an emotionally rich performance of this intricately woven story steeped in the Western frontier. Haunted by their pasts, Nora and Lurie do what they can to survive in the desolation of the Arizona Territory. Lurie's chapters unfold in the first person, and Edoardo Ballerini's deep, gravelly voice and purposeful... Read More

THE ISLANDERS

THE ISLANDERS

by Meg Mitchell Moore | Read by Courtney Patterson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Courtney Patterson provides moving portrayals of three people who must navigate their lies to keep secrets and hide hurts. On Block Island, Anthony Puckett seeks refuge from the consequences of his poor decisions; tough Joy Sousa puts all her energy into her daughter and bakery business, both of which are slipping away; cheerful mother and housewife Lu Trusdale's secret project... Read More

THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA

THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA

by J. Ryan Stradal | Read by Judith Ivey

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Judith Ivey's Minnesota accent gives authenticity to this delightful audiobook about two estranged sisters. Strong-willed Helen was so determined to own a brewery that she convinced her father to make her his sole heir. As Helen's beer becomes a regional favorite, Edith struggles to raise her children, take care of her ailing husband, and raise her orphaned... Read More

LAST DAY

LAST DAY

by Domenica Ruta | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Edoardo Ballerini gives a superb narration of this imaginative apocalyptic story set on Last Day, a worldwide event falling on May 27-28 of each year. The story centers on three individuals--Bear, Karen, and Sarah--whose lives intersect in small ways. Ballerini smooths the sometimes abrupt transitions between episodes so that listeners can experience the story in a steadier... Read More

THE LEARNING CURVE

THE LEARNING CURVE

by Mandy Berman | Read by Karissa Vacker

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Karissa Vacker elegantly gives voice to the story of three different women who are experiencing transformative--and sometimes traumatic--changes in their lives. For Liv and Fionna, it is the changes that take place after their last years at Buchanan College as they develop into adulthood during the recession of the early 2000s. For Simone, it is adjusting to infertility and her... Read More

THE LEMON SISTERS

THE LEMON SISTERS Wildstone, Book 3

by Jill Shalvis | Read by Erin Mallon

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Both of the Lemon sisters are going through personal crises, and narrator Erin Mallon captures their distress. When Mindy takes off from Wildstone, California, and arrives at her sister Brooke's house with her three young children, Brooke agrees to let Mindy stay at her place for a much needed break. Meanwhile, Brooke will bring Mindy's kids back home to Wildstone. Mallon gives... Read More

LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES

LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES

by Kristan Higgins | Read by Barbara Caruso, Dion Graham, Suzy Jackson, Xe Sands

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Barbara Caruso, Suzy Jackson, Dion Graham, and Xe Sands provide a delightful narration that leaves listeners wondering if they've stumbled into a friend's family squabble. As a child, Emma London was left to be raised by her blue-blooded grandmother, handbag magnate Genevieve London, who ultimately abandoned her when she became a teenage mother. Now, two decades later, Emma is... Read More

LIFELINES

LIFELINES

by Heidi Diehl | Read by Christa Lewis

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This appealing audiobook offers a new view of timeless concepts. As narrator Christa Lewis recounts the lives of Louise and her extended family members, the impact of time, art, and history echo through this novel. When a funeral reunites people long separated, the past is explored alongside the present. There is something welcoming in the broad expanse of human... Read More

LOST LETTERS OF WILLIAM WOOLF

LOST LETTERS OF WILLIAM WOOLF

by Helen Cullen | Read by Rupert Penry-Jones, Helen Cullen

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Helen Cullen and Rupert Penry-Jones share the narration of this debut novel celebrating the power of letters while less successfully exploring a marriage in trouble. Penry-Jones introduces us to William, a postman whose dream of being an author has been sidelined by his dedication to the task of connecting lost mail to intended recipients. Penry-Jones brings William's... Read More

MARILOU IS EVERYWHERE

MARILOU IS EVERYWHERE

by Sarah Elaine Smith | Read by Kristen Sieh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kristen Sieh's raspy, level voice adds to the believability of this coming-of-age novel. Cindy is a poor girl living in rural Pennsylvania with her two older brothers. The absence of her mother plays a large part in Cindy's desire to live a different life. After she helps her brother check on his girlfriend's mother, she begins enjoying the woman's misdirected... Read More

THE MARRIAGE CLOCK

THE MARRIAGE CLOCK

by Zara Raheem | Read by Ariana Delawari

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this fresh, captivating audiobook, narrator Ariana Delawari gives a bright voice to 26-year-old Leila Abid, an American-born Indian Muslim who has been given three months to find a husband--or her parents will find one for her. As naïve Leila wades through months of dreadful dates, well-meaning aunties, and an overbearing matriarch, Delawari draws in listeners with her... Read More

THE MEMORY POLICE

THE MEMORY POLICE

by Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder [Trans.] | Read by Traci Kato-Kiriyama

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Traci Kato-Kiriyama's narration of this Japanese novel is subtle. She successfully keeps the listener in a state of confusion and curiosity in the face of pervasive dread. Ogawa's audiobook unfolds from the point of view of an unnamed woman who notices items in her world going missing, along with people's memories of them and the meanings attached to those memories. The... Read More

THE MICRO KIDS

THE MICRO KIDS An 80s Adventure with ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and More

by Gary Plowman | Read by Jas Walker

Gazzapper Games | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Jas Walker deftly re-creates small-town Britain in the 1980s with this homage to microcomputers and programmers. Young Billy Twist and his buddies, who are mad about computer games, persuade a willing dad to let them use his "man castle" as a place to meet and compete. Listeners will join in the fun as they plan their game purchases and enjoy lots of junk food.... Read More

MIDDLE ENGLAND

MIDDLE ENGLAND Rotters' Club, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Jonathan Coe | Read by Rory Kinnear

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This novel explores racism, political correctness, the changing British economy, and the Brexit vote in Middle England. Thanks to the author's humor and empathy, combined with the charming narration of Rory Kinnear, the audio experience is absorbing and even joyful. Kinnear creates multiple distinctive characters, including Benjamin, semiretired, diffident, and still working on... Read More

MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE

MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE

Earphones Award Winner

by Heather Webber | Read by Stephanie Willis, Bethany Lind, Nicholas Techosky

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stephanie Willia, Bethany Lind, and Nicholas Techosky take turns narrating this mystical Southern novel. Techosky portrays a reporter who is sent to Alabama to interview locals about mysterious blackbirds. Willia and Lind take on the two female leads, Anna Kate and Natalie, who don't know their connection at the beginning. Through the Blackbird Cafe they uncover the tie that... Read More

MOON OF THE CRUSTED SNOW

MOON OF THE CRUSTED SNOW

by Waubgeshig Rice | Read by Billy Merasty

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fiction

Cree actor Billy Merasty lends an authentic voice to Anishinaabe writer Rice's apocalyptic novel, set on a reserve in northern Ontario. The story is told through the eyes of Evan Whitesky. While many of his neighbors have become accustomed to the fixtures of contemporary life--Internet access, cell phone service, food trucked in every few weeks--Whitesky and his family have... Read More

THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD

THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD

by Claire Lombardo | Read by Emily Rankin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Emily Rankin's worldly voice complements Lombardo's heartfelt novel, which chronicles a forty-year marriage and the lives of the four daughters who are affected by it. David Sorenson and Marilyn Connolly met during college in 1975 and fell in love. By the spring of 2016, their daughters are facing difficult matters. Meanwhile, the Sorensons' marriage hasn't been easy,... Read More

MOSTLY DEAD THINGS

MOSTLY DEAD THINGS

by Kristen Arnett | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Jesse Vilinksky gives a wistful performance of Arnett's debut novel. After her father's suicide, Jessa-Lynn Morton takes over running the family taxidermy shop, drinks too much, and ignores her own grief as well as the disappearance of her brother's wife, Brynn, who was also Jessa's first love. It's a dark story filled with damaged characters, and Vilinsky's melancholy... Read More

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

by Kylie Ladd | Read by Casey Withoos

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Casey Withoos takes listeners on the emotional roller-coaster ride of a mother-daughter vacation--x4. After much time apart, four world-weary mothers gather to catch up, bringing their four daughters to a tropical paradise with no Internet or cell phone reception. They also bring their anxiety and aggression, and the girls bring their teen hormones. It all leads to... Read More

MRS. EVERYTHING

MRS. EVERYTHING

by Jennifer Weiner | Read by Ari Graynor, Beth Malone

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners hear about the lives of two sisters through a whimsical performance by Ari Graynor and Beth Malone. Jo, an athlete and aspiring writer, and Bethie, an elegant socialite, grew up in a Jewish household in Detroit during the 1950s. However, their lives drastically changed after they experienced traumatic events, including sexual assault and issues relating to sexual... Read More

THE NEED

THE NEED

by Helen Phillips | Read by Alexandra Allwine

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners immediately know something is wrong as Alexandra Allwine's urgent tone opens this tense and eerie novel. There's an intruder in Molly's house, and as she crouches in the dark, clutching her two small children, her confusion from sleep deprivation spirals into primal fear. The audiobook jumps between Molly's eventual confrontation with the intruder and her time as a... Read More

NINE DAYS

NINE DAYS

by Toni Jordan | Read by Caroline Lee, Tim Potter

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The author has sewn a finely stitched quilt out of one family's life in this audiobook with a surprise ending. The story begins during WII and ends in the present in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, called Richmond. Each chapter features a character. Speaking in Australian accents, Caroline Lee and Tim Potter succeed in achieving continuity in their narrations through rhythm... Read More

ONE NIGHT IN GEORGIA

ONE NIGHT IN GEORGIA

by Celeste O. Norfleet | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt's warm, rich voice takes listeners on a life-changing road trip from New York City to Atlanta in August 1968. Zelda is feeling trapped at home while waiting to start her senior year at Spelman College. Her best friends, Veronica and Daphne, convince her to join them on the drive to Spelman, despite her fear of how three young black women will be... Read More

PATSY

PATSY

by Nicole Dennis-Benn | Read by Sharon Gordon

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

It's tough to imagine anyone other than Sharon Gordon narrating this culture-rich novel about a Jamaican immigrant living in New York City. Gordon's portrayal of a variety of Jamaican voices--from softly melodic Jamaican-American dialect to hearty Kingston street patois--keeps this performance soaring despite the hardships of the characters. Longing for a better life, as well... Read More

THE PLUS ONE

THE PLUS ONE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Archer | Read by Lauren Fortgang

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Lauren Fortgang's wide range of voices perfectly portrays the formidable protagonist of this delightful story filled with thought-provoking insights on love and family. Desperate to placate her mother, who fears her daughter will be single forever, 29-year-old Kelly, an engineer, creates a robot named Ethan to accompany her to the upcoming wedding of her seemingly... Read More

THE PLUS ONE

THE PLUS ONE

by Sophia Money-Coutts | Read by Sophia Money-Coutts

HarperCollins Publishers Limited | Unabridged
Fiction

Sophia Money-Coutts has written a story so comedic, honest, and relatable that her own lackluster delivery can't bring it down. Polly has a steadily disappointed tone, which rings true for an English entertainment journalist in a life rut. Polly is determined to change this, and when she unleashes her inner romantic, her volume and pace pick up as passion rises. Money-Coutts's... Read More

THE POISON BED

THE POISON BED

by Elizabeth Fremantle | Read by Karen Cass, Steve West

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Political machinations behind the English and Scottish thrones come to life through the magical voices of Karen Cass and Steve West, both experienced narrators of court-centered intrigue. The crisp tones of Cass contrast with the deep, smoky voice of West as scandal rocks the Jacobean court in 1615. West portrays Robert Carr, the king's lover, with passion. West's soft burr for... Read More

A PRAYER FOR TRAVELERS

A PRAYER FOR TRAVELERS

by Ruchika Tomar | Read by Sophie Amoss

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Sophie Amoss expertly guides listeners through this audiobook, which begins with two cautions: The chapters are intentionally presented out of order, and the accompanying pdf is important. Listeners who accept these caveats will be rewarded with the haunting story of a small-town young woman who is determined to learn the fate of her only girlfriend, who disappears... Read More

A PURE HEART

A PURE HEART

by Rajia Hassib | Read by Ariana Delawari

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

You can hear the compassion in narrator Ariana Delawari's voice as she tells the story of Rose and Gameela--Egyptian sisters who choose different paths that determine one's life and the other's death. When Gameela is killed by a suicide bomber in Cairo not long after Egypt's revolution, Rose is left reeling with guilt and unanswered questions about Gameela's life after Rose... Read More

QUEEN BEE

QUEEN BEE Lowcountry Tales, Book 12

by Dorothea Benton Frank | Read by Shannon McManus

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Shannon McManus performs this Lowcountry story about three women, each on the brink of change. Holly raises bees while waiting for a teaching position to open up at the local elementary school, Leslie has moved back home because her marriage is in trouble, and their mother--referred to as the Queen Bee--is starting to have health issues. Although generally engaging,... Read More

RED AT THE BONE

RED AT THE BONE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Jacqueline Woodson, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Peter Francis James, Shayna Small, Bahni Turpin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Five talented narrators, including the author, differentiate shifting time periods and three generations of an African-American family. Bahni Turpin aids listeners in understanding the feelings of 16-year-old Melody, who is central to the story. Her caustic comments arise from her mother Iris's infrequent presence. Shayna Small fills in Iris's complexities. She is a teen mother... Read More

RED BIRDS

RED BIRDS

by Mohammed Hanif | Read by David Bendena

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Fans of the modern classic CATCH-22 will be pleased to hear narrator David Bendena's warm voice deliver this thought-provoking story, which explores the ugliness of war and U.S. meddling overseas. Told from several perspectives, the story kicks off when Major Ellie's plane crashes in an unknown Middle Eastern desert he is supposed to bomb. Depleted and struggling to survive, he... Read More

THE ROSIE RESULT

THE ROSIE RESULT Don Tillman, Book 3

by Graeme Simsion | Read by Dan O'Grady

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Dan O'Grady achieves a unique performance as he portrays Professor Don Tillman, whose social anxiety and awkwardness are illuminated as his young son develops similar issues. Because this story is told in the first person by a character who doesn't have any vocal affect since Don doesn't know how to differentiate or express most emotions, O'Grady is tasked with... Read More

RULES FOR VISITING

RULES FOR VISITING

Earphones Award Winner

by Jessica Francis Kane | Read by Emily Rankin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This gentle story of human connection thrives under narrator Emily Rankin's care. May Attaway, a gardener at a university, is awarded an unprecedented month's leave for helping a professor win a poetry award. She cultivated the poem's subject: a yew tree. May had moved home to help care for her ailing mother, who soon died tragically--details are unclear at first. Ever since,... Read More

THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB

THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB

Earphones Award Winner

by Craig Davidson | Read by Corey Brill

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Corey Brill's conversational tone lures listeners into the story of Jake Baker, a neurosurgeon. Musing about the workings of the brain on his operating table lead him to contemplate secrets in his own past, and an important year in his life. What follows is an exceptional account of Jake's twelfth year in small-town Ontario in the 1980s. Brill excels at portraying the... Read More

SAY SAY SAY

SAY SAY SAY

by Lila Savage | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Lisa Flanagan perceptively narrates this tender novel about a young woman who is coming to grips with what it means to be a compassionate and committed life partner. Ella is a 20-something professional caregiver who accepts a new post caring for Jill, who is intellectually disabled due to a car accident. Ella is both endlessly patient with Jill and burdened by endless... Read More

SCREWBALL

SCREWBALL

by Simon Rich | Read by Scott Aiello, Beck Bennett

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fiction

Beck Bennett portrays Babe Ruth in this snapshot of the slugger's life during a brief period when he was a minor league player. The story revolves around Ruth and his roommate, an aspiring player who is the manager's son. Bennett, a veteran of "Saturday Night Live," uses his well-versed comedic cadence for the young and naïve Ruth. We hear a different Ruth here, one who has yet... Read More

SELF-HELP

SELF-HELP

Earphones Award Winner

by Lorrie Moore | Read by Jane Oppenheimer

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Lorrie Moore's razor-sharp collection of nine introspective, bitingly ironic short stories is complemented by Jane Oppenheimer's contemplative, wryly humorous narration. Delivering stories focusing on such themes as the challenges of new and long-term relationships, personal and professional growth, and children's relationships with their parents, Oppenheimer deftly endows the... Read More

THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA

THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA

by Juliet Grames | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners follow the story of Stella Fortuna and the different near-death milestones that help define her life, which stretches from childhood in a small village in rural Italy to her new life as an immigrant in America. The story is packed with rich and diverse characters, and Lisa Flanagan's narration helps bring them alive in the imagination of the listener. Her strong... Read More

THE SNAKES

THE SNAKES

Earphones Award Winner

by Sadie Jones | Read by Imogen Church

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Imogen Church's performance of Jones's audiobook is a master class in characterization. Listeners will be drawn in both by the compelling story of family, virtue, and greed and by Church's ability to achieve the sound of a full-cast production all by herself. The story involves Bea and Dan, a British couple who dip into their meager savings to take a vacation. Their first stop... Read More

SPEAKING OF SUMMER

SPEAKING OF SUMMER

by Kalisha Buckhanon | Read by Karen Chilton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Simply put, this audiobook is extraordinary. Narrator Karen Chilton portrays Autumn Spencer, whose twin sister, Summer, has disappeared from the roof of their building without a trace. As Autumn attempts to find out what happened, she becomes obsessed with the way that society treats black women--as if they are invisible and the violence perpetrated against them doesn't matter.... Read More

STAY AND FIGHT

STAY AND FIGHT

by Madeline ffitch | Read by Sophie Amoss, Bailey Carr

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Sophie Amoss and Bailey Carr use the hard "r's" and round vowels of Appalachian Ohio as they tell the story of Helen, a lost soul who fell in love with the wrong man and the idea of living off the land. Now Helen is all alone, and her simple, sad story as depicted by the narrators evokes empathy that lets the listener experience her situation. Neighbors Karen and Lily... Read More

STRANGERS AND COUSINS

STRANGERS AND COUSINS

by Leah Hager Cohen | Read by Leah Hager Cohen

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Whether you enjoy this gathering of Blumenthals, Erlands, and sundry in anticipation of the nuptials of Clem, Walter and Bennie Blumenthal's free-spirited daughter may depend on whether the author's naturally fluty voice is your cup of narrative tea. In imitators, it's a timbre that easily veers over the edge into the saccharine. But while Cohen's story is whimsical, it is far... Read More

THE STUDY OF ANIMAL LANGUAGES

THE STUDY OF ANIMAL LANGUAGES

by Lindsay Stern | Read by MacLeod Andrews, Julia Whelan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook is a smart and clever story about love, family, ambition, and how people struggle every day to make it all work. Narrator MacLeod Andrews brings the main characters to life with brainy syntax and a charming tone. The story is centered around a husband and wife who are both successful in their academic field--communications--but failing in that very area on the... Read More

THE SUMMER DEMANDS

THE SUMMER DEMANDS

by Deborah Sharpiro | Read by Hillary Huber

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook draws listeners in slowly and holds on tight. Beautifully narrated by Hillary Huber, the story introduces an engaging protagonist and a compelling location. Emily, who is turning 40 and is questioning everything about her life after a miscarriage, has just inherited an abandoned summer camp with her husband. After moving there, she discovers an unexpected... Read More

SUMMER OF '69

SUMMER OF '69

by Elin Hilderbrand | Read by Erin Bennett

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Erin Bennett's narration captures each major character in this novel featuring five females in the same family. During the fateful summer of 1969, major events occur in the nation, and each character is uniquely affected. Whether she's voicing the oldest, grandmother and matriarch Exalta, or the youngest, 13-year-old Jessie, Bennett deftly delivers the emotions of that era. One... Read More

SUMMERLINGS

SUMMERLINGS

by Lisa Howorth | Read by Michael Crouch

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook is for fans of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, Mick Kelly, and other stories of kids and adventures--some frivolous and some perilous and tragic. Narrator Michael Crouch captures the spirit of the novel by providing just the right level of enthusiasm for the characters, who include three pals and a tomboy, Ukrainian émigrés, and a possible Nazi sympathizer. The story... Read More

THEN SINGS MY SOUL

THEN SINGS MY SOUL

by Amy K. Sorrells | Read by Natasha Soudek

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners travel from 1904 Chudniv, Ukraine, to 1994 South Haven, Michigan, through narrator Natasha Soudek's honeyed voice. Jakob lives a long life, having survived horrific pogroms at age 5, along with his 14-year-old brother, Peter. They escape to America, where he continued his family's craft of carving jewels and stones. When his daughter, Nel, a jewelry designer, comes... Read More

THIS IS HOME

THIS IS HOME

by Lisa Duffy | Read by Renata Friedman, Emily Woo Zeller

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Renata Friedman and Emily Woo Zeller provide their vocal talents to a new audiobook that explores the boundaries of what home can be. Zeller strikes the perfect balance of frustration and inquisitiveness in her portrayal of Libby Winters--a 16-year-old who has lost her mother to cancer and finds herself moving back and forth between her quirky aunts and her father.... Read More

TURBULENCE

TURBULENCE

by David Szalay | Read by Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

While only a small portion of this audiobook takes place on an airplane, each chapter is named for a "departing" or "arriving" airport code. This device--and even the choice of a single narrator for each essentially stand-alone story--reinforces the sense of a world simultaneously linked yet impersonally segmented. The novel is structured around the perspectives of a series of... Read More

THE UNBREAKABLES

THE UNBREAKABLES

by Lisa Barr | Read by Erin Bennett

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Erin Bennett channels all the right emotions as she depicts a woman who is on a journey of self-discovery after her marriage shatters. When the popular cheating website Ashley Madison is hacked, Sophie Bloom is shocked to discover that her husband has not only been an active participant--but he is listed as the top cheater in town. Bennett portrays Sophie's reactions... Read More

THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP

THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP

by H.G. Parry | Read by Calum Gittins

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

New Zealand native Calum Gittins portrays a host of characters in this mash-up of classic and contemporary literature. Charlie, a "summoner" who has the power to read objects and people out of books, is voiced in a soft and often frazzled tone that sometimes reaches an excited pace. Charlie's older brother, Rob, has a thicker New Zealand accent and a stern voice that gives way... Read More

A VERY PUBLIC SCANDAL

A VERY PUBLIC SCANDAL

by Jennifer Bacia | Read by Belinda McClory

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Australian narrator Belinda McClory adeptly takes listeners through three generations of traumatic history that erupts in one very public scandal in Sydney, Australia. She guides listeners through war-torn Poland, London, Paris, and Sydney to follow the tragic family story of Eve, a high-profile media star who is focused on achieving justice for her savagely mistreated mother.... Read More

WHISPER NETWORK

WHISPER NETWORK

by Chandler Baker | Read by Almarie Guerra

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Almarie Guerra projects the Southern accent and sassy tone that are needed in this audiobook. After their company's CEO suddenly dies, Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita are determined to make sure that Ames Garrett, a man known to sexually harass women, isn't chosen for the position. Guerra captivates listeners by creating energetic portrayals as the women strategize... Read More

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