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THE AFFAIRS OF THE FALCONS

THE AFFAIRS OF THE FALCONS

by Melissa Rivero | Read by Frankie Corzo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Undocumented Peruvian Ana Falcón is compassionately portrayed by narrator Frankie Corzo in Rivero's touted debut novel. Ana dreams that her family, who have left a crumbling Peru, will flourish in America. Even in Peru, Ana's indigenous heritage made her a second-class citizen--unlike her urban, educated, and lighter-skinned husband. Whereas he sees returning to Peru as a... Read More

AT THE END OF THE CENTURY

AT THE END OF THE CENTURY The Stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala | Read by Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam, Soneela Nankani, Neil Shah, Henrietta Meire, Kate Reading, and a Full Cast

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A large cast of talented narrators was well chosen to give voice to this excellent collection of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's subtle and multilayered short stories. The production begins with an informative introduction by writer Anita Desai. The narrators suit the stories they narrate, settling us in place, be it in a Delhi shopkeeper's orderly store or on Los Angeles's sun-drenched... Read More

BAKHITA

BAKHITA A Novel of the Saint of Sudan

by Véronique Olmi | Read by Bahni Turpin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An illuminating account of the life of African saint Josephine Margaret Bakhita, canonized in 2000, is enhanced by Bahni Turpin's compelling narration. Weaving together an audible tapestry of diverse voices and historical places, Turpin's steady cadence effortlessly ushers listeners into a past world. She invites them to walk alongside Bakhita from her childhood in Darfur in... Read More

BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN

BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN

by Pitchaya Sudbanthad | Read by Euan Morton

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Scottish actor Euan Morton adopts a primarily American intonation for Pitchaya Sudbanthad's impressive multilayered evocation of Bangkok past, present, and future. The choice makes sense, as many of the characters are American visitors or Thai expats living in the States. When called upon, Morton's Thai pronunciation is almost always correct. The audiobook comprises short... Read More

BEARSKIN

BEARSKIN

by James A. McLaughlin | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

MacLeod Andrews performs this thrilling story about the illegal killing of bears in Virginia's Appalachian Mountains. Rice Moore, who is trying to escape his past, tracks wildlife and refurbishes cabins on 7,000 acres of nature preserve while investigating the murder and mutilation of bears. Andrews's unemotional narration is perfect for a story that alternates between... Read More

THE BINDING

THE BINDING

by Bridget Collins | Read by Carl Prekopp

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Carl Prekopp's narration takes the listener to a world in which people's memories are voluntarily removed and bound into books. The lives of Emmett Farmer, a young man who was born with the sacred skill of bookbinding, and Lucian Darnay, the only son of a wealthy family with noble ties, are intertwined in ways neither can recall. Prekopp's performance draws the listener deeply... 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

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

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

CITY OF GIRLS

CITY OF GIRLS

by Elizabeth Gilbert | Read by Blair Brown

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Blair Brown delivers a superb narration of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel, which features the recollections of a 95-year-old New York seamstress who came of age during WWII. Brown's straightforward, charming depiction illuminates the vivacious young woman the wistful elderly narrator remembers, and her conversational pacing creates vibrant pictures for the listener. In 1940, after... Read More

CITY OF JASMINE

CITY OF JASMINE

by Olga Grjasnowa, Katy Derbyshire [Trans.] | Read by Assaf Cohen

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Assaf Cohen is a flexible narrator whose dexterity is shown as a cast of characters grapples with growing conflict in Syria. Cohen switches from Hammoudi, the doctor, to Amal, the actress, as government surveillance and citizen unrest grow. Fans of world literature will find much to enjoy in this exploration of current events. As listeners are taken into a world of ambition,... Read More

CONDEMN ME NOT

CONDEMN ME NOT Accused of Witchcraft

by Heather B. Moore | Read by Nancy Peterson

Mirror Press, LLC | Unabridged
Fiction

With exquisite sensitivity, narrator Nancy Peterson channels the complex character of Susannah Martin, one of 14 women hanged for witchcraft during the infamous Salem witch trials. Susannah waits for months in abysmal conditions for her execution, repeatedly playing back memories of her long-ago courtship with her handsome beau. Peterson's depictions of both Susannahs--the... Read More

CROSSING

CROSSING

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

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

David Hackston 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. Hackston creates a steady, kind persona that builds a deep sense of compassion for Bujar as he experiences changes in continents and in... 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

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

DAWN

DAWN Stories

by Selahattin Demirtas | Read by Baris Duyan, Ayse Eldek, Kate Reading

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Baris Duyan and Ayse Eldek earnestly deliver 12 stories of love, despair, and hope in conflict-ravaged Turkey. In this debut collection by a Turkish political hostage, Duyan and Eldek recount the everyday lives of people affected by political chaos. Listeners may perceive this audiobook as highly political, but the foreword, narrated by Kate Reading, says that it "is... Read More

DISAPPEARING EARTH

DISAPPEARING EARTH

by Julia Phillips | Read by Ilyana Kadushin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ilyana Kadushin skillfully meets the challenges of this genre-bending audiobook. Set in modern-day Kamchatka, the story revolves around the disappearance of two young sisters and is told through the eyes of different women or girls whose lives have been variously affected by the kidnappings. Kadushin modulates her tone to fit each woman's age and circumstances,... Read More

THE EDITOR

THE EDITOR

by Steven Rowley | Read by Michael Urie

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Michael Urie narrates this novel about author James Smale, whose big break comes when the novel inspired by his dysfunctional family is picked up by Jackie Kennedy Onassis, an editor at a major publishing house. The story moves back and forth between the novel, his actual family's story, and interactions with his famous editor. Urie's performance is inconsistent. He captures... 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

FAME ADJACENT

FAME ADJACENT

by Sarah Skilton | Read by Karissa Vacker

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Karissa Vacker brings impeccable timing and pacing to this hilarious story about how people change. Holly has been reflecting on her former days on the popular kids' show "Diego and the Lion's Den"--so much so that the subreddit thread she started on the topic has landed her in "Internet rehab." Vacker's steady tone mirrors Holly's thoughts and flashbacks to "the old... Read More

THE FARM

THE FARM

by Joanne Ramos | Read by Fran de Leon

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this debut audiobook, women carrying surrogate pregnancies submit to constant monitoring and near total isolation at the titular farm in exchange for nine months of luxury and a hefty sum. Narrator Fran de Leon uses accents and tone to differentiate between the points of view of several characters. Some of de Leon's characterizations are more effective than others. Filipina... Read More

FEAST YOUR EYES

FEAST YOUR EYES

Earphones Award Winner

by Myla Goldberg | Read by Myla Goldberg, Samantha Desz, Lisa Flanagan, Joy Osmanski, Jacques Roy, Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

"I don't want to make photographs, I want to make windows," says the subject of this fictional biography of a street photographer, single mother, and provocateur who set out to make a name for herself in the late 1950s-early 1960s New York arts scene. Using a natural and direct delivery, and with the help of a few veteran narrators, author Myla Goldberg deftly takes up much of... 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

THE FLATSHARE

THE FLATSHARE

by Beth O'Leary | Read by Carrie Hope Fletcher, Kwaku Fortune

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune bring genuine emotion to this London rom-com with their impeccable narration about an unlikely friendship. Tiffy and Leon share a one-bedroom apartment but have never met because of opposite schedules. The notes they exchange about their shared space soon veer into personal territory. Leon's accent sounds like South London had a fling with... Read More

THE GUEST BOOK

THE GUEST BOOK

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Blake | Read by Orlagh Cassidy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Orlagh Cassidy narrates Blake's beautifully written multigenerational story of love and lies with consummate skill. Elegant and clear, distant yet passionate, she helps listeners discover the quirks in characters' personalities and explore their motives, both evident and hidden. The story, which spans the 1930s to the present, revolves around the Milton family of New York and... Read More

HENRY, HIMSELF

HENRY, HIMSELF

by Stewart O'Nan | Read by Richmond Hoxie

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stewart O'Nan revisits the Maxwell family, introduced in WISH YOU WERE HERE (2002) and EMILY, ALONE (2011). In the third audiobook, narrator Richmond Hoxie's scratchy voice gives Henry just a hint of amusement as he deals with the routine things that give order to his ordinary life. In a charmingly understated delivery, Hoxie reveals a gentle man who helps out at church, looks... Read More

HOME REMEDIES

HOME REMEDIES Stories

by Xuan Juliana Wang | Read by Annie Q, David Shih, James Chen, and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A dozen narrators perform this collection of stories about Chinese 20-somethings who are navigating the road to adulthood. All the narrators underscore the central drama of the stories, such as the clash of generations, the difficulties and joys of immigration, and the complexities of friendship. The characters are primarily the children of immigrants, university students... Read More

THE HOMECOMING

THE HOMECOMING

by Rosie Howard | Read by Emma Powell

Recorded Books/ Clipper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Emma Powell's evocative narration creates drama and suspense in this touching story about a young woman who is uncovering a repressed trauma. When her honorary godfather and friend, Patrick, is hospitalized, Maddy returns to Havenbury to take care of him. She also must run the pub Patrick owns, where she lived and worked three years earlier. Although the voices of the... Read More

THE HUNDRED WELLS OF SALAGA

THE HUNDRED WELLS OF SALAGA

by Ayesha Harruna Attah | Read by Janina Edwards

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Janina Edwards draws listeners in to a complex story that offers an up-close view of the slave trade in the nineteenth century. She pulls out all the stops for this heartrending coming-of-age story about Aminah, a young Ghanaian woman. Listeners will appreciate Edwards's lively delivery and her strong portrayals of both male and female characters. Her repertoire... Read More

I REMEMBER ABBU

I REMEMBER ABBU

by Humayun Azad | Read by Deepti Gupta

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A girl's feelings of loss and and yearning during the Bangladeshi war for independence are captured beautifully by narrator Deepti Gupta. Her voice is melodic and mournful as we hear the earliest memories of the protagonist as a baby. Gupta infuses these moments of family life with a love so warm that it's palpable. This depth of feeling makes the wrenching pain of separation... Read More

I WAS JANE AUSTEN'S BEST FRIEND

I WAS JANE AUSTEN'S BEST FRIEND

by Cora Harrison | Read by Alison Larkin

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Alison Larkin deftly conveys the girlish gossip and romantic dreams of a teenaged Jane Austen and her best friend. Their daily lives are described in the diaries of 16-year-old Jenny Cooper, who is Jane's cousin. Larkin effectively takes on the identity of Jenny, sounding like a giggly adolescent girl. As the two young ladies experience the excitement of attending... Read More

IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD

IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD

by Genki Kawamura, Eric Selland [Trans.] | Read by Brian Nishii

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Brian Nishii narrates this imaginative tale set in Japan about the complexities of death, life, and cats. At the outset, an unnamed 30-year-old man receives a terminal diagnosis. As imminent death looms, he receives a visit from the devil (cheekily named Aloha). The young man must decide if Aloha's offer to extend his life is worth the alternative losses he'd have to endure. As... Read More

THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER

THE KEY TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER

by Tif Marcelo | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In a new #ownvoices romantic story, narrated by Cynthia Farrell, the three de la Rosa sisters face the challenges of running the family's wedding-planning business after their parents' retirement. Filipino-Americans Mari, Jane, and Pearl navigate the struggles of running the business together while redefining their relationships with one another and possibly finding their own... Read More

LANNY

LANNY

Earphones Award Winner

by Max Porter | Read by Annie Aldington, Clare Corbett, David Timson, Jot Davies

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

This extraordinary audiobook, performed by a quartet of talented narrators, will have listeners devouring its fabulist story while wishing it would never end. The one-of-a-kind Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythological creature existing for centuries in the woods outside an English village, is brought to menacing life by David Timson's deep, raspy timbre and deliberate phrasing.... 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 LIBRARY OF LOST AND FOUND

THE LIBRARY OF LOST AND FOUND

by Phaedra Patrick | Read by Imogen Church

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Imogen Church turns this story about Martha Storm, a selfless, colorless librarian, into a compelling mystery. Martha was cursed with a sadistic father and a spineless mother who never defied him. Only her Nana Zelda encouraged her to use her imagination as a child. Now, with her family members are gone, Church credibly portrays a middle-aged spinster who is often... Read More

LIGHTS ALL NIGHT LONG

LIGHTS ALL NIGHT LONG

Earphones Award Winner

by Lydia Fitzpatrick | Read by Michael Crouch

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

With remarkable vocal agility, narrator Michael Crouch takes a fascinating novel and makes it downright riveting. No matter what appears in the audiobook, Crouch is game. Ilya is an exchange student from Russia who is living in Louisiana. Fluent accents emerge without hesitation or exaggeration. The cast of characters expands, time shifts between past and present, and a mystery... Read More

THE LIMITS OF THE WORLD

THE LIMITS OF THE WORLD

by Jennifer Acker | Read by Priya Ayyar, Ron Butler

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Priya Ayyar and Ron Butler work together to chart the ups and downs of the Chandaria family's unexpected move from the U.S. to Kenya. As they confront long buried secrets, listeners soak up the narrators' expert performances. Ayyar sounds young, hopeful, and determined as Sunil, the rebellious son who doesn't want to be a doctor or marry an Indian woman. She describes... Read More

LOST AND WANTED

LOST AND WANTED

by Nell Freudenberger | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Ann Marie Lee's emotional narration allows listeners to engage further with this audiobook's characters. The story's principals have connections to each other through shared experiences, bereavement, memories, and their concepts of time. After Helen Clapp, a pragmatic MIT physicist, learns of her college roommate Charlie Boyce's death, she begins receiving mysterious text... Read More

LOT

LOT Stories

by Bryan Washington | Read by Bahni Turpin, Dion Graham, Bryan Washington, JD Jackson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In an impressive audiobook of connected short stories about the city of Houston, three narrators and the author take on a myriad of personalities. Some characters tell one-off tales from their neighborhoods in Houston, while others reappear as we follow them through their lives. Author Bryan Washington voices the most frequently recurring character in a bored and nasal tone... Read More

A LOVE STORY FOR BEWILDERED GIRLS

A LOVE STORY FOR BEWILDERED GIRLS

by Emma Morgan | Read by Lucy Dixon, Christine Hewitt, Annabel Scholey

Penguin Books Ltd. | Unabridged
Fiction

The three narrators of this romantic comedy set in Leeds, England, play their characters charmingly. Grace, portrayed in an airy Yorkshire accent by Annabel Scholey, has fallen in love at first sight with a beautiful woman, only to find that the woman has a wandering eye. Violet, depicted in a childlike Greater Manchester accent by Lucy Dixon, experiences anxiety episodes that... Read More

MACHINES LIKE ME

MACHINES LIKE ME

Earphones Award Winner

by Ian McEwan | Read by Steven Crossley

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Steven Crossley is a frequent narrator for McEwan's novels, and one who conveys with subtle effect McEwan's most ingenious and subversive storylines. That voice is a modern variation of the detached, worldly narrator of classic British suspense fiction--a voice that might have fit Adam, one of the first 25 autonomous robots on the market, rather than Adam's owner, Charlie, this... Read More

MIRACLE CREEK

MIRACLE CREEK

by Angie Kim | Read by Jennifer Lim

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Jennifer Lim brings Angie Kim's debut novel to life. In rural Virginia, an experimental treatment facility offers cures for conditions like autism using a device call the Miracle Submarine. Then the device blows up, killing two people, and a murder trial follows. The story is full of unreliable narrators who are given unique voices by Lim. Protagonists Young and Pak's... 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

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

MY LIFE AS A RAT

MY LIFE AS A RAT

by Joyce Carol Oates | Read by Sadie Alexandru

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Sadie Alexandru captures an adolescent protagonist with compassion, evoking both sorrow and shock. Violet Rue Kerrigan witnesses her brother's involvement in a vicious attack and is disowned by her family after she tells authorities what happened. As Violet's voice audibly matures throughout the arc of the novel, Alexandru illuminates hot-button issues of allegiance,... Read More

NATALIE TAN'S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE

NATALIE TAN'S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE

by Roselle Lim | Read by Catherine Ho

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this audiobook, Natalie Tan returns to her childhood home in San Francisco's Chinatown after her mother's death. She is determined to reopen the restaurant once run by her mysterious grandmother and revitalize the neighborhood. Listeners eager to discover the fate of Natalie's restaurant may be frustrated by narrator Catherine Ho's leisurely pace, but those interested in... Read More

NECESSARY PEOPLE

NECESSARY PEOPLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Anna Pitoniak | Read by Vanessa Johansson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Vanessa Johansson smoothly narrates this story of intense friendship and its perils. Violet--a quiet, intelligent girl from the wrong side of the tracks--and Stella--a charismatic, rich beauty--become best friends at college. Johansson shines at her adept emotional portrayals of these two very different young women. After college, when Violet excels in a career she loves and... Read More

NORMAL PEOPLE

NORMAL PEOPLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sally Rooney | Read by Aoife McMahon

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this memorable audiobook, Connell and Marianne, both smart, odd, and socially at sea, are deeply connected to each other and too young to know how rare their bond is. Everyone at their village high school in Sligo knows that Connell's mother cleans house for Marianne's family, so they feign indifference. At university, everything changes, then reverses, then changes again.... Read More

NORTHERN LIGHTS

NORTHERN LIGHTS

by Raymond Strom | Read by Michael Crouch

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Michael Crouch places listeners inside Strom's debut novel with subtle vocal inflections that reflect its rural Minnesota setting. Forced from home by his uncle following graduation, Shane spends the summer between high school and college searching for his absentee mother. Androgynous in appearance, he encounters reactions from townsfolk ranging from virulent hostility... Read More

THE OLD DRIFT

THE OLD DRIFT

by Namwali Serpell | Read by Adjoa Andoh, Richard E. Grant, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Three narrators work together to create this intergenerational family saga. Adjoa Andoh, Richard E. Grant, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith alternate chapters to create the three families whose fates and thirst for revenge tie them together for more than a hundred years. Written and told as a series of short stories, the works introduce listeners to new people, settings, and time... Read More

OLD NEWGATE ROAD

OLD NEWGATE ROAD

by Keith Scribner | Read by Ari Fliakos

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Ari Fliakos provides listeners with a clear and confident performance of a dense family drama. The story features Cole, who left his childhood home in Connecticut for a better life in Oregon. Returning home 30 years later, he finds his aging father struggling with early-stage dementia. As he reacquaints himself with his earlier life, Cole encounters familiar faces while... Read More

OLIVE KITTERIDGE

OLIVE KITTERIDGE

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Strout | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kimberly Farr has previously narrated two other Elizabeth Strout novels, earning Earphones Awards for both. Her clear grasp of Strout's characterizations and the flow of her delivery are, therefore, not surprising but remain praiseworthy. While named for a single, recurring character--an emotionally unpredictable yet surprisingly sympathetic one--OLIVE KITTERIDGE uses a village... Read More

ON EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS

ON EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS

by Ocean Vuong | Read by Ocean Vuong

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Ocean Vuong narrates the story of a young Vietnamese immigrant to the U.S. who is completing a letter to his mother, who cannot read. As both author and narrator, Vuong is in the perfect position to narrate the audiobook just as it was intended. His delivery gives even more power to the captivating prose, keeping the listener hooked as the main character, Little Dog, discovers... Read More

OPTIC NERVE

OPTIC NERVE

by Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead [Trans.] | Read by Kyla Garcia

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kyla Garcia provides a bright voice for the unnamed woman, an art gallery tour guide, at the heart of this Argentinian novel. Speaking in the first person, the protagonist finds her extensive knowledge of painting, both current and historical, blending into her own personal experiences. Approaching middle age and battling cancer, she reminisces about significant events... Read More

A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN

A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN

by Mathangi Subramanian | Read by Jeed Saddy

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jeed Saddy brings to life the four buoyant women who educate us on the power within the downtrodden. Her range as a narrator is put to good use as she switches between Deepa, Joy, Rokshana, and Padma. The girls, and their mothers, work together to keep the city of Bangalore from demolishing their only home. Ironically named Heaven, the slum is all they have--except for each... 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

THE PORPOISE

THE PORPOISE

Earphones Award Winner

by Mark Haddon | Read by Tim McInnerny

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook is a perfect storm in which the beautiful yet brutal powers of author Mark Haddon and narrator Tim McInnerny collide in an awesome display. The emotional center of the work is a girl whose harsh entry into the world merely foreshadowed an even more disturbing life to come. She escapes that life by way of story, and we soon enter into her own very personal... Read More

PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER FLAVORS

PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER FLAVORS

by Sonali Dev | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

For a story built on first impressions, perceptions, and secrets, tonal variety is key. Narrator Soneela Nankani does a beautiful job with the nuances in this fresh take on the Jane Austen classic. Chef DJ Caine is hospitable but steely to Dr. Trisha Raje after their disastrous initial meeting. The two are thrown together constantly by a series of circumstances, and there's an... Read More

THE QUINTLAND SISTERS

THE QUINTLAND SISTERS

by Shelley Wood | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Tavia Gilbert tells Emma's story, reading from the journal of this fictional character and giving her a believable voice with a wide range of emotions. Shelly Wood places 17-year-old Emma, a midwife-in-training, at the northern Ontario farm of the Dionne family when the world was captivated by the birth of five identical baby girls. Emma has a young, eager voice full of... Read More

THE RED DAUGHTER

THE RED DAUGHTER

Earphones Award Winner

by John Burnham Schwartz | Read by Kathleen Gati, Mark Bramhall, John Burnham Schwartz [Note]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Svetlana Alliluyeva, Joseph Stalin's daughter, may be mostly forgotten now, but narrator Kathleen Gati brings her to life in this audiobook. The audiobook tells her story through her fictional journals. Narrator Mark Bramhall is equally fine as the fictionalized lawyer who brings Svetlana to the U.S. The novel is mostly true to history, with a few changed names, and the... Read More

ROAR

ROAR

by Cecelia Ahern | Read by Aisling Bea, Lara Sawalha, Adjoa Andoh

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Three uniquely talented narrators--Aisling Bea, Lara Sawalha, and Adjoa Andoh--take listeners through 30 short stories featuring the many ways women show their compassionate and resourcefulness in a difficult world. Each story includes a bit of magical realism, plenty of wordplay, and an enjoyable drama that reveals the strength of women. The multiple narrators give listeners... Read More

SABRINA & CORINA

SABRINA & CORINA Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Kali Fajardo-Anstine | Read by Almarie Guerra, Roxana Ortega, Alma Cuervo, Ana Isabel, Kyla Garcia, Marisol Ramirez

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook collection sparkles with wit and wisdom. Mostly set in Denver, Colorado, these short stories present a range of narrative styles that give them individuality and create a unique listening experience. In the title story, narrator Roxana Ortega vividly portrays various female characters, mainly Mexican-Americans. Marisol Ramirez, does excellent work in "Any Further... Read More

SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE

SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE

by Jean Kwok | Read by Angela Lin, Samantha Quan, Caroline McLaughlin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Three talented narrators portray three women whose stories draw the listener into this mystery. Sylvie Lee disappears while she is visiting Holland to be with her dying grandmother. Narrator Angela Lin portrays Sylvie, and Samantha Quan her younger sister, Amy; both capture the characters' individual personalities as presented by Kwok. However, Caroline McLaughlin's performance... Read More

THE SECRETARY

THE SECRETARY

by Renée Knight | Read by Victoria Hamilton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The slow build of this audiobook may seem a bit off-putting at first, but it soon becomes obvious that the mounting tension and gradual reveals are intentional. They're an important part of understanding just how twisted and complicated the relationship at the heart of the story truly is. Narrator Victoria Hamilton is masterful at creating two distinct characters: celebrity... 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

SING TO IT

SING TO IT

by Amy Hempel | Read by Amy Hempel

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this long-awaited collection of short stories--Hempel's last title was published more than a decade ago--there is a gorgeous matter-of-factness to her narration, a graceful simplicity that creates an almost hypnotic pattern among these distinct stories. Whether characters are pondering animal or human relationships, conflicts or resolutions, gains or (more often) losses,... Read More

SISTERS OF SUMMER'S END

SISTERS OF SUMMER'S END

by Lori Foster | Read by Vivienne Leheny

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

As two women become involved in romances, narrator Vivienne Leheny gives each of them a fitting voice. Joy works as an activity director at the RV park where Maris runs the camp store and café. Both Maris and Joy have difficult pasts that they are learning to overcome, and Leheny aptly expresses the tentative steps they take toward deepening their friendship. Joy falls for... Read More

THE SPECTATORS

THE SPECTATORS

by Jennifer duBois | Read by Paul Boehmer, Nancy Linari

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Two distinctive settings are perfectly evoked in Nancy Linari and Paul Boehmer's superb narration of this philosophical and affecting novel. The story is told in alternating chapters that are linked by the character Matthew Miller, a lawyer who is the host of a sensational 1990s daytime television talk show. Linari skillfully brings listeners into the behind-the-scenes... Read More

THE STATIONERY SHOP

THE STATIONERY SHOP

Earphones Award Winner

by Marjan Kamali | Read by Mozhan Marnò

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Mozhan Marnò gives an extraordinary narration of this audiobook, set mainly in 1950s Iran and the U.S. Raised by progressive Iranian parents, Roya meets Bahman, an activist student, at a Tehran stationery shop. They are planning to marry when Bahman mysteriously disappears. Roya moves to California where she studies science and marries the caring Walter. Sixty years later, Roya... Read More

STILL IN LOVE

STILL IN LOVE

by Michael Downing | Read by George Newbern

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Portrayed by narrator George Newbern in this audiobook, Professor Mark Sternum teaches his beloved creative writing workshop, deals with faculty politics, and struggles with loneliness as his longtime partner works works overseas for six months. Teaching is Mark's love and his escape, both of which Newbern expertly conveys in his narration. The story is full of Mark's course... Read More

THE STRANGER GAME

THE STRANGER GAME

by Peter Gadol | Read by Rebekkah Ross

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A powerful narrator, Rebekkah Ross takes listeners through the twists and turns of a thriller with a California edge. Shortly after her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ezra, disappears, Rebecca, a middle-aged architect, searches for answers to what could have happened to him. The police seem strangely unconcerned, even as an article begins circulating the Internet about a viral... 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

SUNSET BEACH

SUNSET BEACH

by Mary Kay Andrews | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kathleen McInerney brings the listener into Drue Campbell's sorry life. She is out of a job and has hit bottom. Then her estranged father approaches her with both a job offer and a place to live--in her grandparents' beach cottage. Drue's father is a personal injury lawyer and has her working the phone at his firm. McInerney gives each character a unique voice--from... Read More

TEARS OF THE TRUFFLEPIG

TEARS OF THE TRUFFLEPIG

by Fernando A. Flores | Read by Raul Castillo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Actor-playwright Raul Castillo combines his theater experience with his Mexican-American roots to give an understated and vulnerable voice to a story that takes place in the near future. A South Texas man is caught in a chaotic world in which narcotics are legal, the third wall between the U.S. and Mexico is being completed, and long extinct species such as the dodo are being... Read More

THE TENTH MUSE

THE TENTH MUSE

by Catherine Chung | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Cassandra Campbell narrates so well that even math-phobes will stay with this story of Katherine, a prodigy who is on a heroic quest to find her place in the male-dominated field of mathematics. In the 1960s, Katherine is one of few female graduate students in mathematics at MIT. The men in her department either ignore what she says or sense her genius and take advantage of... Read More

THERE'S A WORD FOR THAT

THERE'S A WORD FOR THAT

Earphones Award Winner

by Sloane Tanen | Read by Therese Plummer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Therese Plummer shines in her entertaining portrayals of the Kesslers, a famous yet dysfunctional family whose members struggle to find stability and acceptance. Listeners will be introduced to the family members' strengths and weaknesses. Janine can't find an identity now that she's outgrown her career as a child actor; her father, Marty, a retired producer, is back... Read More

THE TRAVELERS

THE TRAVELERS

by Regina Porter | Read by Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Between them, narrators Bahni Turpin and Dominic Hoffman create a panoply of striking characters in Regina Porter's cornucopia of a novel. Spanning America's complex history between the 1950s and President Obama's first year in office, the story introduces two families--one black, one white--whose lives intersect repeatedly over the years. The loosely knit plot and frequently... Read More

TRUST EXERCISE

TRUST EXERCISE

by Susan Choi | Read by Suehyla El-Attar, Jennifer Lim, Adina Verson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Jennifer Lim, Suehyla El-Attar, and Adina Verson peel back the layers of three characters and one tumultuous year at an elite art school in the 1980s. Hormones, insecurity, and indiscretion abound as Sarah, David, and Karen navigate fraught, intense relationships while they are students of an unorthodox, demanding drama teacher. Each narrator provides a different... 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 UNCONSOLED

THE UNCONSOLED

by Kazuo Ishiguro | Read by Simon Vance

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Simon Vance crafts subtle characters and an engaging narrative as he delivers this mysterious novel, often considered one of Ishiguro's most elusive. With his understated reading and careful pacing, Vance maintains Ishiguro's curious sense of the uncanny while allowing his eccentric characters to emerge with dynamism and clarity. From the protagonist's confusion and unease to... Read More

THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF THE SHERGILL SISTERS

THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF THE SHERGILL SISTERS

by Balli Kaur Jaswal | Read by Soneela Nankani, Deepti Gupta

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Soneela Nankani is the principal performer of this audiobook about three British sisters who travel to India to honor their mother's deathbed request to scatter her ashes in the sacred waters of her homeland. Rajni, a conservative educator; Jezmeen, a struggling actress; and Shirnia, a newlywed living in Australia, haven't always gotten along, so it's with mixed... Read More

VALENCIA AND VALENTINE

VALENCIA AND VALENTINE

Earphones Award Winner

by Suzy Krause | Read by Janet Metzger

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Krause's whimsical linked stories melding fantasy and reality feature a series of seemingly disparate offbeat characters who are facing the challenges of mental issues such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and dementia. Narrator Janet Metzger adopts a Canadian accent while bringing these Saskatchewan-based characters to life. She skillfully helps to distinguish... Read More

WAITING FOR BOJANGLES

WAITING FOR BOJANGLES

by Olivier Bourdeaut, Regan Kramer [Trans.] | Read by Gibson Frazier

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners follow the story of a quirky and eccentric family as seen through the eyes of an unnamed boy and the journals of his father. Set in France and Spain during the second half of the twentieth century, this touching tale of deep love and growing mental illness is liberally sprinkled with rhyme. The narration by Gibson Frazier allows the rhymes to appear naturally to the... Read More

WALKING ON THE CEILING

WALKING ON THE CEILING

by Aysegl Savas | Read by Mozhan Marno

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Mozhan Marno gives a sultry tone to Nunu's coming-of-age story, set in Paris. She delivers Nunu's inner monologue in a contemplative tone that underscores her ruminations on a childhood spent in Istanbul. Marno orients us to the story's deep introspection with a steady pace and precise enunciation. We are taken through the protagonist's memories of idyllic family... Read More

THE WESTERN WIND

THE WESTERN WIND

by Samantha Harvey | Read by Nyasha Hatendi

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Nyasha Hatendi's deliberate pacing and expressive voice capture the mournful, chilly atmosphere of this unusual historical mystery told in reverse by a local priest named John Reve. It is 1491, in Oakham, England, and wealthy Thomas Newman has drowned just before Lent. Was it murder, suicide, or an accident? John Reve hears everyone's confessions--their secrets, lies,... Read More

WHEN ALL IS SAID

WHEN ALL IS SAID

Earphones Award Winner

by Anne Griffin | Read by Niall Buggy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Niall Buggy gives voice to 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan in Anne Griffin's debut novel. We meet him at the bar of the local hotel where he is raising a glass and a toast to each of the five people most important to his life. Through these toasts, Hannigan tells his story. Buggy's Irish brogue, pacing, and emotion are impeccable as the listener is transported to the bar... Read More

WHEN WE LEFT CUBA

WHEN WE LEFT CUBA

by Chanel Cleeton | Read by Kyla Garcia

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this audiobook, narrator Kyla Garcia provides the voice of Beatriz Perez, a young Cuban sugar heiress living in exile. It is the 1960s, and in Florida the world is changing daily. As Beatriz tries to adjust to all she has lost--family, home, fortune--she becomes consumed by thoughts of revenge and become involved with the CIA. Garcia embraces the drama that defines Beatriz... 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

THE WHITE BOOK

THE WHITE BOOK

by Han Kang | Read by Jennifer Kim

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This brief novel--shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize--is a haunting meditation on loss and memory, movingly narrated by Jennifer Kim. Even though the unnamed narrator of the story is a successful author, she reflects on her life and how aimless she has become. In many passages she ponders the color white--snow, an empty sheet of white paper, an infant's swaddling clothes. She... Read More

WOMEN TALKING

WOMEN TALKING

by Miriam Toews | Read by Matthew Edison

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook offers something unexpected: a story about women, narrated by a man. A colony of Mennonite women who have been assaulted by male colonists must decide how to respond. They come together in a meeting at which minutes are being taken by a man named August Epp. Portraying the eight female characters with seeming ease, narrator Matthew Edison makes the most of a... Read More

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