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THE (OTHER) YOU

THE (OTHER) YOU Stories

by Joyce Carol Oates | Read by Kate Reading, Malcolm Hillgartner

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this story collection, prolific author Joyce Carol Oates explores "might-have-beens" among a variety of characters. Kate Reading provides a strong and steady narration, as usual, boldly putting forth Oates's direct syntax and a no-nonsense style. Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner has a more formal voice that keeps listeners at arm's length with its chilly tone. Both narrators are... Read More

THE 6:41 TO PARIS

THE 6:41 TO PARIS

by Jean-Phillippe Blondel | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Charles Constant, Paul Bellantoni

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Tavia Gilbert and Charles Constant deliver a stylish and professional dual narration. After a humiliating breakup 27 years earlier, Cécile finds herself sitting next to her ex-boyfriend, Philippe, on an early morning train to Paris. During the uncomfortable and silent journey, listeners hear their story unfold through their thoughts as they independently review each... Read More

ALL GIRLS

ALL GIRLS

by Emily Layden | Read by Ali Ahn, Caitlin Davies, Carlotta Brentan, Cheryl Smith, Chloe Cannon, Dylan Moore, Emily Shaffer, Imani Jade Powers, Jesse Vilinsky, Kristen DiMercurio, Natalie Naudus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A full cast performs this novel about an all-girls boarding school during the 2017 academic year, before the #MeToo movement. Told from the perspectives of a variety of students and staff, the plot revolves around a twenty-year-old rape allegation for which the male teacher has seemingly suffered no consequences. Each character reveals issues in her own life--for example,... Read More

ALL OUR SHIMMERING SKIES

ALL OUR SHIMMERING SKIES

by Trent Dalton | Read by Ruby Rees

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ruby Rees's animated voice captures the wonder in Dalton's novel of adventure, courage, and redemption in WWII Australia. Twelve-year-old Molly Hook lives a miserable life. She is abused by her cruel Uncle Aubrey and her distant father, who are plagued by alcoholism and intergenerational trauma. When Japanese bombs destroy their home, Molly and her unlikely band of... Read More

ALL THE COWBOYS AIN'T GONE

ALL THE COWBOYS AIN'T GONE

by John J. Jacobson | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Grover Gardner surely had fun narrating this rollicking adventure. He doesn't miss a beat and is spot-on in his voicing of the Texas protagonist and the French, German, British, and North African characters who inhabit the fantastical Kingdom of Mur, the novel's fictional North African location. The homespun hero, Lincoln Smith, finds the turn of the twentieth century too... Read More

ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE

ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE

by Mike Gayle | Read by Ben Onwukwe

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ben Onwukwe brings out the humor and pathos in this story of Jamaican widower Hubert Bird, who discovers friendship in unlikely places. Hubert's daughter, Rose, thinks his life is full of friends and fun, but Hubert actually lives an entirely solitary existence. When Rose announces an unexpected visit, Hubert knows he better find some fake friends right away. Hubert's... Read More

ANNIE AND THE WOLVES

ANNIE AND THE WOLVES

by Andromeda Romano-Lax | Read by Elizabeth Wiley

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Elizabeth Wiley provides steady, empathetic guidance through this speculative story featuring time travel and Wild West heroine Annie Oakley. Ruth McClintock continues to work on her theory that Oakley was sexually abused as a child--despite that theory having caused Ruth to fail her doctoral thesis in history. Wiley brings insight and tenderness to disparate... Read More

ANTIQUITIES

ANTIQUITIES

by Cynthia Ozick | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Edoardo Ballerini's subtle, fluent narration is perfect for Ozick's subtle, exquisitely fluent narrative voice. The revered storyteller seems to transcend time and place in this long story set in the late 1940s but rooted in the customs and prejudices of an even earlier era. Her aging narrator looks back on his time at a privileged boys' school, where he befriended an outcast... Read More

ARE YOU ENJOYING?

ARE YOU ENJOYING? Stories

by Mira Sethi | Read by Mira Sethi

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Mira Sethi narrates her debut collection of stories with a refreshing confidence that produces a mesmerizing audiobook. Warm, full tones pull listeners into the works, which feature relationships explored through various lenses. Thoughtful pacing adds depth to engrossing characters whose actions play out against the culture and landscapes of Pakistan. Characters' warring... Read More

THE ARSONISTS' CITY

THE ARSONISTS' CITY

by Hala Alyan | Read by Leila Buck

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Leila Buck's dexterous performance captures the members of the Nasr family. Although they are scattered around the world, their former home in Beirut remains their touchstone. After the death of their patriarch, son Idris--now the head of the family--decides to sell the beloved house. Not surprisingly, objections abound. Buck is especially successful at conveying the competing... Read More

ASTRID SEES ALL

ASTRID SEES ALL

by Natalie Standiford | Read by Emily Tremaine

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Emily Tremaine narrates a quirky coming-of-age story that has the feel of a memoir. Twenty-something Phoebe moves to New York City in the 1980s. While Tremaine's pacing can be halting and her phrasing a tad deliberate, her character portrayals are distinct and believable. In a youthful timbre and hesitant tone, she captures Phoebe's struggles with identity and self-reliance.... Read More

THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF EGYPT

THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF EGYPT

by Alaa Al Aswany, Russell Harris [Trans.] | Read by Peter Ganim

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In an engaging journalistic style, Peter Ganim narrates this epic tale of Egypt, set in the time leading up to the Egyptian revolution of 1952. Although the novel is heavily populated with characters, Ganim's steady storytelling and clear pronunciation of characters' names make it simple to keep track of the various plotlines. The action revolves around the fortunes of the six... Read More

THE BAD MUSLIM DISCOUNT

THE BAD MUSLIM DISCOUNT

by Syed M. Masood | Read by Pej Vahdat, Hend Ayoub

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Pej Vahdat and Hend Ayoub work together to create an immersive listening experience of this contemporary love story. Anvar and Safwa are two teenagers from Afghanistan and Iraq brought together by fate when their families immigrate to the United States. Vahdat brings across Anvar's plucky, sarcastic tone through a lively delivery that contrasts with Ayoub's dreamy and... Read More

BLACK IMAGINATION

BLACK IMAGINATION Black Voices on Black Futures

Earphones Award Winner

by Natasha Marin [Ed.] | Read by Daveed Diggs, Lena Waithe

Scribd Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Multitalented writers/performers Daveed Diggs (HAMILTON) and Lena Waithe (QUEEN AND SLIM) bring warm tones of empathy and naturalism to their narrations of dozens of poems and short prose pieces written by some of America's most promising and edgier Black writers and performance artists. By its very nature, Black people discussing Black culture, Black sexuality, and the Black... Read More

THE BLIZZARD PARTY

THE BLIZZARD PARTY

by Jack Livings | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook has it all--mystery, mayhem, and sci-fi in a story that flashes forward and back as it revels in the lost world of late 1970s Manhattan. Narrator Rebecca Lowman presents the many complex characters at just the right pace. She carefully delivers the various voices--male and female, accented and not--and keeps the reality-stretching doings moving along. Lowman... Read More

BRIDE OF THE SEA

BRIDE OF THE SEA

by Eman Quotah | Read by Lameece Issaq

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Lameece Issaq makes the most of this dramatic family saga in which a mother and father split up, forever changing their own lives as well as that of their daughter. Issaq capably handles the Arabic words and phrases sprinkled throughout this contemporary story of love gone wrong, as Saeeda and Muneer, two young Saudis, try to save their marriage. The narration is light... Read More

BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER

BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER

by Jamie Figueroa | Read by Joana Garcia

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Joana Garcia is an excellent choice for this novel about familial and ancestral trauma. She conveys the difficulties Rufina faces as she tries to keep her half-brother, Rafa, alive. Listeners are drawn into this reckoning as the two wrestle with their mother's past. Garcia maximizes the drama in each scene as ghosts and angels populate the narrative alongside the human... Read More

THE BUTCHER'S BLESSING

THE BUTCHER'S BLESSING

by Ruth Gilligan | Read by Heather O'Neill, John Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Heather O'Neill and John Keating put their natural Irish brogues to fine use as they share the narration of this cautionary tale. A mysterious order of Irish cattle butchers who travel from farm to farm offering their services find their ancient ways threatened during the 1996 outbreak of mad cow disease. The narrators give voice and emotion to a butcher's wife who... Read More

BUTTER HONEY PIG BREAD

BUTTER HONEY PIG BREAD

by Francesca Ekwuyasi | Read by Amaka Umeh

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fiction

This beautifully written and deeply human novel about the complicated relationship between Nigerian twin sisters Taiye and Kehinde is not always served by newcomer Amaka Umeh's heartfelt but uneven narration. She excels at bringing Ekwuyasi's evocative descriptions of food to life, and her lively tone perfectly captures the everyday bustle that makes this novel feel so real:... Read More

CITY OF A THOUSAND GATES

CITY OF A THOUSAND GATES

by Rebecca Sacks | Read by Lameece Issaq

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The titular city is Jerusalem, with parts of the audiobook also set in Hebron, Bethlehem, Tel Aviv, and Ramallah. The characters live in all those cities. There is no single story; instead there are numerous points of view, and narrator Lameece Issaq relies on subtle accents and the text to keep listeners oriented. This seems to be an interpretive choice, as it stresses the... Read More

CLEOPATRA'S TOMB

CLEOPATRA'S TOMB Maggie Edwards Adventures, Book 1

by Nellie H. Steele | Read by Cathi Colas

A Novel Idea | Unabridged
Fiction

Booby-trapped Egyptian tombs, tomb raiders, an Australian heartthrob, and buried treasure--what's not to like in this debut adventure in the Maggie Edwards mystery series? This audio production has exciting moments and a wonderful description of the desert sky, but somehow, despite its many attributes and a satisfying narration by narrator Cathi Colas, it is less than... Read More

COLLECTED STORIES

COLLECTED STORIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Shirley Hazzard, Brigitta Olubas [Ed.], Zoë Heller [Fore.] | Read by Susan Lyons

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Susan Lyons's remarkable performance of Shirley Hazzard's stories is a gift to all who love the author's wry wit and rapier adjectives, and all who have yet to discover them. The child of diplomats, Hazzard traveled throughout her life, honing her observational skills with every move. Set in the 1950s through 2000, the resulting stories are timeless examinations of the human... Read More

THE COMMITTED

THE COMMITTED

Earphones Award Winner

by Viet Thanh Nguyen | Read by François Chau

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fiction

Cambodian-American actor François Chau seems to inhabit the anonymous narrator of this novel--a young man of Vietnamese and French parentage who flees Vietnam at the fall of Saigon and heads to California and France. Chau's narration is so stellar that the listener sees the action through the narrator's eyes, yet Chau's soft voice remains unobtrusive. The writing in this novel... Read More

THE CONDUCTORS

THE CONDUCTORS

by Nicole Glover | Read by Bahni Turpin

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Fiction

Bahni Turpin's versatile narration pulls together the many threads in Nicole Glover's debut novel, a heady mix of historical fantasy, magic, and mystery set in post-Civil War Philadelphia. Hetty and Benjy Rhodes, once conductors on the Underground Railroad, now use their magical powers to investigate crimes in Philadelphia's Black community. When one of their friends is found... Read More

COWBOY GRAVES

COWBOY GRAVES Three Novellas

by Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer [Trans.] | Read by Anthony Rey Perez

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audio collection from Chilean novelist Roberto Bolao brings together three novellas with political overtones: the eponymous COWBOY GRAVES, chronicling the protagonist's life leading up to his return to Chile when the coup hits; FRENCH COMEDY OF HORRORS, in which a poet answers a ringing pay phone and learns of a secret society called the Clandestine Surrealist Group in... Read More

THE DANGERS OF SMOKING IN BED

THE DANGERS OF SMOKING IN BED Stories

by Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell [Trans.] | Read by Rebecca Soler

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Rebecca Soler's superb narration makes this collection of horror stories irresistible. She skillfully commands accents and tone with such finesse that it seems like there are multiple narrators. These socially conscious stories are unconventionally macabre--at times achingly, gruesomely, yet utterly fascinating. Set in modern-day Argentina, these eclectic works feature zombie... Read More

DARK HORSES

DARK HORSES

by Susan Mihalic | Read by Alex Allwine

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Alex Allwine performs this domestic thriller involving an inappropriate relationship between Roan, an Olympic-class equestrian, and her controlling father, who is her coach. Friends and fans see Roan as blessed; she's wealthy and beautiful, a skilled athlete, and well loved by her charming father. What they don't know is that her father dictates her every move--as a... Read More

DESCENT INTO NIGHT

DESCENT INTO NIGHT

by Edem Awumey, Phyllis Aronoff [Trans.], Howard Scott [Trans.] | Read by Kevin Hanchard

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fiction

In an unnamed West African country, a group of politically active university students decide to use street performance and the works of Samuel Beckett to battle against a repressive authoritarian regime and change the world. Award-winning Canadian actor Kevin Hanchard readily captures the sense of innocence, fear, and betrayal that one student feels when he is arrested and... Read More

DIAL A FOR AUNTIES

DIAL A FOR AUNTIES

by Jesse Q. Sutanto | Read by Risa Mei

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Multilingual Risa Mei is the perfect narrator for this combination mystery/rom-com involving Indonesian-Chinese-American Meddy Chan, her mother, and her Aunties. The author's introduction states that the Aunties' broken English straddles a fine line between authenticity and stereotype and is not a reflection of their intelligence; this note is important in our age of cultural... Read More

EAST GOES WEST

EAST GOES WEST

by Younghill Kang, Alexander Chee [Fore.], Sunyoung Lee [After.] | Read by Song Yee

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Song Yee lends his voice to the narration of Younghill Kang's groundbreaking autobiographical novel, first published in 1937. Kang's story traces the journey of 18-year-old Chungpa Han, who has fled Japanese-occupied Korea. Han eagerly embraces the promise of America. Yee's narration reflects Han's earnest naïveté, allowing his admiration of the bounties of the West to shine... Read More

FARAWAY

FARAWAY Fairy Tales for the Here and Now

by Rainbow Rowell, Nic Stone, Soman Chainani, Ken Liu, Gayle Forman | Read by Rebecca Lowman, Kate Rudd, Robin Eller, Alexander Cendese, Timothy Andrés Pabon, Andrew Eiden, Michael Crouch, Neil Shah, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Graham Halstead, Jess Nahikian, Frankie Corzo, Josh Bloomberg, Greg Chun, Brian Holden, Kimberly Woods, Ryan Jordan McCarthy

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Don't look for happy endings in these five fairytale-themed stories. Instead they offer thoughtful contemporary impressions of classic works. In "The Prince and the Troll," narrator Rebecca Lowman's lilting voice and endearing laugh are captivating--as the prince discovers. Kimberly Woods is authentic in "Hazel and Gray," a frightening cautionary tale based on "Hansel and... Read More

FINDING HOME

FINDING HOME

by Jessica Sims | Read by Benjamin Fife

Jessica Renay Sims | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Benjamin Fife presents the horrors many Blacks suffered in the American South in the early twentieth century. Listeners meet John "Pie" Chambless, who flees his Alabama home at age 16 after killing two Klansmen in self-defense. Fife believably renders Pie's good points; he's loyal, he enjoys pie--hence, his nickname, and he's mostly a good father to his six daughters.... Read More

THE FINE ART OF INVISIBLE DETECTION

THE FINE ART OF INVISIBLE DETECTION

by Robert Goddard | Read by Naoko Mori

Penguin Audio UK | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners follow the adventure of secretary-turned-private-eye Umiko Wada as she leaves Japan for the first time to investigate an apparent suicide that took place 27 years ago. Unwittingly, she becomes embroiled in the events the death triggered. Narrator Naoko Mori creates a likable and believable character in Umiko, whose key feature is her ability to be unremarkable and to... Read More

FIRST PERSON SINGULAR

FIRST PERSON SINGULAR Stories

by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel [Trans.] | Read by Kotaro Watanabe

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kotaro Watanabe's strategy for narrating Murakami's collection of short stories is to perform in a slightly inflected style that gently pulls the listener into the author's imaginary worlds. Watanabe's flat delivery makes the plot unfold like a morning paper, while the action, such as it is, arrives deliberately. In these stories magic happens, but the characters often seem... Read More

THE FOREVER SEA

THE FOREVER SEA

by Joshua Philip Johnson | Read by Belinda Fenty, Leo Wringer

W.F. Howes Ltd | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Belinda Fenty performs the majority of this eco-fantasy, set in a world in which boats sail on the surface of a deep ocean made of a vast plain of prairie grasses. Leo Wringer narrates the frame story, which adds context to the main adventure. Fenty's soft, careful delivery, with its poetic cadence, creates a dreamlike atmosphere for Kindred's dual goals of keeping her... Read More

THE GHOST VARIATIONS

THE GHOST VARIATIONS One Hundred Stories

by Kevin Brockmeier | Read by Vikas Adam

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kevin Brockmeier's 100 short-short ghost stories are clever and imaginative, so a narrator of sufficient skill and sensitivity would have made this an intriguing audiobook. Vikas Adam has a pleasing enough voice, and in straightforward narration he is listenable--often engaging. But he lacks range and virtuosity. Given a dramatic passage, he resorts too often to melodrama. His... Read More

GHOSTING

GHOSTING A Love Story

by Tash Skilton | Read by Johnny Heller, Catherine Ho, Cindy Kay, Neil Shah

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

This quartet of narrators, Johnny Heller, Catherine Ho, Cindy Kay, Neil Shah, is clearly having fun in their ensemble presentation of this quirky novel. Miles and Zoey "meet cute" online but don't hit it off in real life. Unbeknownst to them, they are both ghostwriters on rival dating websites, and they're attracted to each other in the cyber world. High jinks ensue. When odd... Read More

THE GIRL IN THE PAINTING

THE GIRL IN THE PAINTING

by Tea Cooper | Read by Casey Withoos

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook alternates between two eras in Australian history, beginning in 1863, when Michael and Elizabeth Quinn arrive as children from Ireland, and picking up in 1906, when the siblings sponsor orphaned math prodigy Jane Piper in furthering her education. Listeners will appreciate the leisurely pace of the narration as Withoos performs each character with careful... Read More

GOLD DIGGERS

GOLD DIGGERS

by Sanjena Sathian | Read by Rama Vallury

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Rama Vallury captures the sauciness at the center of this novel, which blends magical realism and the lives of Indian-American young people growing up in Georgia. On the whole, Vallury brings energy and enthusiasm to his portrayals of Neil and Anita, spirited teens who are negotiating the universal challenge of reconciling parental expectations with their own... Read More

GOOD DOGS DON'T MAKE IT TO THE SOUTH POLE

GOOD DOGS DON'T MAKE IT TO THE SOUTH POLE

by Hans-Olav Thyvold, Marie Ostby, [Trans.],Chandler Crawford Agency Inc. [Trans.] | Read by Derek Perkins

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Derek Perkins is a versatile narrator, but here the Englishman must not just sound Danish--he has to be a dog. The fictional Tassen's mistress is a widowed librarian who seeks to comprehend mortality by researching the many dogs explorer Roald Amundsen murdered on his race to the South Pole. Tassen once belonged to the late retired major who loved the widow. So that's how... Read More

GOOD EGGS

GOOD EGGS

by Rebecca Hardiman | Read by Alana Kerr Collins, Gary Furlong, Siobhan Waring

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Alana Kerr Collins, Gary Furlong, and Siobhan Waring each bring a unique range that enhances the heartfelt ties and comedic repartee of the Gogarty family. Kevin cares for a full house while his wife travels for work, so he's looking for some help. A new school for Kevin's angsty teen daughter, Aideen, and a home aide for his mother, Millie, seem like solutions but,... Read More

THE GUNCLE

THE GUNCLE

by Steven Rowley | Read by Steven Rowley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Steven Rowley brings humor, whimsy, and heart to his narration of his charming novel about a transformative summer. Patrick is a middle-aged gay man and retired actor who has retreated from the world to avoid facing his fears and past heartbreaks. When his sister-in-law dies and his brother checks himself into rehab, it falls upon him to look after his niece and nephew... Read More

HADES, ARGENTINA

HADES, ARGENTINA

by Daniel Loedel | Read by Christian Barillas

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Christian Barillas adeptly narrates this literary debut, set in Argentina. Tomás Orilla, now Thomas Shore, returns to his hometown of Buenos Aires after fleeing the turbulent "Dirty War." But once there, he becomes haunted by memories of his former lover, Isabel, and the things he did during the war. Barillas takes a laid-back approach to the story, gradually unfolding Tomás's... Read More

HANA KHAN CARRIES ON

HANA KHAN CARRIES ON

by Uzma Jalaluddin | Read by Ulka Simone Mohanty

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Ulka Simone Mohanty vocalizes all the key traits of Hana Khan's personality in this lively story about a young Canadian Muslim woman and her family. Mohanty's delivery is vibrant and upbeat, just like Hana, who is trying to juggle her familial obligations alongside her own ambitions. Mohanty maximizes the humor of this story as Hana connects with a love interest through her... Read More

HEART AND SEOUL

HEART AND SEOUL

by Jen Frederick | Read by Greta Jung

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Korean adoptee Hara Wilson's journey to find her biological family is compassionately narrated by Greta Jung. Jung's subdued and slightly acerbic voice is a perfect fit for Hara, who has been taught to hide her emotions by her late adoptive father. His death drives Hara's search for her birth family, which takes her all the way to Seoul. As Hara explores Seoul's culture, Jung's... Read More

A HOME LIKE OURS

A HOME LIKE OURS

by Fiona Lowe | Read by Rebecca Macauley

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Australian narrator Rebecca Macauley brings a variety of accents and inflections to a story of an Australian town. Its residents are forced to confront their misconceptions of racism, immigration, and homelessness amid the backdrop of a contentious community garden and a seemingly corrupt local government. With a mix of interwoven storylines, Macaulay's narration has to keep up... Read More

HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE

HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE

by Imbolo Mbue | Read by Prentice Onayemi, Janina Edwards, Dion Graham, JD Jackson, Allyson Johnson, Lisa Renee Pitts

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An all-star cast of narrators lends their voices to the telling of Imbolo Mbue's much-anticipated second novel, which recounts the devastation wrought by American oil on a small African village. A chorus of voices details the tragic consequences when oil giant Pexton starts work near the sleepy village of Kosawa. As the land and water are poisoned and the children sicken and... Read More

THE IMPUDENT ONES

THE IMPUDENT ONES

by Marguerite Duras, Kelsey L. Haskett [Trans.], Jean Vallier [Pref.] | Read by Suzanne Toren

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Suzanne Toren is an experienced narrator, one of the AUDIOFILE's Golden Voices, who confidently takes the listener into this complicated family drama about a girl in provincial France in the early 1900s. Listeners hear the ups and downs of Maud's early years with an absent father and a negligent mother. In dreamy tones, Toren creates sympathy for the young Maud, who tries to... Read More

IN THE PALACE OF FLOWERS

IN THE PALACE OF FLOWERS

by Victoria Princewill | Read by Etta Fusi

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Etta Fusi draws listeners into the thoughts and feelings of those behind palace walls in late 1800s Iran. Fusi brings a contemplative voice to Jamila, a slave, and conveys the limited choices and life of servitude ahead for her and her friend, Abimelech, who is a slave and a eunuch. The novelty of this world to contemporary listeners is much of this audiobook's charm.... Read More

IN THE QUICK

IN THE QUICK

by Kate Hope Day | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

When the crew aboard a newly designed spacecraft goes missing on its maiden voyage to the outer solar system, mechanically inclined June Reed is determined to find answers. Rebecca Lowman's thoughtful first-person narration threads June's indelible bond with her esteemed late uncle into her actions following his death. Lowman's even-keeled tone reflects June's pragmatic, driven... Read More

INFINITE COUNTRY

INFINITE COUNTRY

by Patricia Engel | Read by Inés del Castillo

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Ines del Castillo offers a strong narration of this audiobook, an engrossing story of a family separated by actual and emotional borders. Framed within the context of teenage Talia's flight from a reform school, the novel recounts the circumstances of the young heroine's birth and the struggles her parents faced fleeing Colombia for the U.S. Del Castillo's brisk pace suits the... Read More

INSTINCT

INSTINCT

by Jason M. Hough | Read by Nancy Wu, George Newbern

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners discover that something weird is going on in the small mountainside town of Silvertown, Washington. Residents and a few unlucky tourists are behaving in dangerous ways counter to their personalities. These odd and at times devastating incidents are recounted by Officer Mary Whittaker, who is portrayed by narrator Nancy Wu. Mary's voice sounds clear, confident, and... Read More

KHALIL

KHALIL

by Yasmina Khadra | Read by Peter Ganim

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Peter Ganim dramatizes the choices facing Khalil, a young man who has been radicalized by Islamic extremists in Europe. The descendant of Moroccan immigrants in Belgium, he fails in his quest to detonate a suicide vest. Ganim maximizes the internal conflict that runs through Khalil's life on the run after his failure. He presents Khalil in a sympathetic light as he... Read More

THE LAMPLIGHTERS

THE LAMPLIGHTERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Emma Stonex | Read by Tom Burke, Indira Varma

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Emma Stonex's debut novel shifts the real-life unsolved disappearances of three lighthouse keepers from 1900 to 1972, creating an engrossing psychological puzzle. Narrator Tom Burke voices the keepers, and Indira Varma portrays the wives who were left behind. In 1992, the wives meet with a writer who hopes to solve the mystery. The keepers' voices are infused with working-class... Read More

THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND

THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND

Earphones Award Winner

by Julia Kelly | Read by Shiromi Arserio, Marisa Calin, Danielle Cohen, Katherine Littrell, Siobhan Waring

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The inviting performances of Marisa Calin, Shiromi Arserio, Katherine Littrell, Danielle Cohen, and Siobhan Waring add to the immersive pleasure of this engaging historical novel by bestselling author Julia Kelly. Set alternately in 1907, 1944, and the present day, the plot centers on the women of England's Highbury House. Venetia, the estate's 1907 garden designer, struggles... Read More

LAST THING HE TOLD ME

LAST THING HE TOLD ME

by Laura Dave | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Rebecca Lowman's methodical performance will hook listeners until the very end of this contemporary mystery. Hannah wakes up one day to find her husband of one year, Owen, has vanished, leaving her a puzzling note: "Protect her." Hannah assumes that "her" refers to Owen's teenage daughter, Bailey, who has despised Hannah from day one. While this is a typical story of two... Read More

LEGENDS OF THE NORTH CASCADES

LEGENDS OF THE NORTH CASCADES

Earphones Award Winner

by Jonathan Evison | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini's clear and evocative delivery of Evison's novel works splendidly. The story exists on several planes. The inner and outer lives of an Iraq War vet and former star football player named Dave Cartwright comprise one plane. The other focuses on a legend of long ago involving a native woman named S'tka who is cast out by her clan and survives on the edge... Read More

LETTERS TO CAMONDO

LETTERS TO CAMONDO

by Edmund de Waal | Read by Edmund de Waal

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

When English artist/author/narrator Edmund de Waal is asked to exhibit his ceramics at the spectacular Musée Nissim de Camondo, he is overwhelmed by the magnificence of the private collection of Moise de Camondo (1860-1935). Camondo was a Jewish banker who bequeathed his Paris home and art collection to the public. De Waal begins a series of personal letters to Camondo, his... Read More

LIBERTIE

LIBERTIE

Earphones Award Winner

by Kaitlyn Greenidge | Read by Channie Waites

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Kaitlyn Greenidge and narrator Channie Waites combine forces in this historical novel to create an immersive tale woven of many threads, including mothers and daughters, nineteenth-century Black life, magic, medicine, and finding one's true path. Greenidge, who won the Whiting Award for her first novel, WE LOVE YOU, CHARLIE FREEMAN, was inspired by the life of the third... Read More

LIFE AMONG THE TERRANAUTS

LIFE AMONG THE TERRANAUTS

by Caitlin Horrocks | Read by Nicholas Tecosky, Angele Masters, Ann Marie Gideon, Caroline Slaughter, Casey Holloway, Jeanette Illidge, Joe Knezevich, Suehyla El-Attar

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Fourteen darkly quirky stories are narrated by eight fresh and culturally diverse voice talents. Award-winning writer Caitlin Horrocks takes her Midwestern characters out of their comfort zones and leads them right to the edge of reality. In "The Sleep," narrated by Nicholas Tecosky, the entire population of a Michigan village goes into hibernation. In "Norwegian For Troll,"... Read More

LIKE WIND AGAINST ROCK

LIKE WIND AGAINST ROCK

by Nancy Kim | Read by Jackie Chung, Keong Sim

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Jackie Chung and Keong Sim create an inviting listening experience of a relatable story centered on family secrets and the rippling effects of choices. Alice Chang has just moved back in with her recently widowed mother. Chung, who voices Alice, her mom, and various supporting characters, rises to the challenge of conveying different generations and levels of English... Read More

LONE STARS

LONE STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Justin Deabler | Read by Michael Crouch

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Michael Crouch's narration expresses the emotional peaks that highlight Deabler's moving story of a Texas family across several generations. Lacy, a college student, and her future husband, Aaron, meet through a pen pal program while he serves in Vietnam. The sweetness of their connection is undercut as their marriage comes apart after secrets come to light. Their son, Julian,... Read More

THE LOST APOTHECARY

THE LOST APOTHECARY

by Sarah Penner | Read by Lorna Bennett, Lauren Anthony, Lauren Irwin

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Lorna Bennett, Lauren Anthony, and Lauren Irwin enhance this historical mystery with their performances. Set in both 1791 and present-day London, the story involves three women: Nella, an apothecary scorned by a man; Eliza, who is unaware of lurking danger; and Caroline, who is celebrating a milestone anniversary alone. An object found on a mudlarking tour ties the... Read More

LOST IN PARIS

LOST IN PARIS

by Elizabeth Thompson | Read by Emily Tremaine, Imogen Church

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Emily Tremaine and Imogen Church introduce listeners to an antagonistic mother and daughter and a long-lost relative whose life provides stunning surprises. Hannah flees Florida and her alcoholic mother, Marla, for London. When Marla appears at Hannah's London flat unannounced, Hannah worries about the damage Marla will do. Tremaine delivers a feisty Hannah but offers... Read More

THE LOWERING DAYS

THE LOWERING DAYS

Earphones Award Winner

by Gregory Brown | Read by Nicole Alvater, David Aaron Baker

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Brown's debut novel, set in Maine's Penobscot Valley in the 1980s, is performed with a compelling, confident delivery. Narrator David Aaron Baker is the voice of David Almerin Ames, who recalls a community divided when a Penobscot teen set fire to the paper mill on the eve of its reopening, destroying the town's livelihood. Penobscot elder Moses's sonorous, wisdom-filled voice... Read More

LYRICS FOR ROCK STARS

LYRICS FOR ROCK STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Heather Mateus Sappenfield | Read by Michael Crouch

V Press | Unabridged
Fiction

In the fine short story "Heroes," a telling moment of verisimilitude occurs when narrator Michael Crouch imitates the shortness of breath of a runner going uphill in a Colorado race. Here and throughout this collection, Crouch ably takes the production to another level. Whether he is delivering the voice and sound of a young girl or a 109-year-old man, he gets the character's... Read More

A MAN NAMED DOLL

A MAN NAMED DOLL

by Jonathan Ames | Read by Jonathan Ames

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jonathan Ames doesn't differentiate character voices as he narrates his mystery. But the one voice that he does use--the inner voice of detective Happy Doll--is so comfortable that it becomes difficult to imagine anyone else portraying the sensitive tough guy. Ames is an author whose storytelling skills go beyond bookstore-reading quality, and he delivers this neo-noir without... Read More

MEANT TO BE

MEANT TO BE

by Jude Deveraux | Read by Susan Bennett

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Susan Bennett portrays sisters Vera and Kelly Exton, who live in Mason, Kansas. The novel highlights inflection periods in their family as the story moves from the period of the Vietnam War to 2019. Bennett digs into sibling resentment and small-town gossip with relish and well-placed humor, using a slight Midwestern accent that sounds casual and warm. Kelly's voice is... Read More

MILK BLOOD HEAT

MILK BLOOD HEAT Stories

by Dantiel W. Moniz | Read by Machelle Williams

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Machelle Williams is a steady narrator who provides a solid performance of this diverse short story collection. She shifts smoothly between the mostly female characters living in Florida, each of whom is struggling with her own losses. With a melodic intonation Williams presents the deepest dilemmas of mothers, daughters, and other women. From miscarriage to a parent's death,... Read More

A MILLION REASONS WHY

A MILLION REASONS WHY

by Jessica Strawser | Read by Natalie Naudus, Cassandra Campbell

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Natalie Naudus and Cassandra Campbell perform this audiobook featuring two women who are connected by an unexpected result on a family DNA test. Caroline's life is seemingly perfect until she discovers a wealth of secrets hidden by her mother and father. Celia, a secret sister who is desperately looking for a match for a kidney transplant, is the result of that... Read More

MISSING CHARLIE

MISSING CHARLIE

by Jess K. Hardy | Read by Kennedy Elsey

Black Rose Writing | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kennedy Elsey shines in this hilarious contemporary fairy tale spiced with a droll romance. Nona was a famous, young musician until a witch cursed her and her family. The curse has turned Nona into an old woman and her family into talking animals. So they will remain until Nona finds true love. They all are living a secluded life in the mountains when, one day, a... Read More

MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH

MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH

by Salena Godden | Read by Salena Godden

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

"This book contains traces of ghosts." What a wonderfully evocative thought. And this audiobook is full of them. Irish-Jamaican poet, activist, memoirist, and broadcaster Salena Godden narrates her short prose and poetry with straight-up intensity and pulsing rhythm. Weaving childhood memories of a devastating apartment fire with Neil-Gaiman-like fantasy and dark Grimm's... Read More

MY HEART

MY HEART

by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, Celia Hawkesworth [Trans.] | Read by Steven Crossley

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Steven Crossley brings fans of world literature this treasure: three autobiographical novellas by Bosnian writer Semezdin Mehmedinovic. Crossley is brisk and emotive as he conveys the dislocation of a man in his 50s who is reflecting on his life as a refugee fleeing conflict. Crossley's strong British accent may be distracting for some listeners, but this will likely... Read More

THE NAPERVILLE WHITE HOUSE

THE NAPERVILLE WHITE HOUSE How One Mans Fantasy Changed Government's Reality

by Jerome Bartels | Read by Edison McDaniels

Bancroft Press | Unabridged
Fiction

Edison McDaniels narrates this "alternate alternate" history, which tells the story of a hostage situation in the real world that was resolved by a group of players in a fantasy government game. The story is written as though it were a work of nonfiction, complete with footnotes. McDaniels drops these asides directly into the narration with such skill that they sound like... Read More

THE NARROWBOAT SUMMER

THE NARROWBOAT SUMMER

by Anne Youngson | Read by Helen Lloyd

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Helen Lloyd's consistent pace and subtle British inflections enhance this sweet story about seizing the day with friends. Eve has left her career, and Sally has left her passionless husband; thus, they are both in the market for something new. Cue their introduction to Anastasia when they have a run-in with her dog on one of England's canals, an event that sparks a... Read More

THE NEWCOMER

THE NEWCOMER

by Mary Kay Andrews | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kathleen McInerney gives an engaging narration of this entertaining and suspenseful beach listen. After her sister, Tanya, is found dead in her New York City townhouse, Letty grabs Tanya's go bag and takes her 4-year-old niece, Maya, on the run to escape Tanya's vindictive ex-boyfriend, Evan. They end up at The Murmuring Surf Motel in a Florida beach town, run by the... Read More

NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS

NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS

Earphones Award Winner

by Patricia Lockwood | Read by Kristen Sieh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Patricia Lockwood's fragmentary, kaleidoscopic novel about life in the Internet age is expertly rendered by Kristen Sieh. The funny, moving, and profane tale features an unnamed star of social media who spends her time posting and scrolling in the hive mind of the web--which she calls "the portal"--where "the only thing that bound us together was the belief that in other... Read More

OPEN HOUSE

OPEN HOUSE

by Katie Sise | Read by Rebecca Mozo, Lori Prince

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Rebecca Mozo builds taut suspense from the start of this audiobook thriller about the unsolved disappearance of an art student named Emma. Voicing Emma's sister, Haley, 10 years after the disappearance, Mozo imparts an undercurrent of dread upon learning the police have found new evidence. Narrator Lori Prince, portraying Emma in the past, adds an exciting and quirky... Read More

OSLO, MAINE

OSLO, MAINE

by Marcia Butler | Read by Charlie Thurston

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Charlie Thurston's performance of Marcia Butler's novel about a wandering moose and the townsfolk of a small mill town in central Maine is a pleasure. Evidently inspired by people she met when visiting the state, the author populates the audiobook with quirky personalities who elicit affection and sympathy without becoming caricatures. Thurston supports the author's choices by... Read More

THE OTHER BLACK GIRL

THE OTHER BLACK GIRL

by Zakiya Dalila Harris | Read by Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Heather Alicia Simms, Bahni Turpin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Isolation and microaggressions are themes throughout this audiobook about the sole Black woman working in the white-collar offices of a major publisher in New York City. Nella, well voiced by Aja Naomi King, suffers the indignities and self-doubts of being an "only." Then Hazel, also a Black woman, joins the staff. But the good feeling her new co-worker inspires in Nella... Read More

OUTLAWED

OUTLAWED

by Anna North | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

Cynthia Farrell portrays Ada, a midwife who is unable to conceive in a postapocalyptic America that equates barrenness with witchcraft, in this novel take on the Wild West. Cast out by her husband's family when she doesn't become pregnant, Ada's only hope is to be taken in by an unusual band of robbers led by the Kid, who hopes to create a safe haven for women. Farrell's... Read More

THE PARTED EARTH

THE PARTED EARTH

by Anjali Enjeti | Read by Deepti Gupta

Novel Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Deepti Gupta is a wonderful choice for this powerful historical novel about the violent partition of India. Through her delivery, listeners feel sympathy for young Deepa, who is caught in a moment of personal and national confusion. Eventually, Gupta moves us from India in the late 1940s to present-day Atlanta. Her narration is a gentle entry into a bloody past that... Read More

PEACES

PEACES

by Helen Oyeyemi | Read by Ben Allen, Intae Kim, Jade Wheeler, Deana Taheri, Rosa Escoda, Deepti Gupta

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Ben Allen leads a talented cast of narrators in this novel about a couple's confounding adventures on a magical train. Aboard THE LUCKY DAY, Otto and Xavier Shin's honeymoon morphs into a surprising journey full of mysterious people and strange events. Though the scenes are often bizarre, Allen's narration is delightfully familiar. He voices Otto's meandering thoughts in an... Read More

THE PENGUIN BOOK OF THE MODERN AMERICAN SHORT STORY

THE PENGUIN BOOK OF THE MODERN AMERICAN SHORT STORY

Earphones Award Winner

by John Freeman [Ed.] | Read by Erin Bennett, Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Frankie Corzo, Ramón de Ocampo, John Freeman, et al.

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A brief review can only hint at the many pleasures of this fine anthology of the best short stories of the past 50 years, performed by some of the most gifted narrators working today. Every listener will single out favorites, but there are few, if any, stiffs here, and the match of story to narrator shows a shrewd understanding of the interior character and distinctive voice... Read More

THE PHONE BOOTH AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

THE PHONE BOOTH AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

by Laura Imai Messina | Read by Traci Kato-Kiriyama

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan. Twenty thousand people perished. How does one remember? How does one mourn? With gentle reverence and journalistic reserve, performer and artist Traci Kato-Kiriyama captures the heady mix of raw pain, sadness, and fantasy in this novel on grief and resilience. When Yui loses both her mother and daughter in the... Read More

A PRAYER FOR THE LIVING

A PRAYER FOR THE LIVING

by Ben Okri | Read by Ben Okri

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

In a sober voice, Ben Okri narrates his collection of short stories, which take place in a variety of international locales. A well-known Nigerian writer, Okri is a dramatic narrator, as befits the wide range of works he performs. Whether he's portraying characters based in London or Lagos, he is an excellent storyteller, both in oral and written forms. With 23 options,... Read More

THE PUSH

THE PUSH

Earphones Award Winner

by Ashley Audrain | Read by Marin Ireland

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Marin Ireland delivers an emotionally charged performance in this story of postpartum depression. Blythe received little nurturing or support in her childhood. After she gives birth to her second child, she can't help favoring her first child, her son, over her second, a daughter, and she spirals into depression. In her struggle to connect with her family, she also... Read More

QUILL OF THE DOVE

QUILL OF THE DOVE

by Ian Thomas Shaw | Read by Jenny Hoops

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Fiction

This political thriller features a French journalist who is trying to bring about peace in war-torn Lebanon and a Canadian journalist who seeks to learn more about a tragedy in her childhood. Narrator Jenny Hoops calmly and clearly aids listeners in comprehending the different factions who compete for power in this once tranquil land. She makes the many journalists, militia... Read More

RAFT OF STARS

RAFT OF STARS

by Andrew J. Graff | Read by Lincoln Hoppe

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Lincoln Hoppe's delivery is measured as he gives unique personalities to the characters in Graff's debut novel. Fish and Bread are two 10-year-old boys who are on the run in the northern Wisconsin wilderness after Fish shoots Bread's father in the head. They speak in short, declarative sentences as they navigate the wilderness, their fear, and the weight of their... Read More

REALITY

REALITY And Other Stories

by John Lanchester | Read by Richard Armitage, Antony Boyle, Emilia Fox, Hugh Quarsie

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Four actors dazzlingly narrate the eight stories in this horror collection. The audiobook kicks off with "Signal," wherein a mysterious man befriends the children of an English couple. In "Coffin Liquor," a professor listens to an audiobook but hears something strange. In "Charity," a selfie stick donated to a charity shop does horrifying things to its user. The stories are... Read More

THE RECENT EAST

THE RECENT EAST

by Thomas Grattan | Read by Angela Dawe

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Angela Dawe is an outstanding narrator for this expansive audiobook. Spanning three generations, the story begins with 12-year-old Beate's move from East Germany to the U.S. in 1968. As Beate grows up and has her own family, Dawe maintains a powerful performance, infusing this engrossing story with sincerity and energy. Whether Dawe is savoring some of the observant details of... Read More

RED ISLAND HOUSE

RED ISLAND HOUSE

by Andrea Lee | Read by Bahni Turpin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Bahni Turpin is an experienced narrator of international fiction, and it shows in this story about an American woman abroad. Shay is an African-American woman whose relationship with her holiday house in Madagascar becomes as important as the ones she has with real people. Turpin gives a lively, arch performance, capturing the history and magic of Madagascar as well as Shay's... Read More

THE REMOVED

THE REMOVED

by Brandon Hobson | Read by Gary Farmer, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, DeLanna Studi, Katie Rich, Christopher Salazar

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Five outstanding narrators capture the beauty and despair of this haunting novel about a Cherokee family that is reckoning with the murder of their teenage son and brother. In the week before the anniversary of his death, Maria, portrayed by DeLanna Studi, tries to hold her family together. Her two adult children, Sonja (Katie Rich) and Edgar(Shaun Taylor-Corbett) wrestle with... Read More

RHAPSODY

RHAPSODY

by Mitchell James Kaplan | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Tavia Gilbert's lyrical voice and wide performance range make her the perfect narrator for this audiobook. Katherine, wife of wealthy banker Jimmy Warburg, is a classically trained pianist who finds her world turned upside down when she hears George Gershwin's brilliant "Rhapsody in Blue." Gilbert dramatizes Katherine's development into jazz musician Kay Swift, who... Read More

RICHARD JACKSON SAGA, VOLUME II

RICHARD JACKSON SAGA, VOLUME II The Richard Jackson Saga, Book 3-4

by Ed Nelson | Read by Fred Berman

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This second installment in the Richard Jackson saga continues the series' focus on 1950s Americana and Ricky's streak of phenomenal successes. Listeners will enjoy Ricky's time in Hollywood as he improves his acting. Berman's rendition of actor John Wayne is faultless. In other tongue-in-cheek action, Ricky invents the curling wand, masters boxing and sword fighting, and saves... Read More

SARAHLAND

SARAHLAND

by Sam Cohen | Read by Suehyla El Attar

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Suehyla El Attar expertly voices nearly a dozen characters, all named Sarah, in this collection of inventive, funny, and disturbing stories about women navigating love, restlessness, self-doubt, and desire. Though each character is unique, they share a range of qualities: Many are queer, many are Jewish, and most are young women adrift in their careers and... Read More

THE SCULPTRESS

THE SCULPTRESS

by V.S Alexander | Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Sarah Mollo-Christensen provides a lovely feminine voice for the free-spirited Emma Lewis Swan, a sculptor who lives in Boston with her husband, Tom, a doctor. When he leaves for France to aid wounded soldiers during WWI, Emma befriends Linton Bower, a handsome artist, and becomes the victim of malicious gossip. Hoping to rekindle her passionless marriage, Emma goes to... Read More

THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR

THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR

by Alka Joshi | Read by Sneha Mathan, Ariyan Kassam, Deepa Samuel

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Sneha Mathan, Ariyan Kassam, and Deepa Samuel work together to create a rich listening experience populated by a variety of interesting characters. Nimmi, Malik, and Lakshmi, who have vastly different backgrounds, are brought together in Shimla, in northern India. Samuel gives a strong performance as the proud, cautious rural wife and mother Nimmi, who struggles to... Read More

THE SECRET TALKER

THE SECRET TALKER

by Geling Yan, Jeremy Tiang [Trans.] | Read by Angela Lin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Angela Lin skillfully captures the malaise of Hongmei, a woman who is dissatisfied with her marriage. Longing to have someone to whom she can disclose her thoughts and regrets, Hongmei embarks on a series of email exchanges with a secret admirer. Lin maintains an even pace and a nearly flat tone throughout much of the story, deftly channeling Hongmei's emotional... Read More

SEPTEMBER GIRL

SEPTEMBER GIRL

by Kathryn Leigh Scott | Read by Kathryn Leigh Scott

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author/narrator Kathryn Leigh Scott smoothly transitions between the two settings of this novel. In New York City in the mid-1960s young Olivia Hammond is a single working woman at a news magazine. Many years later, when she is much older and newly widowed, she discovers an engagement ring that was never given to her by the hard-living, relationship-phobic lost love from that... Read More

SERENA SINGH FLIPS THE SCRIPT

SERENA SINGH FLIPS THE SCRIPT

by Sonya Lalli | Read by Ulka Simone Mohanty

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ulka Simone Mohanty expertly portrays a diverse group of characters in a novel that challenges both Indian customs and feminist ideals. Serena loves her job and the life she's built on her own. After falling out with her newlywed younger sister, Serena rebuilds old friendships and makes new ones. In the process, she reconnects with her ex-boyfriend, Jesse, and... Read More

SIRI, WHO AM I?

SIRI, WHO AM I?

by Sam Tschida | Read by Justis Bolding

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

How can a girl know what's on brand for herself when she doesn't even know her last name? Narrator Justis Bolding playfully voices Mia, who wakes up in a hospital with amnesia and a phone that is of little help. Mia adopts a "fake it til you make it" approach to finding her identity, and Bolding uses a calm, strong voice to assert Mia's belief that the clues to who she is will... Read More

SOOLEY

SOOLEY

by John Grisham | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

John Grisham jumps back into the sports world with this wonderful portrait of a basketball prodigy from South Sudan. As narrator, the excellent Dion Graham is at his best shaping this story, which alternates between the player's life in the U.S. and in his turbulent homeland. Graham has to use multiple African accents, all of which are done deftly and vary widely. The title... Read More

SORROWLAND

SORROWLAND

by Rivers Solomon | Read by Karen Chilton

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Karen Chilton gives a riveting performance in this genre-defying masterpiece. Vern, a young Black woman, escapes the religious compound where she was raised and gives birth to twins. In the outside world, she encounters monsters within and outside herself that raise questions about her past and the legacy of American violence. Solomon's prose is lush and alive;... Read More

THE SOUVENIR MUSEUM

THE SOUVENIR MUSEUM Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth McCracken | Read by Kate Reading

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An award-winning author writes her eighth book, and an award-winning narrator records it. The superb audio short stories that result are hysterical, heartrending, wise, unexpected, and weird. Weird in a good way--does a bereaved mother actually transform into a monstrous animal, or does she just feel like one? Kate Reading's deep, melodic voice reveals the very marrow of... Read More

SPARKS LIKE STARS

SPARKS LIKE STARS

by Nadia Hashimi | Read by Mozhan Marno

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Mozhan Marno narrates this powerful story about secrets from the past that won't stay buried. Adopted from Afghanistan as a child, Sitara Zamani finds a new life in America and grows up to be a surgeon. Marno vividly captures Sitara's gritty determination to bury memories of fleeing Kabul, the only surviving member of her family. Listeners will be drawn into a complex plot that... Read More

STRANGE PILGRIMS

STRANGE PILGRIMS

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Edith Grossman [Trans.] | Read by Frankie Corzo, Christopher Salazar

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Two narrators guide listeners through 12 tales of transplanted Latinx protagonists in this worthwhile audiobook by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In this 2009 short story collection, European locations like Vienna, Barcelona, and Rome become backdrops for tales spun from immigration and estrangement. The stories, written during the 1970s and '80s, feature heroes ranging from a... Read More

SUMMER ON THE BLUFFS

SUMMER ON THE BLUFFS Oak Bluffs, Book 1

by Sunny Hostin | Read by January LaVoy

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator January LaVoy performs this audiobook, set primarily in the Martha's Vineyard Oak Bluffs community, the summer home for Black America's elite. For years, Ama's three unrelated goddaughters summered with her on the island, where they enjoyed advantages they couldn't get at home. Ama, now ready to retire, asks the girls to spend one last summer with her at the beach... Read More

SWIMMING BACK TO TROUT RIVER

SWIMMING BACK TO TROUT RIVER

by Linda Rui Feng | Read by Nancy Wu

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Nancy Wu has a versatile voice and is exactly the type of narrator this intergenerational novel needs. Junie is a Chinese girl who is growing up in the countryside with her grandparents during the Cultural Revolution. Wu's dexterity is on full display as she transitions from male to female characters across a range of ages. Her changes in pitch, accent, and timbre help... Read More

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS AN EASY JOB

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS AN EASY JOB

by Kikuko Tsumura, Polly Barton [Trans.] | Read by Cindy Kay

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Cindy Kay performs this deceptively titled work with a fine sense of pacing and an understated affect. The warmth in her voice grounds the unnamed narrator's sometimes fantastic experiences. The decision to modulate and slow down the male voices makes them a kind of counterpoint to the calm and confidential tone of the 36-year- old female protagonist, whom we follow on... Read More

THINGS WE LOST TO THE WATER

THINGS WE LOST TO THE WATER

by Eric Nguyen | Read by Quyen Ngo

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Quyen Ngo lends her powerful voice to this debut fiction on the refugee experience. Huong and her family escape to the U.S. from Vietnam in 1978, but her husband, Công, gets left behind. She tells her children that Công is dead, but when one of them finds out the truth years later, the betrayal creates distance between them. Narrating from multiple perspectives, Ngo... Read More

THIRST FOR JUSTICE

THIRST FOR JUSTICE

by David R. Boyd | Read by Geoffrey Pounsett

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners who relish a taut courtroom drama will appreciate hearing narrator Geoffrey Pounsett present the fictional terrorism trial of Dr. Michael MacDougall, a dedicated surgeon. After traumatic events in the Congo, he feels driven to commit an act of political insurrection: He releases a toxic chemical into the Seattle water supply. Pounsett captures the traits of a man who... Read More

THIS CLOSE TO OKAY

THIS CLOSE TO OKAY

by Leesa Cross-Smith | Read by Kamali Minter, Zeno Robinson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kamali Minter and Zeno Robinson narrate a quietly powerful story about grief, loss, and second chances. When Tallie sees a man standing on the side of a bridge in the rain, she pulls her car over to speak with him. Emmett has followed a difficult path to that bridge, but he agrees to go for coffee with Tallie instead of seeing his path to its end. Minter gives Tallie a... Read More

THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING

THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING

by Gianrico Carofiglio | Read by Gary Furlong

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Gary Furlong narrates a touching father-and-son story that will leave listeners sorry when it's over. When Antonio is 18, he and his father travel from Italy to Marseille, where Antonio's doctor will tell them whether his early-onset epilepsy has cured itself. Father and son haven't been close, but this trip creates a lifelong connection. When the doctor prescribes 48 hours off... Read More

THE TRUTH AND ADDY LOEST

THE TRUTH AND ADDY LOEST

by Kim Kelly | Read by Caroline Lee

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Caroline Lee's attractive tangy voice, with its gentle Australian accent, draws listeners into Kim Kelly's newest novel as warmly as a welcoming host. The endearing and witty story focuses on Addy, a working-class student at the prestigious University of Sydney, who is the daughter of a taciturn German widower. It's 1985. Addy parties and studies hard, lives in an... Read More

TWO OLD MEN AND A BABY

TWO OLD MEN AND A BABY Or, How Hendrik and Evert Get Themselves into a Jam

Earphones Award Winner

by Hendrik Groen, Hester Velmans [Trans.] | Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Nicholas Guy Smith narrates this oddball adventure of two Dutch septuagenarians who accidentally find themselves in possession of a baby girl. Hendrik and Evert are looking forward to an enjoyable evening of camaraderie and relaxation. On his way to Hendrik's apartment, Evert ducks into a school bathroom to relieve himself, but after a series of small and extremely funny... Read More

USELESS MIRACLE

USELESS MIRACLE

by Barry Schechter | Read by George Newbern

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

This book is monumentally improved as an audiobook production because of the energy of narrator George Newbern. He grabs listeners by the lapels as he voices Professor George Entmen, a nice guy with a respectable but lackluster life except that he has developed the ability to fly. But even his flying--not soaring, but subtle low and slow floating--seems as underwhelming as the... Read More

THE VIETRI PROJECT

THE VIETRI PROJECT

by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye | Read by Sophie Amoss

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This ambitious first novel is given a near perfect interpretation by Sophie Amoss. Her appealing textured voice bonds us to the narrator, an otherwise rather opaque young employee at a Berkeley, California, bookstore. For months Gabriele, half-Italian herself, fills and ships esoteric book orders for a Signor Vietri in Rome. Ever more curious about his reading lists, she... Read More

WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG

WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG

by Julie Carrick Dalton | Read by Barrie Kreinik

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Barrie Kreinik sensitively delivers the many themes that wend through this audiobook, including friendship, family, secrets, lies, and climate change and its effects on woodlands. When they were girls, Daniela Garcia and Cadie Kessler were best friends, but a violent event and subsequent cover-up ended their bond. Twenty-five years later, Cadie, now an... Read More

WESLEY YORSTEAD GOES OUTSIDE

WESLEY YORSTEAD GOES OUTSIDE

by Stephanie Harper | Read by Brian Holden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stephanie Harper's debut novel, featuring 33-year-old Wesley Yorstead, is perfect for these pandemic times. Wesley suffers from agoraphobia, and listeners are invited inside his mind as he navigates his self-imposed isolation. Narrator Brian Holden gives Wesley a range of voices as he shares his routines, slowly revealing the event five years earlier that triggered the... Read More

WHAT COMES AFTER

WHAT COMES AFTER

by JoAnne Tompkins | Read by Mark Deakins, Kristen DiMercurio, Kirby Heyborne

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook, which examines grief, faith, and family, is told from the perspectives of three characters: Isaac, a teacher whose son was murdered; Evangeline, a pregnant teenager who has been abandoned by her mother; and Jonah, a teenager who killed his friend. Narrator Mark Deakins masterfully conveys Isaac's emotional turmoil as he struggles to understand both the murder... Read More

WHEN THE MOON IS LOW

WHEN THE MOON IS LOW

Earphones Award Winner

by Nadia Hashimi | Read by Sneha Mathan, Neil Shah

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Sneha Mathan and Neil Shah work together to recount the harrowing events that take place as an Afghan family attempts to find a peaceful place to live. Fereiba must flee with her three children when the Taliban murder her educated husband. Mathan captures the constant worry and fears plaguing the distressed mother on her journey from Kabul to the streets of Europe.... Read More

WHERE THE WILD LADIES ARE

WHERE THE WILD LADIES ARE

by Aoko Matsuda, Polly Barton [Trans.] | Read by Sarah Skaer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Sarah Skaer's emotionally charged voice emboldens each story in this collection of traditional Japanese folktales retold from a feminist perspective. The new takes are darkly comedic and quirky. One story features a gossipy ghost who disapproves of hair removal, while in another a living woman is visited by a customer service representative from the afterlife. Skaer... Read More

WHEREABOUTS

WHEREABOUTS

Earphones Award Winner

by Jhumpa Lahiri | Read by Susan Vinciotti Bonito

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Susan Vinciotti Bonito gives this introspective, fragmented fiction--written in Italian and translated into English by the author--a delicate, poignant narration. She narrates the vignettes with a deliberate pace and inquiring tone that suit the internal monologue style. The choice to read in a distinctly inflected way gives the novel an immersive quality that illuminates the... Read More

WITH TEETH

WITH TEETH

by Kristen Arnett | Read by Kristen Sieh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Sammie, the protagonist of this audiobook about motherhood and marriage, is deeply unhappy. Narrator Kristen Sieh pours all of that malaise into her voice, which makes for an unforgettable, though often infuriating, character. Listeners get a front-row seat as Sammie's relationships with her wife, Monika, and son, Samson, become increasingly strained. In every scene, Sieh's... Read More

ZORRIE

ZORRIE

by Laird Hunt | Read by Holly Palance

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

Holly Palance's soothing narration creates the perfect gentle atmosphere for this thoroughly Midwestern novel. Zorrie Underwood's entire life has been a struggle--from her parents' early deaths to her efforts to keep the family farm afloat through troubled decades. Palance matches her wistful but determined tones to Laird Hunt's spare prose as Zorrie marches forward, no matter... Read More

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