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ACCIDENTAL ACTIVIST

ACCIDENTAL ACTIVIST Justice for the Groveland Four

by Josh Venkataraman, Barbara Venkataraman | Read by Joshua Mackey

Barbara Markley | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Joshua Mackey's spirited delivery enhances this riveting audiobook. The Groveland Four were African-American men who were falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1949. The violence perpetrated upon them by the criminal justice system included murder, torture, and imprisonment--with two of them being sentenced to death. Listeners will meet Josh Venkataraman and his... Read More

THE ADDRESS BOOK

THE ADDRESS BOOK What Our Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

by Deirdre Mask | Read by Janina Edwards

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
History

Janina Edwards narrates this globe-trotting and highly informed work in a fluid style. Edwards acts as a tour guide who leads the listener from India to Haiti, London to Manhattan, and skillfully renders the numerous people the listener meets along the journey. Her performance deftly captures the broad interests and wide-angle lens of the author. Mast uses addresses as a... Read More

ADORE

ADORE A Simple Practice for Experiencing God in the Middle Minutes of Your Day

by Sara Hagerty, Lauren Chandler [Fore.] | Read by Sara Hagerty

Zondervan | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Christian motivational speaker and author Sara Hagerty provides her own powerful narration of this new audiobook, which challenges how Christians look at the trials in their lives. Hagerty's work focuses on the seemingly simple practice of using focused adoration. Rather than focusing on one's difficulties, Hagerty suggests turning one's attention to the loving nature of Christ... Read More

AFTERLIFE

AFTERLIFE

Earphones Award Winner

by Julia Alvarez | Read by Alma Cuervo

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Alma Cuervo's warm, even-keeled performance guides listeners through the interwoven themes of love, loss, and compassion in this beautifully wrought new novel by poet and author Julia Alvarez. Antonia is a Vermonter of Dominican heritage. Since the recent death of her beloved husband, she has been "walking a narrow path through the loss" of love and identity--for Sam died on... Read More

AGAIN AGAIN

AGAIN AGAIN

Earphones Award Winner

by E. Lockhart | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Tavia Gilbert's rich, expressive voice conveys the wide range of characters in this sometimes funny yet often heartrending story of rising senior Adelaide Buchwald's summer of discontent. Her family has been torn apart by her younger brother Toby's drug addiction. Now Adelaide lives in Massachusetts with her father at the elite boarding school where he teaches and she... Read More

ALICE BY HEART

ALICE BY HEART

by Steven Sater | Read by Marisa Calin, Steven Sater

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Marisa Calin's crisp British accent engages listeners as she tells the story of Alice Spencer. Alice's distress amid the blitzkriegs of WWII and fear for her best friend, Alfred, are clear in Calin's voice. Alice comforts herself with memories of the times she and Alfred would escape into their beloved ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. In her strange bombed city, Alice... Read More

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

ALICE IN WONDERLAND Classic Starts, Book 19

by Lewis Carroll, Eva Mason | Read by Rebecca K. Reynolds

Oasis Audio | Abridged
Children

Rebecca K. Reynolds's vibrant narration makes this rendering of Lewis Carroll's classic for young listeners a comic literary delight. Although these tales have previously been retold in a variety of art forms, and in many variations, Reynolds finds ways of making each marvelous adventure that Alice experiences seem fresh. The nonsensical wordplay that Carroll took great... Read More

ALL ADULTS HERE

ALL ADULTS HERE

by Emma Straub | Read by Emily Rankin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Emily Rankin's expressive narration and graceful tone guide listeners through this sympathetic story of the extended Strick family, whose members reside in a fictitious upper-middle-class town in the Hudson Valley. Anyone who has ever been part of an extended family--either as a parent, child, sibling, aunt, uncle, or grandparent--will find much that is familiar here. Rankin... Read More

ALL BOYS AREN'T BLUE

ALL BOYS AREN'T BLUE A Memoir-Manifesto

by George M. Johnson | Read by George M. Johnson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Journalist and activist George M. Johnson tells their story about growing up a queer Black boy. The vivid memories Johnson revisits exhibit the dynamics of family, sexual discovery, and the sobering juxtaposition of navigating several identities. Johnson's easygoing pace and conversational language lend themselves to a deeper understanding of the queer experience, especially... Read More

ALL WE BURIED

ALL WE BURIED

by Elena Taylor | Read by Teri Schnaubelt

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Teri Schnaubelt initially uses a warm yet terse tone for the dialogue of Interim Sheriff Bet Rivers of Collier, Washington. Bet's first homicide investigation as the top cop revolves around a body found floating in a glacial lake in the Cascade Mountains. The scratchy male voices Schnaubelt adopts reflect the outdoor lifestyles of the deputies, townsmen, and Bet's late... Read More

ALMOND

ALMOND

by Won-pyung Sohn, Sandy Joosun Lee [Trans.] | Read by Greg Chun

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Greg Chun's performance is a moving portrayal of Yunjae, a boy who has alexithymia--the inability to identify or describe his own--or anyone else's--emotions. Despite the number of almonds that his mother has him eat daily, Yunjae's amygdala (which is shaped like an almond), doesn't grow, nor does his ability to process emotions. Yunjae's troubles are magnified when tragedy... Read More

ALONG COMES THE ASSOCIATION

ALONG COMES THE ASSOCIATION Beyond Folk Rock and Three-Piece Suits

by Russ Giguere, Ashley Wren Collins, David Geffen [Fore.] | Read by Peter Berkrot

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Russ Giguere, the original member of the successful mid-sixties pop group The Association, offers a chatty memoir that serves as a mini-portrait of its evolution. The band is well known for the familiar and tuneful "Never My Love," "Cherish," and "Along Comes Mary." Narrator Peter Berkrot provides a workmanlike performance. His thin voice and matter-of-fact tone are somewhat... Read More

ALWAYS HOME

ALWAYS HOME A Daughter's Recipes & Stories

by Fanny Singer, Alice Waters [Foreword] | Read by Fanny Singer, Alice Waters [Foreword]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fanny Singer narrates a loving homage to her mother and to all the people and places that have come to feel like home to her. Opening this memoir is Singer's mother, chef Alice Waters. She gives listeners a brief introduction to her daughter and her fabulous ability to describe food through words. Listeners will be treated to fantastic descriptions of flavors, and smells. One... Read More

AMERICAN HARVEST

AMERICAN HARVEST God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland

by Marie Mutsuki Mockett | Read by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and narrator Marie Mockett takes listeners on an eye-opening journey through American farm country, focusing on a group of Christian farmers who harvest wheat. After inheriting her family's Nebraska farm, Mockett, a Japanse-American raised in California, set out to learn more about the Christians who'd been working the farm for years. Her narration is open and curious,... Read More

AN OCEAN WITHOUT A SHORE

AN OCEAN WITHOUT A SHORE

by Scott Spencer | Read by Will Damron

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Will Damron was paired with author Scott Spencer for Spencer's best-known novel, ENDLESS LOVE. Damron is a prolific and versatile performer who is also reliably steady and consistent. He demonstrates the balance of qualities necessary for this particular novelist and this particular novel, both of which would be easy to overplay. Spencer is an eloquent prose stylist,... Read More

ANNA STRONG

ANNA STRONG A Spy During the American Revolution

by Sarah Glenn Marsh | Read by Heather Lind

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Dramatic music and appropriate sound effects set the scene for this Revolutionary War biography of the fearless Patriot spy Anna Smith Strong. Narrator Heather Lind's serious tone adds gravitas to the story of Strong's dangerous exploits as she spied on British soldiers from her Long Island estate. As the only woman in the Culper Spy Ring, Strong was less suspicious than male... Read More

AREN'T YOU FORGETTING SOMEONE?

AREN'T YOU FORGETTING SOMEONE? Essays from My Mid-Life Revenge

by Kari Lizer | Read by Kari Lizer, Clark Gregg, Helen Slater, Cameron Bowen

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With wry humor and a good dose of self-deprecation, TV writer Kari Lizer reflects on being an empty nester when her children go off to college, leaving her alone with several dogs and chickens. Lizer's voice enhances the essays with her animation, warmth, and a healthy dose of prickle. She spies on her son's texts, tries to resist the impulse to read about Kate Middleton's... Read More

AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS

AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS

by Jules Verne | Read by Bill Homewood

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Bill Homewood's voice gives listeners a sense of the elegance of the Reform Club, where Phileas Fogg spends his days. There's a hint of Jules Verne's playfulness creeping in as Fogg is seen through the eyes of his servant, Passepartout. When Fogg makes a fateful wager, the monotony of his life disappears as he embarks on his journey around the world. Homewood's voice... Read More

THE ART OF SHOWING UP

THE ART OF SHOWING UP How to Be There for Yourself and Your People

by Rachel Wilkerson Miller | Read by Robin Eller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Robin Eller's earnest performance works well with this extensive lesson on how to put 100% of yourself into living your life. The can-do energy in her voice keeps the audiobook moving, even when the quantity and variety of advice threaten to overwhelm. Eller's optimism and clear interpretations make the message sound immediate and useful: Learn to be more engaged and receptive... Read More

ARU SHAH AND THE TREE OF WISHES

ARU SHAH AND THE TREE OF WISHES Pandava, Book 3

by Roshani Chokshi | Read by Soneela Nankani

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

For the third time, Soneela Nankani narrates the adventures of Aru Shah. She will again please listeners with the fast-paced dialogue, wit, clever references, humor, and dynamics of 14-year-old Aru and her friends, Mini, Brynne, and Adin. Nankani adds to Aru's crew of three (and her repertoire) with the arrogance and flaws of Rudy, a serpent prince. In the midst of seeking a... Read More

THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF AUGUST MARCH

THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF AUGUST MARCH

Earphones Award Winner

by Aaron Jackson | Read by Joel Froomkin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

What's really astonishing is Joel Froomkin's spectacular performance of this outstanding debut novel. During intermission, a Broadway leading lady gives birth, coolly deposits the newborn into a laundry basket, finishes her play, and never looks back. Aged laundress Eugenia Butler finds the baby and quenches his first thirst with champagne. Froomkin is attuned to Jackson's... Read More

AUGUST

AUGUST

by Callan Wink | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

There has never been a narrator more suited for an audiobook than Kirby Heyborne is for this lyrical coming-of-age story about a boy called August who moves as a child from Michigan to Montana. Heyborne captures the flat and affect-less accent of Michigan so perfectly that listeners will be transported there. There are passages that go on for more than 10 minutes without... Read More

AUSTEN YEARS

AUSTEN YEARS A Memoir in Five Novels

by Rachel Cohen | Read by Justine Eyre, Rachel Cohen [Appendix]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Justine Eyre meets all the challenges of author Rachel Cohen's unique memoir, which recounts her deep reading of Jane Austen's novels, undertaken during times of great personal transition: marriage, motherhood, moving, and mourning. Eyre subtly shades her delivery with humor, grief, and wonder, bridging the gap between listener and author. The pieces in this audiobook... Read More

AWAKENED

AWAKENED The Soul Chronicles, Book 2

by Morgan L. Busse | Read by Jaimee Draper

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Jaimee Draper delivers a dynamic performance in this young adult steampunk fantasy with themes of spirituality, war, and self-discovery. After a devastating betrayal, Kat must determine whom she can trust as she races against time to quash a dark power aiming to consume her soul. As the pressure escalates, Draper's portrayal of Kat ratchets up the tension and showcases... Read More

AXESTORM

AXESTORM Sky Realms Online, Book 3

by Troy Osgood | Read by Pavi Proczko

Aethon Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Pavi Proczko narrates the continuing adventures of players trapped within an MMORPG. Hall has played Sky Realms Online since the beta, and for the last few months he's been living in that virtual world. He's even become a bit of a legend while also finding love and a home, but he's then forced to depart to find a precious resource. Proczko's crisp and clear narration imbues the... Read More

BACK FROM THE FUTURE

BACK FROM THE FUTURE A Celebration of the Greatest Time Travel Story Ever Told

by Brad Gilmore | Read by Joe Hempel

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

When it comes to BACK TO THE FUTURE, author Brad Gilmore is no dispassionate critic--he's the ultimate fanboy, and this audiobook is made for people like him. Narrator Joe Hempel has picked up "Future" podcaster Gilmore's zeal for the film trilogy and performs this audiobook with tenderness and enthusiasm. Gilmore shares behind-the-scenes secrets about the films--the abandoned... Read More

A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE

A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE Sunshine Vicram, Book 1

by Darynda Jones | Read by Lorelei King

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Lorelei King works well with the subtly snarky style of author Darynda Jones. Sunshine Vicram has come home to Del Sol, New Mexico, with her 15-year-old daughter, Auri, to take over as sheriff. When a classmate of Auri's is kidnapped, King keeps the tension high as a search is undertaken. The story alternates between Sunshine's and Auri's points of view, and listeners... Read More

THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES

THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES

by Suzanne Collins | Read by Santino Fontana

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Santino Fontana enters the Hunger Games arena, capturing fans' attention and hearts with his impactful performance of this prequel to the popular trilogy. This action-packed audiobook reveals how the impoverished, sometimes sentimental teenage Coriolanus Snow morphed into the man who would become the merciless leader of Panem, overseeing the live reality event in which... Read More

THE BARD'S BLADE

THE BARD'S BLADE Sorcerer's Song, Book 1

by Brian B. Anderson | Read by Tamsin Kennard, Andrew Kingston

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Two distinct points of view lend themselves well to the narrations of Tamsin Kennard and Andrew Kingston. In the first in a new fantasy series called The Sorcerer's Song, Lem reacts to a dark prophecy by leaving his sheltered existence. His betrothed, Mariyah, follows him and lands in big trouble. Kennard tells Mariyah's tale. She creates a persona that is affable despite her... Read More

BASIL AND THE LIBRARY GHOST

BASIL AND THE LIBRARY GHOST The Great Mouse Detective, Book 8

by Eve Titus | Read by Ralph Lister

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Children

Exuberant character voices and fast pacing whisk the listener through the latest entry in the Basil of Baker Street series. Narrator Ralph Lister uses a variety of British regional and class accents to create the cast of mice, providing them with ample personality and differentiation. Dr. Dawson recounts his travels with Basil to Ratcliffe College, the alma mater of the... Read More

BE MY GUEST

BE MY GUEST Reflections on Food, Community, and the Meaning of Generosity

by Priya Basil | Read by Priya Basil

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

British author and political activist Priya Basil's crisp articulation and easy pronunciation of other languages reflect her multicultural background in this collection of insightful essays. The works consider the implications of hospitality beyond hosting guests. There is tenderness in Basil's voice as she shares vivid memories of her mother's cooking and explores the... Read More

BE YOU!

BE YOU!

by Peter H. Reynolds | Read by Peter H. Reynolds

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

In a gentle, friendly tone, author/narrator Peter Reynolds reaches out to listeners with words of encouragement and positivity in this guidebook of advice for young children. Without plot or characters, short declarations like "Be curious" and "Be kind" are followed up with brief, heartfelt explanations for listeners seeking to be themselves amid life's challenges. Original... Read More

BEACH READ

BEACH READ

Earphones Award Winner

by Emily Henry | Read by Julia Whelan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Julia Whelan inhabits the first-person point of view of January Andrews, a bestselling romance writer who was a hopeless romantic until her father died and she learned of his mistress. Listeners share January's despair as she faces a summer of failing to write her next romance novel while packing up her father's secret beach house. She's dismayed to discover that her... Read More

BECOMING EVE

BECOMING EVE My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman

by Abby Chava Stein | Read by Abby Chava Stein

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Abby Stein narrates her engrossing memoir of growing up in the insular Ultra-Orthodox Hassidic Jewish community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Stein's Yiddish accent connects listeners more deeply with her upbringing in a large family strongly bound by rabbinic traditions. The author's openhearted account of struggling with heightened expectations to perform as a male while coming... Read More

BECOMING KID QUIXOTE

BECOMING KID QUIXOTE A True Story of Belonging in America

by Sarah Sierra | Read by Kyla Garcia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kyla Garcia creates a buoyant voice for Sarah, a 10-year-old Brooklyn girl of Mexican heritage. However, this memoir's many layers are challenging for both its narrator and young listeners. Sarah's story chronicles her youth group's production of a play based on DON QUIXOTE within the framework of her daily life in her immigrant community. Sarah plays "Kid Quixote."... Read More

BECOMING WILD

BECOMING WILD How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace

by Carl Safina | Read by Carl Safina

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Carl Safina starts off by bringing listeners along on a drenching trip to watch--and listen to--sperm whales off the coast of Dominica in the Caribbean. Listeners can feel his exasperation with the wetness and his growing understanding of the language hidden in the whales' clicks and squeaks. It's a feeling of learning along with the author. He's studying the ways whales and... Read More

THE BELTING INHERITANCE

THE BELTING INHERITANCE

by Julian Symons | Read by David Thorpe

ISIS Audio Books/ Soundings | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Thorpe flawlessly presents this novel from the British Library Crime Classics series. The wealthy Wainwright family lost two sons to WWII, leaving Miles, Stephen, and Christopher (who was adopted) to await their inheritances. Then one of the presumably deceased sons, David, suddenly reappears. Only Lady Wainwright believes it's David, and the brothers send... Read More

THE BIG GOODBYE

THE BIG GOODBYE Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood

Earphones Award Winner

by Sam Wasson | Read by Sam Wasson

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

One of the best things about this audiobook is author Sam Wasson's narration. His modulation and timing are as good as any professional narrator's, and his use of accents provides subtle shading to everyone from John Huston to Henry Kissinger. Wasson builds his narrative around the four friends who created the movie CHINATOWN: director Roman Polanski, screenwriter Robert Towne,... Read More

BIOGRAPHY OF RESISTANCE

BIOGRAPHY OF RESISTANCE The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens

by Muhammad H. Zaman | Read by Kyle Tait

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Kyle Tait's calm, almost soothing, performance is welcome, given the difficult topic of this audiobook--antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Zaman's work is concise; each chapter provides listeners with insight into the history of bacteria and the battle to address infections scientifically. Each section provides a case history of how researchers fought to develop and deploy... Read More

BIRD SUMMONS

BIRD SUMMONS

by Leila Aboulela | Read by Raghad Chaar

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Raghad Chaar is a talented narrator who goes in and out of several accents while portraying the three main characters central to this story. Salma and Moni are characterized in a lilting Scottish accent, while Iman has a slight Arab accent. The three women undertake a pilgrimage to Lady Evelyn's grave in the Highlands. Listeners will appreciate Chaar's dexterity in portraying... Read More

THE BIRD WAY

THE BIRD WAY A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think

by Jennifer Ackerman | Read by Jennifer Ackerman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

"There is the mammal way, and there is the bird way," says author/narrator Jennifer Ackerman at the outset of this highly engaging, highly informative audiobook. It turns out there's quite a bit more to the bird way than most people imagine, and Ackerman offers an impressive collection of examples of advanced bird communication, reasoning, mating and parenting strategies, and... Read More

BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES

BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption

Earphones Award Winner

by Ben Mezrich | Read by Will Damron

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

The focus of this audiobook by a top financial journalist is the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler, the Harvard grads who claimed the idea for Facebook was stolen from them by fellow student Mark Zuckerberg. The brothers went on to become wealthy by promoting the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Narrating with subtle pitch and phrasing variations, Will Damron connects with every bit... Read More

THE BLACK FLAMINGO

THE BLACK FLAMINGO

Earphones Award Winner

by Dean Atta | Read by Dean Atta

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In his first audiobook, poet Dean Atta draws on his skill as a spoken- word performer to deliver his novel in verse, which features an intimate, empowering portrayal of a Black gay teen's coming-of-age. "I never wanted to take my difference too far," says Michael, who lives in London. He has an understanding family and best friend, but claiming his identity is challenging in a... Read More

A BLACK WOMEN'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

A BLACK WOMEN'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES ReVisioning American History, Book 5

by Daina Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross | Read by Janina Edwards

Beacon Press | Unabridged
History

Janina Edwards delivers these intense narratives of Black women, starting with African women brought to the Americas before 1619 and continuing through late-twentieth-century figures. In compiling these empowering stories of women during 10 historical eras, the authors provide a fast-moving account of how Black women brought here used their ingenuity and connections with other... Read More

BLOOM

BLOOM The Overthrow, Book 1

by Kenneth Oppel | Read by Sophie Amoss

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

The energetic pacing and youthful tones of narrator Sophie Amoss introduce listeners to the three teens who form the core of Oppel's newest supernatural thriller. Anaya is allergic to almost everything and suffers from what she calls "volcanic" acne; Seth is a foster kid with strange scars running down his arms; and Petra is allergic to water. When a sudden heavy rain results... Read More

BLUE-EYED DEVIL

BLUE-EYED DEVIL Travis, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Lisa Kleypas | Read by Brittany Pressley

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Brittany Pressley delivers an A-plus performance of Kleypas's beloved Texas romance. Pressley introduces Haven Travis, daughter of an oil magnate, with a lilting drawl whose musical notes ring melodiously. Her declarative delivery packs an aural punch as Haven faces and later escapes a horrifically abusive husband. Hearing the menace that Haven's husband, Nick, exudes... Read More

BLUFFING TEXAS STYLE

BLUFFING TEXAS STYLE The Arsons, Forgeries, and High-Stakes Poker Capers of Rare Book Dealer Johnny Jenkins

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Vinson | Read by Peter Lerman

University Press Audiobooks | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Peter Lerman recounts the inevitable demise of Stetson-wearing Johnny Jenkins, former president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. Jenkins, an expert on Texas history and rare books, started out as a successful businessman in Austin. Lerman gives him outsized Texas charm and a good-old-boy accent. Listeners will have an exhilarating ride as he... Read More

BOBBY MARCH WILL LIVE FOREVER

BOBBY MARCH WILL LIVE FOREVER Harry McCoy, Book 3

by Alan Parks | Read by Andrew Mcintosh

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Andrew Mcintosh's narration suits the mood of this detective novel, set in Glasgow in 1973. A Scottish rock star is found dead in his motel room at the same time that a 15-year-old girl is reported missing. Are the events connected and can down-and-out police detective Harry McCoy put the pieces together? Be warned, this is not an easy listen. Mcintosh speaks with a thick... Read More

THE BODY DOUBLE

THE BODY DOUBLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Emily Beyda | Read by Emily Rankin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Emily Rankin's performance highlights what happens when the ideal narrator delivers a story that is perfect for audio. Beyda's debut novel is the first-person account of an unidentified woman plucked from anonymity to become the body double of a celebrity who has left the public eye to conquer her personal troubles. As Rosanna Feld's body double, the woman is secretly molded... Read More

THE BODY IN THE GARDEN

THE BODY IN THE GARDEN

by Katharine Schellman | Read by Henrietta Meir

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In a clipped British accent, Henrietta Meir performs this complex mystery set in Regency London. Newly widowed Lily Adler's aristocratic tones reflect her keen observational skills as she and her husband's friend, Navy captain Jack Hartley, along with West Indies heiress Miss Ofelia Oswald, investigate a death in the garden. While Meir adopts a commanding accent for Hartley,... Read More

BONDS OF BRASS

BONDS OF BRASS The Bloodright Trilogy, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Emily Skrutskie | Read by James Fouhey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

James Fouhey's outstanding narration heightens every nuance of the complicated characters and lush world-building in this queer space adventure. Orphaned by war, Ettian has built a life for himself as a military pilot when he learns that his best friend is heir to the empire that destroyed his homeworld. Then an attempted assassination causes the boys to flee on a cross-galaxy... Read More

BONE SILENCE

BONE SILENCE Revenger, Book 3

by Alastair Reynolds | Read by Clare Corbett

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Clare Corbett masterfully narrates the third and final volume in the Revenger Series. The Ness sisters remain on the run for crimes they didn't commit. Ancient technology, curious alien races, and a strange mystery permeating the galaxy beset the sisters as they wage war for the truth. Corbett's crystal-clear diction and variety of accents complement the story's breakneck... Read More

THE BOOK OF EELS

THE BOOK OF EELS Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World

by Patrik Svensson | Read by Alex Wyndham

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Did you know eels can live for an impressive amount of time out of water or that, despite thousands of years of observation, we still don't fully understand the eel's life cycle? Narrator Alex Wyndam skillfully uses pitch and thoughtful pacing to underscore author Svensson's passion for these singular fish, which have been studied by a diverse range of researchers and have had... Read More

THE BOOK OF EXTRAORDINARY AMATEUR SLEUTH AND PRIVATE EYE STORIES

THE BOOK OF EXTRAORDINARY AMATEUR SLEUTH AND PRIVATE EYE STORIES

by Maxim Jakubowski | Read by Peter Holdway, Diane Atherton, James Konicek, Eva Wilhelm

MMB Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this compendium of 17 short stories, the listener is treated to a variety of mysteries, each with a very different focus. It's a mix typified by stories like "The Reconstruction Club," set in post-WWI England, in which a group of people gather to reenact intriguing cases, and "The Chocolate Underpants Caper," the irreverent story of a grievance officer with the American... Read More

THE BOOK OF KOLI

THE BOOK OF KOLI Rampart Trilogy, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by M.R. Carey | Read by Theo Solomon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Theo Solomon's narration is astounding in this story of a ruined future in which humanity is slowly dying and technology is viewed as magic from the past. While the audiobook is outstanding in its examination of humanity's struggle in an evolving world, it's the authenticity of Solomon's voice that makes it so emotionally compelling and deeply personal. He crafts every word... Read More

THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS

THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS

Earphones Award Winner

by Lisa Wingate | Read by Sophie Amoss, Sullivan Jones, Robin Miles, Bahni Turpin, Lisa Wingate, Lisa Flanagan, Dominic Hoffman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In a story spanning generations, Bahni Turpin and Sophie Amoss deliver mesmerizing performances. Turpin portrays Hannie Gossett, born a slave, trying to make a life for herself after "the Freedom." Turpin is outstanding as Hannie, who is determined not to be defeated as she searches for her family--last seen on the auction block. Amoss portrays Benny Silva, a thoughtful,... Read More

THE BOOK OF ROSY

THE BOOK OF ROSY A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border

by Rosayra Pablo Cruz, Julie Schwietert Collazo | Read by Almarie Guerra, Jayme Mattler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrators Almarie Guerra and Jayme Mattler create a heartbreaking portrait of a mother's detention and forced separation from her sons under this country's recent zero tolerance immigration policy. This compelling memoir alternates between the perspectives of the two authors. Guatemalan Rosayra Pablo Cruz is portrayed by Guerra. Her voice is clear and strong, but breaks in... Read More

THE BOOK OF SECOND CHANCES

THE BOOK OF SECOND CHANCES

by Katherine Slee | Read by Imogen Church

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Imogen Church delivers a magical performance in this story of self-discovery. In her childhood years, Emily was the inspiration for a series of popular children's novels written by her late grandmother. Now an adult, Emily grieves the loss of her grandmother until she receives a letter suggesting the existence of a final manuscript. During the hunt for this last book,... Read More

BOOKED FOR DEATH

BOOKED FOR DEATH Book Lover's B&B Mystery, Book 1

by Victoria Gilbert | Read by Suzie Althens

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As this audiobook opens, Charlotte Reed has recently inherited Chapters, a B&B dedicated to literature, from her enigmatic great-aunt, Isabella. As a week dedicated to the theme of mystery author Josephine Tey takes place, Charlotte discovers that one of her guests has alienated everyone at Chapters. Thus, when he is stabbed, listeners have a wealth of characters to suspect. As... Read More

BOTCHED BUTTERSCOTCH

BOTCHED BUTTERSCOTCH Amish Candy Shop, Book 2.5

by Amanda Flower | Read by Rebecca Mitchell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rebecca Mitchell effectively brings to life the Amish community of Harvest, Ohio, where Bailey King works at her Amish grandparents' candy shop. When Bailey provides the desserts for a Mother's Day luncheon fundraiser, she gets involved in another mystery when someone steals the donations. In voicing Bailey's first-person narration, Mitchell makes listeners think they... Read More

BOX

BOX Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom

Earphones Award Winner

by Carole Boston Weatherford | Read by Dion Graham

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Dion Graham delivers this narrative poetry with understated passion, giving dignity to Henry Brown's story of escape from slavery by mailing himself to Philadelphia in a box. Graham transports the listener to a painful time and place in our history, blending a Southern accent with Weatherford's hybrid of modern and period language. Graham is soft-spoken yet expressive reciting... Read More

THE BOY IN THE RED DRESS

THE BOY IN THE RED DRESS

by Kristin Lambert | Read by Sophie Amoss

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Sophie Amoss gives voice to a headstrong amateur sleuth in this intriguing historical whodunit. On New Year's Eve, 1929, a debutante is found murdered outside of the Cloak & Dagger, a speakeasy and LGBTQIA haven in New Orleans. The main suspect is Marion, the club's headlining drag performer. But Millie, the club owner's niece and Marion's best friend, is determined to... Read More

THE BOY WHO DREAMED OF INFINITY

THE BOY WHO DREAMED OF INFINITY A Tale of the Genius Ramanujan

by Amy Alznauer | Read by Soneela Nankani

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Soneela Nankani instills this audiobook with youthful wonder. She provides a distinct voice for each character and handles the Indian pronunciations with ease. A diverse soundtrack accompanies the narration, immersing listeners in the tale of Ramanujan, the boy who would reinvent modern mathematics. As he grew up, Ramanujan was so busy exploring numbers that he... Read More

THE BOYFRIEND PROJECT

THE BOYFRIEND PROJECT

by Farrah Rochon | Read by Je Nie Fleming

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Je Nie Fleming adds sass and personality to this contemporary workplace rom-com featuring a black woman who works in the technology sector. After Samiah Brooks discovers her boyfriend is triple-timing her, she befriends the other two wronged women, and together they vow to focus on their careers instead of their love lives. Fleming delivers the full gamut of Samiah's... Read More

BOYS OF ALABAMA

BOYS OF ALABAMA

Earphones Award Winner

by Genevieve Hudson | Read by Charlie Thurston

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Charlie Thurston's performance transports listeners into a modern fantasy laced with themes of cultural differences, gay romance, and the battle between science and religion. German native Max can bring dead animals back to life with his touch. After moving to Alabama, he enrolls in a Christian school, becomes engrossed in the "boys being boys" culture of the football team, and... Read More

BRAISED PORK

BRAISED PORK

Earphones Award Winner

by An Yu | Read by Vera Chok

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Vera Chok delightfully narrates this ambitious debut fiction about a woman haunted by dreams of a mysterious creature. With her charming voice, Chok becomes Jia Jia, whose husband, Cheng Hang, is found dead at their lush Beijing apartment; beside him is his sketch of a creature with the body of a fish and the head of a man. The image propels Jia Jia to find out more about the... Read More

THE BRAVE LEARNER

THE BRAVE LEARNER Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life

by Julie Bogart, Susan Wise Bauer [Fore.] | Read by Julie Bogart

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Julie Bogart's performance has a buoyancy that helps listeners awaken to her inspiring message that education is about more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. With her naturally appealing delivery, she sounds at once youthful and wise--an appealing teacher to learn from and grow with. Attribute some of this accessibility to her neighborly writing. She makes sophisticated... Read More

BROKEN

BROKEN

by Don Winslow | Read by Kaleo Griffith, Ray Porter

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Kaleo Griffith and Ray Porter perfectly match the noir tone and rhythms of low-life characters who come into the world the same but leave broken. They're hardened men and women who navigate various criminal worlds--usually unsuccessfully. In these six novellas, jewel thieves tell themselves all they need is one more score. Relentless cops chase high-end thieves who... Read More

THE BROKEN HEART OF AMERICA

THE BROKEN HEART OF AMERICA St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States

by Walter Johnson | Read by Jamie Renell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

This intense, detailed audiobook can be a difficult listen. It deals with one of the most pervasive and painful topics in U.S. history and culture--racism. With a measured and earnest delivery, narrator Jamie Renell leads listeners through 250 years of prejudiced and purposefully harmful national and local policy against Native Americans and African-Americans--all related to... Read More

THE BROTHERS MANKIEWICZ

THE BROTHERS MANKIEWICZ Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics

by Sydney Ladensohn Stern | Read by Jonathan Davis

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

If you've heard about this dual biography of two Hollywood icons, be assured that Jonathan Davis's narration is everything a fan could ask for. Brother Herb cowrote CITIZEN KANE with Orson Welles. Brother Joe wrote, produced, and directed ALL ABOUT EVE and a string of other old favorites--then burned out making CLEOPATRA, the studio system's most notorious disaster. They... Read More

BROWN ALBUM

BROWN ALBUM Essays on Exile and Identity

by Porochista Khakpour | Read by Porochista Khakpour

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Porochista Khakpour narrates her own reflections on Iranian-American identity. She interweaves stories of her personal experiences, commentary on important historical moments, and long discussions of terms such as "Persian" and "Oriental." Khakpour is, by turns, steady, sardonic, and straightforward in her examination of her hyphenated background. As she looks back on the... Read More

THE BURGLAR IN SHORT ORDER

THE BURGLAR IN SHORT ORDER

by Lawrence Block | Read by Richard Ferrone

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Throughout nine novels, narrator Richard Ferrone's resonant voice and erudite delivery have reflected the character of burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, a witty, ethical thief. Now, Ferrone is back to do the honors narrating this compilation of stories, almost all of which have appeared in print or audio. (Some entries are chapters pulled from Rhodenbarr novels.) The collection... Read More

BURN

BURN Detective Betty, Book 2

by Kathleen Kent | Read by Christie Moreau

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narcotics Detective Betty Rhyzyk of the Dallas Police Department comes to life in Christie Moreau's gritty performance. Rhyzyk is on desk duty and grudgingly in therapy while recovering from injuries that occurred during her last adventure. But she still manages to investigate missing heroin, crooked cops, and the underworld of Dallas's drug cartel. Moreau's steady narration... Read More

BURN

BURN

by Patrick Ness | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Joniece Abbott-Pratt narrates a young adult adventure in which high fantasy is mixed with a modern setting for a bizarre and creative tale. Listeners are transported to a unique world in which Sarah's father hires a dragon to work their farm, which leads to her discovery of a prophecy. Abbott-Pratt navigates diversity as she portrays a dragon-worshipping cult and a group of... Read More

A BURNING

A BURNING

Earphones Award Winner

by Megha Majumdar | Read by Vikas Adam, Priya Ayyar, Deepti Gupta, Ulka Mohanty, Soneela Nankani, Neil Shah

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Six narrators of Indian descent bring authenticity to this tragic debut fiction about a young Indian woman unjustly charged with terrorism over a Facebook comment. When Muslim Jivan criticizes the Indian government for mishandling a bombing incident, she doesn't think much about the possible consequences. However, her seemingly innocent comment lands her behind bars. With their... Read More

BUZZ SAW

BUZZ SAW The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series

by Jesse Dougherty | Read by Angelo Di Loreto

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This well-timed audiobook details what it took for the Washington Nationals to overcome a more than sluggish start and turn into a cohesive unit that became the first team to win four road games in a World Series. Angelo Di Loreto brings gravitas and a genuinely interested tone to his narration. He provides emotion when appropriate--so when a player shouts over a controversial... Read More

BY THE BOOK

BY THE BOOK

by Amanda Sellet | Read by Laura Knight Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

With her youthful voice, narrator Laura Knight Keating is perfect for this teen romance audiobook. Since Mary Porter-Malcolm is the child of two literature professors, it is no surprise that she has a penchant for the written word. Despite using her knowledge of classic literature to help her new friends develop the Scoundrel Survival Guide, Mary finds herself warming up to a... Read More

THE CABALA

THE CABALA

by Thornton Wilder | Read by Tristan Morris

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Tristan Morris brings a youthful confidence to this wonderfully gentle, erudite, and satirical tour of a fanciful early-twentieth-century Rome. An American student of the classics spends a year abroad and happens upon a secretive mystical society of aristocratic misfits called "The Cabala." Morris is at his best providing broad comic Italian accents to a menagerie of... Read More

THE CALL OF THE WILD

THE CALL OF THE WILD Classic Starts, Book 15

Earphones Award Winner

by Jack London, Oliver Ho [Adaptation] | Read by Rebecca K. Reynolds

Oasis Audio | Abridged
Children

Narrator Rebecca K. Reynolds flawlessly renders this magnificent story, abridged with children in mind. Buck, a mixed St. Bernard and Scottish shepherd, has an enviable life in Southern California until he is stolen and sold to be a Gold Rush sled dog in the Yukon. Listeners will be mesmerized as they share Buck's joys, sorrows, and pain as he adjusts to his new life.... Read More

CAMINO WINDS

CAMINO WINDS Camino, Book 2

by John Grisham | Read by Michael Beck

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners may be disappointed if they're expecting this audiobook to be a tense legal drama. This second book in Grisham's Camino Island series features bookstore owner and rare book dealer Bruce Cable and his author friends unraveling a murder mystery. However, we hear about most of the action secondhand. While narrator Michael Beck is well suited to portray Bruce and the... Read More

CAMP SHADY CROOK

CAMP SHADY CROOK

by Lee Gjertsen Malone | Read by Aimee Lilly

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Aimee Lilly tells the story of Archie, a 12-year-old who creates a new persona while attending summer camp by pretending that he and his family are wealthy. The trickery continues as he works cons on other kids throughout the summer. When fellow camper Vivian realizes what Archie is up to, she wants in on the action. Lilly adds attitude to the voices of the two tweens... Read More

CAPITAL AND IDEOLOGY

CAPITAL AND IDEOLOGY

by Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer [Trans.] | Read by Rick Adamson

Harvard University Press | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Rick Adamson does a heroic job narrating this nearly 49-hour treatise on the history and reasons for income inequality. The audiobook's length is an obvious challenge, and Adamson handles that with a steady pace and an even performance. There is not much opportunity for him to show a broad narrative range--this is an audiobook more about policy choices than the people behind... Read More

THE CARETAKERS

THE CARETAKERS

by Eliza Maxwell | Read by Janet Metzger, Erin Mallon

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Janet Metzger and Erin Mallon team up to tell the suspenseful story of two sisters whose lives unravel over a long held family secret. Tessa Shepard believes she was responsible for almost getting her sister, Margot, killed decades ago. As a documentary filmmaker, she has tried to assuage her guilt by clearing a man falsely imprisoned for murder; however, it now... Read More

THE CASE OF THE REINCARNATED CLIENT

THE CASE OF THE REINCARNATED CLIENT From the Files of Vish Puri, Indias Most Private Investigator

by Tarquin Hall | Read by Sam Dastor

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Sam Dastor transports listeners to bustling modern-day New Delhi with his authentic-sounding accent and intonation. Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator, is called upon to uncover the truth behind his client's assertion that she was murdered in the past. As he looks into the matter, Vish is joined by a cast of larger-than-life characters, including his mother,... Read More

CHASING VINES

CHASING VINES Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life

by Beth Moore | Read by Beth Moore

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Bestselling author Beth Moore uses scripture and personal stories to explain how listeners can achieve a meaningful life with God. Her tone is filled with passion and encouragement while being immensely convincing in speaking of God's love for His followers and His devotion to their prosperity. Moore's Christian views are presented clearly and adamantly; her signature Southern... Read More

THE CHIFFON TRENCHES

THE CHIFFON TRENCHES A Memoir

by André Leon Talley | Read by André Leon Talley

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Former VOGUE editor-at-large and for three decades the highest-ranking Black man in fashion journalism, André Leon Talley narrates his memoir in a confident and charming voice at a perfect pace. The juxtaposition of the title words resonates with the introduction, in which Talley breaks down the design of a seemingly simple Beyoncé magazine cover. He explains quiet activism... Read More

CITY OF OMENS

CITY OF OMENS A Search for the Missing Women of the Borderlands

by Dan Werb | Read by Robb Moreira

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Robb Moreira brings his skills to the dark world of the hundreds of women who have gone missing on the borderlands between Tijuana, Mexico, and the U.S. His poised tone and careful inflection make an audiobook filled with horrifying facts more accessible to listeners. The spread of HIV, the war on drugs, and the storage of toxic waste are all part of this story. The... Read More

CLOSE UP

CLOSE UP

by Amanda Quick | Read by Morgan Hallett

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Morgan Hallett brings the listener back to the Hollywood glamour of the 1930s. Photographer Vivian Brazier gets caught up in murder and ends up on a hit man's list. Enter Nick Sundridge, who protects her and tries to draw the killer out. While Hallett has a pleasant speaking voice, she doesn't give Nick or the other male characters deep enough tones. Little variation... Read More

THE CLUTTER CORPSE

THE CLUTTER CORPSE

by Simon Brett | Read by Simon Brett

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A new series by author/narrator Simon Brett is cause for rejoicing. Ellen Curtis is a declutterer who works with hoarders and those who need a nudge at organization. Brett's portrayal of low-key Ellen is supportive and tactful when she needs to persuade her clients to let go of possessions. Listeners will be intrigued by elderly Queenie, who has 11 cats, and Ashleigh, who loves... Read More

THE COMPTON COWBOYS

THE COMPTON COWBOYS The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland

by Walter Thompson-Hernandez | Read by Glenn Davis, Ron Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Glenn Davis's voice is gentle and steady whether he's setting scenes or introducing the black cowboys who are often seen on the streets of Compton, California. He conveys the joy, love, and inner calm that come with their devotion to horses. Walter Thompson-Hernandez of THE NEW YORK TIMES embedded himself with the Compton Cowboys, a group of 10 riders, to show their... Read More

CONFIRMATION BIAS

CONFIRMATION BIAS Inside Washington's War Over the Supreme Court, from Scalia's Death to Justice Kavanaugh

by Carl Hulse | Read by Fred Sanders

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Fred Sanders's excellent narration has the serious tone you'd expect in an audio about the high-stakes political wars surrounding recent Supreme Court nominations. As the author describes legislative battles over nominees from Merrick Garland to Brett Kavanaugh, Sanders's seriousness wavers little but is always easy to hear and entirely appropriate for the level of gravitas and... Read More

CONSTELLATIONS

CONSTELLATIONS Reflections from Life

by Sinéad Gleeson | Read by Sinead Gleeson

HMH Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Irish writer Sinéad Gleeson's light, musical voice is as mesmerizing as her prose in this collection of essays about living in a body. Gleeson explores many topics but always returns to bodies, especially women's bodies. She writes about blood, bone, illness, pregnancy, and motherhood, along with music, love, art, grief, and ghosts. She's interested in the ways these disparate... Read More

COUNTERPOINT

COUNTERPOINT A Memoir of Bach and Mourning

by Philip Kennicott | Read by Paul Heitsch

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Paul Heitsch walks a tightrope in this memoir. He must not tumble into rage or wallow in regret. Kennicott's mother was born to be a concert violinist. The wreck of her career wrecked the mother who survived. "Life gave her little joy, and when she died, it was in anguish, without any sense of peace." As the cancer triumphed, her son listened and listened to a Bach... Read More

THE COURT OF MIRACLES

THE COURT OF MIRACLES The Court of Miracles, Book 1

by Kester Grant | Read by Ajjaz Awad, John Lee

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this series opener, narrator Ajjaz Awad perfectly crafts the fierce and determined voice of Nina as she traverses hardships in an alternative French world brimming with competition. Awad's pronunciation of French locations and phrases sounds authentic, offering the listener the opportunity to connect with the French culture. Using a crisp voice, Awad showcases Nina's... Read More

CRASH COURSE

CRASH COURSE Accidents Don't Just Happen

Earphones Award Winner

by Julie Whipple | Read by Heather Henderson

Post Hypnotic Press Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Heather Henderson's performance exudes equal parts compassion, tension, and outrage within a consistent tone. These qualities are subtle but effective, and absolutely necessary here. Whipple's audiobook covers a specific airline disaster. In 1978, 10 people died after United Flight 173 crashed in a Portland, Oregon, neighborhood. The crew had wrestled with equipment malfunction... Read More

CREDIBLE THREAT

CREDIBLE THREAT Ali Reynolds, Book 15

Earphones Award Winner

by J.A. Jance | Read by Karen Ziemba

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Karen Ziemba returns to masterfully portray the characters she has grown comfortable with in Jance's popular series. Ali Reynolds and her cybersecurity team probe threats made on the life of the archbishop of Phoenix. Simultaneously, Ali's partner in love and work, B. Simpson is called away to investigate a threat to one of their European clients. Ziemba is excellent... Read More

CURIOUS TOYS

CURIOUS TOYS

by Elizabeth Hand | Read by Carol Monda

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners are taken back to 1915, to a poor neighborhood in Chicago. Through the sympathetic, versatile narration of Carol Monda we hear the voices of its multiethnic residents, and we feel the fragility of their lives. This is a historical thriller with multiple murders, violated girls, chases, and political skulduggery. Monda gives each character-- whether victim or... Read More

CUT AND RUN

CUT AND RUN Lucy Kincaid, Book 16

by Allison Brennan | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Ann Marie Lee is pitch-perfect in this audiobook, a fast-paced thriller with lots of twists and turns. Lee creates believable distinctions between the primary protagonists, FBI agent Lucy Kincaid and investigative journalist Maxine Revere. When skeletal remains are found, Kincaid is called in to investigate a three-year-old disappearance. Revere is looking into a... Read More

DANCE AWAY WITH ME

DANCE AWAY WITH ME

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips | Read by Nicole Poole

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

This audiobook begins in a small town high in the Tennessee mountains. Midwife Tess Hartsong is running away from the pain of losing her husband. Narrator Nicole Poole brings her suffering to life. Also escaping from their former lives are street artist Ian North and his pregnant companion, Bianca. Poole provides a Southern twang to the locals, helping listeners get lost in the... Read More

THE DAO OF MAGIC IV

THE DAO OF MAGIC IV

by Andries Louws | Read by Pavi Proczko

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Pavi Proczko continues narrating the series that brings to life the adventures of Drew Liam (a.k.a. "Teach"). A human being capable of magic, Teach gets into all sorts of trouble trying to prevent, or least delay, the apocalypse. Re-Haan, his dragon mistress, isn't helping much as Teach teleports around the universe. Proczko animates Teach's conversations with Re-Haan as Teach... Read More

DARK SKIES

DARK SKIES Dark Shores, Book 2

by Danielle L. Jensen | Read by Stephanie Willis, DeVante Johnson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Dual narrators Stephanie Willis and DeVante Johnson heighten the listener's experience of this highly anticipated second installment in the Dark Shores series. A new set of characters must halt the downfall of their kingdom, a mission that involves multiple cultures, races, and religions. Willis projects Lydia's determined personality, which is often characterized in a clipped... Read More

THE DARKEST KING

THE DARKEST KING Lords of the Underworld, Book 15

by Gena Showalter | Read by Max Bellmore

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Max Bellmore narrates a deep dive into one of the Lords of the Underworld's most talked about characters: William the Dark. William's potential future as king of the underworld hinges on breaking a curse by resisting a beautiful woman. Enter Sunday Lane, a unicorn-shifter working as a code breaker who is William's current attempt at escaping the curse. Bellmore's flat narration... Read More

DARLING ROSE GOLD

DARLING ROSE GOLD

by Stephanie Wrobel | Read by Megan Dodds, Jill Winternitz

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Repellent characters can make for an enticing story, as is shown in this well-performed audiobook. Patty Watts went to prison for five years for her long-standing abuse of her daughter, Rose Gold, who was 18 when her mother was convicted. After her release, Patty, oddly enough, moves in with her daughter--who either very much forgives her mom or very much does not. Narrator... Read More

DEAD LAND

DEAD LAND V. I. Warshawski Novels, Book 20

by Sara Paretsky | Read by Susan Ericksen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Susan Ericksen is pitch-perfect as private investigator V.I Warshawski, who is intelligent, driven, and compassionate. Paretsky's latest addresses a wide range of compelling themes--the consequences of gun violence, corruption, environmental protection, mental health, and more. When Vic finds herself in the middle of a corrupt land deal, she also becomes part of... Read More

DEAD ON THE VINE

DEAD ON THE VINE

by Elle Brooke White | Read by Susan Boyle

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Audiobook listeners are thrust into a family drama that goes back generations when Charlotte Finn inherits a farm from her great-uncle. It soon becomes apparent that someone has been sabotaging the farm, making each person around Charlotte a suspect. Things escalate further with the discovery of a strange man who was murdered with a pitchfork. As Susan Boyce uses effective... Read More

A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP

A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP Ice Cream Shop, Book 1

by Abby Collette | Read by Chandra Skyye

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Chandra Skyye brings both female and male characters alive in a pitch-perfect narration that creates larger-than-life characters. When Win returns from New York to Chagrin Falls in order to reopen her family's ice cream shop, a murder takes place, resulting in the police looking at members of her family as suspects. So Win and her best friend, Maisie, set out to do their own... Read More

DEATH AMONG US

DEATH AMONG US An Anthology of Murder Mystery Short Stories

by Stephen Bentley, Greg Alldredge, Kelly Artieri, L. Lee Kane, Michael Spinelli, Robbie Cheadle, Kay Castaneda, Justin Bauer, Aly Locatelli | Read by Ralph Scott, Kendra Murray

Stephen Bentley | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Ralph Scott and Kendra Murray stirringly present these short mysteries. Stephen Bentley's "The Rose Slayer" is set in L.A. Scott superbly introduces hard-boiled detectives whose conversation is realistic and entertaining as they close in on a disgruntled author. In Kelly Artieri's "Red Solo Cup," Murray and Scott demonstrate a wide emotional range portraying two... Read More

DEATH BY SHAKESPEARE

DEATH BY SHAKESPEARE Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts

by Kathryn Harkup | Read by Nicky Diss

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
History

This delightfully macabre audiobook details the reality and science behind the 74 different ways Shakespeare killed his characters. Narrator Nicky Diss's British accent adds authenticity, and her delivery shifts seamlessly between dramatic readings and comprehensive historical examinations. Her leisurely pace allows listeners to savor each morbid detail as the audiobook delves... Read More

DEATH IN HER HANDS

DEATH IN HER HANDS

by Ottessa Moshfegh | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Moshfegh specializes in disturbed and disturbing female narrators, and tells their stories from the inside out, so everything depends on your response to the one voice you hear. Here, a widow in her 70s has moved to a town where she knows no one, to an isolated cabin with no phone and no company but her dog. Why? Ann Marie Lee has pitched the woman's voice in a high and... Read More

DEATH OF AN AMERICAN BEAUTY

DEATH OF AN AMERICAN BEAUTY Jane Prescott, Book 3

by Mariah Fredericks | Read by Stephanie Willis

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This genteel historical mystery makes a charming audio companion if you don't mind a few bodies in the alley. Jane Prescott, a purehearted orphan who works as a lady's maid in Gilded Age New York, is outraged that her sainted uncle, who runs a shelter for recovering ladies of the evening, is suspected of involvement in the murders. In her quest to clear him, Jane attracts the... Read More

DEATH TRACK

DEATH TRACK Cavendish & Walker, Book 3

by Sally Rigby | Read by Clare Corbett

Podium Publishing | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Author Sally Rigby and narrator Claire Corbett combine their skills to bring listeners the third in the thrilling Cavendish & Walker series. A serial killer known as the "Carriage Killer" murders four random victims on the local rail network before moving to another town. DCI Whitney Walker has figured out his kill pattern, yet even with the police on alert, the murders... Read More

DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES

DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES Stories

by Vanessa Hua | Read by David Shih, Cindy Kay

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators David Shih and Cindy Kay lend their voices to Vanessa Hua's compelling short story collection, which reveals the secrets and desires of individuals straddling different cultures. Raised in immigrant families, Hua's characters are torn between their families' expectations and their desire to forge their own unique lives. Shih's fluid narration is tender, imbuing even... Read More

THE DECEPTION

THE DECEPTION Maximum Security, Book 2

by Kat Martin | Read by James Anderson Foster

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator James Anderson Foster's deep, riveting voice sizzles in this intricately plotted romantic suspense, the second in the Maximum Security series. Beautiful and smart Kate Gallagher vows to find the men who trafficked and then killed her younger sister, and sexy bounty hunter Jason Maddox is determined to help her. Foster's performance is delicious. He clearly and... Read More

DEVIL DARLING SPY

DEVIL DARLING SPY Orphan Monster Spy, Book 2

by Matt Killeen | Read by Lorna Bennett

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Lorna Bennet narrates the sequel to ORPHAN MONSTER SPY, another story featuring Sarah, a 15-year-old Jewish orphan who spies for the British during WWII. Bennet's brisk narration adds tension to the many life-or-death situations Sarah faces in her determination to quash Germany's plans for germ warfare. Her accents give ambiance to the characters in German and central African... Read More

DEVOLUTION

DEVOLUTION A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

by Max Brooks | Read by Judy Greer, Max Brooks, Jeff Daniels, Nathan Fillion, Mira Furlan, Terry Gross, Kimberly Guerrero, Kate Mulgrew, Kai Ryssdal, Steven Weber

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Horror

In this fictional yet eerily believable audiobook, Washington's Mount Rainier erupts, causing several displaced and hungry Sasquatches to descend on a remote ecovillage called Greenloop. An excellent full cast--including the author, notable film and television stars, and well-known radio personalities--delivers the story, which consists of found documents, transcripts, book... Read More

THE DILEMMA

THE DILEMMA

by B.A. Paris | Read by Elizabeth Eyre, Peter Noble

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Be prepared to stay awake listening to this heartbreaking, suspenseful audiobook. When is it okay to keep secrets? How do we protect those we love from news that will change their lives forever? The story is told in the first person from the alternating perspectives of husband and wife Adam and Livia, voiced by Peter Noble and Elizabeth Eyre. Their narration perfectly matches... Read More

DIRT

DIRT Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking

by Bill Buford | Read by Bill Buford

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Buford narrates this culinary journey, taking listeners with him to Lyon, France, as he seeks to learn classic French cooking methods. Whether he's encountering famous French chefs or attempting to learn recipe secrets, his voice smoothly transitions between incredulity, awe, determination, and curiosity. His appreciation for the region's people and food is palpable as he... Read More

DOCILE

DOCILE

by K.M. Szpara | Read by Vikas Adam, Mark Sanderlin

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

In Szpara's complex, engrossing novel, narrators Vikas Adam and Mark Sanderlin create utterly credible main characters. In a not-so-distant future in Maryland, children inherit the debts of their ancestors and must either go to debtors' prison or become dociles, indentured servants who perform whatever services are demanded. Alex, the CEO of Dociline, the drug that keeps... Read More

THE DRAGONS, THE GIANT, THE WOMEN

THE DRAGONS, THE GIANT, THE WOMEN

by Wayétu Moore | Read by Tovah Ott

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Tovah Ott's supple and expressive tone is well suited to author Wayétu Moore's lyrical writing on her family's history in Liberia and the U.S. When Moore was 5 years old, the outbreak of civil war forced her family to flee Liberia on foot. Her mother, who had been studying at Columbia University, recruited a girl soldier to guide her family to safety in Sierra Leone.... Read More

DRIFTS

DRIFTS

by Kate Zambreno | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Cassandra Campbell's performance possesses a mix of humor, ennui, and hope--which is to say she has the perfect voice for an audiobook about the inner world of a novelist. Zambreno's title refers to the nature of the writing process as the writer works on a novel called DRIFTS. Listeners may hear Zambreno's opening passages as meandering and unfocused. Yet the audiobook builds... Read More

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