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ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!

by Christopher Lloyd | Read by Christopher Lloyd

What on Earth Books | Unabridged
Children

British author Christopher Lloyd brings personality and humor to the narration of his entertaining and informative history of the world from the big bang to the present day. In just over six hours, this audiobook presents a brief but vivid journey through geological time and the progression of mostly Western human civilization. Music separates each chapter and helps set the... 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

AFTER THE LAST BORDER

AFTER THE LAST BORDER Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America

by Jessica Goudeau | Read by Soneela Nankani

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

What would it take to leave everything behind and restart life in another country? Narrator Soneela Nankani enlivens the harrowing story of two refugee families that are forced to move to Austin, Texas, after leaving their war-torn homes. Mu Naw spent decades in a refugee camp before seeking asylum. Hasna and her family were forced from their home during the civil war in Syria... Read More

AFTERLAND

AFTERLAND

by Lauren Beukes | Read by Bianca Amato

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Bianca Amato's performance captures the tension that permeates this near-future story of plague and pursuit. Cole and her 12-year-old son, Miles, are on the run, trying to get from the U.S. to South Africa, their home. Miles is disguised as a girl. He survived a male-killing plague that struck the world a few years earlier and is now quite a valuable commodity. Cole's... 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

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

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

ALPHA NIGHT

ALPHA NIGHT Psy-Changeling, Trinity, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by Nalini Singh | Read by Angela Dawe

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Angela Dawe's performance is stunning in its range. Dawe chronicles the primal bond between wolf alpha Selenka and Ethan, a psychic soldier coping with childhood trauma. Their newfound connection pulses with barely restrained intensity in the characters' dialogue and thoughts. At the same time, with enviable precision Dawe explores Ethan and Selenka's individual... 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

ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW

ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW

by Kristen Higgins | Read by Laural Merlington, Amy Rubinate, Xe Sands, Graham Winton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

A superb cast of four narrators delivers this honest, angst-ridden, sometimes humorous portrait of one family's life. Barb and John, married for 50 years, hide secrets and resentments. Juliet, a successful architect, is her mother's perfect child. Sadie, an artist/teacher living in New York City, is the apple of her father's eye. Then, John has a massive stroke, and the... Read More

THE AMBER GARDEN

THE AMBER GARDEN The Alchemists' Council Series, Book 3

by Cynthea Masson | Read by Sharon Taylor

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Sharon Taylor provides a wonderful narration of this final volume in The Alchemists' Council trilogy. The plot involves political intrigue and time travel in a metaphysical world where conflicts have escalated between the Council and the Rebel Branches. At the same time, the outside world suffers the fallout of environmental collapse. The alchemist provides a special... Read More

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION Our History, Our Stories

by Kathleen Krull | Read by Kyla Garcia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Kyla Garcia's narration moves quickly through this history of immigration in the United States, starting with the arrival of the continent's first Indigenous inhabitants and ending with events following the 2016 election. Tracing the country's complicated political, cultural, and social relationships with immigration, the audiobook depicts continuous waves of immigrants, such... 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

THE ANSWER IS...

THE ANSWER IS... Reflections on My Life

by Alex Trebek | Read by Ken Jennings, Alex Trebek

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Longtime Jeopardy! game show host Alex Trebek offers an entirely episodic and anecdotal memoir in short-essay style. As is well known, the Canadian-born Trebek has been under care for pancreatic cancer, and his audiobook includes some reflection on that circumstance. He narrates his introduction and conclusion himself, as well as a handful of other sections that are the most... Read More

ANTIRACIST BABY

ANTIRACIST BABY

by Ibram X. Kendi | Read by Shayna Small, Guy Lockard

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

"Antiracist Baby is bred, not born. / Antiracist Baby is raised to make society transform." So begins the picture book written by the author of HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST to help explain racism to his young daughter. Shayna Small's narration takes listeners through nine steps "to make equity a reality." Her tone is authoritative, the strength of her voice made more powerful by the... 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

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

ASHES OF THE SUN

ASHES OF THE SUN

by Django Wexler | Read by Imogen Church

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

First in a new series, this audiobook takes listeners to the depths of an empire still divided by a magical war that tore it apart years ago. Separated in childhood, siblings Gyre and Maya unknowingly find themselves on different sides of an underground war for power. Narrator Imogen Church's performance is high energy and effervescent. She does an excellent job individualizing... 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

AXIOM'S END

AXIOM'S END Noumena, Book 1

by Lindsay Ellis | Read by Stephanie Willis, Oliver Thorn

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Stephanie Willis and Oliver Thorn narrate this compelling debut, a promising start to a planned series. In an alternate 2007, a document leaked by famous whistleblower Nils Ortega reveals that the U.S. government is hiding alien life on Earth. Though Nils appears only through his various correspondence, Thorn conveys his callous self-importance, which belies his outwardly... 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

THE BACK ROADS TO MARCH

THE BACK ROADS TO MARCH The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season

by John Feinstein | Read by John Feinstein

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Venerable sportswriter John Feinstein narrates his latest audiobook, which chronicles the stories of lesser-known basketball coaches, players, and colleges. From Howard to Harvard, he catches games and dives into the lives of those involved. He doesn't imitate anyone he quotes, except for one person: Lefty Driesell. His drawl for the legendary coach is absolutely perfect, and... 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

BEAR CAME ALONG

BEAR CAME ALONG

by Richard T. Morris | Read by Joshua Manning

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Joshua Manning squeezes a lot of fun into this enjoyable little audiobook about a bear and the new friends he makes on an unexpected river adventure. Beginning with a wonderful lumbering bear-like melody, the musical score and delightful sound effects carry the story along as Manning creates uniquely humorous voices for all of the woodland animals. He deftly keeps... Read More

A BEAUTIFULLY FOOLISH ENDEAVOR

A BEAUTIFULLY FOOLISH ENDEAVOR The Carls, Book 2

by Hank Green | Read by Kristen Sieh, Joe Hempel, Jesse Vilinsky, Nicole Lewis, Kevin R. Free, Hank Green, Robert Petkoff, Angelo Di Loreto, Oliver Wyman, Hillary Huber, P.J. Ochlan, Gabra Zackman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This much anticipated sci-fi audiobook sequel shakes things up with a full-cast narration. The story picks up right where the first book in this duology stops--the robots known as "The Carls" have left, and April May, one of the first to discover them, has disappeared. Exploring new perspectives and experiences, this remarkably talented ensemble of narrators creates an... 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

BEFORE FAMILIAR WOODS

BEFORE FAMILIAR WOODS

by Ian Pisarcik | Read by Susan C. Hunter, Neil Hellegers, Michael Crouch

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is a violence-laced, drug-themed tragedy ably performed by a trio of narrators. It has been three years since two teenage boys were found dead and bloody in the woods under circumstances that the residents of their small town in Vermont are not likely to forget. Ruth Fenn still struggles to understand what happened to her son, Mathew, and his friend, William.... Read More

BEHELD

BEHELD

by TaraShea Nesbit | Read by Bea Holland, Crystal Clarke, Lance C. Fuller, Laurel Lefkow

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Four narrators recount this fictitious, challenging account of America's early settlers in Plymouth Colony. Bea Holland voices Alice Bradford, the governor's wife, with a slight lilt reminiscent of her European roots and the quiet confidence of her position. Laurel Lefkow portrays Eleanor Billington, the outcast's wife, with a bit of force and a fearfulness that grows when her... Read More

BELLADONNA

BELLADONNA

by Anbara Salam | Read by Jill Winternitz

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The social strictures of the 1950s drive this engrossing audiobook, in which a year at an Italian art academy becomes the crucible for the intense relationship between two Connecticut girls. Narrator Jill Winternitz lends a down-to-earth intimacy to the voice of Bridget, who longs not only for independence from her middle-class multiracial family but also for validation from... Read More

BEREN AND LUTHIEN

BEREN AND LUTHIEN

Earphones Award Winner

by J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien | Read by Timothy West, Samuel West

HarperCollins Publishers Limited | Unabridged
Fantasy

Father-and-son duo Timothy and Samuel West bring decades of classic British stage and film experience to voicing this collection. The tales and poems feature a pair of star-crossed lovers near and dear to J.R.R. Tolkien's heart--the mortal human, Beren, and the beautiful, immortal elf maiden, Lúthien. Tolkien spent years revising and revisiting these stories, based on Welsh... Read More

THE BEST MAN PLAN

THE BEST MAN PLAN Boots and Bouquets Series, Book 1

by Jaci Burton | Read by Holly Chandler

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

The story starts off with Erin Bellini being dumped by her fiancé by email just days before their wedding. Narrator Holly Chandler's voice reflects all the emotion of that trauma. Erin works at her family's vineyard, where her wedding was to take place. Both of her parents are from Ireland, and Chandler gives them pleasant lilts. Jason Callum, a veterinarian, has always been... Read More

BETSEY

BETSEY A Memoir

by Betsey Johnson, Mark Vitulano | Read by Betsey Johnson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Designer Betsey Johnson describes her evolution as a person and a brand, narrating in ever-exuberant tones that are peppy but slightly hoarse, reportedly from her cheerleading days. She says she could hardly believe it when she won the MADEMOISELLE magazine Guest Editor contest in 1964 and left her conservative Connecticut life behind. One year later, she landed the top... Read More

BIG FRIENDSHIP

BIG FRIENDSHIP How We Keep Each Other Close

by Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman | Read by Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The hosts of the "Call Your Girlfriend" podcast prove to be warm, open, and matter-of-fact as they share personal details about the path their friendship has taken. Sounding comfortable and natural behind the mic, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman trade off narrating as they chronicle how they met, maintained a long-distance friendship, supported each other's careers, took the leap... Read More

BIG SUMMER

BIG SUMMER

by Jennifer Weiner | Read by Danielle McDonald

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Danielle McDonald's narration keeps listeners' anticipation high for much of this novel. The plot weaves details of Daphne and Drue's tumultuous friendship from the early 2000s through the present day. After meeting in middle school, they remain close through college until an unforgivable act of betrayal pulls them apart. McDonald captures their vulnerability, as well as... Read More

THE BIGGEST BLUFF

THE BIGGEST BLUFF How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win

by Maria Konnikova | Read by Maria Konnikova

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The poker table is a laboratory for studying decision making, which is why it attracted a young Harvard-educated psychologist with a penchant for participatory journalism. With no card-playing experience, Konnikova somehow convinced poker legend Erik Seidel to take her under his wing and make her good enough to play professionally. With a tone that is nerdy and affable,... 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

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 BITTER AND SWEET OF CHERRY SEASON

THE BITTER AND SWEET OF CHERRY SEASON

by Molly Fader | Read by Nancy Peterson

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners go on an emotional journey with three generations of women who are brought together by their shared interest in their Michigan family estate. In a serene and cozy style, narrator Nancy Peterson delivers the story of Hope, her Aunt Peg, and Hope's young daughter, Tink, and how they help each other heal over one summer despite family drama and secrets. While Peterson... Read More

THE BLACK CABINET

THE BLACK CABINET The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt

by Jill Watts | Read by Bahni Turpin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Golden Voice narrator Bahni Turpin delivers "The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics during the Age of Roosevelt." This sweeping history covers the early twentieth century through the end of FDR's administration, including the New Deal and the WPA. Tirelessly, Turpin describes the lives and political careers of educator Mary McLeod Bethune, economist Robert Weaver,... 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

BLOCK SEVENTEEN

BLOCK SEVENTEEN

by Kimiko Guthrie | Read by Natalie Naudus

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Natalie Naudus brings thoughtful gravitas to the narration of Kimiko Guthrie's debut, which depicts the collective trauma that the Japanese internment camps of WWII inflicted throughout generations of Japanese-Americans. Akiko "Jane" Thompson is at the center of this story, which alternates between the camps and present-day California. Jane has disconnected from her Japanese... 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

THE BONE JAR

THE BONE JAR Detective Lew Kirby, Book 1

by S W Kane | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This murder mystery benefits from narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies's excellent timing. When the body of an elderly woman is found in a former asylum, Detective Lew Kirby tries to solve the crime, only to discover another body nearby, as well as secrets from his own past. While investigating, Kirby meets the aptly named Connie Darke, whose sister also died at the asylum. As they... Read More

BONNIE

BONNIE

by Christina Schwartz | Read by Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Candace Thaxton's lively narration brings listeners to 1930s Texas for the start of the legend of Bonnie and Clyde. As the story opens, Bonnie Parker meets, and quickly falls in love with, Clyde Barrow. As events unfold from Bonnie's perspective, listeners will see how her intelligence and supportive family background do not stop her from choosing a life of crime with the... 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 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

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 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

BRAVE LIKE THAT

BRAVE LIKE THAT

by Lindsey Stoddard | Read by Andrew Eiden

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Andrew Eiden captures the personality of Cyrus as he navigates his way through the sixth grade, where changes are around every corner. He feels pressure to succeed at football like his all-star dad, a firefighter who adopted him when he was left at the firehouse as an infant. Now he starts to feel drawn toward other activities like band and volunteering at the local... Read More

BREASTS AND EGGS

BREASTS AND EGGS

by Mieko Kawakai [Sam Bett [Trans.], David Boyd [Trans.] | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Jeena Yi

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller's performance starts stoically but keeps listeners engaged as this novel progresses to a gently powerful conclusion. Zeller portrays Natsu, a woman seeking her purpose, including whether to have children. Her sister, Makiko, plans to get breast implants. Jeena Yi, delivering the voice of Makiko's daughter, Midoriko, perfectly captures the spirit of a... Read More

BREATH

BREATH The New Science of a Lost Art

by James Nestor | Read by James Nestor, Anders Olsson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This is two, two, two audiobooks in one. Inspired journalist James Nestor talks us through the million-year history of breathing, telling how large brains and small jaws narrowed human blowholes to the extent that 90 percent of us, including Nestor himself, now have trouble getting air. Breathing properly is an ancient if neglected art, an art he employs to escape his own... 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

BROKEN GLASS

BROKEN GLASS Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight Over a Modernist Masterpiece

by Alex Beam | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Kimberly Farr makes all the right choices in delivering this audiobook. The inflections she gives Dr. Edith Farnsworth, the original owner of the famed house at the center of this story, sound spot-on. Her understated delivery of architect Mies van der Rohe's quotes--he had a strong German accent--keeps the biography from descending into parody. The battle between the... 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

BROWN GIRL GHOSTED

BROWN GIRL GHOSTED

by Mintie Das | Read by Kosha Patel

HMH Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kosha Patel brings believable teenage angst to a story that feels like a combination of a Mindy Kaling audiobook and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Violet Choudury is a former warrior-queen-in-training, but she just wants to fit in on her local high school's combination cheer/dance team. Instead, an ancient force has other plans. This audiobook combines fantasy and Indian... 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

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, portrayed by Priya Ayyar, criticizes the Indian government for mishandling a bombing incident, she doesn't think much about the possible consequences. However, her seemingly innocent comment lands... 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 CABINETS OF BARNABY MAYNE

THE CABINETS OF BARNABY MAYNE

by Elsa Hart | Read by Barrie Kreinik

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Barrie Kreinik's skill with accents and dialects comes in handy in her narration of this historical mystery, which takes place in London at the turn of the eighteenth century. Hart provides a window onto a time when wealthy men wore wigs and pursued a passion for collecting oddities from across the globe. Into this very traditional world appear two very nontraditional... 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

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF WASPISH WIDOWS

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF WASPISH WIDOWS Feminine Pursuits

Earphones Award Winner

by Olivia Waite | Read by Morag Sims

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

The second installment of Waite's Regency and Victorian-era series, called Feminine Pursuits, features Morag Sims's narration talents. Agatha Griffin, the resilient widowed owner of a London print shop, and Penelope Ford, an affable amateur beekeeper, meet after a hive takes up residence in Griffin's warehouse. Sims's textured characterizations enliven the women's chemistry as... 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

CHAOS REIGNING

CHAOS REIGNING Consortium Rebellion, Book 3

by Jessie Mihalik | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Emily Woo Zeller's clear and dramatic narration transports listeners to a world of interstellar politics and romance. Lady Catarina von Hasenberg is the youngest sibling at High House, and others overlook her--but she hides superhuman strengths. Zeller portrays Catarina's public persona as bright and bubbly, while her inner monologue reflects her intelligence and anxiety over... 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

CHATEAU OF SECRETS

CHATEAU OF SECRETS

by Melanie Dobson | Read by Nancy Peterson

Two Words Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

To survive the Nazi occupation, various people hide beneath a family chapel in France during WWII. Narrator Nancy Peterson takes on the voices of both a French woman during the war and her American ancestor in contemporary times. Peterson skillfully moves between the emotions of the frightened French woman who is hiding Allies and innocents from Nazi troops to those of an... 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

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 COLD VANISH

THE COLD VANISH Seeking the Missing in North America's Wildlands

by Jon Billman | Read by Stephen Graybill

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jacob Gray's bicycle is found in Olympic National Park in April 2018, but there is no sign of Jacob. His father, Randy, abandons his life to search for him even as the odds of finding him alive diminish. Narrator Stephen Graybill is steady and compelling as he guides the listener through the art and science of looking for missing persons, including Jacob, on America's public... Read More

THE COLOSSUS OF ROADS

THE COLOSSUS OF ROADS

by Christina Uss | Read by Robbie Daymond

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Robbie Daymond establishes a youthful voice for Rick, who struggles with extreme motion sickness that can be agitated simply by going on a car drive. When his motion sickness issue starts to impact other parts of his life, including school, friends, and even his parents' catering business, Rick is determined to find a way forward. In a deep, bold voice, Rick's inner... 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

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

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

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

DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER

DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER

by Adib Khorram | Read by Michael Levi Harris

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

With his empathetic narration, Michael Levi Harris captures the emotional heart of this sequel to DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY. Things are looking up: Darius is on his high school's soccer team, he has a new job at his favorite Portland tea shop, and he has a boyfriend. But life is still confusing, complicated, and imperfect. Harris is especially adept at communicating the love... 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 SILENCE

DEAD SILENCE

by Robin Caroll | Read by Pamela Klein

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

How far would you go to protect your child? How does faith impact our response to tragedy? These are the central questions in this suspenseful thriller. Narrated by Pamela Klein, the story addresses politics, media, religion, and family. Klein shines as Elise Carmichael, a widow and court sign language interpreter who encounters a possible death threat against her... 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 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

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

THE DEVIANT'S WAR

THE DEVIANT'S WAR The Homosexual vs. the United States of America

by Eric Cervini | Read by Vikas Adam

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

Vikas Adam draws the listener in, expertly narrating Cervini's work, which charts the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States. The work follows the passionate, quirky, and perhaps more than a bit self-involved homophile activist and astronomer Frank Kameny. Delivering a collection of interviews, letters, and court documents, Vikas Adams does an excellent job... Read More

THE DEVIL IN AMERICA

THE DEVIL IN AMERICA

Earphones Award Winner

by Kai Ashante Wilson | Read by Janina Edwards

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Janina Edwards's compelling tone draws listeners into Wilson's searing narrative as a family reckons with a supernatural legacy. Chilling events and mythology are interspersed with descriptions of historical events and the editorial commentary of a father reading from his work in progress. As Easter and her family wield old magic against sinister forces, these elements... 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

DISABILITY VISIBILITY

DISABILITY VISIBILITY First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

by Alice Wong [Ed.] | Read by Alejandra Ospina, Alice Wong [Intro.]

Random House Audio | Unabridged Selections
Contemporary Culture

Author Alice Wong tells listeners the personal stories of various disabled people, including herself, for the purpose of creating a stronger sense of community among them. In her introduction, which she delivers herself over sound effects of traffic, Wan recalls her own excitement about accessible public transit. She then turns her collection over to Alejandra Ospina, who... 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

DON'T ASK ME WHERE I'M FROM

DON'T ASK ME WHERE I'M FROM

by Jennifer De Leon | Read by Inés del Castillo

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Inés del Castillo gives 15-year-old Lilliana an authentic-sounding voice as she speaks directly to the listener. This timely novel examines immigration, legal and illegal, as well as the shortcomings of well-meaning but poorly executed attempts to diversify schools. Del Castillo's teenage vernacular is realistic as Lilliana deals with a life-changing opportunity and... Read More

DON'T FORGET ME

DON'T FORGET ME Levi Kant, Book 1

by B.C. Schiller, Annette Charpentier [Trans.] | Read by Nicola Barber

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nicola Barber's narration will make listeners feel like they're bicycling around Vienna throughout the seasons. After five years, psychiatrist Olivia Hofmann is still reeling from the disappearance of her husband and young daughter. Also five years earlier, teenager Lisa Manz mysteriously vanished. Hofmann continues to see patients and to seek justice for Lisa, whose uncaring... 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

DREAM MAKER

DREAM MAKER Dream Series, Book 1

by Kristen Ashley | Read by Susannah Jones

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Susannah Jones brings joyful wonder to Evie, who sees her dysfunctional family through rose-colored glasses. Evie's first date with Danny Magnusson is interrupted when her imprisoned brother asks a favor that involves Denver's criminal underworld. There's trouble on the horizon, but Danny, a former commando who falls for Evie's sweetness and loyalty, can help. Jones... 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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