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ABUNDANCE

ABUNDANCE

by Jakob Guanzon | Read by George Newbern

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

George Newbern's narration keeps listeners focused throughout scenes of heartbreaking choices. His voice sounds just a bit removed; however, this is in keeping with the audiobook's third-person narration and doesn't diminish its impact. Listeners hear how Henry and his 6-year-old son get by living out of a truck. Henry negotiates life based on the fluctuating amounts of money... Read More

ACROSS THE AIRLESS WILDS

ACROSS THE AIRLESS WILDS The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings

by Earl Swift | Read by Adam Verner

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

With a friendly vocal demeanor, narrator Adam Verner invites listeners into this fascinating history of the lunar rover and the later Apollo missions. Earl Swift closely examines the creation of the rover and its pivotal role in traversing the moon's surface to carry out lunar research. The audiobook provides insightful background on the space program and looks at the rover's... Read More

ACROSS THE RIVER

ACROSS THE RIVER Life, Death, and Football in an American City

by Kent Babb | Read by Ryan Vincent Anderson, Kent Babb

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author spends time with a high school football coach and his team in New Orleans, and the result is more of a socioeconomic portrait than a book on football. It's an excellent immersive piece of reporting whose seriousness comes across in every one of narrator Ryan Vincent Anderson's words. The plights of players with often-challenging home lives demand a calm and serious... Read More

ADDRESS UNKNOWN

ADDRESS UNKNOWN

by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor | Read by Rob Shapiro, George Newbern

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This powerful audiobook highlights the evil of the Nazis as told through the powerful letters between two friends, Martin and Max, whose lives and relationship are destroyed by the regime. Ably read by Rob Shapiro and George Newbern, this 68-minute novel grabs the listener from the start and never lets go. Shapiro and Newbern read the letters between Max, an art dealer who is... Read More

AFTER THE FALL

AFTER THE FALL Being American in the World We've Made

by Ben Rhodes | Read by Ben Rhodes

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author's prowess as a speech writer shows in this sweeping account of why liberal democracy and America's global influence are being threatened by autocratic regimes. Rhodes, an MSNBC contributor and former Obama adviser, narrates with passion and strategic pacing that call to mind the gravity of a presidential speech. But the performance never sounds overwrought because... Read More

AFTERMATH

AFTERMATH

by LeVar Burton | Read by LeVar Burton

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Levar Burton's sonorous and soothing narration makes his 1997 novel, with a recent update, engaging because many of his predictions have come true. Burton is best known for playing Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and for hosting the PBS program "Reading Rainbow." His sincere and forthright voice has just a bit more bass now as he ages. The story... Read More

AFTERPARTIES

AFTERPARTIES Stories

by Anthony Veasna So | Read by Jason Sean

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The late Anthony Veasna So's debut work of fiction is a funny and touching collection of short stories about the blighted, joyful, and splintered lives of Cambodian-Americans--old, young, gay, straight. A Khmer-American, So wrote with sharp social satire and kindness. Listeners will meet an immigrant woman who names her business Chuck's Donuts because an American name will... Read More

AGATHA OF LITTLE NEON

AGATHA OF LITTLE NEON

by Claire Luchette | Read by Hillary Huber

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Hillary Huber delivers a strong performance as Agatha, the young nun of the title. Agatha has lived contentedly for nine years as a religious. When her Buffalo, New York, parish goes bankrupt, Agatha and three of her sister-nuns are reassigned to a halfway house in the faded mill town of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. They find Little Neon, the Mountain Dew-colored house... Read More

ALEC

ALEC

by William di Canzio | Read by John Sackville

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

William di Canzio's follow-up to E.M. Forster's novel MAURICE continues where the earlier story ends--with Alec Scudder and Maurice Hall embracing their uncertain future together. John Sackville's able narration brings fullness to Alec's character, centering his viewpoint as listeners discover him anew. Forthright Dorset-born gamekeeper Alec and the more urbane Maurice navigate... Read More

THE ALICE B. TOKLAS COOK BOOK

THE ALICE B. TOKLAS COOK BOOK

by Alice B. Toklas | Read by Carol Monda, Romy Nordlinger, Mark Bramhall

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Carol Monda narrates this cookbook by Alice B. Toklas, writer Gertrude Stein's partner, with the humility and respect that her words inspire. Forewords and a publisher's note, narrated by Romy Nordlinger and Mark Bramhall set the listener up for a story peppered with recipes by a woman who saw and noted all the details and rewards life brought her way. Monda portrays Toklas at... Read More

ALL ARE WELCOME

ALL ARE WELCOME

by Liz Parker | Read by David de Vries, Carly Robins, Janet Metzger, Andrew Eiden, Dara Rosenberg

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An ensemble narration exposes a bridal party's hidden resentments at a destination wedding in Bermuda. Carly Robins portrays the quavering Tiny McAllister, who senses that the half-hearted bride, Caroline, has cold feet. Dara Rosenberg portrays Caroline in a definitive voice that contrasts with Tiny's placatory murmurs. Tiny's brother, Tripp, an entitled frat boy, is voiced by... Read More

ALL OUR HIDDEN GIFTS

ALL OUR HIDDEN GIFTS

by Caroline O'Donoghue | Read by Alana Kerr Collins

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

A heady combination of Irish folklore and modern mysticism enhances this suspenseful audiobook, narrated by Alana Kerr Collins. Collins is captivating as the voice of Maeve, a headstrong Irish high school student who discovers an old deck of tarot cards and unwittingly unleashes a malevolent being who targets her former friend, Lily. With a gentle Irish accent, Collins imbues... Read More

ALL THE LITTLE HOPES

ALL THE LITTLE HOPES

by Leah Weiss | Read by Kate Forbes

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Kate Forbes narrates this tender coming-of-age story set in North Carolina's tobacco country. When tragedy brings 13-year-old Allie Bert to the home of her unstable aunt, she finds a true friend in Lucy, who aspires to be fearless like her heroine, Nancy Drew. Together, the pair face family worries, mysterious disappearances, and the opening of a Nazi POW camp in their own... Read More

ALWAYS

ALWAYS Felix and Zelda, Book 7

by Morris Gleitzman | Read by Morris Gleitzman

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Author Morris Gleitzman returns to narrate a well-paced, heartfelt final adventure featuring Felix Salinger in the seventh installment of his series spanning the period between WWII and the present day. Wassim, a biracial 10-year-old living with his uncle in Eastern Europe, turns to Felix, a man his grandfather knew who is now in his 80s, for help in dealing with a group that... Read More

THE AMBASSADOR

THE AMBASSADOR Joseph P. Kennedy at the Court of St. James's 1938-1940

by Susan Ronald | Read by Victor Bevine

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook covers only two years in the career of Joseph Kennedy, Sr., but they are the crucial years in the cementing of his reputation. Kennedy served as U.S. ambassador to Britain in the months preceding WWII and the first months of the conflict. Kennedy favored Germany and derided Britain's chances of victory--an increasingly unpopular stance at one of history's great... Read More

AN AMBUSH OF WIDOWS

AN AMBUSH OF WIDOWS

by Jeff Abbott | Read by Christine Lakin

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Two women, strangers with vastly different lives, form an alliance when their husbands are violently killed together. Christine Lakin's narration portrays the suspicions each woman holds for the other as they seek answers. In Louisiana, Kristen receives an anonymous phone call saying her husband is dead in Texas. In Austin, high-society Flora is notified that her husband has... Read More

AMID THE CROWD OF STARS

AMID THE CROWD OF STARS

by Stephen Leigh | Read by Tanya Eby

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Tanya Eby provides a smooth narration of this sci-fi saga. She develops a strong persona for Ichiko, an exobiologist who is on a mission to explore as much of the planet Canis Lupus as possible. Eby uses Scottish accents for the planet's colonists, who have been cut off from their home on Earth for centuries. She gives more subtle differences to the voices of Ichiko's... Read More

AMIRA'S PICTURE DAY

AMIRA'S PICTURE DAY

by Reem Faruqi | Read by Nazia Chaudhry

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Nazia Chaudhry brings upbeat energy to this story about a Pakistani-American girl's conflicted feelings about missing school during Eid. While she is excited about the festivities at the masjid, wearing her most beautiful shalwar kameez, and having her hands decorated with mehndi, Amira is sad to be missing picture day at school. Happily, she comes up with a solution... Read More

THE ANGEL OF ROME

THE ANGEL OF ROME

by Jess Walter, Edoardo Ballerini | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini makes Rome blossom in this coming-of-age novella by Jess Walter (BEAUTIFUL RUINS) and Ballerini. It is 1993, and Jack Rigel, a diffident college student from Nebraska, wins a scholarship to study Latin at the Vatican. Italy overwhelms him at first--his linguistic knowledge is subpar, and he has no money. One day, a dejected Jack (perfectly emoted by... Read More

ANOTHER KIND OF EDEN

ANOTHER KIND OF EDEN

by James Lee Burke | Read by Will Patton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of James Lee Burke and narrator Will Patton won't be disappointed in this latest chapter of the Holland family saga. Patton sets the tone with a dry, almost husky, telling of a story focused on the 1960s and the American West. His delivery of Burke's novel reminds listeners of why Patton runs the risk of being better known as a narrator than an actor. His measured speech... Read More

ANSWER CREEK

ANSWER CREEK

by Ashley E. Sweeney | Read by Laci Morgan

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Laci Morgan delivers the story of a young woman who is traveling with the infamous Donner Party. Ada Weeks is not yet 20, yet she's lost both her biological and adoptive parents. With no family left, she and the remainder of the Donner party are trapped in Truckee Lake, praying to survive the elements and each other through a brutal winter of 1847. Laci Morgan has the... Read More

APPLES NEVER FALL

APPLES NEVER FALL

Earphones Award Winner

by Liane Moriarty | Read by Caroline Lee

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The Delaneys are not an ordinary family, and Joy and Stan, well-respected retired tennis coaches and parents of four near-pros, find themselves immersed in the mystery of a lifetime. Australian narrator Caroline Lee is an amazing performer who digs so deeply into her characters' personas that listeners will become addicted to each witty, insightful, and gutsy one. Lee's... Read More

APRIL IN SPAIN

APRIL IN SPAIN

Earphones Award Winner

by John Banville | Read by John Lee

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator John Lee delivers a well-constructed, ably paced, and stylish performance of this elegantly written mystery. His portrayal of Banville's garrulous pathologist, Quirke, sets the tone. His subtle rendering of Quirke's wife Evelyn's Austrian accent contrasts nicely with his broader Irish posturing for the malevolent Terry Tice, who "liked killing people." Banville has a... Read More

THE ARCHER

THE ARCHER

Earphones Award Winner

by Shruti Swamy | Read by Sneha Mathan

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Sneha Mathan mesmerizes listeners with this coming-of-age story set in 1960s and 1970s Bombay. Using soft tones and subtle Indian accents, Mathan smoothly transitions between characters of different ages and genders. Her performance especially shines in her ability to channel Vidya, the story's strong, flawed female protagonist who grows up in poverty with her brother.... Read More

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DIVE INTO THE WATERS OF THE WORLD

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DIVE INTO THE WATERS OF THE WORLD Aristotle and Dante, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Lin-Manuel Miranda captures every intense emotion in this gorgeously lyrical and intensely hopeful sequel to ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. Ari Mendoza and Dante Quintana, two gay Mexican American teens in El Paso, spend a magical summer together before their last year of high school, being in love with each other and being supported by their loving... Read More

THE ART OF PATIENCE

THE ART OF PATIENCE Seeking the Snow Leopard in Tibet

Earphones Award Winner

by Sylvain Tesson, Frank Wynne [Trans.] | Read by David Pittu

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator David Pittu unpacks his full valise of vocalizations in this exceptional story of encountering one of the planet's least seen animals--the snow leopard. He narrates this all-too-brief audiobook, modulating its quiet drama, poetic riffs, and personal asides at a careful pace in a style that reveals the workings of the famous French travel writer's philosophical mind.... Read More

ASSEMBLY

ASSEMBLY

by Natasha Brown | Read by Pippa Bennett-Warner

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The whisper-soft voice of narrator Pippa Bennett-Warner draws listeners into this story told by an unnamed Black professional woman who is British. Though only two hours long, the audiobook reveals how racism and sexism infiltrate almost every aspect of the woman's daily life, including the simple acts of walking down the street and entering a shop. Bennett-Warner captures the... Read More

AWAKENING

AWAKENING #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women's Rights

by Rachel B. Vogelstein, Meighan Stone | Read by Rachel B. Vogelstein, Meighan Stone, Cindy Kay, Saskia Maarleveld, Sol Madariaga, Tyla Collier, Suehyla El Attar, Caitlin Davies, Nikki Massoud

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Most people in the U.S. know the #MeToo movement in the context of sexual harassment by politicians and people in the entertainment industry. This audiobook provides stories of women around the globe who have been aided by the movement in other contexts. Each country's story is told by a different narrator. Worthy of particular note are narrator Cindy Kay, who speaks for the... Read More

BAD KARMA

BAD KARMA The True Story of a Mexico Trip from Hell

by Paul Wilson | Read by Joe Zieja

Ocean Front Publishing | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Joe Zieja captures both the reckless exuberance and the self-doubt of 21-year-old surfer Paul Wilson. Listeners will be immersed in his riveting memoir as he recounts the calamities and karma of an ill-fated journey to surf a coveted beach in Mexico. Lured into transporting two local surf heroes in his Volkswagen bus, he sets off, heedless of the dangers ahead. Zieja... Read More

BAD WITCH BURNING

BAD WITCH BURNING

by Jessica Lewis | Read by Kamali Minter

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kamali Minter delivers a chilling performance of this dark, witchy fantasy. Katrell walks a fine line between supporting her unemployed mother and her mom's deadbeat boyfriend, and not collecting too many unexcused absences from school. Her lucrative new ability to raise the dead is the only thing keeping the lights on, but as the consequences of magic pile up, the... Read More

BALTHAZAR

BALTHAZAR The Alexandria Quartet, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Lawrence Durrell | Read by Nicholas Boulton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Although each of the novels of the Alexandria Quartet can stand alone (this is the second), they gain depth if experienced in sequence. Fortunately, Nicholas Boulton is narrating all four, and here, at least, his performance is masterly. He deploys a range of voices and accents that never leave us in doubt about who is speaking, and he draws out the characters' emotions and... Read More

BATTLE ROYAL

BATTLE ROYAL

by Lucy Parker | Read by Billie Fulford-Brown

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

With narrator Billie Fulford-Brown at the helm, Parker's latest charming, funny, and deeply romantic story glitters on audio. Playful Sylvie Fairchild and stern Dominic De Vere first met on the British TV baking show "Operation Cake," on which Dominic was a judge and Sylvie was a contestant whose unicorn cake went explosively wrong. Now, they own rival successful bakeries... Read More

BE BOLD

BE BOLD Manifest Your Dream Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Alexis Fernandez | Read by Alexis Fernandez

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Pilates instructor and student of neuroscience Alexis Fernandez is excited about human potential, and you can hear it in this refreshing guide to unlocking your biggest plans. A Spanish-South American raised in Australia, she has a charming accented voice that she combines with hip straight talk to make this a fun audio to hear. The obstacles she outlines will sound... Read More

BEASTS AND BEAUTY

BEASTS AND BEAUTY Dangerous Tales

by Soman Chainani | Read by Polly Lee

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

From the opening tale of a defiant Red Riding Hood to a final, bittersweet vision of a post-Neverland Wendy, this collection of reimagined fairy tales will hold listeners spellbound. While narrator Polly Lee's resonant British-accented voice may remind listeners of the customary storytelling style associated with European fairy tales, the stories herein are far from moralizing... Read More

THE BEATRYCE PROPHECY

THE BEATRYCE PROPHECY

by Kate DiCamillo | Read by Finty Williams

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Finty Williams's gentle narration invites listeners into this wonderous audiobook about the power of words. Beatryce has no memory of her past yet possesses the ability to read and write, a talent forbidden to women. A prophecy about such a girl threatens the current king's crown, and with the help of a monk, a boy, an ex-king, and a cantankerous goat, Beatryce searches for... Read More

BEAU GESTE

BEAU GESTE Beau Geste, Book 1

by P.C. Wren | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

This 1924 classic has been adapted for three films, two radio plays, and a stage play (not including parodies), but this audiobook still manages to provide surprises. Rupert Degas's performance is not among them; we have come to expect excellence from him, and he delivers. The three Geste brothers are to some extent aspects of a single personality, and they have similar voices... Read More

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

Earphones Award Winner

by Qian Julie Wang | Read by Qian Julie Wang

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Qian Julie Wang captivates listeners with this poignant and powerful memoir. Speaking from her childhood perspective, Wang vividly describes living with her family in poverty and fear in New York City as undocumented immigrants from China. Her quiet, measured narration is a perfect match for her unsentimental prose. While often heartbreaking, Wang's writing is... Read More

THE BEAUTIFUL ONES

THE BEAUTIFUL ONES

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Read by Imani Jade Powers

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

An unforgettable social season is underway in the fictional city of Loisail, and narrator Imani Jade Powers rises to the occasion with a highly imaginative and perfectly executed performance. Powers crafts an original accent for the fictional land that is sharp and sophisticated, with a slight French inflection. Hector, a performer with a gift for telekinesis, has come to... Read More

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU

Earphones Award Winner

by Sally Rooney | Read by Aoife McMahon

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Aoife McMahon's voice makes the conflicts of Millennials beautiful in today's messy world. Author Sally Rooney presents a tableau of Irish friends--Eileen, Alice, Felix, and Simon--who wrestle with relationships, mental health, politics, and the purpose of life. McMahon's acting dexterity shows in seamless shifts between points of view, characters, and emotions. Male... Read More

BEING CLEM

BEING CLEM

by Lesa Cline-Ransome | Read by Dion Graham

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Returning to narrate the third installment of the Finding Langston trilogy, Dion Graham once again brings historical fiction for kids to life. Feeling the aftershocks of his father's death in the Port Chicago disaster, Clem is growing up in the shadow of a man he barely remembers. As his family adjusts to their new normal, Clem struggles with fear, bravery, and finding his... Read More

BELIEVING

BELIEVING Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence

Earphones Award Winner

by Anita Hill | Read by January LaVoy

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

January LaVoy's narration precisely reflects Anita Hill's call to effect real change in the institutional acceptance of gender violence against women, men, and nonbinary individuals. LaVoy expertly delivers Hill's cringe-worthy examples of actual instances of mansplaining, victim blaming, flat-out denial, and gaslighting, showing how these tactics reinforce society's complex... Read More

BELOVED BEASTS

BELOVED BEASTS Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

by Michelle Nijhuis | Read by Christina Delaine

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Christina Delaine delivers a fable in a tone of childlike wonder as she begins her narration of the story of conservation. The tone continues as author Michelle Nijhuis describes her summer job of watching a desert tortoise. That magical feeling continues to pop up from time to time, as when Delaine describes Nijhuis's first visit to the Smithsonian. Conservation and the people... Read More

THE BENNET WOMEN

THE BENNET WOMEN

by Eden Appiah-Kubi | Read by L. Morgan Lee

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

L. Morgan Lee narrates an homage to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE set at a small liberal arts college. EJ, Jamie, and Tessa are enrolled at Longbourn University and are residents of Bennet House, the only all-women's dorm. Each of the three will experience the ups and downs of love. Lee perfectly hits each note of this loving tribute to Austen, while remaining firmly in the 21st century.... Read More

THE BERESFORD

THE BERESFORD

by Will Carver | Read by Theo Solomon

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Theo Solomon adopts a steady, unhurried pace as he narrates this horror story wrapped inside a thriller inside a mystery. The occupants of the lowest floors of the Beresford apartment building, owned by Mrs. May, are caught in a bizarre loop. Tenants arrive and settle in, become friends, and are killed by a resident. Sixty seconds later, the next renter arrives. And the story... Read More

BETTER OFF DEAD

BETTER OFF DEAD Jack Reacher, Book 26

by Lee Child, Andrew Child | Read by Scott Brick

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Scott Brick returns to portray the justice-seeking iron man Jack Reacher. Brick's voicing of Reacher in this first-person narrative brings listeners right into Jack's thoughts; however, his performances of the female characters are less credible. Making his way to the West Coast, Reacher gets distracted on the Arizona-Mexico border when he helps an Army veteran rescue her... Read More

BETTER TO HAVE GONE

BETTER TO HAVE GONE Love, Death, and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville

by Akash Kapur | Read by Vikas Adam

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Vikas Adam is the contemplative voice behind this true story about one family's pair of mysterious deaths. Adam is sober and measured throughout the detailed explanation of John Walker and Diane Maes's arrival in India, and their eventual untimely ends. Fans of journalistic storytelling will be drawn into this overlapping tale of missing parents and the adult children... Read More

BETWEEN FREEDOM AND EQUALITY

BETWEEN FREEDOM AND EQUALITY The History of an African American Family in Washington, DC

by Barbara Boyle Torrey, Clara Myrick Green James Fisher [Fore.],Tanya Gaskins Hardy [Fore.], Maurice Jackson [Fore.] | Read by L. Malaika Cooper

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

L. Malaika Cooper narrates the story of Captain George Pointer and his descendants with a touch of intimacy that draws listeners in. Authors Barbara Boyle Torrey and Clara Myrick Green go beyond the records, showing how racial laws and increasing prejudice affected free Blacks. Cooper's personal touch makes listeners feel the indignity of having to prove free status or the fear... Read More

BEWILDERMENT

BEWILDERMENT

by Richard Powers | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners will hear the frustration of a father who is trying to help his special-needs son in Edoardo Ballerini's narration. There's also quite a bit of amazement and admiration, too. Ballerini captures both the otherworldly thoughtfulness and the tantrums of son Robin, as well. Powers brings out the situation gradually, and Ballerini keeps listeners' attention as the Pulitzer... Read More

BILLY SUMMERS

BILLY SUMMERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen King | Read by Paul Sparks

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Stephen King built a career on horror, but his latest venture, which is crime drama, is scary good. Billy Summers is a hit man with a conscience; he only goes after "bad men," even though he has no compunction about being paid to kill. Narrator Paul Sparks's performance is so perfect it challenges the listener to stop listening. Sure--just TRY to turn it off! Sparks is... Read More

BIRD UNCAGED

BIRD UNCAGED An Abolitionist's Freedom Song

by Marlon Peterson | Read by Marlon Peterson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Marlon Peterson is an excellent narrator of this memoir about his path to prison and beyond. The son of Trinidadian immigrants, Peterson was a standout student in high school who struggled with rage, shame, and trauma. Ultimately, as a young man, he participated in a robbery that resulted in the deaths of two people. He spent 10 years in New York prisons, where he found himself... Read More

BIRDPEDIA

BIRDPEDIA A Brief Compendium of Avian Lore

by Christopher W. Leahy | Read by P.J. Ochlan

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The enthusiastic P.J. Ochlan sounds like an announcer as he narrates ornithologist Leahy's "teaser" for potential birders. Leahy curates a selection of alphabetical entries about birds and birding to encourage listeners to join the 48 million birders in the United States. There's a newsy tone to Ochlan's voice as he tells of a bird colliding with an airplane. He is amusing as... Read More

BLACK BIRDS IN THE SKY

BLACK BIRDS IN THE SKY The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Earphones Award Winner

by Brandy Colbert | Read by Kristyl Dawn Tift, Brandy Colbert

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Brandy Colbert, award-winning African-American children's novelist, delivers the moving foreword to her first nonfiction work. Kristyl Dawn Tift vividly narrates the truth of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, a tragic event often omitted from history books. With all the dramatic tension and horror that years of racism wrought, this contextual account explains connections such as... Read More

BLACK BOY JOY

BLACK BOY JOY 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood

Earphones Award Winner

by Kwame Mbalia [Ed.] | Read by Amir Abdullah, Taj Leahy

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Author and editor Kwame Mbalia brings an outstanding ensemble of Black male and non-binary writers together in this timely audio anthology. Seventeen works portray the power of joy in Black boys' lives. The opening story's compelling message on the importance of sharing moments of joy creates a thematic framework for the collection. Every author's contribution--whether funny,... Read More

BLACK COP'S KID

BLACK COP'S KID An Essay

Earphones Award Winner

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | Read by JD Jackson

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This short audiobook is a powerful commentary on civil rights and a tribute to athlete Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's father, a Black transit cop in New York City during the 1960s. Narrator JD Jackson gives listeners a talented portrayal of the preteen Kareem, who doesn't understand his father's friendly persona at work because at home he is quiet and he wants quiet around him.... Read More

THE BLIND LIGHT

THE BLIND LIGHT

by Stuart Evers | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This story, covering the years from 1959 to 2019, centers on the unlikely friendship of two English army buddies. Listeners observe how over time this awkward relationship impacts several generations. For example, all the family members are affected by fears of nuclear annihilation. Narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies creates a detailed portrait of postwar Britain. He brings to life... Read More

BLIND TIGER

BLIND TIGER

by Sandra Brown | Read by Jason Culp

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jason Culp has a challenging job with this audiobook. There are lots of characters--good, bad, young, old, sexy, despicable--and Culp has to find appropriate voices for all. Some are hits, like that of Sheriff Bill Amos, and some are misses, like that of Thatcher Hutson, the young cowboy hero. His voices for some of the female characters are also not quite on target.... Read More

BLOODLESS

BLOODLESS Agent Pendergast, Book 20

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child | Read by William DeMeritt

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners do not need to be familiar with previous Pendergast mysteries to jump right into this supernatural/sci-fi thriller. A series of murders in Savannah has caught the attention of FBI Special Agent Pendergast. Pendergast; his partner, Armstrong Coldmoon; and his ward, Constance Greene, will be shocked with what they uncover. Narrator William DeMeritt does a good job... Read More

BLUE HAND MOJO: HARD TIMES ROAD

BLUE HAND MOJO: HARD TIMES ROAD Rosarium

by John Jennings, Ken Jackson [Adapt.] | Read by Ken Jackson and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

The GraphicAudio crew is at their finest performing this creepy story of Frank Johnson, an African-American magician in 1931 Chicago who is trying to work off a two-century debt to Satan to reclaim his soul. It's a quick listen, performed with the requisite sound effects as the narrators pull out all stops in becoming a cast of bizarre characters in this moody adventure based... Read More

BLUSH

BLUSH

by Jamie Brenner | Read by Julia Whelan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrating from three points of view, with flashbacks to earlier times, Julia Whelan delivers the story of three generations of Hollander women: matriarch Vivian, daughter Leah, and granddaughter Sadie. Facing the financial demise of their family's New York winery, the trio find common ground through reading romance novels written decades ago, taking lessons from the heroines... Read More

THE BODY SCOUT

THE BODY SCOUT

by Lincoln Michel | Read by Greg Chun

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Greg Chun narrates this futuristic detective story in which humans regularly alter their bodies to stay young, strong, and famous. Chun's first-person portrayal of a professional baseball scout who is forced into doing some detective work harkens back to noir fiction of the 1940s. His deadpan delivery of many of the funniest lines lets listeners know that the main character is... Read More

THE BOLDNESS OF BETTY

THE BOLDNESS OF BETTY

Earphones Award Winner

by Anna Carey | Read by Eva-Jane Gaffney

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Eva-Jane Gaffney is more actor than narrator in this stellar production. She laughs, cries, and even sings as she delivers the memoir of a fictional character's experiences during the 1913 workers' strike in Dublin. Betty Rafferty, a 14-year-old working-class shop girl, sounds like the friend you always wanted. Betty's family and friends take part in an uncompromising... Read More

BOLLA

BOLLA

by Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston [Trans.] | Read by Michael Crouch, Tyler Kent

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Michael Crouch and Tyler Kent narrate this novel about a couple who must keep their love a secret in this triggering but honest look at the ethnic war in Kosovo in the mid-1990s. Portraying Milos, Crouch shows off his vocal control as he exudes the bottled rage that arises out of abuse and persecution. Listeners should keep tissues handy as Crouch's heartbreaking narration will... Read More

THE BOMBAY PRINCE

THE BOMBAY PRINCE Perveen Mistry, Book 3

by Sujata Massey | Read by Sneha Mathan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With her easy-to-listen-to voice subtly changing accents and intonation for the Indian and British characters, Sneha Mathan performs the third in the Perveen Mistry series. Mathan effectively differentiates males and females young and old, and masterfully conveys personality. Mistry, the only female lawyer in India, seeks justice for a female Parsi student found dead on the day... Read More

BOMBSHELL

BOMBSHELL A Hell's Belles Novel

by Sarah MacLean | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Mary Jane Wells bursts onto the scene in Sarah MacLean's newest historical romance series, Hell's Belles. As narrator, Wells captures Lady Sesily Talbot's bold spirit and confident tones, along with her working-class accent, which reflects her roots. Sesily has a reputation for scandal and learns to use it to her advantage when she joins a team of women who work in secret to... Read More

THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS

THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS

by Ruth Ozeki | Read by Kerry Shale, Ruth Ozeki

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kerry Shale's emotive voice reflects the magic and whimsy of this novel about books, family, and the hidden lives of everyday things. After his father dies, 14-year-old Benny Oh begins hearing the voices of objects. As stuff accumulates in the house, life becomes increasingly difficult for Benny and his mother, Annabelle. This unusual story is populated with... Read More

THE BOOK OF HOPE

THE BOOK OF HOPE A Survival Guide for Trying Times

by Jane Goodall, Douglas Abrams | Read by Douglas Abrams, Jane Goodall

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Douglas Abrams's resonant voice sounds peaceful and strong as he interviews the 87-year-old naturalist in this invitation to take action against the perils of our time--global warming, terrorism, attacks against democracy, widening gaps between haves and have-nots, and the threat of more pandemics. In tone and focus, he makes this an intimate audio that offers many personal... Read More

THE BOOK OF MAGIC

THE BOOK OF MAGIC The Practical Magic Series, Book 4

by Alice Hoffman | Read by Jennifer Ehle

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Jennifer Ehle uses a steady pace to catch listeners up on the lives of the Owens women since Hoffman's popular novel PRACTICAL MAGIC ended. Aunt Jet's final week of life reveals how to put a stop to the three-hundred-year-old curse that stalks the family just in time to save a young man's life. To destroy the curse, three generations of Owens travel to England, where... Read More

THE BOOK OF THE CITY OF LADIES

THE BOOK OF THE CITY OF LADIES

by Christine de Pizan | Read by Georgina Sutton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

In a smooth, cultured voice, narrator Georgina Sutton inhabits French noblewoman and author Christine de Pizan, who is most famous for her 1405 work about women. Christine, in a dreamlike state, meets three Virtues--Reason, Rectitude, and Justice--who help her build the City of Ladies. As Christine asks questions about the roles, vitality, and superiority of women, Sutton... Read More

THE BOOKSELLER'S SECRET

THE BOOKSELLER'S SECRET A Novel of Nancy Mitford and WWII

by Michelle Gable | Read by Eleanor Caudill

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In this novel, two women, both middle-aged novelists, share aspirations, personal struggles, and frustrations--though they are separated by eight decades. Narrator Eleanor Caudill brings to life the fictional contemporary writer Katie Cabot, who is living in London while searching for literary inspiration. She is the quintessential American, and in Caudill's voice we hear her... Read More

THE BOYS

THE BOYS A Memoir of Hollywood and Family

Earphones Award Winner

by Ron Howard, Clint Howard | Read by Ron Howard, Clint Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is simply a delight. Entertainment icon brothers Ron and Clint Howard share a memoir that never strays far from being a sincere loving tribute to their late Midwest-born parents and grandparents for the values they instilled. With voices bright with high style and that special talent some actors have for making the conversation seem so intimate and direct, the... Read More

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

by Robin Wall Kimmerer | Read by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Many Native peoples in northern North America use sweetgrass in their traditions and ceremonies, often braided. In this audiobook environmental biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer uses it as a subject and a metaphor. Her own personal braid includes the traditional wisdom of her Potawatomie ancestors and her scientific training. In narrating her own audiobook, she adeptly shares the... Read More

A BRIEF HISTORY OF EARTH

A BRIEF HISTORY OF EARTH Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters

by Andrew H. Knoll | Read by Tom Parks

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Andrew Knoll, a Harvard professor and researcher in geology and paleontology, covers a lot of ground in just five hours of listening. But Tom Parks's pacing of the narrative never feels rushed during this primer on the origins of life, geological catastrophes, and mass extinctions, continuing right up to our current climate crisis. Knoll has an approachable writing style; only... Read More

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MOTION

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MOTION From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next

by Tom Standage | Read by Liam Gerrard

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Liam Gerrard revs up for a fast-moving narration to take listeners on Tom Standage's tour of automobiles and their place in our lives. Gerrard becomes impassioned as he recounts the hostile sentiments that people felt toward early motorists. He puts a salesman's enthusiasm into the story of how Henry Ford's Model T expanded car ownership. As Standage peers into the future,... Read More

THE BRILLIANT ABYSS

THE BRILLIANT ABYSS Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It

by Helen Scales | Read by Helen Scales

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author/narrator Helen Scales describes the ship PELICAN when she was part of its research crew, establishing her personal connection to the deep seas. The marine biologist brings a British accent and a sense of wonder to her observations of a creature called "a headless chicken monster" and many other life-forms that even scientists are still learning about. She adds drama to a... Read More

THE BUCKET LIST

THE BUCKET LIST Agent John Adderley, Book 1

by Peter Mohlin, Peter Nystrom | Read by Dion Graham

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Dion Graham has a velvet voice and is particularly skillful with noir drama. His protagonist is John Adderly, a half-Swedish Black FBI agent now in the Witness Protection Program. Tricky, voicing the family accents. Adderly, threatened by a violent international drug ring he helped bust, should have chosen to relocate somewhere he had no history, but he demands Sweden,... Read More

BURNING BOY

BURNING BOY The Life and Work of Stephen Crane

by Paul Auster | Read by Paul Auster

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and narrator Paul Auster is an esteemed novelist in his own right, and this exhaustive, and somewhat exhausting, biography of writer Stephen Crane demonstrates a deep empathy for Crane's writing--and for his brief, hardscrabble life. But does that life, which ended at age 28, really need 800 pages in print and 35+ hours of audio to recount? That--each listener must... Read More

BUSINESS OF FRIENDSHIP

BUSINESS OF FRIENDSHIP Making the Most of Our Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time

by Shasta Nelson | Read by Shasta Nelson

HarperCollins Leadership | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Friendship expert Shasta Nelson has a wonderful palette of pitch and phrasing patterns that make her encyclopedic guide immensely engaging to hear. Her performance helps convince listeners that friendships at work offer many benefits. People with good friends at work are more likely to be happier with their lives, more engaged with their jobs, and more collaborative, creative,... Read More

THE BUTTON

THE BUTTON Bodhi Crocodile, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Bradley Carter | Read by Troy Duran

Bradley Carter | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Troy Duran dramatically interweaves the violence and innocence that make up Bodhi Crocodile's world. Listeners hear Bodhi mourn the deaths of his beloved father and his friends Alvy and Freddie Gordon. Duran masterfully portrays mute, childlike Bodhi, who has a strong sense of right and wrong and acts accordingly. When mobster Enzo Di Giovanni plans to remove a rival... Read More

THE CABINET

THE CABINET George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

by Lindsay M. Chervinsky | Read by Janet Metzger

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

This study of how George Washington turned the Department Heads named in the Constitution into the Cabinet is given an able, if not necessarily inspiring, narration by Janet Metzger. As the first president, Washington was traveling uncharted ground and used his cabinet as more of a council, much like his councils of war during the Revolution. Metzger has a clear voice that is... Read More

CANARY IN THE COAL MINE

CANARY IN THE COAL MINE A Forgotten Rural Community, a Hidden Epidemic, and a Lone Doctor Battling for the Life, Health, and Soul of the People

by William Cooke, Laura Ungar | Read by Tim Dixon

Tyndale House Publishers | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Tim Dixon lends a strong, well-paced voice to the religion-infused story of Dr. William Cooke, who followed his faith to bring effective drug treatments, including HIV care, to the small, struggling town of Austin, Indiana. Dixon's matter-of-fact, nicely pitched delivery helps place Cooke's relationship with his God in context--as a part of his everyday life that does... Read More

CAN'T KNOCK THE HUSTLE

CAN'T KNOCK THE HUSTLE Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets' Superstars of Tomorrow

by Matt Sullivan | Read by Will Damron

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Will Damron brings gravitas to Matt Sullivan's words. This audiobook isn't about Xs and Os on the court; it's about professional athletes, as seen through the Brooklyn Nets, voicing their opinions on a lot of issues--from politics to dealing with COVID and more. The overarching themes are racial equality and the movement in the NBA to gain more control over contracts.... Read More

CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY

CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY

by Steven Salvatore | Read by Logan Rozos

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Young Adult

This sweet and encouraging story is brought to life by narrator Logan Rozos, who voices Carey Parker. Carey is a genderqueer Mariah Carey-loving teen who is navigating first love, discrimination, and family illness while trying to follow their passion of singing. Rozos's narration captures Carey's hopes and doubts, expressing their thoughts with just the right amount of emotion... Read More

A CARNIVAL OF SNACKERY

A CARNIVAL OF SNACKERY Diaries (2003-2020)

by David Sedaris | Read by David Sedaris, Tracey Ullman

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In his second volume of diaries, covering 2003-2020, David Sedaris shares bizarre and entertaining stories from his life and travels. His narration is dry and direct; though he claims not to be a stand-up comic, he has the timing of one. Tracey Ullman delivers the sections that take place in the UK and Australia, utilizing her skill with accents to highlight the many... Read More

CARRY ON

CARRY ON Reflections for a New Generation

by John Lewis, Andrew Young, Kabir Sehgal | Read by Don Cheadle

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This short but powerful audiobook collects the wisdom of the late Civil Rights activist and congressman John Lewis. Covering a wide variety of topics, narrator Don Cheadle wisely does not attempt to mimic Lewis's distinctive speaking voice but creates a similar effect of thoughtful consideration tempered by subtle humor. As Lewis's subjects range from reflections on racism and... Read More

CARY GRANT

CARY GRANT The Making of a Hollywood Legend

by Mark Glancy | Read by Daniel Henning

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mark Glancy, film historian at London's Queen Mary University, may well have provided the definitive in-depth biography of Archie Leach, who became the film star Cary Grant. Daniel Henning's superb narration adds much to the winning volume. Showing obvious grace and high style, the entertaining narration suits the subject. With great emphasis on the actor's impoverished early... Read More

CATCH THE RABBIT

CATCH THE RABBIT

by Lana Bastai | Read by Tanya Cubric

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Sara is on a journey. Called out of the blue by Lejla, Sara leaves her life behind to help her oldest friend and ultimate foil. Tanya Cubric is a fine narrator; vocally, her style is colorful and authentic, although her pacing sometimes accelerates at random, leaving the listener scrambling to keep up. Translated from Serbo-Croatian, this novel is often lyrical and arresting.... Read More

CHANGE SINGS

CHANGE SINGS A Children's Anthem

by Amanda Gorman | Read by Amanda Gorman

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Who better to read her first children's picture book than poet-activist Amanda Gorman? Gorman's lyrical voice features the strong sense of rhythm, rhyming, and laudable phrasing that she has quickly become known for. The audio begins,"I can hear change humming / In its loudest, proudest song. / I don't fear change coming, / And so I sing along." One appreciates how Gorman's... Read More

THE CHAOS KIND

THE CHAOS KIND

by Barry Eisler | Read by Barry Eisler

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The author himself narrates a fantasy-thriller that reunites a team of snipers, detectives, and assassins. Their job is to protect an attorney who is building a case against a wealthy child predator. The antiheroes have one thing in common: the determination to stop the cycle of abuse committed against children. As they confront retired assassins and political insiders, the... Read More

CHARLIE BROWN'S AMERICA

CHARLIE BROWN'S AMERICA The Popular Politics of Peanuts

by Blake Scott Ball | Read by Johnny Heller

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Blake Scott Ball uses subtlety and understatement, much like "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz himself did, to paint a thoughtful portrait of Schulz's life and the political commentary he quietly placed in his renowned comic strip and later animated television specials. Sadly, Johnny Heller's delivery style is more like that of an anchorman. (Think: "Here now--the news!") It... Read More

CHARLOTTE SOPHIA

CHARLOTTE SOPHIA Myth, Madness and the Moor

Earphones Award Winner

by Tina Andrews | Read by Adjoa Andoh

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Adjoa Andoh delivers an epic journey through 50 years in the life of Charlotte Sophia, the first Moorish queen of England, wife of "mad" King George III. Always an embarrassment, Charlotte's tawny skin was covered with chalky makeup so she'd appear less dusky. She inherited a holy reliquary with mystical connections to the Knights Templar and the Masons. Andoh makes us... Read More

CHASING ME TO MY GRAVE

CHASING ME TO MY GRAVE An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South

by Winfred Rembert, Erin I. Kelly, Bryan Stevenson (Fore.) | Read by Dion Graham, Karen Chilton

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Dion Graham transforms his voice to portray artist Winfred Rembert, who escaped the cotton fields of the Deep South he labored in as a child. During the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, he was nearly lynched by law enforcement and then found himself incarcerated and forced to work on a chain gang. Delivering this in-your-face memoir, Graham has an aged, comfortable... Read More

CHASING THE BOOGEYMAN

CHASING THE BOOGEYMAN

by Richard Chizmar | Read by Chris Andrew Ciulla

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Horror

Narrator Chris Ciulla enhances a serial killer story featuring a couple of journalists/armchair detectives. Ciulla is comfortable behind the microphone, and that ease keeps listeners engaged. His oration makes it easier to follow the complicated plot involving a serial killer who is stalking beautiful teenage girls in a small Maryland town. Despite sounding somewhat like a... Read More

CHECKING IN

CHECKING IN How Getting Real about Depression Saved My Life--and Can Save Yours

by Michelle Williams | Read by Michelle Williams

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Former Destiny's Child member and "Masked Singer" star Michelle Williams narrates this impassioned audiobook about her experiences with depression and anxiety. Her main message is on the importance of learning how to cope. Williams describes how she stays on track mentally even during her darkest days by seeking support from professionals and checking in with God and herself.... Read More

CHEESE, WINE, AND BREAD

CHEESE, WINE, AND BREAD Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France

by Katie Quinn | Read by Katie Quinn

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Enthusiasm! That's the hallmark of author Katie Quinn's delivery of this paean to the wonders and delights of cheese, wine, and bread--and the fermentation processes that make them possible. There's an audible smile and abundant excitement in Quinn's voice as she recounts working at London's famous Neal's Yard Dairy cheese shop, making goat cheese on an English farm,... Read More

CHINA ROOM

CHINA ROOM

by Sunjeev Sahota | Read by Indira Varma, Antonio Aakeel

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Indira Varma and Antonio Aakeel come together to create a rich vocal experience for the two intertwined stories in this intergenerational family drama. Varma becomes the young Mehar, who in the 1920s is married in a group ceremony to one of three brothers, though she doesn't know which one. Her lush, vivid narration inspires compassion for the Punjabi young wife who... Read More

A CHORUS RISES

A CHORUS RISES A Song Below Water, Book 2

by Bethany C. Morrow | Read by Cherise Boothe, Eboni Flowers

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Eboni Flowers creates the perfect voice for the charismatic Naema in this thoughtful story meshing magic and media. When influencer Naema takes the blame for outing a Siren and a Gorgon in her high school, she lays low for the summer with her extended family and learns more about her heritage. Meanwhile, a group of disgruntled fans decides to defend her reputation by... Read More

THE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL

THE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Earphones Award Winner

by Nghi Vo | Read by Natalie Naudus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Natalie Naudus narrates a reimagining of THE GREAT GATSBY that is magical and queer, while still wholly true to the spirit of the original. Jordan Baker may be an adopted orphan of the War in Vietnam, but she does not dwell on her past; she has status and money and connections, and she uses them to advance herself. Naudus perfectly captures Jordan's ambivalent feelings about... Read More

CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD

CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD

by Gabriel García Márquez | Read by Bernado de Paula

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A murder that is known all over town before it occurs and a narrator piecing together the details long after the event--Gabriel García Márquez's novella makes for an intriguing audiobook. Bernardo de Paula captures the voice of the fictional unnamed narrator, who often recounts his investigative interviews indirectly. De Paula's transitions between Spanish and English are... Read More

CITY OF DARK CORNERS

CITY OF DARK CORNERS

by Jon Talton | Read by Eric G. Dove

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Eric G. Dove transports listeners to Phoenix in the early 1930s. He effectively portrays Gene Hammons, a former police detective, now a private investigator, who is driven by a deep need to seek justice. Dove credibly depicts Hammons's love interest, Victoria Vasquez, and the many other characters, including a young Barry Goldwater. In the opening author's note, Talton... Read More

CITY ON THE EDGE

CITY ON THE EDGE

by David Swinson | Read by Jonathan Davis

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In 1972, 13-year-old Graham moves with his family to Beirut, Lebanon, where he navigates the challenges of a tense home environment and a different world outside, packed with formidable characters and hidden danger. Narrator Jonathan Davis does a sterling job bringing the lead characters to life, particularly as Graham finds that typical youthful scrapes have much bigger... Read More

CLARK AND DIVISION

CLARK AND DIVISION

by Naomi Hirahara | Read by Allison Hiroto

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Allison Hiroto provides a steady, clear narration of this well-researched historical mystery. The year is 1944, and Japanese- American Aki Ito and her parents have just been released from the Manzanar internment camp in California. They are sent to resettle in Chicago, where they learn of the death of Aki's beloved older sister, Rose. Unconvinced of the police's ruling... Read More

CLASSIFIED

CLASSIFIED The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

by Traci Sorell | Read by DeLanna Studi, Traci Sorell [Note]

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

DeLanna Studi's Oklahoma Cherokee heritage brings authenticity to her narration of this biography of engineer Mary Golda Ross. Born in Oklahoma in 1908, Ross drew from her Cherokee values and her talent in math to become the first female engineer at Lockheed Aircraft Company, where she worked on top-secret projects. Music provides an inspiring backdrop to Mary's education and... Read More

CLEA

CLEA The Alexandria Quartet, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by Lawrence Durrell | Read by Nicholas Boulton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

With this audiobook, narrator Nicholas Boulton completes Durrell's Alexandria Quartet. His thrilling new performance isn't merely respectful of this classic work; these characters come to life, as does the environment of WWII-era Alexandria, "the capital of memory." Darley, a key figure throughout the series, ruminates on time, sex, and literature as he and Clea continue their... Read More

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

Earphones Award Winner

by Anthony Doerr | Read by Marin Ireland, Simon Jones

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Marin Ireland and Simon Jones sparkle as they narrate this immersive time-traveling novel. They vividly deliver the stories that weave through this audiobook. A gifted mimic, Ireland performs subtle and effective emulations of Australian, Italian, and English accents. When she slows down to enunciate the classical Greek sprinkled throughout the text, her reading shimmers with... Read More

THE COLDEST CASE

THE COLDEST CASE Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 14

by Martin Walker | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In the Périgord region of France, Bruno, chief of police, uses his investigative skills to solve a murder that took place 30 years earlier during the Cold War era. Narrator Robert Ian Mackenzie does a wonderful job bringing Bruno and his friends to life. He shines at injecting warmth and humanity into his portrayal of Bruno, who is believable and likable. Using... Read More

COLORFUL

COLORFUL

Earphones Award Winner

by Eto Mori, Jocelyne Allen [Trans.] | Read by Brian Nishii

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Drawing from his childhood in Tokyo, as well as his acting experience, Brian Nishii delivers a flawless narration. In this Japanese bestseller, a dead soul wins a lottery and gets a second chance. Prapura, an angel, guides the soul as it occupies the body of Makoto Kobayashi, a 14-year-old who recently attempted suicide. The soul must learn from its past mistakes in order to be... Read More

A COMEDY OF TERRORS

A COMEDY OF TERRORS Flavia Albia, Book 9

by Lindsey Davis | Read by Jane Collingwood

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

During the Roman festival Saturnalia, Britannia-born Flavia Albia, whom narrator Jane Collingwood makes sound rather patrician, is once again solving mysteries. Flavia Albia is a private informer/detective who has succeeded her father, Marcus Didius Falco. Together with her husband, Aedile Tiberius Manlius Faustus, she investigates crimes, including murder, the theft and... Read More

THE COMFORT BOOK

THE COMFORT BOOK

by Matt Haig | Read by Matt Haig

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author/narrator Matt Haig's nuanced exploration of comfort is a cozy escape for the listener. With his pleasing Nottinghamshire accent, Haig narrates well-crafted short pieces on perseverance, forgiveness, philosophy, selfhood, and more. To hear this author read his words is to understand how much he believes in and encourages others to actively hope: "Nothing is stronger than... Read More

COMMITTED

COMMITTED Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training

by Adam Stern | Read by Adam Stern

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Adam Stern shares the challenges and experiences of taking on a four-year psychiatric residency at Harvard Medical School and how it changed his perspective and helped him form a better understanding of himself and humanity. With an informal narration style, Stern presents realistic and honest accounts of psychiatric patients, his scholarly journey, and his... Read More

THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES

THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Saki | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

English-Australian narrator Rupert Degas has a grand time giving voice to Saki's (Hector Hugh Munro, 1870-1916) many tales of blustering, tyrannical aunts; mischievous children; and that most important of all English inventions--the twit. Saki was a master of light journalism and short fiction and was known for his barbed descriptions of upper-crust English life and his... Read More

COMRADE KOBA

COMRADE KOBA

by Robert Littell | Read by Andrew Eiden, Rachel Jacobs

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A Russian boy has intensely personal discussions with an old man about the country's controversial leader, Josef Stalin--but is the man not what he seems? Narrator Andrew Eiden presents this fascinating, if slow moving, audiobook with particular attention to the dialogue that shows the trust and understanding of the boy. Narrator Rachel Jacobs shows a wide range of skills while... Read More

CONCEALED

CONCEALED

by Christina Diaz Gonzalez | Read by Rebecca Soler

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Rebecca Soler's strong characterizations and deft pacing carry listeners swiftly through Christina Diaz Gonzalez's thrilling middle-grade mystery. Katrina lives off the grid, changing cities, names, and lives every few months so she and her parents won't get caught--but she doesn't know why. When her parents are kidnapped, she has to trust a tech-savvy new friend and a... Read More

CONQUISTADORES

CONQUISTADORES A New History of Spanish Discovery and Conquest

Earphones Award Winner

by Fernando Cervantes | Read by Luis Soto

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Actor Luis Soto excels in this new, scrupulously researched history of the Spanish discovery and conquest of the Americas, a complex story with many linguistic and listening challenges. Once treated as romantic and valorous, the Spanish conquistadores are more recently seen as rapacious and genocidal, their adventures a shameful episode in imperialist greed. Author Fernando... Read More

THE CORPSE FLOWER

THE CORPSE FLOWER Kaldan og Schäfer Series, Book 1

by Anne Mette Hancock | Read by Laura Jennings

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Laura Jennings narrates this striking debut mystery. After failing to check her sources, Danish journalist Heloise Kaldan is in danger of losing her job with DEMOKRATISK DAGBLAD--until she begins receiving notes from accused murderer Anna Kiel. Kiel was last seen on security cameras covered in blood moments after an attorney's murder three years earlier. The police are... Read More

COUNT THE WAYS

COUNT THE WAYS

Earphones Award Winner

by Joyce Maynard | Read by Joyce Maynard

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author/narrator Joyce Maynard's embodiment of her characters is disarming. Her performance reaches a profound level of intimacy that is moving and heartbreaking. Spanning decades, Maynard's story centers on Eleanor, who loses her parents at 16 in a vehicle accident. Eleanor channels her grief into a successful career as a children's author, eventually moving to a farm and... Read More

COVERED WITH NIGHT

COVERED WITH NIGHT A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America

by Nicole Eustace | Read by Laural Merlington

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This memorable audiobook, narrated by Laural Merlington, is a deep dive into the now obscure and largely forgotten 1722 Pennsylvania murder of Sawantaeny, a Seneca hunter, by John and Edmund Cartlidge. The two white traders were upset that Sawantaeny was resisting what they considered to be a fair deal. Eustace uses the crime and its aftermath as a starting point to explore... Read More

CUBA

CUBA An American History

by Ada Ferrer | Read by Alma Cuervo, Ada Ferrer [Prologue]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

In her prologue to this audiobook, author Ada Ferrer describes her émigré family's history in Cuba and her own return to the island after years in the U.S. Her book, she emphasizes, is an American history of Cuba, and of its long, often problematic relationship with the U.S. Ferrer's voice is amiable but somewhat flat. So it's a boon that Alma Cuervo narrates the remainder of... Read More

CURSE PAINTER

CURSE PAINTER Art Mages of Lure, Book 1

by Jordan Rivet | Read by Marnye Young

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Marnye Young has an extensive cast of characters to deal with in this audiobook. She conveys the protagonist, Briar, by emphasizing her youth and innocence in the face of growing danger and intrigue. Briar's nemesis is Archer, an outlaw who has a need for her particular kind of magic. Young portrays Archer as a dashing ne'er-do-well who charms his way out of trouble... Read More

A CUT FOR A CUT

A CUT FOR A CUT Detective Kate Young, Book 2

by Carol Wyer | Read by Henrietta Meire

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Henrietta Meire portrays Detective Kate Young with the perfect cadence and English accents in this second in a series. Kate continues to quietly pursue her investigation of corruption within her precinct while dealing with the loss of her husband. At the same time, a local serial rapist turns to murder, and the timing of attacks between victims begins to escalate. Meire... Read More

DAMNATION SPRING

DAMNATION SPRING

by Ash Davidson | Read by CJ Wilson, Rebecca Lowman, Mark Sanderlin, Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Rebecca Lowman and CJ Wilson lead this immersive and timely debut, set in the late 1970s. Illuminated by the ensemble narration, the audiobook is a family saga involving a logger's dream and looming environmental devastation. Lowman channels the vulnerable strength of Colleen, the town midwife, who is struggling with the miscarriages taking place in the town, including her own.... Read More

THE DARK HOURS

THE DARK HOURS Harry Bosch, Book 23

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Connelly | Read by Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners once again enjoy the talented partnership of author Michael Connelly and narrators Christine Lakin and Titus Welliver. In this fourth audiobook in the Renee Ballard series, we follow the prickly LAPD detective as she relentlessly pursues justice. Ballard faces obstacles presented by the pandemic and the blowback on law enforcement from police brutality protests. Lakin... Read More

THE DARKNESS KNOWS

THE DARKNESS KNOWS

by Arnaldur Indridason | Read by Sean Barrett

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Sean Barrett portrays the taciturn retired Inspector Konrad, who is called back into service to investigate the frozen body of a thirty-year-old cold case. Barrett's tone reflects the famous restraint of Icelandic society. He manages Konrad's signature introversion while also drawing listeners into the intricate plot of the mystery. An experienced narrator, he balances... Read More

THE DARKNESS OUTSIDE US

THE DARKNESS OUTSIDE US

by Eliot Schrefer | Read by James Fouhey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator James Fouhey takes listeners on a futuristic space adventure with a twist. Awakening with memory loss on a mission to Titan, one of Saturn's moons, Ambrose expects to be the only spacefarer on board his ship. He is shocked to discover the presence of Kodiak, who is from the enemy country of Democratia. Fouhey captures Ambrose's smooth-talking persona and Kodiak's... Read More

THE DATING PLAYBOOK

THE DATING PLAYBOOK

by Farrah Rochon | Read by Rebecca Lee

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Rebecca Lee narrates a humorous romance that is also deeply emotionally resonant. Taylor Powell has a great business as a personal trainer--and, unfortunately, a lot of financial problems. When former NFL player Jamar Dixon approaches her with an incredible professional opportunity, she leaps at the chance, but things get complicated quickly. Lee gives both Taylor and Jamar... Read More

DAUGHTER OF THE MORNING STAR

DAUGHTER OF THE MORNING STAR Walt Longmire, Book 17

Earphones Award Winner

by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator George Guidall performs Book 17 in the Sheriff Walt Longmire series with all of his masterful storytelling talent on display. The sheriff and his partner-in-justice, Henry Standing Bear, are requested by Tribal Police Chief Lola Long to investigate death threats being sent to her niece, Jaya, a talented high school basketball player. They also look into the earlier... Read More

THE DEAD AND THE DARK

THE DEAD AND THE DARK

by Courtney Gould | Read by Soneela Nankani

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Soneela Nankani narrates Courtney Gould's debut novel, a diverting mix of mystery, horror, ghost story, and queer romance with just the right blend of insouciance and seriousness. Logan's dads have dragged her from glitzy L.A. to isolated Snakebite, Oregon, as they probe paranormal happenings for their hit television show. Lonely in the unfriendly, homophobic town, Logan teams... Read More

DEAD WEDNESDAY

DEAD WEDNESDAY

by Jerry Spinelli | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

On "Dead Wednesday," every eighth grader in this unusual audiobook is given the name and photo of a teen who died a preventable death. As the students go through the day, the townspeople behave as if the teens are invisible. The point is to drive home the kids' mortality. Narrator Kirby Heyborne voices the initial excitement of middle-schooler Robbie Tarnauer, who "becomes" the... Read More

DECODING GREATNESS

DECODING GREATNESS

by Ron Friedman | Read by Ron Friedman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Through engaging stories, wide-ranging research, and case studies from multiple disciplines, this audiobook delivers 10 key lessons on achieving exceptional results. Author/narrator Ron Friedman draws from music, cuisine, writing, sports, politics, art, and business to decode success stories and draw significant lessons from them. Listeners are provided with actionable tools to... Read More

DEVIL IN DISGUISE

DEVIL IN DISGUISE The Ravenels, Book 7

by Lisa Kleypas | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Mary Jane Wells's sparkling performance immerses the listener in late-nineteenth-century England in this romance between Lady Merritt Sterling and Scotsman Keir MacRae. Lady Merritt runs her late husband's shipping company. When Keir brings his whiskey to London, passion flares between the two. Wells uses an authentic-sounding Scottish accent that thickens as Keir... Read More

DEVILS, LUSTS AND STRANGE DESIRES

DEVILS, LUSTS AND STRANGE DESIRES The Life of Patricia Highsmith

by Richard Bradford | Read by Daniel Henning

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With the publication of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1950) and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (1955), author Patricia Highsmith came roaring onto the worldwide literary scene, giving murder mysteries and psychological thrillers a dark, intelligent sheen. Sadly, her personal life was a mess, fraught with alcoholism, anger, and shattered relationships. Narrator Daniel Henning's upbeat, almost... Read More

DEVOTION

DEVOTION Devotion Duology, Book 2

by E.B. Bridenstine | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Bridenstine Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Kirby Heyborne continues the love story of Bozek, an ogre, and Ranamayve, an elf, which was begun in ALLIANCE. Heyborne presents the fantasy world of Leusandia in a level, rather mournful tone, which matches the timeless, distant nature of the elves. In speech, Bozek has a slight, unspecified accent, while Ranamayve's voice is lighter and firm, establishing her royal... Read More

DIGGER AND ME

DIGGER AND ME

Earphones Award Winner

by Ros Roberts | Read by Laurence Boxhall

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Laurence Boxhall flawlessly presents endearing James as he faces his parents' divorce in this coming-of-age story. Listeners observe the close bond James has with his dog, Digger, and are saddened when James discovers a lump on Digger's leg. Boxhall skillfully introduces outstanding teacher Mr. Froggett, who warmly encourages his sixth graders to write poetry. Other... Read More

DISQUIET

DISQUIET

by Zülfü Livaneli, Brendan Freely [Trans.] | Read by Hemi Yeroham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Hemi Yeroham is the thoughtful voice behind this twisting tale of love, migration, and culture. He presents the star-crossed lovers-- Meleknaz, a Yazidi Syrian refugee, and Hussein, a young Turkish man--who meet against the backdrop of a refugee camp and parental disapproval. Yeroham has the rich, round baritone of an orator, which elevates the entire listening... Read More

DOG ISLAND

DOG ISLAND

by Philippe Claudel, Euan Cameron [Trans.] | Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Set on a tiny volcanic island in a Mediterranean archipelago on whose beaches the corpses of three young Black men wash up, this novel pits individual choice against community pressure. Narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith with world-weary intimacy, the audiobook explores how the island's leaders react to this tragedy--and how their careful plans are disrupted when an outsider... Read More

DON'T HATE THE PLAYER

DON'T HATE THE PLAYER

by Alexis Nedd | Read by Aaron Landon, Stacy Gonzalez

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Stacy Gonzalez brings Emelia to life as the Latinx teen balances her straight As and star athletics with her secret passion for gaming. Speaking in the first-person, Gonzalez is funny, emotional, and confident as Emelia claims her place in the male-dominated gaming world. Gonzalez uses an appropriate Puerto Rican accent for Emelia's helicopter mom, who manages every... Read More

DON'T LET IT GET YOU DOWN

DON'T LET IT GET YOU DOWN Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body

by Savala Nolan | Read by Savala Nolan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Savala Nolan uses her voice to full effect in her narration of this collection of essays about Black womanhood and the complicated realities of living in a racialized body. Her narration, like her prose, has heft. Her voice is full of life, inviting yet firm. She often pauses at the end of meaningful passages, allowing their full impact to sink in. The essays themselves... Read More

THE DONUT TRAP

THE DONUT TRAP

by Julie Tieu | Read by Natalie Naudus

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

In a vibrant performance with well-paced comedic timing, narrator Natalie Naudus turns Jasmine Tran's attempt to save her love life, career, and donut shop into a satisfying listen. Naudus's slightly acerbic voice is well suited for Jasmine, who uses self-deprecation and sarcasm when confronting her problems. While attempting to make her family's donut shop go viral, Jasmine... Read More

DRAMA LUAU

DRAMA LUAU Nicky & Noah, Book 4

by Joe Cosentino | Read by Griswold Addams

Joe Cosentino | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Griswold Addams sounds sublime in this cozy mystery set at a Maui resort. Listeners observe newlyweds Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, honeymooning theater professors, as they direct luau shows to offset their vacation expenses--until murder strikes down several of the dishy male dancers. Addams excels with various Hawaiian accents, particularly those of nasty Lani,... Read More

DRIFTWOOD

DRIFTWOOD

by Marie Brennan | Read by Christina Delaine

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fantasy

Driftwood is a place where worlds come to die. Christina Delaine narrates this audiobook, which is framed as a memorial to a person called Last--the last living being from his world. Each tale offers a different world's remembrance of how Last interacted with it--some view him as a sort of savior, and others characterize him as more of a con man. The stories are very different... Read More

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