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ACTS OF VIOLET

ACTS OF VIOLET

Earphones Award Winner

by Margarita Montimore | Read by Brittany Pressley, Amy McFadden, Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Hillary Huber, Johnny Heller, Katharine Chin, Ramon de Ocampo, Suzanne Toren, Alejandro Ruiz

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Brittany Pressley skillfully headlines an expansive full cast in this immersive audio production. Violet Volk is a dazzling and daring superstar magician. When she vanishes during her flashiest performance yet, her sister, Sasha, is left behind to pick up the pieces. Ten years later, unanswered questions continue to haunt Sasha; her daughter, Quinn; and Violet's legions of... Read More

AFTERLIVES

AFTERLIVES

by Abdulrazak Gurnah | Read by Damian Lynch

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Damian Lynch's deep, rich voice transports listeners to colonial East Africa in the early twentieth century. Though the narration stays fairly neutral, Lynch adds color while introducing listeners to the life of volunteer soldier Hamza, who cleverly negotiates with the German officers he reports to. Lynch smoothly navigates the mix of languages that surround Hamza. Lynch's... Read More

AGENT MOST WANTED

AGENT MOST WANTED The Never-Before-Told Story of the Most Dangerous Spy of World War II

by Sonia Purnell | Read by Caroline Hewitt

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Caroline Hewitt delivers a gripping performance of the young reader's edition of Purnell's bestseller about Virginia Hall, a socialite from Baltimore who worked as a spy for the Allies during WWII. Hewitt skillfully channels Hall's strong emotions at every stage of life: happiness at choosing the excitement of work over marriage, despite her mother's disdain; anger at... Read More

AIR

AIR

by Monica Roe | Read by Sandy Rustin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Sandy Rustin deftly introduces 12-year-old Emmie Ethrige, her school, and friends. Impressively independent, Emmie is saving to buy a sport wheelchair in order to participate in motocross events. Emmie and her best friend, Ale, sell Spanish moss, pine cones, and wheelchair bags to make money for their projects. Rustin movingly presents Emmie and her dad as they cope with the... Read More

ALL ABOUT PLANTS!

ALL ABOUT PLANTS! Ada Twist, Scientist: The Why Files, Book 2

by Andrea Beaty, Theanne Griffith | Read by Bahni Turpin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Bahni Turpin's narration of this children's book on plants is informative and fun. This audiobook is part of the Questioneers series, a nonfiction early-reader series based on the "Ada Twist, Scientist" show on Netflix. Turpin's voice is upbeat and positive. She invites the listener into the world of the audiobook by explaining a few different plant types, as well as the parts... Read More

ALL OF THIS

ALL OF THIS A Memoir of Death and Desire

by Rebecca Woolf | Read by Rebecca Woolf

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rebecca Woolf, writer and blogger, narrates her memoir with devastating clarity and compassion. She married young when a surprise pregnancy occurred in a relationship that had just barely begun. After 14 years in a stifling and abusive marriage that included raising four kids and a life that asked her to sacrifice too much of herself, she finally demanded a divorce. Weeks... Read More

ALL OF YOU EVERY SINGLE ONE

ALL OF YOU EVERY SINGLE ONE

by Beatrice Hitchman | Read by Sophie Ward, Lara King

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Julia and Eva, portrayed by Sophie Ward and Lara King, respectively, escape their families to live together and to love each other in Vienna from 1910 to 1946. As they find new freedom and belonging in the liberal community, Julia's yearning for a child causes unforeseen complications. Crossing decades and touching on themes of oppression, mental illness, art, music, and... Read More

ALL THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

ALL THE LIVING AND THE DEAD From Embalmers to Executioners, an Exploration of the People Who Have Made Death Their Life's Work

Earphones Award Winner

by Hayley Campbell | Read by Hayley Campbell

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Journalist Hayley Campbell explores the often hidden world of those who work closely with death, visiting their workplaces and finding small displays of compassion in some unexpected settings. In this author-narrated work, Campbell's British accent and matter-of-fact delivery take the listener on a tour of mortuaries, postmortem experimentation, death-mask artistry, crime-scene... Read More

ALL THE SEAS OF THE WORLD

ALL THE SEAS OF THE WORLD

by Guy Gavriel Kay | Read by Simon Vance

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

In a fantasy based on the late-fifteenth-century Mediterranean world, two people with problematic identities find themselves near the center of history-shaping events. Simon Vance tells the story in a confidential tone that is smooth and earnest. He suggests, rather than impersonates, most of the other characters, who also have confused or confusing identities. The story is... Read More

ALL THIS COULD BE DIFFERENT

ALL THIS COULD BE DIFFERENT

by Sarah Thankam Mathews | Read by Reena Dutt

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Reena Dutt performs a captivating story that centers around Sneha, a young immigrant woman from southern India who has graduated from college during a recession. Sneha finds a job in Milwaukee with a disgruntled consultant who pays enough for her to send some money to her parents in India. However, Sneha soon finds herself running out of money with nowhere to turn for help.... Read More

ALSO A POET

ALSO A POET A Memoir

by Ada Calhoun | Read by Ada Calhoun, Lili Taylor, Josephine Brill

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In many ways, this audiobook defies description. When Calhoun unearthed interview recordings that her father--NEW YORKER critic Peter Schjeldahl--had made years prior, she decided to use them herself to finish his intended biography of poet Frank O'Hara. What emerges here, though, is a memoir about O'Hara's presence in Calhoun's own identity and in her relationship with her... Read More

ALWAYS BE MY DUCHESS

ALWAYS BE MY DUCHESS Taming of the Dukes, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Amalie Howard | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Mary Jane Wells delights listeners with a lively performance of a new historical romance series. Lysander Blackstone, Duke of Montcroix, has little desire for marriage; however, he needs the appearance of upcoming nuptials to secure a business deal. At the same time, ballerina Geneviève Valery will soon be unable to continue paying for her injured sister's care. A chance... Read More

AMERICAN RASCAL

AMERICAN RASCAL How Jay Gould Built Wall Street's Biggest Fortune

by Greg Steinmetz | Read by Feodor Chin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

It may be a reflection of our own unsettled times that so many recent audiobooks have featured rogues, pirates, swindlers, and other unprincipled figures in American history. Jay Gould, the most predatory of the notorious robber barons who flourished after the Civil War, raided railroads and built his fortune on ruthless stock market practices--many illegal today, others not.... Read More

ARRIVE AND THRIVE

ARRIVE AND THRIVE 7 Impactful Practices for Women Navigating Leadership

by Susan MacKenty Brady, Lynn Perry Wooten, Janet Foutty | Read by Kim Niemi

McGraw Hill - Ascent Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Narrator Kim Niemi performs this information-packed audiobook at a deliberate pace. The authors, successful women from different backgrounds, share stories, favorite assessment tools, to-do lists, and encouragement to women on the rise. In addition, more than 20 highly successful women and men from different industries provide relevant tips and stories. The result is a... Read More

AUGUSTA HAWKE

AUGUSTA HAWKE Augusta Hawke, Book 1

by G.M. Malliet | Read by Erin Dion

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Erin Dion narrates a mystery featuring crime writer Augusta Hawke, who sets out to investigate what happened to two of her neighbors in Washington, DC, who disappeared, leaving their baby behind. To solve the mystery, Augusta calls on her friends, as well as her knowledge of detection, which she has gleaned through writing her novels. Dion is the perfect narrator for this... Read More

AUNT DIMITY AND THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE

AUNT DIMITY AND THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE Aunt Dimity, Book 25

by Nancy Atherton | Read by Christina Moore

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Christina Moore transports listeners to the Cotswolds in south-central England. American expat Lori and her friends and neighbors seek to uncover the story behind a resident who has recently moved to their village. Moore's talent for accents and characterizations shines in this cozy as she seamlessly moves between Lori's American accent and a variety of English... Read More

AUTHORITY AND FREEDOM

AUTHORITY AND FREEDOM A Defense of the Arts

by Jed Perl | Read by Daniel Oreskes

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Daniel Oreskes's strategic pauses work well to clarify complex phrasing, often making the exact meaning of a sentence jump into the spotlight. This use of his dramatic skills, along with his clear voice and assertive tone, makes absorbing this thoughtful writing an invigorating experience. Artistic innovation versus the authority of tradition is the subject of this defense of... Read More

AUTOPORTRAIT

AUTOPORTRAIT

by Jesse Ball | Read by James Patrick Cronin

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Novelist and poet Jesse Ball seems to be completely honest in this memoir, so much so that he comes across as arrogant, neurotic, and, frankly, unpleasant. The structure of the audiobook is quite unusual, making it difficult for narrator James Patrick Cronin to develop characters in any of the usual ways. The text jumps around in seeming free association rather than a... Read More

BACK TO THE PRAIRIE

BACK TO THE PRAIRIE A Home Remade, A Life Rediscovered

by Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield [Fore] | Read by Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield [Intro.]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of Melissa Gilbert and "Little House on the Prairie" will get a lift during this performance of her second memoir, this one detailing her life with Timothy Busfield. Although Gilbert's voice has matured with age, one still hears the perky nuances that made her performances as Laura Ingalls so endearing. Anecdotes are filled with joy, anger, hope, and laughter as the couple... Read More

BAD CITY

BAD CITY Peril and Power in the City of Angels

Earphones Award Winner

by Paul Pringle | Read by Robert Petkoff

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Robert Petkoff is especially effective at narrating this account in which the author's judgments heavily dominate the narrative. L.A. TIMES reporter Pringle's painstaking multi-year investigation, starting in 2016, pitted him against the prestigious University of Southern California and his own editors, who did not want to run afoul of the city's most influential advertiser--or... Read More

THE BALLAD OF PERILOUS GRAVES

THE BALLAD OF PERILOUS GRAVES

by Alex Jennings | Read by Gralen Bryant Banks

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Gralen Bryant Banks brings great storytelling and animated dialogue to this debut audiobook. The story takes place in New Orleans and in an alternate version of New Orleans, known as NOLA, where music is magic. But something is awry. Perry, his younger sister, and her friend have been charged with finding several songs that have gone missing from NOLA, disrupting the city's... Read More

BALLADZ

BALLADZ

by Sharon Olds | Read by Sharon Olds

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Sharon Olds is noted for the extent to which she exposes her inner world in her poetry, and this collection is no exception. The poems are intensely personal and sometimes extremely sexual, but never pornographic. They examine a woman in her 70s who is looking back to see how she got where she is; she is also mourning the death of the man who may prove to have been her last... Read More

BAYOU SWEETHEART

BAYOU SWEETHEART Butterfly Bayou, Book 5

by Lexi Blake | Read by Jessica Almasy

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Jessica Almasy returns the listener to the small town of Papillon, Louisiana. While actress Brynn Pearson is there to film a movie, she rescues Deputy Major Blanchard when he gets stuck in the mud. Almasy laces her voice with a rich Cajun accent for the natives of the town. One of the town's deputies is from New York, and that is evident through Almasy's delivery.... Read More

BELLE GREENE

BELLE GREENE

by Alexandra Lapierre, Tina Kover [Trans.] | Read by Ja'Air Bush

Europa Editions | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Based on the true story of Belle da Costa Greene and narrated by Ja'Air Bush, this historical fiction offers a close look at New York City in the 1900s and the amazing brilliant woman who became the first director of J.P. Morgan's private library. The novel traces Belle's life, starting when her Black family makes the dangerous decision to pass for white. Bush has a pleasing... Read More

BEND TOWARD THE SUN

BEND TOWARD THE SUN

by Jen Devon | Read by Erin Mallon, Chris Brinkley

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Erin Mallon and Chris Brinkley narrate different viewpoints in this debut romance. In rural Pennsylvania, the Brady family is revitalizing a long-neglected vineyard and winery. Mallon tells Rowan McKinnon's story with bravado that springs from the cynicism she uses to hide childhood trauma and a disastrous engagement. Brinkley shares Harrison Brady's viewpoint in measured tones... Read More

THE BIG DARK SKY

THE BIG DARK SKY

by Dean Koontz | Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Iraqi-Canadian actor Fajer Al-Kaisi narrates this twisted horror story set under Montana's big, dark sky. Joanna Chase is no stranger to tragedy, but when she starts receiving odd phone calls asking her to return to her childhood home in Montana, she feels she has no choice but to go back to the place she thought she'd left behind forever. A frightening man with dark dreams and... Read More

BIG GIRL

BIG GIRL

by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan | Read by Lisa Renee Pitts

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Lisa Renee Pitts delivers a spirited narration of this coming-of-age debut. Malaya Clondon is a young Black girl growing up in Harlem in the '80s and '90s who faces continual fat shaming. At age 8, she is forced to attend Weight Watchers with her mother, and she suffers harsh judgments and pressures at school, as well as from her hypercritical grandmother. In contrast, Malaya's... Read More

THE BIG LIE

THE BIG LIE

Earphones Award Winner

by John Mankiewicz, Jamie Napoli, Paul Jarrico | Read by Jon Hamm, Kate Mara, Ana de la Reguera, Bradley Whitford, John Slattery, Giancarlo Esposito, David Strathairn and a Full Cast

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Historical Fiction

With actors like Jon Hamm, Kate Mara, and the rest, this Audible Original had to be a smash. The fact that it is based on a true story clinched it. Hamm portrays an intrepid FBI agent in the 1950s who is enmeshed in the terrible purge of suspected communists in Hollywood. Hamm delivers his usual pitch-perfect performance, managing to imbue hesitations and nuances into his... Read More

BITTER ORANGE TREE

BITTER ORANGE TREE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jokha Alharthi, Marilyn Booth [Trans.] | Read by Raghad Chaar

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Raghad Chaar's performance of this audiobook is mesmerizing. She narrates with music in her voice. Her delivery of the many Arabic words and passages intensifies this nonlinear work. Her deft pacing and cadence give form to the memories and experiences that create the plot. The novel ties together the past life of the solitary narrator, Zuhoor, a student at an unnamed... Read More

BLACK DOG

BLACK DOG Stone Barrington, Book 62

by Stuart Woods | Read by Tony Roberts

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of fun mysteries voiced by world-class talent will love the latest Stone Barrington installment. The interesting family members who are the main characters include an ungrateful stepson who may or may not inherit a lot of money and an attractive stepmom whose life may or may not be endangered by the stepson. Roberts is the perfect narrator to embody attorney Barrington's... Read More

BLACK MARKET

BLACK MARKET An Insider's Journey into the High-Stakes World of College Basketball

by Merl Code | Read by James Shippy

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author is a former college basketball player who, as a recruiter of player-representatives for Nike, saw firsthand how colleges exploited young athletes, often manipulating them to become part of the money-making machines that college sports have become. Narrator James Shippy's masculine voice and big-city vocal personality work well to convey Merl Code's intelligent... Read More

BLOOD LIKE FATE

BLOOD LIKE FATE Blood Like Magic, Book 2

by Liselle Sambury | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Joniece Abbott-Pratt brings listeners back to futuristic Toronto in this tense yet satisfying conclusion to the Blood Like Magic duology. Teenager Voya is thrust into the role of family matriarch, and everyone, including her, questions her decisions. Her cousin hates her, she still has feelings for Luc, and the family business is in danger. After seeing a bleak vision of the... Read More

BLOOD TIES

BLOOD TIES

by Ruth Lillegraven, Diane Oatley [Trans.] | Read by Michael Crouch, Andrew Eiden, Stina Nielsen, Mikael Naramore, Stephen Graybill, Soneela Nankani, Chris Ciulla

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A full cast of narrators takes on the second in Lillegraven's Clara series. Each chapter, representing a different character, is delivered by one of these outstanding narrators. Clara Lofthus, portrayed by Stina Nielsen, has just been appointed Norway's Minister of Justice and has vowed to protect children. Then her twin sons, Andreas and Nikolai, are kidnapped. Listeners hear... Read More

BOOK BOYFRIEND

BOOK BOYFRIEND

by Kris Ripper | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Pete Cross narrates a romantic story that is both funny and touching. PK Harrington has been in love with his best friend, Art, ever since they shared one somewhat drunk kiss in college. But he's never told Art how he feels. So when Art shows up at PK's apartment after a breakup, there is absolutely no way PK can mess this up. Cross makes PK deeply sympathetic and relatable... Read More

THE BOOK EATERS

THE BOOK EATERS

by Sunyi Dean | Read by Katie Erich

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Katie Erich's Northern English accent transports listeners to the windswept Yorkshire moors in this atmospheric fantasy about a woman on the run. Devon grows up among book eaters--a mysterious species that consumes books instead of food. When her son is born with a rare condition that gives him a hunger for human brains, not books, she sets off on a dangerous journey to save... Read More

THE BOOK OF MARGERY KEMPE

THE BOOK OF MARGERY KEMPE

by Margery Kempe, Anthony Bale [Trans.] | Read by Lucy Scott

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

A fascinating glimpse of the medieval past, this audiobook details the life and spiritual experiences of Margery Kempe, a Christian mystic who lived in England at the turn of the fifteenth century. Lucy Scott's narration draws listeners into Kempe's autobiographical details. Her delivery of Kempe's dialogue with God expresses earnestness and humility. The contrast between... Read More

BOOKED ON A FEELING

BOOKED ON A FEELING

by Jayci Lee | Read by Cindy Kay

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Cindy Kay charms listeners with her narration of this story of unrequited love between two childhood friends. Lizzy has always been an overachiever, but she strikes out in L.A. when her legal career takes a dive. She returns to her small hometown to lick her wounds and runs into her childhood friend, Jack, who has secretly carried a torch for her as long as he can remember.... Read More

BOOKENDS

BOOKENDS A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature

by Zibby Owens | Read by Zibby Owens

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Zibby Owens recounts her meandering path from coping with self-doubt and battling an eating disorder to launching a successful podcasting career. She treats listeners to her characteristic honesty whether she's describing crippling self-consciousness or later love and finding her métier. Owens's style is gentle, easy on the ears, and relatable. She chronicles her search for... Read More

BOOKISH PEOPLE

BOOKISH PEOPLE

by Susan Coll | Read by Alexa Morden

Harper Muse | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Alexa Morden tells the story of a dysfunctional independent bookstore in the Washington, DC, area. Owner Sophie Bernstein abdicates her responsibilities as she grieves for her late husband and worries about anti-Semitic hate. She even wonders if she can retreat to a secret room in her bookstore when her events manager, Clemi, brings a highly controversial poet for a... Read More

BOYS I KNOW

BOYS I KNOW

by Anna Gracia | Read by Si Chen

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Si Chen portrays June Chu, a Taiwanese-American teen living in the Midwest. Chen easily slips into the accents and perspective of June's critical mother, who continually quotes Chinese proverbs. All this makes it easy to understand the constantly demeaned June's new determination. She will prove that she can stop her endless studying and violin practicing, stop comparing... Read More

THE BROKEN CONSTITUTION

THE BROKEN CONSTITUTION Lincoln, Slavery, and the Refounding of America

by Noah Feldman | Read by Noah Feldman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrating his remarkable history of Lincoln's transformation of the Constitution before and during the Civil War, Noah Feldman sounds like a diligent and accomplished scholar. With his strong voice and clear enunciation, the Harvard Law professor emphasizes important points with vocal intensity that serves his writing well. Feldman says Lincoln took actions that broke the... Read More

BRONZE DRUM

BRONZE DRUM

by Phong Nguyen | Read by Quyen Ngo

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Quyen Ngo is a firm feminist voice for this historical novel about two famed Vietnamese sisters who worked together to save their country from Chinese domination--in CE 40, no less. Fans of world literature will find much to admire in this fast-paced, lyrical story, told by a confident narrator. The sisters' privileged lives fall apart after the murder of their father amid the... Read More

THE BULLET THAT MISSED

THE BULLET THAT MISSED Thursday Murder Club, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Richard Osman | Read by Fiona Shaw, Richard Osman, Steph McGovern [Interview]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The great Fiona Shaw's performance of this third outing for the Thursday Murder Club is a multilayered joy. Her technique is impeccable as she delivers the deliciously funny dialogue of Osman's elderly characters. Just for instance, late in the plot, sweet, fluttery little Joyce, who already has a Ukrainian money-laundering czar hiding out in her spare room, finds a 6'7"... Read More

CALIFORNIA BURNING

CALIFORNIA BURNING The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric--and What It Means for America's Power Grid

by Katherine Blunt | Read by Nan McNamara

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

San Francisco-based Katherine Blunt, who covers renewable energy and utilities for the WALL STREET JOURNAL, provides an exceptionally well-researched, incisive analysis of the decline of the Northern California utility Pacific Gas and Electric. Narrator Nan McNamara is easy on the ears, and her relaxed presence and well-paced delivery make reams of detail easier to understand... Read More

CALIFORNIA FEVER

CALIFORNIA FEVER

by John J. Jacobson | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Although the plot of this audiobook is lighter than bubble wrap, narrator Grover Gardner does a great job extracting the humor from it. It's a tale of surfers who moonlight as hoteliers who accidentally solve a mystery. Gardner keeps the show rolling with a broad approach, using the drop-jawed uptalking SoCal-bro accent for the surfers ("Duuude"!) and a snooty British Received... Read More

CALLING FOR A BLANKET DANCE

CALLING FOR A BLANKET DANCE

by Oscar Hokeah | Read by Oscar Hokeah, Rainy Fields

Workman Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Oscar Hokeah and narrator Rainy Fields both give vivid, emotional performances in this intergenerational drama. The story features a young Indigenous man of Kiowa and Cherokee heritage, Ever Geimausaddle, who is trying to find his way through life's joys, heartbreaks, violence, and triumphs. Hokeah voices all the sections told from the points of view of male characters,... Read More

CAN'T RESIST HER

CAN'T RESIST HER

by Kianna Alexander | Read by Mooreghan Martin

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Mooreghan Martin narrates this sapphic romance set in the heart of Texas. Summer Graves strives to preserve the abandoned high school her grandmother founded; Aiko Holt is the architect responsible for its reconstruction. Will their rekindled passion be enough to overcome their differences? Martin brings to life this primarily Black community with a Texas twang. The characters... Read More

A CARIBBEAN HEIRESS IN PARIS

A CARIBBEAN HEIRESS IN PARIS Las Léonas, Book 1

by Adriana Herrera | Read by Nineka Okoye

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Traveling from the Caribbean to Paris, Luz Alanda hopes to sell her family's rum at the 1900 Exposition Universelle before heading to Scotland to secure her trust fund. Sparks fly when she meets fellow liquor purveyor Even Sinclair, Earl of Darnick, serendipity that leads the duo to a beneficial arrangement. Narrating the first in a new historical romance series, Nneka Okoye... Read More

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK

CARRIE SOTO IS BACK

Earphones Award Winner

by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Read by Stacy Gonzalez, Mary Carillo, Patrick Mcenroe, Rob Simmelkjaer, Brendan Wayne, Max Meyers, Reynaldo Pienella, Vidish Athavale, Tom Bromhead, Heath Miller, Julia Whelan, Sara Arrington

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this novel on audio, narrator Stacy Gonzalez gives an impassioned performance of a renowned tennis professional. The story covers Carrie's career from when she was first being coached by her father at the age of 2 through her decades as a professional to her retirement after shattering every record. Now, at 37, as she watches an up-and-coming player, Carrie decides to make a... Read More

THE CEILING OUTSIDE

THE CEILING OUTSIDE The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind

Earphones Award Winner

by Noga Arikha | Read by Fenella Fudge

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The British narrator Fenella Fudge delivers this audiobook with dramatic flair that is captivating on its own merits while never failing to connect with the deepest parts of the author's message. Fudge's tonal range and phrasing artistry are a joy to hear performing this beautiful poetic writing. Focusing on the boundary between human consciousness and our physical bodies, this... Read More

THE CHARMED LIST

THE CHARMED LIST

by Julie Abe | Read by Natalie Naudus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

A little magic and a road trip reunite ex-best friends, whose quick banter and chemistry is performed by the highly skilled Natalie Naudus. Ellie and Jack belong to Palo Alto's magic-aware community. After a mishap they're forced to embark on a road trip together. Ellie's perception of Jack is deeply rooted in their shared childhood memories; Naudus brings lightness to those... Read More

CHILDREN OF THE QUICKSANDS

CHILDREN OF THE QUICKSANDS

by Efua Traoré | Read by Tyla Collier

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Tyla Collier's narration of this imaginative story set in West Africa is warm and folkloric. Thirteen-year-old Simi is sent to stay with her mystical grandmother whom she didn't even know existed. While there, she uncovers secrets about her family and the other children of her grandmother's Nigerian village. Collier authentically portrays the characters in this adventure. Her... Read More

CHURCHILL'S SHADOW

CHURCHILL'S SHADOW The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill

by Geoffrey Wheatcroft | Read by Jonathan Keeble

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Winston Churchill led a life that would be hard to believe in a fictional account. Churchill's lineage--he was descended from John Churchill, the bane of Louis XIV--all but assured that he would be a character of legend--a politician and a warrior, or so it seems. His career in politics, which covered a span of more than a half-century, is enough to demand notice. Jonathan... Read More

THE COLOR STORM

THE COLOR STORM A Novel of Renaissance Venice

by Damian Dibben | Read by Ben Allen

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Ben Allen fully engages listeners with this intriguing story about the art world in Renaissance Venice. Zorzo, an up-and-coming painter, stakes his life and career on his obsessive desire to obtain a mysterious color that no one has ever seen before. Allen deftly distinguishes the many interesting people of all ages who inhabit Zorzo's world. Famous artists of the... Read More

THE COMEBACK

THE COMEBACK

by Lily Chu | Read by Phillipa Soo

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Phillipa Soo's narration of this K-pop celebrity romance is straightforward and smooth. Ari Hui lives her life by the rules. If she does everything right and becomes a partner in Toronto's most prestigious law firm, she'll finally be happy, right? When her roommate's cousin from Seoul is a surprise guest after a bad breakup, she's drawn to his quiet charm and gorgeous looks.... Read More

CORALINE

CORALINE Full Cast Production

by Neil Gaiman | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pixie Davies, Katherine Kingsley, Jack Clary, Jacqueline Boatswain, Kevin McNally, Adjoa Andoh, Adrian Schiller, Heather Nicol, William Parker, Nicole Davis

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

A cast of talented British actors gives voice to this new audio edition of Neil Gaiman's classic middle-grade novel, just in time for its 20th anniversary. Coraline is bored and looking for an adventure when she opens a mysterious door in her new house that leads to another world--and an Other Mother. Julian Rhind-Tutt's narration underscores the beautiful writing and eerie... Read More

CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON

CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON

by Immanuel Kant | Read by Peter Wickham

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Peter Wickham approaches eighteenth-century philosopher Immanuel Kant's text on metaphysics with a pace apparently arising from his clear understanding of where each argument is headed. This awareness guides listeners through its lengthy phrases. Hearing the text is, in fact, the way many who study Kant approach his works, albeit with unskilled oral reading to... Read More

CRYING IN THE BATHROOM

CRYING IN THE BATHROOM A Memoir

by Erika L. Sánchez | Read by Erika L. Sánchez

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Erika L. Sánchez expertly narrates her own collection of essays about growing up the foul-mouthed outcast daughter of Mexican immigrants. She also addresses the frustrating experience of finding her identity despite racism, bad relationships, and inherent sexism in America and abroad. From living in apartments without heat to becoming a Fulbright scholar in Spain,... Read More

CULT CLASSIC

CULT CLASSIC

by Sloane Crosley | Read by Sloane Crosley

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Sloane Crosley narrates her audiobook, a satisfying mix of romance, thriller, mystery, and fantasy. Lola is happily engaged to Boots, but her evenings are unexpectedly teeming with exes. Both her best friend, Vadis, and her former boss, Clive, seem to have formed an interest in her romantic life. While the novel's language is rich, the characters' voices are often... Read More

CURVEBALL AT THE CROSSROADS

CURVEBALL AT THE CROSSROADS

by Michael Lortz | Read by Torian Brackett

Michael Lortz | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Torian Brackett gives star treatment to each character in this story of a faustian bargain. Seventeen-year-old JaMark Reliford is poised for big league baseball--until he blows out his arm. After leaving home, depressed, drinking, and smoking, he meets a tall man in a zoot suit. The tempting voice that Brackett gives the devil entices JaMark with promises of baseball... Read More

DANDELION

DANDELION

Earphones Award Winner

by Jamie Chai Yun Liew | Read by Jennifer Hui

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fiction

Jennifer Hui gives a moving performance of this poignant examination of themes related to the Asian diaspora. Twenty years after her mother disappeared from her life, pregnant Lily considers motherhood. After a chance meeting with a former friend of her mother, Lily tries again to locate her mother. Long ago, Lily's father embraced emigration from Brunei to a small town in... Read More

DANGEROUS RHYTHMS

DANGEROUS RHYTHMS Jazz and the Underworld

by T.J. English | Read by JD Jackson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrating this deeply researched account of early-twentieth-century musicians and organized crime, JD Jackson's engagement gives his performance a "you-are-there" quality that is absolutely infectious. The swagger in his masculine voice sounds at home in the nightclubs and vice districts the author describes, but it's an understated swagger that doesn't seek attention as much... Read More

DARK EARTH

DARK EARTH

Earphones Award Winner

by Rebecca Stott | Read by Hannah Morrish

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Hannah Morrish's soft voice enhances this enchanting tale of two young Saxon women of Londinium, Britain, 500 CE. Isla is voiced as a serious woman who was trained in secret by her father, the Great Smith, to make "fire-tongued" swords. Blue has a gift for seeing visions, healing, and magic, and Morrish gives her voice a tone of otherworldliness. Morrish uses a... Read More

THE DARK FLOOD

THE DARK FLOOD Benny Griessel, Book 8

by Deon Meyer | Read by Saul Reichlin

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Saul Reichlin stays calm, but listeners will get caught up in the chaos that starts and ends this audiobook. The mystery--concerning the connection between a missing computer hacker and a realtor's big deal--takes awhile to unfold, but that's to allow for character development. The South African accents are fully comprehensible as Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido, two... Read More

THE DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU

THE DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU

Earphones Award Winner

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Read by Gisela Chìpe

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Gisela Chìpe's performance of this audiobook is exceptionally touching. She deftly captures the spirit of these richly defined characters and the mood of mounting dread. Set in the Yucatán peninsula during the 1800s, Moreno-Garcia's audiobook is a recasting of H.G. Wells's mysterious scientist who builds animal-human hybrids. When the truth behind this disturbing story becomes... Read More

DAUGHTER OF REDWINTER

DAUGHTER OF REDWINTER The Redwinter Chronicles, Book 1

by Ed McDonald | Read by Samara MacLaren

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Samara MacLaren's Scottish accent sets the scene for this immersive high-fantasy audiobook. Raine saves an injured woman from the men pursuing her, an act leading to unforeseen consequences that completely uproots her life. Now she lives among privileged warrior magicians, keeping her ability to see ghosts of the dead a secret to avoid being killed herself. MacLaren's... Read More

THE DAYS OF BLUEGRASS LOVE

THE DAYS OF BLUEGRASS LOVE

by Edward van de Vendel, Emma Rault [Trans.] | Read by Tom Picasso

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this slow-burn romance, narrator Tom Picasso imbues the Dutch protagonist, Tycho, with the reserved, cautious tone of a young adult who is struggling with his identity. Hoping to find direction in his life, Tycho comes to the U.S. to become a counselor at an international camp in Tennessee, where he meets Oliver, a young Norwegian with a deep but soft voice that belies... Read More

THE DEAD ROMANTICS

THE DEAD ROMANTICS

by Ashley Poston | Read by Eileen Stevens

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Eileen Stevens is a warm guide through this unexpectedly comforting romance, which embraces life, death, and everything in between. Florence Day can see ghosts. She's also a ghostwriter for a famous romance author, but after a traumatic breakup, she no longer believes in happily-ever-afters. Enter her handsome new editor, who is demanding her latest manuscript. Stevens... Read More

DEAD WATER

DEAD WATER

by C.A. Fletcher | Read by Siobhan Redmond

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Horror

This terrifying audiobook predominantly requires one skill from its narrator: a tone of disbelief. Siobhan Redmond has that in spades as she brings to life the residents of a remote British island that is invaded by something evil. Thanks to Redmond's adept vocals, the incredulity builds among the handful of survivors as more and more of the islanders fall under the sway of the... Read More

THE DEADLY HOUSES

THE DEADLY HOUSES Detective Maddie Ives, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by Charlie Gallagher | Read by Antonia Beamish

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Antonia Beamish's performance of the latest installment in the Detective Maddie Ives series is a tour de force. Gallagher's intense thriller revolves around convicted domestic abusers, motivated by revenge and rage, who terrorize those they think are responsible for breaking up their families and homes. Beamish's narration is nimble as she shifts from terrified to... Read More

DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA

DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA LA Night Market, Book 1

by Jennifer J. Chow | Read by Stephanie Sheh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Stephanie Sheh brings her considerable talents to the first audiobook of this Los Angeles-based series featuring young, single Yale Yee. Sheh effectively differentiates the many male and female characters of varying ages and ethnic backgrounds. But sadly, while the voice Sheh uses for Yee matches the character, it has an irritating nasal quality. Practical,... Read More

DELPHI

DELPHI

by Clare Pollard | Read by Emma Lowndes

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Pollard's debut novel is set in contemporary London during the Covid pandemic. Emma Lowndes brings the unnamed narrator, a classics scholar, to life as she tries to balance the needs of her husband and 10-year-old son with her own needs. She is studying ancient prophecies and attempting to predict the future. In a detached academic voice, Lowndes defines 65 ancient methods of... Read More

DENIAL

DENIAL

by Jon Raymond | Read by George Newbern

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In 2052, the world is no longer dependent on fossil fuel. World leaders are putting oil executives on trial for the damage they committed to the environment. Narrator George Newbern gives an unflappable performance as Jack Henry, an investigative reporter who finds an escaped executive hiding in plain sight in Mexico. When Jack befriends Robert Cave, listeners can hear the... Read More

DESPERATE UNDERTAKING

DESPERATE UNDERTAKING Flavia Albia, Book 10

by Lindsey Davis | Read by Jane Collingwood

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The clear, sometimes biting voice of narrator Jane Collingwood delivers the tenth installment of the Flavia Albia mystery series, set in Imperial Rome. Flavia, like her adopted father, Falco, is an informer (a private detective) who solves murders through intelligence, courage, sharp interviewing skills, and a determination to uncover the truth. Collingwood captures her wry... Read More

DESPERATION IN DEATH

DESPERATION IN DEATH In Death, Book 55

Earphones Award Winner

by J.D. Robb | Read by Susan Ericksen

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

J.D Robb's latest futuristic thriller finds Eve Dallas hunting for the people who kidnap young girls, train them as consorts for men, and auction them to the highest bidder. Narrator Susan Ericksen's performance vibrates with energy as she portrays old and new characters in this series. Mina and Dorian are victims of the crime ring: one's dead, one's missing. Ericksen's... Read More

DESSERT CAN SAVE THE WORLD

DESSERT CAN SAVE THE WORLD Stories, Secrets, and Recipes for a Stubbornly Joyful Existence

by Christina Tosi | Read by Christina Tosi

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Baker Christina Tosi has been gaining a national reputation for sugary treats with Milk Bar, her online sweet shop. In her audiobook, she delivers advice for living joyfully. As narrator, Tosi is bubbly about how surprised she always felt when her early concoctions succeeded. The conspiratorial tone she takes on when recounting her mother's concept of "joy giving" will make... Read More

DESTINATION UNKNOWN

DESTINATION UNKNOWN

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Pete Cross, Bill Konigsberg [Note]

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Pete Cross portrays two gay teenagers who are coming of age in New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic in this moving, messy, and deeply personal story. Micah is a closeted teen who is desperate for gay friends and experiences; C.J. is a charismatic dancer with a penchant for telling elaborate lies. Cross voices C.J. in a suave, self-assured tone, which he lowers and... Read More

DEVIL-LAND

DEVIL-LAND England Under Siege, 1588-1688

Earphones Award Winner

by Clare Jackson | Read by Emma Gregory

Penguin Audio UK | Unabridged
History

Emma Gregory's rich, magisterial voice has made her a popular narrator for many fictional melodramas, sagas, epic fantasies, and conspiracy tales. Here those elements combine as she recounts one tumultuous century in British history. Gregory is a commanding and expansive presence as she oversees the clash of armies and the fall of kings and governments. British history is seen... Read More

DINNERS WITH RUTH

DINNERS WITH RUTH A Memoir of Friendship

Earphones Award Winner

by Nina Totenberg | Read by Nina Totenberg

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Nina Totenberg's remarkable memoir about friendship, love, fortitude, and the marvelous Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a gift to each woman's multitudinous fans. Listeners who recognize only one of their names, or even neither, will still be moved by Totenberg's affecting, wise, and often funny reflections on loving the people we love. Narrated by the author, a renowned journalist and... Read More

DIRECTED BY JAMES BURROWS

DIRECTED BY JAMES BURROWS Five Decades of Stories from the Legendary Director of Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, and More

by James Burrows, Eddy Friedfeld | Read by James Burrows, Danny Campbell

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

James "Jimmy' Burrows, the son of legendary playwright Abe Burrows, is the longtime king of situation comedy directing. In this audiobook he offers a sober, deliberately measured, entertaining, and remarkably casual glimpse of his professional life behind the scenes. The principal narration by Burrows is understated, unemotional, with a consistent tone and pace. While this... Read More

DIRT CREEK

DIRT CREEK

by Hayley Scrivenor | Read by Sophie Loughran

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The story of a missing girl in an Australian town is told through several perspectives. Sophie Loughran adeptly voices the characters, both children and adults. Loughran's Aussie accents create a sense of place without distracting listeners. She's especially strong at handling children's voices, in particular the convincingly childlike thoughts of a girl who doesn't understand... Read More

DIRTBAG, MASSACHUSETTS

DIRTBAG, MASSACHUSETTS A Confessional

by Isaac Fitzgerald | Read by Isaac Fitzgerald

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Trust the author/narrator when he says this memoir is a confessional--because it is. And there may be some things about Fitzgerald's life listeners would prefer not to know. Nonetheless, this is an interesting listen about a person who's led a fascinating, if at times, shocking, life. Fitzgerald had a troubled upbringing and shares some heartbreaking stories of violence and... Read More

A DISH TO DIE FOR

A DISH TO DIE FOR Key West Food Critic, Book 12

by Lucy Burdette | Read by Laura Jennings

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Laura Jennings's narration brings out the lush landscapes and the sumptuousness of old-time Florida in this cozy mystery set in Key West. When food critic Hayley Snow finds a corpse, she teams up with her husband, a police detective, to identify the murderer. Jennings's smooth tones add a sultry quality to the sharp-minded sleuth's first-person narration. Her diverse voices... Read More

THE DISPLACEMENTS

THE DISPLACEMENTS

by Bruce Holsinger | Read by Austenne Grey

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

If an unprecedented Category 6 hurricane were to obliterate South Florida, what would happen to its tens of thousands of displaced residents? Austenne Grey narrates this provocative novel, which recounts the ensuing social upheaval. Grey's narration is most appealing as the voice of Daphne, a wealthy mom whose world is shattered when, without money or credit cards, she leads... Read More

DO HARD THINGS

DO HARD THINGS Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness

by Steve Magness | Read by Mike Chamberlain

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Mike Chamberlain's youthful tone and vocal personality are perfect for this encouraging news about what works to handle adversity and push forward to meet important challenges. He sounds both enthusiastic and knowledgeable--genuinely optimistic and intelligently focused on the science behind true resilience. The key, says the author, a researcher and Olympic coach, is to stay... Read More

DOWNTON SHABBY

DOWNTON SHABBY One American's Ultimate DIY Adventure Restoring His Family's English Castle

by Hopwood DePree | Read by Graham Halstead

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Graham Halstead milks the full scale of drama and humor from American Hopwood DePree's memoir about his discovery of his family's ancestral castle in England and their ensuing attempts to restore its crumbling remains. This is a fun listen, made more so by Halstead's upbeat performance. We are treated to the ups and downs--many downs--of attempting to reconstruct the... Read More

DRONE CHILD

DRONE CHILD A Novel of War, Family, and Survival

by David H. Rothman | Read by Dion Graham

David H. Rothman | Unabridged
Fiction

Dion Graham narrates a fictionalized memoir of a technologically savvy young man in the Congo. The year is 2025, and Lemba is a gifted teen with a penchant for tinkering and repairing anything computerized or electronic. An army of "Purifiers" sweeps across the land, forcing children to murder their parents before drafting them into the army proper. Lemba and his twin sister... Read More

THE DROWNING SEA

THE DROWNING SEA Maggie D'arcy Mysteries, Book 3

by Sarah Stewart Taylor | Read by Aoife McMahon

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Irish narrator Aoife McMahon ensures that accents are authentic for this mystery set in Ireland. Her performance is top-notch, well paced, and features characters who are vocally well defined. Portraying Maggie D'arcy, McMahon's American accent also is very good. Maggie is a former homicide detective who is visiting Ireland with her unhappy teenage daughter, Lilly. Maggie... Read More

D'VAUGHN & KRIS PLAN A WEDDING

D'VAUGHN & KRIS PLAN A WEDDING

by Chencia C. Higgins | Read by Rebecca Lee

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Rebecca Lee gives a spirited performance of this fun, low-angst love story about two Black women who meet on a reality TV show during which they have to plan a wedding and convince both their families it's real. Butch influencer Kris is hoping to find true love on the show, while D'Vaughn plans to use it as an excuse to finally come out to her family. While Lee's voices for... Read More

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