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ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENTS

ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENTS Eight Men Who Changed America

by Jared Cohen | Read by Arthur Morey

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

While not a professional historian, the author of this lively audiobook offers pitch-perfect anecdotes and insights on the eight presidents who inherited the position from their elected predecessors. Award-winning narrator Arthur Morey keeps the pace up throughout, and when sharing particularly remarkable stories--Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech directly following an attempt on... Read More

ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS

ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS The Questioneers, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Andrea Beaty | Read by Bahni Turpin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Sound effects and Bahni Turpin's lively narration enhance this vivid story of an inquisitive future scientist. Ada must rely on her curious mind, her friends Rosie and Iggy, and her family to rescue a friend in trouble. When Uncle Ned goes airborne in a pair of inflatable pants and can't land himself, Ada devises a scientific plan to bring him back to earth. The plot's twists... Read More

THE ADOLESCENT

THE ADOLESCENT

by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear [Trans.], Larissa Volokhonsky [Trans.] | Read by P.J. Ochlan

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator P.J. Ochlan splendidly brings to life this classic work, which has also been given the title A RAW YOUTH in some translations. The novel concerns the two desires of 19-year-old Arkady Dologruky: to expose his scoundrel of a father for who he really is and to win the woman he loves. Like many Dostoevsky's works, this audiobook depicts an individual's inner world.... Read More

THE AFFAIRS OF THE FALCONS

THE AFFAIRS OF THE FALCONS

by Melissa Rivero | Read by Frankie Corzo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Undocumented Peruvian Ana Falcón is compassionately portrayed by narrator Frankie Corzo in Rivero's touted debut novel. Ana dreams that her family, who have left a crumbling Peru, will flourish in America. Even in Peru, Ana's indigenous heritage made her a second-class citizen--unlike her urban, educated, and lighter-skinned husband. Whereas he sees returning to Peru as a... Read More

AFRICAN SAMURAI

AFRICAN SAMURAI The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan

by Thomas Lockley, Geoffrey Girard | Read by Gary Furlong

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Gary Furlong narrates a vivid biography of the first non-native samurai in feudal Japan, who was also black. Yasuke has achieved almost mythical status in Japan, but he was very much human and flawed. While telling Yasuke's life story, the audiobook covers a staggering amount, including the topics of warfare and politics. Furlong capably imbues the well-researched and detailed... Read More

AFTER DARK

AFTER DARK Griffin Powell, Book 1

by Beverly Barton | Read by Eileen Stevens

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Eileen Stevens smoothly keeps pace with this romantic suspense. She gives Johnny Mack Cahill a deep Southern drawl and lets it rumble out slowly. Lane Noble Graham's voice is a husky purr. The two meet once again over a murder, which the local grand dame wants to pin on Lane. The situation involves old hurts, a divided town, and more murders. When young Will enters the... Read More

AFTER SHE'S GONE

AFTER SHE'S GONE

by Camilla Grebe | Read by Paul Fox, Fiona Hardingham, Katharine McEwan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This gripping Scandinavian noir makes the most of the audio format, alternating between the voices of young Jake, who has blundered into a serial murder case but can't help the authorities without revealing his own painful secret, and Detective Malin, recalled to her hometown to provide local knowledge for the investigation. Fiona Hardingham makes Malin so sympathetic and... Read More

AFTER THE MIRACLE

AFTER THE MIRACLE The Lasting Brotherhood of the '69 Mets

by Art Shamsky, Erik Sherman | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross, Art Shamsky [Intro.]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jonathan Todd Ross narrates with enthusiasm as Art Shamsky brings together several members of the 1969 New York Mets to reminisce about the amazing season that would result in a World Series title. Ross never tries to imitate anyone and knows when to craft a serious tone. He tells the stories of players who put together an incredible pennant run, and his interest in every... Read More

AGAIN, BUT BETTER

AGAIN, BUT BETTER

by Christine Riccio | Read by Brittany Pressley, Christine Riccio [Note]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Popular YouTuber Christine Riccio's author's note describes the real-life reason for her story--her feelings of timidity and of being overwhelmed in college. Brittany Pressley narrates the first-person account of Shane Primaveri, an only child who has been so concerned with pleasing her parents that she's done little to fulfill her own dreams. Pressley enacts Shane's... Read More

ALL IN A DROP

ALL IN A DROP

by Lori Alexander | Read by Kevin T. Collins

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Kevin T. Collins's even pacing makes this scientific history easy to follow. After building his own microscope in 1674, Antony van Leeuwenhoek's discovery of tiny moving creatures in lake water stunned the scientists of his day and led to the field of microbiology. Collins narrates the story in an accessible, lively way, portraying Antony's patient, diligent work over 50 years... Read More

ALL THE DEVILS

ALL THE DEVILS

by Barry Eisler | Read by Barry Eisler

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Barry Eisler delivers again as both author and narrator in the third Livia Lone thriller. Eisler's portrayal of Livia is compelling--gritty but feminine, ruthless but driven by a sense of justice. Livia's investigation of a vanished teenage girl in Seattle soon includes other disappearances when she discovers common signatures of rape and torture. She joins efforts with... Read More

ALL THE GREYS ON GREENE STREET

ALL THE GREYS ON GREENE STREET

by Laura Tucker | Read by Taylor Meskimen, Allyson Ryan

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Taylor Meskimen portrays Ollie, a 12-year-old living in gritty downtown New York City in 1981 with her parents, who are artists. When her father mysteriously leaves their family, her mother spirals into depression and neglects Ollie. Fending for herself, Ollie is afraid to tell the truth to anyone who could help her. Finally, her friend Alex tells a grown-up--their parents'... Read More

ALL THE WAY

ALL THE WAY My Life in Four Quarters

by Joe Namath, Sean Mortimer, Don Yaeger | Read by Joe Namath

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

One of the greatest quarterbacks ever, Joe Namath, narrates his own work, and he's perfect for the dual role of storyteller and narrator. Namath describes his life--growing up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; his relationship with the legendary Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama; and his high-profile role with the New York Jets on the field and off. He narrates with an... Read More

ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN

ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN

by TE Carter | Read by Frankie Corzo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this moving audiobook, exceptionally narrated by Frankie Corzo, Lexie can't stop running. Five years ago, everything changed after a brutal act of violence. Since then, she has switched schools, changed names, and disconnected from family. But as her senior year begins, something is different. She makes friends, meets a boy, and joins the drama club. Corzo expertly voices... Read More

ALMOST MIDNIGHT

ALMOST MIDNIGHT Mike Bowditch Series, Book 10

by Paul Doiron | Read by Henry Leyva

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Henry Leyva inhabits Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch. One of Mike's oldest friends, Billy Cronk, is incarcerated for murder in the Maine State Prison, put there by Mike's testimony. The nonstop action begins when Mike receives two calls for help--one from Billy, who wants Mike to investigate a prison guard, and one from a veterinarian, who tells him that Shadow, a... Read More

AMATEUR

AMATEUR A True Story About What Makes a Man

by Thomas Page McBee | Read by Thomas Page McBee

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and columnist Thomas Page McBee narrates his thought-provoking memoir about masculinity with an engaging clarity and openness. McBee, who wrote about transitioning to male gender in his award-winning memoir, MAN ALIVE, is living with his girlfriend when the audiobook opens. Finding himself in a near fistfight with an aggressive jerk one day, the tattooed and... Read More

AMERICAN FAIRYTALE

AMERICAN FAIRYTALE Dreamers, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Adriana Herrera | Read by Sean Crisden

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Sean Crisden amplifies the electric chemistry between Milo and Tomas, who are longing for a fairy-tale romance. Milo, a passionate social worker, is fiercely loyal to his friends and family. Crisden gives him an enthusiastic voice with a light accent to convey his Cuban, Jamaican, and New York City roots. At an LGBTQ fundraiser, Milo has a steamy encounter with... Read More

AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN

AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN

by Terrance Hayes | Read by Terrance Hayes

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

In a smooth voice and a measured tone, poet Terrance Hayes delivers 70 of his own sonnets condemning what he calls America's assassins: racism, violence, and prejudice against black people. In this National Book Award-nominated collection, Hayes unflinchingly criticizes President Trump and decries hate crimes against blacks throughout history. Hayes's political opinions are... Read More

AN AMERICAN SUMMER

AN AMERICAN SUMMER Love and Death in Chicago

by Alex Kotlowitz | Read by Alex Kotlowitz

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Alex Kotlowitz narrates his audiobook about gun violence in Chicago, and he provides the necessary pathos and emotion you'd expect when an author reads his own work. He has a deep voice and excellent diction, and he knows when to pause for effect, raise or lower his voice for emphasis, and heighten his emotions to make a point. However, he does narrate like a person without... Read More

AMERICA'S JEWISH WOMEN

AMERICA'S JEWISH WOMEN A History from Colonial Times to Today

Earphones Award Winner

by Pamela S. Nadell | Read by Suzanne Toren

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Suzanne Toren employs her considerable vocal talent to help listeners view America's history through the lens of the female Jewish experience. The work begins in 1654 with the first arrivals and spans more than 350 years. Toren's steady voice and empathetic tone, clear diction, and comfortable pacing engage listeners with this survey of the personal stories of... Read More

AMNESTY

AMNESTY Amberlough Dossier, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Lara Elena Donnelly | Read by Mary Robinette Kowal

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Mary Robinette Kowal narrates a powerful rumination on the aftermath of war in this third installment of the Amberlough Dossier series. How do you determine guilt or innocence when no one is truly blameless but a reckoning is still owed? Five years have passed since Amberlough City fell to the One State Party and was subsequently liberated by a group of... Read More

ANGELS IN AMERICA

ANGELS IN AMERICA A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

by Tony Kushner | Read by Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Intimate, surreal, and devastatingly honest. Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield lead a superb Broadway cast in this audiobook revival of Tony Kushner's 1991 award-winning examination of the 1980s AIDS crisis in America. It is easy to forget how shaken and frightened the country, especially the gay community, was in the shadow of an unknown and lethal disease.... Read More

THE ANIMAL'S COMPANION

THE ANIMAL'S COMPANION People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story

by Jacky Colliss Harvey | Read by Nicola Barber

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Nicola Barber brightly conveys the author's love and wonder for the animal-human relationship and its emotional complexities. For example--why do we choose the pets that we do? Jacky Colliss Harvey's voracious curiosity won't disappoint listeners who love animals. However, Barber delivers the book's intellectually probing material as if she were talking to a pet,... Read More

ANYTHING BUT A DUKE

ANYTHING BUT A DUKE The Duke's Den, Book 2

by Christy Carlyle | Read by Karen Cass

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Karen Cass conveys all the frustrations and triumphs of a lady inventor in historical London in this slow-burn romance. Diana Ashby wants nothing more than to be left alone to work out her ideas, and she has one chance to gain the funding needed for the next step. Devilish Aiden Iverson agrees to back her project in exchange for being introduced to eligible ladies of... Read More

APOCALYPSE ANY DAY NOW

APOCALYPSE ANY DAY NOW Deep Underground with America's Doomsday Preppers

by Tea Krulos | Read by Eric Michael Summerer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Eric Michael Summerer deftly introduces the author as he investigates the thoughts of those predicting and preparing for turbulent times--terrorism, natural disasters, the end of the world. Summerer's Krulos is a first-rate interviewer who draws out even the most secretive individual. His appealing voice is realistic and respectful of each interviewee. Krulos visits... Read More

APPEASEMENT

APPEASEMENT Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War

by Tim Bouverie | Read by John Sessions

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator John Sessions's adept vocal skills are well employed in this account of the various missteps, miscalculations, and willful blindness of the British government and its people in handling the rise of Hitler from 1933 to the evacuation of Dunkirk. Sessions's voice moves at a deliberate pace that is easy to follow, and he usually affects a distinct voice for quotes--with a... Read More

ARCTIC DREAMS

ARCTIC DREAMS

by Barry Lopez | Read by James Naughton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In a warm, inviting voice, James Naughton narrates Lopez's detailed natural history and firsthand observations of the Arctic, originally published in 1986. Lopez spent four years researching the ecosystem of this fascinating world. This audiobook provides an encompassing listening experience as he closely observe animals indigenous to the region, where night and day don't... Read More

THE ARMORED SAINT

THE ARMORED SAINT Sacred Throne 1

by Myke Cole | Read by Colleen Delaney and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

A full-cast narration led by Colleen Delaney makes it easy to dive into this fantasy world, and soon every character feels familiar. It's a story full of religious tyrants, dark secrets, and a brewing rebellion in which any act of magic could open a portal to hell. As a result, each of the obstacles the characters encounter packs a significant emotional punch. And the numerous... Read More

THE ART OF IS

THE ART OF IS Improvising as a Way of Life

by Stephen Nachmanovitch | Read by Robertson Dean

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Robertson Dean lends his judicious pacing and artful vocal variation to this production, accompanying listeners through musician and teacher Nachmanovitch's reflections. "Improvising is life itself," Nachmanovitch says; his book redefines improvisation as more than a creative practice--it's also a step to finding one's true self, one's own "skilled discipline of doing... Read More

ART, INC.

ART, INC. The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist

by Lisa Congdon | Read by Lisa Congdon

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Lisa Congdon sounds encouraging and inspiring as she delivers her comprehensive audiobook about how to make money while building your career as an artist. This no-nonsense guide to adding profitability to your creative endeavors provides well-rounded advice about the business aspects of selling your work. In addition, Congdon conveys the importance of finding your style and... Read More

ASSEMBLING THE DINOSAUR

ASSEMBLING THE DINOSAUR Fossil Hunters, Tycoons, and the Making of a Spectacle

by Lukas Rieppel | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
History

Pete Cross offers a solid, easy-to-follow narration of this work about dinosaurs, museums, and American exceptionalism. His even tone carries the text well. He varies it effectively to point out irony and humor. During America's Gilded Age of the late 1800s and early 1900s, individual excess among industrialists was common. This phenomenon spread to fossil hunting and display.... Read More

AT THE END OF THE CENTURY

AT THE END OF THE CENTURY The Stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala | Read by Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam, Soneela Nankani, Neil Shah, Henrietta Meire, Kate Reading, and a Full Cast

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A large cast of talented narrators was well chosen to give voice to this excellent collection of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's subtle and multilayered short stories. The production begins with an informative introduction by writer Anita Desai. The narrators suit the stories they narrate, settling us in place, be it in a Delhi shopkeeper's orderly store or on Los Angeles's sun-drenched... Read More

THE ATLAS OF HAPPINESS

THE ATLAS OF HAPPINESS The Global Secrets of How to Be Happy

by Helen Russell | Read by Helen Russell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Helen Russell's enthusiasm is infectious as she tours the globe to identify what makes people happier. Her tone brims with a sense of mischief, optimism, and earnest authenticity. Russell is careful to explain that she is not concentrating on the world's happiest places but is creating a catalogue of cultural customs on how to live a good life. At times, the concept is... Read More

AUNTIE POLDI AND THE VINEYARDS OF ETNA

AUNTIE POLDI AND THE VINEYARDS OF ETNA Auntie Poldi Mysteries, Book 2

by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn [Trans.] | Read by Matt Addis

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners eavesdrop on Auntie Poldi as she recounts to her nephew her remarkable experiences with two murders and the Mafia in her adopted home of Sicily. Narrator Matt Addis shifts smoothly between the story narrated by Poldi and that offered by her nephew--giving a start of surprise to listeners each time the nephew interjects. With whimsical character traits, Poldi proves... Read More

THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK

THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK London Celebrities, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by Lucy Parker | Read by Billie Fulford-Brown

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Billie Fulford-Brown narrates a glowing tribute to London's West End, full of drama both onstage and off. Actor Freddy Carlton needs to choose: focus solely on prestigious dramatic roles or return to her beloved musical comedy roots. Theater critic James Ford-Griffin (Griff to his friends) needs to save his family's estate. Fulford-Brown portrays Freddy as animated and vibrant... Read More

AUSTRALIAN HEIST

AUSTRALIAN HEIST

by James Phelps | Read by Peter Hosking

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook tells the outrageous story of a dramatic heist and, at the same time, describes the nation of Australia in the latter part of the nineteenth century. In June 1862, a gang of robbers pulled off Australia's most daring crime, absconding with 77 kilograms of gold, worth about $10 million today. Peter Hosking's performance is complicated. On the one hand, his... Read More

THE AYE-AYE AND I

THE AYE-AYE AND I

Earphones Award Winner

by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Oh, the utter delight of adventuring in Madagascar with the late English naturalist Gerald Durrell and his poly-voiced narrator, Rupert Degas, who beautifully channels Durrell's slightly raspy voice, his exuberant personality, and his enthusiasm for every variety of fauna, including human. The book describes a 1990s trip to Madagascar's remotest regions to find and collect a... Read More

AYESHA AT LAST

AYESHA AT LAST

by Uzma Jalaluddin | Read by Roshni Shukla

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Roshni Shukla's style lends an Austen-esque air to this contemporary retelling of the rich-boy-meets-poor-girl trope. Ayesha and Khalid are Muslims, Indian-Canadians, and neighbors. They both struggle to reconcile their traditional upbringing as the children of immigrants with the contemporary society that surrounds them. Shukla shifts between Ayesha and Khalid's... Read More

BAKHITA

BAKHITA A Novel of the Saint of Sudan

by Véronique Olmi | Read by Bahni Turpin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An illuminating account of the life of African saint Josephine Margaret Bakhita, canonized in 2000, is enhanced by Bahni Turpin's compelling narration. Weaving together an audible tapestry of diverse voices and historical places, Turpin's steady cadence effortlessly ushers listeners into a past world. She invites them to walk alongside Bakhita from her childhood in Darfur in... Read More

BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN

BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN

by Pitchaya Sudbanthad | Read by Euan Morton

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Scottish actor Euan Morton adopts a primarily American intonation for Pitchaya Sudbanthad's impressive multilayered evocation of Bangkok past, present, and future. The choice makes sense, as many of the characters are American visitors or Thai expats living in the States. When called upon, Morton's Thai pronunciation is almost always correct. The audiobook comprises short... Read More

BARE-NAKED LOLA

BARE-NAKED LOLA Lola Cruz, Book 3

by Melissa Bourbon | Read by Marisa Blake

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Marisa Blake dives into the third Lola Cruz mystery, giving it a fast-paced and vibrant narration. It's a lot for listeners new to the series to take in, but they're rewarded with a rich listening experience as P.I. Lola navigates the lifestyle of a courtside dancer in an undercover assignment that requires her to wear skimpy clothing that pushes her boundaries. The case leads... Read More

THE BASHFUL BRIDE

THE BASHFUL BRIDE Advertisements for Love, Book 2

by Vanessa Riley | Read by Jessica Bolte

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Jessica Bolte narrates a surprisingly sweet love story set during the tumultuous British abolitionist movement. Ester Croome wants her marriage to be one of grand passions--and not simply a furthering of her father's business arrangements. Arthur Bex, a rising star of the London theater scene, is in desperate need of a wife. Bolte's portrayal of Ester as she grows from a... Read More

BE BOLD

BE BOLD Finding Your Fierce

by Rachel Billups | Read by Rachel Billups

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Pastor Rachel Billups delivers a lively performance as she narrates her audiobook encouraging listeners to be bold and "live their fierce." Using biblical histories and personal experiences as examples, Billups does not shy away from the hard truths of life but works to inspire the listener to find the lessons in these trials. Billups's emotions are powerful in this audiobook... Read More

BE CALM

BE CALM Proven Techniques to Stop Anxiety Now

Earphones Award Winner

by Jill P. Weber | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Bernadette Dunne's low-key narration complements the author's methods for helping listeners feel calmer. Weber provides practical strategies to manage the debilitating effects of anxiety. The diverse range of methods includes simple cognitive therapies and mindfulness practice, and Dunne moves through each explanation smoothly and slowly enough to ease the listener into each... Read More

BEARSKIN

BEARSKIN

by James A. McLaughlin | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

MacLeod Andrews performs this thrilling story about the illegal killing of bears in Virginia's Appalachian Mountains. Rice Moore, who is trying to escape his past, tracks wildlife and refurbishes cabins on 7,000 acres of nature preserve while investigating the murder and mutilation of bears. Andrews's unemotional narration is perfect for a story that alternates between... Read More

BEASTS IN MY BELFRY

BEASTS IN MY BELFRY

by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rupert Degas delivers a bang-up performance--including tiger growls and buffalo snorts--of Gerald Durrell's colorful and often comic memories of his first job as a student keeper at England's Whipsnade Zoological Park. Be forewarned that the legendary founder of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust wrote the book in 1970 about events in 1945. While he's forward-thinking about... Read More

A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE

A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE Harper McClain, Book 2

by Christi Daugherty | Read by Sophie Amoss

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Sophie Amoss introduces crime reporter Harper McClain, who is hardworking, passionate, and complex. While she has her own complicated relationship with the police and unsolved tragedies from her past, Harper is always committed to telling the whole story, regardless of who is involved. When a beautiful, young law student is murdered in downtown Savannah, the city wants... Read More

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD The Poetry of Mister Rogers

by Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers | Read by John Lithgow, Kate Mulgrew

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrators John Lithgow and Kate Mulgrew alternately share poems and songs created by Fred Rogers for his long-standing television show. Rogers's messages affirm children and give voice to the myriad feelings, good and bad, that all people feel from time to time. Wonder, joy, questions, exploration, outsides and insides, a new baby, one-of-a-kindness, needs emotional and... Read More

BECOME AMERICA

BECOME AMERICA Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy

Earphones Award Winner

by Eric Liu | Read by Eric Liu

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrating this timely invitation to become engaged with the political process, Eric Liu provides an appropriate tone of urgency. The audiobook is a collection of 19 "sermons," which he delivered at a progressive activist gathering that took place in response to the election of Donald Trump. Liu's performance is arresting, though he doesn't try to re-enact the preaching... Read More

BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM

BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM

by Peter Swanson | Read by Sophie Amoss, Graham Halstead

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sophie Amoss and Graham Halstead team up to narrate this twisty thriller about Hen, a bipolar artist who's convinced she's solved a cold case murder. Because of her illness, however, neither the police nor her husband completely believes her--especially when she accuses her neighbor, a well-respected high school teacher. Amoss, who performs the majority of the audiobook, is... Read More

BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR

BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR The Evermore Chronicles, Book 1

by Emily R. King | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lauren Ezzo captures the passion of Everly Donovan, a girl who lives her life one stolen second at a time. When the man who murdered her family reappears, Everly finally has her chance for revenge--if her own delicate ticker doesn't get her first. Ezzo delivers an emotional performance full of drama, angst, and adventure as Everly's habitual secret-keeping creates... Read More

THE BEHOLDER

THE BEHOLDER Beholder, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Anna Bright | Read by Emily Rankin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Emily Rankin provides an exquisite performance of this alternate- history fantasy peppered with fairy tales. To secure the future of her people, Selah must find the right suitor, but her scheming stepmother has her own plans and sends Selah on a journey across an ocean to find one. Several chapters begin with a quote from a popular fairy tale in its original language, and... Read More

A BEND IN THE STARS

A BEND IN THE STARS

by Rachel Barenbaum | Read by Thérèse Plummer, Edoardo Ballerini

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This audiobook is not beautifully written, but two accomplished narrators do everything they can to make it gripping listening. Granted, it is not easy to make the calculations of relativistic physics (around which much of the story revolves) exciting, but there is a great deal of chasing around western Russia in 1914. Plummer, narrating the chapters from female points of view,... Read More

BENEATH THE TAMARIND TREE

BENEATH THE TAMARIND TREE A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram

Earphones Award Winner

by Isha Sesay | Read by Isha Sesay

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Isha Sesay narrates her experience of reporting on the return of the Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, the extremist group in Nigeria. Genuine passion infuses her delivery--she turns this audiobook into a feminist speech of sorts. She shares her personal experiences with relatives who grew up in Nigeria who encountered circumstances similar to those of... Read More

BETTER NOT POUT

BETTER NOT POUT

by Annabeth Albert | Read by Sean Crisden

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

While listening to this audiobook, it takes time to get used to Sean Crisden's narration, particularly the voice he creates for Teddy MacNally--a guy who loves Christmas. But listeners will warm up to Crisden when grumpy Nicholas Nowicki, a military police officer, enters the scene. When Teddy enthusiastically agrees to play an elf for a charity event, he finds he has his work... Read More

BIASED

BIASED Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

by Jennifer L. Eberhardt | Read by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jennifer L. Eberhardt sounds like she's trying to deliver the words of her audiobook clearly while adding some emotional depth. In doing so, her narration comes across as too stilted, even when such an effect could be useful in projecting emotional tension. In powerful prose she explores how implicit bias works in a myriad of ways. This audiobook weaves her life's work and her... Read More

THE BIG KAHUNA

THE BIG KAHUNA Fox and O'Hare, Book 6

by Janet Evanovich, Peter Evanovich | Read by Scott Brick

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join the unlikely combination of FBI agent Kate O'Hare and con man Nicholas Fox as they solve the case of a missing Silicon Valley billionaire. Narrator Scott Brick is the perfect match to this fast-paced and funny mystery. His characterizations of the key characters are subtle and spot-on, allowing the witty banter and jokes to unfold without sounding forced. He... Read More

THE BIG NINE

THE BIG NINE How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity

by Amy Webb | Read by Amanda Dolan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Amanda Dolan narrates Webb's exploration of the social problems (mostly) and possibilities (a few) that artificial intelligence could create. By first examining the major companies exploring artificial intelligence and then mapping out best- and worst-case scenarios, Webb ensures that listeners understand his position on how unlikely the optimistic projections are, based upon... Read More

BIG SKY

BIG SKY Jackson Brodie, Book 5

by Kate Atkinson | Read by Jason Isaacs

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join P.I. Jackson Brodie as what should be a simple investigation grows into something much more sinister. Narrator Jason Isaacs (who starred in the "Case Histories" TV series) is the perfect match for this multifaceted story. His confident and polished delivery allows both the wit in the writing and the tension of the plot to come together. His accents sound... Read More

THE BINDING

THE BINDING

by Bridget Collins | Read by Carl Prekopp

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Carl Prekopp's narration takes the listener to a world in which people's memories are voluntarily removed and bound into books. The lives of Emmett Farmer, a young man who was born with the sacred skill of bookbinding, and Lucian Darnay, the only son of a wealthy family with noble ties, are intertwined in ways neither can recall. Prekopp's performance draws the listener deeply... Read More

BIRDS BY THE SHORE

BIRDS BY THE SHORE Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast

by Jennifer Ackerman | Read by Jennifer Ackerman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jennifer Ackerman revisits her memories of living on the coast of Delaware in this audiobook reissue and update of a 1995 collection of essays. Her voice carries a charming sense of wistfulness and wonder as she explores the seashore. It is about so much more than birds. Ackerman observes the crabs, worms, snakes, marshes, trees, tides, storms, and weather as well as the birds... Read More

A BITE-SIZED HISTORY OF FRANCE

A BITE-SIZED HISTORY OF FRANCE Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment

by Stephane Henaut, Jeni Mitchell | Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Derek Perkins narrates this engrossing audiobook on French cuisine with style, sass, and a sense of irony. His decidedly English accent and diction work well with the stories of French food and provide a kind of middle road through the culinary love-hate relationship between France and the U.S. The authors, a husband-and-wife team, are American and French. Stories of France's... Read More

BLACK AND BLUE

BLACK AND BLUE Doug Brock, Book 3

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Fred Berman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The latest mystery from author David Rosenfelt is a wonderful weave of twists and unpredictability, ably narrated by Fred Berman, whose joy at narration is evident from the beginning. The procedural features New Jersey State Trooper Doug Brock, who is suffering from amnesia after having been shot in the line of duty. Brock must solve a murder while retracing his investigation... Read More

THE BLACK ASCOT

THE BLACK ASCOT Inspector Ian Rutledge , Book 21

by Charles Todd | Read by Simon Prebble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Simon Prebble's deep knowledge of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series, which he has long narrated, serves listeners well in this 19th addition to the canon. In it, Rutledge is asked to find out more when the prime suspect in an old murder case reportedly resurfaces. Soon Rutledge is caught up in a confounding case that's complicated by every interviewee's habit of lying... Read More

BLACK IS THE BODY

BLACK IS THE BODY Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

by Emily Bernard | Read by Emily Bernard

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Emily Bernard proves herself a gifted storyteller and a gifted narrator. This moving reading of her own essays is laced with nuance, emotion, and her ongoing struggle with the topics she addresses. As a graduate student at Yale, Bernard was one of seven victims of a random stabbing attack at a local coffee shop. Though it was traumatizing and painful, she also notes that the... Read More

BLACK MOUNTAIN

BLACK MOUNTAIN

by Laird Barron | Read by William DeMeritt

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Simple murders are rarely simple--as private investigator Isaiah Coledrige discovers in this nonstop audiobook thriller, memorably performed by William DeMeritt. Hired by a Mob boss to investigate the brutal murder of petty criminal, Coledrige is drawn into a labyrinthine matter involving an additional murder. As the list of suspects and witnesses grows, Coledrige finds himself... Read More

BLOOD ORANGE

BLOOD ORANGE

by Harriet Tyce | Read by Julie Teal

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Julie Teal delivers Tyce's debut thriller with precise depictions and authentic expression. She smoothly takes on the role of Alison, a solicitor, whose life becomes chaotic as she deals with her marriage, an affair, and her first murder case. Teal communicates Alison's thoughts and emotions with credibility and finesse. Her husband and lover are polar opposites of... Read More

BLOODLEAF

BLOODLEAF Bloodleaf, Book 1

by Crystal Smith | Read by Nicola Barber

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nicola Barber delivers another spectacular performance. In a world with few safe havens for people with magical abilities, Princess Aurelia finds herself fleeing her home to escape an assassination attempt. In the city of her betrothed, she finds greater danger, as well as love--if only she can reveal her real identity. Barber expertly captures the tone and pace of the... Read More

BLUEPRINT

BLUEPRINT The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

by Nicholas A. Christakis | Read by Nicholas A. Christakis

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author/narrator has the perfect vocal tone and style for drawing listeners into his discussion of how people connect with others in effective communities. Countering the view that humans are primarily aggressive and self-centered, he draws on his extensive knowledge of the socioeconomic, biosocial, and evolutionary causes of behavior to argue that people are wired to... Read More

BLUFF

BLUFF

by Jane Stanton Hitchcock | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is a unique, fast-paced thriller full of intrigue and unexpected humor. Narrator Lisa Flanagan creates a remarkable portrayal of its protagonist. Listeners will be drawn in by Maud Warner, a 50-something New York socialite on a mission. She is out for revenge against those she believes destroyed her family and stole her inheritance. As Flanagan depicts a large... Read More

BOLDER

BOLDER Making the Most of Our Longer Lives

Earphones Award Winner

by Carl Honoré | Read by Carl Honoré

Penguin Random House Canada | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Carl Honoré's narration of his inspiring book has the kind of energy that will help people expand what's possible for them in their later years. With his quietly assertive enthusiasm making his message hard to dismiss, he offers new research that shows how our mental image of late life has tremendous power to motivate good habits, provoke unlikely achievements, and juice up our... Read More

THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS

THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS Essays

by Ross Gay | Read by Ross Gay

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

After receiving acclaim and two literary awards for his poetry book CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE, Ross Gay continues to share his talent in this enlightening audiobook of essays, which he narrates himself. The audiobook consists of Gay's observations on his life over a period of one year. Both his writing and narration are humorous, fluid, playful, and, at times, quite... Read More

THE BOOK OF PRIDE

THE BOOK OF PRIDE LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World

by Mason Funk | Read by Mason Funk, Robin Miles, Eileen Stevens, Kevin R. Free, Charles Constant, Rick Adamson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The founder and executive director of OUTWORDS, Mason Funk, introduces and contextualizes each of the more than 70 first-person accounts of liberation, disruption, survival, and other experiences collected by the organization to document LGBTQ+ history. Reaching back to the pre-Stonewall era, the whole offers an intersectional tapestry of causes, gender, sexual orientation,... Read More

BRAVE FACE

BRAVE FACE How I Survived Growing Up, Coming Out, and Depression

by Shaun David Hutchinson | Read by Shaun David Hutchinson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author and narrator Shaun David Hutchinson wants listeners to remember one thing: Never give up. This memoir is not about the highs in Hutchinson's life after he became a bestselling author--it's about the lowest of the lows. Through his own voice, he painfully recalls his younger years--the depression that compounded his confusion over his sexuality--he is gay--and his fear... Read More

BRAVE, NOT PERFECT

BRAVE, NOT PERFECT Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder

by Reshma Saujani | Read by Reshma Saujani

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani shares her own experiences with being brave, along with the experiences of other females, to empower women to accomplish their goals. She is relatable and sincere when speaking of times she decided to be brave instead of indecisive and is convincing in reassuring listeners that the act of pursuing is essential to... Read More

THE BRIDE TEST

THE BRIDE TEST

Earphones Award Winner

by Helen Hoang | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Emily Woo Zeller narrates a deeply moving love story between two passionate and strong-willed individuals from its emotionally devastating lows to its profoundly satisfying conclusion. Khai Diep is convinced he is incapable of feeling, and, therefore, has no need of a wife. Esme Tran, despite numerous obstacles, jumps at the chance to meet a potential husband who is American.... Read More

BRIEF CHRONICLE OF ANOTHER STUPID HEARTBREAK

BRIEF CHRONICLE OF ANOTHER STUPID HEARTBREAK

by Adi Alsaid | Read by Nancy Wu

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Nancy Wu brings listeners into the mind of teenage love-and- relationship columnist Lu Charles. Wu's smooth voice has just the right inflections for Lu's dry sense of humor as she muses about love and heartbreak. However, through both the narration and the story itself Lu ends up sounding older than her 18 years. Wu's strength in this work is her delivery of dialogue.... Read More

BROKEN PLACES & OUTER SPACES

BROKEN PLACES & OUTER SPACES Finding Creativity in the Unexpected

by Nnedi Okorafor | Read by Nnedi Okorafor

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of Okorafor's Africanfuturist fiction will enjoy hearing her narrate her memoir and discovering some of the roots of her celebrated stories. Okorafor was a skilled athlete at age 19 when she had surgery to correct her worsening scoliosis. When she awoke, she found she was one of the unlucky one percent who become paralyzed during spinal surgery. In a warm and... Read More

BUNNY

BUNNY

Earphones Award Winner

by Mona Awad | Read by Sophie Amoss

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Sophie Amoss's animated performance is spot-on for this genre-bending story of women enrolled in a highly selective master's program in creative writing at a school named Warren. Samantha Mackey, a scholarship student, has trouble connecting with her rich female classmates, until--against her better judgment--she agrees to attend one of their parties. Falling down a... Read More

BURNED

BURNED A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't

by Edward Humes | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Rebecca Lowman has a friendly, accessible voice that allows listeners to follow this true crime audiobook. In 1989, three young children in Bell, California, were killed when their house caught fire. Their mother escaped the blaze but was convicted of setting the fire in order to murder them. Thirty years later, her conviction, and the evidence that was used to secure... Read More

THE BURNING ISSUE OF THE DAY

THE BURNING ISSUE OF THE DAY Lady Hardcastle, Book 5

by T E Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The Lady Hardcastle Edwardian-period mysteries are lots of fun, especially for avid anglophiles and especially on audio. Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden portrays the aristocratic detective and her trusty maid, Flo. With the help of an eclectic group of Lady Hardcastle's friends, they work to solve a fatal case of arson and save the life of a suffragette who is falsely accused of... Read More

BURNING THE SKY

BURNING THE SKY Operation Argus and the Untold Story of the Cold War Nuclear Tests in Outer Space

by Mark Wolverton | Read by Jon Lescault

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Imagine the plot of a great thriller: During the Cold War, the U.S. designs a secret plan to detonate nuclear bombs over Russia to nullify Soviet control of outer space. It would be a good one, right? According to this nonfiction audiobook, though, it was an actual plan--Operation Argus. Narrator Jon Lescault tells the true story in a straightforward manner, using his deep,... Read More

BURNOUT

BURNOUT The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

by Emily Nagoski, Amelia Nagoski | Read by Emily Nagoski, Amelia Nagoski

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Sisters Emily and Amelia Nagoski team up as writers and narrators to discuss what causes women to feel exhausted in today's world and what they can do to combat it. Using eager tones and engaging emphasis, both are compassionate and charismatic when investigating the ways women feel burnout throughout their lives. They offer a take-action approach to solving the problem so... Read More

BUT BEAUTIFUL

BUT BEAUTIFUL A Book About Jazz

Earphones Award Winner

by Geoff Dyer | Read by Dion Graham

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Lyrical, evocative writing is matched with a top-shelf performance in this evocative book of vignettes on how some of the jazz greats practiced their art. With his wide range of dialects and exceptional ability to immerse himself in a story, Dion Graham delivers the kind of listening experience that you'll want to hear in one sitting and in the dark--a slowly unfolding tableau... Read More

THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME

THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME

by Nafiza Azad | Read by Christine Tawfik

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Christine Tawfik's seductive voice pulls listeners into the sultry city of Noor, where Fatima, a human girl, is thrust into a brewing conflict between humans and two powerful clans of djinn. Tawfik's narrative choices amplify the undercurrents of romance between Fatima and the djinn maharajah, Zulfikar. Emphasizing meaning and description through her tone, Tawfik also... Read More

CANE

CANE

by Jean Toomer | Read by Bahni Turpin, Mirron Willis, Lisa Reneé Pitts

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Narrators Bahni Turpin, Mirron Willis, and Lisa Reneé Pitts work together to create a vocal chorus that is equal to these vivid short stories written by one of the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance. Listeners will be grateful for this talented cast, who capture the diverse characters in these narratives. From young women forced by necessity into prostitution and then... Read More

CAPE MAY

CAPE MAY

by Chip Cheek | Read by George Newbern

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In Chip Cheek's intense, erotic debut novel, narrator George Newbern offers perfect voices for innocent newlyweds Henry, 20, and Effie, 18. In 1957, the Georgia couple honeymoon in Cape May, New Jersey, where they begin to discover the pleasures of each other. But it isn't long before they're seduced by the more worldly Clare and Max, and Max's mysterious half-sister, Alma. The... Read More

CARELESS LOVE

CARELESS LOVE DCI Banks, Book 25

Earphones Award Winner

by Peter Robinson | Read by Simon Prebble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Simon Prebble delivers this smartly written puzzle with just the right pensive attitude for the veteran detective DCI Banks and those in his orbit. Banks and his team have two murders to investigate. One looks like a suicide, but isn't. The other looks like an accident, but is it? A young woman's body is found in an abandoned car, and, while it looks like suicide, it's... Read More

CARI MORA

CARI MORA

by Thomas Harris | Read by Thomas Harris

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The author of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and RED DRAGON lends insight and a gentle delivery to his new story of unbound greed and warped obsession. The gambit involving a psychopathic killer and a young woman in search of 25 million dollars in cartel gold that lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront is both entertaining and engaging. Harris uses his soft and... Read More

CASTING LACEY

CASTING LACEY

Earphones Award Winner

by Elle Spencer | Read by Melissa Moran

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Melissa Moran gives a superbly well-rounded performance filled with dramatic tension and vulnerable moments in this exceptional contemporary romance. Quinn Kincaid is ready to come out as gay in Hollywood, and she has enlisted fellow actress Lacey Matthews to help her set the stage with a fake relationship. But as the two heat up on and away from the set, the... Read More

CAUGHT IN THE FLAMES

CAUGHT IN THE FLAMES

by Kacey Shea | Read by Savannah Peachwood

Kacey Shea Books LLC | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Savannah Peachwood brings a strong performance to a contemporary romance that isn't on par with her skill. Callie Gordon can't get enough of the local firemen and when she falls instantly in love with the captain, it seems like everything is turning up roses. But when everything falls apart, Callie will learn that real love doesn't always happen with a bang.... Read More

THE CHAIN

THE CHAIN

by Adrian McKinty | Read by January LaVoy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

January LaVoy's performance of this thriller is as good as they get--focused, intense, smart, and skillful with the appropriate accents. Whether that will save the experience for you will depend on your tolerance for plotting that shades past thriller into gothic territory, so violent and improbable are the premise and execution. The setup: A psychopath mastermind has devised a... Read More

CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME

CHASE DARKNESS WITH ME How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders

by Billy Jensen, Karen Kilgariff [Fore.] | Read by Billy Jensen, Karen Kilgariff

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

True-crime journalist Billy Jensen narrates his personal look at criminal investigation in the matter-of-fact style of a reporter. Jensen worked with author Michelle McNamara on her book about the Golden State Killer, I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK. McNamara died suddenly before she could see the results of her research. Jensen made it his mission to see that her work wouldn't be... Read More

THE CHIEF

THE CHIEF The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts

by Joan Biskupic | Read by Jennywren Walker

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Jennywren Walker's narration lacks authority and engagement with this audiobook. CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic has written a liberal's well-researched examination and critique of the life and rulings of United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by President George W. Bush. Biskupic is critical of Roberts's consistently conservative... Read More

CHINA DREAM

CHINA DREAM

by Ma Jian, Flora Drew [Trans.] | Read by David Shih

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

David Shih delivers the quiet, contemplative voice at the center of this dystopian novel set in modern China. He creates the satirical figure of Ma Daode, a party official who is corrupt and plagued by his subconscious. Shih strikes the right chord of understated irony as listeners are led into an increasingly absurdist breakdown of reality. Ma Daode is supposed to create a... Read More

CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE MURDER

CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE MURDER Hannah Swensen, Book 24

by Joanne Fluke | Read by Suzanne Toren

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook begins on an exciting note as baker Hannah Swenson informs all in her church that her wedding was invalid. Hannah has just learned that Ross, her groom, was already married and has returned to his wife. However, despite narrator Suzanne Toren's valiant efforts to keep the momentum going when the audiobook offers recipes at the end of almost every chapter, the... Read More

CHOKED

CHOKED Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

Earphones Award Winner

by Beth Gardiner | Read by Joyce Bean

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With urgency in her voice, narrator Joyce Bean takes listeners around the world as she lists the many places without clean air. London, for instance, as well as Poland, China, and India, the worst, allow their residents to breathe polluted air day after day. Bean's staccato delivery lets listeners have the stark facts in no uncertain terms. Seven million people die annually... Read More

CHUMPS TO CHAMPS

CHUMPS TO CHAMPS How the Worst Teams in Yankees History Led to the '90s Dynasty

by Bill Pennington | Read by Christian Baskous

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Christian Baskous narrates this compelling slice of recent baseball history. Many listeners will already know the ending. By 1995, the New York Yankees had become a terrific team led by a cadre of homegrown stars and would go on to a legendary run of first-place seasons and World Series wins. Even so, baseball fans will revel in the details of how the team rose to such success... Read More

A CIRCLE OF ELEPHANTS

A CIRCLE OF ELEPHANTS

by Eric Dinerstein | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kirby Heyborne reprises his role as Nandu, a Nepalese boy, in this sequel to WHAT ELEPHANTS KNOW. The 13-year-old lives with his adoptive father, Subba-sahib, in the newly established Royal Elephant Breeding Center on the edge of the jungle in 1970s Nepal. His community is tested by earthquake, drought, a dangerous wild bull elephant, and menacing poachers. Heyborne's... Read More

CITIES

CITIES The First 6,000 Years

by Monica L. Smith | Read by Monica L. Smith

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Archaeologist Monica L. Smith's passion for the history and importance of cities comes through in her narration of this audiobook. More than half of the world's population resides in cities, and this proportion is expected to grow. The intangibles of city life--the breadth of career opportunities; the plethora of dining, cultural, and entertainment options; and the large and... Read More

CITY OF FLICKERING LIGHT

CITY OF FLICKERING LIGHT

by Juliette Fay | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Listeners will be richly entertained by this historical audiobook, set in early 1920s Hollywood. Irene, Millie, and Henry meet on the burlesque circuit and head to Hollywood, where they help each other deal with obstacles in their personal and professional lives. Narrator Lisa Flanagan infuses each character with a compelling personality as she keeps the pace of the story... Read More

CITY OF GIRLS

CITY OF GIRLS

by Elizabeth Gilbert | Read by Blair Brown

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Blair Brown delivers a superb narration of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel, which features the recollections of a 95-year-old New York seamstress who came of age during WWII. Brown's straightforward, charming depiction illuminates the vivacious young woman the wistful elderly narrator remembers, and her conversational pacing creates vibrant pictures for the listener. In 1940, after... Read More

CITY OF JASMINE

CITY OF JASMINE

by Olga Grjasnowa, Katy Derbyshire [Trans.] | Read by Assaf Cohen

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Assaf Cohen is a flexible narrator whose dexterity is shown as a cast of characters grapples with growing conflict in Syria. Cohen switches from Hammoudi, the doctor, to Amal, the actress, as government surveillance and citizen unrest grow. Fans of world literature will find much to enjoy in this exploration of current events. As listeners are taken into a world of ambition,... Read More

CLARISSA, OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY, VOLUME 1

CLARISSA, OR THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY, VOLUME 1

by Samuel Richardson | Read by Lucy Scott, Rober May, Katie Scarfe, Nigel Pilkington, Hayward B. Morse, Anna Bentinck, Paul Panting, Teresa Gallagher, John Foley, Samuel West

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

The cast of this audio production must be commended for undertaking one of the longest novels in English literature. They are successful in capturing Richardson's many epistolary voices. Lucy Scott gives an admirable performance as Clarissa Harlowe; her clear, soft voice captures the earnestness and innocence of the chief character. While Clarissa most often speaks sincerely to... Read More

CLEAN BREAKS

CLEAN BREAKS Practice Perfect, Book 3

by Ruby Lang | Read by David Shih, Emily Woo Zeller

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Emily Woo Zeller and David Shih's emotive and introspective narration immerses listeners in the fraught romance between estranged friends Sarah Soon and Jake Li. Zeller's deep voice takes on a soft vulnerability as the now cancer-free Sarah prepares to jump-start her career and live on her own terms. Then Jake, who is struggling with his recent divorce, walks into her... Read More

CLEANING THE GOLD

CLEANING THE GOLD

by Karin Slaughter, Lee Child | Read by Eric Jason Martin, Jeff Harding

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Eric Jason Martin and Jeff Harding take on iconic investigators Will Trent (Slaughter) and Jack Reacher (Child) in this fun gift to fans. Trent goes undercover, literally cleaning the gold at Fort Knox, to nab a suspect in a 22-year-old cold case. The suspect is Jack Reacher. Listeners will enjoy hearing the two characters size each other up. They share many traits,... Read More

CLIFF'S EDGE

CLIFF'S EDGE

by Meg Tilly | Read by Kendall Harper, Stephen Dexter, Scott Brick, Meg Tilly [Note]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

This romantic suspense, set on Solace Island in the Pacific Northwest, is brought to life by narrators Kendall Harper, Scott Brick, and Stephen Dexter. Eve Harris is house-sitting while her sister is on her honeymoon. Unbeknownst to Eve, Rhys Thomas, a friend of her brother-in-law, is also staying at the house to recoup after his latest movie. Harper handles the narrative from... Read More

THE CLUB

THE CLUB Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

by Leo Damrosch | Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Simon Vance is a master narrator, and a highly suitable choice for this lively history of a dining club composed of eighteenth-century London's most celebrated figures, including Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, David Garrick, Edward Gibbon, Joshua Reynolds--yes, all of them men. Their gatherings were a composite portrait of the arts and letters of their time, their individual... Read More

COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

by Faith Erin Hicks | Read by Carly Robins

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

This contemporary story, narrated by Carly Robins, is inspired by ROMEO AND JULIET. It's clear that Nova Scotian Miriam Kendrick should not fall for Californian Weldon Warrick. Decades ago, Weldon's grandfather purchased the rights to the TomorrowMen comic series for a paltry sum, leaving his co-creator--Miriam's grandfather--with nothing when the series became a worldwide... Read More

CONDEMN ME NOT

CONDEMN ME NOT Accused of Witchcraft

by Heather B. Moore | Read by Nancy Peterson

Mirror Press, LLC | Unabridged
Fiction

With exquisite sensitivity, narrator Nancy Peterson channels the complex character of Susannah Martin, one of 14 women hanged for witchcraft during the infamous Salem witch trials. Susannah waits for months in abysmal conditions for her execution, repeatedly playing back memories of her long-ago courtship with her handsome beau. Peterson's depictions of both Susannahs--the... Read More

CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN

CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN

by David R. Dow | Read by Henry Levya

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Henry Levya and author David R. Dow combine to deliver an emotional wallop with this first-person mystery focused on retribution. Levya convincingly inhabits the mind of Rafael, an Everyman who is thrust onto a Texas death row only to be spit out six years later. Dow's knowledge of Texas's death penalty system and its inhabitants is mind-blowing--a lawyer, he has... Read More

THE CONSERVATIVE SENSIBILITY

THE CONSERVATIVE SENSIBILITY

by George F. Will | Read by Peter Ganim

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Peter Ganim's deeply resonant voice is a wonderful instrument for the pitch and pacing patterns that make this audiobook so effective. Masculine but not overbearing, his vocal confidence makes listening an uplifting experience and is a good fit for the likable rectitude of author George Will. This is philosophical writing by a political science professor, so you'll... Read More

CONVICTION

CONVICTION

by Denise Mina | Read by Cathleen McCarron

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mina's latest thriller is a spellbinding listen featuring a superbly talented narrator. Cathleen McCarron expertly portrays numerous characters spanning several ages, accents, genders, and emotions. She particularly shines as protagonist Anna McDonald. Anna lives a simple life as a wife and mother. She fills her days with books and podcasts, losing herself in stories. However,... Read More

COUNT GIRLS IN

COUNT GIRLS IN Empowering Girls to Combine Any Interests with STEM to Open Up a World of Opportunity

by Karen Panetta, Katianne Williams | Read by Nan McNamara

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Why do girls turn away from STEM subjects? Narrated by the positive-sounding Nan McNamara, this audiobook is a call to arms--and a valuable resource--for those who want to create inclusive academic and professional worlds for girls. How can parents and teachers encourage them to develop habits of mind foundational to success in all fields? How can we conceptualize STEM skills... Read More

COUNTERFEIT

COUNTERFEIT

by Guillermo Valcárcel, Kit Maude [Trans.] | Read by Thom Rivera

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Thom Rivera plays up the danger running through this thriller. His tense tone keeps listeners in suspense as antique expert Jota accepts a commission to find a rare clock. Listeners who love a complicated plot that is constantly raising the stakes will hang on Rivera's every word as Jota and Laura, the daughter of his former partner, who joins him on the hunt, are... Read More

COURTING MR. LINCOLN

COURTING MR. LINCOLN A Novel

Earphones Award Winner

by Louis Bayard | Read by Robert Fass, Tavia Gilbert

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Tavia Gilbert and Robert Fass deserve only superlatives for their performances in Louis Bayard's outstanding historical fiction. Mary Todd and Joshua Speed tell compelling stories detailing the way their lives entwined with Abraham Lincoln's. In 1840, Mary comes to Springfield with marriage on her mind. She meets handsome, charming Speed and awkward Lincoln, an unimpressive... Read More

CRAFT BREW

CRAFT BREW Trouble Brewing, Book 2

by Layla Reyne | Read by Tristan James

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Tristan James returns to narrate the second audiobook in a series featuring the snappy dialogue of Bostonian Cameron Byrne and the decisive tones of retired Navy SEAL and now U.S. Attorney Dominic Price. Throughout the narrative, James does an exceptional job of maintaining consistency as the main characters dance around their personal romance and the question of whether to out... Read More

CROSSING

CROSSING

by Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston [trans.] | Read by David Hackston

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

David Hackston gives a heartfelt performance of this story about a young man's search for identity. Albanian Bujar leaves his communist country after the death of his father, a time when he is also developing an awareness of his own sexuality. Hackston creates a steady, kind persona that builds a deep sense of compassion for Bujar as he experiences changes in continents and in... Read More

CROWN OF FEATHERS

CROWN OF FEATHERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Nicki Pau Preto | Read by Samantha Desz, Jacques Roy, Joy Osmanski, Gibson Frazier, Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

A skilled cast of narrators brings a compelling fantasy world to life in Niki Pau Preto's first novel. Joy Osmanski voices Veronyka, a war orphan whose betrayal by her sister, Val, spurs her to disguise herself as a boy in order to join the rebel phoenix riders. Sev, a war orphan on a different path, is voiced in a wary, rumbling tone by Jacques Roy, whose excellent narration... Read More

THE CUBAN COMEDY

THE CUBAN COMEDY

by Pablo Medina | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Cynthia Farrell becomes young Elena of Piedra Negra, Cuba. The aspiring poet from the country dreams of something other than making the firewater that is her family's business. Farrell captures the dreamy possibilities of the postrevolutionary period, which is contrasted with the ugly reality of everyone spying on their neighbors. Farrell deftly handles the occasional... Read More

A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION

A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION Veronica Speedwell, Book 4

by Deanna Raybourn | Read by Angele Masters

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners travel with Veronica Speedwell and her professional partner, Stoker, to an island off Cornwall with Stoker's older brother, Lord Templeton-Vane. There they become intrigued by the mystery of a bride who disappeared after her wedding three years earlier. Narrator Angele Masters plays up the sexual and familial tension among the three as Stoker and his brother compete... Read More

DARK CONSTELLATIONS

DARK CONSTELLATIONS

by Pola Oloixarac, Roy Kesey [Trans.] | Read by Justine Eyre

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Justine Eyre's breathless delivery of this genre-bending novel, especially its unvarying cadence, can quickly become monotonous for the listener. The three interconnected stories in this second work by the award-winning Argentine author are set in different time periods--the age of exploration, the nineteenth century; the beginning of the digital age, the 1980s; and the near... Read More

DARK SENTINEL

DARK SENTINEL Dark, Book 31

by Christine Feehan | Read by Jim Frangione

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Jim Frangione's narration matches the intense energy as an immortal warrior and a strong-minded woman fight against vampiric evil powers. Frangione's deep voice and theatrical nuances continually push the action to the next level. Whether the scene is of fighting, kidnapping, or lovemaking, Frangione consistently keeps the momentum high. While his voice is most often virile and... Read More

DAWN

DAWN Stories

by Selahattin Demirtas | Read by Baris Duyan, Ayse Eldek, Kate Reading

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Baris Duyan and Ayse Eldek earnestly deliver 12 stories of love, despair, and hope in conflict-ravaged Turkey. In this debut collection by a Turkish political hostage, Duyan and Eldek recount the everyday lives of people affected by political chaos. Listeners may perceive this audiobook as highly political, but the foreword, narrated by Kate Reading, says that it "is... Read More

DEAD AFTER DARK

DEAD AFTER DARK

by Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Susan Squires, Dianna Love | Read by Stephen R. Thorne

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

This story collection, narrated by Stephen Thorne begins with "Shadow of the Moon," in which Angelina and Fury, a werewolf, are enemies who are inextricably drawn to each other. In a husky, flirtatious voice, Angelina refuses to give in to Fury. His low and commanding tones, as delivered by Thorne, excite rather than scare her. "The Story of Son" pits lawyer Claire against a... Read More

DEAD MOON

DEAD MOON Threshold, Book 3

by Peter Clines | Read by Ray Porter

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Ray Porter actually catches a break with this gruesome science-fiction audiobook. Much of this thriller's cast is composed of thousands of silent zombies, so Porter doesn't have to differentiate much among them. Set in the year 2243, the story takes place on the moon, which serves as a cemetery for the overpopulated earth. Escaping her life on earth, Cali Washington... Read More

THE DEADLY KISS-OFF

THE DEADLY KISS-OFF Glen and Stan, Book 2

by Paul Di Filippo | Read by Keith Szarabajka

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook sequel to the enjoyable BIG GET-EVEN, antiheroes Glen and Stan concoct another scheme to get rich. Clearly, they have not learned their lesson about the consequences of dealing with mobsters. Narrator Keith Szarabajka has a way with dialogue that draws listeners into the story, making them worry about the main characters, even if they have slipped closer to... Read More

DEALING IN DREAMS

DEALING IN DREAMS

by Lilliam Rivera | Read by Marisol Ramirez

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

With tough-sounding voices, narrator Marisol Ramirez brings the fierce and fearless characters in this feminist Latinx dystopia to life. Whether she's portraying ambitious Rocka, the head of one of Mega City's top girl gangs, Las Mal Criadas; Truck, Rocka's gravelly voiced enforcer and second-in-command; or the softer, gentler voices of men, who in this universe are relegated... Read More

DEAR GIRL,

DEAR GIRL,

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Paris Rosenthal | Read by Paris Rosenthal

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Paris Rosenthal brings to life the advice of her late mother, a writer and independent filmmaker. The audiobook is written in the format of a letter to the listener. Rosenthal sounds light and earnest as she offers widely varied suggestions for being one's own person: Acknowledge your unique looks, share your thoughts, ask questions, find others who are like or unlike... Read More

DECOY DATE

DECOY DATE The Wedding Date, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by Mira Lyn Kelly | Read by Seraphine Valentine, Tad Branson

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Seraphine Valentine and Tad Branson perform the fourth book in this series with enough heat to set headphones on fire. Brody O'Donnel may have just made the most foolish promise of his life: He'll pretend to date gorgeous Gwen Danes so she can finally win over her best friend. But boundaries blur as the unexpected attraction between them makes them realize that what... Read More

DEEP CREEK

DEEP CREEK Finding Hope in the High Country

by Pam Houston | Read by Pam Houston

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Pam Houston reads her high-country memoir in the clear voice of a lifelong storyteller who is at home in front of the mic. Her skill with words animates this richly detailed and honest-to-the bone work. She narrates with an assured tone and admirable poise, since her life has been packed with toils and snares. This audiobook reveals the dark--her father was horribly abusive and... Read More

DEEP CUT

DEEP CUT Caribbean Dive Adventures, Book 2

by Nick Sullivan | Read by Nick Sullivan

Wild Yonder Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The first voice listeners hear is a British-accented mumble from Emily, who's bantering with Boone, her mate in love and diving. They are just two of the distinctive voices Nick Sullivan creates as narrator. He handles accents and character work smoothly, making the people in his story set on the Dutch island of Saba as interesting as the adventure. His triumph is the voice he... Read More

THE DEEPEST BLUE

THE DEEPEST BLUE Tales of Renthia

by Sarah Beth Durst | Read by Khristine Hvam

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

In this stand-alone audiobook related to the Queens of Renthia trilogy, Khristine Hvam returns to narrate the story of a complicated world surrounded by spirits who must be kept at bay. She succeeds in portraying the protagonist, Mayara, as strong yet vulnerable. Because Mayara displays her power to command the spirits, which she reveals while trying to save her village from a... Read More

THE DEPARTMENT OF SENSITIVE CRIMES

THE DEPARTMENT OF SENSITIVE CRIMES Detective Varg, Book 1

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by David Rintoul

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Rintoul uses his considerable acting talents to deliver this "Scandi blanc" parody of Scandi noir (also known as Nordic noir). Author Alexander McCall Smith introduces us to Swedish detective Ulf Varg and his colleagues in the Department of Sensitive Crimes through three cases in which no one gets killed or even seriously maimed. Rintoul effectively... Read More

THE DEVIL ASPECT

THE DEVIL ASPECT

by Craig Russell | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Julian Rhind-Tutt narrates this horrific story of serial killers who are inhabited by the devil. It's 1935 in German-occupied Prague. Jungian psychiatrist Viktor Kosárek is working at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane, where he is interviewing six serial killers. At the same time, police investigator Lukas Smolak seeks the serial killer dubbed Leather... Read More

DEVIL'S FJORD

DEVIL'S FJORD

by David Hewson | Read by Saul Reichlin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is a perfect example of the popular Nordic noir genre. Listeners will be transported to a small fishing village ominously named the Devil's Fjord on a remote island in the Faroe Islands. It's a place, as one resident describes it, where you don't belong unless you can kill. Narrator Saul Reichlin, who is English (as is the author), tells this gritty story in a... Read More

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALISTAIR AINSWORTH

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALISTAIR AINSWORTH The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Leonard Goldberg | Read by Steve West

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In a remarkable performance, Steve West becomes Dr. John Watson, Jr., husband of Joanna Blalock, daughter of Sherlock Holmes. West also gives dozens of other characters honest and convincing personalities. In this third adventure John, Joanna, and Dr. Watson, Sr., are called upon to find Alistair Ainsworth, a missing cryptographer who has access to secret government... Read More

DISAPPEARING EARTH

DISAPPEARING EARTH

by Julia Phillips | Read by Ilyana Kadushin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ilyana Kadushin skillfully meets the challenges of this genre-bending audiobook. Set in modern-day Kamchatka, the story revolves around the disappearance of two young sisters and is told through the eyes of different women or girls whose lives have been variously affected by the kidnappings. Kadushin modulates her tone to fit each woman's age and circumstances,... Read More

THE DISAPPEARING SPOON: YOUNG READERS EDITION

THE DISAPPEARING SPOON: YOUNG READERS EDITION And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

by Sam Kean | Read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Robert Petkoff's clear and engaging voice guides listeners through a scientific history of chemical elements. Adapted from the bestselling title for adults, this version for young people still requires a good deal of background knowledge about chemistry. But those who can follow along will be rewarded with with fun facts and fascinating stories, like how a teenager tried to... Read More

DISASTER STRIKES!

DISASTER STRIKES! The Most Dangerous Space Missions of All Time

by Jeffrey Kluger | Read by L.J. Ganser

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator L.J. Ganser's journalistic tone makes listeners feel like they are hearing a thrilling live broadcast of each of these 12 exciting and sometimes harrowing space missions. He brings us behind the scenes of Mission Control, and even into the cockpit of some of the most infamous space missions in history--from APOLLO 13 to the 1986 Space Shuttle CHALLENGER explosion.... Read More

DO YOU DREAM OF TERRA-TWO?

DO YOU DREAM OF TERRA-TWO?

by Temi Oh | Read by Nneka Okoye

Simon & Schuster Audio UK | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Nneka Okoye narrates a melancholy character study focused on six teenage astronauts who journey to another planet. Earth is dying, and England's advanced space agency sends a team to a nearby hospitable planet. The journey will take more than 20 years and is recounted through the viewpoints of the specially trained teenagers. Okoye's youthful delivery of narrative and distinct... Read More

DODGE & TWIST

DODGE & TWIST

by Tony Lee | Read by Will Howard, James Joyce, Matt Lucas, Stephen Mangan, Michael Socha, Kara Tointon

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Audio Theater

Always energetic and engaged, narrators Will Howard and James Joyce break out their best Cockney accents to portray two of Charles Dickens's most beloved creations, the Artful Dodger and Oliver Twist. This well-produced Audible original with an ensemble cast weaves nineteenth-century literary sensibilities with the breakneck pace of the author's bestselling graphic novels. The... Read More

DOMINA

DOMINA The Women Who Made Imperial Rome

by Guy de la Bédoyère | Read by Julian Elfer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Julian Elfer brings a fine voice, a likable British accent, skill, and obvious intelligence to his performance of a book about the often sensational role of women in two of the Roman Empire's wildly dysfunctional dynasties. That sounds promising yet fails to satisfy. Early in the book, de la Bédoyère follows themes rather than sequence, jumping confusingly around in... Read More

DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS

DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS

by Nina Moreno | Read by Almarie Guerra

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Bursting with winsome charm, this audiobook whisks listeners to the cozy coastal community of Port Coral, Florida, where Cuban-American Rosa Santos lives with her abuela, the neighborhood healer. Everyone in Port Coral knows about the curse on Rosa: Since the sea claimed the lives of her father and grandfather, anyone who dates her risks a similar fate. Yet smart, pragmatic... Read More

DOOKU: JEDI LOST

DOOKU: JEDI LOST

by Cavan Scott | Read by Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Marc Thompson, Pete Bradbury, Jonathan Davis, Neil Hellegers, Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Saskia Maarleveld, Carol Monda, Robert Petkoff, Rebecca Soler

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

An ensemble cast narrates a story involving one of the Star Wars saga's more sinister figures: Count Dooku. Told through two storylines, the audio drama examines Dooku's life through flashbacks and through the eyes of his apprentice, Asajj Ventress. While the story seems rushed and bare-bones, the talented narrators and impressive production quality result in an engaging... Read More

DOWN & DIRTY

DOWN & DIRTY Men of Haven, Book 6

by Rhenna Morgan | Read by John Lane

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator John Lane's deep, sexy voice lends itself perfectly to this audiobook. Businessman Axel McKee hears Lizzy's band playing at a club and immediately makes plans to promote her. Lane captures Lizzy's initial wariness--she's been hurt in the past. Axel has a group of friends he considers brothers. Lane gives a unique voice to each of them and to their wives, as well as... Read More

DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

by Patricia MacLachlan | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jesse Vilinsky establishes a youthful voice for Louisiana, Louisa for short, who is spending the summer on Deer Island with her grandparents while her parents go on a bird-watching excursion. Upon arrival, Louisa notices that her grandfather is losing his vision, which will eventually prevent him from driving, one of his passions. She also begins to notice George, a... Read More

THE DREAMT LAND

THE DREAMT LAND Chasing Water and Dust Across California

by Mark Arax | Read by Mark Arax

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners will hear the author's passion for research as he narrates his family's history as California farmers, a story that involves water distribution in the state to this day. Despite his love of his home state, Arax provides evenhanded reporting of good and bad governmental actions and the pitfalls of capitalism and socialism. He objectively recounts the background and... Read More

A DUKE CHANGES EVERYTHING

A DUKE CHANGES EVERYTHING The Duke's Den, Book 1

by Christy Carlyle | Read by Karen Cass

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Karen Cass imbues a reluctant duke with all of the haughtiness a self-made man would be expected to exhibit in this redemptive historical romance. Thomasina Thorne has been trying to keep the estate her late father managed afloat. When the new duke, Nicholas Lyon, arrives to take stock of his ancestral home, she assumes all will be well again. But he wants nothing to... Read More

DUTCH GIRL

DUTCH GIRL Audrey Hepburn and World War II

by Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti [Fore.] | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Stephen Graybill [Fore.]

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Tavia Gilbert provides a sensitive and appropriately paced narration of actress, humanitarian, and UNICEF ambassador Audrey Hepburn's early years. The five-year Nazi occupation of the Netherlands when she was a teenager provides the framework for this historical biography. The well-researched work creates a fiction-style narrative of the harrowing, malnourished realities of... Read More

DYING OF WHITENESS

DYING OF WHITENESS How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland

by Jonathan M. Metzl | Read by Jamie Renell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

As a stand-in for both the researcher (physician and author Jonathan Metzel) and his research subjects (Trump supporters), narrator Jamie Renell avoids what would be the disastrous flaw of turning either party into caricatures. Dr. Metzl never stoops to ridicule, even when calling out the delusion and racism behind the tenacious support of lower- and middle-class white... Read More

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