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EARTHA & KITT

EARTHA & KITT A Daughter's Love Story in Black and White

Earphones Award Winner

by Kitt Shapiro, Patricia Weiss Levy | Read by Karen Chilton

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Entertainment icon Eartha Kitt's biological daughter, Kitt Shapiro, offers a stirring and nuanced memoir of both her mother and herself-- their lives were so very intertwined. Narrator Karen Chilton's performance is a showstopper, at once superb, stunning, evocative, and moving. While Eartha Kitt was a mix of Black, Cherokee, and white ethnicity, her daughter's father was... Read More

EASY CRAFTS FOR THE INSANE

EASY CRAFTS FOR THE INSANE A Mostly Funny Memoir of Mental Illness and Making Things

by Kelly Williams Brown | Read by Kelly Williams Brown

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Kelly Williams Brown (ADULTING) uses a natural-sounding yet intimate tone to narrate her memoir. While she's not a professional narrator, listeners will warm to her wry, confessional style. Her delight in all aspects of crafting, which gives her a sense of purpose in troubled times, is infectious. Her approach is hopeful yet slightly bewildered as she details a... Read More

EDGE CASE

EDGE CASE

by YZ Chin | Read by Samantha Tan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Samantha Tan perceptively narrates this story of self-discovery through the eyes of Edwina, who writes confessional dispatches to a therapist after her husband, Marlin, disappears without any explanation. Tan's introspective delivery illuminates the disorientation of Edwina, a tech worker from Malaysia, as she delves into memories of her early experiences in the U.S., her... Read More

EGG MARKS THE SPOT

EGG MARKS THE SPOT Skunk and Badger, Book 2

by Amy Timberlake | Read by Michael Boatman

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Michael Boatman is a one-man band of banjo plucks, chicken bocks, and a panoply of other sound effects in this clever and silly sequel to SKUNK AND BADGER. Odd couple Skunk and Badger have settled into a routine as roommates in Aunt Lula's brownstone. When they embark on a rock-finding expedition to Endless Lake, they make an unexpected and amazing discovery in a... Read More

EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO

EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO

by Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke | Read by Luis Avila, Kerygma Flores [Afterword]

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial | Unabridged
Spanish Audio

Narrator Luis Avila elevates this fantasy in the best possible way. His deep, rich voice and expressiveness will enrapture listeners. Ofelia, a Spanish child in the 1940s, is in an oppressive situation. She and her heavily pregnant mother have moved in with her brutal stepfather, Vidal, a psychopathic commander for the Franco regime. All those around him are subjected to his... Read More

EMILY OF NEW MOON

EMILY OF NEW MOON

by L.M. Montgomery, Dave Carley, Beverley Cooper [Adapt.] | Read by Megan Follows

Design Sound Productions | Unabridged
Classics

Actress Megan Follows is best known for her TV portrayal of L.M. Montgomery's more famous orphan character, Anne of Green Gables. Here, with terrific range, Follows narrates the first book in a separate series from the author. When Emily's father dies, she must go to live with her aunts at New Moon Farm, where life is drastically different. Both Emily and her Aunt Elizabeth... Read More

ENDPAPERS

ENDPAPERS A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home

by Alexander Wolff | Read by Robert Fass

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

In Robert Fass's skillful narration, this combination of family memoir and investigative journalism fascinates on many levels. Kurt Wolff was a legendary German publisher between the wars. When he and his second wife, Helen, fled the Nazis for the U.S., they left behind Kurt's son from his first marriage, then a hapless teenage conscript in the German military. The author is... Read More

EVELYN DEL REY SE MUDA

EVELYN DEL REY SE MUDA

by Meg Medina | Read by Jane Santos

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Spanish Audio

Evelyn Del Rey, Daniela's best friend, is moving out of her apartment, and it is time for the two neighbors to say their goodbyes. Although they now must part, Evelyn and Daniela take advantage of the time they have left to play together and promise to remain friends even though they will be farther apart. This gentle tale about friendship and goodbyes is complemented by Jane... Read More

EVERYMAN

EVERYMAN

by M Shelly Conner | Read by Janina Edwards

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Janina Edwards sensitively narrates Conner's powerful debut, which examines the impact of the Great Migration and the weight of generations of family secrets. In 1972, Eve Mann arrives in Ideal, Georgia, searching for answers to her questions about her mother, Mercy, her remaining family, and the circumstances surrounding her birth. Eve's arrival in Ideal prompts the telling of... Read More

EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM WILL SOMEDAY BE DEAD

EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM WILL SOMEDAY BE DEAD

by Emily Austin | Read by Emily Tremaine

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Emily Tremaine's somber, contemplative tone is well suited to the author's angst-ridden, frustrated protagonist, Gilda. When she takes a job as a church secretary, she becomes engrossed in the correspondence and mysterious death of her predecessor, Grace. Gilda begins leading a double life, concealing where she works from confused friends and family while attempting to... Read More

EXTRA LIFE

EXTRA LIFE A Short History of Living Longer

by Steven Johnson | Read by Steven Johnson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author/narrator Steven Johnson strikes an engaging conversational tone as he talks about the increases in life expectancy humans have achieved over centuries. Listeners might not get as excited as Johnson does about the advent of an improved form of pharmaceutical testing, but he covers a lot of interesting ground. Johnson traces the study of life expectancy back to its origins... Read More

FALLOUT

FALLOUT Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown

Earphones Award Winner

by Steve Sheinkin | Read by Roy Samuelson

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Roy Samuelson, who narrated Sheinkin's prize-winning BOMB, delivers his newest nonfiction. Listeners who were enthralled by the first audiobook will again be gripped, this time by his compelling dramatization of the Cold War era. Right away, Samuelson renders an impressive blow-by-blow account of a Russian espionage operation. As transitions back and forth in time provide... Read More

FAST PITCH

FAST PITCH

by Nic Stone | Read by Nic Stone

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Author/narrator Nic Stone knocks it out of the park with this fast-paced audiobook. Twelve-year-old Shenice "Lightning" Lockwood, captain of the Fulton Firebirds softball team, juggles dual priorities. She's determined to take her all-Black team to a historic championship win, yet as the season progresses, she's distracted by her efforts to prove that her Great-Grampy JonJon... Read More

FEAR OF A BLACK UNIVERSE

FEAR OF A BLACK UNIVERSE An Outsider's Guide to the Future of Physics

by Stephon Alexander | Read by Stephon Alexander

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A self-described outsider in academic physics, author/narrator Stephon Alexander brings a welcome lilt to his delivery of this barrier-breaking cosmology guide. Alexander's voice blends his native Trinidadian accent with the Bronx accent he picked up in boyhood as he coaxes listeners to ponder complex physics concepts such as invariance, superposition, emergence, and dark... Read More

FEARLESS

FEARLESS The New Rules for Unlocking Creativity, Courage, and Success

by Rebecca Minkoff | Read by Rebecca Minkoff

HarperCollins Leadership | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Drawing on her twenty-year journey to become a mainstream clothing and accessory designer, Rebecca Minkoff shares lessons she learned in the tough New York City fashion world and beyond. Though her narration lacks the polish and attention to detail you would hear in a professional performance, it's unlikely anyone else could deliver this inspiring business memoir with as much... Read More

FIREBREAK

FIREBREAK

by Nicole Kornher-Stace | Read by Carlotta Brentan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Carlotta Brentan narrates a dystopian cyberpunk story in which megacorporations have taken over and divided the country. Two corporations have each claimed half of America--with the last remaining city straddling the division and serving as a horrific battleground. There, Mallory streams herself playing an online game based on the city and the war until an ally disappears and a... Read More

FIRST FRIENDS

FIRST FRIENDS The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents

by Gary Ginsberg | Read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook makes the case that U.S. presidents benefit from having close confidants. Harry Truman had Eddie Jacobson, his former business partner; FDR had Daisy Suckley, a distant cousin; JFK had David Ormsby-Gore, an English diplomat; and Franklin Pierce had Nathaniel Hawthorne, his college classmate and, later, campaign biographer, who, curiously, maintained his loyalty... Read More

FOCUSED

FOCUSED

by Alyson Gerber | Read by Cassandra Morris

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Children

With a realistically youthful voice, narrator Cassandra Morris convincingly portrays the middle school joys and angst of a 12-year-old girl who struggles with ADHD. Seventh-grader Clea is passionate about chess, but her low grades mean she might not be allowed to participate in the school chess club. Worse still, she can't control her impulses to blurt out her best friend's... Read More

FOOLISH HEARTS

FOOLISH HEARTS Jackson Falls, Book 4

by Synithia Williams | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Adenrele Ojo brings listeners to North Carolina and the complicated relationship between Ashiya Waters and Russell Gilchrist. Ashiya and Russell's past relationship ended badly, but she now needs his help, having inherited her grandmother's company. Ojo infuses the narration with Southern charm. She gives each of Ashiya's elderly aunts a unique voice; one has a... Read More

FOR US ALL

FOR US ALL

by Jeanne Sakata | Read by Edward Asner, Brooke Ishibashi, Tess Lina, Mike McShane, Derek Mio, Joy Osmanski, Jeanne Sakata, Andre Sogliuzzo, Josh Stamberg, Paul Yen

L.A. Theatre Works | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

During WWII, more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans were denied their personal freedom by being taken from their homes and moved to internment camps across the country. This specially commissioned ensemble production tells the story of a court battle 40 years later that pitted the U.S. Government against a group of young lawyers. They brought the U.S. Army's duplicitous actions... Read More

FORCE OF FIRE

FORCE OF FIRE

by Sayantani DasGupta | Read by Ulka Simone Mohanty

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ulka Simone Mohanty brings to life a vibrant world based on Bengali folklore. A fire-breathing rakkhosh (demon) named Pinki attends Ghatatkach Academy of Murder and Mayhem with her three young cousins. Pinki is frustrated growing up in the shadow of her parents, who were famous resistance fighters. Mohanty conveys her insecurities with relatable angst. When Pinki meets... Read More

THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS

THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Kristin Harmel | Read by Madeleine Maby, Kristin Harmel [Note]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In this compelling coming-of-age story, narrator Madeleine Maby portrays the mysterious Jerusza in a wise and foreboding tone. The intuitive woman kidnaps Yona from Berlin just before her second birthday and raises her in the Naliboki Forest of Poland. Maby's depiction of Yona, initially brimming with curiosity and wonder, evolves to reflect the girl's growth into an... Read More

THE FORGER'S FORGERY

THE FORGER'S FORGERY

by Clay G. Small | Read by David de Vries

Greenleaf Book Group | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David de Vries takes listeners from Texas to Amsterdam in this new audiobook full of art forgeries and mystery. Professor Henry Lindon hopes his teaching work in Amsterdam will help distract him and his wife, Mary Lou, from their troubles. Her company has just gone under after a dishonest man put dangerous lead paint on a popular item. When Lindon discovers that the... Read More

FORGET THE ALAMO

FORGET THE ALAMO The Rise and Fall of an American Myth

by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, Jason Stanford | Read by Fred Sanders

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Fred Sanders deftly narrates this hard-hitting deep dive into the true history of Texas's war for independence from Mexico. The audiobook focuses on the myth of the battle at the Alamo. The authors tell listeners they will be taking an irreverent tone, and Sanders delivers it perfectly. When the authors make snarky asides or quips, Sanders shifts from the style of a well-spoken... Read More

FORGOTTEN IN DEATH

FORGOTTEN IN DEATH In Death, Book 53

by J.D. Robb | Read by Susan Ericksen

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

After narrating more than 50 audiobooks in this series, Susan Ericksen displays her comfort with the characters without lacking any vitality. Lt. Eve Dallas of NYPD has been called to a construction site where the body of a homeless woman has been found in a dumpster. Then the remains of a woman and child are found at another site, this one belonging to her billionaire husband,... Read More

FRAGILE REMEDY

FRAGILE REMEDY

by Maria Ingrande Mora | Read by James Fouhey

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

James Fouhey's steady narration captures the heart in this story and instantly draws listeners in. Nate is a 16-year-old GEM-- genetically engineered medi-tissue--created to supply the rich and elite with a cure to the deadly lung disease that has ravaged the city of Gathos. But Nate manages to escape the lab and join a band of young, scrappy survivors in the Withers, a... Read More

FRANKIE & BUG

FRANKIE & BUG

Earphones Award Winner

by Gayle Forman | Read by Stockard Channing

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Stockard Channing adopts a questioning tone that establishes the pure innocence of Bug Contreras, the 10-year-old heroine of Gayle Forman's first middle-grade fiction. Everything's changing in Bug's world in Venice Beach, California, in 1987. Her brother doesn't want to spend time with her anymore, and Frankie, who's come from Ohio and might be a replacement, doesn't want to go... Read More

THE FREEDOM RACE

THE FREEDOM RACE The Dreambird Chronicles, Volume 1

by Lucinda Roy | Read by Adjoa Andoh

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Adjoa Andoh's heartfelt narration enriches this speculative story set in a near-future America after a second civil war. Ji-ji Lottermule endures horrific abuse as a "kitchen seed" on Planting 437, one of many plantations in the Homestead Territories of the Disunited States. Ji-ji's only hope of escape is to compete in the Freedom Race, through which she could win emancipation... Read More

FREEDOM SWIMMER

FREEDOM SWIMMER

by Wai Chim | Read by Telly Leung

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Telly Leung narrates the story of Ming, a teenage boy living in a Chinese village during the late 1960s. A group of young adults, called the Red Guards, comes to his village to indoctrinate the residents in the Communist belief system. Ming develops a friendship with one of the Guards, gaining new perspectives as they find a common goal: escape. Leung captures the characters'... Read More

FRESH

FRESH

Earphones Award Winner

by Margot Wood | Read by Lori Prince

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Young Adult

Lori Prince transforms this funny, heartwarming novel into something truly extraordinary with her ebullient narration. Elliot arrives at Emerson College with no idea what she wants to study but ready to soak up every new experience. She delves headfirst into a world of new friendships, casual sex, and dorm drama, and soon realizes there's a lot more to college than parties and... Read More

FULL SPECTRUM

FULL SPECTRUM How the Science of Color Made Us Modern

by Adam Rogers | Read by Michael Crouch

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Michael Crouch's personable tone lends itself to storytelling, and there are plenty of tales to be told in this history of the human experience of color. Because the audiobook delves into history, culture, art, chemistry, biology, nature, economics, and politics, Crouch's peppy delivery is helpful when drier portions dominate. Author Adam Rogers's enthusiasm for the subject... Read More

FUTURE FEELING

FUTURE FEELING

by Joss Lake | Read by MW Cartozian Wilson

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In a voice sporting a perfect balance of brash courage and vulnerability, transgender writer and narrator MW Cartozian Wilson playfully captures the life of a dog walker extraordinaire. Penfield R. Henderson is a young trans man who is trying to make his way in a surreal world of designer hormones, B-list celebrity hookups, social-media obsession, and unfulfilled societal and... Read More

FUZZ

FUZZ When Nature Breaks the Law

Earphones Award Winner

by Mary Roach | Read by Mary Roach

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Mary Roach does a fantastic job narrating her wonderful new foray into science-related stuff. In this instance, she tracks nature's "law-breaking" interactions with the human world. Bears, birds, elephants, macaque monkeys, lethal plants, and more take her into the field around the world. Roach is an observant and witty writer with an eye for detail and a passion for... Read More

GAME CHANGER

GAME CHANGER

by Neal Shusterman | Read by Andrew Eiden, Jennifer Jill Araya

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Andrew Eiden and Jennifer Jill Araya share the narration of a story about how small choices can have world-altering consequences. Ash Bowman doesn't spend too much time thinking about the larger issues in life until he discovers that his football tackles are shifting reality. Eiden portrays Ash for most of the production as a perfectly pitched football bro: casually careless... Read More

GAME ON: TEMPTING TWENTY-EIGHT

GAME ON: TEMPTING TWENTY-EIGHT Stephanie Plum, Book 28

by Janet Evanovich | Read by Lorelei King

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Lorelei King returns to bring life to Evanovich's characters and joy to listeners. Fans get to reconnect with the Trenton, New Jersey, regulars and also hear from Diesel and Wolf, who drop in from other celestial planes. This 28th addition to the series follows the success formula for the Stephanie Plum series: Stephanie gets herself into ridiculous situations as she... Read More

GAMORA AND NEBULA

GAMORA AND NEBULA Sisters in Arms

by Mackenzi Lee | Read by Amber Lee Connors, Kamali Minter, Erin Yvette

Disney Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amber Lee Connors, Kamali Minter, and Erin Yvette take turns narrating this fast-paced and fun look at the events that led up to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Each narrator makes her character unique. Yvette, as the robot archivist, emotes just enough humor and snark to make her memorable. Connors brings angst and grit to superhero Nebula, letting listeners feel the... Read More

GENIUSES AT WAR

GENIUSES AT WAR Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age

Earphones Award Winner

by David A. Price | Read by John Lee

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Golden Voice narrator John Lee adapts just the right tone--authoritative, intelligent, quintessentially British--for this revealing history of the men and women who cracked the Nazis' codes at Bletchley Park. Lee does exposition smoothly and with subtlety. His Oxbridge intonations and Cockney imitations vivify the narration. Ultimately, thousands worked at Bletchley, not only... Read More

GETAWAY

GETAWAY

by Zoje Stage | Read by Brittany Pressley

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join sisters Imogen and Beck, who, along with high school friend Tilda, decide to go on a bonding hike in the Grand Canyon. They are expecting a tough yet rewarding adventure; however, when they realize they are not alone, the experience becomes a lot tougher than they bargained for. Brittany Pressley narrates with aplomb. She creates three very different characters,... Read More

GHOST

GHOST The Archivist, Book 1

by Elle Andrews Patt | Read by Melissa Moran

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Melissa Moran effectively draws listeners into this audiobook, which combines the paranormal, a police procedural, a mystery, and a romance into one engaging package. Archivist Andrea Kelly finds an unexpected roommate in the house she recently moved into, the ghost of 6-year-old murder victim Billie Mae. Andrea and her best friend, Detective William Taka, look into... Read More

GHOST BLOWS A KISS

GHOST BLOWS A KISS Bailey Ruth Raeburn, Book 10

by Carolyn Hart | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ann Marie Lee dramatizes this cozy mystery in which Bailey Ruth Raeburn, a ghost, investigates another murder, her tenth case for Heaven's Department of Good Intentions. The do-good specter returns home to Adelaide, Oklahoma, where she saves a widow named Fran from drowning and then helps Detective Lot untangle secrets that haunt Fran's family. Lee projects big... Read More

GHOST FOREST

GHOST FOREST

by Pik-Shuen Fung | Read by Pik-Shuen Fung

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Pik-Shuen Fung's flawless narration of this apparently semi-autobiographical novel is a pleasure from beginning to end. The nameless characters are an "astronaut family"--the father remains working in Hong Kong while the mother and two daughters move to Vancouver. Listeners travel to both cities in chapters of varying length as the story is told from the viewpoints of one... Read More

A GLASSHOUSE OF STARS

A GLASSHOUSE OF STARS

by Shirley Marr | Read by Jillian Nguyen

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jillian Nguyen creates a youthful voice for Meixing, who has traveled across the ocean to a new land with her parents. Nguyen perfectly captures the curiosity and uncertainty that Meixing has as she adjusts to living in a new country and learning a new language. Her family's new home, which has certain peculiarities, was given to them by her late uncle. Meixing feels... Read More

GLORY DAYS

GLORY DAYS The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever

by L. Jon Wertheim | Read by Chris Abell

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author examines a 90-day period in 1984 when sports milestones converged, along with pivotal pop-culture moments. From Michael Jordan's shoe deal to a historic summer Olympics, from music videos to movies, the high points are well covered by author L. Jon Wertheim. Chris Abell narrates in an enthusiastic tone, truly embracing the topics. He shifts his voice when quoting... Read More

GOBLIN

GOBLIN A Novel in Six Novellas

by Josh Malerman | Read by Dominic Hoffman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Through narrator Dominic Hoffman's rumbling, contemplative tones, listeners explore the eerie town of Goblin. In six installments, Hoffman's unhinged, vivid characterizations draw listeners into the unsettling experiences of Goblin's residents and their entangled histories. Malerman's world-building is thorough and unyielding; events range from a long-distance love affair gone... Read More

GONE BY MORNING

GONE BY MORNING

by Michele Weinstat Miller | Read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of thrillers will be enthralled by Gabrielle de Cuir's narration of this one. She weaves together the many different strands of a story that begins with a terrorist attack at a New York City subway station and includes a mayor who would be president, a deputy press secretary with a secret benefactor, and a former madam who is trying to do right by those once under her... Read More

GONE MISSING IN HARLEM

GONE MISSING IN HARLEM

by Karla FC Holloway | Read by Kelechi Ezie

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kelechi Ezie's narration brings warmth and compassion to every character in this engrossing mystery. The time period is shortly after WWI, a period of upheaval across the nation. Ezie's silky voice slips easily into the complicated lives of the Mosby family. After migrating from North Carolina to Harlem, DeLilah and daughter Selma face numerous hardships with strength and... Read More

A GOOD DAY AT AUSCHWITZ

A GOOD DAY AT AUSCHWITZ

by Stephen Tobolowsky | Read by Alan Mandell, Stephen Tobolowsky

L.A. Theatre Works | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

In this gentle and affecting one-act play based on the author’s life, 93-year-old actor Alan Mandell captures the old-world charm; easy, hard-earned humor; and unbending faith of Abe Sarna, a Polish Jew who survived three years in the Auschwitz death camp during WWII. Author/actor Stephen Tobolowsky met Abe at their local synagogue while Tobolowsky was saying the Kaddish... Read More

A GOOD DAY FOR CHARDONNAY

A GOOD DAY FOR CHARDONNAY Sunshine Vicram, Book 2

by Darynda Jones | Read by Lorelei King

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lorelei King returns to narrate another book by author Darynda Jones. In the second of the eponymous series, Sheriff Sunshine Vicram quickly realizes that a bar fight isn't as simple as it seems. With her crew on the case, she works to solve the mystery before it's too late--while parenting a teenager, avoiding her parents' matchmaking, and discovering forgotten memories from... Read More

THE GREAT EASTERN

THE GREAT EASTERN

by Howard A. Rodman | Read by Peter Noble

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

In 1858 a world-expanding telegraph cable was being laid across the Atlantic Ocean. But something went wrong--the cable kept getting cut. Was it monster or machine that awaited in the ocean depths? Narrator Peter Noble takes on the author's nineteenth-century-style prose with purpose and alacrity, giving proper voices to the many characters. But it's not until we hear the low,... Read More

THE GREAT MISTAKE

THE GREAT MISTAKE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jonathan Lee | Read by Graham Halstead

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Andrew Haswell Green's life and death lingered in obscurity until it was revived through this fascinating audiobook. Green's murder was the tragic ending to the life of one of the key architects of Central Park, the New York Public Library, and more. Green's shooting was never solved, but author Jonathan Lee's novel tries to fill in the blanks. Graham Halstead's riveting... Read More

THE GREAT PEACE

THE GREAT PEACE A Memoir

by Mena Suvari | Read by Mena Suvari

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mena Suvari, an actor featured in AMERICAN PIE and AMERICAN BEAUTY, narrates her memoir, which is replete with ego, self-righteous negativity, and childlike pouting at every turn. Providing no clear context for what follows, Suvari plunges into explaining that a poem she wrote as a teen called "The Great Peace" has provided valued comfort throughout her significant life... Read More

THE GUIDE

THE GUIDE

by Peter Heller | Read by Mark Deakins

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Delivering the author's descriptions of beautiful scenery, narrator Mark Deakins paints easy-to-visualize images of Kingfisher Lodge, a high-end resort in the wilderness. Following multiple tragedies and a recent pandemic, Jack takes a job as a fishing guide. From the early hours of his arrival, he is uneasy--certain areas are off-limits, his boss behaves suspiciously, and... Read More

THE GUILTY MAN

THE GUILTY MAN Detectives Lennox & Wilde, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Helen H. Durrant | Read by John Voce

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator John Voce performs this police procedural set in the town of Ryebridge in Northern England. DI Harry Lennox and DS Jess Wilde, both portrayed with Scottish accents, investigate two interconnected crimes. First, 3-year-old Lucy Green suddenly reappears after having been missing for five weeks; next, the severed hand of a local drug kingpin and human trafficker turns up;... Read More

THE GUN, THE SHIP, AND THE PEN

THE GUN, THE SHIP, AND THE PEN Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World

by Linda Colley | Read by Susan Ericksen

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrating this broad history, Susan Ericksen combines respect for the author's work with the tone and phrasing needed to make listening enjoyable. Ericksen's slow enunciation is fitting but will challenge some listeners' ability to track the ideas in longer sentences. But with her grasp of the author's intentions never in doubt, the work holds together with satisfying... Read More

HALF SICK OF SHADOWS

HALF SICK OF SHADOWS

by Laura Sebastian | Read by Ell Potter

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

This audiobook is a retelling of the Arthurian legend from the point of view of Elaine, the Lady of Shallot. Narrator Ell Potter presents Elaine as a young, innocent woman who is at the mercy of her visions of the past and the future. Her relationships with friends Arthur, Morgana, Guinevere, and Lancelot are at the core of the tale. They're fiercely loyal to each other, and... Read More

THE HALLOWEEN MOON

THE HALLOWEEN MOON

by Joseph Fink | Read by Kevin R. Free

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kevin R. Free's spirited characterizations and enthusiastic pacing heighten this endearing spooky adventure. Esther Gold can't wait for this year's festivities, but she's not the only being who wants Halloween to last forever. The Queen of Halloween and her henchpeople have trapped Esther's hometown in their curse, and they will kill, enchant, and kidnap as many... Read More

HAMLET (NO FEAR SHAKESPEARE)

HAMLET (NO FEAR SHAKESPEARE)

by SparkNotes [Ed.] | Read by Ariel Blake, Jonathan Davis, Imani Jade Powers, Fred Berman, Jennifer Van Dyck, Therese Plummer, Dion Graham, Robert Petkoff, Gabriel Vaughan, Soneela Nankani, James Fouhey, Gabra Zackman

SparkNotes Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Every other line of HAMLET seems to be the title of a book or an advertisement. All the names, Horatio, Ophelia, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern, sound so familiar. But what does the average listener really know or remember about the play? Along comes SparkNotes with a few beneficial comments and some welcome clarity to help us along. Offering two ensemble annotated... Read More

HANI AND ISHU'S GUIDE TO FAKE DATING

HANI AND ISHU'S GUIDE TO FAKE DATING

by Adiba Jaigirdar | Read by Reena Dutt, Shubhangi Karmakar

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Dual narrators add dimension to this audiobook in which rom-com tropes tell a serious story. Despite their many personal differences, Bengali-Irish classmates Hani and Ishu strike a deal: They'll fake a relationship so that Hani can convince her skeptical friends of her bisexuality and Ishu can gain enough popularity to become head girl and win her parents' respect. Initially,... Read More

HARLEM SHUFFLE

HARLEM SHUFFLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Colson Whitehead | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Dion Graham's performance invites listeners into the world of New York in the early 1960s. As his voice captures the feel of the times, he skillfully brings listeners the coffee shops, storefronts, and conversations of the era. Whitehead's audiobook centers on Ray Carney, who operates a struggling furniture store but is unable to escape his background in crime. His cousin... Read More

HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES

HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES

Earphones Award Winner

by Salman Rushdie | Read by Neil Shah

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Neil Shah delights in Salman Rushdie's phantasmagorical story, full of allegory and wonder. Haroun's father, the Shah of Blah, loses his storytelling abilities when his wife leaves him. To reclaim his father's gift of gab, Haroun enters the Sea of Stories, accompanied by a water genie, a mechanical hoopoe, and several others. Together, they must rescue the kidnapped... Read More

HATTIE MCDANIEL

HATTIE MCDANIEL Black Ambition, White Hollywood

by Jill Watts | Read by Bahni Turpin

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

California State University professor Jill Watts's newest effort offers a highly politically and socially focused examination of actor Hattie McDaniel's life and career. McDaniel is best known for her Oscar-winning role in the iconic film GONE WITH THE WIND. Bahni Turpin's heartfelt, evocative narration is remarkable as she tries her best to provide some enthusiasm and... Read More

HEAD FIRST

HEAD FIRST How The Mind Heals The Body

by Alastair Santhouse | Read by Nathaniel Priestley, Alastair Santhouse [Epilogue]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Nathaniel Priestley's meditative narration invites listeners to slow their internal clocks and savor the elegant observations of British psychiatrist Alastair Santhouse. Using his broad palette of tonal patterns and his theater-quality phrasing and diction, Priestley connects to his listeners and to this author's keen sensibilities. Santhouse uses heartfelt personal anecdotes... Read More

THE HEART PRINCIPLE

THE HEART PRINCIPLE The Kiss Quotient Series, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Helen Hoang | Read by Natalie Naudus, Brian Nishii

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Natalie Naudus and Brian Nishii narrate an emotionally demanding but ultimately rewarding romance. Musician Anna Sun feels trapped both professionally and personally when fate leads her to Quan Diep. The biker is the first person who has ever loved her simply for who she is. Anna's emotional journey is at times devastating, and Naudus fully embodies her distress. Anger over her... Read More

THE HEATHENS

THE HEATHENS Quinn Colson, Book 11

by Ace Atkins | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator MacLeod Andrews modifies his knowing tone and evocative timbre throughout Atkins's eleventh adventure featuring Sheriff Quinn Colson. When the sheriff discovers a brutally dismembered woman in a town dump, it's up to him to track down the woman's daughter, TJ Byrd; her boyfriend, and her little brother. Colson was a troubled youth, and he relates to TJ and her brutal... Read More

THE HELLION'S WALTZ

THE HELLION'S WALTZ Feminine Pursuits

by Olivia Waite | Read by Morag Sims

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Morag Sims captures the romance between a piano teacher and a labor activist. Sophie Roseingrave has relocated to Carrisford with her family after a terrible ordeal in London; Maddie Crewe is planning a con to rid the town of an unscrupulous local merchant. Sims portrays the pair as young women who have been hurt in the past but who are still cautiously open to life's... Read More

THE HERON'S CRY

THE HERON'S CRY Two Rivers, Book 2

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Jack Holden

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The violent murder of an all-round good citizen brings DI Matthew Venn and his team in to investigate, and soon they have two murders on their hands. Jack Holden demonstrates his full talents in this mystery, bringing the extensive cast of characters in this small and close-knit community in Devon to life with his strong narration. This is particularly apparent as he seamlessly... Read More

THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF COINED WORDS

THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF COINED WORDS

by Ralph Keyes | Read by Paul Heitsch

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

You wouldn't think that listening to someone read a dictionary could be diverting, but this encyclopedic audiobook of "coined" words, or neologisms--the who, when, how, and why of word origins and first uses--proves to be one of this year's best entertainment values, word for word. Narrator Paul Heitsch brings the necessary level of energy, earnestness, and humor to a narrative... Read More

HIGH STAKES

HIGH STAKES

by Iris Johansen | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elisabeth Rodgers narrates this mystery featuring a suspenseful romance between a gambler and a woman who is being used as a pawn by a Russian mafia boss. Logan Tanner made his name as a legendary gambler. Now his dark past propels him into a conflict between two Russian mafia leaders over a beautiful pianist named Lara. Rodgers captures the story's emphasis on... Read More

A HOLLY JOLLY DIWALI

A HOLLY JOLLY DIWALI

by Sonya Lalli | Read by Richa Moorjani

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Richa Moorjani energetically portrays 29-year-old Niki, who books a last-minute flight to India for her friend's wedding after realizing that being practical hasn't gotten her anywhere. Trying to be "sensible," she became an analyst instead of a musician. But a lot of good that did her--now she's been laid off. Niki embraces her Indian roots while celebrating Diwali... Read More

HOME WATERS

HOME WATERS A Chronicle of Family and a River

by John N. Maclean | Read by Robertson Dean

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Robertson Dean's deep, rich voice reels listeners in as he narrates this wonderfully written memoir of family, Montana, and the art of fly fishing. Maclean rounds out the story told in his father Norman Maclean's bestseller, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. Son John provides context, family tales, and personal memories of several generations of men and women, and the land and waters... Read More

THE HONJIN MURDERS

THE HONJIN MURDERS

by Seishi Yokomizo | Read by Akira Matsumoto

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Akira Matsumoto provides an exciting narration of this classic locked- room mystery. Translated into English for the first time, this first of 77 Detective Kindaichi volumes offers a fascinating glimpse of Japanese culture. In Okamura in 1937, the son of a great family and his bride are found brutally murdered in their locked room on the morning after their wedding. The bloody... Read More

HORIZONTAL VERTIGO

HORIZONTAL VERTIGO A City Called Mexico

by Juan Villoro, Alfred MacAdam [Trans.] | Read by Gabriel Porras

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Gabriel Porras guides listeners through the eloquent essays novelist Juan Villoro wrote to share his wonder at his own Mexico City. Villoro has been exquisitely translated by Alfred MacAdam, the imagistic writing perfectly captured in its move from Spanish to English. Porras narrates with a moderate accent; his pacing and intonation are faithful to Villoro's phrasing... Read More

HOUSE OF SLAMMING DOORS

HOUSE OF SLAMMING DOORS

by Mark Macauley | Read by Mark Macauley

Mark Macauley | Unabridged
Fiction

Mark Macauley masterfully performs his own story about an Irish teenager's fateful year in 1963 and the Kennedy assassination. Justin is the youngest of three children in a dysfunctional family. JFK is visiting Ireland and capturing the nation's attention, but Justin's more interested in young love. Macauley captures the voice of the young Justin with surprising wit and dark... Read More

HOW TO BE A CONSCIOUS EATER

HOW TO BE A CONSCIOUS EATER Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet

by Sophie Egan | Read by Sophie Egan

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Journalist Sophie Egan takes the confusion out of healthy eating in her latest audiobook. In a clear delivery, Egan tackles the often overwhelming statistics on nutrition and provides directions on conscious eating while explaining how it relates to the ways food is grown, animals are raised, and factories and restaurants are operated. She addresses the emotional and social... Read More

HOW TO BE A HUMAN

HOW TO BE A HUMAN Star Boy, Book 1

by Karen McCombie | Read by Robyn Holdaway

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Robyn Holdaway's lively voice and British accent drop listeners right into the heart of Fairfield Academy, where Kiki and Wes have just started secondary school. After Kiki's popular friends shut her out, she forms an unlikely friendship with Wes when they share a surprising secret. They discover that an alien has crashed to Earth and is living in the boiler room of... Read More

HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK

HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK Sheldon Horowitz, Book 1

by Derek B Miller | Read by Michael Crouch

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Fiction

Sheldon is a young man whose parents are taken from him at a young age and under questionable circumstances. Narrator Michael Crouch brings us this lively coming-of-age story, set in the late 1930s and early 1940s. His narration is playful and smart, keeping up with Sheldon's arch observations on life in the northern United States. Listeners who are looking for a mix of history... Read More

HOW TO KILL YOUR BEST FRIEND

HOW TO KILL YOUR BEST FRIEND

by Lexie Elliott | Read by Ell Potter, Jane Collingwood

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners are treated to hearing two narrators portraying two very different personalities as this audiobook alternates points of view. Ell Potter portrays the steady, brave, single Georgie. Jane Collingwood voices the high-strung but analytical suburban mother, Bronwyn. Together, they masterfully deliver this intense psychological thriller, drawing listeners into the small... Read More

HOW TO MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN

HOW TO MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN Know Your Brain, Enhance Your Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Marian Rojas Estapé | Read by Marisol Ramirez

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

With her youthful voice and earnest optimism, narrator Marisol Ramirez helps this mental health guide become a transformative journey toward healing and wisdom about living. The writing, by a Spanish psychiatrist, combines the author's wide-ranging clinical experience with a keen perspective on the challenges of contemporary living. From trauma and abuse to daily stresses we... Read More

HURRICANE

HURRICANE My Story of Resilience

by Salvador Gómez-Colón | Read by Ramon de Ocampo, Qarie Marshall

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Ramon de Ocampo narrates this compassionate story of destruction and hope in Puerto Rico. Shortly after Salvador Gómez-Colón turned 15 in 2017, his home was devastated by Hurricane Maria. In the aftermath, he saw two pressing needs of his neighbors: light and clean clothes. He started to raise money to provide solar lamps and hand-operated washers. During the hurricane, de... Read More

THE HUSBANDS

THE HUSBANDS

by Chandler Baker | Read by Allyson Ryan

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Allyson Ryan delivers an engaging narration of this feminist romp. Nora is an overworked and underappreciated pregnant mother, wife, and lawyer. While house hunting, she and her husband find Dynasty Ranch, a community of successful women with wildly supportive husbands and, it turns out, unorthodox methods for getting ahead. The characters are well developed; Ryan... Read More

I AIN'T STUDDIN' YA

I AIN'T STUDDIN' YA My American Blues Story

by Bobby Rush, Herb Powell | Read by Leon Nixon, Bobby Rush

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The ribald 87-year-old blues legend Bobby Rush reads the introduction to his thoughtful memoir, while Leon Nixon narrates the balance of the production. The result is an easy-to-hear and authentic-sounding account of how a gutsy 12-year-old Louisiana guitar player rose from poverty to develop a stage act in Black clubs on the so-called Chitlin Circuit and become a big-city name... Read More

I AM A GIRL FROM AFRICA

I AM A GIRL FROM AFRICA

by Elizabeth Nyamayaro | Read by Elizabeth Nyamayaro

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Writer Elizabeth Nyamayaro powerfully narrates her challenging but beautiful memoir. Her story begins when she is a starving child in drought-stricken Zimbabwe. Later she works with the United Nations to help with the AIDS crisis in Africa and medical concerns in Eastern Europe. Nyamayaro never shies away from the difficult truths of poverty, illness, and maternal mortality... Read More

I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM

I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM

by Eric Rickstad | Read by Steven Weber

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Steven Weber shines in this tragic mystery of family secrets. He portrays the sympathetic hero, Wayland Maynard, with profound empathy. As a boy, Wayland sees his father kill himself; afterward he finds a note reading, "I am not who you think I am." Weber flawlessly portrays the enormous burden Wayland bears as he keeps his family's secret. His quest to understand his... Read More

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ME

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ME A Memoir

by Precious Brady-Davis | Read by Precious Brady-Davis

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Diversity advocate and communications professional Precious Brady-Davis narrates her memoir of growing up a biracial, gender-nonconforming youth and trans woman in Nebraska and Chicago. Her tone is thoughtful as she reflects on the disruptive and fraught path leading away from her birth mother's home to that of the grandparents who adopted her and her siblings. Around this... Read More

I TAKE MY COFFEE BLACK

I TAKE MY COFFEE BLACK Reflections on Tupac, Musical Theater, Faith, and Being Black in America

Earphones Award Winner

by Tyler Merritt, Jimmy Kimmel [Fore.] | Read by Tyler Merritt, James Iglehart, Jerrie Elaine Merritt, Milton Merritt, Jimmy Kimmell [Fore.]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor-comedian Tyler Merritt flawlessly presents his memoir, which includes commentary on American and African-American history, religion, and the constant challenges of being a 6'2'' Black man in an unforgiving white nation. He speaks directly to listeners of his belief that proximity challenges racism. Merritt reveals his coping methods and the raw pain he still feels years... Read More

I, COSMO

I, COSMO

by Carlie Sorosiak | Read by P.J. Ochlan

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Children

If a beloved golden retriever had a voice, he would probably sound like P.J. Ochlan as he narrates this delightful story about Cosmo the dog and 10-year-old Max. Aware that Max is worried about his parents' frequent arguments, Cosmo is determined to fulfill Max's dream of competing in a canine-human dance competition. The story is told from Cosmo's point of view, and Ochlan... Read More

ICE

ICE The ICE Trilogy, Book 1

by Kevin Tinto | Read by Pamela Almand

Kevin Tinto | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This initial installment in a series has archaeologist Leah Andrews and climber Jack Hobson on the trail of a potentially significant discovery under the ice in Antarctica. Narrator Pamela Almand does more than simply alter tones; she creates accents for everyone involved and varies the pace of how they speak. The best voice is that of a little girl who speaks Navajo. The... Read More

ICE AND STONE

ICE AND STONE Sharon McCone, Book 34

by Marcia Muller | Read by Tanis Parenteau

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Tanis Parenteau portrays PI Sharon McCone as she investigates the murder of two Indigenous women in the wilds of northern California, putting her own life at risk. Parenteau captures the mounting tension as threatening attacks on McCone's life make her more determined to find the killers despite danger, greed, prejudice, and skeletons uncovered in the community. McCone... Read More

ICE GENESIS

ICE GENESIS The ICE Triolgy, Book 2

by Kevin Tinto | Read by Pamela Almand

Three Dog Publishing | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nuclear confrontation, Navy SEAL operations, furtive murders, a president potentially running amok--this gripping audiobook is full of drama. Pamela Almand's narration is superb. Her inflections, tone, and nuanced pace complement author Tinto's dialogue. She also excels in her ability to define characters, with her depictions of Jack Hobson and Leah Andrews--the pair the... Read More

THE ICE LION

THE ICE LION

by Kathleen O'Neal Gear | Read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Sisi Aisha Johnson

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

The first audiobook in The Rewilding Reports trilogy is set a thousand years in the future. Unchecked climate change finds 16-year-old friends facing harsh conditions in their village in the Pacific Northwest. Shaun Taylor-Corbett takes on the portrayal of Lynx, whose marriage feast is interrupted by a lion attack. Forced to go on a vision quest by the elders, Lynx is portrayed... Read More

I'M IN SEATTLE, WHERE ARE YOU?

I'M IN SEATTLE, WHERE ARE YOU?

Earphones Award Winner

by Mortada Gzar, William Hutchins [Trans.] | Read by Haaz Sleiman

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Haaz Sleiman's voice is consistently gentle and sad, yet he also finds the biting humor in this wonderful memoir. Gzar's story is a fascinating journey that takes listeners to the Middle East, Japan, and, ultimately, the Midwest U.S. Facing constant oppression is his native Iraq for his homosexuality, Gzar, intellectual and curious, seeks a life elsewhere, eventually... Read More

IN DEEPER WATERS

IN DEEPER WATERS

by F.T. Lukens | Read by Kevin R. Free

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kevin R. Free's ability to infuse his voice with joy, trepidation, and excitement adds to the delight of this fun queer fantasy. Prince Tal, who's been forced to hide his magic since birth, is looking forward to the freedom of his coming-of-age tour of the kingdom. He's certainly not expecting to rescue a mysterious boy named Athlen from a sinking ship, get kidnapped,... Read More

IN THE COUNTRY OF OTHERS

IN THE COUNTRY OF OTHERS

by Leila Slimani | Read by Lara Sawalha

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Lara Sawalha transports listeners to post-WWII Morocco in celebrated Franco-Moroccan writer Leila Slimani's mesmerizing historical novel. It's the first in a trilogy and was inspired by the author's maternal grandparents. Sawalha has a pleasing voice, clear and softly accented, but it's her unhurried pacing, splendid evocation of settings and atmosphere, and exquisite... Read More

IN THE FOREST OF THE LOST AND FOUND

IN THE FOREST OF THE LOST AND FOUND

by K.D. Van Brunt | Read by Katie Penate

Kirk Van Brunt | Unabridged
Young Adult

Katie Penate narrates this first-person novel of survival and redemption. Allyson, a spoiled socialite, goes through a personal transformation when she finds herself lost and alone in the wilderness just below the Arctic Circle. Penate's narration captures each aspect of her growth. When the audiobook begins, Penate's tone is clipped and brash, reflecting the unlikable... Read More

IN THE WAKE OF THE WILLOWS, 2ND EDITION

IN THE WAKE OF THE WILLOWS, 2ND EDITION

by Frederick Gorham Thurber | Read by Madeleine Barker

Cricket Works Press | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Madeleine Barker takes on this New England version of England's WIND IN THE WILLOWS. She delivers a variety of accents and tones for a group of inhabitants that includes its own Rat, Mole, Badger, Otter, and Weasel families. Barker's lively narration adds to the sense of adventure, making her the perfect fit for this lyrically written tale. Barker's voice rises in... Read More

IN THE WILD LIGHT

IN THE WILD LIGHT

Earphones Award Winner

by Jeff Zentner | Read by Michael Crouch

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Michael Crouch's Southern accent depicts the East Tennessee origins of Cash Pruitt and stresses the gentleness and sensitivity at the core of his character. Crouch also portrays the headstrong certainty of his brilliant friend Delaney Doyle, whom Cash met in a support group for children whose parents struggle with drug addiction. Their friendship has weathered the death of... Read More

INCENSE AND SENSIBILITY

INCENSE AND SENSIBILITY

by Sonali Dev | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Soneela Nankani shines in the third installment of Dev's series inspired by Jane Austen's works. While running to be California's first Indian-American governor, Yash Raje is shot and lands in the hospital. Dealing with the psychological trauma makes continuing to campaign difficult, and his family seeks counsel from family friend India Dashwood. Nankani deftly moves... Read More

INFINITE DUSK

INFINITE DUSK Cowboy Necromancer, Book 1

by Harmon Cooper | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

MacLeod Andrews narrates a dark fantasy that pushes a loner into an epic quest to take down the alien overlords who rule a postapocalyptic Earth. Sterling Monedero has accepted the new status quo and settles into a life of farming until he's forced to gather allies and fight the aliens. Andrews adopts a charismatic drawl when narrating, giving the proceedings a dusty cowboy... Read More

INSEPARABLE

INSEPARABLE

by Simone de Beauvoir, Sandra Smith [Trans.] | Read by Julia Whelan, Gabra Zackman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Gabra Zackman and Julia Whelan bring fine individual skills and compatible vocal registers to their performance of Simone de Beauvoir's previously unpublished 1954 novella. The production also includes an introduction, an afterword, and a selection of letters between de Beauvoir and Zaza Lacoin, whose relationship inspired the book. Set in Paris, in the milieu of... Read More

INTIMACIES

INTIMACIES

by Katie Kitamura | Read by Traci Kato-Kiriyama

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Traci Kato-Kiriyama provides the voice of an interpreter who moves from New York City to the Netherlands to work at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Cerebral and comfortably paced, Kato-Kiriyama's narration captures a serious protagonist. With little variation in emotional expression, Kato-Kiriyama describes the woman's relationship with her lover,... Read More

INTO THE LAKE

INTO THE LAKE

by L.K. Chapman | Read by Peter Noble

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This psychological thriller, narrated by Peter Noble, traces the lives of several seriously damaged characters. While the prose is clear, literate, and often engaging, listeners are subjected to the psychotic outbursts of the guilt-obsessed male protagonist, Josh. The author delves into a variety of societal and mental health problems ranging from hoarding and bullying to... Read More

AN IRISH HOSTAGE

AN IRISH HOSTAGE Bess Crawford, Book 12

by Charles Todd | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Rosalyn Landor returns to narrate the 12th installment in this series featuring Bess Crawford, former WWI nurse. When Bess is invited to Ireland to stand up at her friend's wedding, she wades into political upheaval taking place there--and then the groom disappears under mysterious circumstances. With a crisp upper-crust English accent, Landor remains true to the indomitable... Read More

IRON WIDOW

IRON WIDOW

by Xiran Jay Zhao | Read by Rong Fu

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Rong Fu narrates this historical sci-fi with tenacity and poise. Male and female pilots team up to fight the aliens that are invading Huaxia. The mental exertion of piloting results in the deaths of most of the female pilots, and Zetian swears revenge upon the famous pilot who sacrificed her sister. But after their mental link results in his unexpected death in the cockpit, she... Read More

THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU

THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU

by H.G. Wells | Read by Jonathan Keeble

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Jonathan Keeble's deep, strong voice sets an ominous tone for this short, dark novel about perverted ambition and the bestiality of men. It's set on a small island, where the tortured creations of misguided science lurk. Some of Keeble's vocal characterizations make for uncomfortable listening--a pronounced lisp, for instance--but they are true to Wells's descriptions.... Read More

ISN'T IT BROMANTIC?

ISN'T IT BROMANTIC? Bromance Book Club, Book 4

by Lyssa Kay Adams | Read by Andrew Eiden

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Andrew Eiden narrates the final installment in the Bromance Book Club series. It delivers a satisfying ending but can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone romantic comedy. Vlad has always been there for his friends, and now it's his turn to receive help. Vlad joined the club to learn how to make his wife, Elena, love him. Longtime friends, the two married so Elena could escape a... Read More

IT'S BETTER THIS WAY

IT'S BETTER THIS WAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Debbie Macomber | Read by Thérèse Plummer

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Thérèse Plummer demonstrates the power of forgiveness in a moving performance that stays with listeners long after the story ends. Divorced retiree Julia Jones tries to build a better relationship between her ex-husband and her two grown daughters. As she finds her own true love, this endeavor becomes complicated and emotionally fraught. Plummer walks listeners through... Read More

IT'S IN HIS KISS

IT'S IN HIS KISS Bridgertons, Book 7

by Julia Quinn | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Rosalyn Landor treats listeners to a rich, immersive experience in this historical romance in which she subtly uses tone to differentiate complex characters. Hyacinth may have bitten off more than she can chew when she offers to translate an Italian diary. Her skills are amateur at best. But if it means spending more time with the intriguing Gareth, it's a risk she's... Read More

IT'S NOT YOUR TURN

IT'S NOT YOUR TURN What to Do While You're Waiting for Your Breakthrough

by Heather Thompson Day, Annie F. Downs [Fore.] | Read by Parker London

ChristianAudio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

When life doesn't deliver what we expect, the communications expert and Christian author Day says, we have a choice: We can stew in our impatience, anger, or self-pity, or we can accept that it is not yet our time to be blessed. Narrator Parker London's performance channels the optimistic vibe in the author's writing. With her relaxed confidence, the likable narrator sounds... Read More

JACKSON

JACKSON Restoration Ranch, Book 1

by LaQuette | Read by Eboni Flowers

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Eboni Flowers narrates a romantic suspense set in rural Texas. Aja's haunted past has her determined to turn her family's ranch into a place where guests can rejuvenate. When her barn explodes, she narrowly misses being severely injured. While Texas Ranger Jackson leads an undercover investigation, the duo discovers explosive chemistry between them. With her sultry voice,... Read More

THE JASMINE PROJECT

THE JASMINE PROJECT

by Medredith Ireland | Read by Hannah Choi, Jennifer Aquino, Ramon de Ocampo, Joy Osmanski, Gary Tiedemann

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

A group of talented narrators create a well-rounded listening experience in this romantic comedy. Hannah Choi, Jennifer Aquino, Ramon de Ocampo, Joy Osmanski, and Gary Tiedemann give voice to the brothers, sisters, and boyfriend of young Jasmine, a Korean- American who was adopted into a sprawling family. Reeling from the discovery of a cheating boyfriend, Jasmine is... Read More

THE JASMINE THRONE

THE JASMINE THRONE

by Tasha Suri | Read by Shiromi Arserio

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Shiromi Arserio narrates an epic feminist fantasy. Princess Malini is in exile, with only Priya, a member of a secret religious group, as her servant. Together they seek to upend the cruel regime that oppresses them. Arserio does well with the wide range of emotions that Malini and Priya experience during their quest for freedom. However, the sheer number of characters in this... Read More

JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA

JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA

by Shakirah Bourne | Read by Varia Williams

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Varia Williams brings much joy to this delightful story. Eleven-year-old Josephine dreams of playing on her school's cricket team and, in doing so, helping her father rediscover his love of the game--which MIGHT distract him from the dating he's doing. But when she isn't allowed to try out and Daddy brings home yet another date, Josephine takes her anger out on a... Read More

THE JOY OF SWEAT

THE JOY OF SWEAT The Strange Science of Perspiration

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Everts | Read by Sophie Amoss

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

If you feel kind of gross when you sweat, Sarah Everts will make you realize how cool it is that we humans regulate our body temperatures this way. Narrator Sophie Amoss channels the author's wry humor with impeccable timing and a slightly scratchy timbre. Everts travels down several fascinating and quirky paths--sauna theater (yes, that is a thing), sniff dating events (yes,... Read More

JUDGE DREDD

JUDGE DREDD America

by John Wagner | Read by Joseph Fiennes, Paterson Joseph, Matthew Jacobs Morgan

Random House UK | Audio Program
Science Fiction

A movie-like production with multiple narrators makes the latest Judge Dredd audiobook a pleasure to hear. Narrator Joseph Fiennes excels as the rough-hewn Judge Dredd, who lives in a ravaged future in which judges serve as police, jury, and executioners of those who resist a brutal dictatorship. The story holds true to the comic book series on which it is based. The people of... Read More

THE JUDGE'S LIST

THE JUDGE'S LIST

by John Grisham | Read by Mary-Louise Parker, John Grisham [Intro.]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Mary-Louise Parker contrasts the two featured characters in Grisham's latest: a frightened professor who's trying to stop a serial killer who murdered her father and confident, skeptical judicial investigator Lacy Stoltz. Parker's narration is calm as the professor details the series of murders, each with the same MO. All the victims have ties to Judge Ross Bannock. As... Read More

JUMP START

JUMP START A Journal for Anyone in Search of Happiness, Strength and Authenticity

by Daniella Moyles | Read by Daniella Moyles

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

In this charming audiobook by a former high-flying Irish model, the author, now a Reiki practitioner and yoga instructor, taps into her ongoing psychotherapy education to describe 10 mental health challenges that are critical to being happy. She's an utterly authentic narrator who sounds at once kind, sincere, and knowledgeable. Her relaxed confidence brings the audio's more... Read More

JUNGLE

JUNGLE How Tropical Forests Shaped the World--and Us

by Patrick Roberts | Read by Leighton Pugh

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

At first, Leighton Pugh gives his narration echoes of the old-time jungle stories that are invoked by author Patrick Roberts. But Pugh shifts to a more informative tone as Roberts, an archaeologist, works to counter those pop culture myths. Pugh's British accent lends authority to this work, despite the author's tendency to get bogged down in details. Roberts takes listeners... Read More

JUSTINE

JUSTINE The Alexandria Quartet, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Lawrence Durrell | Read by Nicholas Boulton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Nicholas Boulton offers a masterful performance of this first volume of Lawrence Durrell's famed Alexandria Quartet. Boulton's rich voice, whether persuasive with seduction or throaty with frustration, captures the experience of an unnamed narrator as he succumbs to the charms of 1940s Alexandria, Egypt, and a few of its most alluring denizens--the enigmatic "Jewess," Justine;... Read More

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