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THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS The True Story of the Girl Who Soared Beyond Expectations

by Aishoplan Nurgaiv, Liz Welch | Read by Alexa Khan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Aisholpan Nurgaiv is a real-life Kazakh girl who became the first female entrant and winner in Mongolia's prestigious Golden Eagle Festival. Hunting with eagles is an ancient skill traditionally limited to males. Narrator Alexa Khan uses her youthful voice to re-create Nurgaiv's accented English. This gives the first-person story a feeling of authenticity, as Nurgaiv frequently... Read More

ECHO MOUNTAIN

ECHO MOUNTAIN

Earphones Award Winner

by Lauren Wolk | Read by Holly Linneman

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Holly Linneman's narration carries listeners into the whirlwind of 12-year-old Ellie's life. First, Ellie's family is disrupted when the Great Depression forces a move to the Maine woods; then their lives are torn apart when an accident leaves her father in a coma. Linneman defines Ellie's heartbreaking willingness to take responsibility for her family's survival even when it... Read More

EDUCATED FOR FREEDOM

EDUCATED FOR FREEDOM The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys who Grew Up to Change a Nation

by Anna Mae Duane | Read by Rhett Samuel Price

Dreamscape | Unabridged
History

Rhett Samuel Price offers a solid narration of the power of education in this fascinating story of two early-nineteenth-century African-American men, James McCune Smith and Henry Highland Garnet. Their mothers were former slaves, and they grew up to meet heroes of the American Revolution and blaze trails in scholarship. Price carries the listener along nicely, varying his tone... Read More

THE EIGHTH SISTER

THE EIGHTH SISTER Charles Jenkins, Book 1

by Robert Dugoni | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini's smooth delivery and mastery of accents ratchet up the excitement in this espionage thriller. The audiobook begins with a well-worn spy trope--a retired CIA caseworker is called back into action to locate a Russian assassin known as the "Eighth Sister." As you might expect, our man's mission to Moscow doesn't go as planned, and the hunter soon... Read More

THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION

THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

by Elizabeth Letts | Read by Arthur Morey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This seems an opportune time for Letts's classic horse biography to be rereleased as an audiobook. Arthur Morey's delivery brings this history, much more than a horse story, to life. His narration is smoothly conversational--whether he's recounting the history of immigrant horse master Harry de Layer and Snowman, the old plow horse he trained to become the champion jumper that... Read More

ELYSIUM GIRLS

ELYSIUM GIRLS

by Kate Pentacost | Read by Rebecca Gibel

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebecca Gibel delivers a resonant performance of this YA fantasy audiobook set in the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. The story centers around a game that is set into motion by dust soldiers to test humanity's ability to work together. Gibel provides a dramatic characterization of Sal, a powerful witch who is struggling for recognition as the town's leader, despite the many... Read More

EMBERHAWK

EMBERHAWK The Katrosi Revolution, Book 1

by Jamie Foley | Read by Brenda Scott Wlazlo

Fayette Press | Unabridged
Young Adult

In a story examining the difficulties of meeting social expectations, expertly narrated by Brenda Scott Wlazlo, three young adults must survive a battle of the gods. Wlazlo's crisp and engaging delivery maintains the suspense as she switches among the points of view of three characters--a princess, a soldier, and a trapper. Wlazlo depicts Kira's Southern accent with charm as... Read More

EMPIRE

EMPIRE A New History of the World: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Civilizations

by Paul Strathern | Read by Elliot Fitzpatrick

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

If Strathern's leap-frogging survey of empires might be called "world history for people in a hurry," Elliot Fitzpatrick's narration suits it: He narrates not at a run, perhaps, but at a fast trot. His performance is eminently listenable, his voice and British accent pleasing, his unshowy ability to match sound and emphasis to the text making it easy to absorb. The book might... Read More

THE EMPIRE OF DREAMS

THE EMPIRE OF DREAMS Fire and Thorns, Book 4

by Rae Carson | Read by Kyla Garcia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kyla Garcia's pacing is engaging, and her fluid pronunciation of the Spanish names and locations in this audiobook is commendable. Author Rae Carson returns to the world of her GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS trilogy with a riveting stand-alone audiobook. Listeners who loved the original trilogy will be thrilled to hear the follow-up story of Red, the young slave who was... Read More

ENCHANTED

ENCHANTED The Accidental Billionaires Series, Book 4

by J. S. Scott | Read by Elizabeth Powers

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Elizabeth Powers fully engages the listener's emotions right from the beginning of this audiobook as teenager Noah Sinclair sits by his dying mother's bedside, promising to care for his younger siblings. Fast-forward years and despite having recently inherited billions, Noah is a workaholic. In an effort to mitigate this, his siblings send him on vacation to Cancun... Read More

THE END OF OCTOBER

THE END OF OCTOBER

by Lawrence Wright | Read by Mark Bramhall

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Mark Bramhall keeps to a firm pace in a story that is often heavily factual and scientific. Many listeners are already familiar with Lawrence Wright's own narration of his prize-winning LOOMING TOWER, which charted the events leading up to 9/11. Wright's new novel about the global spread of a killer virus couldn't be better--or worse--timed, and for that alone benefits... Read More

ENDING PARKINSON'S DISEASE

ENDING PARKINSON'S DISEASE A Prescription for Action

by Ray Dorsey Todd Sherer, Michael S. Okun, Bastiaan R. Bloem | Read by Alex Hyde-White

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

In a matter-of-fact newscaster-style delivery, narrator Alex Hyde-White begins this audiobook with some startling statistics: From 1990 to 2015, the number of those with Parkinson's disease doubled to 6.3 million, and by 2040, it's expected to double again, making Parkinson's the world's fastest-growing neurological disorder. Considering that the disease was virtually unknown... Read More

ENTANGLED LIFE

ENTANGLED LIFE How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

by Merlin Sheldrake | Read by Merlin Sheldrake

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author Merlin Sheldrake delivers his love letter to fungi in a smooth British-accented voice. He clearly admires the problem-solving behavior of slime mold and other life-forms without a central brain. Sheldrake explains how the study of fungal networks has applications for transportation systems and the World Wide Web. When he tells how Easter Islanders compared lichen to... Read More

ENTER THE AARDVARK

ENTER THE AARDVARK

by Jessica Anthony | Read by Matt Amendt

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This offbeat audiobook, narrated in a purposely smug, preppy tone by actor Matt Amendt, tells the story of an aardvark from its capture in Africa by naturalist Sir Richard Ostlet to its fateful arrival at the Washington, DC, home of Republican Congressman Alex Wilson. The action alternates between the present and the Victorian era. Amendt approximates the English accents of Sir... Read More

ESCAPE FROM VIRTUAL ISLAND

ESCAPE FROM VIRTUAL ISLAND

by John Lutz | Read by Paul Read by Paul Rudd, Jack McBrayer, Paula Pell, Amber Ruffin, Scott Adsit, Sue Galloway, Jane Krakowski, Jason Sudeikis, Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson, Olivia Wilde, Rachel Dratch, Henry Winkler, and a Full Cast

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Audio Theater

This unique audiobook comedy is reminiscent of old-time radio productions. In 2038, an exclusive world of virtual reality has become the vacation hot spot for the wealthiest adventurers. When a guest goes missing, a ragtag crew embarks on a rescue mission led by Derek Ambrose (Paul Rudd), heir to the VR empire. Accompanying Ambrose are Faith (Amber Ruffin), the tech mastermind... Read More

THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION

THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION

by Nita Brooks | Read by Kecia Lewis

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

In this multilayered contemporary romance narrated by Kecia Lewis, renowned perfumer Nicola King learns that perfectionism is not the path to success and happiness. Everything seems to go wrong after Nicola and her family's business are tapped to develop a signature scent for a superstar R&B singer. Her BFF pulls away, her private life is made public, and she finds herself... Read More

THE ESSENTIAL T.S. ELIOT

THE ESSENTIAL T.S. ELIOT

by T.S. Eliot | Read by Joy Eileen Myles, Natalie Diaz, and Jorie Graham, and a Full Cast

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

An all-star cast of poets reads poet and critic Vijay Seshadri's selection of T.S. Eliot's most important and interesting works. Seshadri delivers his own fine introduction, which looks at why Eliot, in particular, is so important to the poets who came after him. The narrators--who include Joy Harjo, Eileen Myles, Natalie Diaz, and Jorie Graham--are acknowledging personal debts... Read More

EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN'T

EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN'T

by Sara Fujimura | Read by Caitlin Kelly

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Caitlin Kelly narrates a new teen contemporary romance. After her ice skating career ends, Olivia focuses on two things: keeping her family's ice rink from closing and being a normal teenager. Speed skater Jonah is a Winter Olympics hopeful training at Olivia's rink. The Asian-American teen duo soon realize they have more in common than competitive skating. Kelly adds a quality... Read More

EXCITING TIMES

EXCITING TIMES

Earphones Award Winner

by Naoise Dolan | Read by Aoife McMahon

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Aoife McMahon is terrific delivering Naoise Dolan's impressive debut novel. Twenty-two-year-old Ava moves from Dublin to Hong Kong to teach English. There she meets Julian, an odd, self-involved banker. They start an unconventional relationship. She moves in. Julian picks up the tab. Eventually, they sleep together. They have great discussions. There are no emotional... Read More

THE EYE YOU SEE WITH

THE EYE YOU SEE WITH Selected Nonfiction

by Robert Stone, Madison Smartt Bell [Ed.] | Read by Robert Fass

HMH Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Robert Fass presents this far-ranging audiobook with a sureness of tone. His pace adjusts to the variety of pieces by the late author Robert Stone--personal essays, reports on conventions, sketches on locales from Vietnam to New Orleans, as well as introductions to books. The listener gets to know the gifted novelist and close observer of American life from the inside out.... Read More

FACEBOOK

FACEBOOK The Inside Story

by Steven Levy | Read by Will Damron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Steven Levy, a commentator on Silicon Valley issues, offers a well-researched study of the evolution of Facebook, as well as the political and social upheaval caused by the company and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Will Damron's deliberate, nuanced narration employs his baritone voice in a manner ideally suited to the fascinating content. Damron's excellent performance achieves... Read More

FAKE TRUTH

FAKE TRUTH Ian Ludlow, Book 3

by Lee Goldberg | Read by Adam Verner

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Goldberg's latest Ian Ludlow thriller is entertaining and relevant. Narrator Adam Verner expertly voices an assortment of colorful characters--Russian mobsters, Mexican drug lords, spies, a conservative talk show host, and more. Verner particularly shines as Ludlow. A full-time writer, part-time spy, Ludlow is funny, sarcastic, and determined. As he attempts to come up with a... Read More

FANTASTIC HOPE

FANTASTIC HOPE

by Laurell K. Hamilton {Ed.], William McCaskey [Ed.] | Read by Kimberly Alexis, Holter Graham

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Sixteen short stories from well-known and not-so-well-known writers cover a wide array of fantasy and science fiction. Narrators Kimberly Alexis and Holter Graham have an opportunity to draw from their arsenal of accents as they travel the universe in this anthology. They both are called upon to narrate stories for authors for whom they have narrated before, as well as for some... Read More

FELIX EVER AFTER

FELIX EVER AFTER

by Kacen Callender | Read by Logan Rozos

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Logan Rozos's emotional narration, combined with Callender's messy and painfully relatable characters, makes for an unforgettable listening experience. Felix is a Black, trans, queer teenager attending the summer arts program at his New York City high school. When someone posts old pictures of him--including his deadname--he hatches an elaborate plan to hurt the person he's... Read More

FIERCE, FREE, AND FULL OF FIRE

FIERCE, FREE, AND FULL OF FIRE The Guide to Being Glorious You

by Jen Hatmaker | Read by Jen Hatmaker

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Jen Hatmaker narrates her latest book, aimed squarely at her many female followers, with her customary passion and next-door-neighbor familiarity. Hatmaker opens by telling listeners that they are getting bonus content with the audiobook: additional tracks with interviews from her hugely popular "For the Love" podcast, with guests such as authors Shauna Niequist (PRESENT OVER... Read More

FIFTY-TWO STORIES

FIFTY-TWO STORIES (1883-1898)

Earphones Award Winner

by Anton Chekhov, Richard Pevear [Trans.], Larissa Volokhonsky [Trans.] | Read by Jim Frangione

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Jim Frangione splendidly narrates this "full deck" of stories, which Chekhov wrote from 1883 to 1898. Frangione's mastery of Russian names and nomenclature infuses this wide-ranging collection with the world of the late nineteenth century. He paces his narration to the stories' style and gives the carefully delineated characters subtle differences in their manners of speech.... Read More

FINAL VENTURE

FINAL VENTURE

by Michael Ridpath | Read by David Thorpe

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Thorpe's skill is apparent as Ridpath's financial thriller introduces Revere Partners, cutthroat Boston venture capitalists, and their equally ruthless Big Pharma investment. English transplant Simon Ayot's boss at Revere is also his father-in-law, Frank. Ayot is old-fashioned--in a good way--he cherishes his wife and keeps his word. Things heat up when questions... Read More

FINS

FINS Sharks Incorporated, Book 1

by Randy Wayne White | Read by Tristan Morris

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Tristan Morris captures the suspense in this Florida mystery featuring three young shark-taggers, a Southern-accented detective, and a menacing poacher. Luke, Maribel, and Sabina tag endangered blacktips for marine biologist Doc Ford (who is featured in White's adult series of the same name). Morris gives Luke, a resolute farm boy from Ohio, a halting speech pattern to... Read More

FIRE IN PARADISE

FIRE IN PARADISE

Earphones Award Winner

by Alastair Gee, Dani Anguiano | Read by T. Ryder Smith

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

With his seasoned voice and theatrical timing, narrator T. Ryder Smith presents this comprehensive study of the devastating 2018 Northern California fire, which killed 85 people and destroyed more than 14,000 homes. Smith utilizes dramatic pacing--speeding up during the nail-biting personal stories and slowing down when explaining the fire's causes (Pacific Gas & Electric... Read More

THE FIRST ACTRESS

THE FIRST ACTRESS A Novel of Sarah Bernhardt

Earphones Award Winner

by C.W. Gortner | Read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Gabrielle de Cuir's luminous narration transports listeners into the turbulent life of acclaimed nineteenth-century French actress Sarah Bernhardt. So many elements of an absorbing historical audiobook are present here--the Parisian settings, multilayered character portrayals, complex family dynamics, romance, and complicated issues concerning religion, war, and personal... Read More

FIRST COMES SCANDAL

FIRST COMES SCANDAL The Rokesbys, Book 4

by Julia Quinn | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Listeners find themselves in England during the late 1700s in this entertaining romance narrated by Rosalyn Landor. Nicholas Rokesby finds himself called home from medical school to marry friend and neighbor Georgiana Bridgerton, who has found her reputation ruined through no fault of her own. Landor's dry tones will have listeners chuckling over the antics of the two butlers... Read More

FIVE DAYS

FIVE DAYS The Fiery Reckoning of an American City

by Wes Moore, Erica Green | Read by Wes Moore

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In this audiobook, Baltimore native Wes Moore provides a moving and nuanced account of the 2015 Baltimore uprising in the five days after Freddie Gray was killed by police. Moore's voice spills over with emotions that range from rage to hopeful determination. He delves into the intersecting stories of several Baltimoreans involved in the uprising, including a Black police... Read More

THE FIXED STARS

THE FIXED STARS

by Molly Wizenberg | Read by Erin Mallon

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Molly Wizenberg, memoirist and cohost of the podcast "Spilled Milk," partners with narrator Erin Mallon to share the next chapter in her life's journey. Mallon's companionable tone anchors the unfolding events. As a self-described "by-the-book" child, Wizenberg possessed a keen desire to succeed and advocate for others. Her life was upended at age 36 when, on jury duty, she... Read More

THE FLAW IN THE STONE

THE FLAW IN THE STONE The Alchemists' Council, Book 2

by Cynthea Masson | Read by Sharon Taylor

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fantasy

With this prequel to Masson's previous title, listeners take a deeper dive into the origins of the Rebel Branch's revolution against the Alchemists' Council. Narrator Sharon Taylor conveys multiple characters while shifting between two opposing factions. She flawlessly takes listeners through a challenging story traversing hundreds of years and multiple dimensions. Especially... Read More

FLIGHTS OF FANCY

FLIGHTS OF FANCY American Heiresses, Book 1

by Jen Turano | Read by Andrea Emmes

Two Words, LLC | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Andrea Emmes infuses her characters with emotion and vitality. She delivers a first-rate performance in a recognizable and distinct staccato style. When lovely and determined Isadora Delafield finds herself betrothed to a repulsive duke, she leaves her privileged life to hide out in the household of an eccentric couple as their housekeeper, a job for which she is... Read More

A FLY IN A PAIL OF MILK

A FLY IN A PAIL OF MILK The Herb Carnegie Story

by Herb Carnegie, Bernice Carnegie | Read by Leon Nixon, Adenrele Ojo

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Leon Nixon brings a serious tone and clear enunciation to this memoir about Herb Carnegie, a Canadian hockey player who was shut out of a career in the NHL because of racism. Nixon's narration is appropriate as he details the life of Carnegie, covering his hockey years and his ultimate fulfillment in golf, business, and a character-building program for youth. Nixon's... Read More

FOOTPRINTS

FOOTPRINTS In Search of Future Fossils

by David Farrier | Read by Mike Grady

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

A touch of anxiety creeps into narrator Mike Grady's voice as he talks about crumbling coastal cliffs in Britain. The coastal erosion has yielded clues to the past--in the form of footprints of early humans. Author David Farrier, who teaches English literature at the University of Edinburgh, ponders what trace fossils will remain of our own society in "the very deep future."... Read More

FOR JOSHUA

FOR JOSHUA An Ojibway Father Teaches His Son

by Richard Wagamese | Read by Craig Lauzon

Anchor Canada | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Craig Lauzon handles this deeply personal and emotional story with the respect and attention it deserves. In an extended letter to his estranged son, Joshua, the author shares the knowledge he has gained through the highs and lows of his life. Wagamese doesn't hold back in recounting the pain he's experienced--he was separated from his people at a young age and has... Read More

FORBIDDEN PROMISES

FORBIDDEN PROMISES Jackson Falls, Book 1

by Synithia Williams | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Adenrele Ojo's use of a Southern accent adds ambiance to this romance in which family ties are everything. India has planned a quick visit with her family before moving to L.A. to play violin professionally. But when she gets sucked into her brother's bid for the Senate while working alongside her sister's ex, Travis, she suddenly has to deal with both her demanding... Read More

FORGED IN FIRE AND STARS

FORGED IN FIRE AND STARS

by Andrea Robertson | Read by Amy Shiels

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

This strong debut featuring an unlikely quartet moving to retake their birthrights is perfectly enhanced by the narration of Amy Shiels. Ara never believed she would inherit the Loresmith title and legacy due to the monarchy's downfall. But with the help of two royals she embarks on a dangerous adventure to prove her worthiness. Shiels delivers a versatile performance that... Read More

THE FORTUNES OF AFRICA

THE FORTUNES OF AFRICA A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor

by Martin Meredith | Read by Kevin Stillwell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Kevin Stillwell delivers Meredith's extensive work--not so much a history of Africa per se as a history of its relations with Europe. Stillwell deserves special credit for care in weighing the meaning of sentences and working to make them clear through emphasis and emotional weight. He also exhibits good pacing and unflagging energy. But the audiobook is marred by... Read More

THE FRIENDSHIP LIST

THE FRIENDSHIP LIST

by Susan Mallery | Read by Tanya Eby

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Tanya Eby narrates this story of friendship and growth, set in the Pacific Northwest. Single mother Ellen Fox and her best friend, widow Unity Leandre, need to be pushed out of their comfort zones, so they set up a series of challenges for each other. Eby provides subtle differences between the women, allowing the listener to easily follow who is speaking. Ellen has a longtime... Read More

FROM HERE TO THERE

FROM HERE TO THERE The Art and Science of Finding and losing Our Way

by Michael Bond | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Pete Cross narrates with clarity and precision, assuming just the right pace for this fascinating audiobook on the meaning of navigation. His style lets the information speak for itself, illuminating the complex science. The result is an audiobook that sounds authoritative as Bond addresses human navigation, way finding, and the positives and negatives of getting lost, doing so... Read More

GALILEO

GALILEO And the Science Deniers

by Mario Livio | Read by Jonathan Davis

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jonathan Davis renders a solid narration of this scientific biography of Galileo. In it we hear the stirrings of today's scientific debates over topics such as climate change. The Italian scientist was cautious about promulgating some of his views, particularly about Earth not being the center of the universe, because of pressure from the Church. Science deniers, then as now,... Read More

GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN

GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN

by Alicia D. Williams | Read by Alicia D. Williams

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Author Alicia D. Williams brings authenticity and heart to the narration of her debut audiobook. Life has been hard for 13-year-old Genesis Anderson. Her alcoholic, gambling father never pays the rent, and the family lives with continual evictions and constant uncertainty. Her mother is a beautiful light-skinned Black woman, but Genesis herself is dark, and she feels unbearably... Read More

GHOST GIRL IN THE CORNER

GHOST GIRL IN THE CORNER Shadowshaper Cypher, Novella 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel José Older | Read by Anika Noni Rose

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

When it comes to narration, this short audiobook packs a powerful punch. Fast-paced and intense, the story is taken to the next level by the talented Anika Noni Rose. After Tee takes over the community newspaper, a local girl disappears, and a ghost girl no one else can see appears. In a race against time, Tee sets out to save the missing girl and salvage her troubled... Read More

GHOST SQUAD

GHOST SQUAD

by Claribel A. Ortega | Read by Almarie Guerra

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Bilingual narrator Almarie Guerra brings Ortega's humorous ghost-hunting story to life with ease as she introduces listeners to young Lucely Luna and her firefly spirit family. Guerra imbues Lucely's voice with vibrant notes of determination and curiosity as she and her best friend, Syd--the more skeptical and rebellious of the pair--work to unravel a decades-old mystery that... Read More

THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS

THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS

by Megan Miranda | Read by Rebekkah Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rebekkah Ross handles Megan Miranda's latest mystery with maximum intensity. Swept away while sleepwalking during a storm, 6-year-old Arden goes missing for three days. Upon her return, she becomes a reluctant celebrity, receiving letters from well-wishers and a flurry of attention from the media, along with an assortment of gawkers, stalkers, and creeps. Eventually,... Read More

GIRL GONE VIRAL

GIRL GONE VIRAL

by Alisha Rai | Read by Summer Morton, Brian Pallino

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Summer Morton and Brian Pallino narrate a surprisingly sweet bodyguard romance. After unwittingly going viral, thanks to a clever hashtag, Katrina King needs to leave town. Bodyguard Jas Singh offers his family's peach farm as an escape. Both Katrina and Jas have experienced trauma in their pasts, and Morton and Pallino are adept at teasing out its aftereffects. Katrina has... Read More

THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE

THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE

by Abi Daré | Read by Adjoa Andoh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Flawlessly setting the stage for Abi Daré's award-winning novel, British narrator Adjoa Andoh presents 14-year-old Adunni, who is from Nigeria, with submissive and sad tones. Still grieving the loss of her mother, Adunni longs to complete her education and decide her own future, though countless obstacles impede her. Throughout the story, Andoh smoothly switches between... Read More

GITTEL'S JOURNEY

GITTEL'S JOURNEY An Ellis Island Story

by Leslea Newman | Read by Sarah Beth Goer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Sarah Beth Goer evokes 9-year-old Gittel's every emotion in this historical fiction about the nineteenth-century immigrant experience. When her mother is denied passage to America because of an eye infection, Gittel bravely makes the journey alone, arriving at Ellis Island to discover that the address her mother gave her to go to is illegible. Lost and alone, Gittel... Read More

THE GLAMOURIST

THE GLAMOURIST The Vine Witch, Book 2

by Luanne G. Smith | Read by Susannah Jones

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Susannah Jones enlightens listeners with this second installment in the Vine Witch Trilogy, a mix of fantasy, folklore, and history set in turn-of-the-century France. After surviving a curse, sorcière Elena must team up with the young, unestablished Yvette to decipher arcane riddles in order to claim her magical abilities and heritage. The characters' emotions are... Read More

GOLDIE VANCE: THE HOTEL WHODUNIT

GOLDIE VANCE: THE HOTEL WHODUNIT

by Lilliam Rivera | Read by Frankie Corzo

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Frankie Corzo packs tons of pizzazz into her performance of this exciting mystery for young listeners. Teen sleuth Goldie Vance desperately wants her boss at the Crossed Palms Resort Hotel in Florida to appreciate her superior detective skills. When the Bejeweled Aqua Chapeau, a diamond-encrusted swim cap featured in a movie being filmed at the hotel, goes missing,... Read More

GONE WITH THE WHISKER

GONE WITH THE WHISKER Bookmobile Cat, Book 8

by Laurie Cass | Read by Erin Bennett

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In a clear, smooth voice, narrator Erin Bennett takes listeners on another adventure with Minnie Hamilton--a bookmobile librarian in the tourist town of Chilson, Michigan. When Minnie's teenage niece, Kate, comes to stay for the summer, she stumbles, quite literally, across a dead body. Before long, Minnie and her feisty feline, Eddie, resolve to get to the bottom of another... Read More

GOOD BOY

GOOD BOY My Life in Seven Dogs

by Jennifer Finney Boylan | Read by Kelsey Navarro

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Kelsey Navarro inhabits this memoir by the much loved, though often attacked, transgender writer Jennifer Finney Boylan. According to Boylan, life is about love--how we get and give it--why there's never quite enough. That's also what dogs are about, she asserts. It's not the unconditionality of their affection that's extraordinary, but our response, its mystery and... Read More

THE GOOD HAWK

THE GOOD HAWK Shadow Skye, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Joseph Elliott | Read by Gary Furlong, Fiona Hardingham

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Children

The first in a trilogy, this tale set in mythic Scotland features two engaging characters brought to life through Fiona Hardingham's and Gary Furlong's alternating narrations. Hardingham is masterful at sharing Agatha's worldview with listeners; a brave, fierce Hawk, she is proud of her job patrolling the walls of her island home. However, some say she's given the work to... Read More

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND AND OTHER STORIES

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND AND OTHER STORIES

by Flannery O'Connor | Read by Marguerite Gavin

HMH Books | Unabridged
Classics

O'Connor was one of the great writers of the mid-century American South, bringing new subtlety to portraits of small-town and rural life. Narrator Marguerite Gavin captures that subtlety through tone and accent in this audiobook of O'Connor's first story collection. The offbeat characters are working out issues of God and good and evil. Gavin shares O'Connor's apparent... Read More

A GOOD MARRIAGE

A GOOD MARRIAGE

by Kimberly McCreight | Read by Sarah Zimmerman, Karissa Vacker, George Newbern

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sarah Zimmerman, Karissa Vacker, and George Newbern combine forces to narrate a thriller that asks what makes a good marriage. The trio delivers the story's three timelines seamlessly, making it more accessible for listeners. Zach is in Rikers for assaulting a police officer after finding his wife, Amanda, dead at the bottom of their stairs. He persuades his friend Lizzie, a... Read More

GOODBYE FROM NOWHERE

GOODBYE FROM NOWHERE

by Sara Zarr | Read by Michael Crouch

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch gently delivers the story of Kyle Baker, a teenager who has just discovered that his mother is having an affair--and that his father knows about it. Asked to keep the secret from everyone else until after their last family reunion, Kyle begins to slowly unravel under the pressure. Crouch delivers a somber depiction of Kyle's anxious thoughts, connecting... Read More

THE GOODBYE MAN

THE GOODBYE MAN A Colter Shaw Novel, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Jeffery Deaver | Read by Kaleo Griffith

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kaleo Griffith returns to narrate the second audiobook in Deaver's Colter Shaw series. Griffith's regular-guy voice is a great match for this Jack Reacher-like protagonist. Shaw is a super-skilled investigator (a reward-seeking missing person finder) with a highly developed sense of justice. His wilderness survival skills and risk-assessment philosophy equip him to outmaneuver... Read More

GRANDMA'S GARDENS

GRANDMA'S GARDENS

by Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton | Read by Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

In an alternating narration, the mother-daughter Clinton team shares personal memories of gardening with the late Dorothy Rodham, Hillary's mother and Chelsea's grandmother, in this nostalgic ode to gardens and grandmothers everywhere. Listeners will discover the ways gardens can be places of learning, contentment, and story-sharing while also providing homes for animals and... Read More

GRASSROOTS RISING

GRASSROOTS RISING A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food and a Green New Deal

by Ronnie Cummins | Read by Leon Nixon

Chelsea Green Publishing | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Leon Nixon presents this audacious audiobook in a hopeful tone. His persuasive delivery works well for the far-reaching suggestions of longtime activist Cummins, who directs the Organic Consumers Association. Nixon narrates convincingly whether detailing the horrors of cattle raised in feedlots or discussing political corruption or environmental degradation. His... Read More

GRAYSON SHERBROOKE'S OTHERWORLDLY ADVENTURES COLLECTION

GRAYSON SHERBROOKE'S OTHERWORLDLY ADVENTURES COLLECTION Books 1-3

by Catherine Coulter | Read by Anne Flosnik

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Anne Flosnik's textured narration of Coulter's short gothic tales plays up their weird elements. Flosnik uses a deep, breathy masculine voice for protagonist Grayson Sherbrooke, writer of paranormal tales in the 1840s. Sherbrooke solves three supernatural mysteries involving ghosts, demons, and mummies. Flosnik's voice seems made for this eerie British spectacle. She delineates... Read More

GREAT THINGS HAPPEN EVERY DAY

GREAT THINGS HAPPEN EVERY DAY Finding Joy with Family, Friends and Banana Milkshakes

by Phil Barth | Read by Matthew Buckner

Philip J. Barth | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Matthew Buckner engagingly conveys this audiobook, which focuses on noticing the great things that happen daily. After 52-year-old Phil Barth had a minor heart attack, he decided to observe life's positive things in order to alter his thinking and reduce stress. Buckner's enthusiastic delivery mirrors the upbeat style of this Toastmasters winner as he details how he... Read More

THE GREAT UPENDING

THE GREAT UPENDING

by Beth Kephart | Read by Whitney Dykhouse

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Whitney Dykhouse creates the perfect dreamlike tone for this lyrical novel set in Pennsylvania farm country. Twelve-year-old Sara has Marfan syndrome and needs a heart operation that her parents can't afford. When The Mister rents a cottage on the family farm, Sara and her brother, Hawk, discover that solving the mystery of why he's there could prove profitable.... Read More

GREENWAYS GOBLINS

GREENWAYS GOBLINS Resurrection Quest, Book 1

by Daniel Schinhofen | Read by Travis Baldree

Podium Publishing | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Travis Baldree portrays a group of aging gamers who think they've achieved their dream lives when they're transported to the fantasy world of their favorite game, where their goal is to create a new game. As they become the characters of the new game, which involves goblin hunting, Baldree transforms them into a motley band of elves, dwarves, magi, and humans. As Tom,... Read More

THE GROOM WILL KEEP HIS NAME

THE GROOM WILL KEEP HIS NAME And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance

by Matt Ortile | Read by Matt Ortile

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Matt Ortile narrates his lively, introspective memoir about his experiences in a new culture. After immigrating to the U.S. from the Philippines, he navigates both acceptance and rejection in his various professional and social circles. He delivers his work with vibrant energy. The listener can feel who he is when he speaks of his family, sexual interactions, tight-knit... Read More

GROWN-UP POSE

GROWN-UP POSE

by Sonya Lalli | Read by Soneela Nankani

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Soneela Nankani projects turmoil and joy in this entertaining audiobook about a woman learning to see the "om" in her life. Thirty-something Anu Desai, a divorced mother in a traditional Indian family, is feeling overwhelmed. The opportunity to buy a yoga studio puts Anu in a position to ground herself and grow up. Nankani's Indian accents for the parents of both Anu... Read More

THE GUEST LIST

THE GUEST LIST

by Lucy Foley | Read by Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Aoife McMahon, Sarah Ovens, Rich Keeble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A wedding party on an isolated island off the coast of Ireland. All of the participants and hosts are potential victims and suspects. Each of the main characters is effectively voiced by one of the six talented narrators creating a theater-like experience. Chapters begin by identifying the character whose point of view is being presented. Everyone comes to the festivities with... Read More

THE HABSBURGS

THE HABSBURGS To Rule the World

by Martyn Rady | Read by Simon Bowie

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

The centuries fly by in this fine audiobook history of the Habsburg family. Rady's evenhanded story is enhanced by narrator Simon Bowie's steady, well-paced delivery. Bowie is a new voice to audiobook listeners, an ideal voice for comprehensive histories like this one, which is elegant but unaffected, mellow but brisk. The story is Europe's own, one of war, revolution, and... Read More

THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST

THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST

by Abby Jiminez | Read by Zachary Webber, Erin Mallon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

In this heartwarming, funny listen, narrators Zachary Webber and Erin Mallon shine as Jason and Sloan. The chemistry and timing between them is a gift to this poignant story. Two years ago, Sloane's fiancé died in a motorcycle accident. As she moves through her grief to get her life back on track, Tucker, a lovable trouble-making dog, literally jumps into her car and changes... Read More

HAPPY TEACHERS CHANGE THE WORLD

HAPPY TEACHERS CHANGE THE WORLD A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education

by Thich Nhat Hanh, Katherine Weare, Jon Kabat-Zinn [Fore.] | Read by Rachael Beresford, Paul Brion

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

With her gentle British accent and relaxed pacing, Rachael Beresford creates a peaceful mood for absorbing this summary of Thich Nhat Hanh's educational initiatives. She sounds serenely engaged with the content; it feels like she's part of the Buddhist monk's work, rather than just performing. Paul Brion's reading of the foreword, the author's "Letter to a Young Teacher," and... Read More

THE HARD PROBLEM

THE HARD PROBLEM

by Tom Stoppard | Read by Eddie Cahill, Rosie Fellner, Adhir Kalyan, Desiree Mee Jung, Julian Morris, Hannah Murray, Moira Quirk, Alex Wyndham

L.A. Theatre Works | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Where do ethics and consciousness come from? Do they really exist? Playing a neuropsychologist and her billionaire think-tank-owning boss, television stalwarts Hannah Murray ("Game of Thrones") and Eddie Cahill ("CSI: NY") lead a fine LA Theatre Works cast in this spirited live recording of Tom Stoppard's 2015 satirical examination of how scientists do science. Mixing big... Read More

HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

by Kate White | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook, listeners join finance journalist Ally Linden as she arrives at her Manhattan office, surprising herself and her former boss because she has not worked there for five years. It quickly becomes apparent that something is very wrong and that Ally has lost part of her memory and is experiencing a dissociative fugue state. Narrator Cynthia Farrell helps build the... Read More

HEAD IN THE CLOUDS, FEET ON THE GROUND

HEAD IN THE CLOUDS, FEET ON THE GROUND A Survival Guide for Creatives, Visionaries, and Dreamers

by Ryan Romeo, Phil Wickham [Fore.] | Read by Mark Smeby

Zondervan | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

This audiobook, narrated by Mark Smeby, introduces the idea that some of our dreams are a form of communication from a spiritual source. It's important to provide opportunities for that communication to flourish by making commitments to ourselves and others and meeting them in our daily living. Listeners will enjoy the conversational tone of Smeby's delivery as it is clear and... Read More

HELLO, SUMMER

HELLO, SUMMER

by Mary Kay Andrews | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kathleen McInerney narrates a charming story that transports listeners to the sunny beaches of Florida. After a new job falls through, big-time reporter Conley Hawkins returns home to work for her sister at their family's local newspaper. Conley's sister Gray's strident voice allows listeners to easily distinguish between the two women. Conley is tasked with overseeing the... Read More

THE HENNA WARS

THE HENNA WARS

by Adiba Jaigirdar | Read by Priya Ayyar

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Priya Ayyar's narration brims over with all the conflicting emotions of first love in this heartwarming YA romance. Nishat is an Irish-Bangladeshi teenager who has just come out to her parents. When a school competition pits her henna business against her new crush's, she suddenly finds herself dealing with the aftermath of coming out, her school's homophobia and racism, and... Read More

HEROES

HEROES The Greek Myths Reimagined

by Stephen Fry | Read by Stephen Fry

Chronicle/ Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Stephen Fry's clever, plummily presented reimaginings of the ancient tales about Greek heroes is perfect for anyone who has noticed that the original stories read like soap operas on a godly scale. They specialize in eye-rolling plots full of conniving, illegitimacy, affairs, jealousy, feuds, and mistaken identities. Plus, some innocent folks whose goodness must be... Read More

HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD

HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD Inside the Mind of an American Family

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert Kolker | Read by Sean Pratt

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This enthralling true story unfolds like a novel with narrator Sean Pratt playing all the parts. He gives a convincing performance of all the Galvins. His timing and subtle delivery bring the listener inside the minds--normal and abnormal--of this family of 12 children, half of whom suffer from schizophrenia. He reads the 45 short chapters with careful pacing and animates the... Read More

HIDEAWAY

HIDEAWAY

by Nora Roberts | Read by January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator January LaVoy brings a richly layered performance to a story about a Hollywood kidnapping. At age 10, Caitlyn Sullivan is taken from her family home. She escapes and seeks refuge at a local farm, where she is found by Dillon Cooper. As the story takes Caitlyn and Dillon from childhood to their teen years and to adulthood, LaVoy successfully transitions her voice,... Read More

THE HILARIOUS WORLD OF DEPRESSION

THE HILARIOUS WORLD OF DEPRESSION

by John Moe | Read by John Moe

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Inspired by his podcast of the same name, this combination memoir and informational text is narrated by its author with sincere emotional investment and subtle humor. As the title suggests, Moe examines the serious subject of depression with wry observations and self-effacing irony. Moe's voice is casual and endearing, largely delivering the funny moments with solid comic... Read More

HITCHING FOR HOPE

HITCHING FOR HOPE A Journey into the Heart and Soul of Ireland

by Ruairi McKiernan | Read by Gary Furlong

Chelsea Green | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With an Irish brogue and a friendly tone, narrator Gary Furlong takes listeners on a charming hitchhiking trip around Ireland. In 2013, social activist Ruairi McKiernan decided to tour Ireland enroute to a speaking engagement by sticking out his thumb and asking everyone who picked him up what gave them hope for the country and their future. Ireland, the fallen Celtic tiger,... Read More

THE HOLLOW ONES

THE HOLLOW ONES

by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan | Read by Brittany Pressley

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A skillfully guided otherworldly audio excursion is presented by narrator Brittany Pressley, whose character portrayals lend realism to the storytelling. Odessa is an FBI agent who is thrust into an alternate reality she has never even considered possible when she is partnered with the mysterious Blackwood. He, on the other hand, is all too familiar with the activities of the... Read More

HOME GAMES

HOME GAMES

by Benjamin Markovits | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

At a calm, deliberate pace that matches the slow unfolding of this story, narrator Kirby Heyborne depicts the nuanced emotions of 12-year-old Ben as his parents upend his life. When his father moves to London for a new job, Ben's mother decides not to accompany him, instead moving Ben from their apartment in New York City to Texas to be closer to her own mother. Ben's neutral... Read More

HOME RUN

HOME RUN Smuggler's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 3

by Nathan Lowell | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Podium Publishing | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller's versatility is well matched to the latest installment in Lowell's engaging Smuggler's Tales series. As Natalya and Zoya contemplate their careers, they agree to investigate a missing vessel, which leads to a rescue mission in Toe-Hold space. Zeller's pacing maintains momentum throughout the involved narrative, guiding listeners through long-term... Read More

THE HONEY-DON'T LIST

THE HONEY-DON'T LIST

by Christina Lauren | Read by Patti Murin, Jon Root

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Look no further for your next listening escape! Narrators Patti Murin and Jon Root portray Carey Duncan and James McCann. The pair work for Melissa and Rusty Tripp, America's favorite couple and HGTV design gurus. When Carey and James go on tour with the couple, they're tasked with hiding the fact that the Tripps actually hate each other and their marriage is falling apart.... Read More

HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN

HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN

by Matthew Quirk | Read by Will Damron

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Will Damron performs Quirk's latest political thriller in a smoky voice and no-nonsense tone. Former Secret Service agent turned security consultant Nick Averose is framed for the murder of former CIA director Malcolm Widener. Rather than run and hide, Averose heads toward danger, searching for the real murderer while unraveling political reasons for the assassination. Damron's... Read More

THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA

THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA

by TJ Klune | Read by Daniel Henning

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Daniel Henning is a great narrator for this quirky and theatrical audiobook. When Linus is assigned to observe an orphanage for magical children, all kinds of developments ensue. Henning revels in a cornucopia of characters, diving into nuanced voices and colorful moments with accents and growls, tone shifts and whispers. The contemporary touches keep the story humorously... Read More

THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS

THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS Atticus Priest, Book 1

by Mark Dawson | Read by Simon Vance

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The talented and prolific Simon Vance brings his exceptional abilities to his performance of this audiobook, the first in a new series. Vance's characters are distinct, and his pacing enjoyable. His English accent is ever so appropriate for this story of family tension and murder set in Salisbury, England. Detective Chief Inspector Mackenzie Jones is called out on Christmas Eve... Read More

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD Crescent City, Book 1

by Sarah J. Maas | Read by Elizabeth Evans

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Elizabeth Evans puts listeners through the wringer with her deeply emotional portrayal of a complicated heroine who's lost her best friend. Despite some misgivings, party girl Bryce Quinlan teams up with fallen angel Hunt Athalar when a string of attacks matching the way her best friend was killed sweeps the city. Bryce works with Hunt, but she doesn't have to like it.... Read More

THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD

THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky | Read by Nicholas Boulton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Nicolas Boulton gives a splendid narration of Dostoyevsky's semiautobiographical novel based on his exile in Siberia. First published in a journal written from 1860 to 1862, the novel concerns a nobleman, Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov, who is imprisoned for murdering his wife. Goryanchikov encounters and witnesses great acts of brutality by both inmates and the keepers of... Read More

HOW CONTAGION WORKS

HOW CONTAGION WORKS Science, Awareness, and Community in Times of Global Crises

by Paolo Giordano, Alex Valente [Trans.] | Read by David Thorpe, Paolo Giordano [Intro.]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

One of the challenges of COVID-19 is the need to know more about the virus and how it spreads. In this brief essay, British actor David Thorpe conveys the author's enthusiasm for explaining (in layperson's terms) the math behind pandemics and relays his heartfelt pleas that we make the necessary sacrifices to contain the virus's spread. Writing from ground zero in Italy, Paolo... Read More

HOW DARK THE WORLD BECOMES

HOW DARK THE WORLD BECOMES Sasha Naradnyo, Book 1

by Frank Chadwick | Read by Paul Heitsch

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Paul Heitsch wastes no breath jumping into the character of Sasha, a gangster of growing renown. Throughout the story Heitsch continues his energetic pace. On a planet where humans rate at the bottom of the social order, Sasha has a chip on his shoulder, which causes those around him to keep their distance. Heitsch deftly captures all his resentment. When he does let... Read More

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

HOW DID WE GET HERE? From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump

by Robert Dallek | Read by Rick Adamson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Historian Robert Dallek, no Donald Trump fan, looks back at twentieth-century chief executives to see if he can make sense of how we ended up with Donald Trump's presidency. Narrator Rick Adamson captures the author's conversational tone as he paints vivid portraits of everyone from Teddy Roosevelt, with his "insatiable need for attention," to Ronald Reagan, who was... Read More

HOW DOES A SINGLE BLADE OF GRASS THANK THE SUN?

HOW DOES A SINGLE BLADE OF GRASS THANK THE SUN?

Earphones Award Winner

by Doretta Lau | Read by Yuta Takenaka, Andrea Bang

ECW Press | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Andrea Bang and Yuta Takenaka add refreshing vitality to the voices in this eclectic collection of stories showcasing the perspectives of young Asian-Canadians. Bang's spritely tone gives her voice a youthful innocence that creates an interesting contrast when she spits out crisp expletives in a story called "God Damn, How Real Is This?" With precise articulation she... Read More

HOW LANGUAGES SAVED ME

HOW LANGUAGES SAVED ME A Polish Story of Survival

by Tadeusz Haska, Stefanie Naumann | Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Stefanie Naumann [Pref.]

Skyboat Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's warm basso voice and skill with European accents is the perfect medium for this astonishing memoir. Born in 1919 in Mikolajki, Poland, Tadeusz Haska was orphaned at 13 along with his younger brother. With ingenuity and courage the boys raised themselves, concealing their parents' deaths lest they be separated. Tadeusz was starting university when... Read More

HOW LULU LOST HER MIND

HOW LULU LOST HER MIND

by Rachel Gibson | Read by Stephanie Einstein

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Stephanie Einstein takes the listener on an emotional roller- coaster ride. After her mother, Patricia, is kicked out of her nursing home, Lou Ann Hunter brings her to their family's decrepit plantation in Louisiana. Patricia is suffering from Alzheimer's, and listeners feel the emotional ups and downs that go along with her illness. Einstein expertly vocalizes Lou... Read More

HOW THE PENGUINS SAVED VERONICA

HOW THE PENGUINS SAVED VERONICA

by Hazel Prior | Read by Helen Lloyd, Andrew Fallaize, Mandy Williams

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Octogenarian Veronica is living an isolated life in Scotland with her kind housekeeper, Eileen, her sole companion. After watching a television program about penguins, Veronica impulsively decides to travel to a research facility in Antarctica. With shifts in inflection and more than a hint of exasperation in her tone, narrator Helen Lloyd superbly creates a vibrant portrayal... Read More

HOW TO BE GOOD

HOW TO BE GOOD or How to Be Moral and Virtuous in a Wicked World

Earphones Award Winner

by Gary Cox | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Popular philosophical writing doesn't get any better than this, especially when it's delivered by British narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies. Infusing every phrase with lighthearted charm and meaning, he gives listeners a satisfying aural experience as he unfolds the author's ideas about goodness. Philosopher Gary Cox has a gift for juxtaposing today's moral dilemmas with the... Read More

HOW TO FEED A DICTATOR

HOW TO FEED A DICTATOR Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Enver Hoxha, Fidel Castro, and Pol Pot Through the Eyes of Their Cooks

by Witold Szablowski, Antonia Lloyd-Jones [Trans.] | Read by Michael Crouch, Peter Francis James, Maggi-Meg Reed

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Recording this audiobook presented a challenge: how to differentiate the voice of the author from the subjects, the chefs of five infamous dictators--Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Enver Hoxha, Fidel Castro, and Pol Pot? The decision to share the narrating duties among three talented performers elevates the listening experience. Michael Crouch handles the journalistic perspective of... Read More

HOW TO PRONOUNCE KNIFE

HOW TO PRONOUNCE KNIFE Stories

by Souvankham Thammavongsa | Read by James Tang, Kulap Vilaysack

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators James Tang and Kulap Vilaysack capture diverse emotions in this moving collection of stories about the lives of new immigrants. In the title story, Tang brings out a Laotian girl's complex emotions after her father wrongly instructs her on how to pronounce the word "knife." Tang's spot-on syntax and versatile range of voices are also highlighted in "Chik-A-Chee" and... Read More

HOW WOMEN WON THE VOTE

HOW WOMEN WON THE VOTE Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti | Read by Sandy Rustin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Patriotic fife and drum music introduces young listeners to this account of how suffragettes Alice Paul and Lucy Burns joined forces to help women win the vote. Sandy Rustin conveys their bitter, sometimes violent story in a mild-mannered voice that belies the women's radical rebelliousness. Beginning with their first meeting in England in 1909, and moving to the 1913 parade in... Read More

A HUNDRED SUNS

A HUNDRED SUNS

by Karin Tanabe | Read by Angela Dawe, Emily Ellet

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Tanabe's sweeping historical fiction is set in 1930s Indochine (today's Vietnam) as the French colony deals with growing unrest. Angela Dawe and Emily Ellet are up to the challenge of narrating the story. They give believable voices to the two main characters, Jessie and Marcelle, and to a large cast of French and Asian characters. American Jessie has worked hard to hide her... Read More

I'D GIVE ANYTHING

I'D GIVE ANYTHING Cornelia Brown, Book 4

by Marisa de los Santos | Read by Caitlin Kelly

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Caitlin Kelly fills each character's voice with personality in this audiobook. The story moves from 1997, when a terrible tragedy changes the life of free-spirited Zinny, to a period 20 years later. Now known as Ginny, she is once again facing a life-changing disaster, even as old secrets demand an honest reckoning. Kelly gives Zinny a perky voice, while Ginny speaks... Read More

THE IDES OF MARCH

THE IDES OF MARCH

by Thornton Wilder | Read by Derek Perkins, Piper Goodeve, Jane Copland, Gary Furlong, Andy Cresswell, Peter Noble, Antony Ferguson, Joan Walker, Morag Sims

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Thornton Wilder's epistolary novel set in Rome in the months leading up to the assassination of Julius Caesar adapts exceptionally well to an ensemble production, its narrative being a chorus of contemporary Roman voices. Wilder was successful both as novelist and playwright, and here, as in his better known BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY, the narrative tracks a cast of characters... Read More

IF I HAD YOUR FACE

IF I HAD YOUR FACE

by Frances Cha | Read by Frances Cha, Sue Jean Kim, Ruthie Ann Miles, Jeena Yi

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An ensemble of gifted narrators portrays contemporary Seoul, South Korea, as a class-conscious and patriarchal city where an absurdly high value is placed on female beauty. Through the alternating points of view of four young women, listeners sense how friendship helps women surmount this harsh culture. Narrator Jeena Yi's sardonic tone reveals the sordidness of Kiyuri's work... Read More

IF I NEVER MET YOU

IF I NEVER MET YOU

by Mhairi McFarlane | Read by Sara Novak

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

This endearing love story demonstrates narrator Sarah Novak's flexibility with emotions. Laurie is in her prime, with everything going as planned until her partner of 18 years, Dan, abruptly leaves her. Novak helps listeners feel Laurie's shock and pain, as well as Dan's cowardice, by deftly adjusting her intensity. After Laurie gets stuck in an elevator with her law firm's... Read More

IGGY PECK AND THE MYSTERIOUS MANSION

IGGY PECK AND THE MYSTERIOUS MANSION

by Andrea Beaty | Read by Joel Froomkin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Joel Froomkin uses drama and passion to develop the voice of young architect Iggy Peck as he goes on a building quest with his friends, the Questioneers, at a mysterious mansion. Lively music and sound effects capture the excitement and eeriness of the story, setting the scene for a grand adventure. The animated voice of Aunt Bernice as she reacts to each surprise adds... Read More

THE ILLUSION OF INVINCIBILITY

THE ILLUSION OF INVINCIBILITY The Rise and Fall of OrganizationsInspired by the Incas of Peru

by Andreas Krebs, Paul Williams | Read by Edward Bauer, Heath Miller

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Two polished narrators present this encyclopedic collection of management advice. As the pair deliver alternate sections with accurate phrasing, Heath Miller's charming British accent and Edward Bauer's enthusiastic tone make all the insights in this audiobook sound thoroughly digestible. These are practical management tools aimed at leaders who might be resting on their... Read More

I'M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY

I'M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY

by Val Kilmer | Read by Will Forte, Geroge Newbern, Mare Winningham

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Val Kilmer titled his memoir with the famous line from his portrayal of sharpshooter Doc Holliday. A trio of narrators takes to the mic here, rotating chapters by turns. Will Forte's performance is the strongest in capturing the spirituality that exudes from the entire audiobook. Mare Winningham's flat, sleepy affect loses the listener's concentration. George Newbern... Read More

IMAGINARY BORDERS

IMAGINARY BORDERS

by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Read by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Twenty-year-old environmental activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez narrates his brief but powerful essay on climate change, written for Pocket Change Collective. With rapid-fire speech, the youth director of Earth Guardians tells listeners that climate change "amplifies all the existing problems we experience today, from racial injustice to economic inequality to... Read More

IN SEARCH OF MEADOWLARKS

IN SEARCH OF MEADOWLARKS Birds, Farms, and Food in Harmony with the Land

by John M. Marzluff | Read by Danny Campbell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

I started listening to this audiobook on sustainable agriculture while tending my vegetable garden. While that was a pleasant coincidence, one hopes that those most in need of hearing the message of this book will listen and learn from it. Danny Campbell takes an almost conversational tone in his narration. It makes the anecdotes sound like personal stories told among friends... Read More

IN THE LATENESS OF THE WORLD

IN THE LATENESS OF THE WORLD Poems

by Carolyn Forché | Read by Carolyn Forché

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

The auditory experience is a large part of appreciating poetry. This audio performance of Forché's latest collection appeals to the ear as the poet herself presses her own words forward, kneading images like bread. Forché's voice is urgent and sincere, emotional and invested. That said, there is also a visual element to poetry, and some pieces lend themselves better to the... Read More

IN THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS

IN THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS Lady Emily Mysteries, Book 14

by Tasha Alexander | Read by Bianca Amato

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lady Emily; her husband, Colin; and friends travel to Pompeii in 1902, where they uncover a most unusual murder in the ancient city. Narrator Bianca Amato uses a variety of cultured tones to portray Lady Emily and her friends as they investigate this complex case. An alternating story told by former slave Quinta Flavia Cassandra, scribe and writer, recited in Amato's soft... Read More

IN THE WAVES

IN THE WAVES My Quest to Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine

by Rachel Lance | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Rebecca Lowman splendidly narrates this account of the first successful combat submarine, the H.L. HUNLEY. The story begins with the Confederate sub's attack on a Federal warship, the USS HOUSATONIC, in February 1864. When the HUNLEY was finally found in Charleston Harbor in 1995, it was discovered that her hull had not been significantly damaged. So what caused it to sink? As... Read More

INKED WITH A KISS

INKED WITH A KISS Thorn & Thistle, Book 2

by Jennie Davids | Read by Virginia Rose, Carly Robins

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Virginia Rose and Carly Robins play out their roles as tattoo artist Jamie and youth case worker Sierra in seamless alternation. Rose is spot-on as Jamie, using her naturally lower register to represent Jamie's serious, cautious nature. She connects listeners to Jamie's vulnerable side with a tremor that appears in moments of high emotion. Robins's voice is entirely... Read More

THE INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN

THE INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN

by G.K. Chesterton | Read by Rory Barnett

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Classics

At least a dozen audiobook versions already exist of this first collection of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown stories, but this new version for AmazonClassics has much to commend it. Rory Barnett--also the narrator for Chesterton's THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY--captures much of the distinctive tone and spirit of these stories and their beloved author. Now more than a century past,... Read More

INTANGIBLES

INTANGIBLES Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry

by Joan Ryan | Read by Joan Ryan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Sportswriter Joan Ryan is a first-time narrator, and she makes a fine debut in this thoughtful look at whether team chemistry is a real phenomenon or simply a myth. Can a bond between players really turn a merely good team into a champion? Ryan explores this idea with a healthy mix of scientific rigor and entertaining anecdotes, consulting both scientists and athletes. Her... Read More

THE INVENTION OF YESTERDAY

THE INVENTION OF YESTERDAY A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection

by Tamim Ansary | Read by Tamim Ansary

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Ansary's world history is oddly personal, not merely information and explanation, but also persuasion and argument, woven with his theories and interpretations. The writing is marked by an informal, even jocular, tone, which is carried through in his performance. His narration is not slickly professional; his voice is slightly hoarse and nasal, and his phrasing sometimes... Read More

ISLAND AFFAIR

ISLAND AFFAIR

Earphones Award Winner

by Priscilla Oliveras | Read by Carmen Vine

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Carmen Vine's Spanish accent immerses listeners in the characters, culture, and setting of this romance novel. Sara wants her family to take her--and her business--seriously. When her fiancé backs out of spending time with Sara's family in Key West, dashing local firefighter Luis steps in to fill the role. As long as they don't get lost in their lies or their... Read More

ISLAND STORIES

ISLAND STORIES An Unconventional History of Britain

by David Reynolds | Read by Philip Stevens

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Philip Stevens admirably narrates this often acerbic, quite witty, and always trenchant audiobook. His smooth style amplifies the accomplishment of Reynolds's revisionist text, which argues that no matter what timeframe one examines--the past, present, or future--Brexit has put the archipelago of islands that is the UK in a muddle. He almost gleefully handles the ironic tone... Read More

J.R.R. TOLKIEN

J.R.R. TOLKIEN The Making of a Legend

by Colin Duriez | Read by Simon Vance

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Simon Vance offers an agreeably smooth and engaged performance of this revealing literary biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author and Oxford professor who made Bilbo, Frodo, Gollum, and Gandalf into household names. Born in 1892, Tolkien was a brilliant student of languages and inventor of fantastical tales from childhood on. An ardent Catholic in Anglican England, he was... Read More

JAMES MONROE

JAMES MONROE A Life

by Tim McGrath | Read by Arthur Morey

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This history rows us across the Styx and into a time very like our own. It takes a golden-voiced narrator to bring the shades to life. Thus, narrator Arthur Morey literally holds his breath when James Monroe takes command at Trenton and stops a musket ball. The spurting artery is clamped. The fifth president will carry Hessian lead throughout a life that would be stupendous,... Read More

THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY

THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY

by Natalie Jenner | Read by Richard Armitage

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Richard Armitage is an excellent choice of narrator for this celebration of the famed British author's work. His deep, resonant voice meanders through the stories of seven different people in the small English town of Chawton. These characters share various individual struggles in their own lives, along with a love of the work of Jane Austen. With his crisp delivery and agile... Read More

JANE EYRE

JANE EYRE

Earphones Award Winner

by Charlotte Bronte | Read by Alison Larkin

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Alison Larkin's mellifluous voice and expressive tone are the perfect accompaniment to this acclaimed bildungsroman about "poor, plain and little" orphaned Jane Eyre and her eternally captivating romance with Edward Rochester. Larkin takes extraordinary care to elicit the full spectrum of emotions at play here, while conveying the gothic elements and psychological... Read More

THE JANES

THE JANES Alice Vega, Book 2

by Louisa Luna | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Tavia Gilbert reprises her narration of Luna's thriller series featuring private investigators Alex Vega and Max "Cap" Caplan. The duo reunite on a case involving murdered young Latinx girls in San Diego. Hired covertly by the police department, the investigators become embroiled in layers of intrigue as their search descends into the bowels of human trafficking. Gilbert... Read More

JOURNEY TO A REVOLUTION

JOURNEY TO A REVOLUTION A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

by Michael Korda | Read by Julian Elfer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Julian Elfer's pronounced British accent is at best extraneous to Michael Korda's personal memoir of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. This audiobook compresses the whole history of Hungary and the geopolitics of Central Europe into just five hours. Elfer does a serviceable job, and as the narrative picks up in its second half, he is quite effective. But at times he seems... Read More

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