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EARTH-SHATTERING

EARTH-SHATTERING Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe

by Bob Berman | Read by Peter Ganim

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Berman's audiobook is filled with details of past cataclysms, present- day near-cataclysms, and possible future cataclysms. Narrator Peter Ganim navigates listeners through colliding galaxies, solar storms, and gamma-ray bombardments on earth with ease and confidence as he details scientific findings about the Big Bang theory and its present-day consequences. Berman's... Read More

EDGEDANCER

EDGEDANCER The Stormlight Archive

by Brandon Sanderson | Read by Terence Aselford and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Young Adult

This program--dubbed "a movie in your mind" by the publisher--is one of the most immersive audio experiences available. Expanding on the character Lift's story, this STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE novella ties up some loose ends between WORDS OF RADIANCE and OATHBRINGER. Narrated by Terence Aselford and a full cast, the story comes alive with background music and stimulating sound effects... Read More

THE EDITOR

THE EDITOR

by Steven Rowley | Read by Michael Urie

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Michael Urie narrates this novel about author James Smale, whose big break comes when the novel inspired by his dysfunctional family is picked up by Jackie Kennedy Onassis, an editor at a major publishing house. The story moves back and forth between the novel, his actual family's story, and interactions with his famous editor. Urie's performance is inconsistent. He captures... Read More

AN ELEGANT DEFENSE

AN ELEGANT DEFENSE The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives

by Matt Richtel | Read by Fred Sanders

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Fred Sanders's narration provides a comforting yet informed tone to Richtel's fascinating discussion of the human immune system, the biological realities of humanity, and why some suffer illness while others stay healthy despite their environments. Throughout, Richtel's audiobook is anchored by four compelling stories of individuals negotiating medical challenges, including a... Read More

THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE

THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE Hap Collins/Leonard Pine, Book 12

by Joe R. Lansdale | Read by Christopher Ryan Grant

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The Texas-based setting of this audiobook makes everything about it just a bit different, from its twangy style to its unusual, but engaging, Southern charm. Narrator Christopher Ryan Grant recognizes the need to include a downhome accent and wit in every scene, ensuring that Joe Lansdale's relatively short audiobook is enjoyable listening. The investigative duo of Hap and... Read More

EMILY ETERNAL

EMILY ETERNAL

by M.G. Wheaton | Read by Thérèse Plummer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Thérèse Plummer introduces listeners to Emily, an artificial consciousness whose passion and determination are anything but robotic. Emily is just 5 years old, but she, along with all of humanity, is doomed. The sun has begun to die, and no living creature can survive. Plummer's characterization of Emily is spot-on, bringing forth her intense determination once she... Read More

THE ENDS OF THE WORLD

THE ENDS OF THE WORLD Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

by Peter Brannen | Read by Adam Verner

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Adam Verner is up to the difficult task of narrating this complex story of the world's five past mass extinctions. Brannen's work is aimed at the general listener but is also filled with enough technical language and detail that a lesser performer could well have turned it into a mind-numbing reminder of the most awful kind of science textbook. Verner sounds truly interested in... Read More

ENEMY CHILD

ENEMY CHILD The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II

by Andrea Warren | Read by Caroline McLaughlin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Caroline McLaughlin narrates the story Congressman Norman Mineta's WWII experience in a serious tone. In response to war hysteria and anti-Japanese sentiment, the U.S. government imprisoned more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans in hastily constructed internment camps. Many were U.S. citizens. In 1941, fourth-grader Norman, his parents, and his four siblings were forcibly removed... Read More

ERA OF IGNITION

ERA OF IGNITION Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution

by Amber Tamblyn | Read by Amber Tamblyn, Alrea D. Matthews, Meredith Talusan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Amber Tamblyn authentically delivers her memoir, but that doesn't mean it's enjoyable. She explores questions of female identity and place amid the social hierarchy in the age of #MeToo and also discusses how these questions have impacted her own sense of self, her relationship with her husband, and her growing daughter. Her delivery is often languid, and even when she's... Read More

EVA LUNA

EVA LUNA

Earphones Award Winner

by Isabel Allende | Read by Cynthia Farrell, Timothy Andrés Pabon

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

How splendid that the audiobook celebrating the titular character, who is a storyteller, is offered to us by two talented narrators. Cynthia Farrell and Timothy Pabon share the narrative responsibility here, and the result is outstanding. Farrell's performance is richly textured and brimming with enthusiasm. Her voice has a resonant quality that gives it depth; her narration of... Read More

EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE First Loves and Last Tales

by Oliver Sacks | Read by Dan Woren

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Dan Woren brings listeners the musings of the insightful Oliver Sacks in a measured, masculine voice. He plays up the contemplative nature of these essays, which detail the late neurologist's personal reflections on growing up with mental health challenges and encountering professional dilemmas. For those who have followed Sacks's other work, this feels like a warm... Read More

EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER

EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER

by Linda Holmes | Read by Julia Whelan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Just in time for summer, this audiobook puts a new twist on an unconventional romance. Evvie Drake is packed and ready to leave her husband when she learns some devastating news about him. Dean Tenney's baseball career comes to an abrupt halt when, overcome by the "yips," he loses his ability to pitch. Of course these two are thrown together by circumstance, and Julia Whelan's... Read More

EXHALATION

EXHALATION Stories

by Ted Chiang | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Dominic Hoffman, Amy Landon, Ted Chiang

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Three talented narrators--Edoardo Ballerini, Dominic Hoffman, and Amy Landon--share the task of voicing these nine sci-fi stories. The theme of Ted Chiang's thought-provoking collection is technology and its sometimes unexpected impacts on society. The works touch on the topics of time travel, fate versus free will, and artificial intelligence, among others. The narrators... Read More

FACE OFF: EMILE

FACE OFF: EMILE Nashville Sound, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Alicia Hunter Pace | Read by Andrew Eiden

Insatiable Press | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Andrew Eiden will thrill listeners with his smooth transitions between the organized heroine and the Quebecois hero in this contemporary sports romance. For Amy Callahan, the hits just keep coming, but when a French-speaking hockey player comes to her rescue, things begin to look up. But if the well-meaning Emile isn't careful, his overprotective tendencies might ruin... Read More

FAME ADJACENT

FAME ADJACENT

by Sarah Skilton | Read by Karissa Vacker

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Karissa Vacker brings impeccable timing and pacing to this hilarious story about how people change. Holly has been reflecting on her former days on the popular kids' show "Diego and the Lion's Den"--so much so that the subreddit thread she started on the topic has landed her in "Internet rehab." Vacker's steady tone mirrors Holly's thoughts and flashbacks to "the old... Read More

FAR AWAY

FAR AWAY

by Lisa Graff | Read by Monika Felice Smith

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Monika Felice Smith's youthful voice has a slight rasp, matching the personality of 12-year-old CJ, who is both worldly-wise and naïve. For some years, CJ has traveled the country with her aunt, a medium, who periodically channels CJ's late mother. Smith expresses CJ's can-do attitude toward driving a truck with a stick shift, planning a route anywhere in the country, and... Read More

THE FARM

THE FARM

by Joanne Ramos | Read by Fran de Leon

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this debut audiobook, women carrying surrogate pregnancies submit to constant monitoring and near total isolation at the titular farm in exchange for nine months of luxury and a hefty sum. Narrator Fran de Leon uses accents and tone to differentiate between the points of view of several characters. Some of de Leon's characterizations are more effective than others. Filipina... Read More

FAT ANGIE: REBEL GIRL REVOLUTION

FAT ANGIE: REBEL GIRL REVOLUTION Fat Angie, Book 2

by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo | Read by Katherine Littrell

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Katherine Littrell deftly re-creates the sophomore year of Fat Angie and her friends after her sister's death in Iraq. Because she's overweight and lesbian, Angie is targeted for extreme bullying at her high school. Littrell gamely overcomes choppy, unrealistic writing to portray troubled Angie, her angry mother, and diverse friends. Especially moving is Littrell's... Read More

FATALITY IN F

FATALITY IN F Gethsemane Brown, Book 4

by Alexa Gordon | Read by Helen Duff

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A small village in Ireland, classical music, and a garden show may appear harmless; however, listeners will find the body count soon starts to rise in this audiobook. Helen Duff narrates with confidence and brings to life the wide cast of larger-than-life characters, including Gethsemane Brown, an African-American classical musician, and Eamon, a friendly ghost. Duff's talent... Read More

THE FATE OF FOOD

THE FATE OF FOOD What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World

by Amanda Little | Read by Amanda Little

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With her painstaking research, author-narrator Amanda Little is sounding alarm bells on the planet's dwindling food supply. She is a compelling narrator of this comprehensive look at crop and animal raising; her steady and stern tone reflects the harmful ways that humans are using our water and land. This audiobook may come across as information overload for listeners who are... Read More

FAULT LINES

FAULT LINES A History of the United States Since 1974

by Kevin M. Kruse, Julian E. Zelizer | Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
History

Listeners over 50 will enjoy this review of the major political and cultural changes that have occurred during their lifetime--from the resignation of Nixon to the improbable ascendance of Trump. Narrator Fajer Al-Kaisi is a capable guide who moves the audiobook along at a brisk and confident pace. He plays it straight except for a mischievous imitation of Ronald Reagan, and... Read More

FEAST YOUR EYES

FEAST YOUR EYES

Earphones Award Winner

by Myla Goldberg | Read by Myla Goldberg, Samantha Desz, Lisa Flanagan, Joy Osmanski, Jacques Roy, Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

"I don't want to make photographs, I want to make windows," says the subject of this fictional biography of a street photographer, single mother, and provocateur who set out to make a name for herself in the late 1950s-early 1960s New York arts scene. Using a natural and direct delivery, and with the help of a few veteran narrators, author Myla Goldberg deftly takes up much of... Read More

A FEW PECANS SHORT OF A PIE

A FEW PECANS SHORT OF A PIE Southern Eclectic, Book 5

by Molly Harper | Read by Amanda Ronconi

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Author Molly Harper and narrator Amanda Ronconi are a match made in audio heaven. In the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia, Margot has recently discovered her long-lost family, owners of McCready's Bait Shop and Funeral Homes. She's also fallen in love with the town's school principal, Kyle. Then she discovers she's pregnant, a situation that accelerates the need for a... Read More

FIELD NOTES ON LOVE

FIELD NOTES ON LOVE

by Jennifer E. Smith | Read by Anthony Mark Barrow, Karissa Vacker

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Two narrators deliver alternating chapters, portraying characters who are linked by an odd situation and by their determination to understand their futures. British narrator Anthony Mark Barrow depicts Hugo, one of a set of sextuplets. His clipped speech hints at the emotional depth beneath his words. When his girlfriend, Margaret Campbell, breaks up with him, leaving him with... Read More

A FIERCE GLORY

A FIERCE GLORY Antietam: The Desperate Battle That Saved Lincoln and Doomed Slavery

by Justin Martin | Read by James Edward Thomas

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator James Thomas's baritone is a good fit for this account of the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American military history. Rather than a mere recounting of the battle, Martin weaves in Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation while also bringing to the listener the president's grief over the death of his son Willie earlier in the year, as well as details... Read More

FIGHT OR FLIGHT

FIGHT OR FLIGHT

by Samantha Young | Read by Angelica Lee

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Angelica Lee does a decent job switching from a neutral accent to a light Scottish brogue but ultimately fails to deliver a truly memorable performance of this contemporary romance with a grumpy hero. Ava Breeveport had a fling with a hot--and rude--Scotsman during a layover and thought they'd never see each other again. When he ends up in Boston in her orbit and their... Read More

FINALE

FINALE Caraval, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephanie Garber | Read by Rebecca Soler

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rebecca Soler returns for the final installment in the Caraval trilogy, and with the Fates free, the stakes are higher than ever. While Soler's characterization of Scarlett was soft and motherly at the beginning of the series, the listener now hears her passion and desperation as she must fight for those she loves. Tella began as reckless and aloof, but here Soler... Read More

FINDING MY VOICE

FINDING MY VOICE My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

by Valerie Jarrett | Read by Valerie Jarrett

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Political adviser Valerie Jarrett delivers her memoir of her experiences in the Obama administration in an even conversational tone that suits the text. As narrator, she exudes a confidence that makes her sound like someone capable and steady. These are clearly traits that served her well when she was at the center of hurly-burly Chicago politics and then in the trenches in... Read More

FINDING ORION

FINDING ORION

by John David Anderson | Read by Graham Halstead

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Graham Halstead narrates this story of a family's trip to attend the decidedly quirky funeral of Papa Kwirk. Rion Kwirk considers himself a regular kid in a weird family. Halstead differentiates his thoughts and utterances with contrasting voices--his thoughts are more humorously sarcastic. When Rion meets an attractive girl, however, Halstead delivers his spoken words with... Read More

THE FIRST

THE FIRST Endling, Book 2

by Katherine Applegate | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Lisa Flanagan welcomes listeners back to the Endling world with her second narration in this series. She meets the challenge of new characters and maintains fluidity and connection with those listeners already know. The main character, Byx, who recounts the adventure, believes herself to be an endling--the last of her species. Flanagan gives her a range of tones that express... Read More

FIVE MIDNIGHTS

FIVE MIDNIGHTS

Earphones Award Winner

by Ann Dávila Cardinal | Read by Almarie Guerra

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Almarie Guerra is wonderfully cast to narrate Cardinal's fabulously creepy murder mystery set in Puerto Rico and based on the El Cuco myth (a boogeyman monster). Guerra inhabits the multi-perspective story with distinguishable voices, particularly those of protagonists Lupe Dávila, a 16-year-old "GringaRican" living with her uncle, a police captain, for the summer, and Javier... Read More

FKA USA

FKA USA

by Reed King | Read by Dan Bittner, Peter Ganim

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Dan Bittner and Peter Ganim shepherd listeners through the apocalyptic world Formerly Known As the USA. Bittner narrates as Truckee Wallace, a 16-year-old orphan who finds himself in the middle of an international incident. Ganim chimes in as the future editor of Trukee's memoir. Bittner gets to shout and go wild as Truckee, in addition to voicing a talking goat, an android,... Read More

THE FLATSHARE

THE FLATSHARE

by Beth O'Leary | Read by Carrie Hope Fletcher, Kwaku Fortune

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune bring genuine emotion to this London rom-com with their impeccable narration about an unlikely friendship. Tiffy and Leon share a one-bedroom apartment but have never met because of opposite schedules. The notes they exchange about their shared space soon veer into personal territory. Leon's accent sounds like South London had a fling with... Read More

THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO

THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO

by Julie Orringer | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In 1940, thousands of Jews in France tried to escape the Holocaust, their flights financed by wealthy American Jews. Edoardo Ballerini narrates this fictional account of Varian Fry, the real-life American journalist who bravely orchestrated the journeys of thousands of European Jews from France. The intensity of actual events is beautifully reconstructed in the author's... Read More

A FLORIDA STATE OF MIND

A FLORIDA STATE OF MIND An Unnatural History of Our Weirdest State

by James D. Wright | Read by Patrick Lawlor

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Patrick Lawlor's blends wry humor with a "gee whiz" tone as he narrates Wright's twisted love letter to his adopted state. It's full of interesting stories, such as the start of auto racing on the sands of Daytona Beach and NASA's lunar missions at Cape Canaveral (now Cape Kennedy). Lawlor rattles off facts with ease when Wright talks about black bears' proliferation or the... Read More

FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL

FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL

by Matthew Boren | Read by Taylor Spreitler, Ramy Youssef, Ryan Newman, Selma Blair, Katie Lowes, Rebecca Budig

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

An ensemble cast of narrators gives each student in this 1990s high school drama a unique voice that reflects each character. The story is told through the notes passed between students. Sound effects, such as the opening of a note and the scratching of a pencil on paper at the beginning of each chapter, help set the scenes. Narrator Taylor Spreitler creates a striking voice... Read More

FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN

FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Randy Travis, Ken Abraham | Read by Rory Feek

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Randy Travis may have lost his ability to sing (he suffered a life-threatening stroke in 2013), but his voice as a writer comes through loud and clear in this deeply engaging autobiography on audio. Fellow country singer Rory Feek echoes Travis's twang as he confidently narrates the story of a talented and resilient man who overcame a difficult upbringing to achieve remarkable... Read More

FORGET ME NOT

FORGET ME NOT Catalina Cove, Book 2

by Brenda Jackson | Read by Ron Butler

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Ron Butler's skilled performance elevates this story, which is high on steam, lower on substance. The premise has potential: Ashley Ryan is visiting Catalina Cove, where she encounters a man who is a dead ringer for her late husband. "Ray Sullivan," who is starting his life over after awakening from a coma with amnesia, doesn't recognize Ashley--though he is inexplicably drawn... Read More

FREEDOM FIRE

FREEDOM FIRE Dactyl Hill Squad, Book 2

by Daniel José Older | Read by Channie Waites

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

As this sequel to DACTYL HILL SQUAD opens, listeners find dinosaur wrangler Magadalys Roca and her team of pterodactyl-riding orphans en route from Brooklyn to New Orleans, where they hope to learn the fate of Magadalys's brother, a wounded Union soldier. Returning narrator Channie Waites brings boundless energy to this uncommonly nuanced Civil War story. Before the team... Read More

FREEDOM'S DETECTIVE

FREEDOM'S DETECTIVE The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror

by Charles Lane | Read by Jonathan Yen

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook chronicles the battles freed slaves faced as they sought to exercise their new rights after the Civil War. Of particular menace was the recently created Ku Klux Klan. Federal efforts to thwart the Klan were led by the Secret Service and its controversial leader, Hiram Whitley--"the man who masterminded America's first war on terror." Jonathan Yen is an engaging... Read More

FROM SCRATCH

FROM SCRATCH A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

Earphones Award Winner

by Tembi Locke | Read by Tembi Locke

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Tembi Locke narrates her memoir in a smooth, warm voice that carries the listener through her story of falling in love with Saro, an engaging Sicilian chef, his early death from cancer, and how time with his family helped heal her intense grief. Locke's memoir frequently shifts timeframes, alternately voicing the devastation of his death and the joy of their life... Read More

FUMBLED

FUMBLED The Playbook, Book 2

by Alexa Martin | Read by N'Jameh Camara

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator N'Jameh Camara energetically voices single-mother Poppy Patterson and her son, Ace, as they connect with his dad, football star TK Moore. Camara is a good match for Poppy's first-person honesty as she expresses her feelings of doubt and fear about what football might do to her life. Her droll tones play up situational humor, sometimes to the point of laugh-out-loud... Read More

FURIOUS HOURS

FURIOUS HOURS Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

by Casey Cep | Read by Hillary Huber

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Hillary Huber uses a slow, even pace and authoritative tone in her narration of this twisted true-crime story set in Alabama. What makes this audiobook even more engaging is that it is also a literary biography of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD's Harper Lee, who leaves an unfinished manuscript based on the incidents. That manuscript, THE REVEREND, was supposed to be similar to... Read More

THE GAME

THE GAME Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968

by George Howe Colt | Read by George Newbern, George Howe Colt [Prologue]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

George Newbern does a fantastic job narrating this wonderful dive into a college athletic rivalry set amid the political unrest of the 1960s. It's been more than 50 years since the famed 1968 Harvard-Yale football game, an Ivy League match that caught both schools having great seasons. Newbern narrates with the tone of a storyteller and shapes each sentence with the perfect... Read More

THE GAMESHOUSE

THE GAMESHOUSE

by Claire North | Read by Peter Kenny

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Peter Kenny narrates Claire North's mind-blowing, genre-defying audio trilogy. In the first story, the characters are from almost every country because the setting is the mystical Gameshouse, which can appear practically anywhere in the world. Kenny must switch between voices as the players play life-or-death versions of childhood games. One game of hide-and-seek takes place in... Read More

GATES OF STONE

GATES OF STONE Lord of the Islands, Book 1

by Angus Macallan | Read by Mandy Williams

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Mandy Williams has many different characters to master in this new fantasy series, Lord of the Islands. Principal among them is Katarina, who is denied her legacy as heir to the throne at 16 because of her gender and forced to marry. But soon after, she murders her husband--and begins her campaign to win the throne. Williams also delivers three subplots in which male... Read More

GENESIS

GENESIS The Deep Origin of Societies

Earphones Award Winner

by Edward O. Wilson | Read by Jonathan Hogan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

At just three hours, this brief audiobook achieves for Wilson's narrative its truest form--a testament, a legacy, a summary vision of a lifetime of scientific achievement. Jonathan Hogan is a particularly steady and lucid narrator, familiar to listeners of Wilson's earlier titles. His voice is finely attuned to the great biologist's voice, character, values, and mission, as... Read More

GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT

GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT Sometimes in Love, Book 1

by Melonie Johnson | Read by Evelyn Eibhlin

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Evelyn Eibhlin narrates a fun Highland fling. On vacation in Europe with her best friends, Cassie Crow wants to hook up with a foreign hottie. Logan Reid wants to take his career to the next level by moving from his web series to a TV show. This story calls for accents. Logan is Scottish; his best friend, Theo, is British; and there are several Scottish secondary characters.... Read More

GETTING SCHOOLED

GETTING SCHOOLED Wright Brothers, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Christina C. Jones | Read by Sean Crisden, Adenrele Ojo

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Sean Crisden and Adenrele Ojo are a great duo who bring out the snappy comebacks and sexy back-and-forth of this contemporary romance. Reese, a teaching grad student, has her eyes on her studies and not much else, but she keeps clashing with one of her students in a battle of wills and wits. She may be falling for the gorgeous man in and out of bed, but neither of... Read More

THE GHOST MANUSCRIPT

THE GHOST MANUSCRIPT

by Kris Frieswick | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Carrington MacDuffie's narration of this audiobook is first-class. Carys, a rare-book authenticator, seeks to uncover clues hidden in the ancient journal of a monk that may lead to the location of King Arthur's grave. Add to this an appearance by said monk, and listeners know they are joining a fast-paced adventure. MacDuffie's pacing allows the interweaving plots to unfold... Read More

THE GHOST SHIPS OF ARCHANGEL

THE GHOST SHIPS OF ARCHANGEL The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis

by William Geroux | Read by Arthur Morey

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook provides insight into yet another group of unknown heroes of WWII, the soldiers on four Allied ships who braved the Arctic to deliver supplies needed by their fellow troops. Arthur Morey's performance complements the author's detailed description of how these soldiers accomplished their mission. Like a newsreel broadcaster, Morey's presentation is well paced. But... Read More

GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN

GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

Earphones Award Winner

by Gordon H. Chang | Read by David Shih

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator David Shih does a remarkable job with this audiobook about the contributions of Chinese immigrants in the building of the First Transcontinental Railroad. His deep, gentle voice is inviting, and he urges us to keep listening by pacing himself well and enunciating clearly. Shih gives Chang's story depth and heft by accentuating the trials these workers were forced to... Read More

GHOSTS OF GOTHAM

GHOSTS OF GOTHAM

by Craig Schaefer | Read by Susannah Jones

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Susannah Jones flawlessly delivers the variety of accents and meticulous vocal nuances that are part of this paranormal noir. Skeptic Lionel Page has spent his career as a reporter debunking supposedly supernatural scams that are meant to prey on the desperate and unfortunate. His background makes him the perfect man for the job of verifying a lost Edgar Allan Poe... Read More

GIMME SOME SUGAR

GIMME SOME SUGAR Southern Eclectic, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by Molly Harper | Read by Amanda Ronconi

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Amanda Ronconi returns the listener to Lake Sackett, Georgia, the home of McCready's Bait Shop and Funeral Home. Widow Lucy Brewer has returned home with her young son to open a bake shop. Duffy McCready has always loved his best friend, Lucy, and her return gives him the opportunity to pursue her. Author Molly Harper has a snarky sense of humor, and Ronconi brings it... Read More

THE GIRL AT THE BORDER

THE GIRL AT THE BORDER

by Leslie Archer | Read by Brittany Pressley

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Brittany Pressley delivers this oddly tangled story of archaeology, mystery, and hidden identities. Archaeologist Richard Mathis, who specializes in Etruscan culture, is portrayed in a smoky voice. His young assistant, Angela Chase, helps Richard unearth an Etruscan settlement on Crete. The pair stumble into an unanticipated affair. Pressley adopts a variety of husky... Read More

THE GIRL IN RED

THE GIRL IN RED

by Christina Henry | Read by January LaVoy

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

This audiobook, narrated by the supremely talented January LaVoy, reimagines Little Red Riding Hood as a postapocalyptic tale. An unstoppable virus wipes out most of humanity. Red, a young woman with a prosthetic leg and survival knowledge based mostly on movies, treks hundreds of miles through the woods, toward her grandmother's house and refuge. But rounding up survivors... Read More

A GIRL LIKE HER

A GIRL LIKE HER Ravenswood, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Talia Hibbert | Read by Rupert Channing

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Rupert Channing knocks this performance out of the park with the purr of his British accent infusing each moment with pure listening bliss. Ruth Kabbah keeps to herself and wants to keep it that way, but her new neighbor is throwing off her routine by cooking her meals and being too nice. Evan Miller wants to know his gorgeous and prickly neighbor better, but rumors in... Read More

GIRL MOST LIKELY

GIRL MOST LIKELY Krista Larson, Book 1

by Max Allan Collins | Read by Dan John Miller

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook offers a chilling reminder that high school reunions can fill attendees with anxiety as they ponder how life has treated their friends--and their enemies. Dan John Miller's narration captures the many emotions that arise before and during such an event. He realistically channels envy, then transitions smoothly to enmity, which is revealed with the the murder of... Read More

GIRL, STOP APOLOGIZING

GIRL, STOP APOLOGIZING

by Rachel Hollis | Read by Rachel Hollis

HarperCollins Leadership | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author-narrator Rachel Hollis pulls no punches with this manifesto in which she exhorts women to claim the lives that they've always wanted. She sounds direct, confident, and kind. Her warm, down-to-earth style makes this listening experience like having your best friend or a life coach as close as your pocket or earphones. In a friendly tone she lists the main reasons why... Read More

THE GOLDEN BOWL

THE GOLDEN BOWL

by Henry James | Read by Juliet Stevenson

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson guides the listener through the complex social world and moral ambiguity of this convoluted story. Maggie Verver's upcoming marriage to Prince Amerigo seems perfect. Just before Maggie and he are to wed, Amerigo's good friend and former lover, Charlotte, comes back into his life for a brief shopping trip for a wedding present. Even though... Read More

GOOD ENOUGH

GOOD ENOUGH

by Daniel S. Milo | Read by Qarie Marshall

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

In a rich baritone voice, narrator Qarie Marshall serves as proxy as the author pokes holes in Darwin's theory of evolution until it resembles Swiss cheese. Milo contends that if nature followed Darwin's theory exactly, "natural excesses" would not have developed. One example of such excess is a leafy insect with a helmet head that is cumbersome to carry and unnecessary for any... Read More

GOOD TALK

GOOD TALK A Memoir in Conversations

by Mira Jacob | Read by Mira Jacob and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mira Jacob's graphic memoir is thoughtfully adapted to audio with members of a full cast narrating each voice. They create a sense of intimacy as listeners eavesdrop on a lifetime of conversations about race, racism, and colorism. Mira Jacob's voice reflects exasperation as she faces impossible questions from her young son, who is portrayed with curiosity by Kivlighan de... Read More

GREEK MYTHOLOGY EXPLAINED

GREEK MYTHOLOGY EXPLAINED A Deeper Look at Classical Greek Lore and Myth

Earphones Award Winner

by Marios Christou, David Ramenah | Read by Derek Perkins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listeners will be rewarded by these compelling and sometimes dark tales. Derek Perkins deftly narrates an entertaining and absorbing audiobook with subtle shifts in pace and intonation that bring the great and small to life. He artfully emulates the gods and goddesses, along with their mortal children, and creates these famous characters fully formed. Here Odysseus battles his... Read More

GREEK TO ME

GREEK TO ME Adventures of the Comma Queen

by Mary Norris | Read by Mary Norris

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Part very personal memoir, part travelogue, part intellectual obsession--it's hard to know whom this audiobook is for. Mary Norris, former NEW YORKER copy editor, is here most interesting when discussing classical Greek language and literature, modern Greek, and the history of written languages. Norris's personal journey learning to speak Greek, and her passion for Greece the... Read More

A GREEN PLACE TO BE

A GREEN PLACE TO BE The Creation of Central Park

by Ashley Benham Yazdani | Read by John Pruden

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Orchestral music filled with the chirping of birds fades into the background as narrator John Pruden begins the story of Central Park in New York City. The two winners of the 1858 design contest, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, set out their vision on a ten-foot-long schematic of the new park they called The Greensward. Bubbling fountains, a myriad of bridges, and a... Read More

THE GUARDED GATE

THE GUARDED GATE Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants out of America

by Daniel Okrent | Read by Daniel Okrent

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

Daniel Okrent narrates his extensively researched work on the history of eugenics in the United States, illuminating a largely forgotten dark chapter of American history. Given the abundance of detail, Okrent's comfortably relaxed pace is beneficial as he thoroughly describes the birth of the American eugenics movement and its key figures. Okrent chronicles the movement's... Read More

THE GUEST BOOK

THE GUEST BOOK

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Blake | Read by Orlagh Cassidy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Orlagh Cassidy narrates Blake's beautifully written multigenerational story of love and lies with consummate skill. Elegant and clear, distant yet passionate, she helps listeners discover the quirks in characters' personalities and explore their motives, both evident and hidden. The story, which spans the 1930s to the present, revolves around the Milton family of New York and... Read More

THE HALLOWS

THE HALLOWS

by Victor Methos | Read by Alexander Cendese

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Alexander Cendese is a great match for smart, arrogant Miami defense attorney Tatum Graham. Disillusioned by his success at getting a guilty client off, Graham returns to his hometown in Utah and becomes a prosecutor. When a teenage girl in the Hallows, an isolated park area, is murdered, Cendese's tone and tempo are in sync with the investigation that follows. He does... Read More

THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS

THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS When Pride Met Courage

by Walter Dean Myers, Bill Miles | Read by Corey Allen

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Corey Allen captures the author's poignant picture of the origins of the 369th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters. His husky, measured tones bring the listener into the world of African-American soldiers in the midst of WWI as they fought for the right just to join the Army and serve their country. The thoroughly detailed story includes a brief... Read More

THE HAUNTING OF TRAM CAR 015

THE HAUNTING OF TRAM CAR 015

by P. Djeli Clark | Read by Julian Thomas

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fantasy

In this follow-up to Clark's DEAD DJINN IN CAIRO, narrator Julian Thomas's smooth, resonant baritone immerses listeners in a steampunk version of Cairo, circa 1912. When Agent Hamed Nasr of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities is dispatched to investigate a supposedly haunted tram car, he and his young partner, Agent Onsi, soon find themselves... Read More

HE SAID, SHE SAID

HE SAID, SHE SAID Lessons, Stories, and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey

by Gigi Gorgeous | Read by Gigi Gorgeous

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

YouTube lifestyle vlogger Gigi Gorgeous's vivacious personality and candor illuminate her narration. Before launching into her memoir, Gigi shares a glossary of "Gigi-isms" for listeners unfamiliar with the words that pepper her speech, which include "everything," "hundo P," and "eek-a-deek." Growing up in Toronto, Gigi struggled with gender identity and sexuality, coming out... Read More

THE HEARTLAND

THE HEARTLAND An American History

by Kristin L. Hoganson | Read by Gabra Zackman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Listen closely and you can discern what makes Gabra Zackman such an accomplished audiobook narrator. Historian Hoganson uses her adopted home of Champaign, Illinois, to make her case that the Midwest has had a long historic relationship with the needs of foreign powers--especially Britain. From land ownership to hog species, the author shows just how important these needs were... Read More

HEARTS OF THE MISSING

HEARTS OF THE MISSING

Earphones Award Winner

by Carol Potenza | Read by Laura Jennings

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Laura Jennings believably delivers the intonations of a number of Native American characters in this mystery. What appears to be a straightforward missing persons case involving members of a local Pueblo tribe takes on a supernatural twist when police sergeant Nicky Matthews has a vision of an old woman who may or may not be the Wind Mother, or "kachina." Jennings... Read More

HEARTWOOD BOX

HEARTWOOD BOX

by Ann Aquirre | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nicol Zanzarella narrates this fun new YA audiobook, which Aguirre herself dubs "Stranger Things meets The Lake House." Its unfolding mysteries only get more interesting with each chapter. Aguirre is a master of poignant imagery, which transitions to audio beautifully. Her well-developed characters are enhanced by Zanzarella's excellent vocal portraits. The only odd thing is... Read More

HENRY, HIMSELF

HENRY, HIMSELF

by Stewart O'Nan | Read by Richmond Hoxie

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stewart O'Nan revisits the Maxwell family, introduced in WISH YOU WERE HERE (2002) and EMILY, ALONE (2011). In the third audiobook, narrator Richmond Hoxie's scratchy voice gives Henry just a hint of amusement as he deals with the routine things that give order to his ordinary life. In a charmingly understated delivery, Hoxie reveals a gentle man who helps out at church, looks... Read More

HER DAUGHTER'S MOTHER

HER DAUGHTER'S MOTHER

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniela Petrova | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Carlotta Brentan, Dan Bittner, Lisa Flanagan [Prologue]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

After a series of unsuccessful in vitro fertilization attempts, Lana and Tyler decide to use an egg donor. Petrova's completely original mystery gets amazing performances from Tavia Gilbert as Lana, Dan Bittner as Tyler, and Carlotta Brentan as Katya, the egg donor. The couple select an anonymous donor from numerous profiles and photographs. However, Tyler leaves Lana just... Read More

HER FATHER'S SECRET

HER FATHER'S SECRET The Family Secrets, Book 2

by Sara Blaedel | Read by Molly Parker Myers

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Molly Parker Myers returns to narrate the second book in the Ilke Jensen trilogy. Myers effectively portrays the Danish protagonist with a slight foreign accent to distinguish her from her Midwest family, friends, and enemies. However, the many personalities in this audiobook, who might seem interesting in a Nordic noir (like Blaedel's Louise Rick series), seem flat in the... Read More

HIGHLAND CROWN

HIGHLAND CROWN Royal Highlander, Book 1

by May McGoldrick | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Saskia Maarleveld and Raphael Corkhill narrate the first in a new historical romance series. Wanted by both Scottish rebels and the British government for the information she may possibly know, Isabella Drummond hides deep within the Highlands of her homeland. When her path crosses with that of ship captain Cinaed Mackintosh, she finds the unexpected--an ally and love.... Read More

THE HIGHLAND RENEGADE

THE HIGHLAND RENEGADE Lords of the Highlands, Book 5

by Amy Jarecki | Read by Dave Gillies

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Dave Gillies returns to this sweeping series, delivering the highs and lows of this Scottish historical romance reminiscent of ROMEO AND JULIET. Janet Cameron may be looking for a beau, but she certainly won't find him in her clan's greatest rival, Laird Robert Grant, who keeps claiming her clan have stolen his cattle. But when a run-in with redcoats sends her escaping... Read More

THE HIGHLANDER'S STOLEN BRIDE

THE HIGHLANDER'S STOLEN BRIDE Sutherland Legacy, Book 2

by Eliza Knight | Read by Antony Ferguson

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Listeners will enjoy the second book in The Sutherland Legacy series. Beautiful Eva de Clare, daughter of an English earl, is stolen from her wedding to the wicked Lord Belfinch by the taciturn and handsome Scottish Lord Magnus Sutherland, who was sent by his king to determine if Eva was alive or dead. Narrator Antony Ferguson is versatile in his performance, hitting the right... Read More

A HISTORY OF FRANCE

A HISTORY OF FRANCE

by John Julius Norwich | Read by John Julius Norwich

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Writer-narrator John Norwich brings a personal touch and a lifetime of experience to this breezy popular history of France from Roman times to the end of WWII. His voice, while aged, is pleasing and listenable. His narration is effortlessly clear, expressive, and well paced. His general manner is that of a cultured man of intelligence and learning who is indulging himself in a... Read More

HISTORY VS WOMEN

HISTORY VS WOMEN The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know

by Anita Sarkeesian, Ebony Adams | Read by Jean Ann Douglass

Anita Sarkeesian, Ebony Adams | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jean Ann Douglass energetically makes listeners aware of 25 notable women throughout history who have been mostly left out of history books. Divided into five spheres of influence, the fun and fascinating portraits include females who were stronger, faster, and more capable than their male counterparts. One such example is Bessie Stringfield, an early African-American... Read More

HOLD THESE TRUTHS

HOLD THESE TRUTHS

by Jeanne Sakata | Read by Ryun Yu, Matthew Floyd Miller, Suzy Nakamura, Matt Walker, Greg Watanabe

L.A. Theatre Works | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

An ensemble cast presents Sakata's powerful play about real-life Gordon Hirabayashi's courageous stand against the U.S. Government during WWII. After the Japanese-American was arrested for staying out after curfew, he took his case to the Supreme Court, where his conviction was upheld. It took an incredible 40 years before his conviction was overturned. L.A. Theatre Works'... Read More

HOME REMEDIES

HOME REMEDIES Stories

by Xuan Juliana Wang | Read by Annie Q, David Shih, James Chen, and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A dozen narrators perform this collection of stories about Chinese 20-somethings who are navigating the road to adulthood. All the narrators underscore the central drama of the stories, such as the clash of generations, the difficulties and joys of immigration, and the complexities of friendship. The characters are primarily the children of immigrants, university students... Read More

THE HOMECOMING

THE HOMECOMING

by Rosie Howard | Read by Emma Powell

Recorded Books/ Clipper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Emma Powell's evocative narration creates drama and suspense in this touching story about a young woman who is uncovering a repressed trauma. When her honorary godfather and friend, Patrick, is hospitalized, Maddy returns to Havenbury to take care of him. She also must run the pub Patrick owns, where she lived and worked three years earlier. Although the voices of the... Read More

THE HONEY BUS

THE HONEY BUS A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees

by Meredith May | Read by Candace Thaxton

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Candace Thaxton's almost wistful narration sets an appropriately nostalgic tone for this beautiful, perceptive memoir. From a young age, Meredith May and her brother were emotionally rejected by their divorced, mentally ill mother and treated coldly by their grandmother. Thaxton infuses Meredith's drug-addled mother with almost hysterical insecurity and her grandmother with a... Read More

HOTBOX

HOTBOX Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business

by Matt Lee, Ted Lee | Read by Matt Lee, Ted Lee

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Award-winning cookbook authors and brothers Matt and Ted Lee go behind the scenes to examine the most competitive cooking of all--New York City's high-end catering. As the Lees deftly interview chefs, workers, and clients, their Southern charm enhances their narration. Listeners will feel part of the team as they spend four years working at all levels of preparing "fiestas" for... Read More

HOUR OF DARKNESS

HOUR OF DARKNESS Midnight Breed Hunter Legacy, Book 2

by Lara Adrian | Read by Roger Wayne

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Roger Wayne's smoky voice is well matched to this vampiric paranormal romance, which ranges from posh hotels to backwoods sanctuaries. When Cain rescues Marina Moritskova from an attempted assassination, he quickly learns that he has embroiled himself in a Russian mob plot. Matters are complicated when Marina ends up being a vampire mate and Cain's regrets may be too... Read More

HOW DO DINOSAURS LEARN TO READ?

HOW DO DINOSAURS LEARN TO READ?

by Jane Yolen | Read by Jane Yolen

Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
Children

Author and narrator Jane Yolen brings another of her dinosaur escapades to life. Young listeners may be shocked or perplexed as dinosaurs mistreat books by chewing them, tossing them, and jumping on them but then will be treated to demonstrations of proper book care and the joy of sounding out words and making sense of them. At bedtime, Yolen's spot-on characterization shines... Read More

HOW HIGH THE MOON

HOW HIGH THE MOON

by Karyn Parsons | Read by Sisi Aisha Johnson, Karyn Parsons [Note]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson transports listeners to rural South Carolina in the 1940s through the passionate perspectives of three characters: 11-year-old Ella and her two cousins--14-year-old Myrna, an orphan, and 12-year-old Henry, who is Ella's best friend. They live together with their grandparents, but life is dangerous for African-Americans in the South. Teased by other... Read More

HOW I BECAME A SPY

HOW I BECAME A SPY

by Deborah Hopkinson | Read by John Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator John Keating drops listeners right into the heart of London during WWII in this historical mystery. Bertie Bradshaw is a civil defense volunteer whose job is to bring citizens to safety during air raids. When he finds a secret spy notebook, dropped by an American girl, he becomes intrigued and tries to find out more about its owner and how to decipher the code in the... Read More

HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT

HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT

by Helena Fox | Read by Candace Moll

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Candice Moll narrates this contemplative Aussie audiobook, which seems to float lazily along, mirroring its dissociative protagonist. Biz continues to spend time with her father, whom she found dead 10 years ago. At first, listeners may believe he's a ghost, but as the story progresses, it becomes increasingly apparent that Biz hallucinates. After an incident with classmates... Read More

HOW TO DO NOTHING

HOW TO DO NOTHING Resisting the Attention Economy

by Jenny Odell | Read by Rebecca Gibel

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Listeners expecting instruction on the art of doing nothing (especially those who hope to unplug, listen, and return to work refreshed and productive) will be surprised: This audiobook is less about HOW to do nothing than WHY to do nothing--it illuminates what we gain by doing less and unplugging from the "cult of productivity." Narrator Rebecca Gibel offers a spirited sense of... Read More

HOW TO FORGET

HOW TO FORGET A Daughter's Memoir

by Kate Mulgrew | Read by Kate Mulgrew

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actress Kate Mulgrew delivers an emotive and finely tuned performance of her newest memoir, which centers on the period of time when she returned to her Iowa hometown to care for her dying parents. The book explores the often painful yet loving dynamics of their large Catholic family and examines how her parents' dissimilar temperaments and complex relationship shaped the lives... Read More

HOW TO HIDE AN EMPIRE

HOW TO HIDE AN EMPIRE A History of the Greater United States

by Daniel Immerwahr | Read by Luis Moreno

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Narrator Luis Moreno carries a heavy load here, with more than 17 hours of audio, but he's outstanding. Few Americans think of our country as an empire, and Daniel Immerwahr wants us to understand why. Moreno's expressive voice complements the author's narrative style, which is warm and personal rather than academic. Immerwahr builds a compelling case that the United States has... Read More

HOW TO READ A BOOK

HOW TO READ A BOOK

by Kwame Alexander | Read by Kwame Alexander

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Spritely music introduces poet Kwame Alexander's ode to the joys of reading for the youngest listeners. In a friendly and enthusiastic voice, Alexander compares opening a book to peeling a clementine: "Next, dig your thumb at the bottom of each juicy section and pop the words out." The short poem rewards repeat listening to tease out all of the meaning and imagery, and... Read More

HUMANIMAL

HUMANIMAL How Homo sapiens Became Natures Most Paradoxical Creature: A New Evolutionary History

by Adam Rutherford | Read by Adam Rutherford

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Geneticist and seasoned broadcaster Adam Rutherford shares his excitement for human evolution and animal behavior with listeners. The research sounds captivatingly new, and Rutherford makes evolutionary theory understandable. Through jaw-dropping examples, he shreds any notion of normalcy when it comes to animal sexual behavior. He delivers a commendably steady performance even... Read More

A HUMAN'S GUIDE TO MACHINE INTELLIGENCE

A HUMAN'S GUIDE TO MACHINE INTELLIGENCE How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control

by Kartik Hosanagar | Read by Joe Knezevich

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Joe Knezevich's even, restrained tone and mastery of timing help make this enlightening audiobook a smooth, fast listen--which is no small feat, considering its high-tech subject matter. But don't let the title throw you; this is not a coder polemic, and you won't have to rewind complex passages for a second listen. Author Hosanagar weaves together examples of how... Read More

THE HUNDRED WELLS OF SALAGA

THE HUNDRED WELLS OF SALAGA

by Ayesha Harruna Attah | Read by Janina Edwards

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Janina Edwards draws listeners in to a complex story that offers an up-close view of the slave trade in the nineteenth century. She pulls out all the stops for this heartrending coming-of-age story about Aminah, a young Ghanaian woman. Listeners will appreciate Edwards's lively delivery and her strong portrayals of both male and female characters. Her repertoire... Read More

THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR

THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR The English in France 1337-1453

Earphones Award Winner

by Desmond Seward | Read by Nigel Patterson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

This excellent audio production of Seward's popular overview delivers all the drama and pageantry of the Hundred Years War (Britain versus France, 1337-1453). Nigel Patterson is a particularly apt narrator. His firm pacing, confident diction, and unaffected delivery reflect Seward's lucid and unsparing narrative in which kings and potentates receive the same frank assessment as... Read More

HUNTING GAME

HUNTING GAME DI Embla Nystrom, Book 1

by Helene Tursten, Paul Norlen [Trans.] | Read by Stina Nielsen

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Stina Nielsen's narration reflects the fierce character of Inspector Embla Nyström, who can't catch a break even during a family hunting holiday. The intimacy of friends and family is broken when a stranger joins them and two guests suddenly disappear. Nielsen is precise, measured, and flexible as she capably portrays male and female characters in scenes of considerable... Read More

I DON'T WANT TO BE CRAZY

I DON'T WANT TO BE CRAZY

by Samantha Schutz | Read by Samantha Schutz

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will hear the emotion in author Samantha Schutz's voice as she describes the panic attacks that began at the time she graduated from high school, as well as her frustration when a string of medications fails to control them. She says in her author's note that she originally wrote her book not only to look seriously at her recovery, but also to provide comfort to... Read More

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE

by Alice Feeney | Read by Stephanie Racine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Stephanie Racine masterfully keeps the listener's attention even as this story gets stranger and more uncomfortable with every second. When actress Aimee Sinclair's husband goes missing, she is sure a past stalker is responsible. But she can't prove it to the London police. Racine skillfully moves between a posh English accent and the Irish accent of a scared child as... Read More

I MISS YOU WHEN I BLINK

I MISS YOU WHEN I BLINK Essays

by Mary Laura Philpott | Read by Mary Laura Philpott

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mary Laura Philpott narrates her collection of engaging personal essays with clarity and verve, as befits someone used to public speaking. The Emmy-winning cohost of the show "A Word on Words" on Nashville Public Television and author/illustrator of the humor book PENGUINS WITH PEOPLE PROBLEMS, Philpott has created a blend of memoir and social commentary that touches on a wide... Read More

I REMEMBER ABBU

I REMEMBER ABBU

by Humayun Azad | Read by Deepti Gupta

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A girl's feelings of loss and and yearning during the Bangladeshi war for independence are captured beautifully by narrator Deepti Gupta. Her voice is melodic and mournful as we hear the earliest memories of the protagonist as a baby. Gupta infuses these moments of family life with a love so warm that it's palpable. This depth of feeling makes the wrenching pain of separation... Read More

I WAS JANE AUSTEN'S BEST FRIEND

I WAS JANE AUSTEN'S BEST FRIEND

by Cora Harrison | Read by Alison Larkin

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Alison Larkin deftly conveys the girlish gossip and romantic dreams of a teenaged Jane Austen and her best friend. Their daily lives are described in the diaries of 16-year-old Jenny Cooper, who is Jane's cousin. Larkin effectively takes on the identity of Jenny, sounding like a giggly adolescent girl. As the two young ladies experience the excitement of attending... Read More

I, CLAUDIA

I, CLAUDIA

by Mary McCoy | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Amielynn Abellera's spirited reading of this loose retelling of I, CLAUDIUS will keep listeners riveted with her unique characterizations and theatrical delivery. With a limp, speech impediment, and heart condition, Claudia doesn't fit the model of the suave politician, but during her first year at Imperial Day Academy, a posh Los Angeles prep school, she is swept into... Read More

IDA: THE LAST LUPINO

IDA: THE LAST LUPINO A One-Woman Play in Two Acts

by Michael B. Druxman | Read by Kathleen Godwin

Michael B. Druxman | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

Narrator Kathleen Godwin brings Ida Lupino, one of Hollywood's first female directors (1950s), vividly to life. Listeners meet Lupino in her decaying mansion in 1983 as she recounts how she tackled the male hierarchy. She was born into an English theatrical family and came to Hollywood as a teenager with her mother. Carefully chosen sound effects--a neighing horse or a single... Read More

IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD

IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD

by Genki Kawamura, Eric Selland [Trans.] | Read by Brian Nishii

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Brian Nishii narrates this imaginative tale set in Japan about the complexities of death, life, and cats. At the outset, an unnamed 30-year-old man receives a terminal diagnosis. As imminent death looms, he receives a visit from the devil (cheekily named Aloha). The young man must decide if Aloha's offer to extend his life is worth the alternative losses he'd have to endure. As... Read More

IF SHE WAKES

IF SHE WAKES

by Michael Koryta | Read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

There's something creepy about the voice that narrator Robert Petkoff has chosen for Dax, this thriller's young villain. Sounding a little like Tony Perkins in PSYCHO, Dax, a contract killer, radiates a sociopathic nonchalance that--thanks to Petkoff's articulation--is almost likable. If only he weren't trying to kill the novel's protagonists, Abby, a disgraced stunt driver... Read More

I'LL NEVER TELL

I'LL NEVER TELL

by Catherine McKenzie | Read by Julia Whelan, Timothy Andrés Pabon, Whitney Dykhouse

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Three talented narrators team up to bring the dysfunctional MacAllister family to life. The MacAllister siblings are back at the summer camp owned by their late parents for the reading of their will. While there, the siblings are forced to do a little sleuthing into the murder of a camp counselor who worked at the camp 20 years earlier. Amazingly, through tone, breathing, and... Read More

IN DEEP WATER

IN DEEP WATER Cat Connolly, Book 2

by Sam Blake | Read by Aoife McMahon

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join Detective Cat Connolly as she investigates the disappearance of her best friend in contemporary Dublin. Narrator Aoife McMahon's soft Irish accent combined with the story's grittiness and sense of urgency adds to the tension in this police procedural and complements the toughness of its lead character. McMahon's timing is a perfect match for the twisting plot,... Read More

IN MY MIND'S EYE

IN MY MIND'S EYE A Thought Diary

by Jan Morris | Read by Jennifer M. Dixon

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jan Morris's quirky, endearing, stimulating collection of daily thoughts is given a wholehearted narration by Jennifer M. Dixon. Now that the renowned travel writer and essayist is in her 80s, opportunities for voyaging far and wide have diminished. Though she has settled into the Welsh countryside, her opinions haven't moderated. Dixon doesn't sound exactly like Morris, whose... Read More

IN THE KEY OF NIRA GHANI

IN THE KEY OF NIRA GHANI

by Natascha Deen | Read by Kamali Minter

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kamali Minter establishes a passionate voice for Nira, a teen who moved as a child from Guyana to Canada with her parents and grandmother. Now she struggles to find balance between her homelife with her family and her school life with her peers. Nira wishes to be a trumpet player, but her parents do not approve because they fear it will distract her from academic... Read More

THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE MAKING OF THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION

THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE MAKING OF THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION

by Amy Brashear | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amielynn Abellera energetically narrates this hyperkinetic, surreal YA adventure set in 1984. When Hollywood comes to Griffin Flat, Arkansas, sarcastic Laura Ratliff is excited to win a walk-on role in the movie EVE OF DESTRUCTION despite her genuine fears about the possibility of nuclear war. When an on-set explosion triggers a possible nuclear incident, Laura faces a whole... Read More

THE INGENIOUS

THE INGENIOUS

by Darius Hinks | Read by Gabrielle Baker

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Gabrielle Baker takes charge of a complicated and strange world, the setting for a dense tale of political exile, alchemy, and raw ambition. The two main characters are from opposite ends of every conceivable spectrum, but Baker recognizes and plays off of their similarities. This interplay between the two characters is central to the audiobook. Isten is a feisty... Read More

INHERITANCE TRACKS

INHERITANCE TRACKS Sloan and Crosby, Book 25

by Catherine Aird | Read by Derek Perkins

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of this popular series will be happy that narrator Derek Perkins was tapped to perform the latest installment. The mystery begins as five strangers arrive at a small-town law office and learn they are to split a sizable inheritance from a distant relative--as soon as the sixth beneficiary can be located. After one of the group dies under questionable circumstances,... Read More

INTERIOR STATES

INTERIOR STATES Essays

by Meghan O'Gieblyn | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rebecca Lowman's quiet but expressive performance perfectly captures O'Gieblyn's essays about coming of age in a Midwestern evangelical family before losing her faith altogether. O'Gieblyn is wry and affectionate as she riffs on her parents' stocking up on dried food rations in anticipation of the end of the world in 1999 or her own catching the intentionally convenient bus... Read More

INVISIBLE WOMEN

INVISIBLE WOMEN Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

by Caroline Criado Perez | Read by Caroline Criado Perez

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author/narrator Caroline Criado Perez's authoritative tone is convincing as she sheds light on the gender data gap that has had a profound effect on women's health and well-being. Her indignant narration paired with well-researched facts will inspire listeners to consider details of the world around them--from the pockets in their pants to the layout of their bathrooms and the... Read More

THE INVITED

THE INVITED

by Jennifer McMahon | Read by Justine Eyre, Amanda Carlin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Amanda Carlin is perfect in her very minor role in this frustrating audiobook, expressive and with the subtlest hint of a Vermont accent. Justine Eyre, who performs the lion's share of the story, has a lovely voice and is quite good at dialogue, but she has performance tics that muddy the author's intention and weary the listener. Still, this story of the afterlife of... Read More

THE JAMESTOWN BRIDES

THE JAMESTOWN BRIDES England's Maids for Virginia

by Jennifer Potter | Read by Charlotte Stevens

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

With her warm voice and inquisitive tone, narrator Charlotte Strevens brings listeners back to the difficult early days of the American Colonies. In 1621, 56 young women set sail from England to Jamestown, Virginia. They had been sent by the Virginia Company of London after it was ascertained that each came from a respectable family and had good references. The women did not... Read More

JOY ENOUGH

JOY ENOUGH A Memoir

by Sarah McColl | Read by Sarah McColl

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Writer Sarah McColl narrates her memoir about love, the relationships between a mother and her children, and the end of a marriage, giving the listener brief views of her life. McColl tells her stories as a series of vignettes, seemingly going from one piece to the next with nary a breath between. Whether discussing her childhood, her mother's illness and death, or her failing... Read More

JUNK MAIL

JUNK MAIL

by Kendall Ryan | Read by Joe Arden, Savannah Peachwood

Kendall Ryan | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Joe Arden performs his best "uh-oh" maneuvers when Josh accidentally texts a picture of his "junk" to a complete stranger. Peyton, portrayed by Savannah Peachwood, is equally offended and intrigued by Josh's text and follow-up apology. Surprise! Josh turns out to be her new business partner. Arden navigates Ryan's "meet-cute" premise with wry masculine deprecation that... Read More

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