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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

THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD The True Story of André the Giant

by Bertrand Hébert, Pat Laprade | Read by Graham Rowat

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Graham Rowat sounds like a wrestling announcer as he describes a key match in André the Giant's career, the 1987 Wrestlemania at the Pontiac Silverdome. André is known to many from THE PRINCESS BRIDE and also played Bigfoot in "The Six Million Dollar Man," but author Bertrand Hébert concentrates on his ring career. Rowat quotes ring figures with gruff voices,... 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

THE ELEVENTH GATE

THE ELEVENTH GATE

by Nancy Kress | Read by Braden Wright

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Braden Wright narrates a space opera with startling parallels to the current world situation. When an unexpected discovery brings a potentially devastating war to the Eight Worlds, the rival Landry and Peregoy regimes must decide just how far they are willing to go to protect their respective interests. Wright smoothly navigates both the sci-fi technospeak and the metaphysical... 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

THE EMPIRE OF GOLD

THE EMPIRE OF GOLD The Daevabad Trilogy, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by S.A. Chakraborty | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Soneela Nankani skillfully narrates the final volume of an epic fantasy saga inspired equally by politics and mythology. As Nahri, Ali, and Dara face the aftermath of the brutal fall of Daevabad, they must each come to terms with their part in that fall. Nankani continues to impress with her distinctive portrayals of the immense secondary cast of characters, but it is her... Read More

THE END OF MY HEART

THE END OF MY HEART

by Gayle Forman | Read by Piper Goodeve, Gabriel Vaughan, Elizabeth Evans, Josh Hurley, Amanda Ronconi, Emily Bauer, Neil Hellegers, Jesse Einstein, Diane Kruger

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Diane Kruger anchors a full cast in a meta commentary on the power of storytelling. Set in Ohio just after WWII, this audio drama has a story, read by a full cast as a radio drama, within a story, narrated by Kruger, who shows off her range as she inhabits the voices of multiple characters of different ages, genders, and nationalities. The cast is simply spectacular as they go... 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

THE ENIGMA GAME

THE ENIGMA GAME

by Elizabeth Wein | Read by Angela Ness

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Angela Ness's accents add to the atmosphere of this historical YA novel set on the coast of Scotland in 1940. At age 15, half-Jamaican Louisa Adair is orphaned, and she leaves London to take a job caring for Jane, an elderly German woman. At Jane's niece's pub in Windyedge, Louisa meets Ellen McEwan, a volunteer driver for the nearby RAF base, and Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, a... 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

ENVY

ENVY The Deadly Seven, Book 1

by Lana Pecherczyk | Read by Karen White

Lana Pecherczyk | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Karen White introduces this intriguing paranormal romance series in which the seven deadly sins are personified by genetically modified siblings. Each is responsible for finding a mate and sensing deadly sins to fight crime. White narrates chapters from the points of view of a man named Evan, who is the personification of envy, and Dr. Grace Go, who meets Evan in the... 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

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 EXILES

THE EXILES

Earphones Award Winner

by Christina Baker Kline | Read by Caroline Lee

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Caroline Lee offers an outstanding narration of Kline's well-researched novel, which depicts a shameful moment in Australia's colonial history. Seduced, pregnant, accused of stealing, and convicted on slight evidence, Evangeline is marked for transport from Newgate Prison to Australia. Onboard the ship, fellow prisoners Hazel and Olive help her cope with various hardships and... Read More

AN EXQUISITE CORPSE

AN EXQUISITE CORPSE

by Helen A. Harrison | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Pete Cross is an effective narrator of this audiobook. In 1943, a group of surrealist artists were forced into exile from France by the Nazis. Now they're living in New York City. When Wilfredo Lam is found dead, dressed in a bizarre assortment of costumes related to a surrealist game, the artist community quickly closes ranks. The police focus on Cuban and Chinese immigrants... Read More

THE EXTRAORDINARIES

THE EXTRAORDINARIES The Extraordinaries, Book 1

by TJ Klune | Read by Michael Lesley

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Michael Lesley's upbeat narration captures all the whimsy, humor, and heart of this YA superhero romp. Nick has been nursing a crush on Shadow Star, Nova City's most famous superhero, for years. He's even the author of one of the most popular Extraordinaries fanfics. But when he decides to become an Extraordinary himself to catch Shadow Star's attention, he learns a lot more... 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

THE FALCON ALWAYS WINGS TWICE

THE FALCON ALWAYS WINGS TWICE Meg Langslow, Book 27

Earphones Award Winner

by Donna Andrews | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listening to Bernadette Dunne perform the Meg Langslow audiobooks gives listeners a sense of coming home to a beloved family. In this installment, Meg and her family hold a Renaissance Faire at her grandmother's craft center. Dunne builds up listeners' ill will toward a particularly vicious performer, bringing it to a climax when he carries out his most dramatic and malicious... 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

FEAR IS A CHOICE

FEAR IS A CHOICE Tackling Life's Challenges with Dignity, Faith, and Determination

by James Conner, Tiffany Yecki Brooks | Read by David Sadzin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

James Conner is the star running back at the University of Pittsburgh and is on top of the college sports world. By his junior year, he tears a tendon and from routine blood work performed, he is diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Narrator David Sadzin's performance makes it clear that cancer is not in the driver's seat. His voice and delivery reflect the strength Conner uses... Read More

FELICITY CARROL AND THE MURDEROUS MENACE

FELICITY CARROL AND THE MURDEROUS MENACE Felicity Carrol, Book 2

by Patricia Marcantonio | Read by Lillian Rachel

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

British-born narrator Lillian Rachel deftly moves between the posh accent of London's Detective Felicity Carrol and the accents of the American Old West in this new audiobook inspired by one of the most infamous unsolved crimes of all time. When Detective Carrol's good friend becomes ill after dedicating his life to finding Jack the Ripper, Felicity follows the trail to Montana... 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

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

THE FIRE AND THE DARKNESS

THE FIRE AND THE DARKNESS The Bombing of Dresden, 1945

Earphones Award Winner

by Sinclair McKay | Read by Leighton Pugh

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Leighton Pugh gives a masterful narration of this account of the bombing of Dresden, Germany, by Allied Forces in February 1945. McKay's work looks at the city and people of Dresden before and during the war, and his account of the bombing is a personal account told by those who survived it. Pugh's voice has a stentorian quality that may remind some of listening to a... 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

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

A FLICKER OF COURAGE

A FLICKER OF COURAGE Tales of Triumph and Disaster!, Book 1

by Deb Caletti | Read by Kristen Sieh

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kristen Sieh invites listeners into a magical world in this superb audiobook. Jumping right into the action, Sieh introduces listeners to young Henry, whose timid tones reflect his shy nature. Friends Apollo and his little brother, Rocco, are next. Apollo's boldness comes across in his booming voice, while Rocco's high-pitched whispers seem right for a boy who has been... 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 FOOL'S GOLD WEDDING

A FOOL'S GOLD WEDDING

by Susan Mallery | Read by Tanya Eby

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Listeners looking for a quick but enjoyable romantic listening experience need look no further than Mallery's return to Fool's Gold, California. Narrator Tanya Eby brings a light touch to the developing romance between Abby Hendrix and Joaquin Kincaid. Abby's sister is getting married and asks Abby to look after her fiancé's brother, Joaquin, when he arrives in town three weeks... 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

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

GAMER FOR LOVE

GAMER FOR LOVE Alpha World, Book 8

by Daniel Schinhofen | Read by Peter Berkrot

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Peter Berkrot masterfully narrates the final adventure in the Alpha World series. The series comes full circle with Alburet and his allies journeying to the Lost Prison of Alctriuz for an epic raid. The story alternates between drama, thriller, and romance with the steady game-like feel of the LitRPG genre. Berkrot maintains a gravelly timbre and an almost sinister tone... Read More

GHOSTING THE NEWS

GHOSTING THE NEWS Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy

Earphones Award Winner

by Margaret Sullivan | Read by Amanda Carlin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Listening to this book, one might think narrator Amanda Carlin is the author. Her narration is filled with the emotion and emphasis the author brought to the work. She stresses the important points without sounding strident and largely overcomes the fact that this book was written for the eye, not the ear. She breaks complex sentences into easier to comprehend segments without... Read More

GHOSTS OF HARVARD

GHOSTS OF HARVARD

by Francesca Serritella | Read by Karissa Vacker

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is not what it seems, and its unpredictable twists make Francesca Serritella's mystery worth listening to. The story focuses on Cady Archer, a Harvard freshman dealing with the emotional baggage of her brother's suicide who begins to hear multiple voices--not just any voices, but voices whose existence is tied to her new school. Listeners will appreciate Karissa... 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

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

GIRL, SERPENT, THORN

GIRL, SERPENT, THORN

by Melissa Bashardoust | Read by Nikki Massoud

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Nikki Massoud gives an engaging performance of this fairy tale about what makes a monster. Soraya has spent most of her life in isolation, thanks to a curse she received as a baby that makes her skin deadly to anyone who touches her. When one of the divs who cursed her is imprisoned in the palace, it provides Soraya an unexpected opportunity to uncover the truth about her past.... Read More

GIRL, UNFRAMED

GIRL, UNFRAMED

Earphones Award Winner

by Deb Caletti | Read by Alexandra Allwine

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Alexandra Allwine maximizes the tension in this YA page-turner. Sydney Reilly is planning to spend her sixteenth summer in a mansion in San Francisco with Lila Shore, her movie-star mother. But her heavenly summer soon turns to hell, and Allwine's depiction makes that clear as Lila's tones range from helplessness to fury, with notes of egotism beneath both. Allwine... 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

THE GOLDEN CAGE

THE GOLDEN CAGE

by Camilla Läckberg, Neil Smith [Trans.] | Read by Ann Richardson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will appreciate the value of a skilled narrator through the slow opening half of this ultimately satisfying domestic thriller, the latest from the bestselling Swedish crime novelist. Faye has sacrificed her own career dreams to support Jack's business, and now that he's rich and successful and she's put on a few pounds, he's ready to dump her. For much of the novel... 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

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 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

THE GREAT MORTALITY

THE GREAT MORTALITY An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time

Earphones Award Winner

by John Kelly | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

John Kelly's richly detailed history of the medieval Black Death was published in 2005 but comes into its own as an audiobook in the age of COVID-19. Critics and readers have criticized Kelly for personifying the plague as a sensate being racing hungrily from town to town and country to country. But with polished elegance, narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies captures the grim ironies... 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

A GRIEF SUBLIME

A GRIEF SUBLIME

by Beth Robbins | Read by Karen Allen, James Warwick

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Beth Robbins holds nothing back in the story of her extended grief at her husband's sudden death, and narrator Karen Allen fully inhabits it. She leads us through the nonlinear narrative as it tracks Robbins's trauma and memories, moving slowly in the direction of healing. Allen's delivery of the emotions of loss is utterly convincing. Sadly, her performance never gets far... 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 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

HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT

HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT

by Laura Hankin | Read by Laura Hankin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author and narrator Laura Hankin delivers an impressive performance of this entertaining novel about motherhood and friendship. The story often feels easygoing and fun but at other times provides a darkly satirical look at motherhood. Claire is a down-on-her-luck musician who has been hired to perform for overprivileged babies. She's quickly bewitched by their upper-crust... 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

HARLEY IN THE SKY

HARLEY IN THE SKY

by Akemi Dawn Bowman | Read by Ali Ahn

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Ali Ahn thoughtfully narrates this introspective coming-of-age story about the value and cost of chasing your dreams. Harley, the daughter of circus owners, wants nothing more than to become a trapeze artist. When her parents push her to attend college instead, she runs away to train with the star aerialist of a rival circus. Ahn sensitively portrays Harley's struggles with... 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

HAVING WONDERFUL CRIME

HAVING WONDERFUL CRIME John J. Malone, Book 7

by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Johnny Heller breathes life into this aging mystery--it's been almost eight decades since the novel's debut--and the result is like a fine art restoration. The audiobook involves a surreal crime (a bride is missing, and a beheaded woman is found in her bridal suite), plenty of snappy dialogue (most of it dispensed by lawyer John J. Malone), and an unguessable ending.... 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

HIDE AWAY

HIDE AWAY Rachel Marin, Book 1

by Jason Pinter | Read by Angela Dawe

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Angela Dawe delivers the portraits of multiple characters throughout this mystery in an edge-of-your-seat style. Listeners will believe this is a full-cast narration. This audiobook is the first in a series and follows a brave mom turned vigilante. A survivor of a horrific crime, Rachel Marin moves her children for a new start. But it isn't long before she becomes... 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

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 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

THE HOTEL NEVERSINK

THE HOTEL NEVERSINK

by Adam O'Fallon Price | Read by Steven Jay Cohen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Steven Jay Cohen brings a note of eeriness and elegy to his narration of Price's Edgar Award-winning novel. This story traces the fall of the Sikorskys, Jewish-Polish immigrants who achieved the American dream with their purchase and renovation of the Hotel Neversink. Cohen channels the novel's melancholy tone, describing the family's damaged reputation when a young boy... 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

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 MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD

HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD

by C Pam Zhang | Read by Catherine Ho, Joel de la Fuente

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Catherine Ho portrays three orphaned sisters, one of whom pretends to be a boy, as they come of age. The story is set in the American West during the Gold Rush. Ho provides a lyrical narration, and Joel de la Fuente takes on a single character role. Ho never allows the author's short, brusque sentence structure to trip her up, instead turning that style into a rhythm... 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 TO SURVIVE A PANDEMIC

HOW TO SURVIVE A PANDEMIC

by Michael Greger | Read by Michael Greger

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

If sheltering in place has given you more time to listen to audiobooks, this one may scare you into never leaving the house. Greger has a highly idiosyncratic style: He speeds up and slows down mid-sentence, with the cadences of a casual conversation rather than a formal reading. Once you get used to this, Greger draws you in with this genuinely frightening but rigorously... 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

HUNGRY

HUNGRY Avocado Toast, Instagram Influencers, and Our Search for Connection and Meaning

by Eve Turow-Paul | Read by Taylor Meskimen

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Describing how technology and other modern innovations are shaping people's indulgence in food, fitness, and other obsessions, a keen cultural observer provides worldwide examples of how mankind's search for a satisfied mind has derailed. Narrator Taylor Meskimen provides a vocal performance that is true to the author's ideas but stays in a pitch range that sounds trapped in... Read More

HUNTRESS INITIATE

HUNTRESS INITIATE Huntress Clan Saga, Book 1

by Jamie Davis, Michael Anderle | Read by Marnye Young

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Marnye Young portrays Quinn as tough but a bit vulnerable, which isn't surprising, given that she was abandoned as an infant and raised in the foster care system. In this first installment of the Huntress Clan Saga, Quinn learns she is one of the last "hunters," whose mission is to protect humans from supernatural beings that wish them harm. Hired by a company... Read More

I DON'T WANT TO DIE POOR

I DON'T WANT TO DIE POOR

by Michael Arceneaux | Read by Michael Arceneaux

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Michael Arceneaux may not sound like a polished voice professional, but the charisma in his performance makes this a fun audio to hear. He knows how to embrace the pathos in his life and fully express the humor in his snappy writing. He sounds so genuine that listeners won't have any trouble overlooking his sometimes clumsy phrasing. Together, his honest delivery and the... 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

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 MY HEART HAD WINGS

IF MY HEART HAD WINGS

by Nadine Taylor | Read by Nadine Taylor

Taylor-Fox Publications | Unabridged
Fiction

Author/narrator Nadine Taylor tells this bittersweet fictionalized version of her mother's life as a WWII widow. Taylor was 14 years old when she discovered an old wedding picture of her mother and a mysterious man. Listeners will join Taylor as she learns that her mom's first husband was Linden Raff, a pilot who died flying munitions around Asia. Taylor's voice mirrors the... 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 SEARCH OF SAFETY

IN SEARCH OF SAFETY Voices of Refugees

by Susan Kuklin | Read by Vivienne Leheny, Josh Bloomberg, Deepti Gupta

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Five young people represent the voices of refugees, sharing their desperate real-life journeys to Nebraska. The three men don't dwell on horrific details, so narrator Josh Bloomberg often sounds friendly or hopeful. When he tells the story of Fraidoon, an Afghani translator, Bloomberg captures the man's certainty that the U.S. will rescue him. Narrator Deepti Gupta delivers the... Read More

IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE

IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE Thomas Jefferson on Equality, Faith, Freedom, Compromise, and the Art of Citizenship

by Jon Meacham [Ed. and Intro.], Annette Gordon-Reed [Afterword] | Read by Fred Sanders, Edoardo Ballerini and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Fred Sanders and Edoardo Ballerini highlight a full-cast narration--punctuated with musical interludes--in this stirring presentation of Jefferson on America and Americans on Jefferson. In these exquisitely chosen texts, Jefferson is passionate and prescient, insisting on a free press and freedom of religion, even foreseeing foreign enemies who might subvert the electoral... 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

INCENDIARY

INCENDIARY Hollow Crown, Book 1

by Zoraida Cordova | Read by Frankie Corzo

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Frankie Corzo tells the story of Renata, a girl who steals memories. Renata is part of a magical rebel group working against the kingdom of Puerto Leones, which condemns her magical people. Corzo takes some time to fully engage with Renata's character--perhaps because of the slow opening of the story. But as the plot thickens, her narration weaves a spell. Corzo's... 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

INTERLIBRARY LOAN

INTERLIBRARY LOAN A Borrowed Man, Book 2

by Gene Wolfe | Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds portrays E.A.Smithe, a hard-boiled detective with a soft spot or two for a child who is trying to discover if her father is dead. Smithe is a clone who has the voice of a deceased mystery writer. In a future hundreds of years from the present, Smithe and two fellow clones, a cookbook writer and a romance writer, forge a complex relationship.... Read More

INTO THE FIRE

INTO THE FIRE

by Manda Scott | Read by Philip Stevens, Emma Gregory

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Philip Stevens and Emma Gregory recount the story of Joan of Arc in the 1430s, along with a contemporary mystery also set in Orleans, France. Stevens portrays Joan with a believable mixture of innocence, piety, and determination suggestive of a seasoned general. Gregory portrays police capitain Inez Picault as resourceful, fast talking, and tough. Listeners witness... 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 DARROWFIELD, PROFESSIONAL BUSYBODY

JANE DARROWFIELD, PROFESSIONAL BUSYBODY Jane Darrowfield, Book 1

by Barbara Ross | Read by Traci Odom

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Bored after her retirement, Jane Darrowfield gets paid to become a busybody in this audiobook. The manager of Walden Spring retirement home asks Jane to move in and locate the source of conflict in the community. Narrator Traci Odom makes residents sound realistic, especially during the food fight. When the leader of one of the cliques is murdered, Jane finds her job to be much... 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

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