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KILL SHOW

KILL SHOW A True Crime Novel

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel Sweren-Becker | Read by Megan Tusing, Desmond Manny, Pun Bandhu, Melissa Redmond, Byron Wagner, Christine Lakin, Stacy Gonzalez, Xe Sands, Fred Sanders, Sara Morsey, Chris McLinden, Robert Fass

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

An ensemble of wildly talented narrators elevates this fictional true- crime case told through first-person interviews. The narrators infuse a generous amount of personality and empathy into their portrayals of the community, media, and family involved in the tragic case of missing teenager Sara Parcell. Robert Fass's weary voice portrays Dave, Sara's downtrodden father, as he... Read More

THE LANTERN'S DANCE

THE LANTERN'S DANCE Mary Russell, Book 18

Earphones Award Winner

by Laurie R. King | Read by Amy Scanlon

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Amy Scanlon takes over from longtime series narrator Jenny Sterlin to provide an exemplary debut performance of King's 18th Holmes/Russell adventure. Sterlin's distinctive voice and extraordinary characterizations will always echo in our memories, yet fans will welcome Scanlon's unique, engaging approach. Holmes and Russell arrive in the French countryside to visit Holmes's... Read More

LAST CALL AT THE LOCAL

LAST CALL AT THE LOCAL Love, Lists & Fancy Ships, Book 3

by Sarah Grunder Ruiz | Read by Gary Furlong, Karissa Vacker

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Karissa Vacker and Gary Furlong delight listeners in this opposites-attract romance set in Ireland. Raine Hart decides to dump her life in Boston and travel around Europe, playing her music anywhere she can. However, her ADHD creates challenges, and she finds herself stuck at the Local, a quaint Irish pub. There, she meets owner Jack Dunne and unknowingly insults him about ways... Read More

THE LAST FIRE SEASON

THE LAST FIRE SEASON A Personal and Pyronatural History

by Manjula Martin | Read by Manjula Martin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Manjula Martin delivers this audiobook as if reading to a friend. While she's not blessed with a sonorous voice, her delivery is both passionate and authentic. She captures the complications of living in proximity to wildfires in Sonoma County, California, which was devastated by conflagrations in 2020. The audiobook presents three interlocking stories: The first is about a... Read More

THE LAST ISLAND

THE LAST ISLAND Discovery, Defiance, and the Most Elusive Tribe on Earth

by Adam Goodheart | Read by Will Tulin

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Adam Goodheart shares his experiences visiting "the most isolated people in the world" on North Sentinel, in the Andaman Islands in India's Bay of Bengal. In this audiobook he shares accounts of their history. Will Tulin calmly narrates Goodheart's first visit, leaving room for amazement at flying fish and dolphins. Tulin reflects Goodheart's lament over the plastic trash that... Read More

THE LAST LOVE NOTE

THE LAST LOVE NOTE

Earphones Award Winner

by Emma Grey | Read by Leeanna Walsman

Zibby Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Leeanna Walsman immerses listeners in an emotional story that is sure to bring both laughter and tears. Two years after becoming a widow, 40-year-old Kate struggles to raise her son while juggling friendships and her career. Hugh, her boss, who was a close friend of her late husband, has been patiently supportive as she adjusts to her new life, always there when she needs him.... Read More

THE LAST SHIPS FROM HAMBURG

THE LAST SHIPS FROM HAMBURG Business, Rivalry, and the Race to Save Russia's Jews on the Eve of World War I

by Steven Ujifusa | Read by Arthur Morey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
History

Arthur Morey's pleasing baritone is a wonderful match for this account of the mass migration of Eastern European Jews to the New World. The whole journey involved many people and eventually became big business for bankers, shipping companies (including the White Star Line of TITANIC fame,) railroads, and charities/NGOs, such as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). I myself,... Read More

THE LAW AND THE LADY

THE LAW AND THE LADY

Earphones Award Winner

by Wilkie Collins | Read by Lucy Scott

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Lucy Scott gives a thrilling performance of this propulsive detective story, which will have listeners guessing until the end. In this real Victorian melodrama first published in 1875, the detective--surprisingly--is a woman. Within a few days of marrying, 23-year-old Valeria discovers that a Scottish court had rendered a verdict of "not proven" against her husband, Eustace, in... Read More

THE LEGACY

THE LEGACY Joanne Kilbourn, Book 22

by Gail Bowen | Read by Marcia Johnson

ECW Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listening to this audiobook is like eavesdropping on a happy, fortunate family who are enjoying camaraderie, gossip, good food, and the occasional conundrum. Narrator Marcia Johnson introduces listeners to the Shreves and their large circle of family and friends, recounting the many details of their privileged lives in contemporary Toronto. This audiobook is part of a popular... Read More

LEXINGTON

LEXINGTON The Extraordinary Life and Turbulent Times of America's Legendary Racehorse

by Kim Wickens | Read by Vivienne Leheny

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Vivienne Leheny's narration of this audiobook brings the remarkable story of the champion racehorse Lexington to life against the backdrop of the Civil War-era South. Leheny's voice captures the essence of each moment--from the exhilarating highs of Lexington's racing triumphs to the tense mood of a nation in turmoil. Leheny's ability to convey a wide range of emotions with... Read More

THE LIBERATORS

THE LIBERATORS

by E.J. Koh | Read by Janet Song, Intae Kim, Greta Jung, Raymond J. Lee

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Four narrators work together in this multigenerational story of migration, love, and loss. Janet Song, Intae Kim, Greta Jung, and Raymond J. Lee create balance to this lyrical story set amid the making of the two Koreas. They bring to life the struggles of Insuk and her turbulent romance and then marriage to Sungho. The female and male narrators trade a wide variety of... Read More

THE LIES YOU WROTE

THE LIES YOU WROTE Raisa Susanto, Book 1

by Brianna Labuskes | Read by Caroline Hewitt

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This twisty tale challenges Caroline Hewitt to depict the panoply of colorful characters created by Labuskes. Raisa Susanto, one of the FBI's best forensic linguists, is assigned to investigate a recent murder that occurred 25 years to the day after a murder-suicide. Raisa and psychologist Callum Kilkenny use their skills to read between the lines of a case investigators... Read More

THE LIGHT KEEPER

THE LIGHT KEEPER

by Christina Wallace | Read by E.M. Wylde

Christina Wallace | Unabridged
Children

E.M. Wylde is perfect at narrating this middle-school fantasy novel, the first in a series. Isaac discovers a chest full of glowing glass balls in the attic. He inadvertently drops one, releasing a faery who must perform three tasks in order to become free. Wylde captures the wonder and joy of a boy with unlimited power and, sadly, a lack of thought about consequences. Soon,... Read More

THE LONG RUN

THE LONG RUN

by James Acker | Read by Lee Osorio, Max Meyers

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

With outstanding performances, Lee Osorio and Max Meyers illuminate the rich and complicated inner lives of New Jersey high schoolers Sebastian Villeda and Sandro Miceli. Listeners immediately understand that these two young men are much more than outward appearances and stereotypes. Meyers and Osorio make them both feel messy, endearing, and real. "Bash the Flash" is a track... Read More

THE LONGEST AUTUMN

THE LONGEST AUTUMN

by Amy Avery | Read by Zura Johnson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Using an ethereal voice and delicate intonation, Zura Johnson elevates this mystery loosely based on ancient Greco-Roman mythology into a captivating listening experience. Tirne, the herald for the god of Autumn, escorts him yearly from the godly to the human world. This time, the magical mirror used for the trip shatters. Tirne loses her exalted herald status, and the human... Read More

THE LOST TOMB

THE LOST TOMB And Other Real-Life Stories of Bones, Burials, and Murder

by Douglas Preston, David Grann [Fore.] | Read by Will Collyer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Will Collyer's narration will hook listeners as author Douglas Preston reveals an assortment of true stories behind his fictional works. Listeners will have to wait for the final chapter to hear about the tomb where several of Ramses II's sons were laid to rest, protected by curses that are both amusing and chilling in Collyer's narration. Collyer also brings drama to his... Read More

LOVE AND HOT CHICKEN

LOVE AND HOT CHICKEN

by Mary Liza Hartong | Read by Dorothy Dillingham Blue

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

It's no exaggeration to call narrator Dorothy Dillingham Blue's performance of this audiobook a Southern charmer. Putting her Vanderbilt PhD on hold, PJ Spoon becomes Pennywhistle, Tennessee's, Chickie Shak chef. She competes with her co-workers--the button-cute Boof and the frighteningly efficient Linda--in a no-holds-barred chicken pageant. Blue's voice weaves and dips... Read More

LOVE DRIVEN OUT OF THE LINEAR

LOVE DRIVEN OUT OF THE LINEAR

by Albert Barron | Read by Lief Livingston, Susan Hanfield

Punch Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Lief Livingston and Susan Hanfield take listeners through the gamut of emotions surrounding reincarnation and eternal life in this metaphysical romance novel. From the moment Ben and Emma meet, their otherworldly connection is undeniable. Livingston's delivery of narrative and his portrayals of the other male characters show his superb range. His pitch expertly switches from an... Read More

LOVE GRUDGE

LOVE GRUDGE Angels & Devils MC, Book 1

by Chantal Fernando | Read by Jeffrey Kafer, Marnye Young

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Jeffrey Kafer and Marnye Young narrate the first title in the Angels & Devils MC romance series, inspired by ROMEO AND JULIET. Two generations ago, a love triangle caused a split in the Devils MC, forming the Angels. Romeo is descended from the Devils, and Julianna is descended from the Angels. Insta-love between the two creates a ticking time bomb just as both clubs'... Read More

MADNESS

MADNESS Race and Insanity in a Jim Crow Asylum

by Antonia Hylton | Read by Antonia Hylton

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Antonia Hylton does a bang-up job narrating her own work, a searing account of Crownsville Hospital, a segregated mental institution in Maryland that served as a dumping ground for any Black person whom white authorities found inconvenient. Crownsville was, for much of its 93-year history, not a place of healing, despite the best efforts of some staff members. Instead, it was a... Read More

THE MAJOR AND THE MISSIONARY

THE MAJOR AND THE MISSIONARY A Love Story

by Diana Pavlac Glyer [Ed.] | Read by Simon Vance, Anne Flosnik

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

This audio play is drawn from letters written over several years between Major Warren Lewis, brother of C.S. Lewis, and Blanche Biggs, a missionary in Papua New Guinea. Their story is brought to life by two stellar narrators, Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik. Vance sets the scene, interjecting stage directions when appropriate as a deep friendship develops between the... Read More

MAKE POSSIBILITIES HAPPEN

MAKE POSSIBILITIES HAPPEN How to Transform Ideas into Reality

by Grace Hawthorne, Stanford d.school | Read by Grace Hawthorne, Scott Doorley, Charlotte Burgess-Auburn

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Principal author Grace Hawthorne presents the chapters of this intelligent guide with appealing assertiveness while two Stanford colleagues deliver brief segments with equal authority and charm. Hawthorne's vocal confidence makes these coherent ideas even more arresting among the sea of published advice available on creativity and getting things done. Most interesting is how... Read More

THE MANUSCRIPTS CLUB

THE MANUSCRIPTS CLUB The People Behind a Thousand Years of Medieval Manuscripts

by Christopher de Hamel | Read by John Lee, Christopher de Hamel

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

John Lee brings continuity to a narrative that has none of the common linkages of time or place. Author Chistopher de Hamel imagines 12 historical manuscript collectors, 11 men and one woman spread over centuries, as a club that spends a pleasant evening together at the Morgan Library. Collectors are a mixed lot, and these 12 include a priest, a prince, and a forger, along with... Read More

MARTYR!

MARTYR!

Earphones Award Winner

by Kaveh Akbar | Read by Arian Moayed

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Iranian American actor Arian Moayed gives the performance of a lifetime in poet Kaveh Akbar's extraordinary debut novel. Cyrus Shams is a queer Iranian American poet in recovery who is grieving the long-ago death of his mother (killed when the U.S. Navy shot down a civilian Iranian plane) and struggling to find meaning in life. He becomes obsessed with the idea of martyrdom and... Read More

MATERIAL WORLD

MATERIAL WORLD The Six Raw Materials That Shape Modern Civilization

by Ed Conway | Read by Ed Conway

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Author Ed Conway narrates this fascinating survey of six raw materials essential to civilization: sand, salt, iron, copper, oil, and lithium. Conway's narrative point of view is the plural "we," and his narrative reach is global. We visit salt mines and blast furnaces, and gaze far into the cyberfuture, all of it informative, fresh, and enlightening. Conway is an animated... Read More

MAUDE HORTON'S GLORIOUS REVENGE

MAUDE HORTON'S GLORIOUS REVENGE

by Lizzie Pook | Read by Genevieve Gaunt

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Genevieve Gaunt never disappoints as she delivers the rich tapestry of characters, locales, and motivations in Pook's shipboard thriller. In 1849, Maude's sister, Constance, escaped the stodginess of Victorian England by disguising herself as a boy and signing on to the MAKEPEACE for an Arctic expedition. Two years later, Maude learns that Constance died in "a tragic accident,"... Read More

MERCURY

MERCURY

Earphones Award Winner

by Amy Jo Burns | Read by Maria Liatis

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Maria Liatis is superb at portraying both the characters in this novel and the rural environment they inhabit. It's 1990, not far from Interstate 80. Marly and her mother arrive in the Pennsylvania town and soon encounter two brothers, one of which Marly will marry at a young age. But she remains close to both. The discovery of a skeleton in the church attic threatens... Read More

THE MIS-ARRANGEMENT OF SANA SAEED

THE MIS-ARRANGEMENT OF SANA SAEED

by Noreen Mughees | Read by Shawn K. Jain, Deepa Samuel

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Shawn K. Jain and Deepa Samuel are dual narrators of this rom-com with a woman in a hijab at the center. They trade between them the chapters that make up this humorous, charming contemporary novel of manners. Sana Saeed must find a suitor that pleases her mother or lose the chance to be her younger autistic brother's guardian. With the seemingly hopeless search losing steam,... Read More

MISLAID IN PARTS HALF-KNOWN

MISLAID IN PARTS HALF-KNOWN Wayward Children, Book 9

by Seanan McGuire | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Jesse Vilinsky brings expert narration to another installment of the Wayward Children series. In this ninth book, Antsy, the latest addition to the School for Wayward Children, has the ability to discover portals, which leads her and her friends to a world where dinosaurs roam. Vilinsky creates fun, expressive banter between Antsy and the group as they journey back home,... Read More

MISTER, MISTER

MISTER, MISTER

by Guy Gunaratne | Read by Guy Gunaratne

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Guy Gunaratne narrates his audiobook, which is centered on the fractured life of its Syrian protagonist, Yayha Bas. We listeners are flies on the wall as Yayha's interrogator asks him to recount the actions that brought him to the present moment. Gunaratne delivers this wending tale about a poet turned revolutionary and then prisoner in a tender voice that makes us draw near.... Read More

MONSTER MATCH

MONSTER MATCH Frankinschool, Book 1

by Caryn Rivadeneira | Read by Skye Alley

Red Chair Press | Unabridged
Children

Skye Alley enthusiastically presents this supernatural story set in a typical elementary school. Listeners meet kind, easygoing Fred, as well as Luisa, who gives Fred a hard time and calls him stupid. Trouble begins when a guest author mistakenly writes "Frank" when autographing Fred's book. Alley changes her tone when Fred becomes "Frankinschool." When a poem he wrote comes... Read More

MORE

MORE A Memoir of Open Marriage

by Molly Roden Winter | Read by Molly Roden Winter

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Molly Roden Winter gives an affecting narration of her and her husband's exploration of an open marriage in contemporary Brooklyn. Winter's tone is forthright and vulnerable as she portrays entanglements with several men she meets on apps catering to people in non-monogamous relationships. While much of the memoir focuses on her arrangement with her husband, Stewart, Winter... Read More

MORIARTY: THE SILENT ORDER

MORIARTY: THE SILENT ORDER Moriarty, Book 2

by Charles Kindinger | Read by Helen Mirren, Dominic Monaghan, Phil LaMarr, and a Full Cast

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Mystery & Suspense

Phil LaMarr and Dominic Monaghan reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and his archrival, Professor James Moriarty, in this second installment of Kindinger's clever reimaginings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective classics. Six months after the action of the first book, THE DEVIL'S GAME, the adversaries find themselves reluctantly joining forces, along with the Baker Street... Read More

THE MORNINGSIDE

THE MORNINGSIDE

Earphones Award Winner

by Téa Obreht | Read by Carlotta Brentan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This near-future dystopian novel is set in a time of ecological disaster in the mostly underwater community of Island City. Carlotta Brentan portrays the cast of characters smartly by subtly shifting tone, cadence, and timbre. She smoothly portrays the protagonist, who begins as a gangly 11-year-old named Sylvia. Brentan contrasts Sylvia's size and temperament with those of her... Read More

MOST ARDENTLY

MOST ARDENTLY A Pride & Prejudice Remix; Remixed Classics, Book 9

by Gabe Cole Novoa | Read by Harrison Knights

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Harrison Knights gives a quietly charming performance of this queer YA retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. He portrays Oliver Bennet, a trans boy who just wants to live openly as himself, with a soft voice that sometimes edges into despair but just as often warms with humor. When Oliver meets Darcy on one of the rare nights he's out in London as himself, they form an instant... Read More

MOVE LIKE WATER

MOVE LIKE WATER My Story of the Sea

by Hannah Stowe | Read by Anna Rust

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The sea, with its tides and weather, can be peaceful and inspiring, or it can be wild and chaotic. Anna Rust's calm and rhythmic voice evokes the constantly moving ocean that intersects and shapes Hannah Stowe's life. The author grew up on the Welsh coast, where she learned to sail and surf and observe the creatures of the ocean. Here she warns of ocean acidification, rising... Read More

MY FAIR BRADY

MY FAIR BRADY

by Brian D. Kennedy | Read by Michael Crouch, Kevin R. Free

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Kevin R. Free and Michael Crouch delight listeners in this charming and heartfelt romance, a combination of MY FAIR LADY and the teen movie classic SHE'S ALL THAT. Wade Westmore has always been the star of the show. But when his ex lands the lead role in the new school musical, his ego is put in check. Elijah Brady, on the other hand, is used to being in the background and... Read More

MY FRIENDS

MY FRIENDS

by Hisham Matar | Read by Hisham Matar

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrating his novel, Hisham Matar gives the story of love, loss, and exile during political turmoil a melancholy undertone and a delicate cadence. Khaled is a young Libyan man whose love of the written word takes him to the UK for further studies. But even far from home, he cannot remain unaffected by the rumblings of the Arab Spring. This is a lyrical journey into the ties... Read More

MY HOME TEAM

MY HOME TEAM A Sportswriter's Life and the Redemptive Power of Small-Town Girls Basketball

by Dave Kindred | Read by Dave Kindred

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Longtime sportswriter Dave Kindred narrates his memoir, which canvases his 80-plus years--from growing up and covering sports in a variety of places to retiring in the plains country of Illinois. His retirement "job" is covering a high school girls basketball team. When Kindred's wife becomes ill, covering the team becomes a catharsis. His voice and words suggest sweetness,... Read More

THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE ALPERTON ANGELS

THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE ALPERTON ANGELS

Earphones Award Winner

by Janice Hallett | Read by Kristin Atherton, Annie Aldington, Nneka Okoye, Gareth Armstrong, Sid Sagar

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This marvelous audiobook unfolds through a series of emails complete with verbal emojis--a narrator's challenge. Kristin Atherton gives a knockout performance as journalist Amanda Bailey, who is investigating the malevolent cult of the Alperton Angels. Years ago they attempted to persuade a teenage mother to sacrifice her baby--but then the infant disappeared. Sid Sagar... Read More

THE NARROW ROAD BETWEEN DESIRES

THE NARROW ROAD BETWEEN DESIRES Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.6

by Patrick Rothfuss | Read by Nick Podehl, Patrick Rothfuss

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fantasy

Nick Podehl narrates this story, which takes place over one day. Bast, a cocky fae, is apprenticed to Reshi, the keeper of the Waystone Inn, who spends his day adventuring. Children with high-pitched voices visit the lightning tree, where Bast helps them with small problems in exchange for secrets and favors. Shouting and a trembling voice capture Rike's anger at his alcoholic... Read More

THE NEW NATURALS

THE NEW NATURALS

by Gabriel Bump | Read by Robin Miles

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Robin Miles brings to life this compelling and thought-provoking novel about grief, connection, and hope. After the loss of their infant, a college professor named Rio and her husband, Gibraltar, decide to create a safe haven in Massachusetts. They build an underground sanctuary for those who are finding it impossible to deal with today's frightening and ever-changing world.... Read More

THE NIGHT ISLAND

THE NIGHT ISLAND The Lost Night Files, Book 2

by Jayne Ann Krentz | Read by Eva Kaminsky

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Eva Kaminsky portrays three women who spent a night together and awoke with psychic abilities they hadn't had before. Now one of them, Phoebe, has gone missing. Talia March and Luke Rand join forces to find her and to uncover the mysteries of that lost night. They track Phoebe to a remote retreat on Night Island, where they encounter the night gardener, whom Kaminsky... Read More

THE NIGHT RAVEN

THE NIGHT RAVEN Moonwind Mysteries, Book 1

by Johan Rundberg, A.A. Prime [Trans.] | Read by Nina Yndis

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Nina Yndis establishes a determined voice for 12-year-old Mika, an orphan in 1880 Sweden who learns of a murder when a baby girl is dropped off at her orphanage in the middle of the night. Now Mika is determined to use her skills to help the local detective identify the killer of the baby's mother. Yndis captures Mika's emotions as she deals with the dire living... Read More

THE NIGHT SHE LIED

THE NIGHT SHE LIED

Earphones Award Winner

by Lucy Dawson | Read by Rachel Atkins

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rachel Atkins is a gift. Her performance of Dawson's suspenseful psychological thriller will seep into listeners' consciousness, keeping them on the edge of their seats. Atkins's talents are showcased immediately in the opening scene in which the protagonist, Jude, stands in a courtroom, awaiting the jury's decision about her fate. Jude, an emergency room nurse who... Read More

NIGHTBLOOM

NIGHTBLOOM

by Peace Adzo Medie | Read by Jessica Sarkodie, Ekua Ekumah, Sarah Dorgbadzi

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This complicated story of friendship, migration, and loss is told by Jessica Sarkodie, Ekua Ekumah, and Sarah Dorgbadzi. They create a delightful listening experience with lilting rhythms of slightly accented English. The trio display the variety of personalities in Ghanaian women as depicted in this tale of Selasi and Akorfa. As children, the two girls are best friends,... Read More

NJUTA

NJUTA The Swedish Art of Savoring the Moment

by Niki Brantmark | Read by Karen Cass

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

If you're looking to get more out of the simple things in life, this audiobook is for you. A transplanted Londoner, Niki Brantmark has thoroughly embraced the Swedish custom of njuta, finding satisfaction in the smallest pleasures: a beautiful sunrise or sunset, a sweet treat, a walk in the woods. Karen Cass keeps to a brisk pace and an appropriately upbeat tone as she itemizes... Read More

NO ONE CAN KNOW

NO ONE CAN KNOW

by Kate Alice Marshall | Read by Karissa Vacker

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Karissa Vacker performs this complex thriller featuring three sisters and the haunting mystery of who brutally murdered their parents in the family home 14 years earlier. When Emma is forced to return to the home where her parents were killed, she hopes to keep her presence as quiet and temporary as possible. With everything seemingly working against her, Emma has to solve her... Read More

NORTHWOODS

NORTHWOODS

by Amy Pease | Read by Chris Henry Coffey, Zac Aleman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The narration team of Zac Aleman and Chris Henry Coffey does a fine job with the pace of this audiobook featuring characters with strong emotions and varying internal struggles. While combat veteran Eli North hasn't hit rock bottom, he's close--but he must keep his head above water as he and an FBI agent investigate the death of a teenage boy in a Wisconsin resort town. With... Read More

NOT QUITE A GHOST

NOT QUITE A GHOST

by Anne Ursu | Read by Eva Kaminsky

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

In this middle-grade story, undoubtedly inspired by the early feminist story titled "The Yellow Wallpaper" (1892), Eva Kaminsky depicts Violet, an easygoing preteen who's only slightly uncomfortable about moving into the strange attic bedroom of her family's new home. Change is everywhere for Violet--in her family, her new school, and her friends. Kaminsky reflects the... Read More

NOTHING MAN

NOTHING MAN A Tender and Humorous Quest for a Fresh Start

Earphones Award Winner

by RJ Gould | Read by Karl Jenkinson

R J Gould | Unabridged
Fiction

Karl Jenkinson introduces Neville Watkins, who is shocked when his wife leaves him, he is fired from his job, and he plows into a car while sneezing. It is through that last event that listeners meet 50-something Neville and Laura, the other driver. Jenkinson outdoes himself performing characters of all ages and classes who are experiencing life's joys and sorrows. Things start... Read More

NUTS AND BOLTS

NUTS AND BOLTS Seven Small Inventions That Changed the World (in a Big Way)

by Roma Agrawal | Read by Roma Agrawal

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Structural engineer Roma Agrawal cheerfully tells listeners that she was the type of kid who snapped crayons to see their insides. Narrating in an accent that blends India and Britain, she good-humoredly shows listeners she still is that kid. Her joviality and personal touches make her stories of important inventions relatable. She slips in puns and jokes, and makes light of... Read More

OATH AND HONOR

OATH AND HONOR A Memoir and a Warning

Earphones Award Winner

by Liz Cheney | Read by Liz Cheney

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This memoir about the investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol combines an able narration by author Liz Cheney with clips of quoted material from actual sources, such as news reports and recorded speeches. As a result, the work has a sense of immediacy that cannot be duplicated in print. Because she was a longtime U.S. representative, Cheney knows how to... Read More

OLD CRIMES

OLD CRIMES and Other Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Jill McCorkle | Read by Jill McCorkle, Hayden Bishop, Teralyn Davis, Marcella Cox, Kathy Bell Denton, Cary Hite

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Jill McCorkle joins a talented group of narrators in a memorable performance of her terrific new short story collection. Sly, funny, perceptive, and searing, the stories explore what gets us through our days and years. Hayden Bishop, Teralyn Davis, Marcella Cox, Kathy Bell Denton, and Cary Hite bring a euphonious mix of Southern accents and helpful interpretations of the... Read More

ON THE WAY TO US

ON THE WAY TO US

by Carolyn Brown | Read by Abigail Reno

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

This performance by Abigail Reno will charm fans of small-town romances. Her narration offers two stories and is a great fit for this slower-paced novella. In one story, Mercy spends her summer serving a church in West Texas, where she meets a rugged cantina owner named Hunter. In the other story, Jasmine finds solace in a mysterious drifter named Flint. While the dynamics in... Read More

ONE NATION UNDER GUNS

ONE NATION UNDER GUNS How Gun Culture Distorts Our History and Threatens Our Democracy

by Dominic Erdozain | Read by Dan Bittner

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The gun control debate in America has both emotional and legal dimensions, and this audiobook focuses on the latter. It's a brief audiobook that would have felt longer without the energetic narration of Dan Bittner, who prevents it from bogging down. Not that the writing is turgid--on the contrary, it's as lucid and conversational as one can expect from a dissection of the... Read More

ONLY IF YOU'RE LUCKY

ONLY IF YOU'RE LUCKY

by Stacy Willingham | Read by Karissa Vacker

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

College sophomore Margot mysteriously loses two best friends in the span of two years in this psychological thriller, which should be categorized as a YA audiobook. Narrator Karissa Vacker does her best with the material, which features voluminous scenes of postadolescent self-reflection that are hard to enjoy listening to if you are well past your twenties. Vacker is gifted at... Read More

ORDINARY HUMAN FAILINGS

ORDINARY HUMAN FAILINGS

by Megan Nolan | Read by Jessica Regan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

While Nolan's novel begins as a police procedural, it soon evolves, with the help of narrator Jessica Regan, into a study of hereditary hopelessness. In England, as police investigate the murder of a small child, the novel pulls back the curtain on life in the 1990s with a focus on political and social forces of the period. Regan's prodigious range guides the portrayal of the... Read More

THE OTHER MOTHERS

THE OTHER MOTHERS

by Katherine Faulkner | Read by Louise Brealey, Dakota Blue Richards

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook pulls listeners in and keeps them guessing. When Sophie, a young London nanny, is found dead under suspicious circumstances, freelance journalist Tash is intrigued. A new mother, Tash is trying to be accepted by the beautiful, wealthy moms she's surrounded by. The story is told from two alternating perspectives and presents two timelines, one before Sophie's... Read More

THE OTHER PROFILE

THE OTHER PROFILE

by Irene Graziosi, Lucy Rand [Trans.] | Read by Barrie Kealoha

Europa Editions | Unabridged
Fiction

Barrie Kealoha narrates this intriguing look at friendship and social media. Twenty-six-year-old Maia lives in Milan with an older, accomplished boyfriend. While working as a part-time waitress at a local bar, she's given the opportunity to work for an 18-year-old influencer. Gloria becomes enamored with Maia and her truthful take on life. As Maia and Gloria grow closer, Maia... Read More

THE OTHER SIGNIFICANT OTHERS

THE OTHER SIGNIFICANT OTHERS Reimagining Life with Friendship at the Center

by Rhaina Cohen | Read by Rhaina Cohen

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This illuminating audiobook provides clarity and a degree of legitimacy to friendships that are central to a person's life but not romantic or sexual. These relationships can take many forms--from friendships that are unusually close and time consuming to committed relationships that involve cohabiting or even raising children. When people in these close relationships are... Read More

OUR HIDDEN CONVERSATIONS

OUR HIDDEN CONVERSATIONS What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity

Earphones Award Winner

by Michele Norris | Read by Michele Norris and a Full Cast

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Peabody Award-winning journalist Michele Norris and a full cast deliver a must-listen performance of Norris's riveting examination of race in America. Based on 12 years of submissions to Norris's Race Card Project--six words about race from over half-a-million people--the audiobook shifts between Norris's clear, warm, thoughtful commentary and participants' contributions, all... Read More

OUR MOON

OUR MOON How Earth's Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are

by Rebecca Boyle | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Rebecca Lowman's warm, easygoing performance creates a relaxed space for listeners to engage with this expansive cultural and scientific exploration of Earth's and humanity's relationship with the moon across time. The interconnectedness between each section is enhanced as Lowman clearly voices the science behind our world and its living organisms, and the mythos inspired by... Read More

OUT AT THE PLATE

OUT AT THE PLATE The Dot Wilkinson Story

by Lynn Ames | Read by Stephanie Németh-Parker

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The author struck up a friendship with champion bowler Dot Wilkinson, and the resulting conversations turned into this biography of one of our nation's greatest female athletes. Wilkinson excelled at softball, playing for decades while also becoming an accomplished bowler. There's a down-to-earth quality about Wilkinson that comes across in Stephanie Németh-Parker's narration.... Read More

OUTRAGE MACHINE

OUTRAGE MACHINE How Tech Amplifies Discontent, Disrupts Democracy--And What We Can Do About It

by Tobias Rose-Stockwell | Read by Justin Price, Bolton Marsh, Tobias Rose-Stockwell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

It's not just you. Social media is built around a model that encourages conflict and rewards users with more of the same. It's refreshing that Justin Price's performance is so warm and, in a welcome contrast to the subject matter, thoughtful and evenly paced. Listeners are provided a clear, concise history of the Internet and social media. Why do people gravitate so quickly to... Read More

OUTRAGEOUS

OUTRAGEOUS A History of Showbiz and the Culture Wars

by Kliph Nesteroff | Read by Kliph Nesteroff

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Cultural historian Kliph Nesteroff narrates his affected and opinionated treatise on the evolution of American cultural trends, especially how immediately succeeding generations find newer forms of entertainment to be outrageously without merit. It all adds up to a dry narrative. While maintaining an appropriate pace, Nesteroff's delivery is breathy and includes... Read More

OVER THE SEAWALL

OVER THE SEAWALL Tsunamis, Cyclones, Drought, and the Delusion of Controlling Nature

by Stephen Robert Miller | Read by Jon Vertullo

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jon Vertullo narrates this ecological warning with an even tone and a deliberate pace. His thoughtful delivery allows the detailed and meticulous reporting to speak for itself, that is, without excessive drama. His task is made easier by author Miller's crisply written journalistic reports from three sites: northeast Japan, where in 2011 seawalls were no match for a massive... Read More

OWNING UP

OWNING UP New Fiction

by George Pelecanos | Read by Dion Graham

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Dion Graham skillfully breathes life into the diverse characters in Pelecanos's four novellas, vividly portraying the communities that constitute Washington, DC, beyond its political facade. Across different timeframes, these stories unveil ordinary individuals who are grappling with personal challenges and having to own up to them and take responsibility. Golden Voice Graham... Read More

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