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PANSIES

PANSIES Spires Universe, Book 4

by Alexis Hall | Read by Cornell Collins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Strong and distinctive accents are no obstacle to narrator Cornell Collins, who fully commits to the variety of voices in this romance set in Northeast England. Most notable is the voice of Alfie Bell, a wealthy gay Londoner with traditional Northern roots. On a visit to his seaside hometown of South Shields, Alfie becomes smitten after an exhilarating one-night stand, only to... Read More

THE PAPER GIRL OF PARIS

THE PAPER GIRL OF PARIS

by Jordyn Taylor | Read by Liza Seneca, Reba Buhr

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Liza Seneca and Reba Buhr deliver the dual narratives of one girl's struggle to understand her family's history and another girl's battle to undermine the Nazi occupation of Paris. Buhr voices Alice with a light, youthful tone, connecting emotionally through the ups of a budding romance and the heartache of seeing her mother suffer from debilitating depression. After... Read More

PAPER GIRLS

PAPER GIRLS DCI Kett, Book 1

by Alex Smith | Read by Tim Bruce

Zertex Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join DCI Robert Kett, who's heading to Norwich to start a new life with his three young daughters following his wife's disappearance. When a girl goes missing while delivering newspapers, Kett is unwillingly dragged into the investigation. Narrator Tim Bruce is a great match for this contemporary mystery, as he allows the humor in the young family's antics to shine... Read More

PARAKEET

PARAKEET

by Marie-Helene Bertino | Read by Angela Dawe

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Angela Dawe's narration engages listeners right from the start of this strange, magical novel. Days before her wedding, The Bride is visited by her dead grandmother, who has taken the form of a parakeet. The Bride is told not to get married and, instead, to find her estranged brother. Dawe's narration perfectly matches the unexpected journey that follows, which is equal parts... Read More

THE PARIS HOURS

THE PARIS HOURS

by Alex George | Read by Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Raphael Corkhill's unwavering enthusiasm amps up this dynamic novel about four people in Paris over the course of a day in 1927. Camille, former maid to Marcel Proust, has a secret. Armenian refugee Souren is a puppeteer with a haunting adolescence. Journalist Jean-Paul hides behind his subjects rather than face his tragic story. Artist Guillaume is desperate with... Read More

PART-TIME LOVER

PART-TIME LOVER

by Lauren Blakely | Read by Shane East, Vanessa Edwin

Lauren Blakely Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Vanessa Edwin's velvety soft murmurings evoke the romantic atmosphere of Paris. Edwin shares the narration with Shane East. The pair voice Elise and Christian, who meet in Denmark and reconnect in France. Edwin assumes an arch, flirtatious personality for Elise, complete with sensual French phrases. As Elise and Christian agree to a temporary marriage to save... Read More

PATHWAYS TO WELL-BEING

PATHWAYS TO WELL-BEING Helping Educators [and Others] Find Balance in a Connected World

by Susan Brooks-Young, Sara Armstrong | Read by Callie Beaulieu

International Society for Technology in Education | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This is the no-nonsense guide to cultivating positive emotions that many listeners can really use right now. The authors teach practical ways to gain focus, to harness gratitude and movement, and to illicit positivity, empathy, and kindness. They also impart the fascinating science behind mental well-being and how to cultivate it. Since the audiobook describes but does not... Read More

PELOSI

PELOSI

by Molly Ball | Read by Frankie Corzo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In a clear voice that lets the writing shine, Frankie Corzo narrates this detailed dive into American politics centered on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Corzo's portrayal of the most powerful woman in American political history showcases Pelosi's tireless energy and radiating impact, as well as the landscape at large. Corzo pauses after reading shocking details, allowing... Read More

PERFECT TUNES

PERFECT TUNES

by Emily Gould | Read by Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Candace Thaxton embodies wide-eyed 20-something Laura, who moves from Ohio to New York City with a notebook full of songs. Listeners are drawn into Laura's adventure of making it in the city that never sleeps. Thaxton takes listeners through Laura's twenties, starting from when she is a newcomer, moving into a troubled relationship, and landing at middle age, when she... Read More

PERFECTLY FAMOUS

PERFECTLY FAMOUS

by Emily Liebert | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Natalie Naudus

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Liebert's latest, and quite intriguing, audiobook thriller features two skilled narrators. Tavia Gilbert voices Ward DeFleur, a famous author who retreats from public life after her teenage daughter, Stevie, is attacked and murdered. A fan of DeFleur's writing, the journalist Bree Bennett, voiced by Natalie Naudus, tries to find the elusive author and solve Stevie's murder.... Read More

PEW

PEW

Earphones Award Winner

by Catherine Lacey | Read by Bahni Turpin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Bahni Turpin gives a tour-de-force performance in this strange allegory featuring a nondescript person found sleeping on a church pew in a small, unnamed Southern town. Turpin finds a middle-gender tone for Pew's inner monologue as they describe their feelings and impressions of life and love. Pew refuses to speak, so the townspeople pass them from one institution to... Read More

PHARMA

PHARMA Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America

by Gerald Posner | Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jacques Roy's consistently clear performance of Posner's audiobook is appropriate for its tone. Posner's research into the pharmaceutical industry is unsparing. Listeners are guided through the history of an industry that routinely seeks profit over public interest. Key details are covered: Why are there so many variants to over-the-counter painkillers? How did Oxycontin become... Read More

THE PINK LINE

THE PINK LINE Journeys Across the World's Queer Frontiers

by Mark Gevisser | Read by Vikas Adam, Mark Gevisser

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

For a book several years in the making, South African journalist Mark Gevisser interviewed LGBTQ individuals around the world to investigate "the pink line" drawn across various cultural, political, and socioeconomic phenomena. Narrator Vikas Adam's assured tone focuses listeners on the people who share their lived experiences in Malawi, Palestine, Mexico, Uganda, the United... Read More

A POLITICS OF LOVE

A POLITICS OF LOVE

Earphones Award Winner

by Marianne Williamson | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Carrington McDuffie communicates the revolutionary spirit and intellectual depth behind spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson's most recent audiobook. With McDuffie's mature voice and thoughtful pacing, her sound has the stature needed to deliver this work, which blends the author's lyrical writing with ideas and sensibilities that seem to have come from the ancients.... Read More

POSTMARK BERLIN

POSTMARK BERLIN

by Anne Emery | Read by Gerard Doyle

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gerard Doyle's warm Irish accent and deliberate pacing are well suited to this mystery about long-buried secrets. The 11th in the Arthur Ellis Award-winning series takes the protagonist, Irish-born Father Brennan Burke, from his Halifax, Nova Scotia, home to Berlin and back as he investigates the death of a parishioner. Murder or suicide, and what's the import of the... Read More

THE POWER OF CHOWA

THE POWER OF CHOWA Finding Your Inner Strength Through the Japanese Concept of Balance and Harmony

by Akemi Tanaka | Read by June Angela

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Akemi Tanaka, a Japanese business owner, teacher, and lecturer, has crafted an inspiring and accessible guide to chowa, the Japanese practice that cultivates peace, balance, and harmony in everyday life. June Angela narrates softly at an appropriate pace. Her tone sounds optimistic. Tanaka expertly describes the influence of chowa in Japan, making the audiobook a delightful way... Read More

PRETTY THINGS

PRETTY THINGS

Earphones Award Winner

by Janelle Brown | Read by Julia Whelan, Lauren Fortgang, Hillary Huber

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Julia Whelan and Lauren Fortgang perform a near-perfect duet narrating this utterly absorbing psychological thriller. Whelan's Nina is a grifter. She is bright and shrewd and is ready to go straight, but she needs one big score to pay for cancer treatments for her charming con woman mother. Nina's mark is Vanessa, a socialite media influencer, apparently all entitlement and... Read More

THE PRINCESS AND THE PROPHET

THE PRINCESS AND THE PROPHET The Secret History of Magic, Race, and the Moorish Muslims in America

by Jacob S. Dorman | Read by Chris Ruen

Beacon Press | Unabridged
History

Narrator Chris Ruen does a masterful job of illuminating these historical archives. He also manages to make them interesting. Listeners are treated to an in-depth exploration of the man known as Nobel Drew Ali, founder of the Moorish Science Temple and movement in the early twentieth century, which was a precursor to the Nation of Islam in the U.S. It's a good thing Ruen put so... Read More

A PRIVATE CATHEDRAL

A PRIVATE CATHEDRAL Dave Robicheaux, Book 23

by James Lee Burke | Read by Will Patton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Will Patton continues to prove himself the perfect narrator for the Dave Robicheaux series. This time the detective investigates the long-standing feud between two of Louisiana's oldest and bloodiest families and finds himself facing the threat of a chilling time-traveling assassin. The lizard-faced killer can induce horrifying hallucinations and travels on a ghost ship that... Read More

THE PROFESSOR

THE PROFESSOR

by Charlotte Brontë | Read by Roger May

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Roger May's narration of one of Charlotte Brontë's lesser-known novels embodies the voice of her sensitive protagonist, William Crimsworth. Although he's a hardworking young man, Crimsworth finds himself unhappy being a clerk in his brother's service. To escape, he journeys from England to Brussels to be a teacher. May portrays Crimsworth with a gentleness and kindness that... Read More

PROPHETIC CITY

PROPHETIC CITY Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America

by Stephen L. Klineberg | Read by Danny Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Danny Campbell puts energy into telling listeners about Houston's rowdy roots and keeps that energy throughout. His voice puts emphasis on the highs and lows as the evolution of the city is revealed, his tone ranging from boosterish to harshly critical. Author Klineberg and his Rice University students worked as part of a team that regularly polled Houston residents... Read More

THE PULL OF THE STARS

THE PULL OF THE STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Emma Donoghue | Read by Emma Lowe

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In Dublin, maternity nurse Julia Power grapples with a web of concurrent social issues as she cares for patients during the flu pandemic of 1918 near the close of WWI. A fateful few days unites Julia with two other seemingly dissimilar women: Kathleen Lynn, a compassionate physician with ties to the contentious Irish independence movement, and Bridie Sweeney, a vibrant young... Read More

RAINBOW REVOLUTIONARIES

RAINBOW REVOLUTIONARIES Fifty LGBTQ+ People Who Made History

by Sarah Prager | Read by Ines del Castillo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Ines del Castillo's hip conversational tone enlivens this compendium of 50 boundary-breaking LGBTQ+ figures from across history and around the globe. Many names, like Ellen DeGeneres, will be familiar to listeners, but many will be less well known, like the ancient Chinese emperor Wen of Han. Del Castillo's enthusiasm and pride are evident in the short biographies representing... Read More

RAISING LUMIE

RAISING LUMIE

by Joan Bauer | Read by Rachel L. Jacobs

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Rachel Jacobs's youthful voice gives a strong sense of the vulnerability of 12-year-old Olive. Olive's adored father, a single parent, has just died of cancer, and she must move into a rooming house and begin life with Maudie, an older half-sister she barely knows. Jacobs portrays Maudie's deep caring, generous spirit, and creative ways of encouraging Olive. Olive... Read More

THE RAKESS

THE RAKESS Society of Sirens, Volume 1

by Scarlett Peckham | Read by Sienna Frances

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Sienna Frances narrates the first of a new audiobook series set in late-eighteenth-century Britain. As both a fallen woman and a women's rights advocate, Seraphina Arden is viewed as an outcast by proper society. When Scottish architect Adam Anderson crosses paths with the passionate Seraphina, he must choose between his growing love for her and his rising career. Narrator... Read More

RAYBEARER

RAYBEARER The Raybearer Series, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Jordan Ifueko | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Joniece Abbott-Pratt's evocative narration skillfully complements Ifueko's vibrant multilayered fantasy. Tarisai grows into a prestigious role in Aristar, but while her gifts bring change, her mother has cursed her with a violent purpose. Tarisai's pursuit of justice and sense of belonging are beautifully interwoven with Ifueko's explorations of power, society, and family.... Read More

REAL MEN KNIT

REAL MEN KNIT

by Kwana Jackson | Read by Keylor Leigh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Keylor Leigh narrates a story about the power of knitting and relationships. After their foster mother dies unexpectedly, Jesse Strong and his brothers must decide what to do with her store, Strong Knits, which is a neighborhood fixture. At the same time, employee Kerry Fuller must decide whether to act on her long-standing crush on Jesse or move on with her life. Leigh shines... Read More

REBEL CHEF

REBEL CHEF In Search of What Matters

by Dominique Crenn, Emma Brockes | Read by Hope Newhouse

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

French-born chef Dominique Crenn, winner of three Michelin stars, provides a personal and thoughtful chronicle of her varied life and career--along with myriad examples of sexism in the professional kitchen. The work is replete with her observations and opinions. Despite Crenn's intensely interesting story, Hope Newhouse's narration lacks the appropriate grit. Her performance... Read More

RECIPE FOR PERSUASION

RECIPE FOR PERSUASION

by Sonali Dev | Read by Soneela Nankani

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Soneela Nankani returns to narrate the second installment in the Raje family series, loosely based on Jane Austen's popular novels. This retelling of PERSUASION focuses on Ashna Raje, who is struggling to keep her late father's Indian restaurant afloat. When her cousin offers her a spot on a new cooking show, Ashna agrees, hoping the prize money will save her. What she doesn't... Read More

RED HOOD

RED HOOD

Earphones Award Winner

by Elana K. Arnold | Read by January LaVoy

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

The second-person point of view can be distancing, but January LaVoy creates such a visceral world for 16-year-old Bisou that the space between listeners and characters fades. In one dramatic evening Bisou experiences the pleasures of sex, her first menstruation, memories of the blood that ended her mother's life, and the terror of a stalking classmate who has taken the form of... Read More

THE RED, RED SNOW

THE RED, RED SNOW Anderson and Costello, Book 11

Earphones Award Winner

by Caro Ramsay | Read by James MacPherson

Black Thorn | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator James MacPherson faultlessly depicts Scottish cities, villages, residents, and tourists. During the Christmas season, a Glasgow father is stabbed with his family right beside him. Later, an elderly German couple is found murdered in a remote cottage. MacPherson captures the accents and personalities of the victims, making their deaths particularly painful. Listeners... Read More

A REGISTRY OF MY PASSAGE UPON THE EARTH

A REGISTRY OF MY PASSAGE UPON THE EARTH Stories

by Daniel Mason | Read by Michael Crouch, Susannah Jones, Jay Ben Markson, Lucy Rayner, Joel Richards, Gary Tiedemann

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

With a rich literary tone and an encyclopedic feel for detail, Daniel Mason offers a kaleidoscope of ideas, voices, and images in this career-spanning collection of nine short stories read by six narrators. The author's fascination with themes and styles of the nineteenth century figures prominently in stories such as the examination of bare-knuckle fighting in "Death of the... Read More

THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF THE SKIN

THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF THE SKIN

by Monty Lyman | Read by Matthew Spencer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Matthew Spencer voices Monty Lyman's fascination with our largest organ as he asks listeners to take a look at their own skin. As the audiobook turns to skin conditions, the effects of sleeplessness, and how mental stress affects the skin's immune system, many a listener will be doing just that. Lillard covers a wide range of topics, so listeners might find themselves... Read More

RIGGED

RIGGED America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference

by David Shimer | Read by Kevin R. Free

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Kevin Free narrates this timely audiobook forcefully, clearly, and with the gravitas it deserves. He ably guides listeners through the political thickets that author David Shimer's work identifies. Free gives an authoritative tone to the many experts, former officials, and stories the text reveals. The author evenhandedly discloses the "covert election influence" of both the... Read More

A RING OF TRUTH

A RING OF TRUTH Henrietta and Inspector Howard, Book 2

by Michelle Cox | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Michelle Cox | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook, Henrietta von Harmon, having just gotten engaged to Inspector Clive Howard, is shocked to discover that he comes from one of the richest, most connected families in 1936 Chicago. Narrator Jane Entwistle effectively portrays the internal conflict felt by Henrietta, who is from the slums, as she is overwhelmed by the Howards' opulence and standards of... Read More

RING THE HILL

RING THE HILL

by Tom Cox | Read by Tom Cox

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As author and narrator, Tom Cox reflects on the varying geography of Britain, the hills he's ambled up, the many houses he's lived in, the ghosts inhabiting those houses, his many cats, and the critters in the yard. He even muses on his accent, describing it as "the end of the middle" and never having met a university-educated person. That may be so, but it is also charming,... Read More

THE RIYRIA REVELATIONS 1

THE RIYRIA REVELATIONS 1 The Crown Conspiracy

by Michael J. Sullivan | Read by Bradley Smith and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

Bradley Foster Smith and a full cast perform the first book in a fantasy series that balances humor, drama, and a complex plot. After the framing of two innocent men for the killing of a king, the story shifts into an epic tale of adventure, magic, intense battles, and the building of an enduring myth. Smith delivers the narrative, while a varied cast breathes life into the... Read More

RODHAM

RODHAM

Earphones Award Winner

by Curtis Sittenfeld | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Carrington MacDuffie offers a savory performance of a novel that reimagines Hillary Clinton's personal and political life had she never married. MacDuffie deploys considerable skill as the story focuses on young Hillary's whirlwind romance with Bill, offering an easygoing pace that allows listeners to relish the delectable sensuality. But when Bill proves less than... Read More

THE ROSEWATER REDEMPTION

THE ROSEWATER REDEMPTION The Wormwood Trilogy, Book 3

by Tade Thompson | Read by Bayo Gbadamosi

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Bayo Gbadamosi returns to perform the thrilling finale of the Wormwood Trilogy, which revolves around the alien-infested city of Rosewater in Nigeria. The audiobook picks up where THE ROSEWATER INSURRECTION left off. Homians, the aliens occupying corpses using an advanced psychic technology called xenosphere, prepare for the annihilation of humans. Beloved characters... Read More

THE ROXY LETTERS

THE ROXY LETTERS

by Mary Pauline Lowry | Read by Jayme Mattler

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jayme Mattler's throaty, laid-back presentation is the perfect foil for this quirky audiobook. It's a smart glimpse of a millennial's take on the changing city of Austin, Texas, and her examination of her underachieving life. It's all triggered by a Lululemon store opening up near the Whole Foods where she works. Through a series of letters to her former boyfriend/roommate that... Read More

THE ROYAL ABDULS

THE ROYAL ABDULS

by Ramiza Shamoun Koya | Read by Neil Shah, Soneela Nankani

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Soneela Nankani and Neil Shah work together to create this multigenerational portrait of an Indian family in post-9/11 America. Nankani is masterful as she cycles through several female characters who range from Amina, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist, to Amina's white sister-in-law. Nankani takes us tenderly into Amina's interior thoughts, garnering sympathy... Read More

RULES FOR BEING A GIRL

RULES FOR BEING A GIRL

by Candace Bushnell, Katie Cotugno | Read by Julia Whelan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Julia Whelan gives voice to a young adult audiobook about a teen's burgeoning feminism and the importance of standing up for oneself. After an inappropriate encounter with a teacher, high school senior Marin becomes fed up with the unwritten rules for girls, especially after her friends and the school administration question her version of the event. Whelan's skill is... Read More

THE RULES OF CONTAGION

THE RULES OF CONTAGION Why Things Spread--And Why They Stop

by Adam Kucharski | Read by Joe Jameson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

This popular science audiobook is mostly about infectious diseases like COVID-19 but also covers phenomena like destructive social media content, financial bubbles, and gun violence. Citing the fascinating histories of communicable diseases we've faced in the past few centuries, the author, a London medical school professor, explains the many variables that can interact to... Read More

THE SAFE PLACE

THE SAFE PLACE

by Anna Downes | Read by Anna Downes

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. A captivating narration by author Anna Downes adds that extra spark to her neo-gothic novel. After losing her acting job, her agent, and her apartment, Emily gets a promising job as a housekeeper/girl Friday for her former boss, Scott, at his remote French estate, Querencia. After meeting Nina, his high-strung wife, and... Read More

SALTY, BITTER, SWEET

SALTY, BITTER, SWEET

by Mayra Cuevas | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jennifer Araya’s heartfelt and determined performance will have listeners rooting for aspiring teenaged chef Isa as she joins an intense cooking competition in France. Araya has an ear for the various Spanish, French, and English accents of Isa’s international competitors and supportive family members. The competition is ruthless, but Araya keeps her performance... Read More

THE SANDMAN

THE SANDMAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs [Adapt.] | Read by Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, Neil Gaiman, James McAvoy, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, Michael Sheen, and a Full Cast

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Fantasy

James McAvoy leads an all-star cast in narrating this magnificent audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's iconic graphic novel series, The Sandman. McAvoy, who portrays Morpheus, the King of Dreams, leans hard on his polished English accent, the embodiment of the Brits' determination to keep calm and carry on--no matter what. As listeners are swept up in a saga in which cats talk and... Read More

SANTIAGO'S ROAD HOME

SANTIAGO'S ROAD HOME

by Alexandra Diaz | Read by Timothy Andrés Pabon

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Timothy Andrés Pabon's narration merges Spanish and English, high emotions, and tension in this audiobook. Since his mother's death when he was 5, Santiago has been shuffled among relatives who neglect and abuse him. Pabon expresses the 12-year-old's resignation, then a glimmer an idea. Might he escape from Mexico to the U.S.? Pabon contrasts Santiago's original hopelessness... Read More

SAVING RUBY KING

SAVING RUBY KING

by Catherine Adel West | Read by Kim Staunton, Imani Parks, Ron Butler, Adam Lazarre-White, Lloyd Roberson II, Terra Strong Lyons

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A dynamic cast of narrators portrays the faithful and tight-lipped congregation of a Southside Chicago Church after a senseless murder leaves a child without a mother. Young congregant Ruby King is now at the mercy of her troubled father, Lebanon. He is voiced in a stunning performance by Adam Lazarre-White, whose smooth, deep baritone has an undercurrent as volatile as the... Read More

SEA WIFE

SEA WIFE

by Amity Gaige | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Will Damron, Emily Eiden

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook featuring a sailing adventure is a unique listening experience as three narrators weave the journey and its aftermath into a fascinating tale. Cassandra Campbell, as Juliet, speaks to us in an emotional first-person narration, looking back on this life-changing journey while slowly revealing the fault lines of her otherwise loving marriage, the exhilaration of... Read More

THE SEASIDE CAFE

THE SEASIDE CAFE

by Rochelle Alers | Read by Shari Peele

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Shari Peele's voice is as smooth as honey as she narrates the story of Kayana Johnson, who is working as a cook in her brother's café on a small island off the coast of North Carolina. Kayana develops a friendship with two visitors, Leah and Cherie, over a love of books, and they form a book club. Graeme has moved to the island and finds himself attracted to Kayana. He is from... Read More

THE SECOND HOME

THE SECOND HOME

by Christina Clancy | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Tavia Gilbert gives Ann and Poppy Gordon and their adopted brother, Michael, believable voices as they grow and change over 15 years. Ann is an overconfident 17-year-old until a life-changing summer at the family's Cape Cod vacation home ends with lies and secrets tearing the family apart. Fifteen years later, her parents have died, and her voice is full of anger and... Read More

THE SECRET WOMEN

THE SECRET WOMEN

by Sheila Williams | Read by Zakiya Young

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Zakiya Young skillfully provides an entertaining performance of this audiobook, capturing the personalities of each of its characters. Three women realize that they have more in common than their yoga class. All have been putting off dealing with their deceased mothers' effects. Vowing to assist each other with this unwanted task, the trio begin to lean on one another as deep... Read More

SEX AND VANITY

SEX AND VANITY

by Kevin Kwan | Read by Lydia Look

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Lydia Look enchants in this contemporary adaptation of A ROOM WITH A VIEW. When Lucie meets George at a fabulously extravagant wedding on Capri, sparks fly, despite her better judgment. Years later, Lucie must decide between her head and her heart when George re-enters her life. As with CRAZY RICH ASIANS, this audiobook's entertainment is in its over-the-top characters... Read More

THE SHADOW SYSTEM

THE SHADOW SYSTEM Mass Incarceration and the American Family

by Sylvia A. Harvey | Read by Janina Edwards

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Janina Edwards delivers an impassioned performance as she describes the lives of multiple families dealing with the complicated racism and general destructive nature of our nation's mass incarceration system and the school-to-prison pipeline. Each story is made more personal as Edwards tells the heartrending stories of children raised without fathers and mothers,... Read More

SHAKESPEARE FOR SQUIRRELS

SHAKESPEARE FOR SQUIRRELS Fool, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Christopher Moore | Read by Euan Morton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Euan Morton, the one-man all-star cast of this hilarious, raunchy, twee, utterly sui generis audiobook, is really dazzling. Moore starts with the Fool from King Lear, sends him off with a giant apprentice named Drool, and shipwrecks them in a mythical Greece. There's an Athens inhabited by Oberon, Titania, a Queen of Amazons, and a Theseus several thousand years old, also rude... Read More

SHORT STORIES: VOLUME ONE

SHORT STORIES: VOLUME ONE

Earphones Award Winner

by H.G. Wells | Read by James A. Gillies, Nigel Patterson, Greg Wagland, Malk Williams, Tim Bruce, Liam Gerrard, Helen Lloyd

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Classics

This audiobook is a pleasure to listen to. An ensemble of English narrators escorts the listener into the marvelous imaginings of Wells. Among the many auditory delights, James Gillies's nuanced performance of "The Magic Shop," Greg Wagland's almost incantatory treatment of "The Door in the Wall," and Nigel Patterson's heart-stopping yet subtle rendition of the science fiction... Read More

SHURI

SHURI Black Panther, Book 1

by Nic Stone | Read by Anika Noni Rose

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Anika Noni Rose's narration is pitch-perfect in this Marvel Comics middle grade novel about the Black Panther's genius little sister, Shuri. This audiobook is filled with fictional names, places, and gizmos that can seem daunting. Rose uses this fictional vocabulary so well that listeners will have no problem believing that it is all real. While Rose does a stellar job with the... Read More

THE SILENCE OF THE BONES

THE SILENCE OF THE BONES

by June Hur | Read by Greta Jung

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Greta Jung outshines the material in this historical mystery set in Korea in the 1800s. Jung narrates from the perspective of a 16-year-old indentured servant who works for the police. Jung manages to inhabit each police officer, victim, and suspect, whether that character is male or female. There are a lot of dialogue and characters, and she never misses a step. The... Read More

THE SILVER SWAN

THE SILVER SWAN In Search of Doris Duke

by Sallie Bingham | Read by Donna Postel

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Donna Postel does a satisfying narration of this biography of Doris Duke (1912-1993). For a woman who led such a glittering life, Bingham's account is pretty dull. As skillful narrators do, Postel steps up. Because she sounds interested in her subject, listeners become engaged. Born into American social royalty, Duke inherited millions from her father, a tobacco tycoon; rubbed... Read More

SIN EATER

SIN EATER

by Megan Campisi | Read by Shiromi Arserio

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this alternative history audiobook, exquisitely narrated by Shiromi Arserio, sin eaters are an integral part of society who take on the dead's sins by eating a ritual meal. Sentenced to this life for a petty crime, young teen May becomes the lowest of the outcasts. After her mentor dies for refusing to eat an unconfessed sin, it is up to May to figure out the mystery behind... Read More

SISTERS IN HATE

SISTERS IN HATE American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism

by Seyward Darby | Read by Susan Bennett

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

What draws a seemingly decent white woman into the horrifying world of white supremacist hate groups? Susan Bennett takes on the narration of this highly researched exposé on white women and hate groups in the United States. The audiobook explores what leads seemingly well-adjusted women to become involved in the world of hate speech, neo-Nazism, and the expansion of the causes... Read More

THE SIXTH STRAND

THE SIXTH STRAND A Pattern of Shadow and Ice, Book 5

by Melissa McPhail | Read by Nick Podehl

Podium Publishing | Unabridged
Fantasy

Nick Podehl narrates Book 5 in the award-winning epic fantasy series A Pattern of Shadow and Light. Podehl's narration lives up to the grandeur of this story. A full group of diverse characters includes Ean, Tanis, Trell, Sebastian, and the rest of Bjorn's Players, who participate in a game in which the stakes are now higher than ever. Podehl uses contrasting voices for each... Read More

THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD

THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD Detective Sam Porter, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by J.D. Barker | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The conclusion to the 4MK trilogy is a riveting and creepy audiobook that is totally captivating. Narrators Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton reprise their roles to deliver memorable performances. The story focuses on Detective Sam Porter's efforts to catch crazy, calculating Anson Bishop, the prime suspect in a seemingly never-ending series of killings. But there is much... Read More

SKELETON KEYS: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIEND

SKELETON KEYS: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIEND Skeleton Keys, Book 1

by Guy Bass | Read by Guy Bass

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Author/narrator Guy Bass splendidly re-creates the world of 10-year-old sad, lonely Ben Bunsin. Ben's world includes a character named Skeleton Keys and another named Gorblimey, who is Ben's imaginary friend. When gentle, nervous Gorblimey shifts from imaginary to unimaginary, Skeleton Keys (SK) proclaims that Gorblimey is dangerous. As SK, Bass rolls his "r"s and seems snobby,... Read More

SMALL IN THE CITY

SMALL IN THE CITY

by Sydney Smith | Read by Stephanie Willing

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Stephanie Willing creates a soft voice for a small child who describes a typical day in the city in order to help soothe some of the common fears of big-city life. Calming music throughout also reflects the personality of the main character. Bustling background noises of the city include traffic humming, construction hammering, dogs barking, and the wind blowing, which... Read More

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA

by Neil Shubin | Read by Marc Cashman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This is primarily a history of DNA and other evolutionary discoveries, entertainingly written and nicely narrated by Marc Cashman. Using a particular explanatory style, he sounds young and enthusiastic. The primary ideas in the work come through, eloquent and clear. Particularly fascinating are the explorations of the constant changes going on in the micro world to this day and... Read More

THE SOMERSET GIRLS

THE SOMERSET GIRLS

by Lori Foster | Read by Samantha Desz

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This is a story of two sisters, and narrator Samantha Desz gives each a distinct voice matching her individual personality. Autumn and Ember Somerset own an animal rescue farm and run a design business together. Ember's saucy tone matches her free spirit but also brings out her hidden vulnerability. Autumn's sweet, quiet voice reflects her shyness. Tash, Autumn's childhood... Read More

SOMETHING TO SAY

SOMETHING TO SAY

by Lisa Moore Ramée | Read by Sisi A. Johnson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson creates a realistic and relatable cast of characters in this audiobook about friendship, family, and moving out of your comfort zone. Introverted Jenae prefers to be alone and out of the spotlight. When she bonds with outgoing Aubrey over their love of a favorite YouTube show, she is not sure she wants to be friends with him. Johnson gives Jenae a... Read More

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT

by Meryl Wilsner | Read by Jorjeana Marie, Xe Sands

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Jorjeana Marie and Xe Sands's dual narration beautifully highlights the two points of view in this slow-burn romance. Emma is the world's best assistant to her boss, Jo, a Chinese-American woman who went from child star to writer and producer. When Emma and Jo are photographed laughing together on the red carpet, rumors about an affair spread like wildfire. Marie's youthful... Read More

THE SON OF GOOD FORTUNE

THE SON OF GOOD FORTUNE

by Lysley Tenorio | Read by Rueben Uy

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Rueben Uy brings life to a Filipino mother-and-son duo who are "hiding and hiding." The story is told through the point of view of prodigal son, Excel, who returns to his mother's cramped California apartment after a brief stint in a desert town, where he'd hoped to reinvent his life after spending so much of it trying to hide his undocumented status. Uy attends to the... Read More

A SONG BELOW WATER

A SONG BELOW WATER

by Bethany C. Morrow | Read by Jennifer Haralson, Andrea Lang

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Jennifer Haralson and Andrea Lang deliver a contemporary fantasy with a focus on social justice. Tavia, a siren whose magical power to control others must be kept secret, is portrayed with gentle vulnerability by Haralson. Effie, depicted warmly by Lang, is afflicted with a strange skin condition and has no clues about her heritage. These best friends navigate high... Read More

A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN

A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN

by Roseanne A. Brown | Read by A.J. Beckles, Jordan Cobb

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jordan Cobb is the perfect guide through this story based on West African folklore. With the addition of narrator A.J. Beckles, the dual narration enhances the listening experience as Karina and Malik try to resist their growing attraction while attempting to destroy each other. Cobb's strong voice captures the ferocity in Crown Princess Karina's actions as she attempts to... Read More

SORRY FOR YOUR TROUBLE

SORRY FOR YOUR TROUBLE Stories

by Richard Ford | Read by Stephen Mendel

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In the latest story collection by Richard Ford, men wander--often confused and uncertain--through a maze of unrealized hopes and unfulfilled ambitions. Stephen Mendel narrates with a gravelly monotone and deliberate cadence that draw the listener in--though they also cause individual stories to run together without many distinctions between the narrating characters. Where the... Read More

SPIDER, SPIN ME A WEB

SPIDER, SPIN ME A WEB A Handbook for Fiction Writers

by Lawrence Block | Read by Richard M. Neer

Lawrence Block | Unabridged
Personal Growth

"Those who can, write. Those who cannot, write about writing," writes Block with the self-deprecation for which he--a famous writer--is justly famous. This collection of WRITER'S DIGEST columns reaches for the informality of a seminar of the type Block and his wife, Lynne, once ran. Narrator Richard Neer even becomes a ventriloquist, interrupting himself with fictional... Read More

STAN LEE

STAN LEE A Life in Comics

by Liel Leibovitz | Read by Liel Leibovitz

Yale University Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The life of Marvel Comics master Stan Lee is explored once again by author/narrator Liel Leibovitz, who recounts the oft-told stories of how a Jewish kid from New York City changed the comics industry forever by creating a whole new kind of superhero with Spider-Man, the Avengers, and many others. Leibovitz performs his own work with the giddy zeal of a comics fan and hits the... Read More

STAND UP, YUMI CHUNG!

STAND UP, YUMI CHUNG!

Earphones Award Winner

by Jessica Kim | Read by Greta Jung

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Greta Jung's exuberant voice captures the honesty, humor, and conflict in Kim's poignant narrative. Yumi's hardworking immigrant parents want her to attend Hogwan on a prestigious scholarship, but when she stumbles into a comedy camp led by her favorite YouTuber, she can't stop herself from joining. Jung's pacing captures Yumi's stress and exhilaration as she struggles... Read More

THE STAR AND THE SHAMROCK

THE STAR AND THE SHAMROCK The Star and the Shamrock, Book 1

by Jean Grainger | Read by Siobhan Waring

Jean Grainger | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Siobhan Waring passionately narrates this deeply moving, very personal story about Jewish children spirited out of Germany on a Kindertransport train. In desperation, young mother Ariella Bannon begs Elizabeth Klein, an unknown relative in England, to care for 11-year-old Liesel and 7-year-old Erich. Klein, a childless, grieving widow, unhesitatingly agrees. Listeners will... Read More

STAY GOLD

STAY GOLD

by Tobly McSmith | Read by Theo Germaine, Phoebe Strole

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Theo Germaine and Phoebe Strole deliver a poignant coming-of-age romance. Pony, warmly voiced by Germaine, finally passes as a guy after starting at a new high school where no one knows he's transgender. Germaine's enthusiastic narration adds authenticity and humor as Pony explores new friendships and develops a huge crush on cheerleader Georgia, voiced by Strole.... Read More

STEALING HOME

STEALING HOME Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between

by Eric Nusbaum | Read by David Owen Nelson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook takes a sociological look at Southern California in the time leading up to the building and opening of Dodger Stadium in 1962. It's a story about immigration, subsidized housing, and other topics, and narrator David Owen Nelson brings an appropriate tone to the work. His beautiful Spanish accent, used for Spanish words and names, is a delight to hear, and the... Read More

STEALING THUNDER

STEALING THUNDER

by Alina Boyden | Read by Deepti Gupta, Alina Boyden [Note]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Deepti Gupta delivers an intimate and honest performance in this romantic tale of loss, love, and courage. Born the crown prince of Nazim, Razia Khan has fled her home and her old life to embrace her true self. She is a strong, capable young woman who must keep her past a secret amid the politics of foreign princes and their wars. Razia's compelling story features a thoughtful... Read More

THE STEPPING OFF PLACE

THE STEPPING OFF PLACE

by Cameron Kelly Rosenblum | Read by Hope Newhouse

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Hope Newhouse offers a gentle performance of this serious audiobook about surviving the loss of a friend. When Reid discovers that Hattie likely died by suicide weeks before starting their senior year, she is forced to redefine her life without her best friend by her side. Telling her story through glimpses of the past and present, Reid has a soft-spoken and careful... Read More

STRONG AS STEEL

STRONG AS STEEL Caitlin Strong 10

by Jon Land | Read by Colleen Delany and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Western

Narrator Colleen Delany leads an ensemble cast in the tenth installment of the Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong series, which digs into a 1994 cold case of mass murder. Karen Novack's distinctive Texan twang reliably represents the steely nerved Strong. Together with her outlaw lover, Cort Wesley Masters, portrayed by gravelly voiced Robbie Gay, she kicks butt and investigates clues... Read More

A STUDY IN MURDER

A STUDY IN MURDER A Victorian Book Club, Book 1

by Callie Hutton | Read by Rosie Akerman

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rosie Akerman's British upper-crust tones keep pace with this delightful cozy mystery set in late-nineteenth-century Bath, England. Lady Amy Lovell, having broken her engagement to Mr. Ronald St. Vincent just days before, finds his body skewered by a bloody knife in her library. Considered a prime suspect by the local detectives, Lady Amy investigates the murder, using... Read More

THE SUMMER DEAL

THE SUMMER DEAL Wildstone, Book 5

by Jill Shalvis | Read by Erin Mallon

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Erin Mallon draws listeners into the lives of childhood frenemies Brynn Turner and Kinsey Davis as they meet up again as adults. Brynn's life is in shambles. She comes home and ends up being Kinsey's roommate. Brynn's voice reflects a frantic energy, while Kinsey's saucy tone conveys her tough, no-nonsense outlook. Each chapter starts with the girls' youthful journals,... Read More

THE SUMMER VILLA

THE SUMMER VILLA

by Melissa Hill | Read by Penelope Rawlins

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners follow the growing relationship between three young women who find themselves sharing a villa for a few weeks on Italy's Amalfi Coast. Six years later, they have a reunion. Narrator Penelope Rawlins rises to the challenge of bringing to life a cast of characters with hugely different backgrounds. She seamlessly switches between the Irish, English, and American accents... Read More

SUNNY DAYS

SUNNY DAYS The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America

by David Kamp | Read by David Sadzin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

David Kamp's meticulous research provides a history of the Children's Television Workshop, and narrator David Sadzin is a fine guide through the neighborhoods of Make Believe and Sesame Street. Sadzin's friendly, open narration captures the feel of the '60s and '70s--that sense of wanting to make change for the greater good. Devoted to improving the quality of children's... Read More

SUNRISE ON HALF MOON BAY

SUNRISE ON HALF MOON BAY

by Robyn Carr | Read by Therese Plummer

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Therese Plummer tells the story of two sisters, Adele and Justine, and how they grow and come to understand each other as adults. Adele has spent the last eight years taking care of their invalid mother, while Justine practices law and is the married mother of two daughters. With 20 years between the sisters, Justine has a more mature voice. As Adele comes into her own... Read More

SUPREME INEQUALITY

SUPREME INEQUALITY The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America

by Adam Cohen | Read by Dan Woren

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Since Nixon's presidency, the Supreme Court has systematically ignored the rights of everyone except the powerful and wealthy. Narrator Dan Woren manages to convey the urgency of the author's arguments without sounding like he's preaching to the choir. Woren's evenhanded and carefully modulated delivery provides conclusive evidence of the right-leaning decisions that have... Read More

SURVIVAL CAN BE DEADLY

SURVIVAL CAN BE DEADLY

by Charlotte Stuart | Read by Nicky Zakocs

Amphorae Publishing Group | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nicky Zakocs delivers the story of Cameron, a single mother and newly minted detective. In this first-person novel, Cameron describes her dangerous escapades, which take place on an island off Washington's coast that was once occupied by a group of survivalists with dark secrets. Cameron, as brought to life by Zakocs, is both rational and brave. She speaks to listeners in a... Read More

SURVIVING AUTOCRACY

SURVIVING AUTOCRACY

by Masha Gessen | Read by Masha Gessen

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Born in the Soviet Union, journalist Masha Gessen narrates with a slight accent that gives this audiobook a kind of authenticity. Their work adds a singular angle of vision to the cottage industry of works critical of the president. An astute student of autocrats, they bring their analysis and scorn to Donald Trump. They have reported on autocrats in Russia, Hungary, and... Read More

SWAY

SWAY Unravelling Unconscious Bias

by Pragya Agarwal | Read by Aysha Kala

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Aysha Kala's performance of Agarwal's thoroughly researched audiobook is unflinchingly effective. Dr. Agarwal's work is not merely a collection of theories about the nature of implicit bias. Listeners are provided with current examples: how "fake news" meets the desire to reject information the listener doesn't want to hear, how everyday technology like digital assistants Siri... Read More

THE SWEENEY SISTERS

THE SWEENEY SISTERS

by Lian Dolan | Read by Brittany Pressley

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this contemporary novel about family and self-discovery narrated by Brittany Pressley, the three Sweeney sisters always knew their aloof father had secrets. However, upon the famous author's death, they are shocked to uncover his deepest secret--there is a fourth sister. Clearly embodying each of the sisters' unique personalities, Pressley deftly performs the four... Read More

SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY

SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America

by W. Caleb McDaniel | Read by Paul Heitsch

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

With a historian's dispassionate clarity and a bit of irony, narrator Paul Heitsch, delivers the singular story of Henrietta Wood, a free Black woman who was living and working in Cincinnati in 1853 when she was kidnapped, taken south, and sold "down the river" to a Mississippi plantation owner. Wood went on to return home after the Civil War, regain her freedom, and raise a... Read More

THE SWITCH

THE SWITCH

by Beth O'Leary | Read by Daisy Edgar-Jones, Alison Steadman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Alison Steadman team up as a fun, quirky grandmother and granddaughter pair in this lively narration. Leena is sent on a two-month vacation after work-related stress affects her performance. Her grandmother, Eileen, a divorcée living in the country, makes a deal to swap living quarters with Leena so Leena can get the rest she needs while Eileen looks for... Read More

THE SYSTEM

THE SYSTEM Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

by Robert B. Reich | Read by Robert B. Reich

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Robert Reich is an excellent narrator of his own work. He is passionate, expressive, and commands the listener's attention. The former Clinton Administration labor secretary argues that economic inequality is eroding democracy in the U.S. The richest of the rich--the oligarchs--ensure that ever larger shares of economic and educational advantage stick to their own fingers while... Read More

TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN

TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN The Brown Sisters, Book 2

by Talia Hibbert | Read by Ione Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Ione Butler narrates the story of a charming romance between a driven doctoral student and a grumpy but secretly romantic security guard. Butler perfectly delivers both the snark and the swoons, making for a truly delightful experience. Dani Brown is deeply unhappy when she unwittingly ends up part of a viral hashtag. But Zafir Ansari--the other half of the hashtag--thinks he... Read More

TAKE IT BACK

TAKE IT BACK

by Kia Abdullah | Read by Tania Rodrigues, Sophie Bentinck, Sartaj Garewal

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Three narrators give clashing perspectives in this look at a British community rocked by sexual violence. Zara Kaleel is the lawyer-turned-counselor at a sexual assault center where 16-year-old Jodie, who is white, shows up, accusing four Muslim boys of rape. In the largest part of the story, Tania Rodrigues gives Zara an elegant yet emotional voice, revealing a woman battling... Read More

THE TALE OF GENJI, VOLUME 1

THE TALE OF GENJI, VOLUME 1

by Murasaki Shikibu, Dennis Washburn [Trans.] | Read by Brian Nishii

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Classics

At a bit more than 35 hours, this audio version of the thousand-year-old Japanese classic goes only as far as Genji's retirement from public life, Chapters 1-33 of 56. A useful introduction provides context for imperial court life, making Prince Genji's many courtships more comprehensible to the contemporary listener. Much of the audiobook consists of those romances, without... Read More

THE TALENTED MISS FARWELL

THE TALENTED MISS FARWELL

by Emily Gray Tedrowe | Read by Allyson Ryan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Allyson Ryan's lighthearted approach provides a believable element to this story of a young woman leading a double life. Becky is the smart and seemingly honest accountant for the small town of Pierson, Illinois. But a passion for high-stakes dealing in the art worlds of New York and Chicago, where she is known as Reba, leads her to divert funds into her own accounts... Read More

A TASTE OF SAGE

A TASTE OF SAGE

by Yaffa S. Santos | Read by Ines del Castillo, Jonathan Todd Ross

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Dual narrators perform this debut contemporary romance. After her restaurant venture fails, chef Lumi Santana finds work in a traditional French eatery owned by the arrogant Julien Dax. They're attracted to each other right away but keep their relationship strictly professional until Lumi tastes one of Julien's culinary creations. Ines del Castillo and Jonathan Todd Ross... Read More

TEA CHEST

TEA CHEST

by Heidi Chiavaroli | Read by Kate Marcin, Jane Oppenheimer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Two Boston women, separated by centuries, captivate listeners as each makes choices about patriotism, romantic love, and divine love. Narrator Jane Oppenheimer portrays Emma, a young colonial who falls in love with a Patriot even though her family members are Loyalists. Oppenheimer gives Emma a genteel, warm voice, although when Emma is being tortured in prison, her voice is... Read More

TECHNICALLY, YOU STARTED IT

TECHNICALLY, YOU STARTED IT

by Lana Wood Johnson | Read by Katie Koster, Christian Barillas and a Full Cast

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Katie Koster and Christian Barillas steal the show in this mostly lighthearted, though sometimes serious, YA story, told entirely through text messages. Koster portrays the main character, Haley, an intelligent and quirky self-identified nerd whose tone is often straightforward and serious. Martin--Martin Nathaniel Munroe II, to be exact--is portrayed by Barillas, who... Read More

THAT SECRET CRUSH

THAT SECRET CRUSH Getting Lucky, Book 3

by Meghan Quinn | Read by William Leroy, Reese Covington

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators William Leroy and Reese Covington take turns narrating this first-person presentation of Book 3 in the Getting Lucky series, an F-bomb-filled offering chock-full of graphic sex and a frat boy atmosphere. Reid Knightly, failed hotshot restaurateur, has returned to his small, tight-knit hometown to lick his wounds. There he tries to break the curse of "broken love" cast... Read More

THESE WALLS CAN TALK

THESE WALLS CAN TALK An Audio Play

Earphones Award Winner

by Erin Mallon | Read by Joe Arden, Andi Arndt, Shane East, Tanya Eby, Teddy Hamilton, Emma Wilder

Erin Mallon | Audio Program
Audio Theater

A full cast of experienced narrators frolics in Mallon's hilarious meta play about romance audiobooks. Andi Arndt voices frustrated wife Vera, whose secret obsession is a narrator, read by Joe Arden, whose magical performances have earned him the nickname "the Narwhal." Shane East portrays her confused yet adorable husband, Cameron, whose interactions with a romance writer,... Read More

THESE WOMEN

THESE WOMEN

by Ivy Pochoda | Read by Bahni Turpin, Frankie Corzo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will be swept into this gritty literary thriller about a group of women who are victims of violence. Narrator Bahni Turpin kicks off the story in 1999 with her first-person portrayal of Feelia, a survivor of a serial killer who is attacking prostitutes in Southern Los Angeles. Turpin's performance makes Feelia come alive with attitude and frustration at not being... Read More

THEY WENT LEFT

THEY WENT LEFT

Earphones Award Winner

by Monica Hesse | Read by Caitlin Davies

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Caitlin Davies reflects the terrible confusion of 18-year-old Zofia, who has recently been liberated from Gross-Rosen concentration camp in Germany. She is haunted by memories of her younger brother, Abek, who may be her only family member still alive. Davies's narration doesn't hold back on emotions as the story reveals Zofia's past hell, broken present, and future... Read More

THE THING ABOUT BEES

THE THING ABOUT BEES

Earphones Award Winner

by Shabazz Larkin | Read by Shabazz Larkin, Legend Larkin, Royal Larkin, Ashley Larkin

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Shabazz Larkin delivers a lively and joyful audiobook companion to his picture book all about appreciating bees. Larkin narrates with warmth as he describes the important role that bees play in pollinating plants and making a picnic's worth of fruits grow. Legend and Royal add giggles, yelps, and exclamations, while Ashley Larkin's bright voice narrates headings and labels.... Read More

THINGS SEEN FROM ABOVE

THINGS SEEN FROM ABOVE

by Shelley Pearsall | Read by Eevin Hartsough, Christopher Gebauer

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Eevin Hartsough and Christopher Gebauer portray the alternating viewpoints of sixth-grader April and fourth-grader Joey in this uplifting story of nonconformity and friendship. April volunteers to be a Buddy Bench monitor for the fourth-grade recess rather than face social awkwardness in the sixth-grade cafeteria. Joey spends recess alone, walking in circles, dragging his feet,... Read More

THIS IS MAJOR

THIS IS MAJOR Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope

by Shayla Lawson | Read by Shayla Lawson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Shayla Lawson's agile narration adds another layer of depth to this collection of essays about Black girlhood and womanhood. Whether she's writing about microaggressions at work or the idiosyncrasies of Twitter, her blend of humor and critique is always engaging. What's especially remarkable is how Lawson alters her voice to fit her material. In an essay about performing FOR... Read More

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW ABOUT ART

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW ABOUT ART

by Kimberly Drew | Read by Kimberly Drew

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author Kimberly Drew has a timely message to share in this audiobook about her path from art historian and creator of the innovative blog @blackcontemporaryart to social media manager at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and activist. Aiming her work at a young adult audience, Drew addresses listeners in a precise yet informal narrative that clearly delineates her perspective on... Read More

A THOUSAND MOONS

A THOUSAND MOONS The Days Without End. Book 2

by Sebastian Barry | Read by Kyla Garcia

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This sequel to DAYS WITHOUT END, set in post-Civil War Tennessee, is better suited for listening than for reading. Narrator Kyla Garcia breathes life into the musings of Winona, an orphaned Lakota teenager who is being lovingly raised by two men and terrorized by racial threats in their small town. Garcia's unsophisticated drawl for Winona's voice softens her elegant vocabulary... Read More

A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS

A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS Stories

by Yiyun Li | Read by Cindy Kay

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Cindy Kay gives an eloquent and dignified narration of Yiyun Li's masterful 2006 story collection, which depicts the multifaceted lives of Chinese and Chinese-American characters. Kay's gentle and well-modulated voice lends itself to the intimate nature of the stories. For example, in the first story, "Extra," Kay gives the main character, Granny Lin, a sweetness that works... Read More

THREE APPLES FELL FROM THE SKY

THREE APPLES FELL FROM THE SKY

by Narine Abgaryan | Read by Anoush NeVart

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This folkloric tale is ultimately a story of human resilience in the face of unbelievable hardship. Narrator Anoush NeVart recounts the disasters and personal tragedies that beset an isolated village in the Armenian highlands. Her delivery is straightforward and largely dispassionate as she chronicles war, drought, insect infestations, famine, mudslides, and the deaths of so... Read More

THREE HOURS IN PARIS

THREE HOURS IN PARIS

Earphones Award Winner

by Cara Black | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers rises to the challenge of performing with American, English, Scottish, French, and German accents. Cara Black gives listeners her first stand-alone novel, which takes place in a 36-hour period in 1940s Paris. The three hours in the title refer to a mysterious visit that Hitler made to Paris in June 1940. Kate Rees, a feisty American sharpshooter, is... Read More

THREE PIECES OF GLASS

THREE PIECES OF GLASS Why We Feel Lonely in a World Mediated by Screens

by Eric O. Jacobsen | Read by Thomas Day

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Narrator Thomas Day brings his calming voice to this complicated discussion of how technological advances affect human beings and their sense of belonging. This audiobook is less about phones, televisions, and car windshields, and more about the concept of loneliness and the drive to form community, which are examined mostly from a Christian perspective. Day soothingly reads... Read More

THURGOOD MARSHALL

THURGOOD MARSHALL The Making of America #6

by Teri Kanefield | Read by David Sadzin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator David Sadzin tells the story of Thurgood Marshall, best known for his court victory ending legal racial segregation in public schools and for later becoming a Supreme Court justice. Sadzin sets the scene as the audiobook explores Marshall's childhood and school years, a time when Black people were barred from many facets of public life, frequently discriminated... Read More

TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS

TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS

by Samantha Mabry | Read by Luis Moreno

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Luis Moreno's gentle voice provides grounding for an emotional story. It's told in the third-person narratives of the three Torres sisters, who feel trapped by their distraught father and their grief for Ana, their oldest sister, who fell from a window to her death. Moreno animates their sorrow and emotional distance as rage-filled Jessica tries to assume Ana's... Read More

TO WAKE THE GIANT

TO WAKE THE GIANT A Novel of Pearl Harbor

by Jeff Shaara | Read by Mark Bramhall

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Mark Bramhall narrates this globe-trotting work of historical fiction, which focuses on the events leading to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The characters are diverse in background, education, and country. Yet Bramhall manages to capture each regional accent as though he were a native. When FDR speaks in the novel, listeners will be convinced they are listening to newsreels.... Read More

THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ

THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ

by Adrianna Cuevas | Read by Anthony Rey Perez

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Anthony Rey Perez narrates this story of a Cuban-American boy who has a secret ability to communicate with animals. When sixth-grader Nestor moves in with his abuela while his father is deployed in Afghanistan, he discovers there is something creepy lurking in her woods. As Nestor and his new friends investigate, they discover that an evil shape-shifting witch has been... Read More

THE TRADITION

THE TRADITION

by Jericho Brown | Read by JD Jackson

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

In this third collection of poems by the 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, narrator JD Jackson steadily delivers a heartfelt narration of what Brown describes his book to be about: "the normalization of evil . . . and why these things, as heinous as they are, are normal in our time and in our culture." In this short audiobook, Jackson is clear, moderately... Read More

TROOP 6000

TROOP 6000 The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World

by Nikita Stewart | Read by Robin Miles

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

There's gentleness in narrator Robin Miles's voice as she switches between the viewpoints of Giselle Burgess and her daughter, Hailey. Miles takes on a clinical tone as she describes the impersonal process through which Burgess and her family, who had just become homeless, were placed in a shelter in a New York City hotel. Burgess, who was working for the Girl Scouts, decided... Read More

THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU

THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU

Earphones Award Winner

by Sajni Patel | Read by Soneela Nankani

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Soneela Nankani provides a decadent listening experience as she captures a community with a vibrant culture and brings it to life with her richness of tone. After Liya Thakkar receives a hard-won promotion, she discovers that the company she works for is on the brink of bankruptcy. At the same time, her parents are eager to secure an arranged marriage, but she roundly... Read More

TRUE LOVE

TRUE LOVE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Gerard | Read by Sophie Amoss

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Sophie Amoss's superb narration enhances the raw and electric prose of author Sarah Gerard's second novel. The blunt force of 20-something Nina's reckless behavior comes through in Amoss's almost careless tone and unforced pacing. Amoss engages the listener's sympathy for the impetuous, erratic Nina even while conveying the explicit details of her involvement with several... Read More

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