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THE PALLBEARERS CLUB

THE PALLBEARERS CLUB

Earphones Award Winner

by Paul Tremblay | Read by Graham Halstead, Xe Sands, Elizabeth Wiley

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This psychological thriller gives narrators Graham Halstead, Xe Sands, and Elizabeth Wiley the perfect opportunity to exercise their considerable dramatic skills. Halstead portrays Art Barbara, founder of the Pallbearers Club, in the voice of a 17-year-old. Art's sultry friend, Mercy, portrayed by Xe Sands, has a penchant for taking pictures of the dead in their caskets. These... Read More

PARADISE FALLS

PARADISE FALLS The True Story of an Environmental Catastrophe

by Keith O'Brien | Read by Eileen Stevens

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The listener would be forgiven for calling this audiobook a horror story. However, it's not from the imagination of a writer like Stephen King. Instead, it is the true story of Love Canal, an environmental disaster in Niagara Falls, New York, that captured the attention of the nation in the 1970s. Narrator Eileen Stevens's pacing is perfect. She seamlessly moves through a cast... Read More

THE PARTNER TRACK

THE PARTNER TRACK

by Helen Wan | Read by Catherine Ho

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Catherine Ho delivers the voice of Ingrid Yung, a Chinese-American feminist for our times, whose story includes a twist on breaking the glass ceiling. Ingrid's minority identity becomes an integral part of her climb up the corporate ladder. Ho is a confident, easy-on-the-ears narrator. Her casual style makes the pithy chapters fly by. We sympathize with Ingrid, who is being... Read More

PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING

PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING The Life of Jim Thorpe

by David Maraniss | Read by David Maraniss

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The author of this in-depth biography of the legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe narrates the text earnestly but flatly. It's too bad because, while this is a long listen, Maraniss reveals the mythology and pure fiction relating to the oft-called "greatest athlete in the world." Thorpe, who described himself as five-eighths Indian, won the decathlon and pentathlon in... Read More

PATRICIA WANTS TO CUDDLE

PATRICIA WANTS TO CUDDLE

by Samantha Allen | Read by Susan Bennett, Justis Bolding, Cindy Kay, Laura Knight Keating, Jasmin Walker

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Five fantastic narrators expertly handle the multiple points of view in this delightfully odd ensemble story about a reality TV show similar to "The Bachelor" that is filming an episode on a remote island off the coast of Washington. From the exhausted drawl of the show's producer to the deep, throaty voice of the elderly lesbian innkeeper, each character comes alive in their... Read More

PAUPER AUCTION

PAUPER AUCTION

by Mary Kronenwetter | Read by Linda McGinnis

Voice Over Vermont | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Linda McGinnis exquisitely creates 1800s New Hampshire and its fascinating inhabitants. Listeners meet young widow Margery Turner, whose poverty leads her to a pauper auction, where she is "sold" to the lowest bidder for her labor. Fortunately, she and another pauper, 10-year-old Agnes, who is handicapped, soon take up residence on an apple farm run by elderly, opinionated... Read More

PICASSO'S WAR

PICASSO'S WAR How Modern Art Came to America

by Hugh Eakin | Read by Mack Sanderson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

Mack Sanderson's timbre is reminiscent of the classic broadcasters' voices--mellow and richly masculine, with a pleasing rumble in the lower registers. As the author recounts how cutting-edge modern art came to America, Sanderson's voice glides over behind-the-scenes narrative that features many familiar and many more unfamiliar names. Picasso and other modernists were slow to... Read More

THE POWER OF ONE MORE

THE POWER OF ONE MORE The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success

by Ed Mylett | Read by Ed Mylett

Ascent Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

It seems natural for entrepreneur, businessman, and star of the podcast "The Ed Mylett Show" to narrate his guide to how to succeed in life. Mylett is an experienced speaker who performs this audiobook at a quick, energetic pace that drives the motivational message of doing one more than the world expects of you. While the strategies presented are not unique, Mylett delivers... Read More

PROPERTIES OF THIRST

PROPERTIES OF THIRST

by Marianne Wiggins | Read by Stephen Graybill, Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The consistent, fluid, and engrossing nature of this majestic novel is rendered even more remarkable by the fact that it was completed after the author suffered a massive stroke in 2016. Set in California during WWII, when Japanese-Americans were being interned by the U.S. Government, this ambitious saga of family, romance, and grief is poignantly narrated by Gabra Zackman and... Read More

QUICKSILVER

QUICKSILVER

by Dean Koontz | Read by Todd Haberkorn

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The title character, Quinn Quicksilver, recounts his journey from his upbringing at an orphanage to being on the run, a trek that takes on supernatural elements. Narrator Todd Haberkorn really gets into the characters, all of whom he gives drastically different voices that fit their personalities. It's as if he is a cast of multiple people. Quinn has a slightly nasal tone,... Read More

REBEL WITH A CLAUSE

REBEL WITH A CLAUSE Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian

by Ellen Jovin | Read by Ellen Jovin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Ellen Jovin's attractive middle-register voice with its hint of a scratchy burr is as enthusiastic and welcoming as you'd expect from someone who chats about words and punctuation with anyone who's interested. The author of three previous books on language, Jovin took her passion on the road by creating a pop-up grammar advice table, which she used as she and her husband... Read More

RED PAINT

RED PAINT The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk

by Sasha LaPointe | Read by Sasha LaPointe

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sasha LaPointe is an Indigenous artist--a descendant of the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian tribes--as well as a poet and now an author/narrator. She voices her coming-of-age memoir in soft, melodic tones while recounting a nomadic childhood full of identity conflict. LaPointe is an engaging storyteller who shares her various journeys, which range from expanding her... Read More

REMEMBER LOVE

REMEMBER LOVE Ravenswood, Book 1

by Mary Balogh | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Rosalyn Landor gives the listener a rich feeling of the British aristocracy. The story opens at a country party on Devlin Ware's family estate. Landor provides a mixture of accents, both upper to lower class. When confronted with his father's infidelities, Devlin Ware refuses to be silent and, as a result, is banished for six years. Landor gives a tone of maturity to... Read More

THE REPUBLIC OF PLATO

THE REPUBLIC OF PLATO

by Plato, Allan Bloom [Ed. & Trans.] | Read by Adam Verner

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Classics

Adam Verner superbly narrates Allan Bloom's translation of Plato's classic discussion of what makes for a just society and the best form of government. Plato's best-known work has been influential for almost 2,500 years and will probably be so for 2,500 more. The work is structured as a Socratic dialogue--the philosopher asks questions, and discussion follows. While Verner does... Read More

THE RETURN OF FARAZ ALI

THE RETURN OF FARAZ ALI

by Aamina Ahmad | Read by Homer Todiwala, Nina Wadia

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Homer Todiwala and Nina Wadia alternate perspectives in this suspenseful thriller set in Mohalla, the red-light district of Lahore, Pakistan. Faraz Ali is a puppet on his father's strings--first he was taken away from his working mother, and now he's sent back to cover up the violent murder of a young female prostitute. Todiwala's level baritone guides listeners... Read More

THE RISING TIDE

THE RISING TIDE Vera Stanhope, Book 10

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Janine Birkett

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Janine Birkett's captivating narration does full justice to Ann Cleeves's masterful storytelling in the latest installment of this mystery series. Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team arrive at Northumberland's Holy Island in response to an apparent suicide. The victim is one of a group of aging schoolmates who have reunited every five years on the island for the past... Read More

THE ROMANCE RECIPE

THE ROMANCE RECIPE

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruby Barrett | Read by Chelsea Stephens, Natalie Naudus

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

In this audiobook, chef Sophie Brunet, a former reality show finalist, wants only to cook out of the spotlight and to explore her newly realized bisexuality. But her boss, Amy Chambers, is trying to keep her restaurant alive, and an opportunity on a new TV show could be the solution. Chelsea Stephens and Natalie Naudus split the narration as the two women learn to work together... Read More

ROUGH DRAFT

ROUGH DRAFT A Memoir

by Katy Tur | Read by Katy Tur

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of MSNBC anchor Katy Tur will be familiar with her skills and confidence in front of the camera. Here she narrates her memoir of her unconventional life. Her story will appeal not only to listeners interested in journalism, but also to anyone who enjoys a forthright or thoughtful narrative about an unusual life, along with personal takes on current events. Tur gives... Read More

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

by Stacey Abrams writing as Selena Montgomery | Read by January LaVoy, Stacey Abrams [Fore.]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Stacey Abrams delivers the foreword to her first romance novel (2001), introducing listeners to the protagonists, agents from a fictional government agency, and the audiobook's combination of espionage and romance tropes. Her knowledge of policy and foreign relations provides background for a plot centered around the recovery of a stolen technology and the betrayal of several... Read More

SCENES FROM MY LIFE

SCENES FROM MY LIFE A Memoir

by Michael K. Williams, Jon Sternfeld | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Dion Graham's deep voice and emotionally fueled performance beautifully portray Michael K. Williams's journey from outsider to actor to activist. In this posthumously published memoir, Williams is open about many aspects of his life in the arts, including how finding success as Omar on "The Wire" couldn't help him escape addiction. Graham channels Williams, in part, by... Read More

THE SCENT OF BURNT FLOWERS

THE SCENT OF BURNT FLOWERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Blitz Bazawule | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Dion Graham delivers Bazawule's debut novel about an African American couple who flee the U.S. to avoid prosecution for defending themselves during a confrontation in the 1960s. Melvin and Bernadette board a plane headed to Ghana to seek asylum during this volatile period in American history. Once in Ghana, they befriend Kwesi, who is attracted to Bernadette. Unknown... Read More

SCISSION

SCISSION

by Tim Winton | Read by Samuel Johnson

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Celebrated Australian author Tim Winton's eclectic story collection is intense and well performed in this audiobook. And Samuel Johnson is all-in as the narrator: He can veer from growling to shouting in a heartbeat, then return to a soft murmur the next second. His accent fits Winton's setting and style seamlessly. As the author examines the essence of the human experience, an... Read More

THE SEAMSTRESS OF NEW ORLEANS

THE SEAMSTRESS OF NEW ORLEANS

by Diane C. McPhail | Read by Jessica Marchbank

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Jessica Marchbank is a classically trained vocalist, and that shows in her performance of this audiobook focused on two women in early-twentieth-century New Orleans. Constance Halstead is a young widow; Alice Butterworth may as well be, as her husband has simply disappeared. But their backgrounds are different. Constance has a trust fund, while Alice has only her... Read More

SEARCH FOR TREASURE

SEARCH FOR TREASURE The Islanders, Book 2

by Mary Alice Monroe, Angela May | Read by Michael Crouch

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

Michael Crouch narrates this upbeat sequel to THE ISLANDERS. Jake is thrilled to be spending another summer on Dewees Island, off the coast of South Carolina, with his friends Macon and Lovie. They hatch ambitious plans to hunt for Blackbeard's missing treasure but find themselves facing potential trouble from older island residents and obnoxious new kids. Crouch's... Read More

THE SECRET BATTLE OF EVAN PAO

THE SECRET BATTLE OF EVAN PAO

by Wendy Wan-Long Shang | Read by Dylan J. Locke

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Dylan J. Locke captures inner and outer views of Evan Pao's family and friends. When a scandal threatens and Evan's father vanishes, the family moves from California to a small Virginia town. The only Chinese-American boy in his new sixth grade, Evan circumvents his fears to match the cheer of a welcoming new friend, Max. Locke depicts Evan's liveliness. He also reveals Evan's... Read More

THE SECRET OF BOW LANE

THE SECRET OF BOW LANE Kat Holloway, Book 6

by Jennifer Ashley | Read by Anne-Marie Piazza

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Anne-Marie Piazza's accomplished narration transports listeners to Victorian London to follow the adventures of accomplished cook Kat Holloway as she investigates the death of her husband, Joe. The story is complicated by the fact that her help was requested by Joe's other wife, a situation that continually reminds Kat of her bigamous marriage. Piazza's use of accents and... Read More

SELF-MADE BOYS

SELF-MADE BOYS A Great Gatsby Remix

by Anna-Marie McLemore | Read by Avi Roque, Kyla Garcia

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Avi Roque is the primary narrator of this GREAT GATSBY remix. Nicolás, a transgender Latino boy, moves to New York to start his career. His cousin, Daisy, arranges his rental, which is next to the home of the infamous Jay Gatsby, also transgender, who is known for his dazzling parties. Roque's vocal versatility integrates several accents and genders, along with occasional... Read More

THE SELF-MADE WIDOW

THE SELF-MADE WIDOW

by Fabian Nicieza | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Emily Woo Zeller's lovely voice and her dramatic and comic acting skills are well deployed in this entertaining tale of murder in suburbia. Andie Stern, who really should have pursued her career as an FBI profiler instead of having five children much too young, suspects that the frighteningly capable Molly Goode, doyenne of Andie's own cohort of yoga moms, has engineered her... Read More

SENTIMENTAL ECONOMY

SENTIMENTAL ECONOMY

Earphones Award Winner

by Edoardo Nesi, Antony Shugaar [Trans.] | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini elevates this poignant audiobook. He gives this series of connected essays a pliable reading that emulates the author's voice, which ranges from authoritative (on politics and economics) to interrogative (on Italy's future). His narration captures the work's moods--sometimes despairing, occasionally celebratory--through apt pacing. His tone befits a... Read More

THE SHORTEST HISTORY OF THE SOVIET UNION

THE SHORTEST HISTORY OF THE SOVIET UNION

by Sheila Fitzpatrick | Read by Robin Siegerman

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Robin Siegerman gives a most winsome narration of this historical overview of the Soviet Union. Fitzpatrick covers the history from before the Revolution of 1917 through civil war, collectivization, forced industrialization, the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45, and many other, often traumatic, occurrences and eras through the Russia of today. As a student in the U.S.S.R. in the... Read More

SHO-TIME

SHO-TIME The Inside Story of Shohei Ohtani and the Greatest Baseball Season Ever Played

by Jeff Fletcher | Read by Kyle Tait

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Baseball great Shohei Ohtani has captured the attention of fans from Japan to the U.S. with his rare ability to play on both sides of the ball. He is a gifted pitcher and hitter. The author traces Ohtani's path from his homeland to his sought-after signing by the majors, especially his time with the Los Angeles Angels. Kyle Tait delivers a clear performance, never imitating... Read More

SHUTTER

SHUTTER

by Ramona Emerson | Read by Charley Flyte

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Oglala Lakota/Mohawk actor Charley Flyte performs this supernatural mystery novel with the perfect balance of intrigue and suspense. Rita Todacheene is one of the best forensic photographers in the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico. But she has a secret: She can see ghosts, an ability that helps her gain unique insights into her cases. Flyte's narration captures... Read More

THE SILENCE THAT BINDS US

THE SILENCE THAT BINDS US

by Joanna Ho | Read by Raechel Wong

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Raechel Wong embodies the character of May Chen, a 16-year-old Chinese-American girl. After losing her smart, successful older brother to suicide, May and her family must endure racist stereotypes that accuse Asians of pushing their children too hard to succeed. Wong chooses not to create a unique voice for each character, but that choice in no way detracts from the... Read More

SINGING WITH ELEPHANTS

SINGING WITH ELEPHANTS

by Margarita Engle | Read by Carla Corvo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Carla Corvo dances nimbly between languages in this verse novel about a Cuban immigrant girl who finds her voice in inglés with help from a Nobel laureate and an elephant family. In 1947, Oriol, 11, lives in Santa Barbara, California, where her parents, veterinarians, tend to Hollywood stars' exotic animals--and where Chilean poet, diplomat, and human rights activist Gabriela... Read More

SISTER STARDUST

SISTER STARDUST

by Jane Green | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Fiona Hardingham portrays an aging woman named Claire, whose mind drifts back and forth between the present day and her memories of wilder times in the 1960s. Young, innocent Claire crosses paths with the magnetic socialite Talitha Getty one night in London. Soon, Talitha and her rich and famous friends bring Claire to Marrakesh. Claire is shocked and intrigued by... Read More

SMALL GODS

SMALL GODS Discworld, Book 13

by Terry Pratchett | Read by Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy, Peter Serafinowicz

Penguin Audio UK | Unabridged
Fantasy

Celebrated voice talent Andy Serkis has a marvelous time narrating this 13th entry (of 41) in the late fantasy writer Terry Pratchett's vaunted DISCWORLD series. First published in 1992, it all starts when a once powerful god, Om, finds himself trapped in the body of a talking tortoise and seeks help from a novice at the local monastery. Satirical theological and philosophical... Read More

SMALL TOWN, BIG MAGIC

SMALL TOWN, BIG MAGIC Witchlore, Book 1

by Hazel Beck | Read by Natalie Duke

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Natalie Duke's ringing confidence matches that of protagonist Emerson Wilde, Chamber of Commerce president and bookstore owner in St. Cyprian, Missouri--and unknowing witch. When Emerson is attacked by creatures with dark magic, she unconsciously uses magic to defend herself and, in doing so, regains the witch memories she lost 10 years earlier. Duke uses different voices for... Read More

SOMEWHERE WE ARE HUMAN

SOMEWHERE WE ARE HUMAN Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings

by Reyna Grande, Sonia Guiñansaca [Eds.] | Read by Avi Roque, Diana Pou, Marisa Blake, Christian Barillas

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Avi Roque, Diana Pou, Marisa Blake, and Christian Barillas, the narrators of this anthology about undocumented immigrants, are as diverse as the authors who contributed their stories. Perhaps that's why listening to these tales of terror, joy, and disappointment differs dramatically from reading them. It's a visceral experience to hear a Guatemalan or Dominican-born narrator... Read More

A SONG OF COMFORTABLE CHAIRS

A SONG OF COMFORTABLE CHAIRS The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 23

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Lisette Lecat

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With this audiobook, the 23rd installment in the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, fans know that narrator Lisette Lecat's diction, clarity, and deftness with accents will not only transport them to Botswana but will also allow them to completely enjoy the ladies' endeavors once again. Grace Makutsi is behaving strangely, and that's how Mma Ramotswe finds out that Grace's... Read More

SPARE PARTS

SPARE PARTS The Story of Medicine Through the History of Transplant Surgery

by Paul Craddock | Read by Paul Craddock

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
History

It's really a pity that Paul Craddock's wide-ranging jaunt through the twisty medical history of transplant surgery isn't matched by a skilled narrator. Craddock's gentle English voice is appealing, but his pacing is stilted and awkward, and it's all too slow. He delves into the personalities, quacks, and science of skin, blood, tooth, kidney, and lung transplants. It can be a... Read More

STAY AWAKE

STAY AWAKE

by Megan Goldin | Read by Imogen Church, January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A slow start turns into a complex psychological thriller. Imogen Church and January LaVoy captivate the listener as they weave a tense narrative told by multiple characters speaking in multiple timeframes. Church and LaVoy bring an authentic and distinct voice to each character as the chapters unfold. Using an American accent for the character of Liv Reese, who loses her memory... Read More

STOP-TIME

STOP-TIME

by Frank Conroy | Read by Robert Fass

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Robert Fass's new performance of writer Frank Conroy's 1967 memoir has the feel of classic storytelling in the 1930s and '40s. It's a perfect match for the stories unfolding here. It's best to hear these stories in order--they work as a chronological narrative of nostalgic reflections. Amusement parks, train rides, comic books, and yo-yo tricks all make appearances. Yet... Read More

STORM ECHO

STORM ECHO Psy-Changeling Trinity, Book 6

by Nalini Singh | Read by Angela Dawe

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Angela Dawe returns the listener to the futuristic world of psy and changelings. An unexpected encounter thrusts psy Ivan Mercant and changeling Soleil Bijoux Garcia together--until circumstances separate them. The psy race suppresses their emotions, but something about Soleil has opened Ivan up to feelings. Dawe masterfully handles the emotionless Ivan, keeping her... Read More

A STRANGE AND STUBBORN ENDURANCE

A STRANGE AND STUBBORN ENDURANCE The Tithenai Chronicles, Book 1

by Foz Meadows | Read by Vikas Adam, James Fouhey

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Vikas Adam and James Fouhey co-narrate this fantasy featuring political intrigue, magic, and an arranged marriage. Velasin, whose chapters are narrated by Adam, is raped, all but disowned by his father, and packed off to another country to marry Caethari, the son of the ruling family. Reading Caethari's chapters, Fouhey emphasizes his kindness. Velasin's arrival is followed by... Read More

STRICTLY MURDER

STRICTLY MURDER Whitstable Pearl, Book 8

by Julie Wassmer | Read by Jennifer Kirby

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jennifer Kirby transports listeners to Whitstable in southeastern England to join Pearl, restaurateur and part-time detective. Currently, she is balancing her investigation into the disappearance of a local councilor's wife's underwear with help from police officer Mike McGuire. He is also investigating a gruesome murder at the local dance school. Kirby uses her... Read More

STUCK WITH YOU

STUCK WITH YOU

by Ali Hazelwood | Read by Meg Sylvan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Meg Sylvan has a unique, almost scratchy, quality to her voice that makes the characters memorable in this short contemporary romance. While Sadie is an exceptionally superstitious engineer, it doesn't get in the way of how much she loves her work on sustainable construction projects. But now she's stuck in an elevator with the man she once fell hard and fast for--who... Read More

THE SUN ALSO RISES

THE SUN ALSO RISES

by Ernest Hemingway, Kate McAll [Adapter] | Read by Geoffrey Arend, Seamus Dever, Patrick Heusinger, Derrick Kemp, Rhian Rees, Herbert Sigüenza, André Sogliuzzo, Devon Sorvari

L.A. Theatre Works | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

In this concise and straightforward audio drama adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's hugely influential 1926 novel, a loose-knit group of American and British expatriates tire of the endless parties and soirees of Paris. They head off to the annual bullfights of the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain, in hopes of adventure and rekindling old romances. Film regulars Patrick... Read More

SUPER-INFINITE

SUPER-INFINITE The Transformation of John Donne

Earphones Award Winner

by Katherine Rundell | Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Portraying the life of the seventeenth-century poet John Donne, narrator Simon Vance is, as always, eloquent, precise, and finely attuned. He delivers some of the finest lines in British poetry with ease and assurance. Donne's poetic genius emerged out of long struggle and deprivation, shadowed by a love-match elopement that ruined his prospects but inspired much of his... Read More

SURELY SURELY MARISOL RAINEY

SURELY SURELY MARISOL RAINEY Maybe Marisol, Book 2

by Erin Entrada Kelly | Read by Amielynn Abellera

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Amielynn Abellera creates a strong voice for young Marisol, who wants nothing more than to be successful at a sport despite her awkwardness. It seems like everyone else has athletic talent, including her soccer star brother, Oz. When the first couple days of the kickball unit in gym class don't go well, she and her best friend, Jada, become more determined than ever to... Read More

THE SURPRISE

THE SURPRISE

by Zadie Smith, Nick Laird | Read by Zadie Smith, Nick Laird

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Married authors Zadie Smith and Nick Laird deliver a delightful, hilarious, and heartfelt narration of their debut children's book. Kit opens a birthday surprise, a guinea pig dressed in a judo outfit. Kit has many pets, and they find the oddly dressed surprise off-putting. After several misadventures, the surprise receives a name; thus, she finally feels loved and accepted in... Read More

SUSPECT

SUSPECT Kindle County, Book 12

Earphones Award Winner

by Scott Turow | Read by Helen Laser

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Helen Laser's unpretentious girl-next-door voice captures the edgy personality of P.I. Clarice "Pinky" Granum in Turow's 12th book in his Kindle County series. In a twist on the #MeToo theme, Chief of Police Lucia Gomez is accused of soliciting sex from male officers in exchange for promotions. Gomez hires attorney Rik Dudek, who relies on his tenacious investigator, Pinky. She... Read More

THE SWIFT AND THE HARRIER

THE SWIFT AND THE HARRIER

Earphones Award Winner

by Minette Walters | Read by Emma Gregory

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Emma Gregory shines as narrator of this historical fiction set during the English Civil War of the 1640s. Jayne Swift is a doctor in all but name. She trained as a doctor, but gender norms require that she use the title of nurse. When war breaks out, Jane vows neutrality and helps anyone she can. But being neutral is dangerous in such uncertain times. Throughout the war, she... Read More

SWITCHBOARD SOLDIERS

SWITCHBOARD SOLDIERS

by Jennifer Chiaverini | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Saskia Maarleveld brings a great deal of enthusiasm to her portrayals of women who served in the U.S. Army's Signal Corps during WWI. They broke the gender barrier while facing mortal danger from the fighting on the front lines and from the influenza pandemic behind the lines. Maarleveld voices these telephone operators whom America sent overseas to help our troops communicate,... Read More

TAKE MY HUSBAND

TAKE MY HUSBAND

by Ellen Meister | Read by Stacey Glemboski

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stacey Glemboski employs her considerable vocal talent to narrate this black comedy set on contemporary Long Island. When Laurel is informed that her husband, Doug, has been in a car accident, her immediate thought is that his death would solve their financial woes and allow her to change her life. Laurel and Doug have a traditional marriage wherein Laurel feels obligated to... Read More

TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Linwood Barclay | Read by Joe Knezevich, George Newbern, Hillary Huber, Pete Simonelli, Michael Crouch, Lauren Fortgang, Jim Meskimen, Karissa Vacker

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Linwood Barclay's suspenseful story of a missing woman who resurfaces after six years is brought to life by Joe Knezevich and a full cast. The performers give each character a unique voice, yet all the characters share notes of confusion and anguish. Is Andrew Mason a murderer--or a grieving husband? Appropriately, Knezevich gives few hints about what is going on in his mind.... Read More

A TASTE OF GOLD AND IRON

A TASTE OF GOLD AND IRON

Earphones Award Winner

by Alexandra Rowland | Read by Casey Jones

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Casey Jones tenderly delivers this slow-burn queer romance about a prince who can detect the composition of metals by touch. After an altercation with the father of the queen's new daughter, Prince Kadou is humiliated. To restore his reputation and prove himself useful, he investigates a nearby break-in with his newly appointed bodyguard, the stoic and handsome... Read More

TELL ME I'M AN ARTIST

TELL ME I'M AN ARTIST

Earphones Award Winner

by Chelsea Martin | Read by Devon Sorvari

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Devon Sorvari captivates listeners with her magnificent portrayal of Joey, a 20-something everywoman who is attending a San Francisco art school in 2011. Before the audiobook's satisfying conclusion, Sorvari exquisitely expresses every moment of Joey's nail-biting distress and sharply observed humor as she wrestles with the demands of her overwhelmed mother and... Read More

THANKING THE MOON

THANKING THE MOON Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

by Grace Lin | Read by Elaine Wang

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Elaine Wang beautifully illuminates the dreamy quiet of a mid-autumn Moon Festival celebration. A Chinese American girl tells how she travels out into the darkness with her family to string up lanterns, eat traditional sweets and fruits, and give thanks to the moon for happiness and togetherness. Lin's spare lines don't lend themselves to exaggerated voices or... Read More

THAT EYE, THE SKY

THAT EYE, THE SKY

Earphones Award Winner

by Tim Winton | Read by Stig Wemyss

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stig Wemyss channels every one of the fully realized characters in Tim Winton's 1986 novel. Told from the viewpoint of 12-year-old Morton Flack, the story of a family faced with a devastating accident unfolds during one Australian summer. Wemyss fully voices everyone, whether a primary character or one who is simply passing through. He captures Morton's observations of and... Read More

THE THIEF OF WORLDS

THE THIEF OF WORLDS

by Bruce Coville | Read by Marcus Montgomery

Full Cast Audio | Unabridged
Children

Marcus Montgomery narrates this sprawling epic fantasy. Named for the storm raging when he was born, preteen Hurricane has always felt an affinity with the air. Shortly after all wind mysteriously stops blowing, Hurricane embarks on a headlong quest across worlds to recover a stolen magical artifact that will bring back the breeze. Montgomery voices Hurricane with the excited... Read More

THE THINGS WE LOVE

THE THINGS WE LOVE How Our Passions Connect Us and Make Us Who We Are

by Aaron Ahuvia | Read by Steven Jay Cohen

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Steven Jay Cohen captivatingly introduces listeners to Dr. Aaron Ahuvia's findings on the science behind people's emotional connections with things. He explains how biology and experiences play essential roles. Using intriguing case studies, Cohen enthusiastically shares how personal identity, a sense of belonging, the act of gift giving, and individualism all affect our... Read More

THIS AMERICA OF OURS

THIS AMERICA OF OURS Bernard and Avis DeVoto and the Forgotten Fight to Save the Wild

by Nate Schweber | Read by Fred Sanders

Mariner Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Fred Sanders has a warm and pleasing voice. He delivers this underappreciated history of Bernard and Avis DeVoto crisply and thoughtfully. His clear tone and eloquent delivery give this audiobook authority. Author Schweber unearths the story of the courageous journalist/historian who fought for Western lands and freedom of speech. To that he adds the companion biographical... Read More

THIS PLACE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL

THIS PLACE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL

by XiXi Tian | Read by Katharine Chin, Cindy Kay

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Katharine Chin and Cindy Kay's narrations bear witness to the experiences of two biracial Chinese-American sisters. Chin narrates the chapters from 17-year-old Annalie's point of view. She captures Annalie's sassy humor and playful spirit as her years-long crush is finally getting a response. But everything changes with her discovery of a racial slur spray-painted on her... Read More

THIS VICIOUS GRACE

THIS VICIOUS GRACE The Last Finestra, Book 1

by Emily Thiede | Read by Carlotta Brentan, Michael Gallagher

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Carlotta Brentan and Michael Gallagher narrate an addictive dark fantasy in which a young woman attempts to prevent her beloved island from being destroyed by demonic forces. Alessa serves as the Finestra, or magical amplifier, on the island of Saverio. When she's united with her counterpart, the Fonte, she will be instrumental in preventing an attack by a decimating swarm of... Read More

THE THREAD COLLECTORS

THE THREAD COLLECTORS

Earphones Award Winner

by Shaunna J. Edwards, Alyson Richman | Read by Robin Miles

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Robin Miles gives a mesmerizing performance of this extraordinarily powerful Civil War novel, cowritten and inspired by the family histories of authors Shaunna Edwards, who is Black, and Alyson Richman, who is white and Jewish. With her perfect pacing, Miles transports listeners to this fraught landscape and holds their rapt attention until the last moment. Heartbreaking period... Read More

TIMECODE OF A FACE

TIMECODE OF A FACE

by Ruth Ozeki | Read by Ruth Ozeki

Canongate Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author/narrator shares revelations that occurred while she was engaged in the experiment of observing her face in the mirror for three hours. As narrator, Ozeki has a clear, easy voice with a varied inflection and pace that are in tune with her commentary. This brief memoir is filled with stories of Ozeki's experiences of growing up half-Caucasian and half Japanese,... Read More

TO BOLDLY GROW

TO BOLDLY GROW Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard

by Tamar Haspel | Read by Tamar Haspel

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author and narrator Tamar Haspel's entertaining and joyful performance of her agricultural adventures challenges her claim that she is not a gardener. When Haspel, a food columnist for the WASHINGTON POST, moves to Cape Cod with her husband, she decides to get her hands dirty in order to eat cleaner and enjoy the fruits of her foraging. Haspel's engaging down-to-earth tone is... Read More

TO CATCH A RAVEN

TO CATCH A RAVEN Women Who Dare

by Beverly Jenkins | Read by Kim Staunton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Kim Staunton narrates this historical romance. Raven Moreaux and Braxton Steel come from very different backgrounds: She is a con artist, and he is a war veteran. Despite this, Raven and Brax must work together to keep their families out of jail. While it would be easy for Staunton to portray Raven as haughty or arrogant, she merely gives Raven her due as a proud woman who... Read More

TO FALL IN LOVE, DRINK THIS

TO FALL IN LOVE, DRINK THIS A Wine Writer's Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Alice Feiring | Read by Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Gabra Zackman has that rare ability to get inside the souls of her authors. Here she reads Feiring's memoir with an understanding of its confessional dips into the past and its compelling journeys into the wine world of the present. Her pauses matter, she chats when needed, and her pacing is spot-on. Zackman's French and Italian are musical. The audiobook is an... Read More

TO KILL A TROUBADOUR

TO KILL A TROUBADOUR Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 15

by Martin Walker | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Chief of Police Bruno, of St. Denis, in the Dordogne region of France, is brought alive by the stylish narration of Robert Ian Mackenzie. Bruno faces a number of challenges, including terrorists in his region, a tense political situation between France and Spain, and the potential return of the abusive ex-husband of his close friend. Mackenzie's familiarity and fondness for the... Read More

TOUCH

TOUCH

by Olaf Olafsson | Read by Peter Noble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Peter Noble brings both gravitas and humanity to this unusual love story. Miko and Kristofer were in love 50 years ago, when they were young. Then Miko and her father departed suddenly, leaving Kristofer confused and devastated. A 2020 Facebook message from Miko makes the 74-year-old Kristofer turn his back on everything in Iceland to fly to Japan to see her. Noble... Read More

TREE THIEVES

TREE THIEVES Crime and Survival in North America's Woods

by Lyndsie Bourgon | Read by Hayden Bishop

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Hayden Bishop's down-to-earth, slightly edgy voice maintains a tone of authenticity that is in tune with this nuanced investigation of the poaching of old-growth trees for timber. Bourgon stresses the fundamental importance of healthy ancient trees to the sustainability of both forests and the planet while also recognizing the complexity of what the loss of jobs, and... Read More

TRINITY, TRINITY, TRINITY

TRINITY, TRINITY, TRINITY

by Erika Kobayashi, Brian Bergstrom [Trans.] | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Emily Woo Zeller superbly narrates this imaginative reflection on Japanese citizens and their relationship with radiation. Zeller's performance is transcendent in this tale in which radiation becomes a character. Everything is radioactive. Geiger counters are part of daily life, as is Trinity, a mysterious disease of the elderly. Trinity is also a cyber-sex website offering... Read More

THE TUESDAY NIGHT SURVIVORS' CLUB

THE TUESDAY NIGHT SURVIVORS' CLUB Tuesday Night Survivor's Club, Book 1

by Lynn Cahoon | Read by C.S.E. Cooney

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In a unique twist on cozy mysteries, narrator C.S.E. Cooney portrays Rarity Cole, a cancer survivor who moves to Sedona to open a bookstore. And when a member of her cancer survivors' book club disappears, the other ladies are determined to solve the case. Cooney performs with a wide range of variations, giving each character detailed vocal qualities--an accent, a change of... Read More

TUMBLE

TUMBLE

by Celia C. Pérez | Read by Victoria Villarreal

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Victoria Villarreal introduces Adela Ramírez at a dramatic time in her life. First, Villarreal shows the contentment of 12-year-old Adela, who loves Alex, her mother's new husband. She's even happy about welcoming an impending sibling. But then Alex decides he wants to adopt her, and without quite understanding why, Adela is driven to discover who her biological father is.... Read More

THE TURTLE OF MICHIGAN

THE TURTLE OF MICHIGAN

by Naomi Shihab Nye | Read by Peter Ganim

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Peter Ganim adds further zest to this appealing sequel to THE TURTLE OF OMAN. Eight-year-old Aref and his family move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, from Oman. Listeners observe his parents devoting much attention to their university classes while bored Aref misses his grandfather, former home, and precious wild turtles. Things improve after he attends a summer art camp, meets fellow... Read More

TWICE A QUINCEANERA

TWICE A QUINCEANERA

by Yamile Saied Méndez | Read by Marisol Ramirez

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Marisol Ramirez's multidimensional performance invites listeners to take part in an unexpected celebration of independence. When Nadia Palacio's relationship comes to a devastating end weeks before her wedding, Ramirez's sensible and straightforward tone embodies the resourceful young lawyer who decides to throw a double quinceañera (30th birthday party) instead of a... Read More

TWO WHEELS GOOD

TWO WHEELS GOOD The History and Mystery of the Bicycle

by Jody Rosen | Read by Sean Patrick Hopkins, Amanda Carlin, Fred Sanders

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

More people around the world travel by bicycle than any other form of transportation, says author Jody Rosen. This audiobook is filled with interesting anecdotes about bikes and the people who ride, build, repair, worship, and, sometimes, despise them. (One of Hitler's first acts when he was in power was to smash Germany's bicycle union.) Sean Patrick Hopkins narrates smoothly... Read More

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