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PACE YOURSELF

PACE YOURSELF How to Have Energy in an Exhausting World

by Amy Arthur | Read by Amy Arthur

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The British science and health journalist puts together a wonderfully organized and helpful guide to understanding and managing our energy. Surveying the research on how our physical, emotional, and mental energy work together, she explains how all kinds of exertion are impacted by rest, diet, sleep, and the thinking or mood we adopt when working. The personal tone of her... Read More

PACIFIC POWER & LIGHT

PACIFIC POWER & LIGHT Poems

by Michael Dickman | Read by Michael Dickman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

This poetry collection draws, in both theme and imagery, on the minutiae of everyday life, particularly in the working-class neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon, where Michael Dickman grew up. His mother, who worked for the regional power company, has an especially strong presence, as you might expect in this largely autobiographical volume. The poems are not simple but, like all... Read More

THE PAINTER'S DAUGHTERS

THE PAINTER'S DAUGHTERS

by Emily Howes | Read by Gemma Lawrence, Louise Brealey

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Emily Howes's debut novel examines the lives of Peg and Molly Gainsborough, daughters of the renowned portrait artist Thomas Gainsborough. Gemma Lawrence gives Peg a strong, determined voice as she recounts Peg's close, protective ties with her troubled older sister, Molly. Lawrence's subtle changes in emphasis and volume communicate Molly's distance and confusion. As Peg... Read More

THE PALEONTOLOGIST

THE PALEONTOLOGIST

by Luke Dumas | Read by Graham Halstead

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Horror

Graham Halstead shines in this psychological thriller because he creates a unique voice for each character--not just a slight accent or an entertaining quirk. Each character gets a distinctive personality fitting who they are. And it's an entertaining cast of characters surrounding Dr. Simon Nealy, who starts a new job at a small and barely surviving museum. Nealy's sister went... Read More

PAPER CAGE

PAPER CAGE

by Tom Baragwanath | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Natalie Beran

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Saskia Maarleveld is a bravura performer, particularly dazzling with European accents. Here she is performing in her own native New Zealand accents, and the result is unexpectedly confounding. While the consonants are familiar, the vowel sounds are so different from those in standard British or American English that the meaning is often hard to follow, particularly when a... Read More

THE PARADISE PROBLEM

THE PARADISE PROBLEM

by Christina Lauren | Read by Patti Murin, John Root

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

All Anna Green, portrayed by Patti Murin, knew about West when she married him in college to gain subsidized family housing at UCLA was that he kept the pantry immaculate. When Liam "West" Weston, portrayed by John Root, arrives on her doorstep five years later needing her help for one last marital ruse, she quickly learns a lot more about him. Mainly, he comes from an... Read More

PARASOL AGAINST THE AXE

PARASOL AGAINST THE AXE

Earphones Award Winner

by Helen Oyeyemi | Read by Dorje Swallow

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Dorje Swallow's performance of this metafiction centers this whirligig of a novel in which story begets story. His assured narration--in particular, his ability to do voices and accents and adapt his tone to whatever the scene--makes this audiobook marvelous to listen to. Hero Tojosoa ostensibly comes to Prague to join her friend, Sofie, for a weekend. When Dorothea Gilmartin... Read More

THE PARIS NOVEL

THE PARIS NOVEL

by Ruth Reichl | Read by Kiiri Sandy

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A woman who's led a colorless life suddenly finds herself in Technicolor Paris, and the delectable result is predictable in the best way. Narrator Kiiri Sandy gives dimension to Reichl's charming, if paper-doll-like, characters. Our heroine Stella's luxury-loving self-centered mother dies, leaving Stella a ticket to Paris and enough money for a long stay. Repressed and... Read More

THE PARTNER PLOT

THE PARTNER PLOT

by Kristina Forest | Read by Aure Nash, Benjamin Charles

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

In this delightful second-chance/marriage-of-convenience romance, Aure Nash and Benjamin Charles join forces to deliver Violet and Xavier's story. Once high school sweethearts, they followed career paths that led them astray. A chance encounter nine years later involves fake wedding rings and an unexpected opportunity. When Violet's savvy maneuvering during a crucial interview... Read More

PAST LYING

PAST LYING Karen Pirie, Book 7

by Val McDermid | Read by Lauren Lyle

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Scottish actor Lauren Lyle brings a subtle touch to this audiobook, set in Edinburgh and featuring DCI Karen Pirie, the character Lyle also plays in the television series. Pirie and her team are in lockdown during the early days of Covid when they're drawn into a barely cold case involving a student's disappearance and a dead author's unfinished manuscript that seems to lay out... Read More

PATTERNMASTER

PATTERNMASTER Patternist, Book 4

by Octavia E. Butler | Read by Robin Miles

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

The final installment in the Patternist series is actually the author's first novel, originally published in 1976. Robin Miles narrates the series. In the distant future, the world has evolved such that the Patternists are now the dominant culture. They use their telepathic powers to rule and enslave "lesser" beings. Two brothers, Coransee and Teray, vie to become the... Read More

PAY DIRT

PAY DIRT V.I. Warshawski, Book 23

by Sara Paretsky | Read by Susan Ericksen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Chicago private detective V.I. Warshawski is once again delivered vividly to fans of this mystery series. Emotionally recovering from her devastating last case, V.I. has traveled to Kansas for a relaxing weekend to watch a college basketball game. But when a young woman disappears, she is reluctantly drawn into a complex web of suspicious circumstances involving the local drug... Read More

PENANCE FOR THE DEAD

PENANCE FOR THE DEAD Bow Street Duchess, Book 4

by Cara Devlin | Read by Allie Rose

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Allie Rose's light, genteel performance is just right for the fourth novel in Cara Devlin's Bow Street Duchess series. Once again, Lady Audrey and Bow Street runner Hugh Marsden must solve a baffling puzzle. When his half-sister, Eloisa, is brutally murdered during a ball, Hugh becomes the prime suspect. Meeting in secret, Hugh and Audrey set out to prove his innocence and to... Read More

THE PERFECT GUY DOESN'T EXIST

THE PERFECT GUY DOESN'T EXIST

by Sophie Gonzales | Read by Jeremy Carlisle Parker

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Jeremy Carlisle Parker's lively performance and emotional connection bring a teen fan fiction writer and her favorite fictional character to life. Ivy wakes up to find Weston, the gorgeous magical boy from her favorite show, in her bedroom. With the help of her ex-best friend and crush, along with a new friend, she investigates what brought Weston to life and how he's able to... Read More

THE PERFECT PASSION COMPANY

THE PERFECT PASSION COMPANY

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Amy Alexander

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Amy Alexander's Scottish burr and nuanced delivery are perfect for this cozy collection of love stories. Who needs online dating in Edinburgh when the Perfect Passion Company can apply a more tailored and personal approach to making love matches? Katie takes over her cousin's matchmaking business and discovers it takes innovative thinking to sort out the types of people her... Read More

THE PERFECT PLACE

THE PERFECT PLACE

by Matt de la Peña | Read by Dion Graham

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Dion Graham's performance will delight young listeners. A boy named Lucas comes home from school with a perfect score on his robot test. At home, however, life is not perfect--his dad's truck breaks down, orange juice is spilled on the floor, his mom works long hours, and the lights get cut off. That night, he dreams about a perfect place where perfect people live. But the... Read More

THE PHILADELPHIA HEIRESS

THE PHILADELPHIA HEIRESS

by Anita Abriel | Read by Barrie Kreinik

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Barrie Kreinik narrates the story of Helen Montgomery, the beautiful daughter of a blue-blood Philadelphia family in 1927 who would rather raise cattle than seek a husband. With elegance and a touch of innocence, Kreinik portrays Helen's frustration when she realizes that she must abandon her dream and marry for money and connections because of the financial crisis caused by... Read More

THE PHOENIX BRIDE

THE PHOENIX BRIDE

Earphones Award Winner

by Natasha Siegel | Read by Fiona Hardingham, Matt Haynes

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Fiona Hardingham and Matt Haynes deliver a fantastic performance as two historical characters who come together despite their very different hardships. In 1666, the plague has left Cecilia a widow shortly after her marriage. David, a foreign Jewish doctor, is hoping to treat Cecilia's mental health. Initially, the protagonists have such different backgrounds that they might as... Read More

THE PHOENIX CROWN

THE PHOENIX CROWN

by Kate Quinn, Janie Chang | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Katharine Chin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Two accomplished narrators, Saskia Maarleveld and Katharine Chin, set forth this story of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and the people caught up in its devastation. Both narrators are skilled at portraying emotions, revving up suspense, and mastering many varieties of accents and dialects. Maarleveld 's urbane and sonorous voice brings to life the ambitious opera... Read More

PIGLET

PIGLET

Earphones Award Winner

by Lottie Hazell | Read by Rebekah Hinds

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Rebekah Hinds imbues Hazell's compelling debut with a palpable sense of dread. A London cookbook editor known as Piglet prepares for her wedding, complete with a croquembouche wedding cake she's planning to make herself. Then, just 13 days before the big day, her fiancé, Kit, shares a secret that derails everything. Hinds's portrait of Piglet is a triumph, capturing... Read More

THE PIRATE CAPTAIN CHRONICLES OF A LEGEND

THE PIRATE CAPTAIN CHRONICLES OF A LEGEND Nor Silver

by Kerry Lynne | Read by Rosalyn Landor, Sam Hazeldine, Eleanor Tomlinson, Graham McTavish, Tom Mison

By the Board Publishing | Unabridged
Fiction

A pirate captain, portrayed with a perfect raspy brogue by English actor Sam Hazeldine, captures an unusual treasure, a beautiful, fiery woman with a past and a price on her head, voiced with a fine mix of defiance and yearning by Eleanor Tomilinson. Not surprisingly, a tempestuous "will-they-won't-they" romance is born. Shifting seamlessly from the ensemble dialogue onboard... Read More

A PLACE IN TIME

A PLACE IN TIME Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership

by Wendell Berry | Read by Lyle Blaker

ChristianAudio | Unabridged
Fiction

Lyle Blaker evokes midtwentieth century Appalachia in this short story collection by national treasure Wendell Berry. Each story revolves around a resident of the fictional town of Port William, Kentucky. In one, a young man falls in love right before he's sent off to die in a war overseas. In another, we follow a man and his beloved hunting dog through the years of the dog's... Read More

POEMHOOD: OUR BLACK REVIVAL

POEMHOOD: OUR BLACK REVIVAL History, Folklore & the Black Experience: A Young Adult Poetry Anthology

by Amber McBride, Erica Martin, Taylor Byas [Eds.] | Read by Angel Pean, Greg Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Angel Pean and Greg Campbell narrate this YA anthology of Black poetry with passion, humor, reverence, and a whole lot of vibrant rhythm. The anthology collects poems by twentieth-century giants such as Langston Hughes and Audre Lorde, alongside offerings from contemporary poets, including Danez Smith and Ibi Zoboi. Each poem is followed by commentary explaining its historical... Read More

A POETRY HANDBOOK

A POETRY HANDBOOK A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry

Earphones Award Winner

by Mary Oliver | Read by Kimberly Farr

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The best poets get that way because they have given a great deal of thought to questions such as: "What is poetry?" "How does it get that way?" Mary Oliver was one of those best poets, and in this audio version of her classic work about how to write and read poetry she offers some answers, both detailed and expansive, to John Ciardi's classic question: "How does a poem mean?"... Read More

THE POISONS WE DRINK

THE POISONS WE DRINK

by Bethany Baptiste | Read by Lynnette R. Freeman

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lynnette R. Freeman's creative voice work pulls listeners deep into a world in which witchers, people with magical abilities, are systematically oppressed. Eighteen-year-old Venus, a witcher and potion brewer, joins a dangerous plot to stop a witcher registration law. Freeman deploys a plethora of voices as Venus infiltrates political circles with help from her family.... Read More

POOR DEER

POOR DEER

by Claire Oshetsky | Read by Sophie Amoss

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

There's a strange fable-like quality to this novel about grief and the stories children tell to make sense of it. Sophie Amoss brings all that into her performance by varying her tone and pacing, and shifting her voice as the story moves between time periods. As a girl, Margaret loses her best friend in a tragic accident. Her role in the death is murky, and as she grows older,... Read More

THE PREMONITION

THE PREMONITION

by Banana Yoshimoto, Asa Yoneda [Trans.] | Read by Kathleen Li

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This moody coming-of-age novella was a bestseller when it appeared in Japan decades ago. Now it is newly translated and appears in the audio format, narrated by Kathleen Li. She convincingly delivers 19-year-old Yayol's angst, feelings of dislocation, and vulnerability as she seeks answers about her past by trying to uncover lost memories. Li's narration is often precise and... Read More

PRIDE AND JOY

PRIDE AND JOY

by Louisa Onomé | Read by Yinka Ladeinde

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Yinka Ladeinde elevates a delightful story to new heights with impeccable comic timing and her ability to convey a wide range of characters. She brings the many members of a Nigerian Canadian family to life with infectious energy and charm. Joy is preparing for her mother Mama Mary's 70th birthday, when the matriarch unexpectedly dies before the celebration. When Joy's Aunt... Read More

PRIMA FACIE

PRIMA FACIE

by Suzie Miller | Read by Jodie Comer

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Tony Award-winning actor Jodie Comer performs this adaptation of Miller's one-woman play with empathy and a thoughtfully calculated pace. Barrister Tessa Ensler is a top criminal defense attorney. Comer's delivery of Tessa's earnest belief in the judicial system lulls the listener into a false sense of security as she clocks win after win through her razor-sharp questioning.... Read More

THE PRINCESS OF LAS VEGAS

THE PRINCESS OF LAS VEGAS

by Chris Bohjalian | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Grace Experience

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sounding similar and yet unique--as sisters often do--Saskia Maarleveld and Grace Experience use a tag-team approach to tell this wild tale of showbiz, double-dealing, cryptocurrency, family secrets, murder, and big dreams gone wrong. Maarleveld brings an urbane resilience to older sister Crissy, who impersonates the iconic "Lady Di" Spencer in an off-the-Strip Las Vegas... Read More

THE PRISONER'S THRONE

THE PRISONER'S THRONE The Stolen Heir Duology, Book 2

by Holly Black | Read by Barrett Leddy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Barrett Leddy narrates the final audiobook in the Stolen Heir duology, told from the perspective of Prince Oak, who has been captured. Trapped in prison, he is hopelessly in love with his captor, Queen Wren. Leddy captures Oak's desperate conviction and smooth talking, both of which are intended to prove that Wren has his loyalty. With Queen Jude and King Cardan on their way... Read More

THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PUBLIC BIRDS

THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PUBLIC BIRDS Learning to Listen to the Birds Where We Live

by Jack Gedney | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook is a paean to birds. It's almost poetry, and author Jack Gedney's lyrical style is exactly suited to listening, perhaps even more so than reading. The text is peppered with images like this, referring to Golden-crowned Sparrows: "Their crowns shine in the fading afternoon light." Narrator Jonathan Todd Ross captures the author's style; Ross's smooth voice and... Read More

THE PROSPECTS

THE PROSPECTS

by KT Hoffman | Read by Shaan Dasani, KT Hoffman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Shaan Dasani gives listeners a fun listen to this contemporary queer sports romance. Former college baseball teammates Gene Ionescu and Luis Estrada are unexpectedly reunited on the Beaverton Beavers, a Triple-A minor league ball club in Oregon. While their initial friction results in discordant game performances, Dasani charts their growing chemistry during extra practices and... Read More

THE QUEEN OF DAYS

THE QUEEN OF DAYS

Earphones Award Winner

by Greta Kelly | Read by Sunil Malhotra

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

In this audiobook, we delve into the tale of Balthazar and his band of thieves, embarking on what first appears to be a straightforward heist. Sunil Malhotra's exceptional narration is the highlight; he provides each character with a unique voice that vividly paints the story's universe. The drama quickly escalates as the characters are entangled in a grandiose plot involving... Read More

THE QUEST FOR CORVO

THE QUEST FOR CORVO An Experiment in Biography

Earphones Award Winner

by A.J.A. Symons | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Rupert Degas tackles this offbeat "experiment in biography" with conspicuous gusto and the enthusiasm of a man given an assignment he feels born to perform. In 1925, British author Symons was introduced to a previously unknown novel, Frederick Rolfe's HADRIAN THE SEVENTH. This eccentric work led Symons to pursue its even more eccentric author, who styled himself as... Read More

RAGE AND RUIN

RAGE AND RUIN The Harbinger 2

by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Read by Tanja Milojevic, Robb Moreira, Danny Gavigan, Khaya Fraites, and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

Tanja Milojevic takes on the role of Trinity, a half-angel who narrates this story, on the eve of an apocalyptic battle between good and evil. In a warm tenor Robb Moreira voices Zayne, a shape-shifting gargoyle and bonded protector of the somewhat snarky, self-assured Trinity. Along with the smooth-talking Roth, a Demon Prince, played by Danny Gavigan, they patrol Washington,... Read More

RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME

RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME

by Cynthia Leitich Smith | Read by Rainy Fields

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Rainy Fields portrays Rain Berghoff in this audiobook for young listeners. Fourteen-year-old Rain is facing the challenges that typically come at that age, as well as significant additional struggles related to her family, her Native American identity, and a devastating personal loss. Fields is convincing as young Rain. Her tone is earnest, and her timbre is distinctly... Read More

RAISING BABY BY THE STARS

RAISING BABY BY THE STARS

by Maressa Brown | Read by Maressa Brown

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The author, Maressa Brown, narrates this astrology guide to infants and toddlers using gender-neutral terms, inclusive words for alternative families, and a focus on early childhood development. Quick yet thorough sections cover how astrology works; traits and parenting tips for babies, based on their charts; and parent-child relationship info based on astrological signs.... Read More

THE REAPPEARANCE OF RACHEL PRICE

THE REAPPEARANCE OF RACHEL PRICE

by Holly Jackson | Read by Sophie Amoss

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Sophie Amoss narrates this young adult novel about the Price family, whose matriarch, Rachel, mysteriously disappeared 16 years ago. During the making of a documentary about the disappearance, Rachel just as mysteriously reappears, looking haggard and telling an unbelievable story. Her 18-year-old daughter, Bel, bitter and detached, with no memory of her mother, has questions... Read More

THE RED GROVE

THE RED GROVE

by Tessa Fontaine | Read by Erin Moon

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Erin Moon performs this debut novel set in the 1990s among the California redwoods. The Red Grove provides a safe haven for women seeking refuge from patriarchal violence. Luce lives in the Red Grove with her mother, Gloria, and her little brother, Roo. When Gloria disappears, Luce is determined to find her and accidentally uncovers the Red Grove's secret history. Moon's... Read More

RED MEMORY

RED MEMORY The Afterlives of China's Cultural Revolution

by Tania Branigan | Read by Rebecca Lam

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Mao Zedong's ten-year Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) forever changed Chinese society and family structure. With a deliberate, evenhanded delivery, Asian American narrator Rebecca Lam traces the origins and repercussions of the attempt to purge bourgeois and capitalistic thoughts and tendencies from hundreds of millions of Chinese minds. A million people died, millions more... Read More

REDEMPTION'S EDGE

REDEMPTION'S EDGE Vampire Motorcycle Club, Book 3

by Alyssa Day | Read by Scarlett Everdeen, J.T. Londale

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Scarlett Everdeen and J.T. Londale bring to life the adventures of Meara Delcourt and Edge, who are both vampires. Meara, Edge, and their friends are in a battle with a group of evil wizards who want to destroy them. Meara is a 300-year-old aristocrat with a haughty tone matching her personality. Edge has a chip in his head; both Londale and Everdeen successfully convey his... Read More

THE REDISCOVERY OF AMERICA

THE REDISCOVERY OF AMERICA Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History (The Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity)

by Ned Blackhawk | Read by Jason Grasl

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Jason Grasl performs Ned Blackhawk's National Book Award-winning history of the Native peoples of what is now known as the United States. From contact with early conquistadors of New Spain to the Indigenous activists of the mid-twentieth century, this sweeping work illuminates the histories of Indigenous peoples. Grasl's performance maintains the listener's attention through... Read More

RELATIVE STRANGERS

RELATIVE STRANGERS

by A.H. Kim | Read by Joy Osmanski

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

With its engaging narration, this contemporary twist on Jane Austen's SENSE & SENSIBILITY is a must-listen. After a series of obstacles, sisters Amelia and Eleanor Bae-Wood--who are half-Korean--find themselves staying on the grounds of the Arcadia Cancer Center with their widowed hippie mother, Tabitha. Each woman's past--combined with family secrets and layers of drama--has... Read More

RELIT

RELIT 16 Latinx Remixes of Classic Stories

by Sandra Proudman [Ed.] | Read by Karla Serrato, Frankie Corzo, Dominique Franceschi, Zac Aleman, Andrew Joseph Perez, et al.

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

An ensemble of narrators delivers this collection of 16 classic stories, poems, fairy tales, and myths reimagined with a Latinx spin and frequent genre bending, mostly into sci-fi and fantasy. Each short story utilizes one or more narrators who mostly fit the gender identity of the main character. Each narrator fully commits to their story, emotionally connecting with teens who... Read More

THE REMARKABLE RESCUE AT MILKWEED MEADOW

THE REMARKABLE RESCUE AT MILKWEED MEADOW Milkweed Meadow, Book 1

by Elaine Dimopoulos | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Full Cast Audio | Unabridged
Children

Tavia Gilbert brings the denizens of Milkweed Meadow to listeners' ears in this middle-grade animal fantasy. Butternut the rabbit comes from a family of storytellers, so she is well suited to tell the tale of the titular rescue. However, she must buck her family's wariness of cross-species relations and her own anxiety, which manifests as metaphorical mental "brambles."... Read More

REQUIEM FOR THE MASSACRE

REQUIEM FOR THE MASSACRE A Black History on the Conflict, Hope and Fallout of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

by RJ Young | Read by RJ Young

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Author/podcaster RJ Young narrates his own work with focused intensity as he deftly recounts the harrowing events of the June 1, 1921, Tulsa Race Massacre, in which dozens of Black men were killed and thousands displaced. More than 40 square blocks of African American homes, businesses, schools, and churches were burned to the ground. These events serve as a jumping off point... Read More

THE RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX

THE RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX Inheriting the Feminist History of the Crossword Puzzle

by Anna Shechtman | Read by Anna Shechtman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and narrator Anna Shechtman guides listeners through this combination feminist history of the crossword puzzle and personal memoir. As a young woman struggling with the compulsions of anorexia, Schectman discovered that crafting crossword puzzles distracted her from self-destructive behavior. At 18, she had her first puzzle published in THE NEW YORK TIMES. Schectman... Read More

THE RISK IT TAKES TO BLOOM

THE RISK IT TAKES TO BLOOM On Life and Liberation

by Raquel Willis | Read by Raquel Willis

Spotify Audiobooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Raquel Willis gives an impassioned and engaging performance of her memoir about her life in trans activism. After beginning with her childhood in Georgia, she reminisces about her various coming-out moments in high school and college--as gay, as a genderqueer drag performer, and as trans. She delves into her career as a journalist and activist in Georgia, California, and New... Read More

THE RITUAL EFFECT

THE RITUAL EFFECT From Habit to Ritual, Harness the Surprising Power of Everyday Actions

by Michael Norton | Read by Michael Norton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The need for rituals to promote a life of meaning is greater than ever, according to this inspiring audiobook. Harvard Professor Michael Norton's easy-listening performance makes his insights accessible. His confidence sounds professional and never overworked, allowing his knowledge and suggestions to speak for themselves. He says rituals have a broader purpose than habits... Read More

A RIVER OF CROWS

A RIVER OF CROWS

by Shanessa Gluhm | Read by Lu Banks

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

With a youthful delivery, narrator Lu Banks depicts the anger and confusion of a 12-year-old girl who is traumatized by the loss of her beloved brother in an apparent drowning near their favorite fishing spot. In the wake of the tragedy, their mother, an ornithologist, goes in and out of mental institutions. Then, the girl is left to her own devices when her father is convicted... Read More

THE ROAD FROM BELHAVEN

THE ROAD FROM BELHAVEN

by Margot Livesey | Read by Ell Potter

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

The most appealing feature of this audiobook by Margo Livesey is Ell Potter's spirited rendering of the characters' Scottish accents. Potter captures the atmosphere of late-nineteenth-century Scottish country life and her young heroine's uncertain grasp of her gift of precognition. Livesey, best known for her previous novel THE BOY IN THE FIELD, stands at the opposite pole from... Read More

ROGUE PROTOCOL

ROGUE PROTOCOL The Murderbot Diaries 3

by Martha Wells | Read by David Cui Cui, Julienne Irons, Natalie Van Sistine and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Science Fiction

In this full-cast production, narrator David Cui Cui takes the role of antisocial SecUnit, Murderbot. Cui Cui never makes Murderbot sound robotic; in truth, its subtle sense of humor while on its self-directed mission sounds human. As the SecUnit searches for evidence of GreyCris Corporation's crimes on planet Milu, it tasks itself with protecting quiet-voiced Abene, portrayed... Read More

A ROME OF ONE'S OWN

A ROME OF ONE'S OWN The Forgotten Women of the Roman Empire

by Emma Southon | Read by Danielle Cohen

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

At first, Danielle Cohen's performance and Emma Southon's text both seem to come on too strong, trying too hard to be brassy and smart-alecky. But this history of Rome told through the stories of Roman women, legendary and historical, soon shows itself to be thoughtful and deeply informative, and is often amusing in its snarky, sassy, profane way. Cohen's sharp, sometimes acid,... Read More

ROSE/HOUSE

ROSE/HOUSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Arkady Martine | Read by Raquel Beattie

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Horror

Raquel Beattie narrates a dystopian horror novella with subtle elements of mystery. Rose House, both architectural marvel and sentient AI, has contacted the China Lake Police regarding a dead body within its walls. Beattie creates a wholly unsettling persona for Rose House, giving just enough menace to the flat AI tone that the unnatural state of its existence is forcefully... Read More

THE ROYAL GAME

THE ROYAL GAME

by Linda Keir | Read by Shiromi Arserio, Barrie Kreinik

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Listeners who love the monarchy will snap up this royal romance narrated by Shiromi Arserio, with additional narration from Barrie Kreinik as the voice of the late Princess Penelope. Singer Jennie Jensen meets and falls for Prince Hugh, heir to the UK throne. As she prepares for marriage, she suspects that Hugh's mother, Princess Penelope, was murdered and worries she might be... Read More

THE RULEBREAKER

THE RULEBREAKER The Life and Times of Barbara Walters

by Susan Page | Read by Susan Page

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Susan Page's narration of this absorbing biography of television legend Barbara Walters is authoritative but somehow intimate, just as the biography is both clear-eyed and sympathetic. There's no denying Walters's burning ambition, which drove her to steal interviewees such as Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton from her colleagues. But in her later years, as ABC cut back her on-air... Read More

THE RUMOR GAME

THE RUMOR GAME

by Thomas Mullen | Read by Megan Tusing

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Megan Tusing brings home this timely story about American intolerance in a time of war. She perfectly portrays reporter Anne Lemire, who is assigned to dispel unfounded rumors in Boston in the weeks before the U.S. enters WWII. Many of the events in the story resonate with current events, in particular, people objecting to involving America in a European war. Lemire is aided in... Read More

THE SAFEKEEP

THE SAFEKEEP

by Yael van der Wouden | Read by Stina Nielsen, Saskia Maarleveld

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stina Nielsen narrates the majority of this debut audiobook, set in a stately country home in the Netherlands in 1961. The veil of WWII overlays the action. Nielsen creates a pervasive sense of disquiet that will keep listeners off-balance until the final moments. Isabel takes an instant dislike to her womanizing brother Louis's new girlfriend, Eva, when he brings her to their... Read More

SAVING EMMA

SAVING EMMA

by Allen Eskens | Read by Gary Tiedemann, Matt Godfrey, Saskia Maarleveld, Janina Edwards, Timothy Pabon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Boady Sanden is a lawyer with lots of baggage, and it all gets unloaded in this audiobook. What starts with a request to get a new trial for a wrongly convicted murderer and seeming clairvoyant turns into a far more complex story involving Emma, whom he has raised since her father and mother's deaths and never fully come to grips with. Delivered by a team of narrators, with... Read More

SAYS WHO?

SAYS WHO? A Kinder, Funner Usage Guide for Everyone Who Cares About Words

Earphones Award Winner

by Anne Curzan | Read by Anne Curzan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Anne Curzan's knowledgeable, engaging, and laugh-out-loud funny reflection on grammar usage is for all of us who cringe when a friend comments on seeing "less trees" in the park instead of "fewer trees," and winces when a daughter says "for my sister and I" instead of "and me." Narrating with contagious enthusiasm and attentive pacing, the author, an English professor and... Read More

THE SCORE THAT MATTERS

THE SCORE THAT MATTERS Growing Excellence in Yourself and Those You Lead

by Ryan Hawk, Brook Cupps | Read by Ryan Hawk, Brook Cupps

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Ryan Hawk, an accomplished host of a successful leadership podcast, is also a former Ohio high school athlete coached by Brook Cupps. They have joined forces to present this highly competitive team- sport-centered treatise on leading by establishing highly personal core values. Hawk's vocal enthusiasm makes him sound much like a cheerleader. Cupps is noticeably slower and a bit... Read More

THE SECOND SIGHT OF ZACHARY CLOUDESLEY

THE SECOND SIGHT OF ZACHARY CLOUDESLEY

Earphones Award Winner

by Sean Lusk | Read by Bert Seymour, Clare Corbett

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fantasy

Bert Seymour and Clare Corbett narrate this delightful historical fantasy, set in the mid-eighteenth century. Abel, a London watchmaker who creates fabulous automata, has disappeared. His son, Zachary, endowed with second sight, is being raised by his eccentric Aunt Franny. Many years later, Zachary sets off to rescue him from a sultan in Constantinople. Seymour, the primary... Read More

SECRET LIFE OF THE CITY

SECRET LIFE OF THE CITY How Nature Thrives in the Urban Wild

by Hanna Hagen Bjørgaas, Matt Bagguley [Trans.] | Read by Mary Helen Gallucci

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

For any nature lover, this audiobook is nearly irresistible. Bjorgaas, a biologist, takes a close look at the ways insects, birds, mammals, trees, and plants adapt to life in the more densely populated human environs. The anecdotes are vividly written and fascinating, albeit somewhat awkwardly organized. Mary Helen Gallucci is an earnest narrator who does a fine job with pace,... Read More

THE SECRETS WE KEEP

THE SECRETS WE KEEP

by Rick R. Reed | Read by David Allen Vargo

Rick R. Reed | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

David Allen Vargo narrates an age-gap romance that blooms from deep sorrow. Jasper has been floating through life with his best friend, Lacy, by his side. When a tragedy brings Lacy's Uncle Rob to Chicago from California, Jasper finds a connection with the handsome older man, which deepens over the months they are apart. But old secrets threaten to destroy their relationship... Read More

SERWA BOATENG'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT AND MAYHEM

SERWA BOATENG'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT AND MAYHEM

Earphones Award Winner

by Roseanne A. Brown | Read by Soneela Nankani

Disney Hyperion | Unabridged
Children

Soneela Nankani's talents are in full force in this monstrous and magical fantasy series. Serwa has trained her whole life as a slayer of Ghanaian vampires and monsters. Then she discovers her parents have a big secret--she's actually an obayifo, a vampire witch. Nankani's dynamic voice and boundless energy match all of the action and Serwa's roiling emotions. She's now in... Read More

THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD An Extraordinary New Journey Through History's Greatest Treasures

by Bettany Hughes | Read by Bettany Hughes

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook tour of antiquity's great architectural wonders is rich in detail but somewhat difficult to absorb. Popular historian and narrator Bettany Hughes, who is spirited and personable, investigates both the original and present condition of each site. The narrative is informative, highly visual, and engaging regardless of one's prior knowledge or degree of interest.... Read More

SEX, LIES AND SENSIBILITY

SEX, LIES AND SENSIBILITY

by Nikki Payne | Read by Kacie Rogers, Phil Ava, Nikki Payne

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Kacie Rogers and Phil Ava narrate a contemporary take on SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. After learning at their father's funeral that they are his secret family and will inherit nothing, Nora and her sister set out to make the best of it. Ennis "Bear" Freeman is struggling to keep his business afloat when two seemingly rich girls show up to complicate his life. Rogers's portrayal of... Read More

THE SHABTI

THE SHABTI

by Megaera C. Lorenz | Read by Matt Haynes

CamCat | Unabridged
Fantasy

Matt Haynes provides two distinct voices for the main characters in this eclectic audiobook. Set in 1934, the story combines mystery, Egyptology, paranormal occurrences (fake and real), as well as romance and queer representation. Dashiel Quicke is a false medium who travels the country debunking other mystics' tricks. Hermann Goschalk is a college professor/Egyptologist who... Read More

SHAKESPEARE: THE MAN WHO PAYS THE RENT

SHAKESPEARE: THE MAN WHO PAYS THE RENT

Earphones Award Winner

by Judi Dench, Brendan O'Hea | Read by Barbara Flynn, Brendan O'Hea, Judi Dench

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In Q&A format, actor Brendan O'Hea asks intriguing questions of world-famous actor/director Judi Dench. The result is absolutely delicious. O'Hea recorded four years of interviews with Dench, but due to her failing eyesight, the audiobook is co-narrated by Barbara Flynn. In a remarkable performance, Flynn laughs, jokes, and calls O'Hea to task when he's wrong--all sounding very... Read More

SHAKESPEARE'S SISTERS

SHAKESPEARE'S SISTERS How Women Wrote the Renaissance

by Ramie Targoff | Read by Hannah Curtis

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Literature specialists may be familiar with the four writers featured in this group biography--Mary Sidney, Aemelia Lanyer, Elizabeth Cary, and Anne Clifford--but most listeners will not be. This is in part because their work was generally ignored or suppressed. Ramie Targoff is interested in why that happened, considering that three of the women were countesses, well... Read More

SHOGUN, PART ONE

SHOGUN, PART ONE The Asian Saga, Book 1.1

Earphones Award Winner

by James Clavell | Read by Ralph Lister

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Like the captain of a historical sailing ship, Ralph Lister takes command of this sprawling 1975 bestseller about culture clash. He gives a tough, resilient voice to the hero, Captain John Blackthorne, while providing memorable voices for the dozens of characters ranging from Japanese samurai and courtesans to Spanish and Portuguese people. In 1600, after losing his ship and... Read More

A SHORT WALK THROUGH A WIDE WORLD

A SHORT WALK THROUGH A WIDE WORLD

by Douglas Westerbeke | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Saskia Maarleveld captures a specific kind of magical realism in her performance, which is perfect for this audiobook. It's the 1800s, and Aubrey is on the move. A sickness manifests within her, triggered by a mysterious puzzle ball. To stay alive, she must keep moving, literally traveling the globe. Throughout her journey she encounters mysterious doors, opening to an... Read More

SIDEWAYS NEW ZEALAND: THE ROAD BACK

SIDEWAYS NEW ZEALAND: THE ROAD BACK The Sideways Trilogy, Book 4

by Rex Pickett, David W. Brown [Intro.} | Read by Scott Brick

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This spunky audiobook is a continuation of the Sideways series of novels about an obstinate California Pinot Noir snob and his ongoing struggles with wine, women, and the meaning of life. Now the owner of a small vineyard in New Zealand, Miles has completed another novel and faces a low-budget book tour. With a vigorous tone, Scott Brick portrays Miles's generally teed-off... Read More

THE SILVER BONE

THE SILVER BONE Samson Kolechko Investigates, Book 1

by Andrey Kurkov, Boris Dralyuk [Trans.] | Read by Josh Bloomberg

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Josh Bloomberg's narration is a fine match of text and voice. The tumultuous events that took place in Kyiv/Kiev during the Russian Civil War (1917-1922) are interwoven throughout this exciting historical mystery by Kurkov, who has been called Ukraine's most celebrated novelist. The story concerns a young engineer turned police detective named Samson Kolechko and his... Read More

SISTERS OF THE LOST MARSH

SISTERS OF THE LOST MARSH

Earphones Award Winner

by Lucy Strange | Read by Lucy Strange

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Author/narrator Lucy Strange dazzles with her dynamic performance. Utilizing various English accents and tones, she delivers this story with impressive breadth. Six sisters live on a farm with their bitter father and loving granny. Their father, fearing the curse of the six sisters, betroths his oldest daughter, Grace. Not wanting to marry, Grace runs away. Willa, the second... Read More

SLOW PRODUCTIVITY

SLOW PRODUCTIVITY The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout

by Cal Newport | Read by Cal Newport

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The author is a good choice to present this common-sense advice for people who do knowledge work. Cal Newport's earnest tone and clear speaking voice are perfect vehicles for the creative thinking and humane guidance that pervade his audiobook. He says the idea of measuring productivity by time and effort is a relic of the assembly line. The knowledge work that people do today... Read More

SMALL FIRES

SMALL FIRES An Epic in the Kitchen

by Rebecca May Johnson | Read by Kim Bretton

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Kim Bretton infuses Rebecca May Johnson's food memoir with a quiet but breathless energy that makes it feel almost like a page-turner. Johnson spent more than 10 years cooking the same recipe for a simple tomato sauce hundreds of times. In this memoir, she investigates how we think about recipes, combining food writing, literary criticism, feminist scholarship, and social... Read More

SMOKE AND MIRRORS

SMOKE AND MIRRORS Brighton, Book 2

by Elly Griffiths | Read by Daniel Philpott

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Daniel Philpott's vibrant character portrayals create palpable tension in this murder mystery set in Brighton, England. Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens's Christmas is off to a sinister start: Two children have gone missing. Philpott conveys the town's growing anxiety as time passes and they are not found. His diverse voices bring out the personalities of the town's... Read More

THE SMOKE IN OUR EYES

THE SMOKE IN OUR EYES

by James Grady | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Set in 1959, this beautifully written coming-of-age story about 10-year-old Lucas Ross, who lives in Montana, is affectionately narrated by Pete Cross. Cross's plain delivery and sincere tone allow listeners to step into Lucas's shoes as he discovers the joys and revelations of adolescence. When a car crash causes the death of a teenager, Cross voices Lucas's uncertainty about... Read More

SNOWGLOBE

SNOWGLOBE The Snowglobe Duology, Book 1

by Soyoung Park, Joungmin Lee Comfort [Trans.] | Read by Shannon Tyo, Greta Jung, Jeena Yi

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Shannon Tyo is the principal narrator of this novel, with Greta Jung and Jeena Yi providing additional narration. Two centuries from now, the world has an average temperature of 50 degrees below zero. Snowglobe, a climate-controlled city, is populated by directors and actors who are producing reality shows 24 hours a day. Outside Snowglobe, most people have a bleak existence.... Read More

SOLDIERS AND KINGS

SOLDIERS AND KINGS Survival and Hope in the World of Human Smuggling

by Jason De León | Read by Jason De León

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jason De León is a strong narrator of his own work, an eye-opening examination of human smugglers. Many of those he writes about are driven by poverty to join this dangerous trade in Honduras and Mexico. Both they and their customers try to avoid multiple risks, including arrest and violence, on their treks. De León, who spent time with his subjects over almost seven years, has... Read More

SOMEDAY ANGELINE

SOMEDAY ANGELINE Someday Angeline, Book 1

by Louis Sachar | Read by Abigail Reno

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Abigail Reno creates an energetic voice for 8-year-old genius Angeline, who despite her young age is entering the sixth grade. Her new teacher, Mrs. Hardlick, gives her a hard time, and she struggles to fit in with her classmates. Her only respite from class is her friendship with fifth-grader Gary and his teacher, Miss Turbone. Reno captures Angeline's frustration and... Read More

SOMEHOW

SOMEHOW Thoughts on Love

by Anne Lamott | Read by Anne Lamott

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Anne Lamott narrates in her natural speaking voice--sincere, conversational, and authentic--with a slightly nasally tone and a sometimes choppy cadence. An accomplished storyteller, Lamott charms her audience with intensely personal love-themed vignettes from her own life, managing to make them universally relatable. Lamott is not talking about romantic love--but, rather, the... Read More

SOMEONE YOU CAN BUILD A NEST IN

SOMEONE YOU CAN BUILD A NEST IN

by John Wiswell | Read by Carmen Rose

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Horror

Carmen Rose narrates this sapphic horror/romance with a sardonic wit that makes for an immersive listening experience. Shesheshen is a shape-shifting monster who, weary of devouring an endless line of hunters seeking to eradicate her kind, constructs a makeshift human body and infiltrates the human world. What she doesn't expect is to fall for Homily, a human woman who is... Read More

SONG OF THE HUNTRESS

SONG OF THE HUNTRESS

by Lucy Holland | Read by Kristin Atherton, Lucy Holland [Note]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

What's better than an action-packed, gender-bent account of a wild huntress fighting underworld creatures? This one is grounded by Kristin Atherton's energetic and deeply emotional performance. While Queen thelburg commands the Wessex army, her husband, Ine, struggles to play the political game. Meanwhile, Herla and her sisters, cursed by the thrill of the wild hunt, fight an... Read More

THE SOVIET SIXTIES

THE SOVIET SIXTIES

by Robert Hornsby | Read by Peter Noble

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

Peter Noble's English accent gives an authoritative quality to this history of the Soviet Union in the decade-and-a-half from Stalin's death in 1953 to the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Hornsby describes the great upheavals of the "thaw" that happened after Stalin's death and the Soviet feats in the space race. He also describes how the life of the common citizen changed... Read More

SPECULATION

SPECULATION

by Nisi Shawl | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Children

Magic, mystery, and history meet when the old-fashioned spectacles Winna's grandfather gives her grant wishes. Narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt depicts Winna's youth with a bright voice. Her slightly hesitant delivery is central to Winna's tone of intelligence tempered by having to be polite to a world of fools. Winna has enough worries with her mom being sick in the hospital and... Read More

SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY

SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY Our Own Story

by | Read by Phil Morris

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Performing this moving history from surviving members of the iconic singing group The Blind Boys of Alabama, Phil Morris captures the joys, hardships, and pathos woven into their 80-plus years of performing Black gospel music. You can hear the reverence Morris feels as he describes the pivotal periods of American history the evolving members of the group somehow survived. Their... Read More

SPLINTERS

SPLINTERS Another Kind of Love Story

by Leslie Jamison | Read by Leslie Jamison

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Essayist and novelist Leslie Jamison chooses the tone and pacing of her narration as carefully as she selects the details of her powerful writing. These qualities, along with her candidness, invite listeners deep into her memories, which include the flower-filled hospital room where she stayed after delivering her daughter and desperate Internet searches for relief from her... Read More

THE SPY COAST

THE SPY COAST The Martini Club, Book 1

by Tess Gerritsen | Read by Hillary Huber, Brittany Pressley

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Through Hillary Huber's masterful performance, listeners are introduced to former spy Maggie Bird, who is now happily raising chickens on her small farm in Maine. But a dead body on her doorstep and an attempt on her life force Maggie to use her espionage skills once again. Joined by her fellow former spies, the members of the Martini Club, Maggie travels back to several former... Read More

SPYING ON SPIES

SPYING ON SPIES How Elizebeth Smith Friedman Broke the Nazis' Secret Codes

by Marissa Moss | Read by Sandy Rustin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Sandy Rustin earned an Earphones Award for her narration of Marissa Moss's WOMAN WHO SPLIT THE ATOM, about the physicist Lise Meitner. Now she returns to lend her vocal talents to Moss's follow-up, a biography of another brilliant woman whose contributions have been overlooked. Rustin's clear, musical voice introduces listeners to Elizebeth Smith Friedman, who, with her... Read More

STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING

STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Earphones Award Winner

by Ibram X. Kendi | Read by Avery Kidd Waddell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Avery Kidd Waddell delivers a commanding narration. He confidently conveys the scope of this new edition of one of the most influential audiobooks on the history of race, which dismantles the myth of a post-racial society. Kendi's work investigates the histories of six historical figures, including Thomas Jefferson, W.E.B Du Bois, and Angela Davis. Their actions, writings, and... Read More

THE STARS TURNED INSIDE OUT

THE STARS TURNED INSIDE OUT

Earphones Award Winner

by Nova Jacobs | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lisa Flanagan's pleasant voice and skill with characterizations are on fine display in this intriguing new novel by Edgar Award-nominated author Nova Jacobs. Set at the Swiss physics lab CERN, the story--a mix of mystery, science fiction, and romance--starts with the suspicious death of Howard, a brilliant young physicist, in the facility's giant underground particle collider.... Read More

THE STELLAR DEBUT OF GALACTICA MACFEE

THE STELLAR DEBUT OF GALACTICA MACFEE 44 Scotland Street, Book 17

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Robert Ian Mackenzie's performance makes you feel right at home as you share the day-to-day joys and crises of old friends at 44 Scotland Street. The 17th in the series finds Angus wrapped up with a whistleblower, Matthew trying to establish a Pictish Experience Center, Big Lou's husband making an unapproved lifestyle shift, and 7-year-olds Bertie, Olive, and Ranald dealing... Read More

A STEP PAST DARKNESS

A STEP PAST DARKNESS

by Vera Kurian | Read by Jeena Yi

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jeena Yi transports listeners to the suburban town of Wesley Falls, where the Capstone Six, a group of diverse students, witness a horrifying event that they seek to avenge. Yi's talented narration helps listeners keep track of the plot, which is told from various viewpoints over two timelines, one covering the events in 1995 and the other taking place 20 years later,... Read More

THE STILL POINT

THE STILL POINT

by Tammy Greenwood | Read by Vanessa Johansson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Vanessa Johansson adds a youthful, energetic tone to this backstage melodrama. Dance moms and close friends Ever, Josie, and Lindsay-- who are the mothers of Bea, Savvy, and Olive--deal with critical personal issues, but each is always ready to do whatever's necessary to advance her ballet-dancing daughter. Johansson believably handles the heated competition to win choice roles... Read More

STILL SEE YOU EVERYWHERE

STILL SEE YOU EVERYWHERE Frankie Elkin, Book 3

by Lisa Gardner | Read by Hillary Huber

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Thriller fans will be delighted that Hillary Huber continues her successful run as narrator of the Frankie Elkin series. In the third installment, Huber brings out the sassy charm of Frankie, an unconventional cold case investigator. She's hired by a serial killer on death row to locate her little sister, who disappeared in Hawaii. Huber impeccably pronounces the audiobook's... Read More

STRAW DOGS OF THE UNIVERSE

STRAW DOGS OF THE UNIVERSE

by Ye Chun | Read by Nancy Wu

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Nancy Wu brings emotion and depth to this sweeping saga, which follows generations of Chinese immigrants, male and female, through multiple trials in the American West. The fresh perspective brings more fullness to history through a railroad worker and a young woman who is sexually trafficked in San Francisco. Wu's talent allows the listener to stay in the story as she portrays... Read More

SUMMER AT SQUEE

SUMMER AT SQUEE

by Andrea Wang | Read by Yu-Li Alice Shen

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Yu-Li Alice Shen portrays the tweens and adults who take part in the Boston-based Summertime Chinese Culture, Wellness, and Enrichment Experience. Sewing enthusiast Phoenny Fang is determined to make her last year at overnight camp the most epic one yet. But a cliquey group of newcomers forces Phoenny's squad to be split up, the boy she likes keeps flirting with her rival, and... Read More

THE SUMMER BOOK CLUB

THE SUMMER BOOK CLUB

by Susan Mallery | Read by Tanya Eby

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Tanya Eby brings warmth to her performance as she narrates a story of three friends, their bonds, and their developing romances with the men in their lives. Laurel and Paris, who have been lifelong friends, welcome Cassie into their lives when she moves to town. Paris is coping with the return of her ex-husband, Jonah, and his young son. Laurel is developing a... Read More

SUMMERS AT THE SAINT

SUMMERS AT THE SAINT

by Mary Kay Andrews | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Kathleen McInerney superbly narrates this perfect summer listen. Set at the iconic St. Cecelia resort on a secluded Georgia island, the story follows Traci, the widow of the owner's grandson, a former local charged with reviving the hotel's former glory. To do so, Traci builds an on-site dormitory and fills it with a team of impeccable workers, including her niece. Tragedies... Read More

SUN OF BLOOD AND RUIN

SUN OF BLOOD AND RUIN

by Mariely Lares | Read by Victoria Villareal

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Victoria Villarreal performs impressive vocal acrobatics as she narrates this reimagined tale of Zorro. Leonora, the illegitimate mestiza daughter of the Viceroy of Mexico, has a reputation to uphold. But she cannot look away and do nothing as Spanish conquerors subjugate the various Indigenous people of Mexico. Harnessing the power of the sun and the Indigenous gods, she... Read More

SUNBRINGER

SUNBRINGER Fallen Gods, Book 2

by Hannah Kaner | Read by Kit Griffiths

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Kit Griffiths transports listeners back to Middren for more battles with power-hungry gods and kings in this second installment of the Fallen Gods series. Still reeling from his brush with death, Elogast reckons with his new position as rebellion leader against Arren, the king who is marching through Middren in search of worshippers. At the same time, Inara struggles to find... Read More

SUPERAGING

SUPERAGING Getting Older Without Getting Old

by David Cravit, Larry Wolf | Read by Jarrod Davis

Flashpoint | Unabridged
Personal Growth

At the start of this audiobook, a couple of quizzes gauge the listener's optimism and other attitudes, and then authors David Cravit and Larry Wolf put forth thoughts aimed at improving the listener's mindset as they grow older. Jarrod Davis's narration is always upbeat. That makes him an encouraging presence as he lays down the basics of successful aging. Power training with... Read More

THE SWEET BLUE DISTANCE

THE SWEET BLUE DISTANCE

by Sara Donati | Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Gutsy, quick-witted, and strong-minded: These are the characteristics that narrator Kate Reading expertly portrays in this novel about a young woman who travels to the New Mexico Territory in 1857. Midwife Carrie Ballentyne treks west via train, steamer, stagecoach and horseback for her new post in Santa Fe, surviving dangers and forging friendships. Reading's crisp narration... Read More

SWIFT AND SADDLED

SWIFT AND SADDLED Rebel Blue Ranch, Book 2

by Lyla Sage | Read by Teddy Hamilton, Vanessa Edwin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Vanessa Edwin and Teddy Hamilton narrate this charming cowboy romance, which takes place at Rebel Blue Ranch. Interior designer Ada Hart is a city girl who believes she doesn't need a man to take care of her. But when she arrives in the small town of Meadowlark, she is instantly smitten with the handsome cowboy Weston Ryder. When she's hired to fix up Weston's family's ranch,... Read More

SYLVIA'S SECOND ACT

SYLVIA'S SECOND ACT

by Hillary Yablon | Read by Jane Oppenheimer

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jane Oppenheimer's resolute cadence and crisp tone create the perfect palette for debut author Hillary Yablon's heartwarming and funny later-in-life makeover story. Coming home to her Florida condo, 63-year old Sylvia finds her husband engaged in passionate gymnastics with the neighborhood floozy. This incident prompts her to leave the tiresome man--who, by the way, has lost... Read More

TABLE FOR TWO

TABLE FOR TWO Fictions

Earphones Award Winner

by Amor Towles | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, J. Smith-Cameron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Edoardo Ballerini meets Towles is a happy alliance in this short story collection. J. Smith-Cameron narrates only one story. Golden Voice narrator Ballerini uses his full range of techniques. By turns nuanced and dramatic, he always serves the author's fine prose. His smart pace and rich tone work particularly well for the noir novella set in late 1930s Hollywood. Evelyn Ross,... Read More

THE TAINTED CUP

THE TAINTED CUP

by Robert Jackson Bennett | Read by Andrew Fallaize

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Andrew Fallaize shines voicing this Sherlock-style mystery set in a fantasy world. The Khanum Empire faces threats from Leviathans that make it most vulnerable during the wet season. In a mansion belonging to a wealthy family, a high-ranking commander is killed by a tree that grows from his body. Discovering the assassin and motive before the upcoming wet season becomes... Read More

TAKE TWO, BIRDIE MAXWELL

TAKE TWO, BIRDIE MAXWELL

by Allison Winn Scotch | Read by Helen Laser, Andrew Eiden, Dan Bittner

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Helen Laser and Dan Bittner delight listeners with this celebrity second-chance romance. Rom-com actress Birdie Maxwell wants to clean up her damaged reputation by taking a chance on her own real-life love story. So she decides to follow up on a love letter from a mysterious former boyfriend. Elliot O'Brien, a star reporter, has a long history with Birdie and wants to... Read More

THE TAKEOVER

THE TAKEOVER

by Cara Tanamachi | Read by Donald Chang, Chieko Hidaka

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Listeners will hear a fun performance in this reluctant contemporary romance. Nami's tech start-up is about to be taken over by another tech giant, the company for which her high school rival, Jae, now works. While the takeover is definitely hostile, the relationship between Nami and Jae is much more complex. Will the rivals turn into lovers? Narrators Donald Chang and Chieko... Read More

A TALE OF ONE JANUARY

A TALE OF ONE JANUARY

by Albert Maltz | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

The January of this audiobook's title is no ordinary month. In this wintry time, we meet six courageous escapees from Nazi death marches who are thrust together in a battle for survival. Rupert Degas is a master of accents and emotions as he delivers conversations featuring Russian, French, German, and Polish characters whose mindsets swing between relieved exultation and... Read More

THE TEACHER

THE TEACHER

by Freida McFadden | Read by Leslie Howard, Danny Montooth

Hollywood Upstairs Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Leslie Howard's range suits this psychological thriller in which emotions run high. A year ago, Caseham High School was rocked by rumors of a student/teacher affair involving a student named Addie. This year, Eve, a math teacher, is apprehensive about having Addie in her class after her mentor, the accused teacher, resigned due to the rumors. Addie is hiding something--but what... Read More

TEASING YOU

TEASING YOU The Donovans (Sweetbriar Ridge), Book 2

by Samantha Chase | Read by Carly Robbins

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Carly Robbins draws the listener into the romance that develops between hairstylist Ashlynn and firefighter Reid in the small town of Sweetbriar Ridge. They knew each other in school and reconnect when Reid returns to town. Ashlynn has been fired from her job. When her former salon burns to the ground, her relationship with Reid becomes complicated, and she is accused... Read More

TEENAGE DIRTBAGS

TEENAGE DIRTBAGS

by James Acker | Read by Max Meyers, Lee Osorio

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Max Meyers and Lee Osorio are a dynamic duo in this YA tale of queer love, heartbreak, and revenge. High school student Phil Reyno is the class bad boy, while his former best friend and first love, Jackson Pasternack, is class president. When the attention-hungry Cameron Ellis outs Phil and breaks his heart, Phil and Jackson team up to bring him down. But re-forming the bonds... Read More

A TEMPEST OF TEA

A TEMPEST OF TEA Blood and Tea, Book 1

by Hafsah Faizal | Read by Maya Saroya

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Maya Saroya gives an expressive performance in this thrilling historical fantasy filled with vampires, action, romance, and tea. Saroya portrays Arthie Casimir in a smooth, deadly tone that highlights her fierce determination. Arthie's an outsider in Ettenia, but she's created a safe haven in her tearoom, Spindrift, where her crew serves the best tea to high society by day and... Read More

THE TEMPLE OF PERSEPHONE

THE TEMPLE OF PERSEPHONE

by Isabella Kamal | Read by Susan Duerden

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Susan Duerden narrates a gentle Regency romance featuring characters who are tucked away in the remote English countryside. Spinster Persephone Honeyfield was resigned to a life of seclusion on her father's honey farm until she found herself in a compromising position with wealthy Aidon Barrington and was forced to marry him. He is known in the London gossip rags as Lord of the... Read More

TEN THOUSAND ROCKS

TEN THOUSAND ROCKS

by Ndirangu Githaiga | Read by Arthur Grey

Bon Esprit Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Arthur Grey is a solid choice for this audiobook about an unraveling marriage. Will quits his medical practice and decides to return to his hometown--both without consulting his wife, Laura. Tensions ensue. Grey brings across the irritations between husband and wife in a dramatic fashion. These all increase when Will is involved in a tragic accident that seriously... Read More

THANK YOU FOR SHARING

THANK YOU FOR SHARING

Earphones Award Winner

by Rachel Runya Katz | Read by Tyla Collier, Raymond Lee

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Tyla Collier and Raymond Lee offer a spicy yet sweet performance in this fun romance. Liyah and Daniel bump into each other as adults, and it seems that Liyah hasn't forgiven Daniel for a mysterious mistake during their childhood. But she needs Daniel's help so she can secure her dream job as a museum curator, and a bumpy romance blossoms. Both characters are Jewish people of... Read More

THERE'S ALWAYS THIS YEAR

THERE'S ALWAYS THIS YEAR On Basketball and Ascension

Earphones Award Winner

by Hanif Abdurraqib | Read by Hanif Abdurraqib

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Hanif Abdurraqib's latest book is a transcendent feat of poetry, memoir, and--well, magic. His narration is as breathless and beautiful as his prose; this book is epic in every sense of the word. It's an ode to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio; a love letter to basketball; a meditation on home and belonging; and an exploration of faith, Blackness, music, and place. He delivers... Read More

THE THINGS WE DIDN'T KNOW

THE THINGS WE DIDN'T KNOW

by Elba Iris Pérez | Read by Marisa Blake

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The vocal agility of narrator Marisa Blake transports listeners back to the 1950s. Nine-year-old Andrea Rodriguez and her brother are whisked away from Woronoco, Massachusetts, to Puerto Rico by their disinterested single mother and left in the care of relatives. Missing home, they contact their father, Luis, and the three return to Woronoco. Blake aptly narrates Andrea's... Read More

THINK FASTER, TALK SMARTER

THINK FASTER, TALK SMARTER

Earphones Award Winner

by Matt Abrahams | Read by Matt Abrahams

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Communication expert and podcast host Matt Abrahams delivers useful advice on how to think on one's feet with the relaxed polish of a seasoned voice professional. With his pitch range and natural pacing, he draws listeners in with his enthusiasm. His voice and ideas sparkle with energy. The guide is intuitively organized and covers a wide range of speaking situations, such as... Read More

THIS AMERICAN EX-WIFE

THIS AMERICAN EX-WIFE How I Ended My Marriage and Started My Life

by Lyz Lenz | Read by Lyz Lenz

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lyz Lenz narrates her memoir about the end of her marriage and the start of her new life as an "ex-wife." While Lenz had been told that the end of her marriage would be the end of her family, she soon discovered that leaving her unhappy marriage gave her more fulfillment and love than she ever had before. Using her personal experience as a springboard, Lenz delves into the... Read More

THIS COULD BE US

THIS COULD BE US Skyland, Book 2

by Kennedy Ryan | Read by Inés del Castillo, Jakobi Diem, Kennedy Ryan

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Inés del Castillo and Jakobi Diem captivate listeners in this heartfelt contemporary romance. Soledad Barnes is a planner with many talents who loves her three daughters unconditionally. When disaster strikes and shakes up her entire life due to her husband's deceit and lies, Soledad rediscovers her self-worth and confidence with the help of the admirable Judah Cross. Castillo... Read More

THIS PLAGUE OF SOULS

THIS PLAGUE OF SOULS

by Mike McCormack | Read by Dan Murphy

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

With his lovely Irish brogue, Dan Murphy narrates this follow-up to SOLAR BONES. Nealon, just released from prison, returns to his home in West Ireland, now devoid of his wife and young son and their possessions. Almost immediately, he is telephoned by a mysterious man whom Murphy fills with enough menace and specific knowledge about Nealon to make him and listeners wary of... Read More

THIS WON'T HELP

THIS WON'T HELP Modest Proposals for a More Enjoyable Apocalypse

by Eli Grober | Read by Eli Grober

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Eli Grober narrates his collection of dystopian satires with deadpan self-assurance. It's the ideal voice for the 100 essays--none longer than eight minutes--with titles such as "'I'm Only Joking,' I Say As I Kill You" and "How I Saved Enough To Buy a House With My Parents' Money." One of Grober's more sincere readings can be heard in "The Telescope We Sent to Deep Space Wants... Read More

THIS WRETCHED VALLEY

THIS WRETCHED VALLEY

by Jenny Kiefer | Read by Megan Tusing

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Horror

Megan Tusing pulls listeners into a nail-biting tale of horror inspired by the harrowing Dyatlov Pass incident in the Soviet Ural Mountains in 1959. Dylan and her geologist friend, Clay, are eager to be the first to climb the mountain. Seven months after their hike, three bodies are discovered in horrific states of decay, but Dylan's is missing. Tusing's patient narration... Read More

THOSE BEYOND THE WALL

THOSE BEYOND THE WALL

by Micaiah Johnson | Read by Angel Pean

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Angel Pean sounds young, sweet, and tough as nails in her impressive narration of this second novel by the author of the Earphones Award-winning sci-fi debut THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS. Set on an alternate, perhaps future, Earth, where Wiley City residents guard their walled community from gritty Ashtown, this is both a thriller and social commentary. Scales is a mechanic and... Read More

THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM

THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM The Remembrance of Earth's Past, Book 1

by Cixin Liu, Ken Liu [Trans.] | Read by Rosalind Chao

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

This new production of the Chinese sci-fi epic may be Rosalind Chao's first turn as an audiobook narrator, but you'd never know it. The veteran actor navigates long stretches of speculative physics and descriptions of shocking violence as ably as she voices colloquies among the characters. Listeners who come to the work from the Netflix adaptation will find Chao's warm,... Read More

THUNDER SONG

THUNDER SONG Essays

by Sasha LaPointe | Read by Sasha LaPointe

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Sasha LaPointe, a poet and performer, delivers her edgy essays with a pleasing voice and a sure sense of the significance of her message. She reads in a word-loving style with the tempo of one who appreciates the meanings her words convey. A Coast Salish woman, she was raised on a reservation in the Pacific Northwest, knows the stresses of growing up a Native girl, and... Read More

THE TITANIC SURVIVORS BOOK CLUB

THE TITANIC SURVIVORS BOOK CLUB

by Timothy Schaffert | Read by Max Meyers

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Max Meyers grabs attention and holds it throughout Schaffert's exploration of a group of ticketed passengers who never boarded the TITANIC for its maiden voyage. Bookstore owner Yorick, Japanese American candy heiress Zinnia, and handsome photographer Haze meet at a gathering of TITANIC "survivors," folks who missed the boat. As Yorick becomes enamored with Haze, a... Read More

TO GAZE UPON WICKED GODS

TO GAZE UPON WICKED GODS Gods Beyond the Skies, Book 1

by Molly X. Chang | Read by Natalie Naudus, Molly X. Chang

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Natalie Naudus narrates a fantasy novel loosely inspired by Chinese history. Ruying lives in an occupied city, and her righteous fury at the occupiers knows no bounds. Naudus captures all the rage and hopelessness that Ruying feels at her situation: She is the granddaughter of a general who lost the city and the daughter of a father who failed to care for his children. As... Read More

TO THE ONE I LOVE THE BEST

TO THE ONE I LOVE THE BEST

by Ludwig Bemelmans | Read by David de Vries

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

David de Vries narrates the autobiography of Ludwig Bemelmans, known best as the creator of the beloved Madeline children's books and for his distinct style of illustrations. The audiobook includes the author's observations and activities in Hollywood during the 1950s, with a particular focus on his friendship with the glamorous late-in-life "First Lady of Interior Decoration,"... Read More

TOURIST SEASON

TOURIST SEASON

by Brenda Novak | Read by Amy McFadden

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Amy McFadden engages the listener from the beginning with Ismay Chalmers, who is alone in a cottage during a hurricane. Ismay is staying at her fiancé Remy's family home on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Bo, the caretaker, comes to help her weather the storm. While looking for matches, Ismay makes a disturbing discovery in Remy's bedroom. McFadden... Read More

THE TOWER

THE TOWER

by Flora Carr | Read by Kristin Atherton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Kristin Atherton brings a regal ambiance to this compelling historical fiction featuring Mary, Queen of Scots. After the rebellion of her Scottish lords, Mary is imprisoned in remote Lochleven Castle with three of her ladies-in-waiting. Pregnant and forced to abdicate, Mary suffers her plight, all the while plotting her escape. Atherton's delivery reflects the escalating... Read More

TOXIC PREY

TOXIC PREY Lucas Davenport, Book 34

by John Sandford | Read by Robert Petkoff

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Robert Petkoff masterfully portrays U.S. Marshal Lucas Davenport and his daughter, Letty, in the 34th addition to the Davenport series. A deranged British medical doctor decides people are killing the earth and he has the solution. Then he disappears in New Mexico. Investigator Letty Davenport is brought in to track him down. With potential catastrophe looming, she... Read More

TRAJECTORY

TRAJECTORY

by Cambria Gordon | Read by Meredith Zietlin

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Meredith Zietlin narrates this WWII story. Seventeen-year-old Eleanor strives to hide her advanced math skills, but she's discovered and recruited to join other women who contribute to the war effort by solving equations. When her ability is determined to be unique, she is sent to a California air base and then to Pearl Harbor to calibrate a new weapon that could help the U.S.... Read More

TRANSIENT AND STRANGE

TRANSIENT AND STRANGE Notes on the Science of Life

by Nell Greenfieldboyce | Read by Nell Greenfieldboyce

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Nell Greenfieldboyce is an NPR science reporter, so it's no surprise that she has clarity of both argument and speech in her performance of her personal essays. Topics range from the miniscule--fleas, cosmic dust--to the life changing--her difficulty in getting pregnant and her husband's polycystic kidney disease. But all are filled with wit and self-deprecating humor. When her... Read More

TREASURES OF THE LOCHS

TREASURES OF THE LOCHS

by Hunter White | Read by Laura Darrell

Greenleaf Book Group | Unabridged
Fiction

Not one accent is beyond the skills of Laura Darrell in this tale based on Scottish history and legend. Listeners meet U.S. Lieutenant Carter Porter, who is grieving for his departed child, and teenaged Loch Ness Hotel employee Hassie Douglass, who is devoted to her dying grandfather. Their storylines mesh seamlessly when Carter meets Hassie after discovering a journal... Read More

TREE. TABLE. BOOK.

TREE. TABLE. BOOK.

Earphones Award Winner

by Lois Lowry | Read by Hope Newhouse

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

This humble and wonderful performance by Hope Newhouse will engage a wide audience. Two Sophies are best friends; one is an elementary school student, and the other is an aging woman who is beginning her struggle with memory loss. When home-care options are weighed, younger Sophie listens to the many memories of elder Sophie. Newhouse's ability to transform her narration to... Read More

TROUBLED

TROUBLED A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class

by Rob Henderson | Read by Rob Henderson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rob Henderson's flat tone may reflect the substance of his life. Still, his material engages as he describes how his three names represent the first people who abandoned him. He frames his early life as a series of eight moves from one foster home to the next. As he describes his eventual adoption by a loving family as he neared his teens, his characterizations deepen, and the... Read More

TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY

TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY

by Alexandria Bellefleur | Read by Lauren Sweet

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Lauren Sweet's dynamic range captures the sweet and spicy aspects of this queer rom-com. Romance novelist Truly and divorce attorney Colin represent opposite professional ideologies. After a combative podcast discussion, Truly swears the two are enemies--despite her lustful thoughts upon initially meeting Colin. Colin feels otherwise, and in his efforts to get Truly to... Read More

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEVLINS

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEVLINS

by Lisa Scottoline | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Lisa Scottoline [Note]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

There are few novels that are part legal thriller, part family saga, part redemption story, and that do it well. This compelling narrative is brought to life by the tremendous Edoardo Ballerini. With gentle authority, Ballerini invites listeners to meet the Devlin family, a seemingly tight unit who work in a family law firm. The story opens with favorite son John calling his... Read More

THE TUSKS OF EXTINCTION

THE TUSKS OF EXTINCTION

by Ray Nayler | Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir

Spotify Audiobooks | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki expressively give voice to a range of characters in this speculative novella about the environment and the nature of consciousness. In the near future, when elephants have been poached to extinction, Russian scientists have resurrected a herd of mammoths. To teach them how to be wild, their matriarch has been imbued with the consciousness... Read More

TWELVE TREES

TWELVE TREES The Deep Roots of Our Future

by Daniel Lewis | Read by Kaleo Griffith

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Books come from trees, but the trees themselves can tell us stories of their own if we know how to listen. Fittingly, I listened to part of this audiobook while sitting next to a campfire. Kaleo Griffith's narration is almost perfect for such a fireside chat. His straightforward yet conversational tone exactly matches the feel of the work. Author Daniel Lewis profiles a dozen... Read More

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