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PACK UP THE MOON

PACK UP THE MOON

by Kristan Higgins | Read by Dion Graham, Xe Sands

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Heartbreaking, uplifting, and inspiring! You'll need tissues for this unforgettable listen. Newlyweds Lauren and Joshua are madly in love and looking to the future. Then, Lauren is diagnosed with a terminal illness. To help Joshua through his grief, she writes a letter a month to be read over the year following her death. Each presents a different step or challenge to help him... Read More

PAPER CHAINS

PAPER CHAINS

by Nicola Moriarty | Read by Sophie Loughran

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Australian narrator Sophie Loughran brings listeners the story of two women who are connected by a series of letters that are carried by strangers to their destinations. Hannah has left her children behind after a massive bout of postnatal depression. India is determined to fix those around her but is definitely running from something. Hannah's friendship with India creates a... Read More

THE PAPER PALACE

THE PAPER PALACE

Earphones Award Winner

by Miranda Cowley Heller | Read by Nan McNamara

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Nan McNamara is the ideal choice to present this first-person novel about a family retreat on Cape Cod. The rustic compound affectionately called "The Paper Palace" has shaped the life of Elle Bishop. This story moves across time, involving loves, lies, secrets, and revelations. McNamara gives Elle a natural-sounding American voice that changes with her age or... Read More

PARADISE ON FIRE

PARADISE ON FIRE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jewell Parker Rhodes | Read by Tyla Collier

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Tyla Collier's youthful timbre and reflective tone are an ideal fit for Addy, a young teen who is embarking on a life-changing summer in the California wilderness. Addy is one of several city kids in the outdoor program, and Collier makes use of various tones and pitches to devise unique age-appropriate voices for the teens, who band together when a forest fire rages.... Read More

A PASSAGE NORTH

A PASSAGE NORTH

by Anuk Arudpragasam | Read by Neil Shah

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Neil Shah creates a dreamy style for his narration of this nonlinear novel centered on Krishna, a young man heading home for a funeral. Most of his journey is spent on a train in Sri Lanka, during which he remembers his past, which was intertwined with the nation's bloody civil war. Shah treats these heavy topics with the reverence they need, conveying Krishna's unsettled... Read More

PASTORAL SONG

PASTORAL SONG A Farmer's Journey

by James Rebanks | Read by Peter Noble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With the soul of a poet and the keen eye of a realist, author James Rebanks explores how greed and hubris have ruined British agriculture and are endangering its natural environment. Narrator Peter Noble does full justice to Rebanks's style. Phrases such as "puffy white stars floating in the black night sky" come off sounding natural, not forced. But Noble also captures the... Read More

THE PATRIOTS

THE PATRIOTS Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the Making of America

by Winston Groom | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Groom, who is best known as the author of FORREST GUMP, has pegged together a collective biography of Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, which describes how three men from diverse backgrounds were able to work together to bring about our nation after the end of the War of Independence. Many audiobook listeners consider George Guidall to be the standard by... Read More

PAX, JOURNEY HOME

PAX, JOURNEY HOME Pax, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Sara Pennypacker | Read by Michael Curran-Dorsano

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

This sequel to the well-known children's book, PAX, returns listeners to the world of Peter and his pet fox, Pax, who were separated by war. Here narrator Michael Curran-Dorsano transitions seamlessly between timeframes and points of view. A year after Pax and Peter's separation, Curran-Dorsano recounts Pax's joyful welcoming of fox cubs into the world. But his tone for Peter,... Read More

PEAK 40

PEAK 40 The New Science of Mid-Life Health for a Leaner, Stronger Body and a Sharper Mind

by Marc Bubbs | Read by Marc Bubbs

Chelsea Green Publishing | Unabridged
Personal Growth

In the first 10 minutes of this high-impact guide, performance nutritionist Marc Bubbs lays out the topics he'll cover--everything from eating healthy and exercising to sleeping well, managing emotions, and keeping your outlook positive. The list is so impressive that people in midlife will want to stop what they're doing and find a quiet place to listen to the whole audiobook.... Read More

THE PECULIAR TALE OF THE TENTACLE BOY

THE PECULIAR TALE OF THE TENTACLE BOY

Earphones Award Winner

by Richard Pickard | Read by Theo Solomon

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Theo Solomon delightfully introduces the English village of Merlington and its fish-loving inhabitants. Martina Minnow rescues abandoned William, who has tentacles for hair and crab claws for hands. Solomon delivers endless lessons about fish, stories about the town's 17 competitive fishmongers, and the residents' suspicions about William and the Minnow family. In... Read More

THE PEOPLE REMEMBER

THE PEOPLE REMEMBER

Earphones Award Winner

by Ibi Zoboi | Read by Robin Miles, Ibi Zoboi [Note]

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Robin Miles uses a unique cadence to fit this short, lyrical history of the Africans and their descendants who were brought by force to the Americas during the transatlantic slave trade. Loosely rhyming, the story's audible backbone is Robin Miles's perfect pacing and well-placed emphasis. Her tone rises and falls as through generations, wars, births, deaths, and joys,... Read More

THE PEOPLE WE KEEP

THE PEOPLE WE KEEP

by Allison Larkin | Read by Julia Whelan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Julia Whelan is wonderful as April Sawicki, a teenager escaping an abusive home through travels, music, and meeting strangers. Whelan's husky timbre and thoughtful tone draw listeners into April's thoughts, which are mostly filled with self-doubt. Whelan evokes a lot of sympathy for the teenager, who struggles to create her own family from the people she meets. Listeners will... Read More

THE PERFUME THIEF

THE PERFUME THIEF

by Timothy Schaffert | Read by Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki [note)

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

The voice of this audiobook--part thriller, part literary novel--is delivered with particular flair and conviction by narrator Gabrielle de Cuir. Charlie, née Clementine, is an expatriate American and retired master thief who is running a perfume shop in Paris when the Nazis arrive. Protector of a small group of misfits and potential deportees, Charlie matches wits with the... Read More

PERSIST

PERSIST

by Elizabeth Warren | Read by Elizabeth Warren

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author/narrator Elizabeth Warren's conversational audiobook details the personal stories behind many of the policies she has fought for. The Massachusetts senator's consistent and leisurely pace allows listeners to focus on detailed plans involving taxing the ultra-rich to benefit the poor and middle class. She shifts seamlessly to a sharper tone while recalling her debates... Read More

PIERRE'S NOT THERE

PIERRE'S NOT THERE

by Ursula Dubosarsky | Read by Maisy Wright-Smith

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Maisy Wright-Smith enthusiastically introduces contemporary Sydney, Australia, and Lara, who has an adorable Aussie accent. This tale of magical transformation is presented as a narrative and a stage play. Listeners are transported when Lara meets abandoned Pierre in the attic of the house her mother is cleaning. Lara helps Pierre, who is using an enchanted puppet... Read More

PINT OF NO RETURN

PINT OF NO RETURN Shake Shop Mystery, Book 1

by Dana Mentink | Read by Stephanie Nemeth-Parker

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Stephanie Nemeth-Parker uses her versatile talent to populate the town of Upper Sprocket, Oregon, where Gabe Bigley's three-ex-wives now live and work. Florida native and third ex-wife Trinidad Jones is opening her Shimmy and Shake Shop, an outsized ice cream parlor next door to the Popcorn King, where she finds Kevin, the owner, dead. She joins forces with the other... Read More

A PLACE LIKE HOME

A PLACE LIKE HOME Stories

by Rosamunde Pilcher | Read by Barbara Barnes, Jilly Bond, Ellie Heydon, Eilidh Beaton, Jasmine Blackborow

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A strong cast of five narrators rewinds time and transports listeners to sparkling seascapes and the English countryside. These are previously unpublished short stories from decades past about the people and places that define home. There's a dreamy softness to most of the romantic tales, and narrator Jasmine Blackborow exemplifies this mood in "Skelmerton" with her... Read More

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Atticus Priest, Book 2

by Mark Dawson | Read by Simon Vance

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Simon Vance narrates this audiobook, which takes place near England's Salisbury Plain, where several recent bodies buried in an ancient cemetery have been discovered. When yet another local girl goes missing, Detective Chief Inspector Mack Jones consults former London cop, now small-town PI Atticus Priest. Vance's portrayal of Priest makes it clear that the prickly detective... Read More

PLANET ON FIRE

PLANET ON FIRE A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown

by Matthew Lawrence, Laurie Laybourn-Langton | Read by Julian Elfer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Julian Elfer brings an orator's passion to his narration of the manifesto set forth by the authors. Elfer is eloquent when talking about their ideals and angry when recounting how white men brought eco-disaster to Easter Island. Lawrence and Laybourn-Langton believe a power imbalance is behind the problems facing the environment, and they hold the capitalist... Read More

PLAYING THE CARDS YOU'RE DEALT

PLAYING THE CARDS YOU'RE DEALT

Earphones Award Winner

by Varian Johnson | Read by Dion Graham

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Dion Graham makes every audiobook he narrates into a special event, and his charisma just overflows in this one about Ant, a 10-year-old boy from South Carolina. Ant is obsessed with winning his community's annual spades tournament--and living up to the expectations of his gambling, alcoholic father. When Ant's best friend and spades partner is grounded, Ant finds an unexpected... Read More

PLENTY

PLENTY A Memoir of Food and Family

Earphones Award Winner

by Hannah Howard | Read by Hannah Howard

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Food writer Hannah Howard narrates her own memoir of food, memory, and life. She is earnest and energetic as she recounts her training as a chef, her path to becoming a cheese expert, and her search for the ideal partner with whom to start a family. Howard is like a good friend sitting in the kitchen and regaling you with pithy anecdotes. Listeners will laugh and relate to her... Read More

PLUNDER

PLUNDER A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure

by Menachem Kaiser | Read by Menachem Kaiser

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is a primer on the challenges of recovering property stolen by the Nazis, but it is also much more. Ably read by author Menachem Kaiser, the revealing audiobook chronicles the traps, thieves, friends, and charlatans he encountered during his quest to reclaim his grandfather's purloined real estate in Poland. Kaiser describes his mission in detail and brings out... Read More

PONY

PONY

Earphones Award Winner

by R.J. Palacio | Read by Ian M. Hawkins, R.J. Palacio [Note]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

In 1860, three horsemen arrive in the middle of the night, forcing Martin Bird to go with them and changing his 12-year-old son Silas's life forever. Narrator Ian M. Hawkins brings to life this atmospheric story of the power and resilience of love as he gives the large cast of characters unique voices. Pa's calm voice lives on in Silas's head, reminding him of the knowledge and... Read More

THE POWER OF YOUR PERSONAL IMPACT

THE POWER OF YOUR PERSONAL IMPACT How to Influence Others for Good

by Stan Toler | Read by John McLain

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

The late Stan Toler was a beloved minister and author of numerous books about the opportunities we have to do good in life. This audiobook offers a heartwarming reminder of the many ways we impact people. Everything from casual interactions with strangers to intimate conversations with co-workers and loved ones affects them. Notable for its palpable optimism and graced with... Read More

PRACTICAL MINDFULNESS

PRACTICAL MINDFULNESS A Physician's No-Nonsense Guide to Meditation for Beginners

by Greg Sazima | Read by Daniel Henning

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

California psychiatrist and meditation expert Greg Sazima's audiobook exhibits the casual abandon of someone who has truly mastered the art of "giving it a rest." He trains family medicine residents at a Stanford hospital and, with his history of surviving serious bone cancer, comes across as a complex but accessible meditation teacher who knows a lot about the pleasures and... Read More

A PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT

A PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT Monk & Robot, Book 1

by Becky Chambers | Read by Emmett Grosland

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Emmett Grosland conjures the essence of a troubled soul in search of peace in this gentle audio. Tea monk Dex has devoted years of their life to easing the burdens of others while struggling to find their own greater purpose. A chance encounter with a robot named Mosscap sets both monk and robot on a journey of discovery about what people need. But the interplay of... Read More

THE PUMA YEARS

THE PUMA YEARS A Memoir

by Laura Coleman | Read by Laura Coleman

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

When Laura Coleman arrives at an animal refuge in the Bolivian jungle after leaving her marketing job in England, she doesn't think she'll last a day amid the mud, rats, bugs, outhouses, and bra-stealing shrieking monkeys. She's also in charge of a puma named Wayra whom she is absolutely terrified of. Coleman's lovely English voice sounds emotionally honest, self-reflective,... Read More

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

PUTTING IT TOGETHER How Stephen Sondheim and I Created SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

Earphones Award Winner

by James Lapine | Read by Adam Grupper, Alyssa Bresnahan, Eva Kaminsky, T. Ryder Smith, Graham Winton, Len Cariou

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Adam Grupper is impressive as he portrays writer-director James Lapine in this mixed bag of an audiobook--part oral history, part memoir, and part description of how a musical gets written and produced. The musical? Stephen Sondheim and Lapine's Tony Award-winning SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (1984). Lapine interviewed 40 people connected with the show, and Alyssa... Read More

THE QUESTION OF THE VOMIT VORTEX

THE QUESTION OF THE VOMIT VORTEX Solving Mysteries with Science

by Ken Bowser | Read by Keyla McClure

Red Chair Press | Unabridged
Children

Young listeners who are looking for a blend of fact and fiction may find answers to their scientific questions in this short audiobook. When someone throws up on the merry-go-round, the kids wonder why the vomit spins outward and are presented with a short lesson on centrifugal and centripetal forces. Narrator Keyla McClure delivers engaging enthusiasm to the simple story and... Read More

THE QUIET ZONE

THE QUIET ZONE Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence

by Stephen Kurczy | Read by Roger Wayne

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Journalist Stephen Kurczy took himself to Green Bank, West Virginia--"the quietest town in America " and home to the Green Bank Observatory. Narrator Roger Wayne ably explains that the Observatory requires locals to limit their use of electronic equipment, including wi-fi, microwaves, and cell phones, to avoid interference with their radio telescopes' ability to pick up signals... Read More

RACELESS

RACELESS In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong

by Georgina Lawton | Read by Georgina Lawton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Georgina Lawton gives a powerful narration of her stirring memoir about family secrets, the insidious racism inherent in colorblindness, and the power of self-determination. Lawton grew up in suburban England with white parents who offered no explanation for her Blackness. It wasn't until her father died and she decided to get a DNA test that she finally learned the... Read More

RACING THE CLOCK

RACING THE CLOCK Running Across a Lifetime

by Bernd Heinrich | Read by Fred Sanders

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Fred Sanders has big pipes, which is lucky, since the memoir he performs is by a man who has gulped a lot of air. Heinrich once ran 156 miles in 24 hours. At age 79, he still routinely wins his age category. A biologist, he spent his life in the study of moths, ravens, and himself. Since there's not much of it left, this aging ultra-athlete is now keenly interested in... Read More

RADAR GIRLS

RADAR GIRLS

by Sara Ackerman | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Cassandra Campbell uses her versatile narration skills to inhabit three young women who work with the Army Air Forces during WWII. Daisy Wilder loves horses and living in Hawaii. She picks up any job quickly and is portrayed as a self-sufficient 20-something. As sweet-natured Fluff, Campbell delivers a bubbly tone, and as no-nonsense Betty, she sounds responsible and serious.... Read More

RAIN FORESTS EMERGENCY

RAIN FORESTS EMERGENCY Animals Save the World

by Zac Pepper, Michael Ashby | Read by Michael Troughton

Esplanade Publishing | Unabridged
Children

This children's book by English schoolboy Zac Pepper and his grandfather, Michael Ashby, is an imaginative and wacky tale with a variety of fanciful animal characters who are on a mission to halt deforestation and save the world's rain forests. Michael Troughton's narration is lively and enthusiastic, with audio effects that will hold the attention of young listeners. While the... Read More

RAMADAN RAMSEY

RAMADAN RAMSEY

by Louis Edwards | Read by Korey Jackson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Korey Jackson's acting skills burst through one's headphones or speakers as he narrates this epic work of fiction that could easily be classified as poetry. It tells the story of a boy on an odyssey to find his father in Syria after his family members in Louisiana have all passed away or turned against him. The characters range in age from the youngest of children just... Read More

RATIONALITY

RATIONALITY What it Is, Why it Seems Scare, Why it Matters

Earphones Award Winner

by Steven Pinker | Read by Arthur Morey

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Arthur Morey employs an authoritative tone and a pleasing rhythm as he performs this essential study of the evolution of rational thought. Pinker examines current society in the age of "truthiness." That's Stephen Colbert's word for something seeming to be accurate, even if it's not necessarily true. In a period of rampant conspiracy theories, the inability to... Read More

THE READING LIST

THE READING LIST

by Sara Nisha Adams | Read by Tara Divina, Sagar Arya, Paul Panting

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Tara Divina, Sagar Arya, and Paul Panting bring us this intergenerational novel about a grandfather and granddaughter who are struggling through grief and falling in love with reading. Listeners are treated to a seamless listening experience as the narrators deliver warm, rich descriptions of Mukesh and Aleisha's separate grief-stricken paths. Divina portrays the... Read More

REALM BREAKER

REALM BREAKER

Earphones Award Winner

by Victoria Aveyard | Read by Natalie Naudus

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Through Natalie Naudus's expert narration, listeners are transported to the fantasy realm of Allward. It's being threatened by a dark and dangerous foe, and Corayne, the last of an ancient lineage, along with her band of unlikely companions, are the last hope to save their home from destruction. The world-building of this novel is robust and includes a large cast of characters... Read More

REDEMPTOR

REDEMPTOR Raybearer, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Jordan Ifueko | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Joniece Abbott-Pratt makes a triumphant return to narrate this thrilling sequel to RAYBEARER. Tarisai is now empress of Aritsar, and reckoning with its disturbing legacy. She faces daunting tasks--first, to anoint a council of rulers and, then, to enter the Underworld to end the centuries-long practice of sacrificing children to appease its malevolent spirits. But Tarisai is... Read More

REIGNITE

REIGNITE Fresh Focus for an Enduring Faith

by Jack Graham, Sheila Walsh [Fore.] | Read by Al Kessel

ChristianAudio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Al Kessel narrates the work of a pastor who recounts how he struggled to put on a brave face during his battle with cancer and depression, and how a recommitment to Jesus helped him reignite his strength. When Pastor Jack Graham was diagnosed with cancer, he assumed his treatment would be quick and he would be right back to preaching. But after his surgery, he found himself on... Read More

REMEMBERINGS

REMEMBERINGS

by Sinéad O'Connor | Read by Sinéad O'Connor

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor narrates her memoir with the voice of a woman who has endured and persevered. Despite decades of touring and recording, she's often remembered for tearing up a picture of the pope on a live broadcast years ago. It was an act of protest, and O'Connor isn't sorry. In her audiobook, O'Connor builds on the theme of healing through music, never wavering... Read More

REPUBLIC OF DETOURS

REPUBLIC OF DETOURS How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America

by Scott Borchert | Read by Jonathan Yen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
History

The talented Jonathan Yen brings warmth, intelligence, and a storytelling style to his narration of this fine cultural history of the 1930s Federal Writers Project (FWP). His folksy voice and well-paced delivery suit this focused appraisal of the people and program designed to give work—writing state guides—to broke writers. Against all odds, the series produced several hundred... Read More

RESERVATION FOR MURDER

RESERVATION FOR MURDER Kyle Callahan Mysteries, Book 6

by Mark McNease | Read by Sean Rhead

Mark McNease | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This contemporary cozy mystery will please listeners who enjoy a well-constructed story delivered by a promising voice actor. The story takes place in idyllic Lambertville, New Jersey, in The Passion Inn, which is owned by a gay couple who have left the violence of New York City for a life in a community of art galleries, bistros, and charming shops. Then the couple discover... Read More

THE RETREAT

THE RETREAT

by Elisabeth de Mariaffi | Read by Erin Moon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Maeve is an acclaimed dancer, but an abusive relationship ending in tragedy has prompted her to take her career in a new direction. Erin Moon narrates as Maeve goes to an artists' mountain retreat in winter to strategize her future. Demurely portrayed Maeve meets saucy Anna, with her Southern charm; Karo, the stern retreat director; and overbearing Dan and sexy Sim, both... Read More

REVELATIONS

REVELATIONS

by Mary Sharratt | Read by Polly Lee

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Mary Sharratt's gripping novel places listeners directly into the hardships, superstitions, and brutality of the fifteenth century. Polly Lee's impressive narration brings out the humanity and courage of two female mystics. After bearing her 14th child, Margery Kempe worries that her husband won't honor their vow of celibacy. She seeks counsel from the famous holy woman Julian... Read More

RHINOS IN NEBRASKA

RHINOS IN NEBRASKA The Amazing Discovery of the Ashfall Fossil Beds

by Allison Pearce Stevens | Read by Mark Sanderlin

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Mark Sanderlin uses an enthusiastic tone to draw listeners into the exciting discovery of the Ashfall Fossil Beds in Nebraska, which hold information about the ancient animals that lived there 12 million years ago. Sanderline chronicles the process of digging up the fossils that were buried in ash from a supervolcano, emphasizing the tremendous amount of work... Read More

THE RIVER HAS TEETH

THE RIVER HAS TEETH

by Erica Waters | Read by Katherine Littrell, Sura Siu

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Magic, monsters, and mayhem come together in this eerie YA audiobook. The story focuses on two women: Natasha, who is on a relentless quest to find her missing sister, and Della, who has some answers for her but seeks a few of her own. Dependent on each other to solve the mystery, they develop a touching relationship, which is beautifully portrayed by narrators Katherine... Read More

THE RIVERS

THE RIVERS

by W.E. Roberts | Read by W.E. Roberts, Laurel Lefkow, John Chancer

William E. Roberts | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In 2016, investigative reporter Arnie Rednapp is challenged to uncover the truth behind a socialite's family background. He pieces together the story from interviews with people he meets while traveling up the Klamath River and from letters written by a young widow in 1899. Author W.E. Roberts narrates the contemporary part of the story, with Laurel Lefkow voicing the letters... Read More

RIZZIO

RIZZIO

by Denise Mina | Read by Katie Leung

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Scottish crime novelist Denise Mina has written a grimly authentic novella about the 1566 assassination of David Rizzio, private secretary and confidant to Mary, Queen of Scots. Narrator Katie Leung delivers the grisly murder like a modern-day journalist. Her voice is tense but controlled, engaged but not impassioned. Her natural Scottish accent reminds us that the scene is in... Read More

ROCK ME ON THE WATER

ROCK ME ON THE WATER 1974--The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television and Politics

by Ronald Brownstein | Read by Will Damron

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Senior CNN editor and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ronald Brownstein offers his treatise that 1974 was the year when Los Angeles rose to be the pinnacle of creative cultural output for all major media. Narrator Will Damron, with considerable ease and grace, raises the interest and entertainment levels significantly. Using pleasing tones, his spot-on phrasing and inflection rise to... Read More

THE RULES OF ARRANGEMENT

THE RULES OF ARRANGEMENT

by Anisha Bhatia | Read by Shazia Nicholls

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Shazia Nicholls narrates the story of an intelligent and resourceful young woman finding her place in the world. Zoya Sahni has focused on her education and career, rather than looking for a husband, and her dedication pays off when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes her way . . . at almost the exact same time a staggering marriage prospect arrives. Nicholls perfectly... Read More

RUNAWAY BLUES

RUNAWAY BLUES

Earphones Award Winner

by Pete Fanning | Read by Ian M. Hawkins

Immortal Works | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Ian M. Hawkins introduces 12-year-old Caleb Wallace in this coming-of-age story, which also focuses on dementia. Listeners accompany Caleb to visit his grandad, Clem, a bluesman who lives in a Virginia care home. Hawkins skillfully renders Grandad's mental confusion and endearing Caleb, who enjoys his grandfather's stories of the old days, when he met legend Robert... Read More

THE SACRED BAND

THE SACRED BAND Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom

by James Romm | Read by Vivienne Leheny

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

Vivienne Leheny narrates with an assured voice as she guides listeners through this engrossing history of an obscure fourth-century BCE band of Theban soldiers composed of male companions. Uncovered in a mass grave in 1880, these pairs of erastes (older men) and eromenos (younger men) are contextualized within the rhythms of ancient life. Leheny's measured pace allows listeners... Read More

SACRED SITES

SACRED SITES The Secret History of Southern California

by Susan Suntree | Read by Susan Suntree, Kalani Queypo, Peter Coyote

Susan Suntree | Unabridged
History

Audiobooks that defy categorization are rare, so don't miss listening to this astoundingly creative exploration of the history of place--Southern California, to be exact. After poet Gary Snyder's introduction, read enthusiastically by Peter Coyote, the author plunges into an epic account of our universe. Starting 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang, Suntree offers a... Read More

THE SANDMAN: ACT II

THE SANDMAN: ACT II

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs [Adapt.] | Read by James McAvoy, Neil Gaiman, Kat Dennings, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, John Lithgow, and a Full Cast

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Fantasy

Anchored by Neil Gaiman's hypnotic storyteller's voice, the second act of THE SANDMAN bewitches. As Morpheus, Lord of Dreams, James McAvoy sounds both imperious and weary, otherworldly and very human. The star-filled cast of actors and lush production guide listeners back and forth in time and in and out of fantastic worlds. The interconnected episodes are always compelling,... Read More

THE SANTA SUIT

THE SANTA SUIT

by Mary Kay Andrews | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Kathleen McInerney will have listeners believing in miracles-- or miracles in Tarburton, North Carolina, at least--where divorcée Ivy Jenkins has just purchased Four Roses Farm sight unseen. With wry humor McInerney chronicles Ivy's calamitous move and her frustration at discovering her new home's Christmas-themed reputation. During the move, Ivy finds a note in a... Read More

SAVAGE TONGUES

SAVAGE TONGUES

by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi | Read by Samara Naeymi

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Samara Naeymi is the dreamy, disappointed voice of Arezu, an Iranian-American teenager who is neglected by her father and shuttled to his vacant apartment in Marbella, Spain. Naeymi vividly captures the angst and hope of a young woman who becomes romantically entangled with the wrong person. Naeymi's performance evokes the feelings of confusion, dislocation, and loss that are... Read More

SAWYER'S RUN

SAWYER'S RUN A (Mostly) Fictional Appalachian Trail Adventure

by Lee Lovelace | Read by Jack de Golia

Lee Lovelace | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Jack de Golia outdoes himself with this mountain-climbing adventure featuring a man and his dog as they tackle the Appalachian Trail. Listeners accompany the duo, learning fun and valuable tidbits about trail life. De Golia excels with delivering vibrant descriptions of scenery, food, and sleeping under the stars; in addition, he captures amusing "conversations"... Read More

THE SEA IS SALT AND SO AM I

THE SEA IS SALT AND SO AM I

by Cassandra Hartt | Read by Lori Gardner, Nick Mills, Tom Picasso

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Lori Gardner portrays Harlow, a teen who tries to balance her time between her best friend, Ellis, and her new romantic interest, Ellis's twin brother, Tommy, who has been grappling with mental health issues. Narrator Tom Picasso establishes a youthful timbre and hurt tone for Ellis as his friendship with Harlow becomes more distant, and he struggles to understand and... Read More

SEASON 13

SEASON 13

by Mark Redfield | Read by Mark Redfield, Brinke Stevens, Rik Deskin, Andi Shrem, Olivia McMahon, and a Full Cast

Oasis Audio | Audio Program
Audio Theater

Christmas just isn't complete without Ebenezer Scrooge and a rousing performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. And so it is in this happy send-up of all things Christmas and community theater. Despite excellent high-end sound effects and an old-time radio feel, the thirteenth season of the fictitious Majestic Theatre isn't going so well. They have a new stage manager who is falling for... Read More

THE SECRET HISTORY OF FOOD

THE SECRET HISTORY OF FOOD Strange but True Stories About the Origins of Everything We Eat

Earphones Award Winner

by Matt Siegel | Read by Roger Wayne

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Roger Wayne embraces the author's enthusiasm and has many fun moments narrating this irreverent, informed guide to little known stories about food. From his emulation of a squeaky, pretentious English cookbook writer downgrading American pie to his imitation of a working-class Brit in a quote from TRAINSPOTTING, Wayne's voice work shines. The pie section is splendid: American... Read More

THE SECRET LIFE OF FUNGI

THE SECRET LIFE OF FUNGI Discoveries from a Hidden World

by Aliya Whitely | Read by Alison Larkin

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Alison Larkin's narration of this ode to all things mushroom reflects the author's love of fungi. Whitely describes the many "fungal miracles" without getting bogged down in scientific details. Larkin has as much fun describing how to cook a favorite mushroom dish as she does reminding listeners that penicillin has saved millions of lives. She maintains the author's jazzed... Read More

THE SECRET OF LIFE

THE SECRET OF LIFE Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA's Double Helix

Earphones Award Winner

by Howard Markel | Read by Donald Corren

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Many listeners, especially women, will feel growing indignation as this audiobook unfolds. Narrator Donald Corren's voice possesses the quiet certainty of an investigator who's searched the record fully, weighed all the facts, and uncovered a hive of nasty crimes: deceit, slander, sexism, anti-Semitism. The men involved, most famously James Watson, have already told the story... Read More

THE SECRETS OF LORD GRAYSON CHILD

THE SECRETS OF LORD GRAYSON CHILD A Cynster-Connected Novel, Book 10

by Stephanie Laurens | Read by Matthew Brenher

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

The deep voice of narrator Matthew Brenher draws the listener into this historical romance. Lord Grayson Child attempts to confront the owner of a London newspaper, only to discover the owner is actually Lady Isadora Descartes, with whom he was involved 10 years earlier. While at the newspaper's office, they discover the body of its photographer. Brenher skillfully uses a mix... Read More

THE SEED KEEPER

THE SEED KEEPER

by Diane Wilson | Read by Kyla García

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Memoirist Diane Wilson's first novel celebrates the role of Dakota women who kept their seeds and culture alive across generations. Narrator Kyla Garcia portrays four generations of women who preserve seeds and stories. She brings Rosalie Iron Wing to life as she struggles to overcome her past as a foster child, live as the wife of a white farmer, and search for her family and... Read More

SEEING GHOSTS

SEEING GHOSTS A Memoir

by Kat Chow | Read by Kat Chow

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Kat Chow narrates this memoir about her mother's death with quiet grace. She recounts stories about her Chinese-American family, from her own childhood and from her parents' and grandparents' lives, with openness and curiosity. Her voice remains steady throughout most of the audiobook, even when she's describing her mother's cancer treatment and the grief and loneliness of her... Read More

THE SELECTED SHORT STORIES OF JACK LONDON

THE SELECTED SHORT STORIES OF JACK LONDON

by Jack London | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Pete Cross delivers these classic short stories of the noted novelist, journalist, and activist Jack London with an authoritative tone and perfect pacing. Listening gives you a snapshot of the world at the turn of the twentieth century. Cross performs classics like "To Build a Fire," "A Thousand Deaths," "An Odyssey of the North," and "Grit of Women" with intriguing... Read More

SET ME FREE

SET ME FREE

by Ann Clare LeZotte | Read by Nora Hunter

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Nora Hunter, who narrated LeZotte's first audiobook, SHOW ME A SIGN, narrates this sequel. She conveys the intense feelings of Mary Lambert, a sensitive, deaf 14-year-old who is still recovering from being kidnapped for the purpose of being used as a "live specimen." Mary has a passion for writing, and Hunter's reading of her beautifully composed words suggests Mary's talent.... Read More

SHALLOW WATERS

SHALLOW WATERS

by Anita Kopacz | Read by Michelle Kopacz

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This lyrical debut reimagines Yemaya, the Yoruba Orïsha (deity) of the sea, as a merwoman who falls in love with a human. When the human is captured by enslavers, Yemaya follows the ship to America, where she is soon captured herself. On her journey to freedom, Yemaya encounters many luminaries, including Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. The combination of an Orïsha... Read More

SHARDS OF EARTH

SHARDS OF EARTH The Final Architecture, Book 1

by Adrian Tchaikovsky | Read by Sophie Aldred

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Sophie Aldred narrates an intriguing new series about humanity in the aftermath of a war with an alien species. After the destruction of Earth, enhanced humans were engineered to combat the Architects until their sudden disappearance. The discovery of a technology abandoned in space kicks off a race to find out what happened to the Architects while avoiding utter destruction.... Read More

SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN

SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN

by Shelley Parker-Chan | Read by Natalie Naudus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Natalie Naudus delivers this epic of fate, ambition, and identity set in thirteenth-century Mongol-ruled China. After a childhood full of death and starvation, a young woman assumes her brother's identity and takes his place as a novice monk destined for greatness. Listeners will follow Zhu Chongba as she joins the rebellion against Mongol rule and works her way up the ranks to... Read More

SHELF LIFE

SHELF LIFE Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

Earphones Award Winner

by Nadia Wassef | Read by Vaneh Assadourian

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners will delight in this memoir by the strong-willed and always opinionated Nadia Wassef, one of the co-owners of Diwan, a group of independent bookstores founded in Cairo in 2002. Narrator Vaneh Assadourian's lively cadences and emphatic tone perfectly suit this inspiring story. She brings forth the enthusiasm and feisty determination of this passionate advocate for... Read More

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM DARED

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM DARED The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress

by Alicia D. Williams | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

This short audiobook for kids recounts the life of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to be elected to Congress. Expertly narrated by Adenrele Ojo, Chisholm's story takes her from childhood in Barbados and New York to the U.S. House of Representatives. Ojo captures Chisholm's spirited, rebellious personality and passion for politics. Ojo's clear voice and even pacing make... Read More

SHOE WARS

SHOE WARS

by Liz Pichon | Read by Joanna Scanlan

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Joanna Scanlan's spirited delivery complements this action-packed story about shoe tycoon Wendy Wedge and her bullying son, Walter. Listeners will meet the fascinating and ingenious Foot family--Ruby, Bear, and dad, Ivor. An annual competition for the Golden Shoe Award--usually won by a Wedge--is underway. When Ruby and Bear realize their dad's flying shoes (sure to win the big... Read More

SHOELESS JOE

SHOELESS JOE

by W.P. Kinsella | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

If you've seen FIELD OF DREAMS, then this audiobook--the basis for the movie--is a must-listen. W.P. Kinsella's fantastical, romantic, historical fiction on the importance of baseball and family comes to life in Grover Gardner's narration. He uses a gentle tone for Ray Kinsella, who, despite being close to losing his farm, rarely seems stressed. Gardner is relaxed as this... Read More

SHOKO'S SMILE

SHOKO'S SMILE Stories

by Choi Eunyoung, Sung Ryu [Trans.] | Read by Jackie Chung, Janet Song, Greta Jung

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Jackie Chung, Janet Song, and Greta Jung work together to present these short stories, which offer glimpses into the lives of contemporary Korean women. From the tragic ferry sinking that listeners might remember from the news a while back to quieter personal conflicts, the narrators create a rich vocal range for the mostly female characters. Chung, Song, and Jung... Read More

SIDELINED

SIDELINED Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America

Earphones Award Winner

by Julie DiCaro | Read by Julie DiCaro

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Julie DiCaro was an especially rare phenomenon--a woman on sports talk radio who was allowed to express an opinion. With palpable and justified anger, DiCaro outlines the underlying sexism of her industry, the harassment she and other female reporters experienced when they dared to report on the sexual misconduct of male athletes, and the evil and anonymous Internet trolls who... Read More

THE SIGN OF DEATH

THE SIGN OF DEATH Victorian Book club, Book 2

by Callie Hutton | Read by Nano Nagle

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nano Nagle delivers this tangled mystery involving multiple murders and suspects. Sweet Lady Amy Lovell, who secretly writes murder mysteries as E.D. Burton, and Lord William, her fast friend and fellow amateur sleuth, take on their second investigation in Bath, England, in 1891. Mr. James Harding, Lord William's man of business, drowns under suspicious circumstances. Nagle... Read More

SILENT WINDS, DRY SEAS

SILENT WINDS, DRY SEAS

by Vinod Busjeet | Read by Mahesh Jadu

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Mahesh Jadu brings a kind, pensive tone to this story about Vishnu Bhushan, a young man growing up under colonial rule in Mauritius. Fans of world literature will sink into this lush novel about Vishnu's past and present. Jadu captures the rhythms of Vishnu's parents' accented English with a light touch, helping to dramatize the differences between the first- and... Read More

SILVER TEARS

SILVER TEARS

by Camilla Läckberg, Ian Giles [Trans.] | Read by Tanya Cubric

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Tanya Cubric's velvety-rich seductive voice draws listeners into this dark tale. The novel continues the story of Faye Adelheim, CEO of the highly successful cosmetics company Revenge. Faye's past actions are now coming back to haunt her, threatening all she cherishes. Cubric performs the Swedish characters with a posh British accent and keeps to a steady pace. Her... Read More

THE SINFUL LIVES OF TROPHY WIVES

THE SINFUL LIVES OF TROPHY WIVES

by Kristin Miller | Read by Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Catherine Taber, Cassandra Campbell

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Those feeling down about summer's end may enjoy extending the season with this beachy listen. Narrators Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Catherine Taber, and Cassandra Campbell take turns portraying three "trophy wives" whose lives intersect in an exclusive neighborhood. Each performer brings a soapy energy as deliveries range from gossipy and confiding to dramatic and over-the-top.... Read More

SISTERS IN ARMS

SISTERS IN ARMS

by Kaia Alderson | Read by Shayna Small

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Shayna Small channels the strength and tenacity of the trailblazing Black women who served at home and abroad in the historic Six Triple Eight Battalion of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. New recruits Eliza and Grace are thrown together during training and their eventual deployment as part of the 6888th. Their initially rocky relationship grows into sisterhood, with... Read More

SIX CRIMSON CRANES

SIX CRIMSON CRANES Six Crimson Cranes, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Lim | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller immerses listeners in this fairy-tale- inspired fantasy. Shiori, who is uninterested in her arranged engagement, learns to wield forbidden magic from a shape-shifting dragon. After stumbling upon her stepmother's secret, Shiori is exiled and cursed to remain mute--every word uttered means death to one of her six brothers, who have been transformed into... Read More

SIX WEEKS TO LIVE

SIX WEEKS TO LIVE

by Catherine McKenzie | Read by Alex Allwine, Eileen Stevens, Julia Whelan, Caitlin Davies

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A talented team of four narrators perfectly matches the tension, chaos, and family dysfunction in this fast-paced audiobook. Jennifer Barnes is shocked when she is told she has a terminal brain tumor and six weeks to live. As she processes the news, she discovers earlier blood tests that suggest she may have been poisoned. Her daughters--thoughtful Emily, cold Aline, and... Read More

SIXTEEN HORSES

SIXTEEN HORSES

by Greg Buchanan | Read by Louise Brealey

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The discovery of 16 horses' heads buried in a field outside a declining English seaside town sets off a sequence of troubling and horrific events. D.S. Alec Nichols and forensic vet Dr. Cooper Allen are called in to investigate. Louise Brealey's understated narration creates a dark atmosphere well suited to this story. Her well-paced timing complements the short sentences that... Read More

SLAINE

SLAINE The Horned God

by Pat Mills | Read by Gerry O'Brien, Colin Morgan, Ayoola Smart, Stephen Hogan, Fiona Glascott, Gemma Whelan

Random House UK | Audio Program
Fantasy

Step into a bloody world of barbarians and witches as one man stands against the forces of evil in a time long forgotten. The six performers deserve a lot of credit for bringing this complicated story of demons, Druids, and dark forces to life. The cast performs the work seamlessly, leaving no doubt who is speaking, whether it is the Celtic warrior Slaine, his helpers, or any... Read More

THE SLEEPOVER MYSTERY

THE SLEEPOVER MYSTERY Museum Kittens, Book 3

by Holly Webb | Read by Roslyn Oades

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Roslyn Oades impressively presents a range of voices as she depicts an exciting sleepover for a group of young students. Listeners join the museum kittens, who guard the site at night, when they tackle naughty pupils and devious rats. The kittens--Boris, Tasha, and Peter--enjoy the kids, and kitten Bianca is enchanted by them. The action escalates when Bianca is... Read More

A SLOW FIRE BURNING

A SLOW FIRE BURNING

by Paula Hawkins | Read by Rosamund Pike

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rosamund Pike adds drama to this convoluted suspense story about the brutal murder of a young man. Among the suspects and witnesses are the woman Daniel had sex with on the night of his death, his aunt and uncle, and a couple of nosy neighbors. Everyone involved in the case is insular and struggling with unresolved issues stemming from a past trauma--the loss of a... Read More

SO MANY BEGINNINGS: A LITTLE WOMEN REMIX

SO MANY BEGINNINGS: A LITTLE WOMEN REMIX

by Bethany C. Morrow | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Like the characters that inspired them, the four March sisters in this remix are coming of age against the backdrop of the American Civil War. This audiobook is performed well for its young adult audience. Adenrele Ojo offers a theatrical delivery that will engage young listeners, and no prior knowledge of the Alcott original is needed to enjoy these characters and their... Read More

SO WE MEET AGAIN

SO WE MEET AGAIN

by Suzanne Park | Read by Jackie Chung

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Jackie Chung narrates the charming and humorous story of a romance between former childhood rivals. After Jessie Kim loses her Wall Street job via a Zoom HR meeting, she moves back in with her parents to figure out her life. Running into her middle school nemesis, Daniel Choi, was not on her to-do list. Chung perfectly balances the humor in the story with the difficulties... Read More

A SOFT PLACE TO LAND

A SOFT PLACE TO LAND

by Janae Marks | Read by Imani Parks

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Imani Parks takes the listener on a roller-coaster ride in this moving middle-grade story. Joy is sick of the changes in her life. She doesn't like having to share a room with her little sister now that her family has moved out of their house. She doesn't like the way she can hear her parents fighting all the time in their new apartment. Parks flawlessly captures Joy's... Read More

SOMEONE TO CHERISH

SOMEONE TO CHERISH Westcott, Book 8

Earphones Award Winner

by Mary Balogh | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

With gentle mastery, narrator Rosalyn Landor gives an exceptional performance of this eighth title in the Wescott series--though listeners can easily enjoy it as a stand-alone listen. After Lydia Tavernor and Harry Wescott independently suffer a tragedy, each needs to discover him- or herself independently. But on a walk home together one night, a simple question leads to... Read More

SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

by Alexandra Kleeman | Read by Marin Ireland

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Marin Ireland has a gift for mimicry. She invests each character with a tone, inflection, and pace that establish their identity. Her Valley girls sound vapid and her stoners stoned, but each has slightly different gradations. Hollywood power types, the essence of corruption, are voiced expertly as greedy and affectless. In the darkening landscape of this dystopian... Read More

A SONG EVERLASTING

A SONG EVERLASTING

by Ha Jin | Read by Feodor Chin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This highly expositional audiobook reads a bit like a third-person diary--if such a thing existed. Yao Tian is an acclaimed singer from China who is touring the U.S. when one decision changes the course of his life forever. Feodor Chin is a capable narrator, moving us with a consistent pace and tone through both the mundane details of Tian's life and the dramatic revelations... Read More

SONGDOGS

SONGDOGS

Earphones Award Winner

by Colum McCann | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Dion Graham's narration of McCann's novel is powerful, melodic, sensitive, and soaring in its emotional breadth and depth. Connor Lyons's quest to find his mother leads him to his father's house in County Mayo, Ireland. Graham continues to hone his exceptional gifts with perfect pacing and a poignant tone as Connor deals with the eccentric old coot. The strained father-and-son... Read More

THE SOUL OF GENIUS

THE SOUL OF GENIUS Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and the Meeting That Changed the Course of Science

by Jeffrey Orens | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

In a voice of gentle gravitas, narrator Grover Gardner clearly conveys the complexities of the sciences in this dual biography. Orens's audiobook recounts the stories of Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, towering figures in scientific history. Einstein emerged from humble beginnings while working at a patent office; Curie's accomplishments in the field of radioactive elements... Read More

THE SOULMATE EQUATION

THE SOULMATE EQUATION

by Christina Lauren | Read by Patti Murin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

A hardworking single mom and a scientist who is developing a dating app are featured in this contemporary romance audiobook. Can DNA predict love? Jess's life revolves around her daughter, her grandparents, and her best friend. When she decides to send a sample of her DNA to hot geneticist River Peña's dating app, they are both surprised at the results. With a lively style,... Read More

SOUNDTRACKS

SOUNDTRACKS The Surprising Solution to Overthinking

by Jon Acuff | Read by Jon Acuff

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Business & Finance

The example of memorable songs becoming locked into our brains as adolescents works well to remind us that irrational or limiting beliefs can also become stored--as cognitive mandates that subconsciously guide what we do. The likable Acuff shows how we can take control of our lives so that instead of anxiously overthinking and acting out these unhelpful thoughts, we can... Read More

SPARROW RISING

SPARROW RISING Skyborn, Book 1

by Jessica Khoury | Read by Michael Gallagher, Emily Eiden

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

In alternating chapters, narrators Michael Gallagher and Emily Eiden bring to life a fantasy world filled with winged people who live in the Clandoms. Eiden conveys the humble innocence and sincerity of Ellie, an orphaned member of the Sparrow clan who aspires to join the elite group of knights called Goldwings, despite her low status in the Clandoms' strict hierarchy. Her... Read More

THE SPECKLED BEAUTY

THE SPECKLED BEAUTY A Dog and His People

by Rick Bragg | Read by Rick Bragg

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

You don't have to be a Southern boy to love a terrible dawg, but it don't hurt. There's something in the commodiousness of a rich Southern voice that makes bad luck, bad judgment, and suffering sound bearable--if not outright triumphant. Spec is short for The Speckled Beauty, a stray with a mangled eye and an ear sewed on crooked. In a voice powered by grits and molasses, Bragg... Read More

STARSTRUCK

STARSTRUCK A Second Chance Novella (The Crazy Desi Love Series)

by Falguni Kothari | Read by Soneela Nankani, Vikas Adam

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Soneela Nankani and Vikas Adam narrate a Bollywood-infused novella. When agent-to-the-stars Tania Coehlo meets bad-boy actor Veer Rana at a Christmas party, their attraction is immediate and undeniable. But the problem is he's already engaged to one of Tania's clients. Tania is a smart business woman, and Nankani portrays her poise and confidence with breezy aplomb. In pursuit... Read More

THE STARTUP WIFE

THE STARTUP WIFE

by Tahmima Anam | Read by Tanha Dil

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Tanha Dil performs this audiobook, which explores a marriage, a social media start-up, friendship, and alternative spiritual practices. When doctoral student Asha crosses paths with Cyrus, her high school crush, sparks fly, and the two, along with their wealthy friend, launch WAI, an app that helps people create the perfect ritual for every life milestone. Dil's... Read More

STEPHEN FRY'S EDWARDIAN SECRETS

STEPHEN FRY'S EDWARDIAN SECRETS

by Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker | Read by Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
History

In a podcast format well suited to audio, the incomparable Stephen Fry gathers together familiar and little-known facts about those irrepressible Edwardians. A companion piece to his delightful exploration of VICTORIAN SECRETS, Fry's Edwardian collection is presented in 12 lively episodes. With voice actors taking the roles of historians and other experts, there are revelations... Read More

THE STEPSISTERS

THE STEPSISTERS

by Susan Mallery | Read by Tanya Eby

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Tanya Eby helps listeners experience the emotional journey that takes place as three stepsisters with a turbulent past learn to care for each other. Daisy opens her home to her estranged sister when Cassidy needs to recuperate from an accident. This brings Cassidy back in contact with her other stepsister, Sage, after years spent apart. Daisy's husband has unexpectedly... Read More

THE STILLS

THE STILLS The Kinship Series, Book 3

by Jess Montgomery | Read by Susan Bennett

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Susan Bennett narrates this intricate story of deception, murder, and misdirection. It's told from the perspectives of Sheriff Lily Ross and Fiona Vogel during an intense Thanksgiving week in Kinship, Ohio. At the height of Prohibition, Fiona's gruff-voiced duplicitous husband plots to poison the local moonshine in southeast Ohio, a crime the sheriff must foil. Bennett adopts a... Read More

THE STOLEN HOURS

THE STOLEN HOURS

by Allen Eskens | Read by MacLeod Andrews, Christine Lakin, Tina Huang

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A talented team of narrators perfectly present this fast-paced, engaging legal thriller. Lila Nash is getting closer to her dream job working for the prosecutor in Hennepin County. When she begins working on the case of an attempted murder of a young women, unexpected connections to other crimes and to her own troubled past come to light. Detective Niki Vang suspects Gavin... Read More

THE STOLEN LADY

THE STOLEN LADY A Novel of World War II and the Mona Lisa

by Laura Morelli | Read by Lisa Flanagan, Caroline Hewitt, Paul Woodson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Three narrators recount this tale about two hallmark periods for Leonardo DaVinci's MONA LISA: its creation in the fifteenth century and its rescue from the Nazis in the twentieth. Narrator Lisa Flanagan depicts Bellina, a servant in 1479 Florence whose mistress becomes the subject of Leonardo's portrait. When Leonardo--voiced with suitable gravitas and self-aggrandizement by... Read More

STRANGE BEASTS OF CHINA

STRANGE BEASTS OF CHINA

by Yan Ge | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fantasy

In the fictional city of Yong'an, China, beasts live among, and are barely distinguishable from, people. A newspaper columnist has a passion to understand the beasts, so she sets out to write a story about each one. Zeller creates a persona for the columnist that is reminiscent of an old movie featuring a hard-drinking writer living in a shady part of town. Each story begins... Read More

THE STRANGER BEHIND YOU

THE STRANGER BEHIND YOU

by Carol Goodman | Read by Samantha Desz

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Samantha Desz builds suspense with her nuanced performance of this intense thriller. The night Joan's article exposing a newspaper tycoon's predatory behavior goes live, she's attacked. The journalist isolates herself from nearly everyone while she attempts to identify who's behind the assault. Meanwhile, Melissa works to uncover the truth about her husband, the tycoon. Both... Read More

STREAMING SARAH

STREAMING SARAH Walk-In Investigations

by Joyce Kostakis | Read by Melinda Wade, Punch Audio

Joyce Kostakis | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Melinda Wade takes listeners through the jarring psychic awakening of Detective Kate Hanson as she goes from being a heroine with a tragic backstory to a woman with a helpful connection to the afterlife. After running away from her own wedding, Hanson attempts suicide and ends up with a bizarre connection to murder victims who are asking for help. Wade captures the... Read More

STRONG LIKE THE SEA

STRONG LIKE THE SEA

by Wendy S. Swore | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller transports listeners to the Hawaiian Islands with her laid-back tone and patois. For her 12th birthday, Oahu tween Alexis is given the biggest adventure puzzle yet from her mom, who is a naval intelligence contractor stationed on a submarine at sea. What starts as a way to pass the time becomes a lifeline when communication from the sub abruptly... Read More

STUNTBOY, IN THE MEANTIME

STUNTBOY, IN THE MEANTIME

Earphones Award Winner

by Jason Reynolds | Read by Guy Lockard, Nile Bullock, Angel Pean, James Fouhey, Soneela Nankani, Leon Nixon, Chanté McCormick, Lamarr Gulley, DePre Owens

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

With endless energy, verve, and style, Guy Lockard is a total superstar narrating this middle-grade novel about Portico Reeves, aka Stuntboy. Supported by a lively cast and a dynamic production, Lockard tells Portico's origin story--Portico loves life in his apartment building, but every time he catches his mom and dad arguing, he feels "the frets" (cue the red-alert sound... Read More

SUCH A QUIET PLACE

SUCH A QUIET PLACE

by Megan Miranda | Read by Rebekkah Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rebekkah Ross establishes the perfect pace to depict a sleepy college town where small changes are noticed and unstructured summers leave residents with idle time. A year and a half ago, a couple was found dead in their home, and their neighbor Ruby was imprisoned for their murder. When her conviction is overturned, Ruby returns to her old home, where her roommate,... Read More

SUMMER FUN

SUMMER FUN

Earphones Award Winner

by Jeanne Thornton | Read by Jeanne Thornton

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

On one level, this remarkable audiobook focuses on Gala, a trans woman who is looking for meaning in contemporary New Mexico. Deeper focus, however, is given to Gala's quasi-biographical fan letters to (and about) B--, the genius behind 1960s surf band the Get Happies. Intensity mounts as Gala's and B--'s experiences of gender and displacement overlap, and author Jeanne... Read More

SUMMER LIGHT, AND THEN COMES THE NIGHT

SUMMER LIGHT, AND THEN COMES THE NIGHT

Earphones Award Winner

by Jón Kalman Stefánsson, Philip Roughton [Trans.] | Read by Ulf Bjorklund

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ulf Bjorklund takes listeners on a leisurely stroll through a small Icelandic town. The performance is composed of several short stories featuring various townsfolk that give listeners windows into each of their lives. From the neighborhood gossipers to pensive resident scientists to nosy postmen, every relationship is intimately performed, and discovering the... Read More

THE SUMMER WE TURNED GREEN

THE SUMMER WE TURNED GREEN

by William Sutcliffe | Read by Sam Newton

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Young Adult

The climate crisis and family dynamics are the themes in this young adult audiobook. Thirteen-year-old Luke's summer goes awry when his older sister, Rose, moves into the house across the street, which is occupied by a commune of climate activists protesting an airport expansion that will closely affect the community. Then, instead of bringing her home, their dad joins her. Sam... Read More

SUNSET SPRINGS

SUNSET SPRINGS

by Kacen Callender | Read by Commarrah J. Yochanan

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Commarrah Yochanan becomes the voice of Charlie, a 27-year-old trans writer who returns home to Sunset Springs after being laid off from his job in New York City. Yochanan injects the right amount of feeling to portray his moods--annoyance, sarcasm, and moments of vulnerability. In his hometown Charlie is the focus of a lot of judgment, but his guard comes down when he... Read More

SUNSHINE

SUNSHINE

by Marion Dane Bauer | Read by Jesse Einstein

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jesse Einstein establishes a youthful voice for Ben, who will be staying with his mother in her cabin on a remote island in northern Minnesota for a week. Ben hasn't seen his mom since she left him when he was only three years old. To help cope, he pretends that he has a dog named Sunshine. Einstein captures Ben's emotions as he meets new challenges and has new... Read More

TALES OF THE DARK PRAIRIE

TALES OF THE DARK PRAIRIE Dark Prairie Universe, Book 1-2

by Colby Elliott | Read by Colby Elliott

Last Word Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author/narrator Colby Elliott shines in both capacities as he recounts two tales of lawmen in Platte City, Nebraska, in the 1870s and late 1990s. In the contemporary story, listeners accompany easygoing Dale Ellis as he answers a call from a rancher whose cows have been mysteriously mauled to death. Elliott's vivid descriptions of a monstrous creature are hair-raising,... Read More

TALK TO ME

TALK TO ME

by T.C. Boyle | Read by Stacey Glemboski

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Stacey Glemboski performs this unique audiobook about the power of human love for an animal with a convincing style and unswerving fairness. The warmth in her voice and her skilled pacing work well. She has a fine ability to get inside the thoughts of the characters--human and simian. An unusual love triangle--among a researcher, an assistant, and Sam the chimp--serves as the... Read More

TALL MEN, SHORT SHORTS

TALL MEN, SHORT SHORTS The 1969 NBA Finals: Wilt, Russ, Lakers, Celtics, and a Very Young Sports Reporter

by Leigh Montville | Read by Leigh Montville

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The venerable sportswriter (THE BOSTON GLOBE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED) narrates his own work--part memoir, part look back at basketball. Montville recounts the 1969 NBA Finals between Boston and Los Angeles and all their accompanying trappings--reporting, side stories, and biographies. He refers to himself as "the bright young man," a third-person approach that fits his style--never... Read More

THE TANGLEROOT PALACE

THE TANGLEROOT PALACE Stories

by Marjorie Liu | Read by Catherine Ho

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fantasy

Catherine Ho narrates a collection of dark fairy tales featuring witches, warriors, princesses, and more. Most of the stories in this collection lean into the darker and creepier side of Liu's aesthetic, which Ho excels at. Standouts include "Sympathy for the Bones," in which Ho digs into the bitter desperation of a young woman who refuses to succumb to it; "The Last Dignity of... Read More

TASTE

TASTE My Life Through Food

by Stanley Tucci | Read by Stanley Tucci

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Stanley Tucci narrates this moving, funny, heartwarming, and gut-wrenching audiobook with vigor and style. Not surprisingly, he reads with an actor's attention to language, rhythm, and emotion. An Italophile, he pronounces the many mouthwatering Italian dishes--pastas, sauces, and signature cocktail recipes--with reverence. His delivery of his unalloyed love for generations of... Read More

TECHNICALLY FOOD

TECHNICALLY FOOD Inside Silicon Valleys Mission to Change What We Eat

by Larissa Zimberoff | Read by Larissa Zimberoff

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Larissa Zimberoff's narration works in this food-centric audiobook because she has a pleasing voice and good reportorial skills. She understands pacing and cadence. A good storyteller, she knows whereof she speaks, as she suffers from Type 1 diabetes, and she has been a close observer of everything she eats since her teens. Here she uses this skill set to her look at the... Read More

TESLA

TESLA Wizard at War: The Genius, the Particle Beam Weapon, and the Pursuit of Power

by Marc J. Seifer | Read by Simon Vance

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The lad who grabbed the microphone at age 6 to record Pooh, Simon Vance, grew into a narrator who has, so far, won 16 Audies. His precise diction, with just a wisp of Oxbridge, here resurrects a forgotten genius. Nicola Tesla may not have been the most significant inventor of his time, but he was certainly the most colorful. Regarded as a saint in India, the Serbian's proposed... Read More

THE THERAPIST

THE THERAPIST

by B.A. Paris | Read by Olivia Dowd, Thomas Judd

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Olivia Dowd performs the majority of this thriller, set in an exclusive gated community in London. Alice, a freelance translator, moves in with her boyfriend, Leo, after he finds the perfect house for the perfect price. From the start of the audiobook, Dowd builds the suspense, conveying Alice's growing suspicion that there's something amiss in the neighborhood,... Read More

THINGS I HAVE WITHHELD

THINGS I HAVE WITHHELD Essays

Earphones Award Winner

by Kei Miller | Read by Kei Miller

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The Jamaican writer Kei Miller narrates his collection of essays with powerful clarity and vulnerability. The audiobook's title reflects his experiences with being Black and queer and with being seen as a brother, a threat, a Jamaican, a target, and a family member. He also addresses the nature of things unsaid or let go. Miller reflects on his experiences when self-professed... Read More

THE THIRD GRAVE

THE THIRD GRAVE Pierce Reed/Nikki Gillette, Book 4

by Lisa Jackson | Read by Natalie Naudus

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Natalie Naudus takes listeners through the twists and turns of a classic Southern mystery. When two bodies are discovered in an abandoned manor in Savannah, Georgia, it becomes clear that a grave on the property was intended for one more body. A reporter's refusal to listen to her husband, a detective, may unravel a historical mystery. Naudus handles a cast of battling... Read More

THIS SHINING LIFE

THIS SHINING LIFE

Earphones Award Winner

by Harriet Kline | Read by Mary Jane Wells, Jenny Sterlin, Sam Newton, Simon Hedger, Ella Lynch, Nano Nagle, Steve Fortune

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

An ensemble of talented narrators enhances the humanity of the family members in Harriet Kline's beautifully conceived novel. After Rich is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, the shock reverberates through the lives of his wife, Ruth; his son, 11-year-old Ollie, who's on the autism spectrum; Rich's parents, Marjorie and Gerald; Ruth's mother, Angran (Ollie's combining of... Read More

THIS VERY TREE

THIS VERY TREE A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth

by Sean Rubin | Read by Jennifer Ceci

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jennifer Ceci is the voice of the "Survivor Tree," which miraculously survived the 9/11 attack that toppled the Twin Towers and buried it. Her tone is light and proud as the tree recalls its early days of providing shade and beauty to workers and visitors to the World Trade Center. In those moments subtle wind and bird sounds add atmosphere. Ceci's voice, made more... Read More

THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOON

THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOON A Memoir

by Cecily Strong | Read by Cecily Strong

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

"Saturday Night Live" star Cecily Strong narrates appealingly, often with raw emotion that fits the harrowing losses she experienced last year--the death of a favorite cousin to cancer, a new boyfriend stricken with COVID, and an SNL friend succumbing to the virus. Her pacing and comedic timing make listening easy, even when compact stories and vignettes appear in rapid... Read More

THIS WILL BE FUNNY SOMEDAY

THIS WILL BE FUNNY SOMEDAY

by Katie Henry | Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will have a ball with this quirky, comical romp, delightfully narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen. High school student Izzy is normally overlooked by her classmates, teachers, and boyfriend--until she finally discovers her voice in stand-up comedy after wandering into an open-mic night. Izzy begins to hang out with fellow comedian Mo while pretending she's in college... Read More

THREE ROOMS

THREE ROOMS

by Jo Hamya | Read by Jin Lusi

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Fiction

A 20-something well-educated British woman embarks on a futile quest for a home of her own. In a clipped, cultured voice, narrator Jin Lusi portrays the unnamed protagonist's increasing cynicism as she moves from one unsatisfactory living arrangement to another. In a sublet in Oxford, where she is a postdoctoral research assistant, she has encounters with an annoyingly... Read More

THREE STORIES & TEN POEMS

THREE STORIES & TEN POEMS

by Ernest Hemingway | Read by Jack de Golia

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Classics

Ernest Hemingway was one of the great masters of the short story, but the three early stories in this audiobook are not among his best. The poems may be among his best, but there is a good reason why he is remembered for his fiction and not his poetry. Jack de Golia's narration of these works is brisk and direct, like Hemingway's writing, although his female characters (of whom... Read More

TICKLED

TICKLED A Commonsense Guide to the Present Moment

Earphones Award Winner

by Duff McDonald | Read by Sean Pratt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Being stimulated into a delightful state--tickled--always happens in the moment and is different from the counting and analyzing we do every day, says business author Duff McDonald. In this moving account he describes how last year's Covid isolation inspired him to change the way he lives. The author's charm and calm thought processing are captured by narrator Sean Pratt. His... Read More

TIE DIE

TIE DIE Colleen Hayes Mystery, Book 2

by Max Tomlinson | Read by Margy Stein

Oceanview Publishing | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Max Tomlinson's detective fiction, set in the 1970s, has a distinct urban vibe. Here, narrator Margy Stein delivers the author's taut, crisp style. She brings to life tough, no-nonsense private eye Colleen Hayes and peoples her foggy San Francisco milieu with a variety of victims, villains, lushes, and losers. There are also scenes in England, and Stein must deliver more... Read More

TOGETHER WE WILL GO

TOGETHER WE WILL GO

Earphones Award Winner

by J. Michael Straczynski | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Dan Bittner, Neo Cihi, Michael Crouch, Samantha Desz, Kyla Garcia, Jonathan Todd Ross, Fred Sanders, Tara Sands, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Kevin R. Free, Aden Hakimi

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

A full cast narrates this controversial story of 12 strangers who embark upon on a cross-country road trip, brought together by their mutual desire to commit suicide. Disillusioned writer Mark Antonelli leads the group; he outfits an old tour bus and picks up companions along the way. With its engaging mix of emails, recordings, and sound effects, this book is perfectly... Read More

TOO SMALL TOLA

TOO SMALL TOLA

by Atinuke | Read by Amaka Obiechie

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Listeners will love hearing Amaka Obiechie's lively voice as she shares stories of Tola's life in Lagos, Nigeria. Young and sweet-voiced Tola and her family live in an apartment in the bustling city. Everybody calls her "Too Small Tola" because she is so little, but a trip to the market with her stern but loving Grandmommy helps her discover that she is also mighty. Obiechie... Read More

TOQUCHAR'S PRISONER

TOQUCHAR'S PRISONER The World of Agartha

by Stephen Austin Thorpe | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Continuum Multimedia | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Kirby Heyborne brings to life this young adult fantasy set in the real world and the magical world of Agatha. The worlds visited and the characters met are strange and unique, but Heyborne's steady narration and characterizations make them seem comfortable and familiar. Heyborne shines brightest when delivering character voices. He slips in and out of them so smoothly... Read More

TOWER OF BABEL

TOWER OF BABEL

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Sears | Read by Richard Poe

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Richard Poe commendably presents Queens, New York, with its cross section of cultures and residents, including onetime top lawyer--now foreclosure profiteer--Ted Molloy. Listeners will enjoy the action as Molloy tackles real estate moguls and Russian mafia between visits to Mets home games and Gallagher's Pub. Molloy is determined to save Barbara Miller, who has dementia, from... Read More

TOXIC LEGACY

TOXIC LEGACY How the Weedkiller Glyphosate Is Destroying Our Health and the Environment

by Stephanie Seneff | Read by Jill Smith

Chelsea Green | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Jill Smith gently expresses author Stephanie Seneff's feelings of loss as she recounts how her grandfather was found dead next to an open bag of DDT. Such emotion pops up again throughout Seneff's discussion of health problems relating to the herbicide Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate. These range from interference with gut bacteria to effects on... Read More

TRAVELS WITH GEORGE

TRAVELS WITH GEORGE In Search of Washington and His Legacy

by Nathaniel Philbrick | Read by Nathaniel Philbrick

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

In 1789, one of the first things President George Washington did was travel from the first capital in New York City to Massachusetts and to the Carolinas to take the pulse of a people who'd endured a long, contentious revolution. With a cheerful, engaging delivery and a healthy supply of historical facts and personal anecdotes, author and narrator Nathaniel Philbrick follows... Read More

THE TREES OF PRIDE

THE TREES OF PRIDE

by G.K. Chesterton | Read by Jack de Golia

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Classics

G.K. Chesterton, known for his Father Brown mysteries, is the author of this novella about exotic cursed trees in Cornwall. A country squire vanishes into the woods, and locals suspect his beloved imported trees devoured him. Jack de Golia narrates this unusual mystery, which touches on African and Cornish myths. Chesterton's premise is that rigid rationalism is self-defeating... Read More

TREJO

TREJO My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

by Danny Trejo, Donal Logue | Read by Danny Trejo, Donal Logue

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

If you don't recognize his name, chances are you'll recognize Danny Trejo's voice in the first few moments of this audiobook. An actor for decades, Trejo has appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows, often as the tough guy. But his story starts much earlier, when he was convicted for drug use and served hard time in San Quentin State Prison. His journey to sobriety,... Read More

TROY

TROY The Greek Myths Reimagined

by Stephen Fry | Read by Stephen Fry

Chronicle Books | Unabridged
History

In this final title in his Greek trilogy, Fry himself narrates with unbounded enthusiasm and high energy. His deep voice and British accent lend a dignified air to these stories, while his contemporary take on dialogue and phrasing brings the tales to life for today's listeners. As one might expect, it is often difficult to keep unfamiliar names and complicated historical deeds... Read More

THE TURNOUT

THE TURNOUT

Earphones Award Winner

by Megan Abbott | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Rarely will listeners find a dark contemporary fiction so exquisitely narrated that it becomes an instant classic. Cassandra Campbell portrays the story of two sisters, Dara and Marie, who continue the legacy of the Durant School of Dance, started by their mother. Approaching the annual performance of THE NUTCRACKER, the Durants hire a contractor, Derek, who becomes Marie's... Read More

TUSCAN DAUGHTER

TUSCAN DAUGHTER

by Lisa Rochon | Read by Carlotta Brentan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Carlotta Brentan transports the listener to the gritty streets of Renaissance Florence in this story of a resilient girl who is surviving on her own. Brentan's gentle voice captures the youth and innocence of Beatrice, who lives on her meager earnings from selling olive oil to artists while searching for her missing mother. Beatrice befriends rivals Leonardo da Vinci... Read More

THE TWELVE LIVES OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK

THE TWELVE LIVES OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense

by Edward White | Read by Qarie Marshall

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Qarie Marshall's amiable tone takes some of the academic edge off this fascinating deep dive into the influences, life, and legacy of the world's most famous director. The episodic structure makes for easy listening and uses such personae as auteur, womanizer, and the fat man to cast different lights on Hitchcock. Marshall's even delivery has just a touch of a smile to... Read More

TWO BEATS AHEAD

TWO BEATS AHEAD What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation

Earphones Award Winner

by Panos A. Panay, R. Michael Hendrix | Read by Landon Woodson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Two articulate executives offer a lively explanation of how the creative skills of musicians can be applied to today's businesses. Landon Woodson delivers this audiobook with urgency that fits the authors' exciting ideas. His vocal tone, rhythms, and comfort with the music world make his performance sound hip. The musicians the authors interviewed offer many insights, such as... Read More

TWO SCORCHED MEN

TWO SCORCHED MEN

by Margaret Atwood | Read by Carol Jacobanis

Scribd | Unabridged
Fiction

Carol Jacobanis skillfully narrates this endearing autobiographical short story. From a first-person perspective, Jacobanis inhabits the main character as she recounts a friendship she and her husband forged in their youth with two WWII veterans. Jacobanis portrays the unnamed narrator with a lighthearted charm and razor-sharp intellect, connecting listeners to this brief yet... Read More

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