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THE PALADIN

THE PALADIN

by David Ignatius | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Revenge is a great motivator, as former CIA officer Michael Dunne demonstrates in this engaging audiobook narrated with precision by George Guidall. Dunne, a loyal operations officer, becomes the agency scapegoat when a project goes wrong. Guidall gives a flawless performance, elevating author David Ignatius's finely tuned novel into one that grips the listener. As Dunne seeks... Read More

PARACHUTES

PARACHUTES

by Kelly Yang | Read by Cassie Simone, Karissa Vacker

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Karissa Vacker projects Claire's resignation when the Shanghai 11th grader, who is used to buckling under, is selected to become a "parachute," a wealthy teen sent to a private American school. Claire moves in with Dani, a scholarship student and star of the debate club, who cleans houses to help her mother. Narrator Cassie Simone registers Dani's resentment and... Read More

THE PARIS HOURS

THE PARIS HOURS

by Alex George | Read by Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

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

PART-TIME LOVER

PART-TIME LOVER

by Lauren Blakely | Read by Shane East, Vanessa Edwin

Lauren Blakely Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

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

PATHWAYS TO WELL-BEING

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

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

International Society for Technology in Education | Unabridged
Personal Growth

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

THE PEACOCK DETECTIVES

THE PEACOCK DETECTIVES

by Carly Nugent | Read by Candice Moll

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Candice Moll transforms herself into 11-year-old Cassie Anderson, a peacock detective, in the way skilled narrators can do. Her delivery is rapid, the sentences pouring over listeners. Cassie is hired to help find missing peacocks in the neighborhood. Moll makes the most of both the mystery and the humor laced throughout the story. Listeners will appreciate the ironic... Read More

THE PELICAN

THE PELICAN

by Martin Michael Driessen, Jonathan Reeder [Trans.] | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's deep and resonant voice gives Driessen's short novel the aura of a folktale. Set in a nondescript town in the former Yugoslavia on the eve of the war in the 1980s, the audiobook features two ordinary men, Andrej, the postman, and Josip, the funicular operator. The pair spend their lives circling each other in an unending cycle of blackmail. At times,... Read More

PELOSI

PELOSI

by Molly Ball | Read by Frankie Corzo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

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

A PERFECT EXPLANATION

A PERFECT EXPLANATION

by Eleanor Anstruther | Read by Emma Gregory

HMH Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Emma Gregory gives a subtle yet masterful performance of this decade-spanning story of intergenerational conflict and miscommunication. After her brother's death in WWI, Enid Campbell succumbs to her aristocratic family's pressure to produce heirs. Her unhappiness as a mother makes Enid the eye of the storm as relationships between parents, children, and siblings break down... Read More

PERFECT TUNES

PERFECT TUNES

by Emily Gould | Read by Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

THE PERSUASION

THE PERSUASION Eve Duncan, Book 27

by Iris Johansen | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elisabeth Rodgers narrates this thriller, packed with a diverse range of characters. Eve Duncan's adult daughter, Jane, finds herself the target of a psychopath who has romantic designs. Her solution is to team up with her ex-love interest, Seth Cabel, who has mystical powers, to put a stop to the threat. Rodgers seamlessly slips between a variety of accents and character... Read More

PEW

PEW

Earphones Award Winner

by Catherine Lacey | Read by Bahni Turpin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

PHARMA

PHARMA Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America

by Gerald Posner | Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

A PILGRIMAGE TO ETERNITY

A PILGRIMAGE TO ETERNITY From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith

Earphones Award Winner

by Timothy Egan | Read by Timothy Egan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

In this audiobook, Timothy Egan brings listeners along as he makes a thousand-mile walking pilgrimage to find the roots of his Catholic faith. In a well-defined and pleasant voice, he progresses through France, Italy, and Switzerland, and ends with seeking an audience with Pope Francis in Rome. He chats with his listeners about Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, and even Henry VIII,... Read More

THE PINK LINE

THE PINK LINE Journeys Across the World's Queer Frontiers

by Mark Gevisser | Read by Vikas Adam, Mark Gevisser

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

PIZZA GIRL

PIZZA GIRL

Earphones Award Winner

by Jean Kyoung Frazier | Read by Jeena Yi

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Jeena Yi is the ideal narrator for this stunning debut audiobook, which dramatizes the restless nature of adolescence. Yi superbly evokes a pregnant 18-year-old's kaleidoscope of emotions, which swing from unease about her present circumstances to complicated grief over the loss of her alcoholic father and impatience with her caring mother and supportive live-in boyfriend.... Read More

A POLITICS OF LOVE

A POLITICS OF LOVE

Earphones Award Winner

by Marianne Williamson | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

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

PREM NUMBERS & TIKKA CHANCE ON ME

PREM NUMBERS & TIKKA CHANCE ON ME

by Suleikha Snyder | Read by Nina Archer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Nina Archer narrates a collection of sexy short stories that celebrate women of color. Standouts include "Tangled Up In You," a powerful reimagining of two members of a popular superhero franchise; "A Sorta Fairytale," a twist on the ever-popular cupcake bakery conceit; and "Tikka Chance On Me," a surprisingly charming biker romance. Archer is clearly familiar with narrating... Read More

PRETTY THINGS

PRETTY THINGS

Earphones Award Winner

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

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

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

THE PRINCESS AND THE PROPHET

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

by Jacob S. Dorman | Read by Chris Ruen

Beacon Press | Unabridged
History

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

A PRIVATE CATHEDRAL

A PRIVATE CATHEDRAL Dave Robicheaux, Book 23

by James Lee Burke | Read by Will Patton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

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

PROBLEM CHILD

PROBLEM CHILD A Jane Doe Thriller

by Victoria Helen Stone | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Nicol Zanzarella turns her talents to portraying a powerful female sociopath in this new mystery audiobook. Jane Doe is a successful attorney who is well aware of her inability to read emotional cues. Though she has trained herself to appropriately respond to those around her, not even she knows how to respond when her abusive family comes calling, claiming that a... Read More

THE PROFESSOR

THE PROFESSOR

by Charlotte Brontë | Read by Roger May

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

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

PROMISES FOR A FRUITFUL LIFE

PROMISES FOR A FRUITFUL LIFE

by Beth Moore | Read by Beth Moore

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Author Beth Moore reads her own work with love and encouragement that listeners can hear in every word. Moore's goal is to encourage people who feel discouraged and are desperately searching for a purpose in life with lessons on how Christ can help them through the darkest times. Each section is designed for particular difficulties in life, such as loss, frustration when facing... Read More

THE QUEEN OF PARIS

THE QUEEN OF PARIS A Novel of Coco Chanel

by Pamela Binnings Ewen | Read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In a lilting voice, Gabrielle de Cuir performs this fascinating fictional memoir of Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971). She primarily looks back upon her actions during WWII, along with flashbacks that take place from 1903 through the 1920s. As de Cuir narrates in a flowing style, Chanel describes her life as couturière, perfumer, and then Nazi spy and collaborator... Read More

RAINBOW REVOLUTIONARIES

RAINBOW REVOLUTIONARIES Fifty LGBTQ+ People Who Made History

by Sarah Prager | Read by Ines del Castillo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

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

THE RAKESS

THE RAKESS Society of Sirens, Volume 1

by Scarlett Peckham | Read by Sienna Frances

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

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

REAL COMMUNICATION

REAL COMMUNICATION How to Be You and Lead True

by Gabrielle Dolan | Read by Katherine Littrell

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Business & Finance

This audiobook on communicating with authenticity and emotionally engaging your audience practices what it preaches. Narrator Katherine Littrell delivers Dolan's messages, stories, and best practices in an easy-to-listen-to Australian accent. Dolan's approach is to provide historical context and then relevant stories from her client portfolio and personal life to engage the... Read More

REAL MEN KNIT

REAL MEN KNIT

by Kwana Jackson | Read by Keylor Leigh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

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

A REASONABLE DOUBT

A REASONABLE DOUBT Robin Lockwood, Book 3

by Phillip Margolin | Read by Therese Plummer

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Who is more qualified to hide a murder than a stage magician, a person whose entire career involves creating illusions? Therese Plummer narrates this engaging audiobook about "Lord" Robert Chesterfield, a magician with a habit of making lives disappear. Plummer delivers the story in a casual style that lures the listener in as Chesterfield engages two generations of lawyers to... Read More

RED HOOD

RED HOOD

Earphones Award Winner

by Elana K. Arnold | Read by January LaVoy

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

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

THE RED, RED SNOW

THE RED, RED SNOW Anderson and Costello, Book 11

Earphones Award Winner

by Caro Ramsay | Read by James MacPherson

Black Thorn | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

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

THE REDEEMED

THE REDEEMED

Earphones Award Winner

by Tim Pears | Read by Jonathan Keeble

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Jonathan Keeble's mastery of Tim Pears's quietly beautiful and evocative writing is one of the many pleasures in this final installment of his West Country Trilogy. Set in rural southwest England in the early 1900s, the audiobooks conjure the pace, sounds, and sights of a lost world. Following the intertwining lives of Leo, the carpenter's son, and Lottie, the daughter... Read More

REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD

by Anne Tyler | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Tyler's latest audiobook is a small novel about Micah Mortimer, a bachelor fussbudget in his mid-40s who is reevaluating his life. Although narrator MacLeod Andrews has a tendency to replace commas with periods when introducing dialogue, he gives the diverse cast of characters unique voices. Micah, the youngest child and only son in a family with four older sisters, has a... Read More

A REGISTRY OF MY PASSAGE UPON THE EARTH

A REGISTRY OF MY PASSAGE UPON THE EARTH Stories

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

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

THE REGRETS

THE REGRETS

by Amy Bonnaffons | Read by Jay Ben Markson, Christie Moreau, Gary Tiedemann

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Jay Ben Markson, Christie Moreau, and Gary Tiedemann convey the weirdness and wonder of a surreal and surprisingly sexy romance between the living and the dead--well, almost dead. Thomas Barrett has died, but an "institutional error" has sent him back to earth for an additional 90 days before he can properly cross over. During his tenure, Thomas becomes enmeshed in a... Read More

THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF THE SKIN

THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF THE SKIN

by Monty Lyman | Read by Matthew Spencer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

REMEMBERED

REMEMBERED

by Yvonne Battle-Felton | Read by Yvonne Battle-Felton

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

There are echoes of Morrison's classic novel BELOVED in this well-performed audiobook. The ghost of a woman named Tempe exhorts her sister, Spring, to recount a tormented family history. The resulting flashback is horrifying and affecting. Battle-Felton's voice is hypnotic and clear, and she maintains a largely consistent pace that allows listeners to immerse themselves in the... Read More

REVERIE

REVERIE

by Ryan La Sala | Read by Michael Crouch

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Michael Crouch creates a passionate voice for Kane, a gay teen who, after losing his memory, must unravel the secrets of the reveries and the important role he has to play in a grand plan. Reveries are dreamlike fantasy worlds that seem innocent at first but actually contain real danger for all involved as plot twists create alternative endings of the audiobook. Crouch... Read More

RIGGED

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

by David Shimer | Read by Kevin R. Free

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

THE RIGHT MURDER

THE RIGHT MURDER John J. Malone, Book 4

by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This entertaining audiobook sounds like a classic gumshoe novel, making Johnny Heller's gravelly timbre ideal for its narration. The story opens when a mortally injured person appears at a Chicago bar at 11:59 on New Year's Eve and dies--but not before handing criminal lawyer John J. Malone a mysterious numbered key. From there, the story gets screwier and the memorable... Read More

RING THE HILL

RING THE HILL

by Tom Cox | Read by Tom Cox

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

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

RODHAM

RODHAM

Earphones Award Winner

by Curtis Sittenfeld | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

THE ROSEWATER REDEMPTION

THE ROSEWATER REDEMPTION The Wormwood Trilogy, Book 3

by Tade Thompson | Read by Bayo Gbadamosi

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

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

THE ROVER

THE ROVER

by Joseph Conrad | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
Classics

Narrator Stephan Rudnicki delivers an impressive performance of Conrad's story, which centers on the mysterious Jean Peyrol, a French native who has spent his life roaming the world's oceans. Seeking retirement, Peyrol returns to his country in the aftermath of the French Revolution but finds confusion even in his isolated place of retreat. Rudnicki's resonant voice meanders... Read More

THE RURAL DIARIES

THE RURAL DIARIES Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm

by Hilarie Burton Morgan | Read by Hilarie Burton Morgan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actress Hilarie Burton Morgan narrates her love letter to a town, a farm, and her man with a consistent twang that "One Tree Hill" fans caught only sporadically. Morgan laughs often as she recalls meeting her husband, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan; their quick start to having a family; and moving to Rhinebeck, New York. Her descriptions are passionate, and she speaks through... Read More

RUTHLESS GODS

RUTHLESS GODS Something Dark and Holy, Book 2

by Emily A. Duncan | Read by Natasha Soudek, Tristan Morris

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Natasha Soudek and Tristan Morris return with the second audiobook in the Something Dark and Holy series, which proves even darker than the first. The pantheon no longer speaks with Nadya, Serefin is plagued with horror-filled visions and the voice of a mysterious god in his mind, and Malachiasz struggles to control his cravings for more power. Both narrators... Read More

SACRED THRONE 2

SACRED THRONE 2 The Queen of Crows

by Myke Cole | Read by Colleen Delany and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Fantasy

In this fantasy, Colleen Delany and a full cast recount epic battles between professional warriors and determined defenders of the realm. Heloise, the Queen of Crows, leads her people in fighting against the tyrannical Order and its religious zealots. She uses fierce courage, an indomitable spirit, and alchemically empowered armor to triumph in the revolution against the... Read More

SAFECRACKER

SAFECRACKER

Earphones Award Winner

by Ryan Wick | Read by Fred Berman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fred Berman gives a gonzo performance of this rocket-fueled new thriller. The title character and narrator is Michael Maven, a film buff and oddly moral career criminal. His voice is Brooklyn street-smart, which alone would be charm enough. But enter his multiethnic friends, the polished British woman for whom he steals things to order, the Mexican drug thugs he's accidentally... Read More

THE SAFETY NET

THE SAFETY NET Inspector Montalbano, Book 25

by Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli [Trans.] | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Another wonderful performance by Grover Gardner adds energy and excitement to Commissario Montalbano's latest adventure. A Swedish TV series is shooting in the town of Vigàta, and the director is looking for vintage photos. While searching for shots of local color, Ernesto Sabatello discovers something puzzling: His late father filmed the same wall on the same day every year... Read More

SAL AND GABI FIX THE UNIVERSE

SAL AND GABI FIX THE UNIVERSE Sal and Gabi, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Carlos Hernandez | Read by Anthony Rey Perez

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

You didn't think that middle schoolers Sal and Gabi could manipulate the multiverse without there being consequences, did you? Narrator Anthony Rey Perez's lively performance brings listeners right back to Miami's Culeco Academy in this sequel that picks up where SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE left off. The universe is in trouble, and so is the school play that the Culeco... Read More

SALTY, BITTER, SWEET

SALTY, BITTER, SWEET

by Mayra Cuevas | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

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

THE SANDMAN

THE SANDMAN

Earphones Award Winner

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

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Fantasy

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

SAVING RUBY KING

SAVING RUBY KING

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

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

THE SEASIDE CAFE

THE SEASIDE CAFE

by Rochelle Alers | Read by Shari Peele

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

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

THE SECOND CHANCE CLUB

THE SECOND CHANCE CLUB Hardship and Hope After Prison

by Jason Hardy | Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Jacques Roy inhabits the conversational style, quiet anger, and wry humor of Jason Hardy's memoir of working as a probation officer in New Orleans. Hardy was responsible for more than 200 cases at a time--an impossible task--but he focuses on seven individuals with convictions related to illegal drugs. The author recognizes his privileges in the game of life--all he... Read More

THE SECOND HOME

THE SECOND HOME

by Christina Clancy | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

SEVEN ENDLESS FORESTS

SEVEN ENDLESS FORESTS

by April Genevieve Tucholke | Read by Sophie Amoss

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

In this audiobook retelling of the King Arthur legend, narrated by Sophie Amoss, a young woman puts her life on the line to rescue her sister and find a mythical sword. This reverse-gender fantasy needs a strong and vibrant voice to embody Torvi, and Amoss brings her passion and courage to life. Amoss's narration draws listeners deep into this legendary tale, imbuing Druids,... Read More

SEX AND VANITY

SEX AND VANITY

by Kevin Kwan | Read by Lydia Look

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

THE SHADOW SYSTEM

THE SHADOW SYSTEM Mass Incarceration and the American Family

by Sylvia A. Harvey | Read by Janina Edwards

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

SHADOWFELL

SHADOWFELL Shadowfell, Book 1

by Juliet Marillier | Read by Henrietta Meire

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Henrietta Meire's soft, gentle voice is well suited to the mild temperament of this YA fantasy's heroine and showcases her growth. In the tale, Neryn must partner with the Good Folk and a mysterious young man to save herself and her country. Meire portrays each of the characters in the secret rebel group in a compelling way, revealing their determination, as well as... Read More

SHADOWPLAY

SHADOWPLAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Joseph O'Conner | Read by Barry McGovern, Anna Chancellor

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

Joseph O'Connor's graceful, insightful writing is immediately apparent, thanks to Barry McGovern's and Anna Chancellor's outstanding performances. McGovern delivers an acting tour de force, highlighting both the dark underbelly of Victorian London as well as the frequently scratchy, often tender relationship between eccentric, egotistical, world-famous actor Henry Irving and... Read More

SHAKESPEARE IN A DIVIDED AMERICA

SHAKESPEARE IN A DIVIDED AMERICA What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

by James Shapiro | Read by Fred Sanders

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
History

Fred Sanders narrates Shapiro's well-researched arguments showing how Shakespeare has been used as a road map for society, regardless of people's political leanings. Shapiro matches deciding moments in American history to pertinent excerpts and explanations from Shakespeare. Sanders will remind listeners of a professor who loves his subject as the author asserts that the... Read More

SHORT STORIES: VOLUME ONE

SHORT STORIES: VOLUME ONE

Earphones Award Winner

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

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Classics

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

SHURI

SHURI Black Panther, Book 1

by Nic Stone | Read by Anika Noni Rose

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

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

SIGH, GONE

SIGH, GONE A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In

by Phuc Tran | Read by Phuc Tran

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listen to this if you want to hear what should be one of the best reviewed memoirs of 2020. Tran's story is an American immigration story, and so much more. His delivery is crisp and engaging, and maintains just the slightest element of whimsy. The memoir traces the Tran family's remarkable journey from Vietnam to America. It also tells the author's own journey from punk misfit... Read More

THE SILVER SWAN

THE SILVER SWAN In Search of Doris Duke

by Sallie Bingham | Read by Donna Postel

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

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

SIN EATER

SIN EATER

by Megan Campisi | Read by Shiromi Arserio

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

THE SISTERS GRIMM

THE SISTERS GRIMM The Sisters Grimm, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Menna van Praag | Read by Adjoa Andoh

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Adjoa Andoh narrates a fantastical adventure in which four half sisters connect in a dreamworld and learn of their unusual shared fate. The sisters have wild adventures in the supernatural realm known as Everwhere until they're cut off on their 13th birthday. Upon turning 18, the four must fight to the death against inhuman monsters--to the delight of their demonic father.... Read More

SKELETON KEYS: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIEND

SKELETON KEYS: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIEND Skeleton Keys, Book 1

by Guy Bass | Read by Guy Bass

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

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

SMALL IN THE CITY

SMALL IN THE CITY

by Sydney Smith | Read by Stephanie Willing

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

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

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

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

by Neil Shubin | Read by Marc Cashman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

THE SOMERSET GIRLS

THE SOMERSET GIRLS

by Lori Foster | Read by Samantha Desz

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT

by Meryl Wilsner | Read by Jorjeana Marie, Xe Sands

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

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

A SONG BELOW WATER

A SONG BELOW WATER

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

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

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

A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN

A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN

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

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

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

SORRY FOR YOUR TROUBLE

SORRY FOR YOUR TROUBLE Stories

by Richard Ford | Read by Stephen Mendel

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

SPIDER, SPIN ME A WEB

SPIDER, SPIN ME A WEB A Handbook for Fiction Writers

by Lawrence Block | Read by Richard M. Neer

Lawrence Block | Unabridged
Personal Growth

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

STAN LEE

STAN LEE A Life in Comics

by Liel Leibovitz | Read by Liel Leibovitz

Yale University Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

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

STAND UP, YUMI CHUNG!

STAND UP, YUMI CHUNG!

Earphones Award Winner

by Jessica Kim | Read by Greta Jung

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

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

THE STAR AND THE SHAMROCK

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

by Jean Grainger | Read by Siobhan Waring

Jean Grainger | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

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

STAR COMPASS

STAR COMPASS Victoria Eternal, Book 1

by Anthea Sharp | Read by Danielle Cohen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Danielle Cohen delivers a warm and engaging performance of a Victorian romance that reaches for the steampunk stars. Born into money, Diana "Diver" Smythe has a sudden change of fortune that leaves her orphaned and alone. She survives as a street thief with a talent for timing. Growing up in the shadow of the Southampton Spaceport, Diver dreams of escaping her life on the... Read More

STEALING HOME

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

by Eric Nusbaum | Read by David Owen Nelson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

STOLEN JUSTICE

STOLEN JUSTICE The Struggle for African American Voting Rights

by Lawrence Goldstone | Read by James Shippy

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

James Shippy narrates this history with deliberate phrasing aimed at young adults. After the Civil War, ratification of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments was intended to guarantee civil rights to formerly enslaved people. It quickly became apparent, however, that many states were systematically dismantling these rights--ironically, using the justice system to erode the... Read More

STRANGE HOTEL

STRANGE HOTEL

Earphones Award Winner

by Eimear McBride | Read by Eimear McBride

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Award-winning author Eimear McBride introspectively delivers her emotionally charged novella about a middle-aged woman who frequents hotels. In a stream of consciousness style, McBride introduces listeners to an unnamed female character who checks in and out of hotels in different places around the world--such as Avignon, Austin, Auckland, Moscow, and Oslo--to run away from a... Read More

STRAY

STRAY A Memoir

by Stephanie Danler | Read by Alex McKenna

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Alex McKenna shares Stephanie Danler's memoir of a successful author trying to face her troubled upbringing. Listeners encounter a range of relatives who reveal too much to a precocious and suggestible Danler. McKenna gives the author a sardonic persona that is equal parts self-deprecating toward the economic privilege of her childhood and critical of the adults in her... Read More

STRONG AS STEEL

STRONG AS STEEL Caitlin Strong 10

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

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Western

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

A STUDY IN MURDER

A STUDY IN MURDER A Victorian Book Club, Book 1

by Callie Hutton | Read by Rosie Akerman

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

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

THE SUMMER DEAL

THE SUMMER DEAL Wildstone, Book 5

by Jill Shalvis | Read by Erin Mallon

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

SUNNY DAYS

SUNNY DAYS The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America

by David Kamp | Read by David Sadzin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

SUNRISE ON HALF MOON BAY

SUNRISE ON HALF MOON BAY

by Robyn Carr | Read by Therese Plummer

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

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

SUPREME INEQUALITY

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

by Adam Cohen | Read by Dan Woren

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

SURVIVING AUTOCRACY

SURVIVING AUTOCRACY

by Masha Gessen | Read by Masha Gessen

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

SWAY

SWAY Unravelling Unconscious Bias

by Pragya Agarwal | Read by Aysha Kala

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

THE SWEENEY SISTERS

THE SWEENEY SISTERS

by Lian Dolan | Read by Brittany Pressley

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

SWING KINGS

SWING KINGS The Inside Story of Baseball's Home Run Revolution

by Jared Diamond | Read by Joe Farinacci

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Baseball, perhaps more than any other team sport, is mired in tradition and slow to embrace change. This audiobook tells the story of a group of maverick coaches who are transforming the game with radical ideas about how batters should swing for the fences. The gruff-voiced Joe Farinacci channels the energy and verve of a sportscaster into his narration, though occasionally he... Read More

SWORD OF FIRE

SWORD OF FIRE Justice War, Book 1

by Katharine Kerr | Read by Ruth Urquhart

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fantasy

In the first in a new fantasy series, narrator Ruth Urquhart continues to apply her skills to Katherine Kerr's tales of the kingdom of Deverry. Collegium student Alyssa embarks on a perilous journey to reveal information that may very well start a war. Urquhart gives believable performances of the characters, even the males. However, her pace is too rapid, and her pauses are... Read More

THE SYSTEM

THE SYSTEM Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

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

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN

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

by Talia Hibbert | Read by Ione Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

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

THE TALE OF GENJI, VOLUME 1

THE TALE OF GENJI, VOLUME 1

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

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Classics

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

THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD

THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD

by J.K. Rowling | Read by Warwick Davis, Noma Dumezweni, Jason Isaacs, Jude Law, Evanna Lynch, Sally Mortremore, Bonnie Wright

Pottermore Publishing | Unabridged
Children

This delightful collection of five fairy tales from J.K. Rowling's wizarding world features several familiar actors from the Harry Potter films, Fantastic Beasts films, and the Broadway show. With the added sound effects, listeners will laugh out loud at the magical whimsy of some tales and find their hearts racing during others. Combined with the high energy of the narrators,... Read More

A TASTE OF SAGE

A TASTE OF SAGE

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

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

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

TEA CHEST

TEA CHEST

by Heidi Chiavaroli | Read by Kate Marcin, Jane Oppenheimer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

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

A TENDER THING

A TENDER THING

by Emily Neuberger | Read by Emily Neuberger

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Not only does author/narrator Emily Neuberger offer an agile, entertaining performance, she also sings snippets of lyrics in a lovely soprano. Neuberger delivers us into the 1950s New York musical theater scene. A Wisconsin girl with a gorgeous voice, Eleanor, comes to Broadway with stardust in her eyes. In record time, she's cast in a new musical written by famed... Read More

THAT SECRET CRUSH

THAT SECRET CRUSH Getting Lucky, Book 3

by Meghan Quinn | Read by William Leroy, Reese Covington

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

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

THEMES AND VARIATIONS

THEMES AND VARIATIONS An Essay

by David Sedaris | Read by David Sedaris

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author David Sedaris delivers this honest, funny essay with his usual flair. After being snubbed by an indifferent author, Sedaris promises himself that when he becomes famous, he will get to know his fans. And he does. He talks to them, learns from them, and shares those gems with us. Sedaris riffs on such varied topics as how difficult it is to give money away to strangers,... Read More

THEN THE FISH SWALLOWED HIM

THEN THE FISH SWALLOWED HIM

by Amir Ahmadi Arian | Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Fajer Al-Kaisi uses his deep baritone to create the surprising character Yunus Turab, who we quickly realize is not an average bus driver. Listeners are drawn into Yunus's everyday life through the lively pace set by Al-Kaisi. This makes ordinary descriptions of Tehran seem alive and engaging. The narration grows more somber as Yunus is imprisoned and tortured. Is he... Read More

THESE WOMEN

THESE WOMEN

by Ivy Pochoda | Read by Bahni Turpin, Frankie Corzo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

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

THEY WENT LEFT

THEY WENT LEFT

Earphones Award Winner

by Monica Hesse | Read by Caitlin Davies

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

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

THIEF RIVER FALLS

THIEF RIVER FALLS

by Brian Freeman | Read by January LaVoy

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator January LaVoy does a masterful job of portraying Lisa Power, a writer of psychological thrillers. The plot revolves around a boy who mysteriously shows up at Lisa's isolated home in rural Minnesota on a rainy night. His story parallels the plot of Power's bestselling novel. LaVoy carries the listener down many paths, with truths revealed slowly and the heroine taking... Read More

THE THING ABOUT BEES

THE THING ABOUT BEES

Earphones Award Winner

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

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

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

THINGS SEEN FROM ABOVE

THINGS SEEN FROM ABOVE

by Shelley Pearsall | Read by Eevin Hartsough, Christopher Gebauer

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

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

THIS IS MAJOR

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

by Shayla Lawson | Read by Shayla Lawson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

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

THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE

THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman

by Ilhan Omar, Rebecca Paley | Read by Ilhan Omar

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar narrates her remarkable life experiences, beginning with her childhood in Mogadishu through her first year in Congress. The first Somali-American and one of two Muslim women elected to Congress, Omar recounts how her comfortable early life was turned upside down at the outbreak of the Somalian civil war. Omar shares her years in refugee... Read More

THIS TOWN SLEEPS

THIS TOWN SLEEPS

by Dennis E. Staples | Read by Kaipo Schwab

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Ojibwa author Dennis Staples's first novel introduces Marion, a young Ojibwa man who has left the res but is often drawn back, searching for his identity and purpose. A mix of family history, mystery, and cultural exploration is unevenly brought to life by narrator Kaipo Schwab. Telling the story in the voice of Marion, Schwab gives listeners the feeling of connecting with this... Read More

A THOUSAND MOONS

A THOUSAND MOONS The Days Without End. Book 2

by Sebastian Barry | Read by Kyla Garcia

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

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

THREE HOURS IN PARIS

THREE HOURS IN PARIS

Earphones Award Winner

by Cara Black | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

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

THE THREE-CORNERED WAR

THE THREE-CORNERED WAR The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

by Megan Kate Nelson | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

Cynthia Farrell gives a solid narration of this fascinating and well-written account of the American Civil War in the West. While the main action of the Civil War took place between Richmond and Washington, there was a war west of the Mississippi, and this work looks at the war far west of that--in what is now New Mexico and Arizona. Through the lives of nine people who were in... Read More

THURGOOD MARSHALL

THURGOOD MARSHALL The Making of America #6

by Teri Kanefield | Read by David Sadzin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

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

TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS

TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS

by Samantha Mabry | Read by Luis Moreno

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

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

THE TIME MACHINE

THE TIME MACHINE

by H.G. Wells | Read by Nigel Gore

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Classics

Nigel Gore is the perfect narrator for H.G. Wells's classic science fiction tale. The story-within-a-story structure requires Gore to be credible and earnest so that listeners will believe the tale's unnamed narrator. There are few audiobook performers more earnest and credible than Gore. As the tale becomes more fantastic, his calm, cool delivery keeps listeners grounded. When... Read More

TO HAVE AND TO HOAX

TO HAVE AND TO HOAX

by Martha Waters | Read by Anais Inara Chase, Joel Froomkin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Anais Chase and Joel Froomkin enliven a prank-riddled historical romance with snarky energy that listeners will enjoy. Violet and James have been married for five years, four of them spent apart after a fight that resulted in an estranged relationship. But now their feelings have changed, and they fake injuries, illnesses, and affairs in order to get each other's... Read More

THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ

THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ

by Adrianna Cuevas | Read by Anthony Rey Perez

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

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

THE TRADITION

THE TRADITION

by Jericho Brown | Read by JD Jackson

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

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

THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU

THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU

Earphones Award Winner

by Sajni Patel | Read by Soneela Nankani

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

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

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