Emily Woo Zeller narrates this first installment of the Ark Trilogy. In 2078, Hannah is on a spaceship, seeking to preserve some of the last whales on Earth by taking them to a new planet. Through social media, the 17-year-old is collecting followers as she chronicles the voyage. Zeller creates an interesting dynamic between Hannah and the computer AI who keeps her on task in... Read More
Narrators Michael Gallagher and Rachanee Lumayno bring life to a whimsical fantasy romance between a demigod zombie-hunting marshal and the beautiful undertaker who infuriates him. Lumayno narrates as Mercy, the undertaker who is determined to keep her family's business afloat. Lumayno's compassionate narration helps listeners understand Mercy's growing appreciation for her... Read More
Two narrators perform this quirky novel. Mark Bramhall tells the story of the colorful Starling family in Everton, New Hampshire, while Kirby Heyborne portrays the animal-loving ghost who is haunting their patriarch, Clive Starling. Bramhall provides a suitably straitlaced portrayal of Emma, who returns to Everton to care for her dysfunctional family, and he infuses Clive with... Read More
The author presents this empowering nutrition guide with the measured enunciation of a caring teacher. Vocal enthusiasm and clarity make this audiobook so easy to hear that listeners will overlook the limited pitch patterns that make Gundry's phrasing sound repetitive. The heart surgeon and digestive health expert explains that the low-carb, high-fat diet that causes ketosis is... Read More
Devon Price's voice is an engaging blend of deep knowledge and empathy. His audiobook provides listeners with a comprehensive overview of autism and what it means to identify as autistic today. Price conveys a clear discussion on how the medical establishment's biases minimize women and non-white people, and encourages an understanding of autism as a core part of a person's... Read More
Narrators Almarie Guerra and Frankie Corzo deliver this dual- perspective audiobook inspired by Latinx teenagers from the seventeenth century. With poise and precision, Guerra voices Kiki. Freshly engaged to the son of a powerful family, she has a bright future ahead. Former street kid Ana, who is adopted into Kiki's family, is portrayed by Corzo with unrestrained, sometimes... Read More
Elisabeth Rodgers is a talented narrator who is highly suited to portraying the strong and resourceful private detective and lesbian Vera Kelly. In this third novel of the series featuring this outspoken but tenderhearted heroine, listeners follow Vera and her female lover, Max, to California, where Max confronts her wealthy family who have disowned her because of her sexual... Read More
Eunice Wong performs this rightly praised debut novel with appropriate intensity and delicate humor; she is perfectly matched to the dry wit of Pek's writing and her utterly charming heroine, Claudia Lin. Unbeknownst to her interfering family, Claudia has quit her boring finance gig and taken a position with a start-up investigating bad behavior in the online matchmaking... Read More
Nine talented narrators weave together this dramatic story. It's told from eight alternating points of view with one omniscient narrator commenting on the larger themes. In the near future in a familiar-seeming east coast town, the jarring reality of climate change, pandemic repercussions, and the rise of ecoterrorism seems unsettling and real. Beginning quietly, the story is... Read More
If sound could have a texture, Tóibín's voice would be velvet. In this audiobook, his first published collection of poetry, Tóibín's delivery is rich, luxuriant. The poems are wide ranging in both topic and tone, but his voice remains consistently deep and gentle, with a lovely Irish accent that adds musicality. While poetry is a delight to hear, especially when read by the... Read More
Narrator Jim Frangione immediately builds the tension as this story opens with an escape from a prison where vampires have been unlawfully detained. Among the escapees is Kane, a vampire who has been badly burned. He is magically healed and feels compelled to return to free Nadya, the nurse who cared for him. Frangione brings to life the evil of the guards, giving a... Read More
Opening with the film-like sounds of a gathering storm at sea and a group of captive African women staging a desperate battle for their freedom, this combined memoir/audio play/graphic novel bursts with energy, inspiration, and little-known historical facts throughout. Based on Rebecca Hall's pioneering research into women-led slave revolts, the story becomes personal when... Read More
This powerful work of historical fiction follows the fortunes, actually misfortunes, of the Majewski family, who are trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto during the early years of WWII. Kelli Tager's matter-of fact presentation captures the cruelties of the Nazis, as well as the resilience of the victims. Three women, each smoothly differentiated by Tager, are featured: Hanna, the... Read More
Sunny Lu's youthful voice enlivens this poignant story inspired by the author's childhood memories. The narrator is a first-generation Chinese-American girl who is frustrated by her immigrant parents' embarrassing behavior, and, on this particular day, annoyed that she must collect watercress from a muddy roadside ditch. But her attitude changes once she understands the history... Read More
Author Diana Farid delivers the verse of her novel with a slow, steady rhythm that mimics the waves that teen Ava surfs. The rhythm also heightens the strain Ava feels from repetitive fights with her mother about not wanting to become a doctor, interactions with a racist at the beach, sadness surrounding her absent father, and the expectations of the Persian community. As... Read More
Listeners may feel the watchful gaze of security guards as Raphael G. Warnock tells the story of the time he walked, hands in his pockets, through a store with his sister and was stopped as a suspected shoplifter. After years in the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, once home to Martin Luther King, Jr., Warnock won a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2020. He sounds warm and gentle... Read More
Young listeners will be drawn to the audible smile in narrator Greer Morrison's voice as she shares the wonders of humankind and the importance of working together. As the audiobook opens, the short, reflective messages delivered in Morrison's warm voice are paired with calming outdoor sounds that seamlessly transition from one to the next. The exciting roar of an ascending... Read More
Shaun Taylor-Corbett's decision to narrate these personal stories in a straightforward, thoughtful yet intimate manner enhances these testimonies, reflections, and sketches of Native American attitudes on the climate crisis. His intelligent style works well. As he performs in a calm, conversational tone, his voice is attuned to the nuanced calls for action that the many... Read More
Janina Edwards narrates in a tone of detachment that gives the listener room for horror. Her narration is meticulous, but she doesn't overplay the outrage. Forensic archaeologist and writer Erin Kimmerle dug up the campus of the notorious Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. Founded in 1901, the facility didn't close until 2011. Everybody knew there was a graveyard, but... Read More
Told in three arresting sections, this poignant novel details a life-changing affair between 19-year-old Mallory and an older, married woman who is a professor at her college. Kreinik's delicate narration mimics the sparse beauty of Hart's prose. She lingers on scenes and sentences, letting them stretch out in time, as they do for Mallory. Though this intensely interior story... Read More
Narrator Alaska Jackson takes listeners through this twisted thriller involving a TV writer who finds herself in the middle of a horrifying mystery. Yara Gibson is not thrilled to return to her hometown of Palmdale for her parents' anniversary party, but as a dutiful daughter, she feels she has to. When an estranged family friend tells Yara that she needs to tell her a shocking... Read More
Philbrick's latest historical fiction, set in 1920s Maine, is brought to life by the amazing Kirby Heyborne. Davy and his sister, Jo, orphaned by their mother's death, are rescued for the summer by cousin Ruthie Reynard, a famous aviatrix who gives them jobs and a home in her flying circus. As delivered by Heyborne, 12-year-old Davy's voice is nervous as he worries about his... Read More
Sophie Robert zestfully introduces residents of London and Aldhurst Village in Kent for a WWII story based on actual events and people. Listeners meet Cressida Westcott, a famous London fashion designer whose business is bombed; Violet Westcott, her niece, who is diligently seeking a titled husband; and the vicar's sweet-natured daughter, Grace Carlisle, who is sadly involved... Read More
Venice Van Someren narrates this children's thriller set in England during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. The story unfolds in six parts that coincide with the six days of nuclear standoff between the U.S. and the USSR. As the world holds its collective breath, two English kids face heightened drama when they find a mysterious girl on the run hiding in Stevie's coal shed. Van... Read More
Versatile narrators effectively differentiate interwoven characters' perspectives in this retelling of Stephen King's CARRIE, made more horrific by its theme of racism. Maddy (Carrie redux), a timid biracial teen who is bullied at school, has secret psychic powers that explode on prom night. As a broadcast reporter, portrayed by Christopher Salazar, tracks the facts of what... Read More
Narrator Alex Parra portrays 20-year-old Sam with a tone of emotional exhaustion caused by the terror and tedium of war. As WWII ends, Alex is released from a Nazi forced labor camp only to be drafted into the Dutch army and sent to the island of Java, where a war for independence is taking place. With palpable anxiety and despair, Parra delivers the interspersed journal... Read More
Narrator Avi Roque delivers a perfectly paced performance in this concise audiobook, which reimagines Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher." Alex's childhood friend, Madeline Usher, is dying of a mysterious illness. Upon arrival, Alex finds strange mushrooms and unusual wildlife behavior centered around the Ushers' lake. Roque seamlessly switches between English, Scottish, and... Read More
Alex Williams and Becca Hirani give impassioned performances in a captivating retelling of Emily Brontë's WUTHERING HEIGHTS. A dark-skinned "boy from nowhere," Heathcliff, flees the Heights after overhearing Cathy say he's too lowborn to marry her. Williams embodies Heathcliff's hurt and anger as he fights to forge his own life in Liverpool. Cathy feels endless guilt, and... Read More
Zenzi Williams exudes the spirit of young, Black Kenyatta Bernice, known as KB, in this sensitive and realistic coming-of-age debut. Narrating from the perspective of KB, who is on the cusp of turning 11, Williams captures precociousness, trauma, and joy with tenderness and wisdom. KB and her 15-year-old sister are sent to live with their estranged grandfather after their... Read More
Laural Merlington narrates with intelligence, clarity, good pace, and timing that suits this scientific send-up of how farming practices have devolved. Her serious yet approachable tone and sure cadence work for this detailed and demanding manifesto on regenerative farming. Merlington does especially good work on the profiles and interviews that underpin the husband-and-wife... Read More
In wry tones, T. Ryder Smith deftly narrates David Sipress's bittersweet and charming memoir about growing up in New York City in the 1960s and his rocky road to being a successful cartoonist for the NEW YORKER. Smith gives Sipress's father a brusque tone and Brooklyn accent that is in direct contrast to the relaxed tenor of the rest of the narration, artfully conveying... Read More
Narrating with excitement, Charlie Thurston tells the story of an octopus who changes colors while sleeping, as if reliving catching and eating a crab. Thurston comes across as engaged and fascinated with the author's accounts of scientific experiments suggesting that animals dream. Occasionally, Thurston's voice softens, as when delivering speculation as to whether animals... Read More
Grad student Cassie Quinn rushes home to her wealthy New York City family when her younger brother is arrested for raping his ex-girlfriend. Marilyn Ireland narrates this provocative story told by Cassie, which recounts the family's defense of her unfairly accused brother. She sees herself as sophisticated beyond her years, due to her own heartbreak after an affair with an... Read More
Christopher Brown delivers a straightforward narration of this audiobook, which is subtitled "A Gilded Age Tale of Murder, Deceit, Spirits and the Birth of a University." The story features Jane Stanford, a most eccentric woman who was cofounder of Stanford University (1885) with her husband and who steered the institution after his death in 1893. Jane Stanford was murdered in... Read More
Ruairi Conaghan lends his gentle Irish brogue to Nairn's environmental memoir of his journey along the coast of Ireland. Sounding like a kindly professor of science from the nineteenth century, Conaghan enlivens descriptions of the wildness of the cliffs, the sea, the waterfowl, the fish, and the sea mammals with his inviting voice. Listeners will feel like they are hearing not... Read More
Pamela Dillman's spirited delivery makes it great fun to join the Wilder widows as they follow their dreams. Listeners will have the sense of eavesdropping on the women--solo and as a group. Each is delightful and distinctly drawn: kind, melodious Silvie; awestruck, naïve Doris; whiskey-voiced, sexy Alice; and regimented, ex-military Marge. When the widows decide they need more... Read More
Olympic speed-skating champion Apolo Anton Ono delivers an enthusiastic performance of extreme athlete Wim Hof's guide to self-actualization. Hof's three-pronged method includes the use of breath to infuse energy and focus, controlled and safe exposure to cold to enhance the cardiovascular system, and the use of mindset, which some might call meditation, to increase clarity.... Read More
Children of all ages love the classic and iconic character Winnie-the-Pooh in many forms, and here is a fully engaging audiobook. Framed as a father telling Christopher Robin and his friend Winnie-the-Pooh stories about their adventures, the stories introduce listeners to Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo. Young children will giggle at Winnie-the-Pooh's love of honey,... Read More
Pastor Craig Groeschel calls upon both Old and New Testament scripture for a new take on self-help. His use of biblical quotations, plus his explanations and contextual stories, attempt to convince the listener to move from destructive to affirmative thinking. Groeschel employs a dramatic, emphatic, and enthusiastic style. His narration is intentionally preachy, as it is... Read More
Nicola Lambo appears to have a merry time narrating this debut novel. In Florida, Logan, a new white student at a magical girls' boarding school, finds an instant bond with three Black returning students. The girls are determined to break the town's curse and join with two boys from a nearby boys' school. The story is told from their six points of view, and the use of so many... Read More
Narrator Kyla Garcia offers an engrossing performance of this thoughtful audiobook in translation, which examines gender expectations. Feliciana, voiced lyrically, with a slight Mexican accent, is a world-famous traditional healer whose transfem cousin and teacher, Paloma, has been brutally murdered. Zoe, a young journalist from Mexico City sent to cover Paloma's death, is... Read More
This highly amusing audiobook, primarily narrated by Indira Varma, introduces listeners to Magrat, a godmother-witch who must stop the servant Emberella from marrying the prince, which (surprisingly) would destroy the kingdom. But Emberella's fate becomes twisted by a witch who will do whatever it takes to achieve the proper fairy-tale protocol of a happy ending. So Magrat will... Read More
Narrator Cyrina Fiallo shines as the voice of the brave little witch Seven Salazar. Turning 12 makes Seven eligible to join a coven during the Black Moon Ceremony, which her magical town hosts yearly. But she is shocked and saddened when she's excluded from the five established covens. In order to form a new coven, Seven must perform an impossible task--but if she fails, she... Read More
This latest audio installment in the Scientists in the Field series highlights the revolutionary wildlife science being conducted in a startlingly untouched ecosystem--Isle Royale, an isolated island hidden in Lake Ontario. Narrator Mikhaila Aaseng vocally italicizes the last beat of most sentences as if performing for toddlers--not the intended audience (8-to-12-year-olds).... Read More
Narrator Katherine Littrell delivers this twisty mystery set in and around the Boston Public Library. Australian writer Hannah is writing a mystery within a mystery featuring an author named Winifred and a trio of strangers who are all curious about a murder they hear take place in the library. Leo, a fan who corresponds with Hannah, provides details based on real murders to... Read More
Sandra Cisneros's performance of her poetry is a marvel. She is so good that one wishes she would record poetry by other writers as well. Her voice is a wonderful instrument, and she explores its possibilities with tone, accent, and timbre while conveying her intentions in these deeply personal poems. The poems examine life as a woman of a certain age in Mexico and the U.S.... Read More
Elizabeth Wiley's warm voice and audible enthusiasm welcome listeners to the remarkable story of Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, a Swedish aristocrat who became a WWI front-line nurse, then a Canadian wilderness nurse, and finally a pioneering bird-watcher known as Canada's Rachel Carson. Captivating even for those with only a passing interest in birds, Simonds's book is an artful... Read More
Lesley Sharp superbly narrates a story that is as much about motherhood as it is a thrilling mystery. Jen witnesses her sweet 17-year-old son kill a man, and her cries of shock and horror as she attempts to save the stranger while pleading with police will resonate with listeners. When she awakens the next day and realizes it is yesterday again--before the killing--Jen is as... Read More
Courtney Maum's memoir of finding her way through depression and insomnia by reconnecting with horses is honest, thoughtful, and wry. She recounts her journey to peace and a reinvigorated marriage with gentle humor and self-deprecation. It feels a bit like Maum is a close friend who is talking with you about deep topics. She is clear-eyed in her reckoning with teenage anorexia,... Read More
Sura Siu narrates this picture book highlighting the accomplishments of 18 famous Asian Americans. The musicians, politicians, athletes, and others range from designer Vera Wang to architect I.M. Pei. Asian-Americans have made their mark on the U.S. in many fields. The audiobook consists of a simple sentence about each person--their name, an action verb, and the reason for... Read More
Taut writing and Amy Landon's stellar narration create a cinematic listen for fans of serial murder mysteries. FBI Profiler Laurel Snow returns to her hometown in Washington state to investigate a cluster of bodies discovered in the wilderness. The many action scenes are adroitly voiced with high tension and quick pacing. Landon's emotional nuance as a performer is highlighted... Read More
Mostly, Mike Lenz narrates in a low-key, evenhanded way. Still, he becomes excited as he describes the atmosphere surrounding Volodymyr Zelensky's victory in the Ukrainian presidential election. Lenz drops a few hints of trouble ahead, though. And not just the war with Russia. Although the author, a Ukrainian journalist, praises Zelensky's fight against the Russian invasion, he... Read More
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