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UNBECOMING

UNBECOMING A Memoir of Disobedience

Earphones Award Winner

by Anuradha Bhagwati | Read by Anuradha Bhagwati

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Forthright and uncompromising, Anuradha Bhagwati narrates her memoir with same strong voice that her prose exhibits. Bhagwati takes listeners through her life as a Marine after graduating from Yale. Following an honorable discharge, Bhagwati dedicated herself to fighting the military's culture of gender discrimination and sexual abuse. She recounts intense and painful... Read More

THE UNBREAKABLES

THE UNBREAKABLES

by Lisa Barr | Read by Erin Bennett

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Erin Bennett channels all the right emotions as she depicts a woman who is on a journey of self-discovery after her marriage shatters. When the popular cheating website Ashley Madison is hacked, Sophie Bloom is shocked to discover that her husband has not only been an active participant--but he is listed as the top cheater in town. Bennett portrays Sophie's reactions... Read More

THE UNCONSOLED

THE UNCONSOLED

by Kazuo Ishiguro | Read by Simon Vance

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

Simon Vance crafts subtle characters and an engaging narrative as he delivers this mysterious novel, often considered one of Ishiguro's most elusive. With his understated reading and careful pacing, Vance maintains Ishiguro's curious sense of the uncanny while allowing his eccentric characters to emerge with dynamism and clarity. From the protagonist's confusion and unease to... Read More

UNDER CURRENTS

UNDER CURRENTS

by Nora Roberts | Read by January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

January LaVoy gives a gripping performance of contrasting personalities and voices. Zane seems to have the perfect family, but what lies beneath are undercurrents of violence and lies. The illusion shatters one terrifying night, and Zane and his sister escape. Years later he returns to his hometown and connects with newcomer Darby, who's running from her own scary past. Can the... Read More

UNDER RED SKIES

UNDER RED SKIES Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China

by Karoline Kan | Read by Allison Hiroto

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Allison Hiroto provides an energetic and intense voice for Kan's memoir about three generations of family who live in China. The former NEW YORK TIMES reporter explains the intricate details of the One Child policy, including forced birth control and abortions, against the backdrop of her own mother's experiences. Listeners will be spellbound by the intimacy of these... Read More

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

by Christina Lauren | Read by Cynthia Farrell, Deacon Lee

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Using a wry, minimally inflected tone, narrator Cynthia Farrell ensures that listeners enjoy the tongue-in-cheek humor in this romance. Amy Torres, veteran contest winner, and Dane Thomas get married, using all her prizes. But it's a disastrous wedding--everyone except Amy's sister, Olive, and Dane's brother, Ethan, gets violently sick. And Olive and Ethan don't like each... Read More

THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH

THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH Life After Warming

by David Wallace-Wells | Read by David Wallace-Wells

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Author David Wallace-Wells narrates his impressively researched work on climate change, providing statistics and probable outcomes of the catastrophic effects already in progress as a result of global warming. Also included are descriptions of how much worse they could potentially become if drastic action is not taken. While he provides a passable narration, a more experienced... Read More

THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF THE SHERGILL SISTERS

THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF THE SHERGILL SISTERS

by Balli Kaur Jaswal | Read by Soneela Nankani, Deepti Gupta

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Soneela Nankani is the principal performer of this audiobook about three British sisters who travel to India to honor their mother's deathbed request to scatter her ashes in the sacred waters of her homeland. Rajni, a conservative educator; Jezmeen, a struggling actress; and Shirnia, a newlywed living in Australia, haven't always gotten along, so it's with mixed... Read More

THE UNQUIET HEART

THE UNQUIET HEART Sarah Gilchrist, Book 2

by Kaite Welsh | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The second in a series of historical mysteries, expertly narrated by Mary Jane Wells, returns the listener to Sarah Gilchrist's Edinburgh. Having no intention to marry her fiancé, Miles, Sarah continues her quest to become a doctor. However, when unexpected deaths occur in Miles's family home, Sarah uses her detective skills to help solve the case. Wells gives a wonderful... Read More

UPHEAVAL

UPHEAVAL Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

by Jared Diamond | Read by Henry Strozier

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Narrator Henry Strozier does a fine job bringing focus and balance to a difficult and uneven text. Diamond (GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL; COLLAPSE) is a bold and provocative historian, and his critique of how nations meet crisis offers a singular set of examples that include Finland, Chile, Japan (twice), Germany, and Indonesia, as well as the present U.S. Speaking from experience... Read More

VALENCIA AND VALENTINE

VALENCIA AND VALENTINE

Earphones Award Winner

by Suzy Krause | Read by Janet Metzger

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Krause's whimsical linked stories melding fantasy and reality feature a series of seemingly disparate offbeat characters who are facing the challenges of mental issues such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and dementia. Narrator Janet Metzger adopts a Canadian accent while bringing these Saskatchewan-based characters to life. She skillfully helps to distinguish... Read More

VAN GOGH

VAN GOGH The Life

by Steven Naifeh, Gregory White Smith | Read by Paul Heitsch

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The tumultuous life of artist Vincent Van Gogh is made easy to listen to by the pleasant voice of narrator Paul Heitsch. While exhaustively researched and incredibly detailed, the biography flows like a story. Beginning with childhood and progressing through Van Gogh's every obsessive attempt to find his true passion, Heitsch's calm and steady pacing provides empathy for this... Read More

VESSEL

VESSEL

by Lisa A. Nichols | Read by Lisa Flanagan, George Newbern

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lisa Flanagan and George Newbern's dual narration underwhelms listeners in this sci-fi thriller. After a disastrous six-year space mission, Catherine Wells makes it back to Earth as the sole survivor onboard Sagittarius I. Without a single recollection of her nearly decade-long space expedition, Catherine doesn't know what has become of her crew. Meanwhile, Sagittarius II... Read More

VIRAL

VIRAL The Fight Against AIDS in America

by Ann Bausum | Read by Vikas Adam, Ann Bausum

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Vikas Adam narrates the story of the fight against AIDS in the U.S. with the urgency the topic demands. As he recounts the early stages of the epidemic, when doctors were unable to connect the victims to each other or to find a way to treat the illness as the death count inexorably rose, his voice reflects the dire situation that PWAs (Persons With Aids) found themselves in.... Read More

VOICES

VOICES The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

by David Elliott | Read by Celeste Ciulla, Saskia Maarleveld, Luis Moreno

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Three narrators deliver Elliott's multifaceted account of Joan of Arc's life. With a range of characterizations, Celeste Ciulla, Saskia Maarleveld, and Luis Moreno embody Joan's thoughts as well as the people in her life, including those involved with her trial. The story also takes the points of view of Joan's sword and armor. The majority of Elliott's account is told in... Read More

WAITING FOR BOJANGLES

WAITING FOR BOJANGLES

by Olivier Bourdeaut, Regan Kramer [Trans.] | Read by Gibson Frazier

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners follow the story of a quirky and eccentric family as seen through the eyes of an unnamed boy and the journals of his father. Set in France and Spain during the second half of the twentieth century, this touching tale of deep love and growing mental illness is liberally sprinkled with rhyme. The narration by Gibson Frazier allows the rhymes to appear naturally to the... Read More

WAITING FOR TOM HANKS

WAITING FOR TOM HANKS

by Kerry Winfrey | Read by Rachel L. Jacobs

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Rachel Jacobs's energetic narration creates an enjoyable story that would otherwise be stunted by predictability in this rom-com about rom-coms. Raised on classic cinema, Annie is determined to find her own Tom Hanks. She begins working as an assistant to a movie director, a lively guy who could be Quentin Tarantino's vocal twin. Longing saturates Annie's voice as she dreams of... Read More

A WALK IN THE WOODS

A WALK IN THE WOODS

Earphones Award Winner

by Lee Blessing | Read by Alfred Molina, Steven Weber

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

The recorded performance of this provocative play from the Cold War era shines with wit. Alfred Molina's vocalizing of a worldly-wise and weary Russian is especially effective--you can hear Moscow in his voice. Steven Weber's earnest American--from Wausau, Wisconsin--aptly performs the foil/friend. A duologue, the play shows the irony of the pair's woodland strolls as they... Read More

A WALKING LIFE

A WALKING LIFE Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time

by Antonia Malchik | Read by Eliza Foss

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

When Antonia Malchik talks about the human connections that arise from walking, listeners can hear the warmth in narrator Eliza Foss's voice. Her tone stays personal as Malchik recounts her experiences watching her kids learn to walk. The author moved back to her Montana hometown so that her children could grow up in a walkable place, but the audiobook goes beyond her... Read More

WALKING ON THE CEILING

WALKING ON THE CEILING

by Aysegl Savas | Read by Mozhan Marno

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Mozhan Marno gives a sultry tone to Nunu's coming-of-age story, set in Paris. She delivers Nunu's inner monologue in a contemplative tone that underscores her ruminations on a childhood spent in Istanbul. Marno orients us to the story's deep introspection with a steady pace and precise enunciation. We are taken through the protagonist's memories of idyllic family... Read More

THE WALL

THE WALL A Novel

by John Lanchester | Read by Will Poulter

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Will Poulter takes on the role of Private Kavanagh, who reluctantly serves on the Wall. In this dystopia, the United Kingdom has built a wall to keep out rising sea levels as well as those who seek to escape "the change." Poulter's dispassionate narration tells the first-person story of a young man who is trained to be a protector of the wall. Poulter makes the right... Read More

WASTE TIDE

WASTE TIDE

by Chen Qiufan, Ken Liu [Trans.] | Read by Ewan Chung

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Ewan Chung tells a story set in the future in China. On Silicon Island clans fight for supremacy in the booming electrical- waste-recycling industry. Listeners hear the tales of different members of the various caste systems as they navigate this harsh and deadly environment. Chung's performance is hamstrung by the text itself. Because this audiobook has been... Read More

WATCH OVER ME

WATCH OVER ME

by Claire Corbett | Read by Edwina Wren

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Edwina Wren turns in an admirable performance of Clare Corbett's original imagining of what happens after a war in a postapocalyptic, contemporary society. In a first-person telling, 19-year-old Sylvie explains that her home in Port Angelsund is currently occupied by a fascist army called Garrison for its strategic access to valuable sources of natural energy. Wren handles... Read More

THE WAY HOME

THE WAY HOME Tales from a Life without Technology

Earphones Award Winner

by Mark Boyle | Read by Gerard Doyle

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Gerard Doyle's narration aptly reflects the author--a man of strong convictions who chose to chart his own course. As author Mark Boyle came to the conclusion that the things he owned were beginning to own him, he took drastic steps that many of us would find unthinkable: He renounced modern technologies and opted for a slower existence closer to the earth on Blasket Island,... Read More

THE WAY WE EAT NOW

THE WAY WE EAT NOW How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World

by Bee Wilson | Read by Bee Wilson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Bee Wilson narrates this significant audiobook in a chummy and nuanced style that eases the troubling issues she raises. Her cadence and delivery are so engaging that the listener is encouraged to consider the long list of planetary bad behavior she iterates regarding how we eat. Her sprightly British accent softens the sometimes scolding tone she uses to remind us that though... Read More

WAYFINDING

WAYFINDING The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World

by M. R. O'Connor | Read by Teri Schnaubelt

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Teri Schnaubelt skillfully guides listeners through a fascinating story of anthropology, geography, neuroscience, and more. Throughout history and until very recently, humans traveled great distances without the aid of GPS technologies. In fact, the brain's hippocampus is enlarged in people with keen geographic knowledge and wayfinding abilities. So what happens now... Read More

WE ARE ALL THAT'S LEFT

WE ARE ALL THAT'S LEFT

by Carrie Arcos | Read by Laura Knight Keating, Elisabeth Rodgers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Laura Knight Keating and Elisabeth Rodgers skillfully narrate the story of a mother and daughter who are both coping with the aftereffects of political tension, terrorism, and war. Zara's relationship with her mother, a refugee, has always been discordant. When a terrorist attack in Rhode Island leaves her mother in a coma, Zara loses the chance to fix their strained... Read More

WE ARE THE GARDENERS

WE ARE THE GARDENERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Joanna Gaines | Read by Emmie Kay Gaines, Crew Gaines, Duke Gaines, Drake Gaines, Ella Gaines, Joanna Gaines

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Children

What better way to learn about the joys of gardening than to hear members of a family sharing their experience? Meet the Gaineses, who had no experience with growing things when they started with "Fern Number One" and then moved on to a houseful, and then to a "yardful" of plants. Along the way, this family shares both the science and practicality of gardening; for example,... Read More

WE HUNT THE FLAME

WE HUNT THE FLAME Sands of Aramiya, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Hafsah Faizal | Read by Fiona Hardingham, Steve West

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Fiona Hardingham and Steve West lend their exceptional vocal skills to this fantasy novel. Its setting is inspired by ancient Arabia and inhabited by a stunning cast of characters, both human and otherworldly. Hardingham portrays Zafira, who defies authority by hunting game to save her people. West handles the assassin prince, Nasir. Both narrators deliver commanding... Read More

WE RULE THE NIGHT

WE RULE THE NIGHT

by Claire Eliza Bartlett | Read by Chloe Cannon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Chloe Cannon captures the defiant spirits of Revna and Linné, two young women who join the first corps of female aviators as they defend their homeland through the use of forbidden magic. The strength of Cannon's performance is in her steady narration, which reflects the story's pace as the conflict escalates while simultaneously bringing to life each character's... Read More

WE WERE BEAUTIFUL

WE WERE BEAUTIFUL She can't remember. She can't forget.

by Heather Hepler | Read by Misty Wells

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Misty Wells speaks in the voice of Mia in this YA audiobook of loss, grief, and healing. Mia's family is broken, and she doesn't understand what broke it. Now she has a ruined face, her mother and sister are gone, and her father has brought her to spend the summer with her grandmother--whom she's never met. Then he disappears. Wells's delivery is fast, almost ignoring... Read More

THE WEDDING PARTY

THE WEDDING PARTY The Wedding Date, Book 3

by Jasmine Guillory | Read by Janina Edwards

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Janina Edwards elevates a charming story with her portrayals of the bickering hero and heroine. Maddie and Theo may not be able to stand each other, but their chemistry in the bedroom is undeniable, so they make an agreement: They'll sleep with each other until their best friend's wedding, after which they'll part ways. As the argumentative couple spend more time... Read More

THE WESTERN WIND

THE WESTERN WIND

by Samantha Harvey | Read by Nyasha Hatendi

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Nyasha Hatendi's deliberate pacing and expressive voice capture the mournful, chilly atmosphere of this unusual historical mystery told in reverse by a local priest named John Reve. It is 1491, in Oakham, England, and wealthy Thomas Newman has drowned just before Lent. Was it murder, suicide, or an accident? John Reve hears everyone's confessions--their secrets, lies,... Read More

WESTSIDE

WESTSIDE

by W.M. Akers | Read by Bailey Carr

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Bailey Carr narrates this audiobook--part fantasy, part mystery-- admirably. Gilda Carr is an investigator who specializes in solving "tiny mysteries." But this time she finds herself involved in a far bigger situation as her search for a missing glove leads to clues about a murder and the dark nature of the Westside. Set in 1921, Akers's story has a gritty quality. Carr... Read More

WHAT FALLS BETWEEN THE CRACKS

WHAT FALLS BETWEEN THE CRACKS Porter and Styles, Book 1

by Robert Scragg | Read by David Thorpe

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Thorpe excels with a fast-paced mystery that moves from 1983 to current times. When an apartment cleaner finds a severed hand in a freezer, Detective Inspector Jake Porter and Detective Sergeant Nick Styles tackle a thirty-year-old murder. Thorpe commendably presents the fine text, realistic dialogue, and much needed humor. Listeners join the investigators as... Read More

WHAT MAISIE KNEW

WHAT MAISIE KNEW

Earphones Award Winner

by Henry James | Read by Juliet Stevenson

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

Juliet Stevenson provides a compelling narration of Henry James's story about innocence, social class, and morality. The protagonist, Maisie, struggles to preserve her innocence when her parents divorce and her stepparents commit adultery. Seemingly effortlessly, Stevenson changes her voice to match her characters' traits: Maisie's innocent demeanor, her stepfather Sir Claude's... Read More

WHEN ALL IS SAID

WHEN ALL IS SAID

Earphones Award Winner

by Anne Griffin | Read by Niall Buggy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Niall Buggy gives voice to 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan in Anne Griffin's debut novel. We meet him at the bar of the local hotel where he is raising a glass and a toast to each of the five people most important to his life. Through these toasts, Hannigan tells his story. Buggy's Irish brogue, pacing, and emotion are impeccable as the listener is transported to the bar... Read More

WHEN BROOKLYN WAS QUEER

WHEN BROOKLYN WAS QUEER

by Hugh Ryan | Read by Hugh Ryan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Ryan narrates his work of LGBTQ history as it played out in Brooklyn over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Those featured include drag kings, a brothel owner, a black lesbian dancer, a transgender man, and others. Ryan's delivery is engaging and, at times, intimate. Exploring the rich but often unrecognized, or even erased, events of Brooklyn's past, he shows how... Read More

WHEN THE SKY FELL ON SPLENDOR

WHEN THE SKY FELL ON SPLENDOR

by Emily Henry | Read by Amara Jasper

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Amara Jasper's frank delivery transports listeners to Splendor, Ohio--the site of a devastating steel mill explosion and home to a small group known as The Ordinary. Group members Fran and her friends enjoy investigating local legends. One night something crashes to earth and grants them unusual powers. Jasper's gruff narration captures the pervasive heartache of Splendor's... Read More

WHEN WE LEFT CUBA

WHEN WE LEFT CUBA

by Chanel Cleeton | Read by Kyla Garcia

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

In this audiobook, narrator Kyla Garcia provides the voice of Beatriz Perez, a young Cuban sugar heiress living in exile. It is the 1960s, and in Florida the world is changing daily. As Beatriz tries to adjust to all she has lost--family, home, fortune--she becomes consumed by thoughts of revenge and become involved with the CIA. Garcia embraces the drama that defines Beatriz... Read More

WHERE THE FIRE FALLS

WHERE THE FIRE FALLS Vintage National Parks, Book 2

by Karen Barnett | Read by Ann Richardson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

The serene grandeur of 1920s Yosemite National Park serves as an inspiring backdrop to Ann Richardson's thoughtful narration. Artist Olivia Rutherford reluctantly accepts a contract from "Scenic Magazine" to paint park scenes. While at Yosemite, she encounters figures from her past she'd prefer to avoid. Richardson portrays Olivia as a young woman haunted by secrets, giving her... Read More

WHISPER NETWORK

WHISPER NETWORK

by Chandler Baker | Read by Almarie Guerra

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Almarie Guerra projects the Southern accent and sassy tone that are needed in this audiobook. After their company's CEO suddenly dies, Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita are determined to make sure that Ames Garrett, a man known to sexually harass women, isn't chosen for the position. Guerra captivates listeners by creating energetic portrayals as the women strategize... Read More

THE WHISPERING LAND

THE WHISPERING LAND

Earphones Award Winner

by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

There's a moment in this enchanting audiobook that displays narrator Rupert Degas's talent to the full. It occurs when the naturalist author is at a cocktail party in Buenos Aires and has to talk to a pompous Englishman whose dismissive attitude towards Argentinians offends the young Durrell. Degas imitates this Brit's accent in such a fine tone that it sounds like he is... Read More

THE WHITE BOOK

THE WHITE BOOK

by Han Kang | Read by Jennifer Kim

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This brief novel--shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize--is a haunting meditation on loss and memory, movingly narrated by Jennifer Kim. Even though the unnamed narrator of the story is a successful author, she reflects on her life and how aimless she has become. In many passages she ponders the color white--snow, an empty sheet of white paper, an infant's swaddling clothes. She... Read More

WHITE KIDS

WHITE KIDS Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America

by Margaret A. Hagerman | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Hagerman's qualitative study of white upper-middle class families and how they engage or disengage from their white privilege comes across as earnest and thought provoking in Tavia Gilbert's well-balanced narration. Gilbert's pacing and emphasis enhance Hagerman's cultural context and critical insight so that even listeners unfamiliar with white privilege and how it operates... Read More

WHITE LIES

WHITE LIES

by Lucy Dawson | Read by Rachel Atkins

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rachel Atkins uses a no-nonsense style when delivering this mystery, rarely relaxing her tense grip on the story. When GP Alexandra Inglis is accused of sexual misconduct by 17-year-old Jonathan Day, she knows her patient is in trouble. As the drama unfolds, misspoken truths and a tangle of distorted truths become part of the story. Told from multiple perspectives,... Read More

WHY I RUN

WHY I RUN 35 Progressive Candidates Who Are Changing Politics

by Kate Childs Graham | Read by Karen Peakes, Timothy Andrés Pabon, JD Jackson, Lameece Issaq, Adenrele Ojo, Almarie Guerra, Scott Merriman

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

With varied ethnic heritages to match the wave of multicultural candidates whose essays are collected here, seven capable narrators put a lot of themselves into performing these passionate personal essays. The essays are from women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and others who have been targets of the current administration. While a few of the narrators put too much passion... Read More

WILD AT HEART

WILD AT HEART America's Turbulent Relationship with Nature, from Exploitation to Redemption

by Alice Outwater | Read by Joyce Bean

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Joyce Bean adopts the authoritative, outraged yet always persuasive voice that this cornucopia of environmental and ecological information and history demands. Her clear delivery and crystalline sound give the audiobook a convincing tone. It might have been easier to use a kind of fed-up-with-it-all approach to this wide-angle and historic look at environmental... Read More

WILD COUNTRY

WILD COUNTRY The World of the Others, Book 2

by Anne Bishop | Read by Alexandra Harris

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Alexandra Harris continues the narration of the World of Others series. The events of this installment take place concurrently with those in ETCHED IN BONE. Harris portrays both familiar characters and a host of new ones. The "terra indigene" are now in charge and intend to resettle a town where the Elders wiped out the humans. Harris makes it obvious who the villains... Read More

WILDCARD

WILDCARD Warcross, Book 2

by Marie Lu | Read by Nancy Wu

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Following the turbulent events of the Warcross Championships in 2017's WARCROSS, Emika Chen returns to put a stop to Hideo Tanaka's schemes. Nancy Wu also returns to narrate the final installment in the duology. Her performance perfectly sets the tone for the story, giving it a sense of urgency that matches the high stakes of the battle Emika and her team take on. But while Wu... Read More

WINTER WORLD

WINTER WORLD

by A.G. Riddle | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Amanda Leigh Cobb

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrators Edoardo Ballerini and Amanda Leigh Cobb alternate first- person chapters in this apocalyptic sci-fi audiobook in which Earth is freezing and the threat is coming from the stars. A team of scientists is launched into space to try to stop the threat and rescue a stranded astronaut. Ballerini and Cobb deftly portray a large cast of characters with diverse... Read More

THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL

THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL

by Hester Fox | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Lauren Ezzo brings depth and tension to this historical paranormal tale. When pernicious rumors destroy the Montrose family's social standing in early-nineteenth-century Boston, Lydia, along with her parents and sisters, is forced to relocate to their country home, Willow Hall. Lydia is only beginning to understand the powers she has inherited, but as lies, mysteries,... Read More

WITCH SUMMER NIGHT'S CREAM

WITCH SUMMER NIGHT'S CREAM Bewitched by Chocolate, Book 3

by H.Y. Hanna | Read by Pearl Hewitt

H.Y. Hanna | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Pearl Hewitt deftly introduces Tillyhinge, an English village, and all that goes on there during the summer solstice. "Bewitched by Chocolate," a store owned by the Widow Mags, sells chocolates that seem magical and addictive, which makes the suspicious townsfolk avoid her wares. Tension escalates when a rare recipe is stolen and a bully is murdered, with suspicion... Read More

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH

by Elizabeth Acevedo | Read by Elizabeth Acevedo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Author Elizabeth Acevedo sounds natural and authentic as Emoni, an immensely likable Philadelphia high school senior with a 2-year-old daughter and a gift for cooking. In both her writing and her narration, Acevedo warmly depicts the loving and supportive people in Emoni's life--her Puerto Rican abuela, who helps take care of baby Emma; her best friend, Angelica; and Malachi, a... Read More

WITHIN THESE LINES

WITHIN THESE LINES

by Stephanie Morrill | Read by Morgan Fairbanks, Andrew Kanies

Blink | Unabridged
Young Adult

The dual narration of this story allows listeners to hear the perspectives of both of its main characters--a young, interned Japanese man and the girl who is appalled at his treatment by the U.S. government. Taichi Hamasaki and Evalina Cassano love each other despite two forces working against them: California's laws against interracial marriage and growing anti-Japanese... Read More

A WOLF CALLED WANDER

A WOLF CALLED WANDER

by Rosanne Parry | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kirby Heyborne enhances this beautiful story inspired by a real Oregon wolf. Swift, the fastest pup in his litter, is later called Wander, after he flees from his family during a vicious attack. As Wander matures, Heyborne skillfully alters his delivery of this first-person account. Listeners will travel with Wander through countless challenges, including crossing the... Read More

WOLF PACK

WOLF PACK Joe Pickett, Book 19

by C.J. Box | Read by David Chandler

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Joe Pickett--game warden, conscientious dad, and general defender of justice in tiny Saddlestring, Wyoming--returns through the steady voice of David Chandler. Chandler's workmanlike, subtly embellished narration is suitable for Pickett's unflappable persistence as he investigates a mysterious drone that is chasing herds of elk and deer until they drop dead of exhaustion.... Read More

WOLF RAIN

WOLF RAIN Psy-Changeling, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Nalini Singh | Read by Angela Dawe

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Angela Dawe delivers a flawless narration that will engage new listeners and series fans alike. Wolf-changeling Alexei rescues Memory from a psychotic kidnapper at a point in her life when Memory is developing her empathic abilities. Dawe's cool, elegant reading perfectly frames the wintry setting that opens the audiobook, showing how two scarred, closed-off individuals evolve... Read More

WOLFPACK

WOLFPACK How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game

by Abby Wambach | Read by Abby Wambach

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

World championship soccer player Abby Wambach narrates with strength and conviction while telling what she learned while leading Olympic soccer teams from the field and the sidelines, and at home from family and friends. These are the people who make up her "wolfpack." In 2018, she gave the commencement speech to Barnard graduates, and this motivational audiobook about coming... Read More

THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK

THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 2

by Jennifer Kincheloe | Read by Moira Quirk

Jennifer R. Kincheloe, Ltd | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Moira Quirk takes listeners on a tour of L.A.'s Chinatown, home of police matron Anna Blanc, in 1908. Anna is either spunky and courageous--or merely annoying and reckless--depending on your point of view. Quirk gives Anna a high-pitched voice and the petulant tone of spoiled child. Nonetheless, Quirk's narration guides listeners through a racially charged environment... Read More

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

by Sonia Purnell | Read by Juliet Stevenson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Juliet Stevenson's straightforward delivery is appropriate for the personality and clandestine lifestyle of trailblazing Virginia Hall, who worked with British SOE and later the American OSS to support, aid, and arm the French Resistance during WWII. She defied convention to become one of the most important operatives of the war. Stevenson's delivery is smooth as she... Read More

WOMEN & POWER

WOMEN & POWER A Manifesto

by Mary Beard | Read by Mary Beard

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

The author--who also narrates this audiobook--is a highly respected professor of classics at Cambridge University. With insight and humor, she makes a case for redefining how women should be perceived--and perceive themselves--if they are to coexist with those of other genders on equal terms. She argues that as women have the opportunity to assume more power, their models of... Read More

WOMEN TALKING

WOMEN TALKING

by Miriam Toews | Read by Matthew Edison

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

This audiobook offers something unexpected: a story about women, narrated by a man. A colony of Mennonite women who have been assaulted by male colonists must decide how to respond. They come together in a meeting at which minutes are being taken by a man named August Epp. Portraying the eight female characters with seeming ease, narrator Matthew Edison makes the most of a... Read More

THE WOMEN'S WAR

THE WOMEN'S WAR The Women's War, Book 1

by Jenna Glass | Read by Robin Miles

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrator Robin Miles masterfully draws the listener into a world of women fighting against patriarchal domination in this energetic fantasy. After a life-changing magic spell is cast, two women must decide what is best for their kingdom, along with the fate of women who have a specific lot in life. Miles seamlessly depicts age, gender, and culture, providing voices for vastly... Read More

WORDSLUT

WORDSLUT A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

by Amanda Montell | Read by Amanda Montell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Amanda Montell narrates her own audiobook, and in listening to just the first few minutes, it's clear why that was the best choice. Her enthusiasm and passion for language shine, and her touches of humor keep listeners actively engaged and occasionally laughing out loud. Montell points a critical lens at our everyday language usage, showing how insults and curses at women and... Read More

WORKING

WORKING Researching, Interviewing, Writing

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert A. Caro | Read by Robert A. Caro

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As an audiobook performer, Robert Caro doesn't display much polish, but there could be no finer voice for describing his career as an investigative writer. Caro, the esteemed biographer of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, portrays the painstaking research and years of writing and rewriting behind his books in a voice that is pure New York City: "sawer" for "saw" and "idear" for... Read More

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO FANNIE DAVIS

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO FANNIE DAVIS My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

by Bridgett M. Davis | Read by Bridgett M. Davis

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Bridgett M. Davis narrates a love letter to her mother now that she is finally able to speak freely about her mother's vocation: She was a numbers runner of more than 30 years in late-twentieth-century Detroit. The illicit work provided an upper-middle-class life for Davis's family, and she eschews any indictment of her mother's character, painting a glowing portrait of... Read More

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: NOSE-DIVING INTO HISTORY

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: NOSE-DIVING INTO HISTORY Epic Fails #1

by Erik Slader, Ben Thompson | Read by L.J. Ganser

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator L.J. Ganser's sardonic tone perfectly matches the snarky humor of this nonfiction history of aviation. Using contemporary language that kids will relate to and that will make them laugh, the audiobook traces the record of humans' attempts to fly and their many crashes--from the ancient Greek myth of Icarus to the Wright brothers' initial trials and errors. Listeners... Read More

WRITING HER IN

WRITING HER IN Pilot Twist, Book 1

by Holley Trent | Read by Natalie Eaton, Sean Crisden, Lila Winters

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Natalie Eaton, Sean Crisden, and Lila Winters narrate the story of an erotic contemporary ménage à trois. Stacia Leonard is the author of a highly successful mystery series; Adrian Valliere is the cover model used by the publisher; Dara is Adrian's wife. When the three meet, sparks fly--in multiple directions. Eaton is perfect as snarky, brazen Stacia, always ready to deflect... Read More

WUNDERLAND

WUNDERLAND

by Jennifer Cody Epstein | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Lisa Flanagan paints completely believable portraits of the three women at the heart of WUNDERLAND. Best friends Ilse and Renate become progressively entangled in the ever-growing web of Nazism in 1933 Berlin. In 1989, Ava, Ilse's daughter, receives a package containing her mother's ashes and a packet of unsent letters written by Ilse to Renate. Flanagan is just right... Read More

YOU'D BE MINE

YOU'D BE MINE

by Erin Hahn | Read by Emily Lawrence, Tristan Morris

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrators Tristan Morris and Emily Lawrence are a dynamic pair. When country music star Clay Coolidge and Annie Mathers, the daughter of country music royalty, hit the open road for a summer tour, sparks fly. Lawrence and Morris bring out all the charm, emotional heartbreak, and flirtatiousness in this story as the stars struggle to overcome their traumatic pasts and heal... Read More

ZENOBIA JULY

ZENOBIA JULY

by Lisa Bunker | Read by Taylor Meskimen

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

With heartrending earnestness, narrator Taylor Meskimen draws listeners into the emotional life of Zenobia July, a tech-savvy trans girl who's facing a new year at a new middle school. Fresh from the loss of her father, Zen moved in with her married aunts, and now she's living openly as a girl for the first time. Navigating middle school friendships is tough, even among the... Read More

A ZOO IN MY LUGGAGE

A ZOO IN MY LUGGAGE

by Gerald Durrell | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This clever travel memoir reveals a witty story expertly narrated by the multitalented Rupert Degas. Degas is a kind of verbal ventriloquist at home with the accents, intonations, and styles of the Cameroon natives--royal and commoner alike--and he portrays the very British Durrell quite well, too. His mimicry is remarkable as he recounts naturalist Gerald Durrell's trip to... Read More

ZORA AND LANGSTON

ZORA AND LANGSTON A Story of Friendship and Betrayal

Earphones Award Winner

by Yuval Taylor | Read by Bahni Turpin

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Bahni Turpin engages the listener with this complex dual biography of writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. While both are known as luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, this audiobook explores the lesser known aspects of their friendship and collaboration throughout the 1920s and '30s, which ended in a bitter split. Turpin keeps the pace of the work flowing... Read More

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