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THE UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS

THE UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS

by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio | Read by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Powerful, eye-opening, and important, this audiobook, narrated by the author, is a must-listen. Karla Villavicencio documents her travels across the country for the purpose of collecting the stories of undocumented immigrants. A DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient herself, Villavicencio is honest, raw, and engaging as she recounts her own experiences and... Read More

UNIVERSE OF TWO

UNIVERSE OF TWO

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen P. Kiernan | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Cassandra Campbell gives a stellar performance of this audiobook, set mainly in 1940s Los Alamos, New Mexico. The story is loosely based on the life of 19-year-old mathematician Charlie Fisk, who played a crucial role in the design of the detonator for the atomic bomb. The point of view alternates between Charlie and his sympathetic wife, Brenda, a musician. The sensations of... Read More

AN UNLADYLIKE PROFESSION

AN UNLADYLIKE PROFESSION American Women War Correspondents in World War I

Earphones Award Winner

by Chris Dubbs | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

This audiobook fills a major gap in the history of war correspondents during WWI, and Bernadette Dunne offers a narration that matches its importance. That's not to say she presents a pompous, overly inflated effort; rather, she matches her tone and pacing to fit the text, keeping the narrative flowing and listeners engaged. For example, her voice is even during much of the... Read More

UNTAMED SHORE

UNTAMED SHORE

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Read by Maria Liatis

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Maria Liatis captures the youthful innocence and frustrations of a teenage girl trapped in a dying Baja town in this new audiobook. Viridiana is named after a movie star, but she finds herself condemned to spend time acting as a translator and tourist guide. When a writer, his wife, and her brother come to town, Viridiana ends up as both their translator and a pawn in... Read More

UNWORTHY REPUBLIC

UNWORTHY REPUBLIC The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

by Claudio Saunt | Read by Stephen Bowlby

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
History

In this indictment of the systematic expulsion of 80,000 indigenous people during the 1830s, narrator Stephen Bowlby's empathetic style smartly lets the stories' damning evidence speak for itself. He seamlessly captures the bureaucratic ineptitude and cruel governmental indifference underlying President Andrew Jackson's horrific plan to send the southeastern tribes to less than... Read More

UNYIELDING HOPE

UNYIELDING HOPE When Hope Calls, Book 1

by Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan | Read by Nancy Peterson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Nancy Peterson brings listeners to the idyllic Canadian prairie with this audiobook companion to the Hallmark show "When Hope Calls." Adoptee Lillian Walsh rejoices to discover that her birth sister, Grace, is alive. Peterson smoothly reunites Lillian and Grace and gives them a shared mission, helping to place other orphan children in good homes. The plight of the... Read More

UTOPIA AVENUE

UTOPIA AVENUE

by David Mitchell | Read by Ralph Lister

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Ralph Lister exuberantly conveys the psychedelic music scene of 1967-68. Mitchell's novel features a British band called Utopia Avenue as growing success takes its members from modest venues to arenas. Listeners will breathlessly accompany the awestruck group as they stay at the fabled Chelsea Hotel in New York City and meet big stars, including Janis Joplin and Jerry... Read More

VAGABONDS

VAGABONDS

by Hao Jingfang, Ken Liu [Trans.] | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller imbues this ambitious debut novel with meditative gravitas. In the year 2201, Luoying has returned to her home on Mars after spending five years on Earth as a student ambassador. Rather than being overjoyed at seeing her home planet, Luoying and her fellow ambassadors become disillusioned with their world, which is not the utopia they had thought.... Read More

VALENTINE

VALENTINE

by Elizabeth Wetmore | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrators Cassandra Campbell and Jenna Lamia portray protagonists recovering from a horrific crime perpetrated upon the women of a Texas oil town in the 1970s. Wetmore's story of racial inequity, class prejudice, and violence illuminates this time and place. Campbell and Lamia deftly trade points of view as the brutal details unfold. The repercussions of an attack on a Hispanic... Read More

VAMOS! LET'S GO TO THE MARKET

VAMOS! LET'S GO TO THE MARKET

by Raul the Third | Read by Gary Tiedemann

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Lively music and narrator Gary Tiedemann's playful opening make for a warm greeting at the start of this charming children's audiobook. Little Lobo, a wolf, and his pet dog, Bernabé, wake up and set out for a busy day at the mercado. Listeners will delight at the layered sound effects that create a bustling scene with squeaky cart wheels, busy chatter, and chirping birds--all... Read More

THE VANISHING HALF

THE VANISHING HALF

by Brit Bennett | Read by Shayna Small

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Shayna Small's affecting performance brings listeners into the complex world of African-American identical twins. As teens in the postwar years in Louisiana, they run away from home, choosing two very different paths. Stella, taking advantage of a white businessman's attentions, opts to pass as white, erasing all connections to her birth family. Desiree, however,... Read More

THE VELA

THE VELA

by SL Huang, Rivers Solomon, Becky Chambers, Yoon Ha Lee | Read by Robin Miles

Serial Box | Unabridged
Fantasy

What's the best way to tie together a space opera written alternately by four authors? Clearly, it's choosing the capable Robin Miles to narrate. THE VELA is the name of the missing refugee ship that veteran soldier Asala, accompanied by her commander's techno-savvy child, Niko, is assigned to locate. Naturally, the mission has more layers than appear at first glance, as Asala... Read More

VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY

VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY Vera Kelly, Book 2

by Rosalie Knecht | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elisabeth Rodgers gives a low-voiced, pitch-perfect narration of this character-driven mystery set in the 1960s. Vera Kelly is going through a rough patch after losing her girlfriend and her job in the same week. She decides to open her own P.I. firm, and her first case involves the missing child of Dominican exiles. Vera's search leads her through the New York City foster care... Read More

VERONA COMICS

VERONA COMICS

by Jennifer Dugan | Read by Michael Crouch, Taylor Meskimen, Rebecca Soler

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Strong emotional performances take center stage in this tragic YA romance with fresh takes on fluid sexuality and mental health. The age-old tale of star-crossed lovers finds a quirky new home when commercial mega-chain The Geekery, owned by Ridley's father, sets its sights on the indie shop Verona Comics, owned by Jubilee's stepmom. Narrator Taylor Meskimen voices Jubilee, a... Read More

VIAL THINGS

VIAL THINGS Resurrectionist, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Leah Clifford | Read by Aaron Landon, Katie Koster

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Aaron Landon and Katie Koster masterfully narrate a paranormal fantasy in which death isn't permanent. Allie is a young resurrectionist capable of reviving the recently dead with a unique genetic mutation in her blood. When someone begins hunting resurrectionists and preventing their revivals, Allie must rely on an unlikely partner--a homeless boy named Ploy. Koster imbues... Read More

THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE

THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE

by Juliet Blackwell | Read by Xe Sands

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Fiction

This novel takes place in two time frames--during WWI and in the present day. Narrator Xe Sands handles both with aplomb. Her tonal quality for the two time periods is quite distinct, so it's easy to keep track of whose story is being told. Emile and Lucie dominate the war story with tales of life as a soldier and those left behind. In the contemporary subplot, Rosalyn, a young... Read More

VOICE OF REBELLION

VOICE OF REBELLION How Mozhdah Jamalzadah Brought Hope to Afghanistan

by Roberta Staley | Read by Julia Farhat

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This biography of Afghan singer Mozhdah Jamalzadam creates a narrative rather than a series of facts and isolated episodes. The style makes for a more engaging audio performance, immersing the listener in the experiences of the real-life political and cultural influencer. Julia Farhat is a capable enough narrator, inserting sufficient animation to keep the story imaginable.... Read More

THE VOTING BOOTH

THE VOTING BOOTH

by Brandy Colbert | Read by Robin Eller, Cary Hite

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

The events of this audiobook unfold over the course of a single election day as two Black teens vote for the first time. Robin Eller voices Marva, who is first in line at her polling place. She meets Duke, voiced by Cary Hite, when the poll workers can't find Duke's name on the registration list. Making sure his vote gets counted leads them on a long and winding journey during... Read More

WALKING THE OLD ROAD

WALKING THE OLD ROAD A People's History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe

by Staci Lola Drouillard | Read by Staci Lola Drouillard

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

Staci Drouillard gives a solid performance of her account of the village of her ancestors, Chippewa City, Minnesota. This work, which grew out of her doctoral dissertation, uses oral history to tell the story of this place and its people from when it was called Nishkwakwansing to the present day. We see how the people interacted with each other and the European settlers, and... Read More

WANDERING IN STRANGE LANDS

WANDERING IN STRANGE LANDS A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots

by Morgan Jerkins | Read by Morgan Jerkins

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Combining memoir and history, author and narrator Morgan Jerkins takes listeners on an unforgettable journey across America. Jerkins, whose grandparents came north during the Great Migration, grew up in New Jersey. In this audiobook, she sets out to understand her place in the history of the migration that has defined Black America today. Her narration is clear and steady as... Read More

WARHOL

WARHOL

by Blake Gopnik | Read by Graham Halstead

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

NEW YORK TIMES contributor Blake Gopnik has written a precise, expansive biography of the man whom many consider the most influential artist of the twentieth century: Andy Warhol. Graham Halstead's highly skilled narration does much to support that assessment. Halstead adds a young exuberance to an enjoyable excursion through the vast expanse of Warhol's interconnected personal... Read More

WARRIOR RISING

WARRIOR RISING How Four Men Helped a Boy on his Journey to Manhood

Earphones Award Winner

by MaryAnne Howland | Read by Adenrele Ojo

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The combination of Adenrele Ojo's lively performance and the author's lyrical writing will make the message in this audiobook jump out at all parents, especially those who worry about the kind of world their child will enter as an adult. Ojo is an accomplished actress, producer, and narrator; you can hear her professional depth as she flawlessly tells the true story of the... Read More

THE WATERGATE GIRL

THE WATERGATE GIRL

by Jill Wine-Banks | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Jill Wine-Banks [Intro. & Epilogue]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Jill Wine-Banks's own voice passionately bookends her story about being the sole female Watergate prosecutor. Her timbre contrasts with the fuller voice of narrator Cassandra Campbell, who delivers the body of the audiobook, vividly capturing the White House scandal of nearly 50 years ago. Campbell's steady pace is appreciated as she sets the scene and describes the many... Read More

THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL

THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL

by Maurene Goo | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller uses her fabulous sense of pacing for a story of two friends, Clara and Rose, who are transformed by an unexpected summer. After a stunt at prom, their parents decree that they must work on Clara's father's food truck. The girls begin to reveal their true selves to each other as Clara faces her fears and Rose shares her secrets. Zeller's pace initially... Read More

WE ARE NOT FROM HERE

WE ARE NOT FROM HERE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jenny Torres Sanchez | Read by Marisa Blake

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Marisa Blake portrays the cruelty and menace of Rey, a gang leader in Guatemala. Blake's depiction of the terror he evokes in three teens who flee him is heartbreaking. The story is told in alternating chapters by Pequena and Pulga. Pequena was raped by Rey and bore a son she can't stand to care for. Her cousin, Pulga, and his best friend, Chico, witnessed Rey murder a... Read More

WE DREAM OF SPACE

WE DREAM OF SPACE

Earphones Award Winner

by Erin Entrada Kelly | Read by Ramon de Ocampo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Ramon de Ocampo infuses his narration of this emotionally powerful story with direct and subtle emotions that define the three Nelson-Thomas siblings and their middle school experience. The story begins in January 1986 with the excitement of the CHALLENGER mission and ends with its tragedy. As the siblings' parents' domestic tragedies dominate the children, 12-year-old twins... Read More

WE LIVE FOR THE WE

WE LIVE FOR THE WE The Political Power of Black Motherhood

by Dani McClain | Read by Dani McClain

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Journalist Dani McClain describes how she prepared her daughter for a society in which black children don't enjoy the same positive expectations and privileges as others. As the author narrates with professional poise, her clarity and somber tone fit the character of her reportage, which describes the broad array of injustices and social burdens African-Americans face daily.... Read More

WE RIDE UPON STICKS

WE RIDE UPON STICKS

by Quan Barry | Read by Isabel Keating

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Isabel Keating demonstrates her ability to differentiate characters in this quirky story of a 1989 high school field hockey team. In Danvers, Massachusetts--formerly Salem Village--the perennially losing team finds a book describing the infamous trials. Players begin recording a book of their "sinful" acts, which they name "Emilio." Their luck changes, and they start... Read More

WEIRD BUT NORMAL

WEIRD BUT NORMAL Essays on the Awkward, Uncomfortable, Surprisingly Regular Parts of Being Human

Earphones Award Winner

by Mia Mercado | Read by Mia Mercado

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Humorist Mia Mercado's debut collection of self-deprecating, insightful essays drawn from her personal experiences is a must-listen for anyone wondering if their perceived idiosyncrasies are "normal." Suitable pauses between essays transition listeners through sections dedicated to various modes of being that millennials will find relatable. Mercado's essays combine humor and... Read More

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

by Claire Swinarski | Read by Lisa Cordileone

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Lisa Cordileone creates a youthful voice for 12-year-old Abby, who lives in northern Wisconsin, where she helps run a campground with her family. Sometimes business can be sparse, but with an eclipse taking place in the coming summer, all the sites are booked up. Abby looks forward to spending her time studying the stars and exploring books at the local library. Life... Read More

WHAT LANE?

WHAT LANE?

by Torrey Maldonado | Read by Torrey Maldonado

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Torrey Maldonado brings warmth and empathy to the narration of his novel about a mixed-race sixth grader named Stephen. Caught between his best friend, Dan, and Dan's racist cousin, as well as trying to integrate his racially segregated friend groups, Stephen is finding it difficult to navigate life amid his growing awareness of the racism around him. Maldonado gives... Read More

WHAT WE CARRY

WHAT WE CARRY A Memoir

by Maya Shanbhag Lang | Read by Maya Shanbhag Lang

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A powerful sense of generosity and immediacy comes through in Maya Shanbhag Lang's narration of her tender memoir on motherhood and family. She beautifully conveys her path to acceptance of trying circumstances, allowing listeners to feel as though they themselves are capably meeting Lang's challenges. A wife and mother, she was beginning a writing career when she moved her own... Read More

WHEN MORNING COMES

WHEN MORNING COMES

by Arushi Raina | Read by Jamie Bloch, John Fleming, Patience Mpumiwana, Tony Ofori

ECW Press | Unabridged
Young Adult

A privileged Johannesburg student falls head over heels for a girl from the other side of town. The only problem is that she is Black and he is white and they live in apartheid-torn South Africa in 1976. Contributing a spot-on South African accent, narrator Patience Mpumiwana leads a quartet of fresh voices in providing distinct characters, clarity, and cultural grounding for... Read More

WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED

WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED

Earphones Award Winner

by Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed | Read by Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Robin Miles, Ifrah Mansour, Bahni Turpin, Hakeemshady Mohamed, Sadeeq Ali, Dominic Hoffman, Christine Avila, JD Jackson, Dion Graham, and a Full Cast

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Skillful soundscaping and a full cast heighten the atmosphere and emotion in this audiobook, inspired by the childhood of coauthor Omar Mohamed. The story follows young Omar, a Somali boy living in a Kenyan refugee camp, where he cares for his brother, studies hard, and tries to balance his hope of resettlement against grim reality. Narrator Faysal Ahmed is thoroughly... Read More

WHEN THE WORLD FEELS LIKE A SCARY PLACE

WHEN THE WORLD FEELS LIKE A SCARY PLACE Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids

by Abigail Gewirtz | Read by Robin Miles

Workman Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Robin Miles's performance channels the type of wise and nurturing voice you'd expect to hear from a child psychologist who aims to help kids deal with today's tumultuous world. With phrasing clarity that is at once relaxed and focused, she sounds like a teacher or care provider parents want to learn from. And the author doesn't disappoint with her accessible lesson on how... Read More

WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER

WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER

by Tae Keller | Read by Greta Jung

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Greta Jung is outstanding at capturing both the youthful and adult voices in this chapter book for tweens. She embodies the quiet, thoughtful Lily in a subdued tone. Listeners will empathize with the shy Korean-American girl who wants to disappear at the sign of any conflict. Lily's quiet personality alternates with the sassiness of her older sister, Sam, who will... Read More

WHERE DREAMS DESCEND

WHERE DREAMS DESCEND Kingdom of Cards, Book 1

by Janella Angeles | Read by Imani Jade Powers, Steve West

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Fantasy

Narrators Imani Jade Powers and Steve West team up to deliver an emotionally engrossing performance of this YA fantasy. In a city brimming with magic, a new headliner must be found through a competition of magical feats. The narrators do an excellent job portraying Kallia, Jack, and Daron's individual personalities and character traits. Especially noteworthy is West's delivery... Read More

WHERE GOODNESS STILL GROWS

WHERE GOODNESS STILL GROWS Reclaiming Virtue in an Age of Hypocrisy

by Amy Peterson, Lauren Winner [Fore.] | Read by Charity Spencer

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Philosophy & Religion

Narrator Charity Spencer brings an honest and thought-provoking audiobook to life. Weaving conviction and a constant thrum of energy into each sentence, she keeps listeners engaged throughout this short but powerful audiobook. Peterson challenges evangelical culture and the rationale behind many Christian traditions that have been held--often unquestioned--for centuries.... Read More

WHEREVER I GO

WHEREVER I GO

by Mary Wagley Copp | Read by Charon Normand-Widmer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Charon Normand-Widmer energetically narrates this story of life in a refugee camp for one imaginative little girl. Abia moves through her daily routine in Ethiopia's Shimelba Camp picturing herself a queen: strong and clever and gentle, as needed. Normand-Widmer's rich and resonant voice expresses Abia's delightful self-confidence in her current circumstances and her uneasiness... Read More

WHICH WAY IS HOME?

WHICH WAY IS HOME?

by Maria Kiely | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Listeners will easily imagine themselves on a dangerous journey with 11-year-old Anna, as she, her mother, and her older sister flee Czechoslovakia after the 1948 Communist takeover. Narrator Jennifer Jill Araya skillfully delivers a range of accents and Czech names and phrases. Based on the author's own family history, this audiobook describes in riveting detail the family's... Read More

WHILE THE MUSIC PLAYED

WHILE THE MUSIC PLAYED A Remarkable Story of Courage and Friendship in WWII

Earphones Award Winner

by Nathaniel Lande | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Bronson Pinchot's range of accents is put to the test in this work of historical fiction set during WWII. While most of Pinchot's narration takes the perspective of a boy living in Prague, the point of view changes and moves all over Europe. At no point will listeners question who is speaking to whom or where that person is from. Pinchot captures the oratorical tones... Read More

WHISTLEBLOWER

WHISTLEBLOWER My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber

by Susan Fowler | Read by Susan Fowler

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Susan Fowler narrates a memoir is particularly focused on her experience working for Uber, where she experienced abuse and ultimately became a famous whistleblower. Listeners will become angry at the blatant mistreatment she receives, not just from the rideshare company, but also throughout her college education. At times, her voice is a little shaky with grief and frustration,... Read More

WHY BE HAPPY?

WHY BE HAPPY? The Japanese Way of Acceptance

by Scott Haas | Read by Gary Furlong

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Gary Furlong enthusiastically delivers this advice on how we can reduce our stress and overreactivity and be happy by adopting aspects of the Japanese way of life. Furlong's authentic pronunciation of Japanese words brings persuasiveness to his discussion of how Japan's attitudes about the relationship between self and the community, along with social rules and... Read More

WHY WE SWIM

WHY WE SWIM

by Bonnie Tsui | Read by Angie Kane

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Angie Kane captures the immersed and meditative feeling of being in the water as she narrates Bonnie Tsui's memoir/cultural history of swimming. Like meditation, Kane generates a calm and focused awareness. In a smooth, clear voice and a tone of authenticity, Kane propels listeners along Tsui's personal journey--from her parents' introduction at a swimming pool in Hong Kong... Read More

WICKED AS YOU WISH

WICKED AS YOU WISH A Hundred Names for Magic, Book 1

by Rin Chupeco | Read by Cassie Simone

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Young Adult

A story combining realism and folklore is brought to life by narrator Cassie Simone. Prince Alexei of Avalon seeks to escape the terrors of his kingdom, which has been turned to ice by a spell. He hides out with Tala's family in a magic-free zone. The duo soon discover a legendary firebird who reignites their determination to come out of hiding and save the kingdom. Simone... Read More

WICKED BITE

WICKED BITE Night Rebel, Book 2

by Jeaniene Frost | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Tavia Gilbert narrates the second installment of the Night Rebel series. Although she is a vampire Law Guardian, Veritas is traveling the world on her own secret and dangerous mission. Master vampire playboy Ian may have a case of amnesia, but he is certain of one thing: Veritas is his wife. Gilbert's spirited performance captures the heat between Veritas and Ian and further... Read More

WIFE STALKER

WIFE STALKER

by Liv Constantine | Read by Julia Whelan, Meghan Wolf

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Two narrators voice strong-willed women facing off in this zippy thriller. Meghan Wolf sounds earnest and youthful as Piper Reynard, a woman running from her past by opening a wellness spa in Connecticut. She quickly finds love with Leo Drakos, much to the dismay of his wife, Joanna, who finds their family life suddenly ripped apart. Golden Voice narrator Julia Whelan gives... Read More

WILMINGTON'S LIE

WILMINGTON'S LIE The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

by David Zucchino | Read by Victor Bevine

Recorded Books | Unabridged
History

Narrator Victor Bevine confidently guides listeners through a little-known period of American history with obvious parallels to current concerns about racism and white supremacy. In November 1898, the relatively integrated port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, was set ablaze by white supremacists seeking to terrorize Black citizens and overthrow the elected government.... Read More

WINK

WINK

Earphones Award Winner

by Rob Harrell | Read by Michael Crouch, Marc Thompson

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Michael Crouch's first-person narration is spot-on as Ross endures treatment for eye cancer, plus the normal awkwardness and humiliation that come with seventh grade. Crouch manages to make Ross seem vulnerable without making him pitiful--because Ross does not want pity. He just wants to be normal. While emotionally expressive of Ross's anger and frustration, Crouch also... Read More

A WISH IN THE DARK

A WISH IN THE DARK

by Christina Soontornvat | Read by Greta Jung

Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
Children

Korean-American narrator Greta Jung vividly brings to life the rich dystopian Thai setting of this fantasy twist on LES MISRABLES. At age 9, orphaned Pong escapes from Namwon Prison, where he was born. But his life as a fugitive is complicated when the prison warden's privileged daughter, Nok, makes it her mission to recapture him to win favor with the autocratic governor. As... Read More

THE WOMAN AT NUMBER 19

THE WOMAN AT NUMBER 19

by J.A. Baker | Read by Sherry Baines

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Wonderfully narrated by Sherry Baines, this psychological thriller is fraught with uncertainty, possibility, and quiet menace. Reflecting appropriate anxiety and tension, Baines delivers the story of Esther, a former teacher who is obsessed with the deaths of her unfaithful husband and their two children in a traffic accident. Witnessing her next-door neighbor's abusive... Read More

THE WOMEN WITH SILVER WINGS

THE WOMEN WITH SILVER WINGS The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

by Katherine Sharp Landdeck | Read by Gabra Zackman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
History

During WWII, more than a thousand American women aviators ferried planes across the U.S. from factories to military locations. Narrator Gabra Zackman employs an unpretentious voice that is suitable for this account of ordinary women who were committed to doing extraordinary things in their time. Zackman adds a touch of flair when describing Jacqueline Cochran, one of the two... Read More

A WONDERFUL LIFE

A WONDERFUL LIFE Insights on Finding a Meaningful Existence

by Frank Martela | Read by Steve Edwards

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Steve Edwards narrates this insightful guide for those wanting to understand our purpose--those asking why life is worth living. While the human ability to reflect and reason predisposes us to ponder the meaning of life, throughout this series of essays, Edwards reassures us that an existential crisis is not necessary. His easygoing narration lends itself to the audiobook's... Read More

THE WRECK

THE WRECK

by Landon Beach | Read by Scott Brick

Landon Beach | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners who like mysteries tinged with adventure and colorful characters are in for a treat. Scott Brick's performance is everything you'd expect from a narrator at the top of his game. He captures the drama and foreboding of an audiobook centered on the discovery of a gold coin by a teacher who is spending the summer at his family's Lake Michigan home. The teacher and a... Read More

WUHAN DIARY

WUHAN DIARY Dispatches from a Quarantined City

Earphones Award Winner

by Fang Fang, Michael Berry [Trans.] | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Emily Woo Zeller's melodious voice, clear diction, and thoughtful pacing shape these dispatches from the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. She emulates Fang Fang's tone whether she discusses daily life, takes officials to task for an insufficient response to the pandemic, or vigorously defends herself from the Internet trolls and ultra-leftists who attack her. Novelist Fang... Read More

THE YEAR 1000

THE YEAR 1000 When Explorers Connected the World- and Globalization Began

by Valerie Hansen | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

Narrator Cynthia Farrell's approach to this serious subject is lighter than one might expect. Sometime around the year 1000, Norsemen (and a few women) crossed from Greenland to what is now Canada. This audiobook marks that achievement as the first time goods and ideas could--at least, theoretically--travel around the world from the Americas to Europe, Africa, and Asia,... Read More

THE YEAR OF PERIL

THE YEAR OF PERIL America in 1942

by Tracy Campbell | Read by Paul Heitsch

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
History

"On the ground, by God, on the ground!" said FDR of planes destroyed at Pearl Harbor, and narrator Paul Heitsch's own voice mixes rage and regret, hitting each word as a distinct note. Thus, he presents the hinge year of 1942 with an agonizing uncertainty we have forgotten. Campbell shatters the sentimentality that has forgiven the Greatest Generation for segregating its... Read More

THE YELLOW HOUSE

THE YELLOW HOUSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah M. Broom | Read by Bahni Turpin

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sarah Broom's chronicle of life in a historic yet poor section of New Orleans is an audiobook that captivates the listener from its first words to the end. The National Book Award-winning memoir holds one's attention because of Broom's vivid prose and narrator Bahni Turpin's flawless performance. Although the audiobook focuses on the physical home where Broom was raised, whose... Read More

THE YOSEMITE

THE YOSEMITE

by John Muir | Read by Nick McArdle

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Classics

There's never been a better time to indulge in John Muir's inspiring observations of California's most iconic wilderness. Crafted over the two years that Muir lived in a tiny cabin alongside Yosemite Creek, around 1870, the work was originally intended as a guidebook to what would become Yosemite National Park. Nick McArdle's understated narration is intoxicatingly relaxing. A... Read More

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen | Read by Dylan Moore, Barrie Kreinik

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Dylan Moore and Barrie Kreinik collaborate fittingly together to recount the suspenseful story of lonely, unhappy Shay Miller and her volatile connection with the prosperous Moore sisters. Moore gives life to Shay's character in a way that is both complementary and convincing. She has a gentleness to her voice that emphasizes Shay's naïve demeanor and feelings of... Read More

YOU CAN'T CATCH ME

YOU CAN'T CATCH ME

by Catherine McKenzie | Read by Julia Whelan

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Julia Whelan captures all the nuances of this twisty psychological thriller, which tackles cults, family, identity, and revenge. When she was just a teenager, Jessica Williams escaped the cult she was raised in, eventually becoming a well-known reporter. Despite some missteps, she is doing okay until she meets a woman with her name and birth date. Too late Jessica... Read More

YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER

YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER

by Sarah Hogle | Read by Taylor Meskimen

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Taylor Meskimen skillfully narrates this lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romance between 20-somethings Naomi and Nicholas. Meskimen crafts nuanced character portraits of the pair as their relationship evolves from infatuation to a possible breakup and, finally, to a supportive and loving partnership. Meskimen expresses the longing for intimacy that underpins Naomi's vibrant but... Read More

YOU GOT THIS

YOU GOT THIS Face Your Fear. Find Your Confidence.

by Caroline Foran | Read by Devon Sorvari

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Caroline Foran helps listeners understand their anxieties and provides effective strategies for gaining more confidence. Narrator Devon Sorvari's conversational style is welcoming and relatable as she delivers Foran's advice on self-image and her explanations of the roots of fear and how it can disrupt personal accomplishments. Sorvari's tone is empathetic when she clarifies... Read More

YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN

YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN

by Leah Johnson | Read by Alaska Jackson

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Listeners will definitely want to cast their vote for Liz Lighty in this debut audiobook for teens. Narrator Alaska Jackson's relaxed, natural-sounding delivery makes Liz instantly relatable. She might not seem like prom queen material at her wealthy Indiana high school, but Liz is determined to win the crown because it comes with a scholarship that will ensure she can attend... Read More

ZEUS, DOG OF CHAOS

ZEUS, DOG OF CHAOS

by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb | Read by Todd Haberkorn

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Zeus, the lovable hero of this humorous audiobook, is a service dog assigned to safeguard Madden, a boy with diabetes who just wants to play the tuba in his school band and be a regular kid. Telling the story from the dog's perspective, narrator Todd Haberkorn is spot-on voicing Zeus's thoughts--from hilarious interpretations of human words to astute observations of the... Read More

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