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UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK BOY

UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH A BLACK BOY

by Emmanuel Acho | Read by Landon Woodson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Inspired by former football player Emmanuel Acho's popular video series, this audiobook is aimed primarily at young listeners who are unfamiliar with the basic concepts, history, and effects of systemic racism in America. The intent is to help kids along "the road to antiracist allyship," and narrator Landon Woodson supports this intent with the serious, encouraging tone of a... Read More

UNDERCOVER DUKE

UNDERCOVER DUKE

by Sabrina Jeffries | Read by Beverley A. Crick

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Beverley Crick takes listeners to early-nineteenth-century England with her narration of the romance between Sheridan Wolfe, Duke of Armitage, and Vanessa Pryde. Vanessa's mother, a suspect in the murder of Sheridan's father, gives shrill, piercing responses to Sheridan's subtle questioning. As Sheridan's family gathers, Crick skillfully lets the conversation flow among those... Read More

THE UNHEARD

THE UNHEARD

by Nicci French | Read by Olivia Vinall

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Olivia Vinall's narration of this psychological thriller is outstanding. Vinall vividly depicts Tess, a single mother, who is desperately protecting her 3-year-old daughter, who may have witnessed a brutal murder. Vinall's smooth and charming voice enriches the text with a swift yet comfortable pace. As conflict intensifies, the panic, uncertainty, and suspicion Tess... Read More

UNION OF FIRE

UNION OF FIRE The Fire, Book 2

by C.B. Vaughn | Read by Aven Shore

Blackberry Publishing Group | Unabridged
Fantasy

This action-packed audiobook truly ups the ante on a successful narration, but Aven Shore meets the challenge. The second volume in Vaughn's Fire Series, set seven years after the events in DAWN OF FIRE, finds a larger cast of heroes overmatched against nine vengeful dragons that are set on eradicating humanity from Zannondale. The good guys must find ways to enhance their... Read More

A UNIVERSE OF WISHES

A UNIVERSE OF WISHES A We Need Diverse Books Anthology

by Dhonielle Clayton [Ed.] | Read by Vikas Adam, N'Jameh Camara, Frankie Corzo, Kevin R. Free, Kyla Garcia, Deepti Gupta, et al.

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

A chorus of talented narrators delivers this diverse compilation of short fantasy and science fiction stories from several critically acclaimed authors. This wondrous collection features stories about harvesting the wishes of the dead, competing for the prince's heart and falling for the same-sex competitor instead, and luring a prince with magical powers. Short stories from... Read More

UNLIKELY ANGEL

UNLIKELY ANGEL The Songs of Dolly Parton

Earphones Award Winner

by Lydia R. Hamessley, Steve Buckingham [Fore.] | Read by Janet Metzger

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Dolly Parton jokes about being a prisoner of the "cartoon character" stage persona she herself created, but she is dead serious when it comes to her music. This audiobook reveals the songwriting skill and dedication of one of the nation's most revered country and pop musicians. Narrator Janet Metzger tells how Parton went from dirt-poor Appalachian to self-made musical legend.... Read More

UNLIKELY FRIENDS

UNLIKELY FRIENDS

by Julie Salamon | Read by Julie Salamon

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Journalist and narrator Julie Salamon recounts details of her small-town upbringing and the subtle--and sometimes not so subtle--discrimination that she and her two closest friends endured while growing up in one of Ohio's poorest counties. Interviews with those closest to Salamon in childhood are eye-opening and sometimes heartbreaking. Salamon's performance is both emotional... Read More

UNSYMPATHETIC VICTIMS

UNSYMPATHETIC VICTIMS Ashley Montgomery, Book 1

by Laura Snider | Read by Coleen Marlo

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Coleen Marlo's nuanced narration is a perfect match for this fast-paced, engaging legal thriller set in small-town Iowa. Public defender Ashley Montgomery is good at her job, and that puts her at odds with the townspeople who want criminals to remain jailed indefinitely--including the police. When Officer Katie Mickey investigates the murders of two of Ashley's recently... Read More

THE VANISHED DAYS

THE VANISHED DAYS Slains, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Susanna Kearsley | Read by Robert Ian MacKenzie

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Robert Ian MacKenzie narrates a sweeping romance set against the early years of the Jacobite cause in the mid-1700s. Adam Williamson is drawn into an inquiry regarding a claim made by a young widow to collect her husband's share of monies owed--but he doesn't expect all that follows. While the story is dense with religion, history, and politics, MacKenzie keeps everything... Read More

THE VANISHING POINT

THE VANISHING POINT

by Elizabeth Brundage | Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi, Robert Petkoff, Saskia Maarleveld, Michael Crouch, Joana Garcia

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

With beautifully developed characters and expertly intertwined storylines, a talented team of narrators perfectly captures the emotions and interactions in this compelling listen. Julian Ladd and Rye Adler met as photography students attending the prestigious Brodsky Workshop. The two are not friends but do become roommates and competitors--in photography and for the love of a... Read More

VELVET WAS THE NIGHT

VELVET WAS THE NIGHT

Earphones Award Winner

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Read by Gisela Chípe

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gisela Chípe successfully juggles the many characters and subplots in this exciting, odd (in a good way) mystery set in 1970s Mexico. The government underwrites a group of thugs to do whatever's necessary to keep down student protests and civil unrest. While Elvis is an enforcer, Chípe's performance makes clear how his inner life conflicts with his work. Chípe also... Read More

THE VERGE

THE VERGE Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World

by Patrick Wyman | Read by Patrick Wyman

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
History

Wyman explores the historically crucial years of 1490-1530 through different key people--financier Jakob Fugger, printer Aldus Manutius, Columbus, Suleiman the Magnificent, mercenary Goetz von Berlichingen, and others--tying them and events to the period's burgeoning capitalist economics. This fine history is marred by awkward fictionalized interludes featuring each historical... Read More

THE VIKING HEART

THE VIKING HEART How Scandinavians Conquered the World

by Arthur Herman | Read by Kiff VandenHeuvel

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
History

Harald Bluetooth and Eric Bloodaxe may not sound like ambassadors of culture, but it is Arthur Herman's contention that these and other Vikings have been unfairly pigeonholed. Rejecting long-held assumptions is hot work, but narrator Kiff VandenHeuvel throws his back into it. An actor and even a comedian, he's transformed himself into a happy warrior, a fierce rhetorician.... Read More

VIOLET GHOSTS

VIOLET GHOSTS

by Leah Thomas | Read by Dani Martineck

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Dani Martineck skillfully keeps listeners engrossed in this painful audiobook about a trans boy named Dani who can see ghosts. One of the ghosts is Sarah, who was murdered decades earlier. Ever since, Sarah has been distrustful of men, and she finds solidarity in Dani's experience with his abusive father. Determined to bring peace to other female murder victims around... Read More

THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME

THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME Bridgertons, Book 2

by Julia Quinn | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Rosalyn Landor never lets listeners down as she consistently differentiates each character in the massive cast of the Bridgertons series. In this fun enemies-to-lovers romance packed with quarrels and mishaps, Anthony, the oldest of the Bridgertons, sets his sights on the woman he wants to marry, but her sister, Kate, refuses to approve the loveless match. Landor runs... Read More

VOYAGE OF THE SABLE VENUS

VOYAGE OF THE SABLE VENUS and Other Poems

by Robin Coste Lewis | Read by Robin Coste Lewis

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Robin Coste Lewis offers a breathless and hauntingly alluring narration of her poems about the Black female experience. This literary triptych is one for the listener to sit with repeatedly, imbibing the differing storylines in these lyrical works. Lewis is rhythmic in her narration. Her soft and warm voice conveys a strong, thick, whispering timbre, especially in Part I. There... Read More

VULNERABLE AF

VULNERABLE AF Poems

by Tarriona "Tank" Ball | Read by Tarriona "Tank" Ball

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Poet Tarriona Ball is exactly that--VULNERABLE AF! ("AF" is an acronym for an unprintable expression--get it?) She speaks of love and the warning signs that come with falling for someone. Musician Robert Glasper begins the audiobook with easy piano music. It's the perfect complement to Ball's voice. She's honest, heartfelt, and clear. She takes her time, pausing at the right... Read More

THE WANDERING EARTH

THE WANDERING EARTH

by Cixin Liu | Read by Feodor Chin, Greg Chun

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrators Feodor Chin and Greg Chun deftly narrate this collection of short stories from one of the most evocative science fiction writers in the business. All of these imaginative works highlight humanity's will to survive and unquenchable thirst for discovery. Chun's beautiful delivery of the title story perfectly portrays a boy who is growing up in an era of extremes: The... Read More

WATER

WATER

by Giulio Boccaletti | Read by Giullo Boccaletti

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Scientist, conservationist, author, and now audiobook narrator Giulio Boccaletti is certain to win many new admirers with this deeply engaging "biography" of our most vital natural resource. Boccaletti brings a broad perspective and expertise to his narrative, centered around the crucial link between water and the growth and decline of human cultures. Beginning with the first... Read More

WATERLOG

WATERLOG A Swimmers Journey Through Britain

by Roger Deakin | Read by Mike Cooper

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Mike Cooper's enthusiasm and wry British tones capture the luminous wonders of this reissued nature classic of "wild swimming." Robert Deakin swims across Britain in every sort of body of water--freezing mountain lochs, moats, canals, spas, oceans, lakes, clean and dirty rivers. He swims with salmon and eels, naked and in a wet suit, in midsummer and midwinter. Cooper... Read More

WAYWARD

WAYWARD

Earphones Award Winner

by Dana Spiotta | Read by Susan Bennett

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Listeners seeking a feast for the ears, and for their hearts and minds as well, can do no better than to dive into this intoxicating audiobook, wonderfully performed by Susan Bennett. Spiotta is acclaimed for her well-considered settings, replete with period details, and her portrait of contemporary Syracuse may be her best yet. There is much to ponder here. Bennett's... Read More

WE ARE NOT BROKEN

WE ARE NOT BROKEN

by George M. Johnson | Read by George M. Johnson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

George Johnson narrates their touching memoir, offering vivid glances at the joys of Black boyhood through short quips of wisdom from their grandmother. Each chapter focuses on a particular "Nannyism" and examines how it affected their relationship with their brother and cousins, as well as informed their experience of being queer and Black. The audiobook also features letters... Read More

WE ARE NOT LIKE THEM

WE ARE NOT LIKE THEM

by Christine Pride, Jo Piazza | Read by Marin Ireland, Shayna Small, Kevin R. Free, Chanté McCormick

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Shayna Small and Marin Ireland provide a nuanced and deeply emotional narration of this audio page-turner, ably assisted by brief but well-crafted performances by Kevin R. Free and Chanté McCormick. The narrators splendidly illuminate this timely exploration of race and the enduring importance of friendship. In alternating chapters, Small portrays Riley, a Black television... Read More

WE ARE STILL HERE!

WE ARE STILL HERE! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

by Traci Sorell | Read by Garrett Abel, Jacob Cummings, Mary Kay Henderson, Lauren Hummingbird, Don McClellan, Ella Mounce, Kaitlyn Pinkerton, Isobel Shults, Oliver Shults, Carlos Sorell, Tonia Hogner-Weavel, Traci Sorell

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

A full cast of Cherokee, Navajo, Choctaw, and Chickasaw narrators deliver a moving audiobook companion to an informative picture book. Listeners hear an introductory history of Native Nations in North America, and then a bustling classroom preparing for their Indigenous Peoples' Day assembly. Twelve students recite brief presentations in youthful voices as sound effects and... Read More

WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS

WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS

by Carole Lindstrom | Read by Carole Lindstrom

Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
Children

In a compelling audiovisual production of their Caldecott Medal-winning picture book, the Indigenous author/narrator and illustrator team of Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade encourage young listeners to become stewards of the Earth. "Water is sacred." An Indigenous child takes her grandmother's words to heart as she boldly encounters the "black snake" that threatens her... Read More

WE KNOW YOU REMEMBER

WE KNOW YOU REMEMBER High Coast, Book 1

by Tove Alsterdal | Read by Hillary Huber

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The first in a series, this Swedish thriller starts with a body and connects it to a tortured history discovered through the sleuthing of young PI Eira Sjodin. Hillary Huber ably narrates, though with less drama than the plot--and the listener--deserve. But Eira comes through as a sympathetic investigator who wants to uncover what happened to Sven Hagström and to the man who... Read More

WE TWO ALONE

WE TWO ALONE Stories

by Jack Wang | Read by Feodor Chin, Natalie Naudus

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

The gentle, almost serene, style with which Feodor Chin and Natalie Naudus perform this audiobook provides a soothing contrast to the intense stories in this extraordinary collection. Author Jack Wang has written a series of short stories capturing the experiences of Chinese immigrants from their days in China to their lives in Canada, with numerous tales and struggles in... Read More

WE WERE NEVER HERE

WE WERE NEVER HERE

by Andrea Bartz | Read by Becca Tobin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kristen and Emily are such best friends they'd bury a body for each other--literally. Narrator Becca Tobin's nuanced performance captures the friends' bond and their opposite personalities. Despite the traumatic events of last year's trip with Kristen--when a backpacker wound up dead--Emily is excited to embark on another trip with her friend. On their last night in Chile,... Read More

WEIRD KID

WEIRD KID

by Greg van Eekhout | Read by James Fouhey

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator James Fouhey's talent for creating relatable personalities shines in this funny sci-fi adventure. Jake's parents found him 12 years ago when he was a shape-shifting glob of goo ejected from a distant planet. In human form, Jake has always appeared to be a regular kid, but lately he's been experiencing an inexplicable loss of control over his body. When a series of... Read More

WELL MATCHED

WELL MATCHED Well Met, Book 3

by Jen DeLuca | Read by Brittany Pressley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Brittany Pressley performs a sweet, lighthearted romance in this third audiobook in the Well Met series. April gets roped into pretending to be the girlfriend of the town's hookup--her daughter's gym teacher, Mitch. During the fake relationship both parties fall for each other, but April becomes apprehensive, despite getting to know Mitch's family. All of it comes to a head at... Read More

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Why We Believe in Luck

by Barbara Blatchley | Read by Wendy Tremont King

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Psychology professor and statistics expert Barbara Blatchley bridges the gap between the reality of random events and our human need to control or at least understand what happens around us. With examples from many realms, she explains how fear of the unknown can lead us to invent order, to believe in causal myths or luck, just to keep life from feeling too chaotic. Wendy... Read More

WHAT STRANGE PARADISE

WHAT STRANGE PARADISE

by Omar El Akkad | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

This is a remarkable, timely listen about an event taken from today's headlines. El Akkad's novel follows the journey of a very young Syrian refugee who survives a shipwreck and washes up on a small island. There, he ends up being rescued by a teenage girl who is in many ways no better offer than the young protagonist. Not surprisingly, Dion Graham gives an assured and... Read More

WHAT YOU CAN SEE FROM HERE

WHAT YOU CAN SEE FROM HERE

by Mariana Leky | Read by Nikki Zakocs

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Nikki Zakocs performs the charming story of a young woman named Luisa and the colorful residents of her German hometown. When Selma, Luisa's grandmother, dreams of a creature called an okapi, everyone knows that someone in their village will die. What follows is the story of a young bookseller, a very large dog, an optician who can never quite find the right time to... Read More

WHEN GHOSTS COME HOME

WHEN GHOSTS COME HOME

Earphones Award Winner

by Wiley Cash | Read by JD Jackson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

JD Jackson's performance is particularly skillful as he shifts among the multiple points of view of key characters whose stories are intertwined in this tense thriller. Cash's audiobook is set in a North Carolina beach town, a calm place that belies the intrigue and fear below its surface. Winston, the sheriff, responds to an early morning call to an airplane crash, where he... Read More

WHEN HARRY MET MINNIE

WHEN HARRY MET MINNIE A True Story of Love and Friendship

by Martha Teichner | Read by Martha Teichner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

CBS News correspondent Martha Teichner narrates her engaging story of love, loss, and pet ownership set against the backdrop of New York City--with its own heartbreaking post-9/11 narrative. Teichner's down-to-earth voice sounds intimate as she invites listeners to consider how our lives are transformed by those we meet, including beloved pets who connect with us and with each... Read More

WHEN HE WAS WICKED

WHEN HE WAS WICKED Bridgertons, Book 6

by Julia Quinn | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Sultry-voiced narrator Rosalyn Landor takes on the sixth title in the Bridgertons series, this one featuring 26-year-old Francesca Bridgerton, Countess of Kilmartin, and her late husband's first cousin, Michael Stirling. When John, Earl of Kilmartin dies suddenly, Michael, already smitten, allows himself to fall madly in love with Francesca. Landor applies her considerable... Read More

WHEN STARS COLLIDE

WHEN STARS COLLIDE Chicago Stars, Book 9

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips | Read by Nicole Poole

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Nicole Poole returns listeners to the popular Chicago Stars football series with this romance between back-up quarterback Thad Owens and opera star Olivia Stone. The pair is thrust together on a promotional tour for high-end watches. Poole captures Olivia, the haughty diva, then skillfully switches to down-to-earth Thad, giving a pleasing contrast between the two... Read More

WHEN WE BECOME STRANGERS

WHEN WE BECOME STRANGERS How Loneliness Leaks into Our Lives, and What We Can Do about It

by Maggie Hamilton | Read by Christopher Brown

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Social researcher and speaker Maggie Hamilton takes an intelligent look at how Western culture discourages connecting with others. Though we evolved to be part of a tribe, prosperity and technology have allowed us to become too independent, to stay home and hire others for tasks we used to share with neighbors. Fellow Australian Christopher Brown performs with earnest respect... Read More

WHEN WE CEASE TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD

WHEN WE CEASE TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD

Earphones Award Winner

by Benjamin Labatut, Adrian West [Trans.] | Read by Adam Barr

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Fiction

It's difficult to characterize this "work of fiction based on real events," but whatever the genre, it's a marvelous listen. Labatut's first work to be translated into English (and it's an outstanding rendering by Adrian West) is a series of narratives involving some of the twentieth century's greatest scientists and mathematicians, brought to our ears through the inviting... Read More

WHEN WE MAKE IT

WHEN WE MAKE IT

Earphones Award Winner

by Elisabet Velasquez | Read by Elisabet Velasquez

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Elisabet Velasquez narrates her debut novel-in-verse with vividness, honesty, and poignancy born of her life experience and performance expertise. Like her heroine, Sarai, Puerto Rican-American Velasquez grew up in Bushwick and knows what it's like to be poor in the midst of increasing gentrification. Sensitive 14-year-old Sarai is working hard to discover her identity despite... Read More

WHEN YOU AND I COLLIDE

WHEN YOU AND I COLLIDE

Earphones Award Winner

by Kate Norris | Read by Sarah Naughton

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Set during WWII, this teen audiobook is an engaging mix of sci-fi and historical drama. Narrator Sarah Naughton voices Winnie Schulde, the daughter of a physicist who cruelly experiments on her, trying to unravel the theory of multiple universes. When an experiment goes wrong, Winnie transports to another universe where she encounters-- herself. Portraying the same characters... Read More

WHERE THE DEER AND THE ANTELOPE PLAY

WHERE THE DEER AND THE ANTELOPE PLAY The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside

by Nick Offerman | Read by Nick Offerman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Actor, humorist, woodworker, and writer Nick Offerman narrates his wandering and insightful travelogue with self-effacing wit and engaging style. His performance shows his abilities to be dramatic and ironic, yet he keeps a firm hold on pace and delivery. His storyteller's voice is just right for an audiobook focused on hiking, running, walking, and road-tripping during the... Read More

WHERE THE TRUTH LIES

WHERE THE TRUTH LIES

by Anna Bailey | Read by Natalie Simpson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Abi disappears from the Colorado town of Whistling Ridge, leaving behind a violent father, a cowed mother, two brothers trapped in her family's awful dynamics, and Emma, her best friend, who is wracked with guilt because she left Abi alone in the woods that night. Narrator Natalie Simpson does a great job giving voice to the various characters who play... Read More

WHERE YOU ARE IS NOT WHO YOU ARE

WHERE YOU ARE IS NOT WHO YOU ARE

by Ursula Burns | Read by Ursula Burns

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

"How did this happen?" asks the author after working at Xerox for 29 years and becoming the first Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Having been raised by a poor, single immigrant mother in lower Manhattan didn't keep her from earning a graduate engineering degree and going on to lead an international business through turbulent economic times. Burns's narration is as... Read More

WHITE SMOKE

WHITE SMOKE

by Tiffany D. Jackson | Read by Marcella Cox

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Marcella Cox's warm voice draws listeners into the story of Mari, a Black teenager getting a new start along with her blended family in a creepy Midwestern town. Mari has anxiety, and Cox skillfully portrays her overwhelming panic at the possibility of bedbugs. She seems to be the only one worried by unexplained creaks, missing objects, and confusing stenches in their... Read More

WIDESPREAD PANIC

WIDESPREAD PANIC

by James Ellroy | Read by Craig Wasson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The intense opening of this audiobook and narrator Craig Wasson's delivery grab listeners from the start. The story focuses on Freddy Otash, a former cop who eventually becomes a private investigator who loves doing dirty work. Otash has also worked for CONFIDENTIAL MAGAZINE, a Hollywood rag, where he picked up dirt on just about everyone. Now he's telling what he knows. Wasson... Read More

WILD SOULS

WILD SOULS

by Emma Marris | Read by Amy Landon

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook is a well-narrated take on the tangled meaning of "wild" in these human-centric times. Just what are the obligations that people have to living things beyond themselves? Narrator Amy Landon delivers a solid performance, nicely paced, with enough variety in her voice to maintain the listener's interest. Her mid-sentence pauses might be distracting for some, but... Read More

WIN ME SOMETHING

WIN ME SOMETHING

by Kyle Lucia Wu | Read by Natalie Naudus

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Natalie Naudus's quiet narration elevates this character-driven coming- of-age novel. Willa is a Chinese-American 20-something living in New York after college, unsure what she wants out of life. She takes a job as a nanny for a wealthy white family and soon moves in with them, longing for a closeness she's never felt with either of her parents or any of her half-siblings.... Read More

WISH YOU WERE HERE

WISH YOU WERE HERE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jodi Picoult | Read by Marin Ireland

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Marin Ireland takes listeners on a journey they won't forget. Diana has her life perfectly planned. But when her long-awaited dream vacation in the Galapagos with her boyfriend, a doctor, is sidetracked by the pandemic, he insists she go without him. Reluctantly, Diana leaves for the isolated island--where her dream becomes a nightmare. Ireland sounds truly flummoxed... Read More

WOLF POINT

WOLF POINT Ashe Cayne, Book 2

by Ian K. Smith | Read by Amir Abdullah

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When the death of a leading Chicagoan is ruled a suicide, his children approach ex-cop-turned-P.I. Ashe Cayne to help investigate his death. Narrator Amir Abdullah brings life to a slightly world-weary Ashe as he reluctantly agrees to take on the case and finds himself drawn into a web of corruption and intrigue in which nothing is quite as it seems. Abdullah's narration is... Read More

THE WOMAN IN THE PURPLE SKIRT

THE WOMAN IN THE PURPLE SKIRT

by Natsuko Imamura, Lucy North [Trans.] | Read by Jennifer Ikeda

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

What first appears to be a simple story of one person becoming fascinated with another soon becomes a disturbing story of obsession. Jennifer Ikeda is the voice of the novel's lonely first-person protagonist. Ikeda's subtly nuanced performance takes listeners into contemporary working-class Japan, where the protagonist, who calls herself "the woman in the yellow cardigan,"... Read More

A WOMAN OF INTELLIGENCE

A WOMAN OF INTELLIGENCE

by Karin Tanabe | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Jennifer Jill Araya's narration recalls the "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" as she portrays another smart and comedic woman who rebels against societal pressures of 1954 New York. Katharina's life looks perfect: She has a Fifth Avenue address, healthy sons, and a husband who is a pediatric surgeon. She longs, though, for the variety and purpose she once had as a single woman working as... Read More

WOMEN AND OTHER MONSTERS

WOMEN AND OTHER MONSTERS Building a New Mythology

by Jess Zimmerman | Read by Vanessa Moyen

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Vanessa Moyen's narration is the perfect blend of the heartfelt and the academic in this collection of essays about the feminist possibilities of female monsters. Zimmerman examines some of Greek mythology's most famous female monsters, from Circe to Medusa, and the traits that make them monstrous: greed, hunger, ambition, ugliness. Blending personal stories and a critique of... Read More

THE WOMEN OF TROY

THE WOMEN OF TROY

Earphones Award Winner

by Pat Barker | Read by Kristin Atherton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Author Pat Barker and narrator Kristin Atherton combine their considerable powers in this second volume of Barker's Trojan trilogy, giving us a remarkable listening experience. After Troy's collapse, the victorious Greeks are trapped by onshore wind and cannot sail home. Instead, for 10 months, they drink and fight and plot. Filled with clever sketches of such mythic Greek... Read More

THE WRONG SIDE OF THE RIVER

THE WRONG SIDE OF THE RIVER A Novella

by Brian Price | Read by Robin Miles

Great Northern | Unabridged
Fiction

Robin Miles throws herself into the narration of this lyrical novella with enthusiastic flair. In the not too distant past or future, everyone waits in the Town With No Name to cross the river. Folks can't get over it, and they can't get around it, so they learn to live with it. Miles crafts an astonishing array of voices to portray the inhabitants of the mysterious town--from... Read More

THE YEAR OF OUR LOVE

THE YEAR OF OUR LOVE

Earphones Award Winner

by Caterina Bonvicini, Antony Shugaar [Trans.] | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini gives a riveting performance of this absorbing coming-of-age novel set in Italy. It's the story of the decades-long romance between Valerio, the narrator, and Olivia, the wealthy daughter of the family Valerio's parents work for. Chaotic Italian politics of the late twentieth century, with their accompanying violence and criminal and societal upheaval... Read More

YOKE

YOKE My Yoga of Self-Acceptance

by Jessamyn Stanley | Read by Jessamyn Stanley

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Yoga teacher and Black body positive advocate Jessamyn Stanley offers up a collection of personal essays on the subjects of yoga, wellness, and life. She focuses on the beginner's mindset when explaining the benefits and importance of yoga and how the discipline relates to modern society and its struggles. Thoughtful and fun, each piece of writing reveals inspiring and... Read More

YOU BET YOUR LIFE

YOU BET YOUR LIFE From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation

by Paul A. Offit | Read by James Noel Hoban

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Advances in medicine rarely go in a straight line. There are breakthroughs, setbacks, progress, failures, risk-benefit analyses, and real human (and animal) costs. James Noel Hoban's deep, grave voice and energetic pace embody the sense of urgency that is central to efforts to save patients' lives. In 1967, the recipient of a heart transplant operation lived for 18 days; now... Read More

YOU CAN NEVER TELL

YOU CAN NEVER TELL

by Sarah Warburton | Read by Jorjeana Marie

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Jorjeana Marie dazzles as the narrator of this deliciously satisfying psychological thriller. Kacy Tremain was framed for art theft and embezzlement by her best friend, Aimee. Humiliated and fragile, she and her husband relocate to a suburb of Houston, Texas. Hoping to start a new, peaceful life, Kacy befriends women from her new neighborhood. But not everyone is who they seem... Read More

YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS

YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS

by Kal Penn | Read by Kal Penn

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans will be grateful that Kal Penn, known for the Harold & Kumar movies, narrates his own memoir because he brings his signature comedy to every moment. We are treated to an easy, comfortable style that switches smoothly between stories of growing up a child of immigrants and behind-the-scenes moments on Hollywood sets. What might surprise many is Penn's intellectual side,... Read More

YOU GOT ANYTHING STRONGER?

YOU GOT ANYTHING STRONGER? Stories

by Gabrielle Union | Read by Gabrielle Union

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Acknowledging the relationship she formed with listeners with her first book, author and narrator Gabrielle Union dives into a place of vulnerability and openness. The actor shares her experience of having her daughter via a surrogate. Union's voice gets quieter during the toughest parts, but she unfailingly sees the comedic aspects of life. This trait is highlighted when she... Read More

YOU SEXY THING

YOU SEXY THING You Sexy Thing, Book 1

by Cat Rambo | Read by Vivienne Leheny

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Science Fiction

Narrator Vivienne Leheny brings to life the fun personalities in Cat Rambo's latest sci-fi adventure. This slightly wacky space opera is great for fans of Becky Chambers's Wayfarer series. Using her restaurant business as a means to escape the military's "Hive Mind," Niko and her crew have more to worry about than a bad review. They have enemies who are out for revenge. The... Read More

YOURS CHEERFULLY

YOURS CHEERFULLY The Emmy Lake Chronicles, Book 2

by AJ Pearce | Read by Anna Popplewell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Anna Popplewell has the perfect British accent for Emmeline Lake, an ambitious young Englishwoman who is in London during WWII. This is the second in the series about Emmy and her adventures. Fans will find it an enjoyable listening experience as we are taken through the struggles facing women in the aftermath of the London Blitz. Popplewell does an excellent job... Read More

ZARA HOSSAIN IS HERE

ZARA HOSSAIN IS HERE

by Sabina Khan | Read by Richa Moorjani

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Richa Moorjani's heartfelt voice elegantly balances teen antics like crushing on someone and hanging out with friends and the serious complications of living in a racist society. In this current coming-of-age story, Zara and her family--who've been waiting for years for their green cards to be approved--struggle with the repercussions of her peers' racist actions.... Read More

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