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  • ESSAYS

    ESSAYS

    by George Orwell | Read by Alex Hyde-White

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    This wonderful collection of essays is greatly enhanced by Alex Hyde-White's attentive narration. Orwell's essays span many topics--from his observations on Charles Dickens to his experiences in colonial Burma. His prose is varied in purpose, whether it is to relate a story, as in "Shooting an Elephant," or to explain his writing philosophy, as in "Why I Write." Throughout this... Read More

  • THE GREAT DERANGEMENT

    THE GREAT DERANGEMENT Climate Change and the Unthinkable

    by Amitav Ghosh | Read by Shridhar Solanki

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Ghosh, an Indian novelist, examines climate change through the lenses of stories, histories, and politics in this nonfiction audiobook. Shridhar Solanki's deliberate English-accented narration takes the listener through Ghosh's theories on why climate change has not been more prominent in fiction and the arts, what is behind the worsening crisis, and what must be done to deal... Read More

  • SIDNEY LUMET

    SIDNEY LUMET A Life

    by Maura Spiegel | Read by Kate Mulligan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Kate Mulligan narrates this first biography of the renowned screenwriter and director Sidney Lumet. Her exceptionally precise enunciation is so much so that it can border on the obsessive, becoming distracting. The author's extensive and thoughtful research, which included exclusive family interviews, yields a work that is carefully written. However, despite Mulligan's... Read More

  • BEYOND EDUCATION

    BEYOND EDUCATION Radical Studying for Another World

    by Eli Meyerhoff | Read by Timothy Andrés Pabon

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Timothy Pabon narrates in a measured tone, being careful to help the listener understand this work. Often his strategic restraint helps clarify this sometimes pedantic audiobook. His patient delivery of complex arguments helps clarify the author's core contention that contemporary "modes of education" have historically been put in place by elites to protract the status quo and... Read More

  • THE MAGICAL LANGUAGE OF OTHERS

    THE MAGICAL LANGUAGE OF OTHERS A Memoir

    by E.J. Koh | Read by E.J. Koh

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Author E.J. Koh's solemn narration of this poignant story captures the language of mother-daughter relationships. Eun Ji is 15 when her parents go to South Korea for her father's job, leaving her in California with her older brother for five years. As she recounts her memories of this period, sparked by the letters that her mother wrote during their separation, Koh's... Read More

  • WOMEN OF MEANS

    WOMEN OF MEANS Fascinating Biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics, and Other Poor Little Rich Girls

    by Marlene Wagman-Geller | Read by Susan Ericksen

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This audiobook is filled with stories of very privileged mostly American heiresses and how they lived. Narrator Susan Ericksen creates a cadence that carries listeners smoothly from one woman to the next. From members of the Vanderbilt family to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the women depicted will astonish with respect to the lengths to which many would go to get their way or... Read More

  • DANGEROUS MELODIES

    DANGEROUS MELODIES Classical Music in America from the Great War Through the Cold War

    by Jonathan Rosenberg | Read by Chris Henry Coffey

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    With a description of the ticker-tape parade to honor Van Cliburn's triumph at the first Tchaikovsky Music Competition in 1958 as an introduction, this audiobook looks at how music became a political instrument during the two World Wars and the Cold War. Narrator Chris Coffey's deep voice and soft tone are a wonderful vehicle to tell this history. We hear about how German... Read More

  • GLASS SLIPPERS, EVER AFTER, AND ME

    GLASS SLIPPERS, EVER AFTER, AND ME

    by Julie Wright | Read by Caroline Shaffer

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Caroline Shaffer narrates this contemporary friends-to-lovers fairy tale. When aspiring author Charlotte Kingsley receives yet another book rejection, she is inspired to write a bestseller about the myth of real-life fairy tales. As her writing career soars, her relationship with her best friend and neighbor, Anders, deepens into more. Shaffer gives an energetic performance,... Read More

  • THIS WOUND IS A WORLD

    THIS WOUND IS A WORLD

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Billy-Ray Belcourt | Read by Billy-Ray Belcourt

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Cree poet and scholar Billy-Ray Barcourt's debut poetry collection is a captivating listen. Narrating with a blend of steadiness and emotion, he delivers this memoir-manifesto-meditation in a voice uniquely his. Expressing themes of queerness, Indigeneity, the corporeal, and the ethereal, Belcourt's lines are at once accessible and challenging. They challenge the listener to... Read More

  • TWICE AS SEXY

    TWICE AS SEXY Sexy, Book 2

    by Carly Phillips | Read by Angela Dawe

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    When Assistant District Attorney and workaholic Scarlett Davis is persuaded to go to a nightclub to celebrate her thirtieth birthday, narrator Angela Dawe has listeners feeling the sparks as Scarlett catches sight of nightclub owner Tanner Grayson. Dawe gives Tanner a deep, sexy voice, making it easy for listeners to understand how Scarlett could fall so quickly for him. But... Read More

  • AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR

    AND THE BRIDE CLOSED THE DOOR

    by Ronit Matalon, Jessica Cohen [Trans.] | Read by Deepti Gupta

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Deepti Gupta gives life to all the fabulous characters in this story, translated from Hebrew. The audiobook opens with a repeated statement coming from behind a door that has been closed for five hours. This is the only time we get to hear the bride, Margi, speak. "Not getting married," she says, without much emotion. The chaos begins as the appointed hour for the... Read More

  • WATERSHED

    WATERSHED

    by Mark Barr | Read by Christian Baskous

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrator Christian Baskous's sonorous tone and soft Southern accent capture this heartfelt story of social conflict in rural Tennessee just as the nation emerges from the Depression. Nathan helps engineer the monumental task of constructing the dam that brings electricity and economic prosperity to the area. Baskous lets a worrisome note creep into his delivery as he introduces... Read More

  • SORRY FOR THE DEAD

    SORRY FOR THE DEAD

    by Nicola Upson | Read by Helen Lloyd

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This is number eight in Nicola Upson's crime series, and narrator Helen Lloyd perfectly brings its setting and personalities into sharp focus. In the early part of the twentieth century, Josephine Tey was a popular crime writer. In Upson's series Josephine actually investigates crimes. Here, she is called to the horticultural school Moira House to help clarify the details of a... Read More

  • THE OTHER END OF THE LINE

    THE OTHER END OF THE LINE Inspector Montalbano, Book 24

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

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Grover Gardner narrates this Sicilian police procedural with ease and familiarity. As Inspector Montalbano and his team juggle everyday policing tasks, they must deal with the additional challenge of providing support for migrants arriving at the port. The situation is compounded when the murder of a seamstress with whom Montalbano has a connection is discovered. Gardner... Read More

  • THREE FLAMES

    THREE FLAMES

    by Alan Lightman | Read by Cassandra Campbell

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Cassandra Campbell leaves her distinctive mark on this audiobook. Her considerable skill with voices and pacing is immediately evident. The novel explores various points of view in a Cambodian family, illuminating moments of tradition and tragedy, hope and desolation. Campbell has no problem maneuvering through the text: Her engagement with the characters and their... Read More

  • TRINITY SIGHT

    TRINITY SIGHT

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jennifer Givhan | Read by January LaVoy

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    January Lavoy narrates a powerful dystopian saga that merges science and religion. After a bright flash, Calliope Santiago is one of only a handful of survivors in a seemingly postapocalyptic wasteland. LaVoy perfectly captures the terrible cascade of emotions Calliope experiences when she realizes that her family is gone--but she must survive because she is pregnant with... Read More

  • BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN

    BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN The Frozen Sun Saga, Book 1

    by Jill Criswell | Read by Alana Kerr Collins, Tim Campbell

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    FROM THE PUBLISHER: Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people's souls, to see someone's true essence with only a touch of her hand. When... Read More

  • EINSTEIN ON THE RUN

    EINSTEIN ON THE RUN How Britain Saved the World's Greatest Scientist

    by Andrew Robinson | Read by Antony Ferguson

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Antony Ferguson is an engaging narrator who does a nice job delivering Albert Einstein's (and the author's) passion for science. The audiobook focuses on the impact that living in England had on the great physicist. The story also includes a thorough account of his life before and after his time in England and a summation of scientific ideas and principles that made him one of... Read More

  • AND QUIET FLOWS THE DON

    AND QUIET FLOWS THE DON

    by Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov, Stephen Garry [Trans.] | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Stefan Rudnicki uses his rich and resonant timbre, commanding tone, and deep empathy to bring this 1928 masterwork of twentieth-century Russian literature to life. It is shortly before the First World War, and the Cossack peoples of the Don River Valley are raising crops, raising families, and sometimes raising Cain while waiting to be called forth to do what they do... Read More

  • THE IMPERILED OCEAN

    THE IMPERILED OCEAN Human Stories from a Changing Sea

    by Laura Trethewey | Read by Erica Sullivan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Erica Sullivan's voice is understated as she calmly lists countries whose plastic has turned up in a "plastic sieve" along Canada's coastline. Elsewhere, emotion creeps into her voice as she describes a refugee's rough raft journey. Her narration adds impact to Laura Trethewey's "extended listening tour" of the world's oceans. Trethewey's tour takes listeners behind... Read More

  • WITHOUT A TRACE

    WITHOUT A TRACE Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles, Book 12

    by Mel Starr | Read by Steven Crossley

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Steven Crossley embodies the ambiance of the medieval era in his first-person narration of this historical mystery. Lady Philippa Mullins, along with her maid, is found mysteriously missing from her coach, throwing surgeon and bailiff Sir Hugh de Singleton into another investigation in this audiobook set in fourteenth-century England. With a rather deliberate, plodding pace,... Read More

  • SEXY DARE

    SEXY DARE The Sexy Series, Book 1

    by Carly Phillips | Read by Angela Dawe

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Angela Dawe has the listener feeling the instant attraction that ignites in nightclub owner Jason Dare when he stops to help Faith Lancaster with a slashed tire on her delivery van. And when it becomes apparent that Faith's drug-addicted brother is after her, Jason's protective instincts kick in. Dawe gives the brother an appropriately menacing, crazed tone. Jason... Read More

  • INCIDENTAL INVENTIONS

    INCIDENTAL INVENTIONS

    by Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein [Trans.] | Read by Hillary Huber

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Hillary Huber takes on the persona of bestselling author Elena Ferrante for this collection of short columns written for the Italian newspaper THE GUARDIAN. The elusive Ferrante, who uses a pseudonym, is best known for the Neapolitan Quartet novels, which include MY BRILLIANT FRIEND. She writes here on a variety of subjects ranging from her own writing process to... Read More

  • THE ABSINTHE EARL

    THE ABSINTHE EARL Faery Rehistory, Book 1

    by Sharon Lynn Fisher | Read by Alison McKenna, Alan Smyth

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrators Alison McKenna and Alan Smyth give voice to the first installment of a new fantasy series. In hopes of finding a connection between the consumption of absinthe and seeing the fae, Ada Quicksilver travels to Ireland, where she meets Edward Donoghue, Earl of Meath. The two embark on a journey and find more than they ever imagined. McKenna and Smyth both provide an... Read More

  • ONE DRUM

    ONE DRUM Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet

    by Richard Wagamese, Drew Hayden Taylor [Fore.] | Read by Christian Baskous

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Christian Baskous's narration is conversational as he explains Ojibway teachings and ceremonies. When Canadian author Richard Wagamese died in 2017, he was working on a book on this topic. He had completed the first three teachings--on humility, courage, and honesty--which he described as being available to anyone anywhere who is seeking connection and wholeness. As Baskous... Read More

  • FRIENDING

    FRIENDING Creating Meaningful, Lasting Adult Friendships

    by Gina Handley Schmitt | Read by Liisa Ivary

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Narrator Liisa Ivary explains the basic principles of establishing and maintaining friendships. She does so in an empathetic voice that makes the listener feel as though we are in a caring therapist's or life coach's office and getting excellent advice. She brings to her performance a personable quality that enhances the listening experience. While many may think friendships... Read More

  • THE CRISIS OF PEACE

    THE CRISIS OF PEACE George Washington, the Newburgh conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution

    by David Head | Read by Alex Boyles

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Alex Boyles offers a capable narration of this look at the American Revolution. It's easy to think that the British surrender at Yorktown marked the end of the revolution, but General George Washington knew otherwise, and it was his task to hold the army together until a peace treaty was confirmed. Idle, unpaid officers posed a threat to the fledgling government. This audiobook... Read More

  • WINE

    WINE A Beginner's Guide

    by Kenneth Fredrickson | Read by Keith Szarabajka

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Keith Szarabajka is a steady, informed narrator whom wine aficionados will appreciate during this detailed examination of how wine is made. We are treated to the minute details of what happens before we imbibe--from the grapes growing in the vineyard to the full-bodied flavor in the bottle. Szarabajka takes care with the considerable amount of information being presented. He... Read More

  • WILL AND TESTAMENT

    WILL AND TESTAMENT

    by Vigdis Hjorth, Charlotte Barslund [Trans.] | Read by Nano Nagle

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Nano Nagle delivers this story with confidence, helping to build tension and atmosphere. In modern-day Norway, Bergljot, long estranged from her family, starts to piece together her past and her struggle to be believed. What starts out as an apparent family feud over the inheritance of two lake cabins turns into something much darker. Nagle's strong characterization ensures... Read More

  • THE REVISIONERS

    THE REVISIONERS

    by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton | Read by Adenrele Ojo, Myra Lucretia Taylor

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This rich audiobook features two African-American women who are connected by blood but separated by almost a century of cultural differences. Their story depicts resonant themes of trust, race, and the power of women. Narrator Myra Lucretia Taylor portrays Josephine, a slave in Louisiana who became owner of her own farm. In 1924 she recounts her memories--including those of her... Read More

  • DEAD ASTRONAUTS

    DEAD ASTRONAUTS Borne, Book 3

    by Jeff VanderMeer | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Emily Woo Zeller reprises her role as the listener's guide through the beguiling postapocalyptic "Borne" world. While part of a series, the story is accessible as a stand-alone with its own protagonists. Chen, Grayson, and Morse, three inextricably linked figures, traverse genetically and ethically muddled timescapes in search of resolution and redemption. Zeller's low... Read More

  • GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER

    GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Bernardine Evaristo | Read by Anna-Maria Nabirye

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Anna-Maria Nabirye's warm, rhythmic voice embraces listeners from the first rush of words in this Booker Award-winning kaleidoscope of a novel about a group of interconnected black women in England from the 1980s to today. A playwright for whom being black and lesbian is important; her straight daughter, who doesn't see what the fuss is; a friend who's jaded after... Read More

  • BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH

    BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH Agatha Raisin, Book 30

    by M.C. Beaton | Read by Penelope Keith

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Penelope Keith returns to narrate Book 30 in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. Keith provides the perfect voice, tone, and tempo for the delightfully flawed Agatha Raisin, who solves crimes in the Cotswolds. This time Agatha's private detective agency is hired to investigate industrial espionage. Before long, she and her crew are involved in a murder supposedly committed by a... Read More

  • APPLE, TREE

    APPLE, TREE Writers on Their Parents

    by Lisa Funderburg [Ed.] | Read by Robin Miles, Elisabeth Rodgers, Kevin Kenerly, Kyla Garcia, Steven Jay Cohen, Dara Rosenberg, Janet Song, Bronson Pinchot, Feodor Chin

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This is a listen for anyone who is curious about authors reminiscing about the impact their parent or parents had on their lives. These shortish works are all interesting and offer glimpses into the lives of authors known and not so well known. The narrators bring sympathetic, nuanced takes on the 25 writers who share their stories in this collection. Some of these stories are... Read More

  • BURN THE PLACE

    BURN THE PLACE A Memoir

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Iliana Regan | Read by Eileen Stevens

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This memoir often sounds as if narrator Eileen Stevens has pulled up a chair at a farm's kitchen table to tell stories. Her familiar tone and conversational cadence work. Though Chef Iliana Regan's story is fraught with bouts of alcoholism and self-destructive behavior, including sexual adventurism and tragic loss, her remarkable focus, drive, and farm-girl pluck win out. Her... Read More

  • GRAY MATTER

    GRAY MATTER Thomas Prescott Series, Book 2

    by Nick Pirog | Read by Johnny Heller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Johnny Heller brings author Nick Pirog's well-defined characters to life. This audiobook focuses on Thomas Prescott, a depressed former police officer and FBI consultant. At the start of the story, he returns to his hometown of Seattle. While visiting his boyhood home, he discovers the governor of Washington floating on the shore--dead. Not surprisingly, he soon finds... Read More

  • THE LADY AND THE HIGHWAYMAN

    THE LADY AND THE HIGHWAYMAN

    by Sarah M. Eden | Read by Justine Eyre

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Justine Eyre shares her talents in a historical romance that features three stories within the one. When penny dreadful author Fletcher meets Elizabeth, a respectable educator and writer of literary novels (and secret author of penny dreadfuls), neither foresees that they'll soon be working together to solve a mystery. A delight for the listener, the couple's story is... Read More

  • SOMEBODY IN BOOTS

    SOMEBODY IN BOOTS

    by Nelson Algren | Read by Ramiz Monsef

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Ramiz Monsef gives a spirited narration of Algren's first novel, published in 1935. Set in Depression-era Texas, this semiautobiographical work concerns the journey of Cass McKay from his home on the Rio Grande in West Texas to Chicago and his interactions there with those who are deep in the underbelly of society. Monsef's voice is amazingly versatile, and he displays great... Read More

  • UNNATURAL MAGIC

    UNNATURAL MAGIC

    by C.M. Waggoner | Read by Shiromi Arserio

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Shiromi Arserio delivers an enchanting performance of this unique fantasy with an expansive setting and a large cast of characters. Tsira, the half-troll daughter of her clan's leader, has a gravelly, harsh timbre and a deadpan tone. After striking out on her own, she stumbles upon Jeckran, a human soldier left for dead whom she nurses back to health. The story is... Read More

  • FRANKISSSTEIN

    FRANKISSSTEIN A Love Story

    by Jeanette Winterson | Read by John Sackville, Perdita Weeks

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators John Sackville and Perdita Weeks expertly deliver the two timeframes of this inventive novel. Winterson imagines what might happen when humans are supplanted by a variety of man-made replacements, the arrival of which is closer than many of us think. Weeks portrays nineteenth-century author Mary Shelley, a woman ahead of her time with her story of the tragically... Read More

  • THE SECRET WIFE OF AARON BURR

    THE SECRET WIFE OF AARON BURR

    by Susan Holloway Scott | Read by Kirsten Potter

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    In a performance filled with restrained rage, Kirsten Potter portrays Via, a 7-year-old Tamil girl, the product of her mother's rape by a British soldier, who is sold into slavery. Her final owner, Colonel Prevost, renames her Mary and presents her to his wife, Theodosia. "Mary" grows into a woman with a strong sense of personal identity. Theodosia begins a torrid affair with... Read More

  • THE LADY IN THE COPPERGATE TOWER

    THE LADY IN THE COPPERGATE TOWER Steampunk Proper Romances, Book 3

    by Nancy Campbell Allen | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Elizabeth Knowelden narrates a chaste romance that owes as much to Dracula as it does to Rapunzel. When Hazel Hughes learns that she has a twin sister in need of her help, she immediately agrees to travel to Romania with the mysterious Count Petrescu. Sam MacInnes is worried about Hazel's safety and insists on accompanying her on the journey. Knowelden's portrayal of Hazel... Read More

  • TRUTH, BY OMISSION

    TRUTH, BY OMISSION

    by Daniel Beamish | Read by Dion Graham

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Dion Graham's powerful narration of this beautifully written story of unconditional love and redemption will move listeners. When refugee Alfred Olyontombo left war-torn Rwanda for France and then the U.S., seeking to bury his past, he never thought it would come back to haunt him. More than 16 years later, his worst nightmare finally catches up with him. Graham's voice and... Read More

  • IMPOSSIBLE MUSIC

    IMPOSSIBLE MUSIC

    by Sean Williams | Read by David Linski

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    David Linski narrates as Simon, a teenager from Australia who loves music but, because of a stroke, has lost all hearing. Narrating in first person as a character who cannot hear is no easy feat, and Linski is up to the task. He makes the smart decision to speak slowly and clearly because Simon, who can talk but can't hear himself, would do exactly that. Additionally, Linski... Read More

  • THIS CITY IS KILLING ME

    THIS CITY IS KILLING ME Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America

    by Jonathan Foiles | Read by Kevin Kenerly

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Kevin Kenerly's voice packs a lot of punch. His narration describing the way one of the author's clients, a man who has lost a son to gun violence, takes on a defensive physical posture is gentle and powerful at the same time. Foiles, a Chicago social worker, uses five of his clients' stories to illustrate the toxic effects of city living on Chicago's diverse poor... Read More

  • GUN ISLAND

    GUN ISLAND

    by Amitav Ghosh | Read by Sagar Arya

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    With the melodic cadence of South Asian-accented English, Sagar Arya narrates this mystical novel about a rare book dealer embarking on a journey that involves multiple continents. Deen Datta follows the threads of an ancient Bengali legend, barely remembered from his childhood, from New York to India, Venice, and the site of an ancient shrine in a remote place called Gun... Read More

  • A SON AT THE FRONT

    A SON AT THE FRONT

    by Edith Wharton | Read by Richard Poe

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Richard Poe articulately narrates a moving story of parents struggling to deal with their son's departure for WWI. The novel focuses on middle-aged American painter John Campton and his former wife, Julia Brant, who come together when their son, George, is drafted into the French army. Poe portrays Campton as a gruff, stubborn artist; this overarching characterization nicely... Read More

  • UNF*CK YOUR INTIMACY

    UNF*CK YOUR INTIMACY Using Science for Better Relationships, Sex, and Dating

    by Faith G. Harper | Read by Erin Bennett

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    The young author's over-the-top language and discussions about every type of sex you can imagine make this useful audio a challenge to narrate authentically. Erin Bennett's performance has few, if any, interpretive flaws, but her vocal personality--somewhat conservative and mature--doesn't fit the author's streetwise persona. Though the mismatch is obvious, Bennett's... Read More

  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR HOLY BEINGS

    CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR HOLY BEINGS Poems

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Joy Harjo | Read by Joy Harjo

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Most poets mine their own experiences and their histories, and Joy Harjo is no exception. In this audiobook she brings to life many of the stories, songs, and traditions of her Muscogee and Cherokee ancestors. Her poetry can fairly be called polemical in its intention, but it is also deeply human, working in ranges of experience that many listeners may have been fortunate... Read More

  • THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA

    THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA

    by Julia Drake | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Tavia Gilbert's expressive narration shows careful attunement to the emotions of 16-year-old Violet, who is sent for the summer to Lyric, Maine, a town noted for her great-great-great-grandmother's survival of a shipwreck. Gilbert deftly portrays the wreck that is Violet. She's sarcastic and jaded on the surface but suffering and vulnerable underneath after her brother's... Read More

  • MACHINE

    MACHINE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Susan Steinberg | Read by Sophie Amoss

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Few narrators are as capable as Sophie Amoss at conveying the singular mix of ennui, angst, bravado, and drama that consume teenage girls. This short audiobook follows an unnamed privileged girl over the course of a pivotal summer at the shore. It's a time when she begins to see the world through more mature eyes. Amoss emphasizes the teen's emotional turmoil as the protagonist... Read More

  • DANTE AND THE EARLY ASTRONOMER

    DANTE AND THE EARLY ASTRONOMER Science, Adventure, and a Victorian Woman Who Opened the Heavens

    by Tracy Daugherty | Read by David Stifel

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator David Stifel delivers this audiobook in a steady, unadorned performance. Author Tracy Daugherty illuminates the scientific and literary contributions of early-twentieth-century British amateur astronomer Mary Acworth Evershed. Her overlapping passions, astronomy and Dante Alighieri's narrative poem THE DIVINE COMEDY, fueled her professional trajectory and personal... Read More

  • METROPOLITAN STORIES

    METROPOLITAN STORIES

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Christine Coulson | Read by Jill Eikenberry

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Jill Eikenberry lends her gentle voice to these subtly humorous short stories of life behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Based in reality, they cross over into fantasy when the art comes to life (literally). Eikenberry gives unique voices to antique chairs discussing their previous lives, muses slipping out of their paintings, custodians from the... Read More

  • THE GOLDEN AGE

    THE GOLDEN AGE

    by Kenneth Grahame | Read by Simon Vance

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    This audiobook is a lesser-known collection of childhood reminiscences by the author of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Narrator Simon Vance does his best to liven up the stories, originally written in 1895. The work has a nostalgic tone and often makes references to Greek myths. Vance delivers a commanding performance. While the stories are intended for children, they do not come... Read More

  • THE GHOST CLAUSE

    THE GHOST CLAUSE

    by Howard Norman | Read by Jim Meskimen

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This audiobook is a ghost story and a mystery and several kinds of love story. It has something for everyone, including those who just want a solid narration of a solid novel. There is only one ghost, who narrates, and the mystery is not the true heart of the story. Narrator Jim Meskimen keeps all the themes and characters in balance, so when we realize that the real subject of... Read More

  • THE KING'S WAR

    THE KING'S WAR The Friendship of George VI and Lionel Logue During World War II

    by Mark Logue, Peter Conradi | Read by Greg Patmore

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    This audiobook is an engaging sequel to journalist Peter Conradi and filmmaker Mark Logue's earlier collaboration, THE KING'S SPEECH, which became a highly successful film. Logue is the grandson of the Australian-born speech therapist with unconventional practices, Lionel Logue, who employed his skills to support King George VI's efforts to better control his stammer. In a... Read More

  • LADY TIGERS IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE

    LADY TIGERS IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE How Softball and Sisterhood Saved Lives in the South Bronx

    by Dibs Baer | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    There's an appropriate grittiness in Joniece Abbott-Pratt's narration of this inspiring true story of a girls' softball coach who changed the lives of his players in a fierce middle school in the South Bronx. Abbott-Pratt has a rhythmic style and a youthful tone that seem appropriate for both the narrative and the dialogue between the girls and their coach. At times, though,... Read More

  • AN AMERICAN SUNRISE

    AN AMERICAN SUNRISE Poems

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Joy Harjo | Read by Joy Harjo

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Teacher, saxophonist, and poet laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo does not just read her poems. She performs them with passion and music; some are literally songs, and she sings them. This collection focuses on the many trails of tears, from those of her Cherokee and Muscogee ancestors to those of Central American natives today. The poems are beautiful, made more... Read More

  • A HISTORY OF JUDAISM

    A HISTORY OF JUDAISM

    by Martin Goodman | Read by Derek Perkins

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    At a leisurely pace, narrator Derek Perkins makes Oxford professor Martin Goodman's history accessible and engaging to listeners. His focus is the development of Judaism from the time of Josephus, who lived in Roman times. With a British accent and an appropriate vocal pitch, Perkins smoothly pronounces Hebrew terms and makes clear where explanations appear in his delivery of... Read More

  • WILDER GIRLS

    WILDER GIRLS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Rory Power | Read by Eileen Stevens, Jesse Vilinsky

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrators Eileen Stevens and Jesse Vilinsky tap into the current of desperation that runs throughout Rory Power's stunning debut--part thriller, part queer romance, and part horror. On a remote island, students at the Raxter School for Girls have been left to fend for themselves, grimly watching as an insidious sickness wreaks havoc on their bodies and minds, and waiting for a... Read More

  • LOUIS XIV

    LOUIS XIV The Power and the Glory

    by Josephine Wilkinson | Read by Kate Reading

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Kate Reading's expressive and energetic narration of this birth-to-death biography of France's Louis XIV animates a history that is itself refreshingly brisk, factual, and accessible. "The Power and the Glory" is author Wilkinson's weighty subtitle, but her focus is more on the private and court life of the king, and is intended for a general audience. Reading's command of... Read More

  • SECRETS OF THE CASA ROSADA

    SECRETS OF THE CASA ROSADA

    by Alex Temblador | Read by Frankie Maria Corzo

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Frankie Corzo's narration vividly brings the characters to life in this debut novel about family secrets and Hispanic heritage. Sixteen-year-old Martha and her mother are used to moving around, never staying anywhere for long. Then Martha's mother abandons her at the home of a grandmother she never knew she had. The Mexican community of Laredo, Texas, is completely unfamiliar... Read More

  • STEALING THE SHOW

    STEALING THE SHOW A History of Art and Crime in Six Thefts

    by John Barelli, Zachary Schisgal | Read by Mack Sanderson

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    With his deep, authoritative voice, Mack Sanderson is the perfect narrator for this memoir by the former chief security officer of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is so believable that at times listeners may believe they're hearing the author himself as he recounts his experiences on the job. While primarily about the theft of paintings, precious objects, tapestries,... Read More

  • RECKONING

    RECKONING The Epic Battle against Sexual Abuse and Harassment

    by Linda Hirshman | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Hirshman's nuanced exploration of the legal, cultural, and political aspects of sexual abuse and harassment in the U.S. finds a lively and wise guide in narrator Carrington MacDuffie. She speaks precisely in a slightly husky voice that draws in listeners. Her tone and emphasis bring home Hirshman's points even though MacDuffie isn't emotionalizing her narration. Hirshman... Read More

  • A SEASON ON THE WIND

    A SEASON ON THE WIND Inside the World of Spring Migration

    by Kenn Kaufman | Read by Kenn Kaufman

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Kenn Kaufman's voice isn't emotive or passionate, but his fascination with birds is evident in his narration. He makes the listener smile as he describes a sandpiper's mating ritual. His tone takes on a thoughtful quality as he ponders the viewpoint of chimney swifts. When he talks about the effects of climate change on migrating birds, Kaufman has concern but also shows faith... Read More

  • MRS. ROSSI'S DREAM

    MRS. ROSSI'S DREAM

    by Khanh Ha | Read by Feodor Chin, Andrew Eiden

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrators Feodor Chin and Andrew Eiden are the perfect counterpoints for this Vietnam-era historical novel, which traces both the violent ascension of Communist rule and its aftermath. They create the two personas that dominate the story, Giang, a Vietnamese former soldier who must live with the memories of war, and the ghost of the late American veteran Nicola Rossi. Chin... Read More

  • A MURDEROUS MALADY

    A MURDEROUS MALADY Florence Nightingale, Book 2

    by Christine Trent | Read by Lucy Rayner

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Lucy Rayner takes listeners on a thrilling journey, following the footsteps of Florence Nightingale as she learns to run a hospital just before her work in Crimea. In this meticulously researched mystery, the historical details of which are explained in the afterword, listeners feel that they are part of the story as Florence seeks to find the cause of one of the worst... Read More

  • THE RIGHT SORT OF MAN

    THE RIGHT SORT OF MAN

    by Allison Montclair | Read by Sarah Nichols

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Sarah Nichols immerses listeners in London in the year 1946, a post-WWII world of rationing that creates daily challenges faced by both ex-soldiers and civilians. Gwen Bainbridge and Iris Sparks are the owners of The Right Sort Marriage Bureau. When they learn that one of their clients, Dickie Trower, has been arrested for murdering the woman they matched him with,... Read More

  • THE LESSON

    THE LESSON

    by Cadwell Turnbull | Read by Janina Edwards, Ron Butler

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    A culture clash between humans and aliens is brought to life in the narration of Janina Edwards and Ron Butler. On the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, an interconnected community of families, friends, and lovers must adjust to the sometimes violent presence of the Ynaa, an advanced race of aliens who arrive on a mysterious research mission. Edwards and Butler... Read More

  • PAPER SON

    PAPER SON Lydia Chin/Bill Smith, Book 12

    Earphones Award Winner

    by S.J. Rozan | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Emily Woo Zeller masterfully voices New York Chinese and Mississippi Delta Chinese, as well as Southern black and Caucasian characters, in this long-awaited addition to the Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series. At her mother's insistence, P.I. Chin and her partner travel to the Mississippi Delta to establish the innocence of a cousin who is accused of having murdered his... Read More

  • THREE STORIES AND TEN POEMS

    THREE STORIES AND TEN POEMS

    by Ernest Hemingway | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    With his distinct resonant delivery and uniquely American vocal presence, Stefan Rudnicki is well suited to narrate some of the first published words of an American master. First published privately in 1923, with a limited run of 300 copies, these works touch on the themes Hemingway would return to again and again: man vs. nature, masculinity, and the personal ravages of war.... Read More

  • WATERSHIP DOWN

    WATERSHIP DOWN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Richard Adams | Read by Peter Capaldi

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Peter Capaldi's resonant voice is perfect for this rerelease of Adams's 1972 epic. Besides his natural Scottish accent, Capaldi crafts more than 20 distinctive voices for this story of a small group of rabbits who are fleeing an impending disaster. Hazel, the group's leader, sounds likable and capable--but without the machismo of Bigwig, the group's strongest defender.... Read More

  • THE LAST WIDOW

    THE LAST WIDOW

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Karin Slaughter | Read by Kathleen Early

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Kathleen Early returns to bring listeners another addition to Karin Slaughter's series featuring Georgia Bureau of Investigations agent Will Trent and his colleague and lover, Dr. Sara Linton. The story kicks off with the abduction of an infectious disease specialist from the CDC; then Sara is kidnapped by a group of domestic terrorists. Slaughter takes an innovative... Read More

  • DEEP PAST

    DEEP PAST

    by Eugene Linden | Read by Gabra Zackman

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    For those anticipating the next JURASSIC PARK-like sci-fi--everyone, right?--look no further than Gabra Zackman's fine performance of Eugene Linden's anthropological adventure, set in remote Kazakhstan. This is science writer Linden's first foray into fiction, and he plunges in with a dramatic plot, academic and corporate skullduggery, a touch of romance, and a fascinating... Read More

  • GRAVITY'S CENTURY

    GRAVITY'S CENTURY From Einstein's Eclipse to Images of Black Holes

    by Ron Cowen | Read by John Patrick Walsh

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    John Patrick Walsh's clear and upbeat narration leads listeners through a concise overview of Einstein's theories of special and general relativity. These are a challenge in audio since concepts like acceleration, gravity, and space-time are more easily understood visually. The audiobook compensates by including a pdf of informative graphics, some illustrating how space-time is... Read More

  • DEEP RIVER

    DEEP RIVER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Karl Marlantes | Read by Bronson Pinchot

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Bronson Pinchot delivers this sprawling, incandescent historical novel. His performance gives the mostly immigrant Finns' lives veracity and dignity. The listener encounters the stresses, hardships, and majesty of these struggling new arrivals who live in Washington state near a river that has a strong presence in their lives. Pinchot's twin gifts--an extraordinary ear for... Read More

  • CONVICTION

    CONVICTION The Murder Trial That Powered Thurgood Marshall's Fight for Civil Rights

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Denver Nicks, John Nicks | Read by Ron Butler

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    This audiobook combines a superb performance with content so compelling that it becomes a must-listen. Narrator Ron Butler's perfect delivery allows listeners to stay focused on Thurgood Marshall's defense of Willie D. Lyons, an African-American wrongly convicted of a gruesome triple murder in Oklahoma in 1939. The authors chronicle the murder, the trial, and Marshall's... Read More

  • HOW TO HACK A HEARTBREAK

    HOW TO HACK A HEARTBREAK

    by Kristin Rockaway | Read by Amy McFadden

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Amy McFadden lends her vocal abilities to a contemporary romance featuring computer help desk technician Mel Stickland and her circle of friends. After another disappointing dating-app experience, Mel designs JerkAlert, an app that allows women to help others avoid similar bad dates. Despite the toxicity of a workplace filled with app designers who harass and browbeat... Read More

  • AN AFFAIR WITH BEAUTY

    AN AFFAIR WITH BEAUTY The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy

    by James Philip Head, Everett Raymond Kinstler [Fore.] | Read by Pamela Almand

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrator Pamela Almand performs this fascinating fictionalized biography of Howard Chandler Christy, one of the most popular illustrators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Christy drew images of the Spanish-American War for newspapers and magazines, his "Christy Girl" fashion models, and, most especially, the upper classes of New York. Almand modulates her... Read More

  • THE SCENT OF MURDER

    THE SCENT OF MURDER

    by Kylie Logan | Read by Emily Pike Stewart

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    When one of Jazz Ramsey's cadaver dogs finds the body of a young woman in a Cleveland condo development, investigators must find out who killed the victim and why. Narrator Emily Pike Stewart handles the variety of voices, relying on a range of tones for male and female characters who include suspects, Jazz's brothers, unsavory business types, and the victim's parents.... Read More

  • WRITERS AND THEIR PETS

    WRITERS AND THEIR PETS True Stories of Famous Authors and Their Animal Friends

    by Kathleen Krull | Read by Lauren Ezzo

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Lauren Ezzo enthusiastically narrates Krull's biographical sketches of famous authors. The short pieces are related thematically by commentary on the writers' relationships to their pets, after a longer discussion of their lives and works. Given the variety of authors discussed--Beatrix Potter, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, and more--the title will have wide appeal,... Read More

  • LUCKY BREAK

    LUCKY BREAK Lucky, Book 3

    by Carly Phillips | Read by Pepper Jackson

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Pepper Jackson narrates this romance featuring Lauren Perkins and Jason Corwin, which takes place in a New England town. Centuries ago, Lauren's ancestor cursed Jason's family to be unlucky in love. When Lauren and Jason were teens, they had a relationship that, not surprisingly, ended in a breakup. Now, Lauren is back in town to prepare her grandmother's house for sale, and... Read More

  • AFTER DARK

    AFTER DARK Griffin Powell, Book 1

    by Beverly Barton | Read by Eileen Stevens

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Eileen Stevens smoothly keeps pace with this romantic suspense. She gives Johnny Mack Cahill a deep Southern drawl and lets it rumble out slowly. Lane Noble Graham's voice is a husky purr. The two meet once again over a murder, which the local grand dame wants to pin on Lane. The situation involves old hurts, a divided town, and more murders. When young Will enters the... 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

  • INVISIBLE WOMEN

    INVISIBLE WOMEN Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

    by Caroline Criado Perez | Read by Caroline Criado Perez

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Author/narrator Caroline Criado Perez's authoritative tone is convincing as she sheds light on the gender data gap that has had a profound effect on women's health and well-being. Her indignant narration paired with well-researched facts will inspire listeners to consider details of the world around them--from the pockets in their pants to the layout of their bathrooms and the... Read More

  • MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM

    MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM

    by Rajani LaRocca | Read by Ariana Delawari

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Ariana Delawari's childlike pitch and pacing perfectly capture the magical realism of this delicious spin on Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Eleven-year-old Mimi wants to win the baking contest being held by the interesting new bakery in town. While seeking inspiration in the woods, she meets a boy from India who shows her edible flowers and herbs, which she... 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

  • BE CALM

    BE CALM Proven Techniques to Stop Anxiety Now

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jill P. Weber | Read by Bernadette Dunne

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Bernadette Dunne's low-key narration complements the author's methods for helping listeners feel calmer. Weber provides practical strategies to manage the debilitating effects of anxiety. The diverse range of methods includes simple cognitive therapies and mindfulness practice, and Dunne moves through each explanation smoothly and slowly enough to ease the listener into each... Read More

  • SELF-HELP

    SELF-HELP

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lorrie Moore | Read by Jane Oppenheimer

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Lorrie Moore's razor-sharp collection of nine introspective, bitingly ironic short stories is complemented by Jane Oppenheimer's contemplative, wryly humorous narration. Delivering stories focusing on such themes as the challenges of new and long-term relationships, personal and professional growth, and children's relationships with their parents, Oppenheimer deftly endows the... Read More

  • MR. SAMMLER'S PLANET

    MR. SAMMLER'S PLANET

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Saul Bellow | Read by George Guidall

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    It's as much about the language in Saul Bellow's 1970 novel as it is about the philosophical, and what better narrator to handle Bellow's complex characters, ideas, and luscious layering of words than AUDIOFILE Golden Voice George Guidall? Arthur Sammler is a Polish refugee--a Holocaust survivor with only one good eye. But that doesn't keep him from seeing. Guidall portrays the... Read More

  • MOSTLY DEAD THINGS

    MOSTLY DEAD THINGS

    by Kristen Arnett | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Jesse Vilinksky gives a wistful performance of Arnett's debut novel. After her father's suicide, Jessa-Lynn Morton takes over running the family taxidermy shop, drinks too much, and ignores her own grief as well as the disappearance of her brother's wife, Brynn, who was also Jessa's first love. It's a dark story filled with damaged characters, and Vilinsky's melancholy... Read More

  • THE JAMESTOWN BRIDES

    THE JAMESTOWN BRIDES England's Maids for Virginia

    by Jennifer Potter | Read by Charlotte Stevens

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    With her warm voice and inquisitive tone, narrator Charlotte Strevens brings listeners back to the difficult early days of the American Colonies. In 1621, 56 young women set sail from England to Jamestown, Virginia. They had been sent by the Virginia Company of London after it was ascertained that each came from a respectable family and had good references. The women did not... Read More

  • STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND

    STARS IN MY POCKET LIKE GRAINS OF SAND

    by Samuel R. Delany | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Listeners require a skilled docent such as narrator Stefan Rudnicki to help them fully absorb this audiobook of Delany's masterwork. This dense slab of science fiction is crammed with characters, both alien and human, with fluid gender identities, and populated with planets near and far. But Rudnicki's melodious rumble makes this lengthy journey--which threatens to be... Read More

  • LIBRETTO FOR THE DESERT

    LIBRETTO FOR THE DESERT

    by Sona Van, Shushan Avagyan [Trans.] | Read by Beata Pozniak

    Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Beata Pozniak's accented, dramatic narration conjures a faraway desert land. Sona Van's abstract meditation on the Armenian genocide of 1915-1917 is dedicated to the victims of all wars and atrocities. Plumbing the depths of pain, Pozniak's narration is intense, breathy, and emotional, and is augmented by background sounds of desert winds and distant, echoing Middle Eastern... Read More

  • CANE

    CANE

    by Jean Toomer | Read by Bahni Turpin, Mirron Willis, Lisa Reneé Pitts

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrators Bahni Turpin, Mirron Willis, and Lisa Reneé Pitts work together to create a vocal chorus that is equal to these vivid short stories written by one of the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance. Listeners will be grateful for this talented cast, who capture the diverse characters in these narratives. From young women forced by necessity into prostitution and then... 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

  • VASILY GROSSMAN AND THE SOVIET CENTURY

    VASILY GROSSMAN AND THE SOVIET CENTURY Vasily Grossman's Life, Art, and Times

    by Alexandra Popoff | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Stefan Rudnicki narrates this account of the life and work of Soviet journalist and author Vasily Grossman. Grossman is best known as a correspondent for the Red Army during WWII, in particular the fighting in Stalingrad and the horrors of the death camp at Treblinka. His magnum opus, LIFE AND FATE, was seized by the KGB in the early 1960s and was not published until decades... Read More

  • THE ART OF INVENTING HOPE

    THE ART OF INVENTING HOPE Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel

    by Howard Reich | Read by James Anderson Foster

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    James Foster's narration of this audiobook is a good match of text and voice.The author, whose parents endured the Holocaust, recounts his discovery of their survival stories, which led to a friendship and partnership with the late author Elie Wiesel. Reich's father, Robert, and Wiesel were both liberated from Buchenwald on April 11, 1945. This work provides many insights on... Read More

  • BLACKBERRY AND WILD ROSE

    BLACKBERRY AND WILD ROSE

    by Sonia Velton | Read by Esther Wane, Shiromi Arserio

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Listeners feel the streets of eighteenth-century Spitalfields, London, come alive through the stunning performances of narrators Esther Wane and Shiromi Arserio. In this fictional account of the challenging world of the silk trade, Esther Thorel is the bored wife of a master silk weaver. Sara Kemp is trapped in a brothel and desperate to get out. Esther believes she is saving... Read More

  • BIRDS OF AMERICA

    BIRDS OF AMERICA Stories

    by Lorrie Moore | Read by Natasha Soudek

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    In this collection of short stories by the razor-sharp Lorrie Moore, Natasha Soudek's narration often drips with the irony and wry wit for which Moore is known. The writing is artful, capturing complex characters with complex emotions, even within the constraints of the short story format. The 12 stories are varied, ranging from a couple's attendance of an academic retreat in... Read More

  • THE LIMITS OF THE WORLD

    THE LIMITS OF THE WORLD

    by Jennifer Acker | Read by Priya Ayyar, Ron Butler

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Priya Ayyar and Ron Butler work together to chart the ups and downs of the Chandaria family's unexpected move from the U.S. to Kenya. As they confront long buried secrets, listeners soak up the narrators' expert performances. Ayyar sounds young, hopeful, and determined as Sunil, the rebellious son who doesn't want to be a doctor or marry an Indian woman. She describes... Read More

  • INHERITANCE TRACKS

    INHERITANCE TRACKS Sloan and Crosby, Book 25

    by Catherine Aird | Read by Derek Perkins

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Fans of this popular series will be happy that narrator Derek Perkins was tapped to perform the latest installment. The mystery begins as five strangers arrive at a small-town law office and learn they are to split a sizable inheritance from a distant relative--as soon as the sixth beneficiary can be located. After one of the group dies under questionable circumstances,... Read More

  • NORTHERN LIGHTS

    NORTHERN LIGHTS

    by Raymond Strom | Read by Michael Crouch

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Michael Crouch places listeners inside Strom's debut novel with subtle vocal inflections that reflect its rural Minnesota setting. Forced from home by his uncle following graduation, Shane spends the summer between high school and college searching for his absentee mother. Androgynous in appearance, he encounters reactions from townsfolk ranging from virulent hostility... Read More

  • AT THE END OF THE CENTURY

    AT THE END OF THE CENTURY The Stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala | Read by Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam, Soneela Nankani, Neil Shah, Henrietta Meire, Kate Reading, and a Full Cast

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    A large cast of talented narrators was well chosen to give voice to this excellent collection of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's subtle and multilayered short stories. The production begins with an informative introduction by writer Anita Desai. The narrators suit the stories they narrate, settling us in place, be it in a Delhi shopkeeper's orderly store or on Los Angeles's sun-drenched... Read More

  • THE HIGHLANDER'S STOLEN BRIDE

    THE HIGHLANDER'S STOLEN BRIDE Sutherland Legacy, Book 2

    by Eliza Knight | Read by Antony Ferguson

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Listeners will enjoy the second book in The Sutherland Legacy series. Beautiful Eva de Clare, daughter of an English earl, is stolen from her wedding to the wicked Lord Belfinch by the taciturn and handsome Scottish Lord Magnus Sutherland, who was sent by his king to determine if Eva was alive or dead. Narrator Antony Ferguson is versatile in his performance, hitting the right... Read More

  • DECOY DATE

    DECOY DATE The Wedding Date, Book 4

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mira Lyn Kelly | Read by Seraphine Valentine, Tad Branson

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Seraphine Valentine and Tad Branson perform the fourth book in this series with enough heat to set headphones on fire. Brody O'Donnel may have just made the most foolish promise of his life: He'll pretend to date gorgeous Gwen Danes so she can finally win over her best friend. But boundaries blur as the unexpected attraction between them makes them realize that what... Read More

  • CITY OF FLICKERING LIGHT

    CITY OF FLICKERING LIGHT

    by Juliette Fay | Read by Lisa Flanagan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Listeners will be richly entertained by this historical audiobook, set in early 1920s Hollywood. Irene, Millie, and Henry meet on the burlesque circuit and head to Hollywood, where they help each other deal with obstacles in their personal and professional lives. Narrator Lisa Flanagan infuses each character with a compelling personality as she keeps the pace of the story... Read More

  • TO THE RIVER

    TO THE RIVER A Journey Beneath the Surface

    by Olivia Laing | Read by Kate Reading

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Listeners will enjoy hearing Kate Reading's crisply pleasant voice as they imagine themselves in author Olivia Laing's shoes as she walks the length of the Ouse River in Sussex, England. To prepare for this weeklong summer walk, Laing studied maps, newspaper clippings, and reports from coroners' offices and commissioners of sewers. The comfortable pacing of Reading's narration... Read More

  • THE LOVELY AND THE LOST

    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST

    by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Read by Emily Lawrence

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Emily Lawrence narrates Kira’s story in a deliberate tone that belies the trauma the teen has kept buried. Her earliest memories are of being young and alone and lost in the woods before being found by Cady Bennett and her search-and-rescue dogs. Now, another little girl, Bella, is lost in the wilderness, and as Kira and her team rush to find the child, the past resurfaces.... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • THE NEAR WITCH

    THE NEAR WITCH

    by V.E. Schwab | Read by Heather Wilds

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Heather Wilds brings listeners into the magical but strange town of Near, where Lexi has just met a stranger for the first time in her life. Children have been disappearing in the middle of the night, and the residents of Near are quick to place blame on the mysterious boy who has just arrived. Wilds characterizes Lexi as independent and indignant, unafraid of the... Read More

  • THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL

    THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL Once Upon a Con, Book 2

    by Ashley Poston | Read by Eileen Stevens, Emily Lawrence, Caitlin Davies

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    It takes the talents of three narrators to carry off this fairy-tale-inspired identity-swap caper set at a sci-fi and fantasy convention. Caitlin Davies infuses plenty of pent-up frustration into her performance as Jess, an actress who is desperate to escape her role as Princess Amara in Starfield, a popular science-fiction franchise. Emily Lawrence ably portrays the slangy... Read More

  • BURNING THE SKY

    BURNING THE SKY Operation Argus and the Untold Story of the Cold War Nuclear Tests in Outer Space

    by Mark Wolverton | Read by Jon Lescault

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Imagine the plot of a great thriller: During the Cold War, the U.S. designs a secret plan to detonate nuclear bombs over Russia to nullify Soviet control of outer space. It would be a good one, right? According to this nonfiction audiobook, though, it was an actual plan--Operation Argus. Narrator Jon Lescault tells the true story in a straightforward manner, using his deep,... Read More

  • CITY OF JASMINE

    CITY OF JASMINE

    by Olga Grjasnowa, Katy Derbyshire [Trans.] | Read by Assaf Cohen

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Assaf Cohen is a flexible narrator whose dexterity is shown as a cast of characters grapples with growing conflict in Syria. Cohen switches from Hammoudi, the doctor, to Amal, the actress, as government surveillance and citizen unrest grow. Fans of world literature will find much to enjoy in this exploration of current events. As listeners are taken into a world of ambition,... Read More

  • THE SCHOLAR

    THE SCHOLAR Cormac Reilly, Book 2

    by Dervla McTiernan | Read by Aoife McMahon

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The ruthless world of academic scholarship rears its head in this gripping audiobook, narrated in an intense but gentle tone by Aoife McMahon. The story focuses on Detective Inspector Cormac Reilly, whose girlfriend, Dr. Emma Sweeney, discovers the body of a hit-and-run victim whose identification says she is the heir to Ireland's most successful pharmaceutical company.... Read More

  • DUTCH GIRL

    DUTCH GIRL Audrey Hepburn and World War II

    by Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti [Fore.] | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Stephen Graybill [Fore.]

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Tavia Gilbert provides a sensitive and appropriately paced narration of actress, humanitarian, and UNICEF ambassador Audrey Hepburn's early years. The five-year Nazi occupation of the Netherlands when she was a teenager provides the framework for this historical biography. The well-researched work creates a fiction-style narrative of the harrowing, malnourished realities of... Read More

  • THEY ALL FALL DOWN

    THEY ALL FALL DOWN

    by Rachel Howzell Hall | Read by Janina Edwards

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Janina Edwards gets the listener's heart thudding with her dramatic performance of an Agatha Christie-like thriller. Single-mother Miriam Macy attempts to leave behind a wealth of troubles--emotional and legal--to participate in a reality TV competition set in Mexico on a luxury estate with no connection to the outside world. But what is supposed to be a friendly... Read More

  • THE CLUB

    THE CLUB Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

    by Leo Damrosch | Read by Simon Vance

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Simon Vance is a master narrator, and a highly suitable choice for this lively history of a dining club composed of eighteenth-century London's most celebrated figures, including Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, David Garrick, Edward Gibbon, Joshua Reynolds--yes, all of them men. Their gatherings were a composite portrait of the arts and letters of their time, their individual... Read More

  • CHUMPS TO CHAMPS

    CHUMPS TO CHAMPS How the Worst Teams in Yankees History Led to the '90s Dynasty

    by Bill Pennington | Read by Christian Baskous

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Christian Baskous narrates this compelling slice of recent baseball history. Many listeners will already know the ending. By 1995, the New York Yankees had become a terrific team led by a cadre of homegrown stars and would go on to a legendary run of first-place seasons and World Series wins. Even so, baseball fans will revel in the details of how the team rose to such success... Read More

  • BLUFF

    BLUFF

    by Jane Stanton Hitchcock | Read by Lisa Flanagan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This audiobook is a unique, fast-paced thriller full of intrigue and unexpected humor. Narrator Lisa Flanagan creates a remarkable portrayal of its protagonist. Listeners will be drawn in by Maud Warner, a 50-something New York socialite on a mission. She is out for revenge against those she believes destroyed her family and stole her inheritance. As Flanagan depicts a large... Read More

  • THE DEADLY KISS-OFF

    THE DEADLY KISS-OFF Glen and Stan, Book 2

    by Paul Di Filippo | Read by Keith Szarabajka

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In this audiobook sequel to the enjoyable BIG GET-EVEN, antiheroes Glen and Stan concoct another scheme to get rich. Clearly, they have not learned their lesson about the consequences of dealing with mobsters. Narrator Keith Szarabajka has a way with dialogue that draws listeners into the story, making them worry about the main characters, even if they have slipped closer to... Read More

  • THE KNIGHT OF MAISON-ROUGE

    THE KNIGHT OF MAISON-ROUGE The Marie Antoinette Romances

    by Alexandre Dumas | Read by Simon Vance

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Simon Vance immediately places the listener into the action of Dumas's energetic historical adventure. The story takes place during the French Revolution and involves a plot to rescue Marie Antoinette. Vance's narration greatly contributes to the excitement of the novel. He has a consistent serious tone when narrating the events of the story; however, he transforms his... Read More

  • MY DETECTIVE

    MY DETECTIVE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jeffrey Fleishman | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Richard Ferrone

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrators Emily Woo Zeller and Richard Ferrone alternate chapters, engrossing the listener in this intelligent thriller about a series of murders in Los Angeles. Zeller's appealing voice captures the emotionally fragile mind of Dylan Cross, a tall, beautiful architect--who is the murderer. As Dylan, Zeller masterfully walks the line between sanity and insanity, self-control and... Read More

  • THE ART OF IS

    THE ART OF IS Improvising as a Way of Life

    by Stephen Nachmanovitch | Read by Robertson Dean

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Robertson Dean lends his judicious pacing and artful vocal variation to this production, accompanying listeners through musician and teacher Nachmanovitch's reflections. "Improvising is life itself," Nachmanovitch says; his book redefines improvisation as more than a creative practice--it's also a step to finding one's true self, one's own "skilled discipline of doing... Read More

  • A DEMON IN SILVER

    A DEMON IN SILVER War of the Archons, Book 1

    by R.S. Ford | Read by Derek Perkins

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Derek Perkins is a master at delivering the world-building in this first installment of a new fantasy trilogy. An engaging storyteller, he assists the listener in differentiating the threads of the plot before they come together. The gods have abandoned this world, leaving it to warring factions. But when magic reappears in the form of a young girl, they become... Read More

  • THE BORDER

    THE BORDER The Cartel Trilogy: Book 3

    by Don Winslow | Read by Ray Porter

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Ray Porter depicts Art Keller's turmoil with tenderness and compassion as the DEA agent turned director exposes the corruption associated with America's addiction to illegal drugs.The final installment of this sprawling trilogy about America's drug war in Mexico and Central America moves to the marbled corridors of Washington DC, ending in blood, death, and,... Read More

  • ANNIE JOHN

    ANNIE JOHN

    by Jamaica Kincaid | Read by Robin Miles

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Robin Miles's expert narration truly brings out the best in Jamaica Kincaid's tender account of a girl's childhood in Antigua. Miles's performance savors the tastes and smells of the novel's Caribbean setting--a great strength of Kincaid's writing--and re-creates the excitement, innocence, and sorrows of childhood with grace and skill. In rare moments Miles's pacing seems just... Read More

  • I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL

    I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL The Joy and Heartbreak of Friendship in Women's Lives

    Earphones Award Winner

    by F. Diane Barth | Read by Erin Bennett

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    The mature character of narrator Erin Bennett's voice adds authority to the author's insights on friendship and never dampens the emotional immediacy of her stories. While Barth purports to focus on the experiences of women, she's actually talking about elements that are common to all friendships--emotional sharing, loyalty, trust, and forgiveness. She explains how friends are... Read More

  • WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

    WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Collected Short Stories and Novellas, Volume 1

    by Andre Dubus | Read by Robert Fass, Joe Barrett, Bronson Pinchot, Traber Burns, Cassandra Campbell, Hillary Huber

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This audiobook is a remarkable combination of extraordinary writing and superb narrating. Dubus is a master storyteller, and the narrators who perform this collection of short stories are some of the best in the business. The result is an amazing listening experience. Each narrator is up to the task of taking on Dubus's stories, which cover love and loss, friendships and... Read More

  • THE SECRET WISDOM OF NATURE

    THE SECRET WISDOM OF NATURE Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things--Stories from Science and Observation

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst [Trans.] | Read by Sean Barrett

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Sean Barrett’s warm baritone is perfect for Peter Wohlleben’s fascinating final installment in his Mysteries of Nature trilogy. Following THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES and THE INNER LIFE OF ANIMALS, Wohlleben now considers the connection of all living things. A former German forestry official, he writes with an enthusiast’s thrill and a scientist’s precision. And if the... Read More

  • THE CAPTAIN'S VERSES

    THE CAPTAIN'S VERSES The Love Poems

    by Pablo Neruda, Donald D. Walsh [Trans.] | Read by Armando Duran

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    An audiobook may not be the best way to experience these love poems. Each one is gorgeous--and so gorgeously read by Armando Duran that the listener may want to stop after one or two and think about them, rather than moving straight through the collection. Neruda is the definitive Spanish-language poet of the twentieth century, and his love poems hold a place comparable to... Read More

  • BROAD STROKES

    BROAD STROKES 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)

    by Bridget Quinn | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    In this audiobook, Quinn, an art historian, explores the lives of 15 twentieth-century American female artists such as Lee Krasner and Elaine de Kooning. Some have not been substantially covered in similar biographies. However, there are some disappointments. The print edition is richly illustrated, and references to plates throughout the audiobook fall flat without the images... Read More

  • THE TEST

    THE TEST

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Sylvain Neuvel | Read by Neil Shah

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Providing memorable, distinct, and believable voices for every character, narrator Neil Shah creates the atmosphere of the live stage for this chilling dystopian story. A third-world immigrant who believes he's taking a British citizenship test so that he and his family can safely stay in England soon finds himself plunged into a nightmarish world. Shah is especially adept at... Read More

  • SLIGHT MOURNING

    SLIGHT MOURNING The Caleshire Chronicles, Book 6

    by Catherine Aird | Read by Derek Perkins

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Derek Perkins handles members of a wide cast, giving a subtle characterization to each one. When 12 guests sit down to dinner in an English country house and only 11 survive to the following morning, all the ingredients of a classic British whodunit are neatly lined up. Perkins's portrayals of the slightly world-weary Inspector Sloan and his eager young sidekick... Read More

  • AN AFFAIR OF POISONS

    AN AFFAIR OF POISONS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Addie Thorley | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Tim Campbell

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Accomplished narrators Emily Woo Zeller and Tim Campbell impressively narrate Addie Thorley's debut historical fantasy, in which King Louis IV and much of his court are poisoned to death. Mirabelle, a thoughtful young alchemist, is inadvertently caught up in her mother's plans to overthrow the monarchy. Zeller portrays her with anguish and hopefulness befitting the brilliant... Read More

  • THE MAGNETIC GIRL

    THE MAGNETIC GIRL

    by Jessica Handler | Read by Brittany Pressley, Andrew Eiden

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Of the two narrators who guide listeners through this audiobook, Brittany Pressley does most of the heavy lifting. The story, which takes place after the Civil War, focuses on Lulu Hurst, a Southern girl who discovers that she has the power of magnetism and can will men to do what she wishes. Pressley evokes a beautiful Georgia accent that sounds so authentic that the listener... Read More

  • THE EYE

    THE EYE An Insiders Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art

    by Philippe Costamagna, Frank Wynne [Trans.] | Read by Robertson Dean

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Robertson Dean narrates this audiobook in an authoritative style that suits the high culture of its subject. He delivers an appropriately high-brow tone--for this audiobook may be categorized as appealing mostly to those in the specialized world of art appreciation, authentication, and the evaluation of provenance. The author, a French "Eye," takes the listener through the... Read More

  • BEAUTIFUL LOSERS

    BEAUTIFUL LOSERS

    by Leonard Cohen | Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Bronson Pinchot, John Lescault

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This vulgar, sexual, and genre-bending work written in the 1960s by the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter will definitely challenge listeners. Stefan Rudnicki, Bronson Pinchot, and John Lescault narrate the story of a nameless male protagonist from Montreal who is mourning the deaths of his wife, Edith, and his friend and gay lover, F. Rudnicki's deep voice opens the audiobook... Read More

  • FROMAGE A TROIS

    FROMAGE A TROIS Paris, Love, Cheese

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Victoria Brownlee | Read by Katherine Littrell

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Katherine Littrell portrays Ella from Melbourne, who expects a proposal from her beau of eight years. Instead, he decides to go away to find himself. Littrell is absolutely delightful while delivering Ella's headlong flight to Paris, where she intends to find her own joy. Littrell's plucky tone and vitality make listening to Ella's upbeat attempts to put the past... Read More

  • WIDOWS-IN-LAW

    WIDOWS-IN-LAW

    by Michele W. Miller | Read by Nancy Wu

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Audiobook lovers will be drawn to Miller's latest mystery because of its catchy title; its seasoned narrator, Nancy Wu; and an engaging premise. An ex-wife, the current wife, and her daughter join together to uncover malfeasance and murder. In a story of guns, gangsters, ruthless lawyers, and money laundering, the three women become caught up in violence. Wu narrates in a cool... Read More

  • THE MADE-UP MAN

    THE MADE-UP MAN

    by Joseph Scapellato | Read by Ramiz Monsef

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Ramiz Monsef will have listeners laughing through this absurdist depiction of a man named Stanley, whose life turns into performance art. Monsef's delivery is light, breezy, and quick as we enter a Prague apartment with the main character, who agrees to house sit for his uncle. Listeners are immersed in a dizzying amount of detail about Stanley's thoughts, delivered... Read More

  • THE BODY MYTH

    THE BODY MYTH

    by Rheea Mukherjee | Read by Soneela Nankani

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Soneela Nankani is the consummate choice to narrate this female- centered South Asian novel. She demonstrates her range of experience as she delivers the story of a perplexing love triangle in modern India. We learn about the complicated relationship between Sara and her husband, Rahil, through the contemplative Mira. Nankani infuses Mira with a thoughtful sweetness as... Read More

  • THE SAGA OF THE VOLSUNGS

    THE SAGA OF THE VOLSUNGS With The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok

    by Jackson Crawford [Trans.] | Read by Jackson Crawford

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    This is Jackson Crawford's second appearance as translator and audiobook narrator, following THE POETIC EDDA. Rendered with the mnemonic power distinctive in oral literature, the Icelandic saga is a unique experience in listening, a channeling of the ancient roots of storytelling. Crawford, a professor of Old Norse at the University of Colorado, narrates with an ease and... Read More

  • JUDD'S VOW

    JUDD'S VOW

    by Kaylie Newell | Read by Rebecca Gibel

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Savannah Casteele's young son, Wyatt, needs an operation to fix his cleft palate, and narrator Rebecca Gibel has the listener experiencing her worry. Pilot Judd Harlow volunteers to fly Savannah and Wyatt from Montana to Chicago for the surgery. Judd has returned home to help his brothers raise their teenage sister, Maddie. Gibel delivers a youthful voice for Wyatt and runs the... Read More

  • BITWISE

    BITWISE A Life in Code

    by David Auerbach | Read by David Marantz

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    David Marantz's narration does not do justice to the mind of author and software engineer David Auerbach. Marantz's narration is too dry and feels automatic rather than playful, as Auerbach's prose suggests. His voice seems more concentrated on consistency than on instilling life into the scenes that Auerbach weaves together. Bringing together the life of the mind and the... Read More

  • THE KORTELISY ESCAPE

    THE KORTELISY ESCAPE

    by Leonard Rosen | Read by Richard Ferrone, Erin Spencer

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrators Erin Spencer and Richard Ferrone alternate the narration of this heartfelt thriller. Spencer voices Grace, a 14-year-old victim of the foster care system, and Ferrone portrays Nate, her grandfather, a 66-year-old convict with Parkinson's disease. When Nate, who's a magician, agrees to testify against his brother, the U.S. attorney involved allows him to reunite with... Read More

  • I AM YOURS

    I AM YOURS A Shared Memoir

    by Reema Zaman | Read by Reema Zaman

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Reema Zaman delivers her memoir in a bold, firm voice full of strength as she describes how she came to be a feminist writer living in Oregon. Her story begins in a traditional Bangladeshi home when she is a girl. She draws the listener in as though we were sitting down for coffee and swapping stories of our youth. In a contemplative tone, Zaman describes her mother's limited... Read More

  • LIES, LOVE, AND BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

    LIES, LOVE, AND BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

    by Julie Wright | Read by Justine Eyre

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Justine Eyre deftly brings the listener into the world of Hollywood. This behind-the-scenes story features a young woman who is an aspiring film editor. Sylvia Bradshaw grew up under the wing of her grandmother, a renowned makeup artist who offered insights into the real Hollywood. Eyre's storytelling captures Sylvia's emotions as she negotiates the highs and lows of... Read More

  • THE SOONG SISTERS

    THE SOONG SISTERS

    by Emily Hahn | Read by Nancy Wu

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Nancy Wu narrates this historical biography with little emotion or engagement. The work recounts how three daughters of American-educated Chinese businessman and Methodist missionary Charlie Soong became influential in the twentieth-century history of China. The three sisters, Soong Ai-ling, Soong Ching-ling, and Soong Mei-ling, were themselves products of American education... Read More

  • THE EDGE OF ANARCHY

    THE EDGE OF ANARCHY The Railroad Barons, The Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America

    by Jack Kelly | Read by Traber Burns

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Traber Burns enthusiastically brings listeners into the world of the Pullman sleeping car empire. The focus is on the 1894 conflict between business magnate George Pullman and railroad workers' unions, led by socialist activist Eugene Debs. During the worst economic depression in America to date, Pullman's decision to substantially reduce wages while expecting... Read More

  • LAKE CITY

    LAKE CITY

    by Thomas Kohnstamm | Read by Bronson Pinchot

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Bronson Pinchot's warm voice delivers a post-9/11 story that tackles culture clash and class struggle. After the breakup of his marriage, Lane Bueche leaves New York City and finds himself back in his mother's apartment in a bleak neighborhood in Seattle. Desperate for a quick buck that will allow him to reclaim his urban life, he helps a foster parent fight a child... Read More

  • MONEY IS EVERYTHING

    MONEY IS EVERYTHING Personal Finance for the Brave New Economy

    by Amanda Reaume, Dan Acland [Foreword] | Read by Liisa Ivary

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Business & Finance

    Lilsa Ivary narrates this empowering guide with vocal confidence that will make listeners pay attention. Her calm tone and deliberate phrasing conjure the type of maternal wisdom we long for when working through the challenges of personal finance. This vocal feature makes her sound a generation older than the Millennial listeners the author targets, but it works well with this... Read More

  • DEADBOMB BINGO RAY

    DEADBOMB BINGO RAY Deadbomb Bingo Ray, Book 1

    by Jeff Johnson | Read by Johnny Heller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Johnny Heller cops a delightful and sidesplitting "wise guy" attitude as the infamous Philadelphia fixer Deadbomb Bingo Ray. Our hero enlists colorful allies and dodges low-level felons bent on getting revenge after he burns a crooked businessman who cheated a group of senior citizens. Heller shines as the bodies fall and as hired guns try to kill Ray and his... Read More

  • THE OVERNIGHT KIDNAPPER

    THE OVERNIGHT KIDNAPPER Inspector Montalbano, Book 23

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

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Fans of Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series will be happy that narrator Grover Gardner returns to guide them through the Sicilian policeman's latest investigation. Montalbano is tasked with the strange case of two women who were kidnapped but then quickly let go unharmed. Meanwhile, another abducted woman is found injured, and there's an arson, a possible Mafia hit, and a... Read More

  • IRISH CROWN

    IRISH CROWN

    by Nashoda Rose | Read by Justine Eyre, Tim Gerard Reynolds

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Seasoned narrators Justine Eyre and Tim Gerard Reynolds give voice to the story of Toronto nurse Eva and Irish bad boy Deaglan. When Eva is caught up in danger relating to Deaglan's past, their one-night stand turns into much more. Eyre, who reads the majority of the story, gives a high-energy performance and handily distinguishes between multiple characters. However, her... Read More

  • MUSASHI

    MUSASHI

    by Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles S. Terry [Trans.], Edwin O. Reischauer [Fore.] | Read by Brian Nishii

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Listeners will be enthralled by this classic tale of feuding samurai locked in battle. Narrator Brian Nishii's performance is epic, giving life to the novel's sprawling cast of characters. Musashi, a wandering samurai and historical Japanese figure, was first given the historical fiction treatment in the 1930s in a newspaper serialization. The resulting novel recounts a hero's... Read More

  • HOW TO BE HEARD

    HOW TO BE HEARD Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Julian Treasure | Read by Julian Treasure

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Apart from his clear-toned voice and flawless delivery, what makes this audiobook so seductive is the visceral way the author's narration pulls in listeners and kindles interest in his thinking.The British communications expert and magnetic TED speaker knows a lot about how humans react to all forms of sound. His broad knowledge of the neurology of sound is also part of this... Read More

  • MY PRIDE

    MY PRIDE Mastering Life's Daily Performance

    by Alton Fitzgerald White, Fred Berman [Intro.], Michael Lassell [Contributor] | Read by Alton Fitzgerald White

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Alton Fitzgerald White, the actor who played Mufasa, the father of Simba in THE LION KING, for an unprecedented number of performances on Broadway, delivers a delightful and beautiful narration of this audiobook. It's part-memoir and part-life guide. Blessed with an irresistible honey-toned vocal quality, he tells of his troubled childhood with an alcoholic father and loving... Read More

  • THE FLOWERS OF VASHNOI

    THE FLOWERS OF VASHNOI Vorkosigan Saga, Book 14

    by Lois McMaster Bujold | Read by Grover Gardner

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Grover Gardner tells the continuing tales of the Vorkosigan clan. The plot is not terribly complicated in this novella, but, like most of the series, is character driven. Gardner slips into the characters' easy familiarity and banter as they try to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of the "rad bugs" --the bugs that are cleaning up the radioactivity in the... Read More

  • THE NIGHTWATCHMAN'S OCCURRENCE BOOK

    THE NIGHTWATCHMAN'S OCCURRENCE BOOK And Other Comic Inventions

    by V.S. Naipaul | Read by Simon Vance, Ron Butler, Vikas Adam

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    A skilled trio of narrators, Simon Vance, Ron Butler, and Vikas Adam, comes together in this one volume to bring listeners three novellas. Butler embodies Trinidadians of all backgrounds in the election campaign that is at the heart of "The Suffrage of Elvira." He maximizes the dramatic personalities to hilarious effect. Vance brings us a quintessential Englishman whose life is... Read More

  • RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT

    RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT

    by Sarah Selecky | Read by Lisa Flanagan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Lisa Flanagan will have listeners laughing at this ironic coming together of two very different estranged women. Artist Lilian is reunited with her cousin, the Internet personality now known as "Eleven." Flanagan helps listeners differentiate the two women and their idiosyncrasies by using a rapid pace and higher pitch for Lilian's self-inflicted neuroses. She... Read More

  • WHO?

    WHO?

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Algis Budrys | Read by Grover Gardner

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Grover Gardner captures the essence of an underrated science fiction classic while highlighting its introspective musings. At the height of the Cold War, Dr. Lucas Martino works tirelessly on a mysterious project that explodes, leaving him disfigured. Martino stumbles home months later, rebuilt with robotic parts and unable to prove his identity. Gardner subtly layers... Read More

  • WITNESS

    WITNESS Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Ariel Burger | Read by Jason Culp

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Jason Culp deftly gives voice to both sides of a dialogue between a student and a teacher that focuses on Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's storied life and unparalleled career as a human rights advocate. Culp subtly brings out Wiesel's distinct Eastern-European accent, contrasting it with the devout and curious tone of the young American Ariel Burger, who first met Wiesel... Read More

  • THE DAY OF THE LOCUST

    THE DAY OF THE LOCUST

    by Nathanael West | Read by Grover Gardner

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Grover Gardner expertly portrays a wide cast of characters who live on the margins of 1930s Hollywood in this prescient novel, which imagines the potentially explosive consequences of failure to achieve the American dream. Listeners will both chuckle and grimace at Gardner's uncanny ability to mine the humor, pathos, and callousness of characters who range from shrewd... Read More

  • A WAY IN THE WORLD

    A WAY IN THE WORLD

    by V.S. Naipaul | Read by Simon Vance

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The death of Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul this past year at age 85 has occasioned the release of a series of audiobook versions of his important works, several of them, including this one, memorably narrated by Simon Vance. Vance is the very expression of the voice we hear when we read Naipaul: measured, judicious, worldly-wise. This particular collection, although in print... Read More

  • TO KEEP THE SUN ALIVE

    TO KEEP THE SUN ALIVE

    by Rabeah Ghaffari | Read by Rabeah Ghaffari

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Rabeah Ghaffari narrates her poetic historical novel set against the backdrop of an impending Iranian Revolution. Throughout the winding story she gives its multigenerational characters sombre, steady voices. In doing so, she underscores the many changes that hung in the balance of this political watershed. Bibi, and her husband, a judge, watch over their extended family and... Read More

  • NO MERCY

    NO MERCY Ellery Hathaway, Book 2

    by Joanna Schaffhausen | Read by Lauren Fortgang

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Lauren Fortgang returns to narrate this sequel to THE VANISHING SEASON. Fortgang builds on her previously strong performance, especially as she portrays the relationship between police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI agent Reed Markham. Many years ago Reed saved a teenage Ellery from an infamous serial killer. In the first audiobook, they reunited to solve a chilling murder... Read More

  • TENEMENTAL

    TENEMENTAL Adventures of a Reluctant Landlady

    by Vikki Warner | Read by Rebecca Mitchell

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Rebecca Mitchell's unbridled enthusiasm mirrors author Vikki Warner's plunge into property management. In her 20s, acting on the advice of a boyfriend, Warner moves home to Providence, Rhode Island, and buys a multi-apartment fixer-upper. Her relationship with the house outlives her relationship with her boyfriend (and others), and the house does only a marginally... Read More

  • THE SECRET WORLD

    THE SECRET WORLD A History of Intelligence

    by Christopher Andrew | Read by Clive Chafer

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This audiobook exhaustively documents the history of intelligence--spying--from Moses to Napoleon to the present. It's ideal for those who savor the world of international intrigue. From the start, it's clear that narrator Clive Chafer recognizes the challenge of delivering Christopher Andrew's lengthy book, and he is up to the task. With his British accent and low-key style,... Read More

  • THE GHOST AND THE DEAD DEB

    THE GHOST AND THE DEAD DEB Haunted Bookshop, Book 2

    by Cleo Coyle | Read by Caroline Shaffer, Traber Burns

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners share bookseller Pen's sigh of relief as Angel Stark, notorious party girl and author of a true-crime book on the unsolved murder of a friend, wraps up her author speech and leaves Pen's store. But this reaction proves to be premature as Angel disappears and later turns up murdered. Caroline Shaffer takes the lead in performing the cozy mystery sections narrated by... Read More

  • THE HIGHLANDER'S HELLION

    THE HIGHLANDER'S HELLION The Sutherland Legacy, Book 3

    by Eliza Knight | Read by Antony Ferguson

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Antony Ferguson's narration elevates this somewhat predictable tale of a headstrong lass and a gruff Highlander in twelfth-century Scotland. Roderick the Grim finds a shipwrecked Lady Greer washed up on the shore, and, though she is a former nemesis of his, he takes her back to his castle to tend to her. After a night spent warming her with his body heat, romance begins to... Read More

  • THE GOLDEN STATE

    THE GOLDEN STATE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lydia Kiesling | Read by Amanda Dolan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    With characters that ring vocally and emotionally true, narrator Amanda Dolan takes us to a place where achieving a state of happiness seems both obvious and impossible. In this acclaimed debut novel, young mother Daphne Nilson flees with her baby daughter from the malaise of her life. She lands in a northern California town as depressed as she is. Its residents have more... Read More

  • TO SHAPE A NEW WORLD

    TO SHAPE A NEW WORLD Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Tommie Shelby [Ed.], Brandon M. Terry [Ed.] | Read by Kevin Kenerly, Priya Ayyar, Cary Hite, Robin Miles, Carrington MacDuffie

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    With critical authors and talented narrators, this anthology explores the philosophical underpinnings of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, work. The purpose is to more fully understand his ideas in the context of his time and to examine how they might be comprehended and applied to the present. No singular narrator steals the show, but, rather, each is well paired with the essays that... Read More

  • WASTELAND

    WASTELAND The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror

    Earphones Award Winner

    by W. Scott Poole | Read by Andrew Eiden

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Andrew Eiden deftly delivers the author's examination of a popular literary genre through the lens of history. Through books, movies, and more, noted historian Poole traces the roots of modern horror to a singular event that shaped the world forever: WWI. His thesis is that the barbarism of war never fades. With his earnest intensity, Eiden sounds like an energetic history... Read More

  • CHINA TO ME

    CHINA TO ME A Partial Autobiography

    by Emily Hahn | Read by Nancy Wu

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Emily Hahn's memoir of her life in China and Hong Kong recounts the everyday details of what it was like to be a working single woman, an early feminist, and an American living abroad at the start of WWII. To contemporary ears, some of Hahn's thoughts about non-Westerners and their traditions can be jarring. Happily, narrator Nancy Wu delivers this true story in a tone that... Read More

  • TRAINING SCHOOL FOR NEGRO GIRLS

    TRAINING SCHOOL FOR NEGRO GIRLS

    by Camille Acker | Read by Bahni Turpin, Janina Edwards

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Bahni Turpin and Janina Edwards trade off the saucy short stories in this collection. Their liveliness will have listeners laughing out loud at the audacity of the characters. Portraying a range of people from teenagers who prank unsuspecting adults on the metro to girls who compete to win piano recitals, the narrators work together to create this portrait of... Read More

  • HOW THE INTERNET HAPPENED

    HOW THE INTERNET HAPPENED From Netscape to the iPhone

    by Brian McCullough | Read by Timothy Andrés Pabon

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    McCullough's history of technology focuses on the intersection of the personal computer and the network, predominantly focusing on the launch of internet networks (Netscape, AOL, Prodigy) and ending with the rise of todays' big-tech players (Amazon, Google, Apple). Narrator Timothy Andrés Pabon's voice provides a sense of wonder and enthusiasm, which capture the overwhelmingly... Read More

  • DREAM

    DREAM Rosewood Bay, Book 4

    by Carly Phillips | Read by Angela Dawe

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    The romance between Andrea Harman and Kyle Davenport is brought to life by narrator Angela Dawe. Though they grew up together, Andrea breaks off her friendship with Kyle to marry the high school bad boy. Years later, Kyle returns to town as Andrea's young son's teacher. Dawe does an excellent job voicing Andrea's son. Listeners will also appreciate the husky quality she gives... Read More

  • THE WISDOM OF WOLVES

    THE WISDOM OF WOLVES Lessons from the Sawtooth Pack

    by Jim Dutcher, Jamie Dutcher, James Manfull, Marc Bekoff [Fore.] | Read by Traber Burns, Kate Mulligan, Kevin Kenerly [Fore.]

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Few animals have been more tragically misunderstood than wolves, but perhaps this aptly titled audiobook will go some way toward correcting this. The Dutchers are the husband-and-wife team who made several acclaimed documentaries about the social lives of wolves beginning in the 1990s, and their narrative is shared by Traber Burns and Kate Mulligan, who assume the voices of Jim... Read More

  • GREAT SECOND ACTS

    GREAT SECOND ACTS In Praise of Older Women

    by Marlene Wagman-Geller | Read by Pam Ward

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Pam Ward is completely engaging as she narrates Wagman-Geller's in-depth look at a group of women who didn't stop achieving once they reached "a certain age." From Grandma Moses to Mother Teresa, from Dr. Ruth to the "Notorious" Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ward makes each of these extended biographies compelling listening. She doesn't attempt to emulate voices in dialogue but instead... Read More

  • WE THE CORPORATIONS

    WE THE CORPORATIONS How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

    by Adam Winkler | Read by William Hughes

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    From the birth of the nation to life after the Citizens United case (2009), the author takes listeners on a historical tour of how and where businesses gained more rights in the United States than its citizens. William Hughes narrates in a serious tone with emphatic deliberation that effectively conveys the sometimes-complex legal discussions at the heart of Winkler's prose.... Read More

  • THE LONESOME BODYBUILDER

    THE LONESOME BODYBUILDER Stories

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Yukiko Motoya Asa Yoneda [Trans.] | Read by Natalie Naudus, Brian Nishii, Erin Bennett, Paul Michael Garcia, Tanya Eby, Kate Mulligan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Bizarre, peculiar, and humorous stories newly translated into English will captivate listeners. A diverse set of narrators skillfully delivers 11 stories about individuality, relationships, and liberation. Each narrator succeeds in portraying different characters in the collection: a housewife who takes up bodybuilding sees visible changes to her physique yet still goes... Read More

  • THE POETIC EDDA

    THE POETIC EDDA Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes

    by Jackson Crawford [Ed., Trans.] | Read by Jackson Crawford

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    If you have an interest in classic Norse literature, this audiobook is required listening. If all you know about the Norse gods comes from Marvel, it will be a revelation. Jackson Crawford, who translated, introduces, and reads the text, also brings a knowledge of correct pronunciation, which will be unfamiliar to most. As a bonus, he translates one of the poems into... Read More

  • OUT OF BODY

    OUT OF BODY

    by Suzanne Brockmann | Read by Jason T. Gaffney, Kevin Held

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Jason T. Gaffney and Kevin Held's provide lively and funny vocal interpretations of this audio romance. The two narrators portray Malcolm and Henry, who secretly crush on each other. Mal is a hard-working editor given to speaking quickly with a slightly higher pitched voice than his BFF, Henry. Henry is a laid-back photographer, an absentminded kind of guy who is... Read More

  • THE GREAT AMERICAN READ: THE BOOK OF BOOKS

    THE GREAT AMERICAN READ: THE BOOK OF BOOKS Explore America's 100 Best-Loved Novels

    by Jessica Allen, Meredith Vieira [Fore.] | Read by Robin Miles

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Robin Miles narrates broadcast journalist Meredith Viera's invitation to fellow booklovers to join her in discovering and rediscovering the 100 books discussed in the PBS series "The Great American Read." Miles speaks in such a welcoming tone that listeners will feel Viera's invitation as a personal request. At the heart of the audiobook are descriptions of the books and... Read More

  • MYSTERIUM

    MYSTERIUM

    by Susan Froderberg | Read by Neil Shah

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    MYSTERIUM is an audiobook about adventure, loss, and redemption. Place those topics against the backdrop of an imposingly tall mountain and put a mismatched team of human beings on the side of said peak, and one would expect a dazzling performance. While Neil Shah is certainly a consistent narrator, this performance is too regulated, too measured, for such a story. One's mind... Read More

  • WE SOLD OUR SOULS

    WE SOLD OUR SOULS

    by Grady Hendrix | Read by Carol Monda

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Horror

    Narrator Carol Monda is a perfect fit for this story of heavy metal, revenge, and redemption. Monda's voice is gravelly and whiskey tinged as she grinds out the feelings and frustrations of Kris Pulaski, the washed-up former guitarist of Durt Wurk. She can't see any way to get beyond the reality of her dead-end job and rotten prospects until she decides to go on an epic quest... Read More

  • BARE MINIMUM PARENTING

    BARE MINIMUM PARENTING The Ultimate Guide to Not Quite Ruining Your Child

    by James Breakwell | Read by James Breakwell

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    The smart-aleck tone in the author's performance is a steady feature in this refreshing reminder that less can be more when it comes to raising children. With his pleasantly flinty voice and brisk pacing, he creates a positive atmosphere for absorbing his views and pithy insights. Short chapters with snappy headings, along with a steady flow of funny quips, also keep the action... Read More

  • HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL

    HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL Essays

    by Alexander Chee | Read by Daniel K. Isaac

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Blending memoir with writing instruction, these essays from celebrated novelist Alexander Chee delve into the overlapping layers of experience that shaped his life as an activist, a Korean-American gay man, a survivor of sexual abuse, and, perhaps most importantly, a writer. Taken as a whole, the collection is candid, recursive, and well matched to narrator Daniel K. Isaac's... Read More

  • FROM A LOW AND QUIET SEA

    FROM A LOW AND QUIET SEA

    by Donal Ryan | Read by Alana Kerr Collins, Gerard Doyle, Alan Smyth, Vikas Adam, Tim Gerard Reynolds

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Five narrators work together to bring us these intertwined stories of love, hope, and loss. The impressive cast--Alana Kerr Collins, Gerard Doyle, Alan Smyth, Vikas Adam, and Tim Gerard Reynolds--trade the stories between them as expertly as a sports team. Adam begins as the voice of Syrian father Farouk, who is desperate to get his family to safety, far from the civil war. In... Read More

  • MIGUEL STREET

    MIGUEL STREET

    by V.S. Naipaul | Read by Ron Butler

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Ron Butler takes listeners into one of Trinidad's seamier neighborhoods with the lilting cadence of the Caribbean islands. He vividly brings to life the characters struggling for love, survival, and happiness in the slums of Port of Spain. Butler captivates with their ups and downs as told via linked stories that are told from from the viewpoint of a nosy unnamed boy.... Read More

  • UNBEATEN

    UNBEATEN Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World

    by Mike Stanton | Read by Keith Szarabajka

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    To imitate real-life characters in nonfiction is an art not attempted by many narrators. But Keith Szarabajka is outstanding here, creating voices not only for the biographer's subject but also for the many people quoted. None come off as caricature. All have appropriate accents and emotions. The best are for Rocky Marciano, who never lost a professional heavyweight fight.... Read More

  • UNHOLY LAND

    UNHOLY LAND

    by Lavie Tidhar | Read by Andrew Fallaize

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Andrew Fallaize's confident narration takes listeners into uncharted territory. His tenor voice draws us into an imagined world called Palestina, a Jewish nation located in East Africa. Listeners are grounded in the story through his steady performance, which describes what life is like in this alternate reality where Judean is the language and a wall is being built against... Read More

  • EVENING IN PARADISE

    EVENING IN PARADISE More Stories

    by Lucia Berlin | Read by Kyla Garcia

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Kyla Garcia is a bright voice for this selection of short stories, which feature diverse characters who range from confused children to disappointed adults. She sets a quick pace through the 20-plus stories that have been gathered here posthumously. Garcia is a capable performer who helps listeners distinguish between men, women, children, and adults. Her style is easy... Read More

  • BE OUR GHOST

    BE OUR GHOST Merry Ghost Inn, Book 3

    by Kate Kingsbury | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners become guests at the Merry Ghost Inn through the narration of Tavia Gilbert. Melanie and her grandmother, Liza Harris, team up to run this B&B, which has its own laughing ghost, voiced convincingly by Gilbert. When a local developer tries to build an arcade in the coastal Oregon town of Sully's Landing, he is murdered, and the members of the development commission... Read More

  • THE RESERVOIR TAPES

    THE RESERVOIR TAPES

    by Jon McGregor | Read by Fiona Hardingham, Justine Eyre, Sarah Nichols, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Ralph Lister, Simon Vance

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This audiobook combines a fascinating story with outstanding narration. It is and isn't a continuation of McGregor's acclaimed novel RESERVOIR 13, which is set in an English village and recounts the search for a teenage girl gone missing and how the townspeople respond to her disappearance. The narrators of this title, with their English accents and abundant skills, make this a... Read More

  • HENRY'S SISTERS

    HENRY'S SISTERS

    by Cathy Lamb | Read by Xe Sands

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The Bommarito sisters and their disabled brother grew up in a dysfunctional family, which two of the three of them wasted no time escaping. Narrator Xe Sands gives every character a unique voice as Isabelle and her sister Janie are summoned home to help Cecilia when their mother has open-heart surgery. Isabelle's voice is staccato and unemotional as she recounts their past and... Read More

  • READ AND GONE

    READ AND GONE Haunted Library, Book 2

    by Allison Brook | Read by Mia Gaskin

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    When librarian Carrie Singleton's father, Jim, comes back to Clover Ridge, Connecticut, he aims to find his half of the multimillion dollar gems he stole with his partner, Benton Parr, who owns a jewelry shop in town. But then Benton is murdered, and Jim is arrested for the crime. Narrator Mia Gaskin effectively portrays Carrie's conflict between her loyalty to her ex-con... Read More

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