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  • SUSAN, LINDA, NINA & COKIE

    SUSAN, LINDA, NINA & COKIE The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR

    by Lisa Napoli | Read by Lisa Napoli

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Lisa Napoli delivers her absorbing and informative biography of the "founding mothers" of National Public Radio with attractive energy and enthusiasm. While not a professional narrator, Napoli is an experienced radio and television journalist as well as author; her clarity, thoughtful pacing, and engaged narration suit the audiobook well. Susan Stamberg, Linda Wertheimer, Nina... Read More

  • MI9

    MI9 A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two

    by Helen Fry | Read by Helen Lloyd

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Helen Lloyd's narration of this fascinating audiobook about the British intelligence agency MI9 mirrors the calm intensity of its operatives. Author Helen Fry has written a comprehensive history of the organization that rescued Allied fighters who were trapped in enemy territories during WWII. Details remained largely untold due to Britain's Official Secrecy Act, which muzzled... Read More

  • THE PARADISE AFFAIR

    THE PARADISE AFFAIR Carpenter and Quincannon, Book 9

    by Bill Pronzini | Read by Kevin Kenerly, Erica Sullivan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrators Erica Sullivan and Kevin Kenerly capture 1890s San Francisco and Hawaii. Listeners meet detectives Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon, who are sailing to the Aloha State. Quincannon is trailing two crooks who robbed money and bonds from a San Franciscan. Kenerly vividly conveys seasickness, impatience, and bravado. Sullivan's patient yet feisty Carpenter is drawn... Read More

  • WIFE | DAUGHTER | SELF

    WIFE | DAUGHTER | SELF A Memoir in Essays

    by Beth Kephart | Read by Beth Kephart

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Writer Beth Kephart narrates these essays of self-reflection, focusing on her roles as a wife and daughter. With an introspective eye, she examines the process of identifying changes that have taken place within her. Sadly, rather than engaging the listener, Kephart's dry, monotonous tone lulls one into ambivalence. Her measured performance adds a pretentious air, belying her... Read More

  • THE ELEPHANT OF BELFAST

    THE ELEPHANT OF BELFAST

    by S. Kirk Walsh | Read by Charlotte McCurry

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Walsh's debut novel was inspired by the true story of a zookeeper's efforts to save Violet, a young, orphaned elephant in war-torn Belfast during the Irish Troubles. Narrator Charlotte McCurry's comfortable Irish brogue is true to the setting, but her overall performance fails to bring the characters to life. Her delivery is almost a monotone; it has little energy yet often... Read More

  • MIMI LEE READS BETWEEN THE LINES

    MIMI LEE READS BETWEEN THE LINES The Sassy Cat, Book 2

    by Jennifer J. Chow | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Just when things are going well for Mimi Lee--with a thriving business, a blossoming relationship, and companionship from Marshmallow, the telepathic cat--the death of a teacher at the school where her sister teaches and the strange behavior of her father threatens to upset everything. So Mimi sets out to uncover the truth about what's going on. Narrator Natalie Naudus does a... Read More

  • KING'S RANSOM Tall, Dark and Dangerous, Book 13

    by Suzanne Brockmann | Read by Melanie Ewbank, Dion Graham, Patrick Lawlor

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    The narrative talents of Dion Graham, Melanie Ewbank, and Patrick Lawlor combine in this adventurous romance. Navy SEAL Thomas King and Tasha Francisco are hiding from people who want to kill them. Tasha has loved Thomas since she was 5 years old, and hiding out with him brings those feelings to the surface. Graham's rich baritone suits Thomas's military bearing, and he is... Read More

  • BACK IN THE BURBS

    BACK IN THE BURBS Stuck in the Burbs, Book 1

    by Tracy Wolff, Avery Flynn | Read by Sophie Amoss

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Using her versatile narration style and husky voice, Sophie Amoss traces Mallory's journey from victimized wife to self-possessed law office manager. Amoss delivers an immersive first-person storytelling experience as Mallory leaves New York for New Jersey, where she plans to help clean out the home of her Aunt Maggie, a hoarder. As Mallory works with Maggie's neighbor, Nick,... Read More

  • THIS IS NOT FOR YOU

    THIS IS NOT FOR YOU An Activist's Journey of Resistance and Resilience

    by Richard Brown, Brian Benson | Read by Emmett Wheatfall, Richard Brown [Fore., After.]

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Emmett Wheatfall delivers a conversational performance in this autobiography by activist and photographer Richard Brown. He is best known for his community activism between police and the Black community in Portland, Oregon. This inspirational memoir reflects on Brown's childhood in 1940s Harlem and his military experience, both of which were impacted by his Blackness... Read More

  • THE LOST ART OF DOING NOTHING

    THE LOST ART OF DOING NOTHING

    by Maartje Willems, Laura Vroomen [Trans.] | Read by Kate Mulligan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Kate Mulligan is an energetic and sincere narrator for a title that touts the value of doing nothing. She explains the Dutch philosophy of "niksen," which exhorts people to clear their minds as a way of increasing their happiness. Mulligan sounds like an excited friend who has found a new theory she can't wait to explain. She sounds warm and engaging, all the while maintaining... Read More

  • THE REBEL NUN

    THE REBEL NUN

    by Marj Charlier | Read by Kate Reading

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Marj Charlier's fictionalized memoir of Clotild, a sixth-century cloistered nun, is perfectly paired with narrator Kate Reading's transportive performance. Together, they create the personalities and lives of actual and imagined women who lived amid the complexities of early medieval society. When life becomes untenable at the convent, Clotild leads her fellow sisters along a... Read More

  • ISLAND ON FIRE

    ISLAND ON FIRE The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire

    by Tom Zoellner | Read by Mirron Willis

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    A slave revolt against brutal conditions on Jamaican sugar plantations in 1831 failed, bringing a violent response, but still contributed to the British Empire's abolition of slavery. Narrator Mirron Willis relates the history with talent and skill,but does so with some distracting oddities in his narration. His pronunciation is often overprecise and overemphasized, and... Read More

  • ALL THE COWBOYS AIN'T GONE

    ALL THE COWBOYS AIN'T GONE

    by John J. Jacobson | Read by Grover Gardner

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Grover Gardner surely had fun narrating this rollicking adventure. He doesn't miss a beat and is spot-on in his voicing of the Texas protagonist and the French, German, British, and North African characters who inhabit the fantastical Kingdom of Mur, the novel's fictional North African location. The homespun hero, Lincoln Smith, finds the turn of the twentieth century too... Read More

  • CLOUDMAKER

    CLOUDMAKER

    by Malcolm Brooks | Read by Julia Whelan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrator Julia Whelan delivers a smart, sassy pair of cousins who share a love of aviation. In the summer of 1937, in Big Coulee, Montana, 14-year-old Houston "Huck" Finn crashes his glider into a trout stream while trying to teach himself to fly. In the water he finds a dead man who is wearing a valuable Lindbergh watch. Huck reports the crime but takes the watch--an act that... Read More

  • THE BONA FIDE LEGEND OF COOL PAPA BELL

    THE BONA FIDE LEGEND OF COOL PAPA BELL Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues

    by Lonnie Wheeler | Read by David Sadzin

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    For those who appreciate the history of baseball, the Negro Leagues are a rich trove of anecdotes on what players achieved on the field and endured off of it. The late Lonnie Wheeler's biography captures one of the greats, James "Cool Papa" Bell, known for his speed around the bases and his gentility off the field. David Sadzin narrates with an interested tone and an emotional... Read More

  • STRANGE PILGRIMS

    STRANGE PILGRIMS

    by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Edith Grossman [Trans.] | Read by Frankie Corzo, Christopher Salazar

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Two narrators guide listeners through 12 tales of transplanted Latinx protagonists in this worthwhile audiobook by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In this 2009 short story collection, European locations like Vienna, Barcelona, and Rome become backdrops for tales spun from immigration and estrangement. The stories, written during the 1970s and '80s, feature heroes ranging from a... Read More

  • SAVING GRACE

    SAVING GRACE

    by Debbie Babitt | Read by Kate Mulligan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Kate Mulligan brings a slight Arkansas twang to this fast-paced mystery involving multiple murders in a small town. Mary Grace has always felt like the disappearance of a childhood classmate was her fault. Now, decades later, the single mother and town sheriff finds herself in the same frightening scenario when another girl goes missing. Mulligan's careful speech and... Read More

  • A FATAL THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

    A FATAL THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Murder in Ancient Rome

    by Emma Southon | Read by Sophie Ward

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    This unique exploration of homicide in the Roman republic and empire is grimly entertaining, informative, frequently vulgar, and funny time and again. Narrator Sophie Ward has a lovely erudite voice that may seem too gentle for recounting the murders, mutilations, familial cruelty, and grisly assassinations that are the chief topics covered in this eclectic account. At times,... Read More

  • SOME HELL

    SOME HELL

    by Patrick Nathan | Read by Graham Halstead

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Graham Halstead offers compelling portrayals of the unreliable teen and his mother who are at the center of Patrick Nathan's novel. By keeping a steady and deliberate pace, Halstead finds a path through the melodramatic plot, which could be a difficult listen--or a difficult read in print. Colin's world overflows with dangerous male figures--from his suicidal father to... Read More

  • DEAD WEST

    DEAD WEST Nils Shapiro, Book 4

    by Matt Goldman | Read by Bronson Pinchot

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    When Minneapolis private investigator Nils Shapiro accepts an assignment in L.A., he expects to find a quick answer to the question of what 30-year-old Ebben Mayer is spending his inheritance on in the movie business. Narrator Bronson Pinchot enlivens Shapiro's breezy witticisms with the tone of a guy who doesn't take himself too seriously but insists that his own sense of... Read More

  • YOU WILL NEVER KNOW

    YOU WILL NEVER KNOW

    by S.A. Prentiss | Read by Eileen Stevens

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Eileen Stevens uses an inquisitive and mellow tone in this mysterious audiobook thriller. After a turbulent marriage, Jessica Thornton remarries and starts a new life with realtor Ted Donovan. They each bring a teenager to their blended family, Jessica's daughter, Emma, and Ted's son, Craig. One night, Ted arrives home from a meeting to discover that both teens are... Read More

  • EXPEDITION DEEP OCEAN

    EXPEDITION DEEP OCEAN The First Descent to the Bottom of All Five of the World's Oceans

    by Josh Young | Read by Eric G. Dove

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This audiobook recounts the true story of the Five Deeps Expedition of 2019-2020, a quest launched by equity investor and well-known explorer Victor Vescovo. The goal was for a manned submersible to reach the deepest points of the Earth's five oceans, with side trips to the TITANIC, the Horizon Deep, the Challenger Deep, the Sirena Deep, and the Diamantina Fracture Zone. The... Read More

  • BENEFICENCE

    BENEFICENCE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Meredith Hall | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Rachel Jacobs

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson and Rachel Jacobs channel each member of the close-knit Senter family. Their stunning performances will put listeners in the heart of the family before, during, and after the tragedy that changes its members forever. In individual first-person monologues, Doris, Tup, and their child Dodie make life on their small Maine farm sound like... Read More

  • RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE EARTH

    RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE EARTH Surviving Antartica

    by Rebecca E. F. Barone | Read by Kate Mulligan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Author Rebecca Barone contrasts the 1910 race to the South Pole between Scott and Amundsen with the 2018 race to complete the first successful solo crossing of Antarctica between Louis Rudd and Colin O'Brady. These twin stories of polar exploration, endurance, and national pride could easily have been reduced to feats of men against the harsh elements, but Barone and narrator... Read More

  • OVERNIGHT CODE

    OVERNIGHT CODE The Life of Raye Montague, the Woman Who Revolutionized Naval Engineering

    by Paige Bowers, David R. Montague | Read by Robin Eller, Kevin Kenerly

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This audiobook biography tells the story of Raye Montague, the engineer who developed the first computer-generated ship design. That the engineer who pioneered this technological advancement was both female and African-American is especially inspiring. The main narrator is Robin Eller, who brings enthusiasm and vocal integrity to the task of showing listeners just who this... Read More

  • THE THURSDAY TURKEY MURDERS

    THE THURSDAY TURKEY MURDERS Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak, Book 2

    by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Former con artists Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak get conned themselves in Thursday, Iowa, as they travel from New York City to Hollywood. This is a new audio rendition of the 1943 book by Craig Rice. Narrator Johnny Heller provides rapid pacing for the slapstick atmosphere. As Bingo and Handsome get into further trouble with a kidnapped woman, a murdered man, and escaped... Read More

  • LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

    LONG LIVE THE QUEEN 23 Rules for Living from Britains Longest-Reigning Monarch

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Bryan Kozlowski | Read by Kirby Heyborne

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Kirby Heyborne's congenial performance is perfect for this diverting audiobook based on HRH Queen Elizabeth II's rituals and routines for daily living. There is a liveliness and charming affability in Heyborne's narration as he relays the 23 rules that have contributed to HRH Queen Elizabeth II's longevity and well-being--and that make her surprisingly accessible to us... Read More

  • HELLO, HABITS

    HELLO, HABITS A Minimalist's Guide to a Better Life

    by Fumio Sasaki, Eriko Sugita [Trans.] | Read by Brian Nishii

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Minimalist Fumio Sasaki (GOODBYE, THINGS) shares insights on making and maintaining habits. Narrator Brian Nishii adopts a reflective, musing tone that matches Sasaki's thoughtful material. This is not a peppy call to self-improvement manual--it's a quieter reflection on habit making (and keeping) that takes into account what helps and hinders habit forming. Nishii's... Read More

  • CORMORANT LAKE

    CORMORANT LAKE

    by Faith Merino | Read by Lisa Flanagan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Lisa Flanagan's warm voice is perfect for this unsettling fictional exploration of the many manifestations of motherhood. When Evelyn Van Pelt finds her roommate's baby daughter twisting in a tub of cold water, she's had enough. That night she steals away with her roommate's neglected two young daughters. She heads to the snow-filled woods of Cormorant Lake, where she... Read More

  • ALIENS: PHALANX

    ALIENS: PHALANX

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Scott Sigler | Read by Bronson Pinchot

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Bronson Pinchot expertly narrates this audiobook addition to the Aliens film franchise, set in a world 100 years after the Xenomorphs (or demons, as they are called here) landed and wiped out the majority of human homesteaders. Pinchot begins by narrating slowly and deliberately during the world-building, but he ramps up his pitch and speed as the tension mounts. He gives each... Read More

  • SECOND CHANCE ANGEL

    SECOND CHANCE ANGEL The Last Stop Station Series, Book 1

    by Griffin Barber, Kacey Ezeil | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya, David Drummond, Natasha Soudek

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Jennifer Jill Araya, David Drummond, and Natasha Soudek narrate a noir-tinged sci-fi romp. Ralston Muck, an ex-soldier, is working as a bouncer when the club's star vanishes, and he is drawn into a messy scheme. Drummond tinges his portrayal of Muck with a weariness and cynicism that are perfect for someone who has fallen from grace. Araya's portrayal of Angel, the sentient AI,... Read More

  • THE GENTLEMAN AND THE THIEF

    THE GENTLEMAN AND THE THIEF

    by Sarah M. Eden | Read by Justine Eyre

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Justine Eyre deftly moves between Irish, English, and Scottish accents in this penny dreadful-inspired novel of love and thievery. Ana Newport's secret life as the "Phantom Fox" allows her to reclaim items unjustly taken from her family. Hollis Darby, a member of a secret organization and writer of pseudonymous penny dreadfuls, has fallen for Ana, and both are working... Read More

  • A CURSE OF ROSES

    A CURSE OF ROSES

    by Diana Pinguicha | Read by Rebecca Mozo

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    If you've ever found yourself wondering when lesbians would get their very own princess story, look no further than this. Narrator Rebecca Mozo shines in this historical fantasy about a Portuguese princess who, in a bid to free herself from a curse that turns food into flowers, ends up freeing another princess (long thought to be dead) from her own magical prison. Mozo's... Read More

  • LIFE AT THE COFFIN JOINT

    LIFE AT THE COFFIN JOINT Deadwood Undertaker, Book 1

    by Ann Charles, Sam Lucky | Read by Jason Culp

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Western

    With the first installment of the Deadwood Undertaker series, the authors rope listeners into 1870s Deadwood, a wintry mining landscape rich with supernatural trouble and adventure. Jason Culp's crisp, purposeful narration is well suited to the character of Clem Johanssen, a formidable undertaker who is embroiled in a paranormal mystery. When Boone and Rabbit ride through town... Read More

  • THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

    THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING

    by Jamie Harrison | Read by Jane Oppenheimer

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Jane Oppenheimer's narration is thoughtful and appropriate in this story about memories and family. Polly has recently had an accident resulting in short-term memory issues. Trying to regain her independence, she begins to analyze what she remembers. Bouncing between past and current events, listeners will wonder along with her what is real and what has been imagined. In... Read More

  • GHOST SUMMER

    GHOST SUMMER Stories

    by Tananarive Due | Read by Tananarive Due, Robin Miles, Janina Edwards

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    This collection of 15 short stories by award-winning author Tananarive Due spans several genres, including the supernatural, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and futurism. The author herself narrates several and is joined for the rest by practiced narrators Robin Miles and Janina Edwards. Three of the stories are set in the haunted fictional town of Gracetown, Florida, while... Read More

  • SPECULATIVE LOS ANGELES

    SPECULATIVE LOS ANGELES

    by Denise Hamilton [Ed] | Read by Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Janina Edwards, Justine Eyre, Roxanne Hernandez, Kate Orsini, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki, Judy Young

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Perhaps the technical highlight in this dark and challenging collection of 14 post apocalyptic short stories by some of the West Coast's brightest literary talents is award-winning narrator Gabrielle de Cuir's use of a robot voice in "Walk of Fame" by Duane Swierczynski. She sounds like a machine--but so very human at the same time. Hard to do. There's a tough noir style to all... Read More

  • LITTLE LINDY IS KIDNAPPED

    LITTLE LINDY IS KIDNAPPED How the Media Covered the Crime of the Century

    by Thomas Doherty | Read by Grover Gardner

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    The "Little Lindy" of this audiobook's title refers to 20-month-old Charles Lindbergh, Jr.--son of the famed aviator and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh--who was kidnapped from his crib in 1932. Grover Gardner's breathless narration brings to mind radio personalities like Walter Winchell and Damon Runyon as they kept Americans informed about the investigation of "the crime of... Read More

  • PEACEMAKER

    PEACEMAKER

    by Joseph Bruchac | Read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Shaun Taylor-Corbett narrates this historical novel featuring a 12-year-old Iroquois boy. Okwaho overcomes his anger at his best friend's kidnapping when he hears stories of the Peacemaker, told by a visitor to his village. By listening to these tales, he learns about the formation of the peaceful Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy. Taylor-Corbett, who is himself of Native... Read More

  • THE SICILIAN METHOD

    THE SICILIAN METHOD Inspector Montalbano, Book 26

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

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Grover Gardener's accomplished narration brings alive the whole cast of characters in this long-standing audiobook series. As slightly world-weary Inspector Montalbano is faced with a new case, he also finds himself coming to terms with the fact that both he and his relationship with his long-distance girlfriend, Livia, are aging--and not necessarily aging well. Among the... Read More

  • ALEXANDER PUSHKIN: EGYPTIAN NIGHTS AND OTHER TALES OF ROMANCE AND IMAGINATION

    ALEXANDER PUSHKIN: EGYPTIAN NIGHTS AND OTHER TALES OF ROMANCE AND IMAGINATION

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alexander Pushkin | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Stefan Rudnicki splendidly narrates this collection by the Russian author Pushkin, who is best known for his sublime poetry. Indeed, in Russia, he is more than a bit of a cult figure. His fiction is not as well known, but this collection of some of his best stories is an excellent introduction. Consisting of selections from his TALES OF BELKIN, his novella THE QUEEN OF SPACES,... Read More

  • EVENING

    EVENING

    by Nessa Rapoport | Read by Erin Moon

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Erin Moon shares her talents in an audiobook revolving around a woman's misconceptions about her family members. After her older sister, Tam, dies from cancer, 35-year-old Eve returns home to the city she couldn't wait to escape. Each day, as the family sits shiva, Eve discovers more about her sister's secrets and works through her changing view of their relationship.... Read More

  • THE CABIN ON SOUDER HILL

    THE CABIN ON SOUDER HILL

    by Lonnie Busch | Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Author Lonnie Busch and narrator Sarah Mollo-Christensen deliver a cryptic thriller featuring Michelle and Cliff Stage, who buy a secluded cabin in the mountains of North Carolina, only to get caught in a mysterious time warp. Mollo-Christensen strongly expresses Michelle's confusion when she realizes her husband has vanished one night while searching for an inexplicable light... Read More

  • QUEEN MOVE

    QUEEN MOVE All the King's Men, Book 3

    by Kennedy Ryan | Read by Eboni Flowers, Jakobi Diem

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    As this stunning romance proves that true love is timeless, narrators Jakobi Diem's and Eboni Flowers's seductive tones will have listeners cheering. Flowers's performance of these characters is powerful and evocative. She portrays political consultant Kimba, who has never forgotten her childhood best friend and first kiss, Ezra. Decades later they are reunited, but scandal and... Read More

  • THE GOOD ANCESTOR

    THE GOOD ANCESTOR How to Think Long-Term in a Short-Term World

    by Roman Krznaric | Read by Joe Jameson

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Joe Jameson narrates this impressive work of humanistic philosophy with the seriousness, clarity, and style that it merits. His English accent and educated tone amplify the listening experience of this excursion into the idea of how one can be a "good ancestor." First posed by American scientist Jonas Salk, this question launches Krznaric's treatise on the kinds of... Read More

  • CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER

    CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER

    by Shaun Bythell | Read by Peter Kenney

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Wigtown--Scotland's officially designated "Book Town"--comes to listeners through author and shopkeeper Shaun Bythell and narrator Peter Kenney. Interweaving his personal life, observations of Wigtown's residents and bookshop visitors, and daily sales figures, Bythell's diary forms an engaging composite of his and his community's life throughout 2015. Kenney communicates the... Read More

  • NIGHT IN TEHRAN

    NIGHT IN TEHRAN

    by Philip Kaplan | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    With this "fly-on-the-wall" fictionalized account of the 1979 overthrow of the Shah of Iran, narrator Stefan Rudnicki wisely avoids melodramatics in favor of a crisp, intimate delivery. At times, he sounds like the authorized voice for confidential CIA communications, which may be the case, considering that the author spent 27 years in the Foreign Service. Rudnicki makes smart... Read More

  • THE SUNDAY PIGEON MURDERS

    THE SUNDAY PIGEON MURDERS Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak, Book 1

    by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This audiobook is lowbrow, high energy, and absurdly good fun. Johnny Heller narrates a 1940s-style mystery in a voice suggestive of tough guys in old detective movies. There are references to lugs, thugs, swell guys, and doll-faced dames. Protagonists Bingo and Handsome are scam artists out for a quick buck (or maybe a quarter million bucks), but they are kindhearted and two... Read More

  • GOOD BLOOD

    GOOD BLOOD A Doctor, a Donor, and the Incredible Breakthrough that Saved Millions of Babies

    by Julian Guthrie | Read by Ann Richardson

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Ann Richardson deftly narrates this empowering story of breakthrough medicine. Following the doctors, donors, various families, and countries involved, the author chronicles the remarkable discovery that made the miracle of birth attainable for mixed Rh factor families. The journey begins with a sick boy who undergoes enough transfusions to completely replace his body's blood... Read More

  • A MILLION AUNTIES

    A MILLION AUNTIES

    by Alecia McKenzie | Read by Karl O'Brian Williams, Robin Miles

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Robin Miles and Karl O'Brian Williams alternate the chapters of McKenzie's novel. A New York-based artist named Chris travels to his mother's Jamaican hometown after a personal tragedy and gets to know the people there. Miles affects a light Caribbean accent for the narrative and employs a heavier one for the Jamaican characters' dialogue. She convincingly conveys the... Read More

  • THE ART OF VIOLENCE

    THE ART OF VIOLENCE Lydia Chin/Bill Smith, Book 13

    by S.J. Rozan | Read by Erica Sullivan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Erica Sullivan has the benefit of Rozan's well-written plot. In the 13th installment in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series, Smith takes center stage, with his partner in a supporting role. Sullivan successfully conveys the personalities of the female characters and effectively uses pace and tone to amp up the drama. However, she is less effective in credibly voicing male... Read More

  • BAYOU DREAMING

    BAYOU DREAMING Butterfly Bayou, Book 3

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lexi Blake | Read by Jessica Almasy

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Jessica Almasy wraps listeners in a warm blanket as they listen to this romance between detective Roxanne King and Zep Guidry, set in the Cajun parish of Papillion. Roxanne has relocated from New York City after a bitter divorce, and Almasy gives her a hint of a Brooklyn accent that complements Zep's Southern drawl. When Roxanne's family arrives for an unexpected... Read More

  • THE BOHEMIANS

    THE BOHEMIANS Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Ben Tarnoff | Read by Jim Frangione

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Few audiobooks offer a better window on the evolution of a unique American literature than this fine portrayal of the San Francisco literary scene that came together in the 1860s. Bret Harte was its pioneering father, and poets Ina Coolbrith and Charles Warren Stoddard its most representative personalities. But the defining figure is Mark Twain, whose growth as an artist was... Read More

  • THE OVERCOAT AND OTHER RUSSIAN TALES

    THE OVERCOAT AND OTHER RUSSIAN TALES

    by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
    Classics

    Stefan Rudnicki narrates this collection of stories by the Russian author Gogol in his wonderful bass voice. Gogol's style, which uses the absurd and surreal to satirize Russian culture, influenced many of the greats of Russian literature who followed, such as Dostoevsky and Bulgakov. Besides the eponymous "Overcoat," this collection includes seven other tales, among which are... Read More

  • CHICAGO'S GREAT FIRE

    CHICAGO'S GREAT FIRE The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City

    by Carl Smith | Read by David DeVries

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    We all know the story of the Chicago Fire (Oct 8-10, 1871), which began when Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern. The entire city burned. In a somber voice, David DeVries narrates this authoritative and informative history of the fire, which documents the late and inadequate response by the fire departments and the loss of much of the city. Throughout this sweeping and... Read More

  • THE PAPER DAUGHTERS OF CHINATOWN

    THE PAPER DAUGHTERS OF CHINATOWN

    by Heather B. Moore | Read by Nancy Wu

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    In San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1890s, brothels were inhabited by enslaved young Chinese women who immigrated with the expectation of becoming brides rather than prostitutes. Nancy Wu narrates this novel based on the real life of Donaldina Cameron, the missionary who rescued, housed, and taught hundreds of such girls at the Occidental Mission Home on Sacramento Street. With... Read More

  • THE SECRET LIFE OF GROCERIES

    THE SECRET LIFE OF GROCERIES

    by Benjamin Lorr | Read by Benjamin Lorr

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Benjamin Lorr's awe is still evident in his voice and descriptive words years later as he recalls visiting an American supermarket after living in Kenya. Lorr is often cynical and amazed at the same time as he takes listeners into the workings of the grocery industry. He complains about his local Trader Joe's, but he's obviously fascinated by the chain's history, as told by its... Read More

  • PRECIOUS BANE

    PRECIOUS BANE

    by Mary Webb | Read by Justine Eyre

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    It is a genuine pleasure to listen to Justine Eyre narrate this treasure of an audiobook set in the English countryside of the early nineteenth century. There is a naturalness and fluidity to her performance that renders the formal language fresh for contemporary ears. Eyre's characterizations are excellent as she shifts among the male and female personalities, giving each a... Read More

  • LAST DANCE

    LAST DANCE Sam Carver, Book 2

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jeffrey Fleishman | Read by Richard Ferrone

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The gruff and gravelly voice of Richard Ferrone matches the hard-boiled and unflinching homicide detective Sam Carver perfectly. Fleishman's second in what one hopes is a long series continues with a dead Russian ballerina and enough smog, blood, lust, and contemporary political intrigue to harken back to Chandler and Hammett. Ferrone's performance of Carver growls with the... Read More

  • THE NINJA'S BLADE

    THE NINJA'S BLADE The Lily Wong Series, Book 2

    by Tori Eldridge | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Natalie Naudus is the spirited voice of Lily Wong, the Chinese-Norwegian heroine at the heart of this thriller, which takes listeners into the underworld of teenage sex trafficking. Naudus gives the story a strong narrative style that sweeps listeners along L.A.'s backstreets, where Lily lives as a ninja and an investigator. This mystery includes danger, black humor,... Read More

  • NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND

    NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND

    by Fyodor Dostoevsky | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Stefan Rudnicki brings his pleasingly gravelly voice and considerable skill to Dostoevsky's antiheroic short novel, a book as studiedly discomforting as it is important to the dysphoria of twentieth-century literature. He demonstrates intelligence and professional ability throughout; his natural-sounding pacing and matching of tone and turn of phrase to sense are... Read More

  • SILENCES SO DEEP

    SILENCES SO DEEP Music, Solitude, Alaska

    by John Luther Adams | Read by Jim Meskimen

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Jim Meskimen narrates this exceptional memoir with conviction and recognition that these words are from a composer of music. He captures the immersive text precisely with a deliberate voice and a well-paced cadence. Adams's life and work in the solitude of Alaska bring the listener an appreciation of creativity. The author's decades-long sojourn (mostly in a cabin outside of... Read More

  • SEVEN KINDS OF PEOPLE YOU FIND IN BOOKSHOPS

    SEVEN KINDS OF PEOPLE YOU FIND IN BOOKSHOPS

    by Shaun Bythell | Read by Peter Kenney

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Peter Kenney picks up on the playful undercurrent running throughout this audiobook about bibliophiles who frequent brick-and-mortar bookstores. He becomes the sarcastic yet relatable voice of the author, Scottish bookseller Bythell, whose observations of his customers pepper this memoir of bookselling. Listeners will have fun because Kenney is having fun with the... Read More

  • THE HOUSE ON HENRY STREET

    THE HOUSE ON HENRY STREET The Enduring Life of a Lower East Side Settlement

    by Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier, Bill Clinton [Fore.] | Read by Kate Mulligan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    This well-produced audiobook is a tale for these times. In 1893, young nurse Lillian Wald, visiting a dying patient in the immigrant community of New York's Lower East Side, recognized that poverty and slum living was itself a public health emergency. Her solution was to settle in the neighborhood herself, recruiting other medical personnel and welfare workers to join her.... Read More

  • THE LOST WONDERLAND DIARIES

    THE LOST WONDERLAND DIARIES

    by J. Scott Savage | Read by Kate Reading, Kyla Garcia

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Kate Reading and Kyla Garcia combine their remarkable talents to narrate this delightful middle-grade fantasy. As the story begins, Garcia skillfully captures the real-world setting in which the story's two protagonists meet and bond, despite their respective challenges and differences. Celia is a dyslexic who recoils from books but is impressively adept at math and logic.... Read More

  • KNOCKED FOR A LOOP

    KNOCKED FOR A LOOP John J. Malone, Book 10

    by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In the tenth book of a classic series featuring Attorney John J. Malone, Johnny Heller's narration is characterized by an arched tone. The body of a Chicago investor/activist turns up in Malone's office, and he can't remember if he did the deed. Heller adds empathy to his narration as Malone realizes he's not the culprit and proceeds to investigate the murder and the subsequent... Read More

  • BAYOU BABY

    BAYOU BABY Butterfly Bayou, Book 2

    by Lexi Blake | Read by Jessica Almasy

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Jessica Almasy's slow Southern drawl slips the listener right into the ambiance of the bayou. When single mother Seraphina inherits a home in disrepair, handyman Harrison offers his help. Celeste, a wealthy matriarch who is Harrison's aunt, blames Seraphina for her son's death. Listeners hear Celeste's haughty tone in Almasy's delivery, which is the perfect contrast... Read More

  • THE RESURRECTION OF FULGENCIO RAMIREZ

    THE RESURRECTION OF FULGENCIO RAMIREZ

    by Rudy Ruiz | Read by Johnny Rey Diaz

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Johnny Rey Diaz narrates this novel of lost love and redemption on the border of the U.S. and Mexico. Fulgencio Ramirez, a young immigrant, falls in love with Carolina Mendelssohn, a middle-class local girl. In the 1950s their relationship does not have a happy ending--but many years later, they get a second chance. Diaz tells the story at a slow, steady pace. At times, his... Read More

  • THE INDEX OF SELF-DESTRUCTIVE ACTS

    THE INDEX OF SELF-DESTRUCTIVE ACTS

    by Christopher Beha | Read by Jim Frangione

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Do we have free will? Jim Frangione's narration is both authoritative and engaging as young reporter Sam Wexworth contemplates this question. Frangione fully embodies Wexworth, along with Frank Doyle, an old-school political commentator who has been canceled after making an attempt at humor that smacks of racism during a Mets broadcast. Doyle is Wexworth's first assignment for... Read More

  • VICTORY FOR THE VOTE

    VICTORY FOR THE VOTE The Fight for Women's Suffrage and the Century That Followed

    by Doris Weatherford, Nancy Pelosi [Fore.] | Read by Marguerite Gavin

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Marguerite Gavin finds a conversational tone in this audiobook tracing the women's suffrage movement from Seneca Falls, New York, back through Colonial times and then onward through the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. She continues with a narrative of the last 100 years of struggle for the equal representation of women. This audiobook offers a broad historical... Read More

  • DARE TO PLAY

    DARE TO PLAY Dare Nation, Book 3

    by Carly Phillips | Read by Erin Mallon, Joe Arden

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Erin Mallon and Joe Arden provide a seamless experience as they depict the romance between baseball pitcher Jaxon Prescott and Macy Walker. The pair have a plan: A marriage of convenience will help Macy retain custody of her sister and allow Jaxon to gain a more stable reputation. Both narrators are equally adept at voicing the opposite sex as they alternate delivering the... Read More

  • THE CARETAKER

    THE CARETAKER

    by Doon Arbus | Read by Alan Cumming

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Alan Cumming is a natural fit for the meticulous narrative of Doon Arbus. His voice matches the erudite, cerebral drama perfectly. Listeners are eased into the world of philosopher Charles Morgan, author of a book entitled STUFF, who dies and leaves behind a museum of his many collected items. The board hires an eccentric caretaker who presides over the museum and its visitors... Read More

  • NEMESIS AND THE SWAN

    NEMESIS AND THE SWAN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lindsay K. Bandy | Read by Sarah Naughton

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    This well-written and beautifully performed story about the French Revolution is seen through the eyes of a young aristocrat. Hélène d'Aubign's life is recounted in flashbacks as she awaits trial in jail. Narrator Sarah Naughton draws listeners in with her splendid pronunciation of the French phrases scattered throughout this audiobook. Naughton's most stunning scene is the... Read More

  • A ROYAL AFFAIR

    A ROYAL AFFAIR Sparks & Bainbridge, Book 2

    by Allison Montclair | Read by Sarah Nichols

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Through the sterling performance of Sarah Nichols, listeners will immerse themselves in both the seedy and the high-society worlds of 1946 London. Iris Sparks and Gwen Bainbridge, owners of the Right Sort Marriage Bureau, are hired for their most important job ever--vetting the potential bridegroom of Crown Princess Elizabeth. Someone has sent a letter to Elizabeth that could... Read More

  • THE LAST SUMMER OF ADA BLOOM

    THE LAST SUMMER OF ADA BLOOM

    by Martine Murray | Read by Katherine Littrell

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    With a lovely Aussie accent, Katherine Littrell narrates this story about a dysfunctional family in a small town in Australia. Nine-year-old Ada's point of view--a youthful, rambling introspection--is beautifully voiced by both author and narrator. Littrell provides only slight characterization for Ada's teenage brother and sister, Ben and Tilly, both of whom are eager to push... Read More

  • BRASS CARRIAGES AND GLASS HEARTS

    BRASS CARRIAGES AND GLASS HEARTS Proper Romance Steampunk, Book 4

    by Nancy Campbell Allen | Read by Justine Eyre

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Justine Eyre narrates a charming steampunk romance loosely inspired by "Cinderella." When Emmeline Castle O'Shea is named spokesperson for the International Shifter Rights Organization, her personal nemesis, Detective Oliver Reed, is assigned to protect her due to threats she has received. Eyre does a credible job with the two main characters, showing how their relationship... Read More

  • EVERY BONE A PRAYER

    EVERY BONE A PRAYER

    by Ashley Blooms | Read by Eileen Stevens

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Eileen Stevens narrates this novel in a practical tone that is a well-balanced choice, given its disparate themes of mysticism and violence. Ten-year-old Misty lives with her mother and teenage sister in a ramshackle trailer in an Appalachian holler. Stevens serenely describes Misty's supernatural connection to nature--the crawdads, the trees, the deer. The first time Misty is... Read More

  • NATURAL HISTORY

    NATURAL HISTORY

    by Carlos Fonseca, Megan McDowell [Trans.] | Read by Jonathan Davis

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Jonathan Davis's intelligent narration is a wonderful vehicle through which to delve into this inventive novel. A curator of a natural history museum is invited by a fashion designer to collaborate on a project. After her death, he is sent archived materials that prompt him to investigate her family history. In a quietly lush voice that conveys just the right emotional nuance,... Read More

  • THE DISASTER TOURIST

    THE DISASTER TOURIST

    by Yun Ko-eun, Lizzie Buehler [Trans.] | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Natalie Naudus is a quirky, spirited narrator who plays up the thread of comedy running throughout this unusual story about disaster tourism. She becomes Yona, a young Korean woman who finds herself working for a disreputable travel agency. Listeners are treated to a humorously presented view of a future in which tourists travel to disaster sites for entertainment. There is a... Read More

  • AZADI

    AZADI Freedom. Fascism. Fiction.

    by Arundhati Roy | Read by Shaheen Khan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Shaheen Khan brings a warm, impassioned narration to Arundhati Roy's searing essays about the rise of Hindu nationalism in India. She picks up on the steady criticism laced throughout the collection and alternates with a steely softness for Roy's introspective moments. From readers' complaints about Roy's writing in English to taking up the Kashmiri cause, Khan gives us the... Read More

  • CURSED

    CURSED

    by Marie O'Regan, Paul Kane [Eds.] | Read by Helen Lloyd, Shiromi Arserio, Lisa Flanagan, Simon Vance, Tim Campbell, Esther Wane, Soneela Nankani, P.J. Ochlan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    An ensemble of eight narrators returns listeners to scenes of childhood--and the feeling of awe children experience when listening to a new fairy tale. Twenty authors, including Neil Gaiman and M.R. Carey, contribute to this anthology designed to amuse, instruct, and (yes) terrify listeners. The audiobook offers listeners modern tales told from the perspectives of the cursed.... Read More

  • ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR

    ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR Roxane Weary, Book 4

    by Kristen Lepionka | Read by Allyson Ryan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Allyson Ryan capably narrates this contemporary mystery set in Ohio. While jogging in the park, PI Roxanne Weary stumbles upon a murder staged to look like an accident. This is the fourth mystery featuring the hard-bitten, hard-drinking, hardworking sleuth, who is bisexual. Ryan captures both her bravado and her vulnerability as she discovers one clue after another. Secondary... Read More

  • WHITE TRASH WARLOCK

    WHITE TRASH WARLOCK Adam Binder, Book 1

    by David R. Slayton | Read by Michael David Axtell

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Michael David Axtell's agile narration will keep listeners engaged with this fantasy romp about a gay witch who is searching for his long-lost, and possibly evil, father. Adam wants nothing to do with his brother, Bobby, who had Adam committed to a mental hospital because he can see the spirit realm. But when an evil spirit possesses Bobby's wife, Adam agrees to help her and is... Read More

  • SPRING

    SPRING

    by Leila Rafei | Read by Negin Farsad

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Negin Farsad steals the show in this work of historical fiction, which takes place in Egypt during the 2011 Arab Spring. Farsad delivers the third-person narrative using an American speaking voice and then drops into characters' dialogue with ease. Because of the choice to narrate in a voice that is totally different from those of the three main characters, a young... Read More

  • MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO PRAGUE

    MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO PRAGUE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Carol Windley | Read by Kate Reading

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrator Kate Reading's tone and pacing are perfect for this complex drama spanning the war-torn twentieth century. A delayed train journey in 1927 from Berlin to Prague intertwines the lives of Natalia Faber; her unpredictable mother, Beatriz; journalist Miklós Andorján; and Dr. Magdalena Schaeffer. The stranded strangers begin friendships that last decades, through WWII and... Read More

  • EARTHLINGS

    EARTHLINGS

    by Sayaka Murata | Read by Nancy Wu

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Sayaka Murata's new novel packs a slow wallop, much more so when heard than when read off the page. Nancy Wu, who also narrated Murata's first novel, CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN, effectively conveys the child voice of Murata's narrator, Natsuki, who converses with her stuffed toy and imagines she is an alien marooned on earth. What at first sounds like childish fantasy soon evolves... Read More

  • ARCHITECTS OF MEMORY

    ARCHITECTS OF MEMORY The Memory War Series, Book 1

    by Karen Osborne | Read by Sophie Amoss

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Sophie Amoss narrates a captivating space opera in which a salvage pilot uncovers a horrific weapon, along with a sinister conspiracy. Ash Johnson is dying and is determined to find a cure for what ails her, but first she must break out of corporate indenture. Amoss imbues Ash with a striking balance of heart and humor. As she grapples with the dangerous path ahead, Amoss's... Read More

  • ORLEANS

    ORLEANS

    by Sherri L. Smith | Read by Landon Woodson, Iesha Nyree

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrators Iesha Nyree and Landon Woodson depict two characters living in a chilling postapocalyptic America. Only a few decades in the future, the Delta has been abandoned by the Outer States after the destruction of successive hurricanes created a devastating plague that affects each blood type differently. Fen de la Guerre was born in the Delta and lived under the protection... Read More

  • BURN OUR BODIES DOWN

    BURN OUR BODIES DOWN

    by Rory Power | Read by Lauren Ezzo

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Suffocating generational trauma gets a speculative twist in this eerie YA tale narrated by Lauren Ezzo. Ezzo ably portrays the pent-up emotions of Margot, who's been kept in isolation by her volatile, inscrutable mother. After discovering the grandmother she's never met, Margot runs away to join her at the fire-stricken family homestead, where the burning apricot groves yield... Read More

  • MEET YOUR MAKER

    MEET YOUR MAKER The Delta Devlin Novels, Book 2

    by Matthew Mather | Read by January LaVoy

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This chilling science-based mystery is beautifully performed by one of AUDIOFILE's newest Golden Voices, January LaVoy. LaVoy expertly delivers this convoluted, artfully constructed plot, which includes a body squashed into a ventilation duct in a Kiev hotel, several assassination attempts, and 3D printers that can kill. Delta Devlin's father is the unintended victim of a... Read More

  • THE SILENT WIFE

    THE SILENT WIFE Will Trent, Book 10

    by Karin Slaughter | Read by Kathleen Early

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    A series of horrific rapes has authorities mystified. Investigator Will Trent and Medical Examiner Sara Linton dig deep into the case, examining clues as well as their love life. Kathleen Early delivers the story, which is set in the South and jumps between two timeframes. She shines mostly with the accents of several secondary characters. A medical examiner is given a slow,... Read More

  • REBEL SPY

    REBEL SPY

    by Veronica Rossi | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Jennifer Jill Araya creates a spirited voice for 15-year-old Francisca, a poor orphan who narrowly escapes from her abusive stepfather. In order to hide, she takes on the identity of Lady Emmeline Coates, a victim of a nearby shipwreck. Years later, Francisca finds herself living in America during the revolution, and, although she has almost completely transformed... Read More

  • ROOTABAGA STORIES

    ROOTABAGA STORIES

    by Carl Sandburg | Read by Zura Johnson

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Zura Johnson breathes new life into this vintage collection of interconnected whimsical short stories by famed poet Carl Sandburg. Rootabaga Country is home to denizens with names like Blixie Bimber and Jason Squiff. Residents "snizzle" and "sniffer" and find enchanted "whinchers." Johnson blithely treats nonsense words in the same way she treats actual words, making... Read More

  • EVERYTHING HERE IS UNDER CONTROL

    EVERYTHING HERE IS UNDER CONTROL

    by Emily Adrian | Read by Madeleine Lambert

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Madeleine Lambert speaks as Amanda, a new mother who, with her infant son, Jack, leaves her partner in New York City to return to Ohio to reconnect with her long-estranged best friend, Carrie. The story combines elements of postpartum depression, broken relationships, the 2016 political climate, and new beginnings. Lambert's performance is inconsistent. Amanda has a... Read More

  • HAVING WONDERFUL CRIME

    HAVING WONDERFUL CRIME John J. Malone, Book 7

    by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Johnny Heller breathes life into this aging mystery--it's been almost eight decades since the novel's debut--and the result is like a fine art restoration. The audiobook involves a surreal crime (a bride is missing, and a beheaded woman is found in her bridal suite), plenty of snappy dialogue (most of it dispensed by lawyer John J. Malone), and an unguessable ending.... Read More

  • ALL THAT'S BRIGHT AND GONE

    ALL THAT'S BRIGHT AND GONE

    by Eliza Nellums | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Imaginative and suspenseful, this audiobook does not disappoint. Narrator Jesse Vilinsky perfectly voices 6-year-old Aoife's innocence and resolve. As the story opens, Aoife's mother has been hospitalized for a mental health crisis, and Aoife believes that the only way she can get her mom back home is to figure out why her older brother, Theo, is gone. Armed with sheer... Read More

  • CIRCUS ROSE

    CIRCUS ROSE

    by Betsy Cornwell | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Magic, technology, and religion collide in this retelling of "Snow White and Rose Red." Narrator Nicol Zanzarella voices teenage twins Rosie and Ivory in a story that features dual points of view. They were close when they grew up in the circus run by their mother. But when they come home after years away, they get caught up in the strange changes that have overtaken the city,... Read More

  • BROTHERS YORK

    BROTHERS YORK An English Tragedy

    by Thomas Penn | Read by Roy McMillan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Roy McMillan romances every bit of drama out of this historical stone, and there is plenty of drama here. Shakespeare used (or invented) some of it, but the true story of England's last generation of Plantagenet rulers--Edward IV and his two brothers, George, Duke of Clarence, and Richard III--is epic. McMillan is almost breathless with excitement at times, but the... Read More

  • DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE

    DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE

    by Ava Homa | Read by Vaneh Assadourian

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Vaneh Assadourian expertly narrates the first Kurdish novel in English by a female writer. She brings a light, airy voice to the character of Leila, an ambitious young woman who grapples with national politics. Listeners are swept into the dilemmas of Leila's life as she tries to gain justice for her father and help her brother, who writes against the Iranian government.... Read More

  • THE LADY ALCHEMIST

    THE LADY ALCHEMIST

    by Samantha Vitale | Read by Hallie Ricardo

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Hallie Ricardo shines in this debut YA fantasy about a land torn between magic and alchemy. This Rumplestiltskin retelling with a twist follows the story of Sephia, a gifted alchemist who is forced to make a dangerous deal with a magician. She has one year to alchemically create a body for the magician, or he will take her first- born child. Sephia's transformation... Read More

  • ARNHEM

    ARNHEM Ten Days in the Cauldron

    by Iain Ballantyne | Read by Ralph Lister

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    The largest airborne operation of all time, Operation Market Garden-- which was depicted in the movie A BRIDGE TOO FAR--is the subject of this audiobook. While not neglecting the big picture of the operation, the author focuses on the British paratroopers who did the fighting--and the Dutch civilians who got caught up in it--at Arnhem, the Netherlands. Ralph Lister's narration... Read More

  • THE ART OF SHOWING UP

    THE ART OF SHOWING UP How to Be There for Yourself and Your People

    by Rachel Wilkerson Miller | Read by Robin Eller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Robin Eller's earnest performance works well with this extensive lesson on how to put 100% of yourself into living your life. The can-do energy in her voice keeps the audiobook moving, even when the quantity and variety of advice threaten to overwhelm. Eller's optimism and clear interpretations make the message sound immediate and useful: Learn to be more engaged and receptive... Read More

  • THE YEAR OF PERIL

    THE YEAR OF PERIL America in 1942

    by Tracy Campbell | Read by Paul Heitsch

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

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

  • A LITTLE HISTORY OF POETRY

    A LITTLE HISTORY OF POETRY

    by John Carey | Read by Ralph Lister

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    After taking us from Mesopotamia to Rome, this audiobook focuses primarily on English-language poetry. Brief excursions take place into other languages, but the only one whose poetry is considered in any real depth is English. Its exploration of that is pretty thorough, though, and Ralph Lister's narration is exemplary. He clearly differentiates between the historical and... Read More

  • VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY

    VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY Vera Kelly, Book 2

    by Rosalie Knecht | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

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

  • AN UNLADYLIKE PROFESSION

    AN UNLADYLIKE PROFESSION American Women War Correspondents in World War I

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Chris Dubbs | Read by Bernadette Dunne

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

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

  • THE LAST DAYS OF SYLVIA PLATH

    THE LAST DAYS OF SYLVIA PLATH

    by Carl Rollyson | Read by Arthur Morey

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Much has been written about Sylvia Plath, the iconic American poet whose untimely death in 1963 has haunted and intrigued admirers of her work. This audiobook relies on newly released information, as well as exclusive access to previously unavailable papers belonging to Plath's therapist. All this is well and good, but Rollyson's text lacks the energy and cohesion to make this... Read More

  • THE ELEVENTH GATE

    THE ELEVENTH GATE

    by Nancy Kress | Read by Braden Wright

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Braden Wright narrates a space opera with startling parallels to the current world situation. When an unexpected discovery brings a potentially devastating war to the Eight Worlds, the rival Landry and Peregoy regimes must decide just how far they are willing to go to protect their respective interests. Wright smoothly navigates both the sci-fi technospeak and the metaphysical... Read More

  • THE ROYAL ABDULS

    THE ROYAL ABDULS

    by Ramiza Shamoun Koya | Read by Neil Shah, Soneela Nankani

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Soneela Nankani and Neil Shah work together to create this multigenerational portrait of an Indian family in post-9/11 America. Nankani is masterful as she cycles through several female characters who range from Amina, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist, to Amina's white sister-in-law. Nankani takes us tenderly into Amina's interior thoughts, garnering sympathy... Read More

  • BREASTS AND EGGS

    BREASTS AND EGGS

    by Mieko Kawakai [Sam Bett [Trans.], David Boyd [Trans.] | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Jeena Yi

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Emily Woo Zeller's performance starts stoically but keeps listeners engaged as this novel progresses to a gently powerful conclusion. Zeller portrays Natsu, a woman seeking her purpose, including whether to have children. Her sister, Makiko, plans to get breast implants. Jeena Yi, delivering the voice of Makiko's daughter, Midoriko, perfectly captures the spirit of a... Read More

  • BLOCK SEVENTEEN

    BLOCK SEVENTEEN

    by Kimiko Guthrie | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Natalie Naudus brings thoughtful gravitas to the narration of Kimiko Guthrie's debut, which depicts the collective trauma that the Japanese internment camps of WWII inflicted throughout generations of Japanese-Americans. Akiko "Jane" Thompson is at the center of this story, which alternates between the camps and present-day California. Jane has disconnected from her Japanese... Read More

  • HUNGRY

    HUNGRY Avocado Toast, Instagram Influencers, and Our Search for Connection and Meaning

    by Eve Turow-Paul | Read by Taylor Meskimen

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Describing how technology and other modern innovations are shaping people's indulgence in food, fitness, and other obsessions, a keen cultural observer provides worldwide examples of how mankind's search for a satisfied mind has derailed. Narrator Taylor Meskimen provides a vocal performance that is true to the author's ideas but stays in a pitch range that sounds trapped in... Read More

  • RAYBEARER

    RAYBEARER The Raybearer Series, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jordan Ifueko | Read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Joniece Abbott-Pratt's evocative narration skillfully complements Ifueko's vibrant multilayered fantasy. Tarisai grows into a prestigious role in Aristar, but while her gifts bring change, her mother has cursed her with a violent purpose. Tarisai's pursuit of justice and sense of belonging are beautifully interwoven with Ifueko's explorations of power, society, and family.... Read More

  • THE OLD RELIGION

    THE OLD RELIGION Tom Killgannon, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Martyn Waites | Read by Martyn Waites

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Author Martyn Waites deftly switches from pen to mic for his exciting, sometimes terrifying, mystery set in rural Cornwall. Secretive Tom Killgannon--ex-military, ex-police, and now in the Witness Protection Program--is living in St. Petroc, where he works in a pub. Listeners will be shocked when he finds frightened 17-year-old Lila in his remote home. Waites perfectly creates... Read More

  • A THOUSAND MOONS

    A THOUSAND MOONS The Days Without End. Book 2

    by Sebastian Barry | Read by Kyla Garcia

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This sequel to DAYS WITHOUT END, set in post-Civil War Tennessee, is better suited for listening than for reading. Narrator Kyla Garcia breathes life into the musings of Winona, an orphaned Lakota teenager who is being lovingly raised by two men and terrorized by racial threats in their small town. Garcia's unsophisticated drawl for Winona's voice softens her elegant vocabulary... Read More

  • THE TALE OF GENJI, VOLUME 1

    THE TALE OF GENJI, VOLUME 1

    by Murasaki Shikibu, Dennis Washburn [Trans.] | Read by Brian Nishii

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    At a bit more than 35 hours, this audio version of the thousand-year-old Japanese classic goes only as far as Genji's retirement from public life, Chapters 1-33 of 56. A useful introduction provides context for imperial court life, making Prince Genji's many courtships more comprehensible to the contemporary listener. Much of the audiobook consists of those romances, without... Read More

  • MASQUERADE FOR MURDER

    MASQUERADE FOR MURDER Mike Hammer, Book 26

    by Micky Spillane, Max Allan Collins | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Mickey Spillane mysteries are classics, and this audiobook--written by Collins, who has taken over the character--is as entertaining as any. Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's gruff voice provides an ideal complement to the latest novel featuring Mike Hammer, a PI whose techniques and style break the mold. Hammer is hired by the father of Wall Street financier Vincent Colby, who is... Read More

  • WHILE THE MUSIC PLAYED

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

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Nathaniel Lande | Read by Bronson Pinchot

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

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

  • VOICE OF REBELLION

    VOICE OF REBELLION How Mozhdah Jamalzadah Brought Hope to Afghanistan

    by Roberta Staley | Read by Julia Farhat

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

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

  • THE CASE OF THE REINCARNATED CLIENT

    THE CASE OF THE REINCARNATED CLIENT From the Files of Vish Puri, Indias Most Private Investigator

    by Tarquin Hall | Read by Sam Dastor

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Sam Dastor transports listeners to bustling modern-day New Delhi with his authentic-sounding accent and intonation. Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator, is called upon to uncover the truth behind his client's assertion that she was murdered in the past. As he looks into the matter, Vish is joined by a cast of larger-than-life characters, including his mother,... Read More

  • THE SAFETY NET

    THE SAFETY NET Inspector Montalbano, Book 25

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

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Another wonderful performance by Grover Gardner adds energy and excitement to Commissario Montalbano's latest adventure. A Swedish TV series is shooting in the town of Vigàta, and the director is looking for vintage photos. While searching for shots of local color, Ernesto Sabatello discovers something puzzling: His late father filmed the same wall on the same day every year... Read More

  • THE ROVER

    THE ROVER

    by Joseph Conrad | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Stephan Rudnicki delivers an impressive performance of Conrad's story, which centers on the mysterious Jean Peyrol, a French native who has spent his life roaming the world's oceans. Seeking retirement, Peyrol returns to his country in the aftermath of the French Revolution but finds confusion even in his isolated place of retreat. Rudnicki's resonant voice meanders... Read More

  • KING OF THE DOGS, QUEEN OF THE CATS

    KING OF THE DOGS, QUEEN OF THE CATS

    by James Patrick Kelly | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Stefan Rudnicki makes quick work of this novella filled with dogs and cats and humans and clones and lots of political intrigue. On the planet Boon, a ringmaster is planning to put on a circus populated mostly with "uplifted" dogs and cats--uplifted meaning having "equivalent rights" but not equal rights. Therein lies the rub. Rudnicki is skillful in building the... Read More

  • REMEMBERED

    REMEMBERED

    by Yvonne Battle-Felton | Read by Yvonne Battle-Felton

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    There are echoes of Morrison's classic novel BELOVED in this well-performed audiobook. The ghost of a woman named Tempe exhorts her sister, Spring, to recount a tormented family history. The resulting flashback is horrifying and affecting. Battle-Felton's voice is hypnotic and clear, and she maintains a largely consistent pace that allows listeners to immerse themselves in the... Read More

  • ELYSIUM GIRLS

    ELYSIUM GIRLS

    by Kate Pentacost | Read by Rebecca Gibel

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Rebecca Gibel delivers a resonant performance of this YA fantasy audiobook set in the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. The story centers around a game that is set into motion by dust soldiers to test humanity's ability to work together. Gibel provides a dramatic characterization of Sal, a powerful witch who is struggling for recognition as the town's leader, despite the many... Read More

  • BIRD SUMMONS

    BIRD SUMMONS

    by Leila Aboulela | Read by Raghad Chaar

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Raghad Chaar is a talented narrator who goes in and out of several accents while portraying the three main characters central to this story. Salma and Moni are characterized in a lilting Scottish accent, while Iman has a slight Arab accent. The three women undertake a pilgrimage to Lady Evelyn's grave in the Highlands. Listeners will appreciate Chaar's dexterity in portraying... Read More

  • DEVIL DARLING SPY

    DEVIL DARLING SPY Orphan Monster Spy, Book 2

    by Matt Killeen | Read by Lorna Bennett

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Lorna Bennet narrates the sequel to ORPHAN MONSTER SPY, another story featuring Sarah, a 15-year-old Jewish orphan who spies for the British during WWII. Bennet's brisk narration adds tension to the many life-or-death situations Sarah faces in her determination to quash Germany's plans for germ warfare. Her accents give ambiance to the characters in German and central African... Read More

  • THE RIGHT MURDER

    THE RIGHT MURDER John J. Malone, Book 4

    by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This entertaining audiobook sounds like a classic gumshoe novel, making Johnny Heller's gravelly timbre ideal for its narration. The story opens when a mortally injured person appears at a Chicago bar at 11:59 on New Year's Eve and dies--but not before handing criminal lawyer John J. Malone a mysterious numbered key. From there, the story gets screwier and the memorable... Read More

  • WALKING THE OLD ROAD

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

    by Staci Lola Drouillard | Read by Staci Lola Drouillard

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

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

  • THE QUEEN OF PARIS

    THE QUEEN OF PARIS A Novel of Coco Chanel

    by Pamela Binnings Ewen | Read by Gabrielle de Cuir

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    In a lilting voice, Gabrielle de Cuir performs this fascinating fictional memoir of Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971). She primarily looks back upon her actions during WWII, along with flashbacks that take place from 1903 through the 1920s. As de Cuir narrates in a flowing style, Chanel describes her life as couturière, perfumer, and then Nazi spy and collaborator... Read More

  • A DREDGING IN SWANN

    A DREDGING IN SWANN Seb Creek, Book 1

    by Tim Garvin | Read by Bronson Pinchot

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Bronson Pinchot narrates this intriguing glimpse of life in rural North Carolina, where events involve a Venus fly trap, poaching, two crashed helicopters containing three Stinger missiles, and an almost fifty-year-old murder. Pinchot, best known for his portrayal of Balki on the sitcom "Perfect Strangers," is actually a veteran audiobook narrator with more than 100 works under... Read More

  • PHANTOM LADY

    PHANTOM LADY Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock

    by Christina Lane | Read by Gabra Zackman

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Gabra Zackman gives a sterling performance of this biography outlining the unconventional life of Joan Harrison (1907-1994), who became the valued right-hand woman to director Alfred Hitchcock. After a series of unsatisfying early career attempts, Harrison finally interviews with Hitchcock and finds her place in the male-dominated world of Hollywood. Zackman masterfully handles... Read More

  • MIMI LEE GETS A CLUE

    MIMI LEE GETS A CLUE Sassy Cat, Book 1

    by Jennifer J. Chow | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners will be surprised right along with Mimi Lee, owner of the pet grooming shop Hollywoof, when her newly adopted cat, Marshmallow, starts speaking to her. Soon Mimi needs Marshmallow's help to solve the murder of a puppy mill breeder whom the police suspect Mimi of killing. Narrator Natalie Naudus makes this lighthearted audiobook fun to listen to as she gives effective... Read More

  • DARING TO LIVE

    DARING TO LIVE How the Power of Sisterhood and Taking Risks Can Jump-Start Your Joy

    by Sheri Hunter | Read by Janina Edwards

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    Janina Edwards expertly narrates this touching audiobook about love, loss, and a journey to regain joy. With a balanced tempo and a steady tone, Edwards invites listeners into the many daring adventures of author Sheri Hunter and her sisters, the Dare Divas. Edwards ensures that listeners are able to distinguish between memories and current musings as Sheri works through the... Read More

  • THE ANGELS' SHARE

    THE ANGELS' SHARE Wine Country, Book 10

    by Ellen Crosby | Read by Christine Marshall

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Using a soft voice and a light Southern accent, narrator Christine Marshall adds charm to this cozy mystery set in Virginia's wine country. In the tenth installment of the Wine Country series, winemaker Lucie Montgomery helps solve the murder of her wealthy neighbor as well as a puzzle involving a case of Madeira, an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, the... Read More

  • HEAVEN ON EARTH

    HEAVEN ON EARTH How Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo Discovered the Modern World

    by L.S. Fauber | Read by Stephen Bowlby

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Stephen Bowlby's engaging narration helps listeners get to know the people involved in the story stemming from Copernicus's theory of a moving Earth. There are only a few key figures, such as Johannes Kepler or Tycho Brahe, but each section begins with a list of dramatis personae to help listeners keep track of who's who. Everything is building toward Galileo Galilei, once a... Read More

  • WILLA AND THE WHALE

    WILLA AND THE WHALE

    by Chad Morris, Shelly Brown | Read by Rachel L. Jacobs

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Rachel Jacobs embodies young Willa in her thoughtful narration of this audiobook. Tragedy strikes, and Willa loses her mother. Even though she's been separated from her father by divorce and an ocean, she heads back to Washington to live with him and his new family. Jacobs handles the voicing of Willa with sincerity, expressing her love of the ocean and the sadness it also... Read More

  • NATURE BEYOND SOLITUDE

    NATURE BEYOND SOLITUDE Notes from the Field

    by John Seibert Farnsworth, Thomas Lowe Fleischner [Fore.] | Read by John Patrick Walsh

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This audiobook unfolds like a real-time journal of environmental field research and translates well to audio. Listeners will follow the author as he visits several West Coast research sites and interacts with both scientists and the natural world they are studying. John Patrick Walsh offers an engaging narration that exactly suits the material. He is at times breezy and... Read More

  • THE NINJA DAUGHTER

    THE NINJA DAUGHTER Lily Wong, Book 1

    by Tori Eldridge | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Natalie Naudus delivers this first installment in an exciting new series featuring Lily Wong, a martial arts expert who is dedicated to protecting abused women. Lily isn't your usual L.A. freelancer. Her father, descended from Norwegians, runs the family's Asian restaurant, while her elegant Chinese mother doesn't cook at all, and Lily, despite her heritage, turned to Japan to... Read More

  • THE BEADWORKERS

    THE BEADWORKERS Stories

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Beth Piatote | Read by Beth Piatote, Christian Nagler, Fantasia Painter, Drew Woodson, Phillip Cash, Keevin Hesuse and a full cast

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This compelling audiobook introduces Piatote's debut collection of stories in prose and verse. It's sprinkled with the Nez Perce language and concludes with a reimagining of Antigone as Antikone. Piatote has a fine conversational style. Hers is a storyteller's voice, and her delivery has striking transparency. When her narrator is an 11-year-old, she sounds 11. In "Beading... Read More

  • NATURE OBSCURA

    NATURE OBSCURA A City's Hidden Natural World

    by Kelly Brenner | Read by Erica Sullivan

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Erica Sullivan's narration often sounds scholarly as she clearly delivers scientific or observational points about urban naturalism. Sullivan can't help sounding delighted as she recounts the author's experience sifting through green slime in search of invertebrates or turning a bug zapper into a moth light. Nature writer Brenner takes listeners on a tour of Seward Park, Puget... Read More

  • FALLING FELINES AND FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS

    FALLING FELINES AND FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS

    by Gregory J. Gbur | Read by David Stifel

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator David Stifel switches between the roles of physics lecturer and amused observer of the research on one of physics' most pressing questions: Why do falling cats land on their feet? In both roles, Stifel's voice is clear, making it easier for listeners to grasp complicated science concepts. As the author traces the exploration of the cat question from the eighteenth... Read More

  • BETTER THAN SEXY

    BETTER THAN SEXY Sexy, Book 3

    by Carly Phillips | Read by Angela Dawe

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    This is a powerful story of passion and sorrow, and narrator Angela Dawe has listeners feeling all the emotion. Club owner Landon Bennett is looking for a new musical act when he finds singer Vivienne Clark. An instant attraction ignites, and Dawe uses her voice effectively to depict it. But Landon lost his twin brother in a hazing stunt, and, unbeknownst to him, Vivienne's... Read More

  • OBLIVION OR GLORY

    OBLIVION OR GLORY 1921 and the Making of Winston Churchill

    by David Stafford | Read by Gerard Doyle

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Gerard Doyle narrates this work of nonfiction, which details one year in the life of Winston Churchill. For most people, one year is not worthy of a 10-hour audiobook, but there are few people like Churchill, and there is nothing in this audiobook that feels like it could be cut. Doyle's narration sounds like a documentary voice-over or a history professor giving an engaging... Read More

  • SECOND SISTER

    SECOND SISTER

    by Chan Ho-Kei, Jeremy Tiang [Trans.] | Read by Nancy Wu

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Nancy Wu narrates the story of Nga-Yee, a government employee in Hong Kong desperately striving to support her teenage sister--first in life, and then in death. When Nga-Yee arrives home one day to find her little sister dead on the sidewalk below their 22-story window, Wu portrays Nga-Yee's despair and then her conviction that foul play was involved. Wu provides Nga-Yee with... Read More

  • THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES

    THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES

    by Grady Hendrix | Read by Bahni Turpin

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    There's an air of disquiet in Bahni Turpin's charming Southern drawl in this edgy story about darkness that lurks where we least expect it. Patricia Campbell is the devoted housewife of a neglectful husband, the mother of ungrateful teenagers, and the tired caretaker of her ailing mother-in-law in a town where her only excitement is her book club. Turpin's narration captures... Read More

  • WRITTEN OUT

    WRITTEN OUT

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Howard Mittelmark | Read by John Rubenstein

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    When an audiobook makes you laugh out loud repeatedly, you know that the book and the narrator, here John Rubinstein, are exceptional. This dark comedy focuses on moderately successful editor/writer Roger Olivetti, whose marriage to a successful writer is on the rocks because of his own poor decisions. As a result, Roger goes to extremes to try to improve his plight and reunite... Read More

  • STRANGE EXIT

    STRANGE EXIT

    by Parker Peevyhouse | Read by Caitlin Davies

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    This reality-bending work of science fiction narrated by Caitlin Davies asks listeners to suspend disbelief as they follow characters in and out of a virtual-reality world. Davies's task is to keep listeners grounded while the story's bizarre and convoluted events unfold. She nails the listeners feet to the ground by choosing to narrate in a straightforward voice that makes one... Read More

  • PEACE ON OUR TERMS

    PEACE ON OUR TERMS The Global Battle for Women's Rights After the First World War

    by Mona L. Siegel | Read by Janet Metzger

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    This audiobook explores the victories that women won and the multiple frustrations they confronted at the end of WWI as they tried to influence international peace negotiations and the internal policies of their own countries. Janet Metzger's narration is steady and rhythmic in a way that pulls the listener into the flow of this work. Her performance also is marked by pauses... Read More

  • THE CORPSE STEPS OUT

    THE CORPSE STEPS OUT John J. Malone, Book 2

    by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Johnny Heller's fast-paced delivery makes Craig Rice's forties-era genre-bending whodunit more fun than mysterious. Press agent Jake Justus represents popular radio star Nelle Brown, who is being blackmailed by an ex-lover. When Nelle goes to retrieve the incendiary letters, she finds her ex dead. Heller's upbeat narration makes all the characters period-perfect--from... Read More

  • SOLOVYOV AND LARIONOV

    SOLOVYOV AND LARIONOV

    by Eugene Vodolazkin Lisa C. Hayden, [Trans.] | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This splendid work of satire by the award-winning Russian author Vodolazkin involves Czarist General Larionov, who somehow managed to escape the Bolsheviks' secret police, and the efforts of a modern-day scholar, Solovyov, to find the general's memoirs. Stefan Rudnicki narrates this satire in his splendid stentorian voice. Rudnicki's delivery is rather deadpan, a tone that is... Read More

  • JEFFERSON'S WHITE HOUSE

    JEFFERSON'S WHITE HOUSE Monticello on the Potomac

    by James B. Conroy | Read by Donald Corren

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Donald Corren ably employs his soft delivery and clear enunciation in narrating Conroy's history of Thomas Jefferson's administration as president of the United States (1801-1809). Assuming the office after a bitterly contested election, Jefferson was the first president to occupy the White House, which was still an unfinished building in the rustic District of Columbia. Corren... Read More

  • ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY

    ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

    by Layla F. Saad | Read by Layla F. Saad

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Have a journal and pen at the ready before listening to Layla F. Saad's powerful call to action. In her clear voice and British accent, Saad demands that listeners with white privilege recognize and dismantle it in themselves and their communities. She outlines specific goals for listeners and pushes back against every possible protest. Smoothly narrating 28 days of journaling... Read More

  • WRITERS & LOVERS

    WRITERS & LOVERS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lily King | Read by Stacey Glemboski

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    An unexpected delight in the multitudinous pleasures in Lily King's new novel is narrator Stacey Glemboski's beautiful soprano, which lifts into a breath-catching ballad at a key moment. This is the evocative story of Casey Peabody of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who waitresses while persevering with her first novel when her old friends have moved on to monied careers or... Read More

  • THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT

    THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT Unsub, Book 3

    by Meg Gardiner | Read by Hillary Huber

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Hillary Huber brings her trademark blend of measured intensity and thoughtful characterization to this third installment in Meg Gardiner's Unsub series. FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix is tasked with hunting down a new and disturbing serial killer, the self-styled "Midnight Man." Unlike most killers, the Midnight Man targets entire families, murdering parents... Read More

  • THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS

    THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS A Life of Pliny

    by Daisy Dunn | Read by Mike Grady, Daisy Dunn

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This biography of Pliny the Younger, with many references to his uncle, Pliny the Elder, interposes episodes from his life, such as the eruption of Vesuvius, rather than telling a chronological story. That approach gives a full but rather foggy sense of his life in ancient Rome. Mike Grady's narration takes the listener past the book's limitations. His intelligence and... Read More

  • NIGHT SPINNER

    NIGHT SPINNER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Addie Thorley | Read by Natalie Naudus

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Natalie Naudus delivers an emotionally engrossing performance in this Hunchback retelling with a magical twist. After losing control of her night-spinning powers and murdering an entire caravan, Enebish, now known as the Destroyer, is banished to a monastery. Maimed, with her powers blocked, and overwhelmed by guilt, Enebish eagerly agrees to commandeer adoptive-sister... Read More

  • UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS Notes of a Chronic Re-reader

    by Vivian Gornick | Read by Vivian Gornick

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Acclaimed 84-year-old memoirist and journalist Vivian Gornick enthusiastically narrates her most recent compilation in which she reflects on her rereading of novels that she enjoyed as a younger woman. She also incorporates episodes from her life, including a lively piece on her two cats, much of which will be familiar to listeners of her earlier memoirs, including FIERCE... 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

    Narrators Alana Kerr Collins and Tim Campbell work hand in hand to weave an intricate tale of forbidden love and undying bravery. Primarily voiced by Collins, Lira, a soul reader from the island of Glasnith, speaks with an enchanting cadence that often gives way to notes of defiance. Reyker, who is regarded as a beast, is introduced by Campbell with a low timbre that sounds... Read More

  • 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 Belcourt'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

  • THE BOOK OF AWESOME BLACK AMERICANS

    THE BOOK OF AWESOME BLACK AMERICANS Scientific Pioneers, Trailblazing Entrepreneurs, Barrier-Breaking Activists, and Afro-Futurists

    by Monique L. Jones | Read by Janina Edwards

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    In a warm, conversational tone, narrator Janina Edwards guides listeners through this aptly titled survey of black American excellence. Ranging from the familiar (athletes, inventors, civil rights leaders) to the less widely known (entrepreneurs, beauty innovators, and environmentalists), the collected mini-biographies are grouped by subject area. But this is no dry history... Read More

  • TRACKING GAME

    TRACKING GAME Timber Creek K-9, Book 5

    by Margaret Mizushima | Read by Nancy Wu

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This Timber Creek K-9 mystery has Mattie Cobb and her trusty dog, Robo, on the scent of a killer after two bodies are found. Also in this installment, Mattie's relationship with a veterinarian evolves. Narrator Nancy Wu shapes the story by differentiating characters with varying tones that mirror the emotions of the moment. Her delivery is calm when Mattie is with her beau,... Read More

  • SPITFIRE

    SPITFIRE Livy Nash, Book 1

    by M.L. Huie | Read by Justine Eyre

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Justine Eyre delivers this fascinating story set just after WWII. In this debut Olivia "Livvy" Nash novel, Livvy is on the path to drinking herself to death. Once known as "Spitfire" for her daring rescue of a fellow spy from the Germans, Livvy is now tormented by memories of deaths and betrayals. Eyre's British accent gives former spy Olivia Nash and spymaster Ian... Read More

  • RIOT BABY

    RIOT BABY

    by Tochi Onyebuchi | Read by Tochi Onyebuchi

    Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Author/narrator Tochi Onyebuchi portrays characters who personify the violent world they live in. Ella has special powers, including the ability to see things that haven't happened yet. When her brother, Kev, is imprisoned, she has to decide whether or not to use her powers to free him. Onyebuchi delivers the intensity of his plot in an unflinching style. His characters are... 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

  • 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

  • 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 Lise 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

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