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  • A KILLER'S GAME

    A KILLER'S GAME

    by Luca Tahtieazym, Alexandra Maldwyn-Davies [Trans.] | Read by Peter Noble

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Achilles Clazay appears to be a successful salesman in 1980s France. In reality, he is a feared serial killer whose victims are the "canvas" for his "art." As Achilles tells his own story, narrator Peter Noble does a superb job bringing to life the conflicting facets of his character. Noble injects just the right amount of incredulity into Achilles's voice when he realizes a... Read More

  • THE BLIZZARD PARTY

    THE BLIZZARD PARTY

    by Jack Livings | Read by Rebecca Lowman

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This audiobook has it all--mystery, mayhem, and sci-fi in a story that flashes forward and back as it revels in the lost world of late 1970s Manhattan. Narrator Rebecca Lowman presents the many complex characters at just the right pace. She carefully delivers the various voices--male and female, accented and not--and keeps the reality-stretching doings moving along. Lowman... Read More

  • THE WOMAN WHO STOLE VERMEER

    THE WOMAN WHO STOLE VERMEER

    by Anthony M. Amore | Read by Karen Cass

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    British narrator Karen Cass vividly narrates this captivating audiobook. She realistically delivers the upper-class English accents and Irish brogues of those featured in this true account of a 1970s aristocrat turned revolutionary. In an engaging style and intelligent tone, Cass recounts how wealthy Rose Dugdale, a conservative debutante who attends Oxford and gains a PhD in... Read More

  • SPELLMAKER

    SPELLMAKER Spellbreaker, Book 2

    by Charlie N. Holmberg | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden, Noel Arthur

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Elizabeth Knowleden returns to this magical series as brash Elsie, with Noel Arthur joining in as reserved Bacchus. Lyrical accents and evocative descriptions ground listeners in Holmberg's fantasy world as Elsie and Bacchus attempt to halt a murderous rampage through nineteenth-century England. While the pair pretend to be married and work to secure Elsie's license as... Read More

  • YOU'RE LEAVING WHEN?

    YOU'RE LEAVING WHEN? Adventures in Downward Mobility

    by Annabelle Gurwitch | Read by Annabelle Gurwitch

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Author/narrator Annabelle Gurwitch is spunky, funny, and upbeat in this no-holds-barred memoir about her unconventional life as a divorced mom of a nonbinary 20-something in recovery. Listeners will find her performance refreshing and revelatory as she takes them through the ups and downs of her unusual life. Gurwitch takes everything--from her home to her marriage to... Read More

  • YOU ARE READY FOR TAKEOFF

    YOU ARE READY FOR TAKEOFF A Short Trip

    by Susan Orlean | Read by Susan Orlean

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Author Susan Orlean, who is most known for her book THE ORCHID THIEF, narrates a short essay about overcoming her fear of flying. She highlights her phobia and the path she took to overcome it. She also provides a short history of those psychological treatments--chiefly hypnosis. As she switches from first- and second-person points of view, Orlean's experience is shared in an... Read More

  • FOREVER IN CAPE MAY

    FOREVER IN CAPE MAY The Sunshine Sisters, Book 3

    by Jennifer Probst | Read by Teddy Hamilton, CJ Bloom

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Teddy Hamilton and CJ Bloom tell the story of best friends Taylor Sunshine, an artist who is helping out at her family's wedding company, and photographer Pierce Powers. Both Hamilton's and Bloom's narrations allow listeners to experience Taylor and Pierce's transition from friends to lovers, and the anxiety this generates in Taylor. When she is given an opportunity... Read More

  • BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED

    BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED

    by Lisa Gardner | Read by Hillary Huber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Hillary Huber's wry intonation perfectly matches the personality of loner amateur detective Frankie Elkin. AA meetings and prickly law enforcement officials are the only constants in her life as she travels around the country searching for missing women and girls, especially those from marginalized communities. Driven and haunted,, she keeps looking even though the... Read More

  • WESLEY YORSTEAD GOES OUTSIDE

    WESLEY YORSTEAD GOES OUTSIDE

    by Stephanie Harper | Read by Brian Holden

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Stephanie Harper's debut novel, featuring 33-year-old Wesley Yorstead, is perfect for these pandemic times. Wesley suffers from agoraphobia, and listeners are invited inside his mind as he navigates his self-imposed isolation. Narrator Brian Holden gives Wesley a range of voices as he shares his routines, slowly revealing the event five years earlier that triggered the... Read More

  • WHAT HAPPENS AT NIGHT

    WHAT HAPPENS AT NIGHT

    by Peter Cameron | Read by Christopher Lane

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Christopher Lane's bleak tone highlights the melancholy and tension in Peter Cameron's disquieting novel. A couple known only as "the man" and "the woman" travel to Iceland to meet their adoptive son. As they acclimate to the unusual Borgarfjaroasysla Grand Imperial Hotel, bizarre experiences disorient and provoke the couple. Lane adeptly captures their vulnerability... Read More

  • THE HELLION

    THE HELLION Wicked Wallflowers, Book 1

    by Christi Caldwell | Read by Tim Campbell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Tim Campbell's narration adds depth to this historical romance. Adair Thorne clashes with Cleopatra Killoran, the hellion, from the moment they meet. Campbell gives Thorne a growly, deep- throated timbre, so it's easy to understand how his voice sends shivers down the sassy Cleopatra's spine every time she hears it. Campbell also imitates Cleopatra's "husky contralto"... Read More

  • ANGELS & LONERS

    ANGELS & LONERS Dark Echoes of the Past, Book 2

    by Ramón Díaz Eterovic, Patrick Blaine [Trans.] | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner sets just the right pace for this slow-build Chilean crime story. Private investigator Heredia barely makes ends meet in the apartment he shares with his cat, Simenon, in post-Pinochet Santiago. Simenon converses with him, but this is no cozy cat mystery. When news reaches Heredia that a journalist and former lover has been murdered, he finds... Read More

  • THE OTHER MOTHER

    THE OTHER MOTHER

    by Matthew Dicks | Read by A.J. Beckles

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    When young Michael wakes up one day, he believes his mother has been replaced by an imposter. A.J. Beckles's performance as Michael is solid--he credibly captures the angst and volatility of a 13-year-old who is coping with grief and anger. There are sections of the plot that are slow, and some moments don't quite ring true, yet Michael makes sharp observations, and one can't... Read More

  • THE SPEED OF LIGHT

    THE SPEED OF LIGHT

    by Elissa Grossell Dickey | Read by Christine Williams

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Christine Williams gives a compelling and affecting narration of this #disabilityawareness novel. Simone is a young woman who has recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Williams perfectly captures her apprehensions and confusion, making her concerns palpable. Simone has a loving family and a supportive best friend, Nikki. Nonetheless, a difficult road lies ahead.... Read More

  • THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLORED MAN

    THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLORED MAN Amazon Classics Edition

    Earphones Award Winner

    by James Weldon Johnson | Read by David Sadzin

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    David Sadzin's performance of this classic 1912 novel is evocative, even poetic. He creates a serious and persuasive portrayal of its tortured protagonist. Telling the unnamed man's story in the first person, he re-creates the character's intimate and intelligent tone and catches the cadence of his self-conscious yet assured voice. The listener follows the trajectory of the... Read More

  • WIN

    WIN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Harlan Coben | Read by Steven Weber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    There is no denying the talent that narrator Steven Weber brings to this audiobook. With a slow, deliberate cadence, he becomes Windsor Horne Lockwood III, an eccentric protagonist with a penchant for violence. Weber's lush characterization allows listeners to know this affluent, bored antihero. Twenty years ago, his cousin, Patricia, was kidnapped, and at the same time two of... Read More

  • DAVID COPPERFIELD

    DAVID COPPERFIELD Amazon Classics Edition

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Charles Dickens | Read by Derek Perkins

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Narrator Derek Perkins keeps listeners enthralled throughout the 35-plus hours of DAVID COPPERFIELD's mysteries, emotional upheavals, and delightful resolutions while simultaneously conjuring visual images of Dickens's memorable characters. Perkins wonderfully delivers the long, convoluted monologues of the writhing, oily Uriah Heep (you'll want a shower after hearing his... Read More

  • CREATURES OF PASSAGE

    CREATURES OF PASSAGE

    by Morowa Yejidé | Read by Morowa Yejidé

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    In this ethereal novel, listeners experience the rare treat of a gifted writer narrating her own mesmerizing work. Yejidé's introspective, languorous pace is well suited to the otherworldly journeys of twins Osiris and Nephthys Kinwell--he from the other side of death's door and she barely on this side of it. Yejidé richly characterizes the alcoholic Nephthys, who is burdened... Read More

  • DARE TO TEASE

    DARE TO TEASE The Dare Nation, Book 4.5

    by Carly Phillips | Read by Joe Arden, Erin Mallon

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    This audiobook is for listeners who are on the lookout for a short, enjoyable romance novel. Narrators Erin Mallon and Joe Arden portray Bri, a sports publicist, and Hudson, a doctor who dreams of building a high-end medical clinic. Sparks fly between them, and Mallon and Arden let listeners experience the passion as they deepen their voices and quicken the pace. Hudson's... Read More

  • IF YOU TELL

    IF YOU TELL A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood

    by Gregg Olsen | Read by Karen Peakes

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Karen Peakes narrates this true-crime story of Shelly Knotek, a woman who knew no bounds. Peakes's performance sucks the listener into the scenes of abuse, torture, sadism, and, eventually, murder committed by Shelly. Her victims were her three daughters, Nikki, Sami, and Tori; her husband's nephew, Shane; and her friends, Kathy and Ron. Peakes delivers the narrative in an... Read More

  • DIRTY LETTERS

    DIRTY LETTERS

    by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward | Read by Andi Arndt, Jacob Morgan

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Jacob Morgan and Andi Arndt share the narration of this highly charged romance. Griffin and Luca were teenage pen pals. Now they are all grown up and dealing with their neuroses. Morgan's suave British tones become more and more unsettling as Griffin becomes obsessed with Luca. The voices Morgan gives to female characters sound rather masculine. Arndt shifts her aural persona... Read More

  • DEPARTURE

    DEPARTURE Seth Walker, Book 3

    by Joseph Reid | Read by JD Jackson

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The race to locate an electrical engineer who mysteriously disappears at San Francisco Airport is the focus of this entertaining audiobook. But it is narrator JD Jackson's fast-paced narration that makes the latest Seth Walker mystery so enjoyable. Author Joseph Reid has written two stories, one about Walker's search, in his current job as an air marshal, for the missing man,... Read More

  • PAST MISTAKES

    PAST MISTAKES How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters

    by David Mountain | Read by Alex Wyndham

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Alex Wyndham's smooth voice and English accent are perfect for this fascinating dive into the myths and mistakes in what we "know" about history. Think Pythagoras came up with the Pythagorean theorem? Quite possibly not. Did Christopher Columbus discover America? Definitely not. Were women always consigned to hearth and home? No. Mountain's audiobook is an engrossing... Read More

  • YOUR STORY, MY STORY

    YOUR STORY, MY STORY

    by Connie Palmen, Eileen J. Stevens {Trans.], Anna Asbury [Trans.] | Read by Guy Mott

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Hearing Guy Mott narrate this heartrending stream-of-consciousness novel is like witnessing Ted Hughes, the poet himself, rising from the dead and disclosing his version of his legendary marriage to American poet Sylvia Plath. Mott's Ted speaks in a clear English accent, which shows traces of Ted's Yorkshire upbringing. The tone is confessional. The mood evoked is one of... Read More

  • ALL THIRTEEN

    ALL THIRTEEN The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

    by Christina Soontornvat | Read by Quincy Surasmith, Christina Soontornvat

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Children

    Quincy Surasmith narrates this middle reader work of nonfiction, which depicts, in graphic detail, the harrowing rescue of a youth soccer team and their coach, who were stuck in a flooded cave in Thailand. The narrative swings from emotional tension when the author focuses on the boys or their parents to tactical precision when she explains the inner workings of the cave... Read More

  • IN THE EMPTY QUARTER

    IN THE EMPTY QUARTER

    by G. Willow Wilson | Read by Soneela Nankani

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    In this short story, set in 1952, Jean is an unusual but naïve woman. She's trying to be her own person, but, ultimately, she's defined by her status as a woman. The author introduces her as the wife of a U.S businessman who is looking for oil in the Middle East. Narrator Soneela Nankani captures her manipulativeness, boredom, feelings of superiority to the other wives on the... Read More

  • THE IMMORTAL WORDS

    THE IMMORTAL WORDS The Grave Kingdom, Book 3

    by Jeff Wheeler | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Emily Woo Zeller returns to narrate the final installment of the Grave Kingdom trilogy, an Asian-inspired fantasy, complete with dragons and plenty of magic. In response to a prophecy, Bingmei, a young warrior, sets out to save the world from the seemingly unstoppable Dragon of the Night. Zeller portrays Bingmei as vulnerable yet fearless. Her relationship with her traveling... Read More

  • SEVEN AND A HALF LESSONS ABOUT THE BRAIN

    SEVEN AND A HALF LESSONS ABOUT THE BRAIN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lisa Feldman Barrett | Read by Lisa Feldman Barrett

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Acclaimed neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett narrates her series of essays in this brief but sprightly introduction to the brain. In her erudite, enthusiastic voice she repudiates the neuroscience myths of past ages--such as the "triune brain," a layered brain of increasing sophistication--and describes the brain as a complex arrangement of neurons that perceives data and acts... Read More

  • THE PORTRAIT

    THE PORTRAIT

    by Ilaria Bernardini | Read by Justine Eyre

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Justine Eyre narrates this intriguing audiobook about two women who share a love for the same man. When he suffers a stroke and is lying in a coma in his London mansion, Valeria Costas, an author known for using details of her own life in her short stories, tries to get closer to him by commissioning his artist wife, Isla, to paint her portrait. As Valeria becomes increasingly... Read More

  • IMPROVISE!

    IMPROVISE! Use the Secrets of Improv to Build Confidence, Connect with Others & Face Anything

    by Max Dickins | Read by Steve West

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Business & Finance

    British business coach Max Dickins reminds us that work interactions today are more unstructured and unpredictable than in the past, making your ability to be creative more important than ever. Narrator Steve West's British enunciation and pacing sound out of sync with the freewheeling spirit of this audiobook. His delivery is technically flawless and a delight to hear. But for... Read More

  • SPELLBREAKER

    SPELLBREAKER Spellbreaker, Book 1

    by Charlie N. Holmberg | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden, Joel Froomkin

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Skillful vocal characterizations enhance this fantasy audiobook set in a magical Victorian Britain. Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden allows warm, gentle tones to soften the crisp accent of Elsie Camden, an English spellbreaker who uses her power to unravel magic to aid a Robin Hood-esque secret society. In alternating chapters, Joel Froomkin blends an upper-crust accent with gruff... Read More

  • THE PERFECT NINE

    THE PERFECT NINE The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi

    by Ngugi wa Thiong'o | Read by Benjamin A. Onyango

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Benjamin A. Onyango narrates this poetic origin story of the Gikuyu people of Kenya in a knowing tone that resonates. This mythical tale, rendered in musical verse, defies genre. Onyango inhabits Ngugi, the chronicler of the story of Gikuyu and Mumbi, who become the mothers of the 10 Gikuyu clans. This tale of adventure and creation depicts clashes with ogres and epic... Read More

  • WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF ANXIETY

    WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF ANXIETY

    by Jen Lancaster | Read by Jen Lancaster

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Jen Lancaster capably delivers her own audiobook about the things that terrify residents of the United States and why our anxiety is not necessarily as well founded as we think. This audiobook explores complex topics like the destructive nature of social media, politics, and other stressors that seem to make up the majority of day-to-day life in the U.S. As Lancaster is... Read More

  • THE LAST AGENT

    THE LAST AGENT Charles Jenkins, Book 2

    by Robert Dugoni | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In this second audiobook in a series, Charles Jenkins returns to Russia to bring back an imprisoned woman from a past mission. Narrator Edoardo Ballerini is a master at voices. For Jenkins, he creates a slightly easygoing manner, and for his CIA contact, a youngish-sounding voice. For the Russians, he uses a pitch range: rising for a scared but strong woman, dropping a bit for... Read More

  • BANE'S CHOICE

    BANE'S CHOICE Vampire Motorcycle Club, Book 1

    by Alyssa Day | Read by Teddy Hamilton, Laurie West

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Teddy Hamilton and Laurie West enliven this first book in a vampire motorcycle series. Bane, a vampire, is in the midst of war against necromancers who are threatening his territory when he encounters Dr. Ryan St. Cloud. Ryan is immune to Bane's hypnotic power, and Hamilton aptly expresses his frustration and puzzlement over his inability to affect her. Both Hamilton... Read More

  • THE SNOW FELL THREE GRAVES DEEP

    THE SNOW FELL THREE GRAVES DEEP Voices from the Donner Party

    by Allan Wolf | Read by Bahni Turpin, Whitney Dykhouse, Teri Schnaubelt, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Lauren Ezzo, Eric G. Dove, Ramón de Ocampo, Shaun Taylor-Corbett

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    A tale of colonialism, murder, and cannibalism might seem sensationalized, but this audiobook-in-verse about the ill-fated 1846 journey of Donner party is grounded by multiple perspectives. Leading the cast is Bahni Turpin, whose smooth performance as the omniscient narrator, Hunger, is all the more chilling for its grim, merciless edge. While other individual voices stand... Read More

  • THE BLACK FRIEND

    THE BLACK FRIEND On Being a Better White Person

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Frederick Joseph | Read by Miebaka Yohannes

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Miebaka Yohannes replicates the inviting conversational tone of Frederick Joseph's audiobook, which is aimed at a white audience. Yohannes builds a relationship with listeners as he weaves together Joseph's stories of experiences with racism--his own and those of the activists he interviews, such as author Angie Thomas and sports journalist Jemele Hill. As Joseph... Read More

  • SEVEN DEVILS

    SEVEN DEVILS

    by Laura Lam, Elizabeth May | Read by Christina Traister

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Christina Traister takes listeners on a wild ride across the galaxy as she narrates this space opera. A motley crew of resistance fighters is trying to free the galaxy from the bloodthirsty Tholosian Empire. The five primary crew members include a fugitive warrior princess, a hothead pilot, a former concubine, a soldier, and a tech prodigy. It's a lot of big personalities to... Read More

  • ZIKORA

    ZIKORA A Short Story

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Read by Adepero Oduye

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    When the titular Zikora, a high-powered Nigerian lawyer in DC, finds she is pregnant at age 39, her equally high-powered lawyer boyfriend, Kwame, promptly leaves her, and Zikora's mother comes to help out. The multitalented actress, director, singer, and writer Adepero Oduye provides an outstanding Nigerian-accented narration, charting Zikora's thoughts and feelings surrounding... Read More

  • AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK

    AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK

    by David Diop, Anna Moschovakis [Trans.] | Read by Dion Graham

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Dion Graham's haunting narration reveals the heartbreaking costs paid by soldiers who experience the horror of trench warfare. Alfa is a "Chocolat," a Senegalese man fighting for the French in WWI alongside his childhood friend, Mademba. When Mademba dies under impossibly painful circumstances, Graham channels Alfa's enormous grief and subsequent descent into madness as every... Read More

  • THE EMPRESS

    THE EMPRESS

    by Laura Martinez-Belli, Simon Bruni [Trans.] | Read by Yareli Arizmendi

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Yareli Arizmendi takes on the daunting narration of Martinez-Belli's epic historical novel recounting the tempestuous reign of Maximillian of Austria and his princess, Charlotte, better known as Empress Carlota of Mexico. To quash the current Mexican regime, Napoleon III places Maximillian and Charlotte on the throne. Married to a man who does not love her and who will not bed... Read More

  • THE MARRIAGE CODE

    THE MARRIAGE CODE

    by Brooke Burroughs | Read by Soneela Nankani, Vikas Adam

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Immersive performances by Soneela Nankani and Vikas Adam add dimension to the characters in this light story about a work rivalry that turns romantic. Adam and Nankani work well together as they tell the story from two perspectives. They bring humor and warmth to their roles as Emma, a project developer, and Rishi, an app developer, who, despite their differences, must work... Read More

  • SPIN

    SPIN Captain Chase, Book 2

    by Patricia Cornwell | Read by January LaVoy

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator January LaVoy picks up where she left off--in the aftermath of a sabotaged NASA rocket launch at the Langley Research Center. Patricia Cornwell's second Captain Chase thriller begins as cybercrime investigator and Space Force pilot Calli Chase braves a snowstorm in search of answers. Tight action scenes are balanced with Calli's investigations into the possible... Read More

  • THE DIVINE BOYS

    THE DIVINE BOYS

    by Laura Restrepo, Carolina De Robertis [Trans.] | Read by Ramón de Ocampo

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Ramón de Ocampo ramps up the tension in this literary crime story based on a true account. Five male friends in Bogotá, Colombia, bond over drink, drugs, and women. When one of them, Muñeco, crosses the line by torturing and raping a child, their loyalty to one another is tested. De Ocampo skillfully creates a haunting atmosphere as he relays the intense emotions of... Read More

  • MY NAME IS ANTON

    MY NAME IS ANTON

    by Catherine Ryan Hyde | Read by Michael Crouch

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Michael Crouch gives voice to a pair of lost souls in this dark but hopeful story of enduring love and sacrifice. Eighteen-year-old Anton is reeling from several devastating losses when a chance encounter with Edith, a neighbor who is also suffering, alters the course of both their lives. As the story progresses from 1965 to 2020, Crouch's endearing performance allows... Read More

  • ZORA AND ME: THE SUMMONER

    ZORA AND ME: THE SUMMONER Zora and Me, Book 3

    by Victoria Bond | Read by Channie Waites

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Channie Waites continues her narration of the Zora and Me trilogy, inspired by the early life of Zora Neale Hurston. Listeners return to Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated all-Black city in the U.S., as a white vigilante group terrorizes the town by lynching a Black man within its borders. Throughout changing family dynamics and personal relationships,... Read More

  • THE WOMAN IN THE MOONLIGHT

    THE WOMAN IN THE MOONLIGHT

    by Patricia Morrisroe | Read by Angela Dawe

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Angela Dawe's sparkling narration supplies the needed kick to a debut novel that is more melodrama than drama. Beethoven taught piano to the families of nobility. He fell in love with Josephine Brunsvik, one of his pupils, but because of class differences, no deeper connection was possible. However, Josephine's friend Julie, also a countess and Beethoven's piano student, fell... Read More

  • THE DISCOMFORT OF EVENING

    THE DISCOMFORT OF EVENING

    by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Michele Hutchison [Trans.] | Read by Genevieve Gaunt

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Genevieve Gaunt's performance of this audiobook--soft-voiced, delicately accented, hauntingly matter-of-fact--suits the 10-year-old narrator, Jas. There is an innocence to Gaunt's tone that adds to Jas's unsettling tale of loss and struggle. The plot unfolds on a Dutch dairy farm, and Jas shares every detail of farm life without hesitation. Somehow, a child's voice sharing the... Read More

  • THE FATAL FLYING AFFAIR

    THE FATAL FLYING AFFAIR Lady Hardcastle, Book 7

    Earphones Award Winner

    by T E Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This audiobook should have come with a warning: Listen at your own risk. If others try to pause it, you may snap their heads off in frustration. As Lady Hardcastle and her lady's maid, Flo, return to spying for England in the summer of 1911, narrator Elizabeth Knowelden enhances the story full of witticisms and a clever plot by immersing listeners in the lives of these two... Read More

  • ELSEWHERE

    ELSEWHERE

    by Dean Koontz | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Imani Parks, Josh Bloomberg, Brian Holden, Kevin T. Collins, Soneela Nankani, Alexander Cendese, Amanda Leigh Cobb

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Edoardo Ballerini and Imani Parks unevenly narrate this high-fantasy adventure. Father-and-daughter Jeffy and Amity are living a peaceful life when Spooky Ed comes and entrusts Jeffy with a device that allows travel between parallel universes. That's when their lives take a turn for the worse. The various plot threads of this work can be bewildering, but Ballerini's strong... Read More

  • FROM BLOOD AND ASH

    FROM BLOOD AND ASH Blood and Ash, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Read by Stina Nielsen

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Stina Nielsen enthralls with this sumptuous romance, which highlights her ability to thoroughly immerse listeners in its fantasy world. Used to living in near-isolation, Poppy finds little ways to rebel against the fate she has accepted. When a new guard gets closer to learning her secrets, stoking her desire, and empowering her decisions, Poppy realizes she has a... Read More

  • EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW

    EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW

    by Shannon Takaoka | Read by Whitney Dykhouse

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Whitney Dykhouse immediately pulls listeners in with her attentive and expressive portrayal of Chole, an upbeat teenager who learns she will die if she doesn't receive a heart transplant. Dykhouse's voice is youthful and filled with the anxiety and guilt that plague Chloe when a stranger's death allows her to have a second chance at life. Dykhouse's voice is pleasantly... Read More

  • A KINGDOM OF FLESH AND FIRE

    A KINGDOM OF FLESH AND FIRE Blood and Ash, Book 2

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Read by Stina Nielsen

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Picking up after an explosive cliff-hanger, Stina Nielsen narrates a captivating fantasy romance in which a young woman struggles to overcome betrayal. The man Poppy fell in love with is the Prince of Atlantia. Now she finds herself surrounded by Atlantians and wolvens, all eager for her blood. A series of double crosses and political intrigue collide, leaving Poppy unsure of... Read More

  • CLEO MCDOUGAL REGRETS NOTHING

    CLEO MCDOUGAL REGRETS NOTHING

    by Allison Winn Scotch | Read by Julia Whelan

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Julia Whelan presents a polished politician. Ambitious, hard-driving Senator Cleo McDougal is faced with the specter of her past when her estranged friend, Marianne, calls her out in a newspaper ad just as Cleo is poised to run for the presidency. Whelan's portrayal is thoughtful, intelligent, and professional. Cleo, who is reviewing a list of personal regrets... Read More

  • PINK MOUNTAIN ON LOCUST ISLAND

    PINK MOUNTAIN ON LOCUST ISLAND

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jamie Marina Lau | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Emily Woo Zeller hypnotically mingles edgy tones with sultriness in this noir-style debut novel by 20-year-old Australian Jamie Marina Lau. Zeller gives a solid portrayal of Monk, the straightforward 15-year-old Asian protagonist, and her unembellished view of the world. Juxtaposing velvety tones with moments of sharpness, Zeller brings out the intensity of visceral... Read More

  • A SINGLE SWALLOW

    A SINGLE SWALLOW

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Zhang Ling, Shelly Bryant [Trans.] | Read by Arthur Morey, Adam Verner, Tanya Eby, Feodor Chin, Christopher Lane

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    An ensemble of five gifted narrators splendidly conveys the haunting language and imagery in this WWII story of Ah Yan, a Chinese woman who has a lasting impact upon three men. Feodor Chin's facility with Chinese words and penetrating depiction of Ah Yan's childhood friend, Liu Zhaohu, transport listeners to war-torn China. With a measured pace and gentle tone, Adam Verner... Read More

  • THE LAST CAMPAIGN

    THE LAST CAMPAIGN Near-Earth Mysteries, Book 2

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Martin L. Shoemaker | Read by Rebecca Mozo

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Rebecca Mozo impressively introduces life in Maxwell City, on Mars, along with the array of international citizens who make up the settlement. Listeners will meet founder Nicolau Aames and his wife, police chief Rosalia Morais, and learn about the city's everyday life, food, unique gardening, restaurants, and stores. Characters sound realistic as Morais's job becomes more... Read More

  • THE UNSPOKEN

    THE UNSPOKEN Ashe Cayne, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Ian K. Smith | Read by Amir Abdullah

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Amir Abdullah depicts Chicago's wealthy enclaves, struggling neighborhoods, and mouthwatering foods while introducing former-cop-turned-PI Ashe Cayne. Listeners join him as he interviews aloof billionaire Violet Gerrigan, who wants him to find her missing 25-year-old daughter, Tinsley. As Cayne focuses on the secretive family, he learns that Tinsley is kind, generous,... Read More

  • THE LAST DANCE

    THE LAST DANCE Near-Earth Mysteries, Book 1

    by Martin Shoemaker | Read by Joyce Bean, Natalie Naudus, Whitney Dykhouse, Rebecca Mozo, Christopher Lane, Donna Postel, Leon Nixon, Ron Butler

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    This intriguing audiobook tells the multilayered story of a mutiny in space in which nothing is simple. The production uses an ensemble of eight narrators, most of whom play characters who lend their perspective on events. The accused mutineer is Nicolai Aames, controversial captain of the Earth-Mars vessel ALDRIN, who is beloved by his crew but hated by politicians and fellow... Read More

  • WORLD OF WONDERS

    WORLD OF WONDERS In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

    by Aimee Nezhukumatathil | Read by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    American poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil's voice is gentle as she tells listeners how her love of nature developed in childhood. The poet fondly recalls her father taking the family to the Great Smoky Mountains to see the glowing fireflies. She remembers, with defiance in her voice, not being allowed to draw a peacock, India's national bird, for a class project in drawing wildlife.... Read More

  • YOUR BLUE IS NOT MY BLUE

    YOUR BLUE IS NOT MY BLUE A Missing Person Memoir

    by Aspen Matis | Read by Susannah Jones

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Susannah Jones's mature tone and rich emotion grab the listener far more than this repetitive, overwrought memoir. Writer Aspen Matis's husband of three years goes to a friend's funeral and never returns home. Her grief at his absence is sharpened by the process of writing her first memoir, which is about her solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail at age 19 four years... Read More

  • THE PICKWICK PAPERS

    THE PICKWICK PAPERS

    by Charles Dickens | Read by Simon Vance

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Simon Vance's narration of this Dickens classic promises to please listeners with its array of eclectic characters whom Mr. Pickwick meets during his adventures. Vance is masterful in voicing Dickens's expansive cast. From the good-natured Mr. Pickwick to the crafty Mr. Jingle, Vance makes each character's voice distinct and natural. His portrayal of the ever-loyal, perceptive... Read More

  • OPIUM AND ABSINTHE

    OPIUM AND ABSINTHE

    by Lydia Kang | Read by Bailey Carr

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrator Bailey Carr takes on a fin-de-siècle mystery set in New York City. Blue-blooded heiress Tillie and her newspaper friend, Ian Metzger, search for a vampire who is killing rich opium addicts, including Tillie's sister, Lucy. After breaking a bone, strong-willed Tillie becomes addicted to opium that was prescribed to her, a situation that connects her to the murderer.... Read More

  • OUT OF LINE COLLECTION

    OUT OF LINE COLLECTION

    by Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Caroline Kepnes, Lisa Ko, Emma Donoghue, Mary Gaitskill, Kate Atkinson | Read by Kristen Bell, Samira Wiley, Lea Salonga, Margo Martindale, Gwendoline Christie, R.C. Bray

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This collection of seven short stories has as its unifying theme women stepping out of line and becoming empowered to set their own course in life. Featuring prominent contemporary authors and a host of professional actors and performers as narrators, the collection is an intriguing exploration of female agency. Kristen Bell, who delivers Cheryl Strayed's and Caroline Kepnes's... Read More

  • A GIRL IS A BODY OF WATER

    A GIRL IS A BODY OF WATER

    by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi | Read by Tovah Ott

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Tovah Ott provides a warm performance of this coming-of-age audiobook about a Ugandan girl's journey to find her mother. Ott's sonorous voice brings rural 1970s Uganda to life. Tomboyish Kirabo is frustrated by the traditional expectations placed on her by her grandmother. Consulting the town witch provides more questions than answers, and before she can figure out the... Read More

  • THE HAUNTING OF H.G. WELLS

    THE HAUNTING OF H.G. WELLS

    by Robert Masello | Read by Steve West

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Steve West superbly delivers Masello's latest historical imaginings. Here he takes on an alternate WWI in which H.G. Wells is sent to the trenches to research the validity of an alleged miracle. Wells is overwhelmed by the horrors surrounding him both above ground--mustard gas, phosgene, operations performed without anesthesia--and underground--where deserters (ghouls)... Read More

  • DEADLOCK

    DEADLOCK FBI Thriller, Book 24

    by Catherine Coulter | Read by Tim Campbell, Hillary Huber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, FBI agents who are husband and wife, find themselves and their young son in danger. As this thriller weaves a number of subplots to great effect, narrators Tim Campbell and Hillary Huber relay the viewpoints of Savich and Sherlock, respectively. The use of two narrators adds definition to the storylines, which is helpful, particularly as they... Read More

  • A WORLD OF SECRETS

    A WORLD OF SECRETS The Firewall Trilogy, Book 2

    by James Maxwell | Read by Simon Vance

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Master narrator Simon Vance performs the second entry in The Firewall Trilogy. A young warrior and his allies embark on a journey across a dark, fantastical world. Taimin risks his life to discover the secrets of Zorn as he travels to the distant firewall that demarcates the kingdom from the wasteland beyond. Vance gives each character a subtly different voice--except for the... Read More

  • SNOWFLAKES

    SNOWFLAKES Hush Collection

    by Ruth Ware | Read by Jess Nahikian

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    For a compelling short listen, look no further than bestselling author Ruth Ware's SNOWFLAKES, her contribution to Amazon's Hush audiobook collection. Narrator Jess Nahikian uses a delicate and meek voice to portray young Leah, who for years was kept isolated on a remote island with her paranoid and obsessed father. Nahikian describes the compulsive thoughts of Leah's father... Read More

  • NOTHING LIKE I IMAGINED

    NOTHING LIKE I IMAGINED (Except for Sometimes)

    by Mindy Kaling | Read by Mindy Kaling

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Mindy Kaling narrates her latest volume of quirky, sarcastic, hilarious essays on being a 40-something mother in Hollywood. She is everything fans of her television shows, such as “The Office” and “The Mindy Project,” have come to expect—lively, upbeat, and irreverent. The overall effect is that listeners feel they are in the room with Kaling as she is semi-ranting over... Read More

  • WHEN YOU SEE ME

    WHEN YOU SEE ME A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel, Book 11

    by Lisa Gardner | Read by Kirsten Potter

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners follow a newly formed task force that is sent to a small town in Georgia to investigate what is believed to be a serial killing. The team--consisting of Flora, a kidnap survivor; FBI agent Kimberly Quincy; and Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren--soon find there's more to this town than meets the eye. Narrator Kirsten Potter rises to the challenge of bringing this diverse... Read More

  • TALKING ANIMALS

    TALKING ANIMALS

    by Joni Murphy | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Many consider New York City to be the greatest city on earth. Many consider George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM to be a great allegory. And a strong case can be made for Edoardo Ballerini being one of the great audiobook performers. Combine all three, and you have a fun and engaging listen that is, at times, depressing and disturbing, at other times, hopeful and hilarious. TALKING... Read More

  • SCORPIONFISH

    SCORPIONFISH

    by Natalie Bakopoulos | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner, Hillary Huber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Hillary Huber and Malcolm Hillgartner deliver finely calibrated performances of this evocative novel about desire, loss, and identity. Set during the heat of a Greek summer, the audiobook focuses on two temporary next-door neighbors--a Greek ship captain who, for the first time in many years, is not at sea, and Mira, an American academic who is cleaning out her parents' Athens... Read More

  • DEMOCRACY, IF WE CAN KEEP IT

    DEMOCRACY, IF WE CAN KEEP IT The ACLU's 100-Year Fight for Rights in America

    by Ellis Cose | Read by Danny Campbell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This warts-and-all audiobook about the ACLU's first 100 years is a fascinating account of the many types of government overreach that have threatened American democracy over a century. Narrator Danny Campbell's deep, somewhat raspy voice is a plus. His informal style makes the audiobook more accessible, and his voice projects well, which adds emphasis to his performance. Cose... Read More

  • TEMPTATION ON OCEAN DRIVE

    TEMPTATION ON OCEAN DRIVE The Sunshine Sisters, Book 2

    by Jennifer Probst | Read by Laurie West, Tor Thom

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Laurie West and Tor Thom bring to life the romance of Bella Sunshine Caldwell and Gabe Garcia. Bella is a widowed mother who owns a bridal firm, where Gabe works as a consultant. Gabe has always cared for Bella, and Thom deepens his voice when Gabe is finally able to express himself to her. West gives one of Bella's sisters a more take-charge tone and the other a more... Read More

  • TOMBOYLAND

    TOMBOYLAND

    by Melissa Faliveno | Read by Melissa Faliveno

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Author Melissa Faliveno narrates incisive, relatable essays centered on her identities as a queer-identified, androgynous-appearing woman raised in the Midwest. Faliveno's tone as she delves into her past reveals the kind of complicated relationship many of us have with our hometowns and former lives. Her youthful fascination with tornadoes, recounted in her discussions of the... Read More

  • HIDE AWAY

    HIDE AWAY Rachel Marin, Book 1

    by Jason Pinter | Read by Angela Dawe

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Angela Dawe delivers the portraits of multiple characters throughout this mystery in an edge-of-your-seat style. Listeners will believe this is a full-cast narration. This audiobook is the first in a series and follows a brave mom turned vigilante. A survivor of a horrific crime, Rachel Marin moves her children for a new start. But it isn't long before she becomes... Read More

  • DON'T FORGET ME

    DON'T FORGET ME Levi Kant, Book 1

    by B.C. Schiller, Annette Charpentier [Trans.] | Read by Nicola Barber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Nicola Barber's narration will make listeners feel like they're bicycling around Vienna throughout the seasons. After five years, psychiatrist Olivia Hofmann is still reeling from the disappearance of her husband and young daughter. Also five years earlier, teenager Lisa Manz mysteriously vanished. Hofmann continues to see patients and to seek justice for Lisa, whose uncaring... Read More

  • IN SEARCH OF SAFETY

    IN SEARCH OF SAFETY Voices of Refugees

    by Susan Kuklin | Read by Vivienne Leheny, Josh Bloomberg, Deepti Gupta

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Five young people represent the voices of refugees, sharing their desperate real-life journeys to Nebraska. The three men don't dwell on horrific details, so narrator Josh Bloomberg often sounds friendly or hopeful. When he tells the story of Fraidoon, an Afghani translator, Bloomberg captures the man's certainty that the U.S. will rescue him. Narrator Deepti Gupta delivers the... Read More

  • THE LOST GIRLS OF DEVON

    THE LOST GIRLS OF DEVON

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Barbara O'Neal | Read by Sarah Naughton, Helen Lloyd, Esther Wane, Pearl Hewitt

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    An ensemble cast of Sarah Naughton, Helen Lloyd, Esther Wane, and Pearl Hewitt delivers this well-crafted mystery. Accompanied by her daughter, Zoe Fairchild travels back to her home village of Devon, England, after her grandmother's caregiver goes missing. While there, Zoe meets up with her estranged mother, thus bringing together four generations of women who go about... Read More

  • THE BURIED WORLD

    THE BURIED WORLD The Grave Kingdom, Book 2

    by Jeff Wheeler | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Emily Woo Zeller returns to narrate the second audiobook in The Grave Kingdom series. Bingmei and her diverse fighter companions travel the continent, battling and narrowly escaping the Dragon of Night in order to resist their destiny. Zeller delivers the danger, friendship, and romance of the story in a variety of voices that depict an intricate group of characters. Especially... Read More

  • THE VAPORS

    THE VAPORS A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice

    by David Hill | Read by George Newbern

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    History

    With comfortable Southern charm, narrator George Newbern, a Little Rock native, delivers this decades-spanning account of Hot Springs, Arkansas, when it was the uncontested gambling and sin capital of North America. From the 1870s through the 1960s, bookies, mobsters, hookers, and card sharks flocked to the home of the "healing waters" to chase their fortunes. The audiobook... Read More

  • SCARLET ODYSSEY

    SCARLET ODYSSEY Scarlet Odyssey, Book 1

    by C.T. Rwizi | Read by Janina Edwards, Korey Jackson, Robin Eller, Kimberly Woods, Susan Dalian

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Korey Jackson leads an ensemble cast in narrating this epic fantasy combining Swaziland myths and science fiction. This sub-Saharan story follows a journey made by a group of young people who are struggling with their identity and the discrimination they endure for being different. Listeners will absorb the diverse characters, unique names of locations and people, and... Read More

  • DON'T EVER FORGET

    DON'T EVER FORGET Adler and Dwyer, Book 1

    by Matthew Farrell | Read by Cynthia Farrell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Cynthia Farrell has her work cut out for her with the number of characters that drive this complex plot. While Farrell masterfully performs male and female characters, her choice of a deeper voice for Investigator Susan Adler makes it challenging to differentiate her from the male characters. The story is about the mysterious disappearance of an Alzheimer's sufferer... Read More

  • TREASURE

    TREASURE Hush Collection #2

    by Oyinkan Braithwaite | Read by Adepero Oduye

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Adepero Oduye narrates this short story about class divides in Nigeria and the perils of social media. Treasure is an aspiring Instagram influencer with a carefully crafted glamorous image she shares with her nearly 5,000 followers. An unnamed poor mechanic steals a smartphone and logs onto Instagram as @Sho4Sure. After a brief flirtation in Treasure's direct messages,... Read More

  • TROWBRIDGE ROAD

    TROWBRIDGE ROAD

    by Marcella Pixley | Read by Tara Sands

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Tara Sands winningly introduces the residents of Trowbridge Road, which is in suburban Boston. After 10-year-old Ziggy Carlo's mom brings him to live with his Nana Jean, he notices a girl sitting in a tree watching him. June Jordan lives nearby with her mother. Characters are memorably portrayed by Sands, with Nana Jean's compassionate warmth being the standout. Soon... Read More

  • THE DRAGONS, THE GIANT, THE WOMEN

    THE DRAGONS, THE GIANT, THE WOMEN

    by Wayétu Moore | Read by Tovah Ott

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Tovah Ott's supple and expressive tone is well suited to author Wayétu Moore's lyrical writing on her family's history in Liberia and the U.S. When Moore was 5 years old, the outbreak of civil war forced her family to flee Liberia on foot. Her mother, who had been studying at Columbia University, recruited a girl soldier to guide her family to safety in Sierra Leone.... Read More

  • THE ADDRESS BOOK

    THE ADDRESS BOOK What Our Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

    by Deirdre Mask | Read by Janina Edwards

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Janina Edwards narrates this globe-trotting and highly informed work in a fluid style. Edwards acts as a tour guide who leads the listener from India to Haiti, London to Manhattan, and skillfully renders the numerous people the listener meets along the journey. Her performance deftly captures the broad interests and wide-angle lens of the author. Mast uses addresses as a... Read More

  • THE GLAMOURIST

    THE GLAMOURIST The Vine Witch, Book 2

    by Luanne G. Smith | Read by Susannah Jones

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Susannah Jones enlightens listeners with this second installment in the Vine Witch Trilogy, a mix of fantasy, folklore, and history set in turn-of-the-century France. After surviving a curse, sorcière Elena must team up with the young, unestablished Yvette to decipher arcane riddles in order to claim her magical abilities and heritage. The characters' emotions are... Read More

  • THE LENDING LIBRARY

    THE LENDING LIBRARY

    by Aliza Fogelson | Read by Cris Dukehart

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Cris Dukehart delivers a thoughtful and lively narration of this feel good story. Dodie hasn't achieved her dreams of becoming a renowned artist and a mother. But upon hearing the news that her beloved library is closing, Dodie pulls up her sleeves and fights to open a small lending library in its stead. Her world opens up as she meets new bibliophiles and is given the... Read More

  • YOURS IN SCANDAL

    YOURS IN SCANDAL Man of the Year Series, Book 1

    by Lauren Layne | Read by Jason Clarke, CJ Bloom

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Jason Clarke and CJ Bloom have fun with this sophisticated, funny story of a straightlaced hunk who happens to be the mayor of New York City. He meets and reluctantly falls for the reformed wild child and gorgeous daughter-in-hiding of his political rival, the governor. Sparks fly, and love is in the air, but secrets and politics make falling in love deliciously... Read More

  • NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

    NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Charles Dickens | Read by Nicholas Boulton

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    Nicholas Boulton is simply a masterful narrator. His tour-de-force performance of this Dickens classic shows the full complement of his vocal ability: He does all manner of English accents, from Yorkshire farmer to clerk to the upper class; he dexterously captures age, gender, and geographical idiosyncrasies. In a novel teaming with vicious characters (Wackford Squeers and... Read More

  • THE BONE JAR

    THE BONE JAR Detective Lew Kirby, Book 1

    by S W Kane | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This murder mystery benefits from narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies's excellent timing. When the body of an elderly woman is found in a former asylum, Detective Lew Kirby tries to solve the crime, only to discover another body nearby, as well as secrets from his own past. While investigating, Kirby meets the aptly named Connie Darke, whose sister also died at the asylum. As they... Read More

  • THE GOOD HAWK

    THE GOOD HAWK Shadow Skye, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Joseph Elliott | Read by Gary Furlong, Fiona Hardingham

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Children

    The first in a trilogy, this tale set in mythic Scotland features two engaging characters brought to life through Fiona Hardingham’s and Gary Furlong’s alternating narrations. Hardingham is masterful at sharing Agatha’s worldview with listeners; a brave, fierce Hawk, she is proud of her job patrolling the walls of her island home. However, some say she’s given the work to... Read More

  • FAKE TRUTH

    FAKE TRUTH Ian Ludlow, Book 3

    by Lee Goldberg | Read by Adam Verner

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Goldberg's latest Ian Ludlow thriller is entertaining and relevant. Narrator Adam Verner expertly voices an assortment of colorful characters--Russian mobsters, Mexican drug lords, spies, a conservative talk show host, and more. Verner particularly shines as Ludlow. A full-time writer, part-time spy, Ludlow is funny, sarcastic, and determined. As he attempts to come up with a... Read More

  • A WISH IN THE DARK

    A WISH IN THE DARK

    by Christina Soontornvat | Read by Greta Jung

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Children

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

  • A KILLER'S WIFE

    A KILLER'S WIFE Desert Plains, Book 1

    by Victor Methos | Read by Brittany Pressley

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Brittany Pressley portrays Jessica Yardley, who, 14 years ago, while pregnant, discovered that her husband was a serial killer. Pressley conveys high emotion in her voice, tone, and tempo as she voices Jessica, who is now a federal prosecutor raising a teenage daughter. Jessica is drawn into investigating a series of brutal murders in what appear to be copycat versions... Read More

  • PEW

    PEW

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Catherine Lacey | Read by Bahni Turpin

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Bahni Turpin gives a tour-de-force performance in this strange allegory featuring a nondescript person found sleeping on a church pew in a small, unnamed Southern town. Turpin finds a middle-gender tone for Pew’s inner monologue as they describe their feelings and impressions of life and love. Pew refuses to speak, so the townspeople pass them from one institution to... Read More

  • OFFICER CLEMMONS

    OFFICER CLEMMONS

    by François S. Clemmons | Read by François S. Clemmons

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Singer, actor, and author Dr. François S. Clemmons, known to many as Officer Clemmons from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," recounts his unforgettable life story in this captivating memoir. Clemmons's voice is serene and unwavering as he paints a vivid picture of his difficult upbringing, which was marked by violence, abuse, discrimination, and confusion about his sexuality. In a... Read More

  • THE CARETAKERS

    THE CARETAKERS

    by Eliza Maxwell | Read by Janet Metzger, Erin Mallon

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrators Janet Metzger and Erin Mallon team up to tell the suspenseful story of two sisters whose lives unravel over a long held family secret. Tessa Shepard believes she was responsible for almost getting her sister, Margot, killed decades ago. As a documentary filmmaker, she has tried to assuage her guilt by clearing a man falsely imprisoned for murder; however, it now... Read More

  • THE INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN

    THE INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN

    by G.K. Chesterton | Read by Rory Barnett

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    At least a dozen audiobook versions already exist of this first collection of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown stories, but this new version for AmazonClassics has much to commend it. Rory Barnett--also the narrator for Chesterton's THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY--captures much of the distinctive tone and spirit of these stories and their beloved author. Now more than a century past,... Read More

  • THE MERMAID, THE WITCH, AND THE SEA

    THE MERMAID, THE WITCH, AND THE SEA

    by Maggie Tokuda-Hall | Read by Kate Rudd

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Kate Rudd creates unique voices for mysterious mermaids, powerful witches, and evil pirates in this fantasy adventure. Flora, a young woman forced to make terrible decisions to survive, works as a man aboard a pirate ship that sells unwitting passengers into slavery. When she falls for Evelyn, a passenger on her way to an arranged marriage, Flora finally fights back... Read More

  • THAT SECRET CRUSH

    THAT SECRET CRUSH Getting Lucky, Book 3

    by Meghan Quinn | Read by William Leroy, Reese Covington

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators William Leroy and Reese Covington take turns narrating this first-person presentation of Book 3 in the Getting Lucky series, an F-bomb-filled offering chock-full of graphic sex and a frat boy atmosphere. Reid Knightly, failed hotshot restaurateur, has returned to his small, tight-knit hometown to lick his wounds. There he tries to break the curse of "broken love" cast... Read More

  • THE PELICAN

    THE PELICAN

    by Martin Michael Driessen, Jonathan Reeder [Trans.] | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's deep and resonant voice gives Driessen's short novel the aura of a folktale. Set in a nondescript town in the former Yugoslavia on the eve of the war in the 1980s, the audiobook features two ordinary men, Andrej, the postman, and Josip, the funicular operator. The pair spend their lives circling each other in an unending cycle of blackmail. At times,... Read More

  • LOVE ON BEACH AVENUE

    LOVE ON BEACH AVENUE The Sunshine Sisters, Book 1

    by Jennifer Probst | Read by Samantha Brentmoor, Brian Pallino

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Samantha Brentmoor and Brian Pallino provide the perfect blend of voices as romance blooms between Avery Sunshine and Carter Ross on the Jersey Shore. Carter's sister is getting married and hires Avery's bridal firm to coordinate the wedding. At first, Carter drives Avery crazy with his attempts to help with the planning, but slowly the attraction between them grows.... Read More

  • THE BIG GOODBYE

    THE BIG GOODBYE Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Sam Wasson | Read by Sam Wasson

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    One of the best things about this audiobook is author Sam Wasson's narration. His modulation and timing are as good as any professional narrator's, and his use of accents provides subtle shading to everyone from John Huston to Henry Kissinger. Wasson builds his narrative around the four friends who created the movie CHINATOWN: director Roman Polanski, screenwriter Robert Towne,... Read More

  • THIEF RIVER FALLS

    THIEF RIVER FALLS

    by Brian Freeman | Read by January LaVoy

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator January LaVoy does a masterful job of portraying Lisa Power, a writer of psychological thrillers. The plot revolves around a boy who mysteriously shows up at Lisa's isolated home in rural Minnesota on a rainy night. His story parallels the plot of Power's bestselling novel. LaVoy carries the listener down many paths, with truths revealed slowly and the heroine taking... Read More

  • GRAYSON SHERBROOKE'S OTHERWORLDLY ADVENTURES COLLECTION

    GRAYSON SHERBROOKE'S OTHERWORLDLY ADVENTURES COLLECTION Books 1-3

    by Catherine Coulter | Read by Anne Flosnik

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Anne Flosnik's textured narration of Coulter's short gothic tales plays up their weird elements. Flosnik uses a deep, breathy masculine voice for protagonist Grayson Sherbrooke, writer of paranormal tales in the 1840s. Sherbrooke solves three supernatural mysteries involving ghosts, demons, and mummies. Flosnik's voice seems made for this eerie British spectacle. She delineates... Read More

  • THE EIGHTH SISTER

    THE EIGHTH SISTER Charles Jenkins, Book 1

    by Robert Dugoni | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Edoardo Ballerini's smooth delivery and mastery of accents ratchet up the excitement in this espionage thriller. The audiobook begins with a well-worn spy trope--a retired CIA caseworker is called back into action to locate a Russian assassin known as the "Eighth Sister." As you might expect, our man's mission to Moscow doesn't go as planned, and the hunter soon... Read More

  • PROBLEM CHILD

    PROBLEM CHILD A Jane Doe Thriller

    by Victoria Helen Stone | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Nicol Zanzarella turns her talents to portraying a powerful female sociopath in this new mystery audiobook. Jane Doe is a successful attorney who is well aware of her inability to read emotional cues. Though she has trained herself to appropriately respond to those around her, not even she knows how to respond when her abusive family comes calling, claiming that a... Read More

  • YOU GOT THIS

    YOU GOT THIS Face Your Fear. Find Your Confidence.

    by Caroline Foran | Read by Devon Sorvari

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

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

  • A MAN

    A MAN

    by Keiichiro Hirano, Eli K.P. William [Trans.] | Read by Brian Nishii

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In this audiobook narrated by Brian Nishii a man's sudden death sparks an investigation into his mysterious past. Daisuké Taniguchi, a forester in a small Japanese town, is killed by a falling tree. When Daisuké's wife tells his estranged family the news, she learns that her husband wasn't Daisuké Taniguchi, but another man using Daisuké's identity. She asks her attorney, Akira... Read More

  • YOU CAN'T CATCH ME

    YOU CAN'T CATCH ME

    by Catherine McKenzie | Read by Julia Whelan

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

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

  • THE NEW NORMAL

    THE NEW NORMAL

    by Tracy Brogan | Read by Amy McFadden

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    With wry empathy, narrator Amy McFadden walks listeners through the pain of Carli Lancaster's divorce and the romance she finds with neighbor and fellow divorcé Ben Chase. McFadden clearly conveys their mental anguish without making either character sound self-pitying. Carli's voice invites listener commiseration, while Ben's is deeper and friendly. McFadden even uses a subtle... Read More

  • ENCHANTED

    ENCHANTED The Accidental Billionaires Series, Book 4

    by J. S. Scott | Read by Elizabeth Powers

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Elizabeth Powers fully engages the listener's emotions right from the beginning of this audiobook as teenager Noah Sinclair sits by his dying mother's bedside, promising to care for his younger siblings. Fast-forward years and despite having recently inherited billions, Noah is a workaholic. In an effort to mitigate this, his siblings send him on vacation to Cancun... Read More

  • THEMES AND VARIATIONS

    THEMES AND VARIATIONS An Essay

    by David Sedaris | Read by David Sedaris

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Author David Sedaris delivers this honest, funny essay with his usual flair. After being snubbed by an indifferent author, Sedaris promises himself that when he becomes famous, he will get to know his fans. And he does. He talks to them, learns from them, and shares those gems with us. Sedaris riffs on such varied topics as how difficult it is to give money away to strangers,... Read More

  • TWENTY-ONE TRUTHS ABOUT LOVE

    TWENTY-ONE TRUTHS ABOUT LOVE

    by Matthew Dicks | Read by James Patrick Cronin

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Told entirely through a series of lists and notes, this audiobook is appealing in its novelty. Its protagonist, Dan, offers astute observations that elicit laugh-out-loud moments, and narrator James Patrick Cronin captures that side of the character's personality with aplomb. The individually titled lists are surprisingly easy to follow in the audio format, but, as the plot... Read More

  • HOUSE RULES

    HOUSE RULES Uptown, Book 3

    by Ruby Lang | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Emily Woo Zeller narrates a second-chance romance between exes who are struggling in the cutthroat New York City housing market. Seventeen years ago, Simon Mizrahi and Lana Kuo were married, but it didn't work out. Now they're roommates--with no benefits. Zeller deftly captures how utterly weary they are to be dealing with precarious housing situations, despite being respected... Read More

  • MY WAY TO YOU

    MY WAY TO YOU Creek Canyon, Book 1

    by Catherine Bybee | Read by Ariela Crow

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Ariela Crow narrates the first in a new contemporary romance series. After a wildfire hits her secluded California neighborhood, Parker worries about mudslides causing catastrophic damage to her family's property. As a public works supervisor, Colin is tasked with overseeing the area to keep everyone safe from further disaster. Crow's performance captures the personalities of... Read More

  • AN EQUAL JUSTICE

    AN EQUAL JUSTICE David Adams, Book 1

    by Chad Zunker | Read by Christopher Ryan Grant

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This audiobook demonstrates how an effective narrator like Christopher Ryan Grant balances pace and tone to transform a formulaic story into one worth listening to. When newly minted attorney David Adams, who sports stellar credentials, joins Austin's most prestigious law firm, he believes that his career is set. But when Adams quickly discovers that the firm has ominous... Read More

  • FINDING HIM

    FINDING HIM Covet, Book 2

    by Rachel Van Dyken | Read by CJ Bloom, Brian Pallino

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Two emotionally battered people find each other when they end up snowbound in a cabin in Vermont. CJ Bloom and Brian Pallino narrate. Keaton Westbrook lost her fiancé to cancer and has promised to write their love story. Julian is dealing with waking from a coma and learning he has lost his fiancée to his twin brother. Bloom's and Pallino's voices blend so well that the... Read More

  • DEVOTED

    DEVOTED

    by Dean Koontz | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    A telepathic dog and a silent autistic boy with a genius IQ are at the heart of this audiobook, which is enhanced greatly by Edoardo Ballerini's performance. Kipp, the dog, understands that he needs to find Woody Bookman, an 11-year-old genius. Woody, who suspects that his father's death was not an accident, believes that he and his widowed mother are in danger from a very bad,... Read More

  • INTO THE FIRE

    INTO THE FIRE Evan Smoak, Book 5

    by Gregg Hurwitz | Read by Scott Brick

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Brick and Hurwitz. Hurwitz and Brick. They are a combination proven to provide edge-of-your-seat entertainment. No matter the subject, Scott Brick brings incredible passion to every audiobook he performs. Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X series is top-notch storytelling. Combine the two, and you have audiobook gold. In the fifth book in the series, Evan Smoak, a.k.a. Orphan X, a former... Read More

  • WE ARE ALL HIS CREATURES

    WE ARE ALL HIS CREATURES Tales of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman

    by Deborah Noyes | Read by Jess Nahikian, Carly Robins, Lauren Ezzo, Andrew Eiden, Will Ropp, Sarah Zimmerman

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    In this interlinked story collection, an ensemble of narrators takes on the voices of 11 people--some real, some invented--who are trapped in the orbit of P.T. Barnum. Each story builds on the ones before it, using the mostly marginalized people who surround Barnum to create a picture of the legendary showman's overwhelming personality and the ways the other characters' lives... Read More

  • THE ELECTRIC HEIR

    THE ELECTRIC HEIR Feverwake, Book 2

    by Victoria Lee | Read by Michael Crouch

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Michael Crouch provides thoughtful artistry in his delivery of this science fiction story with LGTBQ and dystopian themes. In Book 2 of the Feverwake series, Noam becomes a double agent in his fight against a new political powerhouse, while his partner, Dara, struggles to keep Noam from becoming morally compromised. Crouch's narration complements the story's... Read More

  • GIRL IN THE TREE

    GIRL IN THE TREE

    by Sebnem Isiguzel, Mark David Wyers [Trans.] | Read by Soneela Nankani

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Soneela Nankani is the perfect choice for this story about a girl who climbs up a tree to avoid modern-day politics in Turkey. The character remains unnamed throughout the novel, but through a heartfelt performance Nankani makes her as alive and vivid as any character in fiction. Listeners grow to admire this young woman who retreats from society and yet also manages... Read More

  • LIQUID GOLD

    LIQUID GOLD Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey

    by Roger Morgan-Grenville | Read by Simon Mattacks

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Beekeeping is a mysterious, rewarding, occasionally painful, and often maddening pursuit. In this amusing memoir, it's also the source of an unlikely friendship between two middle-aged Englishmen. Simon Mattacks's easy-listening narration would tempt anyone to relax for a second drink at the pub while being regaled with Roger Morgan-Grenville's many mishaps on the way to sweet... Read More

  • MAZES OF POWER

    MAZES OF POWER The Broken Trust, Book 1

    by Juliette Wade | Read by Michael Crouch, Will Ropp, Brian Nishii

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrators Michael Crouch, Will Ropp, and Brian Nishii work together to bring this first volume in the Broken Trust series to life. The story follows two teenage brothers, Tagaret and Nekantor, who are the sons of the first family of Varin. This initial volume in the series involves a fierce competition for succession. The society's caste structure demands that narrators... Read More

  • DISCRETION

    DISCRETION The Dumonts, Book 1

    by Karina Halle | Read by John Lane, Summer Morton

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators John Lane and Summer Morton guide listeners through this romance with a perfect balance of innocence and sophistication. The story takes place amid the lush backdrop of France. Sadie, a student on a budget, is deserted by her boyfriend while on vacation, but she's determined to enjoy what is left of her trip. A chance encounter brings hotelier Olivier swooping in to... Read More

  • DARK MOTHER EARTH

    DARK MOTHER EARTH

    by Kristian Novak, Ellen Elias-Bursac [Trans.] | Read by Will Damron

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Will Damron's narration is deftly executed as he portrays protagonist Matija as an unreliable narrator whose complicated story emerges as his story progresses. Matija is a writer with two successful books who is now in a rut. He's unable to communicate his struggle to his colleagues or his girlfriend, who suspects that he's putting a good face on his unhappiness. Caught in an... Read More

  • ABANDONED

    ABANDONED America's Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection

    by Anne Kim | Read by Janet Song

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Janet Song's deliberate yet expressive voice resonates as she narrates Kim's eye-opening and heartbreaking examination of young adults who slip through the cracks of society. Kim explores how people emerging into adulthood today have fewer options, more demands, and less guidance to achieve successful adulthood. Whether they're situated in rural or urban environments, their... Read More

  • THINGS THAT FALL FROM THE SKY

    THINGS THAT FALL FROM THE SKY

    by Selja Ahava, Emily Jeremiah [Trans.], Fleur Jeremiah [Trans.] | Read by Erin Bennett

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Erin Bennett's performance of Ahava's audiobook is wide ranging; she's able to convey childlike wonder, as well as the deeper wounds of adulthood. The audiobook captures the inexplicable nature of human existence, death, and grieving through several interlaced short stories. In the opening scenes, a family moves into an old house, a dwelling not unlike a living thing, which... Read More

  • THE BINDER OF LOST STORIES

    THE BINDER OF LOST STORIES

    by Cristina Caboni, Patricia Hampton [Trans.] | Read by Karissa Vacker, Hillary Huber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Two young women, both with a passion for books, strive for identity amid trying circumstances--200 years apart. Narrator Karissa Vacker's crisp, feminine voice recounts the story of Clarice in the strained tones of a nineteenth-century German aristocrat who is dominated by her abusive husband. Vacker's delivery gains warmth as she describes Clarice's immersion in the art of... Read More

  • THE WILD ONE

    THE WILD ONE Corisi Billionaires, Book 2

    by Ruth Cardello | Read by Mackenzie Cartwright, Rock Engle, Ryan West

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    With their smoldering chemistry and vivacious voices, narrators Mackenzie Cartwright and Ryan West capture an unforgettable affair in Paris. Cartwright exudes Wren's flirty but cautious nature as she tours Paris and makes a deal for one week of fun and fantasy with aimless billionaire Mauricio Corisi, whose newfound passion for Wren is well paired with West's deep, affectionate... Read More

  • THE BOY FROM THE WOODS

    THE BOY FROM THE WOODS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Harlan Coben | Read by Steven Weber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Steven Weber returns to narrate the newest Harlan Coben thriller. The Weber-Coben pairing makes for a super suspenseful listen. When his classmate goes missing, Matthew Crimstein turns to his grandmother, Hester, for help. Hester, a feisty criminal lawyer and TV personality, engages Wilde, a private detective of sorts, who was discovered years ago living on his own as a child... Read More

  • GOLD RUSH GIRL

    GOLD RUSH GIRL

    by Avi | Read by Sarah Naughton

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Sarah Naughton imbues the titular Gold Rush girl, 13-year-old Victoria, with all the pluckiness of the spirited heroines of nineteenth-century novels. Tory is tired of following the strict social mores imposed by her imperious aunt in Providence, Rhode Island. Instead, she aspires to a life of freedom and self-determination. When her father loses his job and leaves for... Read More

  • THE SEEP

    THE SEEP

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Chana Porter | Read by Shakina Nayfack

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Shakina Nayfack's warm, potent tones highlight the deeply personal and humane side of Porter's profound, ethereal alien-invasion story. The Seep has overhauled the world, allowing expanded consciousness and endless new experiences. Trina Fasthorse Goldberg-Oneka, a 50-year-old trans artist, cannot embrace this reality as others have, and when her wife leaves to become a child... Read More

  • GODSHOT

    GODSHOT

    by Chelsea Bieker | Read by Lauren Ezzo

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Lauren Ezzo gives a powerfully moving performance of this story about a cult and the exploitation of the innocent by a man seeking power. Ezzo portrays Lacey May, the daughter of an alcoholic mother who is enmeshed in a family that worships Jesus and is led by a country pastor named Vern. What follows is a story of abandonment, faith, and what it means to be a mother.... Read More

  • TEMPORARY

    TEMPORARY

    by Hilary Leichter | Read by Carly Robins

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Carly Robins narrates the journey of a temporary professional, called the Temp, and her encounters with strange and irreverent assignments. Whether she's filling in for a member of a pirate crew, opening doors to a haunted house, or acting as a temporary barnacle, the Temp's most important job is doing whatever assignment she has been given well. Her dream is to find "the... Read More

  • FRIDA IN AMERICA

    FRIDA IN AMERICA The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist

    by Celia Stahr | Read by Frankie Corzo

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Frankie Corzo brings an academic gravitas to this exploration of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's time in America. Corzo's voice is steady as well as measured while guiding listeners through the details of Kahlo's marriage and later artistic development. Fans of Kahlo's art will immerse themselves in this nuanced account of her challenges and inspirations. Her story is in... Read More

  • MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS

    MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS A Memoir

    by Jenn Shapland | Read by Jenn Shapland

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Jenn Shapland's narration of her audiobook embodies a deeply personal journey. Originally embarking on a project to write Carson McCullers's biography, Shapland then decided to provide listeners with her own story woven throughout McCullers's history. Ultimately, her audiobook recounts how she discovered her own truths as the research progressed. McCullers, author of THE HEART... Read More

  • RANDOMIZE

    RANDOMIZE Forward Collection, Book 6

    by Andy Weir | Read by Janina Gavankar

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Janina Gavankar excels in delivering this short audiobook, part of the Forward collection of six audiobooks. THE MARTIAN author Andy Weir brings his scientific flair to his novella about a Las Vegas casino heist. When brilliant minds use a new quantum computer system to hack the game of keno, a determined casino owner turns to his own resources to block the scam.... Read More

  • THE CACTUS LEAGUE

    THE CACTUS LEAGUE

    by Emily Nemens | Read by Vivienne Leheny, Malcolm Hillgartner, Will Ropp, James Patrick Cronin, Julie McKay, Stephen Dexter, Stephen Graybill,Nicol Zanzarella, Thom Rivera

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrated by a full cast, this audiobook follows a group of troubled souls who gather in Arizona for spring training with the Los Angeles Lions baseball team. An unnamed, gravelly-voiced sportswriter introduces listeners to Jason Goodyear, the team's all-star outfielder, who is quietly collapsing into personal and financial ruin. This sportswriter periodically reenters the story... Read More

  • LATE MIGRATIONS

    LATE MIGRATIONS A Natural History of Love and Loss

    by Margaret Renkl | Read by Joyce Bean

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Joyce Bean's narrations are always genuine and down-to-earth, and this performance of Margaret Renkl's short essays on the natural world and her family is no different. Renkl, who grew up in Alabama and now lives in Nashville, tells of her grandmother being shot, her grandfather's death, her mother's postpartum depression, and her own homesickness when she ventures north for... Read More

  • THE COMPANION

    THE COMPANION

    by Kim Taylor Blakemore | Read by Ann Etter

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Listeners will ascertain quickly that Lucy Blunt's life will not have a happy ending. Narrator Ann Etter presents Lucy's distressing story, speaking in a voice that is, by turns, strong, resigned, contemplative, and morose. Lucy is to be hanged for two murders she may or may not have committed. We don't know which because Lucy is an unreliable narrator in this psychological... Read More

  • A FIST OR A HEART

    A FIST OR A HEART

    by Kristín Eiriksdóttir, Larissa Kyzer [Trans.] | Read by Janet Metzger

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Janet Metzger has her work cut out for her in this confusing audiobook full of Icelandic words, along with two main characters who have similar names, each of whom has a traumatic past and whose paths cross only obliquely. Ellen is a theater prop maker in her 70s with no friends who is obsessed with a young playwright who is the illegitimate daughter of a famous writer... Read More

  • THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE

    THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE

    by Diana Biller | Read by Samantha Desz

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Be prepared to be transported to 1830s New York as Samantha Desz narrates the love story of Alva Webster and Samuel Moore. Desz captures Alva and Sam's emotional highs and lows with nuances and finesse as the two negotiate their feelings for each other amid the danger and distrust that are their constant companions. Alvas's past haunts her as she attempts to move forward and... Read More

  • GREAT LION OF GOD

    GREAT LION OF GOD A Novel About Saint Paul

    by Taylor Caldwell | Read by Braden Wright

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Versatile narrator Braden Wright lends his commanding voice to this novel on the life of the apostle St. Paul of Tarsus. The audiobook imagines the life of Paul from his birth as Saul through the transformation that made him a disciple of Christ and ends just before he is to travel to his death. Full of detailed imagery and specific information for the timeframe, the story... Read More

  • THE KILLING FOG

    THE KILLING FOG The Grave Kingdom, Book 1

    by Jeff Wheeler | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Emily Woo Zeller provides a spellbinding performance as she takes listeners on a young woman's journey to achieve her own destiny and fulfill a legendary prophecy. Zeller embodies Bingmei, who fights to save humanity from despair and destruction while, at the same time, vacillating over whether to please her ancestors or her heart. Listeners will feel like they are a... Read More

  • EVIDENCE OF THE AFFAIR

    EVIDENCE OF THE AFFAIR

    by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Read by Julia Whelan, George Newbern, James Daniels, Dara Rosenberg

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This short story is ideal for multiple narrators as it is composed solely of a series of letters. Julia Whelan starts the correspondence as Carrie finds letters to her husband from a woman with whom he is having an affair. Whelan sounds convincingly apologetic when Carrie writes to David, the husband of the "other woman," hoping to find letters from her husband so she might... Read More

  • THE SELECTED ESSAYS OF GORE VIDAL

    THE SELECTED ESSAYS OF GORE VIDAL

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Gore Vidal, Jay Parini [Ed.] | Read by Jeff Cummings

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    None of these short essays are in Vidal's own voice, that distinctively tart patrician voice so familiar to TV audiences half-a-century ago. Maybe that's for the best. Jeff Cummings, who narrates several of Vidal's other nonfiction works, frees these "occasional essays" from Vidal's voice, and his overriding personality, and highlights their prose excellence, grace and wit, and... Read More

  • DOWN THE DARKEST ROAD

    DOWN THE DARKEST ROAD Cady Maddix, Book 2

    by Kylie Brant | Read by Christina Traister

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Christina Traister returns to narrate the second audiobook in Kylie Brant's U.S. Marshal Cady Maddix series, which takes place in North Carolina. Traister meets the challenge of voicing many characters, young and old, male and female, with varying degrees of Southern accents. The plot revolves around a teenager, Dylan, who five years earlier stumbled upon a crime scene that... Read More

  • SELF-CONFIDENCE

    SELF-CONFIDENCE A Philosophy

    by Charles Pépin | Read by Peter Noble

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    French philosophy professor Charles Pépin offers an astute meditation on how people develop confidence--in themselves, in the world, and in the value of relationships with others. To perform this poetic writing, it's hard to imagine a better choice than Peter Noble. His continental vocal rhythms are pleasing in themselves, conveying Old World wisdom and psychological... Read More

  • STAY

    STAY

    by Catherine Ryan Hyde | Read by Nick Podehl

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Delivering this coming-of-age audiobook about friendship, healing, and love, narrator Nick Podehl brings many fascinating characters to life. The story, set in 1969, is told by 14-year-old Lucas, who is coping with insensitive parents, a depressed best friend, and a brother who is serving in Vietnam, as well as the common traumas of adolescence. Podehl has a real talent for... Read More

  • A FAVOR FOR A FAVOR

    A FAVOR FOR A FAVOR All In, Book 2

    by Helena Hunting | Read by Erin Mallon, Jacob Morgan

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Erin Mallon and Jacob Morgan treat listeners to an enemies-to-lovers story in this dual point-of-view audiobook, the second installment of the All In series. New neighbors Stevie and Bishop antagonize each other from the start. But when pro-hockey player Bishop is hurt in a game, they agree to help each other. Bishop will get physical therapy from Stevie, and she will... Read More

  • MAMA HISSA'S MICE

    MAMA HISSA'S MICE

    by Saud Alsanousi, Sawad Hussain [Trans.] | Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Fajar Al-Kaisi gives a solid, if at times unmodulated, narration of a timely coming-of-age novel set in Kuwait. Living with the legacy of the Iraqi invasion, Kuwait is being torn apart by sectarian violence among Shias and Sunnis. Three boys of different ethnicities who have been friends from childhood to manhood establish their own gang, Fuada's Kids, to help them navigate the... Read More

  • THE MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

    THE MAN WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin

    by Jan Stocklassa, Tara F. Chase [Trans.] | Read by Ulf Bjorklund

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Ulf Bjorklund's genial and eager tone manifests journalist Jan Stocklassa in this deep dive into a political mystery in Sweden. The author was given unprecedented access to the late journalist and thriller writer Stieg Larsson's research surrounding the unsolved 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. The first half of the audiobook pieces together... Read More

  • THE MUTATIONS

    THE MUTATIONS

    by Jorge Comensal, Charlotte Whittle [Trans.] | Read by Timothy Andrés Pabon

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Timothy Pabon's smooth and arresting narration offers an intimate look at the lives of several people living in Mexico City who are afflicted by cancer. His precise pacing matches that of the authors in providing elaborate details on the condition of Ramón, whose tongue needed to be cut because of cancer, and Eduardo, who has survived leukemia but has developed several phobias... Read More

  • THE RISE OF MAGICKS

    THE RISE OF MAGICKS Chronicles of The One, Book 3

    by Nora Roberts | Read by Julia Whelan

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Julia Whelan, who narrated earlier installments of the Chronicles of The One, lends her versatile vocal skills to the third and final installment of the trilogy. Fallon Swift may be The One, but she won't go into the final battle of good versus evil alone. Along with other community leaders--both with and without magick--Fallon embraces her destiny to save the world. Whelan's... Read More

  • YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION

    YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION Forward Collection

    by Amor Towles | Read by David Harbour

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    David Harbour narrates a unique short story from Forward Collection, six mind-bending sci-fi works, each published separately. In this story, a husband and wife visit a high-tech fertility lab that can not only produce a couple's ideal child but also present projections of possible lives the child might lead. An introspective look at nature versus nurture and the meaning of... Read More

  • THE PENMAKER'S WIFE

    THE PENMAKER'S WIFE

    by Steve Robinson | Read by Clare Corbett

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Spoiler alert: Angelica Chastain, heroine of THE PENMAKER'S WIFE, may be among the most diabolical, manipulative women in recent fiction. Narrator Clare Corbett delivers Angelica's convoluted story of love, murder, and betrayal with all the precise period diction of the 1880s in place. She inhabits several points of view, making each devastatingly real. It's hard to like a... Read More

  • THE WILL AND THE WILDS

    THE WILL AND THE WILDS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Charlie N. Holmberg | Read by Angela Dawe

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    In a story full of myth and magic flawlessly narrated by Angela Dawe, a young woman puts her soul at risk by bargaining with a monster. As the creature, Maekallus, becomes more human, Enna struggles to release the curse connecting them and let go of her changing feelings toward him. Dawe's narration draws listeners deep into the tale, keeping them engaged. It's surprising to... Read More

  • THE LIE

    THE LIE A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out

    by William Dameron | Read by Will Damron

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Will Damron's emotional narration elevates this memoir about coming out later in life. Dameron was in his mid-40s when he finally admitted to himself, his wife, and his two teenage daughers that he is gay. His story about the dissolution of his first marriage, built on lies, and the journey to his second marriage--this one honest--is full of heartache, self-denial, and... Read More

  • TO FEEL THE MUSIC

    TO FEEL THE MUSIC A Songwriter's Mission to Save High-Quality Audio

    by Neil Young, Phil Baker | Read by Keith Carradine

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Keith Carradine is a skilled narrator with a deep, resonant voice and an all-American folksiness that would seem to make him an ideal choice for musician Neil Young's book. Sadly, the problem here is the tiresome content. The premise of this audiobook is that digital music (MP3s) has created an unnatural sonic experience, and we need to fix it. One solution that never caught on... Read More

  • PLAYING HOUSE

    PLAYING HOUSE Uptown, Book 1

    by Ruby Lang | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Emily Woo Zeller narrates a charming novella about architecture and second chances. While Oliver Huang and Fay Liu have moved in the same professional and social circles for years, they have never been all that close. Then, thanks to a chance encounter, they have the opportunity to start over. Zeller projects the characters' frustration and uncertainty over their current... Read More

  • HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST

    HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST Village of Primm Series, Book 1

    by Julie Valerie | Read by Kathleen McInerney

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Kathleen McInerney's dynamic narration will have listeners either laughing out loud or cringing as she skillfully captures the absurdity and craziness of this dark comedic debut. Stressed out and overwhelmed, Holly Banks is failing at getting her life together after her husband's job relocates them across the country to the zany village of Primm. With the brisk plot taking... Read More

  • IN SEARCH OF US

    IN SEARCH OF US

    by Ava Dellaira | Read by Adenrele Ojo

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Adenrele Ojo guides listeners on a journey of love, loss, and family as the coming-of-age stories of mother and daughter Marilyn and Angie are told 18 years apart. In the present day, teenaged Angie sets off on a road trip with her ex-boyfriend to look for answers to her mother's past and her African-American roots in California. Ojo taps into the tension as the exes... Read More

  • THE RESURRECTIONIST OF CALIGO

    THE RESURRECTIONIST OF CALIGO

    by Wendy Trimboli, Alicia Zaloga | Read by Steve West, Henrietta Meire

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrators Steve West and Henrietta Meire highlight the horror and humor in this fascinating blend of gothic mystery, magic, and romance. Roger Weathersby is an aspiring physician who unearths corpses in exchange for medical instruction. When he is framed for a series of brutal murders, Roger turns to his childhood friend, Princess Sibylla, whose blood magic may be his only hope... Read More

  • THE GREATER FREEDOM

    THE GREATER FREEDOM Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes

    by Alya Mooro | Read by Alya Mooro

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrating her own work, Alya Mooro describes the universal awkwardness of growing up in a frank style that is unflinching in her self-disclosure. We wince along with her younger self as she first confronts the fact she is "not white" when her classmates bring up her brown skin. Mooro is a modern woman with an upbringing that reflects our global society. She was born in one... Read More

  • THE BOOK OF FLORA

    THE BOOK OF FLORA Road to Nowhere, Book 3

    by Meg Elison | Read by Shakina Nayfack

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrated by transgender activist Shakina Nayfack, this audiobook tells the story of a transwoman raised as a sex slave. It is set in postapocalyptic America, where a plague has decimated the female population (and, to a lesser extent, the male population), and women of childbearing age are a precious commodity, hunted down and kidnapped. Nayfack's voice can range from soft and... Read More

  • LEADING THE WAY

    LEADING THE WAY Women In Power

    by Janet Howell, Theresa Howell, Hillary Rodham Clinton [Fore.] | Read by Cassandra Campbell

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Children

    Virginia State Senator Janet Howell, along with her daughter-in-law Theresa, has written this collection of biographies of 50 women in leadership positions in the United States. Narrator Cassandra Campbell speaks formally in her performance of this audiobook, which examines each woman's significance and prestige. The women range from the contemporary, like Kamala Harris and... Read More

  • THE ROYAL BATHS MURDER

    THE ROYAL BATHS MURDER A Yorkshire Murder, Book 4

    Earphones Award Winner

    by J.R. Ellis | Read by Michael Page

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Michael Page flawlessly presents this story, based on an actual mystery writers' convention. After Damian "Poison Pen" Penrose is found dead in the town of Harrogate's Victorian baths, the list of suspects is unending. Listeners will accompany witty, literate Detective Chief Inspector Oldroyd as he sifts through a mountain of clues--and tries online dating. Page's portrayals of... Read More

  • INDEPENDENCE SQUARE

    INDEPENDENCE SQUARE

    by A.D. Miller | Read by Tim Campbell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners who enjoy complex espionage stories like those of le Carré will want to hear Tim Campbell narrate this taut political thriller. Former British diplomat Simon Davey's life was shattered during the protests in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2004. Campbell employs a clear, fast-paced delivery. He sounds American, but he creates other accents with ease. Notable... Read More

  • LET HIM GO

    LET HIM GO

    by Larry Watson | Read by Dan John Miller

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    This is a listen for anyone who loves a good story performed by a really good narrator. It takes place on the plains of North Dakota and Montana in the early 1950s and involves a feud between families--and so much more. Narrator Dan John Miller does a great job voicing the main characters, a laconic former sheriff who is following his strong-willed wife on a journey that very... Read More

  • MEXICAN WHITEBOY

    MEXICAN WHITEBOY

    by Matt de la Pena | Read by Henry Leyva

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Henry Leyva introduces listeners to Danny Lopez, a 16-year-old of mixed Anglo and Mexican heritage with a great fastball. Danny has remained with relatives instead of going with his mother and her new boyfriend to San Francisco. Leyva ably voices Danny's past difficulties with fitting into the prep school he has just left and his current desire to fit into his Mexican... Read More

  • I JUST HAVEN'T MET YOU YET

    I JUST HAVEN'T MET YOU YET Finding Empowerment in Dating, Love, and Life

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Tracy Strauss | Read by Teri Clark Linden

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Narrating this autobiographical book about the author's recovery from childhood sexual abuse, Teri Clark Linden dials back the drama and focuses on the facts. For many listeners, this might be the best approach, as one can imagine how a more emotional reading of Tracy Strauss's journey might create an intensity that upstages the author's message. This is powerful writing about... Read More

  • DEATH BESIDE THE SEASIDE

    DEATH BESIDE THE SEASIDE Lady Hardcastle, Book 6

    Earphones Award Winner

    by T E Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden handles the witty, rapid-fire wordplay of Kinsey's mystery. Lady Hardcastle and her lady's maid, Florence, take a holiday at the seaside, only to become embroiled in international intrigue. Knowelden keeps listeners laughing out loud and gives strong expression to the many foreign voices in the story. Knowelden especially shines as the voice of... Read More

  • THE LAST CONVERSATION

    THE LAST CONVERSATION Forward Collection

    by Paul Tremblay | Read by Steven Strait

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    This audiobook presents a chilling near-future scenario in which the very nature of human consciousness is questioned. Steven Strait's dreamlike and at times mournful voice fully captures the protagonist's disorientation, sadness, and increasingly desperate need for answers. A man wakes up in a dark room with no memory of how he got there or who he is. His only company is a... Read More

  • THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND

    THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND The Story of the World's Longest Treasure Hunt

    by Randall Sullivan | Read by Braden Wright

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Treasure was found on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, deep below the ground in 1795--so begins Braden Wright's slow and steady narration. As is so common in nonfiction, Wright uses a minimal shifts in tone and pacing to differentiate letters and news accounts from dialogue and narrative. Wright becomes audibly emotional and engaged with the treasure hunt and the lives of... Read More

  • SUMMER FROST

    SUMMER FROST Forward Collection

    by Blake Crouch | Read by Rosa Salazar

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Rosa Salazar provides a dead-on, almost eerie, performance of an AI in this short science fiction story. Part of the Amazon Original "Forward Collection," this is a tale of pushing boundaries and taking risks. Virtual game developer Riley pours her life into creating a character so advanced that it starts to exhibit its own free will: Meet Maxine. Salazar brings Maxine to life,... Read More

  • ARK

    ARK Forward Collection

    by Veronica Roth | Read by Evan Rachel Wood

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Part of an Amazon Original collection of six stories, this work by DIVERGENT author Veronica Roth weaves a tale of memory and experience in the face of impending doom. Even as the Earth is about to be destroyed, the story remains understated, focusing on the little things that make us human. Narrator Evan Rachel Wood portrays Samantha in a soft, resigned tone that fits a story... Read More

  • QUANTUM

    QUANTUM Captain Chase, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Patricia Cornwell | Read by January LaVoy

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Thriller fans are in for a treat as narrator January LaVoy performs Patricia Cornwell's latest. It's the first adventure of Captain Calli Chase, a NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator who must puzzle through the clues that point to her missing identical sister, Carme. LaVoy delivers this heart-pounding story using a combination of emotionally even tones,... Read More

  • THE VINE WITCH

    THE VINE WITCH The Vine Witch, Book 1

    by Luanne G. Smith | Read by Susannah Jones

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Susannah Jones delivers the adventures of the vine witch, Elena, as she seeks to break the seven-year curse that turned her into a toad. She is determined to find the source of the curse. Jones reveals fondness for Elena and her aunt as she describes the magic that is a significant aspect of the "art" of wine making. Set in France at the turn of the twentieth century,... Read More

  • STEALING HER

    STEALING HER Covet, Book 1

    by Rachel Van Dyken | Read by Alexaner Cendese, Lucy Rivers

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrators Alexander Cendese and Lucy Rivers join forces to recount the romance of Bridge and Isobel. Bridge was separated from his twin, Julian, after his parents' bitter divorce. Blackmailed by his father to take Julian's place after he is in a bad accident, Bridge ends up falling for Julian's fiancée, Isobel. Cendese takes on the story from Bridge's point of view, while... Read More

  • WHAT MAKES US

    WHAT MAKES US

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Rafi Mittlefehldt | Read by Graham Halstead

    Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Graham Halstead soars as he uses his versatile voice to portray multiple characters in this poignant and sometimes painfully honest young adult novel. Halstead's talent is on full display as he delivers varied accents in a story about about culture, religion, and fear of the unknown. As the sins of the main character's extremist father surface, a Houston community... Read More

  • COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER

    COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Michael Ondaatje | Read by Dion Graham

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    At first listen, Dion Graham's narration of this historical novel about jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden, originally published in 1996, sounds breathy and at times overly dramatic. But he's just warming up. As the colorful details of the cornet player's life unfold, Graham cranks up the story's intense moments to great effect, while dialing the mood down with hushed tones and slower... Read More

  • THE MAN WITH NO BORDERS

    THE MAN WITH NO BORDERS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Richard C. Morais | Read by Thom Rivera

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Thom Rivera gives this novel an unforgettable performance as he captures the diminishing spirit and dying body of José María lvarez. Rivera's diction is spot-on as he delivers Spanish, American, Swiss, and Indian accents. He powerfully conveys the tortured thoughts of the flawed and complex private banker at the center of this compelling work as he re-creates the... Read More

  • THE EARL NEXT DOOR

    THE EARL NEXT DOOR First Comes Love, Book 1

    by Amelia Grey | Read by Jessica Bolte

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Jessica Bolte narrates an uneven romance between neighbors. Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, has no intention of remarrying after her husband's death; Lyon Marksworth, Earl of Lyonwood, is determined to marry for love and has improbably set his sights on the Countess. Adeline's first marriage was difficult, and Bolte's performance is a lovely tribute to Adeline's coming into... Read More

  • A DANGEROUS MAN

    A DANGEROUS MAN Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, Book 18

    by Robert Crais | Read by Luke Daniels

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Luke Daniels does a wonderful job of bringing the characters in this mystery alive. Strong and silent tough guy Joe Pike is not expecting to see a young woman being kidnapped and bundled into a car. His ex-cop, ex-Marine training kicks in as he rescues the woman, only to find this draws him and his partner, Elvis Cole, into a suspenseful investigation involving secrets... Read More

  • THE FIRE BLOSSOM

    THE FIRE BLOSSOM The Fire Blossom Saga, Book 1

    by Sarah Lark, Kate Northrop [Trans.] | Read by Katherine Littrell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    In this adventure-filled and absorbing listen, Katherine Littrell's versatile narration engages listeners with the harsh beauty of life in mid-nineteenth-century New Zealand. A wide cast of characters, from German and English immigrants to native New Zealanders, including members of the Maori tribe, is expertly portrayed by Littrell. She voices male and female characters... Read More

  • ON SNOWDEN MOUNTAIN

    ON SNOWDEN MOUNTAIN

    by Jeri Watts | Read by Megan Tusing

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Megan Tusing's openhearted tone makes 12-year-old Ellen's struggle with her mother's bipolar disorder suitable for middle-grade listeners. When Ellen's father volunteers to fight in WWII, her mother is plunged into a deep depression at his absence, prompting Ellen to appeal to her estranged aunt for help. Early on, a stiffness in Tusing's voice reflects Ellen's... Read More

  • HERE TO STAY

    HERE TO STAY

    by Mark Edwards | Read by James Langton

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners unfamiliar with Mark Edwards's previous titles will have no reason to suspect Elliot's good fortune when a bee sting and Gemma's fast action with an EpiPen turn into a whirlwind romance and marriage. However, when her parents, James and Lizzie Robinson, and sister arrive for an extended visit, listeners soon learn that narrator James Langton has the opportunity to... Read More

  • THE BEST GIRLS

    THE BEST GIRLS Disorder, Book 1

    by Min Jin Lee | Read by Greta Jung

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Horror

    Listeners will be shattered by this short gut punch of an audiobook, narrated with tender precision by Greta Jung. The story centers on an unnamed Korean girl who lives in a society that places no value on girls. She sincerely believes that her family's survival is entirely dependent on her only brother, and when disaster strikes, she is determined to protect him at any cost.... Read More

  • BEFORE HER

    BEFORE HER The One, Book 1

    by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Jacqueline Woodson

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    In this brief yet affecting memoir, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson narrates select moments from her personal history, describing the various loves and losses that have shaped her life and eventually led her to her partner, Juliet. It's an account that's both poignant and joyful, and often contextualized by the events of the 1980s and '90s, when Woodson was coming up,... Read More

  • THE SHAPE OF NIGHT

    THE SHAPE OF NIGHT

    by Tess Gerritsen | Read by Hillary Huber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Ava Collette runs from a secret in her past to a Maine summer home, where she discovers her new town is not as idyllic as it seems. Hillary Huber does a fine job with the narration, changing the pacing of voices to create the characters around Ava. Huber doesn't camp up a New England accent, which would have been so tempting and easy. Instead she offers subtle touches for the... Read More

  • EMERGENCY SKIN

    EMERGENCY SKIN Forward Collection

    Earphones Award Winner

    by N.K. Jemisin | Read by Jason Isaacs

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Jason Isaacs’s voice is the perfect mix of insistent, pedantic, and scornful as he portrays the AI inside the head of an “instrument” that is sent on a mission to gather valuable biological materials on what’s left of Tellus—or Earth. Listeners are directly addressed by Isaacs as if they, too, are on this mission. They too experience alarm and curiosity as the AI... Read More

  • THE BLUESTOCKING

    THE BLUESTOCKING Wicked Wallflowers, Book 4

    by Christi Caldwell | Read by Tim Campbell

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Tim Campbell's rich voice, paired with his adroitness with accents from all strata of British society, makes this fourth book in the Wicked Wallflower series a must-listen. Quiet and insecure Gertrude Killoran is determined to accompany her adopted brother Stephen, who was kidnapped as a child, when he is returned to his father, the powerful but mysterious Mad... Read More

  • THE WORST KIND OF WANT

    THE WORST KIND OF WANT

    by Liska Jacobs | Read by Hillary Huber

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Hillary Huber never gives into the temptation to soften the edges of Priscilla, a prickly 40-something producer. Listeners may initially feel impatient with Priscilla's focus on beauty, and her belief that women become less appealing as they age. Nonetheless, Huber never rushes Priscilla's more serious reveals as she paces the story to suit the growing tension.... Read More

  • A WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE

    A WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE A Memoir

    by Edie Windsor | Read by Donna Postel, Joshua Lyon

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Joshua Lyon, coauthor of this audiobook, describes it as a memoir/biography hybrid. Lyon delivers the introduction with rich appreciation for his coauthor and subject, the late Edie Windsor, who was a major figure in the gay rights movement. Donna Postel takes over the main narration, shepherding listeners through Windsor's early years in a middle-class Jewish neighborhood in... Read More

  • THE LOOT

    THE LOOT

    by Craig Schaefer | Read by Susannah Jones

    Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Susannah Jones is so earnest narrating this audiobook that listeners will grip their armchairs (or steering wheels) until their muscles ache. Sgt. Charlie McCabe returns home from Army duty in Afghanistan, where she disarmed explosives. She finds that her gambling father is being threatened by loan sharks and her new job as a bodyguard is as dangerous as the one she just left.... Read More

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