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  • DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

    DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

    by Patricia MacLachlan | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Jesse Vilinsky establishes a youthful voice for Louisiana, Louisa for short, who is spending the summer on Deer Island with her grandparents while her parents go on a bird-watching excursion. Upon arrival, Louisa notices that her grandfather is losing his vision, which will eventually prevent him from driving, one of his passions. She also begins to notice George, a... Read More

  • ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS

    ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS The Questioneers, Book 2

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Andrea Beaty | Read by Bahni Turpin

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Sound effects and Bahni Turpin's lively narration enhance this vivid story of an inquisitive future scientist. Ada must rely on her curious mind, her friends Rosie and Iggy, and her family to rescue a friend in trouble. When Uncle Ned goes airborne in a pair of inflatable pants and can't land himself, Ada devises a scientific plan to bring him back to earth. The plot's twists... Read More

  • THE BRIDE TEST

    THE BRIDE TEST

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Helen Hoang | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Emily Woo Zeller narrates a deeply moving love story between two passionate and strong-willed individuals from its emotionally devastating lows to its profoundly satisfying conclusion. Khai Diep is convinced he is incapable of feeling, and, therefore, has no need of a wife. Esme Tran, despite numerous obstacles, jumps at the chance to meet a potential husband who is American.... Read More

  • MERCURY AND ME

    MERCURY AND ME

    by Jim Hutton, Tim Wapshott | Read by Patrick Moy

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Fans of the Queen biopic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY who are hungering for more about Freddie Mercury may find a bit of satisfaction in this work cowritten by Mercury's longtime lover, Jim Hutton--but ultimately the audiobook is more about Hutton than Mercury. Narrator Patrick Moy lends gravitas to the work, skillfully interpreting the author's memories of a complicated relationship, but... Read More

  • ENEMY CHILD

    ENEMY CHILD The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II

    by Andrea Warren | Read by Caroline McLaughlin

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Caroline McLaughlin narrates the story Congressman Norman Mineta's WWII experience in a serious tone. In response to war hysteria and anti-Japanese sentiment, the U.S. government imprisoned more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans in hastily constructed internment camps. Many were U.S. citizens. In 1941, fourth-grader Norman, his parents, and his four siblings were forcibly removed... Read More

  • THE GHOST MANUSCRIPT

    THE GHOST MANUSCRIPT

    by Kris Frieswick | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Carrington MacDuffie's narration of this audiobook is first-class. Carys, a rare-book authenticator, seeks to uncover clues hidden in the ancient journal of a monk that may lead to the location of King Arthur's grave. Add to this an appearance by said monk, and listeners know they are joining a fast-paced adventure. MacDuffie's pacing allows the interweaving plots to unfold... Read More

  • A GREEN PLACE TO BE

    A GREEN PLACE TO BE The Creation of Central Park

    by Ashley Benham Yazdani | Read by John Pruden

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Orchestral music filled with the chirping of birds fades into the background as narrator John Pruden begins the story of Central Park in New York City. The two winners of the 1858 design contest, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, set out their vision on a ten-foot-long schematic of the new park they called The Greensward. Bubbling fountains, a myriad of bridges, and a... Read More

  • DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS

    DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS

    by Nina Moreno | Read by Almarie Guerra

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Bursting with winsome charm, this audiobook whisks listeners to the cozy coastal community of Port Coral, Florida, where Cuban-American Rosa Santos lives with her abuela, the neighborhood healer. Everyone in Port Coral knows about the curse on Rosa: Since the sea claimed the lives of her father and grandfather, anyone who dates her risks a similar fate. Yet smart, pragmatic... Read More

  • LANNY

    LANNY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Max Porter | Read by Annie Aldington, Clare Corbett, David Timson, Jot Davies

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This extraordinary audiobook, performed by a quartet of talented narrators, will have listeners devouring its fabulist story while wishing it would never end. The one-of-a-kind Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythological creature existing for centuries in the woods outside an English village, is brought to menacing life by David Timson's deep, raspy timbre and deliberate phrasing.... Read More

  • FATALITY IN F

    FATALITY IN F Gethsemane Brown, Book 4

    by Alexa Gordon | Read by Helen Duff

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    A small village in Ireland, classical music, and a garden show may appear harmless; however, listeners will find the body count soon starts to rise in this audiobook. Helen Duff narrates with confidence and brings to life the wide cast of larger-than-life characters, including Gethsemane Brown, an African-American classical musician, and Eamon, a friendly ghost. Duff's talent... Read More

  • THE SHAKER MURDERS

    THE SHAKER MURDERS Will Rees, Book 6

    by Eleanor Kuhns | Read by Susie Berneis

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Susie Berneis narrates this mystery involving a community of Shakers in 1790s Maine. After having sent his pregnant wife, Lydia, and their six adopted children to a Shaker community for refuge, Will Rees now hurries to their sides. Once there, he is faced with a death he views as suspicious and Shakers who view him as an unwelcome outsider. When he discovers another body, also... Read More

  • FOOTBALL FOR A BUCK

    FOOTBALL FOR A BUCK The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL

    by Jeff Pearlman | Read by Joel Richards

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Joel Richards has a rich story before him, and he presents it in the perfect tone. That means that on rare occasion he imitates--appropriately--one of the many subjects interviewed. Most of the time he narrates with an interested and incredulous voice, using slight accents here and there. Jeff Pearlman has written a fascinating, comprehensive, and laugh-out-loud... Read More

  • SUSAN B. ANTHONY

    SUSAN B. ANTHONY

    by Teri Kanefield | Read by Joyce Bean

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrating this children's audiobook, Joyce Bean delivers a self-assured performance befitting its subject--one of the most iconic women in American history, suffragette Susan. B. Anthony. With the clarity and confidence of the woman herself, Bean describes Anthony's unconventional life and tireless activism. Bean seamlessly moves from larger points about gender and race in... Read More

  • THE DEVOURING GRAY

    THE DEVOURING GRAY

    by Christine Lynn Herman | Read by Sarah Beth Goer

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    From the first few haunting notes of the opening music, the supernatural setting of this audiobook is set. There's something strange happening in the small woodlands town of Four Paths, New York. In this debut audiobook narrated by Sarah Beth Goer, newcomer Violet Saunders becomes deeply enmeshed in the paranormal phenomenon that has been plaguing the town for centuries. Goer... Read More

  • DEATH BY CHOCOLATE MALTED MILKSHAKE

    DEATH BY CHOCOLATE MALTED MILKSHAKE Death by Chocolate, Book 2

    by Sarah Graves | Read by Susan Boyce

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In fighting to save their bakery in Eastport, Maine, two women get wrapped up in a murder mystery--which leads to plenty of drama in this audiobook. When Toby Moran, a notorious womanizer, is murdered by a poisoned milkshake from The Chocolate Moose, best friends Jake and Ellie become alarmed. Further, they learn that the bride whose catering order they are counting on to save... Read More

  • THE ELECTRIC WAR

    THE ELECTRIC WAR Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World

    by Mike Winchell | Read by Greg Tremblay

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    The ebullient calliope music and jaunty tone of narrator Greg Tremblay that begin this audiobook belie the import of its world-changing topic. Listening to technical explanations of the inventors' discoveries in Tremblay's even diction and smooth phrasing helps listeners understand the details of the race between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nicola Tesla to establish... Read More

  • THE HANGMAN'S SECRET

    THE HANGMAN'S SECRET

    by Laura Joh Rowland | Read by Alex Tregear

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Victorian London is the setting as listeners join newspaper photographer Sarah Bain and her two sidekicks as they set out on a race against the police to solve the mystery of a murder disguised as suicide. The strong narration by Alex Tregear helps to create the atmosphere of the murkier side of London and its secrets. Her clear portrayals of all the characters from the upper... Read More

  • CLOSING THE DEAL

    CLOSING THE DEAL Wicked Warrens, Book 2

    by Marie Harte | Read by Emma Wilder

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Emma Wilder reflects realtor Sydney Fields's frustration with her dating life. She had one bad first date with builder Derrick Warren, who is desperate to continue the relationship. Wilder expresses his feelings well. Listeners will get a chuckle when Derrick's twin and his mother, both of whom are therapists, offer him advice. When the two do get back together, sparks... Read More

  • LET THE CHILDREN MARCH

    LET THE CHILDREN MARCH

    by Monica Clark-Robinson | Read by Janina Edwards

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Janina Edwards's words take listeners to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. As Martin Luther King and the city's citizens plan a peaceful protest, it is the children who step forward to march without the repercussion of job loss. Listeners will walk with a young protester as she encounters hate, police dogs, and several days of jail. Edwards deftly expresses her fear but... Read More

  • SOLOMON'S CODE

    SOLOMON'S CODE Humanity in a World of Thinking Machines

    by Olaf Groth, Mark Nitzberg | Read by Peter Noble

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    In the deep, authoritative voice of Peter Noble, the authors' exploration of the future of artificial intelligence (AI) sounds more like a warning from Rod Serling than a mere discussion of what AI has to offer. The accessible prose and tangible explanations allow the listener to better grasp the initial breakthroughs in this complex invention, along with its potential impact... Read More

  • FLIGHT OF THE BLUEBIRD

    FLIGHT OF THE BLUEBIRD The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters, Book 3

    by Kara LaReau | Read by Rosalyn Landor

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Rosalyn Landor reprises her roles as Jaundice and Kate, and creates a host of new characters in this third audiobook in the Bland Sisters series. The sisters are flying from Morocco to Egypt to uncover the mysteries of a magical scarab. Foiling multiple attacks along the way, they also discover the true history of their parents before being reunited with them. Landor's... Read More

  • UNCLUTTERED

    UNCLUTTERED Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your Soul

    by Courtney Ellis | Read by Courtney Ellis

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Author Courtney Ellis provides a candid narration of her audiobook about focusing on the essentials in life. Ellis shares how, in the midst of her own seemingly fulfilled life, she began to have panic attacks that made her reevaluate her priorities. Ellis infuses honesty, humility, and humor into her story of her ongoing journey to maintain a pared-down life that has provided... Read More

  • THE GOOD ONES

    THE GOOD ONES Happily Ever After, Book 1

    by Jenn McKinlay | Read by Tara Sands

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Tara Sands has listeners feeling Maisy Kelly's total surprise when the architect she's hired to turn her aunt's mansion into a romance bookstore shows up at her door. The last person she expected was sexy Ryder Copeland. Ryder looks like one of the cowboys in Tara's favorite romance, and Sands gives him the perfect Texas accent. For Ryder's teenage daughter, Sands... Read More

  • MANGOES, MISCHIEF, AND TALES OF FRIENDSHIP

    MANGOES, MISCHIEF, AND TALES OF FRIENDSHIP

    by Chitra Soundar | Read by Vikas Adam

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Vibrant music plays as narrator Vikas Adam begins to tell this collection of tales from India. Adam smoothly transitions from the strong and consistent voice of the narrator to the impactful dialogue of the characters, including the young Prince Veera. When the story opens, the prince is just starting to understand how to be a fair and just ruler with the grace and wit of a... Read More

  • GOOD ENOUGH

    GOOD ENOUGH

    by Jen Petro-Roy | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Jesse Vilinsky presents a relatable heroine with palpable emotion in this intimate and authentic portrayal of a young teen's recovery from anorexia. Vilinsky reads at a fast clip, embodying 12-year-old Riley's nervous tension as she begins a two-month stay in a treatment program that includes group therapy. Each of the girls in the group has a distinct voice, making it... Read More

  • GOOD RIDDANCE

    GOOD RIDDANCE

    by Elinor Lipman | Read by Mia Barron

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Mia Barron's light, airy delivery fits this contemporary rom-com about a young woman starting over in New York City. In a tidying-up binge, Daphne Maritch throws out her annotated copy of a 1968 high school yearbook, which was dedicated to her late mother, who was that year's teacher adviser. When Daphne's neighbor retrieves the book, Maritch family secrets begin to... Read More

  • THE STRANGER FROM THE SEA

    THE STRANGER FROM THE SEA

    by Paul Binding | Read by Piers Hampton

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Piers Hampton's skillful narration captures the uneasy atmosphere that permeates this story set in an English coastal village in 1885. Novice newspaperman Martin Bridges, newly arrived in town, is tasked with reporting on his 19-year-old rooming house neighbor, Hans Lyngstrand, a Norwegian sailor who is one of the few survivors of a recent shipwreck. Secrets abound among the... Read More

  • THE PIAZZA TALES

    THE PIAZZA TALES

    by Herman Melville | Read by Mark Owen, Pete Cross, Michael Lackey

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Classics

    Melville is among the more difficult titans of American literature, and this audiobook does little to make his shorter works more accessible. The narratives are easy enough to follow on the surface, but the real meat of these stories is below the surface, and the clear but rather affectless narrations don't help to open them up. Michael Lackey, who delivers "Bartleby, the... Read More

  • LITTLE WHITE LIES

    LITTLE WHITE LIES Debutantes, Book 1

    by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Read by Katherine Littrell

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Katherine Littrell brings Southern sass to this over-the-top drama. When Sawyer Taft's estranged grandmother offers her half-a-million dollars to join Magnolia County's high society as a debutante, Sawyer quickly finds herself involved in kidnapping, blackmail, and theft. Listeners will appreciate Littrell's range of Southern inflections. Sawyer's accent is a quick and... Read More

  • THE WHISPERED WORD

    THE WHISPERED WORD The Secret, Book & Scone Society, Book 2

    by Ellery Adams | Read by Cris Dukehart

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Cris Dukehart's sweet tone brings the four members of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society to life in this new mystery. A girl dressed in rags appears one day at Nora's bookstore. Around the same time, one of her neighbors in Miracle Springs, an elderly lady who has fallen into disgrace, is found dead in the pond close to her house. The four characters in the Secret,... Read More

  • WHAT'S BEYOND MINDFULNESS?

    WHAT'S BEYOND MINDFULNESS? Waking Up to this Precious Life

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Stephen Fulder | Read by Pete Cross

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Pete Cross provides a calm and compelling narration as he gently invites listeners to partake in enlightening lessons intended to inspire mindfulness. Enriching chapters accessibly explore aspects of mindfulness relating to such topics as aging, awakening, authenticity, war, empathy, and emotional domination. Cross's narration is engaging, at once persuasive and inquisitive but... Read More

  • ENOUGH

    ENOUGH Silencing the Lies That Steal Your Confidence

    by Sharon Jaynes | Read by Susie Berneis

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    In this powerful audiobook, narrator Susie Berneis provides an uplifting voice to guide listeners to reject the lies that steal their confidence. Her voice is calming, allowing listeners to absorb the important suggestions for stepping away from the falsehoods that lead people to believe they're not good enough and stepping into truths that lead to more fulfilling lives. While... Read More

  • HEART

    HEART

    by Sandeep Jauhar | Read by Patrick Lawlor

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    History

    Patrick Lawlor gives a crisp and exuberant narration of Jauhar's concise overview of the human heart. The result is a fascinating examination of our historical, emotional, and clinical relationship with this most vital organ. The simple title describes the audiobook perfectly; listeners are provided a detailed history of how we once thought of the heart as the center of all... Read More

  • THE SECRET LIFE

    THE SECRET LIFE A Book of Wisdom from the Great Teacher

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jeffrey Katz, Alys Yablon Wylen | Read by George Newbern

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    With an easygoing narration, George Newbern delivers the keys to living an authentic and intentional life. In this examination of the teachings of the medieval philosopher Maimonides, we see the far-reaching benefits of applying his lessons to our contemporary lives filled with social media. Newbern's affable voice and conversational pace mirror the authors' positive message... Read More

  • MY FATHER'S DRAGON

    MY FATHER'S DRAGON My Father's Dragon, Book 1

    by Ruth Stiles Gannett | Read by Chris Andrew Ciulla

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Whose voice could be more welcoming than Chris Ciulla's for this classic tale that could be a young listener's first chapter adventure? When Elmer Elevator heeds a stray cat's suggestion for a fine outing away from bothersome parents, he fills his father's backpack with a seemingly random variety of things and sneaks off. Soon, he discovers that rescuing a baby dragon on Wild... Read More

  • SILENT SPRING

    SILENT SPRING

    by Rachel Carson | Read by Susie Berneis

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Carson's seminal work SILENT SPRING has been the gold standard of the environmental movement for more than 50 years. In this new audio production, narrator Susie Berneis faces the same problem that Carson herself tackled: how to make the complex workings of the natural world easy for the average person to follow. Berneis is more than up to the task as she uses a clear voice and... Read More

  • THE FAR FIELD

    THE FAR FIELD

    by Madhuri Vijay | Read by Sneha Mathan

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Sneha Mathan voices the first-person narration of Shalini, who experiences a political and emotional awakening as she unravels the mystery of her mother. She journeys from her comfortable Bangalore home to unfamiliar Kashmir to find the man who can show her her mother in a new light. Initially, Mathan's voice sounds too grave to fit Shalini's disconnected description of... Read More

  • UNDOCUMENTED

    UNDOCUMENTED A Worker's Fight

    by Duncan Tonatiuh | Read by Tim Andrés Pabon

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Tim Andrés Pabon narrates this realistic fictional account of Juan, an undocumented worker. Pabon delivers this first-person narrative in a conversational tone, his accented English suggesting Juan's Mixteco background. With an earnest and eager voice, Juan seeks employment to help his family. In the background, listeners hear the sounds of dishwashers, food deliverers, and... Read More

  • MILKMAN

    MILKMAN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Anna Burns | Read by Bríd Brennan

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Complex. Challenging. Enigmatic. While Burns's Man Booker Prize-winning novel earns those labels honestly, this performance adds another adjective: exceptional. Brid Brennan's portrayal of the unnamed "middle sister" is arresting. Her gorgeously accented voice balances honesty and innocence with toughness and stubbornness. This production keeps the listener in the moment while... Read More

  • HERSTORY

    HERSTORY 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World

    by Katherine Halligan | Read by Ann M. Richardson

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Ann Richardson gives a pleasantly informative narration of these short biographies of 50 women who changed the world even when others (sometimes brutally) tried to stop them. Her confident, upbeat tone makes listeners care about these "herstorical" women across the globe, including artists, writers, leaders, health-care workers, healers, scientific innovators, activists, and... Read More

  • PARIS ECHO

    PARIS ECHO

    by Sebastian Faulks | Read by Elham Ehsas, Deborah McBride

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrating duo Elham Ehsas and Deborah McBride bring Faulks's newest historical fiction to life. The story is set in France during the Nazi occupation and in Tangier. Postdoctoral researcher Hannah investigates Parisian women's lives during WWII, and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq searches for the mother he barely knew. As chapters alternate between the characters, McBride... Read More

  • RUIN OF STARS

    RUIN OF STARS Mask of Shadows, Book 2

    by Linsey Miller | Read by Deryn Edwards

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Sallot Leon, a gender-fluid thief recently appointed to the Queen's team of assassins, is using their position to enact revenge on those that murdered their family and destroyed their homeland. Deryn Edwards, narrator of 2017's MASK OF SHADOWS, is back for this gory conclusion to the duology, and once again she skillfully sneaks vulnerability into Sal's otherwise tough-as-nails... Read More

  • ZATHURA

    ZATHURA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Chris Van Allsburg | Read by a Full Cast

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Feuding brothers Walter and Danny Budwing find a board game in the park and take it home, unaware that Zathura is no ordinary game. The listener hears Danny roll the dice on the board and methodically move his token. As he haltingly reads the first playing card warning him to take evasive action, meteors loudly crash onto the roof of their home, which is now adrift in outer... Read More

  • AFTER ZERO

    AFTER ZERO

    by Christina Collins | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Jesse Vilinsky gives voice to a selectively mute tween in this story about crippling anxiety. Elise started eighth grade as a normal but sheltered homeschooler who was entering public school. After some cafeteria and classroom slips of the tongue, she decides it would be better to say nothing at all and begins keeping a daily tally of words spoken, striving for zero.... Read More

  • PATIENT CARE

    PATIENT CARE Death and Life in the Emergency Room

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Paul Seward | Read by Jim Seybert

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Jim Seybert's narration achieves the learned tone of a physician who's been through some of the most challenging medical cases a doctor can face. Listeners seeking insights about the difficult work of emergent care will find this audiobook fascinating and sometimes challenging. Seward, a retired physician, provides a series of reflective essays on his decades of work as an... Read More

  • HITTING THE BOOKS

    HITTING THE BOOKS Library Lover's Mysteries, Book 9

    by Jenn McKinlay | Read by Allyson Ryan

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Allyson Ryan deftly inhabits plucky librarian and sometimes sleuth Lindsey Norris with humor and aplomb. The seaside town of Briar Creek, Connecticut, becomes anything but quiet after Norris observes Theresa Houston being hurt by a hit-and-run driver. Ryan is believable as she voices Houston's pain and fear, along with her wealthy fiancé's fury. Ryan also shines at... Read More

  • THE ROYAL ART OF POISON

    THE ROYAL ART OF POISON Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul

    by Eleanor Herman | Read by Susie Berneis

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    History

    With dramatic timing, narrator Susie Berneis enthralls and disgusts with a thorough look at how poisons were used to beautify, maim, and kill kings, queens, mistresses, and children. This audiobook recounts stories of how this was done and who did it. Berneis's rhythm is so dramatic that listeners almost expect to hear a drumroll at the end of her delivery. Many times doctors'... Read More

  • EXOPLANETS

    EXOPLANETS Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life

    by Donald Goldsmith | Read by Peter Noble

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Imagine a British physicist, learned and friendly, providing a seminar for a select group of students, none of whom are up to date on whether or not planets exist outside our solar system. As it turns out, such phenomena have recently moved from speculation to fact, and narrator Peter Noble describes some of these new discoveries--which now total 4,000--in an engaging tone. A... Read More

  • THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE POINSETTIA PUZZLE

    THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE POINSETTIA PUZZLE The Darling Dahlias, Book 8

    by Susan Wittig Albert | Read by Peggity Price

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners join the Darling Dahlias as they deal with life in Darling, Alabama, in 1934. Narrator Peggity Price depicts the members of the Darling Dahlias Garden Club. The challenges of survival during the Great Depression bring out the resilience of these women. Price deftly portrays their strengths through her portrayals of mutual support amid financial uncertainty and other... Read More

  • TANGLED UP IN TINSEL

    TANGLED UP IN TINSEL Kenni Lowry Mysteries, Book 6

    by Tonya Kappes | Read by Hillary Huber

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Hillary Huber gives a strong performance as Kenni Lowry, sheriff of Cottonwood, Kentucky, when 18-year-old Leighann Graves disappears from her home. With the help of the ghost of the former sheriff, Kenni's grandfather, Poppa (whom only Kenni and her dog can see), she finds a murdered Leighann in the back seat of her car at the bottom of a lake. Huber effectively... Read More

  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN

    ABRAHAM LINCOLN The Making of America

    by Teri Kanefield | Read by Pete Cross

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    The straightforward, earnest narration Pete Cross brings to the story of America's sixteenth president suits both the well-researched narrative and the character of the beloved historical figure. In addition to the biography, this audiobook explains the lasting importance of several Constitutional amendments and the road to the Emancipation Proclamation, and provides contextual... Read More

  • KAFKA'S LAST TRIAL

    KAFKA'S LAST TRIAL The Case of a Literary Legacy

    by Benjamin Balint | Read by Gregg Rizzo

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Listeners will find themselves in the middle of a trial as this audiobook begins. The court struggle over the fate of Franz Kafka's manuscripts and papers involved the German and Israeli governments. It becomes a springboard for author Benjamin Balint to consider Kafka's life and faith. Narrator Gregg Rizzo's deep, clear yet soft-spoken voice emphasizes the people involved as... Read More

  • COLLISION COURSE

    COLLISION COURSE Body Shop Bad Boys, Book 4

    by Marie Harte | Read by Jennings Laura

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Laura Jennings gives listeners a nuanced depiction of a single mother who is hesitant to take another chance on love in this sexy blue-collar romance. Josephine "Joey" Reeves doesn't have time for a relationship; she's busy moving up in her floral business and taking care of her son. Mechanic and artist Lou Cortez knows they'd be good for each other and courts Joey... Read More

  • ILLEGAL

    ILLEGAL

    by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin | Read by a Full Cast

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    This audiobook is a moving testament to the difficulties faced by African refugees in search of a better life. Ebo follows his brother, who has left their Ghanaian village in hopes of immigrating to Europe. He meets both helpful and brutal people during harrowing months of travel. The story employs multiple devices to mirror its dark atmosphere and the "word bubbles" of its... Read More

  • LEARNING TO BREATHE

    LEARNING TO BREATHE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Janice Lynn Mather | Read by Chrystal Bethell

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Chrystal Bethell's youthful voice and light Caribbean accent set the tone for this contemporary story of teenage Indira, who tries to overcome the burdens of poverty and a broken family. When Indy's grandmother sends her to Nassau to finish school, she thought she was providing the girl with shelter and opportunity. Instead, Indy faces disdain from her aunt and worse... Read More

  • DEATH OF A NEIGHBORHOOD SCROOGE

    DEATH OF A NEIGHBORHOOD SCROOGE Jaine Austen Mysteries, Book 16

    by Laura Levine | Read by Brittany Pressley

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    As wisecracking Jaine Austen goes to swanky Bel Air to house sit for a wealthy woman, narrator Brittany Pressley assumes the very nature of this amateur P.I. Soon, her neighbor, Scotty Parker, the stingiest, meanest man in the city, is beaten to death. The weapon is a frozen chocolate Yule log. Pressley easily shifts her tone between Jaine's snarky thoughts and her public... Read More

  • SUFFER THE CHILDREN

    SUFFER THE CHILDREN Gardiner and Renner, Book 4

    by Lisa Black | Read by Kirsten Potter

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Kirsten Potter gives a thrilling performance in a voice steeped in the noir-style of an old-school murder mystery. Her strong, clear voice deftly navigates the listener through this dark thriller's tough subject matter, including child abuse, sexual assault, imprisonment, and murder at a center for criminal children. Potter captures the emotional tones of both... Read More

  • LARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING

    LARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING Meg Langslow, Book 24

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Donna Andrews | Read by Bernadette Dunne

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Bernadette Dunne impressively channels Meg Langslow as she deals with the discovery of a live baby in the manger of Trinity Episcopal Church's nativity scene. With voices that perfectly suit each character and need no mention of the speaker to recognize, Dunne gets listeners invested in this delightful audiobook, which soon begins to sound so realistic that listeners... Read More

  • YULE LOG MURDER

    YULE LOG MURDER also: Death by Yule Log; Logged On

    by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, Barbara Ross | Read by Laurel Lefkow

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Laurel Lefkow adroitly navigates the challenge of performing three mystery novellas by three different authors, which are here tied together into one audio program. Each novella takes place within the setting of the books already written by its author, and each is connected to the others through the theme of Yule log cake. With the first novella set on the coast of... Read More

  • DREAMERS

    DREAMERS

    by Yuyi Morales | Read by Adriana Sananes

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    From the first minute, it's clear this audiobook is special. Even without words, the lilting guitar music, the irresistible laugh of a baby, and the tinkling of wind chimes set the mood of a young Hispanic family with high hopes. Adriana Sananes narrates this picture book’s simple text with a positive spirit. With sounds of birds and surf in the background, she describes the... Read More

  • GHOULIA

    GHOULIA

    by Barbara Cantini | Read by Jordan Killam

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Jordan Killam sets a light mood for a tale of one special zombie and a host of Halloween creatures. Ghoulia lives in Crumbling Manor and is observant of her auntie's rules, which include NOT leaving the grounds and NOT playing with the neighborhood children. But when Ghoulia overhears these same children discussing "one special night," she hatches a plan for... Read More

  • GRAND CANYON

    GRAND CANYON

    by Jason Chin | Read by Qarie Marshall

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Qarie Marshall's straightforward narration and the production's accompanying music serve this informational children's title well. The audiobook is perfect for young listeners who gobble up scientific facts and is ideally paired with the detailed and captivating illustrations in the picture book. The narrative takes listeners on a journey through the Grand Canyon and its... Read More

  • THE COURT DANCER

    THE COURT DANCER

    by Kyung-Sook Shin | Read by Rosa Escoda

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Rosa Escoda takes listeners back to Belle-poque Paris and then to the Korean Joseon Court. She frames this true story of Yi Jin, a court dancer who became the wife of a Frenchman, in a voice as delicate as Yi's famed beauty. Listeners learn about Korean and European societies in a bygone time through Escoda's light touch. She tells this tragic love story in dulcet... Read More

  • ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, FIGHTER FOR JUSTICE

    ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, FIGHTER FOR JUSTICE Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World

    by Ilene Cooper | Read by Laurel Lefkow

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    With steady pacing, narrator Laurel Lefkow chronicles the life of Eleanor Roosevelt through the lens of the Civil Rights movement, giving listeners a fresh perspective on this famous first lady. Lefkow's tone changes accordingly as she describes the challenges Eleanor faced throughout her life, including the loss of her parents, her husband's medical issues after contracting... Read More

  • AN ACT OF VILLAINY

    AN ACT OF VILLAINY Amory Ames Mysteries, Book 6

    by Ashley Weaver | Read by Alison Larkin

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Alison Larkin delivers the sixth in a series that sounds like it comes from the Golden Age of mysteries. In 1930s London, Amory Ames and her husband, Milo, are leaving a West End theater when they run into Gerard Holloway, who is about to open his own play, starring his mistress, Flora Bell. Larkin delivers the tension as the theater couple declare they need the Ames's... Read More

  • HIDDEN AMONG THE STARS

    HIDDEN AMONG THE STARS

    by Melanie Dobson | Read by Nancy Peterson

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrator Nancy Peterson beautifully brings this sweet historical novel to life. In 1938 in Austria, young Max Dornbach and Annika Knopf agree to hide their Jewish friends' treasures from marauding Nazis. Eighty years later, Callie Randall discovers an antique copy of BAMBI with an unusual inscription in the children's bookstore she owns with her sister. As Peterson narrates... Read More

  • SILVER ANNIVERSARY MURDER

    SILVER ANNIVERSARY MURDER Lucy Stone, Book 26

    by Leslie Meier | Read by Karen White

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Karen White takes listeners on a journey from Maine to New York City as Lucy Stone investigates her childhood best friend's apparent suicide--which she suspects was murder. Lucy works to learn more about Beth Blake's adult life by visiting Beth's son and each of her four ex-husbands. White uses a gentle delivery instead of strong emotions to make the audiobook engaging... Read More

  • ROSIE REVERE AND THE RAUCOUS RIVETERS

    ROSIE REVERE AND THE RAUCOUS RIVETERS The Questioneers, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Andrea Beaty | Read by Rachel L. Jacobs

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Rachel L. Jacobs's dynamic voice along with expert sound effects and music combine to delight listeners who love Rosie Revere and her fellow Questioneers. Rosie, a young engineer, has been asked by her great-great Aunt Rose to help with a fellow riveter's engineering emergency. Along with friends Ada Twist and Iggy Peck, Rosie tries, fails, tries, and fails, over and... Read More

  • MISFITS

    MISFITS Royal Academy Rebels

    by Jen Calonita | Read by Kristin Condon

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Kristin Condon delivers this story with all the regal pomp and circumstance it requires. Princess Devinaria wants to become an animal caretaker, but at Enchantasia's Royal Academy fairy godmother Olivina has other plans for her. No more gallivanting around woods and animals--Devin must learn to act like a proper princess and leave danger to the princes. Magic abounds,... Read More

  • SNAP

    SNAP

    by Belinda Bauer | Read by Andrew Wincott

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    As a mystery, SNAP stretches credulity. But Andrew Wincott's narration is steadying, even as the story shifts under foot. Jack Bright, who is only 14, has been left to raise his siblings as best he can--through petty theft--after his mother's murder. In the midst of a bill-paying burglary, Jack discovers a possible clue to that murder. He has to decide whether to bring the law... Read More

  • HOW I BECAME A NORTH KOREAN

    HOW I BECAME A NORTH KOREAN

    by Krys Lee | Read by Janet Song, Ewan Chung, RAymond Lee

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Janet Song, Ewan Chung, and Raymond Lee portray Yongju, Jangmi, and Danny, three very different teenagers whom fate brings together in a small Chinese town. Yongu and Jangmi are North Korean defectors, fleeing the whims of the "Dear Leader." The energetic narrators embody their characters with typical teenage angst as they depict the challenges of living through a... Read More

  • SCANDAL ABOVE STAIRS

    SCANDAL ABOVE STAIRS Kat Holloway Mysteries, Book 2

    by Jennifer Ashley | Read by Anne-Marie Piazza

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Anne-Marie Piazza transports listeners to Mrs. Holloway's kitchen in a mansion in the rich district of Mayfair, London, 1881. There we follow Mrs. Holloway's employment as head cook, along with her adventures with the enigmatic Daniel McAdam and the adventurous Lady Cynthia as they hunt down thieves and a murderer. Piazza deftly shifts among the various accents of the... Read More

  • FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS

    FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS

    by Monica Brown | Read by Adriana Sananes

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Lively animal sounds and the soothing voice of narrator Adriana Sananes make this a joyful listen for kids. Episodes in the life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo show her happy times as a young girl and her difficult time after the bus accident that left her permanently injured. Through it all, Frida's many pets and creatures, such as Bonito the parrot and her spider... Read More

  • CRAFT A LIFE YOU LOVE

    CRAFT A LIFE YOU LOVE

    by Amy Tangerine | Read by Erin Bennett

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Narrator Erin Bennett puts her cheery voice to good use in this optimistic lesson on freeing up your energy to live to the fullest. Her flawless interpretations and vocal energy light a fire under the author's ideas and suggestions. The equally cheery author runs a craft-oriented website, and in this extended riff on "doing what you love," explains in six parts how to accept... Read More

  • ELIZABETH WARREN

    ELIZABETH WARREN Nevertheless, She Persisted

    by Susan Wood | Read by Amy Rubinate

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Amy Rubinate narrates this children's biography of Senator Elizabeth Warren with feeling, helping children understand Warren's story and persistence. Sound effects and heartfelt music help set the scenes for young listeners, with honking cars, hammering gavels, and classroom noises bringing the story to life. Rubinate's clear narration highlights the harder times faced by... Read More

  • A TOUCH OF FLAME

    A TOUCH OF FLAME The Cowboys of Colorado, Book 2

    by Jo Goodman | Read by Laurel Lefkow

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Laurel Lefkow does a fine job of portraying Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse, the new--female--doctor in an 1890s Colorado town. Reflecting her hard-won East Coast education, Ridley is gentle and precise as she examines her patients and prescribes exactly what they need. Ben, her neighbor, who is the new sheriff, is down-to-earth and practical. Lefkow brings Ridley alive,... Read More

  • MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM

    MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM 42nd Street Library, Book 2

    by Con Lehane | Read by John McLain

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator John McLain delivers intrigue that involves the New York City Library system and police department. Soon after new librarian Leila Stone starts asking questions about Islamic scholar Gobi Tabrizi, Leila's body is found in the office of Raymond Ambler, a librarian who is an amateur detective. As corrupt cops emerge, McLain creates the ideal voices to give a noir touch... Read More

  • MUDDY

    MUDDY The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

    by Michael Mahin | Read by Damany Jackson

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Damany Jackson's voice pulses with energy and warmth as he channels the thrumming exuberance that fuels this picture-book biography of musician Muddy Waters. Jackson's exclamations and exhortations layer sound and movement onto Mahin's electric cadence, dovetailing seamlessly with illustrator Evan Turk's explosive mixed-media artwork. Music runs throughout the story,... Read More

  • YOUR HAPPINESS WAS HACKED

    YOUR HAPPINESS WAS HACKED Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain--and How to Fight Back

    by Vivek Wadhwa, Alex Salkever | Read by Alex Salkever

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Coauthor Alex Salkever narrates this timely audiobook in an uninflected manner. While he's far from a dramatic reader, his earnest style suits the seriousness of the issues he raises. He is convincing. The authors share their personal stories, each in a kind of mea culpa for what inspired this project: email addiction leading to failing health for Wadhwa and a near... Read More

  • FINDING LANGSTON

    FINDING LANGSTON

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lesa Cline-Ransome | Read by Dion Graham

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    In a light Southern drawl, narrator Dion Graham delivers the achingly mournful story of 11-year-old Langston. This first novel gracefully explores many themes of post-WWII African-American life through the first-person narrative of its young protagonist. Langston’s beloved mother has died, and in an attempt to escape both memories and discrimination, his father joins the Great... Read More

  • ELIZABETH WARREN

    ELIZABETH WARREN

    by Antonia Felix | Read by Suzie Althens

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Using a quiet, unassuming voice that channels Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's own unpretentious tones, narrator Suzie Althens delivers a pleasing performance of the story of Senator Warren's life. Following the Democratic congresswoman from her working-class childhood in Oklahoma, through her career as a law professor in Texas, Pennsylvania, and, at last, Harvard, to... Read More

  • EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

    EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty

    by Tonya Bolden | Read by Michael Early

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    The Emancipation Proclamation is mainly associated with the American Civil War, but its story is also entwined with politics, religion, and the often-conflicting beliefs of President Abraham Lincoln. Under his guardianship, the Proclamation blossomed, grew, stagnated, resurfaced, and finally took root. Bolden writes in the collective "we" point of view, and with it, narrator... Read More

  • WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE

    WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE Scientists Predict the Next Great Discoveries and Reveal How Today's Breakthroughs Are Already Shaping Our World

    by Jim Al-Khalili [Ed.] | Read by Pete Cross

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Pete Cross gives a crisp, erudite performance of this collection of thought-provoking essays, which envision the influence of technology, science, and nature on the future of society. How does automation impact our future lives? What should we make of the possible impact of artificial intelligences? Curious listeners who aren’t versed in the minutiae of concepts like... Read More

  • ALL AROUND US

    ALL AROUND US

    by Xelena González | Read by Xelena González

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Calming nature sounds invite listeners into a garden where a girl and her grandpa are working side by side. Background sounds include the melody of chirping birds, a wind chime, and the breeze playing through the plants as author Xelena González narrates from the perspective of the little girl. González's tone is smooth and rich as she voices the granddaughter, and deepens in... Read More

  • ALL I WANT FOR HALLOWEEN

    ALL I WANT FOR HALLOWEEN

    by Marie Harte | Read by Brenda Eddy

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Brenda Eddy has listeners feeling the sparks fly between baker Sadie Liberato and motorcycle mechanic Gear Blackstone when they meet at a Halloween costume party. Gear had his own reality show for his motorcycle shop before he was betrayed by his best friend and then fiancée. Given the description of Gear as a big, strong guy, the listener would expect Eddy to give him... Read More

  • DAZZLE SHIPS

    DAZZLE SHIPS World War I and the Art of Confusion

    by Chris Barton | Read by Johnny Heller

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Ocean sounds, military marching music, and the booms of torpedoes place listeners right in the middle of WWI submarine warfare. Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the end of the war, this audiobook describes how Norman Wilkinson and a team of artists (including women) "dazzle-painted" British ships with brightly colored patterns to confuse the German U-boats. Narrator... Read More

  • WICKED RIVER

    WICKED RIVER

    by Jenny Milchman | Read by Susie Berneis

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Susie Berneis takes listeners to the vast and mysterious Adirondack forest, where Doug and Natalie Larson are setting out on their honeymoon. The book begins with a heart-stopping chase through the woods and then turns into a dark and creepy thriller that will make listeners think twice before setting out on a camping adventure. Berneis uses her talent for evoking... Read More

  • SAFE HOUSES

    SAFE HOUSES

    by Dan Fesperman | Read by Dan Fesperman

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Author Dan Fesperman narrates his latest spy thriller with a breathless intensity. The audiobook follows the stories of two heroines, mother and daughter, who are placed in danger because of dark deeds in the world of espionage. The mother, Helen, is a low-level C.I.A. operative stationed in West Berlin in 1979 whose job is to manage agency safe houses. She accidentally learns... Read More

  • TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET

    TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET Meg Langslow, Book 23

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Donna Andrews | Read by Bernadette Dunne

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Bernadette Dunne demonstrates her wide range of voice skills in performing the role of Meg, the main character in the Meg Langslow series. Dunne effectively conveys the fear Meg experiences when she sees a light in a church crypt and finds a murdered man there and five cremation niches broken open. Soon the listener catches the contagious enthusiasm of Meg's father as... Read More

  • THE VERY WORST MISSIONARY

    THE VERY WORST MISSIONARY A Memoir or Whatever

    by Jamie Wright | Read by Madeleine Lambert

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    Narrator Madeleine Lambert brings the words of shameless Jesus-lover Jamie Wright to life in this memoir describing her crazy missionary adventures. With just the right amount of sass and sarcasm, Lambert recounts Wright's complicated journey with Christ and her doubts about Western church culture. Moments of vulnerability and honesty are expressed in soft speech at a perfect... Read More

  • A DUKE BY DEFAULT

    A DUKE BY DEFAULT Reluctant Royals, Book 2

    by Alyssa Cole | Read by Karen Chilton

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Meet the NEW Portia Hobbs! The American screwup is trading in her partying and drinking for a sword-making apprenticeship at a Scottish armory. Narrator Karen Chilton warmly exudes Portia's newfound confidence and occasional bouts of uncertainty as she tangles with Tavish Mckenzie--the armory's grumpy master swordsmith. Chilton's Scottish accent has a soft lilt but not enough... Read More

  • DEVILS UNTO DUST

    DEVILS UNTO DUST

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Emma Berquist | Read by Devon Sorvari

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Guitar chords reverberate as Berquist's gritty postapocalyptic Western opens. An infectious disease ravages post-Civil War Texas, transforming people into ravenous corpses known as shakes and cutting off train access and Northern aid. Narrator Devon Sorvari captures Daisy "Willie" Wilcox's slight drawl and pragmatic tone as she sustains her close-knit siblings in a fortified... Read More

  • MURDER WEARS MITTENS

    MURDER WEARS MITTENS Seaside Knitters Society, Book 12

    by Sally Goldenbaum | Read by Julie Mckay

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    What starts as someone simply doing a good deed develops into a twisty tale of murder, scandal, and crime that a group of friends and knitters gets together to investigate. Julie Mckay narrates with style, characterizing the numerous characters young and old, male and female with ease. In particular, her voicing of one of the main characters as she develops from being extremely... Read More

  • HAPPINESS HACKS

    HAPPINESS HACKS 100% Scientific! Curiously Effective!

    by Alex Palmer | Read by Stephanie Spicer

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Despite the encyclopedic nature of this collection of research findings, Stephanie Spicer's performance conveys enough enthusiasm to make it sound like an interesting and helpful documentary. She's a pleasing narrator whose interpretations are creative and unambiguous. Though the title suggests a discussion of obstacles to happiness, the audiobook is actually focused on the... Read More

  • A SCANDALOUS DEAL

    A SCANDALOUS DEAL The Four Hundred Series

    by Joanna Shupe | Read by Roxy Isles

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Roxy Isles somewhat unevenly narrates a romance set in Gilded Age New York City. A rich American businessman works with a beautiful English aristocrat to build a hotel, but they are thwarted by both Tammany Hall and their own insecurities. While Isles's English accents are crisp and clear, perfectly establishing the level of society each British character belongs to, she truly... Read More

  • SNARED

    SNARED

    by Adam Jay Epstein | Read by Nick Mondelli

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Wily Snare is a trapsmith for the dungeon Carrion Tomb. It is his job to create and maintain traps to keep treasure seekers away from the vault. He also believes that he is a hobgoblet who will melt if his skin is exposed to the sun. However, a fateful encounter with three misfit treasure seekers will change the way he sees himself and the rest of the world above. Nick Mondelli... Read More

  • THE KISS QUOTIENT

    THE KISS QUOTIENT

    by Helen Hoang | Read by Carly Robins

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Expertly narrated by Carly Robins, this #ownvoices romance illustrates the often hidden depths of an autistic heart and mind. Being on the autism spectrum, Stella has always had difficulties with relationships—especially with the opposite sex. She hires Michael, a Vietnamese-Swedish-American escort, to help her practice both sexual and romantic relationships. To Stella, this... Read More

  • THE EDEN EXPRESS

    THE EDEN EXPRESS A Memoir of Insanity

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mark Vonnegut | Read by Pete Cross

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This compelling true story chronicles Vonnegut's experience with mental illness and recovery in the late '60s and early '70s. Pete Cross imbues his narration with plenty of good humor and jaunty warmth, helping the listener to empathize with the author's experience. Young Vonnegut sets forth in his VW with his girlfriend, Virginia, some recreational drugs, and his loyal dog,... Read More

  • MIGUEL'S BRAVE KNIGHT

    MIGUEL'S BRAVE KNIGHT Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote

    by Margarita Engle | Read by Thom Rivera

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    The early life of Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is narrated in first-person poems by Thom Rivera, each one depicting a vivid snapshot of his childhood. Through his family's struggles with debt, young Miguel finds solace in his daydreams of a brave knight named Don Quixote who rides out on his steed to right the wrongs of this "terribly mixed-up world." Sounds of... Read More

  • MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES

    MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation

    by Brad Ricca | Read by David Bendena

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Nominated for the 2018 Edgar Award for best fact-based crime story, this is the true story of Grace Humiston, whom the press nicknamed "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes." In a time when women couldn't vote, Humiston was a lawyer, a detective, and the first female U.S. district attorney. David Bendena's intense narration makes us believe in her. He highlights the February 1917 disappearance... Read More

  • A NATURALIST AT LARGE

    A NATURALIST AT LARGE The Best Essays of Bernd Heinrich

    by Bernd Heinrich | Read by Rick Adamson

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    If there's such a thing as ideal spring listening, this audiobook is it. Of course, the best essays by renowned naturalist Bernd Heinrich can be enjoyed year-round, but it's a special treat to hear them in May, particularly for those who endure long, cold winters. Narrator Rick Adamson provides a clear, spirited voice that is informative but also captures the author's... Read More

  • THE CAPITALIST CODE

    THE CAPITALIST CODE I Can Save Your Life and Make You Very Rich!

    by Ben Stein | Read by Blake Swihart

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Business & Finance

    Financial pundit and TV personality Ben Stein is known for his sardonic personality and common-sense approach to personal finance. When speaking, his excellent comedic timing helps audiences make sense of his stream-of-consciousness sentences. Blake Swihart's narration of this compact audio on the joys of owning stocks takes the wind out of Stein's entertaining writing. Though... Read More

  • ANDREW JACKSON

    ANDREW JACKSON The Making of America

    by Teri Kanefield | Read by Pete Cross

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    America's seventh president remains a controversial figure in our country's history. Narrator Pete Cross capably represents the dichotomy inherent in Jackson's personality and beliefs as the author offers a mixed but largely critical view of Jackson, particularly with regard to his inhumane treatment of Indians. Cross delivers a powerful recitation of Jackson's own words,... Read More

  • FINDING FELICITY

    FINDING FELICITY

    by Stacey Kade | Read by Lauren Ezzo

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Listeners, be prepared to have an emotional response to this audiobook. Caroline creates a coping mechanism for dealing with father issues, a new school, and loneliness to protect her mom from being saddened by her problems. But her well-intended stories shaped by the fictional characters of Caroline's favorite 1990s series, "Felicity," crumble during her high school graduation... Read More

  • THE JOY OF DOING JUST ENOUGH

    THE JOY OF DOING JUST ENOUGH The Secret Art of Being Lazy and Getting Away with It

    by Jennifer McCartney | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    In today's world in which everyone is being pushed to do more, do it better, and do it more quickly, all without making any mistakes, embracing mediocrity is discouraged. Emily Woo Zeller narrates this short self-help book, which emboldens the listener to revel in doing just enough to coast comfortably through life without going the extra mile. Reflecting the tone of sarcastic... Read More

  • A PRINCESS IN THEORY

    A PRINCESS IN THEORY

    by Alyssa Cole | Read by Karen Chilton

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Karen Chilton gracefully narrates a modern-day fairy tale. Grad student Naledi Smith simply does not have time for emails telling her she is the fiancée of an African prince. Prince Thabiso does not understand why Naledi has ignored every effort at contact his assistant has made. Chilton does a good job giving voice to Naledi's frustrations with her post-doc supervisor, as well... Read More

  • EVER THE BRAVE

    EVER THE BRAVE Clash of Kingdoms, Book 2

    by Erin Summerill | Read by Helen Johns

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Helen Johns deftly handles the swift-moving dialogue in this second installment of Summerill's Clash of Kingdoms series. Having rescued King Aodren with her newly discovered Channeler powers, Britta Flannery is navigating their unexpected magical bond, along with an evolving relationship with her childhood friend, Cohen. Through it all, she must continue defending her... Read More

  • THE LONGEVITY CODE

    THE LONGEVITY CODE The New Science of Aging

    by Kris Verburgh | Read by Pete Cross

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Narrator Pete Cross charms listeners with a combination of self-confidence and humble respect for his audience. His reactions to the startling information in this audiobook bring narrator and listeners together in a state of wonder about the potential to live much longer than is currently expected. The author says that evolution did not program us to live much past our 20s... Read More

  • THE KNOWLEDGE

    THE KNOWLEDGE Richard Jury, Book 24

    by Martha Grimes | Read by Steve West

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This well-realized novel, narrated by Steve West, was inspired by "The Knowledge"--the encyclopedic information about the city of London that its most prestigious cab drivers possess. When a couple is murdered outside an exclusive casino, Detective Inspector Richard Jury calls his usual sidekicks, Melrose Plant and Marshall Trueblood, into action. West makes both sound... Read More

  • ONE IN CHRIST

    ONE IN CHRIST Bridging Racial & Cultural Divides

    by David D. Ireland, PhD | Read by Calvin Robinson

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    Narrator Calvin Robinson engages listeners with a thought-provoking discussion of three important and often controversial topics. With clarity and sincerity, Robinson presents David D. Ireland's examination of the church as the body of Christ, while offering listeners a glimpse of the heart of a dedicated Christ-follower. For centuries, our world has been torn by racial and... Read More

  • PLAYFUL INTELLIGENCE

    PLAYFUL INTELLIGENCE The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World

    by Anthony T. DeBenedet | Read by Peter Berkrot

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Anthony DeBenedet asks listeners to consider how creativity, imagination, and humor can enhance their lives. Narrator Peter Berkot gives the stories that illustrate playful intelligence the dramatic feel of fiction. Listeners will hear about the small wins in the life of a girl with epilepsy and the entrepreneurial decisions at Cherry Republic. DeBenedet also recounts lessons... Read More

  • THE UNCANNY EXPRESS: THE UNINTENTIONAL ADVENTURES OF THE BLAND SISTERS

    THE UNCANNY EXPRESS: THE UNINTENTIONAL ADVENTURES OF THE BLAND SISTERS

    by Kara LaReau | Read by Rosalyn Landor

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Rosalyn Landor's meticulous and energetic narration sets the mood for a mystery-filled train trip. Sisters Jaundice and Kale Bland are whisked off by magician Magique (a.k.a. Aunt Shallot) to assist in her next evening of magic. Little do they know that they'll become detectives for the train's many mysteries, including the disappearance of Mademoiselle Magique herself. As the... Read More

  • HOW TO THINK LIKE A CAT

    HOW TO THINK LIKE A CAT

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Stéphane Garnier | Read by George Newbern

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    George Newbern's persuasive performance highlights how cats can teach us how to live better lives, ideas based on the author's observations of his cat, Ziggy. Newbern clearly articulates the compelling argument to be inspired by cats--to adopt their view of life to learn how to let go and focus on our well-being and the essential things in life. Newbern is calmly convincing... Read More

  • FACING FREDERICK

    FACING FREDERICK The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man

    by Tonya Bolden | Read by Adam Lazarre-White

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Adam Lazarre-White tackles the monumental task of giving voice to one of the best-known orators in American history in this wide-ranging biography of Frederick Douglass. The listener enters the story as Douglass is finding his voice both figuratively and literally, risking recapture into slavery to go on increasingly popular lecture tours to promote abolition.... Read More

  • ICONIC ADVANTAGE

    ICONIC ADVANTAGE Don't Chase the New, Innovate the Old

    by Soon Yu, Dave Birss | Read by Charlie Thurston

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Business & Finance

    You won't find a better narrator for this type of business book than Charlie Thurston. He's clear-voiced, comfortable with the material, and full of interesting pitch and phrasing patterns that he adjusts to every nuance in the writing. Author Soon Yu and contributor Dave Birss offer coherent insights about how people form deep attachments to iconic brands and products. These... Read More

  • OUT OF WONDER

    OUT OF WONDER Poems Celebrating Poets

    by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentworth | Read by Ron Butler, Erin Bennett, MacLeod Andrews

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Listening to these poems written in the style of beloved poets and inspired by their lives will bring out smiles. Ron Butler reads the poems written by Kwame Alexander; MacLeod Andrews, the ones written by Chris Colderley; and Erin Bennett, the ones written by Marjory Wentworth. Butler especially connects with the selections he narrates, and his delivery exudes the joy that... Read More

  • TURN IT UP!

    TURN IT UP! Practice Makes Pitch Perfect

    by Jen Calonita | Read by Amanda Dolan

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    This story of friendship, pranks, and a cappella is told from the perspective of three high school girls. The girls include best friends Lidia and Sydney, who are co-captains of the Nightingales a cappella group, and Julianna, the new girl at Bradley Academy. Chapters alternate the points of view of the three girls, and narrator Amanda Dolan uses a variety of voices to help... Read More

  • ECSTASY

    ECSTASY

    by Mary Sharratt | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Tavia Gilbert showcases her vocal talents by mastering a wealth of character accents and flawlessly speaking actual German as well as by singing the musical passages in this production. In the artistic world of fin-de-siècle Vienna, beautiful and creative Anna Schindler longs to become a renowned composer even more than she longs for love. When famed composer Gustav... Read More

  • BABY, I'M HOWLING FOR YOU

    BABY, I'M HOWLING FOR YOU Alphaville, Book 1

    by Christine Warren | Read by Callie Dalton

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Wolf-shifter Renny Landry is literally on the run for her life, pursued by coyote-shifters who are bent on taking her back to her stalker. Narrator Callie Dalton draws the listener into Renny's desperate run, which lands her in wolf-shifter Mick Fischer's front yard. Dalton gives voice to Renny's independent spirit, even as she quickly discovers that she is Mick's fated mate.... Read More

  • IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT

    IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT

    by Andrea Beaty | Read by Andrea Beaty

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Since the age of 2, Ignatius Peck has been enthralled with creating structures using any available building material--coconut pie and pancakes included. But his second-grade teacher deems architecture study superfluous to her curriculum. In the narrator role, Andrea Beaty balances animated reporting, a mother's dismay, a teacher's disdain, and the author's sympathy for the... Read More

  • THE TURN OF THE SCREW

    THE TURN OF THE SCREW

    by Henry James | Read by Simon Prebble, Rosalyn Landor

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Classics

    Henry James's novella tells the story of a governess whose two young wards are visited by sinister ghosts--or are they? Here is one of literature's original unreliable narrators. Written as a framed story, the audiobook has two narrators. Simon Prebble reads for an unnamed Christmas Eve party guest, and, although his part is relatively brief, he draws out initial anticipation... Read More

  • A MORTAL LIKENESS

    A MORTAL LIKENESS Victorian Mystery, Book 2

    by Laura Joh Rowland | Read by Alex Tregear

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Alex Tregear reprises her role as Sarah Bain, an amateur investigator and trained photographer, and her partner, Lord Hugh Staunton. The second installment of the series finds the duo, with erstwhile urchin Mick O'Reilly, struggling to make ends meet. Driven in part by financial pressures, they accept a job investigating the kidnapping of a wealthy family's child.... Read More

  • REIGN THE EARTH

    REIGN THE EARTH

    by A.C. Gaughen | Read by Soneela Nankani

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Soneela Nankani creates appropriate voices for the characters in this audiobook: a lilting tone for Shalia, a strong protagonist who sacrifices herself by marrying Calix, the King of the Bone Lands, in order to win peace for her people, and rougher, dark-edged voices for her husband and the men who rebel against him. In this complex fantasy for older teens, Nankani... Read More

  • THE RUNAWAY SPECIES

    THE RUNAWAY SPECIES

    by David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt | Read by Mauro Hantman

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    There's an inherent optimism in narrator Mauro Hantman's voice as he narrates this thorough and entertaining examination of all that it is to be a creative human being. From the innovative thought process that went into the rescue of Apollo 13 to Picasso's experiments with shape and form and the invention of the driverless automobile, creativity comes in many forms and has no... Read More

  • THE GHOSTS OF GALWAY

    THE GHOSTS OF GALWAY Jack Taylor, Book 12

    by Ken Bruen | Read by Gerry O'Brien

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Those who enjoy the lilt of an Irish accent and contemporary Irish prose will enjoy this audiobook. Narrator Gerry O'Brien takes listeners on a wild ride that includes a terrific blend of pop culture, politics, and the search for a mysterious book. After experiencing some issues with a mistaken medical diagnosis, Jack Taylor finds a boring job as a night security guard in... Read More

  • EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY

    EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY

    by Jenn McKinlay | Read by Allyson Ryan

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    In the town of Bluff Point, Maine, narrator Allyson Ryan draws the listener in as Zachary Caine rescues a kitten named Chaos from his roof for his neighbor Jessie Connelly's two little girls. Later a blizzard shuts down the town, and Zach and Jessie are trapped together. Naturally, a romance develops, and the listener experiences the sweetness of their first kiss. Ryan's... Read More

  • SCONES AND SCOUNDRELS

    SCONES AND SCOUNDRELS

    by Molly MacRae | Read by Lucy Paterson

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    In this second installment of the Highland Bookshop Mystery series, Lucy Paterson energetically characterizes American Janet Marsh and her friends as they help investigate multiple murders in a small Scottish town. Paterson effectively handles the various American and Scottish accents as well-known author Daphne Wood comes to town for a book signing, only to irritate nearly... Read More

  • THE NEWCOMERS

    THE NEWCOMERS Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

    by Helen Thorpe | Read by Kate Handford

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Kate Handford's even pacing and conversational tone guide listeners through this audiobook. Journalist Helen Thorpe reports on the multilingual teens who comprise the entry-level class in a Denver high school's English language department. In addition to recounting her observations and interviews with students from Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa--among... Read More

  • THE NEW WINE RULES

    THE NEW WINE RULES A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know

    by Jon Bonne | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Emily Woo Zeller's melodious voice perfectly enhances this informed and informative manual for today's wine drinker. She narrates with clarity and verve, and her tone makes these 89 new rules approachable. For an audiobook replete with suggestions for buying, serving, storing, and drinking wine, Zeller's straightforward delivery and appropriate pacing work well. She... Read More

  • THE BODY IN THE CASKET

    THE BODY IN THE CASKET Faith Fairchild, Book 24

    by Katherine Hall Page | Read by Tanya Eby

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This audiobook, about a party set in a remote country house, is #24 in the Faith Fairchild series. It's an atmospheric classic whodunit. Faith is both the event's caterer and sleuth, hired to forestall the host's murder. Despite a promising premise, Faith as chef is more satisfying than Faith as detective. While the mystery suffers from a weak plot and few charismatic... Read More

  • DEATH BELOW STAIRS

    DEATH BELOW STAIRS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jennifer Ashley | Read by Anne-Marie Piazza

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    An excellent story combines with an excellent narration. Anne-Marie Piazza's proper English accent is perfect for this murder mystery set in Victorian London. Shortly after Kat Holloway is hired as a cook at a Mayfair mansion, her assistant is found bludgeoned to death in the larder. As the murder investigation unfolds into a scheme to assassinate the queen, Piazza perfectly... Read More

  • THE PARIS SECRET

    THE PARIS SECRET

    by Karen Swan | Read by Lucy Price-Lewis

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Lucy Price-Lewis delivers an incredible array of voices. Whether she's moving from one accent to another, portraying a young person or an adult, or delivering dialogue that is frantic or demure, Price-Lewis's rapid exchanges are fluid. Protagonist Flora Skyes, an art dealer, is directed to authenticate a Parisian apartment of paintings and sculptures. As she pursues... Read More

  • THE SECRET LIFE OF THE MIND

    THE SECRET LIFE OF THE MIND

    by Mariano Sigman | Read by John Chancer

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    John Chancer's clear, evenhanded narration of this audiobook about the workings of the human brain matches the disarming tone established by the author, a physicist and neuroscientist. The author unearths some surprises: Bilingual couples argue more rationally when they converse in their non-native tongue, bad news and good news are processed in different sides of the brain,... Read More

  • THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY

    THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY

    by Laura Creedle | Read by Rebecca Gibel

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Rebecca Gibel gives unique voices to neurodivergent teens Lily and Abelard, who have known each other since grade school. Having ADHD makes Lily's brain run in fast-forward mode; whereas, Asperger's makes Abelard's run slightly slower than everyone else's. When the duo ends up in detention together, an unlikely relationship blossoms over their shared love of the... Read More

  • SHARK LADY

    SHARK LADY The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

    by Jess Keating | Read by Jordan Killam

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Jordan Killam chronicles the life and work of scientist Eugenie Clark, who dedicated her life to the research and advocacy of sharks. With crisp diction and even pacing, Killam makes the story accessible to young listeners. Underwater sound effects make listeners feel as though they're diving through the water with Clark as she makes new discoveries in her field. The... Read More

  • A SPY CALLED JAMES

    A SPY CALLED JAMES The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent

    by Anne Rockwell | Read by Rodney Gardiner

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    James, an enslaved man who took the surname Lafayette, thanks to his wartime benefactor, served as a double agent for Washington's army during the American Revolution and then was returned to slavery. Narrator Rodney Gardiner, in a confident, deep voice, delivers Anne Rockwell's spare text with respect and authenticity. Brief gaps correspond with page turns, inviting listeners... Read More

  • MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA

    MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA

    by John Muir | Read by Barry Press

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Barry Press delivers a fresh reading of an early work by famed naturalist John Muir. First published in 1911, this work is Muir's journal of his 1869 excursion through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. Muir was ostensibly working for a crew of shepherds, but his true purpose was to observe, chronicle, and draw the region's flora and fauna. Press beautifully... Read More

  • THE TROUT

    THE TROUT

    by Peter Cunningham | Read by Jeff Harding

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Irish writer Alex Smythe reflects on a childhood tragedy, his larger-than-life father, and the relationship that led him to abandon the seminary and flee to Canada. Narrator Jeff Harding makes a number of choices that jolt the listener out of the story. Why, for example, does Alex's wife, Kay, have an Irish accent while Alex has a Canadian one if they left Ireland at the same... Read More

  • WOLF HUNGER

    WOLF HUNGER SWAT, Book 7

    by Paige Tyler | Read by Abby Craden

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Wolf shape-shifter and SWAT member Max Lory meets his one and only, Lana Mason, who doesn't know she's a shape-shifter, too. Narrator Abby Craden gives Max a wonderfully deep growly voice that suggests his wolf origins. She gives Lana a lighter, rich voice that is charming and intelligent but that also reflects her bemusement at this handsome shape-shifter who is pursuing her.... Read More

  • THE LIBRARY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

    THE LIBRARY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

    by Felicity Hayes-McCoy | Read by Emma Lowe

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This contemporary story about a small-town librarian blooms in the capable hands of narrator Emma Lowe, whose soft Irish lilt gives listeners a strong sense of place. After leaving her wealthy, cheating husband in London, middle-aged Hanna returns to rural Ireland, where she lives with her widowed mother and runs the town library with quiet efficiency. When the local tourist... Read More

  • VICTORIA

    VICTORIA

    by Catherine Reef | Read by Penelope Rawlins

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Catherine Reef's biography of Queen Victoria shows meticulous attention to detail with its many illustrations and excerpts from letters and diaries. Penelope Rawlins narrates with mixed success. Her British accent and delivery are appropriate. But the biography is aimed at young adults, and her voice lacks the energy it needs to keep young listeners engaged. While her delivery... Read More

  • THE SECRET LIVES OF INTROVERTS

    THE SECRET LIVES OF INTROVERTS Inside Our Hidden World

    by Jenn Granneman | Read by Susie Berneis

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    This insightful book offers introverts (and those who love them) key insights into the nuanced variety of human interactions. Narrator Susie Berneis offers observations in a smoothly quiet, curiously reflective, and soothing voice that won't send any introverts running for the door as she delivers a provocative series of perceptions that will click with listeners' common sense.... Read More

  • SCHOMBURG

    SCHOMBURG The Man Who Built a Library

    by Carole Boston Weatherford | Read by Ron Butler

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Ron Butler solidly performs this free-verse biography of Arthur Schomburg, a historian and important collector of African-American historical documents. A great deal of care has been invested in the production. Instead of Eric Velazquez's beautiful illustrations, which accompany the printed book, the producers selected musical themes to set the mood and depict the time period... Read More

  • A FEW RED DROPS

    A FEW RED DROPS The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

    by Claire Hatfield | Read by JD Jackson

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    JD Jackson begins this historical audiobook about the 1919 race riot in Chicago in calm, measured tones. The text then provides backstory about how the people involved in the riots found themselves there. The story is both historically important and relevant today. Jackson's delivery divides itself between being eloquent and being straightforward, as when he gives equal... Read More

  • LUCKY IN LOVE

    LUCKY IN LOVE

    by Kasie West | Read by Laurence Bouvard

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Maddie Parker is driven and hardworking--she doesn't rely on luck or chance. When she buys a Lotto ticket on her 18th birthday, and wins, her life is instantly turned upside down. Laurence Bouvard is tasked with narrating Maddie's new reality as she struggles to figure out what she wants, whom she can trust, and what comes next. The difficulty Bouvard faces is that Maddie isn't... Read More

  • A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CULTURE

    A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CULTURE Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World

    Earphones Award Winner

    by John Stonestreet, Brett Kunkle | Read by Jim Denison

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    Jim Denison narrates this guide to engaging the world with Christian urgency. The work is part apologetic and part field manual, and Denison walks the fine line between reading narrative and calling for action with skill and care. With his smooth pace and strong, even voice, the listener will not become bored at any point as the authors peel back layer upon layer to reveal a... Read More

  • SOUTH POLE STATION

    SOUTH POLE STATION

    by Ashley Shelby | Read by Rebecca Gibel

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Finding herself adrift following her twin brother's suicide, painter Cooper Gosling decides to accept a year-long fellowship to an artists and writers program in Antarctica. Narrator Rebecca Gibel provides an irreverent tone for Cooper and the motley cast of characters whose motivations for going to the South Pole range from studying climate change to creating art to escaping... Read More

  • THE ESSENCE OF MALICE

    THE ESSENCE OF MALICE Amory Ames Mysteries, Book 4

    by Ashley Weaver | Read by Alison Larkin

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Alison Larkin deftly delivers the French, English, and Italian accents, speech patterns, and personalities in this elegant mystery. It's 1933 when Amory Ames and her husband, Milo, receive a desperate summons from his childhood nanny, Madame Nanette. Larkin portrays Amory as sweet yet gutsy, Milo sounds worldly and cocky, and Madame Nanette sounds like the... Read More

  • HOW TO READ NATURE

    HOW TO READ NATURE

    by Tristan Gooley | Read by Qarie Marshall

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Author Tristan Gooley offers listeners a short list of fifteen-minute exercises to help them get back in touch with nature. From taking time to study cloud formations to scooping stagnant water from a mud puddle, Gooley's suggestions seem to be intended for listeners who haven't been outdoors in quite some time. Narrator Qarie Marshall is the quintessential neutral narrator.... Read More

  • LADY KILLERS

    LADY KILLERS Deadly Women Throughout History

    by Tori Telfer | Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Can't get enough stories about serial killers? Telfer's nonfiction survey of 14 multiple murderers does more than enough to fill the bill, and Sarah Mollo-Christensen's tone blends just the right combination of darkness and light. Telfer allows that while most serial killers are male--"vicious, twisted sociopaths working alone"--many less spectacular but equally notorious... Read More

  • WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR

    WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Robert K. Tanenbaum | Read by Peter Berkrot

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Peter Berkrot handles this timely, well-written police procedural and courtroom thriller about racism amid police departments and the world at large. Butch Karp is the district attorney of New York City and an easy character to like. Listeners will appreciate Berkrot's deft use of pacing and accents to bring out the characters' personalities and emotions. He is... Read More

  • RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN

    RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland

    by Miriam Horn | Read by Chris Andrew Ciulla

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Miriam Horn offers an audiobook about the interdependence of those making a difference in the environment. A Montana rancher whose land is protected by the Nature Conservancy, a Kansas farmer schooled in the latest soil preservation techniques, a Louisiana shrimper who helps Asian-Americans with fishing, and a barge owner's balancing act between the environment and business... Read More

  • ELSIE MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

    ELSIE MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

    by Nancy Cavanaugh | Read by Cassandra Lee Morris

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Cassandra Morris's bright soprano drawl as Elsie Mae transports listeners into a series of warm afternoons in the Okefenokee Swamp. Elsie Mae is eager to spend her summer there with her grandparents and favorite uncle. But she has her hands full with a new dog, a mission to save the swamp from destruction, a plan to thwart the hog bandits who are terrorizing her... Read More

  • OTHER COUNTRIES

    OTHER COUNTRIES Gabriel Ash, Book 4

    by Jo Bannister | Read by Jane Copland

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Jane Copland convincingly captures Detective Constable Hazel Best, who is injured while protecting selfish celebrity Oliver Ford. Best and her friend, Gabriel Ash--wonderfully portrayed as a kind, unlikely hero--team up to determine whether the crime was terrorist related. Listeners will be chagrined when Best falls in love with Ford. Copland expertly re-creates myriad... Read More

  • DANZA!

    DANZA! Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

    by Duncan Tonatiuh | Read by Adriana Sananes

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Adriana Sananes narrates with the exuberance and lightness of voice that Amalia Hernandez, the founder of the Ballet Folklórico de México, choreographs into her dances. Young listeners will revel in this biography of Hernandez, beginning with her early love of dance--both ballet and modern--and then following Amalia as she travels around Mexico collecting ideas about dance,... Read More

  • DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451

    DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451

    by Annie Spence | Read by Stephanie Spicer

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This audiobook, which contains conversations with and notes to a variety of books (and to a bookshelf while at a cocktail party), will resonate with many bibliophiles. While the listener will enjoy the humorous and often snarky missives, the frequently monotone quality of Stephanie Spicer's narration, especially during the "recommended titles for every scenario" portion, may... Read More

  • HERE IN BERLIN

    HERE IN BERLIN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Cristina Garcia | Read by Joan Walker

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This audiobook is structured as a set of stories collected by the unnamed narrator, most of them as told to her in the first person. They're reminiscences of life in Berlin from just before the German surrender in 1945 to the near-present. Narrator Joan Walker doesn't attempt to give each of the many characters a particular voice. Instead, she gives each of them a personality... Read More

  • BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

    BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE Bluff Point Romances, Book 2

    by Jenn McKinlay | Read by Allyson Ryan

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Not only does narrator Allyson Ryan bring the human characters to life in this romance, she also makes Ike, the filthy-mouthed parrot, come alive. Carly DeCusati loses her job in New York City and is forced to return home to Maine, bringing Ike with her, as well as an elderly golden retriever. Back home, she ends up in what is supposed to be a one-night stand with James... Read More

  • ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER

    ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER

    by Andrea Beaty | Read by Rachel L. Jacobs

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Rachel Jacobs gently shares the story of an imaginative second-grader who is enthralled with creating who-knows-what from scavenged items. Jacobs narrates slowly, letting young listeners tune in to Rosie’s late-night brainstorms and dreams as well as her moments of confidence and despair. While rhyming couplets abound, Jacobs’s even-keeled pacing keeps the story in the... Read More

  • KILL ALL HAPPIES

    KILL ALL HAPPIES

    by Rachel Cohn | Read by Lauren Ezzo

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Lauren Ezzo narrates a campy romantic comedy about a high school student, Vic, who is planning the most epic after-graduation party the small town of Rancho Solado has ever seen. She also plans to hook up with her best friend's brother, Jake. The party is held at Happies, a longstanding restaurant in the town, before it closes for good. The party must be kept a secret from Miss... Read More

  • RED LIGHT RUN

    RED LIGHT RUN Linked Stories

    by Baird Harper | Read by Charles Carroll

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Charles Carroll's simple, unforced narration lends credence to these interwoven stories of characters who are tragically connected by a red light. In each story a different character takes center stage. As Carroll establishes each from their perspectives, their complexity--and the complexity of their connections to each other--builds. The stories are not chronological, and... Read More

  • THE RELUCTANT HIGHLANDER

    THE RELUCTANT HIGHLANDER A Highland Romance

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Amanda Scott | Read by Mhairi Morrison

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    New to audiobook narration, Mhairi Morrison uses her considerable talents to deliver this Scottish romance set in the 1430s. Sir Adham MacFinlagh and Lady Fiona Ormiston cross paths in the lowlands at the court of King James and Queen Joanna. A hurried marriage and a trip to the highlands results in a kidnapping, a rescue, and a deepening love between the young couple. Morrison... Read More

  • HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER

    HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER

    by Adam Wallace | Read by Chris Patton

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Chris Patton's eager, youthful voice is ideal for portraying a boy who's elated at being chosen as the ninja master for his school play. Lively music throughout adds to the fun, particularly when a "fighting spirit" song matches the child's decision to confront the monster in his bedroom closet. A skilled presentation of words like "snap" and "trap" keeps the rhythm... Read More

  • COMING UP FOR AIR

    COMING UP FOR AIR Hundred Oaks, Book 8

    by Miranda Kenneally | Read by Carly Robins

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Fans of Miranda Kenneally's authentic writing style won't be disappointed by her new audiobook. Narrator Carly Robins gives an authentic tone to high school student Maggie King as she reevaluates her life and goals. A competitive swimmer who is working to secure an Olympic tryout, Maggie is focused, and she loves swimming. But as the end of the school year approaches, she... Read More

  • THE RAKE

    THE RAKE

    by Mary Jo Putney | Read by Mark Meadows

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    This historical romance comes alive in narrator Mark Meadows's voice. As the dialogue flows between Reginald Davenport, the heir of Strickland, and his estate manager, the Lady Alys, Meadows's precise vowels perfectly reflect the aristocracy's proper British English. Using a lower pitch when speaking for Reggie and a lighter tone for Ally, Meadows does an excellent job of... Read More

  • MASK OF SHADOWS

    MASK OF SHADOWS

    by Linsey Miller | Read by Deryn Edwards

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Sallot Leon, a thief, steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand--the volunteers who function as the queen's assassins. Sal goes to the auditions, hoping to be able to join the group--but not to become an assassin. Sal wants revenge. Narrator Deryn Edwards credibly depicts Sal and the characters she encounters. A gender-fluid character, Sal has has had to be... Read More

  • PLAY LIKE A GIRL

    PLAY LIKE A GIRL How a Soccer School in Kenya's Slums Started a Revolution

    by Ellie Roscher | Read by Katherine Fenton

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Katherine Fenton performs this audiobook about the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, a free secondary school in a Kenyan slum. Her narration is earnest and clear, enthusiastic and sensitive as she helps listeners navigate the details of life in a culture that will be foreign to most. Fenton becomes more expressive when she delivers direct quotes from the students, families,... Read More

  • SWIMMING WITH BRIDGEPORT GIRLS

    SWIMMING WITH BRIDGEPORT GIRLS

    by Anthony Tambakis | Read by George Newbern

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The angst of the contemporary American male is vividly conveyed by narrator George Newbern in this unlikely romance. Raymond Parisi and his wife have split up. Jobless and deep in gambling debt, he resorts to stealing their dog in order to have an excuse to speak to his ex. The sardonic humor throughout this unlikely caper will have listeners laughing and cringing in... Read More

  • THE SCIENTOLOGY MURDERS

    THE SCIENTOLOGY MURDERS Detective Harry Doyle, Book 2

    by William Heffernan | Read by John McLain

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    John McLain introduces listeners to Harry Doyle--known as the "Dead Detective" because he was once clinically dead and has the ability to hear the dead speak. Doyle and his partner investigate a killing in Florida. The case quickly leads to Scientology's upper echelon. McLain does a great job with the assorted characters, especially the killer, whom he gives a creepy, nervous,... Read More

  • THE DARK DARK

    THE DARK DARK Stories

    by Samantha Hunt | Read by Christa Lewis

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Christa Lewis draws on a pleasant range of pitch and texture to give individual voice to each character in this story collection. Using accents sparingly but appropriately, she adds a layer that would be missed by a visual reader. Only in the last story, "The Story of Of," does the listening experience fall short: On the page, you can see the column of text narrowing,... Read More

  • FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE

    FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE

    by Carole Boston Weatherford | Read by JD Jackson

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    History meets art in this musical and poetic account of a week in the life of an enslaved African in nineteenth-century New Orleans. Narrator JD Jackson's baritone is the perfect instrument to deliver the rhyming couplets that describe each weekday of plantation life. During the grueling days of Monday through Saturday, his narration is accompanied by the sounds of snorting... Read More

  • FOX HUNTER

    FOX HUNTER Charlie Fox, Book 11

    by Zoë Sharp | Read by Lucy Paterson

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Lucy Paterson delivers Charlie Fox's tough soldier-of-fortune voice perfectly in this fast-paced suspense. Fox is being pursued across Iraq and Kuwait by who knows whom for who knows what reason. Paterson excels at vocal differentiation. In several scenes there are three young women and a middle-aged woman doing a lot of talking, and there is never any doubt about who... Read More

  • THE LIST

    THE LIST

    by Patricia Forde | Read by Imogen Wilde

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Imogen Wilde delivers the perfect voice for shy and insecure Letta. She's often excited, and when she is, Wilde's voice is as squeaky as a young girl's can be. Letta is a sheltered wordsmith apprentice who lives in a postapocalyptic world in which a maniacal leader is attempting to eliminate language--the source of all evil. As words are slowly proscribed, people speak... Read More

  • A DEATH IN THE DALES

    A DEATH IN THE DALES Kate Shackleton Mysteries, Book 7

    by Frances Brody | Read by Elaine Claxton

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Elaine Claxton faultlessly re-creates 1926 rural England and charming private investigator Kate Shackleton. Ten years earlier, when elderly Freda Simonson gazed out her window, she saw a disturbing scene at a neighboring pub, but her later testimony failed to keep an innocent man from hanging. Claxton deftly captures Kate's niece and reluctant villagers as Shackleton... Read More

  • ADA TWIST, SCIENTIST

    ADA TWIST, SCIENTIST

    by Andrea Beaty | Read by Bahni Turpin

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Bahni Turpin's spry voice and energetic tone add enthusiasm and a sense of movement to Beaty's phrasing. This audiobook tells a vivid story of a budding young scientist and her experiments. Turpin's voices for Ada and the other characters help to round out the world created in this brief but enjoyable listen. This is a picture book, and listeners may wish to seek out... Read More

  • WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI

    WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI

    by Sandhya Menon | Read by Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Teenaged Dimple Shah is focused on winning Insomnia Con, an intense summer app-development program. To her dismay, she finds herself partnered with straitlaced Rishi Patel, the boy her parents have arranged for her to marry. Narrators Vikas Adam and Sneha Mathan create a rapid-fire repertoire through alternating chapters as these two unlikely teens work together--and realize... Read More

  • MAKE IT STICK

    MAKE IT STICK The Science of Successful Learning

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Peter C. Brown, Hanry L. Roediger,III, Mark A. McDaniel | Read by Qarie Marshall

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    A lot of what we think we know about learning is wrong, according to 10 years of research carried out by a team of 11 cognitive psychologists. Written by a professional storyteller, this audiobook flows with melodic sentences that are made even more appealing to hear by narrator Qarie Marshall. His effortless-sounding articulation and broad phrasing palette make this a... Read More

  • AMERICAN FIRE

    AMERICAN FIRE

    by Monica Hesse | Read by Tanya Eby

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Tanya Eby tells a fascinating story. From late 2012 through early 2013, Accomack County, located on Virginia's Eastern Shore, endured 86 fires, all set by an elusive arsonist. But listeners shouldn't expect a prolonged whodunnit. The culprits, a local couple, are revealed early on. Instead author Monica Hesse paints a vivid portrait of a struggling rural community that... Read More

  • ELEMENTARY, SHE READ

    ELEMENTARY, SHE READ

    by Vicki Delany | Read by Kelly Clare

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Using a clipped British accent, Kelly Clare narrates this tale of murder, theft, and ulterior motives, wrapped up in a Sherlockian puzzle. The game's afoot when Gemma finds a rare copy of Conan Doyle's earliest Holmes story hidden in her store, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, located at 222 Baker Street in West London, Cape Cod. Smoothly and exactingly, much like... Read More

  • THE WORLD BENEATH

    THE WORLD BENEATH

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Janice Warman | Read by Debi Hawkins

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Debi Hawkins grew up in Africa and still lives there, so it's not surprising that she's so fluent in portraying both the Xhosa-speaking young Joshua and his mother, as well as the Afrikaans language of white South Africans. She brings realism and character distinction to this story of a boy who learns to fight South Africa's apartheid system in 1976. Speaking in the... Read More

  • BY ANY NAME

    BY ANY NAME

    by Cynthia Voigt | Read by Katherine Fenton

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Fans of Cynthia Voigt, the Newberry Award-winning author of HOMECOMING and DICEY'S SONG, will welcome her venture into grown-up territory. Katherine Fenton's spirited narration gives zip to the indomitable central figure, Elfrieda "Rida" Smith. While trying to put some order to her chaotic family history, Rida's youngest daughter--she has four, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy--discovers... Read More

  • JANE OF AUSTIN

    JANE OF AUSTIN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Hillary Manton Lodge | Read by Kate Handford

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Kate Handford will win listeners over with this sweet and charming performance. Jane of Austin is a contemporary retelling of the classic SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Jane and her two sisters, Ceila, recovering from heartbreak, and Margot, still in school, move their business and lives to Austin, Texas, from their home in California after their shop is bought out. The... Read More

  • LENIN ON THE TRAIN

    LENIN ON THE TRAIN

    by Catherine Merridale | Read by Gordon Griffin

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    History

    Recounting perhaps the most famous train ride in history, this audiobook tells the story of Vladimir Lenin's return to Russia from exile in Zurich. Once home, he became the leader of the Russian Revolution in 1917, which changed the world then and still impacts us now. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the event and gives us a chance to weigh its importance. Narrator... Read More

  • A TOUCH OF FROST

    A TOUCH OF FROST

    by Jo Goodman | Read by Laurence Bouvard

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Laurence Bouvard brings warmth and humor to this wonderful Western audiobook. Phoebe Apple is traveling by train to visit her newly married sister. Unknown to Phoebe, her new brother-in-law has sent his son, Remington Frost, to unobtrusively ensure her safe arrival in Frost Falls. Needless to say, the trip is eventful, starting with a train robbery and going downhill... Read More

  • I FOUND YOU

    I FOUND YOU

    by Lisa Jewell | Read by Helen Duff

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This compelling audiobook grabs listeners from the opening chapter. The suspenseful story looks at the ways our lives collide and the unexpected connections we make when we least expect them. Narrator Helen Duff deftly transitions between the diverse characters, giving each his or her own identity and distinct voice: Alice, a single mom who often acts before she thinks; Lily, a... Read More

  • VINCENT AND THEO

    VINCENT AND THEO The Van Gogh Brothers

    by Deborah Heiligman | Read by Phil Fox

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Phil Fox weaves facts and anecdotes with aplomb as he delivers the biographies of brothers Vincent and Theo van Gogh. Fox’s delivery is crisp and precise, a style that goes well with the present-tense writing. The audiobook has the structure of a walk through an art gallery, and Fox helps listeners enter the scenes. This dynamic biography includes imaginative... Read More

  • HOT MILK

    HOT MILK

    by Deborah Levy | Read by Romola Garai

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Romola Garai brings listeners into the inquisitive and observant mind of Sofia Papastergiadis, a timid unemployed anthropologist turned barista. In a story that is at times dreamy and at times chilling, Garai portrays Sofia, her mother, Rose, and their strange tenure on the coast of Spain, where the eccentric Dr. Gomez works to identify the source of Rose's enigmatic... Read More

  • GIRL OUT OF WATER

    GIRL OUT OF WATER

    by Laura Silverman | Read by Laurence Bouvard

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Laurence Bouvard has the voice of surfer-girl Anise down pat. The summer before her senior year finds her looking forward to surfing, partying, and hanging out with her friends on the beach--until a family emergency sends her and her father to Nebraska to help out when her aunt is seriously injured. Anise sounds confident and self-absorbed yet often unable to be honest... Read More

  • BEYOND THE WILD RIVER

    BEYOND THE WILD RIVER

    by Sarah Maine | Read by Kirsty Cox

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Maine's latest novel creates a compelling listening experience of history, mystery, and atmosphere. The story moves from Charles Ballantyre's Scotland estate in 1888 to 1893, to a visit to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and a fishing trip to Ontario's Nipigon River, setting the stage for long-delayed justice. With authentic accents, changing tones, and a good pace, Kristy... Read More

  • FACTORY GIRL

    FACTORY GIRL

    by Josanne La Valley | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Tavia Gilbert takes listeners on a difficult journey in the voice of Roshen, a 16-year-old Muslim Uyghur from rural China who is forced to leave her family to work in a factory thousands of miles away. Roshen's fear and horror at her new life are skillfully conveyed by Gilbert; her tone and characterization perfectly reflect the bleak situation Roshen and the girls she... Read More

  • ON TURPENTINE LANE

    ON TURPENTINE LANE

    by Elinor Lipman | Read by Mia Barron

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    So what if Faith Frankel's fiancé has turned out to be a dud, her new house may have once been the scene of multiple murders, and her boss has wrongly accused her of embezzling? Her friends and handsome co-worker are there to see her through. Narrator Mia Barron's spot-on timing brings out the best of the smart dialogue and understated humor in this story of contemporary life... Read More

  • BEASTLY BRAINS

    BEASTLY BRAINS Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel

    by Nancy F. Castaldo | Read by Charon Normand-Widmer

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Children

    In this fascinating nonfiction audiobook, Castaldo discusses an array of scientific research on animal cognition in a language accessible to young people. The production opens with a spritely melody and an introduction that explains how brain size in relation to body size may impact intelligence. Charon Normand-Widmer narrates at a pace that is easy to follow. Her delivery is... Read More

  • THE MESMERIST

    THE MESMERIST

    by Ronald L. Smith | Read by Colleen Prendergast

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Colleen Prendergast's steady performance allows young listeners to get caught up in the magical adventures of 13-year-old "mesmerist" Jessamine, who lives in Victorian London. Jess believes she and her mum are fake spiritualists, taking grieving people's money and pretending to have them speak to their dead loved ones. In actuality, Jess CAN speak to the dead, and the... Read More

  • CULTURE SMART! AUSTRALIA

    CULTURE SMART! AUSTRALIA The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

    by Barry Penney, Gina Teague | Read by Peter Noble

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    For those who are interested in the land down under, this audiobook presents an overview of Australian culture and history. Narrator Peter Noble's narration is easy to understand, though some aspects of the work do not transition well from the written page to the audio format--for example, when Noble seems to be doing rote recitations of facts and figures. During these lists,... Read More

  • THE LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL

    THE LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL

    by Charlie Lovett | Read by Charles Armstrong

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The fictional cathedral city of Barchester, England, is the setting for this rich mix of history, romance, and mystery. Narrator Charles Armstrong recounts the story of a quest to uncover a lost ancient manuscript and the secret of the Holy Grail. Armstrong does a sterling job of bringing to life Arthur Prescott, an English professor who lives for his time in the library. The... Read More

  • AFTERNOONS IN PARIS

    AFTERNOONS IN PARIS The Francis Bacon Mysteries, Book 5

    by Janice Law | Read by Paul Ansdell

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In decadent 1920s Paris, the young artist Francis Bacon becomes entangled in love and intrigue. Narrator Paul Ansdell voices the painter with light boyish tones that help to emphasize his youth. This approach to characterization provides an intriguing juxtaposition to the plot, which throws Bacon fully into the adult world of international espionage. The narration is well... Read More

  • MERROW

    MERROW

    by Ananda Braxton-Smith | Read by Lucy Brownhill

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Steeped in well-researched Irish folklore, with careful attention to the unique culture of an island in the Irish Sea, MERROW is a beautifully crafted coming-of-age audiobook. Neen, an Irish girl, lives an isolated life with her Auntie Ushag in Carrick, where townspeople mix folklore and gossip to explain their world. Narrator Lucy Brownhill portrays 12-year-old Neen as she... Read More

  • THE DARK FLOOD RISES

    THE DARK FLOOD RISES

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Margaret Drabble | Read by Anna Bentinck

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This masterly novel by the great English author Margaret Drabble is beautifully served by Anna Bentinck's low-key and sensitive performance, which permits the book's language and meaning to shine. Ostensibly about Fran, a "woman of a certain age" who assesses sheltered housing for the elderly, and her relationships with friends, relatives, and acquaintances, the novel is a... Read More

  • PIRATE HUNTER'S MISTRESS

    PIRATE HUNTER'S MISTRESS

    by Lynette Vinet | Read by Tanya Hyde

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Marlee Stafford, a wealthy commoner with an undeserved tarnished reputation, weds by proxy a man she is told is the dissolute but noble rake Richard Arden. When she discovers all is not as it appears, Marlee must risk everything to find and keep true love. Not even Tanya Hyde's ability to deftly delivery all types of British accents can transform this predictable pirate tale... Read More

  • BY ANY OTHER NAME

    BY ANY OTHER NAME

    by Candace Camp | Read by Karlyn Stephen

    Dreamscape | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Beautiful and determined Lady Rylla Campbell disguises herself as a young man in order to find her brother, who has gone missing in Regency Edinburgh. When Lord Gregory Rose comes to her rescue and then sees through her disguise and vows to help her, laughter and love follow. Narrator Karlyn Stephen's Scottish accents sound appropriate and authentic. As she uses slight tonal... Read More

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