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  • CROSSINGS

    CROSSINGS How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet

    by Ben Goldfarb | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Malcolm Hillgartner epitomizes a fine nonfiction narrator. He lets these often disturbing stories of road ecology (annals of roadkills) reveal themselves in an understated way. A master of pace and cadence, his tone works with the dramatic statistics provided: About one million wild animals perish daily from cars, 40 million miles of roads ring the planet, and the fires in... Read More

  • AGAINST TECHNOABLEISM

    AGAINST TECHNOABLEISM Rethinking Who Needs Improvement

    by Ashley Shew | Read by Maria Pendolino

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Maria Pendolino performs this short collection of essays featuring Dr. Ashley Shew's concept of "technoableism," a type of ableist belief that technology can, and should, "cure" disabled people. Shew uses her experience as a chronically ill, hard-of-hearing cancer survivor and amputee to illustrate how technology helps assist her in her everyday life. But, at the same time,... Read More

  • GANGSTERS DON'T DIE

    GANGSTERS DON'T DIE Gangsterland, Book 3

    by Tod Goldberg | Read by Johnny Heller

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Johnny Heller solidly maintains the author's intriguing premise: A mobster from Chicago is hiding as a rabbi in Las Vegas. Whether David Cohen--aka Sal Cupertine--will be found out by those who are after him is the mystery. Heller understands how to shape characters with voices that fit their personalities. It's a challenge, with the handful of heavies, but Heller--an... Read More

  • INVITATION TO A BANQUET

    INVITATION TO A BANQUET The Story of Chinese Food

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Fuchsia Dunlop | Read by Fuchsia Dunlop

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    UK-born-and-bred author Fuchsia Dunlop adds zest to her ardent narration of her epicurean adventures around China and the history of Chinese food. A year-long academic scholarship in Sichuan, China, led to an invitation to study at the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine. Her acceptance, which stemmed from a love of food, cooking, and a desire to spend more time in the city,... Read More

  • THE UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD

    THE UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD Meetings with the Dutch Masters

    by Benjamin Moser | Read by Paul Boehmer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Paul Boehmer's thoughtful, well-paced narration encourages close listening to this beautifully written personal memoir and guide to the seventeenth-century Dutch master painters. When Pulitzer Prize-winning author Benjamin Moser relocated to the Netherlands, he sought to understand his place in a foreign country by delving into the lives and work of Rembrandt, Fabritius,... Read More

  • ALL-NIGHT PHARMACY

    ALL-NIGHT PHARMACY

    by Ruth Madievsky | Read by Moniqua Plante

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The unnamed narrator of Madievsky's latest novel has always been drawn to big sister Debbie's exciting, chaotic lifestyle. The night of the narrator's high school graduation, she accompanies Debbie to Salvation, an L.A. bar filled with energy healers, hopeful actors, and misfits. Thus begins her journey into addiction. Moniqua Plante gives the protagonist a strong but detached... Read More

  • THE FIRST DATE PROPHECY

    THE FIRST DATE PROPHECY

    by Kate Tamberelli, Danny Tamberelli | Read by Danny Tamberelli, Mara Wilson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    This rom-com is expertly performed by Mara Wilson and Nickelodeon star Danny Tamberelli. Lucy doesn't feel like she's going anywhere in life, and Rudy wants a relationship with someone who doesn't care that he was a 90s TV star. When they go on a date, it ends with a grave prediction from a psychic: Their romance will be equally rewarding and disastrous. For a romance heavy on... Read More

  • THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE AND LOSS

    THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE AND LOSS

    by Bart Yates | Read by Curtis Michael Holland

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Curtis Michael Holland portrays Noah York, who is kind of a jerk. A struggling not-so-young artist and the son of a Pulitzer-winning poet, he spends the several days of the story trying hard not to grow up despite the pressure of events. And those days are full of a remarkable number of events, including deadly disease, long-lost relatives, felonies, and romantic entanglements.... Read More

  • HALF-LIFE OF A STOLEN SISTER

    HALF-LIFE OF A STOLEN SISTER

    by Rachel Cantor | Read by Tanya Eby

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Tanya Eby performs this unusual fictionalized biography of the Brontë family, particularly Anne, Charlotte, and Emily and their brother, Bramwell. She acts out the various vignettes that imagine the Brontës' lives as children, teens, and then adult writers. The stories are set in time periods that range from the mid-nineteenth century to the late twentieth (long past their... Read More

  • MANY THINGS UNDER A ROCK

    MANY THINGS UNDER A ROCK The Mysteries of Octopuses

    by David Scheel | Read by David Stifel

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    As this audiobook begins, David Stifel depicts a scene in which the author watches an octopus disappear into kelp, still visible though camouflaged. Scheel brings both personal experiences such as this one and his knowledge from 25 years of study to his writing on these creatures, which Alaskan Natives call "many things under a rock." Stifel has a touch of gravel in his voice,... Read More

  • UNDER THE HENFLUENCE

    UNDER THE HENFLUENCE Inside the World of Backyard Chickens and the People Who Love Them

    by Tove Danovich | Read by Tove Danovich

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Listening to Tove Danovich is like spending time with a deeply enthusiastic and knowledgeable chicken-loving pal. Journalist and hen-keeper Danovich offers pleasantly playful but informative accounts of our long fascination and relationship with chickens--set against the backdrop of her own suburban hen keeping. She moves from whimsical tones to those conveying deep curiosity... Read More

  • PLANTA SAPIENS

    PLANTA SAPIENS The New Science of Plant Intelligence

    by Paco Calvo, Natalie Lawrence | Read by Christopher P. Brown

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Christopher Brown's timbre may sound less than ideal to some listeners, but his interpretations are clear, and he's in sync with the author's passion for the intelligence he sees in the incredibly diverse plant kingdom. Paco Calvo argues that plants may not have centralized brains like higher animals but often have communication systems that allow them to adapt, remember,... Read More

  • JEWS IN THE GARDEN

    JEWS IN THE GARDEN A Holocaust Survivor, the Fate of His Family, and the Secret History of Poland in World War II

    by Judy Rakowsky | Read by Judy Rakowsky

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Judy Rakowsky recounts her thirty-year search for her long-lost relative, Hena, the only survivor of a family that was killed one night in Poland near the end of WWII. Investigative journalist Rakowsky has the perfect skills to follow her older cousin, Sam, a Holocaust survivor, on this journey. Rakowsky candidly expresses her frustration with waiting for translations, Sam's... Read More

  • THE PARROT AND THE IGLOO

    THE PARROT AND THE IGLOO Climate and the Science of Denial

    by David Lipsky | Read by Mike Chamberlain

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Mike Chamberlain's believable tone and unhurried pace make him a great choice to narrate this audiobook subtitled "Climate and the Science of Denial." He animates the author's controlled irony and subtly brings out the frustration that runs through Lipsky's discussion. This is a long story of facts versus falsehoods and the climate-change deniers who have benefitted from both... Read More

  • THE WOMAN IN THE CASTELLO

    THE WOMAN IN THE CASTELLO

    by Kelsey James | Read by Patricia Santomasso

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Patricia Santomasso takes us to Italy in the 1960s. When American actress Silvia finds that the film she was supposed to shoot in Italy is canceled, she and her mother are left almost penniless. Silvia then travels to the castello of her eccentric aunt, Gabriella, once a famous actress, hoping to borrow some money. The castle is chosen as the location for a new horror... Read More

  • EUPHORIA

    EUPHORIA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Elin Cullhed, Jennifer Hayashida [Trans.] | Read by Kelly Burke

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Kelly Burke beautifully channels Sylvia Plath in this fictional memoir. As the last few months of Plath's life unfold, Burke gives voice to the emotional swings the poet might have endured as she struggled with a difficult pregnancy, the isolation of the Devon countryside, and her husband Ted Hughes's inattention and infidelity. Even though the sad facts of Plath's last days... Read More

  • THE DRIVE FOR DOLLARS

    THE DRIVE FOR DOLLARS How Fiscal Politics Shaped Urban Freeways and Transformed American Cities

    by Jeffrey R. Brown, Eric A. Morris, Brian D. Taylor | Read by Derek Dysart

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Derek Dysart brings an announcer's voice to this history of road construction and its effects in the U.S. He clearly guides listeners through complicated issues related to the development of our freeways and interstate highways. Dysart speaks urgently as he voices the fears of downtown merchants as businesses moved to the suburbs. His tone softens sympathetically as he narrates... Read More

  • WOMEN WE BURIED, WOMEN WE BURNED

    WOMEN WE BURIED, WOMEN WE BURNED A Memoir

    by Rachel Louise Snyder | Read by Rachel Louise Snyder

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Rachel Louise Snyder's trauma and empathy are powerfully present in her narration of this memoir. Snyder's mother died when she was 8; two years later her father remarried and violently forced strict evangelical principles upon her family. Kicked out of school and her home at 16, she could barely manage her life; she was too young for a lease or bank account. Snyder's voice is... Read More

  • FRANK

    FRANK sonnets

    by Diane Seuss | Read by Diane Seuss

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Dianne Seuss narrates her collection of poems with a deliberate cadence. Her tone suggests an intimate public performance and creates a deeply disarming and personal listening experience. Her topics include ruminations on mortality, with the constant refrain of a life lived and paths not taken. Seuss reflects on suicidal ideation, difficult relationships, sex, and the powerful... Read More

  • SOMEONE ELSE'S BUCKET LIST

    SOMEONE ELSE'S BUCKET LIST

    by Amy T. Matthews | Read by Brenda Scott Wlazlo

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    The first chapters of this family drama will be hard to bear if the listener has recently lost a loved one. In a gentle, sympathetic voice, narrator Brenda Scott Wlazlo tells the story of Instagram superstar Bree Boyd, whose glamorous life is cut short by cancer. Jodie Boyd commits to completing her late sister's bucket list while being followed on Instagram in return for... Read More

  • MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH MURDER

    MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH MURDER American in Paris, Book 1

    by Colleen Cambridge | Read by Polly Lee

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Polly Lee has a lot of fun narrating this new series about a novice detective, and it is infectious. Tabitha Knight, a fictional neighbor of Julia Child (yes, that Julia), finds herself at the top of the suspect list when a dead body is found in the cellar--with a note in her handwriting. Lee excels at evoking the wide-eyed wonder of this American in Paris. She balances this... Read More

  • THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE

    THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE

    by Audrey Niffenegger | Read by Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Audrey Niffenegger's time-traveling love story, first published in 2003, is made even better by entertaining performances from Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole. Librarian Henry DeTamble has no control over his time traveling. Clare is only 6 years old when Henry first appears to her from the future. Clare's life continues in a linear path as Henry drops in, mostly unexpectedly.... Read More

  • THE POISON MACHINE

    THE POISON MACHINE

    by Robert J. Lloyd | Read by Dan Calley

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Dan Calley narrates this historical mystery set in London and Paris in 1769. Henry Hunt and Robert Hooke of the Royal Society and Hooke's niece, Grace, team up once more. Hunt, now an intelligencer for the Royal Ordnance, undertakes several missions. He must find whoever is impersonating the Queen's dwarf, locate a missing diamond, and foil the plot to kill England's Queen... Read More

  • SPIDERWEB CAPITALISM

    SPIDERWEB CAPITALISM How Global Elites Exploit Frontier Markets

    by Kimberly Kay Hoang | Read by Kathleen Li

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Business & Finance

    Kathleen Li warmly, effectively, and efficiently narrates Hoang's well-researched glimpse behind the proverbial curtain of the shadow economy that offers global elites opportunities to invest in risky frontier markets. While the content is revealing, at times shocking, Li's narration remains deliberate, measured, and unadorned. Those who have wondered about the use and purpose... Read More

  • MURDER BOOK

    MURDER BOOK

    by Thomas Perry | Read by Peter Berkrot

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Peter Berkrot portrays PI Harry Duncan with a confident authority that reflects Duncan's intelligence, street smarts, ingenuity, and caring. Perry fans will recognize the mix of innocents needing defending, seriously bad guys, and tense chase scenes. Duncan is hired by his ex-wife, a U.S. attorney, to investigate what appears to be organized crime moving into small Midwestern... Read More

  • THE DEAL GOES DOWN

    THE DEAL GOES DOWN Tony Casella, Book 4

    by Larry Beinhart | Read by Paul Heitsch

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Paul Heitsch is the perfect narrator for this mystery packed full of dark humor and intrigue. PI Tony Casella's goal of living a quiet, solitary life is turned upside down when an apparent chance meeting on a train draws him into the business of murder for hire. Heitsch's strong characterization creates a highly believable and likable lead character in Casella, a man who is... Read More

  • THE CRITIC'S DAUGHTER

    THE CRITIC'S DAUGHTER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Priscilla Gilman | Read by Priscilla Gilman

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Priscilla Gilman begins narrating her memoir by expressing concern about her ability to fully capture the complexity of her father and their relationship. Her wary tone doesn't continue long. Soon she, and listeners, are engaged in stories about her life with her famous dad, writer, theater critic, and Yale School of Drama professor Richard Gilman. The author delivers... Read More

  • ORCHID MUSE

    ORCHID MUSE A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers

    by Erica Hannickel | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Nicol Zanzarella's narration lends elegance and gravitas to the exquisite orchid plant, which has an impressive international history and continues to evoke the passions of an ever-growing fan club. Much more than a detailed explanation of orchid care, this audiobook is a comprehensive dive into the orchid's influence on culturally significant people--rulers, like China's 1860s... Read More

  • THE STRANGE INHERITANCE OF LEAH FERN

    THE STRANGE INHERITANCE OF LEAH FERN

    by Rita Zoey Chin | Read by Sarah Skaer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Chin's debut novel, a unique coming-of-age story, introduces listeners to Leah, who was once "the youngest and very best fortune teller in the world." Sarah Skaer keeps listeners engaged as she recounts Leah's journey to solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance when she was 6. Now 21 and an outcast in the world, she's planning her suicide when a knock at her door changes... Read More

  • USERS

    USERS

    by Colin Winnette | Read by Justin Price

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    It takes some doing to get inside Miles, this audiobook's screwed-up protagonist (using the term loosely). Yet narrator Justin Price smoothly dissects this lead character as he unravels. Miles has been coasting as a star creative at a virtual-reality corporation, but then he becomes a pariah receiving death threats, thanks in large part to a change in company policy. A person... Read More

  • THE TANGLED STARS

    THE TANGLED STARS

    by Edward Willett | Read by Wayne Mitchell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    The journey begins with a grumpily drawled entry from "Thibault's Log." A moment later, listeners learn that Thibault is a cat with AI modifications. The story is told from the flippant point of view of Cooper Douglas, who makes his living through "pre-salvage," otherwise known as theft. Douglas stumbles on a mast that could take him to a new area of space--if he can get his... Read More

  • FRANCE

    FRANCE An Adventure History

    by Graham Robb | Read by Tom Lawrence

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Graham Robb cycles his way through French history from the Gauls to Charlie Hebdo in these unconnected historical essays. Narrator Tom Lawrence has his work cut out for him with all the French names and terms and dense details that don't always have a clear context. Lawrence has a lovely English accent, an attractive lilt, and good energy. But sometimes he sounds a bit too... Read More

  • A BALLET OF LEPERS

    A BALLET OF LEPERS A Novel and Stories

    by Leonard Cohen | Read by Ottessa Moshfegh

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Ottessa Moshfegh, author of several audiobooks, one of which she narrates, steps in to deliver this new production of the late Leonard Cohen's early fiction, written in the 1950s. The 16 short stories and a novella are a snapshot of the period and the artist's development of his voice. Cohen focuses on themes of violence, deeply intimate sex, rejection, the betrayals of old... Read More

  • REMEMBRANCE DAY

    REMEMBRANCE DAY

    by Henry Porter | Read by Matt Addis

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Matt Addis taps into his agility with accents to perform the many English, Irish, and American characters in this well-plotted thriller. The story opens with an explosion in a London tube station, where listeners are introduced to Irish-born Constantine (Con) Lindow, a research scientist who is arrested for the bombing. To prove his innocence, he agrees to work with... Read More

  • THE SEVEN MOONS OF MAALI ALMEIDA

    THE SEVEN MOONS OF MAALI ALMEIDA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Shehan Karunatilaka | Read by Shivantha Wijesinha

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This year's Booker Prize novel is also one of its most compelling audiobooks. Set in a violent phase of Sri Lanka's recent history, the story is often grim--but also deliciously ingenious and suspenseful. The narrator, recently murdered, addresses himself as "you," reconstructing a storyline in which the afterlife exists simultaneously with the living world and the victim... Read More

  • A POCKET GUIDE TO PIGEON WATCHING

    A POCKET GUIDE TO PIGEON WATCHING Getting to Know the World's Most Misunderstood Bird

    by Rosemary Mosco | Read by Janet Metzger

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    It's safe to say that you'll never look at the humble pigeon the same way again after hearing this fun and fascinating audiobook. Mosco is unmistakably fond of her subjects, and Janet Metzger reflects that in her informative narration. She sounds interested and engaged as she shares facts about everything from pigeon biology and behavior to famous pigeons in history. But the... Read More

  • DEAD-END MEMORIES

    DEAD-END MEMORIES Stories

    by Banana Yoshimoto, Asa Yoneda [Trans.] | Read by Kathleen Li

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This collection of short stories by Banana Yoshimoto features five women and centers on the common theme of recovery from life-changing events. These include consuming a poisoned curry meant for someone else; encountering the ghosts of a kindly, elderly couple; and finding hope for new romance following a sexual assault. Narrator Kathleen Li matches Yoshimoto's spare,... Read More

  • BEYOND MEASURE

    BEYOND MEASURE The Hidden History of Measurement from Cubits to Quantum Constraints

    by James Vincent | Read by James Vincent

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This is the first book, first audiobook, and first audiobook narration by British journalist James Vincent, and his history of measurement is informative, enriching, and unexpectedly lively. This is one of those rare audiobooks that makes one look at the world fresh, and whole. For American ears, Vincent's distinctive British vowels and syllabication may require some... Read More

  • INDIGENOUS CONTINENT

    INDIGENOUS CONTINENT The Epic Contest for North America

    by Pekka Hamalainen | Read by Kaipo Schwab

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Kaipo Schwab narrates this sweeping history of North America, which is focused primarily on the territory that would become the United States. It is told from the vantage point of Indigenous peoples, who first arrived in around 10,000 BCE. Its emphasis is on the time period beginning with the first Europeans' "discovery" of the continent, and it continues through the latter... Read More

  • THINGS WE FOUND WHEN THE WATER WENT DOWN

    THINGS WE FOUND WHEN THE WATER WENT DOWN

    by Tegan Nia Swanson | Read by Ann Richardson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Ann Richardson performs this snowy mystery, which revolves around a daughter's search for the truth. Marietta goes missing after she's accused of murdering a man. Her daughter, Lena, is determined to find out what really happened. In a series of transcripts, articles, and descriptions, listeners follow Lena's investigation, slowly putting together the full picture of that snowy... Read More

  • THE LANTERN'S EMBER

    THE LANTERN'S EMBER

    by Colleen Houck | Read by Piper Goodeve

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Piper Goodeve's talents are showcased in this young adult fantasy. Charged with safeguarding a portal to the Otherworld, Jack has dutifully performed his job for hundreds of years. Things change when he crosses paths with the young witch Ember O'Dare. When Ember slips Jack's protection and finds her way into the Otherworld without his help, he leaves his post to save her.... Read More

  • MOTHERCARE

    MOTHERCARE On Obligation, Love, Death, and Ambivalence

    by Lynne Tillman | Read by Kim Niemi

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Kim Niemi's delivery of this memoir takes a potentially emotional situation and, as the author does, expresses it with a neutrality that is based more in thought than emotion. Whether this work is considered a short memoir or an extended essay, it reflects the author's continual adjustments through 11 years of caring for her mother, for whom she did not have wholly positive... Read More

  • IN THE TIME OF OUR HISTORY

    IN THE TIME OF OUR HISTORY

    by Susanne Pari | Read by Mozhan Marnò

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Mozhan Marnò brings a sensitive, evocative tone to this intergenerational story of the women in an Iranian American family. Mitra, the family rebel, is given a strong demeanor that will have listeners rooting for her as she grapples with tradition and grief at the loss of her sister. Her mother, Shireen, is torn by competing loyalties to her children and her husband. Marnò does... Read More

  • BEFORE ALL THE WORLD

    BEFORE ALL THE WORLD

    by Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Read by Moriel Rothman-Zecher

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Israeli American author Moriel Rothman-Zecher delivers a dazzling narration of his novel of trauma, identity, and sexuality in 1930s Philadelphia. The story centers on three characters: recent arrivals to America Leyb and Gittl, who are the only Jewish survivors of a pogrom in their Ukrainian village, and Charles, a Black intellectual whom Leyb meets in a gay bar. Charles, who... Read More

  • THE MONSTER'S BONES

    THE MONSTER'S BONES The Discovery of T. Rex and How It Shook Our World

    by David K. Randall | Read by Roman Howell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Roman Howell's narration makes the true story of Barnum Brown, the fossil-hunting scientist from Kansas who found the first Tyrannosaurus rex, seem like an adventure novel. Howell sounds excited and fascinated by Brown's ability to uncover fossils in what was becoming a crowded field. As dinosaurs became popular, the paleontologist from New York's American Museum was always... Read More

  • FOSTER

    FOSTER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Claire Keegan | Read by Aoife McMahon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Claire Keegan's short story is enhanced by Aoife McMahon's exquisite narration. Her soft, melodious accent is the voice of the young, unnamed narrator from an impoverished Irish-Catholic family. Her voice is hurt and unsure as her father drops her off at the home of distant relatives without a suitcase, an explanation, or a goodbye--just an admonishment: "Try not to fall into... Read More

  • THIS STORY WILL CHANGE

    THIS STORY WILL CHANGE After the Happily Ever After

    by Elizabeth Crane | Read by Elizabeth Crane

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    In terse tones, author/narrator Elizabeth Crane gives raw insight into the dissolution of a 15-year marriage and what happens afterward. Crane is stunned the day her husband admits point-blank that he is not happy. In a deadpan tone, she then proceeds to recount the ups and downs of their history together. In darkly funny moments she sarcastically speculates on what caused the... Read More

  • SEASONS OF PURGATORY

    SEASONS OF PURGATORY

    by Shahriar Mandanipour, Sara Khalili [Trans.] | Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Iranian author Mandanipour has written a beautiful and tragic book of short stories, and Fajer Al-Kaisi's narration makes them even more urgent and visceral. Modern Iranian life--including graphic descriptions of warfare and urban sectarian violence--is often juxtaposed with the beauty of the ancient Persian way of life, or at least the imagined versions of many of the tortured... Read More

  • THE WILD HUNT

    THE WILD HUNT

    by Emma Seckel | Read by Ruth Urquhart

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Ruth Urquhart takes on this long-winded tale of a mysterious disappearance and the hunt for a missing lad on a sparsely populated Scottish island. Leigh Welles, depressed and disappointed with life, believes in the mysterious sluagh--legendary, bloodthirsty, soul-stealing Celtic creatures who haunt the island in October. When a local boy goes missing, Welles searches... Read More

  • LUNGFISH

    LUNGFISH

    by Meghan Gilliss | Read by Devon Sorvari

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Devon Sorvari gives a stunning performance of this timely and powerfully affecting audiobook about a young family in dire circumstances. Tuck; her husband, Paul; and their young daughter, Agnes, squat in her late grandmother's home on a remote Maine island, which has been willed to Tuck's long absent father. The family's meager funds are being depleted by Paul, who is addicted... Read More

  • SHOULD I FALL

    SHOULD I FALL

    by Scott Shepherd | Read by Paul Woodson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    With his flawless pacing, Paul Woodson's excellent narration is the perfect match for this engaging listen. The second book in the Austin Grant series brings back the retired Scotland Yard detective; his daughter, Rachel; and her fiancé, NYPD Officer John Frankel. When Frankel's ex-wife is found murdered in his apartment just weeks before his wedding to Rachel, Grant heads to... Read More

  • THE WAR GIRLS

    THE WAR GIRLS

    by V.S Alexander | Read by Kelli Tager

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This powerful work of historical fiction follows the fortunes, actually misfortunes, of the Majewski family, who are trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto during the early years of WWII. Kelli Tager's matter-of fact presentation captures the cruelties of the Nazis, as well as the resilience of the victims. Three women, each smoothly differentiated by Tager, are featured: Hanna, the... Read More

  • THE SEAMSTRESS OF NEW ORLEANS

    THE SEAMSTRESS OF NEW ORLEANS

    by Diane C. McPhail | Read by Jessica Marchbank

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrator Jessica Marchbank is a classically trained vocalist, and that shows in her performance of this audiobook focused on two women in early-twentieth-century New Orleans. Constance Halstead is a young widow; Alice Butterworth may as well be, as her husband has simply disappeared. But their backgrounds are different. Constance has a trust fund, while Alice has only her... Read More

  • BIG GIRL

    BIG GIRL

    by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan | Read by Lisa Renee Pitts

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Lisa Renee Pitts delivers a spirited narration of this coming-of-age debut. Malaya Clondon is a young Black girl growing up in Harlem in the '80s and '90s who faces continual fat shaming. At age 8, she is forced to attend Weight Watchers with her mother, and she suffers harsh judgments and pressures at school, as well as from her hypercritical grandmother. In contrast, Malaya's... Read More

  • WITCHES

    WITCHES

    by Brenda Lozano, Heather Cleary [Trans.] | Read by Kyla Garcia

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Kyla Garcia offers an engrossing performance of this thoughtful audiobook in translation, which examines gender expectations. Feliciana, voiced lyrically, with a slight Mexican accent, is a world-famous traditional healer whose transfem cousin and teacher, Paloma, has been brutally murdered. Zoe, a young journalist from Mexico City sent to cover Paloma's death, is... Read More

  • CHURCHILL'S SHADOW

    CHURCHILL'S SHADOW The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill

    by Geoffrey Wheatcroft | Read by Jonathan Keeble

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Winston Churchill led a life that would be hard to believe in a fictional account. Churchill's lineage--he was descended from John Churchill, the bane of Louis XIV--all but assured that he would be a character of legend--a politician and a warrior, or so it seems. His career in politics, which covered a span of more than a half-century, is enough to demand notice. Jonathan... Read More

  • DIRTBAG, MASSACHUSETTS

    DIRTBAG, MASSACHUSETTS A Confessional

    by Isaac Fitzgerald | Read by Isaac Fitzgerald

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Trust the author/narrator when he says this memoir is a confessional--because it is. And there may be some things about Fitzgerald's life listeners would prefer not to know. Nonetheless, this is an interesting listen about a person who's led a fascinating, if at times, shocking, life. Fitzgerald had a troubled upbringing and shares some heartbreaking stories of violence and... Read More

  • AUTOPORTRAIT

    AUTOPORTRAIT

    by Jesse Ball | Read by James Patrick Cronin

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Novelist and poet Jesse Ball seems to be completely honest in this memoir, so much so that he comes across as arrogant, neurotic, and, frankly, unpleasant. The structure of the audiobook is quite unusual, making it difficult for narrator James Patrick Cronin to develop characters in any of the usual ways. The text jumps around in seeming free association rather than a... Read More

  • RED PAINT

    RED PAINT The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk

    by Sasha LaPointe | Read by Sasha LaPointe

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Sasha LaPointe is an Indigenous artist--a descendant of the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian tribes--as well as a poet and now an author/narrator. She voices her coming-of-age memoir in soft, melodic tones while recounting a nomadic childhood full of identity conflict. LaPointe is an engaging storyteller who shares her various journeys, which range from expanding her... Read More

  • THE DARK FLOOD

    THE DARK FLOOD Benny Griessel, Book 8

    by Deon Meyer | Read by Saul Reichlin

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Saul Reichlin stays calm, but listeners will get caught up in the chaos that starts and ends this audiobook. The mystery--concerning the connection between a missing computer hacker and a realtor's big deal--takes awhile to unfold, but that's to allow for character development. The South African accents are fully comprehensible as Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido, two... Read More

  • WHAT YOUR FOOD ATE

    WHAT YOUR FOOD ATE How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim our Health

    by David R. Montgomery, Anne Biklé | Read by Laural Merlington

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Laural Merlington narrates with intelligence, clarity, good pace, and timing that suits this scientific send-up of how farming practices have devolved. Her serious yet approachable tone and sure cadence work for this detailed and demanding manifesto on regenerative farming. Merlington does especially good work on the profiles and interviews that underpin the husband-and-wife... Read More

  • THE MAIDEN OF ALL OUR DESIRES

    THE MAIDEN OF ALL OUR DESIRES

    by Peter Manseau | Read by Anne Flosnik

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Soft-voiced Anne Flosnik narrates this fourteenth-century tale of a convent in England. In the aftermath of the Black Death, the aging Mother John, abbess of Gaerdegen, leads her nuns, using the controversial Book of Ursula, much to the dismay of the local priest-confessor. Flosnik's steady voice allows this story, filled with long-winded backstories of the nuns' lives, the... Read More

  • PASSERSTHROUGH

    PASSERSTHROUGH

    by Peter Rock | Read by Eric Jason Martin

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Horror

    Narrator Eric Martin's deliberate narration makes listening to this unusual novel about life's challenges both intriguing and troubling. The story of Benjamin, an elderly father, and his estranged daughter, Helen, explores what happened when she disappeared in Mount Rainier National Park at the age of 11. Martin plumbs the crevices of the father-daughter relationship and also... Read More

  • PORTRAIT OF AN UNKNOWN LADY

    PORTRAIT OF AN UNKNOWN LADY

    by Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead [Trans.] | Read by Kyla García

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Kyla García performs Maria Gainza's brief, richly detailed jewel of a novel with just the right touch of insouciance to capture the essence of the duplicitous unnamed narrator. The story takes place in the clandestine world of art forgery in Buenos Aires and features the lives of its eccentric artists and would-be forgers. García delivers the story as if the narrator, an art... Read More

  • THINKING LIKE AN ECONOMIST

    THINKING LIKE AN ECONOMIST How Efficiency Replaced Equality in U.S. Public Policy

    by Elizabeth Popp Berman | Read by Suzie Althens

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Business & Finance

    This detailed history of how economics swayed public policy during the last 60 years has sentences and conceptual threads that would challenge any voice pro. Narrator Suzie Althens has a pleasing vocal tone and melodic pitch range that any narrator would envy. But occasionally her vocal flourishes and placement of pauses interrupt a sentence or conceptual thread that needs more... Read More

  • MANHATTAN PHOENIX

    MANHATTAN PHOENIX The Great Fire of 1835 and the Emergence of Modern New York

    by Daniel S. Levy | Read by Mike Lenz

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Mike Lenz narrates in a thoughtful style and measured tone that work well for this history of nineteenth-century Manhattan. His thoroughly professional performance lets the dozens of compelling anecdotes tell themselves. The listener is engaged by the sometimes chaotic, often revealing stories of fires, riots, diseases, famous people such as John Jacob Astor and P.T. Barnum,... Read More

  • 2 A.M. IN LITTLE AMERICA

    2 A.M. IN LITTLE AMERICA

    by Ken Kalfus | Read by BJ Harrison

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    This postapocalyptic novel is sparse with concrete details, leaving out dates and place names. Only one city is identified, Toronto, and only two countries, the U.S. and Canada. Nor are most of the characters named. The world being painted is one in which the future is uncertain for American exiles, and exile is the only safe course of action remaining for Americans, including... Read More

  • BODY WORK

    BODY WORK The Radical Power of Personal Narrative

    by Melissa Febos | Read by Melissa Febos

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Author/narrator Melissa Febos delivers a rousing manifesto on the transformative power of personal storytelling. This part-memoir, part-writing guide is presented as a series of candid essays that explore writing about traumatic experiences. Febos draws listeners in with her clear, unapologetic narration of practical advice about how to write about ourselves and/or others. She... Read More

  • THE CONTAGION NEXT TIME

    THE CONTAGION NEXT TIME

    by Sandro Galea | Read by Roman Howell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Sandro Galea's analysis of the Covid-19 pandemic is a public health call to action, and narrator Roman Howell capably conveys this message. After each solemn chapter title announcement, Howell amps up the urgency as he describes the pandemic's effects on geography, politics, economics, racism, and history itself. Howell's narration reinforces Galea's tenet: Medicine and... Read More

  • A SPY'S LIFE

    A SPY'S LIFE Robert Harland, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Henry Porter | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Matthew Lloyd Davies’s performance is intelligent, honest, and compelling in this intriguing story filled with spycraft and surprises. Robert Harland, ex-British spy, currently works for the UN secretary- general. After surviving a plane crash, which was possibly sabotage, he’s drawn back into intelligence work. Years earlier, as an agent in Czechoslovakia, Harland’s career and... Read More

  • SEVEN GAMES

    SEVEN GAMES A Human History

    by Oliver Roeder | Read by William Sarris

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    An echo of adolescent enthusiasm underlies William Sarris's lively narration--a fitting tone for this history of the world's favorite and most enduring games. Checkers, backgammon, chess, Go, poker, Scrabble, bridge--even before you've finished the first chapter and heard all the possible opening moves in a checkers match, you realize that these are no passing adolescent... Read More

  • HUNGER

    HUNGER A Novella and Stories

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lan Samantha Chang | Read by Eunice Wong

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Eunice Wong delivers an emotionally absorbing performance of this poignant novella and five short stories. This fictional compilation explores complexities of the Asian-American experience, including issues such as assimilation and intergenerational trauma. In the titular novella, HUNGER, Wong magnificently renders the heartbreaking tone and presents authentic... Read More

  • THE LATINIST

    THE LATINIST

    by Mark Prins | Read by Sasha Higgins

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Listeners often find that an audiobook performance enhances and sometimes redefines the written narrative, and this example is an interesting case in point. The author is male, the narrator female. The point of view is third-person omniscient, but our sympathies are solidly with the novel's beleaguered heroine. Mark Prins's story of a senior professor stifling the career of... Read More

  • THE LEFT-HANDED TWIN

    THE LEFT-HANDED TWIN Jane Whitefield, Book 9

    by Thomas Perry | Read by Joyce Bean

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Joyce Bean, the voice of this series, returns to bring listeners Native American Jane Whitefield. In helping a young woman disappear from a murderous boyfriend, Jane triggers a blood-thirsty pursuit by the Russian mob, pushing her to leverage her well-honed survival skills. Bean portrays Jane with an even-paced, somewhat monotone voice that conveys calm intelligence.... Read More

  • SMALL THINGS LIKE THESE

    SMALL THINGS LIKE THESE

    by Claire Keegan | Read by Aidan Kelly

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Aiden Kelly gives a masterful narration of this brief novel, set in a small Irish town in 1985. Bill Furlong, the son of an unwed mother and now a coal merchant with a family, leads a comfortable life. But menace gradually creeps into Kelly's brogue, reflecting the shattering of Furlong's complacency. During a coal delivery to the town's convent, he finds a young woman locked... Read More

  • BIBLIOLEPSY

    BIBLIOLEPSY

    by Gina Apostol | Read by Rachel Coates

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Rachel Coates captures the vitality of Primi Peregrino, a passionate booklover. The Marcos regime has brought the economy in the Philippines to its knees. Primi and her sister are orphans, yet while the world around her is in flux, Primi thinks only of books, sex, books, and more sex--preferably with a book nearby. Primi's creed is "I read, therefore, I am." Although a... Read More

  • DEAD MAN'S HAND

    DEAD MAN'S HAND Crime Fiction at the Poker Table

    by Otto Penzler [Ed.] | Read by Leon Nixon, Keith Sellon-Wright, Gail Shalan

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    This trio of narrators hits the mark. Poker and crime play a role in these short stories, which come to life with their deft narrations. Many of the authors are well known; for example, Joyce Carol Oates, Laura Lippman, and Michael Connelly. For the characters at a party in "Pitch Black," narrator Keith Sellon-Wright creates an exceptional range of voices, alternating mostly... Read More

  • THE TWILIGHT ZONE

    THE TWILIGHT ZONE

    by Nona Fernández, Natasha Wimmer [Trans.] | Read by Raquel Beattie

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Raquel Beattie masterfully engages listeners with her calm, clear voice as she performs this audiobook. For the first-person protagonist, living in Chile during the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet is like living in another dimension--not unlike the one depicted in the 1960s television series "The Twilight Zone." Nothing is what it seems; people change their names, have... Read More

  • MURDER AT MALLOWAN HALL

    MURDER AT MALLOWAN HALL Phyllida Bright, Book 1

    by Colleen Cambridge | Read by Jennifer M. Dixon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Jennifer M. Dixon sets the perfect pace for this clever series debut set at the fictional estate of mystery writer Agatha Christie. Phyllida Bright, Christie's capable housekeeper, channels her boss's famous character, private detective Hercule Poirot, when she investigates the murder of an unexpected guest at a weekend house party. Dixon animates the dialogue,... Read More

  • DIRTY WORK

    DIRTY WORK Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America

    by Eyal Press | Read by Neil Shah

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Author Eyal Press asks listeners to consider his view that grave moral injuries are being inflicted upon workers in a variety of "dirty" industries. Narrator Neil Shah sounds like a seasoned survival show narrator as he brings seriousness, tension, and concern to the author's probing interviews with a panoply of workers. They include mental health professionals in prisons,... Read More

  • THE MENOPAUSE MANIFESTO

    THE MENOPAUSE MANIFESTO Own Your Health Through Facts and Feminism

    by Jen Gunter | Read by Jen Gunter

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    FROM THE PUBLISHER: Frank and funny, Dr. Jen Gunter debunks misogynistic attitudes and challenges the over-mystification of menopause to reveal everything you really need to know about: perimenopause, hot flashes, sleep disruption, sex and libido, depression and mood changes, skin and hair issues, outdated therapies, breast health, weight and muscle mass, health maintenance... Read More

  • LATE CITY

    LATE CITY

    by Robert Olen Butler | Read by Danny Campbell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Danny Campbell uses a raspy, scratchy timbre to create the voice of a 115-year-old Sam Cunningham, who, on his deathbed, is reviewing his life with God. Sam's remarkable life begins in Louisiana under the thumb of an abusive father. After serving in WWI, Sam begins an illustrious career in journalism. Campbell's expressive voice guides listeners through Sam's reporting... Read More

  • PHANTOMS

    PHANTOMS

    by Christian Kiefer | Read by Peter Berkrot

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Listeners who enjoy a moving historical novel will appreciate Peter Berkrot's narration as two California families are shaped by war, bigotry, and disastrously entangled relationships. Berkrot brings to life the Wilsons and Takahashis, whose lives are forever altered by the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Takahashis, tenants of the Wilsons, are sent to an internment camp. Their... Read More

  • CHARLIE BROWN'S AMERICA

    CHARLIE BROWN'S AMERICA The Popular Politics of Peanuts

    by Blake Scott Ball | Read by Johnny Heller

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Blake Scott Ball uses subtlety and understatement, much like "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz himself did, to paint a thoughtful portrait of Schulz's life and the political commentary he quietly placed in his renowned comic strip and later animated television specials. Sadly, Johnny Heller's delivery style is more like that of an anchorman. (Think: "Here now--the news!") It... Read More

  • SUMMER FUN

    SUMMER FUN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jeanne Thornton | Read by Jeanne Thornton

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    On one level, this remarkable audiobook focuses on Gala, a trans woman who is looking for meaning in contemporary New Mexico. Deeper focus, however, is given to Gala's quasi-biographical fan letters to (and about) B--, the genius behind 1960s surf band the Get Happies. Intensity mounts as Gala's and B--'s experiences of gender and displacement overlap, and author Jeanne... Read More

  • THE SEED KEEPER

    THE SEED KEEPER

    by Diane Wilson | Read by Kyla García

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Memoirist Diane Wilson's first novel celebrates the role of Dakota women who kept their seeds and culture alive across generations. Narrator Kyla Garcia portrays four generations of women who preserve seeds and stories. She brings Rosalie Iron Wing to life as she struggles to overcome her past as a foster child, live as the wife of a white farmer, and search for her family and... Read More

  • THE GUN, THE SHIP, AND THE PEN

    THE GUN, THE SHIP, AND THE PEN Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World

    by Linda Colley | Read by Susan Ericksen

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrating this broad history, Susan Ericksen combines respect for the author's work with the tone and phrasing needed to make listening enjoyable. Ericksen's slow enunciation is fitting but will challenge some listeners' ability to track the ideas in longer sentences. But with her grasp of the author's intentions never in doubt, the work holds together with satisfying... Read More

  • ABUNDANCE

    ABUNDANCE

    by Jakob Guanzon | Read by George Newbern

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    George Newbern's narration keeps listeners focused throughout scenes of heartbreaking choices. His voice sounds just a bit removed; however, this is in keeping with the audiobook's third-person narration and doesn't diminish its impact. Listeners hear how Henry and his 6-year-old son get by living out of a truck. Henry negotiates life based on the fluctuating amounts of money... Read More

  • BELOVED BEASTS

    BELOVED BEASTS Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

    by Michelle Nijhuis | Read by Christina Delaine

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Christina Delaine delivers a fable in a tone of childlike wonder as she begins her narration of the story of conservation. The tone continues as author Michelle Nijhuis describes her summer job of watching a desert tortoise. That magical feeling continues to pop up from time to time, as when Delaine describes Nijhuis's first visit to the Smithsonian. Conservation and the people... Read More

  • BASIL'S WAR

    BASIL'S WAR

    by Stephen Hunter | Read by James Cameron Stewart

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator James Cameron Stewart delivers a tongue-in-cheek WWII adventure featuring British spy Basil St. Florian. Listeners meet the real-life code breaker Alan Turing and learn that St. Florian must locate a rare 1789 manuscript called "A Path to Jesus" to crack a code and possibly end the war. Stewart's approach is laugh-out-loud funny as St. Florian gets himself into and out... Read More

  • THE GREATEST RUSSIAN STORIES OF CRIME AND SUSPENSE

    THE GREATEST RUSSIAN STORIES OF CRIME AND SUSPENSE

    by Otto Penzler [Ed.] | Read by BJ Harrison

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Classics

    This audiobook collection of Russian mystery and crime short stories and excerpts from larger works includes classics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as some lesser-known works. Authors include Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Bunin, and Nabokov, among others. BJ Harrison provides a spirited and expressive narration of all the works. His voice is clear, and he... Read More

  • NIGHT CAME WITH MANY STARS

    NIGHT CAME WITH MANY STARS

    by Simon Van Booy | Read by Courtney Patterson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    In 1933, a man lost his 13-year-old daughter in a poker game. The girl went off to live with a man she had never met. And so, in an easy Kentucky drawl, narrator Courtney Patterson begins the hardscrabble story of Carol, who unquestioningly takes the world, in all its brutality and wonder, as it comes. The audiobook trades chapters between the voices of Carol and her grandson,... Read More

  • THE LOW DESERT

    THE LOW DESERT Gangster Stories

    by Tod Goldberg | Read by Johnny Heller

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Goldberg's collection of crime stories has plenty of dark humor, but narrator Johnny Heller never plays it for laughs. Heller stays true to the characters, who may say funny things but are not funny people. The production excels when Heller enters the minds and mouths of the tough guys and gals. (Many appear in earlier Goldberg novels.) Check out Heller as Peaches Pocotillo,... Read More

  • LEVON

    LEVON From Down in the Delta to the Birth of The Band and Beyond

    by Sandra B. Tooze | Read by Rosemary Benson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Rosemary Benson creates the voices of the major and minor figures in this biography of Levon Helm, drummer for The Band. She delivers a convincing voicing of Helm's soft Arkansas dialect and even mimics incidental characters such as saxophonist Bobby Keys and folk singer Happy Traum. Author Tooze's excellent research keeps the biography interesting (odd fact--Helm... Read More

  • SPILT MILK

    SPILT MILK

    by Courtney Zoffness | Read by Courtney Zoffness

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Courtney Zoffness narrates her reflections on motherhood, gender, and contemporary life with unflinching directness. The questions she raises are not easy, but she introduces them with a frankness that makes them engaging. Listeners who are looking for an interesting mix of topics will find much to admire in these essays, which can be listened to in order or chosen at random.... Read More

  • OSLO, MAINE

    OSLO, MAINE

    by Marcia Butler | Read by Charlie Thurston

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Charlie Thurston's performance of Marcia Butler's novel about a wandering moose and the townsfolk of a small mill town in central Maine is a pleasure. Evidently inspired by people she met when visiting the state, the author populates the audiobook with quirky personalities who elicit affection and sympathy without becoming caricatures. Thurston supports the author's choices by... Read More

  • THE IMPUDENT ONES

    THE IMPUDENT ONES

    by Marguerite Duras, Kelsey L. Haskett [Trans.], Jean Vallier [Pref.] | Read by Suzanne Toren

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Suzanne Toren is an experienced narrator, one of the AUDIOFILE's Golden Voices, who confidently takes the listener into this complicated family drama about a girl in provincial France in the early 1900s. Listeners hear the ups and downs of Maud's early years with an absent father and a negligent mother. In dreamy tones, Toren creates sympathy for the young Maud, who tries to... Read More

  • BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER

    BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER

    by Jamie Figueroa | Read by Joana Garcia

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Joana Garcia is an excellent choice for this novel about familial and ancestral trauma. She conveys the difficulties Rufina faces as she tries to keep her half-brother, Rafa, alive. Listeners are drawn into this reckoning as the two wrestle with their mother's past. Garcia maximizes the drama in each scene as ghosts and angels populate the narrative alongside the human... Read More

  • A WORLD ON THE WING

    A WORLD ON THE WING The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

    by Scott Weidensaul | Read by Mike Lenz

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Migrating birds navigate from one end of the earth to the other, somehow knowing exactly where and when to stop for critical food sources. Narrator Mike Lenz captures the author's wonder and inquisitiveness as he follows godwits, hummingbirds, snowy owls, great knots, and many others on their journeys. The recovery of Swainson's hawks after the reduction of pesticide use in... Read More

  • MILK BLOOD HEAT

    MILK BLOOD HEAT Stories

    by Dantiel W. Moniz | Read by Machelle Williams

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Machelle Williams is a steady narrator who provides a solid performance of this diverse short story collection. She shifts smoothly between the mostly female characters living in Florida, each of whom is struggling with her own losses. With a melodic intonation Williams presents the deepest dilemmas of mothers, daughters, and other women. From miscarriage to a parent's death,... Read More

  • THE SCULPTRESS

    THE SCULPTRESS

    by V.S Alexander | Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Sarah Mollo-Christensen provides a lovely feminine voice for the free-spirited Emma Lewis Swan, a sculptor who lives in Boston with her husband, Tom, a doctor. When he leaves for France to aid wounded soldiers during WWI, Emma befriends Linton Bower, a handsome artist, and becomes the victim of malicious gossip. Hoping to rekindle her passionless marriage, Emma goes to... Read More

  • WHY WAKANDA MATTERS

    WHY WAKANDA MATTERS What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, and Communication

    by Sheena C. Howard [Ed.] | Read by JD Jackson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    JD Jackson narrates this essay collection about the social effects of the film BLACK PANTHER. The premise is that it is more than a comic- book movie--it is an inspirational work of art that will change the lives of those who see it. In order for this premise to work, the narrator has to sell it, and Jackson brings the gravitas that the audiobook needs. His powerful voice and... Read More

  • THREE ORDINARY GIRLS

    THREE ORDINARY GIRLS The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassinsand WWII Heroes

    by Tim Brady | Read by David de Vries

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator David de Vries takes a straightforward approach to this journalistic account of how three teenagers--sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen and friend Jo Schaft--became actively involved with the Nazi resistance movement based in Haarlem, The Netherlands. De Vries's expressive delivery emphasizes the girls' improvisational training as they learned to lie, steal, plant... Read More

  • ANNIE AND THE WOLVES

    ANNIE AND THE WOLVES

    by Andromeda Romano-Lax | Read by Elizabeth Wiley

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Elizabeth Wiley provides steady, empathetic guidance through this speculative story featuring time travel and Wild West heroine Annie Oakley. Ruth McClintock continues to work on her theory that Oakley was sexually abused as a child--despite that theory having caused Ruth to fail her doctoral thesis in history. Wiley brings insight and tenderness to disparate... Read More

  • FOUR LOST CITIES

    FOUR LOST CITIES A Secret History of the Urban Age

    by Annalee Newitz | Read by Chloe Cannon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Chloe Cannon has a great voice--but not one you'd necessarily choose to describe the dissecting of ancient archaeological sites. Narrator and narrative aren't at odds here, exactly. But neither are they in any way a match. Journalist Annalee Newitz's on-the-spot depictions of Catalhoyuk, Pompeii, Angkor, and Cahokia are close up and personal, and her choices have a... Read More

  • THE MAN WHO ATE TOO MUCH

    THE MAN WHO ATE TOO MUCH The Life of James Beard

    by John Birdsall | Read by Daniel Henning

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Performed with grace and care, Daniel Henning's outstanding narration of this fine biography reveals, warts and all, the larger-than-life James Beard. The renowned chef--who was six foot three and 300 pounds-- is considered the dean of American cookery. Henning narrates with intelligence at a good pace, and he gives the elegant prose its due. This is an audiobook filled with... Read More

  • THINKING AGAIN

    THINKING AGAIN A Diary

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jan Morris | Read by Jennifer M. Dixon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Jan Morris's piquant, irreverent daily diary about life as a nonagenarian in the 21st century is brought to vibrant life by narrator Jennifer M. Dixon. As she did in her first book of jottings, the famous Welsh author and historian, who died in 2020, observes everything from world politics to neighborhood birds--from aging, family, and love to the pleasures of jam on toast in... Read More

  • THE HOUSE ON VESPER SANDS

    THE HOUSE ON VESPER SANDS

    by Paraic O'Donnell | Read by Charles Armstrong

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Set in nineteenth-century London, this entertaining mystery is made all the more fun by Charles Armstrong's animated narration. The disappearances of a lord, a clergyman, and several women; the drugging of a young milliner; the suicide of a seamstress; and rumors of an occult society bring together the unlikely duo of Scotland Yard's Inspector Cutter and Cambridge University... Read More

  • THE JOURNEYS OF TREES

    THE JOURNEYS OF TREES A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Zach St. George | Read by Daniel Henning

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    A surprisingly delightful audiobook takes what might be a dry topic--the migrations of forests and trees--and turns it into a compelling listening experience. Part of the credit goes to Daniel Henning's lively narration. He animates this fascinating collection of stories and scientific studies at a steady pace and gives a nuanced performance. Make no mistake--this audiobook... Read More

  • THE TASTE OF SUGAR

    THE TASTE OF SUGAR

    by Marisel Vera | Read by Kyla Garcia

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Kyla Garcia highlights the mistreatment of Puerto Rican farmers during the Spanish-American War in this tense audiobook. When the Puerto Ricans who were devastated by a hurricane in 1899 migrated to Hawaii in hope of a new life, they didn't expect to be treated inhospitably. Garcia commendably portrays the characters with laid-back pacing. As Vicente Vega, she shows... Read More

  • ALL UP

    ALL UP

    Earphones Award Winner

    by J.W. Rinzler | Read by Paul Woodson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Paul Woodson's rapid-fire delivery of this nail-biting work of speculative fiction follows the race to develop rockets and space exploration by way of WWII and Hitler's rise to power. Woodson deftly navigates a melting pot of accents--often within the same scene--to depict major aerospace engineers Wernher von Braun from Germany, Sergei Korolev from Soviet Russia, and the... Read More

  • EDDIE'S BOY

    EDDIE'S BOY Butcher's Boy, Book 4

    by Thomas Perry | Read by Michael Kramer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Michael Kramer returns to narrate the fourth audiobook in the Butcher's Boy series. Michael Schaefer, a retired hit man, has been enjoying the good life in England with his aristocratic wife. But one Mafia boss, who has a long memory and a particular grudge against him, seeks revenge. Kramer's voicing of Schaefer is easy to listen to and conveys the personality of this smart,... Read More

  • THE FORGER'S DAUGHTER

    THE FORGER'S DAUGHTER

    by Bradford Morrow | Read by Christina Delaine, Phil Thron

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The dual narration of this audiobook is unique in that both characters are voicing the same character, Will, a forger being extorted into doing a special job. At first, it might take the listener aback, but it does not mar the performance as both voices are woven seamlessly into the story. When Will's wife, Meghan, speaks, Christina Delaine shapes her voice with appropriate... Read More

  • THIS IS THE NIGHT OUR HOUSE WILL CATCH FIRE

    THIS IS THE NIGHT OUR HOUSE WILL CATCH FIRE A Memoir

    by Nick Flynn | Read by Charles Constant

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Charles Constant's narration is earnest and reflective, a good fit for Flynn's confessional memoir, which takes listeners into his memories and experiences at a granular level. The work is centered around the night his mother burned down his family's house and his attempts to understand her actions. He also focuses on his fame after the success of his first memoir, which was... Read More

  • BACK BAY BLUES

    BACK BAY BLUES Andy Roark, Book 2

    by Peter Colt | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    With vivid descriptions; sharp, authentic dialogue; and a compelling plot, this audio mystery, set in Boston in 1985, is worth the listen. Narrator Keith Sellon-Wright pulls listeners in with his portrayal of former Army Special Forces soldier Andy Roark. Now an investigator, he's trying to figure out what comes next in his life. Sellon-Wright portrays him as smart, dedicated,... Read More

  • THE ELECTION HEIST

    THE ELECTION HEIST

    by Kenneth R. Timmerman | Read by John Pruden

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator John Pruden shines in this political thriller. The story centers on a Maryland Congressional election between incumbent Democrat Hugh McKenzie and Republican newcomer Nelson Aguilar, a Hispanic media mogul. With ripped-from-the-headlines subplots and cringe-worthy partisan tactics, the story features an inside look at the highs and lows of political campaigns including... Read More

  • TWO TREES MAKE A FOREST

    TWO TREES MAKE A FOREST In Search of My Family's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts

    by Jessica J. Lee | Read by Nancy Wu

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Nancy Wu provides a crisp, intelligent-sounding voice for historical information on the nation of Taiwan, which is presented alongside the author's personal memories of her childhood there. Wu captures the author's inquisitive spirit as shown through her discovery of family letters and her explorations of the flora, fauna, and history of the island that was once her family's... Read More

  • SOONER OR LATER EVERYTHING FALLS INTO THE SEA

    SOONER OR LATER EVERYTHING FALLS INTO THE SEA Stories

    by Sarah Pinsker | Read by Christina Delaine

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    In this unusual collection of stories, Pinsker creates tales of the technological and the supernatural. Christina Delaine's performance provides a suitable voice for such explorations. Her pitch is deep and her delivery convincing, with solid dialogue exchanges and patient plot exposition. No matter what unfolds, Delaine is fully immersed in each role, and is confident and... Read More

  • CLEAN HANDS

    CLEAN HANDS

    by Patrick Hoffman | Read by Christina Delaine

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Chistina Delaine rises to the challenge of portraying a cast of larger-than-life characters. Ex-CIA officer Valencia Walker is now a high-priced corporate fixer who has been called in to help a top New York law firm with damage control after a young associate loses his phone, which holds important corporate documents. The situation quickly goes from bad to worse as a... Read More

  • THE LAST STARGAZERS

    THE LAST STARGAZERS The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers

    by Emily Levesque | Read by Janet Metzger

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Astronomy professor Emily Levesque and narrator Janet Metzger take listeners behind the scenes with professional stargazers. Levesque interviewed numerous colleagues, whose many anecdotes are included in this production. Metzger is subtle in her conveyance of the seriousness and humor found in these stories, which highlight idiosyncrasies among individuals in the field.... Read More

  • JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE

    JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

    by Kristin Kobes du Mez | Read by Suzie Althens

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Is contemporary evangelical Christianity Bible-based, or is it more inspired by pop culture and politics? Narrator Suzie Althens lends a compassionate and thoughtful tone to this new audiobook on how Christian media has informed and changed evangelical Christianity. The author also explores how the politics of the 1970s and beyond have inspired changes to the Christian religion... Read More

  • THE MADWOMAN AND THE ROOMBA

    THE MADWOMAN AND THE ROOMBA My Year of Domestic Mayhem

    by Sandra Tsing Loh | Read by Sandra Tsing Loh

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrated by author Sandra Tsing Loh, this hilarious memoir sets a frenetic pace. Right out of the gate, listeners will hear the chaotic thoughts of a 55-year-old woman who is raising two teenage daughters with a partner who seems ambivalent. Loh recounts her medical woes over the year with the appropriate panic and awe as she encounters each new and unwelcome surprise. Finances... Read More

  • WHAT IS THE GRASS?

    WHAT IS THE GRASS? Walt Whitman in My Life

    by Mark Doty | Read by Jonathan Yen

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    A combination of deep critical analysis and deeply personal meditation, this audiobook presents an image of Walt Whitman as icon, man, poet, and queer activist. It is also, to a large extent, an autobiography of the highly acclaimed contemporary poet Mark Doty, who explores his life in terms of Whitman's life and poetry. Narrator Jonathan Yen is unobtrusive, letting the text... Read More

  • SEARCH HEARTACHE

    SEARCH HEARTACHE

    by Carla Malden | Read by Jane Oppenheimer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Jane Oppenheimer affects an authentic L.A. vibe when voicing this audiobook's many Hollywood elites. Maura Fielder's internal whirlwind begins when she finds her husband viewing a decades-old video of himself sleeping with another woman. Determined to investigate the woman in the video, Maura descends into a Google-frenzied madness that the author crafts into a... Read More

  • YOU EXIST TOO MUCH

    YOU EXIST TOO MUCH

    by Zaina Arafat | Read by Zehra Jane Naqvi

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Zehra Jane Naqvi has a youthful sounding voice, which is put to good use as she narrates this novel about a young, unnamed Palestinian woman. Naqvi embodies the confusion, irritation, and rage of the heroine while growing up in Palestine. Naqvi gives voice to the narrator's ruminations about the gender double standards she increasingly confronts in her conservative society.... Read More

  • A MAP IS ONLY ONE STORY

    A MAP IS ONLY ONE STORY Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home

    by Nicole Chung [Ed.], Mensah Demary [Ed.] | Read by Cindy Kay

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Chinese-Thai-American narrator Cindy Kay delivers a powerful performance in this audiobook. With daily negative messages from popular media, it can be easy to classify humans by categories such as refugees and immigrants without seeing the individuals behind them. In this compilation from CATAPULT magazine, the human aspects of those who have taken on those classifications... Read More

  • ONE MIGHTY AND IRRESISTIBLE TIDE

    ONE MIGHTY AND IRRESISTIBLE TIDE The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924-1965

    by Jia Lynn Yang | Read by Laural Merlington

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Laural Merlington conveys a sense of urgency as she recounts the contentious history of immigration reform in twentieth-century America. The years between 1924 and 1965 brought unprecedented change to immigration policies, moving from the overtly racist Immigration Act of 1924 to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which finally made it possible for Asian,... Read More

  • NOTHING IS WRONG AND HERE IS WHY

    NOTHING IS WRONG AND HERE IS WHY Essays

    by Alexandra Petri | Read by Rebecca Gibel

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Rebecca Gibel offers a humorous performance of this collection of satirical essays that provide insight into several political topics. Gibel's crisp and understated yet energetic voice explains how safe spaces coddle American children and deny them the same struggles their parents experienced. With tongue in cheek, Gibel also states the author's "claim" that Trump is a... Read More

  • THE TRADITION

    THE TRADITION

    by Jericho Brown | Read by JD Jackson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    In this third collection of poems by the 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, narrator JD Jackson steadily delivers a heartfelt narration of what Brown describes his book to be about: "the normalization of evil . . . and why these things, as heinous as they are, are normal in our time and in our culture." In this short audiobook, Jackson is clear, moderately... Read More

  • DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES

    DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES Stories

    by Vanessa Hua | Read by David Shih, Cindy Kay

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators David Shih and Cindy Kay lend their voices to Vanessa Hua's compelling short story collection, which reveals the secrets and desires of individuals straddling different cultures. Raised in immigrant families, Hua's characters are torn between their families' expectations and their desire to forge their own unique lives. Shih's fluid narration is tender, imbuing even... Read More

  • BOYS OF ALABAMA

    BOYS OF ALABAMA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Genevieve Hudson | Read by Charlie Thurston

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Charlie Thurston's performance transports listeners into a modern fantasy laced with themes of cultural differences, gay romance, and the battle between science and religion. German native Max can bring dead animals back to life with his touch. After moving to Alabama, he enrolls in a Christian school, becomes engrossed in the "boys being boys" culture of the football team, and... Read More

  • ALONG COMES THE ASSOCIATION

    ALONG COMES THE ASSOCIATION Beyond Folk Rock and Three-Piece Suits

    by Russ Giguere, Ashley Wren Collins, David Geffen [Fore.] | Read by Peter Berkrot

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Russ Giguere, the original member of the successful mid-sixties pop group The Association, offers a chatty memoir that serves as a mini-portrait of its evolution. The band is well known for the familiar and tuneful "Never My Love," "Cherish," and "Along Comes Mary." Narrator Peter Berkrot provides a workmanlike performance. His thin voice and matter-of-fact tone are somewhat... Read More

  • THIS TOWN SLEEPS

    THIS TOWN SLEEPS

    by Dennis E. Staples | Read by Kaipo Schwab

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Ojibwa author Dennis Staples's first novel introduces Marion, a young Ojibwa man who has left the res but is often drawn back, searching for his identity and purpose. A mix of family history, mystery, and cultural exploration is unevenly brought to life by narrator Kaipo Schwab. Telling the story in the voice of Marion, Schwab gives listeners the feeling of connecting with this... Read More

  • LONDON'S TRIUMPH

    LONDON'S TRIUMPH Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare's City

    by Stephen Alford | Read by John Lee

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator John Lee's strikingly deep voice, crisp accent, and powerful enunciation constitute an admirable and powerful tool, but one that here overpowers his material. The topic is grand--the story of London as the center of British trade and exploration that transformed England from a backwater to a budding empire over the course of the sixteenth century. But it's still... Read More

  • COUNTERPOINT

    COUNTERPOINT A Memoir of Bach and Mourning

    by Philip Kennicott | Read by Paul Heitsch

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Paul Heitsch walks a tightrope in this memoir. He must not tumble into rage or wallow in regret. Kennicott's mother was born to be a concert violinist. The wreck of her career wrecked the mother who survived. "Life gave her little joy, and when she died, it was in anguish, without any sense of peace." As the cancer triumphed, her son listened and listened to a Bach... Read More

  • UNWORTHY REPUBLIC

    UNWORTHY REPUBLIC The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

    by Claudio Saunt | Read by Stephen Bowlby

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    In this indictment of the systematic expulsion of 80,000 indigenous people during the 1830s, narrator Stephen Bowlby's empathetic style smartly lets the stories' damning evidence speak for itself. He seamlessly captures the bureaucratic ineptitude and cruel governmental indifference underlying President Andrew Jackson's horrific plan to send the southeastern tribes to less than... Read More

  • VERA VIOLET

    VERA VIOLET

    by Melissa Anne Peterson | Read by Cassandra Campbell

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This hypnotically narrated debut tells a dark story that takes place in rural Washington state. Narrator Cassandra Campbell captures unflinching depictions of rural poverty and the oppressions of capitalism as they affect a group of young white friends. Amid the atmospheric Pacific Northwest setting, meth, depression, a myriad of violent acts, and grief saturate the narrative.... Read More

  • THE WHITE BLACKBIRD

    THE WHITE BLACKBIRD A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter

    by Honor Moore | Read by Stockard Channing

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Stockard Channing's eccentric, canny, and wholly absorbing performance is perfect for this quite riveting biography. The poet Honor Moore follows her bestselling life of her father, Episcopal Bishop Paul Moore, with a study of her grandmother, Margarett Sargent, a gifted painter, Boston Brahmin, and society "it" girl. Margarett is compellingly interesting in the way of Zelda... Read More

  • SMALL DAYS AND NIGHTS

    SMALL DAYS AND NIGHTS

    by Tishani Doshi | Read by Siiri Scott

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Doshi's novel is moving and poetic, and narrator Siiri Scott excels with its well-developed dialogue. Following a divorce, Grace Marisola finds herself leaving the U.S. and returning to Pondicherry, India, to cremate her mother and settle her estate. There she discovers she has an older sister who has been institutionalized. Grace's journey is compelling and entertaining as she... Read More

  • FRANCHISE

    FRANCHISE The Golden Arches in Black America

    by Marcia Chatelain | Read by Machelle Williams

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    The author examines the fascinating relationship between franchise companies like McDonald's and black communities across the nation over the past half-century. Machelle Williams gives this rich history a straightforward narration that invites listeners to learn more about the resilience and ingenuity of black communities while also highlighting their struggles with fast food... Read More

  • THE PERFECT WORLD OF MIWAKO SUMIDA

    THE PERFECT WORLD OF MIWAKO SUMIDA

    by Clarissa Goenawan | Read by Cindy Kay, David Shih

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrators Cindy Kay and David Shih unfold the questions behind a woman's death in this slow-moving mystery with elements of magical realism. Ryusei Yanagi falls head over heels in love with his fellow student, Miwako Sumida, a woman whose life has always been kept under wraps. Persistent as he is, she refuses his advances. Then, Miwako is found dead of suicide, having left no... Read More

  • THE OFF-ISLANDER

    THE OFF-ISLANDER

    by Peter Colt | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Hard-boiled private eye Andy Roark has an accent that displays his South Boston roots, but his years around military personnel have given his voice a hint of the American South. Bringing the two speech patterns together sounds challenging, but narrator Keith Sellon-Wright manages to pull it off. Roark is on assignment, tracking down a father who abandoned his family. There are... Read More

  • A SMALL TOWN

    A SMALL TOWN

    by Thomas Perry | Read by Christina Delaine

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The small town in this audiobook is decimated by the horrific aftereffects of a prison breakout. When, after two years, the 12 masterminds behind the breakout remain at large, police officer Leah Hawkins takes a leave of absence to hunt them down and take revenge. Christina Delaine's accomplished narration holds the listener's attention as Leah crosses the country, seeking out... Read More

  • THE BEAR

    THE BEAR

    by Andrew Krivak | Read by Eric Jason Martin

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Eric Jason Martin guides listeners through an apocalyptic world in which the last two humans on earth, an unnamed man and his unnamed daughter, try to survive in the wild and commune with nature. As this audiobook progresses and reality blurs, Martin remains steadfast and strong with his narration. The girl never seems too surprised by the strange happenings, and it is... Read More

  • SPIRIT RUN

    SPIRIT RUN A 6000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land

    by Noé Alvarez | Read by Ramon de Ocampo

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Listeners will be captivated by the emotion in narrator Ramon de Ocampo's voice in this beautifully written account of a young man's life-changing journey. Alvarez sought to understand his own history and future on a run celebrating indigenous history and tradition. At age 19, the son of working-class Mexican immigrants drops out of college to join the Peace and Dignity... Read More

  • HOMIE

    HOMIE Poems

    by Danez Smith | Read by Danez Smith

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Danez Smith IS spoken-word art! This gender-neutral National Book Award finalist is full of funk and flavor, and is fearless in delivering personal poetic narratives. Smith opens by discussing why their audiobook is called HOMIE. This work is definitely not for the faint of heart. It wakes you up. Smith speaks of identity through experiences addressing race, queerness,... Read More

  • AUDIENCE OF ONE

    AUDIENCE OF ONE Television, Donald Trump, and the Politics of Illusion

    Earphones Award Winner

    by James Poniewozik | Read by Matthew Josdal

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Matthew Josdal's delivery style--low-key, neutral, and occasionally skeptical--makes him the right voice for this fresh perspective on Donald Trump. The premise: Trump is a brand mascot, not much different than Mr. Clean or Colonel Sanders, who has "jumped off the cereal box" and into the White House. This triumph of brand over man has its roots in TV's populist... Read More

  • CREATURES

    CREATURES

    by Crissy Van Meter | Read by Piper Goodeve

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Piper Goodeve is the ideal narrator for this coming-of-age audiobook. The story is mainly told from the first-person perspective of Evie, who is awaiting the return of her fiancé, Liam, who may be lost at sea. Evie lives on an island off the coast of California with her charming but irresponsible father. Her mother has returned for Evie's upcoming wedding after several years'... Read More

  • A FOOL'S ERRAND

    A FOOL'S ERRAND Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lonnie G. Bunch III | Read by JD Jackson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    JD Jackson's exemplary narration draws listeners into this account of the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is part of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. With his warm and inviting tone, Jackson fully inhabits the thoughtful and perceptive persona of the author, who was the museum's founding director, to such a degree that... Read More

  • NIGHT THEATER

    NIGHT THEATER

    by Vikram Paralkar | Read by Raj Ghatak

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This fast-paced and deftly narrated medical thriller-cum-parable packs an emotional punch with a side of gore. Raj Ghatak narrates the story of a surgeon in rural India who one night is visited by a murdered family of three. The undead visitors come to the surgeon with a desperate request, and over the course of the long night, a series of decisions is made and secrets are... Read More

  • DINNER IN CAMELOT

    DINNER IN CAMELOT The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House

    by Joseph A. Esposito, Rose Styron [Fore.] | Read by Tom Perkins, Rose Styron

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    In April 1962, a fascinating collection of intellectuals and Nobel Prize winners gathered for a White House dinner hosted by President John F. Kennedys and the first lady. With his quintessentially American voice, narrator Tom Perkins delivers this well-researched narrative, which celebrates the achievements of mid-century American scholars, scientists, and literati and their... Read More

  • BLOOMLAND

    BLOOMLAND

    by John Englehardt | Read by Charlie Thurston

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    The destructive impact of gun violence comes to life in this stirring audiobook, narrated with intensity by Charlie Thurston. Set in the South, this debut novel reads like a documentary, which is an ideal format for Thurston, whose delivery is reminiscent of the best TV anchormen. The audiobook begins when a student kills 12 people at his university library, using his... Read More

  • IN THE DREAM HOUSE

    IN THE DREAM HOUSE A Memoir

    by Carmen Maria Machado | Read by Carmen Maria Machado

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Carmen Maria Machado's memoir of psychological abuse by a former girlfriend dissects their relationship from many perspectives, each described within the framework of a highly original metaphor (all of which the author claims are not metaphors). As she opens the doors on her experience, Machado's voice is soft and steady, simultaneously vulnerable and assured. Acclaimed for her... Read More

  • WHO ARE YOU, CALVIN BLEDSOE?

    WHO ARE YOU, CALVIN BLEDSOE?

    by Brock Clarke | Read by Peter Berkrot

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Peter Berkrot gives a perfectly pitched performance in this existential take on a midlife crisis. At the funeral of his mildly famous mother, a theologian, Calvin Bledsoe meets his long-lost Aunt Beatrice and embarks on an unexpected adventure across the globe with her. Berkrot's narration is wry and matter-of-fact, providing a counterpoint to the increasingly zany... Read More

  • THE LIGHTEST OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE

    THE LIGHTEST OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE

    by Kimi Eisele | Read by Gabra Zackman

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    In this sci-fi audiobook, two people, both portrayed by narrator Gabra Zackman, are trying to find their way back to each other. In the future, the global economy has collapsed, and the electrical grid has failed. Despite the chaos, Carson is travelling across the country to Beatrix, who is working to build a new way of life in her neighborhood. This is a hopeful... Read More

  • MEET ME IN THE FUTURE

    MEET ME IN THE FUTURE Stories

    by Kameron Hurley | Read by Traci Odom, Eric Michael Summerer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Traci Odom and Eric Michael Summerer narrate different stories in this collection, but they have something in common. They both are engaging storytellers. These 16 previously published stories gathered together in this audiobook form a disparate vision of the future. Each narrator adopts an easy conversational tone until the stories call for intensity, suspense, or some other... Read More

  • A TALL HISTORY OF SUGAR

    A TALL HISTORY OF SUGAR

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Curdella Forbes | Read by Robin Miles

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    It is difficult to imagine that this extraordinary story could be even better, but Robin Miles's sublime narration accomplishes that feat. In 1958, just before Jamaica's independence, a childless couple adopts an abandoned infant and names him Moshe. His pale skin, mismatched- colored eyes, and hair brand him as unusual in his community, and his racial definition mirrors... Read More

  • AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

    AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS A Very Short Introduction

    by Andrew Preston | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Keith Sellon-Wright brings a workmanlike approach to his narration of this brief and balanced guide by Canadian historian Andrew Preston. Preston's writing is well ordered, if dry. Sellon-Wright does little to lift it from the page even when the author describes potentially dramatic challenges in international relations as the U.S. moved from a colony to a republic,... Read More

  • MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE

    MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America

    by Nefertiti Austin | Read by Allyson Johnson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    This engaging audiobook, expertly narrated by Allyson Johnson, sets out to fill a void in the literature about motherhood with stories by, for, and about single black adoptive mothers. When Austin decided to adopt, she found, to her disappointment, few resources for families like hers. Weaving together memoir, history, and critique, she examines the ways society stereotypes and... Read More

  • BAGEHOT

    BAGEHOT The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian

    by James Grant | Read by Jonathan Cowley

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    For those with a serious interest in the evolution of banking, this audiobook is a must-listen despite narrator Jonathan Cowley's lack of engagement. Walter Bagehot (pronounced "badget") was one of those multitalented Victorians whose ideas have continued to echo in the present. Although he also wrote biography, literary criticism, and political analysis, this audiobook focuses... Read More

  • ORDINARY GIRLS

    ORDINARY GIRLS

    by Jaquira Diaz | Read by Almarie Guerra

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    A gripping, gorgeous story from start to finish is brought to life by narrator Almarie Guerra. Like author Jaquira Díaz, Guerra was born in Puerto Rico and is bilingual. In a smooth, engaging voice that isn't overly theatrical, she brings a balance of spirit and restraint to her delivery of Díaz's electric memoir. The listener follows Díaz from her childhood in the projects in... Read More

  • GRINNELL

    GRINNELL America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West

    by John Taliaferro | Read by Joe Barrett

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    In a deep, gravelly voice, narrator Joe Barrett ably presents this account of the life of George Bird Grinnell, who is arguably the impetus behind the creation of the American conservation movement. A Yale-educated New Yorker, Grinnell was a scholar who excavated dinosaurs on the Great Plains, accompanied Custer in the Black Hills, assisted in mapping Yellowstone, and became a... Read More

  • THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF BURMA

    THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF BURMA Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century

    by Thant Myint-U | Read by Assaf Cohen

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Assaf Cohen is a capable narrator for this thorough examination of the many issues plaguing the nascent democracy of Burma. He is academic, earnest, and informative throughout the chapters that outline the promise and limitations facing the nation. Cohen makes clear the complex, intertwined factors of race, government, and economics that compete for dominance. He brings forth... Read More

  • DEATH IS HARD WORK

    DEATH IS HARD WORK

    by Khaled Khalifa, Leri Price [Trans.] | Read by Neil Shah

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Neil Shah gives an eloquently unadorned narration of this modern quest novel, set in Syria. On his deathbed, Abdel asks his eldest son, Bolbol, to return his body to his ancestral burial ground. The journey is not far, yet it traverses the most dangerous part of the war-ravaged country. Bolbol enlists the help of his criminally suspect brother, Hussein, and his flighty sister,... Read More

  • A GRIP OF TIME

    A GRIP OF TIME When Prison is Your Life

    by Lauren Kessler | Read by Hollis McCarthy

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Both author and narrator deliver high-quality work in this audiobook. Kessler is journalist and teacher who went inside Oregon State Penitentiary to teach writing to men serving life terms for murder. Narrator Hollis McCarthy does a good job portraying both the teacher and the inmates. She conveys empathy for the men while evoking deep sympathy for their victims, both the dead... Read More

  • THE LONG FLIGHT HOME

    THE LONG FLIGHT HOME

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alan Hlad | Read by Simon Vance

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Narrator Simon Vance works his magic on this well-written WWII novel inspired by the contributions made to the war effort by homing pigeons. Not to worry--listeners will also find plenty of action scenes, terror behind enemy lines, and a sweet romance. Vance masterfully differentiates characters from Maine, several parts of the UK, France, and Germany. The lead female... Read More

  • ESCALANTE'S DREAM

    ESCALANTE'S DREAM On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

    by David Roberts | Read by Robert Fass

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Writer David Roberts originally sets out to follow the path of the two Franciscan priests who led an exploration through the U.S. Southwest in 1776. But he soon deviates from his mission, and those deviations show up in Robert Fass's faithful narration of this audiobook. Whether Roberts is waxing nostalgic for maps or grumbling about how little people know about Silvestre Vélez... Read More

  • BLACK CARD

    BLACK CARD

    by Chris L. Terry | Read by Leon Nixon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Leon Nixon delivers author Terry's style flawlessly. With his deep voice and, at times, laconic pace, Nixon narrates with a nuanced tone that draws listeners into the internal struggles of a mixed-race young man who grapples to find his place in the world. While routinely alienated by white people, he seems incapable of validating his blackness and finds himself... Read More

  • DEAD BLONDES AND BAD MOTHERS

    DEAD BLONDES AND BAD MOTHERS Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power

    by Sady Doyle | Read by Chloe Cannon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Audiobook listeners will find lots to chew on in this compelling examination of the myths and belief systems that uphold patriarchy. Chloe Cannon's cadenced narration lends Doyle's work the gravitas it deserves. From nineteenth-century gothic novels and ancient Irish folklore to classic slasher movies and contemporary true-crime stories, Doyle explores how the myth of female... Read More

  • GOLD DUST WOMAN

    GOLD DUST WOMAN A Biography of Stevie Nicks

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Stephen Davis | Read by Christina Delaine

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Christina Delaine's performance often feels like rock singer Stevie Nicks herself is telling her story. Delaine conjures up visions of Stevie with her melodious voice, which can turn sharp as a knife when the story makes it necessary. And what a story it is: Everyone wanted her, but no one wanted to love her. This audiobook relies heavily on interviews with friends and... Read More

  • YALE NEEDS WOMEN

    YALE NEEDS WOMEN How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant

    by Anne Gardiner Perkins | Read by Erin Bennett

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    In 1969, Yale University first welcomed women undergraduates. Erin Bennett's narration is an excellent companion to this account of the challenges these women faced amid this monumental change. Bennett's voice is clear and precise, never wavering even as she describes the isolation, sexual harassment, flagrant injustices, and rampant sexism these women had to navigate in order... Read More

  • HELP!

    HELP! The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration

    by Thomas Brothers | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Keith Sellon-Wright makes this friendly dose of musicology even friendlier with his relaxed delivery and mellow tone. The audiobook builds upon a thesis-like setup--a comparison of Duke Ellington's decentralized, opportunistic approach to musical collaboration and the egalitarian, fraternal approach of Lennon and McCartney. The work is populated by interesting... Read More

  • LIFELINES

    LIFELINES

    by Heidi Diehl | Read by Christa Lewis

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This appealing audiobook offers a new view of timeless concepts. As narrator Christa Lewis recounts the lives of Louise and her extended family members, the impact of time, art, and history echo through this novel. When a funeral reunites people long separated, the past is explored alongside the present. There is something welcoming in the broad expanse of human... Read More

  • AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD

    AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD

    by Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy [Trans.] | Read by Suzanne Toren

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    If you admire Miss Marple's cleverness but secretly wish she would embrace crime rather than solve it, you'll enjoy Suzanne Toren's narration of these five stories about 88-year-old Maud. Toren gives Maud's machinations a dignity and even righteous indignation that belie Maud's actions. Toren also perfectly conveys Maud's clever ability to play upon people's underestimation of... Read More

  • THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE

    THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE

    by Felicity McLean | Read by Cat Gould

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The unsolved disappearance of three girls from their small town in Australia is recounted by 11-year-old Tikka Malloy, portrayed by Cat Gould. In a time shift, the adult Tikka remains haunted by guilt, as she and her older sister knew the girls were planning to run away yet never told anyone. Gould's native Australian accent lends a useful authenticity to the narrative, but the... Read More

  • PATSY

    PATSY

    by Nicole Dennis-Benn | Read by Sharon Gordon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    It's tough to imagine anyone other than Sharon Gordon narrating this culture-rich novel about a Jamaican immigrant living in New York City. Gordon's portrayal of a variety of Jamaican voices--from softly melodic Jamaican-American dialect to hearty Kingston street patois--keeps this performance soaring despite the hardships of the characters. Longing for a better life, as well... Read More

  • UNDERLAND

    UNDERLAND A Deep Time Journey

    by Robert Macfarlane | Read by Matthew Waterson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Listeners will feel claustrophobic as they wend their way through this audiobook, but not because of narrator Matthew Waterson. On the contrary, Waterson's even pacing and soft British accent make for an ideal guide. It's the subject matter that takes us to dark, cramped spaces. In this follow-up to his previous titles on mountains and remote places, Robert Macfarlane explores... Read More

  • THE SUMMER DEMANDS

    THE SUMMER DEMANDS

    by Deborah Sharpiro | Read by Hillary Huber

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This audiobook draws listeners in slowly and holds on tight. Beautifully narrated by Hillary Huber, the story introduces an engaging protagonist and a compelling location. Emily, who is turning 40 and is questioning everything about her life after a miscarriage, has just inherited an abandoned summer camp with her husband. After moving there, she discovers an unexpected... Read More

  • DARK CONSTELLATIONS

    DARK CONSTELLATIONS

    by Pola Oloixarac, Roy Kesey [Trans.] | Read by Justine Eyre

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Justine Eyre's breathless delivery of this genre-bending novel, especially its unvarying cadence, can quickly become monotonous for the listener. The three interconnected stories in this second work by the award-winning Argentine author are set in different time periods--the age of exploration, the nineteenth century; the beginning of the digital age, the 1980s; and the near... Read More

  • GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN

    GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Gordon H. Chang | Read by David Shih

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator David Shih does a remarkable job with this audiobook about the contributions of Chinese immigrants in the building of the First Transcontinental Railroad. His deep, gentle voice is inviting, and he urges us to keep listening by pacing himself well and enunciating clearly. Shih gives Chang's story depth and heft by accentuating the trials these workers were forced to... Read More

  • CHINA DREAM

    CHINA DREAM

    by Ma Jian, Flora Drew [Trans.] | Read by David Shih

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    David Shih delivers the quiet, contemplative voice at the center of this dystopian novel set in modern China. He creates the satirical figure of Ma Daode, a party official who is corrupt and plagued by his subconscious. Shih strikes the right chord of understated irony as listeners are led into an increasingly absurdist breakdown of reality. Ma Daode is supposed to create a... Read More

  • ZORA AND LANGSTON

    ZORA AND LANGSTON A Story of Friendship and Betrayal

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Yuval Taylor | Read by Bahni Turpin

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Bahni Turpin engages the listener with this complex dual biography of writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. While both are known as luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, this audiobook explores the lesser known aspects of their friendship and collaboration throughout the 1920s and ‘30s, which ended in a bitter split. Turpin keeps the pace of the work flowing... Read More

  • A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN

    A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN

    by Mathangi Subramanian | Read by Jeed Saddy

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Jeed Saddy brings to life the four buoyant women who educate us on the power within the downtrodden. Her range as a narrator is put to good use as she switches between Deepa, Joy, Rokshana, and Padma. The girls, and their mothers, work together to keep the city of Bangalore from demolishing their only home. Ironically named Heaven, the slum is all they have--except for each... Read More

  • THE INGENIOUS

    THE INGENIOUS

    by Darius Hinks | Read by Gabrielle Baker

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Gabrielle Baker takes charge of a complicated and strange world, the setting for a dense tale of political exile, alchemy, and raw ambition. The two main characters are from opposite ends of every conceivable spectrum, but Baker recognizes and plays off of their similarities. This interplay between the two characters is central to the audiobook. Isten is a feisty... Read More

  • THE PANDEMIC CENTURY

    THE PANDEMIC CENTURY One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris

    by Mark Honigsbaum | Read by John Lee

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Listeners may find themselves checking for symptoms as they explore this well-researched volume detailing efforts to identify and eradicate better known and more obscure pandemics of the twentieth century, including Spanish influenza, parrot fever, AIDS and ebola. John Lee's narration appreciably enhances this illuminating audiobook. His steady voice, careful pacing, and... Read More

  • LADYSITTING

    LADYSITTING My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lorene Cary | Read by Lorene Cary

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Lorene Cary does a fantastic job narrating her outstanding memoir, shading it with the nuanced emotions it requires. In a wonderfully paced storytelling voice, she captures the reverberations that occur when her grandmother, who lived to be over 100, moves into her home. Her story is filled with all the love, pain, frustration, guilt, sadness, and, most of all, the appreciative... Read More

  • TINDERBOX

    TINDERBOX The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation

    by Robert W. Fieseler | Read by Paul Heitsch

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    With minimal emotional inflection, Paul Heitsch narrates this account of the fire that led to the rise of the gay liberation movement. On June 24, 1973, 31 men and one woman perished in an arson fire at The Up Stairs Lounge, a New Orleans bar. It was the worst attack against gays until 2016. Time and again, descriptions of the dead, dying, and burned are juxtaposed with news... Read More

  • ROUGH MAGIC

    ROUGH MAGIC Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

    by Lara Prior-Palmer | Read by Henrietta Meire

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Lara Prior-Palmer jokes that her upper-class British accent is full of entitlement, and narrator Henrietta Meire certainly possesses that posh undertone in her accent. But Prior-Palmer is also authentic and self-deprecating, and Meire expresses that likability with energy and vulnerability in her voice. At 19 years old, on a whim and with no experience or preparation,... Read More

  • HOW TO DO NOTHING

    HOW TO DO NOTHING Resisting the Attention Economy

    by Jenny Odell | Read by Rebecca Gibel

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Listeners expecting instruction on the art of doing nothing (especially those who hope to unplug, listen, and return to work refreshed and productive) will be surprised: This audiobook is less about HOW to do nothing than WHY to do nothing--it illuminates what we gain by doing less and unplugging from the "cult of productivity." Narrator Rebecca Gibel offers a spirited sense of... Read More

  • IN MY MIND'S EYE

    IN MY MIND'S EYE A Thought Diary

    by Jan Morris | Read by Jennifer M. Dixon

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Jan Morris's quirky, endearing, stimulating collection of daily thoughts is given a wholehearted narration by Jennifer M. Dixon. Now that the renowned travel writer and essayist is in her 80s, opportunities for voyaging far and wide have diminished. Though she has settled into the Welsh countryside, her opinions haven't moderated. Dixon doesn't sound exactly like Morris, whose... Read More

  • THE WALL

    THE WALL A Novel

    by John Lanchester | Read by Will Poulter

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Will Poulter takes on the role of Private Kavanagh, who reluctantly serves on the Wall. In this dystopia, the United Kingdom has built a wall to keep out rising sea levels as well as those who seek to escape "the change." Poulter's dispassionate narration tells the first-person story of a young man who is trained to be a protector of the wall. Poulter makes the right... Read More

  • AMERICA'S JEWISH WOMEN

    AMERICA'S JEWISH WOMEN A History from Colonial Times to Today

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Pamela S. Nadell | Read by Suzanne Toren

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Suzanne Toren employs her considerable vocal talent to help listeners view America's history through the lens of the female Jewish experience. The work begins in 1654 with the first arrivals and spans more than 350 years. Toren's steady voice and empathetic tone, clear diction, and comfortable pacing engage listeners with this survey of the personal stories of... Read More

  • OPTIC NERVE

    OPTIC NERVE

    by Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead [Trans.] | Read by Kyla Garcia

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Kyla Garcia provides a bright voice for the unnamed woman, an art gallery tour guide, at the heart of this Argentinian novel. Speaking in the first person, the protagonist finds her extensive knowledge of painting, both current and historical, blending into her own personal experiences. Approaching middle age and battling cancer, she reminisces about significant events... Read More

  • COURTING MR. LINCOLN

    COURTING MR. LINCOLN A Novel

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Louis Bayard | Read by Robert Fass, Tavia Gilbert

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Tavia Gilbert and Robert Fass deserve only superlatives for their performances in Louis Bayard's outstanding historical fiction. Mary Todd and Joshua Speed tell compelling stories detailing the way their lives entwined with Abraham Lincoln's. In 1840, Mary comes to Springfield with marriage on her mind. She meets handsome, charming Speed and awkward Lincoln, an unimpressive... Read More

  • NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL

    NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL An Attorney on the Front Lines of the Immigration War

    by J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda | Read by Robertson Dean

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This powerful audiobook will give listeners a unique perspective on what may be the hottest topic in American politics today. The author visits detention centers on the U.S. border to defend people who are asking for asylum. Narrator Robertson Dean uses his inimitable smooth baritone to bring Sepúlveda's experiences to life. In addition to Dean's near-perfect diction, he adds... Read More

  • SHORTEST WAY HOME

    SHORTEST WAY HOME One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Pete Buttigieg | Read by Pete Buttigieg

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    It seems almost contradictory to describe the narration of an autobiography as exuding a sense of humility—but that is the best description of this work by the youngish mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg writes intelligently in a way that nearly any listener will understand. He is soft-spoken, yet it’s clear what’s important to him. Sections about his family and personal... Read More

  • SEA MONSTERS

    SEA MONSTERS

    by Chloe Aridjis | Read by Justine Eyre

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Justine Eyre channels an uncertain and wistful teenager. Restless and hungry for adventure, 17-year-old Luisa, who lives in Mexico City, impulsively decides to run off to an Oaxacan beach with an acquaintance named Tomás. Starting with the dubious aim of finding a troupe of Ukrainian dwarves who have recently disappeared from a Soviet circus touring Mexico, Luisa is... Read More

  • BIVOUAC

    BIVOUAC

    by Kwame Dawes | Read by Beresford Bennett

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Beresford Bennett's narration of this dramatic story set in Jamaica during the 1980s moves at a steady pace. The protagonist, Ferron, is dealing with the death of his father. The rhythm of Bennett's tone and pace changes when he portrays Ferron and speaks in a Jamaican dialect. His solemn yet energetic intonation reflects the political upheaval on this small island. When he is... Read More

  • OTHER PEOPLE'S LOVE AFFAIRS

    OTHER PEOPLE'S LOVE AFFAIRS Stories

    by D. Wystan Owen | Read by Antony Ferguson

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Anthony Ferguson narrates this debut collection of 10 stories, all set in the fictional town of Glass on the coast of England. With a pace as steady as a metronome, he lets each story flow into the next. The stories focus on damaged characters who are preoccupied by hurts, secrets, and missed opportunities but still hopefully reaching out for human connection and finding grace.... Read More

  • THE SCIENTIFIC SUBLIME

    THE SCIENTIFIC SUBLIME Popular Science Unravels the Mysteries of the Universe

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Alan G. Gross | Read by Bob Souer

    HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Several popular audiobooks attempt to explain contemporary science, the best known being Bill Bryson's A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING. In this work Gross is unique in his focus on one central feature, the sublime--in nature, in the theories of scientists, and in scientific writing. Bob Souer proves an excellent choice as narrator for this challenging and provocative text.... Read More

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