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  • SPOILS OF THE DEAD

    SPOILS OF THE DEAD Liam Campbell, Book 5

    by Dana Stabenow | Read by Marguerite Gavin

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The newest installment in the Liam Campbell series finds the state trooper in the Alaskan town of Blewestown. He has barely opened his suitcase when the first crisis arises. Marguerite Gavin superbly narrates this whodunit as Liam investigates the murder of an archaeologist who claimed to discover native artifacts that would turn the oil-rich land into a World Heritage site.... Read More

  • TRASH DAY TRAGEDY

    TRASH DAY TRAGEDY Dog Days, Book 4

    by Jamie Blair | Read by Johanna Parker

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Johanna Parker's voice contrasts with the gruesome image of a dog trotting around with human bones that raccoons pulled out of a trash can. When the bones are identified as belonging to a murder victim of 100 years ago, Cameron Cripps Hayman goes to work to solve the cold case. But when another murder takes place, Cameron finds herself in trouble. Happily, as her eclectic set... Read More

  • A HOLE IN THE SKY

    A HOLE IN THE SKY Arkship Trilogy, Book 1

    by Peter F. Hamilton | Read by Elizabeth Klett

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Elizabeth Klett transports listeners to the starship DAEDALUS, which is filled with settlers who are struggling to survive amid increasingly fraught conditions. After a mutiny destroys the ship's equipment, the colonists live starkly simple lives. Many are resigned to the status quo, but others, like 16-year-old Hazel, yearn for a better life. Klett effectively... Read More

  • REALITY

    REALITY And Other Stories

    by John Lanchester | Read by Richard Armitage, Antony Boyle, Emilia Fox, Hugh Quarsie

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Four actors dazzlingly narrate the eight stories in this horror collection. The audiobook kicks off with "Signal," wherein a mysterious man befriends the children of an English couple. In "Coffin Liquor," a professor listens to an audiobook but hears something strange. In "Charity," a selfie stick donated to a charity shop does horrifying things to its user. The stories are... Read More

  • AMERICAN COVENANT

    AMERICAN COVENANT

    by Michael A. Soukup, Gary E. Machlis | Read by Danny Campbell

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Danny Campbell delivers this eloquent appreciation of our national parks in his somewhat hoarse-sounding and sometimes wavering voice. Once the listener is accustomed to his timbre, this audiobook delivers an informed celebration of the National Parks System (NPS) but also offers a critique of its management. The authors say the system has focused more on visitor... Read More

  • QUEEN OF A DISTANT HIVE

    QUEEN OF A DISTANT HIVE Fridgyth The Herb-Wife, Book 2

    by Theresa Tomlinson | Read by Danielle Cohen

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Danielle Cohen reunites audiobook listeners with Fridgyth, an herb-wife who lives at a monastery governed by Abbess Hild in seventh-century Whitby, Yorkshire. Cohen's performance will have listeners cringing as a body is pulled out of a tanning vat. The murder takes a back seat in Whitby when royalty comes to visit and people begin receiving death threats on pagan rune... Read More

  • A MATTER OF MURDER

    A MATTER OF MURDER Campbell and Carter, Book 7

    by Ann Granger | Read by Jilly Bond

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Jilly Bond tells the story of a homeless man, Miff Ferguson, who witnesses the dumping of a murder victim. The body proves to belong to the youngest in a family of shiftless locals. After Inspector Jess Campbell is brought into the case, another member of the same family is found torched in his van. Bond gives convincing portrayals of people from various classes... Read More

  • CHARLES DARWIN'S BARNACLE AND DAVID BOWIE'S SPIDER

    CHARLES DARWIN'S BARNACLE AND DAVID BOWIE'S SPIDER How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels

    by Stephen B. Heard | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    You don't have to be a scientist to enjoy this examination of the lighter side of taxonomy, but it helps to have an interest in science. Jonathan Todd Ross offers an easygoing narration of the author's commentary on how plants and animals are named. Ross's voice has almost an impish quality when he recounts stories like the ones about how the cartoonist Gary Larson ended up the... Read More

  • THE LAST AMERICAN HERO

    THE LAST AMERICAN HERO The Remarkable Life of John Glenn

    by Alice L. George | Read by John Pruden

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    John Pruden's performance is welcoming yet authoritative, a perfect fit for this biography of astronaut John Glenn. George's audiobook frames Glenn's life comprehensively, covering his time at NASA, his political career, and his triumphant return to space at age 77. The audiobook captures the thrilling moments of Glenn's historic Earth orbit as Glenn describes his views of... Read More

  • THE PATH TO SELF-LOVE AND WORLD DOMINATION

    THE PATH TO SELF-LOVE AND WORLD DOMINATION Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Embrace Your Power

    by Heidi Green | Read by Marni Penning

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Marni Penning is the narrator of this mental health guide aimed at people who suspect they're holding themselves back in life because of negative emotions they've internalized from being emotionally deprived, traumatized, or developmentally impaired. She delivers a technically perfect performance that makes everything clear, though without capturing the pathos of author Heidi... Read More

  • IKENGA

    IKENGA

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Nnedi Okorafor | Read by Ben Onwukwe

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Children

    With his remarkably deep and resonant voice, narrator Ben Onwukwe adds even more intrigue to this nuanced superhero story, set in contemporary Nigeria. While mourning the murder of his father, young Nnamdi receives a supernatural gift. With it, he can transform into a powerful shadowman, the ideal alter ego for exacting revenge on the superpowered criminals he blames for his... Read More

  • THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS

    THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS These Violent Delights, Book 1

    by Chloe Gong | Read by Cindy Kay

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Cindy Kay narrates a violent retelling of ROMEO AND JULIET set in the underworld of 1926 Shanghai. Juliette Cai and Roma Montagov are members of opposing gangs who must work together to save their city from a horrifying new threat. Juliette is a fierce and angry young woman who must ceaselessly defend and justify her position in the Scarlet Gang. Kay effortlessly leans into the... Read More

  • LOVE AT FIRST

    LOVE AT FIRST

    by Kate Clayborn | Read by Lauren Ezzo

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Lauren Ezzo's remarkable ability to create unique character voices is on full display in this poignant rivals-to-lovers romance populated with an ensemble of quirky supporting characters. Dr. Will Sterling plans to renovate and rent out the dated condominium he has begrudgingly inherited--but his progress is swiftly disrupted by Nora, the association president, who... Read More

  • ABIGAIL

    ABIGAIL

    by Magda Szabo Len Rix [Trans.] | Read by Samantha Desz

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This popular 1970 Hungarian novel, in English for the first time, is now a superb audiobook narrated by Samantha Desz. She brings a warm enthusiasm and expert Hungarian pronunciation to the story of Gina, a teenager living in Budapest during WWII. Gina's comfortable life is upended when her father whisks her off to a draconian boarding school in the countryside. Desz narrates... Read More

  • BONES

    BONES Inside and Out

    by Roy A. Meals, MD | Read by L.J. Ganser

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    L.J. Ganser's performance is almost jovial--his intonation accentuates the audiobook's accessibility. This is no dull biology lecture: The audiobook covers a fascinating overview of bones, which have the ability to rebuild without scarring. The material also captures fascinating points throughout history and casts an eye on the future of medical care. Historically, medical... Read More

  • I'M STAYING HERE

    I'M STAYING HERE

    by Marco Balzano, Jill Foulston [Trans.] | Read by Lauren Ezzo

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Lauren Ezzo brings Balzano's heartbreaking historical novel to life with her exquisite narration. Trina recounts her life, including her regrets, to her long-lost daughter. In 1923, 17-year-old Trina's voice is full of eagerness as her dream of becoming a teacher is about to come true. But the Fascist government outlaws the German language, and she, her family, friends, and... Read More

  • FOOTSTEPS OF FEDERER

    FOOTSTEPS OF FEDERER A Fan's Pilgrimage Across 7 Swiss Cantons in 10 Acts

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Dave Seminara | Read by Paul Heitsch

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Dave Seminara loves tennis and hero-worships champion Roger Federer. Narrator Paul Heitsch makes sure that we understand these things about Seminara with a performance that adeptly reveals the enthusiasm, humility, and sincerity of the author. After a long struggle with autoimmune disease and an injury, Seminara decides to combine his own return to the court with a trip around... Read More

  • BUGSY SIEGEL

    BUGSY SIEGEL The Dark Side of the American Dream (Jewish Lives Series)

    by Michael Shnayerson | Read by Steven Jay Cohen

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Shnayerson's brisk and absorbing profile of the brief, violent life of Bugsy Siegel, son of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, is afforded a warm, sensitive narration by Steven Jay Cohen. Siegel--gangster, bootlegger, and murderer--is humanized by Cohen's youthful, quiet performance. His narration is intoned with the occasional Yiddish accent, presented subtly. Insightful research on... Read More

  • SASHA MASHA

    SASHA MASHA

    by Agnes Borinsky | Read by Agnes Borinsky

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Author Agnes Borinsky delivers a thoughtful performance of her debut novel about a teenager who is discovering their gender identity. Alex, who is portrayed in an introspective tone, tries to discover their genuine self. Growing up in Baltimore, Alex struggles with heteronormative expectations, striving to feel like a "real boy" in the eyes of his peers and family. Then, a... Read More

  • THE SUGARED GAME

    THE SUGARED GAME Will Darling Adventures, Book 2

    Earphones Award Winner

    by KJ Charles | Read by Cornell Collins

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    KJ Charles returns with another delightful Will Darling adventure, featuring Cornell Collins's engaging narration. After a visit to a nightclub with his best friend, Maisie, Will finds himself once again embroiled in intrigue. Collins's characterizations of Will and his aristocratic lover, Kim Secretan, draw out their personalities and complicated relationship as they... Read More

  • THE LIGHT AGES

    THE LIGHT AGES

    by Seb Falk | Read by Seb Falk

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Author/narrator Seb Falk challenges listeners to check their assumptions about the scientific contributions made during the European Medieval period. Falk uses Brother John of Westwyk (1350-1400)--an English monk, astrologer, and inventor--as a gateway into discussions on the interconnected nature of religious and social life, and education during this time. The author's... Read More

  • SONIC BOOM

    SONIC BOOM The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records, from Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince

    by Peter Ames Carlin | Read by David de Vries

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Business & Finance

    Narrator David de Vries's fluid and authoritative but pompous style closely matches this inside look at the evolution of Warner Bros. Records. Sadly, the fascinating early history of the label, which began in 1958, is all but entirely ignored. Instead, the business of the music industry and the creativity of artists such as Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Alice Cooper, and Paul... Read More

  • SIT, STAY, SLAY

    SIT, STAY, SLAY Dog Club, Book 5

    by V.M. Burns | Read by Madison Vaughn

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Listeners will be indignant as every member of Dixie's dog show class is disqualified by a vindictive judge. Indignation swells to anger when the judge deliberately steps on Dixie's champion poodle's foot. And when the judge is murdered, Dixie's friends are outraged when she becomes the prime suspect. As portrayed by narrator Madison Vaughn, Dixie's Type A personality radiates... Read More

  • GODS AT PLAY

    GODS AT PLAY An Eyewitness Account of Great Moments in American Sports

    by Tom Callahan | Read by Danny Campbell

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    This is an audiobook for sports fans, particularly fans of sporting events large and small over the past half century. As a sports journalist, Callahan worked throughout the country over his long career. Listeners will hear a mix of memoir and behind-the-scenes stories, all delivered by Danny Campbell. Combining anecdotes about greats like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Roberto Clemente,... Read More

  • NOT LIGHT, BUT FIRE

    NOT LIGHT, BUT FIRE How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Matthew R. Kay | Read by David Sadzin

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    While Kay's audiobook on discussing race focuses on skills for teachers, its theme is important for everyone, and David Sadzin's narration engages listeners beyond the target audience. The title comes from Frederick Douglass's call to action, placed in the context of classroom learning. Students are too often given "light"--the "February soup" of Black History Month's... Read More

  • FIGHT OR SUBMIT

    FIGHT OR SUBMIT Standing Tall in Two Worlds

    by Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson | Read by Kaipo Schwab

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Kaipo Schwab becomes the author, Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson, as he describes his life and accomplishments as the leader of the Westbank First Nation and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs. As a businessman and chief, Derrickson has increased his tribes' wealth and position more than 3,500% since the 1970s through leasing and logging rights and through... Read More

  • TALES FROM THE FOLLY

    TALES FROM THE FOLLY A Rivers of London Short Story Collection

    by Ben Aaronovitch, Charlaine Harris [Intro.] | Read by Ben Aaronovitch, Ben Elliot, Felix Grainger, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Sam Peter Jackson, Alex Kingston, Shvorne Marks, Penelope Rawlins

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Fans of Ben Aaronovitch's long-running Rivers of London series will thoroughly enjoy this collection of short stories set across the series' expanded universe. Narrator Kobna Holdbrook-Smith reprises his role as Peter Grant in the first part of the audiobook, continuing his exemplary work voicing the sarcastic, young policeman turned wizard. In the production's second part, a... Read More

  • BOOK OF THE LITTLE AXE

    BOOK OF THE LITTLE AXE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lauren Francis-Sharma | Read by Robin Miles

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    An epic novel enveloping a wide swath of European colonialism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is deftly narrated by Robin Miles. The novel opens in Montana with the adventures and tribulations of Victor, a Crow Indian boy who, approaching manhood, is heading out on his vision quest. Victor's mother, Rosa, from Trinidad, is the daughter of a formerly enslaved father... Read More

  • MY LAST EIGHT THOUSAND DAYS

    MY LAST EIGHT THOUSAND DAYS

    by Lee Gutkind | Read by Johnny Heller

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Gutkind made his name writing creative nonfiction, an offshoot of new journalism. After a lifetime of telling other people's stories, MY LAST EIGHT THOUSAND DAYS is Gutkind's look inward. Narrator Johnny Heller is the perfect voice for sharing Gutkind's honest reflections--from successes to failures--both professional and personal. Gutkind explores what it means to be nearing... Read More

  • CITY OF CHAMPIONS

    CITY OF CHAMPIONS A History of Triumph and Defeat in Detroit

    by Stefan Szymanski, Silke-Maria Weineck | Read by Leon Nixon

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This audio history of Detroit addresses various sports and goes way beyond them with a sociological look at the struggles the city has endured. The authors use sports--moments, games, and personalities--as their perspective for conveying what has happened, evolved, and stalled in the Motor City. Leon Nixon always brings gravitas to his narrations, and this one is no different.... Read More

  • STEAK

    STEAK One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef

    by Mark Schatzker | Read by Mike Lenz

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Mike Lenz is an effective maître d' for this beef-centric audiobook. His manner is easygoing, and his style unhurried. This is a story of the search for the world's best steak. Lenz's inquisitive tone and straightforward storytelling benefit this planet-spanning journey to identify both the finest meat and cattle. Author Schatzker has put in the work: travelled 60,000 miles,... Read More

  • THE AGE OF THE HORSE

    THE AGE OF THE HORSE An Equine Journey Through Human History

    by Susanna Forrest | Read by Pearl Hewitt

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    This audiobook demonstrates the capacity of a narrator's voice to define--and redefine--the character of a text. Pearl Hewitt narrates with elegance and precision as the author traces the horse in human history--horses tamed, trained, subservient to man. Hewitt's accent is tearoom British, and she is quite adept at handling Forrest's multilingual vocabulary and rich descriptive... Read More

  • BOY

    BOY

    by Brent Van Staalduinen | Read by James Fouhey

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    In a steady, measured voice, narrator James Fouhey presents the challenging circumstances faced by Boy (so named after Boy George) Cornelius McVeigh, a Canadian 18-year-old in his last year of high school. Boy contends with a difficult family life. His sister died in a car crash, his father is incarcerated, and his alcoholic mother and her boyfriend neglect his baby brother.... Read More

  • THE SAINTS OF SALVATION

    THE SAINTS OF SALVATION Salvation Sequence, Book 3

    by Peter F. Hamilton | Read by John Lee

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator John Lee gives the poignant conclusion of the Salvation Sequence trilogy an action-packed performance. The stars hold a sinister threat for humanity in the 23rd century as a previously benign alien race begins a crusade. Following messages from the distant future, the Olyix start abducting thousands of humans and preparing them for sacrifice. Lee's precise voice sweeps... Read More

  • BEETHOVEN

    BEETHOVEN A Life in Nine Pieces

    by Laura Tunbridge | Read by Laura Tunbridge

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Using nine well-known compositions from various periods of Beethoven's life, Oxford music professor Laura Tunbridge offers a fascinating look at the practical and often gritty side of being a professional musician in early-nineteenth-century Europe. While she narrates with clarity and a vocal tone that is easy to absorb, a performance with more flair would have been a better... Read More

  • THE HANGMAN'S COMPANION

    THE HANGMAN'S COMPANION Jim McGill, Book 2

    by Joseph Flynn | Read by Corey M. Snow

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    At the opening of this exciting audiobook full of global intrigue, Jim McGill, the "president's henchman," takes a case in Paris while his wife, a politician, is in London at a G8 meeting. A former police colleague has killed a man while trying to rescue a young woman the man was beating. There are just two problems: No one can find the woman, and the people of France want to... Read More

  • THREE FRENCH HENS

    THREE FRENCH HENS Aloha Chicken, Book 7

    by Josi Avari | Read by Angie Hickman

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Angie Hickman takes listeners to Maika'i, Hawaii. As Christmas approaches, Saffron is busy organizing a community Nativity party at her egg farm. She attends the world's most prestigious chicken show, where the owner of the front-runners, French hens, is murdered--bashed with the winner's trophy. With the chickens having gone missing and several competitors being... Read More

  • OLIVE BRIGHT, PIGEONEER

    OLIVE BRIGHT, PIGEONEER

    by Stephanie Graves | Read by Rachael Beresford

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Rachael Beresford engagingly introduces the English village of Pipley in 1941. Residents --including the Bright family--want to do their part for the war, so they raise pigeons. Listeners meet daughter Olive, who is delighted when Captain Jameson Aldrich comes to evaluate their pigeons as possible messengers. Lively descriptions of the countryside and concerns about... Read More

  • NEW SUNS

    NEW SUNS Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color

    by Nisi Shawl [Ed.], LeVar Burton [Foreword] | Read by Allyson Johnson

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Allyson Johnson shines as a master of character voice acting in this speculative fiction anthology featuring authors of color. While her delivery of narrative sounds a bit like AI, perhaps appropriately so, Johnson's mastery of tone, pitch, and accent is simply astounding. Indeed, it is Johnson's talent for bringing characters to life that allows the listener to fully enter... Read More

  • ARCHANGEL'S SUN

    ARCHANGEL'S SUN Guild Hunter, Book 13

    by Nalini Singh | Read by Justine Eyre

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Justine Eyre returns listeners to a world of archangels who are battling plague-ridden vampires. The angelic artist Sharine, also known as the Hummingbird, is tasked with helping archangel Titus clean up the infestation of his territory. Eyre gives Titus a booming voice that expresses his power. While Sharine has been damaged by her past, she transitions from a... Read More

  • A DUKE, THE LADY, AND A BABY

    A DUKE, THE LADY, AND A BABY Rogues and Remarkable Women, Book 1

    by Vanessa Riley | Read by Bahni Turpin

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Bahni Turpin voices widowed heiress Patience Jordan in Riley's multicultural Regency romance. Patience fights to be reunited with her infant son despite the Duke of Repington's arrival as his guardian. Turpin rolls out a realistic Demerara (present-day Guyana) accent for Patience with broad vowels and a distinctive intonation. Patience's desperation is well represented by... Read More

  • THE LAST GIANTS

    THE LAST GIANTS

    by Levison Wood | Read by Levison Wood

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Author/narrator Levison Wood brings personal experiences to his call for helping to conserve elephants. Listeners share his awe at seeing them on canvas in an artist's exhibition as a child and hear of his exciting encounters with actual elephants as an adult. The mantra "never run" captures the drama of a potential elephant charge. His emphasis, though, is on conservation; he... Read More

  • THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

    THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Salka Viertel | Read by Christina Delaine

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Christina Delaine provides a remarkable narration of actress/screenwriter Salka Viertel's autobiography. Using an impeccable Polish accent with never a slip, Delaine provides a first-person account of a woman whose life touched the lives of authors, actors, musicians, stage directors, and composers. Born to well-off parents in Galicia (part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire),... Read More

  • THE BRIGHT AND BREAKING SEA

    THE BRIGHT AND BREAKING SEA Kit Brightling, Book 1

    by Chloe Neill | Read by Danielle Cohen

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Danielle Cohen narrates a Napoleonic fantasy adventure. To their mutual dismay, Captain Kit Brightling and Colonel Rian Grant must work together to uncover a plot against the Crown. Kit is an orphan who was raised in a loving home in which she was taught her worth from a young age. Cohen imbues Kit with confidence, poise, and more than a dash of charm. Despite Grant having been... Read More

  • ZORRO'S SHADOW

    ZORRO'S SHADOW How a Mexican Legend Became America's First Superhero

    by Stephen J.C. Andes | Read by Robert Fass

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Zorro (Spanish for "fox") had a sword, a cape, and a secret identity, and he always fought for the little guy. What more could you want in a superhero? In a voice finding just the right midpoint between an academic tone and a sense of fandom and fun, award-winning narrator Robert Fass takes listeners on a deep dive into the history and cultural background of a character who... Read More

  • THE FOSSIL HUNTER

    THE FOSSIL HUNTER Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Shelley Emling | Read by Rachael Beresford

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Behind the tongue twister "she sells seashells by the seashore" lies the largely untold story of one of the world's pioneering paleontologists. Mary Anning grew up in an impoverished English home and dug up fossils to sell to tourists and collectors to support her family. Her contributions to the fossil record undergird Darwin's evolution theories. Rachael Beresford narrates... Read More

  • THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES

    THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Deesha Philyaw | Read by Janina Edwards

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Janina Edwards masterfully performs this collection of short stories featuring Black women who, though they differ in age and context, struggle with loneliness, sexual connection, and the ever-present and contradictory lessons of the church. Edwards's soft, gentle voice gives power to the prose, which explores love, sexuality, self-acceptance, and family in... Read More

  • YELLOW JESSAMINE

    YELLOW JESSAMINE

    by Caitlin Starling | Read by Heather Wilds

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Horror

    Heather Wilds captures listeners immediately with her distinct accent and precise diction. Her smooth ability to transition to different voices for the characters in this horror fantasy is captivating. Listeners will be lured into the world of Evelyn Perdanu as she fights to save herself from the threats to her kingdom, Delphinium--threats that seem to come from her. Evelyn is... Read More

  • THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE IS FEMALE

    THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE IS FEMALE

    by Zara Stone | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Multimedia journalist Zara Stone celebrates women who push against barriers that women and girls of color and other marginalized identities face as they pursue STEM education and careers. Jesse Vilinsky's earnest narration allows the women to speak for themselves. She delivers the engaging narrative of the author, as well as the passion of such visionary women as Pree Walia,... Read More

  • MEMPHIS MAYHEM

    MEMPHIS MAYHEM A Story of the Music That Shook Up the World

    by David A. Less | Read by Chris Abernathy

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This thoughtful reflection on Memphis's music history is complemented by narrator Chris Abernathy's soft Southern accent and relaxed timing. Abernathy uses a conversational tone when reporting on the cultural roots of the blues and rock and roll and employs a storytelling mode when recounting music memories. While Memphis had its racist incidents, including lynchings and the... Read More

  • OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE

    OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE

    by Jonathan C. Slaght | Read by Jonathan C. Slaght

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Author and narrator Jonathan Slaght gives listeners a unique and engaging look at life in Russia's remote Far East. The wildlife biologist documents his years of field research on the endangered Blakiston's fish owl, the world's largest and most aquatic owl species. Slaght battles floods, roadblocks, and more than a handful of comical locals while skiing, snowmobiling,... Read More

  • MAGIC DARK AND STRANGE

    MAGIC DARK AND STRANGE

    by Kelly Powell | Read by Karissa Vacker

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Karissa Vacker provides the listener with a wonderful narration of this young adult historical fantasy novel featuring a teenage girl who can raise the dead for short periods of time. Catherine is surprised when an unknown magic overtakes her own and returns fully to life the decades old corpse of a murdered teen. By giving each of the characters a unique voice, Vacker adds... Read More

  • THE AWKWARD BLACK MAN

    THE AWKWARD BLACK MAN

    by Walter Mosley | Read by Mirron Willis

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Mirron Willis, having narrated several Walter Mosley audiobooks, has an experienced grasp of the author's cadence and language. This familiarity, as well as Willis's prudent pronunciation, makes for a confident and compelling reading of Mosley stories. Like Mosley's novels, these tales are digressive and imaginative, dealing with, among other things, a fly's friendship, the... Read More

  • OUT!

    OUT! How to Be Your Authentic Self

    by Miles McKenna, Tyler Oakley [Fore.] | Read by Miles McKenna

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    First-time author and narrator Miles McKenna shares his one-of-a-kind guide to self-discovery for anyone questioning or transitioning and for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. McKenna's candid and fast-paced approach is full of both energy and sensitivity. A great mix of humor and wisdom, McKenna's unique self-help survival guide provides details from his personal... Read More

  • QUEEN'S GAMBIT

    QUEEN'S GAMBIT

    by Bradley Harper | Read by Danielle Cohen

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    Fans will delight in another cross-dressing, gun-toting Margaret Harkness adventure. Danielle Cohen's narration is spritely and intelligent as Margaret and old friend Joseph Bell investigate assassins and anarchists in 1897 Germany. Bell, the inspiration for Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, invites Margaret to assist him in the search for secret documents that have fallen into... Read More

  • THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND THE GLOBAL GREEN NEW DEAL

    THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND THE GLOBAL GREEN NEW DEAL The Political Economy of Saving the Planet

    by Noam Chomsky, Robert Pollin, C.J. Polychroniou [Intro.] | Read by James Patrick Cronin

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This audiobook is structured around questions raised by discussion points from political scientist C.J. Polychroniou. James Patrick Cronin narrates each question, identifies which author, Pollin or Chomsky, is answering, and then reads the response. They explore the causes of climate change, how to achieve zero emissions by 2050, and how a global Green New Deal might be... Read More

  • GOURD TO DEATH

    GOURD TO DEATH Pie Town Mystery, Book 5

    by Kirsten Weiss | Read by Renée Chambliss

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In this audiobook, Val Harris, owner of a bakery called Pie Town, is looking forward to her first pumpkin festival as a new resident of San Nicholas, California. She's particularly excited about her role as a judge for the pumpkin pie contest. Then Val and her crust specialist, Charlene, find the body of a woman who has been crushed by a 2,000-pound pumpkin. This causes the... Read More

  • HOW THE MULTIVERSE GOT ITS REVENGE

    HOW THE MULTIVERSE GOT ITS REVENGE Arithmancy and Anarchy, The Thorne Chronicles, Book 2

    by K. Eason | Read by Nicole Poole

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Nicole Poole narrates this space opera with fairy-tale elements. After renouncing her title of princess and departing to become a privateer at the edge of space, Rory Thorne and her crew unexpectedly encounter both a sentient bioweapon and an unknown, hostile xeno species. Now that the story has shifted focus, Poole has a range of new, nonhuman species who require new vocal... Read More

  • MAD AT THE WORLD

    MAD AT THE WORLD A Life of John Steinbeck

    by William Souder | Read by David Colacci

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    John Steinbeck is among America's premier social realist authors. His books are classics. Yet many people do not know him beyond his literary canon. This audiobook seeks to remedy that. It explores the author's often troubled life as well as his creative genius. David Colacci offers an able and consistent narration. His tone, while not conversational, is easy on the ears and... Read More

  • LANDING IN HELL

    LANDING IN HELL The Pyrrhic Victory of the First Marine Division on Peleliu, 1944

    by Peter Margaritis | Read by Shawn Compton

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Shawn Compton's dispassionate tone and bass pitch are a good match for this detailed account of the battle that took place on the Pacific island of Peleliu in September and October of 1944. The battle involved the 1st Marine Division and was expected to be much easier than it was. In fact, the division was out of action for six months afterward. Indeed, it was a... Read More

  • AUNTY LEE'S CHILLED REVENGE

    AUNTY LEE'S CHILLED REVENGE Singaporean Mystery Series, Book 3

    by Ovidia Yu | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    As performed by Emily Woo Zeller, this audiobook gives listeners a sensory experience as they smell the scents, taste the foods, and see the unique sights of Singapore. Aunty Lee, owner of one of the most beloved restaurants in the country and an animal lover, learns that someone has murdered Allison Fitzgerald. Five years earlier Allison became notorious for having killed a... Read More

  • HEART OF SHADOWS

    HEART OF SHADOWS Alice Worth, Book 5

    by Lisa Edmonds | Read by Felicity Munroe

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Felicity Munroe returns to narrate the fifth installment of the Alice Worth urban fantasy series. Alice is a mage-detective specializing in the supernatural. With Sean, her werewolf boyfriend, and Malcolm, her best friend, who is a ghost, she sets out to investigate a supernatural threat, but nothing goes as planned. Each character is strong and confident. Furthermore, Munroe... Read More

  • HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST

    HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference

    by Adam Rutherford | Read by Adam Rutherford

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Part history lesson about racism and part in-depth science lesson, this audiobook is relevant and thought-provoking. Author/narrator Adam Rutherford's delivery is calm and measured. He shares his own background and experiences, and ties in numerous current events to address the need for science to push back against those who use biology, particularly genetics, to justify... Read More

  • MURDER AT QUEEN'S LANDING

    MURDER AT QUEEN'S LANDING Wrexford and Sloane, Book 4

    by Andrea Penrose | Read by James Cameron Stewart

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator James Cameron Stewart puts great effort and energy into his performance of this Regency-era murder mystery. It is the fourth in a series featuring Wrexford, an earl/chemist who solves crimes alongside his friend (and soul mate), Lady Charlotte, a successful caricaturist. While this novel is well researched and richly descriptive, it has a superfluity of characters, and... Read More

  • A PRETTY DECEIT

    A PRETTY DECEIT Verity Kent, Book 4

    by Anna Lee Huber | Read by Heather Wilds

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In 1919, Verity Kent is plunged into two cases that reach back to the Great War and her days as an intelligence agent. One case will also reach into the future, causing murders unless Verity and her husband, Sydney, can stop them. Narrator Heather Wilds keeps listeners engaged with the exciting story. She excels at giving reality to the horrors of the war. In particular, she... Read More

  • SCANDINAVIAN NOIR

    SCANDINAVIAN NOIR In Pursuit of a Mystery

    by Wendy Lesser | Read by Kirsten Potter

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Kirsten Potter takes on the voice of the author to narrate this audiobook, which is part memoir and part literary analysis of Scandinavian noir. Potter's easy style makes comprehensible a dizzying amount of detail on authors' names, book titles, and plot summaries. Potter's delivery helps integrate the elements of an interwoven story of one woman's growing fascination with... Read More

  • DEATH ON THE GREEN

    DEATH ON THE GREEN Dublin Driver, Book 2

    by Catie Murphy | Read by Ruth Urquhart

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Ruth Urquhart portrays Megan Malone, a retired American army medic who now drives a limousine in Ireland. While chauffeuring golfer Martin Walsh on the local green, she discovers a body in a water hazard. After pulling top golfer Lou Macdonald from the water, Megan becomes involved in trying to identify the murderer. Urquhart's delivery of Irish accents for the locals... Read More

  • MURDER AT THE PTA

    MURDER AT THE PTA Maya & Sandra, Book 1

    by Lee Hollis | Read by Emily Durante

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In this delightful performance, narrator Emily Durante connects listeners with the horror of the scandal-mongering website called Dirty Laundry, which keeps viciously attacking people at South Portland (Maine) High School. Durante builds the suspense when the person writing the page is found dead, supposedly of suicide. Private investigator Maya Kendrick, an overworked but... Read More

  • VIRGA & BONE

    VIRGA & BONE Essays from Dry Places

    by Craig Childs | Read by Rick Adamson

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Rick Adamson presents these essays about the deserts of the American Southwest in a slightly gruff voice befitting the author's reputation as a naturalist and an adventurer. Adamson is confident and direct as the various treks and journeys throughout the collection unfold. For those who enjoy nature writing, these brief essays are a quick way to tour Monument Valley... Read More

  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL MURDER

    A CHRISTMAS CAROL MURDER A Dickens of a Crime, Book 3

    by Heather Redmond | Read by Tim Campbell

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In December 1835, Jacob Harley falls to his death from an upper-story window with chains around his neck. He lands right in front of journalist Charles Dickens and his fiancée, Kate Hogarth. Charles decides to investigate the case while he is dealing with the claim that he is the father of a 4-month-old illegitimate boy, a situation that has the potential to destroy both his... Read More

  • OVERGROUND RAILROAD

    OVERGROUND RAILROAD The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

    by Candacy Taylor | Read by Lisa Reneé Pitts

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Lisa Reneé Pitts expertly blends the personal with the historical in Taylor's deep dive into the Green Book, the iconic travel guide for Black America in the pre-Civil Rights era. Taylor expertly explores the book's hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and beauty shops, as well as the personal memories of her stepfather and others. Pitts smoothly shifts back and forth from... Read More

  • WHAT IT TAKES

    WHAT IT TAKES The Way to the White House

    by Richard Ben Cramer | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Originally published in 1992, Cramer's lengthy, well-researched examination of the 1988 U.S. presidential election may speak of years gone by--but the inclusion of President-Elect Joe Biden makes it quite current. Sadly, Keith Sellon-Wright's workmanlike performance does little to take the facts and commentary beyond the pedestrian. Much of the audiobook addresses the early... Read More

  • CAT ME IF YOU CAN

    CAT ME IF YOU CAN Cat in the Stacks, Book 13

    by Miranda James | Read by Erin Bennett

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Erin Bennett deftly moves this appealing series from Mississippi to Asheville, North Carolina, where librarian Charlie Harris, fiancée Helen Louise Brady, Diesel the cat, and the library book club retreat for a mystery week. Listeners will be as shocked as Charlie when he unlocks his door and finds a body in his room. It's entertaining to hear each club member share a... Read More

  • THE HIDDEN LIFE OF ICE

    THE HIDDEN LIFE OF ICE Dispatches from a Disappearing World

    by Marco Tedesco, Alberto Flores D'Arcais, Elizabeth Kolbert [Fore.] | Read by Joel Richards

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Joel Richards admirably handles the complex task of emulating the reverential voice of climate scientist Tedesco as he navigates the vastness of ice-covered Greenland. Read in an almost hushed tone, his nuanced narration reveals the exquisite silences, freezing temperatures, and harsh winds of one of the planet's largest remaining arctic expanses. Richards smoothly... Read More

  • SLOWDOWN

    SLOWDOWN The End of the Great Acceleration-and Why Its Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives

    by Danny Dorling | Read by Liam Gerrard

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Business & Finance

    Narrating quickly and precisely, Liam Gerrard opens this audiobook with an overwhelming stream of statistics and charts. The complex material, combined with his rapid delivery, makes it hard, at first, for the author's focus to become clear. But it's a friendly performance, notable for Gerrard's beguiling mix of boyish charm and enthusiasm. As the audio unfolds and the author's... Read More

  • ALWAYS GREENER

    ALWAYS GREENER General Buzz, Book 1

    by J.R.H. Lawless | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies takes listeners on a darkly satirical romp through a not-so-distant, not-so-unbelievable future in which reality TV reigns supreme. In his debut novel, J.R.H. Lawless draws lofty, absurdist, very British inspiration from the likes of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams to create a world of brain implants, 24/7 corporate messaging, and a hit show that... Read More

  • I KISSED ALICE

    I KISSED ALICE

    by Anna Birch | Read by Lori Prince, Jesse Vilinsky

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    In this audiobook narrated by Lori Prince and Jesse Vilinsky, two teen girls find their artistic voices and learn to question toxic relationships. Art conservatory students Rhodes and Iliana are bitter rivals, driven by ignorant assumptions and jealousy over their mutual best friend, Sarah. Yet on the internet, they enjoy a passionate, pseudonymous collaboration on an... Read More

  • POSSESSED

    POSSESSED The Life of Joan Crawford

    by Donald Spoto | Read by Christina Delaine

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Having already offered in-depth biographical portraits of classic entertainment professionals such as Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock, author Donald Spoto provides a worshipful examination of the life and career of actress Joan Crawford. Christina Delaine's precise and dramatic narration serves to raise the level of the well-written but mundane content. Crawford's career is... Read More

  • SLIPPERY CREATURES

    SLIPPERY CREATURES Will Darling Adventures, Book 1

    by KJ Charles | Read by Cornell Collins

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Cornell Collins narrates a pulp-inspired romantic thriller set in post-WWI England. Will Darling is a retired soldier who has inherited a bookshop from his uncle. When he begins receiving threats, he realizes there is more afoot than the arcane prices of secondhand books. Collins ratchets up the tension as the story progresses from mildly mysterious happenings to dangerous... Read More

  • STANLEY KUBRICK

    STANLEY KUBRICK American Filmmaker

    by David Mikics | Read by Steven Jay Cohen

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    David Mikics's focused, fast-paced examination of film director Stanley Kubrick's life and career is highly entertaining. Steven Jay Cohen's direct and sensitive performance makes Kubrick more approachable and human. The volume is chronologically organized by film production and offers an in-depth look behind the scenes of films as diverse as DR. STRANGELOVE and EYES WIDE SHUT.... Read More

  • THE CALLED SHOT

    THE CALLED SHOT Babe Ruth, the Chicago Cubs, and the Unforgettable Major League Baseball Season of 1932

    by Thomas Wolf | Read by Barry Abrams

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Wolf's chronicle of the 1932 baseball season is ambitious in scope, covering much more than the events on the field, including the Great Depression and the rise of President Roosevelt. At almost 11 hours, it needs a narrator with a brisk and confident pace, and Barry Abrams carries this off whether he's relating anecdotes about baseball, politics, or social history. He strikes... Read More

  • NEXT IN LINE FOR LOVE

    NEXT IN LINE FOR LOVE

    by Harper Bliss | Read by Tanya Eby, Melissa Moran

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Tanya Eby and Melissa Moran present a dual narration of a contemporary lesbian romance. Summoned by her father, 35-year-old Ali Lennox returns home to L.A. as Lennox Breweries' future CEO. Jill, the company's COO, has worked there more than half of Ali's life. Seemingly opposites, they become closer and realize they work well together, both in and out of the office. Eby and... Read More

  • MOURNING IN MALMO

    MOURNING IN MALMO Inspector Anita Sundstrom, Book 7

    by Torquil MacLeod | Read by Marguerite Gavin

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Marguerite Gavin returns to narrate Book 7 in MacLeod's Inspector Anita Sundstrom series. Gavin portrays Anita and the many Swedish and foreign-born characters in a neutral American accent. She successfully differentiates the characters, male and female, by varying her tempo and inflections. For Anita's British love interest, Kevin, Gavin uses a rather unconvincing English... Read More

  • STRANGE BUT TRUE

    STRANGE BUT TRUE

    by John Searles | Read by Matt Godfrey

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Part mystery, part suspense, this domestic drama is enhanced by Matt Godfrey's gift for cross-gender narration. Particularly convincing are Godfrey's renderings of Charlene, the grieving mother, and Melissa, the young, pregnant woman who claims she's the subject of a mysterious conception. Phillip, Charlene's son, is bestowed with a weary tone that conveys his frustration (he's... Read More

  • FINDING JOY

    FINDING JOY

    by Adriana Herrera | Read by Braeden Sinclair

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Two men fall in love in this LGBTQA+ audiobook set in Ethiopia, a country where homosexuality is illegal. When he visits East Africa for work, the last thing Dominican-American Desta expects is a workplace relationship. Ethiopian Elias is torn between meeting obligations to his family and going to graduate school in the U.S., where he can openly be his true self. Narrator... Read More

  • TRAGEDY

    TRAGEDY

    by Terry Eagleton | Read by Roger Clark

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Critic Terry Eagleton's richly detailed and wide-ranging commentary on literary tragedy calls for an attentive ear and a narrator who is clear, steady, and unobtrusive. Irish-American narrator Roger Clark has already performed two of Eagleton's titles. Clark, who studied in the U.K., has a heavy British accent reminiscent of the late actor James Mason. Given a narrative that... Read More

  • CRY OF MURDER ON BROADWAY

    CRY OF MURDER ON BROADWAY

    by Julie Miller | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Tavia Gilbert provides the shocking details of a crime that captured the public's attention in the nineteenth century. While listeners know the outcome from the outset, Gilbert keeps us thoroughly engaged. Prosperous merchant Henry Ballard seduces an innocent young housemaid, Amanda Norman, keeping her as his mistress. After being abandoned and finding herself in dire... Read More

  • THE DEPORTATION MACHINE

    THE DEPORTATION MACHINE America's Long History of Expelling Immigrants

    by Adam Goodman | Read by Robert Fass

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Robert Fass's deliberately paced narration is appropriate for this audiobook as the outrageous history it recounts does not need much help to spark a reaction from the listener. This is the story of the United States' treatment of immigrants over the years, and it's not a pretty one. There have been expulsions, criminalizations, racism, detentions, brutality, and exploitation... Read More

  • DOGGONE DEAD

    DOGGONE DEAD 2 Sisters Pet Valet, Book 1

    by Dane McCaslin | Read by Kitty Hendrix

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Kitty Hendrix narrates this debut audiobook. On Gwen Franklin's first day of retirement from teaching, she and her over-the-top BFF, Nora Goldstein, start a pet business and then find Nora's neighbor dead in her kitchen. The plot moves steadily, while the narration is leisurely but deliberate. Little attention is devoted to solving the mystery at hand, and the main characters... Read More

  • YOU LUCKY DOG

    YOU LUCKY DOG

    by Julia London | Read by Courtney Patterson

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Courtney Patterson brings a hint of a Texas twang to her narration of this story. A mix-up by her stoner dog walker leads Carly Kennedy to Professor Max Sheffington when Max's basset hound is returned to Carly and her dog is returned to him. Patterson gives Max a husky yet geeky voice that matches his personality. Max has an autistic brother, and Patterson subtly alters her... Read More

  • BRAVE ENOUGH

    BRAVE ENOUGH

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jessie Diggins, Todd Smith | Read by Allyson Ryan

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Allyson Ryan has found that magical spot that makes listeners forget they're not listening to a memoir read by its author. In this audiobook, elite cross-country skier Jessie Diggins shares the details of her life--from growing up in rural Minnesota to standing on the podium in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to accept the United States' first ever Olympic Gold Medal in... Read More

  • COLD IRON HEART

    COLD IRON HEART A Wicked Lovely Novel

    by Melissa Marr | Read by Kristin James, Tim Paige

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    In this prequel to the Wicked Lovely Novel series, narrators Kristin James and Tim Paige--both gifted with rich, easily distinguishable voices--immerse the listener in the elegant, fascinating, deadly, and intriguing world of the Summer and Winter Faery Courts. Lovely jeweler Thelma Foy, who has the second sight and can see faeries, catches the eye of the Dark King himself.... Read More

  • SILVER IN THE WOOD & DROWNED COUNTRY

    SILVER IN THE WOOD & DROWNED COUNTRY Greenhollow Duology

    by Emily Tesh | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Matthew Lloyd Davies infuses his narration with wonder and wisdom in this audiobook compilation of the Greenhollow Duology, two historical novellas full of romance, folklore, and magic. Davies's low and rumbling voice is perfect for Tobias, a gentle, solitary man tethered to the forest by ancient magic. His life is turned upside down when Henry Silver, the new owner of... Read More

  • THE SIMPLE ART OF FLYING

    THE SIMPLE ART OF FLYING

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Cory Leonardo | Read by P.J. Ochlan

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Children

    P.J. Ochlan's spirited narration enriches this soulful yet humorous story told from the perspective of three unlikely protagonists at a pet shop. Alastair, a cantankerous parrot, literally devours and then reimagines classic literature while concocting desperate escape plans to protect his beloved sister, Aggie. Bertie, a lonely but irrepressible octogenarian, writes heartfelt... Read More

  • CAN'T AND WON'T

    CAN'T AND WON'T Stories

    by Lydia Davis | Read by Janet Metzger

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Janet Metzger takes on the challenge of Davis's unique short story collection and creates an interesting listening experience. This collection of 122 stories ranges from one-liners taking mere seconds to some longer works lasting several minutes--one is just shy of an hour. Metzger's delivery is sure and steady. She captures the author's sense of examining the routines... Read More

  • FASHION JUNGLE

    FASHION JUNGLE

    by Kathy Ireland, Rachel Van Dyken | Read by Alexander Cendese, Maxine Mitchell

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Alexander Cendese and Maxine Mitchell dynamically narrate this story about the cutthroat fashion world. Models Everlee, Zoe, and Brittany are still trying to get by a year after their friend Danica's death, but grief is only part of the story because of the baggage each of them carries. It's a good thing Danica's brother, Dane, is there for them. The story would benefit from a... Read More

  • MR. TIMOTHY

    MR. TIMOTHY

    by Louis Bayard | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Royal Shakespeare Company performer Matthew Lloyd Davies doesn't just narrate this new audiobook--he turns his entire performance into a one-man show. Tiny Tim is no longer so tiny. With the loss of his father, Bob Cratchett, the adult Timothy has lost his pious nature and turned to living in brothels and checking the pockets of the dead for money. When he discovers the bodies... Read More

  • THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

    THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD The True Story of André the Giant

    by Bertrand Hébert, Pat Laprade | Read by Graham Rowat

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Graham Rowat sounds like a wrestling announcer as he describes a key match in André the Giant's career, the 1987 Wrestlemania at the Pontiac Silverdome. André is known to many from THE PRINCESS BRIDE and also played Bigfoot in "The Six Million Dollar Man," but author Bertrand Hébert concentrates on his ring career. Rowat quotes ring figures with gruff voices,... Read More

  • HUNTRESS INITIATE

    HUNTRESS INITIATE Huntress Clan Saga, Book 1

    by Jamie Davis, Michael Anderle | Read by Marnye Young

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Narrator Marnye Young portrays Quinn as tough but a bit vulnerable, which isn't surprising, given that she was abandoned as an infant and raised in the foster care system. In this first installment of the Huntress Clan Saga, Quinn learns she is one of the last "hunters," whose mission is to protect humans from supernatural beings that wish them harm. Hired by a company... Read More

  • STILL KNIFE PAINTING

    STILL KNIFE PAINTING Paint & Shine, Book 1

    by Cheryl Hollon | Read by Courtney Patterson

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    When artist Miranda Trent inherits her Uncle Gene's homestead in the Appalachians in Eastern Kentucky, she sets up what she calls a cultural adventure tour. In portraying this region, narrator Courtney Patterson effectively utilizes local accents, making them distinct but easily understandable. At Miranda's Paint & Shine event, clients get a chance to paint Lover's Leap and... Read More

  • THE ELEMENTS WE LIVE BY

    THE ELEMENTS WE LIVE BY How Iron Helps Us Breathe, Potassium Lets Us See, and Other Surprising Superpowers of the Periodic Table

    by Anja Røyne | Read by Donna Postel

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Donna Postel's narration is clear and energetic, making this audiobook an engaging listening experience. Røyne's accessible work about natural science provides an overview of how the natural environment connects us at the elemental level. Listeners learn about our origins from space dust and why our bodies need natural elements for survival. The audiobook captures how the... Read More

  • THE LOUVRE

    THE LOUVRE The Many Lives of the World's Most Famous Museum

    by James Gardner | Read by Graham Halstead

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    The combination of visually descriptive writing and thoughtful narration by Graham Halstead transports the listener to the famous Louvre Museum in Paris. Without actually going there, one can imagine walking the great halls with royalty and artists over many centuries. Halstead enhances this audiobook with frequent passages in French as he tells of how the building began as a... Read More

  • A FATAL FICTION

    A FATAL FICTION Deadly Edits, Book 3

    by Kaitlyn Dunnett | Read by Margaret Strom

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Margaret Strom uses solid expression to keep listeners fascinated by this fun audiobook. Editor Mikki Lincoln is at the gas station in her hometown of Lenape Hollow when developer and con artist Greg Onslow yells at her for editing the tell-all memoir of octogenarian Sunny Feldman. Accused by Onslow of sabotaging his new development with her editing of Sunny's book,... Read More

  • ONCE UPON AN EID

    ONCE UPON AN EID Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices

    by S.K. Ali, Aisha Saeed [Eds.] | Read by Siiri Scott, Neil Shah

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrators Siiri Scott and Neil Shah give voice to the highs and lows of middle-grade feelings in these sweet and joyful stories about Eid celebrations around the world. As the protagonists deal with everything from divorced parents to cultural differences to celebrating as part of a community of refugees, Shah and Scott enhance the listening experience with their authentic... Read More

  • A FATAL FABERGE

    A FATAL FABERGE Antiques & Collectibles, Book 8

    by Ellery Adams, Parker Riggs | Read by Andi Arndt

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Sweet-voiced narrator Andi Arndt takes on this cozy mystery featuring murder, beautiful Vermont scenery, and lots of suspects. In her eighth adventure, Molly Appleby, a reporter for COLLECTOR'S WEEKLY, investigates the murder of rare book dealer Curtis Cobb during a party at the antique-filled Gordon manor house. While Arndt ably drops her voice to differentiate the male... Read More

  • BACK FROM THE FUTURE

    BACK FROM THE FUTURE A Celebration of the Greatest Time Travel Story Ever Told

    by Brad Gilmore | Read by Joe Hempel

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    When it comes to BACK TO THE FUTURE, author Brad Gilmore is no dispassionate critic--he's the ultimate fanboy, and this audiobook is made for people like him. Narrator Joe Hempel has picked up "Future" podcaster Gilmore's zeal for the film trilogy and performs this audiobook with tenderness and enthusiasm. Gilmore shares behind-the-scenes secrets about the films--the abandoned... Read More

  • HOW TO BE GOOD

    HOW TO BE GOOD or How to Be Moral and Virtuous in a Wicked World

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Gary Cox | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Popular philosophical writing doesn't get any better than this, especially when it's delivered by British narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies. Infusing every phrase with lighthearted charm and meaning, he gives listeners a satisfying aural experience as he unfolds the author's ideas about goodness. Philosopher Gary Cox has a gift for juxtaposing today's moral dilemmas with the... Read More

  • 24 HOURS IN ANCIENT ROME

    24 HOURS IN ANCIENT ROME A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Philip Matyszak | Read by Michael Page

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Michael Page's English accent and professorial tone highlight the dry humor in this account of one day in ancient Rome. Each chapter follows one person for one hour. Page delivers dialogue with gusto--as exemplified by the spirited scolding of the tavern keeper who tosses out her unruly customers. Characters include a priestess and a prostitute who rues dropping the... Read More

  • WHAT WE INHERIT

    WHAT WE INHERIT A Secret War and a Family's Search for Answers

    by Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Read by Jessica Pearce Rotondi

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Rotondi does well narrating her account of how the death of a family member in Vietnam affected three generations of her family. In March 1972, Rotondi's Uncle Jack went missing during a bombing run in Laos. Rotondi's account of how her family searched for any information about what happened to him is a testament to determination. This reviewer had a family member who died in... Read More

  • THE LASARAN

    THE LASARAN Aldebarian Alliance, Book 1

    by Dianne Duvall | Read by Kirsten Potter

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Listeners will cherish having familiar narrator Kirsten Potter kick off Duvall's Immortal Guardians spin-off series. Not only does Potter voice the cheerful, giant warriors who protect Earth from vampires, she also introduces listeners to a new pairing, Lisa and Taelon. The couple meet as prisoners in a government laboratory. They use their telepathic gifts to escape and seek... Read More

  • SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY

    SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America

    by W. Caleb McDaniel | Read by Paul Heitsch

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    With a historian's dispassionate clarity and a bit of irony, narrator Paul Heitsch, delivers the singular story of Henrietta Wood, a free Black woman who was living and working in Cincinnati in 1853 when she was kidnapped, taken south, and sold "down the river" to a Mississippi plantation owner. Wood went on to return home after the Civil War, regain her freedom, and raise a... Read More

  • ALPHA NIGHT

    ALPHA NIGHT Psy-Changeling, Trinity, Book 4

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Nalini Singh | Read by Angela Dawe

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Angela Dawe's performance is stunning in its range. Dawe chronicles the primal bond between wolf alpha Selenka and Ethan, a psychic soldier coping with childhood trauma. Their newfound connection pulses with barely restrained intensity in the characters' dialogue and thoughts. At the same time, with enviable precision Dawe explores Ethan and Selenka's individual... Read More

  • WOMEN'S WAR

    WOMEN'S WAR Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War

    by Stephanie McCurry | Read by Teri Schnaubelt

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Teri Schnaubelt gives a brisk and energetic narration of this look at the role of women in the American Civil War. McCurry notes how women, free and enslaved, Northern and Southern, were active participants in furthering the goals of whatever side they supported. The challenge of how to deal with supposed noncombatants/civilians has always been a part of warfare and leads to... Read More

  • PANSIES

    PANSIES Spires Universe, Book 4

    by Alexis Hall | Read by Cornell Collins

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Strong and distinctive accents are no obstacle to narrator Cornell Collins, who fully commits to the variety of voices in this romance set in Northeast England. Most notable is the voice of Alfie Bell, a wealthy gay Londoner with traditional Northern roots. On a visit to his seaside hometown of South Shields, Alfie becomes smitten after an exhilarating one-night stand, only to... Read More

  • THE HOTEL NEVERSINK

    THE HOTEL NEVERSINK

    by Adam O'Fallon Price | Read by Steven Jay Cohen

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Steven Jay Cohen brings a note of eeriness and elegy to his narration of Price's Edgar Award-winning novel. This story traces the fall of the Sikorskys, Jewish-Polish immigrants who achieved the American dream with their purchase and renovation of the Hotel Neversink. Cohen channels the novel's melancholy tone, describing the family's damaged reputation when a young boy... Read More

  • MR. MET

    MR. MET How a Sports-Mad Kid from Jersey Became Like Family to Generations of Big Leaguers

    by Jay Horwitz, Jacob deGrom [Fore.] | Read by Barry Abrams

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    For almost four decades, any player or manager, or anyone associated with the New York Mets, has known of and appreciated Jay Horvitz. The likable New York Mets PR man's memoir is as much a story of his life growing up as it is a history of the team. Barry Abrams brings his engaging, animated voice to the narration. He alters his tone when narrating quotes from the many... Read More

  • OUT OF MY SKULL

    OUT OF MY SKULL The Psychology of Boredom

    by James Danckert, John D. Eastwood | Read by Liam Gerrard

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Liam Gerrard's chipper performance would seem at odds with the subject of Danckert and Eastwood's audiobook. Yet, it's perfect. In this wide-ranging discussion on boredom, Gerrard's tone captures the authors' enthusiasm for a topic most would ignore. Listeners are given background on why people experience boredom. The discussion is philosophically engaging. Is boredom the... Read More

  • JANE DARROWFIELD, PROFESSIONAL BUSYBODY

    JANE DARROWFIELD, PROFESSIONAL BUSYBODY Jane Darrowfield, Book 1

    by Barbara Ross | Read by Traci Odom

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Bored after her retirement, Jane Darrowfield gets paid to become a busybody in this audiobook. The manager of Walden Spring retirement home asks Jane to move in and locate the source of conflict in the community. Narrator Traci Odom makes residents sound realistic, especially during the food fight. When the leader of one of the cliques is murdered, Jane finds her job to be much... Read More

  • THE GREAT MORTALITY

    THE GREAT MORTALITY An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time

    Earphones Award Winner

    by John Kelly | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    John Kelly's richly detailed history of the medieval Black Death was published in 2005 but comes into its own as an audiobook in the age of COVID-19. Critics and readers have criticized Kelly for personifying the plague as a sensate being racing hungrily from town to town and country to country. But with polished elegance, narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies captures the grim ironies... Read More

  • HAPPY TEACHERS CHANGE THE WORLD

    HAPPY TEACHERS CHANGE THE WORLD A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education

    by Thich Nhat Hanh, Katherine Weare, Jon Kabat-Zinn [Fore.] | Read by Rachael Beresford, Paul Brion

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Philosophy & Religion

    With her gentle British accent and relaxed pacing, Rachael Beresford creates a peaceful mood for absorbing this summary of Thich Nhat Hanh's educational initiatives. She sounds serenely engaged with the content; it feels like she's part of the Buddhist monk's work, rather than just performing. Paul Brion's reading of the foreword, the author's "Letter to a Young Teacher," and... Read More

  • GONE WITH THE WHISKER

    GONE WITH THE WHISKER Bookmobile Cat, Book 8

    by Laurie Cass | Read by Erin Bennett

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In a clear, smooth voice, narrator Erin Bennett takes listeners on another adventure with Minnie Hamilton--a bookmobile librarian in the tourist town of Chilson, Michigan. When Minnie's teenage niece, Kate, comes to stay for the summer, she stumbles, quite literally, across a dead body. Before long, Minnie and her feisty feline, Eddie, resolve to get to the bottom of another... Read More

  • MARSHMALLOW MALICE

    MARSHMALLOW MALICE Amish Candy Shop, Book 5

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Amanda Flower | Read by Rebecca Mitchell

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In this delightful audiobook, Juliet and Reverend Brooks's wedding day has arrived, and it seems that anything that can go wrong does so. The next morning candymaker Bailey King goes to inspect the church and finds the murdered body of a woman who tried to crash the wedding. The murder leads to Bailey's most dangerous investigation yet. Rebecca Mitchell, narrating in the voice... Read More

  • BOTCHED BUTTERSCOTCH

    BOTCHED BUTTERSCOTCH Amish Candy Shop, Book 2.5

    by Amanda Flower | Read by Rebecca Mitchell

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Rebecca Mitchell effectively brings to life the Amish community of Harvest, Ohio, where Bailey King works at her Amish grandparents' candy shop. When Bailey provides the desserts for a Mother's Day luncheon fundraiser, she gets involved in another mystery when someone steals the donations. In voicing Bailey's first-person narration, Mitchell makes listeners think they... Read More

  • FOOTPRINTS

    FOOTPRINTS In Search of Future Fossils

    by David Farrier | Read by Mike Grady

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    A touch of anxiety creeps into narrator Mike Grady's voice as he talks about crumbling coastal cliffs in Britain. The coastal erosion has yielded clues to the past--in the form of footprints of early humans. Author David Farrier, who teaches English literature at the University of Edinburgh, ponders what trace fossils will remain of our own society in "the very deep future."... Read More

  • A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP

    A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP Ice Cream Shop, Book 1

    by Abby Collette | Read by Chandra Skyye

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Chandra Skyye brings both female and male characters alive in a pitch-perfect narration that creates larger-than-life characters. When Win returns from New York to Chagrin Falls in order to reopen her family's ice cream shop, a murder takes place, resulting in the police looking at members of her family as suspects. So Win and her best friend, Maisie, set out to do their own... Read More

  • BECOMING WILD

    BECOMING WILD How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace

    by Carl Safina | Read by Carl Safina

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Carl Safina starts off by bringing listeners along on a drenching trip to watch--and listen to--sperm whales off the coast of Dominica in the Caribbean. Listeners can feel his exasperation with the wetness and his growing understanding of the language hidden in the whales' clicks and squeaks. It's a feeling of learning along with the author. He's studying the ways whales and... Read More

  • THE SILVER SWAN

    THE SILVER SWAN In Search of Doris Duke

    by Sallie Bingham | Read by Donna Postel

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Donna Postel does a satisfying narration of this biography of Doris Duke (1912-1993). For a woman who led such a glittering life, Bingham's account is pretty dull. As skillful narrators do, Postel steps up. Because she sounds interested in her subject, listeners become engaged. Born into American social royalty, Duke inherited millions from her father, a tobacco tycoon; rubbed... Read More

  • THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS

    THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS Atticus Priest, Book 1

    by Mark Dawson | Read by Simon Vance

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    The talented and prolific Simon Vance brings his exceptional abilities to his performance of this audiobook, the first in a new series. Vance's characters are distinct, and his pacing enjoyable. His English accent is ever so appropriate for this story of family tension and murder set in Salisbury, England. Detective Chief Inspector Mackenzie Jones is called out on Christmas Eve... Read More

  • MILLION DOLLAR BABY

    MILLION DOLLAR BABY Stories from the Corner

    by F.X. Toole | Read by David Colacci, JD Jackson

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This title may be familiar because of the movie of the same name, directed by Clint Eastwood. Not surprisingly, if you saw and liked the movie, you'll love this listen. Narrators David Colacci and JD Jackson make this an engaging, captivating story of life inside and outside the squared circle. They capture the feel of a ratty old gym as well as the hope of an underdog boxer.... Read More

  • THE NOTORIOUS LIFE OF NED BUNTLINE

    THE NOTORIOUS LIFE OF NED BUNTLINE A Tale of Murder, Betrayal, and the Creation of Buffalo Bill

    by Julia Bricklin | Read by Chris Abernathy

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Chris Abernathy's narration starts off by putting listeners at the scene of the Astor Place Riot of 1849, which the writer Ned Buntline was involved in. Abernathy puts a sense of urgency into the blow-by-blow accounts of violence in Buntline's life story. Elsewhere, there's amusement in Abernathy's voice as he reads newspaper clippings on the play Buntline wrote for William... Read More

  • THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF THE SKIN

    THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF THE SKIN

    by Monty Lyman | Read by Matthew Spencer

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Matthew Spencer voices Monty Lyman's fascination with our largest organ as he asks listeners to take a look at their own skin. As the audiobook turns to skin conditions, the effects of sleeplessness, and how mental stress affects the skin's immune system, many a listener will be doing just that. Lillard covers a wide range of topics, so listeners might find themselves... Read More

  • IN SEARCH OF MEADOWLARKS

    IN SEARCH OF MEADOWLARKS Birds, Farms, and Food in Harmony with the Land

    by John M. Marzluff | Read by Danny Campbell

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    I started listening to this audiobook on sustainable agriculture while tending my vegetable garden. While that was a pleasant coincidence, one hopes that those most in need of hearing the message of this book will listen and learn from it. Danny Campbell takes an almost conversational tone in his narration. It makes the anecdotes sound like personal stories told among friends... Read More

  • THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL

    THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL

    by Maurene Goo | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Emily Woo Zeller uses her fabulous sense of pacing for a story of two friends, Clara and Rose, who are transformed by an unexpected summer. After a stunt at prom, their parents decree that they must work on Clara's father's food truck. The girls begin to reveal their true selves to each other as Clara faces her fears and Rose shares her secrets. Zeller's pace initially... Read More

  • A FLY IN A PAIL OF MILK

    A FLY IN A PAIL OF MILK The Herb Carnegie Story

    by Herb Carnegie, Bernice Carnegie | Read by Leon Nixon, Adenrele Ojo

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Leon Nixon brings a serious tone and clear enunciation to this memoir about Herb Carnegie, a Canadian hockey player who was shut out of a career in the NHL because of racism. Nixon's narration is appropriate as he details the life of Carnegie, covering his hockey years and his ultimate fulfillment in golf, business, and a character-building program for youth. Nixon's... Read More

  • THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE

    THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE

    by Juliet Blackwell | Read by Xe Sands

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    This novel takes place in two time frames--during WWI and in the present day. Narrator Xe Sands handles both with aplomb. Her tonal quality for the two time periods is quite distinct, so it's easy to keep track of whose story is being told. Emile and Lucie dominate the war story with tales of life as a soldier and those left behind. In the contemporary subplot, Rosalyn, a young... Read More

  • SWORD OF FIRE

    SWORD OF FIRE Justice War, Book 1

    by Katharine Kerr | Read by Ruth Urquhart

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    In the first in a new fantasy series, narrator Ruth Urquhart continues to apply her skills to Katherine Kerr's tales of the kingdom of Deverry. Collegium student Alyssa embarks on a perilous journey to reveal information that may very well start a war. Urquhart gives believable performances of the characters, even the males. However, her pace is too rapid, and her pauses are... Read More

  • HOW DARK THE WORLD BECOMES

    HOW DARK THE WORLD BECOMES Sasha Naradnyo, Book 1

    by Frank Chadwick | Read by Paul Heitsch

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Narrator Paul Heitsch wastes no breath jumping into the character of Sasha, a gangster of growing renown. Throughout the story Heitsch continues his energetic pace. On a planet where humans rate at the bottom of the social order, Sasha has a chip on his shoulder, which causes those around him to keep their distance. Heitsch deftly captures all his resentment. When he does let... Read More

  • JOURNEY TO A REVOLUTION

    JOURNEY TO A REVOLUTION A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

    by Michael Korda | Read by Julian Elfer

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Julian Elfer's pronounced British accent is at best extraneous to Michael Korda's personal memoir of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. This audiobook compresses the whole history of Hungary and the geopolitics of Central Europe into just five hours. Elfer does a serviceable job, and as the narrative picks up in its second half, he is quite effective. But at times he seems... Read More

  • EMPIRE

    EMPIRE A New History of the World: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Civilizations

    by Paul Strathern | Read by Elliot Fitzpatrick

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    If Strathern's leap-frogging survey of empires might be called "world history for people in a hurry," Elliot Fitzpatrick's narration suits it: He narrates not at a run, perhaps, but at a fast trot. His performance is eminently listenable, his voice and British accent pleasing, his unshowy ability to match sound and emphasis to the text making it easy to absorb. The book might... Read More

  • SHADOWFELL

    SHADOWFELL Shadowfell, Book 1

    by Juliet Marillier | Read by Henrietta Meire

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Henrietta Meire's soft, gentle voice is well suited to the mild temperament of this YA fantasy's heroine and showcases her growth. In the tale, Neryn must partner with the Good Folk and a mysterious young man to save herself and her country. Meire portrays each of the characters in the secret rebel group in a compelling way, revealing their determination, as well as... Read More

  • PREM NUMBERS & TIKKA CHANCE ON ME

    PREM NUMBERS & TIKKA CHANCE ON ME

    by Suleikha Snyder | Read by Nina Archer

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Nina Archer narrates a collection of sexy short stories that celebrate women of color. Standouts include "Tangled Up In You," a powerful reimagining of two members of a popular superhero franchise; "A Sorta Fairytale," a twist on the ever-popular cupcake bakery conceit; and "Tikka Chance On Me," a surprisingly charming biker romance. Archer is clearly familiar with narrating... Read More

  • STAR COMPASS

    STAR COMPASS Victoria Eternal, Book 1

    by Anthea Sharp | Read by Danielle Cohen

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Danielle Cohen delivers a warm and engaging performance of a Victorian romance that reaches for the steampunk stars. Born into money, Diana "Diver" Smythe has a sudden change of fortune that leaves her orphaned and alone. She survives as a street thief with a talent for timing. Growing up in the shadow of the Southampton Spaceport, Diver dreams of escaping her life on the... Read More

  • MOST ARDENTLY

    MOST ARDENTLY

    by Susan Mesler-Evans | Read by Chandra Skyye

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE gets a contemporary reboot in this audio romance. When responsible, cash-strapped Elisa Benitez meets prickly heiress Darcy Fitzgerald in a community college literature class, it's annoyance at first sight--but as fans of the story know, first impressions can be deceiving. Listeners who enjoyed Austen's leisurely pacing will relish narrator Chandra Skyye's... Read More

  • NATURE UNDERFOOT

    NATURE UNDERFOOT Living with Beetles, Crabgrass, Fruit Flies, and Other Tiny Life Around Us

    by John Hainze | Read by Charles Constant

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    How often have you considered the worth of dandelions and silverfish? After listening to this charming audiobook, you'll be sure to give these small critters more attention. Narrator Charles Constant lends his cheerful, easygoing voice to this delightful audiobook about insects and plants usually considered pests. Constant's narration is full of so much delight, wonder, and... Read More

  • THE POISON GARDEN

    THE POISON GARDEN

    by Alex Marwood | Read by Rachael Beresford

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Narrator Rachael Beresford adopts a series of British accents as she narrates this story about a group that has survived an apocalypse. Almost every adult in North Wales is dead. One of the few survivors is 21-year-old Romy, who was raised in a cult called The Ark. Romy, who is pregnant, is now wandering the countryside. Having been trained as a gardener, she collects poisonous... Read More

  • TO BEGIN THE WORLD OVER AGAIN

    TO BEGIN THE WORLD OVER AGAIN How the American Revolution Devastated the Globe

    by Matthew Lockwood | Read by Paul Boehmer

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Paul Boehmer guides listeners through this tome of well- documented nonfiction focusing on the long-lasting, worldwide ramifications of the American Revolutionary War. Boehmer is a trained actor, and he leans on those skills here. Because the events of this audiobook take place all around the world and because the book is full of direct quotes, Boehmer must use a... Read More

  • STEPPING-STONES

    STEPPING-STONES A Journey Through the Ice Age Caves of the Dordogne

    by Christine Desdemaines-Hugon | Read by Anne Flosnik

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Narrator Anne Flosnik serves as tour guide, taking listeners deep inside five fascinating caves in the Dordogne region of France. The descriptions of the Paleolithic art on the walls are vivid, and equally so are the tactile sensations, such as humid earthiness and dripping water sounds. Alternating chapters provide anthropological background. There is a lot to take in, and... Read More

  • PARENTING BEYOND PINK & BLUE

    PARENTING BEYOND PINK & BLUE How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Christia Spears Brown | Read by Stina Nielsen

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Though the author's message may be controversial to some, the charm and authentic positivity in Stina Nielsen's performance neutralize this audiobook's polemical aspects, making it a delight to hear. Her youthful timbre and phrasing are part of the appeal, but she also has a remarkable ear for tone and substance. When the subject matter is grave or cautionary, she can shift... Read More

  • LENT

    LENT

    by Jo Walton | Read by Will Damron

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Early Renaissance Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola is usually painted in histories as a fierce preacher and killer of demons who was excommunicated and made a martyr. He struggled with the sin of pride. In the first half of this audiobook, narrator Will Damron portrays him as a neutral presence with a flat voice and flat personality, but his false humility as he goes about... Read More

  • THE BLACK CATHEDRAL

    THE BLACK CATHEDRAL

    by Marcial Gala, Anna Kushner [Trans.] | Read by Kyla Garcia. Gary Tiedemann

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Kyla Garcia and Gary Tiedemann take turns narrating this novel, set in a Black Cuban neighborhood. Told from different perspectives, the story opens as the Stuart family arrives in Cienfuegos, Cuba, where patriarch Arturo wants to build a cathedral. But as it rises, so does the crime rate around its poor neighborhood. Graphic scenes, sexual and violent in nature, pervade the... Read More

  • ROADSIDE AMERICANS

    ROADSIDE AMERICANS The Rise and Fall of Hitchhiking in a Changing Nation

    by Jack Reid | Read by Johnny Heller

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Golden Voice narrator Johnny Heller brings this audiobook about hitchhiking to life. He narrates engagingly with a sureness of tone and a plainspoken style that suits the many interesting stories, personal histories, and critiques of hitching rides. The author includes anecdotes of famous people: Ronald Reagan hitched to Iowa for college, Steve Jobs thumbed his way across... Read More

  • LEGION

    LEGION

    by William Peter Blatty | Read by Joe Hempel

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Horror

    Narrator Joe Hempel lends a gritty voice to Detective Kinderman as he examines a series of religiously themed killings. The murders appear to mimic the atrocities committed by the Gemini Killer, who had been presumed to be dead. In searching for the culprit, Hempel unveils many characters and stories as Kinderman investigates a mental institution with its own eerie secrets.... Read More

  • TEMPTATIONS

    TEMPTATIONS Revised and Updated

    by Otis Williams, Patricia Romanowski | Read by JD Jackson, Otis Williams

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    JD Jackson does a bang-up job as principal narrator of this updated version of Otis Williams's 1988 memoir. Of course, Williams is the original and founding member of Motown Records' Temptations. While Williams narrates only the introductory section, the overall production is still well served. Jackson's soulful baritone is a pleasure and perfectly suits. An NBC television... Read More

  • RAPHAEL, PAINTER IN ROME

    RAPHAEL, PAINTER IN ROME

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Stephanie Storey | Read by P.J. Ochlan

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrating entirely in an Italian accent, P.J. Ochlan captures the youthful exuberance of the Renaissance artist Raphael as he tells his own story of how he painted the papal apartments in the Vatican. Raphael's hard climb to fame as a self-described "nice boy from Urbino" in corrupt Rome is made especially difficult by his rivalry with the volatile Michelangelo. The two artists... Read More

  • THE BORGIAS

    THE BORGIAS Power and Depravity in Renaissance Italy

    by Paul Strathern | Read by Julian Elfer

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    This well-researched production follows the social and political dominance of Rodrigo Borgia and his children, Cesare and Lucrezia, during the early Renaissance in Catholic Europe. Narrator Julian Elfer's fluid pronunciation of French, Italian, and Spanish place names and notable persons retains listener immersion. Elfer adopts the tone of a privileged insider, divulging... Read More

  • THE OUTDOOR CITIZEN

    THE OUTDOOR CITIZEN Get Out, Give Back, Get Active

    by John Judge | Read by Adam Lofbomm

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Adam Lofbomm delivers a narration that sounds like the pleasant voice-over of instructional videos, which is exactly what this audiobook needs. The author provides down-to-earth suggestions on improving the environment at the local level. Some are easy to implement; others are much longer term. But all are doable, and Lofbomm's even voice makes them sound possible. He varies... Read More

  • FUNGIPEDIA

    FUNGIPEDIA A Brief Compendium of Mushroom Lore

    by Lawrence Millman | Read by Al Kessel

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Most listeners will likely enjoy this bright and whimsical survey of fungi and their associated lore--so entertainingly narrated by the skilled Al Kessel. With references that include ALICE IN WONDERLAND and George Washington Carver, the alphabetically sequenced work does not regiment the plethora of stories and myth-filled fun. Lawrence Millman, a mycologist, explains elegant... Read More

  • MIGRATING TO PRISON

    MIGRATING TO PRISON America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants

    by César Cuauhtémoc Garcia Hernandez | Read by Timothy Andrés Pabon

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    This audiobook is a mixture of history, polemic, and personal remembrances that serves as a primer on American policy and cruelty. Timothy Pabon's performance smooths the edges--he is in no rush, and any feeling of authorial outrage is expressed through emphasized syllables and words. There are no astounding revelations here. Anyone following the news probably knows most of the... Read More

  • SICK KIDS IN LOVE

    SICK KIDS IN LOVE

    by Hannah Moskowitz | Read by Amy Melissa Bentley

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    A lovely teen novel is brought to life by narrator Amy Melissa Bentley. Bentley provides a New York accent that is accurate in cadence and intonation, setting the stage for this Queens romance. Isabel and Sasha, both suffering from illnesses that affect their day-to-day lives, meet at a local hospital while receiving treatment. Bentley approaches challenging moments with the... Read More

  • THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL, VOLUME 2

    THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL, VOLUME 2 1964-1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock

    by Ed Ward | Read by David Colacci

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Listeners may feel overwhelmed by this second volume of rock-and-roll history, as its beginning is a summary of the previous volume, which ends in 1963. The history then slows down some, but it still offers a lot of information to take in. Colacci conveys hints of the author's dry humor and does a good John Lennon impression, but the fast pace and wide scope of this audiobook... Read More

  • BALLPARK

    BALLPARK Baseball in the American City

    by Paul Goldberger | Read by Mike Chamberlain

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Mike Chamberlain narrates this great look at American baseball stadiums--from their beginnings in the nineteenth century, when the nascent game was taking root, to the multipurpose designs popular in the 1970s and the contemporary approaches of the last 30 years. Chamberlain presents in an interested tone that never wavers. He doesn't try to imitate people; he just changes his... Read More

  • BOWIE'S BOOKSHELF

    BOWIE'S BOOKSHELF The Hundred Books That Changed David Bowie's Life

    by John O'Connell | Read by Simon Vance

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Narrator Simon Vance uses a professorial tone as he introduces the wide-ranging stable of authors, from Albert Camus to Howard Zinn, who affected musician David Bowie's evolution. Divided into 100 3-4-minute segments, this audiobook lecture illuminates Bowie's creative process. For example, THE ILIAD is compared to Bowie's work with Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, 1984 is viewed in... Read More

  • VANISHING FLEECE

    VANISHING FLEECE Adventures in American Wool

    by Clara Parkes | Read by Clara Parkes

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    In what may be one of the most specific audiobooks ever, this recording does indeed detail the journey of wool--from lamb's coat to cozy sweater. Parkes is passionate about her subject matter, which makes for a strong performance. Her depth of knowledge, eagerness to learn more, and willingness to go any distance to satisfy her curiosity emerge in her authentic voice and clear... Read More

  • SCREENING REALITY

    SCREENING REALITY How Documentary Filmmakers Reimagined America

    by Jon Wilkman | Read by Bob Souer

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    In these days of "alternate facts" and "fake news," this fascinating audiobook offers a history of American documentary filmmaking. It defines the differences between news entertainment and filming what is real--cinema verité. Narrator Bob Souer delivers documentary filmmaker Jon Wilkman's comprehensive research with authority, sounding knowledgeable and involved. Wilkman... Read More

  • PATHWAYS

    PATHWAYS Kingdom Chronicles, Book 1

    by Camille Peters | Read by Shiromi Arserio

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    This story, inspired by "The Princess and the Pea" and "Rumpelstiltskin," will sweep listeners off their feet and leave them enchanted. Narrator Shiromi Arserio's entrancing lyrical voice portrays Eileen as she competes for the Dark Prince's hand and a shot at royal life--even though she's never believed in romance. What Eileen yearns for is security, and Arserio's inflections... Read More

  • LOVE HARD

    LOVE HARD Hard Play, Book 3

    by Nalini Singh | Read by Justine O. Keef

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Listeners will fall in love with rugby star and father Jacob Esera, and narrator Justine Keef helps them take the fall. At his brother's wedding, Jacob encounters a former troublemaker from high school, Juliet Nelisi. Keef masterfully handles this audiobook's New Zealand accents, making listeners feel like they're there. Juliet's best friend was Jacob's girlfriend, who... Read More

  • AHIMSA

    AHIMSA

    by Supriya Kelkar | Read by Zehra Jane Naqvi

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Zehra Jane Naqvi transports listeners to 1942 India, where the nation's fight for independence from the British Empire is taking place. Ten-year-old Anjali fears her father will acquiesce to Mahatma Gandhi's request for all Indian families to send a family member to the resistance movement. When her mother becomes involved instead and is arrested, Anjali learns about... Read More

  • ENOUGH

    ENOUGH Notes From a Woman Who Has Finally Found It

    by Shauna M. Ahern | Read by Shauna M. Ahern

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    In a clear, welcoming voice, Shauna Ahern narrates her candid memoir in which she describes how she found her own version of "enough." Ahern was pushed to achieve by her parents, while her mother's abuse and fears kept her isolated. As an adult with celiac disease, Ahern founded the blog "Gluten-Free Girl," through which she and her husband shared slices of their life, along... Read More

  • MEAT PLANET

    MEAT PLANET Artificial Flesh and the Future of Food

    by Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft | Read by Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Author and narrator Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft has researched many of the questions and philosophies surrounding meat and its future. The audiobook flows in a stream-of-consciousness style, though Wurgaft's no-nonsense tone may make listeners feel like they are in a college lecture hall. Thoroughly investigating the topic of "cultured meat," Wurgaft objectively reviews the facts,... Read More

  • WHAT'S YOUR PRONOUN?

    WHAT'S YOUR PRONOUN? Beyond He and She

    by Dennis Baron | Read by Paul Boehmer

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Paul Boehmer steadily narrates Dennis Baron's primer on the history of pronoun use in the English language. The absence of a gender-neutral singular pronoun has irked some language purists for ages, and has been the focus of many a political debate. This audiobook reviews the history of the use of the universal masculine "he," "he or she," the universal feminine "she,"... Read More

  • RICHARD III

    RICHARD III The Self-Made King

    by Michael Hicks | Read by Matthew Waterson

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Audiobook listeners can choose from more than half a dozen well-researched biographies of history's most villainous king--or the most falsely maligned, depending on your source. Hicks benefits from recent DNA and archaeological evidence, and he is a serious and thorough scholar, maybe too thorough. His indictment is based on records of Richard's earlier life, and on details of... Read More

  • LETHAL PURSUIT

    LETHAL PURSUIT Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 11

    by Will Thomas | Read by Antony Ferguson

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    From the first words, the first scene, narrator Antony Ferguson delivers an intense Victorian spy thriller that is interspersed with swaths of dialogue and internal discourse. Clyde Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are a formidable team of private inquiry agents hired to deliver a mysterious package to Calais. Unknown foreign agents will murder and maim to abscond with the heavy... Read More

  • HOW RORY THORNE DESTROYED THE MULTIVERSE

    HOW RORY THORNE DESTROYED THE MULTIVERSE Arithmancy and Anarchy, The Thorne Chronicles, Book 1

    Earphones Award Winner

    by K. Eason | Read by Nicole Poole

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Science Fiction

    Nicole Poole narrates a familiar fairy tale transported to a galactic stage. Rory Thorne is the first princess born into the royal family of Thorne in 10 generations, and she is destined to save (or possibly destroy) both herself and the multiverse, despite the many obstacles placed in her way. Poole imbues the stock fairy-tale characters who populate the story with life and... Read More

  • LIFE WITH PICASSO

    LIFE WITH PICASSO

    by Françoise Gilot, Carlton Lake, Lisa Alther [Intro.] | Read by Mary Sarah

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    The gentle voice of narrator Mary Sarah lends a wistful quality to this memoir by Francoise Gilot, Picasso's mistress of 10 years and the mother of two of his children. Forty years younger than Picasso, Gilot was a self-aware young woman coming into her own as an artist. She describes with remarkable candor the intimate details of their stormy relationship and of Picasso's... Read More

  • SKIN FOLK

    SKIN FOLK Stories

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Nalo Hopkinson | Read by Bahni Turpin

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Narrator Bahni Turpin skillfully navigates this collection of stories ranging from science fiction to Caribbean folktales, love stories to journeys of self-discovery. Expertly crafting voices for each character, Turpin weaves tales that showcase Hopkinson's inventive writing--and her own remarkable command of accents. Turpin transforms her delivery to suit the tale she's... Read More

  • THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR

    THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR Best Horror of the Year, Volume 11

    by Ellen Datlow, [Ed.] | Read by Rebecca Gibel, Charlie Thurston

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Horror

    Narrators Charlie Thurston and Rebecca Gibel ramp up the thrills and chills as they deliver the 25 stories that comprise the 11th edition of this renowned horror fiction anthology. They take turns narrating, smoothly adjusting their inflections and pacing to match each story's tone and mood. All the stories have their own version of the macabre as they incorporate mystery and... Read More

  • NO FIXED LINE

    NO FIXED LINE Kate Shugak, Book 22

    by Dana Stabenow | Read by Marguerite Gavin

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    It's a trifecta! Good narration, good writing, and good plot are all part of this audiobook, the 22nd entry in the renowned Kate Shugak crime series, which takes place in Alaska. The story opens with two young children surviving a plane crash and then takes on some heavy topics--child sexual abuse, immigration, racism, and drug dealing. Happily, it's not all gloom, and the hard... Read More

  • PRODIGAL

    PRODIGAL

    by Charles Lambert | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fiction

    Matthew Lloyd Davies narrates this contemplative audiobook on family, regret, and forgiveness. The story centers on the fraught relationship between a middle-aged brother and sister named Jeremy and Rachel. Rachel, who has been caring for their dying father, contacts Jeremy, who has been living in Paris for many years, to request that he return home to England. Davies... Read More

  • UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED

    UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED

    by Sarah Gailey | Read by Romy Nordlinger

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Fantasy

    Romy Nordlinger narrates Gailey's compelling story, set in a future American Southwest. A naïve woman stows away in the wagon of a group of traveling librarians and discovers a secret anti-fascist rebellion. Nordlinger often shifts her pitch unexpectedly, which can distract listeners from the narrative. But, overall, she effectively creates distinct, twangy voices for each of... Read More

  • WELL WORTH SAVING

    WELL WORTH SAVING American Universities' Life-and-Death Decisions on Refugees from Nazi Europe

    by Laurel Leff | Read by Suzanne Toren

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Listeners will find this audiobook to be a comprehensive but sobering listen. It is an exhaustively researched survey of decisions by American universities in the 1930s-40s to offer or, in most cases, decline to offer academic positions to European Jewish scholars who were in peril under Nazi rule. In a steady and engaged tone, narrator Suzanne Toren conveys these often... Read More

  • LOVE LETTERING

    LOVE LETTERING

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Kate Clayborn | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Listeners will melt in response to this whimsical performance by Nicol Zanzarella. Meg, a calligrapher, used to live in Brooklyn with her best friend and roommate, taking commissions for wedding invitations. Now she's begun a new business, but she struggles with a chronic creative block and her best friend has moved out. So she decides to travel around New York City to look at... Read More

  • BRACED

    BRACED

    by Alyson Gerber | Read by Emily Lawrence

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Emily Lawrence captures the many moods of Rachel, a girl with scoliosis who learns that she must wear a cumbersome, restrictive back brace. At first, Rachel's voice is bubbly and buoyant; she's looking forward to soccer season and the possibility of a boyfriend. After she learns she must wear the brace 23 hours a day, the changes in her relationship with her friends... Read More

  • A GRAIN OF SALT

    A GRAIN OF SALT The Science and Pseudoscience of What We Eat

    by Dr. Joe Schwarcz | Read by Jonathan Yen

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Jonathan Yen is to be commended for the clarity and intelligence of his narration of this audiobook. The author seeks to ensure that listeners can distinguish between science and pseudoscience when thinking about what to eat. Yen handles the scientific nomenclature admirably and, most importantly, has the right tone. The work, chockablock with information, has detailed... Read More

  • THE ONLY ROAD

    THE ONLY ROAD

    by Alexandra Diaz | Read by Ramon de Ocampo

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Ramon de Ocampo creates a soft yet determined voice for 12-year-old Jamie, who escapes his Guatemalan village in hopes of reaching the United States with his 15-year-old cousin, Angela. The pair must flee or be forced to join a local gang after Angela's brother and Jamie's cousin, Miguel, are killed for refusing. De Ocampo adds drama during intense moments of their... Read More

  • LADY ANNE AND THE HOWL IN THE DARK

    LADY ANNE AND THE HOWL IN THE DARK

    by Victoria Hamilton | Read by Danielle Cohen

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    In no-nonsense highborn tones, narrator Danielle Cohen uses her vocal skills to create a convincing self-assured aristocrat who meddles where she doesn't belong. In this gothic mystery set in Yorkshire, Lady Anne Addison is bound and determined to uncover the source of howls in the dark, for it can't possibly be a werewolf, as her friend Lydia fears. After she stumbles over the... Read More

  • SPELLBOUND

    SPELLBOUND Magic in Manhattan, Book 1

    by Allie Therin | Read by Erik Bloomquist

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    New York City. 1925. In the first of a new paranormal series, narrated by Erik Bloomquist, Rory hides his rare magical talents. When wealthy non-magical Arthur needs Rory's skills, the two men battle supernatural foes while accepting their growing attraction. The listener is pulled into Rory and Arthur's world by the story rather than Bloomquist's performance. One needs time to... Read More

  • MARCH SISTERS

    MARCH SISTERS On Life, Death, and Little Women

    by Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado, Jane Smiley | Read by Cassandra Campbell

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Cassandra Campell brings her considerable talents to this collection of essays about the impact of the semiautobiographical novel LITTLE WOMEN on four contemporary authors. Each writer tackles a different March sister, exploring various facets of her fictional personality and the real-life person she was based on. Kate Bolick contemplates her relationship with clothes... Read More

  • PENNY FOR YOUR SECRETS

    PENNY FOR YOUR SECRETS Verity Kent, Book 3

    by Anna Lee Huber | Read by Heather Wilds

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Verity and Sydney Kent return for another case and more intrigue in this audiobook set in 1919, amid the aftermath of WWI. Narrator Heather Wilds guides listeners in the footsteps of the Kents, creating the ideal degree of tension to engage listeners. When Verity's friend is accused of murdering her own husband, she appeals to the former Secret Service agent to find the real... Read More

  • BOUND TO THE BATTLE GOD

    BOUND TO THE BATTLE GOD

    by Ruby Dixon | Read by Kendall Taylor

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Romantic Fiction

    Narrator Kendall Taylor makes an epic love affair seem like a believable progression in this romantic fantasy. An Earth native named Lauren falls through a portal that leads to a mythical world. Aron, a battle god, also finds himself in exile in this mortal world. Lauren must serve as his guide as they both search for a way back to their respective homes. Taylor makes Lauren... Read More

  • 1919

    1919

    by Eve L. Ewing | Read by Eve L. Ewing

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Poetry & Drama

    Award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing narrates her provocative poetry, which uncovers the race riots of 1919 in Chicago. In the beginning she sounds like she is reading. She's clear and speaks at a moderate pace, emphasizing certain words. Then her tone begins to change. The rhythm in her voice creates its own melody. As she progresses, she becomes spritely at times. The ebb and flow... Read More

  • PRIMA FACIE

    PRIMA FACIE The Roman Empire, Book 8.5

    by Ruth Downie | Read by Simon Vance

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Mystery & Suspense

    Fans of Ruth Downie's Roman Empire mystery series will be sorry only that this audiobook is so short. Simon Vance does his usual elegant work creating a world so far from our own yet so psychologically familiar. Downie's sleuth, Ruso, has returned to Gaul to help out with some family business, only to find that his niece, Flora, has run off and her boyfriend, accused of killing... Read More

  • YOU TOO?

    YOU TOO? 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories

    by Janet Gurtler [Ed.], Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, et al. | Read by Allyson Ryan

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Young Adult

    Narrator Allyson Ryan delivers a visceral, sincere performance of this diverse collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement. Contributors include several well-known authors, all with the message that no one should have to experience sexual assault and that victims are not at fault for what happens to them. Ryan's narration captures the blunt writing style of authors who... Read More

  • LOST FEAST

    LOST FEAST Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food

    by Lenore Newman | Read by Tanya Eby

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Tanya Eby's smooth narration whets the listener's appetite as she explains how species extinction translates to culinary extinction. Eby's delivery deftly conveys the blend of history, science, and casual commentary in this examination of how the extinction of various species has led to the disappearance of foods and culinary knowledge. In a resonant voice, Eby tells intriguing... Read More

  • SPIRIT OF LOST ANGELS

    SPIRIT OF LOST ANGELS

    by Liza Perrat | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Historical Fiction

    This first in the Bone Angel series, narrated by Jennifer Araya, focuses on the life of Victoire Charpentier, a French peasant, in the years before the French Revolution. Araya takes listeners from Victoire's early life through a series of horrific events, until, accused of a crime, she is imprisoned. In the asylum, befriended by the infamous criminal Jeanne de Valois, she... Read More

  • ELEMENTS OF FICTION

    ELEMENTS OF FICTION

    by Walter Mosley | Read by Mirron Willis

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Personal Growth

    Walter Mosley's contemplative essays give narrator Mirron Willis room to put emotion into the discussion of writing fiction. Willis brings sensitivity to Mosley's description of the "loose pebbles" on the path to a story. And he's emphatic as Mosley explains that a creative writing degree doesn't make a writer and tells writers to go ahead and let the story get away from them.... Read More

  • PRINCESS OF THE HITHER ISLES

    PRINCESS OF THE HITHER ISLES A Black Suffragist's Story from the Jim Crow South

    by Adele Logan Alexander | Read by Allyson Johnson

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Allyson Johnson narrates this winding biography of Adella Hunt Logan and her family, as told by her granddaughter. Light-skinned Adella, born before the Civil War, was a suffragist who campaigned for African-American voting rights from her earliest days. Johnson skillfully employs a multitude of Southern and Northern accents and inflections for the host of characters who were... Read More

  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHINA

    A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHINA Dynasty, Revolution and Transformation: From the Middle Kingdom to the People's Republic

    by Jonathan Clements | Read by Julian Elfer

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Twelve hours may sound a bit long for a "brief" audiobook history, but when the subject is China, time flies all too quickly, in more ways than one. Jonathan Clements and Julian Elfer, author and narrator, are both masters of pacing. They also teamed up for A BRIEF HISTORY OF JAPAN. Clements is especially effective in alternating broad historical summaries with specific... Read More

  • LAKOTA AMERICA

    LAKOTA AMERICA A New History of Indigenous Power

    by Pekka Hamalainen | Read by Joe Barrett

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    History

    Joe Barrett's narration of this Lakota history is more measured than engaging. However, the larger issue with the audiobook is how white it is. The author is a white Finnish professor; the narrator, a white man who some would argue should not be trying to pronounce words in Indigenous languages. Furthermore, the audiobook imposes a dry, academic approach upon a people for whom... Read More

  • HAPPY SINGLEHOOD

    HAPPY SINGLEHOOD The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living

    by Elyakim Kislev | Read by Adam Lofbomm

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Contemporary Culture

    Narrator Adam Lofbomm's near-flawless phrasing has a no-nonsense quality that could have sounded mechanical but doesn't because of his genuine enthusiasm and colorful vocal palette. Kislev's stirring collection of research and insights sheds new light on the challenges and opportunities of not having a partner. Lofbomm's steady security is a good match for the research-oriented... Read More

  • HERE'S THE CATCH

    HERE'S THE CATCH A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More

    by Ron Swoboda | Read by Ron Swoboda

    Tantor Media | Unabridged
    Biography & Memoir

    Ron Swoboda, a player for the famed 1969 New York Mets, delivers his autobiography. While he is far from a polished narrator, his reading leaves an authentic impression on the listener. Swoboda's moment in the sun came in the World Series when he made a spectacular catch, one of the greatest ever. But he doesn't dwell on that, instead detailing his youth, moments with teammates... Read More

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