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ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Strout | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio
Fiction

Through a series of linked stories, Strout revisits the small-town world she introduced in MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON. The citizens, now older but not necessarily wiser, face life's uncertainties as best they can. In an impressive encore performance of Strout's prose, Kimberly Farr successfully mines the essence of each flawed character, giving hope and pain equal billing without... Read More

BEARTOWN

BEARTOWN

Earphones Award Winner

by Fredrik Backman | Read by Marin Ireland

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fiction

BEARTOWN is, at its heart, a hockey story. However, with author Backman telling that story and Marin Ireland performing it, this audiobook transcends the cliché of "the big game" and becomes a multifaceted study of humanity, integrity, and loyalty. Ireland narrates in a remarkably adaptable way; her chameleon voice is devoted to developing character, and she's so effective... Read More

THE DEAD ZONE

THE DEAD ZONE

by Stephen King | Read by James Franco

Simon & Schuster Audio
Horror

Originally published in 1979, this title is finally available for the first time as an audiobook, with actor James Franco narrating. After a car accident and nearly five-year coma, Johnny Smith awakens with a frightening ability to see people's pasts and futures simply by touching them. When Johnny senses that rising political star Greg Stillson may become president and cause a... Read More

THE FUZZY AND THE TECHIE

THE FUZZY AND THE TECHIE Why Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World

by Scott Hartley | Read by Scott Merriman

Brilliance Audio
Business & Finance

Scott Merriman's narration adds an assertive edge to this big-picture audiobook about what kind of people will be needed for today's technology to truly serve mankind. His clear phrasing and strong vocal tone will appeal to listeners who gravitate toward this type of book. The author, a liberal arts major who became a Google/Facebook techie and venture capitalist, uses... Read More

HOMO DEUS

HOMO DEUS A Brief History of Tomorrow

by Yuval Noah Harari | Read by Derek Perkins

Harper Audio
Contemporary Culture

In the follow-up to SAPIENS, Harari looks ahead, examining the next stage of human evolution. In his well-researched and thorough manner, Harari details experiments, studies, and other data to explain what factors will influence humans now that the major threats from history--famine, disease, and war--are essentially disarmed. Derek Perkins narrates the audiobook with an... Read More

IF WE WERE VILLAINS

IF WE WERE VILLAINS

by M.L. Rio | Read by Robert Petkoff

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

Narrator Robert Petkoff, a consummate actor himself, delivers a compelling performance of Rio's literary thriller, which takes place in the world of theater. A group of college students is studying at a prestigious conservatory that focuses solely on Shakespeare. But this story doesn't just dabble in the Bard. Shakespeare's words are woven throughout the narrative itself, not... Read More

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

by David Grann | Read by Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell

Random House Audio
History

This audiobook will cause listeners to rethink everything they know about oil, the settlement of the West, and our nation's treatment of Native Americans. The work is so rich that it takes three people to perform it. While Ann Marie Lee has a lovely voice, it's too light for the horror she recounts--the murder of dozens of Osage Indians in the 1920s for the purpose of obtaining... Read More

LETTERMAN

LETTERMAN The Last Giant of Late Night

by Jason Zinoman | Read by Michael Goldstrom

Harper Audio
Contemporary Culture

As is the case with many good nonfiction audiobooks, Michael Goldstrom's narration of LETTERMAN is straightforward and well paced--engaging listeners but keeping the focus on the subject matter. Goldstrom deftly guides us through this detailed account of Letterman's career as well as the professional paths of the writers, producers, and other collaborators who helped make his... Read More

THE LOST ORDER

THE LOST ORDER Cotton Malone, Book 12

Earphones Award Winner

by Steve Berry | Read by Scott Brick, Steve Berry

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Scott Brick's smooth voice flows with the twists and turns of Berry's political thriller as former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone uncovers a Civil War secret society, stolen gold, and a constitutional crisis in the making. The action moves across North America from the Smithsonian Institution to Arkansas, from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the wilds of... Read More

MISS YOU

MISS YOU

Earphones Award Winner

by Kate Eberlen | Read by Anna Acton, Finlay Robertson

Harper Audio
Fiction

Narrators Anna Acton and Finlay Robertson alternate chapters in recounting the lives of Tess and Gus as they periodically intersect over 16 years. Tess, portrayed in a fluid voice by Acton, struggles with her mother's death as she raises her younger sister and seeks meaning in her life. Gus, portrayed by Robertson, feels he's living in the shadow of his late brother, who was... Read More

THE PHENOMENON

THE PHENOMENON Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch That Changed My Life

by Rick Ankiel, Tim Brown | Read by Rick Ankiel

Hachette Audio
Biography & Memoir

Rick Ankiel's spectacularly wild pitching during a Major League playoff game as millions of fans watched became a St. Louis Cardinals legend. Ankiel exudes sincerity and humility in his narration as he recounts his many years of trying to regain control of his pitching. While this memoir likely will be enjoyed most by baseball fans, Ankiel's story is really about the search to... Read More

THE STARS ARE FIRE

THE STARS ARE FIRE

by Anita Shreve | Read by Suzanne Elise Freeman

Random House Audio
Fiction

A fire rages in Maine in 1947, destroying a town and the lives that Grace Holland and her family once led. Her husband does not return from fighting the flames. Grace, the mother of two, who is pregnant again, is left with nothing except the chance at a new life after her difficult marriage. Narrator Suzanne Elise Freeman performs quite nicely. If there's a quibble, it's with... Read More

TRAITOR TO THE THRONE

TRAITOR TO THE THRONE Rebel of the Sands, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Alwyn Hamilton | Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books
Young Adult

Soneela Nankani, who narrated the first in this series, continues Amani's first-person story. Bold, snarky Amani lives in a land that melds the Old West and the world of the Arabian nights. Amani is even more central to this plot, and Nankani deepens her personality accordingly. At the story's opening, Amani is imprisoned, and Nankani stresses equally her sarcasm and... Read More

THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY

THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY

by Hannah Tinti | Read by Elizabeth Wiley

Brilliance Audio
Fiction

In this rich audiobook of literary suspense, Samuel Hawley's life story is told through the 12 bullet scars on his body. Narrator Elizabeth Wiley demonstrates her dynamic range in her performance. In the present, Hawley is making a life for himself and his teenage daughter, Loo. The nomadic pair return to Loo's late mother's hometown. She has trouble fitting in but not finding... Read More

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