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by Paul Auster | Read by Paul Auster

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

Paul Auster's latest audiobook is a strikingly intimate exploration of childhood, growing up, and paths both taken and not taken. Archibald Isaac Ferguson is born on March 3, 1947, and from there his story splits into four narratives, four parallel but entirely separate lives that Archie lives in mid-century America. Auster's narration of his own work is a double-edged sword.... Read More

ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS

ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS

by Elan Mastai | Read by Elan Mastai

Penguin Audio
Science Fiction

While not a professional narrator, Elan Mastai is the perfect choice to narrate his own book about an imperfect, hapless man whose actions change the very fabric of the universe. Mastai counters the drama of the tale with a wry, humorous reading. The main character, Tom, is confused about most things, especially his place in this self-created misadventure. Mastai knows where to... Read More

THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD

THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD

Earphones Award Winner

by Belinda Bauer | Read by Andrew Wincott

Dreamscape
Mystery & Suspense

This thriller brings together two outstanding British talents, award-winning crime writer Belinda Bauer and narrator Andrew Wincott. The combination is deeply satisfying. Ambitious crime reporter Eve Singer catches the attention of a moodily brilliant psychopath, and there begins a wrenching cat-and-mouse pursuit, with death lurking in the shadows. Skillfully written as it is,... Read More

BEHIND HER EYES

BEHIND HER EYES

by Sarah Pinborough | Read by Josie Dunn, Anna Bentinck, Huw Parmenter, Bea Holland

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

The four narrators tell the story of Louise, a divorced mom and part-time secretary who finally connects with someone--who turns out to be her new married boss. This twist is just the first in surprise revelations, one after another. The narrators use consistent pacing and build on the puzzling questions and tense atmosphere surrounding the marriage of Louise's boss, David, and... Read More

CITY OF DREAMS

CITY OF DREAMS The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

by Tyler Anbinder | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books
History

George Guidall has been narrating audiobooks for a long time with consummate skill. Here he uses his full, rich tone, elastic phrasing, and impeccable pacing to make this story of immigration to New York come alive as both a vital piece of the American story and a relevant comment on our current immigration debate. Guidall generally stays away from character voices, but he ably... Read More

FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES

FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES

by Ellen Oh [Ed.] | Read by Dion Graham, Samantha Quan, Meg Medina, Julia Whelan, Adam Lazarre-White, Tim Tingle, Abigail Revasch, Sunil Malhotra, Kwame Alexander, Dominic Hoffman

Listening Library
Children

There's a story for every listener in this lively and winning anthology from We Need Diverse Books. Dion Graham brings just the right energy and keen understanding to Matt de la Peña's brilliant "How to Transform an Everyday Hoop Court Into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium." Tim Federle's "Secret Samantha," as narrated by Julia Whelan, is another standout, and... Read More

THE GIRL BEFORE

THE GIRL BEFORE

Earphones Award Winner

by JP Delaney | Read by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

JP Delaney's intricate psychological thriller immediately entangles us, and the gifted narrators keep us spellbound. One Folgate Street, a minimalist architectural wonder, is available to the tenant who willingly goes through a rigorous application process and agrees to live by a demanding set of rules. Edward Monkford, the inscrutable world- famous designer, has created a... Read More

HEARTBREAK HOTEL

HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alex Delaware, Book 32

Earphones Award Winner

by Jonathan Kellerman | Read by John Rubinstein

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator John Rubinstein has portrayed child psychologist Alex Delaware, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis, and Alex's live-in girlfriend, Robin Castagna, for several years. This police procedural is really historical research on the murder victim, nearly 100-year old Thalia Mars. Rubinstein delivers the excellent descriptions of the luxurious Aventura hotel, various bars,... Read More

HEARTLESS

HEARTLESS

by Marissa Meyer | Read by Rebecca Soler

Macmillan Audio
Young Adult

Fans of ALICE IN WONDERLAND will love the audio version of HEARTLESS, beautifully narrated by Rebecca Soler. Listeners hear the story of Lady Catherine Pinkerton, known as Cath, before she became the infamous and terrifying Queen of Hearts. Despite being born into the gentry, Cath just wants to open a bakery with her best friend and create delicious treats. Her parents are... Read More

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO

Earphones Award Winner

by George Saunders | Read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a Full Cast

Random House Audio
Fiction

Like an Impressionist painting that comes into focus as we soften our gaze, this first novel by the award-winning short story writer is, not surprisingly, a unique art form. "Bardo" refers to the Tibetan plane between death and rebirth; the novel, told from the multiple points of view of a cemetery community, is reminiscent of Wilder's OUR TOWN and the colorful epitaphs of... Read More

THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD

THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD A True Story

by Douglas Preston | Read by Bill Mumy

Hachette Audio
History

What could be more tantalizing to archaeologists, scientists, and adventurers than rumors of a fabled White City, the Lost City of the Monkey God, somewhere deep in the jungles of Honduras? Narrator Bill Mumy gives voice to bestselling author Douglas Preston's true-life chronicle of his expedition into one of the most dangerous, inhospitable places on the planet. Mumy keeps the... Read More

LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT

LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT

Earphones Award Winner

by Josh Sundquist | Read by Pat Young

Hachette Audio
Young Adult

Narrator Pat Young delivers this audiobook about our senses and how we interpret them. Sixteen-year-old Will, blind from birth, enters a mainstream public school for the first time and, in rapid succession, finds a strong coterie of pals, discovers friendship with a bright and troubled girl who is a photographer, undergoes experimental surgery on his eyes, and faces losing his... Read More

MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE

MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE

by Sophie Kinsella | Read by Fiona Hardingham

Random House Audio
Fiction

Humor and humility are expertly conveyed in narrator Fiona Hardingham's portrayal of 26-year-old Katie Brenner, who is struggling to create the perfect facade for her not-so-perfect-life. Katie's downtrodden moments, which are quickly lifted by quirky optimism, are recounted with a light and amusing perkiness that contrasts with the smooth, articulate elegance of Katie's snooty... Read More

NORSE MYTHOLOGY

NORSE MYTHOLOGY

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil Gaiman | Read by Neil Gaiman

Harper Audio
Fantasy

Neil Gaiman's retelling of Norse myths is destined to become a classic for both his sure-footed stories and his captivating performance. Listeners may be familiar with the main characters of Norse mythology--wise Odin, mighty Thor, and cunning Loki--but Gaiman delves deeper, introducing listeners to the dwarves who made Thor's hammer; Loki's half-dead daughter, Hel; and a huge... Read More

THE PLAYBOOK

THE PLAYBOOK 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life

by Kwame Alexander | Read by Ruffin Prentiss III

Recorded Books
Young Adult

This brief audiobook makes for a wonderful quick listen. The 52 rules for life are given just the right amount of authority through Ruffin Prentiss's straightforward narration. Author Kwame Alexander's rules come from a variety of sources, particularly star athletes like LeBron James, Serena Williams, and Steph Curry. Prentiss's tone walks the line between sounding like a... Read More

THE PRISONER

THE PRISONER John Wells, Book 11

by Alex Berenson | Read by George Guidall

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator George Guidall delivers a tone of intrigue while keeping to an energetic pace as he draws listeners into the dark world of al Qaeda and the CIA agents who pursue its members. A mole has infiltrated the CIA, and Agent John Wells must find out who it is. His mission involves disguising himself as a jihadist and entering a Bulgarian prison to reach an ISIS commander who... Read More

RACING THE DEVIL

RACING THE DEVIL Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 19

by Charles Todd | Read by Simon Prebble

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Simon Prebble slips comfortably into Inspector Ian Rutledge's persona in the 19th installment in the series. Having survived the French battlefields of WWI and a disastrous automobile race in 1919, Rutledge investigates a car crash in the South Downs. Was the man who caused the crash in Nice the same man responsible for the fatal accident in the Downs? Hamish,... Read More

RATHER BE THE DEVIL

RATHER BE THE DEVIL Inspector Rebus, Book 21

Earphones Award Winner

by Ian Rankin | Read by James MacPherson

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

For many longtime fans of Rankin's series, James MacPherson IS the voice of Inspector John Rebus, and with good reason. At book Number 21 in the series, MacPherson perfectly blends Rebus's tough-guy exterior and insecure interior, exposing the complex layers of Rankin's much-loved character. MacPherson's delivery of Rankin's signature wit tickles the funny bone, making... Read More

WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL

WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations

by John Avlon | Read by John Avlon

Simon & Schuster Audio
History

The much-lauded play HAMILTON honors George Washington's 32-page Farewell Presidential Address in song. Narrating his own work, author John Avlon takes another look at the Founding Father's once-famous masterpiece, showing how the events of Washington's time influenced his words--and the history of our nation. Our first president's views on the "mobocracy" of Shay's Rebellion... Read More

WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Read by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Random House Audio
Contemporary Culture

This brief reflection on the state of gender in contemporary society is told in quiet but firm tones by its author. Listeners will shake their heads as she recounts the multiple microaggressions faced by young women in Nigeria. The sexism at the root of each anecdote resonates because the stereotypes are universal. Adichie makes her point with a steady, even tone, and through... Read More

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