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THE BEST MAN

THE BEST MAN

by Richard Peck | Read by Michael Crouch

Listening Library
Children

There are four men Archer Magill wants to be like when he grows up: his dad, his grandpa, his Uncle Paul, and his teacher, Mr. McLeod. Narrator Michael Crouch is a natural with kid voices, and Archer sounds exactly like the sixth-grader he is. Crouch differentiates clearly between the kid and adult characters as the plot veers from touching to zany and back again. Peck's... Read More

DESIGNING YOUR LIFE

DESIGNING YOUR LIFE How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

by Bill Burnett, Dave Evans | Read by Bill Burnett, Dave Evans

Random House Audio
Personal Growth

Both authors narrate this helpful audio with the same refreshing tone that's embodied in their conversational advice on making your life great. They speak with the natural cadences of experienced professors who care about their students and feel confident about their material. Using the algorithms and ethos of design engineering, they encourage listeners to be curious about... Read More

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW

Earphones Award Winner

by Amor Towles | Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Penguin Audio
Fiction

Nothing demonstrates the pleasures of audiobook listening better than a fine novel narrated with sensitivity and understanding. Amor Towles's second novel covers 40 years of Soviet history from the perspective of a genteel count--a "former person" in Communist orthodoxy--who is sentenced to house arrest in Moscow's famous Metropol Hotel. A gifted narrator, Nicholas Guy Smith... Read More

HIDDEN FIGURES

HIDDEN FIGURES The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

by Margot Lee Shetterly | Read by Robin Miles

Harper Audio
History

Forget about breaking the glass ceiling--Robin Miles narrates the true story of four black women whose work as mathematicians helped break the sound barrier, and set the stage for space exploration. From the 1930s to the 1960s, they made calculations on such things as rocket trajectories and sonic booms, first at NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), taking... Read More

IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY

IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox

by Carol Burnett | Read by Carol Burnett

Random House Audio
Biography & Memoir

Carol Burnett, a beloved figure in television comedy, offers a warm, touching, and playful romp through the part of her career associated with her highly successful CBS-TV musical variety hour, which premiered in 1967. Burnett's audio performance is stellar and nearly perfect. She has a special skill for the type of conversational presentation so key to success in audiobooks.... Read More

LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE

LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE Kopp Sisters, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Amy Stewart | Read by Christina Moore

Recorded Books
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Christina Moore continues to shine in the Kopp Sisters series. This second book follows GIRL WAITS WITH GUN. After besting the gang threatening her and her sisters, Constance must now fight more elusive foes: a New Jersey law that may not let her keep her deputy's badge and a slippery German-speaking con man. Moore captures Constance perfectly--at times vulnerable but... Read More

LEAVE ME

LEAVE ME

by Gayle Forman | Read by Eva Kaminsky

Recorded Books
Fiction

This audiobook begins with a jolt: Maribeth is having a heart attack, but she's too harried to notice it. Eva Kaminsky's narration is at once uniquely emotional and quietly familiar. When Maribeth decides to leave the chaotic atmosphere of her family to look after herself and fully heal, the listener can understand her need for solitude. Each character in this novel has his or... Read More

THE NIX

THE NIX

Earphones Award Winner

by Nathan Hill | Read by Ari Fliakos

Random House Audio
Fiction

The inspired pairing of one of the most promising novelists in years with a gifted narrator who brings intelligence, humor, and immediacy to every word makes for a rare listening treat. Ari Fliakos finds a true and distinct voice for every character--from the emotionally overwhelmed and underachieving writer in search of his long absent mother to a hippie entrepreneur on the... Read More

NUTSHELL

NUTSHELL

Earphones Award Winner

by Ian McEwan | Read by Rory Kinnear

Recorded Books
Fiction

Actor Rory Kinnear, so memorable as King Henry IV in "The Hollow Crown" series, assumes an equal challenge in conveying the sly humor and grim comedy of McEwan's tour de force. Based on the Hamlet story and told by an unborn fetus, this is a novel of voice and perspective. As the unborn listens to his mother and uncle plot his father's murder, he offers a commentary that ranges... Read More

PRE-SUASION

PRE-SUASION Channeling Attention for Change

by Robert Cialdini | Read by John Bedford Lloyd

Simon & Schuster Audio
Contemporary Culture

Whether you're asking for a raise at work, selling a car, or persuading your spouse you need a weekend away, you can get better results by changing what's in the other person's mind before you make your pitch. Narrating this fascinating audio, John Bedford Lloyd provides a businesslike, confident tone that helps listeners stay engaged with the author's reasoning and the... Read More

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Earphones Award Winner

by Colson Whitehead | Read by Bahni Turpin

Random House Audio
Fiction

Magical realism meets historical fiction in this heartbreaking story of Cora's escape from the horrors of enslavement on a Georgia cotton plantation and her dream of freedom in the fabled North. Bahni Turpin's narration is near perfection as she captures the emotional heart of this audiobook. Her sensitive pacing allows listeners to absorb the impact of intense scenes and tugs... Read More

WEAPONS OF MATH DESTRUCTION

WEAPONS OF MATH DESTRUCTION How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

by Cathy O'Neil | Read by Cathy O'Neil

Random House Audio
Contemporary Culture

O'Neil leverages her experience as a data analyst to discuss the ways that big data affect the realms of education, criminal justice, and insurance. Simply put, the information can deeply impact people's choices and, more specifically, negatively affect disadvantaged populations. The author narrates this production in a clear, matter-of-fact tone that comes at a fast clip. Her... Read More

THE WONDER

THE WONDER

by Emma Donoghue | Read by Kate Lock

Hachette Audio
Historical Fiction

Another powerful novel from noted author Donoghue, this one explores the dynamics of science colliding with faith and faith as an escape from responsibility. Kate Lock's deliberately paced narration is fully voiced--with occasional lapses when a line spoken by one character begins in the tones she has crafted so well for another. Her performance suits this historical novel and... Read More

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