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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

EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED

EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED

Earphones Award Winner

by Danielle Younge-Ullman | Read by Phoebe Strole

Listening Library
Young Adult

Narrator Phoebe Strole's commendable vocal range underscores Ingrid's story. At 17, Ingrid's mother has sent her to a three-week wilderness camp for at-risk teens. Strole's rendition of Ingrid's sardonic letters home are pitch-perfect as Ingrid recounts her revulsion of survival experiences. Strole's dramatization is just as strong in the other chapters, which describe Ingrid's... Read More

FEVER DREAM

FEVER DREAM

by Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell [Trans.] | Read by Hillary Huber

Penguin Audio
Fiction

Schweblin's haunting tale of the supernatural and psychological drama, translated from Spanish, explores a mother's desperation to save her child. The story is unsettling enough, yet Hillary Huber's reading adds additional chills for the listener. She perfectly captures the protagonist's anxiety as it slowly turns to fear and horror. David's mother tells Amanda his story about... 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

LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK

LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK

Earphones Award Winner

by Kathleen Rooney | Read by Xe Sands

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

Between author Rooney's story and narrator Xe Sands's craftsmanship, this WALK will sweep listeners off their feet. Sands captures the essence of 80-year-old Lillian Boxfish, who is modeled after groundbreaking advertising icon Margaret Fishback, a former Macy's copywriter and poet. On New Year's Eve, 1984, Lillian walks toward her usual New York restaurant. But this New Year... 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

OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST

OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST

Earphones Award Winner

by Susin Nielsen | Read by Julia Whelan

Listening Library
Young Adult

Narrator Julia Whelan expresses this YA heroine's sardonic tone so well that 16-year-old Petula risks becoming an unlikable character. Thankfully, Whelan is also expert at conveying the story's witty tone, Petula's fragility, and the chemistry she has with Jacob, "the bionic man." That chemistry doesn't begin well. Though Jacob seems comfortable with his prosthetic, Petula's... 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

A SEPARATION

A SEPARATION

by Katie Kitamura | Read by Katherine Waterston

Penguin Audio
Fiction

At first, the distance that narrator Katherine Waterston establishes in her tone seems like that of an artist finding her pace. Then, it makes her portrayal of the novel's main character seem flat, too remote. However, it isn't long before it becomes clear that her aloof, measured approach is the unnamed protagonist's very essence, her relationship with the world. Indeed,... Read More

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