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THE AMERICAN SPIRIT

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT Who We Are and What We Stand For

by David McCullough | Read by David McCullough

Simon & Schuster Audio
Contemporary Culture

Ever since the author made a national reputation with his voice by narrating Ken Burns's Civil War documentary in the late 1980s, he has staked a claim to being "America's Storyteller." This audiobook of McCullough's collected speeches contains no new research, only recitations of what he believes are our strengths as a nation. The speeches are interesting, and this work... Read More

THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF W. KAMAU BELL

THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF W. KAMAU BELL Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian

Earphones Award Winner

by W. Kamau Bell | Read by W. Kamau Bell

Penguin Audio
Contemporary Culture

The author, political satirist and comedian W. Kamau Bell, is the best person to narrate this look at race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary America. Bell infuses the contradictions and confusion of his youth, when he was a burgeoning intellectual, with his signature sardonic delivery, which will be familiar to fans of his CNN show. Listeners will appreciate his casual... Read More

CHASING SPACE

CHASING SPACE An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances

by Leland Melvin | Read by Ron Butler

Harper Audio
Biography & Memoir

Ron Butler's narration is both understated yet focused, which is the right tone for African-American astronaut Leland Melvin's memoir. Butler's voice takes the listener through Melvin's amazing journey of accomplishment. His successes seem staggering, but he doesn't stop to bask in his glory. In fact, it appears he doesn't stop, period. This is a life trajectory that moves from... Read More

COME SUNDOWN

COME SUNDOWN

Earphones Award Winner

by Nora Roberts | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Brilliance Audio
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers and author Nora Roberts create a gripping romantic suspense set in western Montana. In the audiobook's opening, young Alice Bodine has a terrifying encounter with a stranger when she runs away from home. When she doesn't return, her family believes her to be dead. Flashing forward to the present, Alice's niece, Bodine, is running the family dude... Read More

THE ESSEX SERPENT

THE ESSEX SERPENT

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Perry | Read by Juanita McMahon

Harper Audio
Historical Fiction

An array of adjectives comes to mind at the opening words of this audiobook: alluring, poetic, with an air of exactness and aged wisdom. The setting is late-nineteenth-century England, and the story involves a young widow, a vicar, and a serpent. But it's really about so much more as it asks questions about independence, faith, and love. Narrator Juanita McMahon expertly... Read More

THE FORCE

THE FORCE

by Don Winslow | Read by Dion Graham

Blackstone Audio
Mystery & Suspense

This mystery made me feel as if I were back in Washington Heights. And if you're a stranger to New York City, you'll get a feel for some of what makes up this Jove among the great cities of the world. But don't allow it to color your view of its police and politicians--this really is fiction. Narrator Dion Graham sounds like a native of any of the neighborhoods that make up the... Read More

HUNGER

HUNGER A Memoir of (My) Body

by Roxane Gay | Read by Roxane Gay

Harper Audio
Biography & Memoir

There's no better person to narrate this audio than Roxane Gay herself. Her calm, consistent inflections are juxtaposed with the content of the audiobook, which unfolds her conflicts about her body, both from external and internal perspectives. Her narration is filled with careful intentions--as if every single word stated and not stated explains her existence spatially. She... Read More

LORD OF SHADOWS

LORD OF SHADOWS The Dark Artifices, Book 2

by Cassandra Clare | Read by James Marsters

Simon & Schuster Audio
Young Adult

Narrator James Marsters brings a large cast of characters to life as the Shadowhunters continue the never-ending fight against evil. Marsters delivers Emma's passion as she struggles to ignore her feelings for Julian, despite their mutual affection for each other. As Emma and Julian embark on a mission to Faerie, they come across many different beings, whom Marsters portrays... Read More

MAGPIE MURDERS

MAGPIE MURDERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Anthony Horowitz | Read by Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Listen straight through--or savor slowly? That will be your struggle because Horowitz's delicious mystery-within-a-mystery is, as they say, "fiendishly clever" and terrifically narrated. Samantha Bond begins enticingly with her husky vibrato and fully realized performance as a contemporary book editor who's been given a murder-mystery manuscript. Soon, we're in the midst of... Read More

THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS

THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS

Earphones Award Winner

by Arundhati Roy | Read by Arundhati Roy

Random House Audio
Fiction

If Arundhati Roy's lyrical prose, melodic voice, and lilting accents aren't enough, the stories of Anjum, Tilottama, and a cast of society's misbegotten--interwoven with India's social and political growing pains--will keep listeners captivated. Born with both male and female genitalia and raised male, Anjum is a woman trapped in a man's body. She leaves her family home and... Read More

THE MIST

THE MIST

by Stephen King | Read by Will Patton

Simon & Schuster Audio
Horror

When an ominous mist rolls into town, David and his son, Billy, find themselves trapped in a grocery store. Along with others in the store, they try to figure out what monsters lie beyond--and within--and how they can survive. Will Patton's narration will send shivers down the spines of listeners as he shifts between pitched moments of confrontation and frustrating lulls as the... Read More

TRAJECTORY

TRAJECTORY Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Richard Russo | Read by Amanda Carlin, Arthur Morey, Fred Sanders, Mark Bramhall

Random House Audio
Fiction

In this collection of short stories and novellas by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, a team of talented narrators--Amanda Carlin, Arthur Morey, Fred Sanders, and Mark Bramhall--takes to the task of portraying Russo's troubled male protagonists, who believe they're special when, in truth, they're, most times, just slightly above average. Morey shines brightest with dramatic... Read More

THE ULTIMATUM

THE ULTIMATUM The Guardian, Book 1

by Karen Robards | Read by Julia Whelan

Brilliance Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Think Jason Bourne, but female. Narrator Julia Whelan easily defines the facets of Bianca--a.k.a. the Guardian--the best international con artist there is. Her father is presumed dead, and she's bound and determined to rescue her little half-sister from those with dangerous intentions. She stays ahead of the villains and even her nemesis, Mickey, the lead agent for an another... Read More

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Sherman Alexie | Read by Sherman Alexie

Hachette Audio
Biography & Memoir

Sherman Alexie narrates his powerful memoir with acute emotion and vulnerability. His story of his grief after the death of his mother is rooted in the brutal experiences of Native Americans in the United States. He has composed a repeating patchwork of stories inspired by his family, life on and off the reservation, and poems born of his visceral reaction to his loss. Alexie's... Read More

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