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AMERICAN GODS

AMERICAN GODS

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil Gaiman | Read by George Guidall

Harper Audio
Science Fiction

Mere days before he is to be released from prison, a man named Shadow learns that his wife has been killed in a car wreck. On the plane ride home, he meets a gruff old man named Wednesday, who may be an avatar of the Norse god Odin. Read dynamically and emotionally by George Guidall-- who gives more personalities and ethnicities than one would think possible--the story unfolds... Read More

AMERICAN GODS: THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

AMERICAN GODS: THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Earphones Award Winner

by Neil Gaiman | Read by Dennis Boutsikaris and a Full Cast

Harper Audio
Fiction

This full-cast performance of the tenth anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS (think director’s cut) is one of the most mesmerizing audio experiences ever. Suppose all the gods and demons, trolls and imps that were ever carried here in imagination are still all around us, pumping gas, playing shell games, running funeral homes, and plotting war against our new gods... Read More

BETWEEN THEM

BETWEEN THEM Remembering My Parents

Earphones Award Winner

by Richard Ford | Read by Christian Baskous

Harper Audio
Biography & Memoir

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford's remembrance of growing up in the 1950s is at times insightful, enlightening, and emotionally evocative, especially as performed by narrator Christian Baskous. Ford gives his mother credit for honing his narrative voice. He spent most of his years with her, as his father, a traveling salesman, died in his arms when he was 16.... Read More

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

Earphones Award Winner

by Nicola Yoon | Read by Bahni Turpin, Robbie Daymond

Listening Library
Young Adult

Maddy, a biracial 18-year-old, has severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome. Allergic to everything, she doesn’t go outside, and only an occasional antiseptic tutor, her physician mother, and Carla, her nurse, enter her sterile home. Bahni Turpin conveys Maddy’s intelligence and playful spirit, which is surprising for someone who is trapped inside. Observant Maddy is intrigued... Read More

THE FIX

THE FIX Amos Decker, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by David Baldacci | Read by Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

This fast-moving mystery is a wonderful vehicle for narrators Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy. Brewer portrays FBI agent Amos Decker's quirky personality and investigative abilities with aplomb. Cassidy provides wonderful, unique personalities for Defense Intelligence Agent Harper Brown and Decker's roommate and colleague Alex Jamison, as well as various other female characters.... Read More

GWENDY'S BUTTON BOX

GWENDY'S BUTTON BOX

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen King, Richard Chizmer | Read by Maggie Siff

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fiction

Listeners are introduced to 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson atop a cliffside stairway to Castle View, a park in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. There Gwendy meets Richard Farris, a strange man who knows just a little too much about her, and receives a gift that for a decade brings her good fortune and unthinkable terror. Maggie Siff narrates with touches of nostalgia, wonder, and... Read More

THE HANDMAID'S TALE

THE HANDMAID'S TALE

Earphones Award Winner

by Margaret Atwood | Read by Claire Danes

Audible, Inc.
Fiction

Claire Danes sparkles in this performance. At once timeless and timely, this dystopian novel studies, among other things, the role of women in a society that has stripped them of their rights. Danes voices Offred—a “handmaid” whose sole purpose is to bear children for a government leader and his wife—with a kaleidoscope of emotions. Danes frequently lends Offred a hesitant,... Read More

HOUSE OF NAMES

HOUSE OF NAMES

by Colm Tóibín | Read by Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson, Pippa Nixon

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fiction

When it comes to female characters who have something to say, Colm Tóibín, author of the intense NORA WEBSTER and the scorching TESTAMENT OF MARY, is on a roll. This time he's written his version of the Greek myth about King Agamemnon, who kills his daughter Iphigenia to make the winds rise, engendering the enmity of his wife (and Iphigenia's mother), Clytemnestra. Juliet... Read More

INTO THE WATER

INTO THE WATER

by Paula Hawkins | Read by Laura Aikman, Sophie Aldred, Rachel Bavidge, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman

Penguin Audio
Fiction

The river has claimed many lives over the years, and in the span of less than one year, two more women have been claimed. One woman had been researching the river and its victims; the other was a teenager who had no known motive to kill herself. Five narrators tell the story from the points of view of more than 15 characters. Each character's voice is unique, but the multitude... Read More

PRUSSIAN BLUE

PRUSSIAN BLUE Bernie Gunther, Book 12

Earphones Award Winner

by Philip Kerr | Read by John Lee

Penguin Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Bernie Gunther is a shrewd German detective in prewar Nazi Germany. Narrator John Lee is the personification of Gunther--full of sarcasm, street smarts, and dark wit. When Gunther is forced by the Nazis to investigate the murders of Hitler's right-hand men in Austria, Lee takes listeners on Gunther's tumultuous and treacherous journey, keeping them riveted as he continually... Read More

RADIO SILENCE

RADIO SILENCE

by Alice Oseman | Read by Aysha Kala

Harper Audio
Young Adult

Teen (and adult) listeners will relish every word of British author Alice Oseman's latest tour de force, narrated by Aysha Kala. Seventeen-year-old Frances Janvier is driven by one goal: getting into elite Cambridge University. Her only distraction is her favorite podcast, the edgy "Universe City." She's thrilled when she meets the genius behind this mysterious channel, Aled... Read More

ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT STEAL THE GALAXY!

ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT STEAL THE GALAXY! Guardians of the Galaxy

by Dan Abnett | Read by a Full Cast

GraphicAudio
Audio Theater

GraphicAudio manages to take all the fun of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movie, combine it with some serious Marvel Comics scholarship, and turn out a wonderful audiobook. Replete with explosions, outrageous fight scenes, and snappy dialogue, the audiobook is a treat for listeners of all ages. Younger folks might not follow the complicated plot, but they'll love Rocket Raccoon... Read More

SINCE WE FELL

SINCE WE FELL

by Dennis Lehane | Read by Julia Whelan

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

If you listen to audiobooks in the car, prepare to find yourself sitting in the driveway with this one. Julia Whelan does a near flawless job delivering this palpitation-inducing psychological thriller from the great Dennis Lehane. She's good at accents, switching ages and genders, and her pacing is impeccable. Rachel Childs, the only child of a beautiful, very smart, very... Read More

THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE

THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE

by Lisa See | Read by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, Gabra Zackman, Jeremy Bobb, Joy Osmanski, Emily Walton, Erin Wilhelmi

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fiction

Through Ruthie Ann Miles's earnest narration, listeners are quickly drawn into a culturally complex and historically rich story spanning two continents, multiple generations, several families, and many hardships. The narrative format is an interesting hybrid. Multiple narrators give scope and varied characterizations to several scenes, but the bulk of the narration is done by... Read More

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY

by Jay Asher | Read by Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone

Listening Library
Young Adult

Hannah Baker is determined to have the last word--but she doesn't get it. Before committing suicide, she sends a tape of 13 joined stories to those who she believes were instrumental in her death. One of the recipients is Clay Jenkins, who once had a crush on Hannah; he would have helped her if he could and listens brokenhearted. The novel makes a perfect transformation to... Read More

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