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AMERICAN STREET

AMERICAN STREET

Earphones Award Winner

by Ibi Zoboi | Read by Robin Miles

Harper Audio
Young Adult

When American-born Fabiola Toussaint's Haitian mother is taken by U.S. immigration officers, the teenager is left on her own to make a new life with her aunt and cousins in Detroit. Narrator Robin Miles glides silkily through Haitian Creole, Detroit street talk, and standard American English, infusing the dialogue with authentic-sounding accents and age-appropriate sass and... Read More

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES

by Dan Egan | Read by Jason Culp

Random House Audio
Contemporary Culture

A prize-winning reporter for the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL has written a readable, fair-minded account of the collapse and transformation of the Great Lakes ecosystem from the opening of the Erie Canal through the present. Jason Culp narrates this epic tale of human arrogance, unintended consequences, and environmental degradation, told through personal interviews, memorable... Read More

THE HATE U GIVE

THE HATE U GIVE

Earphones Award Winner

by Angie Thomas | Read by Bahni Turpin

Harper Audio
Young Adult

Starr is from a gang-ridden neighborhood but attends a private, mostly white, school. Differences between these worlds widen when Starr is the sole witness of the murder of her childhood friend by a white policeman. Bahni Turpin's narration of this scene is poignant and horrific as unarmed Kahlil questions the officer's stopping him and the officer becomes aggressive and shoots... Read More

THE HEARTS OF MEN

THE HEARTS OF MEN

by Nickolas Butler | Read by Adam Verner

Harper Audio
Fiction

Narrator Adam Verner's deep, resonant voice transports listeners back to Camp Chippewa, 1962. That is where this audiobook begins its account of 13-year-old Nelson Doughty's life. Throughout the years, Nelson goes from camper to counselor and, later, sees his friend's son and grandson become campers. But then something unimaginable happens, and Nelson finds himself in a... Read More

IF NOT FOR YOU

IF NOT FOR YOU

Earphones Award Winner

by Debbie Macomber | Read by Khristine Hvam

Random House Audio
Romantic Fiction

After Beth flees from an awkward blind date with a mechanic named Sam, she's in a horrible car accident, which he witnesses. On her own in Portland, Oregon, Beth is determined to recover, and Sam feels compelled to help. Soon, Beth reconnects Sam with his past and unknowingly risks their future. Narrator Khristine Hvam brings out all the terror of the accident, and makes the... Read More

IN THIS GRAVE HOUR

IN THIS GRAVE HOUR Maisie Dobbs, Book 13

Earphones Award Winner

by Jacqueline Winspear | Read by Orlagh Cassidy

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Listening doesn't get much better than the newest Maisie Dobbs mystery performed by the series's longtime narrator, Orlagh Cassidy. She brings pristine pacing and a deep understanding of the regular characters combined with an ever-fresh perspective on new characters and the action. The book begins in London at the start of WWII, amid sandbagged buildings and the departure of... 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

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

A PIECE OF THE WORLD

A PIECE OF THE WORLD

by Christina Baker Kline | Read by Polly Stone

Harper Audio
Fiction

Polly Stone's first great choice in performing this lovely audiobook is to not attempt a Downeast accent for Christina Olsen, which would have made her humanity less universal, and which no one gets right anyway. Christina is the model for the woman in the field in Andrew Wyeth's famous painting CHRISTINA'S WORLD. In telling a story of her, Kline runs a huge risk because it's... Read More

A REALLY GOOD DAY

A REALLY GOOD DAY How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

by Ayelet Waldman | Read by Ayelet Waldman

Recorded Books
Biography & Memoir

Ayelet Waldman gives an animated performance as she chronicles the month she spent taking microdoses of LSD as an experimental treatment for a mood disorder. The audiobook blends history, science, and memoir, and, as narrator, Waldman displays enthusiasm for all of it. She uses pacing, pauses, and changes in tone to enliven even the most mundane details, including implications... Read More

SAY NOTHING

SAY NOTHING

by Brad Parks | Read by George Newbern

Penguin Audio
Mystery & Suspense

How far would you go to protect the people you love? This question--and all its possible complications--is at the heart of SAY NOTHING. From the first lines of the audiobook, listeners are drawn into the life of Scott Sampson, a federal judge whose twins are kidnapped in an attempt to manipulate the outcome of an upcoming trial. Narrator George Newbern gives Sampson a... Read More

STRANGE THE DREAMER

STRANGE THE DREAMER

by Laini Taylor | Read by Steve West

Hachette Audio
Young Adult

Narrator Steve West's British accent and measured pacing lend a feeling of gravitas to this fantasy. West creates voices for each character, starting with the open, curious tones of the main character, Lazlo, a librarian who joins a journey to save Weep, a city long cut off from the rest of the world by hedonistic gods. West creates harsher voices for Weep's residents, still... Read More

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