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THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE

by Katherine Arden | Read by Kathleen Gati

Random House Audio
Fantasy

Author Katherine Arden and narrator Kathleen Gati are well matched in this lyrical coming-of-age fantasy. As a child, Vasilisa Petrovna runs wild on her family's lands, playing with wood and water spirits and other creatures only she can see. Vasya, as she's known, has magic flowing through her veins. The arrival of a devout new stepmother ends Vasya's attention to the old... Read More

BORN TO RUN

BORN TO RUN

by Bruce Springsteen | Read by Bruce Springsteen

Simon & Schuster Audio
Biography & Memoir

When you live in New Jersey, as I do, then any audio featuring rock musician Bruce Springsteen is big news, and this audiobook is no exception. His music informs the memories of almost two generations of Garden Staters, and his fame is now global, both because of the quality of his songs and the energy with which he performs them. In the end, though, The Boss is a great... Read More

THE DRY

THE DRY

by Jane Harper | Read by Steven Shanahan

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Debut author Jane Harper's fine prose and narrator Steven Shanahan's expert delivery combine for a transcendent Australian noir experience. Against the backdrop of a devastating two-year drought, federal agent Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke Hadler. Luke has apparently killed his family and then himself, but Falk's own... Read More

HER EVERY FEAR

HER EVERY FEAR

by Peter Swanson | Read by Eva Kaminsky

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Like all good psychological thrillers, this one keeps listeners on edge. Portraying multiple viewpoints, narrator Eva Kaminsky does a great job transitioning between very different yet interconnected characters. Kate Priddy has just moved to Boston after house swapping with a distant cousin she has never actually met. Kate has spent nearly her whole life struggling with anxiety... Read More

LEOPARD AT THE DOOR

LEOPARD AT THE DOOR

by Jennifer McVeigh | Read by Katharine McEwan

Penguin Audio
Fiction

Listeners who love Alexandra Fuller's memoirs will appreciate this story of a changing Kenya. Katharine McEwan's narration, sprinkled with Swahili phrases, vividly details the various voices of two cultures. She tells Rachel's story, starting with her return as a young woman after six years in England. McEwan juxtaposes Rachel's childhood memories with the current turmoil. Her... Read More

THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE

THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE Danish Secrets to Happy Living

by Meik Wiking | Read by Meik Wiking

Harper Audio
Personal Growth

You'll finally know how to pronounce "hygge" after listening to this audiobook--and you might find yourself wanting to invite author Meik Wiking over for some mulled wine. Hygge is the Danish concept of coziness-plus that's currently experiencing a surge of publicity outside Denmark. Narrating with a slight accent, Wiking is an able and appealing reader of his own work, which... Read More

THE PRINCESS DIARIST

THE PRINCESS DIARIST

by Carrie Fisher | Read by Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd

Penguin Audio
Biography & Memoir

It's especially bittersweet to find oneself listening to Carrie Fisher's memoir after her death in December 2016. Reflecting on fame, aging, and being involved with the cultural phenomenon that is Star Wars, Fisher is wry, self-aware, and funny. She's a canny narrator of her own writing, which bristles with wordplay, jokes, and asides. Sounding appropriately young, Fisher's... Read More

THE UNDOING PROJECT

THE UNDOING PROJECT A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Lewis | Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Simon & Schuster Audio
Contemporary Culture

Most decisions we make are based, in some part, on irrationality-- sometimes referred to as a gut feeling or intuition. Author Michael Lewis simplifies the brain-boggling lifework of Amos Tversky and Danny Kahneman, who developed the new discipline of behavioral economics to explain the seeming irrationality of financial decision making. Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris's faultless... Read More

UNF*CK YOUR HABITAT

UNF*CK YOUR HABITAT You're Better Than Your Mess

by Rachel Hoffman | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Tantor Media
Personal Growth

This audio production blends Emily Woo Zeller's sweet voice with the counterculture vibe you'd expect from an audio that wants to overturn everything you know about home management. The innocent, cheery aspect of her voice seems out of place with the author's salty language, but Zeller sounds so earnest and relaxed delivering this book that her likability ultimately boosts the... Read More

WAKE UP TO THE JOY OF YOU

WAKE UP TO THE JOY OF YOU 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life

by Agapi Stassinopoulos | Read by Agapi Stassinopoulos

Random House Audio
Personal Growth

While most listeners will notice that Agapi Stassinopoulos isn't a polished voice pro, she's supremely skilled at connecting with her listeners--with her soul and her ideas as well as her vocal delivery, which comes across as grounded and authentic. She has an astute grasp of common psychological challenges such as relationship woes, money problems, low self-esteem, health... Read More

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTERRACIAL LOVE?

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTERRACIAL LOVE? Stories

by Kathleen Collins | Read by Nina Lorez Collins, Cherise Boothe, Adenrele Ojo, Paula J. Parker, Desean Terry, Dan Woren

Harper Audio
Fiction

It's easy to find oneself comparing an audiobook performance to a musical one, and Collins's posthumously published collection of short stories lends itself to that tendency. Each is a glimpse into the twentieth-century African-American experience. Introduced beautifully in a fascinating foreword by Elizabeth Alexander, the stories have their own enthralling verses, refrains,... Read More

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