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THE DARK LADY'S MASK

THE DARK LADY'S MASK

Earphones Award Winner

by Mary Sharratt | Read by Jilly Bond

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Jilly Bond narrates this charming fictionalized account of Amelia Bassano Lanier, one of the famous female poets of Elizabethan England, and her interactions with William Shakespeare. Bond captures the magical language of Sharratt's story, which includes poetry and plays filled with rhymes and metrical lines. Using a range of British accents, Bond embodies the story's... Read More

HOME SWEET HOME

HOME SWEET HOME

Earphones Award Winner

by April Smith | Read by Cady McClain

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

With an upbeat narration, Cady McClain sets the tone for this timely look at a shameful episode in American history, the McCarthy era. After a violent attack on a family in South Dakota in 1985, the novel flashes back to the 1950s. Cal and Betsy Kusek and their children leave New York City for the Midwest, hoping for a better life. A systematic persecution of the family, based... Read More

JUBILEE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

JUBILEE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

by Margaret Walker, Nikki Giovanni [Foreword] | Read by Robin Miles

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Robin Miles is the masterful narrator of this groundbreaking American novel. Hearing her musical voice, listeners will be inspired to root for the "yellow girl" Vyry, whose resilience is born of indignity. Miles recounts Vyry's life as a slave in an insular plantation community as well as her expanding world in the Civil War and Reconstruction period that follows. She endows... Read More

THE KINGDOM

THE KINGDOM

Earphones Award Winner

by Emmanuel Carrere, John Lambert [Trans.] | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

An expert narrator can anchor the most meandering of books--as Stefan Rudnicki does with this one. Carrere focuses on the apostles Paul and Luke, neither of whom knew Jesus but who were nonetheless instrumental in shaping the early Christian movement. That's the storyline of this audiobook, but it's also laden with an intricate weave of personal reflection, close dissection of... Read More

LILAC GIRLS

LILAC GIRLS

by Martha Hall Kelly | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, Martha Hall Kelly

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Three narrators bring to life historical figures connected to Ravensbruk concentration camp. Their superb accents and emotional shifts track the characters' changes over two decades. Cassandra Campbell narrates the part of socialite Caroline Faraday, who approaches charity work with a cocksure, stony attitude that changes to dedicated compassion for those who have suffered.... Read More

NEWTON AND POLLY

NEWTON AND POLLY A Novel of Amazing Grace

by Jody Hedlund | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In this historical novel, Hedlund imagines the lives of John Newton, best known for penning the hymn "Amazing Grace," and Polly Catlett, the childhood friend who eventually became his wife. Narrator Saskia Maarleveld speaks at a quick tempo with a voice that is so soft and breathy that words often become inaudible. The story begins at the couple's first meeting when Polly was... Read More

VICTORIA

VICTORIA

Earphones Award Winner

by Daisy Goodwin | Read by Anna Wilson-Jones

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Anna Wilson-Jones and author Daisy Goodwin work magic in this captivating historical novel about the tiny queen with a huge personality. Goodwin focuses on the first two years of Victoria's long reign, beginning just before the 18-year-old assumes the throne. Relying on a wealth of historical documents, including the queen's letters, Goodwin infuses life into the story... Read More

WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES

WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES

by Georgia Hunter | Read by Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

The Kurcs, a large, prosperous Jewish family, were comfortable in Radom, Poland--until the 1939 German invasion. Finding themselves dispersed all across Europe, South America, and elsewhere, the family does all in its power to reunite after the war. Narrator Kathleen Gati doesn't overdramatize this emotional Holocaust story, but neither does she alter her tone to create... Read More

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