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ADOLFO KAMINSKY

ADOLFO KAMINSKY A Forger's Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah Kaminsky, Mike Mitchell [Trans.] | Read by Simon Vance

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The skill of Simon Vance, narrator of this audiobook, is his ability to take a memoir that opens during the French Resistance in WWII and fully capture its suspense-filled drama. Adolfo Kaminsky, the daring and heroic document forger, helped hundreds of Jewish families escape Occupied France with his perfectly created passports. Although his talent for creating them could have... Read More

AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE

AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE

by Al Franken | Read by Al Franken

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Al Franken fans, rejoice! Franken narrates his latest book in a voice that captures both of his key public personas: current U.S. senator and former humorist. This is a balance that is cannot be underestimated, as Franken clarifies at the onset that the Senate requires a level of decorum that most former comedians would find excruciating. Franken, to be fair, describes his... Read More

THE AMBULANCE DRIVERS

THE AMBULANCE DRIVERS Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War

by James McGrath Morris | Read by Dean Temple

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Imagine the coincidence, or cosmic convergence if you believe in such things, that would bring these two era-defining writers together, and you have the makings of a terrific, if jarring, audiobook. It's a double biography of their war years and the next two decades, and the story of their friendship does not end well. Narrator Dean Temple has a pleasant, light voice that... Read More

ARE YOU ANYBODY?

ARE YOU ANYBODY? A Memoir

by Jeffrey Tambor | Read by Jeffrey Tambor

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In the first few minutes of his own audiobook, actor Jeffrey Tambor lets listeners know of his ambivalence about narrating his own memoir, listing other actors he admires, who have composed their own memoirs. Never fear: Tambor is an actor's actor, and his audiobook should appeal to anyone who is fascinated by the work of artists, particularly one with his stature. For decades,... Read More

THE AWAKENING OF H.K. DERRYBERRY

THE AWAKENING OF H.K. DERRYBERRY My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything

Earphones Award Winner

by Jim Bradford, Andy Hardin | Read by Milton Bagby

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

You never know when a 25-cent cup of coffee will forever change your life. That was the case for Jim Bradford, when he met young H.K. Derryberry, a kid born blind and with numerous, nearly fatal, health concerns. Milton Bagby narrates this amazing story with excitement and eagerness. It's as though he can't wait to catch the listener up on all God has accomplished through this... Read More

BEING ELVIS

BEING ELVIS A Lonely Life

by Ray Connolly | Read by Jonathan Yen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Jonathan Yen's skillful performance of Connolly's biography is both soft and methodical. He evokes the relaxed comfort of southern life that Elvis left behind when his great talent and drive brought him overnight fame. Yen's delivery captures Elvis's feelings of surprise, turmoil, depression, and ultimate loneliness, drawing listeners into the irony of his success--he... Read More

BETTE & JOAN

BETTE & JOAN The Divine Feud

by Shaun Considine | Read by January LaVoy

Graymalkin Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

January LaVoy offers up this juicy look at the lives of Hollywood film legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Lavoy chronicles their early lives in an objective tone, but when she delivers their epic, press-fueled feud, their outrageous behavior, and, of course, accounts of the men in their lives, she is remarkable. She adjusts her voice just slightly for each of the movie... Read More

BETWEEN HEAVEN & THE REAL WORLD

BETWEEN HEAVEN & THE REAL WORLD My Story

by Steven Curtis Chapman, Ken Abraham | Read by Paul Michael

ChristianAudio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman's life story starts out with an ordinary childhood in Paducah, Kentucky. But even at the beginning, narrator Paul Michael's tone suggests awe at the musical career that Chapman developed as an adult. Michael excels at capturing Chapman's humility and wry humor. Listeners will smile as he recounts Chapman's struggles with a pre-med... Read More

BETWEEN THEM

BETWEEN THEM Remembering My Parents

Earphones Award Winner

by Richard Ford | Read by Christian Baskous

Harper Audio | Unabridged
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

BORN BOTH

BORN BOTH An Intersex Life

by Hida Viloria | Read by Hida Viloria

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this memoir, Viloria, a Latina intersexual lesbian, recounts the challenges she's faced for two decades as an intersexual person and an advocate for intersexual rights. While her prose engages the listener as she reflects on how her personal life is inevitably political, her narration might have been better handled by someone else. For too much of the audiobook, her tone... Read More

THE BRAND NEW CATASTROPHE A Memoir

by Mike Scalise | Read by Mike Scalise

Audible Inc/. Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mike Scalise's matter-of-fact tone and pacing are the perfect fit for his funny yet poignant memoir. After a tumor in his brain bursts, Scalise has to navigate the world anew, this time with faulty hormones. Scalise finds some humor in his new life, and his narration gives it an added layer of personality. On top of dealing with his own medical issues, he also has to contend... Read More

CASEY STENGEL

CASEY STENGEL Baseball's Greatest Character

by Marty Appel | Read by Marty Appel, Juliet Papa

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

It's always interesting to hear an author read his or her own book because it's not a given that writing well translates to narrating well. But Marty Appel does a fine job here, knowing every nook, cranny, and nuance of baseball legend Casey Stengel's personality, voice, and life. Appel's narration is animated but never campy as he delivers the story of "The Old Professor"... Read More

CHANGE OF SEASONS

CHANGE OF SEASONS A Memoir

by John Oates, Chris Epting | Read by Chris Epting, John Oates

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

John Oates, the renowned rock singer and composer, and author Chris Epting collaborate on both the synthesis of Oates's journals for this memoir and on the audiobook narration. While the book is not about the rock act known as Hall & Oates, the creative collaboration and strong friendship of the pair is artfully explored. Language is cogent and precise and, at times, lyrical.... 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 | Unabridged
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

CRAVINGS

CRAVINGS How I Conquered Food

by Judy Collins | Read by Judy Collins

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners of a certain age will likely recognize singer-songwriter Judy Collins's lilting voice and graceful style as she sensitively shares the story of her ongoing battles with compulsive overeating and alcoholism. Collins sounds a bit tired, or perhaps we hear all of her 77 years, in this history of dieting and weight-loss experts combined with a brief episodic... Read More

DREAM WITH ME

DREAM WITH ME Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win

by John M. Perkins, Randy Alcorn [Foreword] | Read by Calvin Robinson

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Eighty-six-year-old Mississippi sharecropper's son John Perkins has seen it all, and narrator Calvin Robinson's powerful yet graceful voice tells his story with gentle wit. Robinson deftly delivers Perkins's descriptions of promoting voters' rights and school desegregation during the Civil Rights movement despite being imprisoned and abused. Listeners will enjoy Perkins's... Read More

DROP THE BALL

DROP THE BALL Achieving More by Doing Less

by Tiffany Dufu, Gloria Steinem [Foreword] | Read by Tiffany Dufu

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Tiffany Dufu, an expert on women's leadership, narrates her compelling invitation to women: Stop trying to do it all, she urges in her pleasantly husky down-to-earth voice--drop the ball so your "all-in" partner can pick up the slack. This act, she argues, will free women to achieve their dreams, ambitions, and full potential, and harnessing this energy will benefit the world.... Read More

ENRIQUE'S JOURNEY

ENRIQUE'S JOURNEY

by Sonia Nazario | Read by Catherine Byers

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook tells the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of a boy from Honduras who braves all manner of dangers to reunite with his mother, who left for the United States 11 years earlier. Narrator Catherine Byers's delivery combines a soft tone of empathy for the characters and an authoritative, reportorial assuredness that respects the author's intent. Byers enunciates every... Read More

EVERYTHING THAT REMAINS A Memoir By the Minimalists

Earphones Award Winner

by Joshua Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus | Read by Justin Malik

Asymmetrical Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In a culture that embraces rampant consumerism, the authors, who call themselves the Minimalists, are on a quest to convince others that less is truly more. Following the death of his mother and the dissolution of his marriage, Millburn convinces his childhood friend Nicodemus to embark on a journey to pare down their lavish lifestyles in exchange for a more meaningful... Read More

GEORGE WASHINGTON

GEORGE WASHINGTON The Wonder of the Age

by John Rhodehamel | Read by Joe Barrett

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Audiobook listeners have dozens of fine biographies of George Washington to choose from, but Rhodehamel's concise account excels in its fascinating and reliable details. Narrator Joe Barrett's gravelly delivery may initially sound miscast. But as is the case with the distinctive voices of the vintage radio years, that bit of abrasion suggests honesty, integrity, and a lack of... Read More

THE GIRL FROM THE METROPOL HOTEL

THE GIRL FROM THE METROPOL HOTEL Growing Up in Communist Russia

by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Anna Summers [Trans.] | Read by Kate Mulgrew

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Kate Mulgrew gives this captivating memoir by one of Russia's most celebrated authors a plaintive, intelligent, and witty delivery. The story details Petrushevskaya's arduous upbringing in war-torn Russia. She is a survivor. Her earliest years in Moscow were spent in the grand Metropol Hotel. But soon her lifestyle was diminished when her family members were deemed enemies of... Read More

HOURGLASS

HOURGLASS Time, Memory, Marriage

by Dani Shapiro | Read by Dani Shapiro

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Writer Dani Shapiro performs her memoir with a meditative understated tone, giving the words themselves more focus than her performance. At midlife, Shapiro looks back at her marriage and with precise diction and elocution moves back and forth through time examining the bond that has held her and her husband together as they've worked to make ends meet as freelance writers,... Read More

HOW TO LOSE A MARATHON

HOW TO LOSE A MARATHON A Starter's Guide to Finishing in 26.2 Chapters

by Joel H. Cohen | Read by Nicholas Techosky

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

"Simpsons" writer Joel H. Cohen shares what he learned as he went from self-described "chubby middle-aged guy" to marathoner. Narrator Nicholas Techosky delivers the 26.2 chapters (a marathon is 26.2 miles), which in book terms equal 26 chapters and the world's shortest epilogue. Helpful information on running gear such as treadmills, shoes, and apps is covered. Uncommon terms... Read More

HOW TO TALK DIRTY AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE

HOW TO TALK DIRTY AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE An Autobiography

by Lenny Bruce, Lewis Black [Preface], Howard Reich [Foreword] | Read by Ronnie Marmo

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lenny Bruce was a comic who liked to shock--before that became commonplace. His autobiography covers the period from his earliest days on stage to the height of his popularity and ensuing legal troubles, in part for obscenity. Narrator Ronnie Marmo does an impressive impersonation of Bruce with emotive fluctuations in nearly every line he reads. However, his approach becomes... Read More

HUNGER

HUNGER A Memoir of (My) Body

by Roxane Gay | Read by Roxane Gay

Harper Audio | Unabridged
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

JANE AUSTEN, THE SECRET RADICAL

JANE AUSTEN, THE SECRET RADICAL

by Helena Kelly | Read by Emma Bering

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jane Austen's novels are the cornerstone of many a literature syllabus, and Kelly's exploration of Austen's influences and influence sounds like it could be a lecture from one of those courses. Emma Bering narrates with a brisk and matter-of-fact tone that only occasionally brings Kelly's arguments about Austen's literary intentions to life. While enthusiastic and capable in... Read More

LET JUSTICE ROLL DOWN

LET JUSTICE ROLL DOWN

Earphones Award Winner

by John M. Perkins, Shaen Claiborne [Foreword] | Read by Calvin Robinson, Shane Claiborne

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Pull up a comfortable rocker on your front porch and be prepared to learn civil rights history in Mississippi as voiced by Calvin Robinson. Doing more than simply reading, Robinson recounts the life of John M. Perkins, an unassuming Christian civil rights leader of the '50s and '60s, who struggled to understand what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. I could not stop... Read More

LION

LION [A Long Way Home]

Earphones Award Winner

by Saroo Brierley, Larry Buttrose | Read by Vikas Adam

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

LION is a gripping true story well told, making it a compelling audiobook. Narrator Vikas Adam's clear diction and engaging Australian accent are easy to embrace right from the beginning, a beginning that captivates with its air of mystery and remarkable revelations. The incredible true story of a lost child who travels from India to Australia is fascinating; assigning the... Read More

THE LOYAL SON

THE LOYAL SON The War in Ben Franklin's House

by Daniel Mark Epstein | Read by Scott Brick

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Politics strained the relationship between Benjamin Franklin and his son William. Benjamin was one of the most influential of the revolutionaries, while his son was New Jersey's governor, loyal to the Crown. Listeners may notice familiar political themes as Scott Brick reads their heated correspondence. Adding to the drama is Brick's excellent handling of the flowery language,... Read More

MADAME PRESIDENT

MADAME PRESIDENT The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

by Helene Cooper | Read by Marlene Cooper Vasilic

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook chronicles Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's struggles to become president of Liberia--and, as such, the first female elected head of state in an African nation. Sirleaf's harrowing yet uplifting story is made all the more powerful by Marlene Cooper Vasilic's narration. Her even tone lets the gripping story speak for itself while adding appropriate notes of emotion,... Read More

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TYPEWRITER

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TYPEWRITER Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters

by Ian Fleming, Fergus Fleming [Ed.] | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In these times of tweets, texts, and emails, it's hard to remember that the arrival of the post was an occasion in the mid-twentieth century. Painstakingly written letters were the prime means of communication. British actor Julian Rhind-Tutt thoughtfully and expressively narrates the letters of author Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond,. The collection, edited by his nephew,... Read More

MANDERLEY FOREVER

MANDERLEY FOREVER A Biography of Daphne du Maurier

Earphones Award Winner

by Tatiana de Rosnay, Sam Taylor [Trans.] | Read by Charlotte Wright

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Charlotte Wright's assurance, crisp enunciation, and fine sense of nuance give voice to a life lived freely and bravely, within and without social conventions. De Rosnay's empathetic narrative moves through the significant roles du Maurier played in her life: daughter of a celebrated artistic family, fledgling novelist, young bride and mother of three, and author who... Read More

MISSION

MISSION Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe

by Robert Matzen, Leonard Maltin [Foreword] | Read by Peter Berkrot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Meticulously researched, articulately written, and beautifully narrated, Robert Matzen's work takes a fascinating look at film star Jimmy Stewart's life, with a focus on the performer's participation in the air battles of WWII. Narrator Peter Berkrot has a tall order in the massively detailed text, but he exceeds expectations. Berkrot's performance is replete with occasional... Read More

MUSLIM GIRL

MUSLIM GIRL A Coming of Age

by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh | Read by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The author/narrator is the founder of the website MuslimGirl.com. Amani Al-Khatahtbeh's emotional narration about being an openly Muslim woman in America today is an honest, important, and unsettling listen. Raised in New Jersey, she speaks candidly about her family's move to Jordan only a few years after the events of 9/11 due to the overwhelming tide of Islamophobia flooding... Read More

NEVERTHELESS

NEVERTHELESS A Memoir

by Alec Baldwin | Read by Alec Baldwin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Comic actor and political activist Alec Baldwin delivers a very personal--actually, arrogantly self-centered--memoir. There is little of interest or appeal in the protagonist's feeling powerfully sorry for himself as a lower-middle-class Long Island child and young man who was raised in a single-family home with more limited funds than his neighbors. But Baldwin's persona as a... Read More

NO BARRIERS

NO BARRIERS A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

by Erik Weihenmayer, Buddy Levy, Bob Woodruff | Read by Holter Graham, Bob Woodruff [Foreword]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Erik Weihenmayer's life is so rich, so full of accomplishments, that his story alone is interesting. But paired with a seasoned narrator, the blind adventurer's tale becomes even more alive. Narrator Holter Graham does more than simply recount the physical challenges of climbing mountains and conquering rapids while blind. He also brings to life the emotional challenges of... Read More

PENGUIN THE MAGPIE

PENGUIN THE MAGPIE The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family

by Cameron Bloom, Bradley Trevor Greive | Read by Richard Roxburgh, Edwina Wren

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Penguin is a magpie chick that comes into the life of a struggling Australian family after an accident leaves the wife/mother paralyzed and depressed. Australian narrators Richard Roxburgh and Edwina Wren set the stage for the husband and wife of the family to varying effect. Roxburgh maintains a very slow pace, while Wren's pace is more natural in describing how taking in... Read More

THE PHENOMENON

THE PHENOMENON Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch That Changed My Life

by Rick Ankiel, Tim Brown | Read by Rick Ankiel

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rick Ankiel's spectacularly wild pitching during a Major League playoff game as millions of fans watched became a St. Louis Cardinals legend. Ankiel exudes sincerity and humility in his narration as he recounts his many years of trying to regain control of his pitching. While this memoir likely will be enjoyed most by baseball fans, Ankiel's story is really about the search to... Read More

PLEASE ENJOY YOUR HAPPINESS

PLEASE ENJOY YOUR HAPPINESS A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Paul Brinkley-Rogers | Read by James Langton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In the words of the American lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, "There's always one you can't forget." Narrator James Langton bears listeners on the waves of memory with a lightness in his polished British voice that belies the sadness of a love affair never meant to last. Brinkley-Rogers recalls his profound relationship with an older woman named Yukiko while stationed in Japan in 1959... Read More

THE PRESIDENT WILL SEE YOU NOW

THE PRESIDENT WILL SEE YOU NOW My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan's Final Years

by Peggy Grande | Read by Peggy Grande

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

First-time writer and narrator Peggy Grande was personal assistant to President Ronald Reagan for 10 years after he left the White House. Grande is graceful in her word choice and sentence construction, and that grace smoothly transfers to her warm, relaxed narration of insightful stories of working with Reagan and getting to know the man and his family. The PDF document that... Read More

THE RASPUTIN FILE

THE RASPUTIN FILE

by Edvard Radzinsky, Judson Rosengrant [Trans.] | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With his fluid baritone, Edoardo Ballerini gives a splendid reading of this work by Russian playwright Radzinsky. Adding to his previous works on Stalin, Czars Alexander II and Nicholas II, and an earlier work on Rasputin, Radzinsky uses information from a report of the Provisional Government of 1917 to portray the life of the mystic Rasputin in great depth. We see his daily... Read More

RICHARD NIXON

RICHARD NIXON The Life

by John A. Farrell | Read by Dan Woren

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Dan Woren made the right choice when deciding how to approach this massive audiobook biography on an ever-complicated subject. Nixon's story, especially its ending, can drag one down, but Woren mostly maintains a bright demeanor with a sprinkling of character voices that keep things moving. His deep, authoritative voice is somewhat reminiscent of the information-first... Read More

RISE AND SHINE

RISE AND SHINE The Path to Life

by Simon Lewis | Read by Kelsey Grammer

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

After a brutal 1994 hit-and-run, author Simon Lewis was initially pronounced dead. But despite a crushed skull and jaw, broken ribs and pelvis, as well as a massive stroke that put him in a month-long coma, followed by amnesia, Lewis survived. Kelsey Grammer narrates Lewis's thirteen-year reconstruction, channeling his frustration with medical errors, his confusion over... Read More

RISING STAR

RISING STAR The Making of Barack Obama

by David J. Garrow | Read by Charles Constant

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As the first two hours of this audiobook pass by with no mention of Barack Obama, listeners may wonder if there's been a mix-up. Alas, that's just how it is with this excruciatingly detailed biography. Narrator Charles Constant does his best to keep an inflated 56 hours of audio engaging. He's a skilled narrator and capable guide through this account of Obama's early life and... Read More

SEND YOURSELF ROSES

SEND YOURSELF ROSES Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles

by Kathleen Turner, Gloria Feldt | Read by Kathleen Turner

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this heartfelt performance of her 2008 memoir, actor Kathleen Turner's famously smoky voice is as enticing as always, if a bit more smoky than it once was. Turner-the-actor possesses timing, fearlessness, and strong characterization skills. All of those, plus absolute honesty, make SEND YOURSELF ROSES a moving and involving listening experience for her many fans, as well as... Read More

THE SKIN ABOVE MY KNEE

THE SKIN ABOVE MY KNEE

by Marcia Butler | Read by Marcia Butler

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Marcia Butler narrates her memoir of rising above difficult circumstances through music as she struggles to overcome her challenging family life while pursuing a career as a professional oboist. Her delivery is clear and well paced even as she recounts the pain of growing up with an abusive father and an emotionally absent mother, and later finding herself in dysfunctional... Read More

SOMETIMES THE MAGIC WORKS

SOMETIMES THE MAGIC WORKS Lessons from a Writing Life

by Terry Brooks, Elizabeth George[Intro.] | Read by Dan Woren, Kimberly Farr [Intro.]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Dan Woren's narration of this advice for aspiring writers from the author of the popular Shannara series is like a low-key lecture. In an unembellished delivery, Brooks draws from his own experience as a highly successful fantasy writer. He delivers references to, and excerpts from, favorable reviews of his books in a matter-of-fact tone that avoids sounding like bragging. The... Read More

THE SONG POET

THE SONG POET A Memoir of My Father

by Kao Kalia Yang | Read by Kao Kalia Yang

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

When an author narrates her own work, especially memoir, there's always the danger of disappointing the listener who hopes for enhanced intimacy with the story. Not so with Kao Kalia Yang's moving performance, a tribute to her father, the Hmong song-poet Bee Yang. In telling her father's story, Yang offers penetrating insight into the Hmong experience, beginning in Laos before... Read More

SPLENDID SAVAGE

SPLENDID SAVAGE The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham

by Steve Kemper | Read by Peter Berkrot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Peter Berkrot's voice is earthy, raw, and authoritative. It's the perfect match for the story of Frederick Russell Burnham, a man with a life that seems so improbable that, well, it could only be true. In the 1800s, Burham was a frontiersman with a life made for an epic biography. His adventures include pursuing riches in the Yukon Gold Rush, engaging as a wartime... Read More

STRANGERS TEND TO TELL ME THINGS

STRANGERS TEND TO TELL ME THINGS A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home

Earphones Award Winner

by Amy Dickinson | Read by Amy Dickinson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Amy Dickinson, who writes the syndicated "Ask Amy" advice column and contributes to NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me," is back with a second memoir. In this one she delves into her own personal stories of making her way through life. Many listeners will find her anecdotes relatable as she adopts a down-to-earth, open tone to recount both uplifting and challenging experiences,... Read More

TEENAGE DEGENERATE

TEENAGE DEGENERATE A Memoir That Explores the Depths of Methamphetamine and Drug Addiction

by S.C. Sterling | Read by Sean Patrick Hopkins

S.C. Sterling | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Sean Hopkins presents Sterling's harrowing account of his addiction to crystal methamphetamine and his subsequent recovery. Hopkins speaks straightforwardly as Sterling neither makes excuses nor blames others as he describes some of the physical costs of addiction, including meth sores, bloody teeth, and painful gums. The people in his circle are distinct, and it's... Read More

THEFT BY FINDING

THEFT BY FINDING Diaries (1977-2002)

Earphones Award Winner

by David Sedaris | Read by David Sedaris

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Only David Sedaris should narrate books by David Sedaris. He's simply wonderful. Covering the period ranging from his starving early days to his much-deserved outrageous success, these diary entries are well worth hearing, including an entire entry of "uh's." Even his unfinished ramblings are well crafted, and Sedaris is truly a delight to hear. He's candid about his early drug... Read More

THIS IS JUST MY FACE

THIS IS JUST MY FACE Try Not to Stare

by Gabourey Sidibe | Read by Gabourey Sidibe

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Academy Award-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe's memoir gives listeners an intimate account of her victories and struggles in her own vibrant voice. Using a nonlinear structure, Sidibe dishes on everything listeners will want to know about her unconventional path from working in the sex-phone industry to becoming a Hollywood starlet. Sidibe's performance is down-to-earth as... Read More

TRAPPED IN IRAN

TRAPPED IN IRAN A Mother's Desperate Journey to Freedom

by Samieh Hezari, Kaylene Petersen | Read by Necar Zadegan

Indiana University Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Necar Zadegan narrates the powerful story of a mother's desperate struggle to extricate herself and her child from a hopeless existence in Iran. In 2009, the author, an émigré, returned to Iran from Ireland to introduce her very young child to her father. The father, abusive and unstable, then refuses to let the child leave. Zadegan uses tone and pacing to express Hezari's pain... Read More

TRUFFLE BOY

TRUFFLE BOY My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground

by Ian Purkayastha, Kevin West, David Chang [Foreword] | Read by Will Collyer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The author's memoir (written at the ripe old age of 23!) provides an insider's view of an unusual world. Will Collyer's boyishly friendly narration transports listeners to exclusive kitchens populated with celebrity chefs, and a shady foodie underworld that supplies them with the world's most expensive fungus. The son of an Indian immigrant father and a Texan mother,... Read More

UNASHAMED

UNASHAMED

by LeCrae Moore | Read by Lecrae Moore

ChristianAudio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lecrae Moore's raw approach to writing and rapping is expressed through his reading style of his autobiography. As a professional hip-hop artist, he knows how much work it takes to recount a true story that is stranger than fiction. As a man who now strives to be real with both God and people, he narrates in an honest tone, allowing his fear and anger and loneliness and longing... Read More

WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA?

WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

by Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler | Read by Alyssa Mastromonaco

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The Honorable John Kerry's staff assistant and President Barack Obama's deputy chief of staff provides a well-intentioned but lackluster mash-up of a memoir and a guide to political strategy. Precise enunciation by this first-time writer and narrator is admirable, but her monotone delivery seems to assume the listener's interest. Her frequent use of nicknames for other staff is... Read More

A WOMAN IN BERLIN

A WOMAN IN BERLIN Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Isabel Keating

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In 1945, as Germany prepared to surrender, Berlin was overrun by Russian soldiers. These "Ivans" controlled the city, and life for the residents was worse than in any fictional dystopia. Narrator Isabel Keating manages to convey the frustration, hunger, depression, and exhaustion faced by the author, a journalist, who somehow manages to maintain her sanity despite several rapes... Read More

YEAR OF NO CLUTTER

YEAR OF NO CLUTTER A Memoir

by Eve O. Schaub | Read by Callie Beaulieu

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Callie Beaulieu performs Schaub's memoir of spending a year trying to clean out her "Hell Room" with a winning, smart confidence. It's a fitting choice to characterize a woman who clearly relishes taking on big projects. Schaub isn't all confidence, though, and Beaulieu heightens Schaub's more vulnerable moments--as when she reveals some of the more grizzly contents of... 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 | Unabridged
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

YOUNG AND DAMNED AND FAIR

YOUNG AND DAMNED AND FAIR The Life on Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII

by Gareth Russell | Read by Jenny Funnell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Surprising revelations abound in this audio biography of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII, including a recently discovered confession of her offenses in her own words. Narrator Jenny Funnell does a good job of creating sixteenth-century English life for listeners so that they understand the life of women in this time period and, in particular, the life of a... Read More

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