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ALFRED HITCHCOCK

ALFRED HITCHCOCK A Brief Life

by Peter Ackroyd | Read by Gildart Jackson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The familiar landmarks, timelines, and guideposts in the life of the "Master of Cinematic Suspense" are artfully chronicled in this biography. With his warm baritone and cultured British accent, narrator Gildart Jackson provides an excellent narration. His understated and successful portrayals of key figures such as David O. Selznick, the producer who brought Hitchcock to the... Read More

ANYBODY CAN DO ANYTHING

ANYBODY CAN DO ANYTHING

by Betty MacDonald | Read by Heather Henderson

Post Hynotic Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Heather Henderson channels Betty MacDonald's wit and vivacity in this surprising and funny memoir chronicling her life as a single mother with two small children in Seattle during the Depression. Today this is a slice of history, but when it was originally published in 1950, it was intended simply to be entertaining. Henderson emphasizes the entertainment value with... Read More

AROUND THE WAY GIRL

AROUND THE WAY GIRL A Memoir

by Taraji P. Henson | Read by Taraji P. Henson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Taraji Henson reads her memoir like the performer she is, immersing listeners in her journey from the projects of Washington, DC, to her current life as an acclaimed actress who has distinguished herself in film and television. One of Henson's strengths is that she strives to see people as individuals, a stance that is especially evident in her perspective on her parents, whom... Read More

THE BITCHY WAITER

THE BITCHY WAITER Tales, Tips and Trials from a Life in Food Service

by Darron Cardosa | Read by Darron Cardosa

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A lively, sharp performance by author/narrator Darron Cardosa absolutely justifies the title of this scathing memoir of working in the restaurant business. Cardosa combines crisp diction, perfectly timed pauses, and controlled intonation to deliver sarcastic jabs about disrespectful and ignorant customers. His humor generally has a forceful slap. While many of his observations... Read More

BLACK ELK

BLACK ELK The Life of an American Visionary

by Joe Jackson | Read by Traber Burns

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Traber Burns provides a narrative performance that resides somewhere between that of a devoted professor and a wise storyteller. That's fitting, because this is a deep, detailed historical document. The stories found here are many, but their overall resonance is important, and relevant to our understanding of the American West. The audiobook tells the story of Black Elk, the... Read More

BOOKS FOR LIVING

BOOKS FOR LIVING

by Will Schwalbe | Read by Jeff Harding

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Will Schwalbe (THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB) creates a hybrid of recommended books, life advice, and memoir in this audio collection of short essays. Delivering the author's commentary on various books and their value-- to himself and to the world--narrator Jeff Harding provides good timing and appropriate energy. He deftly moves from speaking in a solidly projecting mode for... Read More

BORN TO RUN

BORN TO RUN

by Bruce Springsteen | Read by Bruce Springsteen

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
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

BUFFERING

BUFFERING Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

by Hannah Hart | Read by Hannah Hart, Judy Young [Foreword]

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Hannah Hart, a young YouTube sensation, narrates her own stories, taking on topics ranging from faith to sexuality, mental illness, and Internet stardom. Hart's authentic narration, as well as Judy Young's reading of the foreword, is instantly relatable. Even when she's sharing the difficult parts of her journey, she comes across as hopeful. There's plenty of humor in her story... Read More

CANADA

CANADA

by Mike Myers | Read by Mike Myers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor/comedian Mike Myers presides over his own audiobook--and who else could give us such a treat? There are no embellishments, just Myers affably reading his work, which is a deft spin on the celebrity memoir. Myers frames his life and career thus far within his Canadian identity. Celebrating Canadian history and events in his current home, the U.S., Myers notes that his... Read More

DANGER CLOSE

DANGER CLOSE My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan

by Amber Smith | Read by Rachel Fulginiti

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In a clear voice and confident tone, Rachel Fulginiti narrates the memoir of Amber Smith, a former Army helicopter pilot. Smith recounts her transition from raw recruit in boot camp to her tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In between come accounts of officer candidate school and flight training. As a soldier, she learned to "embrace the suck" and "earned her spurs" as... Read More

DEAR MR. YOU

DEAR MR. YOU

by Mary-Louise Parker | Read by Mary-Louise Parker

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mary-Louise Parker narrates her own collection of essays in epistolary form. It's a memoir of letters written to often unnamed men--boyfriends, family members--who were significant in and influenced her life. Her gently expressive performance matches her often dry wit and gives her confessions an air of authenticity and intimacy. More crafted than the typical celebrity memoir,... Read More

DUST BOWL GIRLS

DUST BOWL GIRLS A Team's Quest for Basketball Glory

by Lydia Reeder | Read by Virginia Wolf

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Virginia Wolf's modulated performance lets this exciting sports story almost tell itself. Her approach works since there's action aplenty in this audiobook. Set in the depths of the Depression, the story involves a remarkable and little heralded sports feat. In the early 1930s, coach Sam Babb's Cardinals, from tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, twice won the AAU... Read More

HANNAH ARENDT

HANNAH ARENDT A Life in Dark Times

by Anne C. Heller | Read by Laural Merlington

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

An intellectual giant and cultural theorist of the 1950s and beyond, Hannah Arendt focused her principal writings on considerations of the conflict between civilization and barbarism as well as anti-Semitism. Narrator Laural Merlington's somewhat raspy timbre captures the listener's attention at the outset but wears on the ear a bit in time. This is a concise work for such a... Read More

HILLBILLY ELEGY

HILLBILLY ELEGY A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

by J.D. Vance | Read by J.D. Vance

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listening to San Francisco investor J.D. Vance narrate his own memoir makes one think that HILLBILLY ELEGY is the answer to his wife's question: "Why won't you tell me about your family?" At first the straight man with facts and figures, Vance eases into a multigenerational saga set in eastern Ohio and Kentucky, the story of so many Americans, even those who aren't... Read More

HOMEWARD BOUND

HOMEWARD BOUND The Life of Paul Simon

by Peter Ames Carlin | Read by Adam Grupper

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Adam Grupper gives an unflashy performance of this fact-driven biography, which traces Paul Simon from his roots to the work he's doing today. Simon's many relationships--romantic as well as his lifelong friendship/feud with onetime partner Art Garfunkel--are engaging enough without a narrator's embellishment, and Grupper's style helps listeners track the many names... Read More

I AM DURAN

I AM DURAN My Autobiography

by Roberto Duren | Read by Henry Leyva

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Boxer Roberto Duran, who won titles at several weight classes, enjoyed a long career, which was marred by the infamous "No Mas" fight with Sugar Ray Leonard. Henry Leyva provides an animated narration to detail Duran's ascent to the ring from the streets of Panama. Leyva takes on an incredulous tone for much of the audiobook, and it's perfectly appropriate for the life of the... Read More

I'M JUST A PERSON

I'M JUST A PERSON

by Tig Notaro | Read by Tig Notaro

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Comedian Tig Notaro regales listeners with her very bad year in her emblematic understated voice. Her low-key delivery is just right for the series of horrible turns she describes: her mother's end stage of life as a comatose patient, her own battle with a nearly deadly bacterial infection, only to then be diagnosed with breast cancer--all while coping with the downs (and some... Read More

IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM

IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown

by Amy Gary | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Bernadette Dunne offers a warm and even-tempered narration of this biography of the surprising woman who gave the world GOODNIGHT MOON and many other children's books. Dunne's calm rendition is rather at odds with the tempestuous personality of Margaret Wise Brown, but given the complications of her short, emotion-filled life, it's probably a good vocal choice. Relying on a... Read More

IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS The Life, Death, and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft

by W. Scott Poole | Read by Tim Campbell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Tim Campbell presents this account of all things Lovecraft with Poole's sense of pride, discovery, and fan ownership. Having found alien horror in the dark woods of his beloved New England and rank terror in the ancient cities of his vivid and singular imagination, Lovecraft died at age 46, close to penniless and all but unknown except to the most loyal readers of... Read More

INVISIBLE MAN, GOT THE WHOLE WORLD WATCHING

INVISIBLE MAN, GOT THE WHOLE WORLD WATCHING A Young Black Man's Education

by Mychal Denzel Smith | Read by Kevin R. Free

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Grappling with what Barack Obama's presidency means for racial progress, Smith delves into his own education, awakening, and reawakening as he recounts his own stumbling through the fun-house- mirror hall that is race and white supremacy in the United States. Narrator Kevin Free's soft but emotionally engaged voice captures Smith's prose perfectly. It aligns well with Smith's... Read More

THE LEPER SPY

THE LEPER SPY The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II

by Ben Montgomery | Read by Joe Barrett

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Joe Barrett gives a strong performance in narrating this story of WWII audacity and heroism. Josefina Guerrero, a young Filipina, became a spy for the United States following her country's occupation by the Japanese. Her work for the resistance was helped by her affliction with leprosy. The Japanese were so repulsed by her condition that they would not search her,... Read More

LIFE AS JAMIE KNOWS IT

LIFE AS JAMIE KNOWS IT An Exceptional Child Grows Up

by Michael Berube | Read by Brian Roberts

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Michael Berube's son, Jamie, has Down syndrome. Berube wrote about Jamie earlier, and now he's catching listeners up to his son's adult life. Narrator Brian Roberts gives listeners a sense of the author's bemusement and admiration as he tells anecdotes about Jamie's Special Olympics competitiveness and his many road trips. Berube's narrative is occasionally humorous, and... Read More

A LIFE WELL PLAYED

A LIFE WELL PLAYED My Stories

by Arnold Palmer | Read by Rich Lerner, Arnold Palmer [Intro.]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The legendary golfer looks back at his life, covering lessons learned throughout his amazing career. In a word, Rich Lerner's narration is comfortable. He ambles along at a pace perfect for, well, golf. The audiobook's theme is how much of Palmer's life was shaped by his father, and Lerner is there as if he is accompanying the listener over 18 holes. Palmer is not a... Read More

LOST AMONG THE BIRDS

LOST AMONG THE BIRDS Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year

by Neil Hayward | Read by Sam Devereaux

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Sam Devereaux flawlessly portrays transplanted Brit Neil Hayward, who gives up his lucrative biotechnology career to bird-watch and heal after a painful breakup. Devereaux's Hayward generously shares the thrill of bird-watching as he quietly hides in cold, wet bushes, awaiting the arrival of these most elusive creatures. With a count of 749 birds, Hayward breaks the... Read More

LUCKY BASTARD

LUCKY BASTARD My Life, My Dad, and the Things I'm Not Allowed to Say on TV

by Joe Buck | Read by Joe Buck

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As one of America's best-known sportscasters, Joe Buck certainly knows how to bring a flourish to his life story. His familiar voice alone brings a measure of comfort to any listener who's a sports fan. But in his conversational style, he shows the cracks in the facade. He reveals for the first time how his vanity, in the form of hair-plug surgeries, nearly ruined his voice and... Read More

A MAN FOR ALL MARKETS

A MAN FOR ALL MARKETS From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market

by Edward O. Thorp, Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Foreword] | Read by Edward O. Thorp

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Thorp's autobiography cheerfully recounts his meandering journey from college professor to professional gambler and then hedge-fund manager. Thorp's first-time narration is workmanlike. At the same time, his professorial tone sounds appropriate to the workings of his inquisitive mind, in particular the mathematical practices he describes herein. Nonetheless, any attempts on the... Read More

MINCEMEAT

MINCEMEAT The Education of an Italian Chef

by Leonardo Lucarelli, Lorena Rossi Gori [Trans.], Danielle Rossi [Trans.] | Read by Will Damron

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Leonardo Lucarelli's no-holds-barred story of his slapdash journey from an unconventional childhood in India to restaurant kitchens in Rome and beyond may make listeners question the sanity of professional chefs--but not their passion for cooking. Narrator Will Damron's soft voice and casual cadence invite listeners into a world of demanding bosses and unsteady finances,... Read More

MOONDROP TO GASCONY

MOONDROP TO GASCONY

by Anne-Marie Walters, David Hewson [Intro. and Postscript] | Read by Nicola Barber

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With her clipped British accent, narrator Nicola Barber is a great choice to portray author Walters, whose memoir captures her adventures as a member of the French Resistance during WWII. The enthusiastic Walters was just 20 when she parachuted into southwest France to serve as a courier. Barber ably handles all the French names and locations as well as the passages in French,... Read More

MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY

MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY

Earphones Award Winner

by Coretta Scott King, Barbara Reynolds | Read by Phylicia Rashad, January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook should cement the idea that Coretta Scott King was herself a major civil rights leader, in addition to being married to an icon in the field. Dictated during the final year of her life, the book gives context and background to familiar events and sheds light on Coretta's struggle to continue her husband's work while carving out a presence of her own. Phylicia... Read More

THE NINE OF US

THE NINE OF US Growing Up Kennedy

by Jean Kennedy Smith | Read by Lorna Raver

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Lorna Raver narrates this memoir with such believable tones of nostalgia and love that listeners may believe this is Jean Kennedy Smith herself reading. One of the youngest in the notable Kennedy clan, she describes scenes and squabbles from her early life--playing games, reading, sailing, learning, and getting the most out of their days. Smith certainly had a... Read More

THE PRINCESS DIARIST

THE PRINCESS DIARIST

by Carrie Fisher | Read by Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
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

PRUNO, RAMEN, AND A SIDE OF HOPE

PRUNO, RAMEN, AND A SIDE OF HOPE Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction

Earphones Award Winner

by Courtney B. Lance, Nikki D. Pope | Read by Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Kurtis

Post Hill Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A diverse ensemble of voices creates a masterful program of personal essays and poems as well as the authors' detailed overview of faults within our criminal justice system. Celebrity Whoopi Goldberg's anger and indignation and journalist Bill Kurtis's more measured approach tie together the case histories of people who have been wrongly convicted of crimes and have spent many... Read More

QUICKSAND

QUICKSAND What It Means to Be a Human Being

Earphones Award Winner

by Henning Mankell | Read by Sean Barrett

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sean Barrett's performance of these 67 essays written by Henning Mankell between his diagnosis with lung cancer and his death faithfully encapsulates the Swedish author's sense of seriousness and social justice. Mankell ranges across his life, letting us glimpse childhood memories, his satisfaction with running a theater in Mozambique, embarrassment at asking a teenager dying... 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 | Unabridged
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

THE RED BANDANNA

THE RED BANDANNA A Life. A Choice. A Legacy.

by Tom Rinaldi | Read by Tom Rinaldi

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Tom Rinaldi's grounded tone gives listeners a sense of comfort while experiencing this tragic yet inspirational audiobook. Rinaldi recounts the true story of Welles Crowther, who, as a child, was given a red bandanna by his father. Crowther's life first led him to a competitive Wall Street job with a company housed in the World Trade Center, but later he switched careers--and... Read More

RIVALS UNTO DEATH

RIVALS UNTO DEATH Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

by Rick Beyer | Read by Rick Beyer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The author certainly has excellent timing--writing and narrating this audiobook in the midst of Alexander Hamilton's star turn as the "Founder Father du jour." This is good history--a work that both entertains and informs as it tells a story that, perhaps unfortunately, mirrors the political animus we see in our present age. As narrator, Beyer knows his words and paces the... Read More

ROBERT LOWELL: SETTING THE RIVER ON FIRE

ROBERT LOWELL: SETTING THE RIVER ON FIRE A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character

by Kay Redfield Jamison | Read by Jefferson Mays

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The subtitle of this audiobook summarizes it well: "A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character." While it does cover the major events of the renowned American poet's life, it's not a biography in the conventional sense. Instead, it's a consideration of the relationship between his genius and his bipolar illness--by a psychologist who herself has bipolar illness. Narrator Jefferson... Read More

A SEASON IN HELL

A SEASON IN HELL My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda

by Robert R. Fowler | Read by David H. Lawrence XVII

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator David H. Lawrence's fine delivery takes listeners behind today's headlines. Fowler, a Canadian diplomat and U.N. envoy, and his colleague, Louis Guay, were kidnapped in 2008 by Al Qaeda in Niger and then moved to Mali. Fowler's back was badly injured, food was scarce, and he worried about drinking the water. Lawrence vividly recounts Fowler's descriptions of the... Read More

SHIP THE KIDS ON AHEAD

SHIP THE KIDS ON AHEAD

by Bill Stokes | Read by Sean Runnette , James Foster , Stefan Rudnicki , R.C. Bray, Xe Sands, Joe Hempel

Paul Stokes | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Midwestern outdoor journalist Bill Stokes wrote these seasonal newspaper columns in the 1950s-'60s. The narrators deliver them in a style that captures the sound and vocabulary of the period. In "How to Start Smoking," narrator Sean Runnette delivers hilarious observations--for example, that a smoker's heavy breathing while exercising must mean that he's working out twice as... Read More

THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK

THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK

by W.E.B. Du Bois | Read by Rodney Gardiner

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners will quickly realize that Du Bois's classic treatise on life in a post-slavery U.S. society still has resonance today. Du Bois examines how black progress was systematically obstructed for two generations after the abolition of slavery. He also discusses the unique and creative ways in which African-Americans must negotiate a system that regularly dehumanizes them and... Read More

SPACEMAN

SPACEMAN An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

Earphones Award Winner

by Mike Massimino | Read by Mike Massimino

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Drive, determination, and desire are the enduring qualities that are reflected throughout this audiobook, narrated by its author, former astronaut Mike Massimino. As a child, he was bright and mathematically gifted but not terribly motivated--until he saw the movie THE RIGHT STUFF. From that point on, he knew he wanted to be an astronaut. His performance is filled with... Read More

THE SPY WHO COULDN'T SPELL

THE SPY WHO COULDN'T SPELL A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI's Hunt for America's Stolen Secrets

by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee | Read by Robert Fass

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In the year 2000, a mole turned traitor, Brian Regan, made mistakes and got caught, in part because he couldn't spell. But he wasn't stupid. As it turns out, he was a pioneer in digital espionage. The author puts the listener in the middle of the investigation from the start, giving Robert Fass's methodical narration extra power. Listeners will feel like they're unraveling the... Read More

STEVEN SPIELBERG

STEVEN SPIELBERG A Life in Films

by Molly Haskell | Read by Johnny Heller, Jo Anna Perrin

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This brief biological sketch of Spielberg, the reserved Hollywood film giant, may be a profound opportunity missed. Jo Anna Perrin narrates the somewhat stilted introductory remarks. Johnny Heller, with his staccato baritone, bravely attempts to bring some interest and insight to a text that is not only largely absent of charm but also haughty and preachy at moments. These... Read More

STREET POISON

STREET POISON The Biography of Iceberg Slim

by Justin Gifford | Read by JD Jackson

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator JD Jackson's performance gives this literary biography of Robert Beck warmth and animation. Better known by his pen name, Iceberg Slim, Beck wrote the foundational novels of street lit 50 years ago. Gifford, a scholar of street and pulp literature, provides an analytical and sympathetic biography of Beck from boy to man, pimp to prisoner, to increasingly insightful... Read More

THOMAS JEFFERSON: FROM BOY TO MAN

THOMAS JEFFERSON: FROM BOY TO MAN

by Jayne D'Alessandro-Cox | Read by Alexander Brinkley, James Brinkley, Christina Rideout

James Brinkley/ Tate Publishing | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Three narrators deftly deliver this fascinating biography of Thomas Jefferson's first 31 years, often recounted in Jefferson's own words. James Brinkley reads the narrative of Jefferson's life and family in soft, cultured tones. This detailed history is interspersed with excerpts from Jefferson's letters, diaries, and commonplace book, read by Alexander Brinkley in a precise,... Read More

THREE DAYS IN JANUARY

THREE DAYS IN JANUARY Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission

by Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney | Read by Bret Baier, Danny Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Danny Campbell makes what could have been a dry political science text into a relatively engaging examination of the last days of the Eisenhower administration. Campbell's conversational style carries the listener along, even during some of the more arcane sections. The focus of the work is Ike's efforts to make the transition to the Kennedy administration as smooth as... 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

TURNER

TURNER The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner

by Franny Moyle | Read by John Sackville

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Devotees of painter J.M.W. Turner will appreciate John Sackville's British-accented narration. His approach to this exhaustive biography is steady and punctuated with believable dialogue, notably Turner's Cockney-inflected speech. The biography brings Turner's rags-to-riches mythology to life. He was both a product of his time, subject to its politics and morality, and an... Read More

A WARRIOR OF THE PEOPLE

A WARRIOR OF THE PEOPLE How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor

by Joe Starita | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Carrington MacDuffie offers a warm, engaging narration of this work. To become a successful doctor, Susan La Flesche had to overcome multiple prejudices. She was an American Indian (Omaha), a woman, and, ultimately, a working mother. But she persevered and became the nation's first medical-school-trained Native American physician in the late nineteenth century. For decades she... Read More

WHEN WE RISE

WHEN WE RISE My Life in the Movement

by Cleve Jones | Read by Cleve Jones

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Gay rights and AIDS activist Cleve Jones takes listeners on an extraordinary journey through his life. Having moved to San Francisco in his late teens, Jones tells how he discovered the vibrant political and sexual culture in the Bay area. Throughout the '70s the fight for gay rights intensified, and Jones was drawn in, working directly with gay politician Harvey Milk. It's... Read More

WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961

by Nicholas Reynolds | Read by Fred Sanders

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As if Ernest Hemingway's persona were not already mythical enough, military historian Nicholas Reynolds adds to the intrigue in this compelling account of the writer's involvement in espionage. But Fred Sanders's languid narration doesn't match the energy of the cloak-and-dagger yarns the author has collected. With unparalleled access to the source documents, Reynolds brings to... Read More

WRITING TO SAVE A LIFE

WRITING TO SAVE A LIFE The Louis Till File

by John Edgar Wideman | Read by Roger Guenveur Smith

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook tells the story of the father of Emmett Till, the 14-year- old Chicago boy who was famously and tragically lynched in Mississippi in 1955. His father, Louis Till, also met an early death, having been executed by the U.S. Army 10 years earlier. Narrator Roger Guenveur Smith approaches this work with a dark, ominous tone that matches the mood of the book. His voice... Read More

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