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UNCIVIL RITES

UNCIVIL RITES Palestine and the Limits of Academic Feeedom

by Steven Salaita | Read by Tristan Morris

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Professor Salaita's termination by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has been a much reported story of the muzzling of academic freedom by academia's business interests. Salaita's clear, concise writing is echoed in Tristan Morris's dignified delivery. Salaita recounts his reasons for speaking publicly against Israel's encroachment on Palestine, which resulted in--in... Read More

UNDEFEATED

UNDEFEATED Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

by Steve Sheinkin | Read by Mark Bramhall

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Mark Bramhall delivers this historical account of Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School football team. His steady delivery and intense tone will make listeners feel like they're part of every game. Bramhall expertly portrays the brash coach "Pop" Warner as he works to build the passion of his players to create a stronger team. Listeners will cheer for... Read More

UNDER THE INFLUENCE

UNDER THE INFLUENCE

by Joyce Maynard | Read by Joyce Maynard

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Not all authors are good narrators of their own work, but Joyce Maynard shows here that she has not only a pleasant voice, but also an understanding of how to use it to create effects. Her careful writing doesn't leave us in doubt about who is speaking, so Maynard can focus on moving us through the story of narrator Helen's friendship with Ava and her billionaire husband,... 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 | Unabridged
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 | Unabridged
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

THE UNINTENTIONAL ADVENTURES OF THE BLAND SISTERS

THE UNINTENTIONAL ADVENTURES OF THE BLAND SISTERS The Jolly Regina

Earphones Award Winner

by Kara LaReau | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Kara LaReau's new series is Lemony Snicket for the younger set--with humor as snarky and pun filled but not as dark. Rosalyn Landor employs a schoolmarmish-sounding voice as narrator, opening each chapter with the definition of a word that figures prominently in the chapter. The Bland sisters, Jaundice and Kale, who live on the edge of Dullsville, sound as bland as their... Read More

UNIVERSAL HARVESTER

UNIVERSAL HARVESTER

Earphones Award Winner

by John Darnielle | Read by John Darnielle

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Horror

What begins as a creepy horror story evolves into a melancholy meditation on loss and grief as delivered by author/narrator John Darnielle. Jeremy works at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. Several customers report "something else" on their tapes, so Jeremy takes them home to watch and finds eerie black-and-white footage spliced between scenes. When he realizes a farmhouse... Read More

UNNATURAL DEEDS

UNNATURAL DEEDS

by Cyn Balog | Read by Pamela Lorence

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Pamela Lorence valiantly delivers this convoluted story of obsession--almost entirely filled with unappealing characters. Independent-minded Victoria Zell, who suffers from anxiety attacks, and her boyfriend, Andrew, a formerly homeschooled agoraphobic, are inseparable at school--until creepy, mysterious, manipulative Zachary Zimmerman shows up and inserts himself into... Read More

UNSUBSCRIBE

UNSUBSCRIBE How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done

by Jocelyn K. Glei | Read by Amy McFadden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Though Amy McFadden's precise articulation is obvious at first, it soon becomes an aspect of her performance that expresses certitude--a pleasing confidence that works well with the clear insights and concrete suggestions in this excellent book. Combined with her vocal likability, it's an effective vehicle for this kind of content. After a reassuring summary of why we develop... Read More

THE UPSTARTS

THE UPSTARTS How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

by Brad Stone | Read by Dean Temple

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Bloomberg Media technology reporter Stone provides new details concerning the strategies, tactics, and methodologies employed by Uber and Airbnb. Founders Kalanick of Uber and Chesky of Airbnb are often flying in the face of very established companies to change their respective industries in graphic, innovative, and dramatic ways. First-time narrator Dean Temple's vocal... 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

THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN

THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN Hellions of Havisham, Book 3

by Lorraine Heath | Read by Helen Lloyd

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Helen Lloyd's skillful and charming narration does much to carry the listener through a problematic plot. Portia Gadstone answers an advert, expecting to marry the mad, old Marquess of Marsden, but his son, Locke, intervenes--leaving her no choice but to accept him in place of his father. Locke knows that Portia must be hiding something, for no young woman in her right mind... Read More

WAIT AND SEE

WAIT AND SEE Finding Peace in God's Pauses and Plans

by Wendy Pope | Read by Jill Monaco

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Spirituality

Narrator Jill Monaco uses her gentle, soothing voice to convey Pope's message to have patience in discovering God's plan for one's life. Waiting to discover one's purpose can be tedious and frustrating, but-- using the story of King David and other scripture--Pope has a comforting way of reminding listeners to trust in God's timing and embrace the period of ambiguity. Monaco's... 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 | Unabridged
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

WALK THE EDGE

WALK THE EDGE Thunder Road, Book 2

by Katie McGarry | Read by Callie Dalton, Andrew Eiden

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Young Adult

Callie Dalton and Andrew Eiden's strong portrayals convey the differences between this story's two protagonists, as well as their chemistry. Eiden's rough, tough Razor is a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club. His portrayal contrasts with Dalton's alternating chapters, which quietly capture the psyche of introverted, overly responsible Breanna. Rapidly, the two are... Read More

THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD

THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD

by Jade Chang | Read by Nancy Wu

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Fiction

Narrator Nancy Wu creates subtly distinct voices for all of the Wangs, a wealthy Chinese-American family whose circumstances suddenly and radically change. Charles Wang, the family patriarch who dreams of returning to China, embarks on a cross-country road trip from California to upstate New York to join his eldest daughter, Saina. Wu successfully personifies the different... Read More

WAR AND TURPENTINE

WAR AND TURPENTINE

by Stefan Hertmans, David Mckay [Trans.] | Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Thirty years after noted Flemish poet Hertmans inherited his grandfather's handwritten memoir, he found a way to turn it into a book. It is part the author's memoir and part a novelization of the grandfather's memoir--all ably narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith. The grandfather, Urbain Martien, postponed his dream of being a painter for a career in the Belgian military, turning to... Read More

THE WAR ON SCIENCE

THE WAR ON SCIENCE Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It

by Shawn Lawrence Otto | Read by Peter Berkrot

Post Hypnotic Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Peter Berkrot narrates this audiobook with the urgency of a correspondent on the front lines. Sadly, the reporting from our schools, legislatures, and media shows that there's a war on science going on, and science is losing. The author explains how a belief in science, encouraged in the Constitution, and once a bulwark of the Republican Party, has in recent decades been... Read More

THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER

THE WARDEN'S DAUGHTER

by Jerry Spinelli | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Carrington MacDuffie portrays 12-year-old Cammie, a tomboy, with a youthful voice. Her story takes place during the summer of 1959 at the prison where her father works. MacDuffie perfectly captures the grief and anger Cammie feels after her mother's death. To fill the emptiness, she decides that Eloda, a prisoner who works as her family's housekeeper, will be her... 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

WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL

WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations

by John Avlon | Read by John Avlon

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
History

The much-lauded play HAMILTON honors George Washington's 32-page Farewell Presidential Address in song. Narrating his own work, author John Avlon takes another look at the Founding Father's once-famous masterpiece, showing how the events of Washington's time influenced his words--and the history of our nation. Our first president's views on the "mobocracy" of Shay's Rebellion... Read More

WATER TOSSING BOULDERS

WATER TOSSING BOULDERS How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South

by Adrienne Berard | Read by Moe Egan

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Berard provides a detailed and engaging history of the 1920s Supreme Court case that was the first to challenge school segregation laws. The efforts of Chinese-American shopkeepers to gain admittance of their children into a whites-only Mississippi school are narrated by Moe Egan at a fast clip, requiring listeners to attend closely to the complex personalities and motives in... Read More

THE WAY OF THE RUNNER

THE WAY OF THE RUNNER A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running

by Adharanand Finn | Read by Derek Perkins

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Derek Perkins takes listeners on an energetic trip to Japan, where Adharanand Finn (RUNNING WITH THE KENYANS) spent six months as an observer and participant with the serious marathoners of Japan. Perkins captures Finn's quirky humor and English accent and deftly conveys the fascination--and trepidation--of his children as they learn the language and attend school.... Read More

WE ARE OKAY

WE ARE OKAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Nina LaCour | Read by Jorjeana Marie

Listening Library | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Jorjeana Marie's depiction of Marin has a haunted quality--for reasons that become evident as this story unfolds. Marie quickly conveys Marin's total adoration of her beloved grandfather, who has been her sole caregiver since the age of three. Marie also transitions smoothly between Marin's memories and her lonely winter break after her first semester of college. Over... Read More

WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Read by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

This brief reflection on the state of gender in contemporary society is told in quiet but firm tones by its author. Listeners will shake their heads as she recounts the multiple microaggressions faced by young women in Nigeria. The sexism at the root of each anecdote resonates because the stereotypes are universal. Adichie makes her point with a steady, even tone, and through... 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

WE: A MANIFESTO FOR WOMEN EVERYWHERE

WE: A MANIFESTO FOR WOMEN EVERYWHERE 9 Principles to Live By

by Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel | Read by Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Actress Gillian Anderson, Scully in "The X Files," and her writer friend Jennifer Nadel offer a manifesto that, in reality, serves comfortably entitled Anglo-American women, rather than the grandly promised "women everywhere" of its title. Anderson reads at a steady pace in her American accent, while, in contrast to Anderson's style, Nadel's overly deliberate pacing and London... Read More

WEEKENDS WITH MAX AND HIS DAD

WEEKENDS WITH MAX AND HIS DAD

by Linda Urban | Read by Chris Henry Coffey

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Chris Coffey is unassuming, unflappable, and totally in tune with third-grader Max Leroy, his dad, and a myriad of memorable supporting characters. Coffey unfolds the story of Max's first three weekend visits to his dad's new apartment and neighborhood. Coffey's pacing is brisk, letting the story tell itself. In Coffey's portrayals of Max and his dad, one can hear how... Read More

WELCOME TO THE MICROBIOME

WELCOME TO THE MICROBIOME Getting to Know the Trillions of Bacteria and Other Microbes In, On, and Around You

by Rob Desalle, Susan L. Perkins | Read by Stephen McLaughlin

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

There's more to the human body than meets the eye--trillions of invisible bacteria and other microbes, in fact. Stephen McLaughlin's personable narration provides a detailed and informative tour through the world of microbes, not only in our environment, but also in and on our bodies. The goal of this book is to provide insight into the complexity of microbial communities and... Read More

WHAT A FISH KNOWS

WHAT A FISH KNOWS The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins

by Jonathan Balcombe | Read by Graham Winton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Balcombe offers a comprehensive argument for the sentience of fish. As Graham Winton gives a steady narration, Balcombe argues that fish should be included among the concerns of the burgeoning animal-rights movement and that the continued human slaughter of millions of fish has moral significance. In the process, he offers an extraordinary catalogue of fish behavior expressing... Read More

WHAT THE HEIRESS WANTS

WHAT THE HEIRESS WANTS

by Kristina Knight | Read by Carly Robins

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Carly Robins's narration reflects the sensual charm and determination of publishing heiress Miranda Clayton--who knows exactly what she wants and goes after it. Believing that she's not taken seriously at her father's company, she jumps ship and signs on with a rival company owned by Connor Reeves. Robins portrays Miranda with a mix of confidence in her abilities and anxiety... 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 | Unabridged
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

WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE

WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE

by Jayne Ann Krentz | Read by Amanda Leigh Cobb

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Amanda Leigh Cobb chronicles Charlotte Sawyer's glorious escape from her staid comfort zone in Krentz's romantic suspense. Charlotte convinces P.I. Max Cutler to collaborate as she seeks information about her missing sister, Jocelyn's, murky investment club. Soon the dead bodies start piling up in their Seattle-based investigation. Cobb shows Charlotte making important... 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

WHERE THE LOST GIRLS GO

WHERE THE LOST GIRLS GO Laura Mori, Book 1

by R.J. Noonan | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller introduces listeners to Laura Mori, a rookie detective on a small police force in rural Oregon. As she takes the lead on her first case, she finds that she must do more than solve a mysterious death in a car fire. She also learns to negotiate the politics of policing, addresses suspicions about the town's philanthropist, and works to find missing girls... Read More

THE WHISTLER

THE WHISTLER The Whistler, Book 1

by John Grisham | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The venerable author is at it again in this legal thriller about two good guys who hold the key to a corruption ring that involves a high-ranking state employee and a Native American-owned casino. Narrator Cassandra Campbell keeps up a good pace and varies her tone as she portrays the myriad characters. Without using accents she ensures that listeners can keep the cast straight... Read More

WHITE RAGE

WHITE RAGE The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

by Carol Anderson | Read by Pamela Gibson

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Pamela Gibson perfectly conveys the insightful research and writing in this book about civil rights in the U.S. by an Emory University historian. Anderson contends that when African-Americans make even the slightest progress, a subtle, almost invisible, white rage in the form of opposition reverses what little progress has been made. An example is the current... Read More

WHITE TEARS

WHITE TEARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Hari Kunzru | Read by Lincoln Hoppe, Danny Campbell, Dominic Hoffman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Fiction

Kunzru's latest offers a fascinating intermingling of the mistreatment of black Americans, immorality in the music field, and magical realism--all delivered by three talented narrators, Lincoln Hoppe, Danny Campbell, and Dominic Hoffman. Seth and Carter are representative of the self-serving personal agendas of the millennial generation. They pair set up a recording studio,... Read More

WHY TIME FLIES

WHY TIME FLIES A Mostly Scientific Investigation

by Alan Burdick | Read by George Newbern, Alan Burdick [Intro.]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Alan Burdick covers a lot of ground--including a trip to the Arctic--as he investigates the perception of time. Psychology, philosophy, and science play a large role, but the human factor is always first and foremost. Narrator George Newbern gives listeners a sense of Burdick's surprise as he notes the changes in his circadian clock during an Arctic winter. He also makes... Read More

WHY WON'T YOU APOLOGIZE?

WHY WON'T YOU APOLOGIZE? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts

by Harriet Lerner | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Relationship expert Harriet Lerner explains why certain people can't bring themselves to apologize and how to cope with such situations. Narrator Cassandra Campbell's uses a calm tone that may even comfort listeners who are dying to hear an apology from someone or who just can't seem to give an apology they owe. Her sympathetic tone is soothing and helpful as she reads Lerner's... Read More

WILD WICKED SCOT

WILD WICKED SCOT Highland Grooms, Book 1

by Julia London | Read by Derek Perkins

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Romantic Fiction

Derek Perkins's narration manages to be both commanding and intimate, and threaded with humor besides. In the first of a new series, spoiled, naïve Rose, who is English, is married off against her will to a gruff, obstinate Highlander. The story has been told before, but author Julia London manages to make it fresh, delivering an unpredictable and captivating tale with... Read More

THE WIZARD'S DOG

THE WIZARD'S DOG

by Eric Kahn Gale | Read by Graham Halstead

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

This fanciful retelling of The Sword in the Stone legend unfolds through the perspective of Nosewise, wizard Merlin's dog. Narrator Graham Halstead does a fabulous job capturing Nosewise's enthusiastic, loyal spirit, along with his delight in sounds, smells, and adventures (not to mention his dislike of doors). Nosewise is aided by Merlin's assistant, Morgana, who helps him... Read More

WORD OF MOUSE

WORD OF MOUSE

by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein | Read by Nate Begle

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Nate Begle does authors Patterson and Grabenstein proud. He infuses their hero, an escaped blue lab rat named Isaiah, with an exuberant, inquisitive, and persistent personality--surely what the authors had in mind. Isaiah explores the human world as he searches for his family, all the while offering insight into humankind and animals. While listeners initially may find... Read More

WORTH IT

WORTH IT Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms

by Amanda Steinberg | Read by Amanda Steinberg

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Business & Finance

Steinberg provides financial information geared specifically towards women and presents it in a powerful way. The author's passion in helping women gain financial freedom is evident in her strong delivery. She is matter of fact and confident in the way she presents her money tips and has a feisty attitude in her delivery that empowers and enlivens a topic that can be tedious.... Read More

WRECKED

WRECKED

by Maria Padian | Read by Ali Ahn

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Young Adult

Narrator Ali Ahn's character voices for this YA novel are problematic. Freshman year at college can be a first opportunity to explore boundaries away from home. For some teens, like Jenny in WRECKED, the result is traumatic. Jenny is sexually assaulted at an alcohol-fueled party. Her roommate, Haley, is entering a relationship with Richard, a friend of the accused rapist; both... 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

WRITINGS ON THE WALL

WRITINGS ON THE WALL Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld | Read by Ben Adduchio

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Contemporary Culture

Here's an interesting audiobook by an author who is not usually mentioned when the subject is race relations in America. From this point on, he should be. Abdul-Jabbar traveled the country as a basketball star, and his experiences then, and in his active next life, inform this work. He writes thoughtfully but forcefully, and he deserves to be heard. Narrator Ben Adduchio... Read More

YOUR INNER CRITIC IS A BIG JERK

YOUR INNER CRITIC IS A BIG JERK And Other Truths About Being Creative

by Danielle Krysa | Read by Danielle Krysa

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Creative people beset by self-doubt are fortunate to have feisty author-narrator Danielle Krysa help transform their unwelcome inner critic into an inner cheerleader. Kyrsa tackles the obstacles that many artists encounter in their work as the confidence and enthusiasm of childhood disappear. She's quick to point out that the destructiveness of the inner critic is not the same... Read More

ZOE IN WONDERLAND

ZOE IN WONDERLAND

by Brenda Woods | Read by Sisi Aisha Johnson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson's fresh, youthful voice shares the optimism and enthusiasm of Zoe Reindeer. And optimism is necessary for 11-year-old Zoe as she navigates the role of middle sister, the vagaries of middle school, the loss of her best friend to a move, and her growing awareness of her parents' financial shaky situation. Much of the story is set in an exotic plant... Read More

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