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April 2014
Earphones Award Winners


BARCHESTER TOWERS

Anthony Trollope, Read by David Shaw-Parker

David Shaw-Parker's exemplary reading of Trollope's masterpiece is like sitting in your club in a comfortable chair after a good meal and listening to one of the particularly good-natured other member...Read More

Naxos AudioBooks

Classics

BLACK HELICOPTERS

Blythe Woolston, Read by Kate Rudd

With a stiff speech pattern and a flat affect to her voice, narrator Kate Rudd draws listeners into this chilling story of teens and terrorism. Valley and her older brother, Bo, have been taught to di...Read More

Brilliance Audio

Young Adult

BOOK OF AGES

Jill Lepore, Read by Robin Miles

Jane Mecum, the subject of this well-done audiobook, gives listeners a rare look at how difficult life was in eighteenth-century America. In a splendid performance, Robin Miles narrates this unusual s...Read More

Recorded Books

Biography & Memoir

THE ENCHANTED

Rene Denfeld, Read by Jim Frangione

Narrator Jim Frangione's soft voice and storyteller's cadence have an edge that hints at the creepiness and evil found in the basement cells of Death Row, where the worst of the inmates, including the...Read More

Harper Audio

Fiction

FLAT-OUT LOVE

Jessica Park, Read by Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan's narration is flat-out amazing. When Julie moves to Boston to begin college, she takes up residence with the Watkins family. Whelan portrays Julie with the practical tone of a teenager w...Read More

Brilliance Audio

Young Adult

FROG MUSIC

Emma Donoghue, Read by Khristine Hvam

Set against the 1876 San Francisco heat wave and smallpox epidemic and based on a true unsolved murder, this is the story of how a chance meeting and the tragic events that followed helped a young wom...Read More

Hachette Audio

Fiction

INFERNO

Sherrilyn Kenyon , Read by Holter Graham

Teenage demon Nick Gautier wants to heed the advice of his future self and avoid killing his beloved mom, but will he be able to pull it off? Holter Graham delivers a masterful narration of the ongoin...Read More

Macmillan Audio

Young Adult

LION PLAYS ROUGH

Lachlan Smith, Read by R.C. Bray

R.C. Bray is the perfect narrator to bring Lachlan Smith's unusual legal thriller to audio. Leo Maxwell is not stupid by any stretch, but he lives in the shadow of his older brother and sister-in-law....Read More

HighBridge Audio

Mystery & Suspense

MAKE ART MAKE MONEY

Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, Read by Mary Robinette Kowal

From the opening lines of this audio, which offers eye-opening principles and advice abstracted from the career of the Muppet creator, narrator Mary Robinette Kowal's engagement with this enlightening...Read More

Brilliance Audio

Business & Finance

PAPERBOY

Vince Vawter, Read by Lincoln Hoppe, Vince Vawter

Lincoln Hoppe's narration is pure perfection in this story about "Little Man," an 11-year-old boy with a stutter so severe that he can't even say his own name. The story, set in 1959 Memphis, is a typ...Read More

Listening Library

Children

PROMOTE YOURSELF

Dan Schawbel, Read by Mike Chamberlain

What makes this how-to audio such an exciting learning experience is not just Mike Chamberlain's crisp diction and natural enthusiasm. He also makes listeners curious about each new idea with his rema...Read More

Blackstone Audiobooks

Business & Finance

RAISING STEAM

Terry Pratchett, Read by Stephen Briggs

Stephen Briggs has been recording Discworld novels for over a decade, and as a longtime collaborator with the author, it's no surprise that his narration is filled with life. With his deep understandi...Read More

Random House Audio

Fantasy

RETURN TO THE BALTIC

Hillaire Belloc, Read by Alex Hyde-White

A celebrated essayist a century ago, Hillaire Belloc is scarcely remembered today. This account of his travels through Scandinavia in 1938, 43 years after his first visit there as a boy, could be a ni...Read More

Audible, Inc.

Classics

REVIVER

Seth Patrick , Read by Ari Fliakos

Jonah Miller can bring people back from the dead, briefly, to say goodbye or bear witness to crimes. A routine forensic revival reveals a terrifying side to this practice, and uncovers a sinister plot...Read More

Macmillan Audio

Mystery & Suspense

RUMP: THE TRUE STORY OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN

Liesl Shurtliff, Read by Maxwell Glick

Narrator Maxwell Glick is as unflappable and nimble as Rump is in his quest to determine his true name and destiny. Listeners are treated to an expanded version of the well-loved folk tale of Rumpels...Read More

Listening Library

Children

SCARCITY

Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir, Read by Robert Petkoff

Narrating these empowering insights, Robert Petkoff gives us the audio trifecta: crisp diction, flawless phrasing, and exceptional resonance with these dramatic insights. His enthusiasm fits well with...Read More

Simon & Schuster Audio

Contemporary Culture

SHOTGUN LOVESONGS

Nickolas Butler, Read by Scott Shepherd, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, Scott Sowers, Gary Wilmes

Nickolas Butler's novel features the small town of Little Wing and an ensemble of four friends who grew up there. These characters are brought to life by a talented group of narrators, including Scott...Read More

Macmillan Audio

Fiction

THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY

Gabrielle Zevin, Read by Scott Brick

Rigid, snobbish A.J. Fikry consoles himself in his island bookstore knowing he has a priceless early Poe and enough wine to obliterate another long night. Scott Brick delivers Fikry's disdainful attit...Read More

HighBridge Audio

Fiction

THIRTY GIRLS

Susan Minot, Read by Robin Miles

Unerring pacing and pitch-perfect accents characterize Robin Miles's masterful presentation of this difficult, yet wonderful, story. Minot's powerful, fact-based novel is the harrowing story of two yo...Read More

Blackstone Audiobooks

Fiction

THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY

Wiley Cash, Read by Jenna Lamia, Erik Bergman, Scott Sowers

In the fall of 1998, 12-year-old Easter Quilby wasn't sure it was a good idea to sneak out of her foster care home to leave with her wayward father, but she and her little sister went anyway, setting ...Read More

Harper Audio

Fiction

THE YELLOW EYES OF CROCODILES

Katherine Pancol, William Rodarmor [Trans.], Helen Dickinson [Trans.], Read by Ellen Archer

Ellen Archer offers a charming rendering of the first book in Pancol's character-driven trilogy. She captures listeners immediately as medieval historian Joséphine accidentally slices her wrist while ...Read More

Penguin Audio

Fiction

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