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AudioFile Editors Pick 10 Fresh Audiobooks for April

This month, we can’t wait to hear from the one and only Dame Judi Dench, who reflects on her storied career on stage and screen and on the bard himself. Plus, literary fiction, new nonfiction from a popular historian and from a passionate activist, teen romance, grown-up romance, and explorations of the natural world.

I Cheerfully Refuse
We Loved It All

by Leif Enger, read by David Aaron Baker
Recorded Books
Release date: April 2

Lake Superior is sentient! That’s the first thing you need to know about this novel set in the near future in which a man sets sail in search of his wife.

WE LOVED IT ALL: A Memory of Life
by Lydia Millet, read by Xe Sands
Release date: April 2

A memoir and celebration of life on an Earth that’s on the brink of massive climate change.

The Breakup Lists
Teenage Dirtbags

by Adib Khorram, read by Amin El Gamal
Listening Library, Ages 14+
Release date: April 2

From the author of DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY, a YA rom-com set in the world of high school theater.

by James Acker, read by Max Meyers, Lee Osorio
Harlequin Audio, Ages 14+
Release date: April 9

From the author of the Stonewall Honor book THE LONG RUN, a story of teens who, in plotting against a friend who wronged them, find each other.

The Other Side of Disappearing
Funny Story

by Kate Clayborn, read by Wyeth Watts, Marnye Young
Tantor Media
Release date: April 16

A romance about two sisters searching for their mother, and the podcast host who joins them on the cross-country journey.

by Emily Henry, read by Julia Whelan
Penguin Audio 
Release date: April 23

Children’s librarian Daphne loses her fiancé, only to decide to room with his new fiancée’s ex.

The Backyard Bird Chronicles

SHAKESPEARE: The Man Who Pays the Rent
by Judi Dench, Brendan O'Hea, read by Judi Dench, Brendan O'Hea, Barbara Flynn
Macmillan Audio
Release date: April 23

Judi Dench reflects on the playwright and her many Shakespearean roles onstage and in films.

by Amy Tan, read by the author
Random House Audio
Release date: April 23

Amy Tan’s study of the birds in her own backyard will have listeners taking a second look at the natural world around them.

Disability Intimacy
Demon of Unrest

DISABILITY INTIMACY: Essays on Love, Care, and Desire
by Alice Wong [Ed.], read by a Full Cast
Random House Audio
Release date: April 30

Activist Alice Wong (DISABILITY VISIBILITY) edits a new collection of essays about disability, intimacy, connection, and sex.

THE DEMON OF UNREST: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War
by Eric Larson, read by Will Patton
Random House Audio
Release date: April 30

Historian Larson dives deep into the months after Lincoln’s election and before the start of the Civil War.


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