“What happens when beloved characters make choices that have tragic, even unforeseen consequences?”—Narrator Xe Sands
CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD
by Caroline Leavitt, read by Xe Sands
Earphones Award Winner
When a high-profile book is brilliantly channeled through audiobook performance, it’s a gift for listeners. Our reviewer calls CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD “an audiobook lover’s dream.” Xe tells us how she invested in the emotions of Caroline Leavitt’s characters. Listeners will as well. Listen to a sound clip of Xe and read our full review here!
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This month’s picks go from sweet to steamy and include some of our favorite authors and narrators. Good luck choosing just one!
DRAGONMARK: Dark-Hunter, book 27
Sherrilyn Kenyon, read by Holter Graham
Betrayal and passion mix when dragon Illarion and human Edilyn meet.
Linda Howard and Linda Jones, read by Abby Craden
Conflicting magical missions make Lenna and Caine’s unwilling attraction deliciously complicated.
LEARNING TO RIDE
Erin Knightley, read by Courtney Patterson
Opposites attract as rodeo champ Tanner Callen falls for city slicker Madeline Harper.
Christine Feehan, read by Jim Frangione
Hunted by a murderer, Francesca seeks refuge and protection from the Ferraro crime family and their unusual abilities.
SWEET LITTLE LIES: Heartbreaker Bay, Book 1
Jill Shalvis, read by Karen White
Pru’s secrets may ruin her relationship with pub proprietor Finn O’Riley.
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Debbie Macomber, read by Suzanne Elise Freeman
Random House Audio
Julia starts a Christmas blog chronicling her efforts to befriend her curmudgeonly neighbor, Cain.
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AudioFile goes Behind the Mic with narrator Johnny Heller to hear about Kolchak: The Night Stalker doing a little time-travel and getting wrapped up with Sherlock Holmes. CRY OF THUNDER: Sherlock Holmes & Kolchak the Night Stalker piques our curiosity—before the X-Files there was Kolchak.
“Kolchak, the hardened newspaper reporter, investigates crimes and events that law enforcement doesn’t want because they have, at their heart, the supernatural.”—Narrator Johnny Heller
CRY OF THUNDER: Sherlock Holmes & Kolchak the Night Stalker
Joe Gentile, Read by Johnny Heller
Johnny Heller has a ball with the characters—from crime reporter Kolchak to Holmes and Watson and somehow looping in cowboys of the American West. Read our full review here!
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Women’s friendships are the key to everything. Shasta Nelson’s advice begins with a description of intimacy that will resonate with everyone. Narrator Robin Eller makes us believe it.
Shasta Nelson, read by Robin Eller
AudioFile Earphones Award
Explore the impact of friendship on our health and happiness. Shasta notes, “With the constant connectivity of today’s world, it’s never been easier to meet people and make new friends—but it’s never been harder to form meaningful friendships.” Robin Eller gives listeners a deeply-connected audio performance. Listen to a sound clip of Robin and read our full review here!
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We know that narrator Katherine Kellgren can weave spells with her versatile voice and her prodigious narration talents. As AudioFile goes Behind the Mic, we learn about another of Katherine’s gifts when she recorded Karen Cushman’s GRAYLING’S SONG.
“Karen Cushman loves to have music in her books . . . We agreed that I would write all the melodies for Grayling’s songs.”—Narrator Katherine Kellgren
by Karen Cushman, read by Katherine Kellgren
Earphones Award Winner
AudioFile Editors knew the combination of Karen Cushman and Katherine Kellgren would again create terrific listening. Celebrated Cushman titles ALCHEMY AND MEGGIE SWAN, WILL SPARROW’S ROAD and now GRAYLING’S SONG make a trifecta of song, history, magic, and memorable characters. Listen to a sound clip of Katherine and read our full review here!
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