“Elizabeth Poliner’s genius is the way that she delivers throughout the book tiny bits of information. I could, through her descriptions, taste and smell the salt air and feel the warm sun of those lazy days.” —Narrator Janet Metzger
AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING
by Elizabeth Poliner, read by Janet Metzger
Earphones Award Winner
We are delighted to discover this great summer listen, and we recommend it as an audiobook that will stay with you. Janet Metzger masterfully narrates Elizabeth Poliner’s captivating, nuanced story of a tragedy that strikes at the heart of a close-knit Jewish family. Metzger adopts the perfect tone of reflective meditation from the novel’s portentous first sentence: “The summer of 1948 my brother Davy was killed in an accident with a man who would have given his own life rather than have it happen.” Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.
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From DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS to CHARCOAL JOE, Walter Mosley just keeps writing mysteries that are great to listen to. Longtime Mosley fans and new ones alike will take another drive or walk around the block just to listen a little longer.
by Walter Mosley, read by Michael Boatman
Random House Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award
Easy Rawlins is back, and Michael Boatman knows his swagger. Easy knows from the start that the case will be an uphill battle, but he’s not prepared for the level of danger he steps into. Read the full review and listen to a sound clip here.
2016 Best Audiobooks
“For me it was the kind of book that as soon as I was finished reading it, I immediately wanted to read it again.”—Narrator Brittany Pressley
by Anna Quindlen, read by Brittany Pressley
We always admire the outward simplicity and underlying resonance of Anna Quindlen’s novels. In a quiet, unaffected performance, narrator Brittany Pressley makes 1960s Miller’s Valley, Pennsylvania, incredibly real. The government is pressuring residents to move because of a plan to flood the town and make it a reservoir. Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen’s eighth novel is engrossing listening. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.
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Cozy mystery fans, take note of Beth Gutcheon’s series debut. With characters as colorful as the fall foliage, this is a story listeners won’t want to miss.
DEATH AT BREAKFAST
by Beth Gutcheon, read by Cynthia Darlow
Two women set out on a travel adventure—attending a cooking seminar at a remote Maine inn—when a suspicious fire leaves a celebrity guest dead. Cynthia Darlow performs this whodunit with confidence and ease. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.
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Narrator Elizabeth Wiley goes Behind the Mic for AudioFile this week. Elizabeth draws us to the magic that Helen Maryles Shankman brings to listeners in IN THE LAND OF ARMADILLOS, weaving Jewish folklore into rich stories of Holocaust survival.
“It’s a brilliant title. It holds all the significance and layers of meaning that I came to find while I was narrating it.” —Narrator Elizabeth Wiley
IN THE LAND OF ARMADILLOS
by Helen Maryles Shankman, read by Elizabeth Wiley
Earphones Award Winner
Don’t let the cute cover divert you—this unique addition to the canon of Holocaust literature is must listening. Magical realism meets grim reality in this superb collection of short stories. Each lyrical story merges the ordinary with the horrific, and narrator Elizabeth Wiley makes each one poignant without sentimentality. Listen to a sound clip and read our full review here.
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