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CIRCE

CIRCE

Earphones Award Winner

by Madeline Miller | Read by Perdita Weeks

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Author Madeline Miller and narrator Perdita Weeks transform the ancient Greek drama of Circe, witch of Aeaea and daughter of Helios, into a fresh and vibrant tale for contemporary listeners. Long depicted as a villainous foil for male heroics, the witch is redeemed and enriched by Miller's nuanced writing. Weeks's cool British intonations and attuned performance capture Circe's... Read More

FADE TO BLACK

FADE TO BLACK Doug Brock, Book 2

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Fred Berman

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Fred Berman portrays a tough cop in this first-person thriller. As Berman maintains a good pace, his performance of the character's strong will and wry sense of humor is excellent and believable. Doug Brock is a New Jersey policeman who is recovering from an on-the-job gunshot wound that has resulted in a form of amnesia. With an unreliable memory, he learns new and... Read More

THE FEMALE PERSUASION

THE FEMALE PERSUASION

Earphones Award Winner

by Meg Wolitzer | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Penguin Audio
Fiction

Avid readers of Wolitzer's work won't be disappointed by this new audiobook. The subject matter is timely, and Rebecca Lowman's narration is perfect. Similar to Wolitzer's previous novel, THE INTERESTINGS, this piece follows a realistic cast of characters from youth to adulthood, capturing their trials and triumphs along the way, particularly from a feminist point of view.... Read More

FOR EVERY ONE

FOR EVERY ONE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jason Reynolds | Read by Jason Reynolds

Simon & Schuster Audio
Young Adult

Jason Reynolds performed this poem at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Now he brings its stirring words to audio, his voice as rich as his powerful message. He wrote this lyrical letter when he believed he might never succeed. At this low point, he speaks to himself, and to "every one" ready to give up dreams. His deep voice is as... Read More

GREEKS BEARING GIFTS

GREEKS BEARING GIFTS Bernie Gunther, Book 13

by Philip Kerr | Read by John Lee

Penguin Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Adding an arch tone to his delivery, narrator John Lee provides an extra layer of listening pleasure to the thirteenth installment of the adventures of Bernie Gunther. It's 1956, and the former police detective is now an insurance claims adjuster in Munich. Lee handles the accents and colorful characters, as well as Bernie's observations and the shifts in pacing, with steady... Read More

SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE

SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

by Lorrie Moore | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Blackstone Audio
Fiction

Narrator Bernadette Dunne offers up this ample chronologically arranged buffet of Moore's reviews, essays, and meditations. The collection is large--more than 50 pieces--and ranges widely through time. The first is a review of Nora Ephron's HEARTBURN from 1983, and the last a reflection on Stephen Stills's music from 2017. Topics are varied--everything from book reviews to... Read More

SPACE OPERA

SPACE OPERA

Earphones Award Winner

by Catherynne M. Valente | Read by Heath Miller

HighBridge Audio
Science Fiction

Heath Miller narrates a story that is equal parts scathing social commentary and hilarious send-up of music competitions. In order to prove to the rest of the galaxy that they are sentient and avoid complete annihilation, humanity must compete in an interstellar grand prix of song--if the band chosen to represent them can make it to the competition. Miller shines as the... Read More

SUNNY

SUNNY Track, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Jason Reynolds | Read by Guy Lockard

Simon & Schuster Audio
Children

Sunny is the third winning character in Jason Reynolds's Track series. Sunny has always seemed to have a bright disposition, that is, until the day he inexplicably gives up on winning a track race. The move isn't inexplicable to listeners, for narrator Guy Lockard reveals Sunny's true thoughts and feelings as written in his journal. Lockard's voice clouds as Sunny recounts how... Read More

TANGERINE

TANGERINE

by Christine Mangan | Read by Barrie Kreinik, Erin Mallon

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Barrie Kreinik and Erin Mallon deliver performances to savor. Friends at Bennington, Alice and Lucy haven't spoken in over a year. Something terrible caused a rift between them. Alice has married and moved to Tangier with her husband. She loathes the place and wishes desperately to be back home. Then, Lucy appears in Tangier, wanting to make things right. At times,... Read More

THE TEMPTATION OF FORGIVENESS

THE TEMPTATION OF FORGIVENESS Guido Brunetti, Book 27

by Donna Leon | Read by David Colacci

Recorded Books
Mystery & Suspense

Donna Leon fans will enjoy another opportunity to stroll with Commissario Guido Brunetti along the Grand Canal and explore the distinctive culture of Venice. Narrator David Colacci once again does a fine job portraying the erudite Commissario; his fellow officers at the Questura; Paola, his intelligent wife; and his teenage offspring. Colacci's deliberate pace matches the... Read More

WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER?

WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER? Marvel

by Jesse J. Holland | Read by Ken Jackson and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio
Science Fiction

The GraphicAudio people outdid themselves with this story of T'Challa, the Black Panther, ruler of the hidden African nation of Wakanda. Narrator Ken Jackson knows how to build suspense, as does the rest of the cast, especially Zeke Alton, who plays the role of T'Challa with just the right touch of heroism and imperious attitude. The special effects are fantastic, but the real... Read More

WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT

WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT

by Frances Mayes | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio
Fiction

When three women of a certain age meet on a tour of a North Carolina retirement village, where none of them wants to live, they form a deep bond and together make the surprising decision to rent a Tuscan villa. Narrator Kimberly Farr's lively performance adds spark to this story of women's friendships and finding strength and happiness after loss. Her subtle Southern accents... Read More

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