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BIRDING WITH BENEFITS

BIRDING WITH BENEFITS

by Sarah T. Dubb | Read by Mia Hutchinson-Shaw, Evan Sibley

Simon & Schuster Audio
Romantic Fiction

Narrators Mia Hutchinson-Shaw and Evan Sibley are a winning team in this charming romance. Mom and teacher Celeste is trying to find herself again after a divorce; John is a woodworker hoping to get his idea for a bird-guiding business off the ground. She's a complete newbie to birding, but Celeste agrees to be John's partner in the 42-day Bird Binge competition--and to pose as... Read More

CAMINO GHOSTS

CAMINO GHOSTS Camino, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by John Grisham | Read by Whoopi Goldberg, John Grisham [Note]

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Whoopi Goldberg proves to be the perfect voice for John Grisham's fascinating mystery about a haunted island off the coast of Florida settled by escaped enslaved people in the 1700s and now marked for development into a casino resort. She captures the courage and determination of the characters as, each in their own way, they try to save the uninhabited and inhospitable Dark... Read More

THE COMFORT OF GHOSTS

THE COMFORT OF GHOSTS Maisie Dobbs, Book 18

Earphones Award Winner

by Jacqueline Winspear | Read by Orlagh Cassidy

Recorded Books
Mystery & Suspense

Fans may be disappointed that this is Maisie Dobbs's final adventure, but they will appreciate the tender way the various characters' closing stories are treated. Narrator Orlagh Cassidy masterfully conveys the returning characters, Maisie's extended family, and the newly introduced individuals, male and female, young and old. Cassidy's talented use of accents lends credibility... Read More

EARTHLIGHT

EARTHLIGHT

by J. Michael Straczynski | Read by Eric Braa, Pete Bradbury, William DeMeritt, Ryan Haugen, David Lee Huynh, Mars Lipowski, Saskia Maarleveld, Brandon McInnis, Stefan Rudnicki, Salli Saffioti, Christopher Smith, Marc Thompson, Will Watt, and a Full Cast

Random House Audio
Science Fiction

This high-stakes military sci-fi audio original features exciting music, immersive sound effects, and a fantastic full-cast performance. In the near future, Russia's military strives to achieve total Russian supremacy, and NATO responds by creating a new operation called Earthlight. The world's best pilots are gathered to fly the first planes capable of operating in both the... Read More

ERUPTION

ERUPTION

by Michael Crichton, James Patterson | Read by Scott Brick

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Scott Brick delivers for fans of Crichton and Patterson. Based on research and notes left behind by Crichton, who died in 2008, Patterson and Brick combine their talents to finish the story and create characters driven to the edge to save the world. Brick's smooth and empathetic performance conveys the chills and thrills surrounding a volcano on the Big Island of... Read More

EXTINCTION

EXTINCTION

by Douglas Preston | Read by David Aaron Baker

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

David Aaron Baker's compelling performance is precise and full of verve in Preston's latest thriller, which is reminiscent of Michael Crichton's JURASSIC PARK. Baker portrays Agent Cash's cool composure as she investigates a grisly double murder at the Erebus Resort. Baker then morphs into the clipped Australian accent of Erebus's head of security, who explains that the resort... Read More

FAREWELL, AMETHYSTINE

FAREWELL, AMETHYSTINE Easy Rawlins, Book 16

Earphones Award Winner

by Walter Mosley | Read by Michael Boatman

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

With his amazing portfolio of voices, Michael Boatman draws listeners into PI Easy Rawlins's world in 1970s Los Angeles. Mosley's writing paired with Boatman's narration once again delivers a sociological tableau that keeps listeners engaged throughout. Rawlins accepts a missing-person case from his client, the alluring Amethystine Stoller As Rawlins's attempts to find her open... Read More

FIRST FROST

FIRST FROST Walt Longmire, Book 20

by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of the Longmire series will find much to enjoy in this twentieth installment. Narrator George Guidall masterfully portrays Sheriff Walt Longmire; his best friend, Henry; and all the characters, male and female, returning and new. Listeners are transported back to 1964, when Walt and Henry, post-college and newly enlisted in the military, embark on a road trip. Car troubles... Read More

THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB

THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB A Family Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Griffin Dunne | Read by Griffin Dunne

Penguin Audio
Biography & Memoir

Griffin Dunne's narration of his memoir pairs a tender conversational tone with occasional moments of drama that embrace his gifts as a writer and actor, as well as the cast of vivid characters he portrays. Dunne augments his rich material with intonations, pacing, and tension that fully engage. Whether he's telling stories of privileged, Hollywood familiars, political... Read More

I'VE TRIED BEING NICE

I'VE TRIED BEING NICE (Among Other Things): Essays

by Ann Leary | Read by Ann Leary

Simon & Schuster Audio
Contemporary Culture

Bestselling novelist and memoirist Ann Leary performs her new collection of essays about her life after she decides to stop being a people pleaser. From uncomfortable experiences with neighbors who keep their dogs off-leash to trying to be extra kind to fans of her husband, entertainer Denis Leary, Ann Leary shares her thoughts on aging and moving away from her desire to keep... Read More

THE LAST MURDER AT THE END OF THE WORLD

THE LAST MURDER AT THE END OF THE WORLD

by Stuart Turton | Read by James Cameron Stewart

Tantor Media
Mystery & Suspense

James Cameron Stewart's masterful performance whisks listeners into a postapocalyptic world shrouded in buried secrets and impending mayhem. There's a haunting quality in his portrayal of the villagers on an idyllic island that is run by three scientists and inhabited by 122 survivors of a deadly fog. Stewart's expressive voice conveys the villagers' bewilderment and growing... Read More

LIES AND WEDDINGS

LIES AND WEDDINGS Cities Trilogy, Book 2

by Kevin Kwan | Read by Jing Lusi

Random House Audio
Fiction

Jing Lusi's first-rate facility with accents highlights Kevin Kwan's latest globe-hopping tale of the excesses of the super-rich. Lusi portrays the large cast of men and women of differing classes from all around the world, keeping them distinguished from one another. Once again, Kwan takes us on a wild ride while chronicling racism, classism, poverty, and environmental... Read More

THE LIGHT EATERS

THE LIGHT EATERS How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth

by Zoë Schlanger | Read by Zoë Schlanger

Harper Audio
Contemporary Culture

Journalist Zoë Schlanger gives a clear, engaging, and enthusiastic narration of her fascinating audiobook all about the controversial topic of plant intelligence. Schlanger's own sense of wonder comes through clearly as she visits botanists around the world--sometimes going into the field with them--and reports on the results of their research on plants and the amazing things... Read More

MIRRORED HEAVENS

MIRRORED HEAVENS Between Earth and Sky, Book 3

by Rebecca Roanhorse | Read by Christian Barillas, Darrell Dennis, Cara Gee, Shyla Lefner, Nicole Lewis, Kairyn Potts, Shaun Taylor-Corbett

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fantasy

The Meridian's clans are at war, and alliances are shifting dangerously in this dramatic conclusion to Roanhorse's trilogy, brought to life by an ensemble cast. Serapio, the Crow God Reborn, rules Tova from his eerie shadow palace. Shaun Taylor-Corbett skillfully portrays Serapio as he navigates prophecies and plots against him. Nicole Lewis voices Xiala, the Teek sea captain... Read More

ONE OF OUR KIND

ONE OF OUR KIND

Earphones Award Winner

by Nicola Yoon | Read by Nicole Lewis

Random House Audio
Fiction

In an engrossing, well-characterized performance, Nicole Lewis captures the anguish and suspense in acclaimed YA author Nicola Yoon's first adult novel. Moving to the fictional gated community of Liberty, California, hailed as a Black utopia, Jasmyn Williams assumes she and her husband, King, will find like-minded friends and neighbors with whom to carry on the fight for racial... Read More

REAL AMERICANS

REAL AMERICANS

by Rachel Khong | Read by Louisa Zhu, Eric Yang, Eunice Wong

Random House Audio
Fiction

A trio of talented narrators immerses listeners in the thorny multigenerational story of a Chinese American family. The audiobook opens in 1999 as 22-year-old Lily, voiced with matter-of-fact directness by Louisa Zhu, meets charismatic, impossibly wealthy Matthew. Despite Lily's initial reservations, largely fueled by Matthew's intimidating family, the two marry and have a son.... Read More

RUNNING CLOSE TO THE WIND

RUNNING CLOSE TO THE WIND

by Alexandra Rowland | Read by Casey Jones

Recorded Books
Fantasy

This raucous story's unabashedly lusty queer pirates--particularly the eccentric Avra Helvaçi--are brought to life in Casey Jones's committed narration. Avra isn't exactly welcomed by Captain Teveri az-Haffar's crew, but he brings stolen government secrets and a string of good luck with him that the crew is glad to take aboard. When they set sail to sell the secrets, they... Read More

THE SAFEKEEP

THE SAFEKEEP

by Yael van der Wouden | Read by Stina Nielsen, Saskia Maarleveld

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fiction

Stina Nielsen narrates the majority of this debut audiobook, set in a stately country home in the Netherlands in 1961. The veil of WWII overlays the action. Nielsen creates a pervasive sense of disquiet that will keep listeners off-balance until the final moments. Isabel takes an instant dislike to her womanizing brother Louis's new girlfriend, Eva, when he brings her to their... Read More

SHANGHAILANDERS

SHANGHAILANDERS

by Juli Min | Read by Mei Mei Macleod

Spiegel & Grau by Spotify Audiobooks
Fiction

Mei Mei Macleod narrates a family drama told in reverse, starting in 2040 and ending in 2014. Leo Yang; his Japanese French wife, Eko; and their three daughters, Yumi, Yoko, and Kiko, navigate the complexities of life in Shanghai and elsewhere. As the story moves backward, characters become younger, a development that allows Macleod to subtly change her portrayals of the three... Read More

SOLDIER SAILOR

SOLDIER SAILOR

Earphones Award Winner

by Claire Kilroy | Read by Simone Collins

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fiction

This novel, short-listed for the Woman's Book Prize, details a young mother's fatigue, frustrations, and joys at raising a trying infant who becomes a willful toddler. Simone Collins's narration benefits from her intimate and persuasive tone, as well as the lovely lilt of her Irish accent. Her performance resonates as her tone, pace, and intonation reveal the struggling mom's... Read More

THE STARS TOO FONDLY

THE STARS TOO FONDLY

Earphones Award Winner

by Emily Hamilton | Read by Vico Ortiz

Harper Audio
Science Fiction

Vico Ortiz narrates a raucous space adventure rom-com with infectious energy. It's 2061, and Cleo and her three best friends--all scientists--sneak aboard to explore the neglected rocket PROVIDENCE I. The friends grew up fascinated with the story of its failed launch 20 years earlier, when its 203-person crew mysteriously vanished. But when Cleo inadvertently starts the dark... Read More

WHEN AMONG CROWS

WHEN AMONG CROWS

Earphones Award Winner

by Veronica Roth | Read by Helen Laser, James Fouhey, Tim Campbell

Macmillan Audio
Fantasy

Helen Laser, James Fouhey, and Tim Campbell narrate a dark fantasy novella about a trio seeking an audience with the legendary witch Baba Jaga. Dymitr offers to cure Ala--a zmora suffering from a fatal curse--in exchange for help entreating Baba Jaja, who famously doesn't take kindly to humans. Laser, Fouhey, and Campbell breathe life into the three who are hoping to talk to... Read More

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