The British Olympian recounts his own story of growing up, meeting the challenges of being a competitive diver, and falling in love with a screenwriter who is now his husband. The subsequent birth of their son via a surrogate is also included. Daley narrates with clear diction and an empathetic tone. The author simply opens up about his life--in and out of the pool. Daley's... Read More
The latest in Connelly's Harry Bosch/Renée Ballard series is a gift to fans with its engrossing plot and intriguing characters delivered by exceptional narrators. Titus Welliver, portraying Bosch, and Christine Lakin, voicing Ballard, each take the lead in alternating chapters, coming together in the characters' dialogue. Together, they create a genuine world for listeners to... Read More
Narrating his memoir, actor Matthew Perry sounds like the beloved Chandler character he played on "Friends" but with far less enunciation. Addiction has taken a toll on every aspect of his life. Both self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing, Perry shares memories that can sometimes irk listeners. He uses humor to heal, but throwing shade at another actor and being sarcastic about... Read More
David Sax narrates his extended plea for a return to real-life experiences in a world awash in technology. His earnestness is evident in his performance. Sax provides deep introspection on the nature of life during the Covid pandemic, a moment that technology companies promised we'd cope with through Zoom meetups, virtual school, and ever-present mobile devices. The problem,... Read More
It's a delight to listen to warm and witty actor Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls" and "Parenthood") share her insights and reminiscences of her family and professional life in her second memoir. While much of this brief collection details Graham's challenges and triumphs in her lengthy acting, directorial and screenwriting career, the most poignant moments depict the impact of... Read More
Taking a break from narrating other authors' audiobooks, Travis Baldree narrates his own debut fantasy. Viv, a fierce orc warrior, has decided to retire. She has discovered coffee, a gnomish delicacy, and she wants to open a café in Thune, a city where no one has heard of the beverage. Baldree has created a delightful set of characters. He introduces the motley crew of... Read More
George Saunders has won many awards for his writing. His skill as an author and as a narrator is on display here. He delivers the first and last stories in this audio collection, bookending an excellent cast. All nine of the stories focus on people with problematic identities, and each narrator embodies his or her protagonist's particular problem in an appropriate and evocative... Read More
Michelle Obama performs the follow-up to her bestselling memoir, BECOMING, giving listeners another peek at her life. This time, Obama aims to inspire listeners to become their best selves, giving practical advice and using illustrations from her own life. Her deeply personal stories show listeners how she has worked her way through obstacles. Listeners also learn more about... Read More
There's a quiet enthusiasm in Traci Kato-Kiriyama's narration that elicits calm and inspiration--emotions that are fitting for kurashi at home. Marie Kondo translates kurashi loosely as "way of life" or "the ideal way of spending our time." Kondo, whose "spark joy" method of decluttering organized homes around the world, is back to show us how to create kurashi at home.... Read More
The latest Reacher audiobook weaves a number of seemingly disconnected yet gripping subplots before the pieces come together in typical Reacher fashion. Twisted and fast-paced, the story begins with Reacher witnessing the murder of a woman. Narrator Scott Brick voices Reacher as strong and determined but also compassionate. Brick also creates a wide range of multidimensional... Read More
Narrator Aysha Kala delivers action and romance in this sequel to A MARVELLOUS LIGHT. Maud Blyth doesn't have magic, but she's on a secret magical mission nonetheless. She's undercover, accompanying the elderly Miss Navenby, who is in possession of a magical artifact, on a transatlantic crossing from New York to England. When Miss Navenby is murdered in her cabin, Maud must... Read More
Narrator Dion Graham's superb performance helps to create a weird and wonderful fantasy world based around Goetia, a town full of demon- and angel-type characters with a Western feel. When Goetian slum resident Mariel is accused of murder, her sister, Celeste, sets out to prove her innocence, using every method open to her. Graham's narration is the perfect match to this tale.... Read More
Rory Kinnear delivers an engaging and well-paced performance of Anthony Horowitz's third mystery featuring PI Hawthorne and Horowitz himself as a character. The amusing, sometimes befuddling, conceit mingles a fictional plot with facts from Horowitz's actual life. This time, the murder of a critic who panned Horowitz's London play implicates the playwright. Kinnear's... Read More
Tamika Katon-Donegal poignantly defines the characters who enter the world of 17-year-old biracial, queer Avery one summer. Avery is uprooted from her home in DC and moved to the small Georgia town where her grandmother, Mama Letty, is terminally ill. Immediately, she addresses numerous challenges. The first is clearly defined by Katon-Donegal's portrayal of the cantankerous... Read More
Scott Takeda dazzles in his narration of this thought-provoking novel. After a Black man is killed at the hands of an Asian American police officer, Reed decides he's going to drop out of college and devote himself to activist work full time. But both his parents used to do activist work, and in a series of conversations with them and their former comrades, Reed begins to... Read More
The narrators match the warmth of the authors in delivering these interconnected stories in this follow-up to BLACKOUT as a group of teenagers combat a winter storm, and mistakes they have made. While the authors of the individual stories are not identified, each story offers both humor and emotional moments in this celebration of Black love. Danielle Shemaiah and Shayna Small... Read More
In a memoir almost as graceful as her dancing, author/narrator Misty Copeland delivers an elegant account of how she made history when she became the first Black principal ballerina with the formerly all-white American Ballet Theatre company. Copeland's voice lifts with delight as she speaks of her mentor, Raven Wilkinson (19352018), the first Black woman contracted to dance... Read More
Franny Choi delivers these hopeful, heartbreaking, beautiful, sorrowful poems with quiet ardor. Her voice is soft and expressive, perfectly capturing the musical yet conversational tone of the whole collection. The poems are about everyday apocalypses and historical apocalypses; small moments of terror and joy; and the paradox of living on this planet, full of so much suffering... Read More
Robert Bathurst performs this 18th Inspector Gamache mystery with the assurance of one who knows the village of Three Pines and its (mostly) gentle residents well. Years after Gamache and Beauvoir investigated the murder of a mother, her two adult children arrive in the village. Their surprise arrival triggers Gamache's and Beauvoir's remembrances of things past. Penny's clever... Read More
Robin Miles narrates a multidimensional battle between good and evil, an attack on the literal soul of a city. The avatars of New York continue to fight for their right to exist, both as individuals and as metaphysical entities. Miles gives a masterful performance, truly transforming the essence of each of the five boroughs, and the city itself, into their physical... Read More
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