Prepare for better--and for worse. Narrators Eisa Davis and Sean Crisden skillfully portray Celestial and Roy, whose new marriage is interrupted by Roy's incarceration for a crime he didn't commit. In Part One, the narrators read the couple's letters so intimately that the listener may feel like an intruder. As months drag into years, each narrator coolly offers an invitation... Read More
In this latest short story collection by the celebrated 79-year-old author Joyce Carol Oates, all three narrators read with tempered voices. Their no-frills deliveries capture the tension and hard realities of these modern tales of infidelity, deception, and broken dreams. Oates has never been easy on her characters or her audiences. She has always searched for stark truth no... Read More
Dion Graham's narration of the origin story for Marvel's Black Panther starts off with an emphatic, urgent style suitable for a hero in the making. Prince T'Challa is 12 when his father sends him from Wakanda to a private school in Chicago along with his friend, M'Baku. There, known as T. Charles, he navigates his way while learning that even in America there are sinister... Read More
Think rich, dark, smooth red wine--each sip revealing different tones. That is Dion Graham's voice performing Mosley's P.I., Joe King Oliver. His voice projects the violence, fear, and frustration that Oliver, an honest cop, experienced 10 years ago, when he was thrown in jail on fabricated charges. Now as a P.I., he's given the opportunity to get to the truth behind that setup... Read More
Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith has a voice that is almost as beautiful as the imagery in this second collection of her work. She uses her voice well to clarify the structure of each poem and avoid the tics (such as that rising lilt at the end of each line) that make so many poets poor readers of their own work. Her reading is helped,... Read More
An audiobook of Zadie Smith's essays can be daunting: Where does one topic end and another begin? But narrator Nikki Amuka-Bird's reassuring tone shepherds the listener with subtle modulations. Her voice changes with each imagined setting and situation: brunch with friends discussing rap, race, and class; an after-work lounge discussion of artists and camp; a dinner party... Read More
Rainy Fields narrates this deeply original memoir in solemn tones that suit the work. Mailhot traces her personal journey coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia and her development as a writer. Presenting herself at times as "ruined"--and "ruining"--she radiates a vulnerability that Fields's deft narration captures. Mailhot's questions and... Read More
How appropriate that this audiobook memoir, an unlikely examination of life through brushes with death, is narrated by the talented Daisy Donovan. Her tone of voice exudes a veneer of vulnerability overlaying a steely strength, and her delivery is ideal for this collection of interconnected remembrances. Each new chapter title names the relevant body parts involved as the... Read More
Narrator Barbara Caruso delivers a collection of previously published reflections by Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away in January. Caruso's wondrous ability to capture Le Guin's humor and energy gives listeners an unhurried experience. An introduction by Karen Fowler, also read by Caruso, sets the stage by framing the audiobook as a journey. Distinctions between essays are... Read More
Narrator Fiona Hardingham's rich British intonation complements the story of Sylvie and Dan, a happy couple who are overwhelmed at the prospect of 68 more years of marriage. Laughs abound as husband and wife work to keep boredom at bay by continually surprising each other. But when Sylvie finds out that Dan is hiding a dark secret, she realizes she'd she'd happily go back to... Read More
Tamora Pierce's legions of fans will be not be disappointed with what could easily be mistaken for a full-cast performance of her long-awaited novel by narrator Ariadne Meyers. Listeners familiar with Numair will meet him here as Arram Draper when he becomes best friends with Ozorne, still just a prince of Carthak, and Varice. They are just beginning their studies at the... Read More
This raw, compelling memoir makes for an outstanding audiobook, and the author's narration is well done. The depth of her intelligence is immediately obvious, but what's more riveting is her brutal honesty and her willingness to speak her truth--both beautiful and messy. The collection of essays covers a range of topics from black history to pop culture, literature to current... Read More
What's the audiobook equivalent of a page-turner? That's what narrator Tavia Gilbert delivers in this mystery, in which two girls disappear from a strip mall parking lot. The desperate search for them brings together Max Caplan, a former police detective, now a P.I, and prickly Alice Vega, a bounty hunter who has earned a reputation for finding missing children. They follow... Read More
Listeners will enjoy hearing this cute yet cheeky performance by Janina Edwards. Career-driven Alexa gets locked in an elevator with good-looking Dr. Drew when the power goes out. Immediately, they hit it off, and Alexa agrees to be Drew's last minute plus-one at a wedding. But what was a fake date could possibly turn into a real relationship. Edwards fully expresses all the... Read More
Daniel Pink wants you to schedule your next parole hearing in the morning, embrace the afternoon nap, and cut your late-rising teenager some slack. Pink is as comfortable behind the mic as he is with his subject matter as he reveals that it really is all about timing. Combining rigorous research with anecdotes and humor, he examines why most of us are at our best early in the... Read More
Like its predecessor, AUTUMN, WINTER focuses on connected characters in a post-Brexit world. It's almost Christmas, and Art Cleves has hired the enigmatic Lux to play his girlfriend on an overdue trip to see his mother, Sophia. When they arrive, Sophia's condition causes them to send for his mother's estranged sister, Iris. The foursome's interchanges and recollections are at... Read More
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