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BETTY BEFORE X

BETTY BEFORE X

by Ilyasah Shabazz, Renée Watson | Read by Ilyasah Shabazz

Macmillan Audio
Children

Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's daughter, narrates her middle-grade novel about four years in her mother's life, starting in 1945, when Betty was 11 years old. The story shows how Betty became an activist in the Civil Rights movement. In clear, measured tones, the author recounts Betty's discomfort with her home life and her work with the Housewives League, which supported... Read More

BLACK PANTHER

BLACK PANTHER The Young Prince

by Ronald L. Smith | Read by Dion Graham

Listening Library
Children

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

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

by André Aciman | Read by Armie Hammer

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

In Aciman's sensitive portrait of a young man's awakening, 17-year-old Elio's family hosts a young scholar for six weeks to help Elio's father, a professor, with his research. When 24-year-old Oliver, a charming American with "cruelly good looks," arrives at their summer home on the Mediterranean, Elio goes into a "swoon." Armie Hammer's intimate whisper makes each beautiful,... Read More

CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT

CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT Pendergast, Book 17

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child | Read by René Auberjonois

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

René Auberjonois narrates the eagerly awaited seventeenth outing for Special Agent Pendergast with his usual quiet assurance. Auberjonois sounds as much a part of this series as Pendergast's old friend, Lieutenant D'Agosta, of the NYPD. Here, they're pitted against The Decapitator, a mystery assailant who is beheading some of New York's richest people, creating social panic.... Read More

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

DEAR EVAN HANSEN Through the Window

by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul | Read by Taylor Trensch

Hachette Audio
Contemporary Culture

Listeners will hear the story of the Broadway musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN in this behind-the-scenes account. Narrator Taylor Trensch takes listeners on a journey that starts with the musicians-lyricists Pasek and Paul meeting in college, where their idea for EVAN HANSEN originated. The story climaxes with their play receiving six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Trensch's... Read More

FIRE AND FURY

FIRE AND FURY Inside the Trump White House

by Michael Wolff | Read by Holter Graham

Macmillan Audio
Contemporary Culture

If you think that bomb cyclones are unique to the weather, then listening to this audiobook will change your mind. This literary perfect storm combines a book the president wants to ban with a narrator, Holter Graham, whose energy and vocal clarity add fuel to the author's incendiary words. It would be easy to say that Graham could become one of the most listened-to voices in... Read More

FRIENDS DIVIDED

FRIENDS DIVIDED John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

by Gordon S. Wood | Read by James Lurie

Penguin Audio
History

Statesmen and political scientists say that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were both friends and "enemies" throughout their public and private lives. James Lurie narrates this dual biography steadily and clearly. The principals' lives are recounted through letters, family papers, and political writings. Lurie clearly differentiates the narrative from the reading of documents... Read More

THE KILLING ROOM

THE KILLING ROOM Balzano and Byrne, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by Richard Montanari | Read by Scott Brick

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Scott Brick's sense of drama plays up the tension in parts of this dark thriller full of foreboding. Brick's narrations are always top-notch, and he shows off his considerable vocal talents here. He differentiates characters with small changes to his voice and is truly involved in the complex plot, which has a religious bent. Philadelphia detectives Kevin Byrne and his... Read More

THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN

THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Denis Johnson | Read by Nick Offerman, Michael Shannon, Dermot Mulroney, Will Patton, Liev Schreiber

Random House Audio
Fiction

The audio version of Denis Johnson's posthumous short story collection has an eye-popping cast of celebrity narrators. Actors Nick Offerman, Michael Shannon, Dermot Mulroney, Will Patton, and Liev Schreiber are simply terrific. In the title story, Offerman, as an ad man in his 60s, delivers lines like, "Have I loved my wife? We've gotten along . . . " with a sublime blend of... Read More

NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT

NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT

Earphones Award Winner

by Kristan Higgins | Read by Xe Sands

Recorded Books
Romantic Fiction

The first-person point of view, coupled with a skilled narration by Xe Sands, immediately draws the listener into Nora Stuart's story. Nora, a doctor, is hit by a van, and as she lies in the ER thinking she's dying, she overhears her boyfriend hit on another woman. This sends her home to Scupper Island, Maine, to recuperate and reconnect with her mother and niece. Sands smartly... Read More

PADDINGTON ON TOP

PADDINGTON ON TOP

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Bond | Read by Hugh Bonneville

Harper Audio
Children

Hugh Bonneville's wholehearted narration begins with when a local official arrives to summon the beloved, good-natured Paddington Bear to school. Paddington, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Bird, the housekeeper, scramble to get Paddington ready. Bonneville jumps into these roles with gusto. Paddington's adventures include his first and only day at school, waterskiing, the purchase of an... Read More

SPINELESS

SPINELESS The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone

by Juli Berwald | Read by Juli Berwald

Penguin Audio
Contemporary Culture

Juli Berwald's fascination with brainless blobs of seaborne gelatin and stinging tentacles makes 10 hours of stories about seeking and studying--and even eating--jellyfish a pleasure for armchair (or beach chair) naturalists. Berwald is not a professional audiobook narrator. Her delivery is a bit too frenetic at times, but she is telling her own story, and her emotions clearly... Read More

THE WIFE BETWEEN US

THE WIFE BETWEEN US

by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen | Read by Julia Whelan

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Julia Whelan voices damaged people whose lives tangle together in a web that leaves the listener often doubting the veracity of the main character. Said listener needs to be prepared to set aside assumptions and attend carefully in order to follow the twists and turns, and to be patient as the authors slowly unfold backstories and truths that bring us to the present.... Read More

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

Earphones Award Winner

by A.J. Finn | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Anna Fox is 38 and lives alone in uptown Manhattan. An agoraphobic who never leaves the house, she resorts to binge-watching noir movie classics, spying on neighbors, and drinking a lot of wine. Narrator Ann Marie Lee delivers the tightly wound heroine with precision, increasing her pace and raising her pitch when Anna believes she sees an act of violence in a neighbor's house.... Read More

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