Will Damron keeps listeners on the edge of their seats with his narration of a proto-Batman story in which 18-year-old Bruce Wayne experiments with vigilantism. Damron gives voice to Wayne and his guardian, Alfred, and the various young women on either side of the law. The novel wreaks havoc on the Batman familiar to decades of comic readers, including changes to his backstory.... Read More
Bahni Turpin's breathtaking narration of this exhilarating novel will keep listeners rooted to their seats, listening intently. The story is told through the shifting perspectives of three teenagers in a West-African- inspired world that had magic until it was stolen away by a fearful and destructive king. Zélie is a diviner, a white-haired, black-skinned girl who is destined... Read More
The sheer density of information Steven Pinker presents to support his optimistic analysis of the state of the human condition requires careful listening and time for contemplation. Fortunately, narrator Arthur Morey hits the sweet spot with a balanced delivery pairing clarity and judicious pace to make Pinker's timely and uplifting message accessible to the thoughtful... Read More
Whether he's discussing antimatter starships or the prefrontal cortex, Feodor Chin's narration is unflaggingly positive. That's not to say he presents an overly bright reading of this audiobook about humanity's chances for survival. Chin's reading is anchored in a journalistic tone that matches the author's pop-science style--part scientific, part anecdotal, and part... Read More
Narrator Gabra Zackman delivers this terrifying account of a little-known serial rapist and murderer in the mid-1970s and '80s, dubbed the "Golden State Killer." Her calm, objective voice makes the minute details of GSK's 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders in California chilling. Michelle McNamara, the True Crime journalist and creator of TrueCrimeDiary.com who died suddenly... Read More
Listening to Junot Díaz's narration is like having a story read to you by your uncle who can do all the best voices. Lola's class is full of kids from around the world, and her teacher asks them to draw pictures of their first country. But Lola left "The Island" as a baby, and Díaz's voice reflects her anxiety over not remembering her brief time there. Lola asks her neighbors... Read More
Teen activist Marley Dias's passion for social action is amplified through Damaras Obi's youthful and upbeat narration. Dias rose to prominence when she grew tired of not seeing herself represented in books. She then founded #1000blackgirlbooks with the purpose of collecting and distributing thousands of books featuring black girl protagonists. Dias opens up about her family... Read More
Narrator John Rubinstein brings to life Jonathan Kellerman's dynamic duo of psychologist Alex Delaware and gruff, gay, and always hungry Detective Milo Sturgis. This case begins with the appearance of a mutilated corpse in the home of a dysfunctional suburban family. The majority of the story is told through dialogue rather than action. This is where John Rubinstein exercises... Read More
David Dawson is masterful with dialogue, and there can be no better qualification for the narrator of this vast and engrossing audiobook. The saga opens with a group of esthetes at Oxford in the 1940s discovering a beautiful new student called David Sparsholt. The esthetes are privileged, artists and intellectuals, members of a literary Memoir Club. Sparsholt is an engineer... Read More
Narrator Prentice Onayemi performs the bulk of this timely story of immigration, sexual identity, and black profiling. Despite early acceptance to Harvard, Niru carries the burden of knowing how impossible it will be for him to fulfill his religious, successful Nigerian-born parents' idea of the American dream. Onayemi's sympathetic delivery captures Niru's double life using a... Read More
Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the most successful musical theater artists of all time, provides listeners with a lengthy memoir that focuses mainly on his career up to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's original production. Blaming his verbosity, he hints at a potential second volume. While Lloyd Webber offhandedly narrates the brief prologue and epilogue, Derek Perkins skillfully... Read More
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