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AKIN

AKIN

Earphones Award Winner

by Emma Donoghue | Read by Jason Culp

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Jason Culp's near-perfect narration of the new literary drama from the author of ROOM matches its emotional intensity. Two lost souls from distant branches of the same family tree are thrown together. Culp uses an edgy tone to express the frustration of set-in-his-ways 79-year-old retired professor Noah Selvaggio as his planned trip to the French Riviera is upended when he... Read More

FRANKLY IN LOVE

FRANKLY IN LOVE

Earphones Award Winner

by David Yoon | Read by Raymond J. Lee

Listening Library
Young Adult

Right from the start, narrator Raymond J. Lee fully inhabits funny, endearing, nerdy-and-proud-of-it California high school senior Frank Li. Frank is studying for the SATs, hanging out with his fellow AP classmates, falling in love, and thinking a lot about his identity as the son of Korean immigrants, all with the heightened feelings of a teenager experiencing these things for... Read More

HEAVEN, MY HOME

HEAVEN, MY HOME Highway 59, Book 2

by Attica Locke | Read by JD Jackson

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

JD Jackson needs the range of a grand piano to do justice to Attica Locke's East Texas, and his skills and appealing baritone have it covered. Locke's protagonist, Darren Matthews, is an African-American Texas Ranger with a rocky marriage, a drinking problem, and a penchant for doing bad things for good reasons. In his morally messy world, 9-year-old Levi King has disappeared... Read More

THE INSTITUTE

THE INSTITUTE

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen King | Read by Santino Fontana

Simon & Schuster Audio
Horror

Stephen King's newest audiobook is compulsively entertaining and features a dazzling performance by narrator Santino Fontana. After a seemingly unconnected prelude that is revisited much later, listeners meet 12-year-old telekinetic genius Luke Ellis. One night, Luke's parents are brutally murdered, and he's drugged, kidnapped, and brought to The Institute. There, he meets... Read More

LOKI: WHERE MISCHIEF LIES

LOKI: WHERE MISCHIEF LIES Loki Series, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Mackenzi Lee | Read by Oliver Wyman

Listening Library
Young Adult

Narrator Oliver Wyman embodies everyone's favorite trickster god in this exciting origin story for Marvel's Loki of Asgard. When one of Loki's constant schemes to show up his brother, Thor, lands them both in hot water, he is banished to Midgard (a.k.a. nineteenth-century London) to investigate a series of magical murders. Wyman takes on the central role of Loki with relish,... Read More

THE LONG CALL

THE LONG CALL The Two Rivers, Book 1

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Ben Aldridge

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Ben Aldridge gives listeners the perfect introduction to Matthew Venn, a cool-headed DI in picturesque North Devon whose calm life is about to be shattered. Aldridge narrates at an easy pace and provides a subtle regional accent as Venn investigates the murder of a man with an albatross tattooed around his neck. Aldridge's smoothly shifting accents and warm tone draw... Read More

RED AT THE BONE

RED AT THE BONE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Jacqueline Woodson, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Peter Francis James, Shayna Small, Bahni Turpin

Penguin Audio
Fiction

Five talented narrators, including the author, differentiate shifting time periods and three generations of an African-American family. Bahni Turpin aids listeners in understanding the feelings of 16-year-old Melody, who is central to the story. Her caustic comments arise from her mother Iris's infrequent presence. Shayna Small fills in Iris's complexities. She is a teen mother... Read More

STEALING THE SHOW

STEALING THE SHOW A History of Art and Crime in Six Thefts

by John Barelli, Zachary Schisgal | Read by Mack Sanderson

Blackstone Audio
Biography & Memoir

With his deep, authoritative voice, Mack Sanderson is the perfect narrator for this memoir by the former chief security officer of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is so believable that at times listeners may believe they're hearing the author himself as he recounts his experiences on the job. While primarily about the theft of paintings, precious objects, tapestries,... Read More

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY

Earphones Award Winner

by Alix E. Harrow | Read by January LaVoy

Hachette Audio
Fantasy

January LaVoy's breathtaking narration shines in a fantasy in which Doors offer infinite possibilities for adventure. January Scaller is a daring and bold "in-between" girl who feels like another foreign curiosity in Mr. Locke's home. She lives for her father's brief returns from his travels, when he brings his employer new treasures. She is 7 in 1901 when she discovers a... Read More

WE ARE THE WEATHER

WE ARE THE WEATHER Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

by Jonathan Safran Foer | Read by Jonathan Safran Foer

Macmillan Audio
Contemporary Culture

Narrating his own work, Jonathan Safran Foer admits he doesn't have the answer to the world's most imminent problem, which he is purposely slow to identify and confront. The thing is, climate change is overwhelming and heady. The problem isn't that we don't know about the threat it presents--it's that we don't believe in the threat enough to make the necessary radical changes.... Read More

WHAT ROSE FORGOT

WHAT ROSE FORGOT

by Nevada Barr | Read by Kate Burton

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series will find this stand-alone audiobook a totally different listening experience. Narrator Kate Burton portrays Rose, a woman in her 60s who has escaped an institution's Memory Unit. Rose is convinced that she has been falsely committed for dementia. Burton dramatically portrays Rose's metamorphosis as the drugs that have fogged her brain... Read More

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