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THE ANIMALS AT LOCKWOOD MANOR

THE ANIMALS AT LOCKWOOD MANOR

by Jane Healey | Read by Sarah Lambie

HMH Books
Fiction

Narrator Sarah Lambie does double duty in alternating chapters as Hetty, an associate at a natural history museum, and Lucy, the terrified daughter of Major Lockwood of Lockwood Manor. It's WWII, and London is being bombed, so Lockwood offers his country estate to house the museum's collection of mammals. Hetty is sent to live at the manor and watch over the collection. As... Read More

THE CITY WE BECAME

THE CITY WE BECAME

Earphones Award Winner

by N.K. Jemisin | Read by Robin Miles

Hachette Audio
Fantasy

Robin Miles gives voice to everything New York in this fantastical celebration of the city's spirit. As the novel opens, New York City is going through a transformation--it's becoming sentient, embodied by six human avatars who represent the city's five boroughs plus New York as a whole. Along with creating distinct voices and accents for the diverse cast of characters, Miles... Read More

DEACON KING KONG

DEACON KING KONG

by James McBride | Read by Dominic Hoffman

Penguin Audio
Fiction

Dominic Hoffman vividly narrates the story of an old, drunken church deacon named Sportcoat who shoots a young drug dealer in the middle of a Brooklyn courtyard. Hoffman brings a multi-textured richness to each character in the novel. They are familiar and familial in their interactions. Hoffman is Irish, Italian, Hispanic, African-American, young, old, female, and male--people... Read More

THE GLASS HOTEL

THE GLASS HOTEL

by Emily St. John Mandel | Read by Dylan Moore

Random House Audio
Fiction

Dylan Moore's cool, smooth narration carries listeners through this story of deception, betrayal, and the cost of guilt. Jonathan Alkaitis constructed the Ponzi scheme of the century, and the novel centers around the myriad ramifications of its collapse. Throughout the audiobook listeners are dropped into the minds of those who were drawn into his web as investors or as... Read More

GREENWOOD

GREENWOOD

by Michael Christie | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio
Fiction

Narrator Kimberly Farr's gentle, measured performance is perfect for this family saga, which is replete with secrets and dysfunctional relationships. The story starts in the near future, after climate change has hit its tipping point, and then moves back in time before returning to the beginning. This audiobook is also a commentary on environmental issues and the complex ways... Read More

HAD I KNOWN

HAD I KNOWN Collected Essays

Earphones Award Winner

by Barbara Ehrenreich | Read by Suzanne Toren

Hachette Audio
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Suzanne Toren does a masterful job of capturing a distinctive authorial voice in this wide-ranging essay collection. Journalist Barbara Ehrenreich has been commenting on social, political, and economic life in the U.S. for more than four decades. Her work is represented here through a thematic compilation across that timespan. Toren's narration is laced with acerbic... Read More

HAIR LOVE

HAIR LOVE

by Matthew A. Cherry | Read by Sisi Aisha Johnson

Dreamscape
Children

Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson becomes Zuri, a little girl with plenty of sass and sweetness. Her voice radiates black girl magic as she describes the amazing things her hair can do--like braids making her a princess and puffs flying her up above the clouds. Evenly blended sound effects illustrate the story--for example, sounds that suggest Zuri's imagination and her pet cat,... Read More

IN FIVE YEARS

IN FIVE YEARS

by Rebecca Serle | Read by Megan Hilty

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fiction

Megan Hilty delivers a stellar narration as Danny in this unforgettable story of love and friendship. The novel opens on the last day of 2019, when an engagement is on the horizon. Danny dozes off and wakes in a new apartment, with a new guy, five years in the future. Hilty adds so much to the narrative and dialogue with pauses and emphasis that listeners will feel Danny's... Read More

THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT

THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT Wolf Hall Trilogy, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Hilary Mantel | Read by Ben Miles

Macmillan Audio
Historical Fiction

The many listeners enthralled by the earlier two volumes in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy will find all their expectations met in this final installment. Mantel has brought historical fiction to a new level with her rich sense of period detail and her ability to bring historical characters and voices to life. Actor Ben Miles, who collaborated with Mantel on the stage... Read More

THE NIGHT WATCHMAN

THE NIGHT WATCHMAN

by Louise Erdrich | Read by Louise Erdrich

Harper Audio
Fiction

Performing her latest audiobook, author Louise Erdrich delivers a rewarding listening experience based on historical events of the 1950s. Erdrich tells the story of how the U.S. Government targeted the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation, seeking to dissolve its treaty with the tribe with banally written legal documents. Members of the tribe are not fooled by this move to... Read More

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

Earphones Award Winner

by Erik Larson | Read by John Lee, Erik Larson [Note]

Random House Audio
History

We all know the outcome, but listeners will still be on the edge of their seats while listening to John Lee's superb narration of Winston Churchill's first year as Britain's prime minister, 1940-41. With a German invasion expected at any moment, this was the most perilous year in Britain's history, the year of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, and the Blitz. As he's done so... Read More

STAMPED

STAMPED Racism, Antiracism, and You

Earphones Award Winner

by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi | Read by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi [Intro.]

Hachette Audio
Young Adult

Jason Reynolds wrote and now narrates a vital and compelling young reader's remix of Kendi's STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING. Together, they have created essential listening for younger listeners, those who are raising them, and their teachers. Kendi himself narrates the introduction, setting a serious tone and clearly explaining segregationist, assimilationist, and antiracist... Read More

UNTAMED

UNTAMED

by Glennon Doyle | Read by Glennon Doyle

Random House Audio
Biography & Memoir

Glennon Doyle's voice is strong, honest, and brave as she opens her heart to listeners. The bestselling author, motivational speaker, and philanthropist describes realizing that society had "tamed" her by forcing her into proscribed ways of being in the world and recounts how she finally broke free. Hearing her passionate words, listeners will begin looking into themselves to... Read More

YES NO MAYBE SO

YES NO MAYBE SO

by Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed | Read by Tiya Sircar, Michael Crouch

Harper Audio
Young Adult

Narrating alternating chapters, Michael Crouch and Tiya Sircar are just as appealing as the pair of Georgia teens they portray. Jamie and Maya are thrown together while canvassing for a local candidate. Crouch is endearingly awkward as Jamie, who's nervous about knocking on doors--but that's nothing compared to the idea of giving a speech at his little sister's bat mitzvah.... Read More

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