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THE BOOK OF DUST

THE BOOK OF DUST La Belle Sauvage

Earphones Award Winner

by Philip Pullman | Read by Michael Sheen

Listening Library
Young Adult

There's something pleasingly old-fashioned about Michael Sheen's narration, which is matched by the pleasure of returning to Pullman's world of daemons and Dust. Sheen fully inhabits the text, and he's utterly believable as 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead, who meets baby Lyra (heroine of Pullman's His Dark Materials series) and embarks on a perilous adventure to protect her from... Read More

DARE NOT LINGER

DARE NOT LINGER The Presidential Years

by Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa, Graça Machel [Prologue] | Read by Adrian Lester

Macmillan Audio
Biography & Memoir

This important audiobook is the second volume of Mandela's memoirs, which were left unfinished when he died in 2013. It's more a collection of speeches than a finished narrative, but it gives us a fuller picture of this extraordinary man. Narrator Adrian Lester takes immediate control of the work, lending it a serious, consequential, worldly air. His Jamaican-tinged British... Read More

END GAME

END GAME Will Robie, Book 5

by David Baldacci | Read by Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

In the first chapter the body count shoots up to 17 and escalates exponentially from there. In the fifth in David Baldacci's Will Robie series, Will and fellow agent, sniper, and sometimes love interest Jessica Reel are sent to Colorado to investigate the disappearance of their mentor. Kyf Brewer expertly voices the male characters, while Orlagh Cassidy adeptly portrays the... Read More

FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD

FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD

by Louise Erdrich | Read by Louise Erdrich

Harper Audio
Fiction

Louise Erdrich narrates her novel in a quiet voice that belies its power to convey her devastating and heart-wrenching story. Cedar, an adopted Ojibwe woman, slowly reveals the horrors of the novel's dystopian setting as she writes a diary addressed to her future baby. Evolution is going haywire, and society disintegrates as pregnant women are captured to birth their babies in... Read More

L'APPART

L'APPART The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home

by David Lebovitz | Read by Graham Halstead

Random House Audio
Biography & Memoir

Listeners may well find that this is pretty much the most charming audiobook about a home renovation disaster that they can imagine. American cookbook author David Lebovitz decides to buy and renovate an apartment in Paris, and narrator Graham Halstead captures both the horror and the humor as the process spirals wildly out of control. Halstead pronounces copious French words... Read More

THE MIDNIGHT LINE

THE MIDNIGHT LINE A Jack Reacher Novel

by Lee Child | Read by Dick Hill

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of Jack Reacher (the "Reacher Creatures") will find everything they've come to expect in the series: long bus trips to nowhere; detailed, well-choreographed fist fights, which Reacher always wins; and a never-ending pursuit of justice. Narrator Dick Hill's gruff, evenly paced voice has become the voice of Jack Reacher, even when Reacher says nothing. Reacher's... Read More

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Earphones Award Winner

by Agatha Christie | Read by Kenneth Branagh

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Kenneth Branagh offers a full-cast performance all by himself in this delicious production of a 1934 Christie classic that is often remembered only for its film adaptations. What a pleasure to encounter the author's original intent and be reminded of how cleverly she devised plots and characters. For those who need reminding, the plot involves a murder on a snowbound Orient... Read More

THE POWER

THE POWER

by Naomi Alderman | Read by Adjoa Andoh et al.

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Narrator Adjoa Andoh capably portrays an international cast of characters in this thrilling novel about the reshaping of the world when women develop powerful electrical abilities. Andoh makes the most of her vocal range, tone, and pacing, as well as an extensive catalogue of accents. The audio presentation particularly shines in the development of the character Allie into... Read More

TWO KINDS OF TRUTH

TWO KINDS OF TRUTH Harry Bosch, Book 22

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Connelly | Read by Titus Welliver

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Titus Welliver portrays Detective Harry Bosch in the latest installment of this longstanding series. Bosch says there are two kinds of truth in the world: that which we all can agree on, which is immutable, and that which comes from the mouths of politicians, lawyers, and their clients, which is malleable. Bosch takes on two cases, a cold-case murder he thought he'd... Read More

WHERE THE PAST BEGINS

WHERE THE PAST BEGINS A Writer's Memoir

by Amy Tan | Read by Amy Tan

Harper Audio
Biography & Memoir

Add capable audiobook narrator to the list of Amy Tan's many talents. Her unique memoir is made all the more accessible and personal through her animated performance, which puts the emphasis on survival and perseverance instead of obstacles and hardships. In this nonlinear overview of her life, Tan talks not only about her struggles with health issues, her mother's bouts of... Read More

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