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THE 6:20 MAN

THE 6:20 MAN

Earphones Award Winner

by David Baldacci | Read by Zachary Webber, Christine Lakin, Mela Lee

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners are treated to a young Jack Reacher-like ex-Army Ranger named Travis Devine, who is perfectly portrayed by narrator Zachary Webber. Devine is a trained fighting machine who has learned to remain silent in critical situations. Webber masterfully differentiates the other male characters, including a Russian hacker, by varying his timbre, pacing, and accents. Narrator... Read More

EMBRACE FEARLESSLY THE BURNING WORLD

EMBRACE FEARLESSLY THE BURNING WORLD Essays

Earphones Award Winner

by Barry Lopez, Rebecca Solnit [Intro.] | Read by James Naughton, Rebecca Solnit [Intro.]

Random House Audio
Contemporary Culture

James Naughton has narrated several of the late Barry Lopez's audiobooks: He performs in a deep, calm, resonant tone. His pace, timing, and emulation of the author's voice--intimate, self-analytical, philosophical--seem to enter the mind of the famed writer and naturalist. Naughton is a master of cadence. He delivers these valedictory essays like prose poems, and they remain... Read More

HORSE

HORSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Geraldine Brooks | Read by James Fouhey, Lisa Flanagan, Graham Halstead, Katherine Littrell, Michael Obiora

Penguin Audio
Historical Fiction

Five talented actors honor Geraldine Brooks's fine new historical novel with unique and complementary performances. Inspired by the actual record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, the story takes place in the 1850s, 1950, and 2019. James Fouhey gives the enslaved groom Jarret an affecting blend of defiance and devotion, and performs slave owners with a telling superiority.... Read More

THE HOTEL NANTUCKET

THE HOTEL NANTUCKET

Earphones Award Winner

by Elin Hilderbrand | Read by Erin Bennett

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Erin Bennett delivers this stellar beach read with a historical twist. The Hotel Nantucket was destroyed by fire in 1922; now a new, British owner has restored it. Lizbet, the general manager, who is coping with a broken heart, is determined that the extravagantly refurbished property will be successful. But listeners soon learn that a ghost is on the premises. While the hotel... Read More

AN IMMENSE WORLD

AN IMMENSE WORLD How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

by Ed Yong | Read by Ed Yong

Random House Audio
Contemporary Culture

Science writer Ed Yong (I CONTAIN MULTITUDES) is an enthusiastic guide through the world of animal senses--many very different from our own. Yong's British voice and his narration, warm with humor and curiosity, engage, and his interest in and excitement about the wonders of nature are infectious. You, too, will wish that you could attach a microphone to a blade of grass and... Read More

LISTEN TO ME

LISTEN TO ME Rizzoli & Isles, Book 13

by Tess Gerritsen | Read by Tanya Eby

Brilliance Audio
Mystery & Suspense

In the 13th audiobook of the Rizzoli and Isles mystery series, Tanya Eby performs with charm and intensity as Detective Jane Rizzoli, Dr. Maura Isles, and Jane's mother, Angela, resolve not one, but five cases in the Boston area. Eby employs gasps and shortened phrases as she becomes a young woman who is being chased by a stranger and then ends up the victim of a hit-and-run.... Read More

THE MEASURE

THE MEASURE

Earphones Award Winner

by Nikki Erlick | Read by Julia Whelan

Harper Audio
Fantasy

Golden Voice narrator Julia Whelan gives a thoughtful performance of a novel that focuses on a fundamental question: Would you want to know how long you're going to live? One night a box is delivered to everyone age 22 and older. The box contains a length of string that tells the recipient how much longer they will live. Would you open the box? Whelan introduces listeners to... Read More

RIVER OF THE GODS

RIVER OF THE GODS Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

Earphones Award Winner

by Candice Millard | Read by Paul Michael

Random House Audio
History

For lovers of true adventure, few audiobooks will have the impact of this history of the British search for the source of the Nile River in the mid-1800s. Narrator Paul Michael's rich, expressive voice animates a compelling and impressively researched narrative full of action and heartache. Advancing into the unknown interior of Africa--unknown to Europeans, that is--the... Read More

SHE GETS THE GIRL

SHE GETS THE GIRL

by Rachael Lippincott, Alyson Derrick | Read by Natalie Naudus, Valentina Ortiz

Simon & Schuster Audio
Young Adult

A dual narration by Natalie Naudus and Valentina Ortiz delivers a view of two witty young women who are finding their bearings during their first year of college. In alternating chapters, Ortiz delivers the words of Alex, who worries about leaving her alcoholic mother and girlfriend. Naudus renders shy Molly's anxiety and ambivalence toward her overbearing Korean mother. What's... Read More

SISTER MOTHER WARRIOR

SISTER MOTHER WARRIOR

Earphones Award Winner

by Vanessa Riley | Read by Adjoa Andoh, Robin Miles [Note]

Harper Audio
Historical Fiction

Adjoa Andoh narrates this sweeping account of Haiti's pre-revolutionary era. The formidable audiobook is based on the true story of Marie-Claire Bonheur, the first empress of Haiti, and the rebellion that liberated its enslaved people, making Haiti the first post-colonial Black-led nation in the world. Andoh's narration ranges from vulnerable to invincible, and her female... Read More

SPARRING PARTNERS

SPARRING PARTNERS

by John Grisham | Read by Jeff Daniels, Ethan Hawke, January LaVoy, John Grisham [Note]

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Three excellent narrators--Jeff Daniels, Ethan Hawke, and January LaVoy--make this audiobook's three novellas engrossing. Daniels's low-key, sometimes gravelly, performance in "Homecoming" is perfect for this story about a mostly struggling Mississippi lawyer who assists a friend who stole some money and disappeared, but who now wants to return. Hawke's work with voices is... Read More

VACATIONLAND

VACATIONLAND

by Meg Mitchell Moore | Read by Stacey Glemboski

Harper Audio
Fiction

Narrator Stacey Glemboski captures this novel about family and responsibility with her stellar performance. Leaving her husband behind in Brooklyn, Louisa takes off for her parents' summer beach house in Maine with her three kids. At the same time, Kristie heads out from Pennsylvania to Maine with little money to unpack the truth about her father. Both women will spend an... Read More

WHEN WOMEN WERE DRAGONS

WHEN WOMEN WERE DRAGONS

by Kelly Barnhill | Read by Kimberly Farr, Mark Bramhall

Random House Audio
Fantasy

Kimberly Farr's and Mark Bramhall's expressive performances align with this imaginative story about the power of female relationships and the toxicity of silence. The women in this alternate history are dragons. Farr's warmth adds further nuance to fictional memoirist Alex Green as she looks back upon the impact the Mass Dragoning of 1955 had on her resilient mother, her... Read More

THE WOK

THE WOK Recipes and Techniques

by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt | Read by Eric Jason Martin

Tantor Media
Contemporary Culture

Listening to Eric Jason Martin's narration of this audiobook is like signing up for a master class on wok cooking. His clear and steady voice will take listeners through the basics of a simple stir-fry, knife skills, and numerous ingredient breakdowns needed to pull off restaurant-style dishes at home. The full text of the recipes is included in the accompanying pdf, so the... Read More

WOMAN OF LIGHT

WOMAN OF LIGHT

by Kali Fajardo-Anstine | Read by Melinna Bobadilla

Random House Audio
Fiction

Melinna Bobadilla's engaging narration of this magical intergenerational novel makes for worthwhile listening. Luz Lopez, who has special abilities as a tea-leaf reader in 1930s Denver, finds herself going back in time to understand her Indigenous Chicano family's journey through traumatic circumstances. This story of love, loss, and survival is passionately narrated.... Read More

YOU HAVE A FRIEND IN 10A

YOU HAVE A FRIEND IN 10A Stories

Earphones Award Winner

by Maggie Shipstead | Read by Mark Deakins, Mark Bramhall, Ari Fliakos, George Newbern, Kyla Garcia, Alex McKenna, Xe Sands, Rebecca Lowman

Random House Audio
Fiction

Excellent narration from a bevy of capable narrators enhances Maggie Shipstead's incisive collection of 10 short stories. Plots are varied: An actress emerges from a Scientology-type religious movement in the titular story, narrated by Alex McKenna; a Hollywood father and his two daughters clean out his late father's home in "Angel Lust," narrated by George Newbern; and a love... Read More

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