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COMING UP CUBAN

COMING UP CUBAN Rising Past Castro's Shadow

by Sonia Manzano | Read by Vivia Font, Gary Tiedemann, Rebecca Soler, Giordan Diaz, Sonia Manzano

Scholastic Audiobooks
Children

A quartet of narrators and the author beautifully perform this view of Cuba during the early years of Fidel Castro's government. The interwoven stories of four children show how the Cuban Revolution impacted each of their lives. Listeners are taken to Havana, rural Cuba, New York City, and Miami as narrators Vivia Font, Gary Tiedemann, Rebecca Soler, and Giordan Diaz bring... Read More

DESTINATION UNKNOWN

DESTINATION UNKNOWN

by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Pete Cross

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult

Pete Cross portrays two gay teenagers who are coming of age in New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic in this moving, messy, and deeply personal story. Micah is a closeted teen who is desperate for gay friends and experiences; C.J. is a charismatic dancer with a penchant for telling elaborate lies. Cross voices C.J. in a suave, self-assured tone, which he lowers and... Read More

THE DOOR OF NO RETURN

THE DOOR OF NO RETURN

by Kwame Alexander | Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Hachette Audio
Children

British Ghanaian performer Kobna Holdbrook-Smith lends his vocal talents to this trilogy opener, which finds 11-year-old Kofi thrust through the titular door into the Middle Passage. Before this happens, however, listeners are immersed in Kofi's rich, full life in the Asante village of Upper Kwanta, where he navigates friendship, rivalry, school, and a crush. Modulating easily... Read More

FAIRY TALE

FAIRY TALE

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen King | Read by Seth Numrich, Stephen King

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fantasy

Seth Numrich's narration of 17-year-old Charlie Reade's story is moving and frightening in equal measure. Charlie befriends a reclusive curmudgeon, Howard Bowditch, and his aging dog, and inherits Howard's house and dog when he dies. Howard also leaves Charlie a cassette recording--voiced remarkably by Stephen King. On it, Howard recounts a story within the story, involving a... Read More

GIRL, FORGOTTEN

GIRL, FORGOTTEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Karin Slaughter | Read by Kathleen Early

Blackstone Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kathleen Early steps up to the challenge of voicing teenage boys and girls and then switching to an imperious female judge and a feisty female U.S. marshal. In this second book in the Andrea Oliver series, the plot moves back and forth from the troubled life of teenager Emily Vaughn in the 1980s to Oliver's first assignment as a U.S. marshal in the present day. Early's... Read More

HAVEN

HAVEN

by Emma Donoghue | Read by Aidan Kelly

Hachette Audio
Historical Fiction

Aidan Kelly's performance expresses the complex emotional experiences of three monks who are seeking solitude on a deserted island. Set in seventh-century Ireland, this work of historical fiction follows three monks who feel called by God to make a spiritual haven set apart from the temptations of the rest of the world. As time passes, their leader, Artt, becomes more and more... Read More

HEARTBREAKER

HEARTBREAKER Hell's Belles, Book 2

by Sarah MacLean | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Harper Audio
Romantic Fiction

Mary Jane Wells charms and delights as she narrates MacLean's adventurous historical romance. Adelaide Frampton grew up among London's most dangerous criminals, destined for a life of thievery until she was rescued and drawn into the secret world of the Hell's Belles. Now she uses her meek, unassuming demeanor; quick fingers; and fighting skills to right society's wrongs and... Read More

THE HURTING KIND

THE HURTING KIND Poems

Earphones Award Winner

by Ada Limón | Read by Ada Limón

Milkweed Editions
Poetry & Drama

Newly announced poet laureate Ada Limón delivers her own marvelous poetry very well indeed. Nearly all of the poems involve, in one way or another, the relationship between humans and the natural world through images, ideas, or acute observation. Like many fine poets, Limón takes her own life and experiences and works them toward a resolution that can be healing for herself and... Read More

HUSBAND MATERIAL

HUSBAND MATERIAL London Calling, Book 2

by Alexis Hall | Read by Joe Jameson

Dreamscape
Romantic Fiction

Narrator Joe Jameson appealingly inhabits protagonist Luc's snarky, sardonic (and also quite smitten) point of view. In BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, Luc and Oliver went from being fake boyfriends to real ones; in this sequel, they've been happily together for two years, and attending a series of weddings gives them, or at least Luc, an idea. Characters are plentiful and dialogue is... Read More

THE IT GIRL

THE IT GIRL

by Ruth Ware | Read by Imogen Church

Simon & Schuster Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Hannah and April--the "it girl" of the title--were roommates at Oxford. Then April was killed by a creepy porter. Or was she? Narrator Imogen Church adeptly conveys the characters involved--from reckless April to serious Hannah; April's lovers, Will and Ryan; and others. But halfway into the audiobook, it becomes apparent the story is not going to broaden beyond this single... Read More

A LADY'S GUIDE TO FORTUNE-HUNTING

A LADY'S GUIDE TO FORTUNE-HUNTING

by Sophie Irwin | Read by Eleanor Tomlinson

Penguin Audio
Romantic Fiction

A delightful narration by Eleanor Tomlinson captures the romance and the spunky heroine in this well-written peek into Regency morality and hypocrisy. Kitty and her four younger sisters are threatened with losing their home because of debts incurred by their irresponsible father. Kitty and sister Cecily head to London for the season so Kitty can snag a man with a fortune to... Read More

THE LAST WHITE MAN

THE LAST WHITE MAN

by Mohsin Hamid | Read by Mohsin Hamid

Penguin Audio
Fiction

Author/narrator Mohsin Hamid's voice is pleasing and clear. His restrained narration works well for this audiobook. The plot device is straightforward: A white man named Anders wakes one morning with brown skin. Hamid's uninflected voice lets this Kafkaesque story unfold without melodrama. When Anders's transformation is repeated by more and more people--even his pale lover,... Read More

LEGENDS & LATTES

LEGENDS & LATTES A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes

Earphones Award Winner

by Travis Baldree | Read by Travis Baldree

Macmillan Audio
Fantasy

Taking a break from narrating other authors' audiobooks, Travis Baldree narrates his own debut fantasy. Viv, a fierce orc warrior, has decided to retire. She has discovered coffee, a gnomish delicacy, and she wants to open a café in Thune, a city where no one has heard of the beverage. Baldree has created a delightful set of characters. He introduces the motley crew of... Read More

LESS IS LOST

LESS IS LOST Arthur Less, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Andrew Sean Greer | Read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Narrator Robert Petkoff clearly enjoys himself in recounting the insightful and humorous misadventures of the hapless, gay, minor novelist Arthur Less. The novel's narrator is Arthur's partner, Freddy, who has been left behind. Petkoff imbues him with a tone of wry amusement. Arthur's story unfolds through encounters, often accidental, with people he meets as he travels across... Read More

MERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS

MERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS

by Anthony Marra | Read by Carlotta Brentan

Random House Audio
Historical Fiction

Carlotta Brentan gives a fine narration of this saga of Hollywood in the '30s and '40s. With her father in prison for anti-fascist activities in Italy, Maria, along with her mother, moves to an Italian neighborhood in Los Angeles. Maria becomes a secretary for the head of Mercury Pictures, Artie Feldman. Her secret romance with an Asian actor is disrupted when part of her past,... Read More

NARRATOR

NARRATOR

by Landon Beach | Read by Scott Brick

Landon Beach
Mystery & Suspense

Beach has provided audiophiles with a tribute to narrators wrapped in a psychological suspense. It's all delivered with intensity by Scott Brick. Listeners will experience an intimate view of the mindset, challenges, and joys experienced by audiobook narrators. Brick's dramatic delivery draws listeners into the life of Shawn Frost, a successful playwright, who, having fallen on... Read More

OUR WIVES UNDER THE SEA

OUR WIVES UNDER THE SEA

Earphones Award Winner

by Julia Armfield | Read by Annabel Baldwin, Robyn Holdaway

Dreamscape Media
Fiction

This haunting novel is beautifully written and artfully narrated by Annabel Baldwin and Robyn Holdaway. Leah, a marine biologist, returns from a submarine research mission that trapped her at the bottom of the ocean for six months. When she returns, her wife, Miri, is frustrated by inexplicable changes in Leah. In alternating chapters, Holdaway captures Leah's pre-mission... Read More

OUT OF EGYPT

OUT OF EGYPT

Earphones Award Winner

by André Aciman | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Macmillan Audio
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini immerses listeners in a lost world with this memoir. In a melancholy tone, he captures the author's longing for his boyhood home in cosmopolitan Alexandria, Egypt. He masterfully portrays the characters, especially his quirky grandmothers--one dubbed the saint and the other the princess--and ensures that the other members of his lively Sephardic... Read More

A PRAYER FOR THE CROWN-SHY

A PRAYER FOR THE CROWN-SHY Monk & Robot, Volume 2

by Becky Chambers | Read by Em Grosland

Macmillan Audio
Science Fiction

Em Grosland narrates with the perfect tone for this delightful and introspective sequel to A PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT. Tea monk Sibling Dex and their robot companion, Mosscap, are leaving the woods and heading out to the villages of their moon, Panga. Mosscap's bright, higher-pitched voice suits the inquisitive and charming robot, who is anxious to meet more humans and ask them... Read More

STAND UP!

STAND UP! Ten Mighty Women Who Made a Change

by Brittney Cooper | Read by Brittney Cooper

Scholastic Audiobooks
Children

Written and narrated by Brittney Cooper, this audio and picture book make an especially fine combination. She introduces 10 incredible Black women who changed history by standing up for what they believed in. The historical, contemporary, well-known, and less-well-known women include Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, and Mari Copeny, a youth activist who fought for clean water in... Read More

STAY AWAKE

STAY AWAKE

by Megan Goldin | Read by Imogen Church, January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

A slow start turns into a complex psychological thriller. Imogen Church and January LaVoy captivate the listener as they weave a tense narrative told by multiple characters speaking in multiple timeframes. Church and LaVoy bring an authentic and distinct voice to each character as the chapters unfold. Using an American accent for the character of Liv Reese, who loses her memory... Read More

SUSPECT

SUSPECT Kindle County, Book 12

Earphones Award Winner

by Scott Turow | Read by Helen Laser

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Helen Laser's unpretentious girl-next-door voice captures the edgy personality of P.I. Clarice "Pinky" Granum in Turow's 12th book in his Kindle County series. In a twist on the #MeToo theme, Chief of Police Lucia Gomez is accused of soliciting sex from male officers in exchange for promotions. Gomez hires attorney Rik Dudek, who relies on his tenacious investigator, Pinky. She... Read More

THE SWEET REMNANTS OF SUMMER

THE SWEET REMNANTS OF SUMMER Isabel Dalhousie, Book 14

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Davina Porter

Recorded Books
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Davina Porter makes her fourteenth appearance as everyone's favorite moral philosopher, Isabel Dalhousie. Ignoring husband Jamie's cautions about getting involved in more than she can handle, Isabel agrees to serve on the advisory committee of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. She is also called upon to help a friend whose husband and son are at odds. Ignoring... Read More

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

Earphones Award Winner

by Julia Whelan | Read by Julia Whelan

Harper Audio
Romantic Fiction

Author and Golden Voice Julia Whelan uses aspects of her own career to tell the story of Sewanee, an actress turned romance audiobook narrator who is recovering emotionally from a tragic accident. Having moved on to other genres, Sewanee resurrects her old pseudonym to narrate a beloved romance writer's last novel and, in doing so, works with the industry's most popular and... Read More

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW

Earphones Award Winner

by Gabrielle Zevin | Read by Jennifer Kim, Julian Cihi

Random House Audio
Fiction

Jennifer Kim's narration shows an understanding of how relaxed pacing can lead to poignancy. Kim portrays three young gaming geniuses, Sadie, Sam and Marx. Gradually, she reveals their relationships as she powerfully expresses how talent and collaboration yield success--but not without trials. Sadie feels unrecognized, and Sam is traumatized by the accident that caused his... Read More

A WAY OUT OF NO WAY

A WAY OUT OF NO WAY A Memoir of Truth, Transformation, and the New American Story

by Raphael G. Warnock | Read by Raphael G. Warnock

Penguin Audio
Biography & Memoir

Listeners may feel the watchful gaze of security guards as Raphael G. Warnock tells the story of the time he walked, hands in his pockets, through a store with his sister and was stopped as a suspected shoplifter. After years in the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, once home to Martin Luther King, Jr., Warnock won a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2020. He sounds warm and gentle... Read More

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