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ALL THAT SHE CARRIED

ALL THAT SHE CARRIED The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake

by Tiya Miles | Read by Janina Edwards

Random House Audio
History

Narrator Janina Edwards helps listeners trace the history of a small cotton bag and its journey through the difficult lives of the Black women who carried it. Starting with an enslaved woman, the bag was stitched and filled with items of love, before being passed on through future generations. Now housed in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the simple... Read More

CHRONICLES FROM THE LAND OF THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH

CHRONICLES FROM THE LAND OF THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH

by Wole Soyinka | Read by Michael Obiora

Random House Audio
Fiction

This Nobel laureate's first novel since 1973 is a political satire that takes place in a reimagined Nigeria. It is filled with mystery, drama, and humor. Michael Obiora meticulously paces himself in his narration. If he's not portraying the rebranded Papa Davina, a religious leader, then he is focused on other over-the-top characters like Sir Goddie. His delivery of female... Read More

THE DARK HOURS

THE DARK HOURS Harry Bosch, Book 23

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Connelly | Read by Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners once again enjoy the talented partnership of author Michael Connelly and narrators Christine Lakin and Titus Welliver. In this fourth audiobook in the Renée Ballard series, we follow the prickly LAPD detective as she relentlessly pursues justice. Ballard faces obstacles presented by the pandemic and the blowback on law enforcement from police brutality protests. Lakin... Read More

THE DONUT TRAP

THE DONUT TRAP

by Julie Tieu | Read by Natalie Naudus

Harper Audio
Romantic Fiction

In a vibrant performance with well-paced comedic timing, narrator Natalie Naudus turns Jasmine Tran's attempt to save her love life, career, and donut shop into a satisfying listen. Naudus's slightly acerbic voice is well suited for Jasmine, who uses self-deprecation and sarcasm when confronting her problems. While attempting to make her family's donut shop go viral, Jasmine... Read More

GAME ON: TEMPTING TWENTY-EIGHT

GAME ON: TEMPTING TWENTY-EIGHT Stephanie Plum, Book 28

by Janet Evanovich | Read by Lorelei King

Simon & Schuster Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Lorelei King returns to bring life to Evanovich's characters and joy to listeners. Fans get to reconnect with the Trenton, New Jersey, regulars and also hear from Diesel and Wolf, who drop in from other celestial planes. This 28th addition to the series follows the success formula for the Stephanie Plum series: Stephanie gets herself into ridiculous situations as she... Read More

GOOD OMENS

GOOD OMENS A Full Cast Production

by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett | Read by Rebecca Front, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Katherine Kingsley, Arthur Darvill, et al.

Harper Audio
Fantasy

Rebecca Front's narration is perfectly suited to the wry, dry, very British humor of this classic collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. A star-studded cast of actors chimes in with dialogue--including Michael Sheen and David Tennant reprising their roles from the streaming TV series. Sheen is a delightfully fussy Aziraphale, and Tennant captures a Crowley who,... Read More

HELL OF A BOOK

HELL OF A BOOK

Earphones Award Winner

by Jason Mott | Read by JD Jackson, Ronald Peet

Penguin Audio
Fiction

If ever there was a piece of fiction suited to becoming an audiobook, this is it. The novel's two protagonists tell distinct but interlocking stories of what it is like to be Black in America. Narrator JD Jackson's inspired portrayal of an unnamed author on a boozy book tour has the sandy sadness of a man coming to terms with fame, race, and death. Ronald Peet, whose voice has... Read More

LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB

LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB

by Malinda Lo | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Listening Library
Young Adult

Emily Woo Zeller's melodic narration transports listeners to 1950s San Francisco in this coming-of-age novel about family, first love, and a Chinese-American teenager discovering herself. When Lily sees an ad for a show featuring a male impersonator, she feels a prick of recognition she doesn't fully understand. Soon she's sneaking out for heady nights at the Telegraph Club and... Read More

THE MEMOIRS OF STOCKHOLM SVEN

THE MEMOIRS OF STOCKHOLM SVEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Nathaniel Ian Miller | Read by Olafur Darri Olafsson

Hachette Audio
Fiction

With a voice of warm intelligence and wry Nordic wit, Icelandic actor Olafur Olafsson brings the arctic adventures of Sven Ormson to life. In 1916 Ormson leaves his native Sweden for the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, one of the northernmost, bleakest, coldest inhabited lands in the world. Soon he is injured and horribly disfigured in a mining accident and sets off to live... Read More

OH WILLIAM!

OH WILLIAM! Amgash, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Elizabeth Strout | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio
Fiction

Kimberly Farr lends her talents to the narration of Strout's third novel in her Amgash series, providing new insights on the life of writer Lucy Barton. While still mourning her second husband, Lucy agrees to accompany her first husband, William, on a trip to Maine, to investigate his shadowy family history. In straightforward and unadorned tones, Farr describes Lucy's... Read More

THE SENTENCE

THE SENTENCE

Earphones Award Winner

by Louise Erdrich | Read by Louise Erdrich

Harper Audio
Fiction

Louise Erdrich never disappoints in this engrossing, beautifully written novel. Her narration is breathy, poignant, often funny, and always engrossing. Tookie works at Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore in Minneapolis owned by Erdrich--who sometimes enters the novel as herself. Tookie is being haunted by the ghost of her most annoying customer, Flora, who won't leave the... Read More

STATE OF TERROR

STATE OF TERROR

by Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton | Read by Joan Allen

Simon & Schuster Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Joan Allen's portrayal of newly appointed Secretary of State Ellen Adams has echoes of Hillary Clinton herself. Allen's well-paced reading handily unfurls this roller-coaster thriller as Ellen contends with terrorist acts AND the backbiting and political maneuverings of White House leaders. Layers of intrigue and deception have the Secretary of State not knowing whom... Read More

THESE PRECIOUS DAYS

THESE PRECIOUS DAYS Essays

Earphones Award Winner

by Ann Patchett | Read by Ann Patchett

Harper Audio
Contemporary Culture

Ann Patchett's warmth, intelligence and generosity of spirit come through in her inviting narration of her latest collection of essays. She sounds completely natural, almost as if she is puzzling out her concerns for the first time as she conveys each accomplished piece. A wide expanse of subject matter is thoughtfully presented. These include considerations in her decision to... Read More

YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS

YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS

by Kal Penn | Read by Kal Penn

Simon & Schuster Audio
Biography & Memoir

Fans will be grateful that Kal Penn, known for the Harold & Kumar movies, narrates his own memoir because he brings his signature comedy to every moment. We are treated to an easy, comfortable style that switches smoothly between stories of growing up a child of immigrants and behind-the-scenes moments on Hollywood sets. What might surprise many is Penn's intellectual side,... Read More

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