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THE BEAUTIFUL

THE BEAUTIFUL

Earphones Award Winner

by Renée Ahdieh | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Listening Library
Young Adult

Narrator Lauren Ezzo pulls out all the stops in this paranormal romance. Celine has just arrived in New Orleans after fleeing Paris and a dark secret; she's taken in by a convent until they can find a suitable match for her. But soon Celine finds herself caught up in a series of mysterious murders, and Sébastien, leader of La Cour des Lions, is as suspicious as he is darkly... Read More

BLOWOUT

BLOWOUT Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

by Rachel Maddow | Read by Rachel Maddow

Random House Audio
Contemporary Culture

While television viewers may find Maddow a delight , this 15-hour audiobook may challenge their enthusiasm. Nonetheless, the work certainly has its insights. Russia, U.S. international relations, and oil extraction intersect in Maddow's investigation of Putin's rise to power, Rex Tillerson's ascendance to the position of secretary of state, and the implications these have for... Read More

THE BODY

THE BODY A Guide for Occupants

by Bill Bryson | Read by Bill Bryson

Random House Audio
Contemporary Culture

The author narrates this travelogue, which takes listeners on a grand tour of the human body, visiting--as it were--the various organs and systems that make us who we are. As narrator, Bryson takes a studied approach, serious but short of clinical. This fits the detailed and sometimes complicated material. But he keeps it light by offering anecdotes and bits of trivia, such as... Read More

THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN

THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience

by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton | Read by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton

Simon & Schuster Audio
Biography & Memoir

The powerful voices of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton deliver their new audiobook. Based on a lifelong series of conversations between mother and daughter, this work gives listeners an opportunity to embrace the impact, major and minor, of various women throughout history. Whether fighting for equality or going where no woman has gone before, the women in this... Read More

THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB

THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB Bromance Book Club, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Lyssa Kay Adams | Read by Maxwell Caulfield, Andrew Eiden

Penguin Audio
Romantic Fiction

A silly premise and a very personal issue comprise what turns out to be a meaningful story, delivered by two narrators. The story starts with Thea, Gavin's wife, talking about divorce. Gavin, portrayed by Andrew Eiden, doesn't want to divorce, so his baseball buddies bring him into their secret "club"--a group of men who read romance novels to help them with their marriages or... Read More

CATCH AND KILL

CATCH AND KILL Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

by Ronan Farrow | Read by Ronan Farrow

Hachette Audio
Contemporary Culture

Award-winning journalist Ronan Farrow narrates his own account of exposing Harvey Weinstein and several NBC executives as sexual predators. There's no denying the effectiveness or thoroughness of Farrow's investigative work. He provides a fascinating and detailed look at how he broke this enormously important story. As the narrator, Farrow delivers a surprisingly theatrical... Read More

A COMPUTER CALLED KATHERINE

A COMPUTER CALLED KATHERINE How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

by Suzanne Slade | Read by Jeanette Illidge

Hachette Audio
Children

Jeanette Illidge exudes confidence and pride as she narrates the early life of Katherine Johnson. A pioneering African-American mathematician who entered college at age 15, Katherine recognized the inequality of educational opportunities for women of color. As part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, she out-calculated the computers while preparing for both Alan... Read More

DASHER

DASHER How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever

Earphones Award Winner

by Matt Tavares | Read by Laural Merlington

Dreamscape
Children

Enchanting. Laurel Merlington transports listeners to a time they might not remember--the time before Santa Claus had his "eight tiny reindeer" to guide his sleigh each Christmas Eve. Enter a storytelling doe and her curious fawn, Dasher, who delights in the stories of a long-ago home under the North Star, where the cold and white snow blanketed the land. Dasher wonders whether... Read More

THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE

THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruta Sepetys | Read by Maite Jáuregui, Joshua Kane, Robert Petkoff, Oliver Wyman, Richard Ferrone, Neil Hellegers, Liza Kaplan

Listening Library
Young Adult

This harrowing yet hopeful story of young people caught in the midst of Spain's fascist regime in the 1950s is superbly rendered by Maite Jáuregui and an ensemble cast. With excellent Spanish, Jáuregui-- who does not sound like a native English speaker--uses her mesmerizing vocal tones and unhurried pacing to infuse the audiobook with all of its inherent pathos. The love story... Read More

THE GUARDIANS

THE GUARDIANS

by John Grisham | Read by Michael Beck

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Michael Beck's Southern drawl lends authenticity to John Grisham's 40th audiobook, this one about a lawyer for a small law firm that works to free prisoners they believe to be wrongly convicted. Beck's earnestness elevates the story of world-weary attorney/minister Cullen Post as he fights like the devil to free Quincy Miller, a man framed for the murder of a sleazy... Read More

HEY, KIDDO

HEY, KIDDO

Earphones Award Winner

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka | Read by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Jeanne Birdsall, Richard Ferrone, Jenna Lamia, and a Full Cast

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult

A full cast of more than 40 performers brings this powerful graphic novel memoir vividly to life. When he was 3, Jarrett's grandparents removed him from his heroin-addicted mother's custody and raised him in their noisy, loving home, encouraging his artistic talent. With music, sound effects, and affecting performances, listeners feel like they are at the dinner table with him... Read More

THE INNOCENTS

THE INNOCENTS

by Michael Crummey | Read by Mary Lewis

Random House Audio
Fiction

Listeners will be riveted by Mary Lewis's accomplished narration of this harrowing audiobook about survival under extreme circumstances. Eleven-year-old Everett and nine-year-old Ada have just buried both parents and their younger sister and are now living on their own in an isolated cove in nineteenth-century Newfoundland. Lewis sensitively conveys the unbearable burdens these... Read More

ME

ME

by Elton John | Read by Taron Egerton, Elton John

Macmillan Audio
Biography & Memoir

Reginald Dwight, better known to us as Elton John, offers a candid and surprisingly detailed memoir. The musician himself provides a heartfelt and precise narration of the brief prologue and epilogue. Narrator Taron Egerton's performance of the bulk of the audiobook is, at best, tolerable and, at worst, grating. Egerton's success as Elton in the movie ROCKETMAN does not... Read More

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING The Folk of the Air, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Holly Black | Read by Caitlin Kelly

Hachette Audio
Young Adult

Narrator Caitlin Kelly delivers all the fervor of the conclusion to Black's Folk of the Air trilogy. Jude is in exile when her treasonous twin provides a way to return to Elfhame. Curious, and with lingering feelings for Cardan, Jude takes her sister's place in the faerie realm. As the story changes direction, Kelly allows listeners to reconnect with the romance between these... Read More

THE SECOND SLEEP

THE SECOND SLEEP

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert Harris | Read by Roy McMillan

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Best known for his animated narration of DON QUIXOTE and other essential classics, Roy McMillan is one of our most versatile and accomplished voices, equally effective narrating a popular thriller. The author of FATHERLAND always keeps listeners on their toes, and here a pastiche of elements--a dystopian world, a possible murder mystery, the high action of a thriller--results... Read More

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