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THE ATLAS MANEUVER

THE ATLAS MANEUVER Cotton Malone, Book 18

by Steve Berry | Read by Scott Brick

Hachette Audio
Mystery & Suspense

In this eighteenth entry in Berry's bestselling Cotton Malone series, narrator Scott Brick shepherds the new adventure with perfect pacing and emphasis. A CIA investigation into a stockpile of WWII Japanese gold stashed in Luxembourg's Bank of St. George pushes retired Justice Department operative Malone out of his Copenhagen bookstore and back into action, babysitting the... Read More

CAHOKIA JAZZ

CAHOKIA JAZZ

Earphones Award Winner

by Francis Spufford | Read by Andy Ingalls

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fiction

Narrator Andy Ingalls delivers all the nuances of a full cast in Spufford's latest, a literary detective novel that takes place in an alternate universe. In an authoritative tone, Ingalls brings to life Cahokia, located on the banks of the Mississippi. In the novel, this ancient Indigenous society lives on in the 1920s, seeming to flourish in its diversity. But when Barrow... Read More

CRANKY

CRANKY

by Phuc Tran | Read by Jacob McNatt

Harper Audio
Children

Narrator Jacob McNatt has to get a bit cranky for this picture book featuring a crane named Cranky who builds a bridge with his friends, Zippy, Wheezy, and Dump Chuck. Automotive wordplay adds a sense of fun to this story of Cranky's sour mood. McNatt captures Cranky's disposition at once as he testily snaps at the merry morning greetings of his friends. During lunch break,... Read More

THE EYES AND THE IMPOSSIBLE

THE EYES AND THE IMPOSSIBLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Dave Eggers | Read by Ethan Hawke

Listening Library
Children

Ethan Hawke delivers a spectacular performance of Dave Eggers's 2024 Newbery Medal-winning middle-grade animal story in which Eggers assures us, ". . . the dogs are dogs, the birds are birds, goats are goats, the bison bison." Hawke is more than up to the task of interpreting the rich, complex language describing creatures who, along with three penned bison, maintain the... Read More

FOURTEEN DAYS

FOURTEEN DAYS An Unauthorized Gathering

Earphones Award Winner

by The Authors Guild | Read by Shayna Small

Harper Audio
Fiction

Shayna Small delivers a variety of accents as a group of New Yorkers gather on the rooftop of their dilapidated building during the COVID-19 pandemic, telling stories to pass the time. The audiobook features a "pots-and-pans symphony" that applauds the healthcare workers who risk their lives to treat the sick. Small shines in this reboot of another plague novel, Boccaccio's... Read More

THE FOURTH WING (1 of 2)

THE FOURTH WING (1 of 2) The Empyrean

by Rebecca Yarros | Read by Khaya Fraites Fraites, Gabriel Michael, Torian Brackett, Taylor Coan, LaMont Ridgell, Robb Moreira, Laura C. Harris, David Cui Cui and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio
Fantasy

This audiobook, set in a fantasy world of dragon riders and war, is truly enhanced by its full-cast narration. Khaya Fraites delivers an outstanding performance as the protagonist, infusing her character's journey with depth and realism. Gabriel Michael, Taylor Coan, and LaMont Ridgell also shine, each lending their unique voice to the vivid storytelling. Despite minor... Read More

THE FOX WIFE

THE FOX WIFE

by Yangsze Choo | Read by Yangsze Choo

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

Author and narrator Yangsze Choo gently narrates this fantasy audiobook about foxes that can transform into dazzlingly beautiful humans. Bao has the ability to tell truths from lies and has been tasked with solving a murder mystery that might involve foxes. Meanwhile, Snow has taken human form and gets a job as a servant, all to aid her in avenging the death of her child. Choo... Read More

GET THE PICTURE

GET THE PICTURE A Mind-Bending Journey Among the Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Me How to See

Earphones Award Winner

by Bianca Bosker | Read by Bianca Bosker

Penguin Audio
Contemporary Culture

Journalist Bianca Bosker narrates her witty audiobook about the art world with pizzazz. She has a pleasing sound, paces the sometimes frantic-sounding proceedings well, and comes across as an authentic seeker. Performing in a comic style, she enhances the audiobook's ironic undertone, which suggests that many in the art world see journalists as "the enemy." In this work she... Read More

THE GREAT DIVIDE

THE GREAT DIVIDE

Earphones Award Winner

by Cristina Henríquez | Read by Robin Miles

Harper Audio
Fiction

Golden Voice narrator Robin Miles's evocative performance of Cristina Henríquez's novel about the building of the Panama Canal takes its time, which feels right for a book with many threads. Set midway through the canal's multi year construction, the plot follows several central characters as they navigate personal dramas and canal-related crises. Miles's lovely, warm voice... Read More

THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN MEANINGS

THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN MEANINGS A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by RuPaul | Read by RuPaul

Harper Audio
Biography & Memoir

Pop culture drag star RuPaul's soft narration opens with sensory details that evoke the power of memory. His gentle voice allows listeners to enter early scenes of his life in San Diego that are not always easy--waiting for his father who never shows up, arriving home for lunch to find a locked door. Within those scenes are wise reflections about the world around him and his... Read More

HOW YOU GET THE GIRL

HOW YOU GET THE GIRL

by Anita Kelly | Read by Lindsey Dorcus, Gail Shalan

Hachette Audio
Romantic Fiction

Lindsey Dorcus and Gail Shalan's wonderfully matched dual narration gives a satisfying emotional fullness to this warmhearted contemporary romance set on the sneaker-streaked hardwood courts of Tennessee. When former professional basketball player Elle Cochrane takes in her cousin's daughter, Vanessa, it draws her reluctantly back into the basketball world. Recognizing the... Read More

I HEARD HER CALL MY NAME

I HEARD HER CALL MY NAME A Memoir of Transition

by Lucy Sante | Read by Lucy Sante

Penguin Audio
Biography & Memoir

Memoirs are often best when they're read by the author, and Lucy Sante's intimate and poignant account of her journey from assigned-male-at-birth to female-presenting is sometimes raw, sometimes soft, and altogether genuine. Her own voice delivering vignettes from her life resonates with authenticity. Sante's lifelong success as a writer comes through in her near-poetic... Read More

MARTYR!

MARTYR!

Earphones Award Winner

by Kaveh Akbar | Read by Arian Moayed

Random House Audio
Fiction

Iranian American actor Arian Moayed gives the performance of a lifetime in poet Kaveh Akbar's extraordinary debut novel. Cyrus Shams is a queer Iranian American poet in recovery who is grieving the long-ago death of his mother (killed when the U.S. Navy shot down a civilian Iranian plane) and struggling to find meaning in life. He becomes obsessed with the idea of martyrdom and... Read More

THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE ALPERTON ANGELS

THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE ALPERTON ANGELS

Earphones Award Winner

by Janice Hallett | Read by Kristin Atherton, Annie Aldington, Nneka Okoye, Gareth Armstrong, Sid Sagar

Simon & Schuster Audio
Mystery & Suspense

This marvelous audiobook unfolds through a series of emails complete with verbal emojis--a narrator's challenge. Kristin Atherton gives a knockout performance as journalist Amanda Bailey, who is investigating the malevolent cult of the Alperton Angels. Years ago they attempted to persuade a teenage mother to sacrifice her baby--but then the infant disappeared. Sid Sagar... Read More

OUR HIDDEN CONVERSATIONS

OUR HIDDEN CONVERSATIONS What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity

Earphones Award Winner

by Michele Norris | Read by Michele Norris and a Full Cast

Simon & Schuster Audio
Contemporary Culture

Peabody Award-winning journalist Michele Norris and a full cast deliver a must-listen performance of Norris's riveting examination of race in America. Based on 12 years of submissions to Norris's Race Card Project--six words about race from over half-a-million people--the audiobook shifts between Norris's clear, warm, thoughtful commentary and participants' contributions, all... Read More

OWNING UP

OWNING UP New Fiction

by George Pelecanos | Read by Dion Graham

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Dion Graham skillfully breathes life into the diverse characters in Pelecanos's four novellas, vividly portraying the communities that constitute Washington, DC, beyond its political facade. Across different timeframes, these stories unveil ordinary individuals who are grappling with personal challenges and having to own up to them and take responsibility. Golden Voice Graham... Read More

PROPHET SONG

PROPHET SONG

by Paul Lynch | Read by Gerry O'Brien

Bolinda Audio
Fiction

Harrowing, evocative, and timely, this 2023 Booker Prize winner takes listeners on a deep dive into what happens when a democracy devolves into totalitarianism. Set in Dublin, the story begins when Eilish Stack finds officers from the secret police at her door, looking for her husband. An undefined-- yet clearly political--emergency is happening, and all the rules pertaining to... Read More

RANDOM IN DEATH

RANDOM IN DEATH

by J.D. Robb | Read by Susan Ericksen

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Susan Ericksen's energetic performance is unparalleled in this latest in the futuristic In Death series. Jenna, a teen who is enjoying a live performance of her favorite band, is jabbed at the show by a killer with a needle filled with a deadly combination of pure heroin and other drugs. To top it off, the needle itself is covered in infectious bacteria. Lt. Eve Dallas fears... Read More

READY OR NOT

READY OR NOT

by Cara Bastone | Read by Alex Finke

Random House Audio
Romantic Fiction

Alex Finke narrates a hilarious and heartwarming friends-to-lovers romance set in Brooklyn. Eve Hatch is content with life in her cozy city apartment close to her childhood best friend, Willa, after moving away from her family in the Midwest. However, an unplanned pregnancy from a one-night stand shakes up her life. She takes a closer look at all her current relationships,... Read More

THIS IS THE HONEY

THIS IS THE HONEY An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets

Earphones Award Winner

by Kwame Alexander [Ed.] | Read by Mahogany L. Brown, Joel Damany Steingold

Hachette Audio
Poetry & Drama

Anyone who wants to know what's going on in contemporary Black poetry should seek out this anthology. Most of the big names, including Rita Dove and Nikki Giovanni, are here, as are a great many less famous but highly skilled poets. The quality of the poems ranges from quite good to fabulous; there's not a lemon in this bushel. Performers Mahogany L. Brown and Joel Damany... Read More

WANDERING STARS

WANDERING STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Tommy Orange | Read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett, MacLeod Andrews, Alma Cuervo, Curtis Michael Holland, Calvin Joyal, Phil Ava, Emmanuel Chumaceiro, Christian Young, Charley Flyte

Random House Audio
Fiction

This audiobook reveals that Orange is among the most insightful novelists writing today and a poet of pain. Among this segmented novel's stellar performances, Charley Flyte's reading of Victoria Bear Shield's dramatic monologue to her unborn daughter is a tour de force--a haunting performance with an expressive tone and intimate voice. Alma Cuervo portrays Jacquie Red Feather... Read More

WHAT FEASTS AT NIGHT

WHAT FEASTS AT NIGHT Sworn Soldier, Book 2

by T. Kingfisher | Read by Avi Roque

Macmillan Audio
Horror

Narrator Avi Roque conveys all the creeping horror of this sequel to WHAT MOVES THE DEAD. Alex Easton, a retired soldier, travels to their family's hunting lodge in their damp and unwelcoming home country, Gallacia. Alex discovers the lodge cold and empty and learns that the caretaker has died under mysterious circumstances. The villagers are wary of Alex, and the lodge and... Read More

WHAT HAVE WE HERE?

WHAT HAVE WE HERE? Portraits of a Life

by Billy Dee Williams | Read by Billy Dee Williams

Random House Audio
Biography & Memoir

Every one of performer Billy Dee Williams's well-lived 86 years can be heard in this candid memoir. Williams's somewhat tired vocal demeanor sharply contrasts with his cool and crisp delivery of the fascinating events of his life, beginning with his childhood appearance in a Broadway show. He has a tinge of a New York City accent. And--make no mistake--his frequent odd pauses... Read More

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