Narrator Kimberly Farr delivers a subtle, often wry portrayal of Willa Drake. We experience Willa's child's eye view of her parents' marriage; her own youthful marriage, motherhood, and early widowhood; and her older years as a conciliator who tries to soothe everyone, especially, Peter, husband #2. When her son's ex-girlfriend, a woman she has never met, is shot, Willa insists... Read More
Versatile narrator Tavia Gilbert performs this significant audiobook with a sure sense of its importance. Her focused reading suits the intent of its thought-provoking treatise on how and why truth and reason are vanishing from our national politics and discourse. The literary allusions and philosophical insights packed into the work would create a challenge for any narrator.... Read More
Narrator Kathleen McInerney returns as compassionate and determined Chief of Police Kate Burkholder. In the latest audiobook in Linda Castillo's popular series, the suicide of a teen girl and the murder of a young man by arson rock the small Amish community Kate serves. As she and her department investigate, they soon find that there is much more to the lives--and deaths--of... Read More
Narrator Chloe Cannon delivers an elegant and emotionally devastating performance of Abbott's latest psychological thriller. The story is told in the first person by Kit Owens, an up-and-coming lab scientist who is gunning for a coveted spot on a premenstrual dysphoric disorder research project. Cannon sounds so authentic that it's impossible not to be moved by Kit's... Read More
Ndaba Mandela introduces his own story, then hands the narration over to Michael Boatman, whose melodious, skillful recitation quickly draws listeners in. "Going to the mountain" is the English translation of the Xhosa coming-of-age rite, which Ndaba undertook--in more ways than one--under his famous grandfather's watchful eye. Ndaba was a mere child and his grandfather little... Read More
Are you and your mother as funny as Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella? If not, these authors will keep you laughing as they share their meditations on life with vigor, energy, and pluck. The ladies are hilarious as they hold forth on lost scarves, old dogs, and missed connections. Serritella's chapters are told in a sassy voice that keeps you listening as she details the... Read More
Narrator Rob Shapiro's calm, confident tone and perfect pacing set up empathetic characters who are thrown into a life-threatening situation in this new adventure by the acclaimed PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of THE GREAT MAN. Shapiro delivers this high-seas adventure with both deadpan humor and heartwarming emotion. In particular, he captures main character Christine... Read More
Fiona Hardingham narrates the final Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place audiobook with exuberance, charm, and impeccable timing. Hardingham honors the atmosphere created by original series narrator Katherine Kellgren but adds her own unique style. She captures governess Penelope Lumley's despair while trapped in a dreary Russian village and watching over dreadful children,... Read More
Keep your finger near the rewind buttons as you listen to this stunning exploration of the physics and philosophies of time. Rovelli is a patient teacher, but the subject matter is very difficult to grasp. Fortunately, we have narrator Benedict Cumberbatch's talents to carry us along. His velvety bass voice is a delight to listen to--comforting and companionable, with perfect... Read More
Golden Voice George Guidall continues his narration of the Gabriel Allon series. Listeners will be swiftly carried along by Guidall's confident voice and varied accents as he recounts Allon's search for a mole in the highest levels of Western intelligence. Silva has skillfully adapted the true story of Kim Philby, a famous double agent who rose to the heights of Britain's MI6... Read More
Sneha Mathan is an excellent choice to narrate the many subplots in Umrigar's unexpected sequel to THE SPACE BETWEEN US, about an unjustly fired lower-caste Indian employee named Bhima. She captures the tensions between Bhima and her granddaughter, Maya, by establishing different personas for the very different women. She provides an older, slower, and deeper pitch and accented... Read More
Novik updates the story of Rumpelstiltskin with a wildly original fantasy tale that has all the markings of a future classic. A young woman with a special gift attempts to save her family but is swept up in world of magic and demons. What follows is a dark fantasy focused on three complex women in a morally nuanced world. Lisa Flanagan's steady narration, especially her accents... Read More
Author Mike Pesca assembles a cadre of "what-if?" questions from the sports world. Malcolm Gladwell starts things off with a cerebral foreword, which precedes more than 30 stories written in varying styles. Some are potentially history altering--such as Mary Pilon's "What If Title IX Never Was?"--some are thought provoking and creative--such as Jonathan Hock's "What If Jerry... Read More
Pediatrician Hanna-Attisha presents a personal story of Flint, Michigan, as it deals with its health crisis, which began in 2014. Her narration is just as pivotal and profound as her book's content. There is a nurturing passionate and faintly humorous side to Dr. Mona's spoken words. The shock of what is occurring in the city--high levels of lead in the water--is evident from... Read More
Narrator Jennifer Lim has fun with the character of Sunny, an opinionated housemaid who works for a series of contemporary Chinese families. Listeners follow Sunny to her first employer when her family ousts her to make room for her brother's child. Her story continues when she moves from employer to employer. Lim's narration is arch, sardonic, and swiftly paced. These... Read More
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