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CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM

CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

by Earl Swift | Read by Tom Parks

Harper Audio
Contemporary Culture

The author's journalistic style and poetic eye for description combine with narrator Tom Parks's conversational tone to make this story about Virginia island life easy to listen to. Tangier Island, 12 miles off the Virginia coast, is home to a few hundred hardy souls who have one foot in the past--an economy based on commercial crabbing--and one in the present--a changing... Read More

DOPESICK

DOPESICK Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Earphones Award Winner

by Beth Macy | Read by Beth Macy

Hachette Audio
Contemporary Culture

In this razor-sharp indictment of the government, doctors, and Big Pharma, Beth Macy, author and narrator of this audiobook, exposes their attempts to control what is now an epidemic of opioid addiction among people of all walks of life in our nation. Doctors who do not understand the depth of the problem are overprescribing pain medications for small injuries and creating drug... Read More

A DUKE BY DEFAULT

A DUKE BY DEFAULT Reluctant Royals, Book 2

by Alyssa Cole | Read by Karen Chilton

Dreamscape
Romantic Fiction

Meet the NEW Portia Hobbs! The American screwup is trading in her partying and drinking for a sword-making apprenticeship at a Scottish armory. Narrator Karen Chilton warmly exudes Portia's newfound confidence and occasional bouts of uncertainty as she tangles with Tavish Mckenzie--the armory's grumpy master swordsmith. Chilton's Scottish accent has a soft lilt but not enough... Read More

FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE

FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE

by Ingrid Rojas Contreras | Read by Marisol Ramirez, Almarie Guerra, Ingrid Rojas Contreras [note]

Random House Audio
Fiction

Narrators Marisol Ramirez and Almarie Guerra team up to deliver this story of how 7-year-old Chula and her family's 15-year-old maid, Petrona, forge an unlikely bond as each struggles to find stability and safety in the waning years of Pablo Escobar's violent hold on Colombia. Early on, Ramirez infuses Chula's irrepressible curiosity and intelligence with naïveté; whereas,... Read More

THE GREAT BELIEVERS

THE GREAT BELIEVERS

by Rebecca Makkai | Read by Michael Crouch

Penguin Audio
Fiction

This audiobook delves into the lives and minds of its characters with care. Two stories run parallel throughout the novel, one unfolding during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago and the other taking place in a more contemporary time in Paris. The earnestness of Michael Crouch's performance suits the tone of both narratives well. Crouch is expressive and empathetic,... Read More

THE INCENDIARIES

THE INCENDIARIES

by R.O. Kwon | Read by Keong Sim

Penguin Audio
Fiction

With such a volatile title, it's surprising that this audiobook remains rather still in its narration. Keong Sim's performance is sleepy, halting, and easily dismissed instead of creating the momentum the story itself demands. The novel contains threats such as domestic terrorism, vanished love, and extremist cults. Such drama should be compelling. Indeed, the story itself... Read More

MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM

MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM

by Anne Youngson | Read by Lars Knudsen, Helen Lloyd

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

In this lovely audiobook an English farm wife, fascinated by the Tollund Man, an iron age Dane found uncannily preserved in a peat bog, begins a correspondence with a curator at the museum in Jutland that houses the remains. Helen Lloyd's Tina is warm, thoughtful, and seeking. The curator, Anders, who has been fairly recently widowed, is writing to her in his second language,... Read More

THE MERE WIFE

THE MERE WIFE

Earphones Award Winner

by Maria Dahvana Headley | Read by Susan Bennett

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

Susan Bennett masterfully narrates a stunning retelling of BEOWULF that confronts all manner of monsters. Dana Mills went away to war and came back with a son she has to keep safe from everything; Willa Herot lives at Herot Hall with a son who has been given everything. Bennett portrays a wide cast of characters, including both Dana and Willa, and does a particularly good job... Read More

THE MIDDLEMAN

THE MIDDLEMAN

by Olen Steinhauer | Read by Ari Fliakos

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

With his newest audio thriller, Olen Steinhauer hits a nerve. In a United States led by a polarizing president, with mistrusted and disrupted (or not) intelligence services, a charismatic leader named Martin Bishop emerges. Is his grassroots movement, The Massive Brigade, a peaceful resistance force, or is that a pose, disguising the coming terrors of a Baader-Meinhof gang, or... Read More

THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA

THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA

Earphones Award Winner

by Nelson Mandela, Sahm Venter [Ed.] | Read by Atandwa Kani

Recorded Books
Biography & Memoir

Atandwa Kani's portrayal of Nelson Mandela is so engrossing that listeners will be completely absorbed. This audiobook is composed of letters that Mandela wrote while imprisoned for decades for protesting against the government of South Africa and its system of Apartheid. The letters are in chronological order. Many were never delivered and are presented publicly here for the... Read More

RUST & STARDUST

RUST & STARDUST

by T. Greenwood | Read by Thérèse Plummer

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

Greenwood reimagines the real-life abduction and subsequent captivity of young Sally Horner, which began in 1948 and ended in early 1950. Narrator Thérèse Plummer's striking characterizations and focused tone immerse listeners in the rapidly changing characters and settings. Although the subject matter is disturbing, Greenwood's stylistic choices and Plummer's steadfast... Read More

SOUTHERNMOST

SOUTHERNMOST

Earphones Award Winner

by Silas House | Read by Charlie Thurston

HighBridge Audio
Fiction

Narrator Charlie Thurston deftly navigates this road story of a father and son on the run. Silas House's depiction of conflicted evangelical faith in the South begins with Pastor Asher Sharp, who makes an offer to help a gay couple following a flood and then loses his job and, after a messy divorce, custody of his precocious 9-year-old son, Justin, because of this act of... Read More

THE TENTH ISLAND

THE TENTH ISLAND Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores

by Diana Marcum | Read by Rebecca Mozo

Brilliance Audio
Biography & Memoir

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Diana Marcum's memoir, narrated by Rebecca Mozo, transports listeners from California to the beautiful islands of the Azores. Whether the author is at home in the U.S., speaking with other Americans, or overseas, speaking with native Azoreans, Mozo's performance breathes life into the real-life people in this audiobook. Though Marcum speaks little... Read More

TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET

TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET Meg Langslow, Book 23

Earphones Award Winner

by Donna Andrews | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Dreamscape
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Bernadette Dunne demonstrates her wide range of voice skills in performing the role of Meg, the main character in the Meg Langslow series. Dunne effectively conveys the fear Meg experiences when she sees a light in a church crypt and finds a murdered man there and five cremation niches broken open. Soon the listener catches the contagious enthusiasm of Meg's father as... Read More

WHAT TO READ AND WHY

WHAT TO READ AND WHY

by Francine Prose | Read by Allyson Johnson

Harper Audio
Contemporary Culture

In the follow-up to her bestseller, READING LIKE A WRITER, author and critic Francine Prose recommends some of her favorite literary works. Narrator Allyson Johnson perfectly evokes Prose's conversational tone. Some of these essays have been published before and some not. A handful of classic novels are covered, as well as lesser-known works and authors. Throughout her... Read More

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