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ACE OF SPADES

ACE OF SPADES

by Faridah Abíkéy-Imídé | Read by Jeanette Illidge, Tapiwa Mugweni

Macmillan Audio
Young Adult

Narrator Jeanette Illidge portrays prideful Chiamaka (Chi) Adebayo. It's no surprise that her stellar academics and popularity result in her landing the honor of being head prefect in her final year at the prestigious Niveus Private Academy. In contrast, narrator Tapiwa Mugweni presents the surprise and meekness of music student Devon Richards when he is also named a prefect.... Read More

ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE

ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE

by Mike Gayle | Read by Ben Onwukwe

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Narrator Ben Onwukwe brings out the humor and pathos in this story of Jamaican widower Hubert Bird, who discovers friendship in unlikely places. Hubert's daughter, Rose, thinks his life is full of friends and fun, but Hubert actually lives an entirely solitary existence. When Rose announces an unexpected visit, Hubert knows he better find some fake friends right away. Hubert's... Read More

THE ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED

THE ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

Earphones Award Winner

by John Green | Read by John Green

Penguin Audio
Contemporary Culture

This audiobook, narrated faithfully by its author, offers a complex and insightful look at the various human experiences that shape us. John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS) delivers impassioned reviews on a five-star scale of Diet Dr. Pepper, Canada geese, Halley's Comet, the Indy 500, and several other miscellaneous experiences, connecting each to his personal life and to... Read More

ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS

ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS Simon Snow Trilogy, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Rainbow Rowell | Read by Euan Morton

Macmillan Audio
Young Adult

Euan Morton returns to narrate the final installment in the Simon Snow series. Morton's exceptional talent shines as he modulates between European and American accents and seamlessly shifts tones to bring each distinct character to life. Simon, voiced listlessly, must figure out his place in the World of Mages. And Baz, speaking sardonically, just wants to hold on to his... Read More

THE BONE CODE

THE BONE CODE Temperance Brennan, Book 20

by Kathy Reichs | Read by Linda Emond

Simon & Schuster Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Linda Emond capably reprises the role of forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the latest installment of this long-running crime series. When a barrel containing two bodies washes ashore in Charleston following a coastal storm, Tempe discovers a disturbing connection with a cold case in Québec. Emond's mature timbre anchors the stalwart anthropologist as she follows... Read More

THE CELLIST

THE CELLIST Gabriel Allon, Book 21

by Daniel Silva | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini steps into big shoes to narrate the 21st audiobook in Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series. The previous nine audiobooks were narrated by George Guidall. Ballerini, to his credit, has found his own voices for the lead characters, and he excels at performing women and foreign accents. In the midst of the pandemic, Allon takes on the evil Russian empire,... Read More

FALLEN

FALLEN Kate Burkholder, Book 13

by Linda Castillo | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kathleen McInerney returns listeners to Amish country in this new installment in the Kate Burkholder series. Through timbre and tone, McInerney portrays Burkholder's growing confidence as chief of police. She also finds fitting voices for returning characters and smoothly works in Amish phrases. Burkholder is called to a murder scene of a young woman who was... Read More

FALSE WITNESS

FALSE WITNESS

by Karin Slaughter | Read by Kathleen Early

Blackstone Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kathleen Early has become the voice of author Karin Slaughter's series and stand-alones. She dramatically brings to life the main characters, Leigh Coulton and her younger sister, Calli, who are haunted by a violent act from their past. Leigh is now a criminal defense attorney, while Calli has become a drug addict. From beginning to end, listeners are bombarded with... Read More

THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP

THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP

by Grady Hendrix | Read by Adrienne King

Penguin Audio
Horror

This darkly humorous horror story is narrated by Adrienne King, who played the original "final girl" in the movie FRIDAY THE 13TH. Six women comprise the Final Girl Support Group after surviving the kind of real-life horrors that inspired classic slasher films. Now someone is aiming to kill them off for good. King's deep, raspy voice amps up the chills in this suspenseful,... Read More

FOX & I

FOX & I An Uncommon Friendship

by Catherine Raven | Read by Stacey Glemboski

Spiegel & Grau
Biography & Memoir

This unconventional memoir is a meditation on solitude, nature, and wildness. As performed by narrator Stacey Glemboski, author Catherine Raven sounds perplexed by human interactions and entranced by the natural world around her remote Montana cottage--and especially by the fox who visits her there. Listeners are immersed in this world, experiencing, as Raven does, weather and... Read More

GOLDEN GIRL

GOLDEN GIRL

by Elin Hilderbrand | Read by Erin Bennett

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Narrator Erin Bennett adds a bit of needed depth to the latest summer beach read from Elin Hilderbrand. When Nantucket novelist Vivian Howe is killed in a hit-and-run accident, she is allowed a few months to observe her family and village from "above." With a perky brightness, Bennett portrays the almost-perfect Vivi as she awaits the release of her newest novel--a book that... Read More

THE ICEPICK SURGEON

THE ICEPICK SURGEON Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

by Sam Kean | Read by Ben Sullivan

Hachette Audio
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Ben Sullivan's strong, clear voice and intentional pacing complement these tales of scientific misdeeds perfectly. In the name of progress, Thomas Edison, John Money, and John Charles Cutler, to name a few, disregarded ethics to achieve scientific glory. Hindsight shows that meaningful scientific progress is impossible to achieve through nefarious methods because the... Read More

JUST BE COOL, JENNA SAKAI

JUST BE COOL, JENNA SAKAI

by Debbi Michiko Florence | Read by Sophie Oda

Scholastic Audiobooks
Children

Narrator Sophie Oda perfectly voices the tension, passion, and frustration that fill the life of middle-school student Jenna Sakai. Jenna is so over feeling bad about breaking up with her boyfriend and her parents' divorce. Attempting to move on, she decides to bury herself in her investigative article for her school's new journalism prize. Oda crafts varied and realistic... Read More

THE LOVE SONGS OF W.E.B. DU BOIS

THE LOVE SONGS OF W.E.B. DU BOIS

Earphones Award Winner

by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers | Read by Adenrele Ojo, Karen Chilton, Prentice Onayemi

Harper Audio
Fiction

Three talented narrators transport listeners with this absorbing novel. This lyrical debut, which is at once expansive and intimate, explores timely issues of intergenerational trauma, colorism, class divides, and higher education. The story centers on the complicated lives of Ailey and her extended family, as well as the trials of her African, Creek, and Scottish ancestors.... Read More

MALIBU RISING

MALIBU RISING

by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Read by Julia Whelan

Random House Audio
Fiction

Julia Whelan passionately narrates this family drama, which focuses on a model/surfer named Nina and her estranged father, a rock legend. The story alternates between the events of a day in August 1983 that lead up to a party and flashbacks that recount how Nina and her siblings became so emotionally dependent upon each other. Whelan provides a distinct voice for each briefly... Read More

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS

by Joshua Henkin | Read by Kathe Mazur, Shane Baker

Random House Audio
Fiction

Kathe Mazur narrates this novel, which explores the impact of a devastating cognitive illness upon the marriage of Spence, a New York City university professor, and his wife, Pru--who are both in their 50s--as well as its effect upon Spence's two adult children. Mazur's winning performance is engaging, perceptive, and propulsive, and her pronunciation of Hebrew and Yiddish... Read More

ONCE THERE WERE WOLVES

ONCE THERE WERE WOLVES

by Charlotte McConaghy | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Macmillan Audio
Fiction

Saskia Maarleveld narrates this novel, a paean to the majesty of wolves. She convinces listeners that reintroducing wolves into remote forest environments is a positive step in restoring the balance of nature. Head biologist Inti Flynn is an Australian scientist who has touch synesthesia, a sensory disorder that causes her to literally feel whatever pain she witnesses.... Read More

THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN

THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN

by Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray | Read by Robin Miles

Penguin Audio
Historical Fiction

Narrator Robin Miles employs her terrific performance skills to enhance this historical novel on the life of Belle da Costa Greene. Born Belle Marion Greener--daughter of activist Richard Greener, Harvard's first Black graduate--she "passes" as a white Portuguese woman while working as the personal librarian of financier J.P. Morgan. Belle is an astute observer of the wealthy... Read More

RISE TO THE SUN

RISE TO THE SUN

by Leah Johnson | Read by Lexi Underwood, Alaska Jackson

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult

Alternating narrators tell the story of two Black teens who meet at the Farmland Music and Arts Festival. Sixteen-year-old Olivia has become an outcast at school after a revenge porn incident with her popular ex-boyfriend. Lexi Underwood's narration highlights Olivia's feelings of vulnerability and betrayal. Impulsive and prone to falling in love fast, she tries to avoid her... Read More

THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS

THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS

by Michael Pollan | Read by Michael Pollan

Penguin Audio
Contemporary Culture

Michael Pollan's pleasant midrange voice and upbeat delivery enhance his latest exploration of humankind's sometimes fraught relationship with the surrounding natural world. With a title that's a variation on the 1980s antidrug campaign featuring a frying egg--"this is your mind on drugs"--the audiobook examines how the chemicals produced by poppies (opium), coffee (caffeine),... Read More

THE WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE

THE WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear

Earphones Award Winner

by Kate Moore | Read by Kate Moore

Blackstone Audio
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Kate Moore delivers her stunning biography of Elizabeth Packard (1816-1897). Packard became an advocate for the rights of women and patients unjustly committed to insane asylums. Elizabeth's vindictive husband, a minister, had her forcefully committed because he feared her intelligence, opposed her defense of women's rights, and loathed her deviation from his... Read More

YEARBOOK

YEARBOOK

by Seth Rogen | Read by Seth Rogen and a Full Cast

Random House Audio
Biography & Memoir

Skillfully constructed, this audiobook gives comedian and writer Seth Rogen an opportunity to display his acting chops through his narration. He includes stories of his early stand-up appearances as a teenager, which are hilarious. The added cast of mostly unidentified narrators, who include actors/comedians Jay Pharoah and Dan Aykroyd, along with musician Billy Idol, adds zest... Read More

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