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6 TIMES WE ALMOST KISSED (AND ONE TIME WE DID)

6 TIMES WE ALMOST KISSED (AND ONE TIME WE DID)

by Tess Sharpe | Read by Tess Sharpe

Hachette Audio
Young Adult

Lifelong friends become reluctant lovers in this sweet performance by Tess Sharpe. Penny and Tate are opposites: Tate is a coolheaded swimmer who wants to get out of her hometown, while Penny is an upstanding yet wild overachiever who wants to stay. When their mothers agree to bring their families to Sacramento for a medical procedure, Penny needs to learn to let go of her... Read More

AN AMERICAN STORY

AN AMERICAN STORY

by Kwame Alexander | Read by Stacy Gonzalez

Hachette Audio
Children

How do you teach the story of slavery in America? That's the challenge addressed in this inspired poem narrated by Stacy Gonzalez. A teacher discusses the painful truths about slavery with her class of incredulous students who try to comprehend the horror, the sadness, and their teacher's distress. As Gonzalez speaks in tones taut with emotion, a sense of foreboding and fear is... Read More

THE BANDIT QUEENS

THE BANDIT QUEENS

by Parini Shroff | Read by Soneela Nankani

Random House Audio
Fiction

Soneela Nankani's lilting voice turns this genre-bending novel--part comedy/part mystery--into an exciting adventure. Five years after Geeta's brutish husband disappears, everyone in her tiny Indian village believes she murdered him. Soon, other village women seek her help to rid themselves of their vicious husbands. This results in danger, confusion, and occasional hilarity.... Read More

BLAZE ME A SUN

BLAZE ME A SUN A Novel About a Crime

by Christoffer Carlsson, Rachel Willson-Broyles [Trans.] | Read by Peter Noble

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Noble perfectly matches the pace and tone of Carlsson's complex tale of a serial killer who first strikes on the same day as the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. Patient listeners will be treated to much more than typical Scandi noir. Criminologist Carlsson pours into his story his knowledge of Swedish police procedures, criminal psychology,... Read More

EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE

EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE

by Benjamin Stevenson | Read by Barton Welch

Harper Audio
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Barton Welch keeps this entertaining, highly original mystery light and lively, even during its most intense moments. Ernie Cunningham self-publishes "books about how to write books" (even though he's never actually written any) "bought by people who will never write one." Ernie speaks directly to listeners, alerting them to what will happen next and commenting on... Read More

HAVE YOU EATEN YET?

HAVE YOU EATEN YET? Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World

by Cheuk Kwan | Read by Brian Nishii

Blackstone Audio
Contemporary Culture

Narrator Brian Nishii's delivery brings a multicultural finesse to author Cheuk Kwan's search for Chinese restaurants around the world. Far-flung locations and flavorful menu items include poisson de sauce tomate in St. George, Mauritius; steamed grouper in Sâo Paulo, Brazil; and deep-fried squid in Colaba, Mumbai. These are just a few of the synergistic creations Kwan... Read More

A HEART THAT WORKS

A HEART THAT WORKS

by Rob Delaney | Read by Rob Delaney

OrangeSky Audio
Biography & Memoir

Actor, comedian, and writer Rob Delaney narrates the ineffably sad events surrounding the brief life and death of his third son, Henry. Delaney's subdued voice and resolute cadence provide the perfect vehicle for the crushing sorrow and towering anger he experienced at having his child's life so terribly disrupted and then cut so short by brain cancer. Delaney weaves in the... Read More

HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS AND UNFAIRLY CUTE

HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS AND UNFAIRLY CUTE

by Talia Hibbert | Read by Amina Koroma, Jonathan Andrew Hume

Listening Library
Young Adult

Amina Koroma and Jonathan Andrew Hume bring liveliness and charm to this utterly delightful YA debut from a beloved British romance author. Koroma delivers all the snark and wit of Celine, a stellar student, confident weirdo, and TikTok star who is ready to take on the world--starting with a wilderness survival expedition that could win the attention of her hero. Unfortunately,... Read More

HOW TO SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE

HOW TO SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Grady Hendrix | Read by Mikhaila Aaseng, Jay Aaseng

Penguin Audio
Horror

Narrator Mikhaila Aaseng gives a chilling performance in this haunted house horror story. Louise reluctantly returns to her family home after her parents die. She finds that her mother's obsession with puppets and dolls has filled the house. As she's forced to work with her estranged deadbeat brother in order to sell the property, she learns that the house has other plans.... Read More

IN THE TIME OF OUR HISTORY

IN THE TIME OF OUR HISTORY

by Susanne Pari | Read by Mozhan Marnò

HighBridge Audio
Fiction

Mozhan Marnò brings a sensitive, evocative tone to this intergenerational story of the women in an Iranian American family. Mitra, the family rebel, is given a strong demeanor that will have listeners rooting for her as she grapples with tradition and grief at the loss of her sister. Her mother, Shireen, is torn by competing loyalties to her children and her husband. Marnò does... Read More

INDEPENDENCE

INDEPENDENCE

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni | Read by Sneha Mathan

Harper Audio
Historical Fiction

Sneha Mathan's smooth, warm voice immediately engages listeners with Divakaruni's well-researched and moving novel about the 1947 partition of British colonial India into India and Pakistan. Told from the points of view of three sisters who make starkly different choices during that tumultuous time, the story illuminates the era's hopes and terrors in an emotionally intimate... Read More

LIAR, DREAMER, THIEF

LIAR, DREAMER, THIEF

by Maria Dong | Read by Hannah Choi

Hachette Audio
Fiction

Hannah Choi captivates listeners with this surreal debut thriller, which thoughtfully explores the issue of mental health. Estranged from her parents and working as a temp, Katrina Kim blurs the lines between reality and imagination. Driven by compulsive tendencies, she performs shape and number rituals, retreats into an imagined universe based on her favorite children's book,... Read More

LUNAR LOVE

LUNAR LOVE

by Lauren Kung Jessen | Read by Raechel Wong

Hachette Audio
Romantic Fiction

Dulcet tones open this enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance, narrated by Raechel Wong. As the third generation to run her family's matchmaking business, Liv is passionate about using the Chinese zodiac to help clients find their perfect partner. When she realizes the cute man she recently met has launched a dating app with the same premise, Liv vows to put him out of business... Read More

MS. DEMEANOR

MS. DEMEANOR

by Elinor Lipman | Read by Piper Goodeve

Harper Audio
Fiction

Piper Goodeve gives an appealing narration of this whimsical audiobook. Forty-something Jane loses her job as an attorney and then becomes a murder suspect. Her neighbor informs the police that she witnessed a romantic encounter between Jane and a younger colleague on the roof of Jane's New York City apartment building; then the neighbor is found dead, and Jane begins... Read More

NICK AND CHARLIE

NICK AND CHARLIE A Heartstopper Novella; Solitaire Series, Book 1.5

by Alice Oseman | Read by Joe Jameson, David Stagg

Scholastic Audiobooks
Young Adult

Narrators Joe Jameson and David Stagg tenderly deliver this touching audiobook. Nick, voiced by Stagg with optimistic confidence, can't stop talking about how excited he is to start university. Charlie, voiced by Jameson with breathy uncertainty, fears facing his last year in high school without his boyfriend. Nick can't tell what's going on as Charlie's anxiety spirals out of... Read More

THE NIGHT TRAVELERS

THE NIGHT TRAVELERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Armando Lucas Correa | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Simon & Schuster Audio
Historical Fiction

Edoardo Ballerini is in excellent form as he provides a gripping performance that captures the backdrop of historical events. Lilith is born into the omnipresent terror of Nazi Germany. Her mother eventually makes the heartbreaking choice to send her, alone, to Cuba, for the possibility of a better life. Once there, Lilith embarks on a second life, never knowing what happened... Read More

PLAYING UNDER THE PIANO

PLAYING UNDER THE PIANO From Downton to Darkest Peru

Earphones Award Winner

by Hugh Bonneville | Read by Hugh Bonneville

Random House Audio
Biography & Memoir

Hugh Bonneville's memoir is funny, personal, informative, insightful, and fun to listen to. The world-class British actor has a stunning list of credits and famous friends, as well as an abundance of anecdotes, which he delivers with self-deprecating humor. Probably best known to American audiences as the Earl of Grantham in "Downton Abbey," Bonneville has also worked with the... Read More

ROUGH SLEEPERS

ROUGH SLEEPERS Dr. Jim O'Connell's Urgent Mission to Bring Healing to Homeless People

by Tracy Kidder | Read by Tracy Kidder

Random House Audio
Biography & Memoir

At this time, the difficult circumstances of approximately 150 million people who are unhoused in the United States fill the news. Author Tracy Kidder's light, somewhat raspy voice unfolds the story of Dr. Jim O'Connell and his clinic partners, who have devoted themselves to bringing comprehensive and compassionate healthcare to those living on the streets of Boston. Although... Read More

SAM

SAM

by Allegra Goodman | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Random House Audio
Fiction

Rebecca Lowman passionately narrates the compelling story of Sam--a 7-year-old hopeful girl with a loving but absent dad with addictions; a single, overbearing mother who yearns for a better life for Sam; and a younger brother with behavioral issues. Sam discovers a love of rock climbing, and this becomes a metaphor for how she lives her life as we follow her from age 7 to age... Read More

SPARE

SPARE

by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex | Read by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

Random House Audio
Biography & Memoir

Stifled by protocol his entire life, Prince Harry has a lot to say as he addresses rumors and lies in his memoir. His narrative style reflects a strong reserve of emotions, and his performance remains at an emotional distance for most of the sixteen-hour audiobook. His voice is clear and his tone steady, for the most part. Occasionally, such as when he discusses his military... Read More

THE STOLEN HEIR

THE STOLEN HEIR A Novel of Elfhame

Earphones Award Winner

by Holly Black | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Hachette Audio
Young Adult

Saskia Maarleveld sublimely narrates this highly anticipated return to the world of Elfhame. Suren, child queen of the Court of Teeth, fled to the human world to live in the woods, where she helps release humans from their bargains with the fae. Her mother, Lady Nore, has taken over the Ice Needle Citadel, and prince Oak of Elfhame needs Suren's help to stop her. Maarleveld... Read More

THIS OTHER EDEN

THIS OTHER EDEN

by Paul Harding | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Recorded Books
Fiction

In 1912, Maine's governor forcibly evacuated a small community from their Malaga Island home, claiming the mixed-race inhabitants were morally and mentally deficient. This novel, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, is based on this tragic event. Ballerini's lyrical delivery highlights the poetic descriptions of the island's physical environment and the comfortable rhythms of daily... Read More

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