John le Carré, as author and narrator of this stand-alone spy thriller, serves up a wholly engaging audio experience. Nat, a 47-year-old career agent recently returned to Britain from a long stint abroad, finds himself struggling with the possibility of his imminent redundancy. While the plot draws its tension from the unsettling alliances in our current political environment,... Read More
Narrator Sean Crisden delivers all the emotion in this satisfying romance. Haitian-born Patrice Denis is an academic and activist with a new professorship at Cornell; Easton Archer is an assistant district attorney in Ithaca. The two had an incendiary fling, but their very different life experiences--and Patrice's reluctance to be emotionally vulnerable--are keeping their... Read More
The Danish happiness investigator and author of THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE and THE LITTLE BOOK OF LYKKE is back, this time with a look at the mechanisms of memory. In a chatty, friendly tone and with lots of self-deprecating jokes, Wiking urges us to ask ourselves how we will remember the good times in our lives and offers ways we can create experiences that are worth... Read More
Figure skater Adam Rippon made as much news off the ice as on it during the 2018 Winter Olympics. If you were captivated then, you'll want to hear his memoir. With a poised delivery and lots of personality, Rippon details training with a succession of coaches; his close and complicated relationship with his mother; and coming out as gay, first to friends and family and then on... Read More
Narrator Grover Gardner delivers an exciting performance as the character of Andy Carpenter, an eccentric lawyer who hates to work but gets roped by his wife into defending a man accused of a fourteen-year-old murder. With effective pacing and a sense of energy sometimes held back deliberately and at other times released with gusto, Gardner makes the experience of listening to... Read More
This audiobook is a memoir, a tribute, and a collection of advice by a 58-year-old first-time father who knows he loves his children and wants to be there, if not physically, then spiritually--as a wise guide throughout life's challenges. Bestselling author Tim O'Brien (THE THINGS THEY CARRIED) narrates with a gravelly delivery and a tone of love and hope for his sons, knowing... Read More
Set in the 1960s, this audiobook introduces Ana, a 15-year-old new bride whose mercurial husband brings her to America. Coral Pena's strong delivery is a breath of fresh air--her depiction of Ana blends confidence and naïveté as the protagonist makes her way from her home in the Dominican Republic to New York, from a simple life to a complicated one. Pena is a master of accents... Read More
Robin Miles's luminous narration will make converts of those who usually abstain from the short story genre. She does not overdo or overemphasize any moment. Her voice has a quiet lushness that suits the carefully curated prose of acclaimed Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat. With subtle alterations in her intonation, pitch, and inflection, Miles creates haunting... Read More
A terrific cast of narrators lend their voices to 13 stories by Joe Hill, two of which are cowritten with his dad, Stephen King. Hill himself reads the utterly delightful introduction, remembering his childhood and his path to becoming a successful horror writer. The first story, "Throttle," follows, with Stephen Lang perfectly portraying a gang of bikers who are being... Read More
Zadie Smith, who narrates the first and last of the 19 stories in her collection, vividly explores people's complex lives. This audiobook includes published pieces from THE NEW YORKER as well as new works. Smith's low pitch and English accent make this work sound calm and literary--as if she is narrating to a familiar audience. Doc Brown's narration of the other 17 stories is... Read More
Following her bestselling memoir HOME, Julie Andrews, along with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, have put together an elegant memoir of Andrews's Hollywood years. In that charming, familiar voice, Andrews fills in the years between 1963 and 1986, recounting her arrival in Hollywood, her marriage to designer Tony Walton, its eventual end, and her astronomical rise to stardom... Read More
Listeners gain an intimate sense of Saeed Jones's life through vignettes he presents with grace, compassion, and ferocity. His poetic memoir was born when he turned to writing to heal in the aftermath of an assault, and it centers around struggling as a young, black, and gay boy in the South. He and his mother were close, and when she dies, his anguish is palpable. Jones... Read More
Stephen King's newest audiobook is compulsively entertaining and features a dazzling performance by narrator Santino Fontana. After a seemingly unconnected prelude that is revisited much later, listeners meet 12-year-old telekinetic genius Luke Ellis. One night, Luke's parents are brutally murdered, and he's drugged, kidnapped, and brought to The Institute. There, he meets... Read More
George Guidall's semi-rough, laid-back voice is a great fit for Walt Longmire, the tough, honest, sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. There is humor tucked in the corners of Guidall's voice, as there is in Longmire's recounting of his adventures, even when the situations he faces are extremely dangerous. In this story, a wolf may be guilty of killing sheep, and a dead Chilean... Read More
Ten African-American narrators read these ten interconnected stories, and their performances are uniformly excellent, bringing the cast of characters to vivid life. Listeners follow the varied adventures of students as they walk home from school. In "Call of Duty," read by Kevin R. Free, Bryson stands up for a boy who gets kissed by another boy at school; in "Satchmo's Master... Read More
Kimberley Farr, who performed Elizabeth Strout's previous Olive Kitteridge novel to fine effect, does it again in this newest examination of Crosby, Maine's, odd and marvelous inhabitants, starting with Olive herself. Awkward, brusque Olive has a beau of sorts, a fellow with a large stomach and large issues. Despite the issues, he makes her feel loved. For more than that, you... Read More
Discover renewed love in this wonderful performance by Janina Edwards. Vivian accompanies her daughter, Maddie, to England when she is hired to dress a princess for the royal Christmas festivities. Vivian unexpectedly hits it off with Malcolm, the Queen's secretary. Their continuous flirting explodes into a short-lived affair, but will it remain just that or grow deeper?... Read More
Bear witness to the secretive lives of Gilead's women 15 years after THE HANDMAID'S TALE's conclusion. Narrator Ann Dowd, known for her role on the television adaptation, is formidable as Aunt Lydia. Hearing her resonant narration of diary entries allows listeners to feel the horror of early Gilead, be disturbed by the aunt's complicity, and discover her secrets. Bryce Dallas... Read More
Narrator Amir Abdullah's rich baritone brings a thrilling mythological world to life. Tristan Strong's best friend, Eddie, died a few weeks ago, and Tristan has just lost his first boxing match. He's sent to his grandparents' Alabama farm to work off his grief, and there a tiny sap-covered character out of Anansi tales, called Gum Baby, steals his last connection to Eddie, a... Read More
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