This audiobook is a plethora of voices coming together to represent the diversity of contemporary America. Actor America Ferrera begins with an account of her childhood as the daughter of Latino immigrants. Ferrera is confident, articulate, and measured as she tells of losing her first love to a blonde, blue-eyed classmate. She sets the tone for the slew of prominent essayists... Read More
Narrators Dan Bittner and Rebecca Soler take listeners to Gatlin City in this follow-up to Marissa Meyer's hit RENEGADES. Listeners become absorbed in what feels like an old-fashioned radio drama that is set in a future in which superheroes and regular folks live side by side. The narrators excel in portraying the two protagonists. Bittner's jovial tone captures Adrian's sense... Read More
In a rich, warm timbre, Michelle Obama treats us to reminiscences and reflections on her life as though we were friends seated in her living room. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, the insights of "the other Obama" are interesting due to the sheer fact of her uniqueness. Her signature quiet confidence comes through every word as she narrates her story. From... Read More
Imagine spending seven satisfying hours with English actor Michael Caine while he tells you all about his life. This audiobook offers just such an experience, and the time flies. Caine is warm, conversational, funny, serious, and wise, and listeners will enjoy every anecdote and word of advice. With a cast of celebrity friends, colleagues, and cherished family members, Caine... Read More
Joanne Froggatt, of "Downton Abbey," skillfully narrates this sweeping story of art, beauty, love, and murder. The story of Birchwood Manor and its various inhabitants unfolds over the course of 150 years--from the fateful summer of 1862 to the current time. Model Birdie and archivist Elodie are the lynchpin voices, but the cast of characters is vast. Froggatt's precise diction... Read More
Narrator Kyla Garcia is a bright voice for this selection of short stories, which feature diverse characters who range from confused children to disappointed adults. She sets a quick pace through the 20-plus stories that have been gathered here posthumously. Garcia is a capable performer who helps listeners distinguish between men, women, children, and adults. Her style is easy... Read More
This thought-provoking audiobook does not disappoint as it explores the divide between the privileged and the impoverished in the days between Trump's surprise victory and his inauguration. Phoebe Siegler, portrayed by Zosia Mamet, is one of a kind: sarcastic, self-deprecating, hilarious, and endearing. As the story begins, Phoebe arrives in L.A. from New York City in search of... Read More
With all the ingredients the listener expects from a James Bond novel, this prequel to CASINO ROYALE introduces the younger James Bond as he earns his license to kill. Narrator Matthew Goode does a sterling job of taking the listener back to the 1950s and helps paint a picture of a postwar world full of steely spies, truly evil villains, and, of course, a beautiful woman.... Read More
Who are you? It's a simple question, and most people will answer it with a reference to race, gender, religion, and/or culture. It's also the question that launches this thoughtful, fascinating, remarkable audiobook. The author narrates his own work and does a terrific job. His reassuring, playful voice, tinged with a British accent, is immediately friendly and knowledgeable.... Read More
Hang on to your earphones, Reacher fans: We have a new voice for Reacher. After listening to Dick Hill as the voice of Jack Reacher for many years, there may be some adjusting to Scott Brick's narration. Brick provides his first Reacher novel with with a strong, smooth voice for the protagonist himself, credible female voices, and clearly differentiated secondary characters.... Read More
If you've ever wished that the Fab Five would come to your house and give your life a makeover, listening to this audiobook may be the next best thing. In their own distinctive voices, Tan, Bobby, Antoni, Jonathan, and Karamo, from Netflix's rebooted "Queer Eye" series, open up and share stories about their own lives and career paths and serve up gentle advice. In short... Read More
Narrator Lynde Houck provides a calming voice to an tumultuous memoir full of raw grief and surprising losses. Houck's narration offers listeners the opportunity to fully enter a deeply personal story that is also an exploration of the foundations of Christianity and its influence today. The narration is deeply intimate, sometimes suggesting the tears of the author. However,... Read More
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