Lin-Manuel Miranda captures every intense emotion in this gorgeously lyrical and intensely hopeful sequel to ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. Ari Mendoza and Dante Quintana, two gay Mexican American teens in El Paso, spend a magical summer together before their last year of high school, being in love with each other and being supported by their loving... Read More
Finty Williams's gentle narration invites listeners into this wonderous audiobook about the power of words. Beatryce has no memory of her past yet possesses the ability to read and write, a talent forbidden to women. A prophecy about such a girl threatens the current king's crown, and with the help of a monk, a boy, an ex-king, and a cantankerous goat, Beatryce searches for... Read More
Author/narrator Qian Julie Wang captivates listeners with this poignant and powerful memoir. Speaking from her childhood perspective, Wang vividly describes living with her family in poverty and fear in New York City as undocumented immigrants from China. Her quiet, measured narration is a perfect match for her unsentimental prose. While often heartbreaking, Wang's writing is... Read More
Listeners will hear the frustration of a father who is trying to help his special-needs son in Edoardo Ballerini's narration. There's also quite a bit of amazement and admiration, too. Ballerini captures both the otherworldly thoughtfulness and the tantrums of son Robin, as well. Powers brings out the situation gradually, and Ballerini keeps listeners' attention as the Pulitzer... Read More
Douglas Abrams's resonant voice sounds peaceful and strong as he interviews the 87-year-old naturalist in this invitation to take action against the perils of our time--global warming, terrorism, attacks against democracy, widening gaps between haves and have-nots, and the threat of more pandemics. In tone and focus, he makes this an intimate audio that offers many personal... Read More
Narrator Jennifer Ehle uses a steady pace to catch listeners up on the lives of the Owens women since Hoffman's popular novel PRACTICAL MAGIC ended. Aunt Jet's final week of life reveals how to put a stop to the three-hundred-year-old curse that stalks the family just in time to save a young man's life. To destroy the curse, three generations of Owens travel to England, where... Read More
This audiobook is simply a delight. Entertainment icon brothers Ron and Clint Howard share a memoir that never strays far from being a sincere loving tribute to their late Midwest-born parents and grandparents for the values they instilled. With voices bright with high style and that special talent some actors have for making the conversation seem so intimate and direct, the... Read More
In his second volume of diaries, covering 2003-2020, David Sedaris shares bizarre and entertaining stories from his life and travels. His narration is dry and direct; though he claims not to be a stand-up comic, he has the timing of one. Tracey Ullman delivers the sections that take place in the UK and Australia, utilizing her skill with accents to highlight the many... Read More
Who better to read her first children's picture book than poet-activist Amanda Gorman? Gorman's lyrical voice features the strong sense of rhythm, rhyming, and laudable phrasing that she has quickly become known for. The audio begins,"I can hear change humming / In its loudest, proudest song. / I don't fear change coming, / And so I sing along." One appreciates how Gorman's... Read More
Author Mary Roach does a fantastic job narrating her wonderful new foray into science-related stuff. In this instance, she tracks nature's "law-breaking" interactions with the human world. Bears, birds, elephants, macaque monkeys, lethal plants, and more take her into the field around the world. Roach is an observant and witty writer with an eye for detail and a passion for... Read More
Narrator Mary-Louise Parker contrasts the two featured characters in Grisham's latest: a frightened professor who's trying to stop a serial killer who murdered her father and confident, skeptical judicial investigator Lacy Stoltz. Parker's narration is calm as the professor details the series of murders, each with the same MO. All the victims have ties to Judge Ross Bannock. As... Read More
Gwendoline Christie is positively spellbinding as the first-person narrator of this dreamlike story of love and grief, which is experienced like a vision through a kaleidoscope--in randomly assembled bits and pieces tinged with color. Original music for each loosely connected story sets a distinct mood and includes string music, piano, discordant orchestral arrangements,... Read More
Three distinguished narrators tell this cross-country adventure tale by the celebrated author Amor Towles. Billy Watson, a precocious 8-year-old, portrayed by Edoardo Ballerini, dreams of traveling to California on America's first transcontinental roadway, the Lincoln Highway. After his brother is released from reform school, they hit the road, but life takes more turns than... Read More
Listeners will delight in this memoir by the strong-willed and always opinionated Nadia Wassef, one of the co-owners of Diwan, a group of independent bookstores founded in Cairo in 2002. Narrator Vaneh Assadourian's lively cadences and emphatic tone perfectly suit this inspiring story. She brings forth the enthusiasm and feisty determination of this passionate advocate for... Read More
Stanley Tucci narrates this moving, funny, heartwarming, and gut-wrenching audiobook with vigor and style. Not surprisingly, he reads with an actor's attention to language, rhythm, and emotion. An Italophile, he pronounces the many mouthwatering Italian dishes--pastas, sauces, and signature cocktail recipes--with reverence. His delivery of his unalloyed love for generations of... Read More
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