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ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DIVE INTO THE WATERS OF THE WORLD

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DIVE INTO THE WATERS OF THE WORLD Aristotle and Dante, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Simon & Schuster Audio
Young Adult

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

THE BEATRYCE PROPHECY

THE BEATRYCE PROPHECY

by Kate DiCamillo | Read by Finty Williams

Listening Library
Children

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

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

Earphones Award Winner

by Qian Julie Wang | Read by Qian Julie Wang

Random House Audio
Biography & Memoir

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

BEWILDERMENT

BEWILDERMENT

by Richard Powers | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio
Fiction

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

THE BOOK OF HOPE

THE BOOK OF HOPE A Survival Guide for Trying Times

by Jane Goodall, Douglas Abrams | Read by Douglas Abrams, Jane Goodall

Macmillan Audio
Personal Growth

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

THE BOOK OF MAGIC

THE BOOK OF MAGIC The Practical Magic Series, Book 4

by Alice Hoffman | Read by Jennifer Ehle

Simon & Schuster Audio
Fantasy

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

THE BOYS

THE BOYS A Memoir of Hollywood and Family

Earphones Award Winner

by Ron Howard, Clint Howard | Read by Ron Howard, Clint Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard

Harper Audio
Biography & Memoir

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

A CARNIVAL OF SNACKERY

A CARNIVAL OF SNACKERY Diaries (2003-2020)

by David Sedaris | Read by David Sedaris, Tracey Ullman

Hachette Audio
Biography & Memoir

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

CHANGE SINGS

CHANGE SINGS A Children's Anthem

by Amanda Gorman | Read by Amanda Gorman

Listening Library
Children

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

FUZZ

FUZZ When Nature Breaks the Law

Earphones Award Winner

by Mary Roach | Read by Mary Roach

Brilliance Audio
Contemporary Culture

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

THE JUDGE'S LIST

THE JUDGE'S LIST

by John Grisham | Read by Mary-Louise Parker, John Grisham [Intro.]

Random House Audio
Mystery & Suspense

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

KALEIDOSCOPE

KALEIDOSCOPE

Earphones Award Winner

by Brian Selznick | Read by Gwendoline Christie, Brian Selznick [Note]

Scholastic Audiobooks
Children

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

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY

by Amor Towles | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Marin Ireland, Dion Graham

Penguin Audio
Historical Fiction

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

SHELF LIFE

SHELF LIFE Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

Earphones Award Winner

by Nadia Wassef | Read by Vaneh Assadourian

Dreamscape
Biography & Memoir

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

TASTE

TASTE My Life Through Food

by Stanley Tucci | Read by Stanley Tucci

Simon & Schuster Audio
Biography & Memoir

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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