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BEHELD

BEHELD

by TaraShea Nesbit | Read by Bea Holland, Crystal Clarke, Lance C. Fuller, Laurel Lefkow

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Four narrators recount this fictitious, challenging account of America's early settlers in Plymouth Colony. Bea Holland voices Alice Bradford, the governor's wife, with a slight lilt reminiscent of her European roots and the quiet confidence of her position. Laurel Lefkow portrays Eleanor Billington, the outcast's wife, with a bit of force and a fearfulness that grows when her... Read More

THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS

THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS

Earphones Award Winner

by Lisa Wingate | Read by Sophie Amoss, Sullivan Jones, Robin Miles, Bahni Turpin, Lisa Wingate, Lisa Flanagan, Dominic Hoffman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In a story spanning generations, Bahni Turpin and Sophie Amoss deliver mesmerizing performances. Turpin portrays Hannie Gossett, born a slave, trying to make a life for herself after "the Freedom." Turpin is outstanding as Hannie, who is determined not to be defeated as she searches for her family--last seen on the auction block. Amoss portrays Benny Silva, a thoughtful,... Read More

THE END OF MY HEART

THE END OF MY HEART

by Gayle Forman | Read by Piper Goodeve, Gabriel Vaughan, Elizabeth Evans, Josh Hurley, Amanda Ronconi, Emily Bauer, Neil Hellegers, Jesse Einstein, Diane Kruger

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Diane Kruger anchors a full cast in a meta commentary on the power of storytelling. Set in Ohio just after WWII, this audio drama has a story, read by a full cast as a radio drama, within a story, narrated by Kruger, who shows off her range as she inhabits the voices of multiple characters of different ages, genders, and nationalities. The cast is simply spectacular as they go... Read More

AN EXQUISITE CORPSE

AN EXQUISITE CORPSE

by Helen A. Harrison | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Pete Cross is an effective narrator of this audiobook. In 1943, a group of surrealist artists were forced into exile from France by the Nazis. Now they're living in New York City. When Wilfredo Lam is found dead, dressed in a bizarre assortment of costumes related to a surrealist game, the artist community quickly closes ranks. The police focus on Cuban and Chinese immigrants... Read More

THE FIRST ACTRESS

THE FIRST ACTRESS A Novel of Sarah Bernhardt

Earphones Award Winner

by C.W. Gortner | Read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Gabrielle de Cuir's luminous narration transports listeners into the turbulent life of acclaimed nineteenth-century French actress Sarah Bernhardt. So many elements of an absorbing historical audiobook are present here--the Parisian settings, multilayered character portrayals, complex family dynamics, romance, and complicated issues concerning religion, war, and personal... Read More

THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY

THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY

by Natalie Jenner | Read by Richard Armitage

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Richard Armitage is an excellent choice of narrator for this celebration of the famed British author's work. His deep, resonant voice meanders through the stories of seven different people in the small English town of Chawton. These characters share various individual struggles in their own lives, along with a love of the work of Jane Austen. With his crisp delivery and agile... Read More

KATHERYN HOWARD, THE SCANDALOUS QUEEN

KATHERYN HOWARD, THE SCANDALOUS QUEEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Alison Weir | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Rosalyn Landor is a one-woman full-cast production. Alison Weir turns history into flesh and blood. The combination is extraordinary. The story of Henry VIII's fifth wife reminds us how deadly dangerous he was. Before she even imagines going to live in the court, Katheryn Howard--beautiful, young, willful, and from a prominent family--makes several bad choices in men.... Read More

THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST

THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST

by Chanel Cleeton | Read by Kyla Garcia, Rachel L. Jacobs, Karissa Vacker

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Kyla Garcia, Rachel L. Jacobs, and Karissa Vacker join forces to narrate this story of three women facing major life changes. Set during the real-life 1935 Labor Day hurricane, the audiobook is told from the viewpoints of three women: pregnant Helen (performed by Vacker), a native of Key West who dreams of leaving her abusive husband; newlywed Mirta (Garcia), who arrives from... Read More

THE LOST DIARY OF VENICE

THE LOST DIARY OF VENICE

by Margaux DeRoux | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

With subtle variations in intonation and accent, narrator Lisa Flanagan contrasts present-day characters with Renaissance Venetian counterparts in this intriguing and romantic audiobook. William Lomazzo, a married artist, brings an old treatise on art that has been in his family for generations to Rose, a book restorer. As they gradually uncover a hidden text, they realize it... Read More

THE PARIS HOURS

THE PARIS HOURS

by Alex George | Read by Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Raphael Corkhill's unwavering enthusiasm amps up this dynamic novel about four people in Paris over the course of a day in 1927. Camille, former maid to Marcel Proust, has a secret. Armenian refugee Souren is a puppeteer with a haunting adolescence. Journalist Jean-Paul hides behind his subjects rather than face his tragic story. Artist Guillaume is desperate with... Read More

THE PULL OF THE STARS

THE PULL OF THE STARS

Earphones Award Winner

by Emma Donoghue | Read by Emma Lowe

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

In Dublin, maternity nurse Julia Power grapples with a web of concurrent social issues as she cares for patients during the flu pandemic of 1918 near the close of WWI. A fateful few days unites Julia with two other seemingly dissimilar women: Kathleen Lynn, a compassionate physician with ties to the contentious Irish independence movement, and Bridie Sweeney, a vibrant young... Read More

THE STAR AND THE SHAMROCK

THE STAR AND THE SHAMROCK The Star and the Shamrock, Book 1

by Jean Grainger | Read by Siobhan Waring

Jean Grainger | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Siobhan Waring passionately narrates this deeply moving, very personal story about Jewish children spirited out of Germany on a Kindertransport train. In desperation, young mother Ariella Bannon begs Elizabeth Klein, an unknown relative in England, to care for 11-year-old Liesel and 7-year-old Erich. Klein, a childless, grieving widow, unhesitatingly agrees. Listeners will... Read More

TEA CHEST

TEA CHEST

by Heidi Chiavaroli | Read by Kate Marcin, Jane Oppenheimer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Two Boston women, separated by centuries, captivate listeners as each makes choices about patriotism, romantic love, and divine love. Narrator Jane Oppenheimer portrays Emma, a young colonial who falls in love with a Patriot even though her family members are Loyalists. Oppenheimer gives Emma a genteel, warm voice, although when Emma is being tortured in prison, her voice is... Read More

THREE APPLES FELL FROM THE SKY

THREE APPLES FELL FROM THE SKY

by Narine Abgaryan | Read by Anoush NeVart

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This folkloric tale is ultimately a story of human resilience in the face of unbelievable hardship. Narrator Anoush NeVart recounts the disasters and personal tragedies that beset an isolated village in the Armenian highlands. Her delivery is straightforward and largely dispassionate as she chronicles war, drought, insect infestations, famine, mudslides, and the deaths of so... Read More

TO WAKE THE GIANT

TO WAKE THE GIANT A Novel of Pearl Harbor

by Jeff Shaara | Read by Mark Bramhall

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Mark Bramhall narrates this globe-trotting work of historical fiction, which focuses on the events leading to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The characters are diverse in background, education, and country. Yet Bramhall manages to capture each regional accent as though he were a native. When FDR speaks in the novel, listeners will be convinced they are listening to newsreels.... Read More

WHILE THE MUSIC PLAYED

WHILE THE MUSIC PLAYED A Remarkable Story of Courage and Friendship in WWII

Earphones Award Winner

by Nathaniel Lande | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Bronson Pinchot's range of accents is put to the test in this work of historical fiction set during WWII. While most of Pinchot's narration takes the perspective of a boy living in Prague, the point of view changes and moves all over Europe. At no point will listeners question who is speaking to whom or where that person is from. Pinchot captures the oratorical tones... Read More

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