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THE ADDRESS

THE ADDRESS

by Fiona Davis | Read by Brittany Pressley, Saskia Maarleveld

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Saskia Maarleveld and Brittany Pressley team up to narrate a story with dual time frames, set in the Dakota, the famous New York City apartment building. Maarleveld performs the chapters that take place in the 1880s, when Sara arrives from London to help manage the new building. Pressley takes over when the audiobook jumps 100 years to focus on Bailey, an interior designer for... Read More

ALL TRUE NOT A LIE IN IT

ALL TRUE NOT A LIE IN IT

by Alix Hawley | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Kirby Heyborne is a wonderful narrator who is well suited to this first-person story of pioneer Daniel Boone's life. Brought up as a Quaker, he was twice captured by Indians and then participated in the Revolutionary War. Narrative on Boone's thoughts and actions as well as clever, well-written period dialogue, delivered in Heyborne's assured and gentle voice, provides richly... Read More

THE BEDLAM STACKS

THE BEDLAM STACKS

by Natasha Pulley | Read by David Thorpe

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Listeners are transported to 1859, a time when cholera is ravaging parts of India and the only known treatment comes from the bark of the Peruvian cinchona tree. Narrator David Thorpe is an ideal match for the rich story of crippled smuggler Merrick Tremayne, who heads deep into Peru to bring back cuttings from this tree. The story is written in the first person, and Thorpe's... Read More

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS

Earphones Award Winner

by Lisa Wingate | Read by Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This audio experience is truly horrifying. It's not Wingate's writing, which is gripping, evocative, and colorful. The narration is, likewise, admirable. Emily Rankin and Catherine Taber are polished narrators who give us sympathetic, memorable characters whose voices are age appropriate and conventionally Southern. What's horrific is the story itself, which describes the... Read More

A COLUMN OF FIRE

A COLUMN OF FIRE The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3

by Ken Follett | Read by John Lee

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator John Lee returns to Kingsbridge, the fictitious English city of Ken Follett's historical fiction epics based in the Middle Ages. Now in the shadow of Martin Luther's Reformation and Bloody Mary's persecution of heretics in the mid-sixteenth century, the Willard and Fitzgerald families find themselves on opposite sides of the struggle between Protestants and Catholics.... Read More

THE GIRL BETWEEN

THE GIRL BETWEEN

by Lisa Stromme | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Katherine Kellgren narrates this romance of painting and painters, set in Norway, with a variety of brisk British accents. Twenty-year-old Johanne Lien, a young woman who is painter Edvard Munch's friend, is sent to work at the local admiral's house. When the admiral's daughter, Tullik, falls in love with Munch, the story begins to twist with secrecy and lies. Kellgren works... Read More

THE INDIGO GIRL

THE INDIGO GIRL

by Natasha Boyd | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This fictional account of Eliza Lucas, who was left in charge of her family's South Carolina plantations in the 1700s, unfolds through Saskia Maarleveld's first-person narration. She portrays a 16-year-old young woman who quickly matures when she's given responsibilities that would normally fall to men. There are moments of girlishness that seep into Maarleveld's tone when the... Read More

THE LOST LETTER

THE LOST LETTER

by Jillian Cantor | Read by Allyson Ryan, George Newbern

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Allyson Ryan and George Newbern alternate narrating this story, set in Nazi-occupied Austria and in California 50 years later. In 1989, Katie discovers an unsent, unopened Nazi-era letter from Austria in her elderly father's stamp collection, setting her on quest to find the recipient. In 1938, Kristoff, an apprentice to a Jewish stamp engraver, falls in love with his boss's... Read More

THE NIGHT OCEAN

THE NIGHT OCEAN

by Paul La Farge | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Elisabeth Rodgers gives a nuanced reading of this multilayered audiobook. She modulates her tone, and varies her cadence and delivery to effect the different voices of the men and women who populate the fascinating world of this novel, which moves from the 1930s and '40s to the present. Her understated approach works well to elucidate a complex plot that begins with a... Read More

THE TWELVE-MILE STRAIGHT

THE TWELVE-MILE STRAIGHT

by Eleanor Henderson | Read by Allyson Johnson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Allyson Johnson weaves a Southern gothic tale that wraps around the listener like a coiling snake. After a body is dragged and dismembered following a lynching, a town's secrets fester through generations. Johnson's delivery infuses the story with verve. She can voice a lisping preacher, a crying drunk, and a righteous teetotaler. She glides over a testy honeymoon and... Read More

WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS

WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS A Novel of the French Revolution

by Allison Pataki, Owen Pataki | Read by Bruce Mann

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Bruce Mann's voice commands attention from the first moments of Allison and Owen Pataki's carefully researched, if ponderous, novel of the French Revolution. French citizens shouting liberty, equality, and fraternity have overthrown the monarchy of the most reviled king, Louis XVI, and his detested queen, Marie Antoinette. Aristocrat André Valière's father is... Read More

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