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THE ALICE NETWORK

THE ALICE NETWORK

by Kate Quinn | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld escorts American Charlotte "Charlie" St. Clair on a transatlantic voyage in the aftermath of WWII. While in pursuit of her missing cousin, Rose, Charlie meets up with Eve Gardiner, a pistol-toting and whiskey-drinking former spy with a gift for subterfuge and languages, and Finn Kilgore, a charming Scottish mechanic and handyman. Maarleveld slips in... Read More

THE DEVIL'S HALF MILE

THE DEVIL'S HALF MILE

by Paddy Hirsch | Read by Euan Morton

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Euan Morton's soft Irish brogue transports listeners to New York City in 1799. Justice Flanagan, newly returned from law training in Dublin and his part in the Irish Rebellion, investigates his father's suicide and digs into an investment scandal. It doesn't help that his uncle, Ignatius Flanagan, known as "The Bull," is an enforcer and his father's business partners... Read More

EAGLE & CRANE

EAGLE & CRANE

by Suzanne Rindell | Read by Elizabeth Romanski

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Many shocking acts of unbridled racism have taken place in America's history, among them the twentieth-century internment of Japanese-American citizens during WWII. Elizabeth Romanski doesn't disappoint in narrating this multigenerational mystery set in Depression-era California. Louis Thorn and Haruto Yamada are friendly rivals--in piloting and in romance. Both are ace flyers... Read More

LOVE AND RUIN

LOVE AND RUIN

by Paula McLain | Read by January LaVoy

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Fans of THE PARIS WIFE will embrace McLain's imagining of Ernest Hemingway's romantic life, based on extensive primary sources. Narrator January LaVoy does a fine job of creating the fictional voice of Martha Gellhorn, a journalist and novelist in her own right who became Hemingway's third wife. LaVoy's performance can be richly enthusiastic as she captures the settings of... Read More

THE MAZE AT WINDERMERE

THE MAZE AT WINDERMERE

by Gregory Blake Smith | Read by Richard Topol, Edoardo Ballerini, Raphael Corkhill, Michael Crouch, Caitlin Davies

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

The complex plot of this literate, deeply satisfying audiobook has a different narrator for each of five periods overlayed in a palimpsest. The novel starts in present-day Newport, Rhode Island, with a handsome tennis pro courting an heiress (and she him), then reels back to the Gilded Age, then the Civil War, the eighteenth century, and, at last, the Colonial period, five... Read More

MY DEAR HAMILTON

MY DEAR HAMILTON A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

by Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamole | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was brought into the contemporary spotlight by the runaway success of the Broadway musical HAMILTON. As the long-suffering wife of one of America's Founding Fathers, Eliza, as she was known, has a poignant and powerful story. Cassandra Campbell is an excellent choice for such a high-profile character. Her smooth style transports listeners back to... Read More

SHADOW CHILD

SHADOW CHILD

by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto | Read by Christine Lakin

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Hana and Kei are mixed-race twins who were raised in Hawaii. Driven apart by tragedy, Hana settles in New York, as far as she can get from her sister and their memories. Narrator Christine Lakin draws listeners into this family drama involving a backdrop of historical horrors, including the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Her narration is full of feelings that... Read More

SWIMMING BETWEEN WORLDS

SWIMMING BETWEEN WORLDS

Earphones Award Winner

by Elaine Neil Orr | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Cassandra Campbell delivers a stunning narration of this thoughtful novel set in the early 1960s and spanning North Carolina and Nigeria. Tacker is a young architect returning to his hometown in Winston-Salem after working in Nigeria. As he courts Kate, who is in pursuit of her identity after the sudden death of her parents, he experiences emerging discomfort with his white... Read More

WINTER SISTERS

WINTER SISTERS

by Robin Oliveira | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Tavia Gilbert narrates this disturbing audiobook rapidly, her voice fraught with tension and foreboding. The story focuses on the abduction of two young sisters after a freak blizzard in Albany and what happens when they suddenly reappear during a devastating rain- storm six weeks later. Gilbert animates and enhances characters who, with a less skilled narrator, might seem... Read More

WITHOUT A COUNTRY

WITHOUT A COUNTRY

by Ayse Kulin | Read by Kathleen Gati

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

A German-Jewish family escapes from Hitler's Europe to safe haven in Turkey. Listeners are drawn into this story of generational survival through the melancholic tones of narrator Kathleen Gati. We are brought from the 1940s into the present through her gentle and sensitive portrayal of Gerhard and Elsa Schliemann, as well as their children. She gives voice to four generations... Read More

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