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CLOUDMAKER

CLOUDMAKER

by Malcolm Brooks | Read by Julia Whelan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Julia Whelan delivers a smart, sassy pair of cousins who share a love of aviation. In the summer of 1937, in Big Coulee, Montana, 14-year-old Houston "Huck" Finn crashes his glider into a trout stream while trying to teach himself to fly. In the water he finds a dead man who is wearing a valuable Lindbergh watch. Huck reports the crime but takes the watch--an act that... Read More

DANCER

DANCER

by Colum McCann | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Dion Graham's whispery baritone delivers a quietly commanding performance of Colum McCann's beautifully written novel inspired by ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev's life. Growing up behind the Iron Curtain in the postwar Soviet Union, young Rudi faces deprivation, hunger, and government repression. Graham wisely doesn't attempt character voices yet deftly takes us through Rudi's... Read More

THE ELEPHANT OF BELFAST

THE ELEPHANT OF BELFAST

by S. Kirk Walsh | Read by Charlotte McCurry

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Walsh's debut novel was inspired by the true story of a zookeeper's efforts to save Violet, a young, orphaned elephant in war-torn Belfast during the Irish Troubles. Narrator Charlotte McCurry's comfortable Irish brogue is true to the setting, but her overall performance fails to bring the characters to life. Her delivery is almost a monotone; it has little energy yet often... Read More

THE FLIGHT OF THE HERON

THE FLIGHT OF THE HERON

by D.K. Broster | Read by Peter Forbes

Creative Content | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This first book in Broster's trilogy was originally published in 1925. Narrator Peter Forbes artfully delivers the story of two men's complicated relationship during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. A seer predicts that a heron will bring Highlander Ewen Cameron and British Major Keith Windham together and that they will meet five times over the course of the rebellion, with... Read More

THE HARD WAY HOME

THE HARD WAY HOME The Star and the Shamrock, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Jean Grainger | Read by Siobhan Waring

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Sibohan Waring presents Liesl and Erich Bannon, who came to Ireland on the Kindertransport of Jewish children from Germany during WWII. Listeners will join them in 1950s Ballycreggen, where they are young adults living with their adoptive parents, Elizabeth and Daniel Liber; their birth mother, Ariella; and a host of memorable locals and refugees. When Liesl, a college... Read More

HOUR OF THE WITCH

HOUR OF THE WITCH

by Chris Bohjalian | Read by Grace Experience, Saskia Maarleveld, Danny Campbell, Cassandra Campbell, Arthur Morey, Mark Deakins, Julia Whelan, Kaleo Griffith, Kirby Heyborne, Rebecca Lowman, Mark Bramhall

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Grace Experience narrates the lion's share of this audiobook, with cameos from additional narrators who deliver the notes and observations that begin each chapter. Experience's high-pitched voice is suitable for the character of 24-year-old Mary Deerfield, who recounts the story of her life in 1662 Boston. Mary, the sometimes shrill second wife of the abusive Thomas Deerfield,... Read More

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

by Erika Robuck | Read by Caroline Hewitt

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Caroline Hewitt performs this partially fictionalized account of the work of Virginia Hall, a Baltimore debutante who became an Allied spy and key player in the French resistance during WWII. In the weeks before and after D-Day, Hall, a wireless operator, worked behind enemy lines to organize supply drops, help other resisters, and communicate with her superiors in... Read More

KATHARINE PARR, THE SIXTH WIFE

KATHARINE PARR, THE SIXTH WIFE The Six Tudor Queens, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by Alison Weir | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Rosalyn Landor beautifully portrays Katharine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife. Katharine plans to marry Tom Seymour, but after beheading his most recent wife for adultery and treason, Henry fancies 30-year-old Katharine. What choice does she have? She sacrifices marriage to Tom to become queen. Religious turmoil still plagues the kingdom, and court intrigue puts Katharine... Read More

THE KEW GARDENS GIRLS

THE KEW GARDENS GIRLS

by Posy Lovell | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

During WWI, women began to find their voices and power as they filled the gaps left by men gone to war. Elizabeth Knowelden's British accent transports us to London as she gives voice to Ivy and Louisa, two women who forge a friendship while working in the Royal Botanic Gardens and become suffragettes. For the most part, Knowelden stays with her narrative voice, skillfully... Read More

LEONORA IN THE MORNING LIGHT

LEONORA IN THE MORNING LIGHT

by Michaela Carter | Read by Cassandra Campbell, Fiona Hardingham, Jacques Roy, Michaela Carter [Note]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrators Cassandra Campbell, Fiona Hardingham, and Jacques Roy lend their voices to the story of surrealist painter, writer, and feminist Leonora Carrington. At age 20, Leonora met artist Max Ernst, plunging into a relationship that would transform them both. In luminous tones that perfectly match the book's poetic language, Hardingham reveals Leonora's frantic state after Max... Read More

OUR WOMAN IN MOSCOW

OUR WOMAN IN MOSCOW

by Beatriz Williams | Read by Nicola Barber, Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Nicola Barber and Cassandra Campbell share the narration of this spy story set primarily during the Cold War. Twins Iris and Ruth have not spoken in years, not since Iris and her family defected to Russia when her husband was revealed to be a Soviet mole. In 1952, Ruth agrees to travel to Moscow with a U.S. diplomat to try to extract her sister from the USSR. Barber performs... Read More

THE REBEL NUN

THE REBEL NUN

by Marj Charlier | Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Marj Charlier's fictionalized memoir of Clotild, a sixth-century cloistered nun, is perfectly paired with narrator Kate Reading's transportive performance. Together, they create the personalities and lives of actual and imagined women who lived amid the complexities of early medieval society. When life becomes untenable at the convent, Clotild leads her fellow sisters along a... Read More

RED LETTER DAYS

RED LETTER DAYS

by Sarah-Jane Stratford | Read by Ilyana Kadushin, Sarah-Jane Stratford [Note]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

This work of historical fiction involves the topic of McCarthy-era politics. Narrator Ilyana Kadushin is soft-spoken yet fervent in her performance, especially in her attention to dialogue and accents. When Phoebe Adler, an aspiring television writer, is forced to escape the repressive atmosphere in the United States, drama, suspense, and romance ensue. Kadushin's pace can be... Read More

THE RIB KING

THE RIB KING

by Ladee Hubbard | Read by Korey Jackson, Adenrele Ojo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Mr. Sitwell, a butler, and Jennie, a maid, are at the heart of this audiobook. The connection between the two African Americans begins in the Barclay household and continues beyond their years there as they navigate a world in which racism impacts their everyday lives. Korey Jackson narrates Mr. Sitwell's portion of the audiobook; his bold, confident delivery suits the story of... Read More

THE ROSE CODE

THE ROSE CODE

Earphones Award Winner

by Kate Quinn | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Saskia Maarleveld is the perfect narrator for this actually thrilling novel set at Bletchley Park in WWII among the women and men who broke codes and worked the Bombe and Enigma machines. Maarleveld's graceful way with accents, her deep understanding of her characters, and, above all, her intensely responsive pacing as the story of three heroines whipsaws from the mundane to... Read More

THE SECRET DIARIES OF JUAN LUIS VIVES

THE SECRET DIARIES OF JUAN LUIS VIVES

by Tim Darcy Ellis | Read by Peter Noble

Timothy Darcy Ellis | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

Narrator Peter Noble's expressive rendering of this excellent historical novel makes this audiobook seem like an old-fashioned radio drama. He uses diverse accents and inflections to depict the many characters who populate the suspenseful story of Vives, a Spanish Jew who finds himself in King Henry VIII's England during the Spanish Inquisition. The novel is made up of Vives's... Read More

THE SWEETNESS OF WATER

THE SWEETNESS OF WATER

by Nathan Harris | Read by William DeMeritt

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

William DeMeritt's versatile narration eases listeners into the unsettled landscape of late-Civil-War-era Georgia in this powerfully affecting novel. This ambitious debut explores themes of forgiveness, family, pride, community, and the societal costs of racism and injustice. The violence in this world is startling but never surprising. DeMeritt's vibrant and convincing... Read More

TO COOK A BEAR

TO COOK A BEAR

by Mikael Niemi | Read by Anthony Mark Barrow, Allan Corduner

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Historical Fiction

On one level, this audiobook by Swedish author Niemi is a fairly standard mystery. But there are other, much deeper, levels as well. Jussi, portrayed by Anthony Mark Barrow, is a Sámi runaway who has been informally adopted by Pastor Lars Levi Laestadius, an actual historical character who is portrayed later in the book by narrator Allan Corduner. Besides being the detective in... Read More

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