Laura Ingalls Wilder has captivated generations with her stories of pioneer life, the Little House books. Now Sarah Miller tells the story of the Ingalls's journey west and life on the prairie from Ma's point of view. Narrator Elizabeth Marvel compels listeners to empathize with Caroline. Vivid descriptions depict the dangers of frontier life, such as swollen rivers, thin ice,... Read More
Kathleen Gati narrates the story of the Russian 588th Night Bomber Regiment through the voice of Katya Ivanova, one of the infamous "Night Witches." Although Katya is a fictional character, the all-female air unit was a real and important part of Russia's war effort in WWII. Gati's narration is engrossing and spot-on. The listener can imagine sitting in a room with Katya as,... Read More
In this thoughtful in-depth audiobook, Eliza Hamilton recounts her life as she first meets Colonel Alexander Hamilton; becomes his wife; stands by his side during glory, scandal, and controversy; and watches him die. Narrator Saskia Maarleveld reads the account with a quiet dignity perfectly suited to Eliza's strong character. Maarleveld's engaged narration will sweep the... Read More
Shelaagh's spirited narration is every bit as vibrant as her poetic text. In 1772, Jamaicans Violet and her brother, Beau, stow away to England. Shelaagh's lilting accent is instantly captivating, and the text is equally engaging. With no money, papers, or prospects, the siblings scavenge, and dance to bolster their spirits. After a club owner hires the fleet-footed Violet,... Read More
Narrator Janet Metzger's soft Southern drawl and subtle characterizations evoke the Shenandoah Valley of 1933 and its residents. For 33-year-old Columbia "Lum," home shifts with the seasons and whichever family member demands her labor. Amiably characterized, Lum learns she is intersex at a young age; her identity sends her on a lifelong search for affirmation. As farmers,... Read More
Narrator Justine Eyre brings a porcelain fragility to Patitucci's wonderfully imaginative tale of the Spanish court in Madrid in the 1600s. Based on Velázquez's painting LAS MENINAS, which prominently features the dwarfess Maria-Barbara, the audiobook captures intrigues, superstitious royals, would-be intellectuals, artists, magicians, dwarves, and fools. Eyre's winning... Read More
Grover Gardner's mastery of witty narration adds relish to this historical novel about the woman who governed Sicily for one month--one revolution (orbit) of the moon--in 1677. On his deathbed, the marquis named his wife as his successor, and Dona Elenora swiftly implemented sweeping changes before being banished by an old-boy coup and sent back to Spain. Gardner lithely... Read More
Narrator Greta Jung tells the heartbreaking story of two sisters who were parted by history and their intervening years of pain in Japanese-occupied Korea. Hana and Emi are fisherwomen, known as HAENYEO. As the two sisters are separated by conflict, oppression, and time, Jung's soft voice brings across the grief of irredeemable tragedy. Soldiers are an ever-present danger, and... Read More
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