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ALL HAPPY FAMILIES

ALL HAPPY FAMILIES A Memoir

by Jeanne McCulloch | Read by Gabra Zackman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Although the author's wedding frames the events of this memoir, it is her mother--imperious, manipulative, intelligent, and protective--who is the focus of this memoir, thanks in part to Gabra Zackman's evocative narration. Just days before the wedding, McCulloch's alcoholic father suffered a stroke and went into a coma that he never emerged from. McCulloch uses the occasion of... Read More

ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW

ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW A Memoir

by Nicole Chung | Read by Janet Song

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Janet Song explores the complex emotions of adopted children in this memoir about family. Song recounts the confusing upbringing of author Nicole Chung, a Korean who was adopted by Americans and raised in a small, mostly Caucasian town in Oregon. Song's narration is sensitive as she delivers details of subtle discrimination against Chung and her nagging questions about... Read More

ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE

ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE A Sortabiography

Earphones Award Winner

by Eric Idle | Read by Eric Idle

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Eric Idle telling his own life story? Can it get any better than this? I think not. In one of the funniest audiobooks of the year, Idle uses funny voices, Monty-Pythonesque routines, and his own god-given distinctive British accent to talk about his life--the good times and the hardships (but mostly good times) before, during, and after his time with Monty Python. Idle's... Read More

AMERICAN EDEN

AMERICAN EDEN David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

by Victoria Johnson | Read by Susan Ericksen

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This is a listen that makes it easy to understand why Johnson's book was a National Book Award finalist. The story of David Hosack is one of those great untold stories of individuals who lived fascinating lives but for some reason are not remembered in most history books. Narrator Susan Ericksen does a fine job capturing the many interests, and interesting intersections, Hosack... Read More

THE BLACK AND THE BLUE

THE BLACK AND THE BLUE A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in Americas Law Enforcement

by Matthew Horace, Ron Harris | Read by Matthew Horace

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In a clear voice with just a light rasp, author Matthew Horace narrates his exploration of America's criminal justice system through the eyes of officers of color. Through interviews and reflections on his own 20 years of service, Horace reveals a fascinating world that has long been left out of discussions of race and criminal justice in the U.S. His complex analysis of race... Read More

THE BONANZA KING

THE BONANZA KING John Mackay and the Battle Over the Greatest Riches in the American West

by Gregory Crouch | Read by John Keating

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator John Keating's subtle brogue introduces a humble John Mackay, who is carrying everything he owns as he looks down on the Virginia Range of Nevada in 1859. Eventually, Mackay became known as the Bonanza King because of the riches he gleaned from his interest in the Comstock silver lode. He fought wage cuts for miners, took on Jay Gould for control of international... Read More

THE BOY ON THE BEACH

THE BOY ON THE BEACH My Family's Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home

by Tima Kurdi | Read by Soneela Nankani

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

At the end of the summer of 2015, the image of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian migrant boy whose body washed up onshore after a failed attempt to cross the Mediterranean, circulated worldwide and remains indelible. His story, and that of his family, is narrated by Soneela Nankani, who treats the entire account with tenderness and sorrow. Nankani retells the complicated series... Read More

BRUCE LEE

BRUCE LEE A Life

by Matthew Polly | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this authoritative biographical audiobook, the efforts of Bruce Lee to bring his philosophy and his martial arts expertise to the U.S. are well documented. Narrator Jonathan Todd Ross's performance brings Lee to life with exuberance and energy. He was relentless in his pursuit of fame, and Ross conveys that frenzy with his rhythm, tone, and timing. Lee died suddenly at the... Read More

CAMP AUSTEN

CAMP AUSTEN My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan

by Ted Scheinman | Read by Ted Scheinman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Humor and tenderness abound as author and narrator Ted Scheinman recollects how he became a Jane Austen superfan. An avid and eclectic reader and the son of a devoted Jane Austen academic, Scheinman was immersed in literature and the world of Jane Austen at an early age. In graduate school he founded a Jane Austen Summer Camp, which gave him a glimpse of the secret society of... Read More

CAN YOU TOLERATE THIS?

CAN YOU TOLERATE THIS? Essays

Earphones Award Winner

by Ashleigh Young | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld is the perfect guide to the author's contemplation of both significant and smaller moments in her life. In these personal essays, Young is lyrical, quirky, self-effacing, and amusing. Maarleveld's narration is clear, deliberate, and droll. Topics range from a conversation with a psychic stranger on a plane to a young American with a rare bone disorder... Read More

THE COST OF LIVING

THE COST OF LIVING A Working Autobiography

Earphones Award Winner

by Deborah Levy | Read by Henrietta Meire

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With a poet's eye and a playwright's gift for compression, Levy's observations range from philosophical ponderings to elegant details of the quotidian. Henrietta Meire's intimate narration gives flesh and blood to Levy's sketches. Just as her marriage is crumbling, Levy loses her mother. The stress of these developments forces her to reflect on her place in a world in which she... Read More

CRUX

CRUX A Cross-Border Memoir

by Jean Guerrero | Read by Jean Guerrero

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook succeeds because the author's performance is as powerful and emotionally driven as the story she tells. Guerrero's father, Marco Antonio, a Mexican immigrant, was an enigmatic presence. At times a genius, at times unstable, he was an erratic and elusive person whose brilliance was interrupted by numerous demons, including alcohol, drugs, and mental illness.... Read More

THE DIARY OF A BOOKSELLER

THE DIARY OF A BOOKSELLER

by Shaun Bythell | Read by Robin Laing

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Robin Laing strikes a matter-of-fact tone with his narration--a choice that is both smart and on point. It has the dual benefit of taking the edge off author Shaun Bythell's more acerbic comments while simultaneously highlighting the eccentricities Bythell encounters among his customers and staff at his bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. Listeners get an impression of a man who,... Read More

THE ELECTRIC WOMAN

THE ELECTRIC WOMAN A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts

by Tessa Fontaine | Read by Tessa Fontaine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With the crisp, slightly gravelly voice of someone who eats fire for a living, author Tessa Fontaine narrates her powerful, heartfelt story about transformations, loss, mothers, and daughters. Fontaine dives into the colorful unpredictability of life in the circus to recover from caring for her mother after a major stroke. The amusing cast of characters who are part of... Read More

ELIZABETH WARREN

ELIZABETH WARREN

by Antonia Felix | Read by Suzie Althens

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Using a quiet, unassuming voice that channels Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's own unpretentious tones, narrator Suzie Althens delivers a pleasing performance of the story of Senator Warren's life. Following the Democratic congresswoman from her working-class childhood in Oklahoma, through her career as a law professor in Texas, Pennsylvania, and, at last, Harvard, to... Read More

EVA'S STORY

EVA'S STORY A Survivor's Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank

Earphones Award Winner

by Eva Schloss, Evelyn Julia Kent | Read by Ann Richardson

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing company | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ann Richardson's affecting narration makes listeners feel like they're accompanying young Eva Geiringer as she leaves her home in Amsterdam for a cattle car to Auschwitz. Perhaps even more painful are the chapters from her mother's viewpoint because mother and daughter are powerless when they see each other's pain and humiliation. Richardson believably delivers the shocking... Read More

AN EXCELLENT CHOICE

AN EXCELLENT CHOICE Panic and Joy on My Solo Path to Motherhood

by Emma Brockes | Read by Emma Brockes

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Brockes's journey to motherhood was unconventional. While in her late thirties and single and in the early stages of a relationship with a woman known as "L," she decided she had reached the do-or-die moment to either embark on the path of getting pregnant or give up the idea. Brockes narrates her memoir with clarity and sardonic humor. Her love and respect for her core group... Read More

THE FAMILY MEDICI

THE FAMILY MEDICI The Hidden History of the Medici Dynasty

by Mary Hollingsworth | Read by Anne Flosnik

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Many worthwhile histories on audio, this one included, suffer from a profusion of names, dates, places, and events coming too quickly to be absorbed. Anne Flosnik's narration is well paced, but it's possible to miss details as the author takes the Florentine family from its moneylending beginnings in the twelfth century through its members becoming popes, queens, and dukes and... Read More

FASHION CLIMBING

FASHION CLIMBING

Earphones Award Winner

by Bill Cunningham, Hilton Als [Preface] | Read by Arthur Morey

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Bill Cunningham was something like a secular monk whose high church was fashion. The joy with which he pursued his devotions is so contagious and charming that not only is this a delightful listen, it is a life lesson in how to celebrate creation. This memoir covers his early career as a milliner long before his career-capping photographic stint as the NEW YORK TIMES'... Read More

FEARLESS

FEARLESS How an Underdog Becomes a Champion

by Doug Pederson, Dan Pompei | Read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Philadelphia Eagles fans will enjoy every aspect of this audiobook in which Doug Pederson explains how he transformed himself from a journeyman pro quarterback to a high school football coach and to a coach whose brilliant strategy and aggressiveness led the Eagles to victory in Super Bowl LII. Robert Petkoff's delivery is much like Pederson's public persona: workmanlike,... Read More

FLY GIRLS

FLY GIRLS How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History

by Keith O'Brien | Read by Erin Bennett

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Erin Bennett's clear, crisp articulation highlights the stories of five female pilots who sought to compete in air races from 1927 to 1936. The story culminates with the best-known event of the period, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Bennett reflects the author's horror at the many accidents suffered by pilots over the years, as well as his indignation at the... Read More

FROM THE CORNER OF THE OVAL

FROM THE CORNER OF THE OVAL A Memoir

by Beck Dorey-Stein | Read by Beck Dorey-Stein

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

President Obama's stenographer has a ton of great stories to share from her time in the Oval Office--from how she got the job (an unassuming ad on Craigslist!) to her questioning of aspects of the subsequent administration, which led to her decision to quit. This wealth of fascinating information is compromised by Dorey-Stein's narration of her own beautiful prose. The lack of... Read More

A GIRL'S GUIDE TO MISSILES

A GIRL'S GUIDE TO MISSILES Growing Up in America's Secret Desert

Earphones Award Winner

by Karen Piper | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Karen Piper's fascinating memoir is brought skillfully to life by Rebecca Lowman's intimate narration. Piper recounts her Cold War-era childhood and adolescence at the naval research facility at China Lake, California, where both of her parents worked on missile development. She weaves military, political, and cultural history with important moments in her own life--Reagan's... Read More

GOOD THINGS HAPPEN SLOWLY

GOOD THINGS HAPPEN SLOWLY A Life In and Out of Jazz

by Fred Hersch | Read by Steven Jay Cohen, Fred Hersch [Epilogue]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this autobiographical account of his life as a gay, initially insecure, and enormously talented jazz pianist, Fred Hersch is a lyrical and sympathetic writer who, from the late 1970s to the present, participated in the jazz scene in New York City and other hot spots. Narrator Steven Jay Cohen's equally sympathetic performance captures the author's innocence and gutsy... Read More

HANG TIME

HANG TIME My Life in Basketball

by Elgin Baylor, Alan Eisenstock | Read by Peter Jay Fernandez

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Peter Jay Fernandez narrates this memoir in a dramatic tone that works well. Elgin Baylor, who ranks as one of the top 20 greatest NBA players ever, details his life from childhood through his career. He's honest, genuine, and pulls no punches. Fernandez takes a theatrical approach, using strategic pauses throughout. His delivery might sound phony in some instances, but not... Read More

HOUSE OF NUTTER

HOUSE OF NUTTER The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row

by Lance Richardson | Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This fascinating biography follows the lives of two brothers as they burst out of their restrained lower-middle-class upbringing in postwar London into the new style scene of Swinging '60s London. Catching the imagination of the listener, the narration by Nicholas Guy Smith brings the different characters to life and helps to create the perfect backdrop for this biography. The... Read More

I CAN'T DATE JESUS

I CAN'T DATE JESUS Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé

by Michael Arceneaux | Read by Michael Arceneaux

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Michael Arceneaux tells listeners about growing up black and gay in Houston, Texas, in an honest, frank, and laugh-out-loud way that educates as he's entertaining. His topics include the constrictions of both the black and Catholic churches, police brutality against African- Americans, and being gay. In an unflinching style, he points out the conflicts and contradictions of... Read More

I SHOULD HAVE HONOR

I SHOULD HAVE HONOR A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan

by Khalida Brohi | Read by Khalida Brohi

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Khalida Brohi narrates her memoir, and the listener appreciates her decision to give voice to her unusual story of growing up as a women's rights activist in tribal Pakistan. The strength of her commitment to avenge her cousin's murder at the hands of her own family members underlies the firmness in her voice. Brohi recounts her childhood confusion at being told that... Read More

IN PIECES

IN PIECES

by Sally Field | Read by Sally Field

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Sally Field, who has won two Academy Awards, delivers a powerhouse performance of her first memoir. Her aging timbre doesn't detract from the sensitivity that her personal narration brings to the story of her troubled childhood, early television roles, and ultimate success as a sophisticated and well-modulated actor and producer. In many respects, Field states, the volume... Read More

INVISIBLE

INVISIBLE The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster

by Stephen L. Carter | Read by Karen Chilton

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This is a listen you'd be forgiven for thinking is a work of fiction. As narrated by Karen Chilton, the real-life story of Manhattan District Attorney Eunice Carter is remarkable--both in its telling and in its history. Carter was an activist, an attorney, and one of the most notable women of her time, a time when few women worked outside the home, let alone became... Read More

JELL-O GIRLS

JELL-O GIRLS A Family History

by Allie Rowbottom | Read by Allie Rowbottom

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and narrator Allie Rowbottom's family has enjoyed several generations of privilege due to an ancestor's purchase of the patent for Jell-O. Part memoir, part family history, Rowbottom's writings weave together a story that imparts how, along with benefiting from the riches gleaned from Jell-O sales, the family has suffered more than a century of pain and loss. Though the... Read More

LITTLE PANIC

LITTLE PANIC Dispatches from an Anxious Life

by Amanda Stern | Read by Brittany Pressley

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Brittany Pressley does a justifiable narration of Amanda Stern's memoir of living with panic disorder. Pressley's gentle, friendly vocal disposition is fitting to tell Stern's story. Pressley has a certain clearness and purity in her interpretation; she expresses each anxious thought powerfully, guiding the listener to understand its complexity and debilitating effects.... Read More

LIVE LONG AND...

LIVE LONG AND... What I Learned Along the Way

by William Shatner, David Fisher | Read by William Shatner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

William Shatner's latest audiobook effort offers an authentic, moderately paced narration dotted with self-deprecating humor. While this work is still another memoir at its core, his performance emphasizes many realities of growing older. Shatner's familiar voice periodically has a bit of a stammer that seems unintended yet entirely natural, and not a bit distracting. At the... Read More

THE MAN WHO CLIMBS TREES

THE MAN WHO CLIMBS TREES The Lofty Adventures of a Wildlife Camerman

Earphones Award Winner

by James Aldred | Read by Samuel Roukin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Samuel Roukin expertly runs the gamut of emotions narrating wildlife photographer James Aldred's memoir of climbing trees for a living. In exchange for wielding a camera for the BBC and National Geographic, Aldred communes with monkeys, takes in the view, and builds tree houses. Roukin conveys Aldred's awe at these gigantic trees and the magic of the wildlife, as well... Read More

MARILYN MONROE

MARILYN MONROE The Private Life of a Public Icon

by Charles Casillo | Read by Thérèse Plummer

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Thérèse Plummer's over-the-top narration and several mispronunciations of celebrated people's names are distracting elements in this audiobook. The author presents it as having both new information and new perspectives on the troubled life and somewhat mysterious death of American movie icon Marilyn Monroe. Emphasizing her final two years, the audiobook has an emotional tone... Read More

MY OWN DEVICES

MY OWN DEVICES True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love

by Dessa | Read by Dessa

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Singer and rapper Dessa is a young woman with many stories, which she shares with heartrending honesty as she narrates her memoir on love, life, and music. With her conversational style, she sounds like a next-door neighbor or a close friend who has come over for a long overdue cup of coffee and ended up staying for dinner. Hers is a story many will find familiar as she speaks... Read More

THE NEVER-ENDING PRESENT

THE NEVER-ENDING PRESENT The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Barclay | Read by George Stroumboulopoulos

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Relatively unknown in the U.S., the rock band known as the Tragically Hip is wildly popular in their native Canada. They achieved mythic status during their final tour in 2016, when their singer, Gord Downie, was suffering from terminal brain cancer. George Stroumboulopoulos, a TV and radio broadcaster who knew the band well, is the ideal voice for this comprehensive chronicle... Read More

NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS

NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS A memoir

by Glynnis MacNicol | Read by Allyson Ryan

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Allyson Ryan narrates this memoir, a meditation on Glynnis MacNicol's 40th year and what it means to arrive at that age single and childless. While reflecting on the recent loss of her mother, MacNicol realizes that no traditional roadmap suggests where she should go next. Initially, Ryan's voicing of MacNicol's thoughts may strike listeners as a little too breezy during some... Read More

NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME

NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME More Notes of a Native Son

by James Baldwin | Read by Kevin Kenerly

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Despite having been written over half a century ago, this remains an incredibly relevant work. And narrator Kevin Kenerly does an outstanding job bringing just the right tone to a book that could have, in lesser hands (or voice, as the case may be), come across as strident or lecturing. Instead, Kenerly expertly conveys Baldwin's struggle to understand the times in which he was... Read More

NOT EXACTLY LOVE

NOT EXACTLY LOVE

by Betty Hafner | Read by Patricia Santomasso

Betty Hafner | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this memoir, narrator Patricia Santomasso captures the late 1960s and 1970s and vivacious high school French teacher Betty Hafner as she brightens at the sight of cute, edgy Jack Brennan, the new science teacher. Santomasso deftly presents firsthand descriptions of the music, clothing, hair, and pop culture of the period, along with Hafner's delight with her new lover.... Read More

OKAY FINE WHATEVER

OKAY FINE WHATEVER The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things

Earphones Award Winner

by Courtenay Hameister | Read by Courtenay Hameister

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Courtney Hameister narrates this engaging, insightful, and at times hilarious account of her Okay Fine Whatever project, in which she grapples with her anxiety by deliberately exposing herself to uncomfortable new situations. Whether she's trying drugs with co-workers to unleash her creativity, undergoing a Brazilian wax, or participating in online dating, her perceptions of... Read More

ONE MAGICAL SUNDAY

ONE MAGICAL SUNDAY (But Winning Isn't Everything)

by Phil Mickelson, Donald T. Phillips | Read by Phil Mickelson, Amy Mickelson, Amanda Mickelson, Sophia Mickelson, Renee McBride, Gary McBride, John Patrick Walsh

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

An ensemble cast narrates this audiobook, which makes for a pleasant listen as the voices of children, coaches, golfers and others pop in and out. Author Phil Mickelson alternates between recounting his experience playing in the 2004 Masters golf tournament and telling his life story--from growing up to meeting his wife to having a family. It's a light listen, and the format is... Read More

THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA

THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA

Earphones Award Winner

by Nelson Mandela, Sahm Venter [Ed.] | Read by Atandwa Kani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Atandwa Kani's portrayal of Nelson Mandela is so engrossing that listeners will be completely absorbed. This audiobook is composed of letters that Mandela wrote while imprisoned for decades for protesting against the government of South Africa and its system of Apartheid. The letters are in chronological order. Many were never delivered and are presented publicly here for the... Read More

REDEMPTION

REDEMPTION Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours

by Joseph Rosenbloom | Read by JD Jackson

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This is an intimate look at the last living hours of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Narrator J.D. Jackson constructs a strong and steady performance that turns this deftly researched and thoughtful work into an inviting and fascinating lecture. Jackson is a remarkably consistent performer. He remains factual but, when needed, gives deference to the emotional issues... Read More

RENAISSANCE WOMAN

RENAISSANCE WOMAN The Life of Vittoria Colonna

by Ramie Targoff | Read by Justine Eyre

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Italian Renaissance poet Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa of Pescara, comes to life through Targoff's extensive research and compelling narrative. Narrator Justine Eyre's fluid and flavorful pronunciation of Italian words and expressions transports listeners deeper into Vittoria's privileged world. Born into a powerful Italian family, Vittoria held a front-row seat to an era rife... Read More

ROBERT F. KENNEDY: RIPPLES OF HOPE

ROBERT F. KENNEDY: RIPPLES OF HOPE Kerry Kennedy in Conversation with Heads of State, Business Leaders, Influencers, and Activists about Her Father's Impact on Their Lives

by Kerry Kennedy | Read by Rory Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Peter Gallagher, Catherine Keener

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Multiple narrators discuss Robert F. Kennedy's lasting influence 50 years after his 1968 assassination. Daughter and author Kerry Kennedy narrates her portion of interviews with political, media, and business leaders and celebrities with little variation in inflection. While Peter Gallagher gives some character traits to the men whose words he is narrating, some unusual... Read More

ROUGH BEAUTY

ROUGH BEAUTY Forty Seasons of Mountain Living

by Karen Auvinen | Read by Jayme Mattler

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Jayme Mattler's husky tone gives voice to a woman's struggle with both natural and spiritual elements in the stark Colorado Rockies. After rising--literally--from the ashes of a fire that has destroyed her home and every piece of writing she has ever done, Auvinen realizes she can no longer survive as a lone wolf and must ask for help. Mattler takes us through the... Read More

SCARFACE AND THE UNTOUCHABLE

SCARFACE AND THE UNTOUCHABLE Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago

Earphones Award Winner

by Max Allan Collins, A. Brad Schwartz | Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Max Allan Collins, A. Brad Schwartz

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is a fascinating examination of the terrible times when the Mob ruled Chicago, with Stefan Rudnicki doing a pretty solid job of substituting for Walter Winchell's staccato "Untouchables" delivery. Thoroughly researched and expertly executed, the story's most surprising revelation is how little Eliot Ness and Al Capone had to do with each other. They met only... Read More

THE SEA TAKES NO PRISONERS

THE SEA TAKES NO PRISONERS

by Peter Clutterbuck | Read by Malk Williams

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners travel across years and seas with author Peter Clutterbuck in his improbably small dinghy, Calypso, on voyages that he admits his older, more experienced, self would never have tried. Malk Williams's narration starts with Peter's boyhood row across the English Channel and recounts his ever increasing desire to best each of his records. His goals culminate in the... Read More

SICK

SICK A Memoir

by Porochista Khakpour | Read by Yetta Gottesman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As the title suggests, this audiobook depicts Khakpour's lifelong struggle with chronic illness and the complications that come along with it. Narrator Yetta Gottesman does an excellent job voicing a complex story that follows the lead of memory rather than chronology. Her voice inspires empathy, and her performance of dialogue is organic and easy to follow. Understandably, the... Read More

SMALL FRY

SMALL FRY

by Lisa Brennan-Jobs | Read by Eileen Stevens

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Eileen Stevens narrates Lisa Brennan-Jobs's memoir of growing up the daughter of Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple, who denied paternity until she was 9. From her birth, Brennan-Jobs was subjected to her father's erratic whims and peculiarities, often yearning for his attention and praise. Meanwhile, her relationship with her mother, with whom she lived for most of her childhood,... Read More

SOMETHING FIERCE

SOMETHING FIERCE Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

by Carmen Aguirre | Read by Carmen Aguirre

Post Hypnotic Press Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Carmen Aguirre narrates the story of her dizzying childhood and turbulent adulthood as the daughter of Chilean resistance fighters. She describes the dislocation of temporary exile in America and the confusion of returning to South America as a teenager who fell into helping the militants. Aguirre's narration is rapid and unflinching as she portrays the range of emotions she... Read More

A SONG FOR THE RIVER

A SONG FOR THE RIVER Fire Season, Book 2

by Philip Connors | Read by Adam Verner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Adam Verner seems miscast in his reading of essayist Philip Connors's dark memoir. Part elegy, part lamentation, part catalogue of ailments, this audiobook seems less a song than a requiem. Verner's reading style--airy and hopeful--is at odds with the seriousness of the content. Connors writes evocatively of his recently deceased friends, his lonely education as a... Read More

TAKE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO

TAKE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO

by Kenny Leon, Samuel L. Jackson [Fore.] | Read by Kenny Leon, Ryan Vincent Anderson [Fore.]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Theater director Kenny Leon's natural performance of his memoir is especially touching as he recounts a life filled with love, gratitude, and deep reflection. Leon takes listeners back to growing up in Florida with his Grandma Mamie, his lodestar, and his artistic, conservative mother, Annie Ruth. He also describes times of personal doubt as an actor/director with the Alliance... Read More

THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS

THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS Three Sisters at the Heart of Power

by Claudia Renton | Read by Claudia Renton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Claudia Renton presents the parlors, penchants, and peccadillos of the outrageously rich Wyndham family and their fellow aristocrats, politicians, and power brokers in late-Victorian and Edwardian England. With genteel accents appropriate to the period, Renton delivers lyrical descriptions of the beautiful and charming Wyndham sisters, Mary, Madeline, and... Read More

TICKER

TICKER The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart

Earphones Award Winner

by Mimi Swartz | Read by Lydia Mackay

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lydia Mackay's bread and butter is providing voices for anime characters; her work as an audiobook narrator is rare, but it goes straight to the heart in this performance. This compelling story of the ongoing efforts to build a viable artificial heart combines first-rate journalism with a pitch-perfect voice. Swartz is a marvelous reporter and storyteller who must have built a... Read More

A TOKYO ROMANCE

A TOKYO ROMANCE A Memoir

by Ian Buruma | Read by Ian Buruma

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Dutch writer/editor (THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS) Ian Buruma was stumbling around Japan long before sushi went onto international dinner plates. In arch tones, Buruma narrates his own audiobook, describing his coming-of-age in Japan in the 1970s. We close our eyes and listen deeply in order to reconcile the fact that the cultured voice drawing us into his past once belonged to... Read More

WHISKEY IN A TEACUP

WHISKEY IN A TEACUP

by Reese Witherspoon | Read by Reese Witherspoon

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In an audiobook full of recipes, tips, and remembrances of her family, actress, entrepreneur, and producer Reese Witherspoon delivers a performance bursting with quintessential Southern charm. Witherspoon's bubbly personality leaps out of the speakers as she delights the listener with tales of her grandmother Dorothea, lessons learned from other childhood influences, and tips... Read More

THE WHITE DARKNESS

THE WHITE DARKNESS

Earphones Award Winner

by David Grann | Read by Will Patton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Will Patton's voice is gruff and raspy--perfect for evoking the isolation and fortitude of Henry Worsley as he carried out a solo expedition across the freezing landscape of Antarctica in 2008, retracing the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton. But Patton's performance is also suffused with warmth, honesty, and joy, reflecting Worsley's enduring love for his family and his... Read More

WOULD YOU RATHER?

WOULD YOU RATHER? A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out

by Katie Heaney | Read by Katie Heaney

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Katie Heaney wrote her first memoir at age 25 (NEVER HAVE I EVER). At that time she was still searching for the right guy to sweep her off her feet. Amid a lot of soul-searching over the next three years, she realized that she is a lesbian and that she was really looking for the right woman. In this essay collection, Heaney recaptures the anxiety and tension of having crushes... Read More

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