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ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS

ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS A Biography of Rock Hudson

by Mark Griffin | Read by Jeremy Arthur

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

While Mark Griffin's carefully researched story of Rock Hudson's life is not very enjoyable in the usual sense because of its multilayered sadness, Jeremy Arthur's skillful narration makes the biography quite moving. While shedding little new light or additional information, it is still a cut above many other Hudson bios in its refusal to exploit scandal or salaciousness.... 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

AMERICAN LIKE ME

AMERICAN LIKE ME Reflections on Life Between Cultures

by America Ferrera [Ed.] | Read by America Ferrera, Bambadjan Bamba, Joy Cho, Auli'i Cravalho, Tim Chiou, Janina Edwards, Jennifer Ikeda, et al.

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is a plethora of voices coming together to represent the diversity of contemporary America. Actor America Ferrera begins with an account of her childhood as the daughter of Latino immigrants. Ferrera is confident, articulate, and measured as she tells of losing her first love to a blonde, blue-eyed classmate. She sets the tone for the slew of prominent essayists... Read More

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A TRANSGENDER SCIENTIST

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A TRANSGENDER SCIENTIST

by Ben Barres, Nancy Hopkins [Foreword] | Read by Paul Boehmer

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Dr. Barres's autobiography is a straightforward account of the life of one of the leading neuroscientists of our time who happened to be transgender. The audiobook has three themes: the discovery of the importance of a distinct type of brain cell and the promise it holds for understanding a wide range of debilitating conditions, gender discrimination within the scientific... Read More

BASEBALL COP

BASEBALL COP

by Eddie Dominguez, Christian Red, Teri Thompson | Read by Jason Culp, Eddie Dominguez, Edward Bauer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Eddie Dominguez went from Boston police officer to Major League Baseball security, where he was privy to the sport's steroid scandal up close. Jason Culp carries the bulk of the narration; Edward Bauer reads the prologue, while Dominguez narrates the author's note and epilogue. Culp carries off his part of the story appropriately, considering the Cuban-born author's Northeast... Read More

BEASTIE BOYS BOOK

BEASTIE BOYS BOOK

by Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz | Read by Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This excellent band memoir features more than 40 mostly celebrity narrators--a diverse crew ranging from Snoop Dogg to Rachel Maddow. Most of the narrators add value to the audiobook experience, but the pass-the-mic structure sometimes distracts from the great content. Some of the most stirring sections occur when the Beastie Boys co-authors narrate, especially when they talk... Read More

BECOMING

BECOMING

Earphones Award Winner

by Michelle Obama | Read by Michelle Obama

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In a rich, warm timbre, Michelle Obama treats us to reminiscences and reflections on her life as though we were friends seated in her living room. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, the insights of "the other Obama" are interesting due to the sheer fact of her uniqueness. Her signature quiet confidence comes through every word as she narrates her story. From... Read More

BETTY FORD

BETTY FORD First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer

by Lisa McCubbin | Read by Amanda Carlin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

First Lady Betty Ford faced many challenges in her life that would have felled someone with less determination. In this audiobook, narrator Amanda Carlin does a fine job of giving Ford a voice and personality infused with that strength of mind. Listeners may be surprised to learn that Ford's passion was dance. She grew up wanting to be a dancer, but when she and Gerald Ford... 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

BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF

BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF And Other Lessons in Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Caine | Read by Michael Caine

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Imagine spending seven satisfying hours with English actor Michael Caine while he tells you all about his life. This audiobook offers just such an experience, and the time flies. Caine is warm, conversational, funny, serious, and wise, and listeners will enjoy every anecdote and word of advice. With a cast of celebrity friends, colleagues, and cherished family members, Caine... Read More

BROTHERS OF THE GUN

BROTHERS OF THE GUN A Memoir of the Syrian War

by Marwan Hisham, Molly Crabapple | Read by Peter Ganim

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Syrian freelance journalist Marwan Hisham's gritty memoir of the war in Syria gives a human voice to a conflict that few in the West understand. Narrator Peter Ganim gives a fitting voice to the author. He speaks several languages, including Arabic, and sounds comfortable with the proper names in this intimate story. His delivery is warm and playful when called for but also... Read More

THE CAKE AND THE RAIN

THE CAKE AND THE RAIN A Memoir

by Jimmy Webb | Read by Jimmy Webb

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jimmy Webb is the well-known musician who wrote the Richard Harris song "MacArthur Park"--which includes the famous line "Someone left the cake out in the rain." This is Webb's rather circuitous and confusing memoir. Webb's own narration seems unsteady, with pronounced rough edges. While listeners will hear of muses, happiness, and drama, as well as the ordinary aspects of his... 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

COUNTING SHEEP

COUNTING SHEEP Reflections and Observations of a Swedish Shepherd

by Axel Lindén, Frank Perry [Trans.] | Read by Peter Noble

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Peter Noble gives a meditative narration of this diary of a novice shepherd in Sweden. Axel Lindén leaves the city for what he hopes will be a simpler and greener life on a communal farm. The short entries are snapshots of his days and routines with the sheep--endless repairing of fences, lots of wet and cold weather. Noble's steady tone conveys Lindén's ponderings and... Read More

DEAR AMERICA

DEAR AMERICA Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

by Jose Antonio Vargas | Read by Jose Antonio Vargas

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas may be the best-known undocumented immigrant in the United States after outing himself in the NEW YORK TIMES in 2011. Vargas's performance of his memoir is sincere, intelligent, and thoughtful. After arriving from the Philippines at age 12, he lived with his grandparents, who were naturalized citizens. When he learns, at 16, that his Green Card is... 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

DISTURBED IN THEIR NESTS

DISTURBED IN THEIR NESTS A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City Heights

by Judy A. Bernstein, Alephonsion Deng | Read by Dion Graham, Suzie Althens

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrators Dion Graham and Suzie Althens work together to give us a soulful exploration of the "lost boys" fleeing war-torn South Sudan. They portray teenage refugee Alephonsion Deng and his white suburban mentor, Judy Bernstein. Listeners should turn this title on with a box of tissues at hand because Graham and Althens evoke a range of emotions through their sensitive... Read More

DR. BENJAMIN RUSH

DR. BENJAMIN RUSH The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation

by Harlow Giles Unger | Read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Dr. Benjamin Rush might be best remembered as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but this audiobook shows him to be a far more complex and significant contributor to our young nation's development in several areas such as public health and the abolition of slavery. Robert Petkoff offers a solid narration. His voice is clear and steady, carrying listeners along even... Read More

A DREAM CALLED HOME

A DREAM CALLED HOME A Memoir

by Reyna Grande | Read by Yareli Arizmendi

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Yareli Arizmendi offers listeners this timely exploration of a once undocumented Latina's coming of age. She tells us the intensely personal details of Reyna Grande's childhood and teen years in a clear, sensitive voice. Grande came to the U.S. at the age of 9 in search of her parents, who had left her in Mexico when they came to Los Angeles for better lives. What she... Read More

DREAMING OF JUPITER

DREAMING OF JUPITER

Earphones Award Winner

by Ted Simon | Read by Rupert Degas

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Rupert Degas is a fine mimic and voice actor. His inflection and tone remind the listener of the great English thespians. He performs accents expertly--from South American to Italian to Kiwi--and gives Simon's sprawling audiobook texture and a sense of place. In 1974, the author took a motorbike trip around the world and wrote about it. He became famous for this epic... Read More

ELIZA HAMILTON

ELIZA HAMILTON The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton

Earphones Award Winner

by Tilar J. Mazzeo | Read by January LaVoy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This richly detailed audiobook attempts to explore all aspects of the life of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of Alexander Hamilton. The author concentrates on Eliza's life after Alexander's death, particularly her efforts to help families, especially children, in need. Narrator January LaVoy takes the many facets of Eliza described and creates a fully fleshed-out character with... 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

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

THE FINAL RACE

THE FINAL RACE The Incredible World War II Story of the Olympian Who Inspired Chariots of Fire

by Eric T. Eichinger, Eva Marie Everson | Read by Lloyd James

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The movie CHARIOTS OF FIRE put Olympic track athlete Eric Liddell's name on the map, but recent books have dug into who the man truly was. His dramatic life was tragic, heroic, and worthy of the genteel manner in which Lloyd James narrates this audiobook. Liddell was a genuinely pious missionary whose life was shaped more by what would happen to him in China during World War II... 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

GREAT SECOND ACTS

GREAT SECOND ACTS In Praise of Older Women

by Marlene Wagman-Geller | Read by Pam Ward

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Pam Ward is completely engaging as she narrates Wagman-Geller's in-depth look at a group of women who didn't stop achieving once they reached "a certain age." From Grandma Moses to Mother Teresa, from Dr. Ruth to the "Notorious" Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ward makes each of these extended biographies compelling listening. She doesn't attempt to emulate voices in dialogue but instead... Read More

THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD

THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD An Oral History

by Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally | Read by Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actors Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally regale the listener with stories of their lives, from childhood through their early relationship and then their 18-plus years of marriage. Music performed by Mullally introduces the audiobook and each chapter within. Narrated in a back-and-forth style similar to a podcast, the production reflects the fact that the printed text is mostly a... 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

HEARTLAND

HEARTLAND A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

by Sarah Smarsh | Read by Sarah Smarsh

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Addressing an unborn daughter in her memoir, which is a National Book Award Finalist, Sarah Smarsh explores her family legacy to understand "what it means to be a poor child in a rich country founded on the promise of equality." Though the audiobook is unsentimental in its examination of her family history, Smarsh's narration sounds personal and candid. Her story relies upon an... Read More

HEAVY

HEAVY An American Memoir

by Kiese Laymon | Read by Kiese Laymon

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Writer Keise Laymon (HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA) narrates his memoir of growing up in the South, focusing on his fraught relationship with his mother and its effect on his life. He employs a colloquial, painful tone to declare the revelatory discomforts of their relationship. Yet he intentionally plays with language, utilizing repetition at times. His... Read More

HOW TO AMERICAN

HOW TO AMERICAN An Immigrant's Guide To Disappointing Your Parents

by Jimmy O. Yang | Read by Jimmy O. Yang

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Comic and actor Jimmy O. Yang (CRAZY RICH ASIANS) will keep listeners giggling with his perspective on growing up in Hong Kong and then in America. He contrasts images of high-rise apartments with life as an immigrant teenager in California. Yang is earnest, bringing a smoothness to his delivery that will make listeners feel as though they're listening to a friend and not a... Read More

HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE

HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

Earphones Award Winner

by Sy Montgomery | Read by Sy Montgomery

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Naturalist and bestselling author Sy Montgomery narrates her memoir on animals that have shaped her life and her understanding of the world. She taps the full range of experience: Her stories are engaging and touching, humorous and terribly sad. Montgomery's narration captures her deep sense of wonder and affection for the creatures she studies--from Octavia the octopus to a... 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

THE INCOMPLETE BOOK OF RUNNING

THE INCOMPLETE BOOK OF RUNNING

by Peter Sagal | Read by Peter Sagal

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Peter Sagal exudes enthusiasm and wry humor throughout this memoir regardless of whether he is reminiscing about his fastest marathon or about using running to survive depression. Sagal hosts NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!" with a distinctive radio voice combined with comic timing. Here his focus is running, and he has a lot to say--you need only shoes to start, run without... 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

KAFKA'S LAST TRIAL

KAFKA'S LAST TRIAL The Case of a Literary Legacy

by Benjamin Balint | Read by Gregg Rizzo

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners will find themselves in the middle of a trial as this audiobook begins. The court struggle over the fate of Franz Kafka's manuscripts and papers involved the German and Israeli governments. It becomes a springboard for author Benjamin Balint to consider Kafka's life and faith. Narrator Gregg Rizzo's deep, clear yet soft-spoken voice emphasizes the people involved as... Read More

LET HER FLY

LET HER FLY A Father's Journey

by Ziauddin Yousafzai, Louise Carpenter, Malala Yousafzai [Fore.] | Read by Adnan Kapadia, Ziauddin Yousafzai [Prologue]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Adnan Kapadia gives voice to the story behind the story of the Pakistani girl whom the world came to know as Malala Yousafzai. Reading the thoughts and ruminations of her father, Ziauddin, Kapadia takes us into the intimacies of family life and parenting. He is measured, warm, and steady as he explains how he saw his daughter as equal to his sons and raised her to be... 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

LOOKING FOR LORRAINE

LOOKING FOR LORRAINE The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

by Imani Perry | Read by LisaGay Hamilton

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

LisaGay Hamilton narrates the biography of the extraordinary black playwright Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote the acclaimed play A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Hansberry accomplished much in her short 34 years on earth, and the steady cadence of Hamilton's voice creates a mellow, informative, and poised narration of her story. Hamilton is not only informing the listener but also teaching... Read More

MY LOVE STORY

MY LOVE STORY

by Tina Turner | Read by Heather Alicia Simms, Tina Turner [Prologue]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Heather Alicia Simms animates Anna Mae Bullock, better known to us as the iconic Tina Turner. This touching and impactful memoir is filled with tremendous highs and profound lows. Turner herself narrates the prologue exceptionally well, despite a stroke and other health problems that might have impacted the vocal qualities of a lesser performer. Simms cannot quite rise... 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

NAPLES '44

NAPLES '44

by Norman Lewis | Read by Nicholas Boulton

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Nicholas Boulton delivers these diary entries about life in Naples, Italy, in the aftermath of WWII in a straightforward journalistic style. Author Lewis, a British intelligence officer, was stationed in Naples as a linguist charged with bridging the gap between the military and civilians. He went on to become a great travel writer, and his poetic style is evident as... 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

ON SUNSET

ON SUNSET A Memoir

by Kathryn Harrison | Read by Rebecca Lowman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rebecca Lowman beautifully blurs the line between author and narrator in her performance of this memoir of an unconventional childhood in 1960s Los Angeles. Writer Kathryn Harrison was raised by her eccentric grandparents, and this loving tribute is largely a collection of stories of their lives before they immigrated to America, where they met. Lowman infuses her delivery with... Read More

THE RAVENMASTER

THE RAVENMASTER My Life with the Ravens at The Tower of London

by Christopher Skaife | Read by Christopher Skaife

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and narrator Christopher Skaife is a Yeoman Warder, otherwise known as a Beefeater, at the Tower of London. Those titles might sound a bit formal or even posh, but Skaife is definitely not either. His natural storyteller's charm results in a performance that is conversational, funny, and self-deprecating. Skaife describes his raven charges with obvious affection. He has... Read More

THE REAL LOLITA

THE REAL LOLITA The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World

by Sarah Weinman | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Who was Sally Horner? And to what extent did Vladimir Nabokov base his famous novel LOLITA directly on Sally's tragic story? These are the questions that Sarah Weinman explores through intense research and excellent writing. Narrator Cassandra Campbell's experience with narrating both fiction and nonfiction is put to good use as she conveys the factual details uncovered by... Read More

ROGER DALTREY: THANKS A LOT MR KIBBLEWHITE

ROGER DALTREY: THANKS A LOT MR KIBBLEWHITE My Story

by Roger Daltrey | Read by Roger Daltrey

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The Who's lead singer and frontman does a remarkable job narrating his candid, honest, self-deprecating, and carefully researched memoir. The title refers to a teacher who assured the author he would never amount to anything. Roger Daltrey's voice is charming, strong, and notably youthful for a person of his years. He details his personal life journey, particularly the wild... 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

RUNNING INTO THE DARK

RUNNING INTO THE DARK A Blind Man's Record-Setting Run Across America

by Jason Romero | Read by Gary Galone

Jason Romero | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Gary Galone narrates this memoir about endurance and overcoming handicaps and adversity. Jason Romero, an experienced lawyer, finds himself unemployed and losing his sight from an incurable degenerative retinal disease. He learns to do everyday things and trust in his abilities. Galone's steady narration is paced to describe Romero's challenges and how he learns to run... 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

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

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

TWAIN'S FEAST

TWAIN'S FEAST

Earphones Award Winner

by Andrew Beahrs, Audible Originals [Ed.] | Read by Nick Offerman

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this audio adaptation based on Andrew Beahrs' book, the food writer searches for "lost foods of America." The print work was inspired by Mark Twain, who once made a list of the American foods he missed most while traveling at length in Europe. This production pares down Twain's list of favorite foods into a unique eight-course meal that narrator Nick Offerman makes sound... Read More

UNBEATEN

UNBEATEN Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World

by Mike Stanton | Read by Keith Szarabajka

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

To imitate real-life characters in nonfiction is an art not attempted by many narrators. But Keith Szarabajka is outstanding here, creating voices not only for the biographer's subject but also for the many people quoted. None come off as caricature. All have appropriate accents and emotions. The best are for Rocky Marciano, who never lost a professional heavyweight fight.... Read More

WAR POET

WAR POET The Life of Alan Seeger and His Rendezvous with Death

by Michael Hill | Read by Price Waldman

Victura Publishers | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Price Waldman deftly introduces Alan Seeger, the American WWI poet known for his fascinating life and the moving poem "Rendezvous with Death." Before dying in the Battle of the Somme, Seeger led a self-centered life steeped in privilege and famous people. Waldman masterfully captures the 1900s speech patterns and diverse accents. His portrayal of Seeger, particularly... 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

WHO IS MICHAEL OVITZ?

WHO IS MICHAEL OVITZ?

by Michael Ovitz | Read by Dennis Boutsikaris, Michael Ovitz [Prologue]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The multitalented and highly listenable Dennis Boutsikaris offers a performance that almost redeems this memoir of talent agent and Creative Artists Agency founder Michael Ovitz. As a memoir, it is almost exclusively a self-congratulatory career-centered ode with minimal mentions of his personal life. Ovitz's lengthy preface, which he narrates himself, substantiates the sound... Read More

WHY RELIGION?

WHY RELIGION? A Personal Story

by Elaine Pagels | Read by Lynde Houck

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Lynde Houck provides a calming voice to an tumultuous memoir full of raw grief and surprising losses. Houck's narration offers listeners the opportunity to fully enter a deeply personal story that is also an exploration of the foundations of Christianity and its influence today. The narration is deeply intimate, sometimes suggesting the tears of the author. However,... Read More

YOUNG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

YOUNG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN The Birth of Ingenuity

by Nick Bunker | Read by Dan Woren

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This is an audiobook for people who really love Ben Franklin. Narrator Dan Woren does an excellent job telling the Franklin family story-- from their roots in England to their journey to the Colonies. Author Nick Bunker is an expert researcher and first-rate writer. But one must have a deep and abiding love of Franklin to want learn all about his family's origins as well as... Read More

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