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1917

1917 Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder

by Arthur Herman | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This fascinating dual biography of Vladimir Lenin and Woodrow Wilson is given a fine performance by Stefan Rudnicki. While it may seem incongruous to compare Lenin and Wilson, the author sees both the Russian leader and the U.S. president as revolutionaries, creators of the modern world in which we now live who "pay the price" for their idealism. Both looked at establishing a... Read More

ADMISSIONS

ADMISSIONS Life as a Brain Surgeon

by Henry Marsh | Read by Henry Marsh

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Prominent British brain surgeon Henry Marsh, now retired, narrates intimate details of his professional and personal life. While his delivery may seem a bit too posh, some might even say haughty, his style captures the gravitas of the calculated life-and-death risks he took every day in his career. This memoir follows his earlier work, DO NO HARM. It will require listeners to... Read More

AUTUMN

AUTUMN

by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ihgvild Burkey [Trans.] | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Knausgaard is best known for his difficult and controversial series of autobiographical novels, MY STRUGGLE, but in this audiobook he shows a different, gentler side. He is writing to his unborn daughter, Anna, his fourth child, and musing on how the world works. A series of short essays, eloquently voiced by Edoardo Ballerini, ranges among trees, vomit, fingers, and jellyfish,... Read More

COMFORT FOOD DIARIES

COMFORT FOOD DIARIES My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart

by Emily Nunn | Read by Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Heartsick at the abrupt death of a sibling and the loss of her fiancé, Emily Nunn turns to food for comfort. Her memoir blends humor and sorrow, recalling the works of Ruth Reichl, Cheryl Strayed, and David Sedaris in turns, as she details her story of finding solace and healing through food and friendship. Narrator Candace Thaxton conjures a host of vivid incidental... Read More

CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL SONGWRITER

CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL SONGWRITER

by Shelly Peiken | Read by Shelly Peiken

Backbeat Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Shelly Peiken's memoir is an amusing and poignant take on her life as a writer of music and how her work has affected her over the years. The best part of this audiobook experience is listening to Peiken narrate her life. Each insight she gives becomes even more intriguing as one gets to hear her take on it. There's always something special when you hear an author read his or... Read More

CONUNDRUM

CONUNDRUM

by Jan Morris | Read by Roy McMillan

Ukemi Productions | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The reissue of Jan Morris's 1973 autobiography translates well to the audiobook medium. A well-known travel writer, Morris was one of the first people in public life to discuss her experiences as a transgender person. Roy McMillan's narration includes authentic accents for characters of different cultures and changes in pacing that enhance the peaks and valleys of unfolding... Read More

DAWN OF THE NEW EVERYTHING

DAWN OF THE NEW EVERYTHING Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

by Jaron Lanier | Read by Oliver Wyman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jason Lanier's response is modest when people call him "The Father of VR." Narrator Oliver Wyman gives him a touch of humility as Lanier points out that a lot of others were also involved in creating virtual reality technology. Wyman narrates in a reflective tone that fits well with Lanier's mix of recollections, philosophy, and explanations of technology. Wyman shares Lanier's... Read More

THE DAWN WATCH

THE DAWN WATCH Joseph Conrad in a Global World

by Maya Jasanoff | Read by Laurel Lefkow

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is sure to awaken new interest in Joseph Conrad, one of the towering figures in the old patriarchal canon. Maya Jasanoff looks at Conrad and his principal novels not in the context of masculine adventure, but in the context of an intercontinental society in which, then as now, imperialism and power politics rule. Laurel Lefkow proves a sensitive and highly... Read More

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: IN HER WORDS

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: IN HER WORDS On Women, Politics, Leadership, and Lessons from Life

by Nancy Woloch [Ed.] | Read by Suzanne Toren

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Suzanne Toren's narration gives the listener an in-depth view of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt through her letters, speeches, newspaper columns, and more. Using a distinct voice for E.R.--as she is referred to in the text--Toren easily distinguishes between E.R.'s own words, questions from others, and additional notes in the text. Emotions are dramatized through the narration,... Read More

FASTING AND FEASTING

FASTING AND FEASTING The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray

Earphones Award Winner

by Adam Federman | Read by Naomi Frederick

Chelsea Green Publishing Company | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Naomi Frederick's soft British accent and thoughtful timing will entrance listeners from the first minutes of this well-balanced biography of Patience Gray, one of the most important but often overlooked food writers of the late twentieth century. Listeners who are unfamiliar with Gray's groundbreaking cookbook, HONEY FROM A WEED, will be fascinated by her fierce... Read More

FIRE ON THE TRACK

FIRE ON THE TRACK Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women

by Roseanne Montillo | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

It took more than competitive drive for the women who first ran in the Olympics, beginning in 1928. It especially took endurance to withstand the misogynist complaints about their presence. Roseanne Montillo details the lives of Betty Robinson, Babe Didrikson, Stella Walsh, and others; Kathleen McInerney narrates with a steady emotional tone. It's her inflections that carry the... Read More

GORBACHEV

GORBACHEV His Life and Times

by William Taubman | Read by Henry Strozier

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This long and quite detailed biography of the last leader of the Soviet Union goes against the trend of British narrators for histories and biographies on all matters Russian. Henry Strozier has a deep, gravelly American voice that does well in reading this portrait of the man who presided over the demise of the once extensive Soviet Empire. His reading is suitably expressive... Read More

THE GOURMANDS' WAY

THE GOURMANDS' WAY Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy

by Justin Spring | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Bronson Pinchot's excellent French accent sets the mood for this well-researched, somewhat gossipy account of six classic American food writers and their lifelong love of France and its food and wine. During the postwar years, A.J. Liebling, Alice B. Toklas, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Alexis Lichine, and Richard Olney lived, ate, and drank all things French, crossing... Read More

HANNIBAL'S OATH

HANNIBAL'S OATH The Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy

by John Prevas | Read by Brad Raymond

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Prevas's account of the life of Rome's great early enemy Hannibal, makes for a fairly engaging story with much interesting detail. But Brad Raymond's narration, while effective in some ways, is significantly flawed. His voice is slightly raspy but expressive and not unpleasant. He's able at using intonation and emphasis to convey meaning, and his pacing is good. But he... Read More

HEART BERRIES

HEART BERRIES A Memoir

by Terese Marie Mailhot | Read by Rainy Fields

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Rainy Fields narrates this deeply original memoir in solemn tones that suit the work. Mailhot traces her personal journey coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia and her development as a writer. Presenting herself at times as "ruined"--and "ruining"--she radiates a vulnerability that Fields's deft narration captures. Mailhot's questions and... Read More

HENRY DAVID THOREAU

HENRY DAVID THOREAU A Life

by Laura Dassow Walls | Read by Paul Boehmer

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Paul Boehmer admirably narrates this massive biography of the multifaceted man from Concord, Massachusetts, best known for the book WALDEN and and the essay "Civil Disobedience." Walls's writing style has a repetitive cadence that may not be as obvious in print as it is when read aloud. Boehmer does his best to capture it--with sometimes awkward phrasing choices. In addition,... Read More

HOOVER

HOOVER An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times

Earphones Award Winner

by Kenneth Whyte | Read by Richard Ferrone

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Richard Ferrone adds a steady voice to this provocative biography of the 31st president of the United States. Unwilling to gloss over his deficiencies or elevate his successes to legendary status, the writer and narrator enable the listener to appreciate that timing is everything. Ferrone delivers the tone and pace of the chronicler as Hoover's roller coaster of a life... Read More

I AM, I AM, I AM

I AM, I AM, I AM Seventeen Brushes With Death

Earphones Award Winner

by Maggie O'Farrell | Read by Daisy Donovan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

How appropriate that this audiobook memoir, an unlikely examination of life through brushes with death, is narrated by the talented Daisy Donovan. Her tone of voice exudes a veneer of vulnerability overlaying a steely strength, and her delivery is ideal for this collection of interconnected remembrances. Each new chapter title names the relevant body parts involved as the... Read More

IN FULL FLIGHT

IN FULL FLIGHT A Story of Africa and Atonement

by John Heminway | Read by John Heminway

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This biography asks whether one can atone for past mistakes. Dr. Anne Spoerry's life and times are recounted in a deep baritone by writer-narrator John Heminway. At first, Heminway seems an incongruous choice as the narrator of a woman's biography since his voice is so deeply masculine. But as the chapters progress, the listener will come to appreciate Heminway's gentle... Read More

THE LAST MAN WHO KNEW EVERYTHING

THE LAST MAN WHO KNEW EVERYTHING The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age

by David N. Schwartz | Read by Tristan Morris

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Enrico Fermi was a giant in nuclear physics, but his story has gone largely untold until now. This audiobook seeks to fill that gap. Tristan Morris offers a solid narration with an appropriate pace and an engaging tone He adds no dramatics to a career that included developing the atomic bombs that were used to end WWII. Morris often gives no clue when he is reading a direct... Read More

LENIN

LENIN The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror

by Victor Sebestyen | Read by Jonathan Aris

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sebestyen's detailed biography of the founder of the Soviet state is given a lively reading by Jonathan Aris. Using sources not available to researchers until now, Sebestyen gives us a Lenin who is not a "coldly one-dimensional leader of the Bolshevik Revolution" but, rather, a coldly three-dimensional leader of the Bolshevik Revolution. Russophiles and those who enjoy accounts... Read More

LINER NOTES

LINER NOTES On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things

by Loudon Wainwright III | Read by Loudon Wainwright III

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Musician Loudon Wainwright recounts his fascinating and sometimes difficult life experiences, the "liner notes" of his life. Recollections include his student days at Carnegie School for the Arts, his hitchhiking travels along Route 66, his turbulent career, and his multiple relationships. Wainwright performs his own songs throughout this hilarious and honest audiobook. The... Read More

MADISON PARK

MADISON PARK A Place of Hope

by Eric L. Motley, Walter Isaacson [Foreword] | Read by Brandon Maloney

Zondervan | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Eric Motley's memoir is about both his youth and the African-American community where he grew up. Narrator Brandon Maloney delivers Motley's stories of life in Madison Park, Alabama, with warmth and a feeling of fond memory. Listeners learn about Madison Park's history, the grandparents who raised him, and the neighbors who helped them. The memoir is mostly nostalgic and... Read More

A MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE

A MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE The Persecution of Ruth and Seretse Kharma

by Michael Dutfield | Read by Simon Vance

Graymalkin Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Simon Vance makes this true story seem like the most engrossing fiction. Vance focuses listeners on the problems faced by Ruth Williams, a white British clerk, and Seretse Kharma, a black African prince. The two met in 1948, fell in love, got married, and faced formidable opposition from implacable governments. Vance delivers credible accents and authentic... Read More

MISS D AND ME

MISS D AND ME Life with the Invincible Bette Davis

by Kathryn Sermak, Danelle Morton | Read by Kathryn Sermak

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This is a very personal account of screen legend Bette Davis's final challenging years as told by her personal assistant, who later became her "buddy" and, finally, co-executor of her estate. While the stories told are interesting, and some are remarkable, the work lacks the punch and maturity to call it an overall winner. Kathryn Sermak's first-time narration is remarkable for... Read More

THE MONK OF MOKHA

THE MONK OF MOKHA

Earphones Award Winner

by Dave Eggers | Read by Dion Graham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Dion Graham narrates this stirring audiobook splendidly. His narration shapes the mind and spirit of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Yemeni-American from San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood who pursues his dream to import coffee from his ancestral home. Graham delivers a fine reading of his harrowing experiences: He's detained at gunpoint, drives his coffee samples cross country... Read More

THE MOTHER OF BLACK HOLLYWOOD

THE MOTHER OF BLACK HOLLYWOOD A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Jenifer Lewis | Read by Jenifer Lewis

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jenifer Lewis, star of the TV show "Black-ish," holds nothing back in delivering her audacious, outrageous memoir. Dubbed "The Mother of Black Hollywood" by her cohorts, Lewis recalls navigating her way through Broadway and Hollywood as a young actor while dealing with the perils faced by a woman, particularly a black woman, head-on and making a name for herself in show... Read More

MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA

MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA

by John Muir | Read by Barry Press

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Barry Press delivers a fresh reading of an early work by famed naturalist John Muir. First published in 1911, this work is Muir's journal of his 1869 excursion through California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. Muir was ostensibly working for a crew of shepherds, but his true purpose was to observe, chronicle, and draw the region's flora and fauna. Press beautifully... Read More

MY LIFE WITH BOB

MY LIFE WITH BOB Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

by Pamela Paul | Read by Eileen Stevens, Pamela Paul

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Pamela Paul, editor of the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, and narrator Eileen Stevens make excellent partners for Paul's memoir. After a pleasant introduction by Paul herself, Stevens performs with such enthusiasm that she could be the author. Despite the title, the audiobook is not just for those who adore books as much as she does. (Her passion borders on obsession.) In fact,... Read More

NO TIME TO SPARE

NO TIME TO SPARE

by Ursula K. Le Guin | Read by Barbara Caruso

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Barbara Caruso delivers a collection of previously published reflections by Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away in January. Caruso's wondrous ability to capture Le Guin's humor and energy gives listeners an unhurried experience. An introduction by Karen Fowler, also read by Caruso, sets the stage by framing the audiobook as a journey. Distinctions between essays are... Read More

NOURISHED

NOURISHED A Memoir of Food, Faith & Enduring Love (with Recipes)

by Lia Huber | Read by Lia Huber

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lia Huber starts off by telling listeners about a time she served veggie soup to kids in Guatemala--and they liked it! Huber makes the story personal, telling of her own childhood as a "meat-and-potatoes girl." Her diet began to change during a romance in Greece and kept evolving--with fibromyalgia and financial belt tightening helping to push her away from processed foods.... Read More

ODD BIRDS

ODD BIRDS

by Ian Harding | Read by Ian Harding

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ian Harding played a teacher and author on the hit teen show "Pretty Little Liars"--or as he sarcastically puts it, America's favorite pedophile. His voice warmly narrates the wonder of birding throughout his life: family moments with cardinals as a child, rediscovering the pastime during a trip with friends as an adult, and spying on loons while on a break from filming.... Read More

AN ODYSSEY

AN ODYSSEY A Father, a Son, and an Epic

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel Mendelsohn | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Bronson Pinchot hits a home run as he recounts a timeless story of adventure--brought to life anew through the touching experiences of the author and his 81-year-old father. After the father enrolls in his son's college course on Homer's ODYSSEY, the pair decide to re-live Odysseus's journey throughout the Mediterranean. Pinchot recounts their story with all the... Read More

OTIS REDDING

OTIS REDDING An Unfinished Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Jonathan Gould | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's rich, authoritative baritone brings gravity to the listening experience of Otis Redding's life and rise to fame. The result is a rewarding audiobook filled with historical perspective and context. Gould's task is daunting: reconstructing the story of a man whose music is universally loved while having little direct documentation. Impressively, the... Read More

PARADISE LOST

PARADISE LOST A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

by David S. Brown | Read by David Colacci

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator David Colacci's voice is always sonorous, but the energy and verve he normally brings when reading fiction seems absent in this biography of noted American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. The author's reputation has waxed and waned over the decades, and Brown's biography is the latest attempt to set his life and work in a historical context. Fitzgerald lived a remarkable,... Read More

PRAIRIE FIRES

PRAIRIE FIRES The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

by Caroline Fraser | Read by Christina Moore

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Christina Moore's straightforward delivery nicely suits this in-depth exploration of Laura Ingalls Wilder's life, family, and famous Little House books. Avoiding theatricals, Moore injects her performance with energy and enthusiasm appropriate for Wilder's fans who are eager to learn more about the beloved author. The audiobook is divided into parts, starting with a... Read More

PRIESTDADDY

PRIESTDADDY

by Patricia Lockwood | Read by Patricia Lockwood

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Once you enter the convoluted rhythms of Patricia Lockwood's narrative, the poetry speaks to your secret ear, and the memoir comes alive on a cellular level. At the heart of PRIESTDADDY is Lockwood's father, a Lutheran minister who, after seeing THE EXORCIST, experienced a wildly dramatic conversion, ultimately becoming a Catholic priest. The memoir recounts not only Lockwood's... Read More

PROMISE ME, DAD

PROMISE ME, DAD A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

by Joe Biden | Read by Joe Biden

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is a listening experience in which the author/narrator opens his heart. Vice President Joe Biden, a practiced orator, delivers his memoir with empathy, passion, and the occasional smattering of regret. A public man who served more than three decades in the U.S. Senate and eight years as vice president, Biden shares the wrenching experiences of the year his son... Read More

QUEEN OF BEBOP

QUEEN OF BEBOP The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan

by Elaine M. Hayes | Read by Allyson Johnson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In a youthful voice, narrator Allyson Johnson delivers this substantial biography of the great jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan. As fans know, Vaughan's speaking voice was high pitched and childish sounding, which is how Johnson realistically presents the many Vaughan interviews. But this is also a scholarly piece of music history, and Johnson's overall peppy narration seems too... Read More

REAL AMERICAN

REAL AMERICAN A Memoir

by Julie Lythcott-Haims | Read by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

An audiobook "read by the author" can be a gamble. A good writer and a good book don't guarantee a good listen. REAL AMERICAN--written and read by Julie Lythcott-Haims--at first seems to be a familiar story. Lythcott-Haims--biracial and well educated--struggles with negative perceptions of affirmative action, the problem of being biracial in a linear-thinking nation, and even... Read More

RECKLESS DAUGHTER

RECKLESS DAUGHTER A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

by David Yaffe | Read by Xe Sands

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Find yourself some Joni Mitchell music on whatever platform works for you. Maybe BLUE or HEJIRA, a couple of her best albums. Turn it on. Softly. Begin listening to this audiobook. Float away. The author has done a masterful job of research, including new information from recent interviews, and we learn a great deal about Mitchell and her songs. Narrator Xe Sands adopts an... Read More

RESET

RESET My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change

by Ellen K. Pao | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Although her story is set in the peculiar world of Silicon Valley venture capital, Ellen Pao's experiences of a discriminatory and retaliatory workplace will sound all too familiar to millions of women and people of color. For that reason, listeners may want to fortify themselves by starting near the audiobook's end. There, with a soothing confidence, narrator Emily Woo Zeller... Read More

ROAD TO TARA

ROAD TO TARA The Life of Margaret Mitchell

by Anne Edwards | Read by Karen Commins

Jewel Audiobooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

GONE WITH THE WIND's elusive author, Margaret Mitchell, has long since passed from life to legend. In this comprehensive biography, narrator Karen Commins tackles Peggy Mitchell's accent and mannerisms with a deft touch. Commins sounds Southern but not syrupy, and she captures the wry humor and wit of the author. She also creates distinguishable voices for most of the other... Read More

THE SABOTEUR

THE SABOTEUR The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando

by Paul Kix | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The story of Robert de La Rochefoucald, a French aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur during WWII, reads like a novel--and that's exactly the way Malcolm Hillgartner narrates it. He adds no false drama. The story is compelling by itself. His steady pace keeps listeners engaged, but he varies it ever so slightly at times for variety and impact. His facility with French names and... Read More

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids [From Friluftsliv to Hygge]

by Linda Akeson McGurk | Read by Anne M. Richardson

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

There's no such thing as bad weather--the author reminds listeners--only bad clothing. Narrator Anne Richardson strikes a pleasantly informative tone as she conveys Linda McGurk's insights. McGurk, raised in Sweden with an "open-air life" and an appreciation for the outdoor world--finds herself at odds with American culture when she tries to rear her own two daughters with a... Read More

THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING

THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

by Morgan Jerkins | Read by Morgan Jerkins

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This raw, compelling memoir makes for an outstanding audiobook, and the author's narration is well done. The depth of her intelligence is immediately obvious, but what's more riveting is her brutal honesty and her willingness to speak her truth--both beautiful and messy. The collection of essays covers a range of topics from black history to pop culture, literature to current... Read More

THE THREE LIVES OF JAMES MADISON

THE THREE LIVES OF JAMES MADISON Genius, Partisan, President

Earphones Award Winner

by Noah Feldman | Read by John H. Mayer

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

So you think you know the fourth president of the USA. Allow John Mayer to explain how you haven't even scratched the surface of this multifaceted and complex Founding Father. One feels like one is sitting in a classroom learning about the most interesting man in America. As Madison masterfully evolved, so Mayer does throughout this massive work. His ability to keep the... Read More

VOICE LESSONS

VOICE LESSONS A Sisters Story

by Cara Mentzel | Read by Cara Mentzel, Idina Menzel [Foreword]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Cara Mentzel's voice is crisp and clear as she narrates her own story of growing up as Broadway star Idina Menzel's little sister. The relationship between sisters is a complex one, and listeners will feel all the love and, at other times, all the pain in Cara's voice. The book is full of juxtaposed situations with mirrored emotions. Cara's life is centered on raising babies,... Read More

THE WAY IT WAS

THE WAY IT WAS My Life with Frank Sinatra

by Eliot Weisman, Jennifer Valoppi | Read by David Aston Reese

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sadly, Eliot Weisman's volume joins the collection of other disappointing personalized reflections on the great Frank Sinatra. Weisman basks in the reflected glow of having managed the downward spiraling years of the singing icon. David Aston Reese's narration sounds very off-the-cuff and Everyman, in the sense that Sinatra was a unique representation of Everyman. The audiobook... Read More

WAYNE AND FORD

WAYNE AND FORD The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero

by Nancy Schoenberger | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Schoenberger mines the close yet turbulent friendship and creative relationship between actor John "Duke" Wayne and "man's man" film director John Ford. Narrator Kimberly Farr maintains a measured tone and pace in her thoughtful narration. The work includes heavy doses of theorizing on the creation and maintenance of American values through film. The heart of the volume... Read More

WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE

WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

by Gabrielle Union | Read by Gabrielle Union

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Gabrielle Union begins by saying that the stories listeners are about to hear have previously been shared only with close friends. As she treats listeners to her honest, soul-baring story, Union pauses during the tough moments and laughs out loud during the happy ones. She becomes giddy and talks fast when sharing a story about sneaking out as a teen. Her voice becomes... Read More

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST A Black Lives Matter Memoir

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Asha Bandele | Read by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrating her own work, Patrisse Khan-Cullors shares the salient moments of her life that led her to become a founder of Black Lives Matter and explains why a movement born of equality and equity is so needed and so hated in today's world. She explores the helplessness she has felt in the face of her brother's mental health problems, the community and mentors that strengthen... Read More

WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH

WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH My Descent Into America's Most Violent Hate Movement and How I Got Out

by Christian Picciolini | Read by Christian Picciolini, Joan Jett [Fore.]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

From his introduction to a white supremacist group to his ascendance and eventual rejection, Picciolini explores how he and many other white youth unquestioningly drink the lies and misrepresentations of white supremacist ideology as a means of making sense of their own lives, building kinship, and finding charismatic father figures. Picciolini's narration proves steady and... Read More

THE WINE LOVER'S DAUGHTER

THE WINE LOVER'S DAUGHTER A Memoir

by Anne Fadiman | Read by Anne Fadiman

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Anne Fadiman narrates this audiobook with affection and purpose. Her memoir focuses on her relationship with her famous father, Clifton Fadiman, so the style of her reading blends history and memory. Anne reads crisply in a didactic tone that permits her to be both observer and subject. The emphasis rarely wanders from her author/editor/anthologist/wine-loving father. An... Read More

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