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ALONG COMES THE ASSOCIATION

ALONG COMES THE ASSOCIATION Beyond Folk Rock and Three-Piece Suits

by Russ Giguere, Ashley Wren Collins, David Geffen [Fore.] | Read by Peter Berkrot

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Russ Giguere, the original member of the successful mid-sixties pop group The Association, offers a chatty memoir that serves as a mini-portrait of its evolution. The band is well known for the familiar and tuneful "Never My Love," "Cherish," and "Along Comes Mary." Narrator Peter Berkrot provides a workmanlike performance. His thin voice and matter-of-fact tone are somewhat... Read More

ALWAYS HOME

ALWAYS HOME A Daughter's Recipes & Stories

by Fanny Singer, Alice Waters [Foreword] | Read by Fanny Singer, Alice Waters [Foreword]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fanny Singer narrates a loving homage to her mother and to all the people and places that have come to feel like home to her. Opening this memoir is Singer's mother, chef Alice Waters. She gives listeners a brief introduction to her daughter and her fabulous ability to describe food through words. Listeners will be treated to fantastic descriptions of flavors, and smells. One... Read More

THE ANSWER IS...

THE ANSWER IS... Reflections on My Life

by Alex Trebek | Read by Ken Jennings, Alex Trebek

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Longtime Jeopardy! game show host Alex Trebek offers an entirely episodic and anecdotal memoir in short-essay style. As is well known, the Canadian-born Trebek has been under care for pancreatic cancer, and his audiobook includes some reflection on that circumstance. He narrates his introduction and conclusion himself, as well as a handful of other sections that are the most... Read More

AREN'T YOU FORGETTING SOMEONE?

AREN'T YOU FORGETTING SOMEONE? Essays from My Mid-Life Revenge

by Kari Lizer | Read by Kari Lizer, Clark Gregg, Helen Slater, Cameron Bowen

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With wry humor and a good dose of self-deprecation, TV writer Kari Lizer reflects on being an empty nester when her children go off to college, leaving her alone with several dogs and chickens. Lizer's voice enhances the essays with her animation, warmth, and a healthy dose of prickle. She spies on her son's texts, tries to resist the impulse to read about Kate Middleton's... Read More

AUSTEN YEARS

AUSTEN YEARS A Memoir in Five Novels

by Rachel Cohen | Read by Justine Eyre, Rachel Cohen [Appendix]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Justine Eyre meets all the challenges of author Rachel Cohen's unique memoir, which recounts her deep reading of Jane Austen's novels, undertaken during times of great personal transition: marriage, motherhood, moving, and mourning. Eyre subtly shades her delivery with humor, grief, and wonder, bridging the gap between listener and author. The pieces in this audiobook... Read More

BETSEY

BETSEY A Memoir

by Betsey Johnson, Mark Vitulano | Read by Betsey Johnson

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Designer Betsey Johnson describes her evolution as a person and a brand, narrating in ever-exuberant tones that are peppy but slightly hoarse, reportedly from her cheerleading days. She says she could hardly believe it when she won the MADEMOISELLE magazine Guest Editor contest in 1964 and left her conservative Connecticut life behind. One year later, she landed the top... Read More

THE BIGGEST BLUFF

THE BIGGEST BLUFF How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win

by Maria Konnikova | Read by Maria Konnikova

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The poker table is a laboratory for studying decision making, which is why it attracted a young Harvard-educated psychologist with a penchant for participatory journalism. With no card-playing experience, Konnikova somehow convinced poker legend Erik Seidel to take her under his wing and make her good enough to play professionally. With a tone that is nerdy and affable,... Read More

BROKEN GLASS

BROKEN GLASS Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight Over a Modernist Masterpiece

by Alex Beam | Read by Kimberly Farr

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Kimberly Farr makes all the right choices in delivering this audiobook. The inflections she gives Dr. Edith Farnsworth, the original owner of the famed house at the center of this story, sound spot-on. Her understated delivery of architect Mies van der Rohe's quotes--he had a strong German accent--keeps the biography from descending into parody. The battle between the... Read More

THE CHIFFON TRENCHES

THE CHIFFON TRENCHES A Memoir

by André Leon Talley | Read by André Leon Talley

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Former VOGUE editor-at-large and for three decades the highest-ranking Black man in fashion journalism, André Leon Talley narrates his memoir in a confident and charming voice at a perfect pace. The juxtaposition of the title words resonates with the introduction, in which Talley breaks down the design of a seemingly simple Beyoncé magazine cover. He explains quiet activism... Read More

THE COMPTON COWBOYS

THE COMPTON COWBOYS The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland

by Walter Thompson-Hernandez | Read by Glenn Davis, Ron Butler

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Glenn Davis's voice is gentle and steady whether he's setting scenes or introducing the Black cowboys who are often seen on the streets of Compton, California. He conveys the joy, love, and inner calm that come with their devotion to horses. Walter Thompson-Hernandez of THE NEW YORK TIMES embedded himself with the Compton Cowboys, a group of 10 riders, to show their... Read More

THE DRAGONS, THE GIANT, THE WOMEN

THE DRAGONS, THE GIANT, THE WOMEN

by Wayétu Moore | Read by Tovah Ott

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Tovah Ott's supple and expressive tone is well suited to author Wayétu Moore's lyrical writing on her family's history in Liberia and the U.S. When Moore was 5 years old, the outbreak of civil war forced her family to flee Liberia on foot. Her mother, who had been studying at Columbia University, recruited a girl soldier to guide her family to safety in Sierra Leone.... Read More

THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD The True Story of André the Giant

by Bertrand Hébert, Pat Laprade | Read by Graham Rowat

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Graham Rowat sounds like a wrestling announcer as he describes a key match in André the Giant's career, the 1987 Wrestlemania at the Pontiac Silverdome. André is known to many from THE PRINCESS BRIDE and also played Bigfoot in "The Six Million Dollar Man," but author Bertrand Hébert concentrates on his ring career. Rowat quotes ring figures with gruff voices,... Read More

FEAR IS A CHOICE

FEAR IS A CHOICE Tackling Life's Challenges with Dignity, Faith, and Determination

by James Conner, Tiffany Yecki Brooks | Read by David Sadzin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

James Conner is the star running back at the University of Pittsburgh and is on top of the college sports world. By his junior year, he tears a tendon and from routine blood work performed, he is diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Narrator David Sadzin's performance makes it clear that cancer is not in the driver's seat. His voice and delivery reflect the strength Conner uses... Read More

THE FIXED STARS

THE FIXED STARS

by Molly Wizenberg | Read by Erin Mallon

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Molly Wizenberg, memoirist and cohost of the podcast "Spilled Milk," partners with narrator Erin Mallon to share the next chapter in her life's journey. Mallon's companionable tone anchors the unfolding events. As a self-described "by-the-book" child, Wizenberg possessed a keen desire to succeed and advocate for others. Her life was upended at age 36 when, on jury duty, she... Read More

FOR JOSHUA

FOR JOSHUA An Ojibway Father Teaches His Son

by Richard Wagamese | Read by Craig Lauzon

Anchor Canada | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Craig Lauzon handles this deeply personal and emotional story with the respect and attention it deserves. In an extended letter to his estranged son, Joshua, the author shares the knowledge he has gained through the highs and lows of his life. Wagamese doesn't hold back in recounting the pain he's experienced--he was separated from his people at a young age and has... Read More

GALILEO

GALILEO And the Science Deniers

by Mario Livio | Read by Jonathan Davis

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jonathan Davis renders a solid narration of this scientific biography of Galileo. In it we hear the stirrings of today's scientific debates over topics such as climate change. The Italian scientist was cautious about promulgating some of his views, particularly about Earth not being the center of the universe, because of pressure from the Church. Science deniers, then as now,... Read More

A GRIEF SUBLIME

A GRIEF SUBLIME

by Beth Robbins | Read by Karen Allen, James Warwick

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Beth Robbins holds nothing back in the story of her extended grief at her husband's sudden death, and narrator Karen Allen fully inhabits it. She leads us through the nonlinear narrative as it tracks Robbins's trauma and memories, moving slowly in the direction of healing. Allen's delivery of the emotions of loss is utterly convincing. Sadly, her performance never gets far... Read More

THE GROOM WILL KEEP HIS NAME

THE GROOM WILL KEEP HIS NAME And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance

by Matt Ortile | Read by Matt Ortile

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Matt Ortile narrates his lively, introspective memoir about his experiences in a new culture. After immigrating to the U.S. from the Philippines, he navigates both acceptance and rejection in his various professional and social circles. He delivers his work with vibrant energy. The listener can feel who he is when he speaks of his family, sexual interactions, tight-knit... Read More

HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD

HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD Inside the Mind of an American Family

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert Kolker | Read by Sean Pratt

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This enthralling true story unfolds like a novel with narrator Sean Pratt playing all the parts. He gives a convincing performance of all the Galvins. His timing and subtle delivery bring the listener inside the minds--normal and abnormal--of this family of 12 children, half of whom suffer from schizophrenia. He reads the 45 short chapters with careful pacing and animates the... Read More

HOW LANGUAGES SAVED ME

HOW LANGUAGES SAVED ME A Polish Story of Survival

by Tadeusz Haska, Stefanie Naumann | Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Stefanie Naumann [Pref.]

Skyboat Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's warm basso voice and skill with European accents is the perfect medium for this astonishing memoir. Born in 1919 in Mikolajki, Poland, Tadeusz Haska was orphaned at 13 along with his younger brother. With ingenuity and courage the boys raised themselves, concealing their parents' deaths lest they be separated. Tadeusz was starting university when... Read More

HOW TO FEED A DICTATOR

HOW TO FEED A DICTATOR Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Enver Hoxha, Fidel Castro, and Pol Pot Through the Eyes of Their Cooks

by Witold Szablowski, Antonia Lloyd-Jones [Trans.] | Read by Michael Crouch, Peter Francis James, Maggi-Meg Reed

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Recording this audiobook presented a challenge: how to differentiate the voice of the author from the subjects, the chefs of five infamous dictators--Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Enver Hoxha, Fidel Castro, and Pol Pot? The decision to share the narrating duties among three talented performers elevates the listening experience. Michael Crouch handles the journalistic perspective of... Read More

I DON'T WANT TO DIE POOR

I DON'T WANT TO DIE POOR

by Michael Arceneaux | Read by Michael Arceneaux

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Michael Arceneaux may not sound like a polished voice professional, but the charisma in his performance makes this a fun audio to hear. He knows how to embrace the pathos in his life and fully express the humor in his snappy writing. He sounds so genuine that listeners won't have any trouble overlooking his sometimes clumsy phrasing. Together, his honest delivery and the... Read More

I'M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY

I'M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY

by Val Kilmer | Read by Will Forte, Geroge Newbern, Mare Winningham

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Val Kilmer titled his memoir with the famous line from his portrayal of sharpshooter Doc Holliday. A trio of narrators takes to the mic here, rotating chapters by turns. Will Forte's performance is the strongest in capturing the spirituality that exudes from the entire audiobook. Mare Winningham's flat, sleepy affect loses the listener's concentration. George Newbern... Read More

J.R.R. TOLKIEN

J.R.R. TOLKIEN The Making of a Legend

by Colin Duriez | Read by Simon Vance

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Simon Vance offers an agreeably smooth and engaged performance of this revealing literary biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author and Oxford professor who made Bilbo, Frodo, Gollum, and Gandalf into household names. Born in 1892, Tolkien was a brilliant student of languages and inventor of fantastical tales from childhood on. An ardent Catholic in Anglican England, he was... Read More

JAMES MONROE

JAMES MONROE A Life

by Tim McGrath | Read by Arthur Morey

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This history rows us across the Styx and into a time very like our own. It takes a golden-voiced narrator to bring the shades to life. Thus, narrator Arthur Morey literally holds his breath when James Monroe takes command at Trenton and stops a musket ball. The spurting artery is clamped. The fifth president will carry Hessian lead throughout a life that would be stupendous,... Read More

KID QUIXOTES

KID QUIXOTES A Group of Students, Their Teacher, and the One-Room School Where Everything Is Possible

by Stephen Haff | Read by Stephen Haff

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Stephen Haff's passionate narration adds power to his remarkable audiobook. Haff oversees Still Waters in a Storm, an after-school program in Brooklyn for undocumented students. The program is a place of calm for students whose lives are anything but; many face the threat of deportation and the toxic climate fomented by the current president. Haff's one-room learning space is a... Read More

THE LAST DAYS OF SYLVIA PLATH

THE LAST DAYS OF SYLVIA PLATH

by Carl Rollyson | Read by Arthur Morey

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Much has been written about Sylvia Plath, the iconic American poet whose untimely death in 1963 has haunted and intrigued admirers of her work. This audiobook relies on newly released information, as well as exclusive access to previously unavailable papers belonging to Plath's therapist. All this is well and good, but Rollyson's text lacks the energy and cohesion to make this... Read More

LOT SIX

LOT SIX A Memoir

by David Adjmi | Read by Micky Shiloah

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Micky Shiloah's emotional and introspective narration is just as powerful as playwright David Adjmi's prose in this lyrical memoir about family and identity. Adjmi writes about his Brooklyn childhood in an insular religious community of Syrian Jews, his struggles with depression, his continual sense of not fitting in--whether due to his being gay or his doubts about God--and... Read More

LOU GEHRIG

LOU GEHRIG The Lost Memoir

by Alan D. Gaff | Read by Angelo Di Loreto, Kyle Tait

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

True baseball fans know Lou Gehrig's time on the diamond served as a critical component of the Yankees' classic teams. He should not be regarded as having stood in Babe Ruth's shadow. Non-fans know Gehrig as the namesake of the disease that cut short his life. Historian Alan D. Gaff has brought to life lost newspaper columns by the Iron Horse, and narrators Angelo Di Loreto and... Read More

THE MAN IN THE RED COAT

THE MAN IN THE RED COAT

by Julian Barnes | Read by Saul Reichlin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Aping exactly the hauteur of a French aristocrat, narrator Saul Reichlin embodies La Belle Epoque. Dr. Samuel Pozzi (the man in the red coat ) was a climber and a dandy. Vanity, adultery, and the acquisition of rare objects were his passions. Booker Prize winner Barnes sets traditional narration aside to give a pre-COVID embrace to an era that is known--if it all-- by the... Read More

MISSED TRANSLATIONS

MISSED TRANSLATIONS Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me

by Sopan Deb | Read by Sunul Malhotra, Sopan Deb

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Journalist and comedian Sopan Deb tells his story of turning his estrangement from his parents into a deep and meaningful relationship while redefining his own South Asian identity. His fast-paced narration and straightforward candor lend themselves to a rapidly unfolding and exciting listen filled with a mix of raw authenticity and laugh-out-loud humor. Deb offers distinct... Read More

MORE THAN LOVE

MORE THAN LOVE An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood

by Natasha Gregson Wagner | Read by Natasha Gregson Wagner

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Natasha Gregson Wagner, daughter of Natalie Wood and British producer Richard Gregson, bravely narrates a work that is, at once, a personal memoir and an abbreviated biography of her actress mother and actor stepfather, Robert "RJ" Wagner. Wagner was 11 when Wood's body was recovered from the waters off Catalina Island. Her narration, as well as her story, are highly personal,... Read More

MR. MET

MR. MET How a Sports-Mad Kid from Jersey Became Like Family to Generations of Big Leaguers

by Jay Horwitz, Jacob deGrom [Fore.] | Read by Barry Abrams

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

For almost four decades, any player or manager, or anyone associated with the New York Mets, has known of and appreciated Jay Horvitz. The likable New York Mets PR man's memoir is as much a story of his life growing up as it is a history of the team. Barry Abrams brings his engaging, animated voice to the narration. He alters his tone when narrating quotes from the many... Read More

MY VANISHING COUNTRY

MY VANISHING COUNTRY A Memoir

by Bakari Sellers | Read by Bakari Sellers

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This listen couldn't be more timely. In the midst of the Black Live Matters movement, Sellers shares his story of growing up Black in the South and making his way to national prominence as a politician and then a CNN analyst. He's the son of activist parents, so the path he took is not surprising. Nor it is surprising to learn he has a smooth, confident delivery. Sellers... Read More

THE NEW ONE

THE NEW ONE Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad

by Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein | Read by Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Entertainer Mike Birbiglia and his wife, J. Hope Stein, work together to present a humorous contemporary story of reluctant parents. The pair are excellent foils. Birbiglia is lively--full of ironic observations and laugh-out-loud one-liners. Stein is more reserved, breathy and sincere as she reads her original poems, which are sprinkled throughout. In this audiobook listeners... Read More

NO PIANOS, PETS OR FOREIGNERS!

NO PIANOS, PETS OR FOREIGNERS! My Life in Japan in the 80s

by Joe Palermo | Read by Joe Palermo

Joseph M. Palermo | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author/narrator Joe Palermo shares his life in 1980s Japan. After college, he decides to teach English while also improving his Japanese language skills. A born storyteller with a warm and charismatic personality, Palermo gets to know the locals everywhere. Listeners will join him as he realizes mice are welcome "houseguests," learns how to effectively deal with pesky... Read More

NOTES ON A SILENCING

NOTES ON A SILENCING A Memoir

by Lacy Crawford | Read by Lacy Crawford

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lacy Crawford is riveting as she narrates her stunning memoir of sexual assault--you can't rip your ears away. Her voice is lovely, with wry undertones, and she has a keen sense of emotional intelligence. Crawford's story is not unique, but that is precisely what makes it so infuriating. When she was a student at St. Paul's School, in New Hampshire, those in charge chose to... Read More

THE NOTORIOUS LIFE OF NED BUNTLINE

THE NOTORIOUS LIFE OF NED BUNTLINE A Tale of Murder, Betrayal, and the Creation of Buffalo Bill

by Julia Bricklin | Read by Chris Abernathy

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Chris Abernathy's narration starts off by putting listeners at the scene of the Astor Place Riot of 1849, which the writer Ned Buntline was involved in. Abernathy puts a sense of urgency into the blow-by-blow accounts of violence in Buntline's life story. Elsewhere, there's amusement in Abernathy's voice as he reads newspaper clippings on the play Buntline wrote for William... Read More

ODETTA

ODETTA A Life in Music and Protest

Earphones Award Winner

by Ian Zack | Read by Rosa Howard

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Known as the Queen of Folk during the 1950s-60s, the mononymous singer and guitarist Odetta was also an important Civil Rights activist. A newcomer to audiobook narration, Rosa Howard turns out to be outstanding in her narration of this first full-length biography of an influential but enigmatic figure. Howard is comfortable with Zack's narrative; she makes his interviews and... Read More

OFFICER CLEMMONS

OFFICER CLEMMONS

by François S. Clemmons | Read by François S. Clemmons

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Singer, actor, and author Dr. François S. Clemmons, known to many as Officer Clemmons from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," recounts his unforgettable life story in this captivating memoir. Clemmons's voice is serene and unwavering as he paints a vivid picture of his difficult upbringing, which was marked by violence, abuse, discrimination, and confusion about his sexuality. In a... Read More

ON ALL FRONTS

ON ALL FRONTS The Education of a Journalist

by Clarissa Ward | Read by Clarissa Ward

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

CNN's chief international correspondent, Clarissa Ward, narrates her own life story as an award-winning conflict journalist. Both her writing and delivery are concise, clear, and to the point. Listeners follow Ward as she acquires these communication skills as a fledgling journalist in post 9/11 Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Her viewpoint as a feminist covering the words and... Read More

ONE BY ONE BY ONE

ONE BY ONE BY ONE Making a Small Difference Amid a Billion Problems

by Aaron Berkowitz | Read by Michael David Axtell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Michael David Axtell narrates this inspiring audio in an earnest, believable tone that is never too dramatic. He has an appealing way of varying his pacing--some phrases quick, others measured--that works well with this intense account by a thoughtful neurologist who responded to his calling by working in socially and economically impoverished Haiti. The contrasts are riveting... Read More

OPPOSITE OF CERTAINTY

OPPOSITE OF CERTAINTY Fear, Faith, and Life in Between

by Janine Urbaniak Reid, Anne Lamott | Read by Ginny Welsch

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

No parent wants to hear the words "your child has a tumor." In this audiobook, narrator Ginny Welsch captures the frustration, fear, and disbelief of a woman struggling to care for her child who has brain cancer while also struggling to keep her family, herself, and her faith together. Even though Welsch is sharing the powerful words of another woman, her emotional performance... Read More

PELOSI

PELOSI

by Molly Ball | Read by Frankie Corzo

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In a clear voice that lets the writing shine, Frankie Corzo narrates this detailed dive into American politics centered on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Corzo's portrayal of the most powerful woman in American political history showcases Pelosi's tireless energy and radiating impact, as well as the landscape at large. Corzo pauses after reading shocking details, allowing... Read More

REBEL CHEF

REBEL CHEF In Search of What Matters

by Dominique Crenn, Emma Brockes | Read by Hope Newhouse

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

French-born chef Dominique Crenn, winner of three Michelin stars, provides a personal and thoughtful chronicle of her varied life and career--along with myriad examples of sexism in the professional kitchen. The work is replete with her observations and opinions. Despite Crenn's intensely interesting story, Hope Newhouse's narration lacks the appropriate grit. Her performance... Read More

RING THE HILL

RING THE HILL

by Tom Cox | Read by Tom Cox

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

As author and narrator, Tom Cox reflects on the varying geography of Britain, the hills he's ambled up, the many houses he's lived in, the ghosts inhabiting those houses, his many cats, and the critters in the yard. He even muses on his accent, describing it as "the end of the middle" and never having met a university-educated person. That may be so, but it is also charming,... Read More

THE SILVER SWAN

THE SILVER SWAN In Search of Doris Duke

by Sallie Bingham | Read by Donna Postel

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Donna Postel does a satisfying narration of this biography of Doris Duke (1912-1993). For a woman who led such a glittering life, Bingham's account is pretty dull. As skillful narrators do, Postel steps up. Because she sounds interested in her subject, listeners become engaged. Born into American social royalty, Duke inherited millions from her father, a tobacco tycoon; rubbed... Read More

STAN LEE

STAN LEE A Life in Comics

by Liel Leibovitz | Read by Liel Leibovitz

Yale University Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The life of Marvel Comics master Stan Lee is explored once again by author/narrator Liel Leibovitz, who recounts the oft-told stories of how a Jewish kid from New York City changed the comics industry forever by creating a whole new kind of superhero with Spider-Man, the Avengers, and many others. Leibovitz performs his own work with the giddy zeal of a comics fan and hits the... Read More

UNVARNISHED

UNVARNISHED A Gimlet-eyed Look at Life Behind the Bar

by Eric Alperin, Deborah Stoll | Read by Eric Alperin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Coauthor Eric Alperin narrates as he shares his path to, and the intricacies of, opening a bar in Los Angeles. Alperin's voice is dry and smooth, like one of the high-quality spirits served in his cocktail bar, The Varnish. While uneven sound quality may distract some listeners, even pacing keeps one interested as Alperin, who originally aspired to be an actor, shares tales... Read More

WHAT IS THE GRASS?

WHAT IS THE GRASS? Walt Whitman in My Life

by Mark Doty | Read by Jonathan Yen

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A combination of deep critical analysis and deeply personal meditation, this audiobook presents an image of Walt Whitman as icon, man, poet, and queer activist. It is also, to a large extent, an autobiography of the highly acclaimed contemporary poet Mark Doty, who explores his life in terms of Whitman's life and poetry. Narrator Jonathan Yen is unobtrusive, letting the text... Read More

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