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ALL OVER THE PLACE

ALL OVER THE PLACE Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft

by Geraldine DeRuiter | Read by Geraldine DeRuiter

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Geraldine DeRuiter didn't set out to become an award-winning travel blogger with a dedicated following. But through a series of life changes and happy coincidences, she did just that, writing about her adventures "all over the place"--both on the road and at home on her blog, "The Everywhereist." DeRuiter's humorously sarcastic, slow-paced reading takes listeners along for the... Read More

AT THE STRANGERS' GATE

AT THE STRANGERS' GATE Arrivals in New York

by Adam Gopnik | Read by Adam Gopnik

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Richly composed and expressively narrated, journalist (THE NEW YORKER) Adam Gopnik's audiobook is a memoir of sorts. He primarily recounts his and his wife Martha's relocation from Montreal to New York City in the 1980s. Gopnik is a highly skilled narrator with an expressive, sensitive style. His precise intonation strengthens a story that some might hear as one of luck and... Read More

THE BATTLE FOR ROOM 314

THE BATTLE FOR ROOM 314 My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School

by Ed Boland | Read by Ed Boland

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this moving lesson drawn from his short teaching career, the author-narrator Ed Boland's clear baritone communicates the type of humble confidence that gives his experiences authenticity and his advice credibility. His writing is fluid, often vulnerable, and his sensitive expression of dialogue and pathos will make listeners admire him and want to get involved with the... Read More

THE BOOK OF EMMA REYES

THE BOOK OF EMMA REYES A Memoir

by Emma Reyes, Daniel Alarcón {Trans. and Intro.] | Read by Marisol Ramirez

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Told in the form of letters, this nontraditional yet fascinating memoir is narrated with grace and clarity by Marisol Ramirez. Colombian artist Emma Reyes shares a series of anecdotes from her desperately poor childhood, memories heavy with cruelty, hunger, and loss. Ramirez maintains a brisk pace that somehow suits the matter-of-fact tone of the letters, but it can be... Read More

CHURCHILL & ORWELL

CHURCHILL & ORWELL The Fight for Freedom

by Thomas E. Ricks | Read by James Lurie

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is a dual biography of two of the giants in twentieth- century world history, politician Winston Churchill and writer George Orwell. Narrator James Lurie's deep, gentle voice is easy to listen to but doesn't fit the book's character. The author's purpose is to illuminate how both men saw the dangers of fascism and communism in the 1930s and made their marks... Read More

COMING TO MY SENSES

COMING TO MY SENSES The Making of a Counterculture Cook

by Alice Waters | Read by Alice Waters

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Alice Waters's narration is so approachable that it's as if she walks up to your table wearing an apron, carrying an enticing plate of food, and says, "Eat this while I tell you my story." She holds the highest awards as a world-renowned chef, having influenced eaters the world over with her slow food concepts and belief in the benefits of organic food. But in this memoir she... Read More

CUTTING BACK

CUTTING BACK My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto

by Leslie Buck | Read by Caroline McLaughlin

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

When Leslie Buck was 35 and running a successful landscaping business in California, she took off for Kyoto for a three-month tree-pruning apprenticeship. It's a classic fish-out-of-water experience--she barely speaks any Japanese, is the only woman on the crew, and must learn to control her emotions. Narrator Caroline McLaughlin captures Buck's experience with energy and an... Read More

DARING TO DRIVE

DARING TO DRIVE A Saudi Woman's Awakening

by Manal al-Sharif | Read by Lameece Issaq

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Lameece Issaq narrates Manal al-Sharif's engaging memoir about her highly publicized arrest and imprisonment for "driving while female" in Saudi Arabia in 2011. Al-Sharif gives listeners the context of her drive by sharing details of her formative years in Mecca as well as her work for a multinational oil company. Issaq recounts emotionally complex memories with sensitivity and... Read More

DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL

DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL

Earphones Award Winner

by Malachy McCourt, Brian McDonald | Read by Malachy McCourt

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

No one else could perform the life story of the eccentric and brilliant Malachy McCourt. Now in his 80s, the bestselling author (who never graduated from grammar school) and talk-radio pioneer looks ahead to the inevitability of death--and spits in its face. McCourt talks about his life in Brooklyn and Ireland; his saintly mother, Angela; and his equally famous brother, Frank,... Read More

DRAFT NO. 4

DRAFT NO. 4 On the Writing Process

by John McPhee | Read by John McPhee

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Celebrated author John McPhee narrates this long-awaited audiobook of essays on writing nonfiction with his characteristic precise language and keen observations reflected in his delivery. He can sound by turns like a grandfather doling out advice or a scold impugning fashion and fancy in the world of nonfiction. Calling on his experiences over more than half a century of... Read More

GRANT

GRANT

by Ron Chernow | Read by Mark Bramhall

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ulysses S. Grant is too often stereotyped as a drunk, a brutal general, and an inept president, but none of these is true, as the author shows in this detailed biography. Mark Bramhall offers a capable narration, keeping the narrative flowing despite the work's extraordinary length. He maintains a generally even tone and pace, and uses strategic pauses to help the listener... Read More

GREAT HORNED OWLETS RESCUE

GREAT HORNED OWLETS RESCUE Where There's a Will, There's a Way...

by Cheryl Agular | Read by Rebekah Amber Clark

Cheryl Agular | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Rebekah Clark's down-to-earth style is ideal for this heartwarming story of a woman's compassion and dedication to two owlets whose nest tumbles into her yard. After some initial concern, the raptor parents allow Agular and her family to help their babies. Listeners will delight in getting to know Wisdom, the bigger, bolder bird, and Willow, the smaller, shyer baby,... Read More

GROWN-UP ANGER

GROWN-UP ANGER The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel Wolff | Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

If excellence in audiobook narration means doing everything right while seeming to do little or nothing, Dennis Boutsikaris sets a standard here. In a feat of storytelling, Wolff has combined his own personal history growing up in Northern Michigan with the life stories of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, and the intertwined histories of American folk music and radical politics. A... Read More

GUIDEBOOK TO RELATIVE STRANGERS

GUIDEBOOK TO RELATIVE STRANGERS Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History

by Camille T. Dungy | Read by Allyson Johnson

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Allyson Johnson narrates the poet Dungy's lyrical examinations of motherhood, race, history, language, and the natural world with gravity. However, the author's stories of the delightful antics of her young daughter, Callie, are read with a welcome lightness. As Dungy weaves historical and personal insights into her essays on raising and traveling with Callie, Johnson guides... Read More

HOW TO BE A MUSLIM

HOW TO BE A MUSLIM An American Story

by Haroon Moghul | Read by Kamran R. Khan

Beacon Press Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners may remember the author as one of the prominent faces of Muslim-Americans after the 9/11 attacks. But if not, this audiobook is a reminder that he remains one of the most eloquent representatives of the religion. Narrator Kamran R. Khan reads too quickly and loses some of the words in his race to the ends of sentences. His voice is pleasant enough, and when he does... Read More

HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE

HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE A Memoir in Essays

by Mandy Len Catron | Read by Mandy Len Catron

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mandy Len Catron narrates her insightful, candid memoir on the art and science of love. The author of the popular NEW YORK TIMES essay "To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This," Catron wryly exposes the myths and misconceptions surrounding our understanding of love, exploring how these may thwart our pursuit of the very closeness we seek. Catron's somewhat dry tones are suitable... Read More

HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH

HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH

by Negin Farsad | Read by Negin Farsad

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Comedian and author Negin Farsad matches her razor-sharp observations of life as "Other" with a fast-paced delivery that grabs listeners at the outset and never loosens its delicious grip. As a Muslim American born to Iranian parents who came of age in the years surrounding 9/11, Farsad is well acquainted with Americans' seeming inability to handle the reality of being neither... Read More

I HATE EVERYONE, EXCEPT YOU

I HATE EVERYONE, EXCEPT YOU

by Clinton Kelly | Read by Clinton Kelly

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Clinton Kelly, cohost of "What Not to Wear," narrates his collection of essays like the professional performer he is. His vivid expression highlights his use of detail and humor in stories that range from his childhood on Long Island to his life as a television personality today. He seems to take particular pleasure recounting stories from his earliest days, when he was trying... Read More

INFINITE TUESDAY

INFINITE TUESDAY An Autobiographical Riff

by Michael Nesmith | Read by Michael Nesmith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In an episodic autobiography that follows no time line, former Monkees' guitarist Michael Nesmith movingly offers insights into his magical life. Nesmith's narration is a wonder: warm, engaging, conversational, much like a conversation with an old friend--which is precisely who Nesmith represents to Baby Boomers of a certain age. The well-written text is not expansive on his... Read More

THE JERSEY BROTHERS

THE JERSEY BROTHERS A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home

Earphones Award Winner

by Sally Mott Freeman | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With her soft and confident voice, narrator Cassandra Campbell gives a splendid reading of Freeman's book about her father's and his brothers' experiences in WWII and how these impacted her family. The three brothers all attended the Naval Academy, with the youngest being a logistics officer in the Philippines. What was seen as a cushy assignment became the opposite when he... Read More

LEONARDO DA VINCI

LEONARDO DA VINCI

Earphones Award Winner

by Walter Isaacson | Read by Alfred Molina, Walter Isaacson [Intro. and Afterword]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Alfred Molina's narration is easy to follow as the author, drawing heavily on Leonardo da Vinci's journals, describes the painter's work as art built on a scaffold of science. He dissects several of da Vinci's paintings and drawings to show how the artist's insatiable curiosity manifested itself in his art and engineering. The author's sometimes detailed passages seem natural,... Read More

LIFE IN CODE

LIFE IN CODE A Personal History of Technology

by Ellen Ullman | Read by Ellen Ullman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ellen Ullman juxtaposes her professional life as a computer programmer with the development of the tech industry over the last 20 years. While her prose has a distinct style and wit that make it worth reading, her narration of the audiobook falls flat. She speaks in a largely monotone voice, and, though it sounds in some ways artistically appropriate for a book about the life... Read More

LOGICAL FAMILY

LOGICAL FAMILY A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Armistead Maupin | Read by Armistead Maupin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this terrific performance of his new memoir, the author of the famous--and famously gay--series Tales of the City tells us what growing up in 1950s North Carolina and finding new life in 1970s California was like. It was complicated, fascinating, heartrending, and, because it's Maupin telling the insightful story, it was often very funny. He reads in a light, pleasant voice... Read More

THE LONG HAUL

THE LONG HAUL A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

by Finn Murphy | Read by Danny Campbell

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author Finn Murphy started driving on a college break. Now he's passed 50, and he's still on the road as a long-distance mover. Narrator Danny Campbell handles Murphy's voice the way listeners would want Murphy to handle their furniture. It's both tough and gently soft-spoken, with a hint of weariness from long experience. Murphy's stories share the dangers of life on the road;... Read More

LOVE, AFRICA

LOVE, AFRICA A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival

by Jeffrey Gettleman | Read by Charlie Thurston

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Charlie Thurston proves up to the task of narrating this memoir by NEW YORK TIMES East Africa bureau chief Jeffrey Gettleman. This audiobook weaves the stories of Gettleman's intense career as a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places with the story of his courtship, long-distance romance, and then marriage to his Cornell sweetheart. Thurston's... Read More

MEMORY'S LAST BREATH

MEMORY'S LAST BREATH Field Notes on My Dementia

by Gerda Saunders | Read by Gerda Saunders, Edita Brychta

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Edita Brychta sounds exactly like a South African who has lived in the U.S. for decades and had the edges knocked off her accent. Her delivery fits author Gerda Saunders perfectly. Saunders's memoir is both tragic and courageous as she outlines her experience of early-onset dementia, along with other major stages of her life including growing up in apartheid South... Read More

MICROBE HUNTERS The Classic Book on the Major Discoveries of the Microscopic World

by Paul de Kruif | Read by Michael Quinlan

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

This pleasurable reading of a popular favorite from the 1920s has enhanced appeal as an audiobook. Written in a conversational style, de Kruif's anecdotal narrative adapts readily to the contemporary voice. Narrator Michael Quinlan sustains its episodic structure with brisk pacing and a sure instinct of when and how to articulate, or to subdue, its sometimes antique... Read More

A MIND AT PLAY

A MIND AT PLAY How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

Earphones Award Winner

by Rob Goodman, Jimmy Soni | Read by Jonathan Yen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Jonathan Yen's confident, well-paced narration is ideal for this biography of Claude Shannon, the father of the Information Age. In 1948, Shannon awakened the world to information theory, the concept that all information can be quantified, stored, and transmitted in binary digits or "bits" (a breakthrough that makes possible the downloading of this audiobook, among other... Read More

MORNINGSTAR

MORNINGSTAR Growing Up With Books

by Ann Hood | Read by Donna Postel

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Donna Postel gives the listener the feeling of lounging in a comfortable room while talking about books with a fellow bibliophile. She narrates Ann Hood's memoir of her early life with books in a conversational tone, praising the power of reading to expand a young person's horizons. Postel's steady pace leaves room for listeners to recall their own relationships with... Read More

MY GLORY WAS I HAD SUCH FRIENDS

MY GLORY WAS I HAD SUCH FRIENDS A Memoir

by Amy Silverstein | Read by Erin Moon

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Amy Silverstein needs a second heart transplant, or she will die. Narrator Erin Moon strikes just the right emotional notes as she delivers Silverstein's account of her incredible journey toward an uncertain third chance at life, and the circle of amazing women who gave her unwavering love and support along the way. Moon moves deftly between straightforward reporting of... Read More

MY LOVELY WIFE IN THE PSYCH WARD

MY LOVELY WIFE IN THE PSYCH WARD A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Mark Lukach | Read by Josh Bloomberg

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this audio memoir, Mark Lukach shares what it is like to watch his beautiful wife, Giulia, suddenly experience a psychotic break and be hospitalized against her will, and then take care of her when she comes home, including doling out medications and hiding the rest so that she can't act on her suicidal impulses. He is scared, shocked, mystified, helpless, and angry. It's... Read More

MY MOTHER'S KITCHEN

MY MOTHER'S KITCHEN Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life

by Peter Gethers | Read by Peter Gethers

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In her 50s, the author's mother, Judith Gethers, transformed her life, becoming a major figure in the burgeoning food world as a friend and mentor to culinary greats like Julia Child and Wolfgang Puck. Her son Peter's love letter to this amazing, long-lived woman casts a warm spell over listeners. Gethers isn't a professional narrator, but he is a storyteller, and listeners... Read More

MY SOUL LOOKS BACK

MY SOUL LOOKS BACK A Memoir

by Jessica B. Harris | Read by Jessica B. Harris

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Food scholar and writer Jessica B. Harris performs this memoir of her early adult years in New York City in the 1970s. Her romance with Sam Floyd connected her to the black cultural and intellectual elite of the time--people like James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison--who influenced her perspective and career. Harris gives an unflashy but precise performance full of... Read More

NO ROOM FOR SMALL DREAMS

NO ROOM FOR SMALL DREAMS Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel

by Shimon Peres | Read by Mark Bramhall

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mark Bramhall doesn't try to sound like Shimon Peres in this series of autobiographical sketches by the former prime minister and, later, president of Israel. But he so inhabits the role as narrator that one might be tempted to think the work is being narrated by the author. He doesn't use an accent, which would be distracting, but his facility with the occasional Hebrew and... Read More

NOTES ON A BANANA

NOTES ON A BANANA A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression

by David Leite | Read by David Leite

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author David Leite narrates this idiosyncratic and sometimes infuriating audiobook about his experiences growing up, falling in love, and finding his niche in work. An award-winning food writer and early podcaster, he reads his story in a kind of self-indulgent, sometimes self-satisfied, manner that somehow exorcises his battle with what he describes as Bipolar 2. His life has... Read More

OPEN HEART

OPEN HEART A Cardiac Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

by Stephen Westaby | Read by Gordon Griffin

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Gordon Griffin captures the empathy, frustration, and passion of Dr. Stephen Westaby, a pioneering heart surgeon in Britain. Westaby has conducted all manner of high-risk surgeries, including implanting artificial heart pumps before any other British doctor had done so. (The patients have no pulse afterwards!) He is snarky about bureaucrats who are more interested in... Read More

PIRATE WOMEN

PIRATE WOMEN The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas

by Laura Sook Duncombe | Read by Hillary Huber

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Hillary Huber gives voice to women who had little or no control of the historical record they left behind. Listeners are transported through history and Hollywood films in this exploration of the lives of pirate women. As the author weaves historical fragments and legends, the result is an intriguing series of biographical portraits that contribute to the discussion of... Read More

PLAYING HURT

PLAYING HURT My Journey from Despair to Hope

by John Saunders, John U. Bacon | Read by Dion Graham

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

John Saunders was a well-liked longtime ESPN personality. Off camera, he dealt with a host of demons, all of which are detailed with raw honesty in this posthumous autobiography. Dion Graham narrates with just the right touches of emotion to get across the gravity of Saunders's story, one of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and clinical depression. The voices of different... Read More

ROAD TO CAMELOT

ROAD TO CAMELOT Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign

by Thomas Oliphant, Curtis Wilkie | Read by L.J. Ganser

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

No matter how well you know the story, the history of John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign remains compelling listening. Oliphant and Wilkie tell the inside story in more detail and far greater candor than contemporary readers of Theodore H. White's classic MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT 1960 could have dreamed of. Even so, the shenanigans of late-fifties politics seem tame in... Read More

ROCKET GIRL

ROCKET GIRL The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist

by George D. Morgan | Read by Joe Barrett

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The choice of a man to narrate the biography of a woman could have been awkward, but in this case it's entirely appropriate. This portrait of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's first female rocket scientist, is written by her son. The third-person narrative is interlaced with first-person reflections and anecdotes. Joe Barrett offers a solid reading. Listeners will easily come to... Read More

RUINED

by Ruth Everhart | Read by Pamela Almand

Two Words Publishing, LLC | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Pamela Almand's warm, motherly tone seamlessly guides listeners through Ruth Everhart's memoir. The author is seeking to understand the truth about God's will, the value of self-worth, and the gift of redemption after she is raped as a college student. As the book ranges from flashbacks to intense conversations to isolated prayers, Almand imbues each scene and... Read More

RUTHLESS RIVER

RUTHLESS RIVER Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios

by Holly FitzGerald | Read by Jorjeana Marie

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

A honeymoon trip to South America turns into a nightmare for the author and her husband in 1973. Stranded in the jungle after their plane crashes, Holly and Gerald "Fitz" FitzGerald decide to take a raft to Bolivia. Jorjeana Marie narrates their journey using intonations to identify the few people they encounter. The trip is mostly Holly and Fitz alone, and the narration... Read More

SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND

SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND The Album, the Beatles, and the World in 1967

by Brian Southall | Read by Johnny Heller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Brian Southall makes the case that "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is the greatest Beatles album and celebrates the important year of 1967, when it was released. Johnny Heller's reading puts listeners in the studio with the Beatles as they create a musical sound as significant as the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds." Southall tells the background of each song, such as how... Read More

THE SHADOW IN THE GARDEN

THE SHADOW IN THE GARDEN A Biographer's Tale

Earphones Award Winner

by James Atlas | Read by George Newbern

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Expertly read by George Newbern, Atlas's history/memoir on the art of writing biography is a listener's treat. Atlas, the biographer of Delmore Schwartz and Saul Bellow, surveys the history of biography with an insider's eye and recounts his own career in what amounts to a fifty-year history of American literary life. Rich in anecdote, insight, and wit, this is one of those... Read More

SHARK DRUNK

SHARK DRUNK The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean

by Morten Stroksnes | Read by P.J. Ochlan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

P.J. Ochlan conveys the author's awe at rarely seen orcas and transparent sea creatures. There isn't much demand for Greenland shark meat; the flesh toxins can make eaters drunk or even kill them. Thus, no one's been fishing for them for a half-century. Still, Norwegian Morten Stroksnes and his friend, Hugo, will attempt to catch one. Narrator Ochlan infuses the translated... Read More

SHOOT LIKE A GIRL

SHOOT LIKE A GIRL One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front

by Mary Jennings Hegar | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Refusing to give up in the face of military sexism, MJ--author Mary Jennings Hegar--becomes an Air National Guard helicopter pilot, serving three tours in Afghanistan and receiving a Purple Heart for heroism. Despite her accomplishments, however, she continues to encounter gender prejudice when she returns to the U.S. Narrator Cynthia Farrell's almost masculine timbre captures... Read More

STING LIKE A BEE

STING LIKE A BEE Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971

Earphones Award Winner

by Leigh Montville | Read by JD Jackson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator JD Jackson takes great care to articulate the story of Muhammed Ali and his refusal to serve in the military during the Vietnam War. Though he could have quickened his pace in some areas, his ability to consistently alter his voice for the various men and women quoted throughout is noteworthy and makes this controversial biography an enjoyable and informative... Read More

STING-RAY AFTERNOONS

STING-RAY AFTERNOONS A Memoir

by Steve Rushin | Read by Greg Baglia

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Greg Baglia reads this nostalgic memoir of boyhood with a nod to its humor and a poke at the psychedelic colors of the cars, bikes, and common household products of the 1970s. The features and history of each product are described in minute detail in an uninflected, unemotional tone. In this ode to growing up in a suburb of Minneapolis, Baglia takes on the role of the... Read More

A STITCH OF TIME

A STITCH OF TIME The Year a Brain Injury Changed My Language and Life

by Lauren Marks | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

While performing onstage at a bar during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 27-year-old actress and writer Lauren Marks suffered a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. Her struggles to recover her language skills and her life following brain surgeries and aphasia are well rendered through Tavia Gilbert's narration. Gilbert reads the selections from Marks's journal with pauses and word... Read More

A SURPRISED QUEENHOOD IN THE NEW BLACK SUN

A SURPRISED QUEENHOOD IN THE NEW BLACK SUN The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

by Angela Jackson | Read by Janina Edwards

Beacon Press Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Janina Edwards's narration honors Jackson's biographical tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Edwards takes her time in unfolding the story of this iconic figure. Her tone is filled with a mature tone of adoration. She wants the listener to fully appreciate who this woman was and how she constantly gave of herself through her writing, teaching, and... Read More

TO SIRI WITH LOVE

TO SIRI WITH LOVE A Mother, her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines

by Judith Newman | Read by Cris Dukehart

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Cris Dukehart brings alive the family interactions in Newman's collection of memoir-style essays about her autistic son, Gus. Much of what we learn about Gus comes from three-way conversations between Newman, Gus, and Henry, Gus's neurotypical twin. Dukehart voices Gus with minimum inflection and range, while she portrays Henry with a teenager's cadence and tone.... Read More

TOSCANINI

TOSCANINI Musician of Conscience

by Harvey Sachs | Read by Paul Boehmer

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This exhaustive biography of world-renowned musician and composer Arturo Toscanini is a significant undertaking for both narrator and listener. Happily, Paul Boehmer has the skill to deliver this lengthy history with the clarity and fluency the excellent writing deserves while maintaining a comfortable pace that advances the text briskly without rushing through the fascinating... Read More

WHAT HAPPENED

WHAT HAPPENED

Earphones Award Winner

by Hillary Rodham Clinton | Read by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Hillary Rodham Clinton's book is pure Hillary--forceful, inspiring, yet humble. No one could deliver her story as she herself does, and she does it brilliantly. How does one recover from a defeat that, by all accounts, should have been a victory? As she puts it, losing is one thing--but "losing a race you'd thought you'd win is devastating." She performs the work with dignity,... Read More

WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS

WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS Notes From an Underground Man

by Art Garfunkel | Read by Art Garfunkel

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Art Garfunkel, who is known for both music and acting, has kept count of the books he's read over the years. His love of words becomes obvious as he celebrates both his career and his life aloud. He even rhapsodizes about the shape of the "A" in his first name. Garfunkel's writing is a lot like lyrics, filled with rhymes and meant for the ear. His soft voice gives his words a... Read More

THE WORLD BROKE IN TWO

THE WORLD BROKE IN TWO Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature

by Bill Goldstein | Read by Bill Goldstein

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The year 1922 was a momentous one in modernist literature: It saw the publication of Joyce's ULYSSES, Eliot's WASTE LAND, and the first English translation of Proust. Those are intimidating works, but Bill Goldstein makes them approachable to listeners. As book editor for the NEW YORK TIMES, Goldstein is also a veteran of television and podcasts, so his tone is never academic.... Read More

THE WORLD OF YESTERDAY

THE WORLD OF YESTERDAY Memoirs of a European

Earphones Award Winner

by Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell [Trans.] | Read by David Horovitch

Ukemi Productions | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

David Horovitch's sublime narration of Zweig's haunting memoir matches excellence with excellence, style with style. Completed the day before he committed suicide in 1942, Zweig's narrative is a bittersweet medley of nostalgia and despair, starting with the golden turn-of-the-century years when Vienna was the center of European intellectual and artistic activity, all of which... Read More

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