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AGATHA CHRISTIE

AGATHA CHRISTIE A Mysterious Life

by Laura Thompson | Read by Pearl Hewitt

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Pearl Hewitt's sweet, crisp English voice adds extra pleasure to her fine narration of this recent biography of the famous English mystery writer Agatha Christie. Rather than a straightforward account, of which a number have been written in addition to Christie's own memoir, Laura Thompson instead explores the author's life and thoughts as revealed through her novels. It's an... Read More

AIR TRAFFIC

AIR TRAFFIC A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America

by Gregory Pardlo | Read by Gregory Pardlo

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Gregory Pardlo examines the considerable presence, and then eventual absence, of his father in this revealing memoir about family, life, and manhood. In narrating his own work, he makes the listening experience intimate, almost painfully so, as he weaves together the historical treatment of African-Americans in the U.S. with his family's experiences. Sharing the ups and downs... Read More

AVEDON

AVEDON Something Personal

by Norma Stevens, Steven M.L. Aronson | Read by Coleen Marlo

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

One of the two authors of this life portrait of Richard Avedon, the legendary photographer, is Norma Stevens, who was Avedon's business partner and confidante. Coleen Marlo provides a dazzling narration of this effervescent party of an oral history. Marlo's smooth, clear voice and sincere tone provide a lively expression of the life and work of this towering photographer. What... Read More

BEING WAGNER

BEING WAGNER A Short Biography of a Larger-Than-Life Man

by Simon Callow | Read by Simon Callow

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Director, actor, and writer Simon Callow, who has toured with his one-man show on Charles Dickens, offers his own study of composer Richard Wagner. The narration is a fascinating and effervescent tour de force that has the energy of a stage performance rather than a studio recording. The performance, which is part analytical biography, is approachable and irresistible.... Read More

THE BEST COOK IN THE WORLD

THE BEST COOK IN THE WORLD Tales from My Momma's Table

Earphones Award Winner

by Rick Bragg | Read by Rick Bragg

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Prepare to hunger for genuine Southern fare as author Rick Bragg pays tribute to his delightful mother--and to the food and storied culture of the region itself. In a Southern drawl, Bragg offers up a memoir that's wrapped around recipes and the stories they're rooted in. Describing a long family history of preparing the ultimate slow food requires an unhurried narration and... Read More

A BODY OF WORK

A BODY OF WORK Dancing to the Edge and Back

by David Hallberg | Read by Vikas Adam

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

David Hallberg, the first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer, offers a detailed, elegant, touching, sensitive and witty reflection on his entire life, including the bullying he received as a child and a difficult return to performance after a significant, nearly devastating, injury. Vikas Adam's warm narration is perfectly suited to the work. Precision is... Read More

BRAVE

BRAVE

by Rose McGowan | Read by Rose McGowan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

After the introductory music, written and performed by the actor Rose McGowan herself, she tells the story of her childhood, when she lived in a cult with her parents, and her teen years, when she lived on the streets. Finally, she makes it to a modeling career and then Hollywood stardom, which has been accompanied by some notoriety for statements she has made in interviews.... Read More

THE BRIDESMAID'S DAUGHTER

THE BRIDESMAID'S DAUGHTER From Grace Kelly's Wedding to a Women's Shelter - Searching for the Truth About My Mother

by Nyna Giles, Eve Claxton | Read by Nyna Giles

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Nyna Giles, author and narrator of this audiobook, captures listeners at the outset. Her mother, Carolyn Scott, was a successful Ford model in the 1940s and 1950s and was also a dear friend and bridesmaid for actress Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco. Yet Carolyn ended her days in a homeless shelter, not because of her family's neglect but at her own insistence.... Read More

BROAD BAND

BROAD BAND The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet

by Claire L. Evans | Read by Claire L. Evans

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The new media writer and singer Claire Evans provides a spirited collection of thumbnail portraits of the women who contributed to the digital economy in the evolving history of the Internet. Sadly, as happens too often, a first-time author's first-time audiobook narration does not work well. While pleasant, Evans's voice is weak and lacks variation despite the varying content.... Read More

BYGONE BADASS BROADS

BYGONE BADASS BROADS 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

by Mackenzi Lee | Read by Lucy James

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Mackenzi Lee's Twitter series on women who have changed the world has become an illustrated book of 52 powerhouses. And oh how spicy and awe-inspiring these women are! Lucy James's narration has spunk, fire, wit, and clarity. Her delivery fits Lee's punchy, praise-worthy vignettes of 52 female change agents. James seems to converse with the listener as if in heated... Read More

CALL ME AMERICAN

CALL ME AMERICAN A Memoir

by Abdi Nor Iftin | Read by Prentice Onayemi, Abdi Nor Iftin [Epilogue]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This harrowing story of a childhood in Mogadishu, Somalia, and the path to adulthood as an immigrant in the U.S. is told in a baritone voice by narrator Prentice Onayemi. He is an excellent choice for the true coming-of-age story of the author. Onayemi recounts both ordinary and harrowing experiences in a compassionate tone that draws listeners into the world of Somali exiles... Read More

CALYPSO

CALYPSO

by David Sedaris | Read by David Sedaris

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The latest essay collection by humorist David Sedaris is a meditation on aging. It's a sardonic one at that, that he narrates himself in his quintessential tongue-in-cheek fashion. It's a good thing he does because the listener gets the sense that only Sedaris could balance the witty observations alongside the heartrending sadness of life. When his sister Tiffany is found dead... Read More

CHASING HILLARY

CHASING HILLARY Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling

by Amy Chozick | Read by Amy Chozick

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

While the election of 2016 may be the third rail of conversation in many an American household, Amy Chozick's thoughtful and surprisingly tender memoir offers a new lens through which to view Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign. Chozick's capable performance lends credibility and emotional weight to the critical examination she undertakes toward both Clinton and her... Read More

DAUGHTERS OF THE WINTER QUEEN

DAUGHTERS OF THE WINTER QUEEN Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

by Nancy Goldstone | Read by Laura Kirman

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The descendants of Mary, Queen of Scots are brought to life with Laura Kirman's highly enjoyable narration of Goldstone's absorbing new history. Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, was the granddaughter of the doomed Queen Mary and daughter of King James I of England. Elizabeth married Frederick V, who briefly reigned as the King of Bohemia. The marriage--a happy one--produced... Read More

ELOQUENT RAGE

ELOQUENT RAGE A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

by Brittney Cooper | Read by Brittney Cooper

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Author and narrator Brittney Cooper declares a "homegirl intervention" in her memoir on inclusive and intersectional feminism aimed primarily at adult women. Cooper's black feminism is grounded in her experiences navigating the world as a self-professed nerdy black girl. As she delves into the choices, events, and ideas that shaped her life, Cooper delivers a frank,... Read More

EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON

EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON And Other Lies I've Loved

by Kate Bowler | Read by Kate Bowler

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Kate Bowler's audiobook is a gift. She is only in her 30s--with a wonderful husband, a toddler son, and a career teaching at Duke Divinity School--when she is diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. Despite the fact that she grew up in a Christian tradition that emphasizes that faith leads to prosperity, it's clear that she neither deserves cancer nor that prayer will cure it.... Read More

FAILING UP

FAILING UP How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning

by Leslie Odom, Jr. | Read by Leslie Odom, Jr.

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listening to Leslie Odom, Jr., it's clear that he approached the narration of his audiobook with the same attention to craft, preparation, and openness that he strives to bring to all of his projects. He strikes a balance of professionalism and engaging warmth as he relates stories of his road to becoming an actor (including his star turn playing Aaron Burr in HAMILTON: AN... Read More

FEAST

FEAST True Love In and Out of the Kitchen

by Hannah Howard | Read by Hannah Howard

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Hannah Howard chronicles her struggles with an eating disorder, coming of age in New York City, and trying to find and hold onto love while working in the fine dining industry in several locations across the U.S. While the author's personal account of her successful battle with anorexia, as well as her struggles with difficult dating relationships and traumatic events, may... Read More

THE FOX HUNT

THE FOX HUNT A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America

by Mohammed Al Samawi | Read by Assaf Cohen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

True stories of harrowing sea journeys, dangerous land crossings, and parched desert wanderings are, unfortunately, becoming all too familiar in our literary landscape. This audiobook is another example of someone who needed to flee his home country in order to survive. In this instance, the country is Yemen, where a civil war egged on by Iran and Saudi Arabia is causing havoc.... Read More

FROM THE OUTSIDE

FROM THE OUTSIDE My Journey Through LIfe and the Game I Love

by Ray Allen, Michael Arkush | Read by JD Jackson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The veteran NBA sharpshooter Ray Allen tells his story of growing up, choosing a college, and making it to the NBA with several teams. Narrator JD Jackson's deep voice stays steady and calm. He doesn't imitate anyone, but, occasionally, when describing a frustrating moment or conversation, his voice rises or drops appropriately. Allen's vantage as an 18-year veteran in the... Read More

GATOR

GATOR My Life in Pinstripes

by Ron Guidry, Andrew Beaton | Read by Ron Guidry

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

New York Yankees pitcher Ron "Gator" Guidry reads his own memoir of his career in the 1970s and 1980s. This audiobook would have been much better off with a professional narrator. Even the production value sounds sub-par, as if Guidry were, quite literally, phoning in his narration. There are hints of delight and passion in Guidry's voice as he recounts the Yankees' glory days,... Read More

THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS

THE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS A Story of War and What Comes After

by Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil | Read by Robin Miles

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This true of story of survival is told in a tender and aching style by narrator Robin Miles. She captures the wonder, pain, and confusion of two sisters, Clemantine and Claire Wanmariya, who survived the Rwandan genocide to become refugees in America. Miles moves us through the horrific anecdotes as remembered by the younger of the sisters. As Miles recounts these, her honest,... Read More

HANK AND JIM

HANK AND JIM The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

by Scott Eyman | Read by David Colacci

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Iconic actors Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart's long friendship provides a pleasing and positive framework for an informal and episodic dual portrait of two very American men in a time they largely defined. Narrator David Colacci's deep and exacting baritone is a perfect choice for these quintessentially American stories. His precise, unhurried, and nuanced performance adds an... Read More

A HIGHER LOYALTY

A HIGHER LOYALTY Truth, Lies, and Leadership

by James Comey | Read by James Comey

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Only former FBI director James Comey himself could convincingly narrate this audiobook. Fortunately, Comey's conversational tone instantly connects with the listener, and hearing him deliver the book's highly charged contents in his own voice brings authenticity and immediacy to the presentation. Comey has a pleasant speaking voice, and he demonstrates a professional narrator's... Read More

HUNTING THE TRUTH

HUNTING THE TRUTH Memoirs of Beate and Serge Klarsfeld

by Beate Klarsfeld, Serge Klarsfeld, Sam Taylor [Trans.] | Read by Marisa Calin, Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook tells the story of an unlikely pair of Nazi hunters--a German woman who is married to a French Jew. The story is told in tag-team fashion, alternating between the perspectives of the wife and husband. Narrators Marisa Calin and Raphael Corkhill handle this approach effectively. Each partner's sections are long enough to establish a narrative thread, and the... Read More

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE A Memoir

by Bart Millard | Read by Bart Millard

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Who knew a difficult life of child abuse would lead to a worldwide ministry through music? One of the most popular songs in the history of contemporary Christian music was written on a bus in 10 minutes and spawned one of the most successful music careers, a movie, and this autobiography, which fills in details missing from the movie. Bart Millards's heartfelt narration is akin... Read More

I USUALLY COSPLAY AS MYSELF

I USUALLY COSPLAY AS MYSELF My Adventures at New York Comic Con

by Colby Elliott | Read by Colby Elliott

Last Word Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator and publisher Colby Elliott cheerily narrates this installment of his nerdy travelogues. This time he leaves his Massachusetts home and travels to New York Comic-Con. In delivering his own and other comic's work, he demonstrates some of his character voices and adds insight about the art of narration. It's fun to vicariously attend Comic-Con by hearing his enthusiasm... Read More

I'M KEITH HERNANDEZ

I'M KEITH HERNANDEZ A Memoir

by Keith Hernandez | Read by Keith Hernandez

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Baseball fans love to hear what the life of a baseball player is really like. Keith Hernandez offers such a glimpse. His narration of his biography brings elements of sheer joy and authenticity to the listener. Hernandez pulls no punches in this bio, and, just as he learned to be a better baseball player, it is evident he has honed his skills as a narrator. His laughter at his... Read More

INSIDE THE STAR WARS EMPIRE

INSIDE THE STAR WARS EMPIRE Making Magic at George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic

by Bill Kimberlin | Read by Johnny Heller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Bill Kimberlin worked for George Lucas for 20 years, until the digital age made him a Neanderthal. Still, he's got a lot of experience to share. Johnny Heller narrates Kimberlin's memoir as an old pro speaking to the digital generation about movie craft. Kimberlin has celebrity tidbits, but they usually show how people interact in the movie industry. Heller brings enthusiasm... Read More

JANE AUSTEN AT HOME

JANE AUSTEN AT HOME A Biography

by Lucy Worsley | Read by Ruth Redman, Lucy Worsley [Intro. and Epilogue]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners familiar with British historian Lucy Worsley's documentaries will recognize both her distinctive voice and her cheeky approach to illuminating history. Worsley narrates the introduction and epilogue herself, and Ruth Redman takes over the narration of the main text, an exhaustive and intimate examination of how Jane Austen's domestic circumstances influenced her... Read More

JEFFERSON'S DAUGHTERS

JEFFERSON'S DAUGHTERS Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America

by Catherine Kerrison | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Tavia Gilbert candidly delivers the story of Thomas Jefferson's daughters, Martha, Maria, and Harriet, in this meticulously researched profile. Gilbert's thoughtful delivery movingly recounts their lives in Paris and early America. His white daughters, Martha and Maria, lived privileged lives yet were undervalued due to their gender. Harriet, his black daughter, was... Read More

JUST THE FUNNY PARTS

JUST THE FUNNY PARTS ...And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club

by Nell Scovell, Sheryl Sandberg [Fore.] | Read by Amy Hohn

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Nell Scovell's memoir presents a behind-the-scenes look at television comedy writing in the 1980s and beyond, when Scovell was seeking to establish her career in an industry largely dominated by men. Her friend, actress Amy Hohn, narrates Scovell's story. Hohn channels the author's affable nature as well as her frustration with the Hollywood boys' club. However, Hohn's delivery... Read More

THE LAST BLACK UNICORN

THE LAST BLACK UNICORN

by Tiffany Haddish | Read by Tiffany Haddish

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Tiffany Haddish is a larger-than-life personality whose success in the world of comedy belies a difficult childhood and early adulthood. Haddish doesn't hold back in her comedy, and her performance of her audiobook is no exception. She describes both the good and the bad in equal measure with remarkable candor. Incorporating different voices, some exaggerated, helps distinguish... Read More

LIMITS OF THE KNOWN

LIMITS OF THE KNOWN

by David Roberts | Read by David Chandler

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

David Chandler gives this inspiring story a nuanced performance. The autobiographical narrative weaves from author/explorer Roberts's lifelong exploits in nature--scaling peaks, running rivers, backpacking into remote places--to his current challenge fighting a virulent cancer. The history of mountain climbers and their trailblazing is lovingly detailed. A famed climber,... Read More

THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER

THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER Dispatches from the Border

by Francisco Cantu | Read by Francisco Cantu

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Francisco Cantu joins the Border Patrol, seeking to understand the stories of those who traverse the long stretches of desert in their attempts to cross the border from Mexico to the U.S. Though Cantu's narration suffers from a lack of vocal variation at times, his pacing heightens the feeling of urgency regarding this hotly contested issue. Cantu is deeply affected by his time... Read More

MAKE TROUBLE

MAKE TROUBLE Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story

Earphones Award Winner

by Cecile Richards, Lauren Peterson | Read by Cecile Richards

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Cecile Richards, longtime president of Planned Parenthood, delivers a terrific performance of her inspiring new memoir. While not a professional narrator, Richards is a practiced public speaker who reads with energy, enunciation, excellent pacing, and emotion as she tracks her career in rabble-rousing from its start at home in Waco, Texas. The child of political activists--her... Read More

MAKING MY PITCH

MAKING MY PITCH A Woman's Baseball Odyssey

by Ila Jane Borders, Jean Hastings Ardell | Read by Karen Commins

University Press Audiobooks | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Karen Commins narrates this memoir by Ila Borders, a pioneer in baseball, with unwavering enthusiasm. Borders, who played on men's teams in college and professionally, takes an honest look at her life, from her time on the diamond and how she was treated to her quiet, solitary struggles with being a closeted gay woman. Commins gives every aspect of Borders's life the right... Read More

THE MAN WHO CAUGHT THE STORM

THE MAN WHO CAUGHT THE STORM The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras

by Brantley Hargrove | Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Given the drama at the center of this compelling story, Jacques Roy's languid narration is incongruous. Tim Samaris, a self-taught engineer and storm chaser, was never more comfortable than when he was in pursuit of a tornado. But even when being followed by Discovery Channel cameras, he was no daredevil, and he was even more cautious when traveling with his son, Paul, a... Read More

MY AMERICAN DREAM

MY AMERICAN DREAM A Life of Love, Family, and Food

by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich | Read by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

What cookbook author and TV personality Lidia Bastianich lacks in professional vocal skills she more than makes up for with her warm, honest delivery. Bastianich highlights a life filled with love, family, and the food of Italy. Just months after she was born in northern Italy, her small village became part of Communist Yugoslavia. Despite political turmoil, Lidia had a secure... Read More

MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALS

MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALS A Veterinarian's Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope

by Suzy Fincham-Gray | Read by Suzy Fincham-Gray

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Veterinarian Suzy Fincham-Gray's memoir starts out in pastoral Herefordshire, England, but it's no feel-good moment. She's assisting in putting a horse down. Fincham-Gray's career takes her to the U.S., where her internship involves a doberman with a gunshot wound and a cat shot with an arrow. The stories have a sense of urgency, as when Fincham-Gray races to find the right... Read More

NEVER LOOK AT THE EMPTY SEATS

NEVER LOOK AT THE EMPTY SEATS A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Charlie Daniels | Read by Charlie Daniels

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Raw. Southern. Insightful. Colorful. This memoir about the life and career of one of Southern rock's pioneer bands is as unique and unpolished as the music for which the Charlie Daniels Band is known. The experience is even more so with Daniels delivering his own reflections. Listeners will hear the sadness of regret and the laughter of joy as Daniels can't help but stay... Read More

NOBU

NOBU A Memoir

by Nobu Matsuhisa | Read by David Shih

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

David Shih takes on a nearly impossible task in narrating this memoir by one of the most famous Japanese chefs on the planet. Shih expertly handles Matsuhisa's rise to celebrity and his remarkable influence on the preparation of sushi. But even the most skilled narrator cannot escape the cloying and exaggeratedly self-effacing tone of the author whose first and last names are... Read More

THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD

THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD A Memoir

by Maude Julien | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Elisabeth Rogers's deliberate and sensitive narration captures the isolation and misery of Maude Julien's horrific childhood. Julien is supposed to be a sort of superhero--immune to pain or fear, unable to be broken. Her parents homeschool her, express no affection, turn a blind eye to sexual abuse by a handyman, and constantly test her emotionally and physically. For example,... Read More

PACKING MY LIBRARY

PACKING MY LIBRARY An Elegy and Ten Digressions

by Alberto Manguel | Read by James Cameron Stewart

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Argentine-Canadian journalist Alberto Manguel has always lived a peripatetic and literary-saturated life which, of course, has required considerable attention given to shifting his personal book collection from home to home and country to country. His story about the time that library went astray in the hauling is studded with digressions into his affection for public... Read More

PAUL SIMON

PAUL SIMON The Life

by Robert Hilburn | Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The prolific songwriter and performer Paul Simon has been a part of the American music scene for more than 50 years, adapting his style as the times have changed. He wrote his first song as a teenager in Queens, where he met his on-again-off-again singing partner, Art Garfunkel, though it took several years before their musical careers truly began. Dennis Boutsikaris narrates... Read More

PERFECT IS BORING

PERFECT IS BORING 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss

by Tyra Banks, Carolyn London | Read by Tyra Banks, Carolyn London

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Once known for her performances on the catwalk, former supermodel and talk show host Tyra Banks brings the full force of her sassy style to bear in her new role as narrator of her audiobook. Banks is now known to the younger generation for her role on the reality show "America's Next Top Model." Fans of the show will recognize their favorite parts of the television show host's... Read More

PICASSO AND THE PAINTING THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD

PICASSO AND THE PAINTING THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD

by Miles J. Unger | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Malcolm Hillgartner's narration is an excellent match to this audiobook. Unger offers an intriguing study of the young Pablo Picasso and his journey to become the iconic cubist painter. Unger focuses on Picasso's 1907 work "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," arguably his first cubist piece, which radically altered the art world. This study of Picasso also offers an introspective look... Read More

PRYOR CONVICTIONS

PRYOR CONVICTIONS And Other Life Sentences

by Richard Pryor | Read by JD Jackson

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator JD Jackson's baritone is perfect for this candid memoir of comic Richard Pryor, written in 1995 and now available on audio for the first time. Jackson's flexibility and confidence are evident throughout as he brings Pryor's quirky characters to life while performing many of his comedic reflections and monologues. Admittedly, the pronunciation of a handful of older... Read More

THE READ-ALOUD FAMILY

THE READ-ALOUD FAMILY Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

Earphones Award Winner

by Sarah MacKenzie | Read by Sarah MacKenzie

Zondervan | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Sarah MacKenzie, who spreads her infectious enthusiasm for reading aloud to children of all ages, narrates the audiobook she wrote to accompany her blog and podcasts. Her briskly paced reading is filled with energy and warmth, gently conveying her Christian faith along with excellent reasons for reading aloud to children: bonding, delighting in a good story, enjoying time... Read More

RECLAIMING HOPE

RECLAIMING HOPE Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America

by Michael R. Wear | Read by Stu Gray

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

"Hope" was a word used by our 44th president to launch him into the presidency. Today all hope seems lost due to the politicization of the Christian faith on both sides of the aisle. Stu Gray narrates this insightful audiobook as if he were the author himself. You can hear his incredulity as he recounts meeting Senator Obama and his surprise and awe at finding himself in the... Read More

REPORTER

REPORTER A Memoir

Earphones Award Winner

by Seymour M. Hersh | Read by Arthur Morey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

You know an audiobook is a success when listening to it makes weeding your garden or painting your fence fun. That's the case with this memoir by Seymour Hersh. The investigative reporter's journalistic writing style is straightforward, easy to follow, and eminently suited to audio. Topping that off is the narration of Arthur Morey, who adopts a conversational tone exactly... Read More

RITZ AND ESCOFFIER

RITZ AND ESCOFFIER The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class

by Luke Barr | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's confident delivery and deep voice enrich this account of the two men who rose from humble beginnings to become the last word on elegance and good taste at the turn of the last century. The intertwined stories of César Ritz, a Swiss hotelier, and Auguste Escoffier, the original French chef, reflect not only the men's hard work and incredible ability to... Read More

ROOM TO DREAM

ROOM TO DREAM

by David Lynch, Kristine McKenna | Read by David Lynch, Kristine McKenna

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

It's no surprise that avante-garde filmmaker David Lynch's memoir/biography is far from ordinary. Lynch and his close friend, journalist Kristine McKenna, have compiled a multifaceted look at this singular talent. Lynch delivers his point of view in a slightly scratchy tenor. He sounds honest, amused, and friendly as he recounts moments from his childhood and later life that... Read More

A SEASON IN THE SUN

A SEASON IN THE SUN The Rise of Mickey Mantle

by Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith | Read by Pete Larkin

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Every baseball fan dreams of witnessing greatness. In 1956, Mickey Mantle gave fans one of the greatest seasons in the history of MLB. Though Pete Larkin is well known for his narrating talent, it's his experience as an MLB announcer and his love of the game that make him ideal to deliver this audiobook. He brings the enthusiasm of a devoted fan as he recounts that magical... Read More

THE SEASONS OF MY MOTHER

THE SEASONS OF MY MOTHER

by Marcia Gay Harden | Read by Marcia Gay Harden

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Actor Marcia Gay Harden's voice radiates love in her unusual memoir. Using her mother's expertise in Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, as a frame, she gathers a touching collection of significant moments from her own life. While there are a few reminiscences about the Oscars and life on the set, this isn't a peek into Hollywood glamour. Her mother, Beverly, is the constant... Read More

SECOND WIND

SECOND WIND A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together

by Nathaniel Philbrick | Read by Nathaniel Philbrick

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Here's an audiobook to listen to on a road trip. Passionately narrated by the author, this brief memoir recounts Nathaniel Philbrick's youthful successes as a Sunfish sailor and racer. Philbrick narrates his story with verve and pays great attention to sailing lore and history. He comes from a sailing family and shares his passion with his wife and kids, who are costars in this... Read More

SO CLOSE TO BEING THE SH-T, Y'ALL DON'T EVEN KNOW

SO CLOSE TO BEING THE SH-T, Y'ALL DON'T EVEN KNOW

by Retta | Read by Retta

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

You may be familiar with Retta's work on the TV show "Parks and Recreation." If so, this will be a rollicking good time as the author shares the backstory of her bumpy road to stardom. If not, this is still a great listen as Retta's effusive personality inhabits the tell-all anecdotes. From how she talked herself out of auditioning for a role in the film DREAM GIRLS to how she... Read More

SOMETHING WONDERFUL

SOMETHING WONDERFUL Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution

by Todd S. Purdum | Read by Todd S. Purdum

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Those with a deep, abiding love for such musicals as OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, and THE KING AND I will find great joy in listening to Purdum's account of the remarkable partnership between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Circumstance drew the two together, thereby changing the face of American musical theater. Purdum has a smile in his... Read More

STAN LEE

STAN LEE The Man Behind Marvel

by Bob Batchelor | Read by Kevin T. Collins

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Stan Lee--who created Marvel Comics' most famous characters, including Spider-Man, Hulk, and The Avengers--thought his work had little value. His biography reveals his belief that the comics he wrote beginning in 1940 were just junk fiction. He dreamed of writing real novels and of working in Hollywood. Ironically, all that did happen, and it was because of comic books.... Read More

A STASH OF ONE'S OWN

A STASH OF ONE'S OWN Knitters on Loving, Living With, and Letting Go of Yarn

by Clara Parkes | Read by Kevin T. Collins, Kate Udall, Eliza Foss

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Kevin T. Collins, Kate Udall, and Eliza Foss take turns narrating this collection of entertaining, sometimes poignant, essays that examine knitters' need (or not) to maintain a yarn stash. In this audiobook, 21 knitting superstars, including designers, teachers, and bloggers, talk about their relationship with the yarns they've collected. All three narrators excel at... Read More

THE STOWAWAY

THE STOWAWAY A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

by Laurie Gwen Shapiro | Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Shapiro's story of Billy Gawronski stowing away on Richard Byrd's expedition to the South Pole in 1928 is an old-fashioned adventure yarn that harks back to the bravado of polar expeditions. Narrator Jacques Roy is clear and authoritative, befitting the heroic age. Billy's story is full of daring and pluck, overcoming obstacles, and generating sensational newspaper headlines.... Read More

TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON'T REMEMBER

TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON'T REMEMBER The Stroke That Changed My Life

by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee's life becomes disjointed and fragmented when she suffers a stroke at the age of 33. She relies on her diaries to shed light on these events, and Emily Woo Zeller's timing and slightly detached tone are true to the stream-of-consciousness quality of the writing. By necessity, this time in Lee's life is repetitive as she re-learns the same things over and... Read More

THIS IS ME

THIS IS ME Loving the Person You are Today

by Chrissy Metz | Read by Chrissy Metz

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fans of the NBC show "This is Us" will listen with rapt attention as one of its lead actors, Chrissy Metz, bares her soul. Metz recounts the unflinching details of her turbulent journey to fame in a contemplative voice that draws the listener closer with empathy. Her anecdotes are delivered in a husky, raspy voice that underscores the intimacy of her ruminations. From lunch... Read More

TIME PIECES

TIME PIECES A Dublin Memoir

by John Banville | Read by John Lee

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The often marvelous John Lee makes a regrettable choice in delivering this memoir from the Irish novelist John Banville. Banville is a dryly elegant stylist, but Lee chooses to perform his text as if it were a series of tales being told by a loudmouth in a pub, or a comic Irish character on stage, with dramatically rolled "r"s, and a pacing as if Banville's memories,... Read More

TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT

TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

by Sarah McBride, Joe Biden [Foreword] | Read by Sarah McBride

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Fear, conviction, and loss can be heard in Sarah McBride's voice as she narrates her memoir, which recalls her coming out, her gender transition, and her political evolution, along with personal travails, including the loss of her husband. McBride's story proves powerful because it represents a shift in trans memoirs. Her story is filled with radical acceptance and love, and,... Read More

TRUE STORIES FROM AN UNRELIABLE EYEWITNESS

TRUE STORIES FROM AN UNRELIABLE EYEWITNESS A Feminist Coming of Age

by Christine Lahti | Read by Christine Lahti

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Winner of an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award, actress and director Christine Lahti narrates her smart, charming, sometimes funny, sometimes heartrending essays recounting her life so far. As she confides to the listener, her voice is delightful. She divides her eyewitness observations into three sections: childhood; career, and motherhood. The joys of this memoir... Read More

THE WIFE'S TALE

THE WIFE'S TALE A Personal History

by Aida Edemariam | Read by Adjoa Andoh

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Adjoa Andoh expertly narrates the author's memoir of her grandmother's life, spanning twentieth-century Ethiopia. The narrative jumps between childbirth, politics, and religion, but any confusion is allayed by Andoh's many vocal inflections. In a setting where women's roles are limited (the "wife" here is Yetemegnu, who is 8 years old at her marriage), the rituals of home are... Read More

WITHOUT PRECEDENT

WITHOUT PRECEDENT Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

by Joel Richard Paul | Read by Fred Sanders

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Fred Sanders recounts the life of Chief Justice John Marshall from his humble origins to his service in the Revolutionary War. Over the years, he served as a legislator, a diplomat, and a true champion of the Supreme Court as an institution. Sanders's narration highlights the intelligence and charisma of the judge, a federalist stalwart who had the remarkable ability... Read More

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