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AND NOW WE HAVE EVERYTHING

AND NOW WE HAVE EVERYTHING On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

by Meaghan O'Connell | Read by Meaghan O'Connell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Meaghan O'Connell's memoir is funny, raw, and engrossing, and her narration makes her conversational writing sound even more intimate and personal. O'Connell was recently engaged, living in Brooklyn, and hard at work building her writing career when she got pregnant. The unplanned and uncomfortable pregnancy was followed by a traumatic birth. The struggles that... Read More

ATTICUS FINCH

ATTICUS FINCH The Biography

by Joseph Crespino | Read by Dan Woren

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Dan Woren leads listeners through the convoluted creation of Harper Lee's classic, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. He uses his authoritative voice to deliver the biography of Lee's father and comment on how she used many of his traits to bring Atticus Finch to life. It's both a fascinating exploration of the creative process and a picture of the Jim Crow days of the Deep... Read More

BLACK KLANSMAN

BLACK KLANSMAN Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime

by Ron Stallworth | Read by Ron Stallworth

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The conceit of this audiobook, now a movie, is that it's 1978, and an African-American police officer is asked to join the Ku Klux Klan, so he can monitor, and thwart, the organization's activities. The author, who was that police officer, persuades a white friend to impersonate him, but he himself speaks on the phone with Klansmen. Stallworth narrates his book, and he does a... Read More

BLUE RIBBONS, BITTER BREAD

BLUE RIBBONS, BITTER BREAD Joice Lock--Australia's Most Heroic Woman

by Susanna de Vries | Read by Deidre Rubenstein

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This biography examines the life of humanitarian and journalist Joice NanKivell Loch from her childhood on failing Australian farms to her death in Greece in her 90s. Narrator Deidre Rubenstein exhibits an astonishing facility with accents as she takes us around the world with Loch; there seems to be no accent she cannot master. Loch leaves rural Australia in search of a... 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

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

CAN YOU TOLERATE THIS?

CAN YOU TOLERATE THIS? Essays

Earphones Award Winner

by Ashleigh Young | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld is the perfect guide to the author's contemplation of both significant and smaller moments in her life. In these personal essays, Young is lyrical, quirky, self-effacing, and amusing. Maarleveld's narration is clear, deliberate, and droll. Topics range from a conversation with a psychic stranger on a plane to a young American with a rare bone disorder... Read More

THE CURSE OF THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER

THE CURSE OF THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER Essays on Crafting

by Alanna Okun | Read by Alanna Okun

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Alanna Okun breezily narrates her own collection of essays, ostensibly about knitting and other crafts but actually about the author's young adult anxieties and triumphs. Okun's narration, lightly poignant and occasionally tongue-in-cheek, enhances her witty writing style. Her cheerful pace is marred only by occasional mispronunciations as she describes the power to be... Read More

DEVOTION

DEVOTION Why I Write

by Patti Smith | Read by Patti Smith

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Patti Smith makes a story of her process of creation. The result is a contemplation of the art of writing, sources of inspiration, and movement towards discipline, which may be a little dry for those who are not interested in Smith's work or her frequent French backdrops. For fans of Smith's work, however, her narration creates the illusion of being in the same room with her.... Read More

THE ELECTRIC WOMAN

THE ELECTRIC WOMAN A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts

by Tessa Fontaine | Read by Tessa Fontaine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With the crisp, slightly gravelly voice of someone who eats fire for a living, author Tessa Fontaine narrates her powerful, heartfelt story about transformations, loss, mothers, and daughters. Fontaine dives into the colorful unpredictability of life in the circus to recover from caring for her mother after a major stroke. The amusing cast of characters who are part of... Read More

ELIZABETH WARREN

ELIZABETH WARREN

by Antonia Felix | Read by Suzie Althens

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Using a quiet, unassuming voice that channels Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's own unpretentious tones, narrator Suzie Althens delivers a pleasing performance of the story of Senator Warren's life. Following the Democratic congresswoman from her working-class childhood in Oklahoma, through her career as a law professor in Texas, Pennsylvania, and, at last, Harvard, to... Read More

EVA'S STORY

EVA'S STORY A Survivor's Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank

Earphones Award Winner

by Eva Schloss, Evelyn Julia Kent | Read by Ann Richardson

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing company | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ann Richardson's affecting narration makes listeners feel like they're accompanying young Eva Geiringer as she leaves her home in Amsterdam for a cattle car to Auschwitz. Perhaps even more painful are the chapters from her mother's viewpoint because mother and daughter are powerless when they see each other's pain and humiliation. Richardson believably delivers the shocking... Read More

FLASH

FLASH The Making of Weegee the Famous

by Christopher Bonanos | Read by Graham Halstead

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The life and legend of artistic news photographer Arthur Fellig, a.k.a. Weegee, is explored in this biography full of episodic anecdotes. Narrator Graham Halstead's conversational tone gives the impression he's flipping through an album of Weegee's life's work--from crime beat to Hollywood--revealing all the lurid details. He employs some accents and character voices to alert... Read More

FUTUREFACE

FUTUREFACE A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging

by Alex Wagner | Read by Alex Wagner

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Alex Wagner's lifelong examination of her family history and her place in the world was ignited by TIME magazine's 1993 provocative cover story about America's changing demographics. "I was a sophomore in high school and the cover was a revelation: I was the new face of America! . . . Just as TIME promised, these parents of mine--one immigrant plus the child of some... Read More

GOING TO THE MOUNTAIN

GOING TO THE MOUNTAIN Life Lessons From My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela

by Ndaba Mandela | Read by Michael Boatman, Ndaba Mandela

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ndaba Mandela introduces his own story, then hands the narration over to Michael Boatman, whose melodious, skillful recitation quickly draws listeners in. "Going to the mountain" is the English translation of the Xhosa coming-of-age rite, which Ndaba undertook--in more ways than one--under his famous grandfather's watchful eye. Ndaba was a mere child and his grandfather little... Read More

THE GOOD NEIGHBOR

THE GOOD NEIGHBOR The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Earphones Award Winner

by Maxwell King | Read by LeVar Burton

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Host and executive producer of the award-winning children's series "Reading Rainbow," LeVar Burton has long been sharing worthy stories with expectant audiences. In his narration of THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, Burton warmly invites listeners into the life of American icon Fred Rogers, creator and host of the PBS television show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood." He also introduces Fred's... Read More

HARVEY MILK

HARVEY MILK His Lives and Death

by Lillian Faderman | Read by Joel Froomkin

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Historian Lillian Faderman's biography of San Francisco's first out and proud gay elected official follows Milk from his ancestry through his assassination. The biography offers well-crafted stories, documentary snippets from letters and news accounts, and contextual explanations of changing culture that are woven seamlessly into the whole. Narrator Joel Froomkin does a stellar... Read More

HAVE DOG, WILL TRAVEL

HAVE DOG, WILL TRAVEL A Poet's Journey with an Exceptional Labrador

by Stephen Kuusisto | Read by Fred Sanders

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Blind poet Stephen Kuusisto's memoir is a wonderful, thought- provoking listen that combines poignancy and warmth in equal measures. When, at the age of 38, he is introduced to Corky, his first guide dog, his life changes forever. Narrator Fred Sanders's rhythm and pace make it hard to imagine that this is not HIS story. Sanders allows the narrative to unfold and gives... Read More

HEY MOM

HEY MOM

by Louie Anderson | Read by Louie Anderson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is a must for fans of comedian Louie Anderson. He's compiled things he wished he had told or asked his mother when she was alive and turned them into an episodic audiobook that plucks at the heartstrings. Perfectly recorded, the audiobook is just Louie speaking from his heart. He admits channeling his mother, Ora Zella Anderson, in his comedy act and more so as... Read More

HOUSE OF NUTTER

HOUSE OF NUTTER The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row

by Lance Richardson | Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This fascinating biography follows the lives of two brothers as they burst out of their restrained lower-middle-class upbringing in postwar London into the new style scene of Swinging '60s London. Catching the imagination of the listener, the narration by Nicholas Guy Smith brings the different characters to life and helps to create the perfect backdrop for this biography. The... Read More

JIM BROWN

JIM BROWN Last Man Standing

by Dave Zirin | Read by Dave Zirin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The author dives into the life of Jim Brown, arguably football's greatest running back of all time. Through solid reporting, Zirin captures the essence of the fiercely independent Brown. The biography covers his youth, playing career, acting roles, relationships, work with the Amer-I-Can empowerment organization, and a litany of domestic violence charges. Zirin narrates in a... Read More

THE LAST COWBOYS

THE LAST COWBOYS A Pioneer Family in the New West

Earphones Award Winner

by John Branch | Read by John Pruden

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This compelling audiobook grabs the listener's attention and holds it. Narrator John Pruden pivots skillfully from the megawatt excitement of saddle bronc riding to the lonely drudgery of driving long distances between rodeos. His engaged style fits the eight-second adrenaline-soaked life of the rodeo/ranching Wright family from southern Utah. Their cattle business and ranch... Read More

LIFE IN THE GARDEN

LIFE IN THE GARDEN

by Penelope Lively | Read by Helen Lloyd

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

I have no idea what Penelope Lively sounds like, but as far as I'm concerned, narrator Helen Lloyd channels the 84-year-old esteemed author perfectly. Her mellow, educated tone is just right for the Booker Prize-winning Lively's newest book, which combines memoir with gardening commentary. Lively has gardened since she was growing up in Egypt, and though she's now limited to a... Read More

THE LOST PILOTS

THE LOST PILOTS The Spectacular Rise and Scandalous Fall of Aviation's Golden Couple

by Corey Mead | Read by Holter Graham

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Holter Graham narrates the exploits of two early pilots, RAF Captain William Lancaster and Australian Jessie Miller. These daring aviators flew from London to Melbourne, breaking records along the way. Before and during the Depression, Lancaster and Miller fly back and forth across North America utilizing their aerial skills. As their passion for one another grows, their... Read More

MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES

MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation

by Brad Ricca | Read by David Bendena

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Nominated for the 2018 Edgar Award for best fact-based crime story, this is the true story of Grace Humiston, whom the press nicknamed "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes." In a time when women couldn't vote, Humiston was a lawyer, a detective, and the first female U.S. district attorney. David Bendena's intense narration makes us believe in her. He highlights the February 1917 disappearance... Read More

MY DAYS

MY DAYS Happy and Otherwise

by Marion Ross | Read by Marion Ross, David Laurell, Ron Howard, Jim Meskimen, Don Most, Anson Williams, Scott Marshall, Gwen Behron, Scott Baio, Henry Winkler, Maxine "Max" Andrews

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This warm and candid memoir of the talented and ambitious actor best-known as Mrs. Cunningham on "Happy Days" is a listening delight. While emotionally revealing in its more poignant sections, the audiobook and its performance overall remain happy and entertaining. The narration by the 89-year-old Ross is stellar. Her voice reflects her precise diction and warm, winning... Read More

MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS

MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS

Earphones Award Winner

by Gerald Durrell | Read by Nigel Davenport

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Four children aged 10 to 23; one widowed mother; and a five-year sojourn on Corfu in straitened circumstances. The result? Slapstick adventures, laughter, and some memorable flashes of psychological insight--all thanks to the wry and witty author, Gerald Durrell, and his ace narrator, Nigel Davenport. Davenport has a warm and attractively gritty narrative voice that perfectly... Read More

MY GIRLS

MY GIRLS A Lifetime With Carrie and Debbie

by Todd Fisher | Read by Todd Fisher

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Here is a powerfully moving memoir for any fan of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Todd provides an insightful perspective on his life with both his mother and sister. Throughout his narration of the audiobook, we get a look at their lives both private and public. Most of the anecdotes are told in a humorous tone, and all the stories demonstrate the family's strong bond. The... 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

MY PATIENTS LIKE TREATS

MY PATIENTS LIKE TREATS Tales from a House Call Vet

by Duncan MacVean | Read by Patrick Lawlor

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Listeners join author MacVean as he recounts stories from his years as a house-call veterinarian and introduces them to an array of pets and their people. The rich mix of stories includes the humorous and poignant sides of both animals and humans. Narrator Patrick Lawlor is the perfect choice for this collection. His pitch-perfect delivery is spot-on, giving listeners the... Read More

NO ASHES IN THE FIRE

NO ASHES IN THE FIRE Coming of Age Black and Free in America

by Darnell L. Moore | Read by Darnell L. Moore

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

With a style that evokes James Baldwin, activist Darnell Moore explores his life, religion, and society, attempting to reconcile the internalized agitation of black identity with the cultural fear of people of color that is widely on display in America. He is deliberate, both in his prose and his delivery. His soft, deep voice pulls listeners into this beautiful and engaging... Read More

NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME

NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME More Notes of a Native Son

by James Baldwin | Read by Kevin Kenerly

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Despite having been written over half a century ago, this remains an incredibly relevant work. And narrator Kevin Kenerly does an outstanding job bringing just the right tone to a book that could have, in lesser hands (or voice, as the case may be), come across as strident or lecturing. Instead, Kenerly expertly conveys Baldwin's struggle to understand the times in which he was... 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

ODD GIRL OUT

ODD GIRL OUT My Extraordinary Autistic Life

by Laura James | Read by Lucinda Clare

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

At 45, Laura James was diagnosed with autism, a diagnosis she has found to be the key to understanding her past struggles, present issues, and process of finding her bearing in the world. Lucinda Clare narrates James's well-composed combination of memoir and guide for both neurotypical and high-functioning autistic listeners. Her pace is well suited the audiobook's unfolding... Read More

OKAY FINE WHATEVER

OKAY FINE WHATEVER The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things

Earphones Award Winner

by Courtenay Hameister | Read by Courtenay Hameister

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Courtney Hameister narrates this engaging, insightful, and at times hilarious account of her OKAY FINE WHATEVER project, in which she grapples with her anxiety by deliberately exposing herself to uncomfortable new situations. Whether she's trying drugs with co-workers to unleash her creativity, undergoing a Brazilian wax, or participating in online dating, her perceptions of... Read More

OLD IN ART SCHOOL

OLD IN ART SCHOOL A Memoir of Starting Over

by Nell Painter | Read by Nell Painter

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Nell Painter describes her unusual decision to pursue art despite being deemed too "old" by some of the faculty at her art school, Rhode Island School of Design. After a prestigious career as a historian at Princeton University, she sets out on a path of continued learning. Through her narration, we witness her journey toward realizing her dream of being a painter. In the... Read More

THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA

THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA

Earphones Award Winner

by Nelson Mandela, Sahm Venter [Ed.] | Read by Atandwa Kani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Atandwa Kani's portrayal of Nelson Mandela is so engrossing that listeners will be completely absorbed. This audiobook is composed of letters that Mandela wrote while imprisoned for decades for protesting against the government of South Africa and its system of Apartheid. The letters are in chronological order. Many were never delivered and are presented publicly here for the... Read More

PROUD

PROUD My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream

by Ibtihaj Muhammad, Lori L. Tharps | Read by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ibtihaj Muhammad narrates her story of growing up as a black Muslim woman in the United States and becoming the first hijab-wearing American athlete. She is unflinching in her descriptions of a childhood without many role models--particularly in her chosen field of fencing. As narrator, Muhammad sounds like the young, optimistic woman she is; her choice to deliver her memoir... Read More

REDEMPTION

REDEMPTION Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours

by Joseph Rosenbloom | Read by JD Jackson

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This is an intimate look at the last living hours of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Narrator J.D. Jackson constructs a strong and steady performance that turns this deftly researched and thoughtful work into an inviting and fascinating lecture. Jackson is a remarkably consistent performer. He remains factual but, when needed, gives deference to the emotional issues... Read More

RESTLESS WAVE

RESTLESS WAVE Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations

by John McCain, Mark Salter | Read by Beau Bridges, John McCain [Intro.]

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In his most recent collaboration with his one-time chief of staff, Arizona Senator John McCain provides an updated memoir structured around moral, historic, and philosophical lessons. This series of reflections on an imperfect life provides an introduction and afterword voiced by the author. While his voice sounds tired and well worn, it does create an accurate sensibility of a... Read More

ROBIN

ROBIN

by Dave Itzkoff | Read by Fred Berman, Dave Itzkoff [Prologue and Epilogue]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Fred Berman's youthful enthusiasm percolates through his performance of this in-depth, detailed, and quite revealing biographical analysis of Robin Williams's life and career. Williams's transition from stand-up to the situation comedy of "Mork and Mindy" was a career turning point. And, as with many fine comedians, Williams also had talent as a serious actor, which is... 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

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

A SPY NAMED ORPHAN

A SPY NAMED ORPHAN The Enigma of Donald Maclean

by Roland Philipps | Read by Jonathan Cowley

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

The story of the Cambridge spies of the 1940s and '50s is already well represented in audiobooks--in several incisive histories and biographies, and in two classic espionage novels, John le Carré's TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, available narrated and dramatized, and John Banville's THE UNTOUCHABLE, wonderfully narrated by Bill Wallis. This new biography of Donald Maclean, the... 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

STILL I RISE

STILL I RISE The Persistence of Phenomenal Women

by Marlene Wagman-Geller, Laurel Corona [Fore.] | Read by Ann Richardson

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This audiobook is a treasure trove of remarkable women whose lives many listeners most likely have never heard about. Narrator Ann Richardson takes us through the ups and downs of unsung women like Madame Tussaud, a single mother who fled the French Revolution and became a business woman of international reach. The profiles of 25 women are read with a measured confidence that... Read More

THE SUN DOES SHINE

THE SUN DOES SHINE How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

by Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin | Read by Kevin R. Free, Bryan Stevenson [Foreword]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Anthony Ray Hinton's story is not for the faint of heart. Unjustly accused and then imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, he spent 30 years of his life on death row. His lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, reads his own foreword, which whets our appetite. The incredible details of Hinton's trial and eventual release are narrated in an honest, easy style by Kevin R. Free. Listeners... Read More

TAKE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO

TAKE YOU WHEREVER YOU GO

by Kenny Leon, Samual L. Jackson [Fore.] | Read by Kenny Leon, Ryan Vincent Anderson [Fore.]

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Theater director Kenny Leon's natural performance of his memoir is especially touching as he recounts a life filled with love, gratitude, and deep reflection. Leon takes listeners back to growing up in Florida with his Grandma Mamie, his lodestar, and his artistic, conservative mother, Annie Ruth. He also describes times of personal doubt as an actor/director with the Alliance... Read More

THE TENTH ISLAND

THE TENTH ISLAND Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores

by Diana Marcum | Read by Rebecca Mozo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Diana Marcum's memoir, narrated by Rebecca Mozo, transports listeners from California to the beautiful islands of the Azores. Whether the author is at home in the U.S., speaking with other Americans, or overseas, speaking with native Azoreans, Mozo's performance breathes life into the real-life people in this audiobook. Though Marcum speaks little... Read More

THE TERRIBLE

THE TERRIBLE A Storyteller's Memoir

by Yrsa Daley-Ward | Read by Yrsa Daley-Ward, Howard Daley-Ward

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

In this memoir, poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, the author of BONE, delivers a lyrical narration of her past troubles involving sex, drugs, and issues of womanhood and identity. Not typical in memoirs, Daley-Ward's nonfiction title brings in elements of fiction. "My little brother and I saw a unicorn in the garden in the late nineties," she narrates. Although her delivery is very fast in... Read More

THOSE TURBULENT SONS OF FREEDOM

THOSE TURBULENT SONS OF FREEDOM Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution

by Christopher S. Wren | Read by Peter Berkrot

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys are part of American Revolutionary War legend. Author Christopher Wren separates fact from fiction, showing how little Allen actually figured in the Vermonters' success and how significantly the Green Mountain Boys contributed to the American victory. Peter Berkrot offers a solid narration, keeping listeners engaged even during the few... Read More

WALKING TO LISTEN

WALKING TO LISTEN 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time

by Andrew Forsthoefel | Read by Andrew Forsthoefel

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Newly graduated from college and seeking meaning in his life, Andrew Forsthoefel undertakes a cross-country walk from his home in Pennsylvania all the way to California, relying on his wits, the words of Whitman and Rilke, and the kindness of strangers. Forsthoefel recounts his goals: to listen to other people's stories, to understand what is of value and important to people... Read More

WORD WARRIOR

WORD WARRIOR Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom

by Sonja D. Williams | Read by Robin Miles

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

Narrator Robin Miles educates listeners about the life and work of African-American radio broadcaster Richard Durham. She delivers the author's take on Durham's rise as an intellectual during a period of increased attention to African-American writing and music following WWII. Miles works capably across a wide range of material, including interview excerpts and historical... Read More

THE YEAR OF LESS

THE YEAR OF LESS How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store

by Cait Flanders | Read by Cait Flanders

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Biography & Memoir

This memoir by the 20-something Flanders, a former binge consumer, reflects on the interconnectedness of her addictions to alcohol, food, and shopping. In it she documents her year of living with a self-imposed shopping ban. This listen is not for those seeking a Kondo-like instruction manual on how to have less--Flanders's story is more personal. One is engaged by her overall... Read More

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